Morning Reads for Tuesday, November 29th

November 29, 2011 7:00 am

by Jason · 14 comments

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” – Thomas Jefferson

Here in Georgia…
- Herman Cain’s team unveiled a quirky video yesterday attempting to explain the 9-9-9 plan.
- Taxby Shambliss.
- The CRCT scandal is receiving more national attention.

National stories of interest…
- The Senate may vote this week on a defense bill that would allow the United States government to indefinitely detain its own citizens.
- Want to know how Obama plans to win re-election? The Times has the details.
- Fans of CNBC’s Rick Santelli, whose famous rant sparked the tea party movement, want him to run for president. Too bad we’re past the deadlines to be on the ballot in early primary states.
- Lana Peters, the daughter of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, died last week in Wisconsin.
- The DOJ recently seized another 130+ domain names suspected of selling counterfeit goods.
- Over at the National Review, Jim Geraghty floats the idea of Pat Toomey for Vice President.
- Fitch has downgraded our debt outlook to negative.
- Add Kuwait to the list of countries facing political turmoil.
- Barney Frank announced his long overdue retirement yesterday. He is the 17th House Democrat to announce plans to leave the Congress.
- The DNC rolled out a brutal new ad on Mitt Romney.

A few that I like…
- Tooting my own horn here for a second, I’ve now lost 120 pounds.
- Check out this tutorial on how to build relationships with reporters on Twitter.
- The next movie in the Dark Knight series will take place eight years after the end of the last.
- Mark Bradley explains why the BCS is bad for college football.

Rambler1414 November 29, 2011 at 7:24 am

Taking into account:

The increase in number of NCAA Football games that are on television
and the increase in contract amount that conferences are signing with networks

Sure, the BCS may not be fair. It may be only be slightly better than its predecessor.

But saying it is bad for college football makes absolutely NO SENSE, considering college football is arguably the 2nd most popular sport in the country right now. Was it that way 20 years ago?

The Last Democrat in Georgia November 29, 2011 at 8:21 am

“But saying it is bad for college football makes absolutely NO SENSE, considering college football is arguably the 2nd most popular sport in the country right now.”

While I’m not all that big of a fan of the BCS (How fitting that the BCS includes the letters “B” and “S”), I don’t necessarily disagree that the BCS is bad for college football as I would rather a whole bunch of people be arguing over which team is #1 in the final rankings and worthy of a National Championship rather than have them argue over who should be #8 (or lower) and deserving of a final spot in a playoff (though I do agree that a playoff would be a much fairer way of deciding a champion).

“WE’RE NUMBER-ONE!” has a much better ring to it than “WE’RE NUMBER-EIGHT!” or “WE’RE NUMBER-16!”.

“Was it that way 20 years ago?”

Actually, I think that college football was the most popular sport in the country 20 years ago and would likely still be the most popular sport in America were it not for the advent of fantasy football at the pro level, which in addition to the rise in popularity of video gaming, has helped to make the NFL the most popular sport in the country with a bullet. College football is still, obviously, a strong number-two.

Buzz Brockway November 29, 2011 at 10:12 am

Here’s the reason the BCS is bad for college football (quoting Bradley):

The Bulldogs hoist the SEC championship trophy on Saturday night and trot off to the Sugar Bowl to play this year’s version of Hawaii, and 24 hours later not one but two SEC non-champions get invited to the game that’s supposed to reveal the nation’s best team.

Nothing that happens Saturday at the Dome matters. The title game will be between LSU and Alabama no matter what because those with the votes think they are the best two teams. They might be but they also might not.

If Alabama beats LSU who’s the real national champion? Don’t they need a tie breaking game? If LSU wins what have they proven? They can beat a team they’ve beaten before?

Curse you BCS for leaving me no choice but to pull for the dawgs Saturday.

The Last Democrat in Georgia November 29, 2011 at 10:49 am

The title game will be between LSU and ‘Bama unless UGA just happens to rip LSU a new one, in which case all of the talking heads on TV will jump right off of the LSU bandwagon and onto the bandwagon of the newest flavor of the week or month, be it Oklahoma State (if they beat Oklahoma), Stanford or whatever possible title game matchup that can bring the biggest TV ratings, crowds and profits.

At the risk of stating the obvious, an LSU-’Bama rematch in the BCS Title Game attracts the media hype, the crowds (huge fanbases that would follow their championship-contending teams to the ends of the earth to see them play in the big game), the viewers, the TV ratings (maximum ad revenue) and brings in the all-around megabucks. Not-to-mention that having two of its most storied teams and recognized programs from the same division brings the already unquestionably most dominant SEC an unparalleled amount of prestige in the nation’s most popular sport while automatically bringing the conference its sixth-straight BCS title.

There’s so much money and prestige on the line for the SEC and college football as a whole in Saturday’s SEC Title Game that the Bulldogs likely will not get many calls going their way. Expect to see every hold, slight flinch and wrong breath be called against the Bulldogs this Saturday so that the league (the SEC) ensures that it laughs all the way to an even bigger bank, yet again.

