Top golf courses rejected Obama over Labor Day Weekend

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NBC New York reports on several New York-area golf courses that refused President Barack Obama’s business over Labor Day weekend:

The Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge were among some of the elite courses that rebuffed the president’s request to tee off there, according to several sources who were told about the president’s advance team’s calls to the club managers

Club managers apparently did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members over Labor Day weekend by shutting down their courses to accommodate the president.

The president was in town Friday, Aug. 29 for fundraising events in New York and Rhode Island. He had been scheduled to stay overnight in Westchester County in order to attend the Saturday evening wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner and White House chef Sam Kass at Blue Hill Farm.

The story notes that the presidential advance team was looking for a tee time Saturday morning. If you will recall Obama unexpectedly returned to Washington Friday night and then went back to New York for the wedding Saturday. Labor Day weekend is a busy weekend for golf courses.

Parody video targets Ray Rice in “Video Killed the Ravens Big Star”

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A parody video dealing with Ray Rice is set to the tune of “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

More from the video’s YouTube description:

As much as I hated to make this video, it had to be said! Ray Rice was a great Raven, but a bad man. I cannot abide a man hitting a woman under any circumstances unless he has to avoid being beaten badly. This was not the case here. Sorry Ray!

Here’s the parody video itself:

Parody targets Ray Rice in “Video Killed the Ravens Big Star”

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A parody video dealing with Ray Rice is set to the tune of “Video Killed the Radio Star.” More from the video’s YouTube description:

As much as I hated to make this video, it had to be said! Ray Rice was a great Raven, but a bad man. I cannot abide a man hitting a woman under any circumstances unless he has to avoid being beaten badly. This was not the case here. Sorry Ray!

Here’s the parody video itself:

Besides free pizza, you can trade your Ray Rice jersey for a $10 bar tab or another jersey

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I noted yesterday that Hersh’s Pizza & Drinks is giving a free pizza in exchange for a Ray Rice jersey and also donating $2.70 per jersey to House of Ruth.

Since then, other jersey exchanges have been announced (via USA Today):

Another Baltimore establishment, No Idea Tavern, is matching the $2.70 per jersey donation to House of Ruth and offering a $10 bar tab for each Rice jersey turned in, according to tweets.

The Ravens will also take your Ray Rice jersey (via The Big Lead):

Well then you can return your Ray Rice jersey in exchange for (presumably) the jersey of a different player. So don’t burn Rice’s jersey! Just return it.

The Patriots did this when Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder.

Here’s what the Ravens said specifically via Twitter:

Besides free pizza, you can trade your Ray Rice jersey for a $10 bar tab or another jersey

Trade in your Ray Rice jersey for a free pizza

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Hersh’s Pizza in Baltimore made the above post on Facebook before Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the NFL.

Here’s the text:

Dear Lovers of Women, Not Hitting Women, Non Violence and Just Generally Being a Good Person, 
Come trade your Ray Rice Ravens Jersey in for a free pizza at Hersh’s. These jerseys will save us money on toilet paper this week.
‪#‎CutRayRice‬

Hersh’s Pizza and Drinks is at 1843-45 Light Street in downtown Baltimore.

From their about section on Facebook:

We’re a lively neighborhood pizzeria marrying the fun of pizza with the Mediterranean devotion to clean and vibrant flavors. The centerpiece of our menu is the 11″ Neapolitan-style pizza. And while pizza is the driving force behind the genesis of Hersh’s, we also serve a tightly-edited menu of small plates which features seasonal produce and handmade pasta and Italian sausage.

Hersh’s is also a bar with a youthful urban vibe, with a drinks philosophy that centers on smaller, interesting producers and fresh, house-made components. We stock our ten taps with a variety of microbrews, and our vintage cocktails spotlight the renaissance in American craft spirits.

UPDATE from Hersh’s on Facebook:

 Suggestions for what to do with all the Ray Rice jerseys we collect, since there are only so many we can use for toilet paper? Let us know! Also, Hersh’s will donate $2.70 to House Of Ruth Maryland, Inc. for each jersey we receive. Eat in only.

