Sunday, December 31, 2006


all the people
livin' life in peace.

or in pieces.

I Don't Feel Like Dancin'

The envelope, please...

in San Antonio, Texas:

Sgt. Edward W. Shaffer, 23,
of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

How many times can a man die?
This is the third time, in one night, or the fourth.
Depends on who you are tapped into,
and when.

Descanse en Pace.

Knock Knock Knocking on Closet Doors

I get MY breaking news from:

CNN, posted: 9:08pm
OrangeMercury, posted: 2:06pm

The 3,000th US fatality of the Iraq War, which actually happened Wednesday.

Sadly, I think the figure is going to skyrocket in the next day or so.

Sir? I'm sorry to interrupt your vacation...

U.S. troop deaths reach 3,000
POSTED: 9:08 p.m. EST, December 31, 2006

Story Highlights
• NEW: Soldier was wounded in Al Anbar province
• NEW: Bush: American will not have "died in vain"
• NEW: 3,000th soldier died Wednesday in Texas military hospital

CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- A U.S. soldier died earlier this week of wounds suffered in a roadside bombing in Iraq, the Pentagon reported Sunday.

According to a count kept by CNN, the death of 23-year-old Sgt. Edward Shaffer, of Mont Alto, Pennsylvania, was the 3,000th American military fatality reported since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

Shaffer was wounded November 13, 2006 by a roadside bomb in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, where U.S. troops and insurgents trade fire on a near-daily basis.

Shaffer was a member of the Army's First Armored Division, based in Friedberg, Germany. He died Wednesday at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, outside San Antonio, according to the military.

More than 22,000 other U.S. troops have been wounded in Iraq since the war began nearly four years ago.

The grim milestone arrived a day after the execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, whose government collapsed as U.S. troops entered Baghdad, and as President Bush ponders a change of strategy in the increasingly unpopular conflict. (Read full story)

President Bush has vowed that Americans killed in the nearly 4-year-old war will not have died in vain, the White House announced Sunday.

"The hardest decision the president ever has to make is to send our men and women into harm's way," White House deputy spokesman Scott Stanzel said in a statement released Sunday.

"The president believes that every life is precious and grieves for each one that is lost. He will ensure their sacrifice was not made in vain."

Commanders in Iraq announced that a U.S. soldier was killed Saturday in Baghdad, bringing the American death toll to 2,999.

More than 22,000 others have been wounded since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, according to Pentagon figures.

The war has also claimed the lives of about 250 allied troops, more than half of them British.

Estimates of Iraqi dead range from about 50,000 to several hundred thousand.

Bush initially argued the U.S.-led invasion was necessary to strip Hussein's government of stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and to halt efforts to develop a nuclear bomb -- programs Baghdad had been required to give up after the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

U.S. inspectors later determined Iraq had indeed dismantled its weapons programs during the 1990s, though its leaders had tried to conceal some weapons-related research from the United Nations.

Now, the administration says U.S. troops must remain in Iraq to protect the country's new government from a persistent insurgency and a wave of sectarian violence, which has raged for most of the past year.

Bush has repeatedly called Iraq the "central front" in the war on terrorism, which began after the al Qaeda's terrorist network's 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

"We will be fighting violent jihadists for peace and security of the civilized world for years to come," Stanzel said. "The brave men and women of the U.S. military are fighting extremists in order to stop them from attacking on our soil again."

The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, where remnants of al Qaeda and its Taliban allies are still battling U.S. and NATO troops five years after the attacks, has claimed 353 American and 156 allied lives.

The independent commission that investigated the 9/11 attacks found no "credible evidence" that Iraq had aided al Qaeda in the attacks, which killed 2,749 people.

But Islamic militants loyal to al Qaeda have joined the insurgency against American troops in Iraq and have launched numerous attacks on Iraqi civilians since the fall of Baghdad.

Observers say improvements in body armor and battlefield medicine have helped limit the death toll.

The 1950-53 Korean War left more than 36,000 Americans dead and more than 100,000 wounded, while the Vietnam War claimed 58,000 American lives and left 153,000 wounded between 1964 and 1973.

The war in Iraq has now lasted longer than U.S. involvement in World War II, which claimed more than 405,000 lives as the United States and its allies battled Germany, Japan and Italy.

AC just asked to "send in images of your party" as long as they were wholesome.

