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10
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 10, 2022

Lottie is a senior female Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Fixing the Boro in Statesboro, GA.

Alfie is a young male mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Statesboro & Bulloch County in Statesboro, GA.

Patty is a young female Jack Russell Terrier and Beagle mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Statesboro & Bulloch County in Statesboro, GA.

10
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 10, 2022

Savannah received news of the battle at Lexington on May 10, 1775, leading to a raid of British gunpowder for the colonial effort. On the same day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Second Continental Congress met.

On May 10, 1863, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died a week after being shot at by his own troops.

He died, as he had wished, on the Sabbath, May 10, 1863, with these last words: “Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.”

On May 10, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops near Irwinville, Georgia.

On May 10, 1869, a ceremonial “Golden Spike” was driven in Promontory, Utah, symbolizing completion of a transcontinental railroad line joining the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad.

The first observance of Mother’s Day was May 10, 1908 at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first official “Mother’s Day.”

On May 10, 2006, Georgia State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko, a Republican, pled guilty to federal charges of fraud and money laundering, beginning a streak of Republican State School Supers to leave office under a cloud.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The Georgia Democratic State House Caucus held a press conference to denounce abortion bans that may happen if a leaked Supreme Court opinion turns out to be published as the majority opinion. From the Capitol Beat News Service via the Gwinnett Daily Post:

The caucus called the press conference in response to the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that indicates the court is likely to overturn the Roe v. Wade precedent that legalized abortions in 1973.

“I was shocked that it actually seems to be happening,” said Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, about the leaked Supreme Court opinion. “This is a significant change in the history of our country.”

“I am deeply afraid for the lives of women,” Oliver said.

But if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, Georgia’s HB 481 could quickly go back into effect, Oliver said. There would be an “open door” for the state to move the courts to reinstate the law.

Oliver said she keeps “hearing rumors” that Kemp may call a legislative special session to enact a ban on abortions before the 2023 session.

Athens-Clarke County mayoral candidate William “Fred” Moorman was arrested in Glynn County for adhering to the “Sun’s out, buns out,” idiom. From the Athens Banner Herald:Continue Reading..

9
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 9, 2022

Cooper is a young male Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of NWGA in Dalton, GA.

Cooper is a loveable Yellow Labrador/Shepherd mix that would love to be your good time pal. He is a happy-go-lucky energetic dog with an outgoing friendly personality. Cooper would do best with an active adult or family who can give him a lot of attention and exercise. He loves everyone and is especially fond of children but may be too much for little tikes. Cooper is great with other large dogs that enjoy a rough and tumble playstyle. Unfortunately, kitties are not a good fit. A home with a large backyard with a tall fence would be ideal. Cooper doesn’t dig but he can jump like an NBA ballplayer. He would enjoy learning to play Frisbee and would be an awesome dock diving competitor. He is highly intelligent and responds well to praise; especially if you throw him a treat! Cooper enjoys going on a daily walk and is a calm car-rider too. If you like to go hiking, Cooper will happily tag along. He is a well-behaved housemate and already housebroken though he did recently spend a good time outdoors.

Sadie is a 7-year old female Dachshund and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of NWGA in Dalton, GA.

The only momma she has ever known was diagnosed with cancer and can no longer care for her. Sadie is a sweet and friendly girl that would do best in a home with an adult or family with older children. She forms a close bond with her owner and seldom will be far from your side. She is a healthy medium size dog and weighs 33 pounds. Sadie still has a lot of zip for a dog of her age and still enjoys going on walks and loves car rides. Sadie is completely housebroken and barks when she needs to go out. She loves sun bathing outside and would enjoy having her own fenced in backyard. Sadie gets along well with male dogs of all ages. If you currently have a dog, we can arrange a playdate to see if they are compatible. Sadie is a truly a treasure and will be a wonderful companion. Let’s turn her heartbreak into joy! Do you have room in your heart and home for this very special sweet dog?

Nubs is a young female Rhodesian Ridgeback and Boxer mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of NWGA in Dalton, GA.

