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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 30, 2014

After news got out that some area shelters were vastly over capacity, two things happened. Zappos sponsored free pet adoptions, a promotion that continues through today. And then hundreds of people showed up to take home their new best friends.

Elly is a 7-year old, 59-pound female English Bulldog mix who is available for adoption (no fee today) from Fulton County Animal Shelter in Atlanta.

Elly is a senior old Old English Bulldog mix, who does well with people, other dogs and cats.

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Elly loves to ride in the car (especially for a hamburger) and is very low maintenance. She sleeps most of the day. When she is awake, she moves at a snails pace. She would be perfectly content to to lie around on her dog bed all day. . She is already house trained, crate trained and leash trained. She would do best in a low key home, who respects her slow paced, laid back lifestyle. Elly enjoys sitting on patios, going for short walks and snuggling on the couch.

Elly”s foster mom wrote a wonderful blog post about her and the Huff Post featured it!

Sweetie is a 3-year old female Shepherd mix who is available for adoption (no fee today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Sweetie’s name rings true in every since of the word. This lovable Shepherd mix is calm, friendly, and great with other dogs. She can’t wait to meet you here at Lifeline’s DeKalb Animal Services! Her adoption includes her spay, microchip, vaccinations, and more! For more information email [email protected]


Boss is a 4-year old male Boxer who needs to find a foster or forever home soon. He is available for adoption from SAFE Adoption Center in Macon, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 30, 2015

On November 30, 1782, British and American signed a preliminary treaty in Paris to end the American Revolution, which included withdrawal of British troops and recognition of American independence.

Georgia ratified the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution on November 29, 1794, which reads,

The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations passed a resolution to partition Palestine and allow the creation of a Jewish state of Israel.

The Tawana Brawley case began on November 28, 1987; the greatest lasting impact would be the rise to celebrity of community activist the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

For those who are involved in elections in the coming year, I’ve created a Google Calendar with the important election and ethics filing dates for the 2016 Elections. Click here for the online version. If you know what you’re doing, you can add this to your personal calendar on your iPhone or whatever other device you use. When you open that page, you won’t initially see any events, as they’re far enough in the future to not show up in Agenda view, but just click “Look for More” until it shows you the time range you’re interested in.

Today, the Donald Trump show rolls into Macon for a rally at 7:30 PM at the Macon Centreplex.

The campaign is distributing free tickets online for the event. Brandon Phillips, the Georgia director of Trump’s campaign, deferred questions about the number of tickets distributed as of Friday to Hope Hicks, Trump’s national media spokeswoman. Hicks did not respond to an email, however.

David Higdon, the coliseum’s event manager, said he didn’t know how many tickets had been distributed, but he’s expecting a big crowd. Based on the numbers Trump has drawn at similar events — and the buzz he’s been hearing about the Macon rally — Higdon said he looking for a capacity crowd of 8,000.

“I’m anticipating a full house,” he said. “I think a lot of people are going to come.”

[Bibb County Sheriff David] Davis said deputies will help escort Trump to and from the event and with directing traffic. He did not expect there would be reimbursement for the cost, but Davis said that is standard practice for such events.

Suzanne Wood, a former chairwoman of the Bibb County Republican Party, said the local group’s involvement with the event has primarily been to round up volunteers to help with the crowd and seating. She said she expects people to come from a wide area of the state, and she has even had people from Florida contact her about coming.

Wood said she has heard many people say they are coming — even though they don’t necessarily support Trump.

One of those is Mary Huffstetler, who is going with her husband and their two children. She called herself a conservative and said she is undecided on which candidate she will vote for in the primary.

“I am very excited to hear what he has to say,” she said. “I think he is unconventional and people are always looking for something that is not predictable.”

I’ll be checking in from Macon on Twitter using the hashtag #TrumpMacon.

Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy of the AJC puts Trump’s visit in the context of the mounting competition for votes in the SEC Primary.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 25, 2015

The first Day of Thanksgiving in what is now the United States was celebrated on December 4, 1619 at Berkeley Plantation on the banks of the James River in Virginia.