He's been on all of five minutes, as we've heard all about the "Drag Queen Drop" in Key West, and the GooGoo Dolls, of dubious sexuality, have performed.

And Scissor Sisters have received their largest US boost ever.
With the imprimatur of AC, I'm sure their online sales have just pitched a tent.

Pending Notification
Pending Notification
Pending Notification

God help them if a party is interrupted.
God help them anyways.
Are they ending one year?
or beginning another?

Which is more horrid?


Word of the Day|BLur

Photographer of the Year|Rick Loomis

©2006 Rick Loomis, LA Times

Pass It On.

Movie of the Year|2006

Legends never die.

iCandy|NBC's Richard Engel

Hero|Ed Bradley RIP

Song of the Year 2006


the ring you were holding
has hit the floor,
and I can't live
in this house
with you
no more.

No news is good news.

Eleven families are about to have an unforgettable New Year's Eve.

Pending notification.

Progressed 30 June 2007

Progressed 31 December 2006

Pivotal Artist|George(s) Marinko

Portrait|Orange Mercury
Shamus Fatzinger

photograph ©2006 Shamus Fatzinger
manipulation ©2006 OrangeMercury

CNN|4pm Update

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield, long a favorite, was able to show off her new locks, but nary a syllable at the 4pm "top of the hour" news update.

Sure: Saddam, Ford...they were all there. No James Brown news.

But she did make it a point of saying it was midnight, the new year, in Baghdad.

ABC News|Still, you gotta dig...


Saddam Hussein v. Spc. Dustin R. Donica, 22

What's up with this fucking "meanwhile" bullshit?
Any other day of the week, this would be "breaking news"
and Hussein's name wouldn't top an American's name.

Indeed, Spc. Donica would warrant a headline.

"Meanwhile" Albert deSalvo is on CNN.



Memento Vivere.


Baghdad: 11:06pm


CNN|2:53pm Newswire

Dear CNN:

Isn't even ONE intern working this New Year's Eve?

CNN News Wire as of NOW.

Not even a screen crawler on cable.
Just AC and the Mexicans...

No comment.

In a slow, or no news week,
this would have been breaking news.

What is the name of the US soldier who broke 2,999?

Actually, pick anyone from 1 – 2,999.
They all contributed.

Press deployment, indeed.

Broken|Baghdad: 10:30:10 pm

Breaking|2:18pm [14:18]

Approved Deaths|The Cold War
[Pardon me?]

Over the top.


Has the president been awakened?

We regret to inform you.

Political Death Watch

Haunting me. #19.

my life.
Time has been twisting the knife.

my dreams.
and weak
at the seams...

2006|Rearview Mirror

One word: betrayal.

If I had to sum up 2006 in one word, I would easily choose "betrayal."
From starting the New Year with my body failing me, my "significant other" betraying me, straight to my coworkers, students, neighbors, "friends" and, yes, the other F-word...

it was the year of betrayal.

Again, it was 3:21am when I was awakened...

Time's up on this one.

Saturday, December 30, 2006


Gerald Ford.
Saddam Hussein.

James Brown is a category unto himself.
CNN: Cemetery News Network.
All funerals. All the time.

No pushing.
No shoving.
Take a number for better service.

St. Peter's pretty busy at moment.

Cable's New iCookies by Nabisco

How do you spell "oreo cookie?"
Funny how CNN's iCandy is including chocolate as well as the standard vanilla these days.

Lurking|Death in the Shadows


3 Faces of Death

On the dias: James Brown.
On the tarmac: Gerald Ford.
On the floor: Saddam Hussein.

Pilgrimage|Edward Weston

Word of the Day|BLess

God bless Niki Taylor and Burney Lamar!

God bless the troops.


©2006 Shamus Fatzinger

Creeping|Iraq Death Count has 2,995 fatalities.
CNN reports 2,997.

Either way...

Saddam|Swinging end to his reign

President Bush was unavailable for comment (he's on vacation in Crawford) but did issue a lengthy written statement some 90 minutes after the confirmation of execution.

Vacation all I ever wanted...
– The Go Go's.

Friday, December 29, 2006

10:09pm EST

OrangeMercury announces that Sadddam is well hung.

11:33pm: The Washington Post e-mail notification agrees.

If 2006 were a photograph...

this is how I feel.

Saddam|Execution Event Chart, corrected

The actual date was corrected from 29 to 30. This shows, clearly, that his luck had run out, and, quite literally, the rope snapped within 24 hours.

