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wSaturday, April 23, 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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Bush Sent Me

Building Emergency State
city by city
cops recruited to clandestine club
of hidden power
even the mayor
doesn't know the secret handshake
of what codes are passed
and decisions made
of who shall rule
by fire
on a second day
of eastern vengence.

Portland is quitting the club
first city American city
refusing the Task Force Of Federal Terror.

A mayor must be
watching his back.
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Fat City

Giving Wendy's the finger
but her mouth was too big
for the burger king.

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Day In The Life --For tonight's Seder --we are using a table cloth that was given to my parents as a wedding present. It was never used because my mother never thought an occasion was special enough. Judy and I continued the tradition of not using the cloth because it seemed a shame to soil it. But daughter Jessica said she felt strangely jinxed by the cloth not being employed --so at tonight's Seder history will be made.

I received a very warm e-mail from friend Fairley. Wish she could be at the Seder.

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We saw I Heart Huckabees starring Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin. This is an existential surreal comedy about an existential detective agency that helps clients who suffer from severe ontological problems by spying on them and creatively fucking with their heads. It's smart and fun and the camera tricks are mind blowing. Sartre Lives!


posted by stew at 9:53 AM


wFriday, April 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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Justice

Crunching thin ice
over troubled water
freezing
in globally warmed winter
and
blinding storms,
the journey has just begun.

I'm not sure
if it ever ends.

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Day In The Life -- Tomorrow I'll be introducing my old friend Paul Krassner at the Wordstock Festival in Portland. I first met him in the early 60s when as editor of The Realist, Paul pioneered and became father of the later arriving underground press of the late 60's. When called its father, Paul asked for a paternity blood test. Daughter Jessica is here for our Saturday Night Seder. We went out with her last for Portland's best hamburger served at the Cafe Castagna. If you're in town and not a vegan, give it a try.

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We saw the Alamo. Surprise, this version is an interesting film. It manages to show the white defenders of the Alamo as highly imperfect human beings engaged in a heroic gesture. It lionizes them without lionizing their cause. These guys, Bowie, Travis and Crockett et al, are adventurers, out for power and fortune and in the service of their ambitions, they are in the process of stealing the Texas portion of Mexico from Mexico. And yet, as the Napoleonic General Santa Ana surrounds and crushes them, they do indeed become brave folk heroes of lasting legend. Billy Bob Thornton's does a fine job portraying Davy Crockett, the mythic frontiersman as someone suffocating in his own legend. Thorton gives his character irony, humor and pathos. In the end Davy Crockett dies as his legend would insist. I appreciated this version of the Alamo battle because it didn't show all Mexicans as absolutely evil, but it did miss one important point. Mexico had outlawed slavery and the Texas Republic that these brave white "Texicans" created would be a slave state. Maybe the Mexicans should make a film pointing that out.


posted by stew at 11:07 AM


wThursday, April 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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Bully's Pulpit

In Potemkin Villages
Bush addressing town meetings
of social insecurity
peddling stock market
for a happy old age.
of gold
in golden years,

as gambling Dowists
drowning
in astronomical prices of decaying oil supply
wonder why Greenspan has forsaken them.

Bush keeps preaching privatization
and
Potemkin puppets keep smiling
on cue.
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Day In The Life -- I spent some time writing up what is currently depressing me. Bottom line, it's fear of flunking the Hep C blood test. Fear that the virus has returned. I'm primarily concerned about how that would effect Judy and me. How it would effect our relationship. But of course I'm also still hoping for a thumbs up on the test.

Believe it or not the Ward Churchill Cage Match (that I kicked off) is still going on at the Portland Indy News site. It's as two fisted as ever.

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We saw a documentary "Ring Of Fire :The Emile Griffith Story". In 1962, during a Madison Square garden boxing match for the welterweight championship, Emile Griffith beat the Cuban born Benny "Kid" Paret to death. (As a kid I remember rooting for Paret because he was a Cuban and I was for the Cuban Revolution.) Griffith slugged him 18 times in the head, Paret went into a coma and he never awoke. Griffith was furious because Peret had called him a maricon, a faggot-cocksucker, and he was seeking revenge. He trapped the Cuban in the ropes and slaughtered him. The documentary's strongest moments are in its old newsreels, especially the one showing the round where the killing took place. Griffith it seems really was gay at a time when public knowledge of this, probably would have got him kicked out of his brutal profession. And Benny Paret spilled the beans. The film's best moment takes place when a beaten down ancient Griffith meets Paret's grown son and both men cry. They sit together on a park bench and the tears keep coming. As for the sport of boxing, writer Jimmy Breslin who appears in the film speaks truth when he says the brain wasn't made to be punched.


posted by stew at 9:05 AM


wWednesday, April 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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God's Work

Pope Ratzo The Infinite Number
out on a balcony
smiling sweetly,
a billion pennies for your photo
of pontiff maximus
in his nice new uniform
of Hitlerian Youth.

Seig Heil Mary!