On December 4, 1619, a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Hundred, about 8,000 acres on the north bank of the James River near Herring Creek in an area then known as Charles Cittie (sic). It was named for one of the original founders, Richard Berkeley,a member of the Berkeley family of Gloucestershire, England. It was about 20 miles upstream from Jamestown, where the first permanent settlement of the Colony of Virginia was established on May 14, 1607.

The group’s charter required that the day of arrival be observed yearly as a “day of thanksgiving” to God. On that first day, Captain John Woodleaf held the service of thanksgiving. The Charter of Berkeley Plantation specified the thanksgiving service: “Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”.

President George Washington declared November 26, 1789 the first “public day of thanksgiving and prayer.”

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
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On November 25, 1864, Sherman’s 14th and 20th Corps moved toward Sandersville while the 17th Corps fought briefly against a mix of Kentucky Militia, Georgia Military Institute cadets, and Georgia convicts.

On November 25, 1867, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel filed a patent for dynamite. On November 25, 1895, Nobel wrote his will, leaving the equivalent of roughly $186 million (2008 dollars) to endow the Nobel prizes.

On November 25, 1920, the first play-by-play broadcast of a college football game took place at College Station as Texas A&M (then Mechanical College of Texas) took the field against Texas University.

On November 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Fourth Thursday in November as the modern Thanksgiving celebration.

[I]t was not until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to fall on the last Thursday of November, that the modern holiday was celebrated nationally.

With a few deviations, Lincoln’s precedent was followed annually by every subsequent president–until 1939. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt departed from tradition by declaring November 23, the next to last Thursday that year, as Thanksgiving Day. Considerable controversy surrounded this deviation, and some Americans refused to honor Roosevelt’s declaration. For the next two years, Roosevelt repeated the unpopular proclamation, but on November 26, 1941, he admitted his mistake and signed a bill into law officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.

On the same day, a Japanese navy fleet left port headed toward Pearl Harbor.

President John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on November 25, 1963.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its first show at the Bag O’Nails Club in London on November 25, 1966.

Chatham County Sheriff Al St. Lawrence has died following a battle with cancer.

St Lawrence, 81, had been battling cancer since at least July when he disclosed his condition to the department’s command staff.

St Lawrence was elected sheriff in 1992. He had said this would be his last term.

The sheriff’s office released a statement around 8:30 a.m. today expressing its “profound sadness that the family and this Office announce the passing of our beloved Sheriff, Al St Lawrence to cancer on November 24, 2015.”

St Lawrence, a five-year veteran of the United States Air Force, was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield and decided to make Savannah his home. He began a career in law enforcement in 1959 with the Chatham County Police Department. In 1971, he was appoint chief, a position he held for 21 years unit his retirement in April 1992 to pursue the office of sheriff, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.


Reagan said it well indeed, in his 1985 Thanksgiving Address to the nation.

Good morning, everyone. You know, the Statue of Liberty and this wonderful holiday called Thanksgiving go together naturally because although as Americans we have many things for which to be thankful, none is more important than our liberty. Liberty: that quality of government, that brightness of mind and spirit for which the Pilgrim Fathers braved the seas and Americans for two centuries have laid down their lives.

“Today, while religion is suppressed in perhaps one third of the world, we Americans are free to worship the Almighty as we choose. While entire nations must endure the yoke of tyranny, we are free to speak our minds, to enjoy an unfettered and vigorous press, and to make government abide by the limits we deem just. While millions live behind walls, we remain free to travel throughout the land to share this precious day with those we love most deeply – the members of our families.

“My fellow Americans, let us keep this Thanksgiving Day sacred. Let us thank God for the bounty and goodness of our nation. And as a measure of our gratitude, let us rededicate ourselves to the preservation of this: the land of the free and the home of the brave.

“From the Reagan family to your family: happy Thanksgiving and God bless you all.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

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Yesterday, we wrote about a rumor that Donald J. Trump would return to Georgia with an event in Macon on November 30th. And later in the day, it was confirmed by the Macon Telegraph.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is coming to Macon on Monday night.

Trump is set to speak at the Macon Coliseum during a campaign rally that begins at 7:30 p.m., said Brandon Phillips, the Georgia director for the Trump campaign. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

The event will be free to attend — it will cost $5 to park — but those who want to go must have a ticket, Phillips said.

