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wSaturday, October 08, 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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The Long Goodbye

He's not going home
to clear Texas brush
forever
and
dream about booze,
you can't fire him for incompetence
being an asshole isn't impeachable
and
we don't take votes of confidence.

Dubya's gonna be Commander and Chief
for three more years of threatening Syria
and murdering the environment
while looting the economy.
He'll sneer and snicker
strut and stomp
rage will be his best friend
so be very careful
when you're tearing down his statue.

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Day In The Life -- I did a phone interview with this nice young woman who is doing a class project film about the Yippies. She will use my words as a voice over. Her questions were predictable. When and why did you "join" the Yippies. What did you accomplish? Is Yippie relevant for today? And I gave the usual honed answers. But when she asked me if I regretted anything I did back then, I got spontaneous. "Yes, I regret marrying my first wife." She laughed and so did I. I felt good. I guess I finally got something off my chest. The usual answer to her question (which I did follow up with) is "No, I regret nothing." I know I made a lot of mistakes but if I had it to do over I would make other mistakes. The main thing is to look at what I did back then from a big view and from the prospective of time and decide if I'm satisfied and yes, I am.

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The hideous Ann Coulter was on Bill Maher's HBO show last night and the former Bush lover savagely turned on her master over his crony choice for the Supreme Court. I guess Ann is upset that Dubya didn't pick her.


posted by stew at 10:21 AM


wFriday, October 07, 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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Viva Alcalde

They just closed down a portion of Penn Station
and Amtrak
a "credible" bomb threat
by Allah's Avengers did the trick,
the trains were also closed down
on the day of the big DC demo
due to mechanical failures of the heart.

Any bomb threat that is specific
is a product of coffee, booze and hash
by a Jihad
that can't explode straight,
but if a billionaire is running for Mayor
it's sure a great opportunity
to look Presidential.
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Day In The Life -- I'm going to be phone interviewed from California today by people making a film about the Yippies. This last man standing routine can get repetitious. Everyone else who was in the room is dead, so they call on me. But I like Hammond's idea about him interviewing me on my Hep C experiences for the revived LA Free Press. That piece might actually do some good. I have a change of season Cold, and these days bugs really stick with me, they love to live in my chest. Let no bug be homeless.

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Will Bush try to revive his dwindling fortunes by invading Syria? Will Islamic terrorists come to his aid by revisiting the US? Will the other shoe drop? Crazed minds want to know.

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The Incredibles -- What a hilarious, fun, amazingly animated Academy Award winning movie. A family of super heroes joins a government relocation program and just starts acting like regular ordinary mediocre folks. They hate it and always fight among themselves. Boredom and pettiness rule the day until Mr. Incredible gets a secret offer to go back into the super hero business. He takes the gig, gets back in shape, but doesn't tell his wife and kids. All Hell breaks loose. Warning -- please don't confuse The Incredibles with The Aristocrats.


posted by stew at 8:58 AM


wThursday, October 06, 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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Go A Courting

Caligula made his horse a Senator

Having similar deference for public institutions,
Dubya is giving his nanny lawyer
a seat
on the Supreme Court.

The old court made him President
the new one
will be keeping his pals
out of prison.
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Rocks And Rivers

Every year we throw many rocks of specific sin
into the rushing tide,
each rock carries its own moral failure
as it goes splashing
freeing us of guilt,
we go and sin no more
for a few minutes.

Into the same river
a sin may never enter twice
always the same sin
always a different river.
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Day In The Life -- Every Jewish New Year's part of the synagogue service brings the congregation to a bridge where rocks are thrown into the water. Each rock represents a different sin being thrown away. Judy and I always go off into the woods on our own, throwing rocks into our own river and declaring our own sins. We do actually feel better afterward, relaxed and for a moment at least life seems less complicated. Part of it come from meditating on the river and the trees and part from freely admitting how screwed up we can be. Yesterday we went again to the river which gave us no great answer but did offer a bit of calm. For a while we didn't have to worry about George Bush or ourselves.
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The Village -- It seems we are at the end of the 19th Century in an isolated Village that no one can leave because it is surrounded by a forest filled with deadly creatures. It is a very attractive village with kindly folks who live in comfortable and crafted houses filled with beautiful furniture. If it wasn't for an occasional (but always harmless) raid from those hideous creatures, life would be almost perfect. There is one other short coming. No medicine. A young boy dies and someone wants to brave the dangerous woods to reach another village and get medicine but this journey is strictly forbidden by the community bylaws. What happens? And are we really in the 19th Century? The photography is excellent, the cameras stay close to the character and monitor their moods, the natural surrounding are wonderful and the acting in convincing. William Hurt as a village elder does a great job of blending faith and reason.