Maxi, Misha and Nubs were found in a burned out abandoned home without food or water. They were very happy to be rescued and have settled in well at our shelter. These three friendly female pups appear to be approximately six months old. We believe they are Boxer/Rhodesian Ridgeback mixes. They currently weigh less than thirty pounds, but will be large dogs when they are done growing. Maxi, Misha and Nubs are three sweet goofy playful pups that will make fabulous family pets. These three are a good fit for an adult or family with children over five that have the time to raise a puppy.

9
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 9, 2022

On May 9, 1862, a Union general, David Hunter, ordered the freedom of all slaves held in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, but President Lincoln issued a counter-order.

In Georgia on May 9, 1864, Union troops under General Sherman took Snake Creek Gap. In Atlanta, a notice was published,

“ATTENTION MILITIA! All persons between the ages of 16 and 60, not in the service of the Confederate States, in the second ward, are hereby notified to be and appear at the City Hall today, at 2 o’clock P.M., for the purpose of being armed and equipped for local defense. Herein fail not under penalty.”

On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first official “Mother’s Day.”

On May 9, 1974, the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary opened hearing on the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

On May 9, 2005, Governor Sonny Perdue signed legislation recognizing the Green Tree Frog at the official state amphibian.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Early voting turnout in Glynn County is on track for record levels, according to The Brunswick News.Continue Reading..

6
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 6, 2022

Carlos is a young male Golden Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of NWGA in Dalton, GA.

Carlos is a handsome five-month-old Golden Retriever mix with a sweet sunny personality. This happy-go-lucky pup will make a wonderful addition to your family. He weighs thirty-two pounds and will be a large dog someday. Carlos is super friendly and quick to rollover for belly rubs. This playful active pup is looking for a fun-loving family with children or perhaps another dog he could play with. His previous owner also said he is good with cats and dogs. Carlos is already housetrained and would enjoy having a large fenced-in backyard. He is still fine tuning his leash skills and learning not to pull when taking a walk. Carlos is fully vetted and ready to join your family.

Beckett is a young male Cairn Terrier and Poodle mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of NWGA in Dalton, GA.

Puppy breath and kisses anyone? Meet Beckett, Blair, Brooklyn and Cashew! Four super soft and cuddly nine-week-old Cairn Terrier/Poodle mix puppies that are 100% adorable! They have charming personalities and love to play. All weigh less than ten pounds and will be medium size dogs when full grown. These pups are perfect for a family with children that have the time and patience to train a puppy. All need to be housebroken and are at a good age to begin basic obedience. Beckett, Blair, Brooklyn and Cashew have a blast playing together and would benefit from having a canine playmate. Cats are a mystery to them but they are young enough to learn to be respectful. All the pups are fully vetted and ready to begin their life with you! 

Wyatt is a young male Beagle mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of NWGA in Dalton, GA.

Meet Wyatt, an adorable nine-month-old male Beagle that is family friendly and kid approved. A handsome spotted blue-tick, he is medium in size and weighs twenty-two pounds. This sweet boy is a ray of sunshine and a joy to be around. Wyatt loves everyone and will follow you from sun up to sundown wherever you go. He is happy to do whatever you feel like doing and will easily fit into your lifestyle. Wyatt is ready to join you on your morning walk or just chill on the sofa while you watch TV. If you really want to see Wyatt light up, ask him “”Want to go for a ride?”” Wyatt LOVES going on car rides! At night, he will sleep at the foot of your bed to help keep your covers warm. Wyatt is accustomed to living inside a home and is completely housetrained. Being a beagle, he follows his nose which can get him into trouble. Consequently, a home with a fenced in yard is a must. Wyatt is very well socialized and gets along great with other dogs and would enjoy having a pal. Cats are not a good fit. Wyatt is the perfect addition to your family.

6
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 6, 2022

Georgia and American History

On May 6, 1789, the Constitutional Convention in Augusta, Georgia adopted a new Georgia Constitution.

George Washington attended the first inaugural ball on May 7, 1789 on Broadway near Wall Street in New York.

Washington arrived at the ball in the company of other American statesmen and their wives. That evening he danced with many of New York’s society ladies. Vice President John Adams, members of Congress and visiting French and Spanish dignitaries, as well their wives and daughters, joined in the festivities. Eliza Hamilton, wife of Alexander Hamilton, recorded her impressions of the ball in her memoirs, noting that the president liked to dance the minuet, a dance she thought was suited to his dignity and gravity.

