It’s been nine years since Augusta National Golf Club emerged largely unscathed from a battle with feminist activist Martha Burk, who led a protest outside the club’s signature event, The Masters, over its policy forbidding female members. But in two weeks, the club may be forced into the 20th — er, 21st — century, thanks to IBM’s decision to make Ginni Rometty its first female CEO earlier this year. Rometty’s promotion has the club facing quite the dilemma, as Bloomberg reports:
As Augusta National Golf Club prepares to host the competition next week, it faces a quandary: The club hasn?t admitted a woman as a member since its founding eight decades ago, yet it has historically invited the chief executive officer of IBM, one of three Masters sponsors. Since the company named Rometty to the post this year, Augusta will have to break tradition either way.
Change comes slow at Augusta, a club that clings to tradition proudly and loudly, even if that tradition is full of discrimination. The first black player won his way into The Masters field in 1975, but Augusta ignored outside pressure to admit a black member for another 15 years.
Its response to women has been the same. It trudged on in the wake of the Burk protests, winning over golf fans (equality be damned) by airing the tournament with limited commercials after she pressured sponsors to pull out. Just last year, it banned a female reporter from entering the players’ locker room, drawing protests from male and female journalists alike.
Rometty’s situation, though, gives her leverage Burk never had. The CEOs of the other two Masters sponsors, Exxon Mobil and AT&T, are both members, and they’ll both be donning the club’s signature green jackets next week. If Rometty isn’t allowed to join them (and given Augusta’s history, she probably won’t be), it will send another message to the 6 million American women who play golf and countless others who watch it that even if they are capable of breaking every last one of corporate America’s glass ceilings, they aren’t capable of playing golf with the boys.
The Masters, as CBS likes to remind us, is a “tradition unlike any other.” This year, though, Augusta has a chance to break with one tradition it should have ended a long time ago.
One of the tropes most often used by the right-wing and often blatantly racist defenders of George Zimmerman, the man who shot an unarmed Trayvon Martin to death in a Florida gated community last month, was that Zimmerman was allegedly beaten to a bloody[...]
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BREAKING: Romney camp tells CNN the installation of a car elevator at La Jolla mansion is on hold until after the campaign #thisisnotajoke
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Ah, that Mitt. Despite Romney momentarily delaying his efforts to become the world's lamest Batman impersonator (who needs a mere car elevator when you've got a whole White House to play around in?) it seems that not even this is enough to keep the ruffians from ruffying at his expense. So here ya go, knock yourselves out, you internet ruffians.
The car elevator got etch-a-sketched. Will redraw later.
? @sufferfest via Tweetbot for iOSWe get to talk about the car elevator for another day? #Awesome
? @DemocratMachine via web #thisisnotajoke Ahh, so Romney can be a little more flexible after the election? Just like Obama can with Russia?
? @B_D_Silver via TweetDeck Romney likes being able to fire car elevator contractors.
? @zerOdysseus via web Romney: You don't think I'd use illegal aliens to carry my car up the stairs? I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.
? @sufferfest via Tweetbot for iOSBack when I lived in the "real streets of America," we had 6-car garages with NO ELEVATORS! Imagine that! #RomneyAnecdotes
? @DCdebbie via webMy house lobbyist is going to be so bummed when I tell him about the car elevator being delayed. NOTE: Humor him with factory closing yarns.
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What a flip-flopper.
?Our federal-state partnership helps ensure that comfortable and safe housing is provided in a caring community for Wisconsin Veterans who have served their country,? said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.VA?s grant will cover approximately 65 percent of the project?s cost, which carries a $1.2 million price tag.
In his newsletter-blogpost tribute, New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff offers this cartoon and two more (one reproduced below) to back up his claim: "[W]hile Al is the record holder for age among New Yorker cartoonists, it?s not his longevity we admire so much as the spontaneity of his art, achieved by drawing directly in ink with no preliminary sketching in pencil." See below for more.
Take a knee, senator
Former senator Arlen Specter?s new memoir, ?Life Among the Cannibals,? recounts his party switch and his votes for President Obama?s stimulus package and the health-care plan.
But it?s not just about politics.
For example, in one steamy passage on Page 156, he recalls riding on the campaign bus of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008 with then-Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.
"She was a total charmer, very friendly,? Specter writes. ?The few things she said were intelligent." He doesn?t mention what they were, maybe because he was distracted.
"We were sitting virtually knee to knee in the cramped bus," he writes. "She radiated sensuality. Her skirt rode above her knees -- not exactly short, but close."
The excitement builds .?.?.
I'm not quite sure I would call this video "funny." It's short. But wow. Do any cat-people out there have any idea as to what happened?
