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COLUMN FORTY-TWO, FEBRUARY 1, 1999
(Copyright 1999 Al Aronowitz)

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A WORD OR TWO FROM THE HATE CONTINGENT

Date: Sat, 10 Oct 1998 21:37:28 -0700
From: N <flashf8@inreach.com>
Organization: PRI
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
Subject: Desperate propaganda

You guys are really getting DESPERATE!!!!!

Really full of SHIT too!!!

Where do they take these polls?? I have never been asked, and nobody I know has been asked either. Are they all in "certain" neighborhoods?

I say "Run the bastard OUT, tarred and feathered, on a rail".

God bless you.

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MORE WORDS FROM THE PRI

Date: Sun, 11 Oct 1998 14:10:37 -0700
From: N
flashf8@inreach.com
Organization: PRI
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
Subject: DESPERATION Again

This is not an attempt to "Overturn" any election anymore than your guys did when Nixon was ousted. Did the Democratic party take over after Nixon?? I think not..... nor was it ever intended to.

It IS an attempt to catch a lying perjurer and bring him to justice in spite of the fact too many Americans are blind to the facts.

And you are still full of SHIT!!

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STILL MORE WORDS FROM THE PRI

Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 17:58:38 -0700
From: N
flashf8@inreach.com
Organization: PRI
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
Subject: Desperation spin

Would an impeachment and conviction reverse the will of the people?

"This childish objection," Mr. Brookhiser writes, "vanishes with a moment's thought. If Bill Clinton goes, Bob Dole is not shoved in in his place. A lot more people supported the Richard Nixon-Spiro Agnew ticket in 1972 than ever voted for Bill Clinton-Al Gore. Yet by 1975, the president and vice president were Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller, for whom no one had voted. No one, however, spoke of the will of the people being reversed, since they were two Republicans who had duly replaced their crooked Republican predecessors."

But Brookhiser is correct: The opinion leaders are gradually slipping away from reality, with which they are always uncomfortable.

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IS THIS GUY FOR REAL?

Date: Sun, 01 Nov 1998 21:06:54 -0800
From: N
flashf8@inreach.com
Organization: PRI
To: Al Aronowitz
Subject: Re: Fwd: [Fwd: Fwd: Michael Moore, Counter Coup]

I still can't believe they let assholes like you breathe!

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IS THE PRI FOR REAL?

Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 16:58:46 -0800
From: N
flashf8@inreach.com
Organization: PRI
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
CC: venire@znet.com [& etc]
Subject: Re: [Fwd: STOP IMPEACHMENT! Free call to Congress.]

You're so fulla shit it's incredible.

The people who have any sense want JUSTICE!!

They want criminals in JAIL!!

The people with any sense want an honest respectable person running this country, not some sleaze bag!!

Norton

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THE PRI REPEATS ITSELF

Date: Sat, 12 Dec 1998 12:18:10 -0800
From: N
flashf8@inreach.com
Organization: PRI
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
Subject: You're so fulla shit!!

You're so fulla shit it's incredible.

The people who have any sense want JUSTICE!!

They want criminals in JAIL!!

The people with any sense want an honest respectable person running this country, not some sleaze bag!!

Norton

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VENIRE ANSWERS A BRAINWASHED LOSER

From: "venire@znet.com"
To: "'flashf8@inreach.com'"
Cc: "'info@blacklistedjournalist.com'" [& ETC.]
Subject: RE: [Fwd: STOP IMPEACHMENT! Free call to Congress.]
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 10:12:45 -0800

Hey Norton: A man got some head & lied about it. ANY guy would lie about getting head if he was married. I don't want him removed from office for such petty B.S. You've been brainwashed by the pseudo-christianright wing (and love it!) Your opinion is bought & sold. These inmates are running the asylum. And they're coming for YOU next, pal, for transgressing the unwritten law.

Let me guess: You're white,"born-again," like Rush, Ollie, & Ronnie, probably didn't graduate from high school and make $8/hr working for a boss you hate.

Merry Christmas, you inarticulate, brainwashed loser.

Venire

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SOMETHING IS WRONG!

Date: Fri, 25 Dec 1998 23:42:48 -0800
From: N
flashf8@inreach.com
Organization: PRI
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
Subject: Something is wrong!!

Did you ever notice... the Republicans quote the founders of the Constitution of America.

