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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 30, 2015

47266 Chihuahua

Number 47266 is a very friendly and playful 4-year old male Chihuahua who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA. The shelter volunteers have posted a video that shows how friendly he is.

47636 Doxie

Number 47636 is a 1-year old male Dachshund who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

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Number 47770 is an 8-year old female Pomeranian who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 29, 2015

Sir Walter Raleigh, founder of the first permanent English settlement in America, was beheaded on October 29, 1618 for conspiring against King James I.

Georgia’s first Royal Governor, John Reynolds, arrived at Savannah on October 29, 1754.

John Hancock resigned as President of the Continental Congress on October 29, 1777.

Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia on October 29, 1971.

The New York Stock Exchange crashed on October 29, 1929, beginning the spiral to the Great Depression.

The first ballpoint pen went on sale at Gimbel’s Department Store on October 29, 1945.

On October 29, 1998, at 77 years of age, John Glenn became the oldest human to travel in space, on the shuttle Discovery.

Former State Representative Paul Jennings died earlier this week from leukemia. Services will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at noon, at Clairmont Presbyterian Church at Clairmont and North Druid Hills. Visitation begins at 10:30 AM before the service.

Rep. Jennings served part of North DeKalb County in the State House from 1998-2002, losing his reelection in 2002 after he was gerrymandered by then-Governor Roy Barnes into a multi-member State House District designed to preserve Democratic incumbents. In 2204, he was  elected again from a single-member district and retired after that term.  Jennings served in the United States Navy and earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

PolitiFact tackled the tough issue of whether Steven Smith is actually a Congressman from Georgia’s 15th District. Of course, there is no 15th Congressional District in the Peach State.

Georgia’s real Republican Congressman all voted against the “bipartisan” budget deal.

Rep. Rob Woodall sent along the following statement:

“When House conservatives were successful in implementing the Budget Control Act in 2011, the goal was not simply to limit federal spending, but also to repair and restore important programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and veterans services,” said Rep. Woodall. “The emergence of H.R. 1314 is proof that the plan – mandatory reforms in exchange for sequester cap relief – is working. Unfortunately, H.R. 1314 lifts spending caps without introducing timely spending and programmatic reforms.”

“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in reducing federal discretionary spending over the last four years, but the truth remains we have much more work to do – and until we address our mandatory spending programs, we are ignoring the real problem. I’m eager to continue the work of crafting meaningful, long-term solutions to our fiscal problems, but I believe we can do better than this budget agreement.”

Senator David Perdue issued a press release that called the budget deal a “backroom deal Congressional leaders made with President Obama to abandon the Republican budget plan, suspend the debt ceiling, and use budget gimmicks to spend more taxpayer money.”

“This bad backroom deal puts unsustainable spending on autopilot and lets Washington politicians simply delay tough decisions for two more years. Congress should be working with a sense of urgency to solve our nation’s debt crisis right now. America can’t afford to wait for a more convenient time for elected leaders to do their job.

“Not only does this deal increase the debt from $18 trillion to $20 trillion, but it also violates the responsible budget principles I have been fighting for every day.  In typical Washington fashion, the insiders get to spend today in exchange for empty promises of savings tomorrow.  Why would we trust a system that has proven to be untrustworthy?

“Earlier this year, Republicans passed a budget that cut President Obama’s proposed spending by $7 trillion over the next decade and finally balanced, but this deal completely abandons that effort.  Our long-term plan was traded for short-term gimmicks, trust fund raids, and even more spending.  This deal isn’t compromise; it’s surrender.”

Jim Galloway has another great column this week, about the divide that appears to be opening between social conservatives – a very important constituency for the SEC Primary and Georgia – and Donald Trump.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 29, 2015

Robert Lee Dog

Happy, Junior is a 5-year old, 34-pound Labrador Retriever mix – a mini Lab, if you will. He’s super-urgent and is scheduled to be euthanized on Monday if he can’t find an adoptive or foster home. Email me if you think you can save this sweet boy, and I’ll put you in touch with the folks who are helping him find a new home. He is current on his shots.

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Elvis is a 5-6 year old male Yellow Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Forsyth County Animal Shelter.


