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'Snooty Hootie' hasn't mastered changing times (Cynthia Tucker Alert)
Atlanta Journal and Constitution ^ | 04/12/03 | Cynthia Tucker

Posted on 04/12/2003 2:12:02 AM PDT by kcordell

America's newest hero is the petite Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who was rescued from behind enemy lines on April 2. Lynch, who may have engaged Iraqi troops in a deadly firefight before being captured, is one of the valiant women warriors helping to erode the strictures against allowing women in combat.

But Lynch's heroics mean nothing to the imperious William "Hootie" Johnson, who runs his own little tyranny in the conservative east Georgia city of Augusta. His exclusive golf club, Augusta National, will not abide incursions by women members -- no matter their courage, honor, stature or wealth. While the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Marines have given up the antiquated notion that placing women alongside men would erode discipline and hurt morale, the snooty Hootie has not.

Johnson runs the club as his predecessors did -- with an iron fist, brooking no dissent, rarely admitting error. (Johnson did, however, reverse an earlier edict that would have stripped former Masters champions of a lifetime right to play in the tournament. But that reversal may have arisen from Johnson's natural sympathy toward his AARP contemporaries.)

Just last month, Johnson lambasted Gov. Sonny Perdue for suggesting that it would be logical to include women -- even though the governor also went out of his way to express a modicum of sympathy for Johnson's defiance.

"From what I'm hearing, they want to do the right thing," Perdue told an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter. "They just feel a little trapped. I think there can be some argument made for not doing it at the point of some . . . figurative bayonet.

"I think everyone at some point would like to see [the club admit women]," Perdue added, innocuously enough.

The governor, by the way, hardly has a reputation as a crusading progressive. He also knows something about feeling trapped. After all, he is still mired in a foolish campaign pledge to allow Georgians to vote on the return of a recently retired state flag, which prominently features the Confederate battle emblem, a divisive symbol that especially galls black Georgians.

But even Perdue has recognized the tides of cultural change -- women bomber pilots, Title IX, the 19th Amendment. But for Johnson, those tides stop at the gates of his clubhouse.

Johnson insists that his club, as a private group, has every legal right to exclude women. As a strictly legal matter, he is probably right. But it is a curious policy nevertheless, especially at a time when at least one other female soldier, Army Spc. Sohshana Johnson, is officially still being held as a prisoner of war, when Condoleezza Rice advises President Bush on national security, and when 14 women serve in the United States Senate, allegedly the most exclusive club in the nation.

But, Johnson's defenders insist, the members of Augusta National are entitled to their privacy, one of the most important privileges of a free society. OK, I'll buy that. But it still seems an odd view of privacy -- narrow and eccentric. What could the boys be up to that they must hide from the likes of the handful of women who would be eligible to join -- Supreme Court justices, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies, U.S. senators?

Does Johnson think women would recoil from cigar smoke or agitate for facials and manicures? That they'll try to change the color of that garish green jacket?

Johnson and his supporters point to polls, which they claim show that most Americans support their implicit policy of gender segregation. Actually, they're wrong. A poll that Johnson commissioned supports his view, but independent polls commissioned by news organizations show that Americans are evenly divided over Augusta's exclusionary practice, with women more likely than men to support change.

Besides, Johnson ought to know better than to rely on polls for moral clarity. As a man who enjoyed a reputation as a progressive on racial matters earlier in his career, Johnson knows perfectly well that public sentiment is no guide for a man trying to do the right thing.

No matter what polls may show, Augusta National is wrong to exclude women from its membership. It's as simple as that.

E-mail Cynthia


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ajc; augustanational; cynthiatucker; masters

1 posted on 04/12/2003 2:12:02 AM PDT by kcordell
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To: kcordell
Hey Cindy, please explain for us why 99% of American women should care if a few rich women can't get into a rich boy's golf club. I mean what does it do for the other sistuhs when its a rarerified level of society they'll never be able to join any way? How does that exactly advance women's rights? The feminist movement has come a long way in catering to a spoiled brat with too much time on her hands. Its the least of most American women's worries. Shame on you Cindy, for making the Augusta Masters' the next and coming thing in women's liberation!
2 posted on 04/12/2003 2:16:18 AM PDT by goldstategop (Lara Logan Doesn't Hold A Candle Next To BellyGirl :))
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3 posted on 04/12/2003 2:17:45 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: goldstategop
According to Cindy and the NOW NAGs, Public Enemy No. 1 in America is a guy named William "Hootie" Johnson. Saddam Hussein who has done far more atrocious things to women, is not on their list. Way to go for women's equality, girls!!!
4 posted on 04/12/2003 2:24:05 AM PDT by goldstategop (Lara Logan Doesn't Hold A Candle Next To BellyGirl :))
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To: kcordell
More raw sewage from the deeply disturbed Left.

