Master’s Thursday

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Three hundred and thirty yards of Magnolia Lane, Jack Nicklaus, staring down Martha Burk and her (snicker) 24 fellow protesters, Amen Corner, the Green Jacket, and Tiger Woods amazingly at even odds to beat the entire field, I’m not a big golf fan and long-time readers have probably seen me rail against our sports-obsessed culture, but I have nothing but respect for this fine tradition. You won’t find me glued to the set these next four days, but you’ll find me popping in frequently and tracking the field.

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Speaking of sports: My Tigers finally chalked up a W, and the Red Wings open their Stanley hopes tonight. With the Master’s wrapping up in the early evening and the Tigers/Red Wings starting at 7:00, and UM playing ND in the Frozen Four, I may have to engage my two TVs, notwithstanding the ideal quiet time awaiting me (see next item).
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My weekend is shaping up nicely. The kids are on Spring Break and off to Detroit to see my in-laws. They’re not coming back until Sunday. Most righteous. A bevy of babes books await me, as do some writing projects that never seem to get done with seven kids in the house. My landline phone is unplugged. It’s never for me, you know? Those who need me have my cell phone number.
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Steve Dillard has brought back the Southern Appeal blog, which is good news for the rest of us. I didn’t realize it, but he used to clerk for Judge Dan Manion, who is the son-in-law of Professor Edward Murphy (RIP), my favorite professor during my seven years in academia and a professor who influenced me immensely. (“Hey, Scheske, don’t blame him!”)
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Is that kinda like sentencing a drunk to sit in a bar? An Egyptian court convicted five men Wednesday on charges of homosexual behavior and sentenced them to three years in prison.

(I like the way the AP reporter scrupulously mentions that Egypt is a “conservative” country, no matter that such political labels have little meaning in the U.S. anymore, and have even less meaning when describing a foreign country with a completely different culture than her readers’ culture. But accuracy isn’t as important as surreptitiously pushing the left’s social agenda.)
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Hip hop mogul 50 Cent, Universal Music Group and several of its record labels were sued on Wednesday for promoting a “gangsta lifestyle” by a 14-year-old boy who says friends of the rapper assaulted him. In other inner-city news: In Baltimore, Reginald F. Lewis High School teacher Jolita Berry (pictured) told a student to sit down after which the student attacked her, repeatedly hitting her while the student’s friends cheered her on. No word on whether 50 Cent is responsible for the teacher assault.
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Wisconsin sex-ed teacher tells 7th graders she’s a lesbian. Principal defends her. Some parents mad. Some cheer. I say, “That’s why I hate the public school system.” People need to be able to make a choice. When there’s only one practical option that everyone needs to use and is forced to support (with tax money), that option becomes an intense battleground over things like this (such disputes can erupt anywhere, but they acquire more intensity when there’s only one option available). I’m fortunate that my local public school system has no major issues like this, but such troubles are sewn into the fabric. I figure it’s only a matter of time before something tears. My hats off to the administrators who have kept it calm for so many years.

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