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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 12, 2016

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Number 52031 is a friendly young male Shepherd mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Darla, aka number 51986 is a young female Coonhound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Number 52006 is a friendly adult female Flat-Coated Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Number 52072 is a friendly adult male Labrador Retriever mix who will available for adoption beginning August 13th from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 12, 2016

On August 12, 1492 by the current calendar, Christopher Columbus set sail from the port of Palos de la Frontera in southern Spain with the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Other accounts date his arrival at the Canary Islands off the coast of northwestern Africa on August 12, 1492.

Juan Ponce de Leon invaded Puerto Rico on August 12, 1508 and declared himself Governor.

On August 14, 1784, Russians invaded settled Alaska, founding the first permanent Russian settlement at Three Saints Bay.

Dentist, gambler, and gunfighter Doc Holliday was born on August 14, 1851 in Griffin, Georgia.

On August 14, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln hosted a group of African-American men at the White House to discuss emancipation of American slaves outside the United States as colonists.

On August 12, 1864, Confederate General John B. Hood prohibited Confederate soldiers from seizing civilian property.

The Second Battle of Dalton was joined on August 14, 1864.

The first Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line on August 12, 1904.

On August 12, 1908, Ford’s first “Model T” rolled off a Detroit, Michigan, factory floor. Within six years, the car, company and man were propelled to unprecedented success, thanks to the new Highland Park plant’s first-of-its-kind assembly line, which created the intricate product quickly and in large numbers.

“If it hadn’t been for Henry Ford’s drive to create a mass market for cars, America wouldn’t have a middle class today,” wrote [Lee] Iacocca.

Increased travel spurred appeals for better and more roads, the development of suburbs, the oil industry’s rise and a boom in gas stations, strip malls and motels.

But the assembly line itself had the biggest impact on American society, Hyde contended, in making possible the swift, mass production of everything from computers to “fast food.”

On August 12, 1910, Georgia Governor Joseph M. Brown signed legislation prohibiting the carrying of a pistol or revolver without a license.

The County Unit System of elections was created on August 14, 1917 when Governor Hugh Dorsey signed legislation by the General Assembly.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935. The road to perdition is paved with good intentions.

On August 14, 1945, the Japanese surrender to the Allies was made public in Japan.

In the afternoon of August 14, Japanese radio announced that an Imperial Proclamation was soon to be made, accepting the terms of unconditional surrender drawn up at the Potsdam Conference. That proclamation had already been recorded by the emperor.

East Germany began building the Berlin Wall on August 12, 1961.

[T]he government of East Germany, on the night of August 12, 1961, began to seal off all points of entrance into West Berlin from East Berlin by stringing barbed wire and posting sentries. In the days and weeks to come, construction of a concrete block wall began, complete with sentry towers and minefields around it. The Berlin Wall succeeded in completely sealing off the two sections of Berlin.

Three churches in Albany, Georgia first allowed African-Americans to attend their services on August 12, 1962.

On August 12, 1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time.

The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, made its first flight in the earth’s atmosphere on August 12, 1977.

President Jimmy Carter was nominated for reelection as President by the Democratic National Convention in New York City on August 13, 1980.

President Ronald Reagan signed the Economic Recovery Tax Act on August 13, 1981.

The ERTA included a 25 percent reduction in marginal tax rates for individuals, phased in over three years, and indexed for inflation from that point on. The marginal tax rate, or the tax rate on the last dollar earned, was considered more important to economic activity than the average tax rate (total tax paid as a percentage of income earned), as it affected income earned through “extra” activities such as education, entrepreneurship or investment. Reducing marginal tax rates, the theory went, would help the economy grow faster through such extra efforts by individuals and businesses. The 1981 act, combined with another major tax reform act in 1986, cut marginal tax rates on high-income taxpayers from 70 percent to around 30 percent, and would be the defining economic legacy of Reagan’s presidency.

Reagan’s tax cuts were designed to put maximum emphasis on encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship and creating incentives for the development of venture capital and greater investment in human capital through training and education. The cuts particularly benefited “idea” industries such as software or financial services; fittingly, Reagan’s first term saw the advent of the information revolution, including IBM’s introduction of its first personal computer (PC) and the rise or launch of such tech companies as Intel, Microsoft, Dell, Sun Microsystems, Compaq and Cisco Systems.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High was released on August 13, 1982.

A Special Session called by Governor Miller to address legislative redistricting after the United States Supreme Court threw out Georgia’s Congressional redistricting map was convened on August 14, 1995.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 11, 2016


Shelby is a young female 3-4 month old Labrador Retriever & Hound Mix puppy who is available for adoption from Butts County Animal Control in Jackson, GA.


Maleficent is a young female adult Plott Hound who is available for adoption from Butts County Animal Control in Jackson, GA.


Bonzai is a young male brindle Plott Hound who is available for adoption from Butts County Animal Control in Jackson, GA.


