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wSaturday, October 30, 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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To be or not to be

Bushies hinted he was dead
but Bin laden lives
in one piece
with a great new script writer
who must be watching Michael Moore movies.
BL made fun of Bush
getting a girl's goat
and claims he didn't get
the Tower terrorizing technique
from a Tarot reading
but by being in Beirut
when Israel blew up its sky scrapers.
Why has an official arch villain
of much murder
asserted himself in this election?

Probably missed seeing his name in lights
and darkness.

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Day 314 --- Needle Countdown - one to go. I shot up last night and woke up early--sleeping half the afternoon will do that. Breathing is getting slightly more difficult. The Anemia side effect causes that. But all thoughts are on the treatment's impending conclusion. The world of feeling good seems like such a foreign place. What's it like to have an appetite and some energy? I can't wait to find out.

We saw The Wedding Banquet. Chinese-American director Ang Lee presents a fascinating portrait of a Taiwan born Yuppie living in NYC with a handsome boyfriend, the doctor, who seems to have just one problem, the young man has never told his Taiwan based parents that he is gay. Now the father, a retired General, has had a stroke and he and the mother are coming to NY to see to it that their son gets married and gives them a grandson. The desperate son persuades a beautiful woman to enter into a false marriage, she gets a green card and gets his parents off his back. All plans are disrupted when the owner of the best Chinese Restaurant in town turns out to be a former aide of the father and insists on giving an enormous banquet as a wedding gift. This is also a great food film and that's the part that makes me want to live in China.


posted by stew at 9:33 AM


wFriday, October 29, 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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Corpses R' Us

100,000 Iraqis are dead
because of the US invasion,
it used to be
that heart attacks and strokes killed them
now its mostly Americans
playing the Angel Of Death.

Democracy on the march
goose stepping down Baghdad streets
in hobnailed boots
of excruciating pain.
Nobody was throwing flowers
even for the dead.

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Day 313--Hep C treatment countdown--Ten days and two needles to go. It was another sleepy wasted afternoon but at least I did some reading -- in the evening I schlepped myself with Judy to a Thai restaurant and had the mildest food on the menu which of course burned my tongue -- but it was OK and it's always great to get out. I have a friend in NYC who calls me with great regularity. Each time he calls, he is surprised to learn that I am taking chemo for Hep C. Maybe he should cut back on the dope?

We watched Yank Tanks, an American documentary made in Cuba about a mechanical miracle -- the fact that an enormous number of American cars left over from the 1950s still manage to negotiate the highways of Havana. The film portrays the brilliant inventiveness and artistic imagination that keep the old elegant jalopies on the road. Parts, otherwise absolutely unattainable, are manufactured in garages. And Cuban mechanics put Russian and Chinese parts into the Chevys of Havana. Artists sometimes paint the cars with elaborate designs and African mysteries. They worship a visionary time when form was not determined by function. The film also does a fantastic of portraying the energy, intelligence, music and fantastic humor of the Cuban people.


posted by stew at 8:46 AM


wThursday, October 28, 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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Lying Liars

Holiness is always well hidden
in the promised land
of Arik Sharon.
He is a legendary liar
usually cheered on
by ultra right wing kabbalists and other sacred saints
when he is screwing Arabs and Americans

But now the gnawing suspicion grows painful
that he is pulling a fast one on the Jews.

He boots them from Gaza
can the West Bank of Abraham & Sarah
be far behind?

Being at the brutal receiving end
of his lies
doesn't make for a joyous Chanukah.

The Torah scholars are now mumbling
about assassination and civil war.
Beware oh Rabbis of mystery
Sharon has another great skill
he knows how to fill graveyards.

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Day 312 -- Judy and I got our flu shots yesterday. We came to Kaiser during mid morning and there was no crowd at all. My Hep C and Chemo and Anemia earned me the shot. Judy's asthma put her on the acceptance list. I did the flu shot on Wednesday to get some distance from the Friday night Interferon needle. But there was plenty of bad chemistry anyway and I was really screwed up till the evening. Ah well, only 11 days and two shots to go.

