Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010|Celebrity Death Watch
Rush Limbaugh

13 or so Minutes
The Movie.

2009|Blogger of the Year
Bernard M Lynch Jr

photograph ©2002 David Vance


Because I'll go to the third rail.

When you least expect it.

And I don't rehash the news.

I make news.

2009|Closet Case of the Year
Anderson Cooper


Stop the suicides of the eleven year old kids being picked on.

Just fucking come out.

We already know.

2009|Photographer of the Year
Shamus Ian Fatzinger

All photographs © Shamus Ian Fatzinger

2009|Person of the Year
President Barack Obama
Photographed by Shamus Ian Fatzinger

Photograph ©Shamus Ian Fatzinger

2000 – 2009|Best Moment
Barack Obama & The Democratic National Convention

2009|All-time Favorite Movie
13 Or So Minutes

2009|Most Shocking Celebrity Death
Michael Jackson

2009|Best Torture Porn (DVD)

2009|Biggest Crash + Burn
Tiger's Wood (Who's Laughing Now?)

2009|Most Important Movie
PRECIOUS from PUSH by Sapphire

Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving.
Don't Drink & Drive. Don't Text & Drive.
Arrive Alive in 2010.

Waterbury Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Ronald Jay Spino

The Hartford Courant
2:38 PM EST, December 31, 2009

Flags Lowered In Honor Of Waterbury Native
Killed In Afghanistan

As a paratrooper and nurse, Staff Sgt. Ronald Jay Spino's job was to help the wounded.

But no one could save the Waterbury native Tuesday when he was fatally shot while serving with the U.S. Army in Bala Morghab, Afghanistan.

Spino, 45, was shot in the back while unloading medical supplies, said his cousin, Judi Van Alstyne of Berlin. He was assigned to the 274th Foward Surgical Team, 44th Medical Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., according to the Department of Defense.

The circumstances of his death are under investigation, stated the DOD in its Thursday announcement of the casualty.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell ordered U.S. and state flags lowered at half-staff in honor of Spino. The flags are to remain at half-staff until sundown on the date of his interment, which had not yet been determined.

"This brave and dedicated medic dedicated his military career to treating the fallen on the battlefield," Rell said in a written statement. "Not only did Staff Sergeant Spino care for their wounds, he was trained to take extraordinary risks — including combat parachute jumps — to place himself as close to them as possible to provide the very best care."

Spino leaves his wife, Betty — whom he met in the military — and a stepdaughter, Kandice, 24. His parents, Rita and James Spino, raised him in Waterbury with his brothers, Glen and James Jr., and his sister, Maryanne. His home with Betty is in Fayetteville, N.C., near Fort Bragg.

Spino graduated from Holy Cross High School and Teikyo Post University, now known simply as Post University. He worked in the records room of Waterbury Hospital, where his mother also worked.

There, Spino was known as a conscientious but quiet worker, said Kathy Mancini, a fellow records employee, through hospital spokesman Matt Burgard. If someone needed information, Burgard said, "he'd go out of his way to help."

His mother said, "I was outgoing, but my son was quite shy. He blossomed when he joined the service. It was his true love."

Spino joined the Army in 1993 at age 29. At first, he was a medic, his mother said. Then he became a nurse, then a paratrooper and, finally, a paratrooper/nurse, trained to parachute into war-torn areas and help injured soldiers.

This was his fifth assignment, she said; he was transferred from Iraq to Afghanistan two weeks ago.

His body is scheduled to be flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Friday, his mother said.

"He'll be coming home on New Year's Day."

•Staff writers David Owens and Hilda Munoz and senior information specialist Tina Bachetti contributed to this story.

Copyright © 2009, The Hartford Courant

2000 – 2009|America, at War
Iraq & Afghanistan
6,255 + pending notification

©2009 Shamus Ian Fatzinger

2009|Most Graceful Moment
30 Years Worth Waiting For!!!
Miss Grace Jones @ The Hammerstein Ballroom

Front row, center, standing.

Five feet (or less) from the Glamazon who is, ultimately, a true diva.
Miss Grace Jones.

So close, I thought she was going to EAT me!!!

I couldn't talk for three days, I yelled my vocal cords numb.

2009|Most Beautiful Moment
Richard Avedon FASHION
International Center of Photography Midtown

To see this life-size, on the wall.

To actually speak to Dovima on the phone in 1989?


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Screaming Room|2008
The Philosophy of a Knife (d. Andrey Iskanov)

If you think the Jews had it rough,
you need to go back to your history classes.

What the Japanese did to the Chinese, and the Russians,
is beyond the pale.

I don't know what's worse: actually watching this movie,
or drinking champagne while watching this movie.

It's a stunning achievement,
rendered in an unforgiving black and white.

Born this day in 1946|Photographer's Muse and Godmother of Punk
Miss Patti Smith

Sometimes, dead is better.
Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, Prospect CT

The family of a woman who died recently say the wrong body was put in the casket in a Prospect funeral home. State Police and the state Department of Public Health are investigating.