Your guys quote the founder of Hustler Magazine????

Something is wrong!!

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WHAT IS THE PRI?

Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 21:48:57 -0800
From: N
flashf8@inreach.com
Organization: PRI
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
Subject: Ja ever notice??

Al Aronowitz wrote:

HEY NORTON: What does PRI stand for? --Al

PRI= Public Relatiions International

Did you ever notice ....... the Conservative Rebublicans cite the Founders of the Constution

The slezeball Dems cite the founder of Husteler magazine????? Hummmm????? ##

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ANOTHER HATER SAYS "GO DIE!"

From: "brian coleman" <breenie@hotmail.com>
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com, [et al]
Subject: Re: [zone] It's 1999.................
Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1999 15:18:13 PST

GO DIE!!!!! ##

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"SO PISSED I COULD SHIT!"

From: donbook@wcnet.net (donbook)
To:
Subject: Re: [Fwd: STOP IMPEACHMENT! Free call to Congress.]
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 16:30:52 -0600

Al,

Forgive me for being so slow in responding to your email. All I can blame is my inability to handle modern technology and my verdammnt email server! It's both a blessing and a curse.

Hope you are in good health and spirits.. Don't even want to comment on the Clinton affair. I'm so pissed I could SHIT! Didn't vote for him, not a big fan of his, but this is a fucking raw deal! Accuse him of all sorts of things, prove nothing.. so nail him for a simple series of blow jobs.. Starr, Tripp, and colleagues set him up! Plain and simple.. It is to puke...

I know history will rank Tripp, Starr, and company with Brutus, Judas, Benedict Arnold, Quisling of Norway, Sen. "Tailgunner Joe" McCarthy, et. al........

Sorry.. went off on a tangent.. but I'm Pissed! But take care... And keep doing what you're doing..

DirtyDon
aka Don C. Booker ##

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MOCKERY OF JUSTICE

Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 18:49:04 -0500
From: Gerald Geldzahler <implant@home.com>
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
Subject: impeachment

Dear Al,

I sat down and watched some of the impeachment proceedings on TV this afternoon, and realized that as had been stated in the media, that the outcome was pre-determined regardless of the discussion. People spoke but noone listened. Then I heard the comments of a member of the judiciary committee, a Democrat named Boyer I believe, who made the most profound statement of all.

he stated that if the House was actually acting as a grand jury, as it was supposed to be in an impeachment proceeding, than how was it possible that all those people who were to vote on their convictions as to what they believed was right or wrong, could have voted only among party lines. This type of thing is supposed to go beyond the party system, and that is why the outcome was pure bullshit. Right or wrong has nothing to do with Democrat or Republican. They made a mockery of justice today.

Jerry ##

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GOP'S DIRTY LAUNDRY

Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 11:52:39 -0500
From: Steven Schwartz <steven_schwartz@zd.com>
Subject: dig this---------
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

Al--

Thought you would appreciate this. Perhaps there's some justice in this world after all.

Merry Christmas.

--Steve

From "Why Gingrich Really Quit" in today's American Politics Journal

By Dave "Doc" Gonzo

Here are the choice excerpts emailed to yours truly last evening, from an article which ran in---of all places---Monday's The Irish Times.

Their Washington correspondent, Elaine Lafferty, wrote a detailed article on Larry Flynt's investigations into the sex lives of Republican congressmen. Yes, The Doc is talking about "those" kinds of details: "Mr Flynt hired a Washington firm of former CIA and FBI officials to help him assess the responses to his ad and confirm their credibility. One of the first investigations surrounded Mr. Newt Gingrich, then Speaker of the House.

Mr Flynt began negotiating with several parties, people described as having an association with a prostitution ring, for a series of credit card receipts that showed Mr Gingrich paying for services.

"In the midst of that negotiation, Mr Gingrich resigned suddenly."

As those great old K-Tel commercials used to say, "But wait! There's more!!"

"The Irish Times has learned that Mr Livingston became aware that Mr Flynt had in his possession audiotapes of sexually explicit telephone conversations between Mr Livingston and a woman. It was the nature of the sexual talk that was so disturbing, said this source. It was clearly a sexual relationship of a sado-masochistic or dominant-submissive nature.

"At one point in the conversation, Mr Livingston asks the woman a question to the effect, can't I be the victim next time?"

