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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 23, 2015


Flower is a female Welsh Corgi & Shepherd Mix puppy who is available for adoption from Douglas County Animal Control in Douglasville, GA.


Freeman is a young male Welsh Corgi mix who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Shelter and Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb County in Marietta, GA. Freeman is darling and sweet. He is happy, playful, and sits when told. He has an adorable face and he was excited to get outside for the first time on picture day since coming to the shelter as a stray on 10/10/2015. Freeman is about a year old and 23 lbs. He is current on his vaccines and neutered. Freeman’s ID# is 579585.


Kayla is a young female Welsh Corgi mix who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Shelter and Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb County in Marietta, GA.

Kayla is a very sweet, loving, 22 pound, 1 and 1/2 year old girl. She just wants to be held and will sit and stay when told. Kayla is very quiet and calm in her cage. She seems to be house trained as she keeps her cage clean as slong as she can. Kayla came to the shelter as a lost stray on Oct. 13th and is currently available for adoption. Kayla’s ID# is 579681.


Mac is a 15-pound male Welsh Corgi mix who is available for adoption from Furkids Dog Shelter in Alpharetta,GA.

Mac was picked up as a stray by animal control and subsequently rescued by Furkids. He weighs just 15 lbs. but has a huge personality. If you are looking for a perfect family dog that is also loving and loyal, Mac is your match. He is shy at first, but as soon as he knows he is loved and feels secure, he makes friends with everyone and gives love equally. He is playful, happy, affectionate and forever grateful for being saved from “death row” and given a chance. Mac is good with other dogs and cats. He is smart and very aware of the changes around him.

Mac is house trained and loves going for walks. He also loves sleeping next his human and loves affection.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 22, 2015


Number 3439 (above) and 3443 (below) are female Border Collie & American Bulldog Mix puppies who are available for adoption from Gordon County Animal Shelter in Calhoun, GA.


Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter (male, above) and Noah (male, below) are Yorkshire Terrier mix puppies from the same litter who are available for adoption from Animal Rescue League of Northwest Georgia in Calhoun, GA.

Peanut loves to run and play in the yard with his buddy’s. Chase is a favorite past time . He does great with other dogs , but will try to be all terrier if he see’s a strange dog. He is a awesome little boy who loves to cuddle , and give sweet little kisses. He loves to kiss !

Noah is the shy one of these baby’s. He is very quiet but will bark to alert. He loves to run and play chase, it is one of his favorite things to do with his brother. He loves to cuddle up in a fluffy dog bed for a nap afterwards. He also loves to cuddle with you. He is a real sweetheart.

The brothers must be adopted together, and the adoption fee is $350 for both.


Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare and SAFE Adoption Center will host Howl-O-Ween on Sunday from 2-5 PM.

The event, taking place at the shelter at 4214 Fulton Mill Road, is scheduled for Sunday from 2-5 p.m. It is free and for people only, so no personal pets are allowed. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and do some trick-or-treating, and Mike Fuller the Magician will be performing, the release said.

The center will be accepting donations of Purina Dog and Puppy Chow, Purina Cat and Kitten Chow, non-clumping clay kitty litter, stainless steel food bowls, small washable cat and puppy beds, dog and cat toys and slip dog leashes.

There will be opportunities to tour the adoption and kennel areas and learn more about the new facility and how people can volunteer their time or foster an animal. Betsy the Pet Nanny will be on hand to help families know how to keep their pets safe while they’re not at home, and Barker’s Good Puppies will offer people tips and techniques on training their dogs at home, according to the release.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 22, 2015

General James Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia, signed a treaty with the Spanish government of Florida on October 22, 1736.

On October 22, 1832, the Cherokee Land Lottery began in Milledgeville, with more than 200,000 Georgians competing for 53,309 lots of land.

Georgia Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation on October 22, 1887 that increased the number of justices on the Georgia Supreme Court from 3 to 5.

President Grover Cleveland arrived in Atlanta for the Cotton States and International Exposition on October 22, 1895.