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We watched Commander In Chief, a new weekly network series about America's first woman President. She wasn't elected. The popular male President died and she took office. Now the establishment is out (with very sharp knives) to take her down. She's a political independent who figures she has no chance of reelection, so she might as well be honest and do the right thing. And just what is the right thing? A moderate liberalism as offered by West Wing, the show's obvious inspiration? Something to the right of that or the left? Stay tuned.


posted by stew at 8:01 AM


wWednesday, October 05, 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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Shana Tova

After a chemo cure
that is still unforgiven
I need
breathing authenticity in my soul,
suffering was so real
I get grumpy on pretense.
Sitting at New Year's service
just pretending my spirit is on fire.

Only the blowing
of ancient horns of rams and poetic dilemmas
touched my sureality of vision

cute kids and talk of his dog's super smell
with no mention of Baghdad corpse stink
doesn't set my spirit
with Jewish New Year's motivation
and
massive projects of agonizing repair.
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Day In The Life -- I was in Burbank, CA a couple of days back being interviewed for a film about John Lennon that is backed by Lion's Gate. It has Yoko's seal of approval. I started out seriously doubting the seriousness of the project. But I've changed my mind. The questions were in great depth trying to sort out Lennon's motivations and Abbie's and Jerry's, Yoko's and mine -- what brought us all together, what were our plans, what did we actually do and why did we fall apart? The interview went on for over an hour and my answers were very sharp. I think that the fact that I had done an earlier interview in NY for another Lennon film had warmed up my brain to this subject. When the interview was concluded I actually received applause from everyone in the darkened studio. That crew seems to be hoping that Yoko's public drubbing over the Lennon Broadway musical fiasco will cause her to take a hands off view in relation to this project. I flew to Burbank and back on the same day so I could go to New year's services at the synagogue of my choice. (See poem above.)


posted by stew at 9:09 AM


wSunday, October 02, 2005


I'll be in LA tomorrow. Blogs will resume later in the week. --S
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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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Is It All Over Now?

Tom DeLayed
is
DeLay denied.

He who once sent the Texas Rangers
hunting down dissident Democrats
hiding behind Oklahoma
eye high corn
now will have to face a judge
and maybe post bail.

Under this crony capitalist
is the earth finally moving
or at least a carpet?

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Day In The Life -- Judy and I went to the movies with E and M and then to our favorite Portland Chinese Restaurant. Half the place was taken up with a wedding party and at one point the groom took the bride in his arms and carried her all over the large restaurant. It reminded me of the "carrying the Torah" part of the Jewish Sabbath service. Worshipers kiss an object and touch the Torah with that object. I didn't do that with the bride but there was a strong conditioned temptation. Tomorrow I will fly to LA and back on the same day. I'll be doing yet another interview concerning John Lennon for yet another documentary.
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A History Of Violence -- A David Cronenberg meditation on the hidden dark side of the human personality. Can it be lightened and transformed by self effort and social nurture or does it ultimately call the shots and determine human behavior? The film establishes its premise when the owner of an Indiana diner rescues himself and everyone in his place by killing two monstrous type robbers who would certainly have murdered everybody in sight. He becomes a well publicized American hero which draws to the town some revenge seeking high level Mafioso's who recognize this good and kindly family man as a one time ultra brutal Mafia killer. The plot proceeds through brilliantly unexpected happenings and violent vignettes. In the process not only is the underside of the American hero revealed but also that, of the members of his happy family. Unlike some other Cronenberg flicks (full disclosure --Cronenberg and Judy were once high school friends in Toronto) this one is action packed and not overly cerebral. It also contains a significant measure of highly hilarious dark comedy. It's the best film I've seen in quite a while.


posted by stew at 10:52 AM