The event will last about an hour, until 8:30 p.m. or so, Phillips said, “but I’ve seen him speak in Iowa for 90 minutes.”

For those who follow politics, Macon would seem to be a contrary destination for a Republican presidential hopeful.

Nearly 60 percent of Bibb County’s registered voters cast ballots for Barack Obama in the 2012 election. Mitt Romney drew just under 40 percent. Statewide, voters gave Romney more than 53 percent of the vote, to about 45 percent for Obama.

In Houston County, meanwhile, Romney drew nearly 60 percent of the ballots, and GOP tallies were even better in Monroe County, with about 68 percent for Romney, and in Jones County, where about 64 percent of men and women voted for Romney.

Click here for your free tickets.

Whether Macon is a “contrary” location for a presidential event or not, it’s great to see Presidential candidates all across Georgia.

Speaking of Georgia, the Peach State also figures prominently in the electoral strategy of Ted Cruz. And there is a strategy, no question about it.

But suddenly it seems that Cruz is running what even Dan Pfeiffer, a former top aide to President Obama, concedes is “the best campaign on the other side.” He has raised more money than any Republican other than Jeb Bush and more non-PAC money than any other Republican, period; he also has more cash on hand than any of his GOP rivals. He was the first candidate to recruit chairmen in all 171 counties in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

He is only candidate who for months has been consistently calling and sending surrogates to all five U.S. territories — Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands — in order to secure extra delegates who could prove decisive down the road. (More on that later.)

He is doing more than any other Republican to prepare for the so-called “SEC primary,” a new Southern voting blitz set to take place on March 1; he has already enlisted more than 100 countywide campaign directors and 1,500 volunteers in Georgia alone.

Noting that the RNC has sped up the 2016 primary schedule — almost two-thirds of Republican delegates will be allocated by March 22 — Cruz spent August traveling across the South and strengthening his a regional turnout operation rather than camping out in Iowa or New Hampshire like everyone else. Having since secured key endorsements in the Hawkeye State, where he is rising in the polls, Cruz is now poised to head into the March 1 “SEC primary,” and the rest of the race, with stronger support among conservatives than most pundits predicted.

“In past election years, a candidate could essentially move to Iowa or move to New Hampshire, live there for a year, and hope to catch lightning in a bottle and surprise everyone,” Cruz recently explained. “I don’t think that’s possible this cycle.”

Likewise, Team Cruz noticed early on that the RNC’s obscure rule No. 40 (b), which was rewritten in 2012, currently stipulates that a candidate cannot receive the nomination without first winning a majority of the delegates in eight separate states or territories. The territory part is crucial.

It’s conceivable, even likely, that none of the Republican candidates will get more than 50 percent of the vote in the crowded Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada contests, which means that none of those states will count toward fulfilling the requirements of rule No. 40 (b).

But competition for delegates is much less heated in Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands than it is on the mainland — even though, for the purposes of winning the nomination, each territory still counts just as much as a state. And so Cruz has been calling the governor of Guam, dispatching an emissary to American Samoa, sending his father, Rafael, to the Virgin Islands and so on. The more delegates he can pick up overseas, the thinking goes, the better his chances of reaching the RNC’s magic number of majorities — regardless of what happens in the early states.

That story is a lengthy but fascinating read about Cruz’s career and his 2016 electoral strategy. Worth reading in its entirety for political professionals and hobbyists alike.

Finally, we’ll wrap up with a piece from the Washington Post on presidential strategies and the SEC Primary.

While the February states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — are expected to set the tone and winnow the field, Super Tuesday will arrive like a thunderclap, probably determining which candidates will survive for what could be a protracted battle for the nomination.

“It’s a huge delegate haul, and it’s either going to change the momentum coming out of the early states or reaffirm it,” said John Weaver, chief strategist for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is building an Alabama coalition led by the state’s governor.

For centrist Republicans such as Kasich, the aim may not be so much sweeping Super Tuesday as surviving it. After March 1, the calendar turns more to their liking, with a number of winner-take-all states in less-conservative regions where suburban, business-friendly Republicans may matter more than evangelicals and tea party activists.

