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wSaturday, January 22, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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Think Global

In his inaugural address
absentminded Dubya
misplaced the war on terror
and the axis of evil,
was Iraq in his other pocket?

Now, he has something more manic in mind:
a worldwide war for freedom
fought against everyone
with bad attitude and sloppy posture
when he shows the flag
why aren't you saluting?

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TDA 74 -- Old friend LG who we hadn't seen in many years has been reading my blogs and knew about the Hep C and the chemotherapy. Many years ago Judy and I had a yard sale and for some reason we sold my old hippie beads to L, so warm hearted person that she is, L decided that if I got my beads back, it would put me in touch with my audacious youth and aid in my recovery from chemo and maybe even the Hep C. She came by our house when we were at the Planned Parenthood luncheon and left the beads and a note by the door. LG is right, getting the beads did make me feel a lot better. She is one of so many who have supported me through my chemo Hell and recovery and made a very large difference. Thank You.

We saw Shrek 2, its a kind of animated Look Whose Coming To Dinner for ogres. Princess Fiona's parents invite their daughter and her new husband to their kingdom of Far, Far Away, to celebrate their daughter's marriage. Unfortunately they have no idea that she married a likable green monster and that she herself is looking a bit different. The kingdom strongly resembles Hollywood and the usual period of difficult in-law adjustment ensues. The king hires Puss In Boots, played by Antonio Banderas, to murder his son in law. The film is fun, imaginative and nicely scored, but it lacks some of the subtlety and range of the original. We especially enjoyed the sweet kitty look on Puss In Boots face just before he does something bad.


posted by stew at 10:29 AM


wFriday, January 21, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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Freedom Bully

Bush proclaiming Permanent Counter Revolution.
Declares America
gonna be free enterprise perfect
only
if whole world watching
becomes absolutely free enterprising
privatizing social security and sunrise.

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TDA 73 -- I went to a Planned Parenthood luncheon that Judy and her staff put together. Eight hundred people packed the Hilton Hotel's hall and Pat Schroeder who served in the United States House of Representatives for 24 years was the featured speaker. Being there on the day of the Bush coronation provided me, Judy and the entire audience with a great alternative environment -- it was a very good event on a very bad day. Naturally people were generous in their donations.

We didn't see any movies.
Last night Jon Stewart on the Daily Show asked a crucial question, was Bush being "sworn in as President or Dungeon Master." We'll find out.



posted by stew at 9:22 AM


wThursday, January 20, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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Oy Freedom

On parade formation marching
Heil Jesus Christians saluting Bush
as exploding White House fire works
celebrate freedom
in a barbwired city
of scary new gizmos,
the latest offerings
from
"1984 Is Us" toy store
of maximum control.

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TDA 72 -- I've learned that our local Kaiser is now treating the Genotype 1 form of Hepatitis C with an 11 month course of treatment. In the past Kaiser treated it with six months of chemotherapy. And it had a high rate of success. The Genotype 1 type is not very common. I have the much more typical Genotype 2 kind of Hep C. It is treated with 11 months of chemo and has a noticeably lower rate of success. When I passed 6 months of chemo and had 5 to go I was very envious of the Genotype 1 types. If I suffered from G. 1 the treatment would now be over and almost certainly, I would be cured. But now, because it was discovered that if Genotype 1's did an extra 5 months of chemo, their already good chance of complete recovery went up by ten percent. Is the percentage improvement worth the time extension? Is it worth the price of pain?

We saw So I Married An Ax Murderer. Mike Myers plays a modern day San Francisco beat poet who performs his stuff at a cafe on Jack Kerouac Street. He has one major character weakness. The poet always gets paranoid about his girlfriends and their intentions. He breaks up with them and then writes poems about how he got screwed. Now he's in love with a lady butcher and he is starting to believe she may be a notorious ax murderer who kills her husbands on the night of their honeymoon. He marries her anyway. Obviously there may be some trouble ahead. This is a pleasant film of good parts, situations and characters, including the poets parents (the father is also played by Myers), the bride, the poet's cop friend etc, but alas the likable parts don't quite come together. That's a pity. It could have been a comic classic.




posted by stew at 8:24 AM


wWednesday, January 19, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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Festival Of Light

In a shadow world of bleak possibility
a sunrise out of darkness
in burning colors of shocking celebration
commands awe
if only
in brief passing.

