Morning Reads — Thursday, January 2, 2014

On this day in 1776, Congress published the Tory Act, which detailed how colonies should handle Americans who remained loyal to the British and King George.

Jimmy (and maybe Jason) Carter

Sweet Tea

Liberty Drum


  1. Ellynn says:

    I don’t get the “shock’ over the Sotomayor stay.

    She asked for a clarification by the adminstration on their seperated funding for employees of afilated programs to a church. Not the ‘church’ but the business and foundations it funds. She is asking for the line that seperates ‘church’ and non church. She didn’t overturn anything.

  2. northside101 says:

    Speaking of “shock”, or lack thereof, I guess hardly any when it came to UGA’s loss in the rainy Gator Bowl yesterday. 5 yards from the National Championship a year ago (narrowly losing to Alabama in SEC title game), but may as well have been 5 miles this season. The half-empty stadium said it all…thought the AJC had good take this morning on low attendance there and at other bowls: “Empty seats at bowl games have become an increasing problem in recent years…It has been said and written before: There are too many bowl games, and that waters down the matchups.” But as long as ESPN is willing to televise any Podunk Bowl, I guess we’re stuck with 6-6 teams going to odd-named bowls…Tech despite their loss in Music City Bowl might boast of 17 or so straight bowl appearances, but that is not saying much given the low standards for bowl eligibility these days….

    • Ed says:

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… the large number of bowl games means that CFB is marketable and people will still watch it. If the success of the sport is troubling to you or anyone else, I’m sorry?

    • Ellynn says:

      It’s just not bowl games having problems filling the seats. 3 of the 4 NFL games for this weekend are not sold out. Some is the weather (it was -19 in Green Bay the day the tickets went on sale) but also the pricing. Upper level noise bleed seats in all four venues are over $120 dollors.

      • seenbetrdayz says:

        I was waiting for someone to say ‘pricing’. Sports have really gone waaay beyond the realm of ‘family pastime’ to more of a ‘hey dad, I’ve finally managed to save up enough money to take you to one whole game before you die.’

      • Ed says:

        I get what you’re saying but neither the teams nor the league are suffering, why should they change?

    • xdog says:

      I blame high-def TV on the rare occasions that I think about it. American football is made for it. As for the bowls, ESPN keeps creating them and showing them, CoC types agree to wear funny colored blazers to support them, coaches love the 3 weeks additional practice, and generally the players have a good time too. It’s all fine with me.

    • saltycracker says:

      We’re for all the bowls they want….as long as we don’t have to help tote the note without being in the stadium or end up with pay for view beyond regular cable.

      • xdog says:

        What’s regular cable, and why should it include all the football people want to watch from home? TV is whatever you want to pay for and I’m moving towards the view that zero dollars is my max.

        • saltycracker says:

          Can’t really disagree but I pay ATT for U-200 to get from the “old mainstream” to the cable channels – A&E, History, NatGeo, Discover..The antenna stuff is not worth the price of an antenna.

          We need a disruptor on the communication side of life.

  3. Jon Lester says:

    That Ted Cruz thinks he can run for president and win is a strong indication that he’s unfit to serve. That he really is renouncing his Canadian citizenship proves he’s a damn fool.

    • Noway says:

      I think he’s crazy like a fox, Jon. What looks foolish to you, plays to his base, increases his marketability, gets more donations to his campaign and his PACs. He’s 2014s version of Sarah Palin, anti government, anti establishment everything. He’ll be renouncing all the way to the bank.

      • Jon Lester says:

        He won’t have Grover Norquist’s endorsement, at least not with any enthusiasm, after directing Republicans into traffic and walking away, as Norquist put it, during the whole sorry shutdown spectacle. Also, when one of the McLaughlin Group nominated Cruz for the worst politician of the year, no one defended him.

  4. Noway says:

    Good for Colorado! The Libertarian in me loves freedom every time it’s tried. We just need 48 more to legalize it this year.

  5. northside101 says:

    Ed, the “success” of the sport is not troubling to me—and as for marketability, well, then, lets allow all 120+ Division 1 teams to play a Bowl, even if 0-12 or 1-11? Hey why not, if people watch it, right? Maybe the two worst teams (measured by turnovers, penalties, etc) could play in the “Rock Bottom Bowl” in sunny and somewhat frigid North Dakota (where highs sometimes are below zero) I guess it is too much to ask that a bowl should be a reward for a good season, and 6-6 does not qualify in my book, nor does 7-5. But in any event, Georgia fans certainly expect better than a losing Gator Bowl appearance, and as for Tech…well, looks like they’ll continue employing CPJ (“hey, we’re not so bad….”), lest they let him go and find themselves shelling out millions of dollars for breaking the contact (just as in the pros, Washington is doing by ousting their coach a year ahead of his contract end—to the tune of $7 million).

    • Ed says:

      I don’t get why that would matter. If they want to give all 124 teams a post-season game, fine. I don’t have to watch it and the problem is done. As long as all the sponsors make money and all the conferences make money, I honestly don’t get why anyone cares.

      If you think there are “too many” well, I hate to break it to you, but it hasn’t been since pre-WWII that there were an “appropriate” number of games. But even now, there’s still a lot of good football that gets played from December through January. And back in the day, when there were fewer good teams and less depth of quality among the elite, having a proportionally similar number was an *even worse* level of play.

  6. gcp says:

    Recent observations in Gwinnett: numerous large “Broun” campaign yard signs, none for any other candidate, also saw first “Cruz 2016” bumper sticker.

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