For Trump and Carson, the political outsiders who have dominated the race for months, Super Tuesday has long been seen by party operatives as the turning point when one of them could surge.

For Cruz, who has sought to appeal to many of the same voters as Trump and Carson, the Southern states are essential. He sees them as his best chance to leap ahead of his rivals after what could be a muddled field by late February. In Georgia, for instance, he has enlisted more than 100 county organizers and has volunteer chairmen in all 14 congressional districts. His wife, Heidi, visited the Atlanta suburbs last week to talk up her husband’s candidacy to Republican women.

Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said: “Our approach is to have neighbors call neighbors, pro-lifer to pro-lifer, gun owner to gun owner. That philosophy is painted on our wall — to personalize each contact so that it’s not somebody calling from a remote-access phone bank in another state with a neutral dialect.”

Securing the nomination is a matter of accumulating delegates, and exponentially more are up for grabs on March 1 — 595 total — than in the four early-voting states, which together have 133 delegates, according to figures provided by the Republican National Committee.

Super Tuesday delegates will be awarded proportionally, many of them by congressional district. This gives lower-tier candidates opportunities to pick up delegates without winning the states outright, so long as their vote totals meet the minimum thresholds, which vary by state from 5 percent to 20 percent.

“Everyone feels like they can come in and leave with a few delegates, so we see an uptick in campaigning and organizing over the past few cycles,” said Brent Leatherwood, executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party.

Consider former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who is struggling nationally but hopes to win delegates by overperforming in the March 1 Southern states, many of which he carried in 2008.

“We’re focused on where we can get the most delegates, the biggest bang for the buck,” strategist Chip Saltsman said. “For example, in Texas, there are some rural congressional districts where if you go do a visit, you might pick up more voters than if you were up on Dallas TV for a week.”

Carson’s playbook in Texas is similar to that in other Southern states — targeting majority-African-American congressional districts to win delegates.

“Dr. Carson is already a legend in these communities,” said Barry Bennett, Carson’s campaign manager. “So we’re going to churches, to community centers where, frankly, most of the others don’t go.”

Jeb Bush’s allied super PAC, Right to Rise, has booked $14.5 million in television advertising in March 1 states and plans to spend at least $2 million more. The ad reservations offer clues about the former Florida governor’s strategy.

Right to Rise is spending heavily in Texas, home to former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, as well as Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, where there are suburban districts with relatively moderate Republican electorates. But it has not reserved any time in Alabama or Arkansas, which are ruby-red conservative bastions.

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston will headline a fundraiser for the Georgia Republican Party on Thursday, December 3d.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 25, 2015

Turkey Dogs

After learning that hundreds of Golden Retrievers in Turkey have been abandoned by their owners, Adopt-A-Golden Atlanta began bringing them to Atlanta to find permanent homes. In May 2015, 36 Golden Retrievers were brought in by AGA. In December, the fifth Turkey Dog flight will arrive with more big fluffy yellow dogs.

Mrs. GaPundit and I have adopted from AGA and volunteered with them, and in my opinion, they are the finest rescue organization around.  You can donate online to help them, or put in your adoption application for your new best friend.

If you’re interested in one of the Turkey Dogs, AGA asks that you meet the following requirements:

• no kids under 8 years
• fence, not an invisible fence
• someone home during part of the day

You may still be able to meet the requirements for adoption of a domestic Golden Retriever, even if you don’t meet the Turkey Dog enhanced security requirements.

Click here to Like the AGA Turkey Dogs on Facebook.


Casper is a 3-year old adult male Golden Retriever from Turkey who is available for adoption from Adopt-A-Golden Atlanta.

My foster gave me a good report card. I love people and I can get along with most dogs but I’ll pass on the cats, please. I’m a laid back, happy boy who likes to take walks or ride in the car or play with my toys. I always like to please the people around me because then I get a big pat on the head! Foster says I have a a true golden personality!

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Cosmos is a 3-year old male Golden Retriever who was in a shelter in Istanbul and is available for adoption from Adopt-A-Golden Atlanta.

