Obama Politicizes Augusta National and The Masters

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The 9th hole on the par-3 course at the August...

The 9th hole on the par-3 course at the Augusta National Golf Club during the par-3 contest prior to the 2006 Masters Tournament. Jack Nicklaus' ball is to the left of the pin, and he had his grandson putt it (and he made it). The sequence can be seen on a video posted to youtube, Jack Nicklaus - Augusta 2006. Andy North's ball is to the right. Nicklaus, North, and Tom Watson were playing as non-competitors in the par-3 contest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The last sentence in this article relating that President Obama thinks the administration should play a larger role in our lives, points directly to the differences between the liberal/progressive/Democrats and Republican/Conservatives. The first want to control our lives and the latter want the freedom to act for themselves.

This is a little hypocritical of Obama since he didn’t seem to speak out when, in 2009, the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs hosted a Pre-Inaugural Reception for him.

It also didn’t stop him from nominating Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, who resigned from the all women club, the Belizean Grove, during her confirmation hearings.

It is obvious that Obama is using this as a campaign tool to increase his standing among women leading up to the November election. Many people have belonged to single gender organizations in their past, such as fraternities and sororities, and have not been irreparably damaged. Let the boys be boys and keep politics out of the granddaddy of all golf tournaments, the Masters.

Excerpt: The White House’s spokesman said Thursday that the president believes that a golf club in Augusta, Ga., 551 miles from the White House, should change its membership rules and admit women as members.

The golf club in question is the Augusta National Golf Club, which is hosting the high-profile Masters tournament this week.

“It is obviously up to the club to decide, but his personal opinion is that women should be admitted to the club,” Obama’s spokesman, Jay Carney, said in response to a question from a reporter.

The private club does not invite women to be members. Feminist groups are pressuring the club, and its corporate sponsors, to change its long-standing rule.

However, Obama is trying to bolster support with feminist groups, partly because he’s trying to maximize favorable turnout among women in the November election.

Obama “believes Augusta should admit women. We’re kinda long past the time when women should be excluded from anything,” Carney said.

The new announcement reflects Obama’s view that the administration should play a larger role in the nation’s economy and civil society

Read Daily Caller article here.

Project Glass: Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses

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Computer technology is progressing at an ever increasing rate.

Excerpt: If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from “Star Trek,” don’t worry. It’s probably just a Google employee testing the company’s new augmented-reality glasses.

On Wednesday, Google gave people a clearer picture of its secret initiative called Project Glass. The glasses are the company’s first venture into wearable computing.

The glasses are not yet for sale. Google will, however, be testing them in public.

A video released by Google on Wednesday, which can be seen below, showed potential uses for Project Glass. A man wanders around the streets of New York City, communicating with friends, seeing maps and information, and snapping pictures. It concludes with him video-chatting with a girlfriend as the sun sets over the city. All of this is seen through the augmented-reality glasses.

Read full NYT article here.