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wSaturday, November 20, 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Seasons Greetings

Looming darkness
whispers
live for the day,
terrorists are growing poppies
the ice caps are melting
so is the dollar

Sears is being eaten alive,
by land hungry K Mart
who will grow no tomatoes
just meandering Malls.

Smile.
Have a great day.
Shop till you drop
the dollar is worthless.
Merry Christmas.

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TDA 11-- Maybe I'm getting an ordinary and seasonal Cold today. Maybe it isn't residual Hep C chemo side effects. I'll keep you posted.

City By The Sea, staring Robert De Niro as a New York cop with a gruesome history is a movie with a very complicated storyline. When De Niro was a kid his father was executed for kidnaping and accidentally killing a baby. De Niro grew up to be a cop with an unsuccessful marriage. He abandoned his wife and baby. Now De Niro has been assigned to find the murderer of a drug dealer who is his grown up, and never seen, son. Seeking redemption, he tries to help the kid. More death follows. The film is very well acted and shot in Long Beach New York, a city that was once filled with bright sun and hope and now seems to know only darkness.


posted by stew at 9:28 AM


wFriday, November 19, 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Stateless

Liberated Afghanistan
is a Narco State
Democratic Iraq
is a Failed State.
What do the Bushies
plan for New Iran?
A State Of Mind.

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TDA 10 --- I went back to the lab this morning for blood tests. To get the latest Anemia results. I should find out all about it on Monday. I certainly seemed to resume my recovery efforts yesterday. I felt better and was in a good mood. I went shopping with Judy in Costco (we bought an air purifier and negative ionizer) and when we came home, I didn't sleep for three hours. And I even felt a bit less edgy in the evening.

I saw Scary Movie 3, and it's not a bit frightening but it is really funny. All the contemporary horror movie conventions, and a number of specific films are sliced and diced with super slapstick satire, endless visual gags, and over the top absurdity. And ET's and Rap musicians are thrown in for good measure. The Rapsters show up to fight the Extra Terrestrials but they get in a fight and kill each other. The President of the US declares "they died for their country." The film finest moment is when a character is beheaded and her companion looks down at the severed head and asks "how are ya doing?" If only we could harness Scary Movie's comic energy and use it to fight George Bush.


posted by stew at 11:08 AM


wThursday, November 18, 2004


November 17, 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Return Of The Native

Not exactly frightened
by Uncle Sammy's slaughter
Fallujah insurgents have secret routes
back into their city of death.

American troops are stuck
in blood mud.
Insurgents are chanting:
Allah is great!
We're Baaack.

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TDA 9 -- For the moment, I seem to be stuck. I retain the "feeling better" improvements of the first few great days of no longer being on the Hep C chemo treatment but I am not now feeling new increments of improvement. I probably am getting better but it's so slow I don't notice it. Clearly this a time that calls for patience.
A friend told me he was an early Hep C treatment patient -- back when they did three needles a week and no pills. The doctors and nurses still didn't know much about the treatment's effects. There was little support. Little information. And a lower cure rate. It drove him nuts. He dropped out.

We watched TV programs last night and not movies. Wednesdays belong to the West Wing. Leo seems to be recovering from his heart attack.


posted by stew at 8:30 AM


wWednesday, November 17, 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Private Party

Sewing up Deferential Nation
Bush orders a Rice dish
another yes woman
keeping him off booze.

The CIA being purged of independent thought
new boss telling the careerists
they must support Bush
or beat it.

Dubya's private lawyer is
his new
off with their heads
Attorney General
of countless Texas executions.

Its all a big happy family
deferring to Big Brother
crossing his T's, doting his I's
and letting record breaking corpses
fall where they may.
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TDA 8 -- It's been a week since I stopped taking the Hep C chemo drugs. And I certainly do feel a little better. Predictably its hard not to get impatient at the slow process of recovery since it usually takes a few months of detoxification. And I suspect Anemia is still a big trouble maker. (new blood tests on Monday) But I survived the treatment so I should do well with the recovery.

We saw The Fog Of War, a sympathetic documentary on the life and warrior times of Robert Strange McNamara, JFK's and LBJ's former Secretary of Defense. It's mostly made up of extended interviews with McNamara and recalls a life time of war making against the Japanese and Vietnam as well as the Cuban Missile Crisis where we all almost went down for the count. McNamara is strangely engaging, mostly because he turns out to be a humanistic human being after all. Mistakes?. He admits he made them. Regrets? He has a few. But way too few. The triumph of this documentary is that it brings out more self doubt and guilt in McNamara's body language and facial expressions than he is capable of acknowledging with words. An amazing highlight of The Fog Of War is a recorded conversation between LBJ and McNamara which makes clear that Johnson's military escalation of the Vietnam conflict was a deliberate reversal of Kennedy's policy. The murder of JFK was certainly a boon to the hawks.


posted by stew at 8:45 AM


wTuesday, November 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Fried Green Brains

The Nazis had a certain respect
for their marks
a big lie
to be plausible had to be repeated without contradiction.
You wouldn't have German headlines proclaiming
Jews transferred east to work for Fatherland
and
Jews perish in gas chambers as synagogues are liberated
You can't peddle the lie
and tell the truth
except in fried green brained America
where headlines in the same edition
proclaim the complete conquest of Fallujah
and how we are still bombing the shit
out of rebel holdouts.
And they do and don't
have weapons of mass destruction.
Even Goebbels would have said
nobody will believe it
but that was before television.