My foster says I am so handsome I could be a movie star. (How about that for a compliment?) I like being the only dog in the house but am a generally happy, all around good guy. I am totally in love with people, playing ball and I am learning to walk on the leash thing. I think I could live with kids OK but maybe the best ones would be a little older -they could help me with lessons. Cosmos is sponsored by the Bireley Family Foundation thanks to Aimee and Roger Bireley.


Karloff is a 5-year old male Yellow Labrador Retriever who was in a shelter in Istanbul and is available for adoption from Adopt-A-Golden Atlanta.

I’m looking for some easy going folks to hang out with. I’m not too interested in running around and playing but I am the best kind of dog for taking things easy and living the quiet life. I have a little stiffness in my hips so I don’t want a home with a lot of steps to climb but a few are OK. I haven’t tried out other dogs or cats so far so just stay tuned and I’ll get back to you. Love, Karloff Karloff is sponsored by Gabriella Stuart who has made Karloff very happy. He knows without people like her, he would not have had a second chance in life.


Trump campaign stopping in Macon on Monday night | The Telegraph

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is coming to Macon on Monday night.

Trump will speak at the Macon Coliseum during a campaign rally that begins at 7 p.m. Monday, said Brandon Phillips, the Georgia director for the Trump campaign.

The event will be free to attend, but those who want to do so must have a ticket, Phillips said. Tickets will be available online, on the Trump website, perhaps later Tuesday.

The event will last about an hour, Phillips said, “but I’ve seen him speak in Iowa for 90 minutes.”

via Trump campaign stopping in Macon on Monday night | The Telegraph.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 24, 2015


Jack is a 6-month old Labrador Retriever and Great Dane mix who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation Inc in Milledgeville, GA.


Ozzie is a young male Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation Inc in Milledgeville, GA.


Amber is a young female Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation Inc in Milledgeville, GA.


Dallas is a young male Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation Inc in Milledgeville, GA.

Pen 109 48140

Number 48140 in Pen 109 at the Gwinnett County Shelter is a three-year old hound dog who is the spitting image of Dolly, the hound we adopted one year ago last week from the same shelter. If you can adopt or foster this hound, I’ll pay for the adoption fees. Thanksgiving is a great time of year to adopt a dog, as the holidays give you extra time at home to help your new best friend get acclimated. Email me if you can help this hound.

Macon Three Pups

These three pups have a rescue group interested in taking them, but they need to raise $1500 for their vetting. You can pledge to donate on their Facebook page or email me if you’re not a Facebook user and want to send a check to the above address.

The Augusta City Commission’s animal services subcommittee has finalized a proposal to revise the local ordinance, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

The revisions to Augusta’s 35-year-old animal ordinance, intended to protect animals from abuse and indiscriminate breeding as well as protect humans from vicious dogs, now head to a city commission committee for its consideration on Dec. 8.

While several subcommittee members had pushed for a ban on animals riding in pickup beds, the ban did not appear in the draft prepared for their review Monday by the city law department and members agreed to let it slide.

The draft allowed tethering of animals “in the presence of their owner” but not for more than eight hours, with food and water provided.

The item that got the most debate was the subcommittee’s effort to reduce pet overpopulation by imposing a higher licensing fee for animals that aren’t sterilized. The body stopped short last spring of a mandatory spay and neuter requirement.

Member Lynda Bragg-Workman said the proposed $100 annual fee would cause owners to avoid licensing or go to other counties for a rabies shot.

The panel agreed to a $25 annual fee for unaltered pets, discounted to $60 for three years. Spayed or neutered animals are $10 a year, or $25 for three years.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 24, 2015

The only major battle on Sherman’s March to the Sea occurred at Griswoldsville on November 22, 1864; on the same day, federal troops marched into Milledgeville.


On November 23, 1864, Sherman himself entered Milledgeville, where he used the Governor’s Mansion as his headquarters. Sherman’s forces left the capitol city on November 24th.

President John F. Kennedy became the fourth President of the United States to be assassinated in office on November 22, 1963. The next day, Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, who had been arrested for shooting Kennedy.

Construction on the Georgia Dome began on November 24, 1989.

