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Donald Trump said to have threatened USGA with lawsuit if it moved women's Open

Source: USA Today sports, by Christine Brennan

U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis told members of the USGA’s executive committee that Donald Trump threatened to sue the organization if it moved the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, N.J., according to a person with direct knowledge of the meeting.


After the Access Hollywood tape surfaced, three U.S. senators -- Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) -- sent a letter to the USGA asking that the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open not be played at Trump National.

“The decision that the USGA makes is more consequential than simply the geographic location of a golf tournament,” the senators wrote. “In declining future association with a brand that degrades women, the USGA and LPGA have an opportunity to make clear to the world, and most especially young Americans, that our nation will not tolerate nor do business with any company that condones or excuses action that constitutes sexual assault.”

The USGA declined to move the tournament, which begins Thursday morning at Trump National.

"Let me make it very clear," Davis told reporters in May, "that when we came here, it was all about coming to a great golf course playing the greatest championship in women's golf. The USGA, since its founding in 1894, has never been involved with politics. Our focus is solely on the game of golf. We appreciate that there's some out there that want to make this a political event. We're not. This is a golf event of the United States Golf Association. We're really excited about this."

More at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/lpga/2017/07/10/donald-trump-said-have-threatened-usga-lawsuit/465590001/

President Trump may attend 2017 U.S. Women's Open in Bedminster, reports say

Source: NJ.com, by Matt Stypulkoski

President Donald Trump will likely be at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster this week as the club hosts the 2017 U.S. Women's Open, according to reports.

The Federal Aviation Administration has posted a notice to its website warning pilots of temporary flight restrictions around the Bedminster area. The restrictions begin on Friday and run through Sunday.

Such notices are not official confirmations and they could still be changed or canceled, but they have been taken as signs over the last few weeks that the president plans to be in Bedminster, according to a report by the Palm Beach Post.


The U.S. Women's Open kicked off Monday morning and practice rounds will continue through Wednesday. Tournament play opens Thursday morning at 6:45 a.m. and runs through Sunday evening.

Read it all at: http://www.nj.com/sports/index.ssf/2017/07/president_trump_will_attend_2017_us_womens_open_in.html

"Money, money, money - money!" Can you hear the tune?


Bernie Sanders Faces Feisty Democratic Challenger

Source: NBC News, by Alex Sietz-Wald


Jon Svitavsky, a homeless advocate who has never held public office, tore into Sanders for undercutting Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party during last year's presidential primaries.

“I hold him absolutely, centrally responsible for Donald Trump being president,” Svitavsky told NBC News, expressing a view held by other Clinton loyalists. “That's my number-one issue.”


“I believe that Bernie Sanders’ entire involvement with the Democratic party has been devastating,” he said. “I think it was a big mistake for the Democratic party to let him in in the first place.”

And Svitavsky said Vermont voters are concerned by the FBI investigation into the finances of Burlington College, a small school that Sanders’ wife ran before it shut down under the weight of a bank loan she took out.




When Jon Svitavsky looks at the former MP103.3 building near the corner of Dorset Street and San Remo Drive in South Burlington in June 2016, he sees possibilities. Svitavsky, a long-time advocate for the homeless, hopes to convert the building into a shelter.

US Women's Open at Trump National may be unpredictable

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — This U.S. Women's Open is going to be unpredictable, and we're not just talking about the golf.


The USGA awarded the site in 2012 and later came under pressure from women's groups and three Democratic U.S. senators — Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Edward Markey of Massachusetts, and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania — to move the event because of Trump's comments about women and minorities.

It refused, keeping it at the course located only a few miles from its headquarters in Far Hills.

When we came here, this was all about coming to a great golf course and playing the greatest championship in women's golf," USGA executive director and chief executive Mike Davis said at a media day in May. "The USGA, since its founding in 1894, has never been involved with politics. Our focus is solely on the game of golf."