Ninna is a sweet 4-year old Coonhound mix who is available for adoption from Forsyth County Animal Shelter.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 28, 2015


Elsie is a female Chihuahua/Terrier mix puppy whose mother is an eight-pound Terrier, so she won’t get much bigger.

Elsie is a very busy pup, and always looking for things to get into, although that might change as she grows up. Elsie takes a few minutes to warm up to new people, but once she does she will start to invite cuddling and play. Like most small breed pups her age,she has no discretion when it comes to using his needle sharp teeth and claws. She will use them on anything as a teething object, even human skin and furniture.

Elsie has been highly socialized with all sizes of humans, other dogs and cats from the dawn of her existence. She will still choose to approach humans last if given the choice between other dogs or toys, or a place to race around. Elsie is independent but is NOT good at being alone at ALL!! She loves to play both interactively with other pups in her litter, or alone with toys appropriately sized.

Elsie will be available for adoption beginning November 14 from Hickory Level Hound Rescue in Carrollton, GA.


Angelina is one of Elsie’s sisters, a female Chihuahua/Terrier mix puppy whose mother is an eight-pound Terrier, so she won’t get much bigger.

Angelina is pretty outgoing and fairly active, although new situations and loud noises scare her at first. She warms up fast though, if humans are patient with her.

Angelina will be available for adoption beginning November 14 from Hickory Level Hound Rescue in Carrollton, GA.


Perla is also one of Elsie’s sisters, a female Chihuahua/Terrier mix puppy whose mother is an eight-pound Terrier, so she won’t get much bigger.

Perla is extremely timid and reserved, and new situations and loud noises scare her. She already has the “chihuahua shakes” and will need a lot of socialization to prevent her from becoming fear aggressive. Perla’s ideal home would not include very small children.

Perla will be available for adoption beginning November 14 from Hickory Level Hound Rescue in Carrollton, GA.

If you’re interested in adopting a Chihuahua today, please consider going to Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, where they currently have a large number of adoptable Chihuahuas and urgently need to get them into homes.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 28, 2015

Christopher Columbus “discovered” Cuba on October 28, 1492.

The Battle of Wauhatchie, one of a handful of night battles in the Civil War, began along the Georgia-Tennessee border on October 28, 1863.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886; the first ticker tape parade followed.

The United States Senate overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s veto of the Volstead Act on October 28, 1919.

The Cuban Missile Crisis ended on October 28, 1962 as Kruschev agreed to remove Soviet missiles from Cuba if the United States would respect Cuban sovereignty.

Democratic President Jimmy Carter debated Republican Ronald Reagan in Cleveland, Ohio on October 28, 1980.


The Atlanta Braves beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 to win the World Series on October 28, 1995.

Newt Gingrich on the Speaker’s Race and 2016 GOP Presidential Race

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Yesterday, I went to see former Speaker Newt Gingrich speak to the Fulton County Republican Party. The program began with Fulton GOP Chairman Trey Kelly and State Representative Trey Kelley both giving remarks, and then Bob Shaw, who is both a former Fulton GOP Chair and former Georgia Republican Party Chair introduced Newt Gingrich. Shaw talked about the early days of the Republican Party in Georgia, when Gingrich was a college professor from West Georgia with “this big head of hair and a little Volkswagen putt-putt.”Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 27, 2015

Teddy Boston Terrier

Teddy is a male Boston Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Orphan Annie Rescue in Atlanta, GA.

Teddy Lab

Teddy is a young adult male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Athenspets in Athens, GA.

Teddy Hound

Teddy is a young adult male Hound mix who is available for adoption from the City of Lyons Animal Shelter in Lyons, GA. Shelter staff say, “Teddy is a sweet boy–affectionate and smart.”


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 27, 2015

On October 27, 1775, King George III addressed Parliament, raising concerns about an American rebellion.

The First of the Federalist Papers, an essay by Alexander Hamilton published under the pseudonym Publius, was published on October 27, 1787.

The United States and Spain signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo, also called Pinckney’s Treaty on October 27, 1795, setting the 31st parallel as the border between Georgia and Florida.

The nation’s first Gold Rush started after Benjamin Parks discovered gold in what is now Lumpkin County, Georgia on October 27, 1828.

Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 27, 1858.

