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wFriday, September 02, 2005


No blogs till next Tuesday. Judy and I are off to the Oregon coast. We want to see it while it's still there.
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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 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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Bummer

From New Orleans to Baghdad
his sneer rules
over
an empire of blood and ruin.

Dark nightmares
of sleep and art
escaping into reality based world,
titled barbarism by Bush.

All your worst fears coming true,
under Dubya's thrown of doom
there are no more paranoids
just realists.
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Day In The Life -- Judy and I are once again watching the nightly news on CNN. And you can't help but notice that the reporters have snapped under the strain of reporting on New Orleans and its river of shit and sharks. And getting out of embed with Bush, they are actually sympathizing with the victims and telling the truth. The government response has been criminally inadequate, a major chunk of the National Guard and it helicopters and boats are off somewhere in Iraq for some stupid reason and they can't really help in New Orleans or Biloxi. And yes most of the victims are poor and Black. So far no one is impersonating Pat Robertson and suggesting this is all divine punishment for Dubya's sins against civilization. But that's asking for too much.

Some good news. Rock n' Roll cofounder Fats Domino was located in his New Orleans home and rescued via helicopter

Some wise words from the late Kingfish --"Then, as the waters rose , Huey Long finally said (in 1927), roughly, "Screw this! They're lying! The President's lying! The rich fat cats that are drowning you will do it again and again and again. They lead you into imperialist wars for profit, they take away your schools and your hope and when you complain, they blame Blacks and Jews and immigrants. Then they push your kids under. I say, Kick'm in the ass and take your rightful share!"
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We watched Bush's Brain, a documentary. Are you surprised he has a brain? The brain's name is Karl Rove, and the film tells the tale of Rove masterminding Dubya's political rise to power. Rove not only plays to win by means of dirty tricks, but he takes special joy in destroying his opponents and if possible using the FBI to put them in prison. The documentary tells a compelling and well documented case, but it's heavy on the talking heads side and gets a little repetitious near its conclusion.


posted by stew at 9:02 AM


wThursday, September 01, 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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Back To Basics

America finds its essence in despair
when New Orleans' mayor
tells his cops
stop rescuing folks
drowning in their living rooms
going into shock on their roofs
suffocating in the swampy heat
instead
go and protect some property
go kill some looters.

He didn't study Rumsfeld Thought.

The Secretary of Defense
once proclaiming
like a mad exuberant child:

Looting is just
democracy,
gone very wild.


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Day In The Life -- The New Seasons supermarket gives what we call a 10% geezer discount to any Wednesday shopper, 65 or older. Actually the sign at the counter says "65 or better". Better? Clearly the sign was not composed by someone 65 or worse. Getting these type of senior discounts seems to be about the only good thing about getting old. I wonder why they give them. Do they want to build customer loyalty, so that when we die and are reincarnated, we will shop there again?
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54 -- A film about Studio 54, the happening night club of NYC's 1970s. Mike Myers is fantastic as real life club owner Steve Rubell. We see the club through the eyes of a young man, who because of his build and good looks, is admitted into 54's inner circle, he becomes one of its bartenders and an overnight celebrity. Is he an innocent soul corrupted by the sex, glamor, drugs and tax cheating of Rubell and his pals, or is this just a good learning and growing experience for a kid escaping from his dead end New Jersey family? The portrait of the Club's action and style is brilliant.


posted by stew at 8:44 AM


wWednesday, August 31, 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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Drowning

It's a perfect storm
for Bushamania,
beginning with false information
and lousy planning
plus a declaration
of premature victory.

New Orleans now drowning
in shit and sharks,
no law, no order
and
no money for repairs,
the national guard is off in Iraq,
looters liberating Wall.Mart
cause
the rich have stolen eveyhing else.

Bush cutting his vacation short
he must act concerned.
Anything to get away from Cindy.
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Day In The Life -- I'm reading Jane Fonda's autobiography. And I'm up to the part where Jane and my former Berkeley roommate Tom Hayden get a divorce. I recognize the Tom she describes, his intelligence, sense of humor, and periodic coldness. But the portrait is sketchy and impersonal (except at the start of their relationship). Since Tom read the manuscript, I imagine it is a negotiated portrait. Fonda's account of her antiwar activities and her trip to North Vietnam is magnificent, it could be published on it own. It should be read as a warning about invading Iraq. Oooops, too late.
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Judy and I watched the end of Lenny. Dustin Hoffman playing Lenny Bruce. I've seen it many times. The ending is tragic, poor Bruce was persecuted to the grave, for saying cocksucker in public. Having just viewed The Aristocrats, a movie based on the endless retelling of an unbelievably dirty joke (see my earlier blog for review), it's embarrassingly obvious that Lenny Bruce's old act would these days, seem almost ready for Sesame Street.


posted by stew at 8:18 AM


wTuesday, August 30, 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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Big Tent

Ghosts and zombies
enlisting for Iraq,
military standards reduced.

Are you a vampire?
Don't ask.
Don't tell.

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Day In The Life -- We had our first tomato sauce made from our home grown garden tomatoes. Seven of them mixed with garden basil and farmer's market cilantro, cooking for 30 minutes, served on pasta and welcome to late August.