Congress passed the second part of the Militia Act on May 8, 1792, requiring all able-bodied white male citizens to be enrolled in the militia.

A Constitutional Convention convened on May 8, 1798 in Louisville, Georgia to rewrite the state Constitution after the Yazoo Land Fraud.

The Southern Baptist Convention was formed in Augusta, Georgia on May 8, 1845.

On May 9, 1862, a Union general, David Hunter, ordered the freedom of all slaves held in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, but President Lincoln issued a counter-order.

The Battle of the Wilderness began on May 5, 1864, between the Army of the Potomac, led by General Ulysses S. Grant, and the Army of Northern Virginia under General Robert E. Lee.

On May 7, 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant disengaged his Army of the Potomac from fighting against General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, ending the Battle of the Wilderness.

Although the Wilderness is usually described as a draw, it could be called a tactical Confederate victory, but a strategic victory for the Union army. Lee inflicted heavy numerical casualties (see estimates below) on Grant, but as a percentage of Grant’s forces they were smaller than the percentage of casualties suffered by Lee’s smaller army. And, unlike Grant, Lee had very little opportunity to replenish his losses. Understanding this disparity, part of Grant’s strategy was to grind down the Confederate army by waging a war of attrition. The only way that Lee could escape from the trap that Grant had set was to destroy the Army of the Potomac while he still had sufficient force to do so, but Grant was too skilled to allow that to happen. Thus, the Overland Campaign, initiated by the crossing of the Rappahannock, and opening with this battle, set in motion the eventual destruction of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Therefore, even though Grant withdrew at the end of the battle (which is usually the action of the defeated side), unlike his predecessors since 1861, Grant continued his campaign instead of retreating to the safety of Washington, D.C. The significance of Grant’s advance was noted by James M. McPherson:

[I]nstead of heading north, they turned south. A mental sunburst brightened their minds. It was not another “Chancellorsville … another skedaddle” after all. “Our spirits rose,” recalled one veteran who remembered this moment as a turning point in the war. Despite the terrors of the past three days and those to come, “we marched free. The men began to sing.” For the first time in a Virginia campaign the Army of the Potomac stayed on the offensive after its initial battle.

May 7, 1864 saw some of the first fighting in the Atlanta campaign, northwest of Dalton, Georgia.

On May 8, 1864, Union forces under Sherman continued to engage Confederates at the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge four miles west of Dalton, Georgia, seizing Blue Mountain.

Elsewhere on the same day, the Army of the Potomac under Grant reached Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia and found that Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had beaten them there from the Battle of the Wilderness. Grant’s Army of the Potomac remained engaged against Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House through May 21, 1864.

On May 5, 1886, Jefferson Davis attended a public reception at Savannah, Georgia’s City Hall.

Jefferson Davis spoke in Savannah, Georgia on May 6, 1866.

Davis … defend[ed] the South’s cause in the Civil War, stating, “In 1776 the colonies acquired State sovereignty. They revolted from the mother country in a desperate struggle. That was the cause for which they fought. Is it a lost cause now? Never. Has Georgia lost the State sovereignty which … she won in 1776? No, a thousand times no.” Davis’s fiery remarks were captured by reporters for the New York Times and other northern newspapers.

Because of the national attention generated over his visit to Alabama and Georgia, Davis took a more conciliatory tone in a speech that evening, noting, “There are some who take it for granted that when I allude to State sovereignty I want to bring on another war. I am too old to fight again, and God knows I don’t want you to have the necessity of fighting again… . The celebration today is a link in the long chain of affection that binds you and the North together. Long may it be true.”

Boston Red Sox pitcher Cy Young threw a perfect game against the Detroit Tigers on May 5, 1904.

On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first person to break the four-minute barrier for running the mile.

For years, so many athletes had tried and failed to run a mile in less than four minutes that people made it out to be a physical impossibility. The world record for a mile was 4 minutes and 1.3 seconds, set by Gunder Hagg of Sweden in 1945. Despite, or perhaps because of, the psychological mystique surrounding the four-minute barrier, several runners in the early 1950s dedicated themselves to being the first to cross into the three-minute zone.