This turns out to be a very interesting "mistake" to see that the Universe was, actually, "providing".

CNN|Snuff News Network

I think AC is squirming.
He's laughing with Arwa,
and sweating the suits.

Reading|Saddam Event

Is it me or is Sag shooting Jupiter on the Ascendant?

Reading|Saddam Event

Is it me or is Sag shooting Jupiter on the Ascendant?

iResearched|Event Chart [Swingin' Saddam]

If I tell you the 8th House is sex and death, and the 12th House is the unknown, and the 4th House is your "home"...the devil has been returned to hell, again. He will return though. Oh. And the lion, Leo, is ruling the 8th House (pride, ruler) and is being transited by Saturn, the malevolent older male figure.

Don't tell me you can't see it...

iFound |I

He Will Rock You!

Johnny Depp to play Robert Mapplethorpe in an upcoming biopic, according to several anonymous sources.

No comment from Freddie Mercury, who was totally snubbed by Bob at The White Party.

AC 360º Confirms:

Saddam has been hung.
No comment if he was well hung.

Mr Mercury

Saddam Hussein is, well, hung!!!

Free music! Expires Dec 31

Free music, here.


Paul Hardcastle

Paul Hardcastle has put together an impressive career as a producer with his own Fast Forward record label, and as a composer scoring video and film works. He also enjoyed a brief period of pop fame, when in 1985 he had a surprise number 1 hit (UK) with "19."
"19" was an interesting combination of preachy spoken word, testimonials, looping news reports, synths and heavy beats, concerning a subject that dominated music two decades earlier: the Vietnam War. The number nineteen was significant in the song as the reported "average age" of the combat soldier during the conflict. While those of us who were of high school age (or there-abouts) at the time were not terribly concerned with the political fallout that surrounded the Vietnam war, there was so little popular music with socio-political messages in 1985 that we really latched on to it. Plus for some reason it felt really cool to repeat the line "I wasn't really sure what was going on."

In 1965 Vietnam seemed like just another foreign war,
but it wasn't.
It was different in many ways, as so were those that did the fighting.
In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26...
In Vietnam he was 19.
In inininininin Vietnam he was 19.

(TV announcer's voice)
The shooting and fighting of the past two weeks continued today
25 miles west of Saigon
I really wasn't sure what was going on (Vet's Voice)

Nininini Nineteen, 19, Ni-nineteen 19

In Vietnam the combat soldier typically served a twelve month tour of duty
but was exposed to hostile fire almost everyday
Ninininininininininin 19 nininininninin 19

Hundreds of Thousands of men who saw heavy combat in Vietnam were arrested
since discharge Their arrest rate is almost twice that of non-veterans of the same
age. There are no accurate figures of how many of these men have been incarcerated.
But, a Veterans Administration study concludes that the greater of Vets exposure
to combat could more likely affect his chances of being arrested or convicted.

This is one legacy of the Vietnam War

(Singing Girls)
All those who remember the war
They won't forget what they've seen..
Destruction of men in their prime
whose average was 19
War, War
Dededede-Destruction, wa-wa-War, wa-War, War
War, War

After World War II the Men came home together on troop ships, but the Vietnam
Vet often arrived home within 48 hours of jungle combat
Perhaps the most dramatic difference between World War II and Vietnam was
coming home.. .none of them received a hero's welcome
None of them received a heroes welcome, none of them, none of them
Nenene Nenene None of them, none of them, none of them (etc...)
None of them received a hero's welcome
None of them received a hero's welcome

According to a Veteran's Administration study
Half of the Vietnam combat veterans suffered from what Psychiatrists call
Many vets complain of alienation, rage, or guilt
Some succumb to suicidal thoughts
Eight to Ten years after coming home almost eight-hundred-thousand men are
still fighting the Vietnam War

(Singing Girls)

Nininininininininin Nineteen, 19, Ni-nineteen 19
Nininininininininin Nineteen, 19, Ni-nineteen 19

(Soldiers Voice)
When we came back it was different.. Everybody wants to know "How'd it
happened to those guys over there
There's gotta be something wrong somewhere
We did what we had to do
There's gotta be something wrong somewhere
People wanted us to be ashamed of what it made us
Dad had no idea what he went to fight and he is now
All we want to do is come home
All we want to do is come home
What did we do it for
All we want to do is come home
Was it worth it?

Three men, united in death.

