“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Kylie Minogue Rushes From NYC Gala Event to Spain. Quirk Denies Connection.

Kylie Minogue attended the 2010 amFAR Inspiration Gala Event in New York City yesterday and bared some skin in a racy black dress. Minogue recently made headlines with rumors that she split with her much younger model boyfriend Andres Velencoso Segura.

She acknowledged and denied these rumors. " life rumors have gone mad!!!! ....On my way to Tiffanies to buy some studs and then to Spain Olé!! :)," Minogue stated in a recent Twitter post.

Quirk is reported to have said:

"I sit down trying to figure out next steps and I notice the package with my mask in it. I open it up and just about shit. It's a black mask alright just as I'd ordered, but it's got these huge bird feathers attached rising up from the eyebrows. What the f***."

Could the Wily Kylie have set him up?


  1. SHE wants me to wear "feathers?" I'll wear the freakin' feathers.

    And pink studs, too, if that's what it takes.

  2. This Kylie video proves that hot legs are the last thing to go on a woman as she ages, just like Ben Franklin noted.

    Obumble's constituency:

  3. Who is ANSWER?

    Here's one description of the group:
    International ANSWER (an acronym for "Act Now to Stop War and End Racism") is run by Ramsey Clark's International Action Center, which is staffed by members of the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party (WWP). ANSWER views the United States as a racist, imperialist, sexist, homophobic nation and the world's chief violator of human rights -- guilty of unspeakable atrocities, past and present, foreign and domestic.

  4. Sounds like Obama's kind of flock.

  5. Rufus,

    Don't be mowing Quirk's lawn!

  6. Awww, she's a little old for me, anyhow. Prolly 'bout right for Q, though.

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  9. 85. Ashen
    Whiskey, you only wish you were black so you could have a bigger dick!
    hehe just kidding dude.

  10. Well, I made it to the party.

    Ended up finding a couple safety pins to use in place of the studs. The cummerbund covers them up as long as I remember to stand up straight.

    The mask? I got the hotel to send me up some scissors and I trimmed down the feathers as close as possible. Better than before but not optimal. Now they kind of look like giant eyebrows. If I had a cigar and mustache I’d look just like Groucho Marx. Caught a few smirks when I first walked into the party but not as bad as it could have been.

    First guy I spot when I walk in is the Swiss Guard from yesterday. He’s standing around with about five other guards. I give him a wave and he looks at me and then gives me a flicking gesture, fingers under chin, which I assume means “I can’t talk to you right now.” I nod and start mixing with the other guests.

    The first group I come up to is Il Papa, Silvio Berlusconi, and the papal Carmerlengo (I forget his name). First thing I notice is Il Papa is wearing a white cassock and zucchetto with a red mozzetta.

    Unfriggen believable. The invitation specifically said “Black Tie”.

    I also noticed that Il Papa and Berlusconi were both wearing the mask with the feathers. The Carmerlengo for some reason wasn’t wearing a mask.

    Anyway we’re standing around bullshitting when they start serving the tapas. I have the boquerón’s en vinagre while Berlusconi goes with the gambas al ajillo. The Carmerlengo takes a single calamari’s fritos. Then Il Papa empties the entire tray of all the pulpo Gallegos. It was a little embarrassing.

    Anyway were putting away the aperitifs and I notice Berlusconi is wearing the “Ring of the Fisherman”. I immediately assume he was in the big poker game last night. I mention the subject and the loud music and my encounter with the Swiss Guards. I point to the one guard. He sees me and extends his index and little finger to me which I assume means “I'll be free in a couple of minutes”. I nod and smile.


  11. So anyway the Pope apologizes and Berlusconi tells me how he’s going to personally make it up to me. I don’t know what it is but the little twerp just rubs me the wrong way. He’s so short I could rest my drink on his head as we’re standing there. Luckily, with the Pope cracking wild with the ethnic jokes and the steady flow of aperitifs I’m starting to feel pretty good. However, I wanted to see if Mick and Keith made the party so I order one more Frangelica and Bailey’s for the pontiff and a Licor Cuarenta y Tres for Berlusconi (the Carmerlengo wasn’t drinking), and I finish up my Molinari Classico and move on.