Now, it's no surprise to The Doc that a bunch of pathetic southern GOP has-beens are so hard up they have to go out and buy it---but the truth is they're jealous as hell that chicks love Bill Clinton. Women are really hot for him and the old GOP farts are jealous. When they want some pussy, they have to whip out the plastic (and probably the Viagra).

And while the media is calling escalating scorched earth politics "sexual Armageddon" as they fret over Larry Flynt's response to the Starr Report---an article in the upcoming issue of Hustler guaranteed to have fifty times the kinky fun of Starr's tome in a lot less space, and no distracting footnotes---they're missing the obvious reason behind the bizarre turn of events of the last month-and-a-half:

The most likely reason the Confederate GOP Caucus stepped up the effort to depose Clinton and rammed two Articles of impeachment all the way through to the Senate was to divert attention from Larry Flynt's airing of many of their own top players' massive dirty laundry!

'Nuff said. ##

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SOME OF ANDREW'S THOUGHTS

From: "Hill, Andrew P"<Andrew.Hill@capgemini.co.uk>
To: "'info@blacklistedjournalist.com'"
Cc: "'manuel_menendez@hotmail.com'"
Subject: My thoughts...
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 17:03:26 -0000

Al,

. . .I admire the work you're trying to do on the Clinton thing but really, Al, you shouldn't allow it to upset you so much. I support what you're doing because I remember living in perpetual fear of nuclear war as a child in the '80s, thanks to Reagan & the republican scum, & as an adult I've abhorred everything they stand for (including the Gulf War) & I believe it will be a great tragedy for the world if George Bush Jr or some other in-bred is running the world after the next presidential elections. But at the end of the day I doubt Slick Willy would piss on you if you were on fire---I have to agree with Manuel on that one. Of course he shouldn't be impeached (even if he indulges in the occasional 'toot' as the conspiracy theorists reckon) but he would not have been entrapped if he hadn't had been so bloody arrogant & cowardly in the first place. His place in history is already tarnished beyond repair, his foreign policy has always been mediocre at best, & the 'economic miracle' is largely a myth---doesn't leave him much to play with does it? Unfortunately, and this, I think, is a truism for politics in general, the nature of political office actually precludes the possibility of any genuine talent making it & changing the world for the better in some significant & lasting way. Its much the same as your attitude towards editors---"everybody hates an asshole but can't wait to be one"... same goes for politics, business, you name it (great fucking quote by the way---yours?). . .

I know my words do not put dollars in your wallet but I just wanted you to remember how much happiness you bring to the many people who read your site & correspond with you. . .

Best,
Andrew ##

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"COOL SITE"

From: Euphemia9@aol.com
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 01:02:34 EST
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
Subject: Hi

Hello,

Cool site. Is it possible to purchase a copy of "The Beat People Of Aronowitz"?

Liz
(euphemia9@aol.com) ##

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ANOTHER BANDSHELL TESTIMONIAL

Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 23:07:49 +0000
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
From: Marlon <mjm@centrum.is>
Subject: letter

Al,

thanx for the message and pictures. Despite the rain out we had a great time in New York. I enjoyed yr reading at the Centerfold. You can stop technology but not poetry. You can't stop the rain or the poetry drums from Beating. Poetry is the Heartbeat of Humanity. The verse of Creation.

Love/Peace
Michael Dean Pollock ##

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JETHART PEARS!

Date: Tue, 08 Dec 1998 23:54:51 -0400
From: Lorne Gardiner <elmgard@pei.sympatico.ca>
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
Subject: Thanks!

Dear BLJ,

I hope your address is still current because I really would like to thank you for clearing up a mystery that has bothered me (slightly) for some years. When William and Dorothy Wordsworth did a tour of Scotland in 1803, they eventually landed in Jedburgh where they met Sir Walter Scott and spent an evening with him. There is a plaque on the house where this took place. Dorothy kept a very complete diary of the tour (as you may know) and ten years ago my wife and I 'did' the tour that they did, only not in an Irish jaunting car and horse! As they were leaving Jedburgh, their B&B lady advised them not to leave the town without some "jeddered pears", as Dorothy wrote it. The term suggested to me that these were pears treated in some way, perhaps pickled or preserved, but I have never been able to find any reference to such a thing. No one in Jedburgh seemed to know anything about pears of any description when I was there. Not long ago, I mentioned the mystery on a chat line on Scotland on Line and the wife of a British Army soldier stationed in Germany directed me to your fascinating story about Jedburgh. There I found that Dorothy's landlady was probably saying "Jedart pears" or "Jethart pears"! As I've heard the local accent, it likely sounded something like "Ja-a-yd'r'd pears" and poor Cumberland Dorothy got "jeddered" out of it! Mystery solved! And I'm still enjoying your story. So, thank you very much, indeed!

