If you’ve ever Googled “the history of the blow job,” you’ve no doubt encountered a slew of things, including perhaps a visit from HR. But depending on how willing you are to go down on your list of search results, there’s a juicy bit of oral history you may not have uncovered: the role that the mob played in popularizing the act, or perhaps we should say repopularizing it. From The Godfather to Deep Throat, which was bankrolled by the Colombo crime family, the world of organized crime had a major hand in bringing the blow job — taboo for centuries — back into the American mainstream in the early 1970s.
Though it seems hard to believe today, with surveys suggesting that two-thirds of American youth have engaged in oral sex, there was a time when the act Salon once labeled “the new joystick of teen sexuality” was not so widespread. Nor is fellatio (from the Latin “to suck”) a recent invention, as the racy frescoes at Pompeii and the chapter in the Kama Sutra devoted to “oral congress” attest. But, as Thaddeus Russell recounts in A Renegade History of the United States, oral sex was almost universally condemned as a sin from its earliest beginnings, and it really never made it off the brothel menu and into polite American society until well into the 20th century.
Then came an offer we couldn’t refuse.
In fact, even after thousands of U.S. soldiers discovered fumer le cigare while serving in Europe during World War II, the inaptly named “blow job” — possibly originating from the Victorian “below job,” or from jazz slang for playing an instrument — would not enter the American lexicon until the 1940s, where it largely referred, as in Andy Warhol’s Blow Job (1964), to a forbidden homosexual act. Eventually, of course, the move made its way into heterosexual bedrooms across the country, where it remained in the shadows of social stigma, not to mention on the wrong side of the law. “As of 1950,” Russell reminds us, “fellatio — even when practiced by a married couple — was a felony in all 48 states.”
Then came an offer we couldn’t refuse. Mario Puzo’s classic novel The Godfather was published in 1969, and it made an indelible impact on American cultural life. The mobster replaced the cowboy in the popular imagination, people started talking about horse heads and “Godfather tucks” (you’ll have to Google that one), and blow jobs were, as the late Christopher Hitchens once observed in his memorable essay “As American as Apple Pie,” “suddenly for real men.” Hitchens singles out this key passage from The Godfather about mob-connected crooner Johnny Fontane:
And the other guys were always talking about blow jobs … and he really didn’t enjoy that stuff so much … He and his second wife had finally not got along, because she preferred the old sixty-nine too much to a point where she didn’t want anything else and he had to fight to stick it in. She began making fun of him and calling him a square and the word got around that he made love like a kid.
Suddenly the blow job was a hetero man’s game, even if did not suit emasculated entertainers like Fontane. And, almost as if they had decided to strike while the iron was hot, members of New York’s Colombo crime family bankrolled Deep Throat, a pornographic film shot over several days in January 1972. Though its star, Linda Lovelace, would later claim she was forced by her abusive husband to perform the deeds that would make her famous, the 61-minute film became a national sensation — and even more of a household name once the title was used to identify Woodward and Bernstein’s secret Watergate source.
And just as “Deep Throat” helped take down one U.S. president, the blow job would contribute to impeaching another, and along the way enter the American bloodstream as never before. Hitchens also recounts the embarrassment felt by his friend, English journalist David Aaronovitch, while “in the same room as his young daughter when the TV blared the news that the president of the United States had received oral sex in an Oval Office vestibule.”
Keeping your children safe in an age when so many kids have cell phones and tablets can feel like an arms race. Every time you think you have a handle on the dangers involved, technology presents a way to sneak past all of your vigilant safety measures.
As WBRC News reports, Alabama Attorney General Pamela Casey posted a video to Facebook warning parents about another of those dangers. In it, she reveals that an app that purports to be a simple calculator is actually a way for kids to hide photos behind a password.
The app, which is available in the Apple store, is called “Private Photo“, but it appears on the phone or tablet as “Calculator%”. Cleverly, it is a functioning calculator as well as a secure photo vault. It’s only when a password is entered that the user can access the secret file storage.