On October 22, 1991, the Braves played Minnesota in the first World Series game in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves won Game 2 of the 1995 World Series, beating Cleveland 4-3, on October 22, 1995.

Georgia artist Howard Finster died on October 22, 2001.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Congressman Barry Loudermilk, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, will support Paul Ryan for Speaker if the Wisconsin Republican decides to seek the seat.

“We believe in freedom and freedom of expression and we don’t want to be constrained and controlled, so it makes it even harder to be Speaker over a Republican majority because a lot of times Democrats are willing to compromise their principles just to go along with the team,” Loudermilk said. “It’s harder to do that on the Republican side, because we’re ideologically driven.”

Loudermilk said he supports Ryan but needs to know more about Ryan’s conditions before casting his vote.

“I believe I can get to a place where I would support him, if the rules are in place that constrains the power of the Speaker,” Loudermilk said.

Meanwhile, his colleague in the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Jody Hice, told Daniel Malloy of hte AJC that he didn’t vote for Ryan in the HFC vote, but may have left the door open to supporting Ryan on the floor.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp found that Angela Moore is not properly qualified as a candidate in the November 3 Special Election for Senate District 43, which includes parts of DeKalb, Newton, and Rockdale counties.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 21, 2015

USS Constitution, named by President George Washington, was launched in Boston Harbor on October 21, 1791.

During the War of 1812, the Constitution won its enduring nickname “Old Ironsides” after defeating the British warship Guerriére in a furious engagement off the coast of Nova Scotia. Witnesses claimed that the British shots merely bounced off the Constitution‘s sides, as if the ship were made of iron rather than wood. The success of the Constitution against the supposedly invincible Royal Navy provided a tremendous morale boost for the young American republic.

Today, Constitution serves as a museum ship, and has sailed under her own power as recently as 2012. Southern live oak, harvested and milled on St. Simons Island, Georgia, is a primary construction material for Constitution.

Dizzy Gillespie was born on this day in 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina.

President Warren G. Harding spoke in Alabama on October 21, 1921, and publicly condemned the practice of lynching.

Harding was a progressive Republican politician who advocated full civil rights for African Americans and suffrage for women. He supported the Dyer Anti-lynching Bill in 1920. As a presidential candidate that year, he gained support for his views on women’s suffrage, but faced intense opposition on civil rights for blacks. The 1920s was a period of intense racism in the American South, characterized by frequent lynchings. In fact, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) reported that, in 1920, lynching claimed, on average, the lives of two African Americans every week.

On October 21, 1976, Billy Carter spoke to an audience in Albany, Georgia, about his brother’s campaign for President.

On his brother Jimmy’s drinking habits, Billy said, “Jimmy used to drink liquor. Now he’s running for president he drinks Scotch, and I’ve never trusted a Scotch drinker.” Billy preferred the alcohol choice of his brother’s running mate, Walter Mondale – “I liked him the best of all the ones who came to Plains. He’s from a small town and he’s a beer drinker.”

Today, Billy Carter’s service station is preserved as a museum in Plains, Georgia.

The Atlanta Braves won the first game of the 1995 World Series on October 21, 1995, as Greg Maddux dominated the Cleveland Indians, allowing only two hits. Native American groups protested the names of both teams.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan has several conditions he’d like met before he’s willing to run for Speaker of the House.

The Ways and Means chairman addressed his GOP colleagues at a special conference meeting, finally moving off his long-held position that he wants nothing to do with the speakership.

Inside the closed-door meeting, Ryan “did not announce a final decision on the speakership, but he did discuss what’s necessary, in his view, for the next speaker to be successful,” Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck said in an email to reporters.

Ryan’s four conditions to take the speakership are:

  • The GOP moves from an opposition party to a proposition party.
  • Update House rules so everyone can be a more effective representative.
  • Unify as a conference now, not after a divisive speaker election.
  • Avoid giving up time with his family.

The Washington Post Fix column says that Ryan’s gambit is a smart move for several reasons.