At 6 p.m., the starting gun was fired. In a carefully planned race, Bannister was aided by Chris Brasher, a former Cambridge runner who acted as a pacemaker. For the first half-mile, Brasher led the field, with Bannister close behind, and then another runner took up the lead and reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 3 minutes 0.4 seconds, with Bannister at 3 minutes 0.7 seconds. Bannister took the lead with about 350 yards to go and passed an unofficial timekeeper at the 1,500-meter mark in 3 minutes 43 seconds, thus equaling the world’s record for that distance. Thereafter, Bannister threw in all his reserves and broke the tape in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. As soon as the first part of his score was announced–”three minutes…”–the crowd erupted in pandemonium.

A “sub-four” is still a notable time, but top international runners now routinely accomplish the feat. Because a mile is not a metric measurement, it is not a regular track event nor featured in the Olympics. It continues, however, to be run by many top runners as a glamour event.

Alan Shepard, Jr. became the first American in space on May 5, 1961, making a 15 minute sub-orbital flight that reached an altitude of 115 miles, during which he experienced about five minutes of ‘weightlessness.’ He was launched in the 2,000-lb. capsule Freedom 7 from Cape Canaveral, Florida… The flight traveled 302 miles at a speed relative to the ground of 4,500 mph. The mission was named Mercury-Redstone 3, or Freedom 7.

Keith Richards recorded the first version of the guitar riff that would become “Satisfaction” early in the morning of May 7, 1965 before passing out.

Jimmy Carter’s Presidential campaign received a boost on May 7, 1976 when he received the personal endorsement of the President of the United Auto Workers.

On May 6, 1984, Spinal Tap played a “comeback show” at CBGB’s in New York.

On May 6, 1996, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Atlanta was the most dangerous city in America.

On May 7, 1996, Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell responded to the FBI Report that ranked Atlanta the most violent city in the nation. Campbell would succeed in replacing headlines about Atlanta’s violent crime by substituting headlines about official corruption.

Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on May 6, 1997.

Happy Birthday on Saturday to Bill Kreutzman, one of the drummers for the Grateful Dead. On Kreutzman’s 31st birthday, the Dead played at Boston Garden. The next night was the legendary Cornell show.

On May 8, 1977, the Grateful Dead played at Cornell.

On May 9, 1977, the Grateful Dead played at Buffalo War Memorial Auditorium.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner Tiffany Porter died after repeated bouts with breast cancer, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.Continue Reading..

3
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 3, 2022

Layla is an adult female Golden Retriever who is available for adoption from Adopt A Golden Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

I started out at a shelter and everyone said my adoption would be so easy.  Just to be sure, AGA said if things didn’t work out they would come and get me.  Well, you guessed it!  Two tries did not work out because no one helped me to learn about good behavior and things I should already know!  AGA came and got me and now I feel like I’m on the right path.  So far, I am walking really well with a leash and I know what “heel” means.  I have to work on my manners some more because I sometimes make a “grrrrr” at strangers even though I am sweet to people I know.  I just need some more help with being more polite to people I don’t know.  Thank you for reading about me.  I hope we can get to know each other really soon!  Love from Layla!

Murphy is a year-old, 70-pound male Golden Retriever who is available for adoption from Adopt A Golden Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

My first family left me at an animal shelter. At least I was inside – usually I lived outside. I am still a puppy-like fellow at 13 months even though I am over 70 on the machine that tells you how big dogs are. I am a good car rider, especially if my driver lets me give kisses. I am kinda scared of new sounds but can’t help being very interested in what they are. I love it when people play with me – I haven’t had many do that. My foster says I am very smart, which is good because I need to learn about lots of things like house manners, following commands, living in a home and being part of a family. I hope the “Luck of the Irish” is with me and I’ll find my family very soon! Lots of love and thanks, Murphy

Buddy is a 7-year old male Golden Retriever who is available for adoption from Adopt A Golden Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

Maybe I could be your “buddy” dog? What do you think? I am 7 years old and I need a new home where I can get lots of attention, go on walks and swim in the water. I do need a life jacket and someone to swim with me because I have some trouble staying on top of the water. I love water so much I even enjoy a bath! I have a little trouble with my balance and sometimes my legs are shaky. I would like a house with floors that are not slippery and no steps (unless someone is nearby to help me go up and down them). Buddy recently started heartworm treatment.