Relatives noticed that the person in the casket was not their loved one.

When Daniel Tuccillo went to staff at the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Homes location on Waterbury Road, he later told state police he was told that his relative had been cremated by mistake.

The body of another person was in the casket at the wake.

In a written statement, Wayne Buckmiller said "There has been a most unfortunate incident involving the late Mrs. Tuccillo, beloved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend to many."

Buckmiller said the funeral home will work with the family to resolve the situation, and extended it's (sic) condolences.

Happy Fucking Birthday|1975
Tiger's Wood

The Screaming Room|2005

OK. So I learned a new term: necro-borg.

This movie is a stretch, but it's a cross of ALIENS, THE MATRIX, and any number of zombie movies, with an industrial flair. Also incredibly erotic, but in a very sick manner. Originally a 1999 Japanese film, I don't know how this found its way into the "we really gotta remake this film" concept meeting, but remade it is.

I really don't know what you need to watch this. A sense of humor, perhaps? A strong stomach? Perhaps both?

I'm just still trying to figure out the drag queen in the porno theatre scene. How the fuck did that get in this flick?

And folks?

This has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with Italian cuisine!

Monday, December 28, 2009

This Day in US History|1945
I pledge allegiance...

Congress officially recognizes "The Pledge of Allegiance."

Born this day in 1922|Stan Lee

The Screaming Room|2007
Vikaren (The Substitute)

This Day in History|1981
45rpm Records

Warner-Elektra-Atlantic raises price of 45 records from $1.68 to $1.98.

FYI: WEA was Queen's "Butterfly" label for a good long time. And it was green.

Born this day in 1924|Rod Serling

The Screaming Room|2001
Session 9

Yeah, I'd run screaming from this one.

While I thought it would be worth Josh Lucas alone, seems like director Brad Anderson just couldn't keep himself away from the wheelchair in the middle of a dessicated hallway.

We know it makes a phab 2 1/4" b/w photo (full-frame), but really.

Is that enough to build a movie around?


Versus 2009.
The Year in Color|Black v White

Let's see now.

I'll start with the blacks:

1. President Barack Obama
2. Oprah
3. Tiger
4. Grace (Jones, you morons)
5. Mo'Nique
6. Gaboray Sidibe
7. Jennifer Hudson
8. Michael Jackson

Now, the whites:

1. Jon & Kate
2. The White House Party Crashers
3. Balloon Boy's Parents
4. The Reality Show Serial Killer
5. Michael Phelps
6. Annie (Lennox, you morons)

OK. So maybe putting Phelps is that crowd is WRONG WRONG WRONG. But at least he bellied up to the bar about his peccadillo.

Seems to me, barring Phelps and Lennox, we have a boatload of white folk wanna-be people, who just crave, or fucked, their 15 minutes.

Wha' cha thinkin'?

And if you look at the black list, barring Tiger "I'm really white, really" Woods, everyone else can hold their head up high.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Season's Greetings from OrangeMercury!

Annie Lennox|Why (Live)

She tops Grace, Lisa Gerrard, and Sharleen Spiteri.

And that's a tall order.

But there is only one.

Miss Annie Lennox.

Born this Christmas Day in 1954|Annie Lennox

The Screaming Room|1990s
Nacho Cerda's TRILOGY




And not a word of dialogue.
Compelling, to say the very least.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Screaming Room|2008
Hit and Run

Elton John|Step Into Christmas (1973)

EJ's rockin' the uber-classic
complete with the kick-ass platforms!!!

Queen|Thank God It's Christmas

Enjoy Queen's Christmas tune, here.

I Believe in Father Christmas|Greg Lake 1977

Enjoy the original, here.

Sarah Brightman|I Believe in Father Christmas

Greetings from Japan.
This version's haunting, reminiscent of J-Horror films,
like Ju-On.

Greg Lake|I Believe in Father Christmas
Behind the song

I Believe in Father Christmas (Project RED)

Greg Lake|Emerson Lake & Palmer
I Believe in Father Christmas

They said there'll be snow at christmas
They said there'll be peace on earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the virgin's birth
I remember one christmas morning
A winters light and a distant choir
And the peal of a bell and that christmas tree smell
And their eyes full of tinsel and fire

They sold me a dream of christmas
They sold me a silent night
And they told me a fairy story
'till I believed in the israelite
And I believed in father christmas
And I looked at the sky with excited eyes
'till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
And I saw him and through his disguise

I wish you a hopeful christmas
I wish you a brave new year
All anguish pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear
They said there'll be snow at christmas
They said there'll be peace on earth
Hallelujah noel be it heaven or hell
The christmas you get you deserve

Born Christmas Eve|1905
Howard Hughes

Born this day in 1929|Mary Higgins Clark
Author: Where Are The Children?

Born this day in 1922|Ava Gardner