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Augusta National finally admits women; the new sport of sheep-racing, and an awesome “Inside the Actors Studio” mash-up

This picture has nothing to do with anything, but I snapped it last weekend on the way to the beach and thought it was funny. Too bad there was no address…

Well, well, look who’s finally discovered that women are kinda sorta equal to men.
Augusta National Golf Club, heretofore the most chauvinistic place in the entire United States, has finally after 80 years decided to allow women to become members. Condi Rice and Darla Moore, step up right and join the misogynists.
Break out the champagne and party hats.
Yes, Augusta ignored all the pressure and protests of Martha Burk a few years back, didn’t listen when it bucked its own rules and refused to give a Fortune 500 CEO a membership (IBM has a female leader named Ginni Rometty, and previously all of the Masters’ corporate partners’ CEOs were named members), and basically continued to act like we were still in 1925.

Of course, what Augusta National was doing was legal; they’re a private club and can do what they want. But I always thought it was so small of the pro golf tour to continue to honor this bunch of yahoos who wouldn’t let women in by continuing to hold the prestigious Masters tournament there.

I had to laugh Monday when I read a few columns by people applauding Billy Payne and Augusta for finally doing the right thing.

Please. The last thing in the world these yahoos should get is applause. They’re a disgusting affront to modern men everywhere.

**Sure, the Olympics just ended, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about the next Games. And some people in Scotland have come up with a great new event for 2016:
Sheep racing. Oh come on, like you wouldn’t watch that.
If you click this link you can see some of the sheep “training” for the event that took place on August 11 (go ahead and click, no one’s judging you here). And then of course, the actual event is above (you’ve got to fast forward to 1:40 to see the sheep, but it’s worth it.)

The organizer of the event (which you could wager on, thrillingly), a guy named Thomas McDonald, said he thinks it could become an annual event.
I hope so. My only question is, when the sheep get tired after running, do they count themselves to get to sleep?

**Can’t remember if I’ve expressed my love for “Inside the Actors Studio” on my blog before, but if I haven’t, let me just say I used to worship that show. I loved James Lipton in all his pomposity and how he genuflected before his guests, I loved the honesty of the movie stars (I’ll never forget the touching Jack Lemmon, Steven Spielberg and Jamie Foxx episodes), and the sheer wonder/absurdity of how seriously actors take their craft.

Anyway, the show hasn’t been on much in recent years, but some brilliant Internet person named Jordan Laws made the above video mash-up combining the stars’ answers, and showing just how much they really are like each other.

Health care and the wingnuts. “Big Bang” rules again. And a debate about private clubs

Have to tell you, I’ve really been enjoying the hysterics of the wingnut-osophere today in the 24 hours after the health care bill finally passed.

I mean, Republicans are losing their damn minds. Screaming, ranting, raving, hyperventilating about the end of civilization as we know it, this is horrible, government running our lives, etc.

And my friends on the left are breathless, hailing this as a magnificent feat, a legislative triumph. (My mother, who used to be a calm, rational person, is so wrapped up in supporting universal health care that she rolled her window down the other day and yelled at a man protesting health care. My wife doesn’t believe me, but I swear, my mother used to be pretty apathetic about politics).

Anyway, call me wishy-washy, but as pleased as I am that President Obama showed some spine and Democrats finally got something done, I’m still waiting to see how the rest plays out before I leap up and down on a trampoline. I want to see if the public option gets put in.

I want to see just how many people are covered, and how soon that coverage will start. I feel like the bill will still be tweaked and changed a bit, so let’s see how that goes first.

In the meantime, it was fun to watch those GOP fellas go nuts. Including Mitt Romney, who blasted the bill even though it’s basically what he passed as Governor of Massachussetts.

Ah, Mitt. Here’s a little Mitt pandering for you:

**Once again “The Big Bang Theory” brought the goods Monday night. 3 or 4 fantastic, laugh-out loud lines every week, and I’ll say it again: If you’re not watching this show, you’re missing something awesome.

My favorite line from Monday’s epsiode: Raj: “Indian meditation really helped me overcome my fears.”

Sheldon: “But you still can’t speak when there are women in the room.”

Raj: “Yes, but now I can be in the same room with them without urinating.”

**OK, so I mentioned yesterday that I had a wedding at a pretty interesting place in Philadelphia on Saturday, the Inn at the Union League. It was part museum, part hotel, part private club.

One of the things that creeped me out, besides the usual portraits of old men on the wall, was that in the room where the cocktail hour was held, there were all these presidential paintings hanging above us. So I looked around, and I saw Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and both Bushes. It took me a few seconds, and then I realized that it was intentional that they were all Republicans. No Carter, no Clinton, and certainly no Obama.

Later, that got me to thinking about private clubs like this. Of course they have the right to exist, and keep out whoever they want. But patronizing them and attending events they sponsor would bother me greatly.

Somehow, when talking about this with my wife, we got around to comparing it to how Augusta National Golf Club doesn’t admit women, and that gets protested, while private clubs who exclude African-Americans/Jews/women don’t.

She said it’s because The Masters is a huge public event televised by CBS, and by showing the tournament, CBS tacitly endorses the chauvinistic attitude of Augusta National, and that all the protests should go toward CBS.

I don’t know, I think it’s a distinction without a difference. Bigtory and intolerance are unacceptable whereever they’re found, whether it’s publicized or not.