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A hurricane is killing people in LA and as usual nobody puts the blame on God. The Great One only get credit for rainbows, beautiful sunsets and miracle cures. After Noah's great flood God became the first and best master of spin.

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Most Wanted -- A marine won't kill a kid in Iraq and winds up on death row because he accidentally kills his commanding officer. He's rescued by a secret government assignation group that proceeds to set him up as the guy who killed the President's wife. On the run, (it's a very high action film) he tries to get evidence of his innocence. The action is fast paced, the plot mostly holds up and you care about what is going to happen. But it's all kind of superficial and you are hungry thirty minutes after seeing the film. Liberal Jon Voight is excellent as the evil reactionary fascist mastermind of the frame up.


posted by stew at 8:38 AM


wMonday, August 29, 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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Get It While You Can

Visiting National Parks
like time traveling back
to New Deal days
and beyond
when million year old
national resources and dreams were treasured
preserved
and a spirit deadened by hell
could come alive
amidst mind blowing beautiful abundance.

Bush gangstas
now turning our limitless beauty strange rocks
plants and Parks
into cheap buck
cotton candy
Coney Island carnies
cause God says
they are now only six thousand years old
and way overpriced.

The Bible teaches that our Planet will soon end
so enjoy the Park while you can
and
please step on the grass.

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Day In The Life --- After going to the movies we ate in Garbanzo's, an unpretentious Israeli style restaurant in the Northwest. The food was good but it turned out to be a sad occasion because it was Garbanzo's last night. The restaurant is closing down. Strange that because after 9/11 a number of excellent Arab restaurants took a hit in customer support, but I believe that, fortunately they are all still in business. Ironic then that Portland's only Israeli restaurant (that I know of) is going down for the count. And a new Arab restaurant just opened in our neighborhood.
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The Aristocrats is maybe the funniest movie ever made. OK, maybe it doesn't quite match Night At The Opera but it's close. The premise of the film is based on the world's dirtiest joke, its a joke with a format but only one fixed line and the comics compete and entertain each other by seeing just how vulgar they can make the joke. Here's the gag. A talent manager tells a booking agent he has a great family act. They all get on stage, mother, father, grand parents, teenagers, babies and dogs and engage in unlimited and unimaginable forms of sexual intercourse and waste removal. When the agent finishes his description, the booker says OK that's interesting. What do you call the act? The talent agent replies, "The Aristocrats." Now maybe you don't think that's so funny but when an unlimited number of supremely imaginative stand up comics, ventriloquists, mimes and cartoon characters apply themselves to the demanding task of ultra vulgarity what is created is surely side splitting. Personally I think the joke is rooted in an old working class Jewish desire to ridicule the fancy shmancy swells who made their lives miserable. How else to explain the abundance of Jewish comics involved with the making of this masterpiece?
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Have you heard the Internet rumors that Bush is freaking out over Iraq and Cindy? The legend has him cursing like a character in The Aristocrats? Some liberal NY Times pundit (are you here Ms. Dowd) should check into this juicy tale.


posted by stew at 9:00 AM


wSunday, August 28, 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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Getting Rich

More fascist than not
Dubya's America
dog paddles downstream
in a river of shit.

No life guards coming to the rescue
till Big Mama Cindy
pickets Rancho Notorious
and
hope is born in a dry desert.

Upscale liberals can't walk her picket line
for more than 15 minutes of freedom
afraid of scuffing their shoes
they decide
Cindy is yesterday's news
with her kindergarten politics of peace now.

They want something more upscale and world weary

Night is falling,
once again Count Kissinger
bids a liberal welcome.

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Day In The Life -- We went to a local farmer's market down on Sandy Blvd. They are festive fun, with lots of delicious fresh vegetables, some fine bread and fish. There was also a talented band playing Irish folk music. I rack my memories but I don't believe there were any farmer's market in Brooklyn when I was growing up. The old Italian guys did grow vegetable in their garden (just like the Godfather) and they went fishing in Sheepshead Bay (just like the Bay of Bari). Today there are farmers markets in NYC, one in old Union Sq. Park on 14th Street and believe it or not, one in Rockefeller Center. I guess we all got tired of eating tasteless food that was grown a half a world away.

Frank Rich who usually writes interesting sometimes brilliant political and cultural criticism for the Sunday NY Times went big time snob on Cindy Sheehan today declaring her 15 minutes of fame over. He also quoted war criminal Henry Kissinger in an approving manner. I guess this shows the fixed limits that respectable critique may traverse when dissecting Dubya. Some lines can't be crossed. You can't, as Cindy does, call for an instant pull out from Iraq. Instead, Rich suggests something he considers, far more honorable. Bribing the opposition.
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Two Brothers -- A really enjoyable and warm hearted French made film about two tiger cubs growing up in the Vietnam jungle during the 1930s.
The cubs are delightful especially when at play or rescuing each other. Unfortunately they are captured, separated and in an exciting and uplifting way finally reunited. There is also passing criticism of hunting, European looting of national treasures and a colonialism that combines with reactionary domestic tyranny. But the best part is the handsome noble faces of the two admirable tigers. Human beings can't quite measure up.


posted by stew at 10:00 AM