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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 15, 2021

Yosef is a 2-year old male Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, GA.

Yosef is a very dignified gentleman. He walks well on a leash and enjoys being outside in the sunshine. He likes treats and playing in the grass on a beautiful day. Yosef is a little head-shy upon first meeting, so make sure to introduce yourself first. Because of this, the shelter thinks Yosef would do better in a home with older children. Yosef is heartworm positive and will need to come back to the shelter for treatment in a few weeks.

Sasha is a 3-year old female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, GA.

Sasha loves to cuddle, give kisses, and receive lots of attention for her favorite people! Sasha loves people and seems to do well with other dogs, though we do suggest a meet-n-greet before adopting. Sasha enjoys being outside but also loves to snuggle up inside after enjoying a day of play. She walks pretty well on a leash with minimal pulling. She is such a happy-go-lucky girl who is ready to find her forever home!Sasha has recently been treated for heartworms and will require limited activity for the next few weeks.

Tiny Tina is a  3-year old, 30-pound female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, GA.

Tiny Tina is what the shelter affectionately calls a “Pocket Pit.” Weighing in around 30 pounds, Tina is the true definition of ‘big things come in small packages’! This little girl is spicy, and we love her for it! She has so much spunk, personality, and attitude to bring to the table. Her fiery spirit is what makes her all the more adorable! Tina seems to get along with most other dogs, but we definitely suggest a meet-n-greet before adopting. Tina does not do well with small children.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 15, 2021

On July 15, 1864, Sherman’s army began crossing the Chattahoochee River and would take the better part of three days to complete the crossing. Georgia Public Broadcasting has a series on Sherman’s Georgia campaign, and you can watch this week’s episode here.

Major General George Stoneman’s cavalry had come to the area south of Atlanta. On July 15, 1864, Stoneman wrote from camp near Villa Rica, Georgia.

As I indicated to you in my last note, we completed the bridge (Moore’s), and were ready to cross at daybreak yesterday morning, but before we essayed it a report came from Major Buck, in command of a battalion seven miles above, that the enemy had been crossing above him on a boat or a bridge, and that his pickets had been cut off.

Colonel Biddle, who was left with his brigade at Campbellton, reports the enemy quite strong at that point, with two guns of long range in each of the two redoubts on the opposite bluff, which are opened upon him whenever any of his men show themselves.

I was very anxious to strike the railroad from personal as well as other considerations, but I became convinced that to attempt it would incur risks inadequate to the results, and unless we could hold the bridge, as well as penetrate into the country, the risk of capture or dispersion, with loss of animals (as I could hear of no ford), was almost certain.

On July 15, 1870, Georgia was readmitted to the United States, with the signature by President Ulysses Grant of the “Georgia Bill” by the U.S. Congress.

On July 15, 1948, President Harry Truman was nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to run for a full term as President of the United States.

On July 15, 1964, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater was nominated as the Republican candidate for President.

On July 15, 2006, a group messaging service called Twttr launched, later changing its name to Twitter. May God have mercy upon their souls.

After Williams asked the team of 14 employees to brainstorm their best ideas for the flailing startup, one of the company’s engineers, Jack Dorsey, came up with the concept of a service allowing users to share personal status updates via SMS to groups of people. By March 2006, they had a working prototype, and a name—Twttr—inspired in part by bird sounds, and adopted after some other choices (including FriendStalker) were rejected. Dorsey (@Jack) sent the first-ever tweet (“just setting up my twttr”) on March 21.

Within six months after the launch, Twttr had become Twitter. Once the service went public, its founders imposed a 140-character limit for messages, based on the maximum length of text messages at the time; this was later expanded to 280 characters.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 14, 2021

Dixie is a 4-month old, 20-pound female Labrador Retriever and Pointer mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Circle of Friends Animal Society Inc. in Greensboro, GA.

She is a happy friendly little girl with lots of energy.

Chickory is a 4-year old, 40-pound male Catahoula Leopard Dog mix who is available for adoption from the Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.

Chickory was brought to the shelter as a stray. According to the person who brought him in, he rides great in a car. He enjoys playing ball in the outside pens, seems good with other dogs, has not been tested with cats. 

Bingo is a 2-year old, 50-pound male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.

Bingo was surrendered to the shelter for chasing chickens. His owner stated that he is good with children , dog and cats. The shelter found he is a little too interested in the cats. He seems okay with other dogs, but he has a lot of energy and could be intimidating to a small dog or small child. He is very friendly and almost always has a smile on his face.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 14, 2021

Happy Bastille Day, celebrating the 232d anniversary of Bastille Day, 14 July 1789, when citizens stormed the Bastille, a prison in Paris.

On July 14, 1798, the Alien and Sedition Act became federal law.

