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wSaturday, October 16, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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One Woman?

Mayday For Marriage
in Washington DC
fell far short of a million angels
marching for one man one woman
master race matrimony.
But thousands did hit the streets
crediting Kerry with courage he does not posses.
Claiming he's for unchristian Gay marriage
and will proclaim Hillary
as Chief Justice of the Supremes

But the bible pounders
probably didn't bother to read the book.
Biblical marriage is one man
and as many wives
as he can afford.
Abraham Isaac and Jacob
were quite wealthy
and hornier than Bill Clinton
at a Hot Springs church picnic.

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Day 300 -- 300 days of Hep C treatment fever, pain, skin inflammation, no appetite, crazy moods and high anxiety. Headaches are a recent addition. Lucky me, I've had to go through this with George Bush in the White House. Boy what an accomplishment! I have 24 days left and then let's hope I'm one of those folks that make a speedy and full recovery from medical poison.

Needle Countdown -- Three to go.

We saw One False Move featuring Billy Bob Thornton. A movie about a trio, one black man, one white man and one beautiful black woman, who rip off and murder drug dealers. They go on the run from two LA cops and try hiding out in Texas and Arkansas. A local and ambitious police chief joins forces with his LA brethren only to discover his past coming back to haunt him in a very compromising way. The film has a fine sense of small town and city place. I kept expecting Bill Clinton to show up and join the posse.






posted by stew at 10:30 AM


wFriday, October 15, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Environmental Destruction

Green Zone
sounds safe and ecologically cool
where
just like in the old days
an American adventurer
could sit in a sunny cafe
boast about his profits
and maybe score some Hash.

Green Zone was the only protected turf
of the Dubyan Empire.

Yesterday it became a scene
out of Battle Of Algiers
when a couple of guys
with a bag of bombs
broke into colonialism's safe house

Green Zone:
is now rejoining Iraq
an environment
no longer safe or sound
or good growing weather
for mad dreams.

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Day 299 -- Recent blood tests show my Anemia as stable. No worse or better so I will complete the last 25 days of the Hep treatment at the same drug dosage. I told my nurse that I would start feeling better the moment I stopped poisoning myself and she said the nurses felt bad that the treatment required that they urge people to take poison. Someday there will be a better way.

What do I love most about Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America?" Count the ways. Is it the portrait of what a fascist America might have looked like in 1940. His work is influenced by Sinclair Lewis's novel of the 1930s, "It Can't Happen Here" but it also has a very modern paranoiac twist and sensibility to its turns of plot. Or is it the brilliantly nuanced evocation of working class Jewish Newark which is so much like my old Brooklyn neighborhood. The fascist and Jewish worlds collide a when Semitic Newark has to defend itself against a nationwide pogrom. The terror of violent death and dictatorship invades ordinary life and the reader wonders if maybe Roth is ultimately offering us a coded description of the George Bush regime.

We watched The Straight Story. Can you imagine David Lynch making a movie with a rural suburban setting that isn't both ominous and murderous? The film based on a true story, is about a 90 year old guy who travels on a lawn mower (he no longer has a driver's license) from Iowa to Wisconsin to visit his estranged brother who is recovering, he hopes, from a stroke. The film turns into a lovable Easy Rider for senior citizens. Along the way the lawn mower man meets with an interesting bunch of characters and exchanges redeeming wisdom with them. You can always depend on the kindness of these strangers.




posted by stew at 9:48 AM


wThursday, October 14, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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A Good Lesson?

Supremes deciding
if executing unsweet 16 year olds
is cruel and unusual.

Is there a sane argument that claims
its kind and typical
kind of tough love
to be strapping kids down
shooting them up with death?

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Chip Off The Old Block

An implanted information chip
helping doctors save your life
by instantly learning your medical history.

Can't you hear Homeland Security
declaring that this wondrous new technology
so useful in the war on disease
should be drafted
into the war on terror and anarchy.

All those crazy things you once did
implanted in to your own flesh
a permanent public announcement.

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Day 298 --- Another day of Hep C treatment side effects over and done with. I was at very low energy, and not in a great mood but my appetite did return some and I was able to enjoy dinner. Also the great debate continued to be a fine diversion from suffering. What will I do now that I don't have Bush and Kerry kicking themselves around for my benefit?