We never heard from them about hellish human rights atrocities in Iraq (something the Left was supposed to be famous for), and I'll surely not pay attention to the mad frothings of an idiot about a freaking golf game!.

5 posted on 04/12/2003 3:11:59 AM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered....)
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To: kcordell

6 posted on 04/12/2003 3:30:01 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (Saddam is a dead man)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I have a ticket to the final round tomorrow. When I walk past Burk, I will let her know what I think. If she learned how to play golf and got good enough to qualify, she wouldnt have to stand on the street corner like a clown.
7 posted on 04/12/2003 3:41:42 AM PDT by doosee
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To: doosee
Its odd the feminizts and Cindy are tearing their hair out for one rich, spoiled woman. I'm sure they are a lot of worthier women on the planet deserving of their time and attention besides Martha Burk.
8 posted on 04/12/2003 3:45:38 AM PDT by goldstategop (Lara Logan Doesn't Hold A Candle Next To BellyGirl :))
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To: goldstategop
The radical fems think they have found the perfect demon, wealthy, mostly white golfers, and all men. What a trivial stupid thing to protest. Tucker must be running out of things to complain about to pick this for a column.
9 posted on 04/12/2003 3:59:07 AM PDT by doosee
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To: kcordell
...when 14 women serve in the United States Senate, allegedly the most exclusive club in the nation.

Well, that would be 13 and Hillary!. I reserve judgement in that case.

Besides, the Senate is not an exclusive club. The Senate is the hired help. The attitude that the Senate is an exclusive club is one of the more noxious fictions of the FedGov.

10 posted on 04/12/2003 4:31:55 AM PDT by gridlock (CNN (spitting sound), you're dead to me!)
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To: goldstategop
Does anybody believe that if Augusta admitted a single woman it would end there? The NOW gals would immediately start bitching about numerical parity and the inequities in the size of the locker rooms or the distribution of tee-times.

If they could get away with a single female member, I think the club would admit Pfc. Jessica Lynch, with a lifetime stipend to cover costs, in a heartbeat.

11 posted on 04/12/2003 4:35:02 AM PDT by gridlock (CNN (spitting sound), you're dead to me!)
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To: gridlock
Of course my friend, she's anathema to NOW for the very reason that as a woman, she's made it without their help.
12 posted on 04/12/2003 4:37:36 AM PDT by goldstategop (Lara Logan Doesn't Hold A Candle Next To BellyGirl :))
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To: kcordell
Precisely so. Unfoirtunately, the military (being a governmental unit) must abide with all the politically correct b*llsh*t such as allowing women into heretofore non-allowed areas. The Masters, however, being a PRIVATE organization, is doing what their members desire...keeping the membership as they want. Would that the miltary had the freedom to do what is right, not what is PC this month...SSZ
13 posted on 04/12/2003 4:41:59 AM PDT by szweig
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To: kcordell
*Sigh*

That's nice. Cynthia. Now take off those shoes, go back to the kitchen and make me a sandwich. Thanks, toots!

14 posted on 04/12/2003 4:53:59 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: gridlock
All it takes is money. How many females would part with that much money to play golf? How many millionaire golfing females live near Hootie's 19th hole? This entire thing is so stupid. Had Burke any real sense she would know that she should never mess with golfing males. It is a religion for many and her stupidity shows.

Smart females help keep golf shirts up to date, favorite box of balls available, plenty of extra tees and enjoy the freedom golf allows her. She can catch up on her paperwork while he is gone. She can prepare her work for the week. She can even mow the lawn. She golfs on weekdays after 2pm because it is cheaper. She spends far less on golf because she manages to keep the same clubs over time. She has no need to buy a $350. driver every season. She usually does not play for money each hole. Martha Burke is nuts. Golfing women always allow their golfing spouse bonding time on the course with guys. Her spouse always appreciates vacations that includes T times. He actually smiles when she beats his butt. :>)

15 posted on 04/12/2003 4:59:48 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: kcordell
well Cyndi can just STFU
16 posted on 04/12/2003 5:22:54 AM PDT by wafflehouse
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Great cartoon.

I've been telling women libbers since the begining that I would believe they truly want equality when they campaign to take the "Women" and Men" signs off restrooms.
17 posted on 04/12/2003 5:46:45 AM PDT by CPOSharky (Therapist for those hockey-puck irrational numbers)
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To: CPOSharky
Click.
18 posted on 04/12/2003 5:59:00 AM PDT by Nick Danger (We have imprisoned them in their tanks -- Baghdad Bob)
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To: kcordell
And who exactly is Cynthia Tucker?
19 posted on 04/12/2003 6:10:59 AM PDT by abclily
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To: kcordell
Johnson insists that his club, as a private group, has every legal right to exclude women. As a strictly legal matter, he is probably right.