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TDA 7 -- Still feeling knocked out from the Sunday walk in the woods, it's funny how some Hep C chemo side effects are noticeably diminishing and others hang on -- but not surprising since it is only a week that I stopped taking the poison, and I've actually made quicker progress than I expected. It's reassuring to know, I can only go uphill from here.

We saw Joe and Max, the film. It's the 1930s and Joe Louis and Max Schmeling are preparing for a championship fight. Joe has the title and Max wants it. Nothing unusual about any of this except that the German Schmeling is Hitler's favorite fighter and Joe Louis, the first black heavy weight champion in decades has become a national hero and a symbol of American democracy, The fight seems to be a model for World War 2. The portrait of the corrupt boxing world of that era is accurate as is the portrayal of the social and political climate surrounding the fighters. The plot's big surprise is that Max wasn't really a Nazi (more like an opportunist with a Jewish manager) and that throughout their brutal battles he and Joe really became warm personal friends. A friendship that survived the war between them and their nations. Of course, after WW2 Schmeling dropped the villain persona and became a wealthy businessman working for Coca Cola in Berlin and Joe was financially broken by the IRS. He was last seen working as a greeter in Las Vegas.


posted by stew at 8:10 AM


wMonday, November 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Fallujah funnies

Bush wins
War is declared!

It's a tried tale
about idealists who bomb and blitz
cities of the poor
so that they can rebuild them
with limitless chocolate bars
and photo opportunities
of
get on my lap kid
or I'll blow up your house.

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TDA 6 --- There is a Jewish high holiday ritual where you throw little rocks into a river -- each one represents a sin you have committed in the past year. Judy and I did that ritual a few months ago, its was a good experience but also unsatisfying. I declared that I wanted to return to the river when the Hep C chemo treatment was over and throw any left over pills into the rushing stream. We did that yesterday, with each pill representing something bad it had done to me or my family. We had a great time, it felt great to strike back against medication that was experienced as a persecutor for 11 months. The park was closed so we had to hike in. It wasn't easy but a week ago I couldn't have done it at all.

We saw Clash Of The Wolves, a 1925 silent movie starring the immortal Rin Tin Tin. The plot is a kind of "Call Of The Wild" in reverse where an Alpha Wolf leader of the pack turns into an amiable dog who is grateful to the handsome Borax prospector who saved his life by pulling a piece of cactus out of his infected foot. When claim jumpers try to steal his new human friend's riches Rin Tin Tin goes into action and fortunately retains many incredible wolf abilities as well as the loyalty of the pack. Rin Tin Tin was capable of amazing leaps, comic acting, ferocious fights, subtle mechanical moves and an amazing athleticism. All in all, the dog who built Hollywood could certainly have kicked Lassie's ass.


posted by stew at 8:25 AM


wSunday, November 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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It's Getting Better

When Dante left Hell
he went out through its most horrible center,
my last chemo day was hideous
with unlimited discomfort.

The Florentine poet wound up in Purgatory
still looking for his girlfriend,
it hurt like Hell
but now his pain was brief,
it had time limits.

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TDA 5--I realized something yesterday. I had not yawned for 11 months while I was on the Hep C chemo treatment. I had been yawning a bit after the treatment ended and then it turned major last night while we were in bed. Really deep relaxing yawns and I realized I hadn't had them for the full time of treatment. Some mind therapists believe yawning offers a major release for inner tension. I guess I couldn't do it because my body was so tight and restricted by the drugs. Yawn and Yippie!

We saw Master and Commander. It's 1805 and France and England and are battling for control of the western world and for the moment most of their fighting is on high seas. A bold and imaginative Captain played by Russell Crowe is in pursuit of a much larger and faster French ship. The captain is an interesting guy, besides having the required tyrannical edge, he also loves playing his violin, can be very kind, has a sense of fun and sometimes enjoys arguing values with his good friend, the ship's doctor, who is also a brilliant Naturalist. Life on Crowe's ship is well portrayed from the cannons to the sea chants and there are enough well played and sympathetic people around to make you care about the outcome. Master and Commander is a well made film, but alas, at bottom it is about men who kill for a profession and always find moral justification for their actions.


posted by stew at 9:29 AM