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COLUMN EIGHTY, DECEMBER 1, 2002
(Copyright © 2002 The Blacklisted Journalist)
FOR RALPH HASELMANN JR.
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 12:27:56 EDT
I just wanted to thank you for your mention and review of my short story in the first issue of Box of Rocks. Also, thanks for reminding me of Bill Moyers' collection The Language of Life. I'm in the middle of writing an intro. to poetry book for struggling community college readers----his host of interviews will be really helpful. I'd seen it but forgotten about how in-depth his interviews were.
All the best,
Marcia Renee Goodman ##
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FOR AMIRI BARAKA
Somebody Blew up Amer.
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 14:12:46 -0400
From: "Mjett" email@example.com
have read your Poem, Somebody Blew Up America, and I found it to contain so much
truth, Yeah Who! I also saw you on
the Connie Chung Show before I read the poem, and I am glad that you are not
going to let the haters of truth make you step down as New Jersey's Poet.
I can't even imagine, a great thinker and master of truth being
intimidated by those that can't stand to face reality.
I find your work fascinating.
Cincinnati, Ohio ##
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ANOTHER OPINION OF AMIRI'S POEM
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 12:44:53 -0400
just read Baraka's response to the controversy over his poem "Somebody Blew
Up America" (which I actually read on your site, and kudos to you for not
publicizing that fact all over the Web as many others would have done) and I
just had to add my 2 cents. As a
firm believer in our First Amendment rights, I believe that all of us, poet
laureates included, have the inalienable right (at least for the time being) to
free expression. That's to say Baraka's poem, while it is indeed disturbing,
should be protected as a form of artistic expression regardless of whether it's
based on fact, or whether the reader (or the ADL or the governor of New Jersey
or various state senators) agrees with its content.
Baraka's "defense" of his poem is not art or protected speech, and
essentially amounts to the largest steaming heap of bullshit this side of
Pamplona. I don't have the time or the inclination to refute all of Baraka's
many specious citations and accusations (although sadly, I find myself agreeing
with him about Iraq), but what I found particularly galling is his insistence
that the insidious lie about 4,000 Israelis not showing up for work at the World
Trade Center on 9/11 is somehow based in reality.
Baraka cites such sources as "Ha?aretz and Yadiot Ahranot (two
Israeli newspapers) Al Watan (a Jordanian newspaper), "Manar? -TV and the
website of the Israeli security force SHABAK."
In fact, this story was thoroughly debunked almost as soon as it appeared
his claims about Zim American-Israeli Shipping moving out of the WTC days before
the attacks (the only source I could find for this was the more-than-dubious
AmericanFreePress.Net), and the bogus report of the five Israelis videotaping
the attacks (al-Manar again). Baraka
also cites other legitimate sources, such as the New York Times, The
Star-Ledger, Reuters, Der Spiegel, but conveniently omits dates or links for
cross-referencing?--and this from a man who uses "op. cit." in his
anti-Semitism is old news, and too bad for the dickweeds in Trenton who didn't
do their homework before making him the poet laureate of New Jersey
("We're shocked?--shocked!---to discover he has a problem with
Jewish people. And he's a
Communist, too?!"). But Baraka
is not merely an anti-Semite. He's a coward (not to mention a zealot, a propagandist, and
more than a bit of a hypocrite). Although he's not the first Jew-hater whose
literary work I could appreciate---the names Pound, Eliot, and Kerouac
immediately spring to mind---he is alone in his attempts to justify and
rationalize his hatred (in writing, no less) by citing the caliber of
"facts? that would make the Nazis proud.
That he tries to hide behind such fallacies, rather than acknowledge his
own racist leanings, proves his cowardice.
the only thing I found surprising about Baraka's poem was his reference to
Jews dying in Nazi ovens, as I would have expected him to be among those who
maintain the Holocaust never happened.
know Baraka is a friend of yours, Al. But
I'm still a bit surprised that you gave him the space for this rant.
I'm assuming you read it before posting it on your Web site.
If so, as a journalist, you should have checked the references he cites
before giving him a license to spew forth such utter garbage.
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THREE CHEERS FOR US!
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 13:16:13 -0400
From: "Chuck Moses" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
cheers for the wag the dog article!!! Keep writing!
Re: [AGALIST] COLUMN SEVENTY-NINE
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002 15:34:50 -0400
From: Nat <email@example.com>
another puff piece about a celebrity just what the world
ANOTHER NADERITE WHO STILL DOESN'T GET IT
Re: [AGALIST] COLUMN SEVENTY-EIGHT
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 00:22:44 -0500
From: Lew Rosenbaum firstname.lastname@example.org
know you have a grudge here, but don't you think it's time to get off your
sectarian nonsense and recognize finally that Gore beat Gore, with help from the
Supreme Court. For god's sake, if
he'd won his own state, or if Clinton had carried Arkansas for him even, do you
think Bush would be King now? Why fall into the Florida trap over and over
again? (Yeah, I know; it's because jazz musicians can improvise . . .)
Note E-Mail Addresses: reply to Lew Rosenbaum: email@example.com
reply to Diana Berek: firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: [AGALIST] COLUMN SEVENTY-EIGHT
Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 00:32:37 -0500
From: Lew Rosenbaum <email@example.com>
To: al aronowitz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
haven't the time to waste on speculating what might have been if Gore were
president now. I do know two
things. I don't tolerate red-baiting; and there was no "movement" of
which Nader was a leader in the last campaign.
Cheney-Rumsfeld-Powell-Wolfowitz-Bush axis has now been granted war powers to
complement their grip on homeland security, with the collusion of the Democrats.
This is the resurgence of the plan for world domination developed 10 and
more years ago. And it is not
merely a subjective phenomenon that the environment within which this axis is
operating gives them their biggest opportunity (Sept. 11) and their greatest
need (the economic depression what was evident even to the Economist in August
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ANYBODY KNOW SOPHIE ARIE IN BUENOS AIRES?
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 10:11:28 -0600
From: office email@example.com
am trying to contact Sophie Arie in Buenos Aires do you have an email or
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GOD CREATED HEALTH AND WHAT DID SATAN CREATE?
FW: God's Diet Plan
Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2002 22:31:23 -0700
From: "venire" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach and green and
yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy
Satan created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the 99-cent
double-cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, "You want fries with
Man said, "Super size them." And Man gained pounds.
God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her figure that man
found so fair.
Satan froze the yogurt, and he brought forth chocolate, nuts and brightly
colored sprinkle candy to put on the yogurt. And woman gained pounds.
God said, "Try my crispy fresh salad."
Satan brought forth creamy dressings, bacon bits, and shredded cheese.
there was ice cream for dessert. And woman gained pounds.
God said, "I have sent your heart healthy vegetables and olive oil with
which to cook them."
Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak from Cracker Barrel so big it needed its
own platter. And Man gained pounds, and his bad cholesterol went through the
God brought forth running shoes, and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.
Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil
to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2. And Man gained pounds.
God said, "You're running up the score, Devil." And God brought forth
the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.
Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and
deep-fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also.
Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in
cholesterol. And Satan saw and said, "It is good."
Man went into cardiac arrest.
God sighed, and created quadruple bypass surgery, angioplasties, and stints . .
. . .
Satan created HMO's... ##
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El Rancho Waylon
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002 23:46:14 -050
From: "Hawk and Marsha" <email@example.com>
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