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wSaturday, August 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 And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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Both Sides Now

Science proves the existence of God
they want that taught in high school biology,
it's a theory
so is evolution
we're open minded
you can teach them both.

Some do say
a god that can be proved
isn't worth believing in,
but what is their evidence?

Planet Earth is the universal center
of existence
no it's not,
be balanced
teach both theories.

The bible teaches us the earth is flat
a few scientists say its oval
Why not have Thomas Friedman
make that call?


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Day In The Life -- I took a day old browned and seasoned turkey meat sauce and cut up a chicken breast, a green pepper and some black olives and added some chicken stock. Twenty minues browning time for the breasts and a half hour cooking for the whole mixture. And it was served on mashed potatoes. Quite a dish!
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On Bill Maher's HBO show last night some right wing woman started mouthing off about how women in Iraq were a lot better off now and for the first time would be able to go to school. Maher pointed out that under the previous regime Iraq was one of the most advanced in the Arab world when it came to women's rights. The Bushies may be running out of oil and energy but their supply of lies remains permanently overstocked.


posted by stew at 9:26 AM


wFriday, August 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 And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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Wake Up Call

Rummy's rap south of the border
gettin' back to old time religion
ain't no need talking about Arab terrorists
like he was doing last year
cause the rice and lamb joint in Bogota
been closed down
but Castro's chicken and rice
is capturing a large market
mixing itself in Chavez oil
and
pretty talking
semi Fidels
are getting themselves freely elected.

Gringoland dreaming of a world
where civilizations are at war,
Jesus vs. Muhammad
but cold cocked
on noisy Spanish speaking streets
Rummy remembers
a world where classes are at war
and he's just a rich thief.
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Day In The Life -- Spent time with K. She's gone into the e-bay world. She goes around to yard and estate sales and buys stuff on the super cheap and then sells the "collector" items at a considerable Internet mark up. She has great fun doing it and is making a few bucks for her energetic efforts. Good luck to her and if you want to buy an ancient bottle of Hire's root beer just Google it up and put in a bid.

In today's NY Times Paul Krugman picks up on an argument I've heard made many times on the net. The Republicans have committed so many corrupt and criminal acts under the protection of the Bush Administration they can't afford to lose an election. Out of power they would go straight to jail. So they will have tremendous incentive to fix the 2008 Presidential election. Who is going to stop them? The Democrats?
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We saw another comedy dvd directed by Adam Dubin. This one's called Heavymetal Comedy, it stars comic Jim Breuer and it contains his 50 minute hilarious stand up routine and a rambling documentary on Breuer's life and times as a comic on the road working the clubs, dropping out of Saturday Night Live, and trying to hold a family together. Breuer has great acting and comedic talent. The film is fast paced and crisply edited but all the laughs are left in.


posted by stew at 8:26 AM


wThursday, August 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 And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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Last Night

Out on Cindy streets
supporting the mother of all war victims
over a thousand Portland souls
carrying candles
serving witness to her Crawford vigil
cars honking support
light fading into darkness
but flickers of hope
begin burning
on dry prairies.

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Day In The Life -- Judy and I were back on the protest streets last night, vigiling for Cindy's vigil. The demonstration we attended was in the NE, it was the largest, but quite a number were organized by moveon all over Portland. There must have been at least a thousand at the one we attended. It wasn't my favorite peace crowd. I usually prefer something noisier and with pointed and angry humor but we carried candles, held up Cindy signs and felt quite at home. Mother Cindy magically broke the Teflon curse, she actually scored big points on Bush. It was a warm hearted pleasure to be standing on a street corner and to be supporting and honoring her achievement.

We ran into S and A and E. Good friends joining with us in a great cause.

Ch 6 actually spent as much time interviewing one pro Bush war widow as they did covering the demo. F--k You Ch 6!


posted by stew at 8:02 AM


wWednesday, August 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 And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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Safety Patrol

Remember that Asian guy
Brit Police killed on a subway train
for jumping over a turnstile
for wearing a bulky coat in hot summer
for running away from them
for acting like a terrorist?

Turns out,
he's not Asian but Brazilian
he didn't jump over anything
his jacket wasn't bulky
he wasn't running
but police still insist
he looked like a terrorist
and
had copper colored skin

playing it safe
they shot him
eight times anyway.

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Day In The Life -- I hope we can get to a vigil tonight (there are tons in Portland, see Moveon) in support of the peace mom in Texas who has proved that Right Wing presidents bleed just like everybody else. Cindy's pacifist sword has scored points. We should all give her our public support.

A number of plausible pundits are worrying about a US attack on Iran. Common sense says that it won't happen because Bush has his hands full in Iraq and Afghanistan and has no troops to spare. But the people's pundits say Bush is going to use high tech weaponry to destroy Iran's infrastructure (leaving the oil alone) and clandestine manipulation of minority groups to stir up a rebellion. Of course this will drag us into a third war and the unmitigated disaster of super terrorism.

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The Daily Show did a great bit on the recent appointment of a White House chef. Will she pass Senate hearings? Rumor has it she has been known to cook food favored by homosexuals.


posted by stew at 9:01 AM


wTuesday, August 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 And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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Bringing The War Home

A super star decorated marine
back from the holy war
was getting peace time applause
for role modeling behavior
now busted
for firing a weapon
at some time night time revelers
who were getting on his fucking nerves.

