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wSaturday, November 27, 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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Downer

Celebrating Thanksgiving
a man in black
jumped off the Empire State building

Once looked down upon by the former
World Trade Center
New York's born again tallest building
is now a fully restored
super tourist attraction.

Why did the guy jump?
Was he protesting the war in Iraq?
Or his girlfriend.

"What's his name"
is already forgotten

so we'll never know.

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TDA 18 --I checked a medical website and my hand swelling is certainly gout and it was most likely caused by the Hep C chemotherapy. It's strange getting new sire effects after the treatment is over, it can happen, but it feels like being haunted by a ghost.

We took Jessica to the airport this morning. She is flying back to law school. It was a great visit. I looked forward to it when I was on the Chemo. It kept me going and it certainly did not disappoint.

We saw Miracle. It's 1980 and America is in big trouble, Iranian students have captured its Tehran embassy, gas is being rationed, Three Mile Island is exploding, the Russians are in Afghanistan and a pessimistic Carter is in the White House. Amidst this massive malaise the American hockey team comes to the rescue. They are scheduled to play the seemingly unbeatable Soviet team in the winter Olympics. The Americans are super underdogs but they have a driven, brilliant, moderately cruel and manipulative coach who will whip them into shape. The hockey scenes are action packed and near thrilling but there is no character development. It's all about the supreme greatness of the coach and the players come in only a distant second. USA USA!


posted by stew at 8:37 AM


wFriday, November 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
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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Civil War

Talk of secession from
Dubya's Dumbfuckistan at the Thanksgiving table
remaining on Turkey Island
with its gentle atmosphere rich in mellow tryptophan
breaking all ties with mainland and mainstream
relaxed joking fully satisfied
who needs anyone else?

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TDA 17 --- Big swelling around my left thumb. The skin is red and it aches. I was told that new side effects from the Hep C chemo could develop for up to three months after the treatment has been concluded. Is this an example? In any case. I imagine the problem will go away after a brief visit. We had a great Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends and room at the Turkey Inn for Vegans. Dom's new friend is likable and good.

We saw Annie. Leaping Lizards Annie is a prisoner in an orphanage presided over by a nasty mean and silly drunk played to perfection by Carol Burnett. Somehow the legendary orphan winds up in the all singing and dancing mansion of the legendary billionaire Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks who falls for her limitless charms in close to an instant. Annie persuades Warbucks to stop being a reactionary Republican and charms him into joining FDR's New Deal. The movie catches a lot of the social optimism of the Roosevelt period, there are few nasty villains around but the indomitable Annie will always triumph.


posted by stew at 10:23 AM


wThursday, November 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
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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Thanksgiving

Maybe you believe this is the year
for General Jesus to get off his rocks
killing every Jew, Moslem and Buddhist
who looks at him sideways.
Naturally you're thankful.

Maybe you're
a kind of
pro-life, capital punishment, hater of taxes and trees.
Bush is your President.
Naturally you're thankful.

Maybe you just stopped injecting
chemo poison into your thigh
you're feeling a bit better
your wife is with you
your daughter came up from San Francisco
you hate Dubya
you love your family.
Naturally you're thankful.

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TDA 16 --- I had my most energetic day since the end of chemo. We went shopping for the big meal and I bought a coffee table book called Hippies. There is a great full page photo of Jerry Rubin, Pigasus. me and a mean cop taken in Chicago in 1968.
When we came home after a few hours buying tons of food, I didn't fall asleep on the couch. That's a very good sign.
Jessica flew in last night from SF. Its wonderful to see her again after six months. We celebrated by having tomato and bread Tuscan soup, frozen and saved from the summer.

We didn't watch a movie last night. Jessica was more fun than any flick.


posted by stew at 9:20 AM


wWednesday, November 24, 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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The Deer Hunter

Six deer hunters
figured Cha Vang was just another little Hmong gook
they could insult
they could shoot at
since he was hunting on their land
and a foreigner

But Vang is the son of General Vang Pao
a CIA killer
who once commanded their secret army
in South East Asia.
The six deer hunters were made very dead
it seems
Cha Vang fired back in triplicate.

Americans love movie murderous
crazy white men
who go homicidal when insulted
filling cemeteries in reply.
Arnold was even elected governor
Rambo became a concept
but Cha Vang is very real and the wrong race.
He's not heading for Hollywood.

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TDA 15 -- I got the results from my last blood test. Minus the Hep C chemo, the Anemia is improving. It's not dramatic -- the hemoglobin reading went from 9.4 to 10.2 (my normal reading is 16) but I feel more energetic and the direction is very good. So no more tests for six months -- and the Hep C chemo side effects will be slowly going away. Nurse MJ did tell me that because of my age (65 years on Dec 4) the recovery process will be slower.