    I spot George Soros across the court and he’s waving to me. I pretend not to see him and move over and mix with the crowd near the orchestra. I spend the rest of the evening trying to avoid the guy.

    About 11:00 they start serving dinner. A real nice spread, but somehow I get stuck between Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson. Naturally, I immediately start popping the Glenfiddich. What a nightmare.

    All night, Zuckerberg is trying to convince me to sign up for Facebook. I keep telling him no, no, no, no, no. Later he’s telling me about the Osho International Meditation Resort in Pune, India and how I should think about accompanying him there. I tell the waiter, “Make this one a double. How does a 25 year old dick like this become a billionaire?

    The only thing worse was listening to Branson. Damn, what a swish.

    Around midnight, I ordered a glass of Quinto do Portal 40 year tawny and a big wedge of stilton.
    By the time I finish, my body loves me. I start wandering over to where the fireworks are scheduled to start and I have to pass the area where the Swiss Guards are hanging out. By now they are pretty much blasted and have some kind of a contest going, throwing their halberds at an ancient oak tree. I spot my friend and he throws me a bent armed salute which I take to mean “Do you want to work out tomorrow?” Knowing I’ll need to be up early to catch the plane back to the US, I smile and shake my head no.

    The fireworks were great. Really impressive. Although I later heard that they set afire a Gypsy camp near the hotel causing substantial damage and some casualties.

    I picked up my gift basket and left around 2:00 am. Evidently, Mick and Keith never made it to the party.

    I may be able to send some posts from the plane but I won’t be getting back into Detroit until late Monday.

    Interesting meetings this year.

    I’ll be sure to tell you all about everything I am allowed to discuss. (Ha. Ha. Ha.)

    See you when I get home.

    (Oh, on one final note. Any rumors about me and Kylie are just that. Rumors.

    This conference was strictly business.)


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  13. Comments from the Wild Side:

    1 week ago
    31 @Truthpolice9698 Gay song?


    This is simply Lou describing, without judgement, Andy Warhol's Superstars at The Factory. All the characters in this are "Superstars". It is more of a tour of The Factory than anything else. It has the Tranny, the male prostitute, drugs, etc and yes, that is so NYC. A great place!! But its not a Gay song. It's a 'everybody just smile and listen' song. Danke.

    2 weeks ago
    7 This song is a story.
    I've never thought of it as a gay song, or a straight song, but there are gay characters, transvestites, etc.

    It's also about drugs, NYC, sex of all kinds, life on the streets, etc.
    It's about the groove and the chorus and the colored girls going doo doo da do doo. For me, for years now, it's been about that sweet saxophone solo that comes up from nowhere, from a street corner somewhere and waltzes you out of the song.
    It doesn't have to be gay or straight.

  14. 86. Teresita said...

    Obumble’s constituency:


    88. bogie wheel
    Re: Teresita’s link @ 86:

    I noticed that the “Donate” page asks that checks be made payable to the “Progress Unity Fund.”

    From Discover the Networks:

    PUF is closely affiliated with the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party (WWP), which is the guiding force behind Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center and the antiwar organization International ANSWER). Examination of PUF’s public tax returns reveals that all of the organization’s grants go to WWP and its front organizations. Moreover, PUF’s three Co-Directors — Brenda Sandburg, Rose Penate, and Keith Pavlik — are WWP members. All three have written numerous articles for WWP’s own weekly newspaper, Workers World.

    International ANSWER identifies PUF as its “fiscal sponsor.” Credit card donations to ANSWER are made through PUF, and checks intended for ANSWER’s benefit are made payable to the Progress Unity Fund. The Mission Street address listed on the San Francisco-based PUF’s website is identical to that of the International Action Center’s West Coast branch office — meaning that a nonprofit organization is sharing office space with its principal benefactor.

    It’s pretty disgusting (though no longer surprising) that an organization getting 501(c)(3) status is pushing for one giant leap for totalitarianism, namely, government seizure of the fourth largest company in the world. How conveeeeenient that it is an energy company! Automobile industry, check. Banks, check. Health care, check. If only they can control the energy sector and then grab Archer Daniels Midland, gee, then they can both freeze AND starve dissidents into submission. Those who refuse to freeze or starve, get the gubmint pill in the gubmint psych ward. Fun for all!