Rambler1414 November 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

“The title game will be between LSU and Alabama no matter what because those with the votes think they are the best two teams.”

Because teams like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford, VA Tech all lost and don’t have the SOS that the SEC teams have.

“If Alabama beats LSU who’s the real national champion? Don’t they need a tie breaking game? If LSU wins what have they proven? They can beat a team they’ve beaten before?”

If you remember, this has happened before, before the BCS even existed. In 1996, FSU beat UF in the regular season, got pitted against them in a rematch for the national championship in the Sugar Bowl and got slaughtered 52-20.

Does the BCS suck? Yes.
But you can’t use the “bad for college football” argument to fight it because the business side of the sport has seen a tremendous rise over the past 20 years.

The Last Democrat in Georgia November 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm

“Does the BCS suck? Yes.
But you can’t use the “bad for college football” argument to fight it because the business side of the sport has seen a tremendous rise over the past 20 years.”

Exactly. For the powers-that-be in college football, the interest that the confusion and controversy the BCS sometimes sparks and the bowl system (a 12-game regular season and a bowl game as opposed to a 10-game regular season and a playoff) means only one thing: CH-CHING!

Like I said, it’s better (and more profitable at this point) for the college football powers-that-be to argue over who might be number-one rather than it is argue over who might be number-eight or number-16.

TheEiger November 29, 2011 at 7:27 am

Jason – do you know where to find the poll that the link above references about Saxby? I briefly saw the numbers last night on Channel 2 and thought that his approval was 26 to disapprove some where in the 30 range. If that’s the case he should be worried.

Jason November 29, 2011 at 7:31 am

Insider Advantage, but it’s behind a paywall.

CobbGOPer November 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

I’d love to see someone challenge Saxby in the primary, he’s so useless. But inevitably whoever did would end up vilified in the state party since it’s still controlled by good ole boys.

John Konop November 29, 2011 at 8:18 am

All should read and take the test!

Who is the real RINO?

So as a public service to POLITICO readers, I, your humble conservative servant, have put together a “Who is the Real RINO?” test. based on voting records, candidate quotes and facts! (Shocking, I know.)

Good luck!

1. Who said, “I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose. I am not going to change pro-choice laws in any way”?

A. Mitt Romney

B. Newt Gingrich

C. Jon Huntsman

2. Who bragged about being a moderate with this comment, “There is a new synthesis evolving with the classic moderate wing of the party, where as a former Rockefeller state chairman, I’ve spent most of my life”?

A. Mitt Romney

B. Newt Gingrich

C. Jon Huntsman

FOR MORE

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/69231.html#ixzz3ljOu8SaM

Three Jack November 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm

answer: joe scarborough.

L. Max Lehmann November 29, 2011 at 9:13 am

Atlanta Business Chronicle reporter Maria Sapporta does a great job detailing the $500K, multi-year study to determine MARTA strengths and weaknesses here:

” “The whole purpose, after 30 years, is to take a real serious, thoughtful look at the organization — department by department, business function by business function,” Scott said. “We will benchmark MARTA — both with the transit industry and also by general business practices.”

And Scott said MARTA is prepared to “not be scared” of the audit, “but to embrace it.” She knows going in that MARTA, like any other complex organization, has room for improvement.”

“On just about every national comparison of transit agencies, MARTA is viewed as one of the nation’s most efficient (although underfunded) systems. But what matters most is how MARTA is viewed in the Atlanta region. The audit could provide a neutral barometer that might sway those in metro Atlanta and Georgia.

But for it to have that impact, Rep. Mike Jacobs (R- DeKalb County) said it is important that MARTA not be able to massage the audit so it can minimize its shortcomings. Jacobs, chairman of the legislative MARTA Oversight Committee, has been a MARTA supporter, but he understands the importance of having a clean audit.

Scott could not agree more.”

And finally,

” “I know that no matter our intentions, no matter what we do, we are giving fodder to our critics,” Scott said. “I’m not afraid of it. In fact, I rise above it. You can not let smallness, bigotry and negativity keep you from doing what you know is a good business practice and in the organization’s best interest. We can’t be afraid to embrace change, and we shouldn’t be afraid to look at our warts.” ”

http://saportareport.com/blog/2011/11/a-deep-dive-audit-of-martas-operations-offers-great-potential-for-metro-atlanta/?utm_source=DAILY+NEWS+BRIEFINGS&utm_campaign=1ea47f98fe-November+29%2C+2011&utm_medium=email

kyleinatl November 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm

That last Batman movie is going to be beyond awesome. I didn’t really care for Warrior, but Tom Hardy was an absolute beast in it and a hell of an actor, and will be great as the villain of the thing. I would argue that Nolan hasn’t made a bad film yet, or even a film that was less than good. Fingers crossed.

saltycracker November 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Who do we believe: CBS News that report that 50% of Americans fear they can’t afford Christmas or other media reporting greatly improved sales ? The haves or have-nots ? Is the glass half full ?

Or CBS 60 minutes that tugged our heart strings with kids on the street without a steady glimpse into the parents, % down on their luck, % bad decisions, % deadbeats ?

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