On November 24, 1992, Republican Paul D. Coverdell defeated Democratic incumbent Wyche Fowler in the runoff election for United States Senate. We are thankful that Georgia has runoff elections, not something silly like drawing straws or instant runoff voting.



A reader shared with us yesterday his gratitude for the chance to spend some time with some of our veterans. With his permission, here’s what he wrote:

I sing barbershop harmony, and this past Saturday, I rallied three other guys and we sang for the good folks at the Trinka Davis VA facility in Carrollton.  All I can say is “Wow!”  Very honoring and humbling to be able to sing for these folks – residents and staff alike.  The Patriot Guard Riders host an ice cream social each month, and we plugged in through my contact with PGR (another story for another time).

Grateful!  But the most amazing thing is how awesome that Trinka Davis veterans village is.  One of the eldest and more recent residents, has a book coming out telling the story of this VA facility.  As a servant to these veterans this past weekend, I am grateful on two levels: 1) for these fine folks who gave every measure; and 2) for the VA (and particularly the late Trinka Davis) in providing such a powerful example of a model VA facility.  Very cool, and mostly very honoring.  Check it out if you get the chance.  And search out George Woodruff’s book: “Just Before TAPS” due out in December.

A tip of the hat to Dennis Brannon for sending us that tidbit, and our deepest thanks to all our veterans and for those who kept the home fires burning so they could serve us.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The Donald J. Trump campaign sent out a message that Trump will be returning to Georgia soon. Not included in the message was the rumored Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 23, 2015

On the Presidential campaign trail, Franklin Delano Roosevelt arrived in Atlanta on October 23, 1932, speaking to 10,000, and continued on to his “second home” at Warm Springs, Georgia.

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FDR campaigning in Atlanta and Georgia in 1932.

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When he arrived at Warm Springs, FDR gave a short speech:

“Two more weeks to go. . . . First, let me say this: this old hat, a lot of you people have seen it before. It’s the same hat. But I don’t think it is going to last much longer after the 8th of November. I have a superstition about hats in campaigns, and I am going to wear it until midnight of the 8th of November. . . . Well, it’s fine to see, and I’m looking forward to coming down here for the usual Thanksgiving party at Warm Springs, and having a real old-fashioned Thanksgiving with my neighbors again. I thank you!”

On October 23, 1971, the Coca-Cola Company launched the advertising campaign “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.”

Georgia-born Clarence Thomas was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on October 23, 1991.


I’m grateful to all of you who take a few minutes out of your day to look at the dogs read about Georgia politics. My sincerest personal thanks. Here are the two best things I read this weekend. From Arthur C. Brooks at the American Enterprise Institute, via the Wall Street Journal.

For many people, gratitude is difficult, because life is difficult. Even beyond deprivation and depression, there are many ordinary circumstances in which gratitude doesn’t come easily. This point will elicit a knowing, mirthless chuckle from readers whose Thanksgiving dinners are usually ruined by a drunk uncle who always needs to share his political views. Thanks for nothing.

Beyond rotten circumstances, some people are just naturally more grateful than others. A 2014 article in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience identified a variation in a gene (CD38) associated with gratitude. Some people simply have a heightened genetic tendency to experience, in the researchers’ words, “global relationship satisfaction, perceived partner responsiveness and positive emotions (particularly love).” That is, those relentlessly positive people you know who seem grateful all the time may simply be mutants.

But we are more than slaves to our feelings, circumstances and genes. Evidence suggests that we can actively choose to practice gratitude — and that doing so raises our happiness.

This is not just self-improvement hokum. For example, researchers in one 2003 study randomly assigned one group of study participants to keep a short weekly list of the things they were grateful for, while other groups listed hassles or neutral events. Ten weeks later, the first group enjoyed significantly greater life satisfaction than the others. Other studies have shown the same pattern and lead to the same conclusion. If you want a truly happy holiday, choose to keep the “thanks” in Thanksgiving, whether you feel like it or not.