  15. heh, ah jeez Quirk, that's really good and I'm glad you had a good time.

  16. But, where were the Hamas guys and why didn't you introduce them to the Pope?

  17. "It doesn't have to be gay or straight..."


    Right, Doug.

    Whatever you say.

    Doug's Island Vacations: Take Our A Lola Cruise

    When you get to Maui, look for the "Beware of Dug" sign.

    A Lola


  18. What better time and place for a relaxed ecumenical dialogue?

  19. World Cup News

    JOHANNESBURG — Once there was a man who carved a duck from a block of wood.
    Asked how he did it, the man said,

    I just got rid of everything that didn’t look like a duck.

  20. Let's be gay...

    Just get rid of everything straight.

  21. Kylie reminds me of this song:

    She's Not There.

  22. The Guardian -

    Two of the most internationally respected members of Hamid Karzai's government resigned today over security breaches at last week's "peace jirga" that allowed the gathering of 1600 national leaders to come under Taliban rocket attack.

  23. We've embarked on another "Long War".

    Thad Allen: Oil Spill Fight Will Last Into Fall
    CBS News -

    Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the point man for the federal government's response to the oil spill in the Gulf, said that the fight to stop and contain the oil will be a "long-term campaign" that will last for several more months.

  24. "The phone's ringing off the hook, but it's for cancellations,"

    The spill's northeast drift means Florida's anglers now are hurting along with fishermen from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Florida has the largest number of sport fishermen in the U.S., with 2.7 million, the highest "angler expenditures," with an average of $4.4 billion annually, and the largest number of "angler-supported jobs," with 75,068, according to the American Sportfishing Association.

    The Panhandle's saltwater-fishing season typically starts in March, when enthusiasts troll for cobia. Spanish mackerel and king mackerel start arriving in April and May; wahoo and mahi-mahi are popular catches beginning around late May. Snapper, grouper, amberjack and many other fish join the list before the season winds down in the fall.

    Some in Pensacola refuse to let the oil stop them. Sean McLemore, a local scuba diver and fisherman, had signed up for four rodeos. All have been canceled, but he went spear fishing eight miles off the coast of Pensacola last week and caught a 28-pound red snapper some 80 feet below the surface. First, though, he had to dive through a 40-foot vertical patch of murky, water-oil mixture that began 20 feet below the surface.

    "It was like a chocolate milkshake,"

  25. Wall Street Journal

    TOKYO—Japan's new prime minister, Naoto Kan, told President Barack Obama that the alliance with the US will remain the linchpin of Tokyo's foreign policy in a call Sunday that took place while the premier was shaping his cabinet.

  26. Re: Shaping His Cabinet.

    Yeah, I hear he's real handy with a router.

  27. One of the first things on his agenda is to raise a panel.

    Let's see how well he can dado a mortise.

  28. The Gulf Coast communities will be taking an almost $4 BILLION USD hit.

    Just in recreational fishing.

    That has got to hurt.
    Worse than the Black Accountants not coming to Phoenix for their convention.

    Along the entire Coast, all the businesses will be taking a huge hit this year.

    And on to next year?
    Spring Break 2011?

    The Civil responsibility of BP to cover the losses will bankrupt it, and if there is Criminal culpability?

    doug has made a reasonable case that the "Company Men" made decisions, against the advise of the BP "drilling experts" on site, that proved disastrous.

    The case of BP's criminal culpability almost has to be made, if only to provide them a chance to defend their decisions and subsequent actions, on the Deep Horizon.

    The Civil losses will range well over $10 BILLION USD, if just recreational fishing clocks in a $4.4 BILLION USD.

    We can wait and see, but it is easy to predict that Admiral Thad Allen is correct. I think that his time line, that the "War on Oil" will be engaged through to the Fall of 2010, is optimistic, at best.

    The damage to the travel related and recreational businesses along that coast will be staggering, for years to come.

    Well beyond the damage done by any hurricane.

  29. 75,000 jobs, in recreational fishing, a $4.4 bn USD industry, in the Panhandle.

    And it's toast for 2010.

    The Food Services hit, restaurants, bars and such that cater to the tourist.