It takes away the Freedom Caucus’s ability to vote against something

The conservative/tea party wing of the GOP today has made its mark by, as much as anything, being the opposition. It resists any kind of compromise, and when it shakes things up by voting against the GOP establishment and throwing a curveball — as in the case of would-be-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — the GOP base eats it up.

Ryan is giving these groups the opportunity to reject him before he even runs — a considerably less sexy set of circumstances for members anxious to stick it to the GOP establishment. They still might reject him, but it won’t carry the drama of a floor vote or even a declared candidacy. Things will play out in the coming days, and Ryan will assess them.

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-3d CD) is moving closer to a run for Speaker of the House. Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 21, 2015

Rescue Driver

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter needs a driver who can carry three small dogs from the shelter to Waynesboro, Georgia for a 3:30 PM meeting today with the rescue group that is saving them. This is a great way to help save dogs with a short term commitment of just a few hours.

Gwinnett Female Pug

This adult female Pug is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Gwinnett Peke

Number 47626 (Pen 236) is a young male Pekingese mix who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Gwinnett Maltese

Number 47637 (Pen 234) is a young female Maltese mix who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Gwinnett Yorkie

Number 47624 (Pen 231) is a young male Yorkshire Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 20, 2015

The United States Senate ratified a treaty with France on October 20, 1805, closing the deal on the Louisiana Purchase.

On October 20, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt stopped in Roswell to visit his mother’s girlhood home at Bulloch Hall.

Lewis Grizzard was born on October 20, 1946 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

On October 20, 1977, a small twin-engine plane carrying members of Lynyrd Skynyrd from Greenville, South Carolina to Baton Rouge, Louisiana crashed in a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray died in the crash.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Yesterday, the Washington Post inadvertantly pushed “Publish” on a story that wasn’t quite ready.

The Washington Post published an item Monday evening to its website with the headline “Biden to launch a presidential campaign.”

Post congressional reporter Paul Kane, whose byline appeared on the article, was quick to tweet out the details. It seems this wasn’t news published before it was ready—just a “shell” story prepared so that the Post could push the button faster in case Biden did announce.

“Earlier tonight, a technical glitch caused publication of a just-in-case/when-we-kno story of VP running for president,” he told his 10,000 followers on Twitter. “It happened when editors were embedding video file. It carries my byline. I regret that it was published accidentally. Deep apologies.”

That sounds like something Joe Biden would do.

Both FoxNews and NBC are reporting that a decision by Biden is expected in the next 48 hours.

The Feds are moving to require registration of most drone aircraft.

The Obama administration — in a bid to start tracking personal drones and address safety concerns in advance of a holiday season when the industry projects thousands more will be sold — announced Monday it will require the registration of drone aircraft, even for “consumers and hobbyists.”

The decision is meant in part to address the growing number of reported close calls and incidents that pose safety risks. Pilot sightings of drones have doubled since last year, including sightings near planes and major sporting events.

Federal Aviation Administration chief Michel Huerta said registration will increase pressure on operators to fly responsibly, adding “there will be consequences” when they don’t.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stressed that the DOT is “bullish” on technology in the transportation sector, noting drones are helping farmers, entrepreneurs and even the movie industry. But citing the “astounding” growth in the industry and the safety issues, he said: “We’re going to require operators of drones to register their aircraft just like commercial drone operators do currently.”

Newt Returns

Newt and Callista Gingrich will be touring Georgia to promote his new book, Duplicity: A Novel, which was released last week.


You can join them next Tuesday, October 27, 2015 with the Fulton County Republican Party at the City Club of Buckhead, 3343 Peachtree Rd #1850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Tickets are $30 and include breakfast. Pro-tip: the City Club of Buckhead is in the Atlanta Financial Center and is not the same as the Buckhead Club.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 20, 2015


Roxy (above, female) and Bindi (below, female) are little baby Rat Terrier & Beagle mix puppies who are available for adoption from Animal Ark in Columbus, GA. Six puppies, including two males, are available from the same litter.



Moose is a male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Animal Ark in Columbus, GA.