In fact, there are a number of such apps available in both the Apple and Android stores. With names like “Smart Hide Calculator,” “Spy Calc” or “Secret Calculator,” these apps make it possible to hide photos, videos, and more in a secret file on the device. These apps may be a great development for those worried about keeping their photos private, but cautious parents will want to know what kind of files their children are accessing and locking away.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offers guidelines for talking to your children about internet and cell phone safety. With hidden photo apps becoming more popular, it might be a good time to review the dangers of revealing passwords to anyone other than parents or sharing photos and videos. Experts also recommend periodically looking over your child’s call and text logs and checking to see if any inappropriate content has been downloaded.
With the development of apps that hide the evidence of questionable online activities, parents will have to be aware that an extra calculator on your child’s phone may require a bit more investigation.
Snopes points out, however, that while a “cloaking app” such as “Private Photo” is one way children and teens can hide the contents of their phone, there are othermethods of keeping their phone data secret.
A number of Bill Cosby‘s accusers appeared on “Dr. Phil” on Thursday’s episode of the syndicated talk show, with one accuser providing a graphic account of her alleged encounter with Cosby.
The accuser, identified as Linda, told host Phil McGraw that she met Cosby on a movie set.
“It was a job interview,” Linda told McGraw.
She then launched into a detailed description of the alleged assault.
“His hand came around to the back of my head and, you know, as I looked up, he was exposing his genitals. He was right in my face,” Linda recalled.
“He had my hair; I don’t want to get graphic, but you know when you’re shocked you go, ‘Oh,’ you open your mouth a little bit, and that was my mistake,” Linda said. “And then he just made this horrible mess all over me.”
Afterward, Linda said, Cosby told the aspiring actress that he had “blessed” her.
“The hardest part was, he gloated over my humiliation. And he reached into his pocket, he had a big wad of Kleenex, and he started cleaning me up; he was dabbing at me,” Linda recalled. “By this time I’ve closed my eyes, because I really think I’m going to faint. And he said, ‘I’ve blessed you now, you know; you’ve been blessed.’
“And I remember thinking, ‘He must be crazy.'”
The accusers on the “Dr. Phil” stage also included former model Beverly Johnson, who recounted her tale of allegedly being drugged by Cosby with a spiked cappuccino.
Since late last year, dozens of women have come forward to accuse Cosby of violating them, often claiming that he drugged them beforehand.
Cosby’s attorneys have denied the allegations against the comedian. Nonetheless, the accusations have led to a series of setbacks for Cosby, including legal action and the shelving of a comedy that NBC was developing for him.
This just keeps getting uglier and uglier…….
Roethlisberger Complains About Patriots Shifting On Goal Line
One controversy is never enough for opponents of the New England Patriots.
Mike Tomlin wasn’t happy that he was hearing the Patriots’ radio broadcast in his headset when trying to talk to his coaches throughout the first half, but that wasn’t all the Steelers were complaining about Thursday night.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is crying foul that the Patriots defensive line shifted during his snap count prior to a third-and-goal play on the 1-yard line, causing left tackle Kelvin Beachum to jump and get flagged for a false start.
Roethlisberger protested heavily on the field, unhappy with the New England defensive line, and then aired it out following the game.
“In my years of playing, a defensive guy can’t bark stuff or move in the middle of a cadence,” Roethlisberger said. “I was arguing the fact that he shifted in the middle of a cadence and I thought that there was a rule against it. Maybe there’s not – maybe it’s a written rule – I don’t really know. So, that’s what I was upset about.
“They do that. We saw it on film that the Patriots do that,” he said. “They shift and slide and do stuff on the goal line knowing that it’s an itchy trigger-finger type of down.”
Pittsburgh guard Ramon Foster wasn’t one for excuses though.
“That is something they do, it’s legal as long as they don’t cross the line of scrimmage,” he said. “They shift, in a situation like that where it is load, they are at home. We are on the silent count, that’s a football thing.”
The Steelers went from being on the New England 1-yard line to the 5-yard line, and had to settle for a field goal after a DeAngelo Williams run went nowhere, cutting New England’s lead to 21-14 with 11:39 to go in the game.
