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Prostitution Banned During Obama Events, But in Lincoln’s Time….

January 19, 2009

You invite a couple of million of your closest friends to the biggest bash your town has ever thrown. You extend bar hours nearly till dawn. You import thousands of cops to keep the streets safe. You commandeer every bit of paved surface you can think of to accommodate innumerable buses packed with visitors.

And then you plaster the street lamp poles in a central part of the city with big red signs “WARNING” all that “This area has been declared a PROSTITUTION FREE ZONE.”

What’s wrong with this picture?

By Marc Fisher
The Washington Post

Now, maybe I’m not reading this the way your average tourist or Obama supporter would, but to me, this sign–one of a whole bunch D.C. police have posted between 4th and 5th streets NW from Eye to L streets–means that everywhere the signs aren’t, prostitution is just fine and dandy.

Read the rest:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/rawfisher/
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In The Lincoln Presidency, House Of Ill Repute Stood on the Mall

By John E. Carey

Millions of Americans are in Washington DC to participate in the events of the New Obama Presidency.

May have enjoyed comparisons to Lincoln, and walked over the site of the finest Washington DC whore house ever.
Mary Ann Hall catered to the nation’s elite in Washington as the proprietor of the capital’s best brothel during the Civil War.

Located just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol on Maryland Avenue on what now is part of the Mall, her house, a three-story structure nearly the size of a city block, included parlors, an elegant dining room and, almost assuredly, the most attractive of the city’s estimated 5,000 “soiled doves.”

Prostitution was not a crime in the 19th century, and any concentration of troops during the Civil War attracted flocks of “camp followers” who were available for a price. Women often would show up after battles and offer their services to the generals as nurses. The “nursing,” however, frequently became an open door to those less honest and caring, and when armies experienced theft, prostitution and other less traditional forms of nursing, generals sometimes rejected offers of female help.

Houses of prostitution were fairly common in America’s larger cities, and Washington had as many as 450 entertainment venues on the “wilder side.” The presence of affluent politicians, lobbyists and the hierarchy of the government departments helped make Washington a man’s home away from home.

Elected representatives in those years did not routinely bring wives and families to Washington. Service in Congress was not necessarily even a full-time job. The city was hot and steamy. Nights could be filled with drinking, smoking, gambling and frolicking with willing companions of the gentler sex, far from the eyes of the electorate at home.

Mary Ann Hall took every opportunity to provide such indulgences. The throngs of men willing and able to pay her comparatively exorbitant rates deserved the best. Imported hats, dresses and perfume enhanced her staff. Magnums of champaign added an air of dignity, gentility and grace. Fine food filled the supper tables. Her real goal as hostess, however, was to supply attractive women.

The fashion of the time was an hourglass shape – an ample bosom and tiny waist – which not all women could achieve without corsets reinforced with steel belts called busks. Busks, champagne corks, fine china and combs to hold spectacular hair creations all have been excavated from the site where Hall’s house once stood. Historians and archaeologists believe the quality of these items shows the elegance Hall brought to her entertainment trade. Several of them, including rusted busks, have been preserved by the Smithsonian Institution.

Hall insisted on certain standards of decorum, and her house, which opened around 1837, flourished until it closed in 1878. She was never raided by police, was not the subject of public disgrace or even controversy and was never discussed in newspapers. Editors in those days believed that what was private should stay private. Unless a public figure disgraced himself so thoroughly that prosecution was in order, private excesses remained unreported.

Rep. Daniel E. Sickles of New York learned the limits the hard way. Rumors abounded in the late 1850s that he maintained close personal relationships with a variety of women. Though tongues wagged, his private pleasures never merited newspaper interest. Then, when he murdered his much-younger wife’s lover, Barton Key, the son of Francis Scott Key, who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner”- detailed accounts of the court proceedings made newspaper sales soar.

Sickles shoots Key in 1859 
Sickles shoots Key in 1859; from a newspaper

The 1859 trial and associated juicy details sold newspapers and became for a time the talk of Washington and New York. Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper printed 200,000 copies as the trial opened. Demand forced a second printing of 300,000. (During the Civil War, then-Gen. Sickles’ private indiscretions returned to the realm of private matters. After the war, despite routine and well-documented misbehavior, his private life remained taboo to journalists.)

Mary Ann Hall became a wealthy woman. She died in 1886 and was buried in Congressional Cemetery beneath a carved stone statue of herself.

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Ladies’ general

The slang word for prostitute, hooker, is generally thought to have originated during the Civil War. For generations, rumors claimed that Union Gen. “Fighting Joe” Hooker had inspired the nickname by his amorous relationships.


General Joe Hooker

There is, however, a recorded use of the word before the war, according to the Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins. The dictionary’s authors queried historian Bruce Catton, who agreed that the term came into use before the Civil War but that it became popular during the conflict. An area south of Constitution Avenue was known for its extracurricular activities and was referred to as “Hooker’s Division.” A Civil War officer, Charles Francis Adams Jr., referred to Hooker’s headquarters as “as place to which no self-respecting man likes to go, and no decent woman could go – a combination of barroom and brothel.”

Hooker should be remembered, however, for more than his moral laxities. He was wounded at Antietam and fought at Second Bull Run, and Lincoln made him commander of the Army of the Potomac after Ambrose Burnside’s disastrous defeat at Fredericksburg.

The Battle of Chancellorsville began well and ended badly for the 48-year-old West Point graduate, and just days before Gettysburg, Hooker asked to be relieved. The president appointed George Gordon Meade his successor as commander of the Army of the Potomac.

John E. Carey is a frequent contributor to the Civil War page and The Washington Times.

http://civilwarstoriesofinspiration.wordpress.com/

Outrage at Busty Virgin Mary Models: Holy Mother of God!