3
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 3, 2022

May 3d is National Widow’s Day.

Georgia delegates convened in Augusta on May 4, 1789 to approve a new state Constitution and consider amendments.

General Nathan Bedford Forrest led troops who captured raiders near Rome, Georgia who were intent on disrupting the Western & Atlantic Railroad on May 3, 1863.

General William Tecumseh Sherman began the Atlanta Campaign on May 3, 1864 with troops marching from Tennessee toward Catoosa Springs, Georgia.

One year and one day after General Sherman began the Atlanta campaign, on May 4, 1865, Atlanta surrendered. On the same day, the Army of the Potomac crossed the Rapidan River in Virginia and into the Wilderness.

One year after that, on May 4, 1865, the last meeting of the Confederate cabinet convened in the old Georgia State Bank Building, which was located at the site of the present-day Wilkes County Courthouse in Washington, Georgia.

Margaret Mitchell was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Gone With the Wind on May 3, 1937.

On May 4, 1965, the Rolling Stones played a show at Georgia Southern.

The British band played in Hanner Fieldhouse to an overflow crowd of more than 3,500 people, according to a retrospective by Jim Hilliard in the Statesboro Herald. The gym’s capacity was about 1,500.

Hilliard said organizers figured they could sell 1,800 tickets at $2.50 each, which would be enough to pay the band and have some money left over for expenses.

The Stones had played on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Sunday, May 2, and advance ticket sales were brisk the Monday and during lunch Tuesday, the day of the concert.

Hilliard said he signed the contract booking the Stones on behalf of Sigma Epsilon Chi fraternity. The contract called for the new fraternity to pay the band $3,000 for the appearance. Hilliard said he got a $1,500 loan from First Bulloch Bank to make the deal happen.

The Stones were expected to take the stage at 8:30 p.m. and play for at least an hour, but Hilliard had lined up three front bands, and “it proved to be a fatal flaw in plans for the concert,” he said in his retrospective.

The noise was deafening as the original Stones lineup — Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts — hit the stage nearly an hour late.

Jagger and the other band members were “openly hostile” at having to wait so long to play.

On May 4, 1970, National Guard members shot into a crowd of protesting students, killing four and wounding nine others on the campus of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

On May 4, 2003, I had the fortune of marrying the first Mrs. GaPundit. Happy Anniversary.

For tomorrow, Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth Be With You! I’ll be taking the day off unless something earth-shattering happens. Like, say, the Supreme Court overruling a nearly-50-year old precedent.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Brian Kemp yesterday signed Senate Bill 500 by State Senator Brian Strickland (R-Henry County) and others. From the Press Release:Continue Reading..

2
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 2, 2022

Lou is a senior male Beagle mix who is available for adoption from Orphan Annie Rescue in Atlanta, GA.

Hi, my name is Lou! I am a handsome older gentleman who is around 10 years old and 21 lbs. Being an old man, I enjoy snuggles, walking around my foster mom’s fenced yard, sun bathing, and relaxation. I also love food, of course. I do well with cats and other dogs and just have a gentle, loving personality.

Louie is a 2-year old, 35-pound male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Atlanta Lab Rescue in Atlanta, GA.

Louie is said to be good with kids and adults, good with strangers, and fine with the cat. He is house and crate trained and likes to play games. He loves to chase tennis balls and knows Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Give Paw commands.

Louise is a young female Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

2
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 2, 2022

On May 2, 1886, Jefferson Davis left Atlanta, headed to Savannah.

Savannah officials had successfully solicited Davis to attend a variety of special ceremonies and events being planned in Savannah. On the way, the train stopped briefly in Forsyth and Macon, where the ex-Confederate president was greeted by crowds and spoke briefly from the back of his train. Although he didn’t leave the train, Davis would return to Macon the following year for a more formal visit.

On May 2, 1939, Lou Gehrig benched himself as the Yankees took the field against the Detroit Tigers, ending his streak of 2,130 consecutive games. Gehrig died on June 2, 1941 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

The Weather Channel began broadcasting from Cobb County, Georgia on May 2, 1982.

United States forces killed Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Today is the first day of on-person advance voting for the May 24 primary elections. From the Statesboro Herald:Continue Reading..