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Day In The Life -- The Ward Churchill cage match that I kicked off on Portland's Indy News continues to rage. I'm trying to center myself in preparation for the Hep C -- do I still have it?-- blood test. But where is the center these days? It seems to be missing. Did Bush and the new Pope destroy it. Oh well, I continue working on my latest book, this one appropriately enough about Hepatitis C and what it's like to go through chemo. See my blog back pages.

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The Unbowed. We are at the end of the old west and a three Indians including a chief who looks more like an Argentine tango dancer, are dumped on a school for upwardly mobile blacks. The film is an excellent bad movie. It combines a great situation, the mixing of blacks who want to assimilate into gentility and white culture with Indians who consider such assimilation to be the equivalent of a death sentence. Unfortunately this interesting circumstance is handled with major superficiality and one dimensional acting. The plot themes are predictable and the Romeo and Juliet love affair seems more like the sexual energy of a couple of contemporary high school kids. But Unbowed's premise is so good, my wife and I didn't fall asleep.


posted by stew at 8:48 AM


wTuesday, April 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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Animal Farm

Hard telling truth of pain
why it cries out in lonely grief
or explodes on skyscrapers,
cause nobody wants to be called
sadist of the world.

Ward Churchill
taking a chance
on truth
proclaiming endless list
of imperial cruelties
inflicted on powerless people,
declaring
you send evil chickens
into world of weakness
scratching and pecking flesh
sipping blood
waking people up
way too early

sooner or later
with time bomb tethered to beak
these chickens are coming home

exploding.

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Day In The Life -- A guy in Arizona ordered a signed copy of my book--which continues to sell - one book at a time.
In very early May, I will take the pass/fail blood test to find out if my Hep C is cured as a result of 11 chemotherapy months. After being indifferent to the test for the five months since chemo ended, I am now getting nervous, anxious over the test results. It figures. You can't always be the coolest kid on the block. The battle over my Ward Churchill piece on the Portland Indy website continues. There have been 33 replies and they are a microcosm of what is wrong and right about the left.
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We saw Lewis Black (of the Daily Show) in his HBO special. The guy knows how to be angry and funny at the same time. It's that dark, Jewish generation after generation, irony against the world and its cosmic stupidity.


posted by stew at 8:38 AM


wMonday, April 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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On Rye

Christianity serving Orthodox Jew
former deli owner,
by Christ opposing certain Indians
owning gambling casinos
cause betting outside
stock market
is venal sinfull,

Christ
being on the take
from rival Indian casino owners
and
the former master of pastrami.

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Day In The Life --I posted the Ward Churchill part of yesterday's blog on Portland Indy news (http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/04/315702.shtml) and received many diverse responses. Amidst some good discussion was an undertone of ugliness and insult. I've noticed this a lot in Internet Land where people do not talk face to face and can conceal their names from each other. And I don't mean insults of the left wing vs. right wing variety. Lefties do a great job of insulting each other, using language and style that in the 60's we reserved mostly for Richard Nixon. No wonder the left isn't drawing crowds.

Judy and I are getting ready for another Passover, buying special foods and preparing for a week without bread, pasta and rice. Its all in the good cause of celebrating a slave rebellion. Maybe it was the first slave rebellion. Today a new Moses (alas none is in sight) would declare, let all people go.

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Last night on Deadwood, a recovering Al, denounced the encroaching Pinkerton Detective Agency in the class war tones of Joe Hill and the IWW. Get well, Al!


posted by stew at 8:33 AM


wSunday, April 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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Column A - Column B

China's hordes
of teeming cell phone Yuppies
offering serious challenge
to American googlers
for who rules the world mind,

but violent street demonstrations
rocking Peking
remembering
Japanese Rape Of Nanking,
and
I'm wondering,
is it's still safe to eat sushi
and
how will China's creative hordes of sensitivity
survive
on exclusive diet
of patriotic noodles.

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Day In The Life -- Judy and I saw and heard the currently notorious Ward Churchill speak at Reed College. At first this was supposed to be a big public event that charged admission but the Reed power elite were somewhat frightened off and the evening was turned into a free student -- teachers only event. Judy and I got in via a special "guest list." Churchill became famous because he wrote some harsh and extreme things right after 9/11 that were interesting, challenging but definitely on the insensitive side. His basic thesis is that the US acts like a global bully, brute killer and exploiter and that it has done this since its founding. America was cruising for a bruising and inevitably on 9/11, its chickens came home to roost. The right wing turned Ward into a super villain and demanded he be fired from his teaching post, he became an official member of its most hated list. Actually Ward's ideas aren't all that original, they are kind of a mix of historian W.A. Williams, Tragedy of American diplomacy and the Weather Underground's Prairie Fire. For him, it was all a matter of bad timing. I wasn't sure how I felt about the guy, till I head him speak. Now, I like him. He seems kindly and he has a genuine sense of humor. His speaking style reminds me of another likable guy, Panther cofounder Bobby Seale. Churchill is a fine, even elegant speaker with something vital and important to say. He presents his position logically and factually and then, unlike the cowardly George Bush, he verbally and humorously takes on all comers. The audience of 500 rewarded him, at times, with thunderous applause. Strength to you Ward Churchill and carry on.


posted by stew at 10:39 AM