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TDA 71 -- I'm into my third month of chemo recovery and some things are great like my blood pressure is very normal and many of the most difficult symptoms of Hep C chemo have all but vanished, yet I don't quite feel myself and some new (I was warned this could happen) chemo symptoms are appearing, like why do I get chills after I urinate and why am I having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep? It's important for me to remember that after 11 months of poisoning my body, the damage caused doesn't pass easily. Patience and more patience is required. I saw the second part of the Burn's Jack Johnson documentary and for any fight fans reading this -- restored newsreel footage indicates that Johnson did not throw his fight with Jess Williard. The great champion looks too old and out of shape to be fighting such a strong large young man. I can understand his condition.

We saw Lawnmower Man 11. You remember the original Lawnmower Man? He was this young learning arrested guy who was taken over by a wicked scientist in an experiment that incredibly increased the dumb guy's intelligence and eventually drove him crazy. At film's end, we thought he perished by fire, but no, he's back and via a futuristic Internet, he's trying to rule the world. And so is an evil capitalist who employs Lawnmower Man's unbelievable intelligence. It all takes place in a future and fascistic looking Los Angeles. The film's computer created effects make for good video games, but the plot and its motivations are strictly comic book.


posted by stew at 8:39 AM


wTuesday, January 18, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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Shine On

Here and there
fleeting sparks flash in the night
they don't light it up.

It's darkest now,
Bush White House has canceled dawn
announcing that terrorists plan
on using the bright light.

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TDA 70 -- Car cleaning and assorted chores dominated yesterday. Also we are trying to get a booking agency (that once handled Abbie vs. Jerry) to get me some speaking gigs. They must be convinced that I'm interesting enough to draw an audience. I've not fully recovered from the chemo (yet) or is it a lingering Cold?

We watched a Ken Burns PBS documentary, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall of Jack Johnson. He was the first Black fighter (pre WW1) to hold the World Heavyweight boxing championship and that fact combined with his unbelievably individualistic intelligence personality and personal behavior (he traveled with groups of white women) sparked massive violent racist reactions in America and the call for a "great white hope" to reclaim the title for the master race. What I found most fascinating was the restored footage of some of his big fights. He was big, fast, smart, very strong and lethal. He might have been the greatest.


posted by stew at 8:25 AM


wMonday, January 17, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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American Winner

Treasure chest robbing for the rich
torturing Iraqi poor
explaining that Osama
can run
but he can also hide
weapons of mass disconnection,

imagining a Grand Canyon
filled with new lies
strutting toward his inauguration
which by right of birth

his reward for failure.

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TDA 69 -- We spent another quiet pleasant day spent indoors, by afternoon it was melting out there, but we stayed in here. Chemo side effects lingering but much less -- an upcoming trip to the Bay Area may chase them away. HBO revived Carnivale for another season and it was on last night. I love looking at it and I love its mood, but I still haven't figured out what it's about. I have the same relationship with life.

We saw Cold Mountain, a beautifully photographed film set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It's a splendid antiwar chick flick about the Civil War and the hideous effects it has on both its fighters and the woman (and some men) who remain home. The only ones who hold on to their souls are those who resist the war and its culture of death by bonding together in a new sense of family. A deserting southern soldier tries to go home and find the woman he loves. The woman waits bravely, she never loses hope. The film is strongly supported by some magnificent old fashioned mountain music.


posted by stew at 9:38 AM


wSunday, January 16, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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Arise Ye Prisoners

Grandma & Pa Bolshevik
on frozen streets of wintery pain
standing tall
under tough busts of Lenin
proclaiming to posterity
they will continue riding buses for free
same way they got around
under old red tyranny
which gave them subsidized rents
and 1984 type low medical bills.

Worldwide editorial pundits of liberty
proclaiming ancient protesters
are dead end Russian Reds
not paying
freedom's exorbitant price
we ought to send them to Iraq,

we'll let them travel for free.

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TDA 68 -- Had a long deep sleep, my head and heart feel post chemo rested. Frozen into our Saturday house, Judy and I read books and magazines and watched movies. It was a relaxing day.

We saw The Stepford Wives, it's a hilarious remake. The nerd husbands of supremely successful career woman have found a very high tech way of turning their wives into slavishly obedient robots with big American breasts. The film moves happily along by sometimes duplicating the original version and then by throwing in some very unexpected plot twists. The new Stepford Wives is an over the top spoofy satire of sexism, male fears and Bush politics. It must be added that the Stepford husbands have become a bit more tolerant. They now allow a token Jew and Gay to be members of their secret club. The presence of Bette Midler, greatly adds to the fun.


posted by stew at 11:49 AM