We saw Goin' South a pure and simple hilarious and sexy comedy set in the mythical old West when they still hung people for horse stealing. Jack Nicholson is on the gallows when Mary Steenburgen invokes a town law that allows single women to pull guys of the gallows if they agree to marry them. The horse thief figures she did it for the sex but its really about him working very hard all day in her seemingly hopeless gold mine. Of course, they fall in love in a crazy sometimes kinky comic way, they really are a splendid odd couple. They have the invading railroads to contend with and Nicholson's old gang that can't shoot straight plus a sex crazed Deputy Sheriff and John Belushi doing his weird Mexican impersonation.


posted by stew at 9:15 AM


wWednesday, October 13, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Training Camp

Bush preparing for tonight's fight
bears burdens of enormous embarrassment
undermining his edge,
he's getting very angry.

Too many defeats
stomping around in Dubya's brain
of pain.

He's a militarist who never fought
except in bars and cars
he's a cowboy who is afraid of horses
he's a President who never won an election
he once owned a baseball team
and traded Sam Sosa
he's a super Christian who never goes to Church
he's a businessman who never made a buck
his father's gang didn't give him
he's a Yale Harvard graduate
who can't read
he's a compassionate conservative
who doesn't go to GI funerals
or let you see their flag draped coffins.

Of course
he's comforted
and calmed
cause the advantage of incumbency
makes fixing the elections a lot easier
just don't let those criminal Blacks vote.

Overcoming demons he proclaims:
I'll gonna fix everything.
Fix a better world.
What do my Jew supporters call it?
What's that guy's name?
Tycoon O'Gum.

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Day 298 -- Got sick last night, more fever and no appetite, Hep C treatment side effects haunting me for one last month. Went for my next to last blood test today. The results really won't matter much since I'm almost done with the treatment. Kaiser won't have flu vaccine in till next Monday.

We watched For The Boys, a wonderfully misleading movie staring Bette Midler and James Caan. You think it's going to about the biographical triumphs, feuds and fights of a famous and now quite aged show business couple, But it's really about the decline and fall of virtuous American patriotism. The couple is famous for entertaining soldiers in three wars, WW2, Korea and Vietnam. Each succeeding war is more difficult to justify, the morale and spirit of the troops grows darker and for Midler and Caan, death gets very personal in Vietnam. Midler's singing and humor are fantastic. Her version of In My Life is off the charts. And Caan produces just the right combination of cynicism and sentimentality.









posted by stew at 10:41 AM


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My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Training Camp

Bush preparing for tonight's fight
bears burdens of enormous embarrassment
undermining his edge,
he's getting very angry.

Too many defeats
stomping around in Dubya's brain
of pain.

He's a militarist who never fought
except in bars and cars
he's a cowboy who is afraid of horses
he's a President who never won an election
he once owned a baseball team
and traded Sam Sosa
he's a super Christian who never goes to Church
he's a businessman who never made a buck
his father's gang didn't give him
he's a Yale Harvard graduate
who can't read
he's a compassionate conservative
who doesn't go to GI funerals
or let you see their flag draped coffins.

Of course
he's comforted
and calmed
cause the advantage of incumbency
makes fixing the elections a lot easier
just don't let those criminal Blacks vote.

Overcoming demons he proclaims:
I'll gonna fix everything.
Fix a better world.
What do my Jew supporters call it?
What's that guy's name?
Tycoon O'Gum.

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Day 298 -- Got sick last night, more fever and no appetite, Hep C treatment side effects haunting me for one last month. Went for my next to last blood test today. The results really won't matter much since I'm almost done with the treatment. Kaiser won't have flu vaccine in till next Monday.

We watched For The Boys, a wonderfully misleading movie staring Bette Midler and James Caan. You think it's going to about the biographical triumphs, feuds and fights of a famous and now quite aged show business couple, But it's really about the decline and fall of virtuous American patriotism. The couple is famous for entertaining soldiers in three wars, WW2, Korea and Vietnam. Each succeeding war is more difficult to justify, the morale and spirit of the troops grows darker and for Midler and Caan, death gets very personal in Vietnam. Midler's singing and humor are fantastic. Her version of In My Life is off the charts. And Caan produces just the right combination of cynicism and sentimentality.









posted by stew at 10:41 AM


wTuesday, October 12, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Ho Ho Hum

Doom becomes routine
beheadings are like Donald Trump
turning vengeful.