Those of you that read this regular series know that I am from Hackett, Arkansas, just a mile or so from the Oklahoma border, and just about 10 miles south of the Arkansas River. It was a rural sort of place that did not particularly appreciate[...]
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While media coverage of the case has been intense, there are several key questions that have yet to be answered about the case. Here are five of the most important:
1. What was the purported “conflict” that required the initial prosecutor to step down? On March 22 — after several weeks on the job — state attorney Norm Wolfinger stepped down from his role as prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case. Wolfinger relinquished his post after meeting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi. He said it was necessary for him to step aside to preserve “the integrity of this investigation,” adding he wanted to avoid “the appearance of a conflict of interest.” He did not explain why his continued involvement would damage the integrity of the case or explain the potential conflict he was seeking to avoid. Did anyone at the prosecutor’s office know Zimmerman or his family? [Orlando Sentinel]
2. Why did the prosecutor ignore the recommendations of the lead homicide investigator? ABC News reported that Chris Serino, the lead homicide investigator on the Trayvon Martin case, recommended that Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter on the night of the shooting. Serino filed an affidavit that night stating “he was unconvinced Zimmerman’s version of events.” As the lead homicide investigator, Serino was: 1. In the best position to evaluate Zimmerman’s credibility, and 2. Intimately familiar with Florida law. Why was he ignored? [ABC News]
3. Why did then-Police Chief Bill Lee make public statements directly contradicting the official recommendations of the police department? On the day the Sanford Police concluded their investigation and handed over the case to the prosecutor, then-Police Chief Bill Lee stated publicly that there was no “probable cause” to arrest or charge Zimmerman. (Lee has subsequently “temporarily” stepped down from his post.) But the Miami Herald reports that on the same day the Sanford Police formally requested that the prosecutor charge Zimmerman, something known as a “capias” request. [ThinkProgress]
4. Who leaked Trayvon Martin’s school records? As public outrage increased, Zimmerman’s sympathizers launched a smear campaign against Trayvon Martin. This included details of several occasions where Martin was suspended for minor infractions (defacing a locker, possessing an empty “marijuana baggie.”) None of the information seemed to have any particular relevance to the night Trayvon Martin was shot to death. Was this a ham-handed attempt by the police or the prosecutor to defend their lack of action against Zimmerman? The Sanford City Manager announced he would launch an independent investigation into the source of the leak. [Miami Herald; NBC12]
5. Why was Trayvon Martin’s body tagged as a John Doe? The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart notes a police report “that was completed at 3:07 a.m. on Feb. 27 lists Trayvon?s full name, city of birth, address and phone number.” But yet, Trayvon’s body was reportedly “tagged as a John Doe” and his father wasn’t informed of his death until after he filed a missing person report later on the 27th. Why weren’t Trayvon Martin’s parents contacted immediately after the police confirmed his identity? [Washington Post]
Special prosecutor Angela Corey has promised to release additional information about the case once she makes a decision about whether to charge Zimmerman, something that could happen at any time.
Remember when George Zimmerman's attorney made the media rounds insisting that his client really did feel threatened by Trayvon Martin and suffered a broken nose and a gash to the head as a result of the scuffle that preceded George Zimmerman shooting and killing the unarmed Trayvon Martin?
The attorney for George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month, said Monday that Martin initiated the confrontation, beating his client so badly he suffered a broken nose and injuries to the back of his head.
Physical evidence, including a grass stain on the back of his shirt, showed there was a scuffle, lawyer Craig Sonner told ABC News. ?When the evidence comes out, it will show that George Zimmerman was acting in self-defense in this case,? Sonner said. ?It?s not a racial issue.?[..]
Sonner?s account of Zimmerman?s injuries is consistent with the Sanford Police Department report, written by the officer at the crime scene who handcuffed Zimmerman. ?I could observe his back appeared to be wet and was covered in grass, as if he had been laying on his back on the ground,? the officer wrote. ?Zimmerman was also bleeding from the nose and back of his head.?
Yeah, as it turns out, not so much. Here is the surveillance tape of Zimmerman being escorted into the Sanford police station for questioning. See any blood? Any bruising from a broken nose? How about a gash on that freshly-shorn head?
And curiously, that conflicts with the "official" police report as well. Hmmm...add that to the fact that the investigating officer (looking to save what little credibility he personally has in a completely corrupted police department) said that he did not believe Zimmerman's account and wanted to arrest him for manslaughter but was told by the state attorney to hold off.
Maybe that's why Sonner was afraid of going on Lawrence O'Donnell's show. He knew that he wouldn't be able to withstand the treatment O'Donnell gave the other Zimmerman character witness.