Why not?
In Iraq he might have killed Arabs
cause they were creating traffic jams
and
a grateful nation would cheer him on
mindful
that it wasn't happening down their streets.

Now it is,
so they put him in jail.

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Day In The Life -- We have regained our post flight energy at least to the point of making Costco shopping possible. I miss the NYC energy, it's catching. I found myself moving at a clip that I can't sustain in Portland. And that's true even after two day rest up. I've thought of declining energy as a matter of getting older but maybe it has less to do with time than place?

George Bush actually said that he has to stop thinking about that peace mother who is camping out next to his ranch "and get on with my life." I guess he was talking about overcoming the trauma of a ruined vacation. Specifically, getting on with his life meant getting on his bicycle. I wonder if Rove's legal problems have completely dismantled the Bush spin machine?

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If your looking for laughs try "Wash your mouth out with soap," a hilarious dvd directed by Adam Dubin, made up of three insane sketches. "The Burt & Dick Story" is my favorite. Staring Lewis Black and Jim Norton, it's a satire of those over serious documentaries about old time comedians. In this case a pair of losers who were always getting fired from silent movies, vaudeville, radio and television, because of their magnificently obscene mouths.

"American Dummy" is a satire on comedy clubs, comedy, and an old classic horror film about a ventriloquist who is taken over by his dummy. In this case a dummy with a very filthy routine.

Finally "The Gynecologists" revives pure burlesque. I'm sure you can figure out what it's about. Not exactly pc but it sure is funny.


posted by stew at 8:00 AM


wMonday, August 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 And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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Lying Liars

Does anyone believe Bush
when he spouts
I gave serious thoughtful heartfelt consideration
to gettin' out of Iraq now.
But decided against that.

Is there an individual
so stupid
to believe that lie?
Cause you know power is dissipating
down the tubes of defeat
when the lies grow that dumb
and
the expressions that desperate?

Dubya's vacation ruined
because truth moved in next door.

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Sidewalks of New York

Osama didn't drain energy out of Broadway
at midnight
where humanity
is going everywhere at the same time
from the theater
to a restaurant
or a drug dealing hooker
late for an important date.

Nothing changes,
but into the same great white way
you cannot stop twice.
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Day In The Life -- Judy and I are recovering from our journey back from NYC. Falling asleep early and being out of it forever. But today we both have a lot of ourselves back. We got a 5am phone call with no one answering at the other end. It came from a pay phone. Who uses pay phones today? Down on their luck drug dealers who have lost all their customers?
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March Of The Penguins-- An amazing documentary about the frozen hell Emperor Penguins go through in Antarctica so that they have chicks and reproduce their species. The camera work is intimate and the images convey a story of commitment and severe stoicism, as the penguins march through the coldest temperatures on earth, starve themselves, form families and manage to keep most of their chicks alive. An amazing role reversal takes place when the male penguins take on incubating responsibilites, while the females go of to feed themselves. The poor guys try to stay warm, protect the egg and not freeze to death. Morgan Freeman's narrative is to the point and tells the heroic tale.

For those who believe the universe was created by intelligent design, let me ask you what sadistic moron thought up such a cruel mating ritual. And why since Penguins are birds, why doesn't this so-called intelligent designer at least give them the power of flight?


posted by stew at 9:37 AM


wSunday, August 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 And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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Hell's Kitchen

A Grand Canyon
of death dust and mangled iron
blown out of lower Manhattan,
once the original New York
which built a wall to keep out the Indians
but nothing protected
the World Trade Center
and nothing remains
but a raging steel cross
twisted by fire,
not a prayer but a curse.

It's Bush's big hell hole,
he played its pain
like a magician
mixing potions and poison,
the rage of its cross
his campaign speech.

Now there is a mother
whose son died in another hell hole
stalking the Bush ranch
she wants to hear a different speech.

"I quit!"
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Day In The Life -- We are back. Chicago was good. I always marvel at its architecture even when its police once beat my head. And it was always a good eating -- good restaurant city. I must add that under Mayor Daley Jr. the city has developed a Yuppie froth that might embarrass Daley Sr. Especially the scene of Grant Park which in 1968
hosted a major police riot, its now a global capitalist gentrified theme scene.

My home town NYC was hot and humid as August hell. But MOMA and Broadway still yield joyous fruit and as for Ground Zero, see the poem above. In MOMA, quite by amazing chance we ran into an old 60's friend we hadn't seen in decades. He intorduced us to his wife. Catching up with H was great. We had a great time with Adam and Rocky. Adam's interview (for a movie documentary went very well) and it caused White Panther cofounder and former MC5 manager John Sinclair, Judy and I to have a very warm reunion. We topped the visit off with an evening at a comedy club and afterwards spent fine time with some of the comics.
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Adam concluded his interview by asking me about my feelings when I learned of Lennon's murder. I said it wasn't just John that was killed but that the Beatles had been murdered. With his death, the possibility of a reunion performance or a new album went out the window. The Beatles were really and truly dead and a beautiful part of my life was reduced to a memory.


posted by stew at 8:47 AM