Gerald Ford

Saddam Hussein

US Soldier Fatality #3,000 Iraq

At this very moment, while the world is pondering the imminent hanging of Saddam, they are lauding the life of one Gerald Ford, Live on CNN.

And some unknown soldier has already ensured that we've crossed the threshold of 3,000.

God rest two of them.

Word of the Day|BLeak


The last Friday of 2006.
Happy our?


Open your hand. Good.
Now, drink the water that remains in it.

Air Earth Fire Water

Throw him to the wild boars...

I don't know, but however barbaric this sounds, I say hanging this SOB is prolly too much of a good thing. While a public stoning and stockades and torture all have their validities here, putting this motherfucker on an island (hello? Lord of the Flies?) with a few other select criminals (ummm, Scott Peterson, starters) and let them fend for themselves.

Look at the long miserable lives of the starving and suffering faces of those people in Africa, and you tell me what's humane?

Shooting them in the head? or letting Saddam rot in their desserts, or some boar-ridden Pacific island.

One thing for certain:

a quick death is a hero's death.

Slow and painful, let him fucking live.
Dump him somewhere, and let him fend for himself.
Make his prison days seem worthy of the Helmsley or Trump Towers.

Well, then again...

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Brown + Ford are just two...

Dear Krystle:

I have better skin.


'007 behind the lens

Latin is not a dead language!

I went to the newly-refurbished Yale University Art Gallery today (Craigslist was so right, even in the off-season!) today and was able to read all the paintings, sculptures, et al.

It made for a very full experience.

So. My five years of Latin were wasted?

Not some thirty-odd (very!) years later.

Ars gratia artis.


Photographer|David Vance

Subject: Carrots, Eggs, and Coffee...

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...You will never
look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things
were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and
wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one
problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water
and placed each on a high fire Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she
placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed
ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots
out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a

Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her
daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and
noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg
and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter
smiled as she tasted its rich aroma The daughter then asked, "What does it
mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same
adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being
subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had
been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but
after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened The
ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling
water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on
your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain
and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat?
Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial
hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?
Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a
stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the
very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases
the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their
worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you
elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to
make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they
just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go
forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone
around you is crying.

Somewhere, a soldier is out there...

Who, in God knows how short a period of time, will be a household name, or "media darling" for being the 3,000th fatality of the Iraq war.

Some poor family, to be determined, will have to deal with the onslaught of media vultures all over their doorstep, because their son/daughter became the 3,000th fatality.

I'm sure it'll be a white male.
Well, at least as far as what will be portrayed in said media.

What're the odds it'll be a less-acceptable-to-the-mainstream "minority female?"
Probably good to better than that.

But the media would never make and laud a double-minority as a representative milestone of the Iraq war.

I'm not cynical.

I'm sad.

What I don't get is that I'll never understand how I escaped the battle of HIV which cut down so many in their prime, some 20 years ago.

And I'm sure there's a soldier who, in their last moments (if they even had a last moment to think consciously), wonders:


I just say:


Wednesday, December 27, 2006


"An extremely quiet child" they called you in your school report
"He's always taken interest in the subjects that he's taught"
So what was it that brought the squad car screaming up your drive
To notify your parents of the manner in which you died

At St. Patricks every Sunday, Father Fletcher heard your sins
"Oh, he's unconcerned with competition he never cares to win"
But blood stained a young hand that never held a gun
And his parents never thought of him as their troubled son

"Now you'll never get to Heaven" Mama said
Remember Mama said
Ticking, ticking
"Grow up straight and true blue
Run along to bed"
Hear it, hear it, ticking, ticking

They had you holed up in a downtown bar screaming for a priest
Some gook said "His brain's just snapped" then someone called the police
You'd knifed a Negro waiter who had tried to calm you down
Oh you'd pulled a gun and told them all to lay still on the ground

Promising to hurt no one, providing they were still
A young man tried to make a break, with tear-filled eyes you killed
That gun butt felt so smooth and warm cradled in your palm
Oh your childhood cried out in your head "they mean to do you harm"

"Don't ever ride on the devil's knee" Mama said
Remember mama said
Ticking, ticking
"Pay your penance well, my child
Fear where angels tread"
Hear it, hear it, ticking, ticking

Within an hour the news had reached the media machine
A male caucasian with a gun had gone berserk in Queens
The area had been sealed off, the kids sent home from school
Fourteen people lying dead in a bar they called the Kicking Mule

Oh they pleaded to your sanity for the sake of those inside
"Throw out your gun, walk out slow just keep your hands held high"
But they pumped you full of rifle shells as you stepped out the door
Oh you danced in death like a marionette on the vengeance of the law

"You've slept too long in silence" Mama said
Remember Mama said
Ticking, ticking
"Crazy boy, you'll only wind up with strange notions in your head"
Hear it, hear it, ticking, ticking

Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
Caribou|Elton John 1974




Where's my seatbelt?

