Morning Reads: A Defiant Obama, DeKalb Runoff, First-Place Birds

Updated, with sad breaking news this morning:

International

Another ISIS beheading

National

Clinton reviews Obama’s performance
How to stop Obama’s executive immigration plan
Defiant Obama won’t bend to the GOP
North Carolina library donates Nazi pics to Holocaust museum
Dems, GOP eye competing strategies for 2016

Local

Early voting begins in DeKalb commission runoff
An exclusive interview with Mayor Reed
The life of Herman Russell Sr.
Everything you wanted to know about Sherman’s March
Not everyone’s excited about Savannah’s canal district
The future of Turner Field

Sports

Bad news for UGA football
Unreal … we’re in first place
For any remaining old-time hockey fans in Georgia …
Who’s the next head coach of the Gators?
FSU is No. 1 in new poll

Weird

Oh, those tree huggers

23 comments

  1. blakeage80 says:

    The big question is, if the Falcons win the division with a losing record, do they have the gall to hang the banner in the dome?

    • Ellynn says:

      Do the Falcons really want to play the 2nd runner up (wildcard) from the NFC central who’s going to be really annoyed they are the wildcard?

      • blakeage80 says:

        I haven’t yet looked at the Vegas odds on the Falcons winning the Super Bowl. If I can find a dollar in my couch, I’ll lay it on them. I’m sure it’s at least 1 million to 1!

  2. John Konop says:

    Net neutrality is not a black and white issue…..below does a good job of breaking down the debate….BTW libertarians are even split on this issue…

    ……Arguments in Favor

    ★ The foremost advantage of net neutrality is that it is helpful in adding competitiveness to the market, with the users getting more options to choose from. The competition between service providers makes each of them come up with their best; which directly benefits the end user who doesn’t just get options to choose from, but also gets quality service. Incidentally, a section of those in support of such regulation also believe that government control of the Internet may help eliminate monopoly, and ensure that the big websites do not dominate the market.

    ★ As of now there are no restrictions on Internet access unless specifically imposed by the government (and unwarranted government interference is a rare occurrence in democracies.) One can surf websites, send messages, resort to services like blogging and video conferencing or share data without any restriction, net neutrality will ensure that the same continues in the future. In short, a concrete net neutrality legislation will prohibit service providers from blocking content or regulating the speed at which data is transferred.

    ★ By prohibiting Internet service providers from blocking lawful websites, services, apps, etc., this legislation will help to keep the Internet an open marketplace and promote innovation. It will also make sure that the service providers do not get into shady deals with ‘big players’ and favor them (or block their competitors). It will also ensure that the content providers and users are not taxed for access to quality service. It isn’t surprising that most of the websites support net neutrality; after all they know that it will make them immune to exploitation by service providers.

    Arguments Against

    ★ Those who oppose net neutrality argue that it is an absolutely futile exercise as none of the Internet service providers would go about sabotaging their rivals by blocking their content or degrading network performance. They also cite the example of other networks, which are functioning properly even with the major contributors being in charge of them.

    ★ Speaking against net neutrality, the Internet service providers justify the norm of charging more for heavy Internet usage, as this money helps them create better infrastructure, and indirectly contributes to the quality of service. They further add that the high fees are only meant for large companies who have a heavy usage, and these companies, they say, can definitely afford the fees.

    ★ Then again, the legislation has to be defined clearly. Loose ends will be used by people with vested interests for their own benefits. As for the government control of the Internet, those against this type of Internet regulation say that it will depend on the government’s attitude. When in wrong hands, net neutrality can be used as a tool of Internet censorship or invasion of privacy.
    Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/net-neutrality-pros-and-cons.html…..

  3. Ed says:

    Again, I know that nobody wants to actually discuss the SEC on a rational basis but yet again, the conference has continued to show that it is not as good as people want to believe.

    I’m sorry but UGA as a top 1o team over UCLA is ridiculous. UCLA has more wins that are better and fewer losses that are as bad as UGA’s. Oh, and let’s not forget, top-to-bottom PAC-12 is a stronger conference than the SEC (not to say PAC-12 is strongest but the delta from Oregon to Cal/Colorado isn’t as big as ‘Bama to Vandy, nor are there as many bottom dwellers).

    • blakeage80 says:

      11:15? I had to wait a little longer than usual this Monday morning for your commentary. “Sometimes the aura of being the best makes you so.” ~ A. Wiseman

      At least the SEC isn’t the NFC South.

      • Ed says:

        That’s kind of what I’m saying.

        People think the SEC is so dominant and then everyone assumes it is. But it isn’t as powerful as people think. The SEC East has so far to go to become competitive… MSU and Ole Miss will be nobodies next year, LSU will come back but Auburn and aTm need defenses, Arkansas is still bad…

        If you actually look at the SEC qua football conference and not what people are saying about it, you realize the facade is pretty weak.

        • Salmo says:

          The SEC doesn’t have a clear “this is the best team in the country” as it has in some other years, as each team has flaws. Save Vandy, though, all of them have shown the ability to be competitive on a good day. We’ll see if Kentucky goes in that column when they play Louisville.

          The problem is that people are judging the SEC against an unobtainable metric. They’re not light-years ahead of other conferences. The Pac-10 is very competitive this year, as they have been for several years now. If you take Colorado out of the equation (they’re just as bad as Vandy, in Salmo’s opinion; both beat UMass by 3), every one of their teams has beaten another. The Big XII has three or four very strong teams, then a lot of nonsense. The ACC and Big Ten are both one-team leagues.

