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wSaturday, February 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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The World Today

Suicide vomit Bulimia self mutilation death cults
recruiting on the web
plus Americans reenlisting in National Guard
for $15,000 bonus
see them dying in Iraq
for another 12 Grand

wounded meat
see them seeing
only not moving
forever.

Fox News nightly reports
on global spread of our goodness
and democracy.
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Day In The Life -- Judy and I went to Havurah's Friday night service and friend Joey the Rabbi gave a good talk on the potential power of personal holiness. He talked about Thomas Merton, the Catholic monk, who in the early 60's was one of the great tellers of personal and universal truth. There were some good warm hearted friends present, but most of the people, well, we didn't know them and they seemed like a sad lot who are just trying to make it through the night. When people ask me about my missing curls, I tell them that they will return. When? They ask. I reply, "I don't know, it's like waiting for the Messiah.

No movie last night, but Monk (TV's detective and not Thomas Mertion) was on a winning streak in Las Vegas.


posted by stew at 9:51 AM


wFriday, February 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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Squads

Imperial blood lusting
Pentagon patriots of pain,
thirsting for death squads
hunting down terrorists like
Brarbara Boxer, Osama and Lynn Stewart
salute Negroponte
who in Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador
cut Commie throats, filling rebel rectums
with free flowing electricity,

Negroponte chickens coming home to roost.

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Day In The Life -- Brothers and Sisters for the past year I have been a junky slave to drugs (Hep C Chemotherapy), now once again I am a freeman but what is freedom in the time of our Bush? I'm thinking about this a lot because I crave it so much. My morning mail brings good news. Some kind of wild German Yippies, have for years, been placing lots of little plastic American flags in piles of dog shit. Now that's freedom.

We saw Sphere, a sci fi thriller staring Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone. A space ship is discovered a thousand feet beneath the sea. An elite group is sent down to explore the discovery and they find a technology that allows them to turn their fantasy dreams into a living reality. Unfortunately, since they are contemporary humans, this means nightmares of death and destruction. Filmed in dark and terrifying places, and directed with precision, Sphere finally does put in a good and redemptive word for humility.


posted by stew at 8:59 AM


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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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Squads

Imperial blood lusting
Pentagon patriots of pain,
thirsting for death squads
hunting down terrorists like
Brarbara Boxer, Osama and Lynn Stewart
salute Negroponte
who in Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador
cut Commie throats, filling rebel rectums
with free flowing electricity,

Negroponte chickens coming home to roost.

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Day In The Life -- Brothers and Sisters for the past year I have been a junky slave to drugs (Hep C Chemotherapy), now once again I am a freeman but what is freedom in the time of our Bush? I'm thinking about this a lot because I crave it so much. My morning mail brings good news. Some kind of wild German Yippies, have for years, been placing lots of little plastic American flags in piles of dog shit. Now that's freedom.

We saw Sphere, a sci fi thriller staring Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone. A space ship is discovered a thousand feet beneath the sea. An elite group is sent down to explore the discovery and they find a technology that allows them to turn their fantasy dreams into a living reality. Unfortunately, since they are contemporary humans, this means nightmares of death and destruction. Filmed in dark and terrifying places, and directed with precision, Sphere finally does put in a good and redemptive word for humility.


posted by stew at 8:59 AM


wThursday, February 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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Election Results

Endless killing, greed without limits, poisoned water
and there is no fuel or electricity,

democratic vistas are fogged in
as Jeffersonian nightmares grow
on our Iraqi plantation.

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Return Of The Native

Big welcome home party
for the blonde guy,
he's back from a year in Hell
and
playing painful pick up Styx
by the riverside
he's telling folks,
I'm myself again,
claiming this land
is my land,

my country 'tis of thee
sweet sold out
lump of liberty,

become again
as you once walked in a dream

or
you can fuck yourself
with your robot soldiers
with your lying liars

and
the idiot savant
who winds you up.

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Day In The Life - What do doctors know and when did they know it? During my Chemotherapy, I was urged not to drink much coffee because it was hard on the liver, now a study from Japan shows people who don't drink coffee are twice as likely to get Liver Cancer. During my Chemo I was urged to drink a vat of water each day, then I read in the paper that drinking too much water when you are sick could make you even sicker. Also doctors told me that St John's Wort was useless for fighting the depression caused by Chemo, a new study says that the Wort is as effective as Antidepressants with much fewer side effects. Finally in today's NY Times, it turns out doctors were wrong to delay pain killing injections to woman who were about to give birth. Maybe all this new information will also prove to be wrong but the doctors should stop pretending they know more than they really do.

No movies but Krypto, Superman's dog, (he's great) made his first appearance on Smallville.


posted by stew at 8:49 AM


wWednesday, February 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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On The One Party State

Mad monsters escaped from collective nightmares
running amuck on Elm Street,
some citizens say
feed monstrosities a little sugar
of compromise
so they won't eat our children
but ravenous evil
still spits in their face.