Georiga Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 11, 2016

On August 11, 1862, Confederate General Braxton Bragg declared martial law in Atlanta.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the summer commencement address at the University of Georgia on August 11, 1938. Later that day, Roosevelt endorsed Lawrence Camp over incumbent Governor Walter F. George, saying George had not been sufficiently supportive of the New Deal.

The Atlanta Braves signed legendary Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige on August 11, 1968.

On August 11, 1984, Ronald Reagan jokingly announced that he had “signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever…we begin bombing in five minutes,” without knowing he was speaking into a live microphone.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections has a look a the demographics behind Democrats’ dream of turning Georgia purple.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 10, 2016


Midnight is a two-year old male German Shepherd who weighs 66 pounds and is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.

“Midnight” wandered up to a house, probably just looking for a place to shelter after getting lost or dumped. But the poor guy was “jumped” by the dog at that house who didn’t really want another dog around vying for food and attention.  “Midnight” got beat up pretty bad, but wasn’t trying to fight back. He has a pretty nasty puncture on his front leg that may need attention beyond the antibiotic ointment we’ve been applying.  “Midnight” has a pleasant, calm, social personality. He sits instantly when you ask him and does great on the leash.  He has been so cooperative with the treating of his bite wounds and with his heartworm testing and vaccinations. He really seems to be a good boy! 


Charlie is a nine-month old male mixed breed brindle dog who weighs 45 pounds and is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA. He’s described by the shelter as a friendly young boy.


Ritz is a beautiful and friendly 5-month old female mixed breed dog who will be available for adoption beginning on Thursday from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA. She currently weighs 25 pounds, but will probably grow larger. She’s very happy! If you wanted to adopt her, it might be best to go visit her today and put in your paperwork.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 10, 2016

On August 10, 1774, a group calling itself the “Sons of Liberty” met at Tondee’s Tavern in Savannah, the first move in Georgia toward what would become the Revolutionary War. The Sons of Liberty adopted eight resolutions, among those one that reads,

Resolved, nemine contradicente, That we apprehend the Parliament of Great Britain hath not, nor ever had, any right to tax his Majesty’s American subjects; for it is evident beyond contradiction, the constitution admits of no taxation without representation; that they are coeval and inseparable; and every demand for the support of government should be by requisition made to the several houses of representatives.

Resolved, nemine contradicente, That we concur with our sister colonies in every constitutional measure to obtain redress of American grievances, and will by every lawful means in our power, maintain those inestimable blessings for which we are indebted to God and the Constitution of our country–a Constitution founded upon reason and justice, and the indelible rights of mankind.

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Georgia’s Copy of the Declaration of Independence, currently at the Georgia State Archives.


The first copy in Georgia of the Declaration of Independence was read publicly in Savannah on August 10, 1776.

On August 10, 1787, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”

Missouri was admitted as the 24th State, and the first entirely west of the Mississippi River, on August 10, 1821.

On August 10, 1864, the bombardment of Atlanta by Union force continued, with Sherman writing, ““Let us destroy Atlanta and make it a desolation.”

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The first Georgia state Motor Fuel Tax was enacted on August 10, 1921, when Governor Thomas Hardwick signed legislation imposing a one-cent per gallon tax.

Japan accepted unconditional surrender on August 10, 1945, one day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Red Dawn, the first movie rated PG-13 was released on August 10, 1984.

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Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign may be making a push into Georgia, according to the Washington Post.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 9, 2016

To learn more about any of today’s featured dogs or to apply to adopt one, visit Save Our Souls rescue’s website.


Bensen is a small male Beagle mix who is available for adoption from S.O.S. Save Our Souls in Claxton, GA.

Bensen is a 5 year old, 16 pound Beagle mix that has the most gorgeous eyes! He is a happy fella that was gotten out of a bad situation and he has made the most of his new life! He is dog friendly, it is unknown about cats.

He is a little timid when first meeting, but once he warms up, you have a lifetime shadow. He loves to be around or at least within seeing distance of his human. He learned very quickly what toys are and how to have fun playing with them! (see video).

He is small in stature but large on personality. He would be perfect for someone that wants a mid sized (small/medium) dog, and/or someone that lives in an apartment because of his size.


Quentin is a young male Yellow Labrador Retriever & Border Collie Mix who is available for adoption from S.O.S. Save Our Souls in Claxton, GA.

Quentin is super sweet and loves the water as you can see. He loves his people and cant wait to have someone to snuggle with. He is good with kids and would make a great family dog. Not a barker or chewer so far, but definably would do better with someone who can keep him active, he has his share of energy.

If you love kisses and cuddles, Quentin is your guy. 2-3years. old.


Wisteria is a 2-3 year old female Border Collie & Labrador Retriever Mix who is available for adoption from S.O.S. Save Our Souls in Claxton, GA.

Wisteria is a very happy, sociable puppy that would do well in any home.

A Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy used a lock out kit to free a dog who was locked inside a car in the parking lot at Cracker Barrel.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 9, 2016

The Creek Indians signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson on August 9, 1814, giving up control over large parts of South Georgia.

Herman E. Talmadge was born on August 9, 1913, son of Eugene Talmadge, who later served as Governor. Herman Talmadge himself served as Governor and United States Senator from Georgia.

Gerald Ford was sworn in as President of the United States on August 9, 1974. Ford had become Vice President on December 6, 1973, after Spiro Agnew resigned.

Athens and Clarke County voted to merge into a unified government on August 8, 1990, effective Jaunary 14, 1991.

Jerry Garcia died on August 9, 1995.

On August 9, 1999, former Georgia Governor and President Jimmy Carter was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor by Bill Clinton.

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A federal lawsuit has been filed alleging that districts for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education dilute the voting strength of minority voting blocs.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 8, 2016


Nina is an 8-year old, 50-pound Labrador Retriever mix female who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

Nina is a little confused at the moment, she had a home for 8 years even though they made her live outside it was all she knew. Now she is stuck in a very large and very loud place with so many other dogs barking and a hard floor to sleep on. She knows to sit when she is told. Her family left her at the shelter on 07/29. They said she is good with kids. She would love a new start in life with a home with a nice soft bed and someone to love her like she deserves.

Nina is current on her vaccines and spayed. She has tested positive for heart worms and needs to be treated for those right away. Please consult with your vet for the best treatment options. You will find your new best friend in run 50 and her ID# is 587738.


Ziggy is a 1.5 year-old, 25-pound Beagle and almost certainly Dachshund mix boy who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

What a sweet boy he is. He is a little scared in the shelter right now. Who this size would not be with so much noise? Ziggy’s family dropped him off at the shelter on 08/06. They said he is house broken, good with kids and other pets. He sits when told and walks nicely on leash. He would love to just sit in your lap all afternoon watching television or go for walks with you. Ziggy is current on his vaccines, will be tested for heart worms, neutered and micro-chipped when adopted. He is waiting to meet you in run 76 and his ID# is 587987.


Lala (lower left) is a 6-pound, 6-year old Chihuahua mix female who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA. Her babies and their father have already been adopted, while Lala waits for her forever home.

Lala’s ID # is 587832 and she can be found in the puppy/small dog room in cage 333.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 8, 2016

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Historic Campbell County Courthouse in Fairburn, GA.

The first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence arrived in Savannah on August 8, 1776 and was read publicly for the first time on August 10, 1776.

General George Washington created the Purple Heart on August 7, 1782. Click here for an interesting history of the award.

On August 6, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began debating the first draft of the Constitution of the United States.

On August 7, 1790, a delegation of Creeks met with the United States Secretary of War and signed the Treaty of New York, ceding all land between the Ogeechee and Oconee Rivers to Georgia.

On August 8, 1863, General Robert E. Lee offered his resignation in a letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, following the Battle of Gettysburg.

Theodore Roosevelt, who served as President from 1901 to 1909, was nominated for President by the Progressive Party, also called the Bull Moose Party, on August 7, 1912.

On August 8, 1925, Georgia Governor Clifford Walker signed legislation outlawing the brazen act of dancing publicly on Sunday.

On August 8, 1929, Georgia Governor Lamartine Hardman signed legislation placing on the ballot for Fulton and Campbell County voters a merger of the two.

The old Campbell County Courthouse still stands in Fairburn, Georgia.

On August 7, 1942, Marine forces landed at Guadalcanal.

Voters ratified a new version of the State Constitution on August 7, 1945. Among the new features was the establishment of the State Board of Corrections to ensure humane conditions.

The board was directed to be more humane in its treatment of prisoners and abolished whippings, leg irons, and chains. Until 1945, prisoners in Georgia could expect to have heavy steel shackles put on by a blacksmith upon arrival. They were then taken out to work under severe conditions.

The caravan bearing 43 ounces of Dahlonega gold to be used in covering the Georgia State Capitol dome reached the Capitol and delivered it to Governor Marvin Griffin on August 7, 1958.

On August 7, 1964, Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which would be used as the legal basis for U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act; Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in attendance and was given one of the pens Johnson used to sign the Act. Here is an auction for one of the pens used in the VRA signing.

Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew were nominated for President and Vice President by the Republican National Convention on August 8, 1968.

On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned, effective at noon the next day.

On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned, effective at noon the next day.

The first public website went online on August 6, 1991.

John Hughes, director of every meaningful teen angst movie of the 1980s (except Say Anything) died on August 6, 2009.

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Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence will appear at an Atlanta fundraiser at a yet-to-be-released location on Monday, August 29, 2016. $2700 to enter, $25k to co-host, $100k to co-chair.

On Friday, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced that results from the July 26 Runoff Elections had been certified.Continue Reading..