          But the non-SEC fans have gotten hyperbolic in what they think the SEC standard is portrayed to be in an attempt to trash it for the sake of being tired of hearing about SEC teams. The fact is that it is still, year-in, year-out, the best collection of teams playing. That one very strong league is challenging it for the pinnacle of the sport in a given year doesn’t mean that it is badly overblown.

          You really shouldn’t base your opinion of what “everybody assumes it is” on Finebaum callers and ESPN pieces that are intended to drive page views. Plenty of rational SEC fans out there realize that other leagues have teams capable of playing football. Just ask Missouri.

          • Ed says:

            Just be honest, you are Phyllis from Mulga, aren’t you?

            “But the non-SEC fans have gotten hyperbolic in what they think the SEC standard is portrayed to be in an attempt to trash it for the sake of being tired of hearing about SEC teams.”

            Eh, I’m an “SEC fan” in whatever sense of the word that can mean. I like UGA, ‘Bama’s history is incredible, I’d like Florida to be good (so that the FSU game can be interesting)….

            But the thing is, this season multiple times there have been SEC teams that have had bye weeks and jumped teams in the polls that won. UGA has lost to two unranked teams that are awful, yet they’re top 10. Let’s say MSU had won everything except Northwestern and Michigan. You think they’d be in the top 10? A mediocre Mizzou beats aTm and becomes 19th after being unranked… its all absurd and the SEC does get a free pass because of what people think it is. There’s honestly no other rational explanation for it.

            • Salmo says:

              “Let’s say MSU had won everything except Northwestern and Michigan. You think they’d be in the top 10?”

              Absolutely. They would have quality wins over Oregon and Ohio State in that case.

              “A mediocre Mizzou beats aTm and becomes 19th after being unranked… its all absurd and the SEC does get a free pass because of what people think it is.”

              That speaks more to the dearth of quality teams in the country this year. Missouri only has two losses; who among the teams below them would you argue is clearly deserving of their spot? The two-loss Nebraska team that just gave up a NCAA record single-game rushing effort and nearly lost to McNeese State? Two-loss Duke who just went down at home to the last-place team in their division? Three-loss Utah who lost at home to 3-7 Washington State?

              There literally isn’t a single great team in the bunch this year, and it gets even more questionable outside of the top fifteen. The SEC doesn’t get a free pass, it just gets credit because its teams have proven time and again in the past year that they’re the most reliable (as a group; obviously there are exceptions).

              • Ed says:

                Mizzou has a loss to Indiana. Mizzou is not very good. They’re quite OK as the 30th-ish best team in the country.

                Utah is actually a pretty decent team and the WSU and OSU always score upsets in the PAC12. Its like… just their thing, man. Every year they get one or two each.

                Look, I’ll say it again and again… You have some seriously garbage teams in the SEC: Arkansas, Florida, aTm, SC, Vandy, Kentucky, Tennessee… That’s half the conference that would be merely OK in any other conference. Auburn is falling, could easily be a four-loss team, Ole Miss isn’t as good as once thought, who knows about MSU… “the conference” being consistent is really only a handful of teams that have been constant.

                Again, my point is that you start to peek back behind the curtain and realize it just isn’t an unassailable juggernaut. And this isn’t a strawman, you even acknowledge it: “just gets credit because its teams have proven time and again in the past year that they’re the most reliable.” There’s a mystique to what people think the SEC but reality doesn’t sync up with hype.

                • Salmo says:

                  You’re running down a bunch of teams as garbage, yet outside of Vandy (who absolutely is complete garbage), there is a grand total of one loss in that collection to someone outside the SEC: Oklahoma on the road.

                  Now you’re running down Auburn for being a 4-loss team, but they’ve got a road win over one of the top three teams in the Big XII. You don’t even mention LSU, who has struggled mightily but has a neutral site win over the team that looks most likely to win the Big Ten West right now.

                  And that gets to my point about what you’re doing: just because every team in the SEC isn’t worthy of playing for a national title doesn’t mean that it has fallen below the other conferences. I get why fans of other conferences grow tired of hearing about the SEC, but it doesn’t change reality that it is still a very doggone good collection of teams, even in a down year like this year. You’re just trying to get way too much mileage out of one game against Indiana that at this point doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

                  • Ed says:

                    I don’t know what to tell you dude you are not reading my post. All im saying is the sec is not as good as people want to believe. Seven sec teams are bad–this just isnt debatable. That’s more than half the conference. Ole miss and auburn are good but have been slipping hard showing the mind blown few weeks of 3 teams in top four was undeserved. Lsu and mizzou are just ok. Theres literally no rational other position to take. Look at that as a whole; its not a great mix of teams and the sec should not be feared.

  4. xdog says:

    Braves move Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to the Cardinals for rhp Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins. No way this is an even deal based on quality but money talks–1 year control of Heyward and 2 of Walden for 4 of Miller and 6 of Jenkins.

    Next year might be grim for Atlanta. Grimmer than 2014, I mean. See you in Cobb.

  5. saltycracker says:

    ISIS: The good news is the international press giving good coverage to all the Muslim clerics and heads of Muslim states expressing their outrage on the beheadings…….links below:

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  6. MattMD says:

    Any douche-bag here who says the ACC is a “one team league” hasn’t watched Georgia Tech as of late.

    The Jackets are taking ass and kicking names.

    • Lea Thrace says:

      I am a battered Tech fan. Right about now is when we start to implode so I cant bring myself to be happy about our play. I’ll celebrate when the season is over?

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