Morning Reads: 9 December 2013

Good morning everyone, here’s what happened over the weekend.


Park marking where Jefferson Davis was caught, may close.
Don’t know who your State or local officials are? Go here.
Savannah‘s poorest schools get extra federal aid.
Synthetic marijuana’s popularity is falling and the smoke shops are slipping in Augusta.
Is Georgia voting system why African Americans are underrepresented in county government?


Auburn vs. Missouri (aka the SEC Championship) 59-42. Auburn will need to work on defense to get ready for Florida State.


Four US presidents to attend Mandela’s funeral.
North Korea finally releases US tourist.
Maybe we can get back to actually governing instead of petty bickering?
First china, now South Korea.
Need a primer on what’s going on in Ukraine?

Everything Else

What’s worse than a termite infestation? A cobra infestation. And what’s worse than a cobra infestation? Nothing. Nothing is worse than a cobra infestation.
You can build a business model on that?
The full Bowl lineup.


  1. Ed says:

    1) As I said earlier it is kind of awesome that an ACC team will likely end the SEC’s run.
    2) Earlier in the season, the BCS bowl projections looked really bad. Now, other than the Fiesta Bowl (and possibly the NC) they will all be decent match ups.
    3) Georgia gets a new bowl opponent in Nebraska, lol.

  2. Tina Trent says:

    African Americans are over-represented in Georgia’s cities by large margins. I believe they are also over-represented in the legislature, at least in population-dense areas, though I’m not sure. I do know that white females are very under-represented — and who on earth cares? I had a white female representative for years who couldn’t side with criminals enough, and other views that fundamentally harmed women and other living things. I had another one who did the opposite. Some female judges in the metro area rank among the most carelessly lenient to violent criminals. I now have a white male representative who actually represents the views of his female electorate — and a federal representative who does the same. I don’t lie awake wishing either of them would turn into a woman, or a minority, or a house cat, or a possum, or a paper clip, or anything else.

    That’s my memorial to Nelson Mandela.

    This wildly over-hyped piece of nonsense by the AJC is just embarrassing. It can’t accurately be called statistical — it just trumpets a few numbers and ignores everything doesn’t fit their chosen meme. Probably ushered by one of the inventive selectivists populating the political science departments, hand-in-glove with wealthy nonprofits shilling the Voting Rights Act to perpetrate resentment — I can’t be bothered to pay for this sort of drivel, so I didn’t see the list of rent-an-experts.

    But, shame on the AJC for getting so sloppy with the race card. At least respect your readers enough to work a bit harder at it.

  3. northside101 says:

    Looking at the AJC sports section this morning, there are 35 or so bowls this year. Since that means 70 teams playing (out of 120 or so in Division 1), can anyone really say we have 70 teams worthy of going to a bowl? 70 teams that are good? 20 or so of them have records which just scream “mediocrity”:—6 and 6, 7 and 5, 7 and 6. Hope whatever the new system is next year (playoff) makes better use of bowls for playoffs. Somehow, why back when, we managed to get by with a dozen or so bowls (maybe 1970s and 1980s), and bowls were rewards for at least a good (if not great) season, not a Pat on the back for “just getting by” at .500….

    • Ed says:

      I don’t get why people care so much about this. All it shows is that there is tremendous marketing value for CFB and companies/municipalities are willing to exploit this. It is the free market at work.

      • Ed says:

        Also, just FWIW, up until Title IX restrictions on scholarships per team and a few other regulations, there were only about 15 decent teams a year (at one point, Texas had well over 100 scholarship players back in the day) so having “only” a few dozen bowls celebrated mediocrity just as much.

    • Eric The Younger says:

      I’ve had this same complaint for a while now. There are only five Bowl games that matter – the BCS games. Unfortunately South Carolina is not in one of them.

    • saltycracker says:

      Following the money the colleges and fans will want to add bowls for every team over .500.
      ‘Noles !

  4. saltycracker says:

    Jeff Davis park: $50k to manage 13 acres needs a bit of efficiency examination. Hope they talk to interested parties and volunteer groups like the UDC and Sons of organizations.

    • Will Durant says:

      WTH is there to make it worth driving to as a destination? I suppose they have a monument on the spot where Davis was caught while in drag but is that worthy of a state park? I’ve enjoyed several of the parks with mountain trails, seashore, and even swamps. What does Irwinville have going for it?

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