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Day In The Life -- Rereading my chemo blogs is like taking a tour bus through Hell. It's not like I'm still living there but it does bring back memories of unyielding suffering and fire. Maybe a useful book will come out of my efforts and pain. Judy and I watched the big TV Westminister dog show but I slept through most of it. I was disappointed to find out that my favorite smiling, popular and good natured Retriever did not even finish in the money. I guess I look at that good natured creature as a very worthwhile role model.

No movies last night, I'm still recovering from Crazy As Hell.


posted by stew at 8:57 AM


wTuesday, February 15, 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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Ownership Society

Fuel rising
wages falling
jobs disappearing
Bush handing money over to needy plutocrats

millions of Americans
knocking on doors of warmth
pleading gimme food and shelter
from Dubya's raging storm,
but cupboards are stark naked

ghost of compassion
goes screaming in a frozen night
but politicians turn away
only wanting its endorsement
every four years.

(The above is inspired by an online article titled Study: Homeless Shelters, Food in Demand By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press Writer.)



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Day In The Life -- Judy brought home some fine candy for Valentine's Day. There was a time when I might have been a bit cynical about such an act but after 11 months of chemo such acts of love are most welcome and quite pure. (We both remember a time when we were too poor to buy candy on Valentine's Day, and we had to shop the day after candy sales) Rereading my blogs I can't help but notice how foolishly I held on to the hope that I would one day turn a corner and get used to the chemotherapy. I didn't see the truth till day 206 and even then, I'm sure I didn't realize. I would only get worse. It's sort of like Bush, we'll never get used to him and we finally know he will only get worse.

I watched Crazy As Hell, it's all about a humanistic shrink trying to help patients at a mental hospital get off tranquilizing drugs and live a normal life. He seems to be making some progress till a large handsome colorfully dressed character, played by the films director Eriq La Salle books himself into the nut house and the new guy says his name is Satan. What follows is a war between the Prince OF Darkness and a voice for humanistic hope. Since we live in the Bush era, who do you think will win? The film is well acted and directed but its thrust is so painfully hopeless and reactionary, I envy Judy for sleeping through it.


posted by stew at 9:13 AM


wMonday, February 14, 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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They Know Not

1
Strange morning after everyone recognized me
with great difficulty
no more neon blazing trademark

would the FBI miss me in a crowd?

2
A friendly local Judge
passionately proclaimed
this wasn't my time to die

having just lost a friend
however,
he admitted
he wasn't God.

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Day In The Life -- I cooked dinner for a friend undergoing the Hep C chemo treatment and we brought the food over to his house. Everyone has their own experiences of this chemical Hell and their own take. But we both believe we were not told the whole truth going in. They really didn't tell us how bad it would be. Why? Was it because of big drug company power and propaganda? Judy and I went to the Havurah fund raising auction, not to buy but to put in a requested appearance. People made a big deal about my missing hair and about when I find out whether or not the chemotherapy worked. They meant well but I wasn't in the mood. I guess my current state is still too vulnerable for such big talk. Judy did some great morning gardening in the front of our house. For such activity, she was blessed with prefect mild winter weather.

We didn't watch any films last night but Boston Legal had some great material about the threat of mad cow disease and about how the supposed regulators of the meat industry health standards were in fact owned by that very same industry. And Carnivale had some great scenes about our favorite down and out carnival meeting up with a down and out circus that included a very likable elephant.


posted by stew at 9:02 AM


wSunday, February 13, 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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Stand By Your Man

Big politico looked dumbly at my countenance
not recognizing
someone whose support he once sought,

my head without its trademark
ancient long curly hair
chemo straightened
and I'm just another constituent on the road to power.

Munching on a hamburger,
I don't care
cause,
my wife still thinks I'm handsome.
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Day In The Life -- We went to a movie last night and then a meal. Judy called it a date. A Saturday Night date. I am walking stronger and with more endurance, I'm sure it due to the chemo chemicals going away and my doing a lot of weights based exercise for my legs. There is big coverage in the Times about a new treatment resistant strain of AIDS and the return of super risky sexual behavior. It seems some people think the pills are a snap and guarantee people with AIDS a long life. But the AIDS virus can fight back by mutating and getting stronger and the pills can have hideous side effects. As for "third stage" and beyond Hep C, there is no managing the illness, either it becomes undetectable via the hideous chemotherapy or else you better get out of town.

We saw "Ray," a biopic about the life of the legendary Ray Charles. Jamie Foxx does an award winning job portraying the pianist/singer's fantastic will power, extraordinary talents and massive short comings. Ray Charles comes from impoverished share cropper beginnings and childhood blindness and tragedy and raises himself to the heights of fame and fortune. He also becomes a womanizer, a long term junky, and a betrayer of friends. But his weaknesses do not destroy him. The strength that carried him to fame also takes him to redemption. The film portrays the singer's well publicized refusal to sing before a segregated audience in old south Georgia. We also see a younger Charles traveling on a segregated bus, with Blacks sitting at the back. As a kid I journeyed through Georgia on such a -it changed my life- bus, and as "Ray" shows us, the "stop" facilities were also segregated and to the great advantage of whites. As punishment for resisting this racist system, the singer is banned for life from performing in the state, but Georgia eventually apologized to him and adopted Ray Charles's Georgia as its official song.


posted by stew at 11:03 AM