Morning Reads: 8 September 2014


In DeKalb, you’ll be able to vote on a Sunday.
If you didn’t see Lawton’s post this weekend, the Atlanta Hawks are having their own Sterling moment.
Education funding and the Governor’s race.
Georgia Tech’s probation is going to last a little bit longer.
Both outsider candidates show their limited understanding of foreign policy.


Arkansas St. vs, Tennessee, 19-34
FAU vs. Alabama, 
Missouri vs. Toledo, 49-24
UAB vs. Mississippi St., 34-47
Ohio vs. Kentucky, 3-20
E. Michigan vs. Florida,  0-65
Nicholls St. vs. Arkansas, 7-73
Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt, 41-3
East Carolina vs, South Carolina, 23-33
San Jose St. vs. Auburn, 13-59
Sam Houston St. vs. LSU, 0-56
Lamar vs. Texas A&M, 3-73

National International

No one should be surprised by this.
Most vulnerable seats in the House, aka not John Barrow.
Henry Kissinger
‘s thoughts on ISIS, Ukraine, and the basic state of things.
A different twist on the Ice Bucket Challenge. (And no, that is not an Appeal to Heaven flag in the background)
Scottish independence vote is getting closer, and getting interesting.

Everything Else

A handy legal primer for everyone.
Solving Jack the Ripper with Science.


  1. Noway says:

    Saw this and had to post.
    “I have never understood why it is “greed” to want to keep the money you have earned, but not “greed” to want to take someone else’s money.” Thomas Sowell
    Can I go ahead and give that quote a few thumbs up?
    And another from Master Sowell: “What is your “fair share” of what someone else has worked for?”

    • Charlie says:

      Saw a graphic this weekend of winning percentages of conferences vs members of the other power conferences. SEC’s was above .600. ACC and Big 10 were below 500.

      Given the SEC’s strength of internal schedule (above stat used to buttress the point that the SEC does represent a tough schedule in and of itself), and that most SEC teams anchor their schedule with at least one other non-conference “decent” team, I think they’re entitled to enrich a cupcake or two each season.

      • Ed says:

        Just doing a random sample…

        Last year Alabama played an awful VT team and a good Oklahoma team. They went 1-1. They year before a decent Michigan team and an overrated Notre Dame. 2010 a decent Penn State team. Bad Penn State and Duke teams before then… Not much to brag about there…

        Auburn from last year to 2010: an lol Wazzu and FSU, a good Clemson, an OK Virginia, Oregon. They went 3-2.

        Arkansas: no p5s in 2013/12, beat a good K-State team in 2011, beat a bad aTm in 2010 and lost to tOSU in a bowl. That’s a pathetic OOC schedule.

        Mississippi State: a loss to OK State last year, a loss to Northwestern in 2012, a bowl victory against Wake in 2011 and a bowl victory against Michigan. 2-2. Another pathetic schedule.

        South Carolina: went 3-0 last year against decent teams, 2-0 against good teams in 2012, 2-0 against good teams in 2011 and 1-1 in 2010 against only one good team.

        The Lizards only schedule FSU by and large. Since 2010 they’re 1-3. They have two bowl victories, one loss to Miami, and literally, no other P5 games. Not included: losses to Louisville and Georgia Southern.

        Georgia: Clemson, Tech and Nebraska; Tech and Nebraska; Tech and Michigan State; a bad Colorado and Tech. In that time UGA has gone 5-4. Not included in that time: losses to UCF and Boise State. Breaking it down a bit more: taking out Tech, UGA is 1-4 against Power 5 teams. UGA hasn’t beaten a B1G team.

        My point is that the SEC is good. It just isn’t anywhere near as good as the SEC circlejerkers want to believe it is.

  2. Jon Lester says:

    While I feel Brzezinski has too much influence on current policy, that doesn’t necessarily mean Kissinger should have more parity, especially after going on record saying he would be comfortable with Hillary as president.

  3. skbl17 says:

    The independence campaign in Scotland and the 1995 Quebec independence referendum sound incredibly similar: nationalist parties in power, last-minute poll surges for pro-independence campaigners…

    Of course, the 1995 Quebec vote ended in defeat for nationalists, but it was VERY close (>90% turnout; 50.5-49.5% split) and it was a better result compared to their failure of a 1980 referendum. We’ll see what happens in Scotland next Thursday.

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