With very best wishes,
Lorne Gardiner
Stanley Bridge, Prince Edward Island, Canada ##

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NEWS ABOUT MERILENE MURPHY

From: "Bryan Wilhite" <rasx@kintespace.com>
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
Subject: Haley's Comet: Tuesday, December 1, 1998
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1998 18:41:24 -0000

Haley's Comet news from the kinte space Tuesday, December 01, 1998

Contents: Merilene Murphy: Wired Way Before Me (kinte companion books!)

I met Merilene Murphy back in the early 1990's before I sold out to "cor-pirate amerikkka" and moved farther away from the nightly poetry reading scene on the streets of Los Angeles. Back then, in various spaces, she was busy pioneering "Telepoetics," a form of live poetry reading across International datelines that predates the World Wide Web that you, the stock market and I know so well.

I managed to negotiate one poem out of her. I first published it back in the days when desktop publishing was king---in my first (paper) issue of the kinte space (c. 1993). She was the first poet to show serious interest in my particular style of publishing. She was also the first poet to show me that high technology and spiritual words should not be far apart and the media should not own the media.

Merilene is all over the wired world in person and in spirit. I can't keep up with her... But some of the latest things and thangs she was doing was reading poetry at the Allen Ginsberg Memorial. For more information on Merilene Murphy at the Allen Ginsberg Memorial please see:

http://poetry.tqn.com/library/weekly/aa072198.htm

For more information on Merilene Murphy in general please visit the following URL:

http://xochi.tezcat.com/~malachit/WorldGateway/losangel.html

The kinte space is in association with Amazon.com! This partnership shows just how big "the Earth's biggest bookstore" can be! When you visit the kinte space, look out for links to Amazon.com! These links are under the heading "kinte companion books."

The kinte companion books, scattered about the kinte space, promote in-depth research into many of the topics we cover in the kinte space. This is a wonderful opportunity to remind you of that one book (or audio CD) that was so inspiring or informative to the contributors to the kinte space! And, by buying from Amazon.com through the kinte space, you are helping to support kinte space!

WARNING: Several kinte companion books are considered "rare" or "not in print" by Amazon.com. Because of this, Amazon.com may be forced to delay your order by days or even weeks. Older or rare books may be easily found at your public Library. ##

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NEWS ABOUT LIONEL ROLFE

Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 08:05:03 -0700
To: Al Aronowitz
From: calclass@earthlink.net (Nigey Lennon)
Subject: FAT MAN

WHY DOES LIONEL ROLFE'S NEW BOOK, fAT MAN ON THE LEFT, SO UPSET SOME PEOPLE?

We are showing you the review of the book that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. Now you can judge for yourself. . .

Left, Loud and Proud to Be in L.A.

REVIEWED BY Steve Rubenstein

Sunday, October 18, 1998, San Francisco Chronicle

FAT MAN ON THE LEFT: Four Decades in the Underground By Lionel Rolfe, California Classics; 184 pages; $14.95

Los Angeles cannot possibly be as wonderful as Lionel Rolfe says it is. Los Angeles is not, in fact, a "Utopia" blessed with a "purple cloak of poetry." Many people have visited or otherwise done time in Los Angeles and can bear me out on this.

Actually, Los Angeles is a vexing, bloated, long-suffering but vaguely likable mess. In that, it bears a striking resemblance to Rolfe, who can write with charm and even grace if he would only shut up once in a while and stop dropping names and babbling about archetypes and Inner Sanctums and carrying on, in general, like an insufferable noodge.

Rolfe, in this collection of 16 essays that irritate, delight and then irritate again, is the guy who knows everything, knows everybody and, especially, knows more than you do. He calls himself the Fat Man on the Left because he is a chunky loudmouth, like Rush Limbaugh, whom he apparently aspires to be the political mirror opposite of.