Whether that decision draws protest remains to be seen.

The president's attendance is unclear. He has accepted an invitation from President Emmanuel Marcon of France to attend a Bastille Day celebration on Friday, which is during the second round of the tournament.



It is pretty clear what Trump has to offer women, though.

Question, ladies. Is misogyny "political"?

It's back! Maybe.

'14 Words' and the Coincidental Dog Whistle



"14 Words" is a reference to the most popular white supremacist slogan in the world: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." The slogan was coined by David Lane, a member of the white supremacist terrorist group known as The Order (Lane died in prison in 2007). The term reflects the primary white supremacist worldview in the late 20th and early 21st centuries: that unless immediate action is taken, the white race is doomed to extinction by an alleged "rising tide of color" purportedly controlled and manipulated by Jews.

Because of its widespread popularity, white supremacists reference this slogan constantly, in its full form as well as in abbreviated versions such as "14 Words", "Fourteen Words," or simply the number "14."

"Snowfall" review

I didn't want the first show to end!

Source: CNN, by Brian Lowry

The dirty business of drugs is a crowded neighborhood on television these days. Yet "Snowfall" carves out its own turf, delivering a potent cocktail garnished with elements of "The Wire," "Traffic" and "Narcos," as the early days of crack cocaine unfold from multiple perspectives.

It's 1983 in Los Angeles, where the abundant palm trees serve notice all that white powder isn't snow; rather, it's the riches associated with dealing coke, a high-risk exercise to say the least.

Co-created by director John Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood" with Eric Amadio and Dave Andron, the drama actually benefits from a relatively unknown cast, adding to the sense of verisimilitude around this spare, bleak drama.


At its best, "Snowfall" illustrates the unintended consequences and collateral damage associated with drugs -- characters enter into new alliances at their peril -- while revisiting the CIA's role and shady dealings to advance its foreign-policy objectives.

Frankly, the series might seem a little superfluous, given the aforementioned titles in its genre. Yet sharp execution makes this a credible companion to those productions -- cracking open another window into the complications surrounding a seemingly endless "drug war," still being fought decades after everyone supposedly learned to "Just Say No."

Read it at: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/05/entertainment/snowfall-tv-review/index.html

"We have 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded...

these cyberattacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin, and they are designed to influence our election." — Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 in the third 2016 presidential debate


October 07, 2016

Joint Statement from the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security

"The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations."

After deep, thorough and exhaustive search of 1.3 seconds, found 17 Intelligence Community agencies!

Alabama is 6th poorest state in nation; poverty rate at 40 percent in some counties

About 900,000 Alabamians live in poverty, according to a 2017 report from Alabama Possible.

Source: al.com. by Anne Claire Vollers


About 18.5 percent of Alabamians live below the federal poverty line, but the percentage varies widely by county. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Black Belt counties have the highest rates of poverty while metro areas have the lowest.




Fourteen of Alabama's 67 counties - all of them in the Black Belt - have a poverty rate higher than 25 percent.




"Poverty is not a state of mind; it's a complex series of barriers that hardworking people have to overcome every day," said Kristina Scott, executive director of Alabama Possible, the statewide nonprofit that released the report.




Read it all at: http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/07/alabama_is_6th_poorest_state_i.html#incart_river_home_pop

President's Bedminster golf course prepares for "Women's" US Open


President Donald Trump's golf course in Bedminster is preparing to host the most high-profile tournament in women's golf next week.

The women's US Open has a total purse of $5 million, but the president's politics have discouraged some players and fans.

"Hopefully, maybe he doesn't show up, and it won't be a big debacle," Brittany Lincicome recently told the Chicago Tribune. "It will be about us and not him."

Officials say they expect some protests. Women's rights groups say the president sends a bad message to young female golfers with statements like the ones recorded on a leaked Access Hollywood tape.

For his part, the president spent the Fourth of July holiday weekend there.


"Political views?"

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