One explanation is that acting happy, regardless of feelings, coaxes one’s brain into processing positive emotions. In one famous 1993 experiment, researchers asked human subjects to smile forcibly for 20 seconds while tensing facial muscles, notably the muscles around the eyes called the orbicularis oculi (which create “crow’s feet”). They found that this action stimulated brain activity associated with positive emotions.

According to research published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, gratitude stimulates the hypothalamus (a key part of the brain that regulates stress) and the ventral tegmental area (part of our “reward circuitry” that produces the sensation of pleasure). It’s science, but also common sense: Choosing to focus on good things makes you feel better than focusing on bad things.

In my lifelong struggle with depression, one of the best tools I’ve found is the practice of acting as though I’m happy. Others call this, “fake it till you make it.” Even when I don’t fell like getting off the couch and doing something, if I just go take the dog for a walk, I know that helps. Repeat that every day, and before I know it, I’m feeling better.

Rick Jackson, CEO of Jackson Healthcare, has made quite a splash in Georgia Republican politics, but I, and likely many others, didn’t know much about him. Jennifer Brett of the AJC has written a great profile about the man behind the money that is shaping Georgia politics.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 23, 2015


Bistre is a young female brindle Boxer puppy who is available for adoption from the Dolly Goodpuppy Society in Barnesville, GA.


Khaki is a young male Boxer puppy who is available for adoption from the Dolly Goodpuppy Society in Barnesville, GA.


Sepia is a young female Boxer puppy who is available for adoption from the Dolly Goodpuppy Society in Barnesville, GA.

Sepia is a beautiful little girl, playful and happy. She loves playing with her sibling Khaki. Jumping in grass and leave is the best.


Rosie Posie is an adult female Chihuahua and Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from the Dolly Goodpuppy Society in Barnesville, GA.

Rosie loves to snuggle and give kisses. Sugar sweet and petite, what’s not to like about Rosie? She seems to love everyone including children. But she is no couch potato. This little girl likes to run and play. She is very athletic and would probably enjoy learning a few tricks. Rosie is waiting to meet you at our kennel. Please email [email protected] to make an appointment to meet Rosie. She is spayed, up to date on shots and has a microchip. Fee $150


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 20, 2015

Bert Ernie

Bert and Ernie are a sweet pair of bonded Hound/Lab mix puppies who were found dumped and starving at a construction site in East Atlanta. To foster or adopt these boys, contact A Welcome Home Animal Rescue in Atlanta, GA.


Sparky is a young male Hound mix boy who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Humane Society in Atlanta, GA.

Spunky Sparky “sings” until he gets your attention and howls all the way to the play yard as if to announce to the world how happy he is that he got his wish. Once outdoors though, he settles down quietly to the business of exploring. With his graceful run and his enthusiastic attempts at playing fetch, he is a joy to behold. Sparky lived with a family before he arrived at Atlanta Humane, so we know that he gets along with other dogs and children.

Because he is so “chatty”, he probably won’t do well in an apartment, but he has been a fine student in Atlanta Humane’s Paws to Teach program. He would excel even more if he had a home with a yard to romp around in and a family to shower him with attention. Wont you come visit him at Howell Mill today? That forlorn sound you hear in the distance? Thats Sparky calling your name. He is also an UNDERDOG, which means that he has been here longer than 30 days, so his adoption fee is reduced!!


Viva is a 10-month old female Hound dog who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Viva is as gentle and sweet as they come. The moment she meets you her eyes light up and her tails starts wagging. Viva seems to be a low key girl who would enjoy a comfy bed and humans to shower with love and affection daily. Viva is great with other dogs and probably wouldn’t mind having a canine companion in her new home. Viva is an awesome dog. We know you will fall in love the second you meet her here at Lifeline’s DeKalb Animal Services. Her adoption includes his spay, microchip, vaccinations, and more! For more information email [email protected]

This month at DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services, all dogs weighing more than 25 pounds and all cats are available for adoption at reduced fees. The cost of $47.50 to adopt is a fantastic bargain compared to the cost of spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations.


Rudy is an old soul, a 5-year old Hound dog who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Rudy is an older gentlemen that is looking for a place to retire. He is a super friendly guy that loves everyone he meets. He has definitely passed his puppy stage and is ready to find a laid back home where he can rest his paws.