President Woodrow Wilson vetoed the Volstead Act, which implemented the Eighteenth Amendment prohibition on alcohol, on October 27, 1919; the House overrode his veto that same day.

Navy Day was established on October 27, 1922.

October 27 was suggested by the Navy League to recognize Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday. Roosevelt had been an Assistant Secretary of the Navy and supported a strong Navy as well as the idea of Navy Day. In addition, October 27 was the anniversary of a 1775 report issued by a special committee of the Continental Congress favoring the purchase of merchant ships as the foundation of an American Navy.

Ronald Reagan delivered the “A Time for Choosing” speech on October 27, 1964.

And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down—[up] man’s old—old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.

We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.

Jimmy Carter campaigned in New York on October 27, 1976.

Gladys Knight and the Pips reached #1 with “Midnight Train to Georgia” on October 27, 1973.

Andrew Young was elected Mayor of Atlanta on October 27, 1981.

Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy accepted the last Ford Taurus built in Hapeville, Georgia on October 27, 2006.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

“Frat Beach” may be considerably more sober restrained this weekend at St Simons Island.

The beach party, which kicks off Friday, has attained a near legendary status in a culture of football tailgating that already revels in excess. But many fed-up island residents complain that the blow-out transforms their usually family friendly beach community into an out-of-control blend of Girls Gone Wild, Daytona Spring Break, a Halloween bash and a college football fanfest. Never mind the tons of trash left behind.

This year, St. Simons officials say they’re cracking down: zero tolerance for underage drinking, roadside sobriety checks and more police armed with breathalyzers. That’s created a giant buzz-kill among UGA students, alumni and other fans who make the annual pilgrimage to the island. They say the tough new tone will eventually kill a decades-old tradition that allowed them to cut loose without causing too much trouble. Already there are early signs that many may be taking a pass this year.

Hotel and condo rentals for the weekend, usually full by now, are down 30 percent, according to the local convention and visitors bureau. That might mean less trouble, but it also means less clanging of cash registers in this tourist haven.

St. Simons residents have decidedly mixed feelings about Frat Beach weekend, which can draw more than 5,000 people to their island of about 13,000.

Police Chief Matt Doering still expects several thousand revelers this weekend. And if anybody thinks he’s bluffing, he said they’ll be sorry.

“I don’t want to get into tactics, but suffice to say I will have more law enforcement looking into underage drinking, littering, public indecency, drugs and people drinking in public where they shouldn’t be,” the chief said.

More than 100 officers will be there, more than double last year. In prior years, the chief said the weekend ended with a dozen or two arrests. This year, expect less leniency.

His advice to young people: “Don’t lie to the police.”


Luckily, the Glynn County Republican Party has you covered for Friday night with their Red and Black Shrimp Boil. Tickets are $25 each, for more information, please check out the event’s Facebook page or contact Kevin Gough at 912-266-5454.

If you live in or around Glynn County, consider yourself a Republican, but have not attended any events with the Glynn County GOP, please email me as I may have two free tickets available.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 26, 2015

Niagara Falls Rescue Gwinnett

Niagara Falls Rescue will save the eight dogs above, who are currently in the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter and had been condemned to euthanization. The rescue group is asking for donations to help with the costs of transporting the dogs to Canada and getting other expenses for saving them. Click here to make a pledge via Facebook for these dogs and you’ll receive a personal message on Facebook on how to honor your pledge.

Gwinnett County picked up 27 Chihuahuas and other dogs at one time on Friday, which has exacerbated an already difficult crowding situation.

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So, if you’ve been considering adopting a Chihuahua, today would be a great day to head over to Gwinnett County Animal Shelter at 884 Winder Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045.

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This confused bulldog was dressed as a Georgia Tech fan at the Yappy Hour fundraiser for Georgia English Bulldog Rescue. I call it “Dognitive Dissonance.”

Click here to donate online to GEBR, or to apply to adopt or foster a Bullie. You can check out their Facebook page to see more photos of Bulldogs in costume.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 26, 2015

Colonists in Georgia signed a letter allowing the beginning of the slave trade in Georgia on October 26, 1749.

Georgia Sons of Liberty protested against the British Stamp Act on October 26, 1765.