He also happens to be the nephew of legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin, a fact he feels compelled to mention on just about every other page and which is a big deal primarily to Rolfe. It is certainly no big deal to Menuhin who, according to the text, has spent most of his life ignoring his nephew or acceding to the rest of the family in writing him out of grandpa's will, after a previous Rolfe book that spilled family secrets.

Rolfe does possess a dogged fondness for Los Angeles that cannot be faked. One essay, a tour of literary Los Angeles at dusk, turns the sleazy dumps and back alleys of Hollywood and Venice into something truly wondrous. And his eloquent and passionate tribute to the old county hospital where Rolfe spent a month recuperating from abdominal surgery ("an immersion in urban reality," he called it) is a lot better than the hospital itself. Best of all is his affectionate profile of newspaper editor Scott Newhall, the "last great frontier journalist" and a man who believed in hiring good writers and letting them write, of all things.

Rolfe is easier to take in the third person than in the first. The reporting is dead on, but the ruminations are whiny and annoying. The constant name-dropping is maddening. Here's Willa Cather and Yehudi Menuhin. Here's Charles Bukowski, Abba Eban and Yehudi Menuhin again. And few readers, if any, need to know about Rolfe's wife's affair with rock musician Frank Zappa or Rolfe's rejection of a blind date with singer Janis Joplin "because I thought she was kind of ugly."

And yet the fat man turns out to be an oddly sympathetic soul---a West L.A. Jewish kid who grew up delivering newspapers, eating cherry turnovers, signing on with the Communist Party, getting fired, writing the truth as he saw it and trying to understand why so many folks are annoyed with him. At least the reader will have no trouble figuring that part out. ##

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DISASTER AID

Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 19:13:28 -0800
From: John <John@DisasterAid.com>
Organization: iPoet.com
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
Subject: iPoet.com in development

Al Aronowitz

November 23, 1998

Hello,

I'm a 40-something East Bay sometimes homeless sometimes not man (currently not ). It was during one of my homeless periods circa 1993 that I first got acquainted with modern word-processing and the internet through the public library system. (Spec. Sonoma State Univ Library, Berkeley Public, and Alemeda County Libraries.) I eventually ended up sharing a house on 23rd Street in Oakland with, among others, an editor for the San Francisco Examiner, and writing (actually finishing the writing started at Sonoma State) and self-publishing a book about my experiences in the disaster relief field. Now called The New Disaster Relief Handbook, it was quickly embraced by Nolo Press of Berkeley, and added to their Good Books from Other Publishers list in their Spring 95 Catalogue. [[See: http://DisasterAid.com/upgrade.html for more info.]] While not on anybody's best seller list yet, it's gets good reviews from those in the know.

Thank you, public libraries.

Now, I've recently registered the internet domain " iPoet.com " with the thought of establishing a "Homeless Poets Coffeehouse" where, say, a street poet at a public computer terminal in Brooklyn or Berkeley or Bombay could log on, read "i-poetry" from a list of famous past bards and wandering minstrels, Shakespeare to Woody Guthrie, or check in on the musings/rantings of contemporary nomads and artists via a semi-automated, semi-monitored submission and posting process. That's the initial concept, anyway. Would anyone out there like to have a role in this thing? All positions open as they say ;-) . . . looking particularly for a volunteer webmaster who'll set up all this proposed semi-automation and semi-moderation, or at least teach me how to teach you to do it :-)

To see what we got so far, click this temporary working site at:http://DisasterAid.com/munity/recovery/projects/iPoet/index.html

To see more about the New Disaster Relief Handbook go to the associated website, also written by yours truly, to be found at: http://DisasterAid.com

or

(http://www.DisasterAid.com )

To see more of my web designs try these:
http://DisasterAid.com/Africa/index.html
http://DisasterAid.com/CCF/Ethiopia/index.html
http://DisasterAid.com/munity/recovery/projects/BestPhoto/index.html
http://DisasterAid.com/munity/recovery/projects/BobsBeds/index.html
http://DisasterAid.com/munity/recovery/projects/SuperNanny/index.html
http://DisasterAid.com/munity/resources/BIGGS/index.html

Any/All interested parties your feedback appreciated; please email to: John@DisasterAid.com

Or write to:
Biggs Online Publishing
2342 Shattuck Ave. #108
Berkeley, CA 94706

Or call John at: 510-526-9149

Thank you !

And feel free to forward this on to anyone you want, AND remember to check out iPoet.com---due online in a few days (try Dec 1) ##

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