Police: Woman wanted to shoot pregnant woman and take her baby

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Police in Berkeley County, South Carolina arrested Julie Marie Gookins (above) on Thursday after she allegedly pointed a gun at the stomach of an 8-months pregnant woman. Gookins was charged with kidnapping, burglary, weapons charges, and attempted murder. A judge denied bond to Gookins in a court hearing Friday.

The 26-year old victim told police that Gookins approached her while she was unloading groceries from her vehicle in the garage. The victim said that Gookins pointed the gun at her stomach and told her to go to the backyard or she would shoot the woman and her unborn child. After they went to the backyard, the victim said she was able to knock the magazine off the gun and then threw the gun into a pond. Police say a neighbor heard the disturbance, stopped Gookins as she was attemtping to leave, and held her down until police arrived. The victim did not require medical attention.

During the bond hearing Friday, the victim told the judge that she was afraid Gookins would kill her if she got out of jail. Police said that information from witnesses and evidence gathered indicated that Gookins wanted to kidnap the victim, then kill her and take the baby.

IRS says it lost emails from 5 other employees linked to probe

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Associated Press:

The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status.

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On Friday, the IRS said it has also lost emails from five other employees related to the probe, including two agents who worked in a Cincinnati office processing applications for tax-exempt status.

The agency blamed computer crashes for the lost emails. In a statement, the IRS said it found no evidence that anyone deliberately destroyed evidence.

I am shocked they dumped this news on a Friday afternoon (not really.) I’m also just as shocked to learn that they are using the same excuse of a crash that they used when emails of Lois Lerner and others were reported to be missing.

DC ranked 2nd snobbiest city in America

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Movoto ranks DC the 2nd snobbiest big city in America behind only San Francisco. No wonder Nancy Pelosi fits in so well in both places.

Here’s the top 10 (full data):

  1. San Francisco
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Seattle
  4. Scottsdale, Ariz.
  5. Oakland, Calif.
  6. Portland, Ore.
  7. Irvine, Calif. (tie)
  8. Honolulu (tie)
  9. Madison, Wis.
  10. Atlanta

The criteria used:

  • Median home price (the higher the better)
  • Median household income (the higher the better)
  • Percent of population with a college degree (the higher the better)
  • Private schools per capita (the more the better)
  • Performing arts per capita (the more the better)
  • Art galleries per capita (the more the better)
  • Fast food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)

Taco Bell testing a taco “shell” made of a biscuit

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Foodbeast has the details:

Their new Biscuit Taco touts a “warm, flakey, golden brown biscuit that happens to be shaped in the form of a taco.”

The biscuit tacos they are testing for their breakfast menu include:

  • Sausage, Egg and Cheese
  • Bacon, Egg, and Cheese
  • Sausage and Cheese
  • Egg and Cheese
  • Sausage and Gravy
  • Chicken with jalapeno honey sauce

They have already been tested in Atlanta and San Antonio and are currently being tested in Los Angeles and Orange County in California, according to Foodbeast.

Notre Dame’s student health plan to cover abortifacients, contraceptives

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National Catholic Register:

The University of Notre Dame has approved a student health-insurance plan that features contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and other preventive services covered under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate.

The university’s decision to provide the group health plan for students comes as Notre Dame pursues its legal challenge to the HHS mandate. Critics thus expressed concern that the move could undermine the university’s legal case, especially when other options were available for circumventing compliance requirements for the mandate.

“The university need not provide student health insurance at all,” said Gerard Bradley, a constitutional scholar at Notre Dame’s law school, who outlined the options available to university administrators.

 

Bradley noted that only group health plans must comply with the mandate. Consequently, the university also had another option: It could have opted to self-insure the plan for students and avoid coverage of services that violate Catholic teaching.

Earlier this year, Notre Dame denied recognition to a group supporting traditional marriage. Throw in that and the flap over President Obama receiving an honorary degree and speaking there, along with some other moves, and Notre Dame’s Catholic character appears to be in the process of being degraded.

If nothing else, this move makes the HHS mandate suit the university is engaged in more complicated.