What is it about the left that they can deliver an entire screed, admit halfway through for one sentence that they are completely wrong, and go on as if that sentence meant nothing?

It's a private club, they make their own rules, and they don't give a shit what you think, Cynthia. Get over it.

20 posted on 04/12/2003 6:15:01 AM PDT by ez (...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.)
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To: kcordell
excuse me, but have all the all-women clubs, sports programs, companies, schools...ect. been integrated with men? It seems to me you have to get your own house in order before you can start preaching to the masses.
21 posted on 04/12/2003 6:36:34 AM PDT by SoggyBottomBoy
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To: abclily
And who exactly is Cynthia Tucker?

Cynthia is the bed-wetting, Liberal Opinion Editor of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. She is a graduate of the University of Auburn where she belonged to several groups that EXCLUDED whites.

22 posted on 04/12/2003 6:45:37 AM PDT by kcordell
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To: kcordell
She is black?
23 posted on 04/12/2003 7:00:40 AM PDT by abclily
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To: kcordell
America's newest hero...Pfc. Jessica Lynch...who may have engaged Iraqi troops in a deadly firefight...one of the valiant women warriors helping to erode the strictures against allowing women in combat.

Somehow, I really, really don't think that this was on young Private Lynch's mind when she was lying there with broken bones and lacerations.

Of course, if Cynthia had her way, we would learn that Private Lynch, while undergoing the particular injuries, would assign "causes" to each, such as; "Ouch, this broken leg is for the furtherrance of women in combat", and "Ouch, this broken leg is for you, Martha Burk, may NOW prevail", or perhaps she said: "Ouch, I suffered this broken arm because of you, Hootie."

But we all know, if asked, she most certainly would have said: "Martha who?" or "Hootie what?".

For Tucker to attempt to use Private Lynch's situation as an equation to the goofy attempts from an organization such as NOW to gain entry into Augusta National is just shameful.

But then, Cynthia Tucker has always been shameful, ever ready to throw down the race card, the sex card, the religion card, it doesn't matter with her, just as long as she can spew her inane rhetoric.

I really, truly, do not see how this spiteful, racist, poverty-pimping, race-baiting hack continues to occupy an editorial post at that crap rag she writes for.

But then it is the Urinal-Constipation isn't it?

And just in case no one else has figured it out, Cynthia Tucker does not really see young Private Lynch as a hero or a valiant soldier, she sees her only as another tool for her to use to justify the crap she writes.

24 posted on 04/12/2003 7:03:39 AM PDT by OldSmaj
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To: kcordell
Cynthia Tucker is in serious need of getting laid.

25 posted on 04/12/2003 7:04:04 AM PDT by William Terrell (People can exist without government but government can't exist without people.)
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To: kcordell
I have really mixed feelings on this issue. Where we lived 1988-1990 they didn't allow black or Hispanic men to join the golf club, it was a private club. The waiting list to join was so long, that they could keep blacks out for a very long time. Then came Tiger Woods. They had to start letting black men play on many all white golf courses. I see the all white golf clubs as similar to the all male ones. And I grew up with two water fountains in public buildings, one sign said WHITE ONLY and the other one said COLORED ONLY. Restrooms had same signs. We accepted it back then, in the 1950s, but it was WRONG to keep people out because of race, gender, etc. Still is.
26 posted on 04/12/2003 7:28:58 AM PDT by buffyt (Hollywood, liberals/marxists, CNN, college professors & France: Defending the Indefensible!)
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To: buffyt
I think people are making a big deal because of the male/female thing. They think Martha Burke is a feminazi interloper, and more women seem to have this idea than men! Sometimes men don't want to be around women.

My father was a member of a private all-white male club in Florida when I was little. Big deal. He did a lot of business on the golf course, even when my mother was there as a guest. Not even regular white people can get into a lot of these clubs anyway.
27 posted on 04/12/2003 7:43:40 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: kcordell
Johnson insists that his club, as a private group, has every legal right to exclude women. As a strictly legal matter, he is probably right.

He is. Cynthia - quit yer bitchin'. I douubt seriously that Pfc. Jessica Lynch went into battle thinking that her actions would change private policy at the AGC.

After all, he is still mired in a foolish campaign pledge to allow Georgians to vote on the return of a recently retired state flag, which prominently features the Confederate battle emblem, a divisive symbol that especially galls black Georgians.