We saw Zorro The Gay Blade. Don Diego returns from Spain to discover his father has been murdered. He also learns that the old man was the legendary Zorro. Diego decides to carry on in the family tradition. He is aided by his over the top Gay and charming brother Bunny Wigglesworth, just returned from the sea, who wears much more colorful versions of the Zorro costume and is fantastic with a whip. George Hamilton plays both brothers with a lovable comic brilliance. There is great romance in store for Zorro and a crazed dictator to dipose. Strange factoid: The Gay Blade was a great favorite of Imelda Marcos and so was George Hamilton.


posted by stew at 8:48 AM


wWednesday, October 27, 2004


The Ventriloquist

When your hand whittled dummy
Allawi
is calling you an asshole
and you don't know how to quiet
his hideous voice,
your career
as a ventriloquist is over,
might as well buy another baseball team.

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Day 311 ---- I have thirteen chemo treatment days to go. I had a great visit with Hammond in the morning and our very old friend, Jeff J was briefly in town and stayed over. The guys made for great diversion from the chemo blues. As for new side effects -- my skin on the top of my left forearm is slightly breaking down.

Because of Jeff's night time visit we didn't watch a movie.


posted by stew at 8:15 AM


wTuesday, October 26, 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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The Big Fix


Kid Clinton coming back
from coronary bypass
introduced as our last elected president.

Everyone knows the dice were loaded
the last time
and most Americans figure the fix is in
for the next November 2.

What a mushed up banana republic
we've become
in just four years of pain
with Bush flushing laws, figures and facts.
An oily and corrupt
Jesus the Halliburton runs our foreign policy.

Bushies boast about suppressing
the Black vote.
Not wanting to seem bigoted
leaving no American behind
they won't count yours either.

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Day 310 -- I have just two weeks of chemo time left. The side effects continue to be nasty. I slept away half the afternoon and felt fairly horrible but as I near the end -- the Hep C treatment suffering is taking on a slightly paper tigerish quality. It's mostly lost the power of endless time to intimidate my mind and emotions.

We saw Unstrung Heroes. A kid's wonderful mother is slowly dying of Cancer and his father can just bark orders and cry. He runs away to live with his two crazy uncles who are collectors of almost anything that can be found in a garbage can and they have also become a bizarre mix of Orthodox Jews and 1950s paranoid Communists. The young man is offered love, fun and exciting escapist games (a shade of Yippie here) to get him over the pain. A favorite scene? The kid singing The Internationale in school instead of the Star Spangled Banner. In a very strong cast, John Turturro and Michael Richards are amazing.




posted by stew at 7:58 AM


wMonday, October 25, 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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They Also Serve


Just like at the Valentine's Day Massacre
they came to slaughter
dressed as cops.

Newly trained Iraqi soldiers
who work for Bush and are fair targets
in wars of insurgency
but they took Dubya's shilling
because they were broke and unemployed
as democracy marched over them.
The emperor's soldiers driving en masse
over hellish roads
and he forgets to give them guns.
Attention Deficit Syndrome
going too far and fast.

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Day 309 -- We went to the bird preserve where heroic Hawks and Herons ruled. What is there about the Hep C treatment chemistry that makes me be more interested in the other species? I even love looking at TV crocodiles.
Judy had a great idea yesterday, take advantage of the sunny weather and look at winged migrations for real.
I cooked up the last of our tomato crop last night. But we have a bottle of green tomatoes in vinegar -- just like at an NY Deli.

We watched The Sixth Man. It's a supernatural comedy about two black brothers who play great college basketball. One dies during a game and then manages to return as a very ambitious ghost. He insists on still being a team member -- it makes for novel forms of big time cheating. Eventually the living brother and the team are faced with a powerful moral challenge and so is a beautiful woman reporter. Should the ghost be kicked off the team? Should the reporter write about it? The frequent basketball scenes are great and all the characters are very likable -- not a villain in the bunch.