    Hotel rooms?

    Did the Floridians follow the AZ model, their local governments funded by 'Tourist taxes' on the hotel rooms?
    If so, when the hotels are empty, so are the local government's tax receipts.

  30. “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets, and the faithful our soldiers.” Recep Erdogan

  31. T, I guess then it was my hot legs that got the much younger man to hit on me at a concert last night. When he asked me how old I was I was quick to say, "Old enough to know you ain't got what it takes." He answered with, "Well, I'm horny." I answered with, "Well...that's too damn bad (insert sarcasm font) because I'm with her." I turned and kissed my friend on the cheek and walked away and left him speechless. What an asshole.

  32. The US uses 600 million gallons of gasoline a day. A $.25 a gallon tax sent to the Gulf States would compensate those damaged. Nature will clean it up 90% of within 2-3 years.

    Just make sure the money goes into a specified fund for such emergencies.

  33. Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.
    Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe; forward into battle see his banners go!

    Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.

    At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee; on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
    Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise; brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.


    Like a mighty army moves the church of God; brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
    We are not divided, all one body we, one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.


    Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane, but the church of Jesus constant will remain.
    Gates of hell can never against that church prevail; we have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail.

  34. Why should all the motorists of the United States pay for BP's folly, Deuce?

    Why socialize their ineptitude?

    Better to sieze and liquidate BP, than to raise taxes.

  35. It's amazing. A little dust up over a 'peace flotilla' and it's a big deal, speeches at the UN, etc. But in the Congo, 6 million or something have died in the last how many years, and as far as I know, the UN hasn't even had a hearing on it. The UN is a moslem dominated group now, makes things worse, and we really should get out of it.

  36. That's funny, Mel.

  37. Reading Mark Steyn I think it was I find that Ataturks group has basically been out bred over the decades by the more rural types from the eastern areas, fundis, and the army isn't going to intervene. Turkey looks lost, things are going to hell in a hand basket.

  38. ...and then my next thought was damn, I'm still waiting for Quirk to send me that gun.

  39. Better to sieze and liquidate BP, than to raise taxes.

    Are you serious?

    BP makes about $6 billion profit per quarter. I think they'll survive.

  40. There's going to be an enormous cultural battle within the Islamic whirled in the coming years. The fundamentalists are currently rolling back the secular progress made in Turkey and Iran. They're going to overstep in Turkey but I doubt the Mullahs will be able to suppress the people as they do in Iran. I don't know how long it will take but the pendulum swings both ways.

    At least one can hope.

  41. And now, that yahoo at the concert might think that Mel, like the pendulum, swings both ways.

  42. Why the $.25 gal tax?

    Because almost all of the people being hurt cannot tolerate the delays that will come from the legal system, and why should the disaster become a bonanza for the lawyers?

    Why should lawyers be able to tax the economy at 40%?

    The fund could come to an agreement with BP.

    The awards would be more commensurate with the real losses.

    It is not much different from a hurricane, tornado or earthquake, with federal help coming from general revenue.

  43. Why punish all the investors and employees for an industrial accident and some bad management decisions?

  44. Should we liquidate Toyota for brakes, General Electric for PCB's, Boeing for aircraft defects, NASA for rocket malfunctions, Firestone for tire designs?

  45. BP was drilling at 1 mile under water and then four miles through sea bed. It was pushing the technology envelope.

    All innovation occurs at the edge. Mistakes and miscalculations are the feed stock of knowledge.

    Innovation requires risk. Risk means things can and will go wrong.

    We are oil addicts. Spills and accidents will happen.

  46. heheh, W's drinking again?

  47. Melody: "Well...that's too damn bad (insert sarcasm font) because I'm with her." I turned and kissed my friend on the cheek and walked away and left him speechless. What an asshole

    You see? Lesbian chic pays dividends without discrimination.

  48. "Whether you believe in God or not is of little account, but one must be able to distinguish between hemlock and parsley."

    Denis Diderot

  49. Use alfalfa to soak it all up. Call me for price quotes.

    Seriously, what's the good news these days?

    Anonymous, I've sung that hymn many a time. These days, the as in "as to war" may sometime get dropped.


  51. The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our spring, the clearer we should get a load of help of it.