January 16, 2009

A prominent fashion designer has sparked outrage in Chile by dressing up models like the Virgin Mary — in some cases with ample, near-naked breasts.

The Roman Catholic Church condemned Ricardo Oyarzun’s plans for a show featuring the models, and a conservative group tried unsuccessfully to block it in court.

Busty Virgin Mary Sparking Outrage in Chile! 
Geepers.  A model dressed as the Virgin Mary poses during a performance in Santiago January 13, 2009. A prominent fashion designer has sparked outrage in Chile by dressing up models like the Virgin Mary — in some cases with ample, near-naked breasts. The Roman Catholic Church condemned Ricardo Oyarzun’s plans for a show featuring the models, and a conservative group tried unsuccessfully to block it in court.(Rodrigo Nunez/Handout/Reuters)

Oyarzun said he had received telephone threats and had excrement smeared on his doorstep.

“There is no pornography here, there’s no sex, there are no virgins menstruating or feeling each other up,” Oyarzun said ahead of the catwalk show set to be held at a Santiago nightclub later on Thursday. “This is artistic expression.”

He said his designs — which include halos, look as though they come from a nativity scene and include religious icons — were inspired by the Virgin Mary but not intended to represent her.

“We look on with special pain and deplore those acts which seek to tarnish manifestations of sincere love toward the Virgin Mary, which end up striking at the dignity of womankind by presenting her as an object of consumption,” Chile’s Episcopal Conference, which includes Catholic bishops, said in a statement.

The show is more evidence that Chile, heavily influenced by the church for decades, is shaking off its reputation as one of the most socially conservative countries in Latin America.

(Reporting by Monica Vargas; Writing by Simon Gardner; Editing by Xavier Briand from Reuters)

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The story from Santiago remined us of a story from Mexico on December 13, 2008:

Nude Virgin Mary cover prompts Playboy apology

The cover of the Mexican Playboy magazine. (AAP)
The cover of the Mexican Playboy magazine. (AAP)

Amy Winehouse: Sex, Drugs and Rock … Now less Sex?

January 12, 2009

Troubled singer AMY WINEHOUSE has reportedly begged her dad to join her on holiday in St Lucia to comfort her after reported new beau JOSHUA BOWMAN returned to the U.K.
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The Rehab hitmaker escaped to the Caribbean island in December and has since been snapped by paparazzi cuddling up to the clean-cut former rugby player and looking healthy.
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And she insists she is so happy spending time with Bowman she hasn’t been tempted to use any drugs – and is even considering staying in the Caribbean permanently, telling reporters she’s feels the best she has in years.
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In a candid interview with Britain’s News of the World newspaper, Winehouse compared handsome Bowman to her incacerated husband Blake Fielder-Civil….

Read the rest:
http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/devastated
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Related:
 Drunk, Naked and Care-Free: Vacation of the Superstar

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Drunk, Naked and Care-Free: Vacation of the Superstar

January 11, 2009

“She walks around in the same grimy bikini bottoms each day with her boobs on show, gets drunk, gropes waiters and is rude to male staff. She’s hardly the most popular guest.”

A source told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “Everyone wants Amy to disappear. Her attack on this guest was the last straw.”
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The attack?
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Amy Winehouse stunned holidaymakers in St. Lucia after throwing a glass of water over a fellow diner.

The 25-year-old singer – who is enjoying a relaxing vacation in a luxury resort on the Caribbean island – is said to have doused a female tourist in water while she was having dinner with her partner.

Following the incident, Amy refused to apologise to the 27-year-old woman but later changed her mind when the couple threatened to call the police and press assault charges.

Singer Amy Winehouse, seen here in July 2008, has decided not ... 

Explaining the reasons behind Amy’s actions, her spokesperson said: “Amy misunderstood a conversation and wrongly believed a slight was made. The matter has been resolved.”

The confrontation is the latest in a series of events which have angered staff at the resort.

From The Sun (UK)

And from:
The Herald on Sunday
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/alcohol-abuse/news
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From BANG:

The ‘Back to Black’ singer says she’s quit drugs for good and gained a new lease of life from holidaying in the Caribbean and meeting new man Josh Bowman.

Amy, who has been at an exclusive resort in St Lucia since New Year, told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “When I’m with Josh I don’t need drugs to feel good because he makes me feel so amazing.

“Before I came out here I looked at a photo of myself in the newspaper and was horrified. My skin was a spotty mess and I was so pale and skinny. I thought to myself ‘Girl, you got to sort yourself out or you’ll be dead soon’.

“I was depressed, doing drugs and had no life at all. Coming here has changed everything. I don’t want the holiday to end. Home is hell for me, I’ve escaped from it.”

Amy – who is married to jailed Blake Fielder-Civil – met 21-year-old actor Josh Bowman while on the island and the pair quickly struck up a romance.

The 25-year-old singer added: “Josh couldn’t be more different from my husband, which is not a bad thing. Blake looks like me, a right mess, but Josh is handsome and clean and that’s what I like about him.

“Blake was rubbish in bed. Almost every time I slept with him it was like I was dead. I don’t know what’s going on with us now and for the time being I’ve just forgotten I’m even married.”

Blake has reportedly started divorce proceedings against Amy from prison – where he is being held for attempting to pervert the course of justice and Grievous Bodily Harm – hiring celebrity lawyer Henri Brandman and demanding up to £5 million of Amy’s fortune.

Speaking of Amy, he is said to have told his mother in a phone call: “We’ve reached the point of no return.”
Related:
 Amy Winehouse: Topless Part “Looks Healthy!”
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Drink and Drug Too Much? Treatment Rarely A “Cure”
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Above: Amy Winehouse, pictured in St Lucia on just before Christmas, has piled on the pounds while recovering from addiction