Americans murdering entire marriage parties
in Arab Iraq
no longer stays in the news.

In Baghdad getting hitched
means
one man
one woman
one missile.

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Day 297 ---- Spent the day reading The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. It's about a kinder gentler fascist coup taking place in the 1940's and its headed by aviation hero and real life right winger Charles A Lindbergh. It's Roth, so its great.

Yesterday was one of those sickly ones for Hep C treatment side effects. No energy and nervous discomfort even when resting. Also poor appetite. To top it off I had trouble falling asleep last night --my nerve vibrations were running wild, so I returned to Roth for an hour and sleep finally arrived. I have 29 days and four needles to go.

We saw "twin falls, idaho." It's about two guys who are Siamese Twins and the relationship that develops between them and a warm hearted and loving hooker. One of the brothers is near death. The plot can get depressing but the great love between the brothers saves the day. Also the Halloween scenes portraying the one day in the year the guys can seem normal are fun.


posted by stew at 8:21 AM


wMonday, October 11, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Killing Time

Sitting all day outside the Portland airport
watching passenger planes
taking off, landing, munching on hot dogs
why do they sit there
why keep looking?

Are you praying for a deadly crash
to enliven a dead life?
You snapping exclusive photos of Hindenburg 11
getting fabulously famous
being interviewed by Dr. Phil.

They come to St. Helens
hoping for super explosions.
Spectacular light shows
of fiery hot rocks.
Anything to beat the boredom.

Empty Americans
waiting around
for the great crash
of exploding nightmares.

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Day 296---- Had some energy yesterday but we stayed home. We ate lunch on the warm deck but we were attacked by angry Yellow Jackets who feel we have fallen behind in our food sacrifice quota. The Jacket Gods are mean. Also I had almost no capacity to taste food, a Hep C treatment side effect that comes and goes. My 1969 picture was all over California yesterday, at least in areas where the SF Chronicle is available. Now, that beats food.

Needle Countdown -- Four to go.

We saw Once Upon A Time In The Midlands, an inde Brit tribute to Sergio Leone, and his Once Upon The Time In The West. While the tribute is sincere it is also playful, the British suburbs aren't exactly filled with mountains and deserts but there is always some strange spaghetti western music playing somewhere. The story line offers a low level, semi sexy, slightly good looking thug who has a bag of stolen money and wants to rebuild his life by returning to his former wife and daughter. He is a walking disaster, especially when some betrayed friends come looking for him. The plot hinges on whether his ex-wife's current cowardly lion boyfriend can stand up to the intruder.



posted by stew at 8:45 AM


wSunday, October 10, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Health Plan

It's exactly a month till the end of waging war
on my body
carried out by chemo injections and pills
fighting Hep C
and the rest of me
becoming collateral damage.

In 31 days
I will stage a complete withdrawal of all needles
from my battered thighs
without benefit of French and Spanish diplomats

For six month Monitors
will closely watch my blood
for infiltrating enemies, great betrayers
and viral deadenders.

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Day 295 --- In the morning I went to the farmers market with Judy. I met a friend who told me she knew someone who had just finished the Hep C treatment and fully recovered in six weeks. That's certainly acceptable news.
I slept for the better part of the afternoon (the Hep C needle coming on strong) while Judy read the new Philip Roth book about a semi fascist takeover in America. Set in the early 1940s, it may really be a secret portrait of the Bush era.
There is a column about me and my book "Who The Hell is Stew Albert" in today's Sunday SF Chronicle by Heidi Benson. It's a very friendly piece guaranteed to triumph over the strongest chemo side effects.

Last Night we watched "Bad Boys 11." Featuring two Miami cops who are old high school pals, both are Black, one is neurotic the other psychopathic, they are a pepper and pepper team, out to do in a Cuban crime lord who deals in Ecstasy. There is so much killing, torture and defiling of corpses that the movie might have been better named, "Why We Are In Iraq." While there are a few funny encounters and at least one quality Ecstasy sex scene, the film eventually gets very hard to take. Its worst moments take place in Cuba where our heroes destroy countless homes of very poor people in their effort to reach American soil, otherwise known as Guantanamo Bay. Where one can hope, the cops were mistaken for Arabs.


posted by stew at 10:07 AM