Haunting me. #19
Funny, How Love Is? Queen

Funny how love is everywhere just look and see
Funny how love is anywhere you're bound to be
Funny how love is every song in every key
Funny how love is coming home in time for tea
Funny, funny, funny, oh
(da da daa, da da daa, da da daa, duh dooh)
Funny how love is the end of lies when the truth begins
(da da daa, da da daa, da da daa, dah dah)
Tomorrow comes tomorrow brings
Tomorrow brings love in the shape of things
(aah aah aah aah aah aah)
That's what love is, that's what love is
Funny how love can break your heart so suddenly
Funny how love came tumbling down with Adam and Eve
Funny how love is running wild and feeling free
Funny how love is coming home in time for tea
Funny, funny, funny
(da da daa, da da daa, da da daa, duh dooh)
From the earth below to the heavens above
That's how far and funny is love
(da da daa, da da daa, da da daa, dah dah)
At any time (any time), anywhere (anywhere)
If you gotta make love do it everywhere
(aah aah aah aah aah aah)
That's what love is, that's what love is
Funny how love is everywhere just look and see (duh duh)
Funny how love is anywhere you're bound to be (dah dah)
Funny how love is every song in every key
Funny how love is when you gotta hurry home 'cos you're late for tea
(aah aah aah aah aah aah)
Funny, funny, funny, oh
Tomorrow comes, tomorrow brings
Tomorrow brings love in the shape of things
At any time (any time), anywhere (anywhere)
If you gotta make love do it everywhere
(aah aah aah aah aah aah)
That's what love is, that's what love is

Funny How Love Is
Song Duration 2:45
Written by Freddie Mercury.
Sung by Freddie Mercury.
Queen II

W's Suite XVI

And just barely over the age of 16, I'm sure.
Not so sweet.


Hey George:

I'm sure the next 20 are going to be easy for you.
After all, the 3,000 dead service men and women in Iraq will be eclipsed with the "all Gerry Ford, all the time" television, and the services for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. So, you kinda got off lucky here, with 2006 ENDING with over 3,000 dead.

What's your legacy going to be?

A bloody one, for sure.

Celebrity Death Watch
Tammy Faye!

1913 models

For a nation on the move.

Descanse en Pace, President Ford.

Let 'er RIP, Jerry!

DM|Contest! Win the catalogue!
Jan 2 2007 deadline

Enter this one to win the entire Depeche Mode catalogue.
The answer's in the archives...
"What the fuck was that?" –Dave Gahan

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Scary...or scarred?

Personal Daily Horoscope
Tuesday, 26 December 2006
born 4 May 1960
©Astrodienst AG
Moon in the 10th House 10 exact at 16:26
26 December 2006 to 29 December 2006.
Emotional display

This influence brings professional and business concerns into focus, but in a way that will test you. Your most intimate and personal life is on public display more than usual now, and you may find it difficult to hide certain facts about yourself. Obviously you are best off if you have nothing to hide. Even if you usually have reservations about emotional display in public, you are likely to indulge in such displays now. For example, you might have a public argument with a loved one or partner, or you might have a public outburst of good emotions. Perhaps you will want to help someone whom you know through your job and make the relationship something more than professional. But if it is to your disadvantage to blur the distinction between business and personal relationships, be careful, because you will tend to do this.

Streaming audio
Boxing Day 2006

I swear, at this moment, on "shuffle" is:


Coined|Taurus vI

No news here.
I'm Taurus, with a strong Cancer-rising,
heavily-aspected, favorably, by Mercury.

You do the math.



PS: Response

Hey, forgot to tell you:
all was not well.
Sorry you were feeling neglected.
Wish I had the energy, trust me.

One year ago NOW
at this very...

Less than 10 hours after this was sent,
I was in the emergency room for the first of two days
in a row, before being admitted
until my New Year's Day 2006 discharge.

There's that word: until.