We saw Point OF No Return. Bridget Fonda is a member of a murderous gang of junkies. She kills a couple of people and is executed by the State. But despite a staged funeral Bridget lives. She wakes up in a government training facility. In exchange for her life she will become a trained killer in a very secret service. She's a natural for the gig except that when they civilize her with a new hair style, table manners, splendid posture and fine grammar, she gets a new boy friend and decides she finds killing rather distasteful. Naturally this change of heart causes her some problems with her humorless employer. Point Of No Return is an exact remake of a somewhat better French version, Nikita.


posted by stew at 10:38 AM


wTuesday, November 23, 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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General Nuisance

Is Bush bought off
by Shiite bucks
or is it metaphysical madness?

Invading Iraq
putting imaginary weapons
in great Satan's hands
as cover
for free elections
under martial law
with triumphant results
as Shiites sweep all polls.

Perhaps Christians have decided
that Shiite rule is another code breaking precursor
for Book Of Revelations final conflict
the second coming of General J. Christ?
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Taxing Poll

New York Times poll
says
most Americans are optimistic
about the next four years
but forgets to tell us
in the newspaper of record
just what is optimism.
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TDA 14 -- I do continue to feel better. Is that the beginning of a returning curl in my blond hair?
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We saw Love And Action in Chicago, it's a romantic comedy about a guy who kills people the government doesn't like. Eddie the Eliminator is a tightly wrapped individual who resembles a conservative Christian black Republican. Eddie has given up sex as a sacrificial tradeoff because his murdering people might be a sin in the eyes of God. Along comes an appealing woman who is a bit like a black feminist Yippie and the hit man begins to seriously unravel. He wants to quite the Eliminator Corps. Unfortunately his bosses prefer him dead. This film would have been a lot more fun, if someone besides Eddie and his girlfriend were given a few decent lines or activities.


posted by stew at 8:11 AM


wMonday, November 22, 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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& Andes

Chile not being good to Bush
major riots and looting greet his presence
still nobody throwing flowers

a major dinner is called off
because high Chilean officials
don't need no stinkin' gringos giving them a frisk
getting them into
their own Moneda Presidential Palace.

Topping off unlimited embarrassment
Bush got in a pushing match
with Chilean police
who once specialized
in disappearing their victims.
Unfortunately Dubya was recognized.

Thinking back to when the CIA
overthrew that Arab fanatic
al Allende,
Bush was overheard to say of La Moneda:
We bombed it. We fixed it. We own it.

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TDA 13 --- We went to the bird preserves in Washington, Tons of geese and ducks getting their migration act together. Also lot of Hawks and Herons but the star of the day was an Eagle (spotted by Judy) perched high up in a tree looking out over so many birds -- perhaps thinking some might make excellent dinner companions. You can't mistake an Eagle -- nothing else looks like one. Not even close.
I did feel better again yesterday. Modest post Chemo recovery was taking place. I didn't sleep much during the day and I wasn't exhausted when we came home.



We watched Ernst Lubitsh's great 1925 version of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan. How to do you translate Wilde's brilliant verbal witticisms to the silent screen? You do it through facial expressions so subtle and unique, a modern viewer may never even have seen them before. The well married Lady Windermere believes her mother died when she was young and was a saint. Actually, she was a disgraced woman who had to leave England. Now she has returned and is blackmailing Lord Windermere. If he doesn't give her some big bucks she will reveal her true identity to her daughter Lady Windermere. Presumably, the shock of learning the truth, will kill this very healthy young woman. Wilde's story is all about upper class hypocrisy, cruelty, and double standards. The disgraced mother turns out to be the plot's most moral character.


posted by stew at 8:37 AM


wSunday, November 21, 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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The Horror

The Sunday Times
are bad.
Old wars and new.
Iraq still bleeds
like some Jason and Freddy chop chop
flood of blood.

Iran living next door
is having very bad dreams
about Crawford Manor
and its mysterious Master.
He never drinks
--wine.
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Aborting Freedom

Congress is pro-choice
for hospitals only
declaring
they can now choose
to violate
your choice.

TDA 12 - I took it easy yesterday. Judy went to the Troutdale Mall for mystical experiences and shopping. She briefly saw a large hawk. I stayed home and read Bill Clinton's autobiography. Boy that guy knows how to make and use friends. I could use another post Chemo growth burst in health.

We saw Freddy vs Jason, a horror film in the tradition of Frankenstein vs Dracula or Godzilla vs Mothra or heaven protect us, Bush vs Kerry. The town's teenagers are no longer afraid of Freddy's dreamscape butchering. They are secretly being given dream suppressants by their parents and the police. Those teenagers who have first hand experience with Freddy have all been locked up in a local mental hospital. Freddy lives on fear, so he tricks slasher Jason into leaving a soft birth in Hell by pretending to be his domineering mother giving him orders to return to life, the joy of mass murder and Elm Street. Soon the kids are again very afraid and Freddy regains his full force. But wouldn't you know it? The two monsters start slashing each other. In addition to various adolescent sexual fears, the film is also about how much teenagers hate their lying scheming manipulative parents. The demons seems only slightly worse than the grown ups. The films grandest moment is when Freddy quotes FDR. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." And then gets on with the slaughter.


posted by stew at 10:26 AM