State Rep. Jason Spencer endorses Ted Cruz for President

Spencer Cruz

Today, State Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) sent out the following by email:

Dear Friends,

Today, I am officially endorsing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) for the presidency of the United States, and I ask all liberty loving conservatives to stand behind him.

It is time for conservatives to unite behind a true conservative that can win. That conservative is Sen. Ted Cruz.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 19, 2015

British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia on October 19, 1781,  ending the American Revolution.

On October 19, 1790, Lyman Hall, one of three signers of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia, died in Burke County, GA. Hall was elected Governor of Georgia in 1783, holding the position for one year, and was an early advocate for the chartering of the University of Georgia.

On October 19, 1983, the United States Senate voted 78-22 to create a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., to be celebrated on the third Monday of January. The House passed the King holiday bill, sponsored by Reps. Katie Hall (D.-IN) and Jack Kemp (R-NY), by a vote of 338-90 in August. President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation on November 3, 1983.

This weekend, I learned an interesting fact about Martin Luther King, Jr. He was actually born Michael King, Jr., and his name was changed to Martin Luther King, Jr. when his father changed his name in 1934 to Martin Luther King to honor the German theologian. I learned this after the Sons of Confederate Veterans referred to Dr. King as “Michael King” in their press release opposing the addition of a King monument at Stone Mountain.

Therefore, monuments to either Michael King or soldiers of any color who fought against the Confederacy would be a violation of the purpose for which the park was created and exists. The opinions of the park’s current neighbors and opponents are of no bearing in the discussion.

I had assumed it was a typo, as it didn’t have a link to more information about Dr. King’s birth name, nor any explanation. I apologize for my unwarranted assumption.

However, I did also look at the Georgia Code section that the SCV cites as authority that:

The act of the General Assembly which created the Stone Mountain Memorial Association specifically states the park, including both the mountain and all adjacent property, is to be maintained and operated as a Confederate memorial (OCGA 12-3-191).

They left out a couple of important words, as the statute calls for Stone Mountain to serve “as a Confederate memorial and public recreational area.” And that last part about a public recreation area arguably opens up Stone Mountain to anything that could reasonably be considered part of a “public recreational area.” I’d even argue that currently, most people think of Stone Mountain first as a recreational area, and second, as containing a Confederate memorial.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The above video, which comes via Greg Bluestein of the AJC, is a video introduction by Georgia Senator David Perdue, apparently meant to be used to introduce Herman Cain at the Trump Rally in Atlanta. No idea why it wasn’t used, but I don’t recall seeing a large video screen at the Trump rally venue. Perhaps they couldn’t arrange one in time.

Last week, the SuperPAC supporting Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign announced a $17 million TV buy that includes $2.6 million in Georgia. In the same story, the AJC Political Insider notes that Marco Rubio’s campaign has reserved $23,000 in TV time in Savannah and $17,000 in Augusta at the end of December and early January. The Rubio buy is probably more aimed at the South Carolina Primary on February 20, 2016.

The results are in for the Georgia Peanut Poll, now touted as the largest “straw” poll in the nation.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 19, 2015


Buster is a Yellow Lab mix who is available for adoption from Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA. According to the shelter, Buster is a sweet guy! Given the right family would be the best dog ever!! He is shy but he warms up outside of his kennel! Buster has a lot of energy and would love a home where he could spend time playing and running


Tanner is a young adult Yellow Lab who is available for adoption from Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.


Betty is a majestic adult female Treeing Walker Coonhound who is available for adoption from Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.


Pippa is a young female Black-and-Tan Coonhound mix who is available for adoption from Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

Yappy Hour

Georgia English Bulldog Rescue is holding a Yappy Hour fundraiser on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 5 to 7 PM at Tin Roof Cantina, 8591 Briarcliff Rd in Atlanta.

English Bulldogs that come into rescue groups usually have suffered from neglect, as their physical issues are many and very expensive. So rescuing English Bulldogs is very expensive, and GEBR is a top-notch volunteer-driven organization. You can also support them by buying GEBR swag like a t-shirt or calendar, or making an online donation.