“That close to the goal line we got to get in. It wasn’t the snap count, we knew they shifted,” said Foster. “We just have to be on point, on the road there is no excuse for anything like that. We just got to be on point with that, and know what they are going to do.”
The headset issue was an NFL problem, with the league issuing a statement following the game saying it was caused “by a stadium power infrastructure issue, which was exacerbated by the inclement weather.”
Big Ben’s claim sounds a lot more like sour grapes after a tough night on the field for the Pittsburgh offense, especially with his own lineman giving the New England defense credit.
“Kudos for them for thinking of that and making it happen in that situation,” Foster told USA Today. “I can’t be mad. That’s on us. We can’t false start.”
HEY BEN SHUT THE FUCK YOU BIG WHINER……..
A search warrant filed this week in Texas against James (Spaz) Anderson, 53, seeks to extract the projectile from his forearm, according to local reports.
Authorities hope the evidence will help identify the weapon — among more than 100 firearms seized at the scene — used against him.
“We’ve been wondering where he was and why nobody was on him,” Houston-based Defense Attorney Paul Looney, who is representing some of the bikers, told WFAA.
“Better late than never, but goodness gracious, sure would have thought they’d be on top of this long time ago,” he said.
Nine people were killed and 18 others wounded in the May 17 blowout between rival biker gangs outside the Waco “breastaurant.” It astonishingly ended with 177 bikers being arrested.
According to an affidavit cited by the Waco Tribune, a Longview police officer later tracked down Anderson, a member of the Bandidos, after receiving information that he had been involved in the shooting.
When the officer found him recovering at an area home from his gunshot wound, Anderson allegedly confessed to having been at the scene and fleeing before being identified by police or arrested. Exactly when that encounter was was not stated in the report.
Fast forward four months later, on Sept. 3 Anderson was riding on a highway among a group of bikers near Chadron, Nebraska when he fatally struck at least one deer in the road.
His online obituary lists him as an Army veteran, an electrician and a member of the Bar None Cowboy Church, an interdenominational church in Tatum, Tx.
California lawmakers gave final approval Friday to a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.
The measure faces an uncertain future with Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian who has not said whether he will sign it.
Senators approved the bill on a 23-14 vote after an emotional debate on the final day of the legislative session.
“Eliminate the needless pain and the long suffering of those who are dying,” urged Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, one of the bill’s co-authors.
Opponents said the measure could prompt premature suicides.
“I’m not going to push the old or the weak out of this world, and I think that could be the unintended consequence of this legislation,” said Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville.
The measure to allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication succeeded on its second attempt after the heavily publicized case of Brittany Maynard. The 29-year-old California woman with brain cancer moved to Oregon to legally take her life.
Her relatives tearfully watched the debate from the Senate floor, while supporters lined the Senate balcony.
“How dare the government make decisions or limit options for terminally-ill people like me?” Maynard said in a video posted to YouTube before her death on Nov. 1, 2014.
“She was simply saying, it’s ridiculous that we have to leave home, drive 600 miles north in the middle of her being told that she’s dying of a brain tumor,” Maynard’s husband, Dan Diaz, told CBS News. “Nobody should have to do that.”
Diaz made a promise to Maynard weeks before she died: to fight so nobody else has to go through what she went through and to try and pass legislation. He gave up his job to work with the right-to-die advocacy group Compassion and Choices.
“I am keeping my promise for Brittany and fulfilling that promise, but it certainly is bittersweet,” he said.
Diaz said for him, this doesn’t stop in California. He would like to see this option available for terminally ill patients across the country.
A previous version passed the Senate but stalled in the Assembly until lawmakers there took it up in a special legislative session. The move to bypass the usual process drew criticism from the governor.
The revised measure includes requirements that the patient be physically capable of taking the medication themselves, that two doctors approve it, that the patient submit several written requests, and that there be two witnesses.
Doctors in Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana already can prescribe life-ending drugs.