Oh the humanity, a politician that keeps his word. I'd walk over 20 miles of broken glass to vote for the old flag if I knew it would keep Cynthia torqed.

But it is a curious policy nevertheless, especially at a time when at least one other female soldier, Army Spc. Sohshana Johnson, is officially still being held as a prisoner of war, when Condoleezza Rice advises President Bush on national security, and when 14 women serve in the United States Senate, allegedly the most exclusive club in the nation.

Fine, I'm sure Cynthia is all for abolishing Black colleges, the Miss Black America Pageant, the RAINBOW/PUSH, the NAACP and other such institutions. As far as that goes, hire some conservatives and maybe then the liberal rag wouldn't be known as the Atlanta Urinal-Constipation.

Does Johnson think women would recoil from cigar smoke or agitate for facials and manicures? That they'll try to change the color of that garish green jacket?

How stupid can she be? She's arguing FOR the club to change it rules, and than claims that once in they won't change anything else!

No matter what polls may show, Augusta National is wrong to exclude women from its membership. It's as simple as that.

Screw the polls, Cynthia is mad because SHE can't join.

28 posted on 04/12/2003 7:46:58 AM PDT by 4CJ (Margaritas Ante Porcos)
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To: kcordell
Another diatribe that proves the liberal scialists will continue to know no bounds in their attempts to socialize
our country. Racism, POWs, what's next, dead Iraqi babies?
Sorry, Fetuses.
29 posted on 04/12/2003 7:52:08 AM PDT by tet68 (Jeremiah 51:24 ..."..Before your eyes I will repay Babylon for all the wrong they have done in Zion")
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To: buffyt
So, Buffyt,

We need to break apart EVERY clubs and association that excludes anyone else different. "Freedom of Association" is not a real thing in the country?" Let's demolish and defund those all womyn universities and ethnic fraternities.

I'll buy into all this pseudo-egalitarian stuff when I see Jesse Jackson passionately committed to getting Japanese-American Gandmothers on the NBA starting lineup.

30 posted on 04/12/2003 7:55:30 AM PDT by pollwatcher
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To: goldstategop
Here's my e-mail to Windy Cindy;

Do we not still have the right to free association? Do we have to crumble all semblence of our heritage because we have a few bad memories.

I think not.
31 posted on 04/12/2003 8:04:10 AM PDT by jawstenn1
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To: buffyt
FYI.......G.O.L.F. Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden. i don't even play golf,i just love that line. go start a badmitten club hehehehe
32 posted on 04/12/2003 8:13:02 AM PDT by gdc61 (CAUTION; REAL CHERRIES - may contain pits)
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To: kcordell
But, Johnson's defenders insist, the members of Augusta National are entitled to their privacy, one of the most important privileges of a free society. OK, I'll buy that. But it still seems an odd view of privacy -- narrow and eccentric.

Ok, she buys the idea of freedom of association. So what is the point of her rant? Must have something to do with depression brought on by Saddams defeat.

33 posted on 04/12/2003 8:21:03 AM PDT by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: kcordell
"No matter what polls may show, Augusta National is wrong to exclude women from its membership. It's as simple as that."

Hey, Cynthia, let's see men playing in LPGA tournaments on an equal basis with the gals and lets also see some men on the board of the NOW gang and THEN we'll talk about the rights and wrongs of excluding genders, huh?

Women try to horn in on men's activities from the time they learn to talk, and then they procede to change all the rules and run the entire game.

34 posted on 04/12/2003 8:22:38 AM PDT by nightdriver
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To: All
Question for golfers, since I fish and don't golf.....

Are there any women that can qualify for the Masters? Can they drive a ball as far as a man? Would they have to be given a handicap if they played the Masters? Also, can a man play in the LPGA? If it were allowed, would he have to be given a "reverse" handicap?

These are serious questions, as I don't know the answers.

35 posted on 04/12/2003 8:46:51 AM PDT by jmax
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To: goldstategop
Agreed. NOW wastes their time focusing on irrelevant matters like a private club, but is strangely silent on the atrocities committed on women in other parts of the world--Sharia (sp?) law, female genital mutilation, etc. They're impotent to effect meaningful change, and worse, they don't even TRY to do something meaningfully!
36 posted on 04/12/2003 9:14:51 AM PDT by MightyMouseToSaveThe Day
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To: kcordell
Hey, Cindy....yooo..hooo....YOU INSULT Pfc Lynch....that you would compare what she did to save her life (and maybe others)....in the midst of a war, to a private golf club.....and some chick's desire to gain entrance, you WANKER!
37 posted on 04/12/2003 8:30:19 PM PDT by goodnesswins (CNN...the MOST TRUSTED in News......by CRIMINALS!)
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