On October 25, 1774, the First Continental Congress addressed a petition to King George III raising concerns about the Coercive Acts passed by Parliament and asserting its loyalty to the monarch.

A state Constitutional Convention at Milledgeville, Georgia repealed the state’s Ordinance of Secession on October 26, 1865.

The wooden keel of USS Monitor was laid at Continental Iron Works at Greenpoint, New York on October 25, 1861.

President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act on October 26, 2001.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The AJC has an article about Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed blocking his critics on Twitter.

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You can count me among the rogues gallery of folks who had the audacity to question hizzoner. Actually, I don’t think I wrote anything against him, but that it was a preemptive strike. Also blocked is the @GaPundit account. Presumably we’re guilty of Tweeting while Republican.

Jim Galloway of the AJC Political Insider has a great story about Senator Ross Tolleson, who retired earlier this month from the State Senate, citing early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

Earlier this month, state Sen. Ross Tolleson, a Republican of some weight in the state Capitol, abruptly announced his retirement after 12 years in the Legislature.

In other decades, he might have cited unspecified health issues, or a desire to spend more time with his family. Instead, the 59-year-old lawmaker let the truth be known: He has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

“I’m not going to hide from life. And I’m not going to lay on the porch, either,” said Tolleson, as we sat in his pine-paneled office in downtown Perry. His family had once been in the lumber business.

“I’m going to talk about America, because I’m concerned about the nation. I love America more than the politics, and that’s what’s gone wrong. If you turn on TV and watch Washington D.C., it’s just politics. What happened to America?” he said.

Tolleson came to the Senate in 2003, replacing Sonny Perdue – who had left the chamber to seek employment elsewhere.

The new guy and I struck up a friendship as members of a small, select club at the state Capitol. We both got our first taste of politics by interning for U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn – me in ’77, he in ’78.

That piece typifies what Jim Galloway does best, in my opinion, weaving together personal details from a political career and pointing to big questions ahead.

James Pettis joined the race to succeed Former Senator Ross Tolleson, bringing the clown car field to six.

“I am frustrated with the negative impacts that too much government involvement has created and the direction politicians are taking,” Pettis said in a written statement announcing his candidacy for the state Senate District 20 seat.

Pettis said he began his professional life as a teacher at Perdue Elementary School before starting his own business. He and his family live in Kathleen.

State Senate District 20 covers all of Bleckley, Laurens and Pulaski counties, plus most of Houston County.

The other candidates so far are Houston County residents Vivian Childs, Brooks Keisler, Michael Reece and Larry Walker III as well as Laurens County’s Jon Martin.

Perry City Councilman Riley Hunt is seeking a final term on council before retiring, while retired school teacher Le Ann Tuggle seeks to send Hunt to an early retirement from politics.

The Savannah Morning News writes that crime is the biggest issue in their Alderman’s election for Post 2.

Former Congressman Jack Kingston took up the pen for a look at the Washington fight over who will succeed Rep. John Boehner as Speaker of the House.

I believe Paul Ryan is up for this the challenge. He’s a patriotic, dedicated, natural leader. But he is right in making certain requests from the caucus first. Really, he needs three things before taking the job: 1) he must assemble a kitchen cabinet consisting of Freedom Caucus representatives, moderates, libertarians, and social conservatives; 2) this cabinet must provide a pathway to settling the debt ceiling, budget, and reconciliation in the next 60 days; and 3) establish a six-month peace treaty into the new year in order for him to begin to address the issues of the day without being booted.

If Paul Ryan is not ready or willing, then I know at least two Georgians who could take the gavel and run with it: Lynn Westmoreland and Tom Price.

But whoever is Speaker, and whatever party is in power in the House or in the White House, it’s high time we all hold hands and enter the Forbidden Forest. It’s not a matter of politics; it’s a matter of country.

Hello, Kitty!

I guess it’s not actually an endorsement, but Hello, Kitty is making an appearance in the Brookhaven City Council District 1 election, via campaign direct mail, below.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 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.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados will take the ice as the first female player in the Southern Professional Hockey League, playing goalie for the Columbus Cottonmouths.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

It’s candidate forum time in cities across Georgia. Brookhaven had a forum for Mayoral and City Council candidates earlier this week. It got interesting about 36 minutes in.

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