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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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They Also Serve


Just like at the Valentine's Day Massacre
they came to slaughter
dressed as cops.

Newly trained Iraqi soldiers
who work for Bush and are fair targets
in wars of insurgency
but they took Dubya's shilling
because they were broke and unemployed
as democracy marched over them.
The emperor's soldiers driving en masse
over hellish roads
and he forgets to give them guns.
Attention Deficit Syndrome
going too far and fast.

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Day 309 -- We went to the bird preserve where heroic Hawks and Herons ruled. What is there about the Hep C treatment chemistry that makes me be more interested in the other species? I even love looking at TV crocodiles.
Judy had a great idea yesterday, take advantage of the sunny weather and look at winged migrations for real.
I cooked up the last of our tomato crop last night. But we have a bottle of green tomatoes in vinegar -- just like at an NY Deli.

We watched The Sixth Man. It's a supernatural comedy about two black brothers who play great college basketball. One dies during a game and then manages to return as a very ambitious ghost. He insists on still being a team member -- it makes for novel forms of big time cheating. Eventually the living brother and the team are faced with a powerful moral challenge and so is a beautiful woman reporter. Should the ghost be kicked off the team? Should the reporter write about it? The frequent basketball scenes are great and all the characters are very likable -- not a villain in the bunch.


posted by stew at 8:33 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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They Also Serve


Just like at the Valentine's Day Massacre
they came to slaughter
dressed as cops.

Newly trained Iraqi soldiers
who work for Bush and are fair targets
in wars of insurgency
but they took Dubya's shilling
because they were broke and unemployed
as democracy marched over them.
The emperor's soldiers driving en masse
over hellish roads
and he forgets to give them guns.
Attention Deficit Syndrome
going too far and fast.

---

Day 309 -- We went to the bird preserve where heroic Hawks and Herons ruled. What is there about the Hep C treatment chemistry that makes me be more interested in the other species? I even love looking at TV crocodiles.
Judy had a great idea yesterday, take advantage of the sunny weather and look at winged migrations for real.
I cooked up the last of our tomato crop last night. But we have a bottle of green tomatoes in vinegar -- just like at an NY Deli.

We watched The Sixth Man. It's a supernatural comedy about two black brothers who play great college basketball. One dies during a game and then manages to return as a very ambitious ghost. He insists on still being a team member -- it makes for novel forms of big time cheating. Eventually the living brother and the team are faced with a powerful moral challenge and so is a beautiful woman reporter. Should the ghost be kicked off the team? Should the reporter write about it? The frequent basketball scenes are great and all the characters are very likable -- not a villain in the bunch.


posted by stew at 8:33 AM


wSunday, October 24, 2004




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posted by stew at 10:56 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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Over The Rainbow

Draining and straining my way
up hilly high side walks,
gasping for air

I can see rainbows
in the nearest distance.
Bush losing
Chemotherapy concluding

burning bright flames of hope
in a once darkened sky.

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Day 308 ---Needle Countdown - two to go. I was post needle feverish but with a mighty effort of mind over matter schlep power, Judy and I went to the movies and ordered a pizza. I have 16 days to go and this period really reminds me of the last days of my Santa Rita jail sentence when the world outside again became more real than the one behind bars. I still feel quite ill but the sick world is a lot less compelling than that other healthy world which is soon to follow.

We saw Saun Of The Dead. At last somebody has made an over the top very funny and socially insightful zombie comedy. Taking place in the streets of London, and a favorite neighborhood pub, the zombies at first go unrecognized because their deadly hopeless stares are so typical of the average Brit coming and going from work. Only when their numbers grow enormous are the walking dead recognized, the film than takes a somewhat typical survivalist turn to absolutely brutal zombie fighting. But plenty of original comic surprises remain. A favorite scene occurs when the still living, disguise themselves as zombies. They pull it off because the change in their manner is hardly dramatic. My favorite scene, a plausible evolution from the original Night Of The Living Dead occurs right at the film's conclusion. Unfortunately, I can't give it away.


posted by stew at 10:56 AM