The first three acts took aim at the rights of immigrants. The period of residency required before immigrants could apply for citizenship was extended from five to 14 years, and the president gained the power to detain and deport those he deemed enemies. President Adams never took advantage of his newfound ability to deny rights to immigrants. However, the fourth act, the Sedition Act, was put into practice and became a black mark on the nation’s reputation. In direct violation of the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech, the Sedition Act permitted the prosecution of individuals who voiced or printed what the government deemed to be malicious remarks about the president or government of the United States. Fourteen Republicans, mainly journalists, were prosecuted, and some imprisoned, under the act.

On July 14, 1864, General Sherman issued Special Field Order 35, outlining the plan for the Battle of Atlanta.

Atlanta Brave Hank Aaron hit his 500th Home Run on July 14, 1968.

On July 14, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination for President at the Democratic National Convention.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 13, 2021

Crash is a 1-2-year old, 53-pound male Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from Peach County Animal Rescue in Marshallville, GA.

Crash is a bubbly, excited-about-life boy that loves to bounce like Tigger and play, play, play! Crash came to us as an unclaimed stray in our county which has no animal control. Crash walks well on a leash and would prefer a home where he doesn’t spend a lot of time in a crate- it’s just not his favorite as he has so much learning about the world to do! He would love to go for a hike and smell the entire world. Crash would make a great family dog or companion to an active family.

Reese is a two-year old, 34-pound female Feist and Shepherd dog mix who is available for adoption from Peach County Animal Rescue in Marshallville, GA.

Reese is a little girl that came to us with her sister Twix after the elderly owner she had recently passed away. In his declining years, he did the best he could to care for his dogs but due to age and health related issues, Reese and her sister did not receive the socialization that they needed to be truly well-rounded dogs.

As such, Reese does not know what it means to actually live in a home environment and is learning things like how to walk on a leash, and how to be approached by people regularly. Reese needs a home with a confident dog who she can take her cues from and learn how to be part of a family with. She also needs a secure fence.

Isis is a three-year old, 50-pound female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Peach County Animal Rescue in Marshallville, GA.

Isis is a good girl that came from an absolutely horrible situation. Her previous owner bred her, didn’t feed her much and then dumped her on a friend that reached out to us for help. Isis is as sweet as pie and LOVES people so much. Some of her favorite things include carrying anything and everything – toys, flowers, a piece of your heart – playing with toys, and sitting on your foot in order to laugh into your face. She is a real heartbreaker, and deserves the good life now!

Because of Isis’ rough past she would prefer to be an only pet in her home, where she can be the center of your heart. She is an absolute love that does well on a leash and listens obediently. Isis would make a lovely family pet and friend.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 13, 2021

On July 13, 1787, Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance, in which states ceded some claims to the west, and a process was set up for admitting new states.

On July 13, 1865, James Johnson as provisional Governor of Georgia, issued a proclamation freeing slaves and calling an election in October of that year to elect delegates to a state Consitutional Convention. Johnson had previously opposed Georgia’s secession and after the war was appointed Governor by President Andrew Johnson.

Savannah, Georgia-born John C. Fremont, who was the first Presidential nominee of the Republican Party in 1856, died in New York City on July 13, 1890.

On July 13, 2013, the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter first appeared on Facebook.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 12, 2021

Sorento is a five-year old male Boxer mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Preach is an eight-year old male Boxer mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

McKenzie is a two-year old female Beagle mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 12, 2021

John Percival, an Irish Member of Parliament who served as a Georgia Trustee, was born on July 12, 1733.

In the British House of Commons, Percival served on the committee on jails with a young member named James Oglethorpe, who shared his idea about a new colony in North America for the deserving poor. Percival, like Oglethorpe became a Georgia Trustee, and during Georgia’s first decade, with Oglethorpe in America, Percival worked harder than anyone to champion Georgia’s cause and secure its future.

The United States Army Medal of Honor was created on July 12, 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation authorizing the award.

The first U.S. Army soldiers to receive what would become the nation’s highest military honor were six members of a Union raiding party who in 1862 penetrated deep into Confederate territory to destroy bridges and railroad tracks between Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Lt. Frank Reasoner of Kellogg, Idaho died in action on July 12, 1965 and was later posthumously awarded the first Medal of Honor to a United States Marines for action in Vietnam.

On July 12, 1984, Congresswoman Geradine Ferraro (R-NY) joined the Democratic ticket with Presidential nominee Walter Mondale. Ferraro was the first woman and first Italian-American woman nominated for Vice President. Mondale and Ferraro lost the General Election in the largest ever Republican landslide to Republican President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush.

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Governor Brian Kemp began his reelection campaign, according to FoxNews.

“We need everyone engaged, because we know the Democrats are united,” Kemp told a crowd of supporters Saturday at his campaign kickoff at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, a solidly conservative part of the Peach State.

Kemp, working to shore up his base, closed his speech by arguing that the Democrats have overplayed their hand in Georgia. “Make no mistake. They’re going to continue to cancel conservatives across the country,” he said. “They are trying to go after anyone in the country that doesn’t share their values.”

Kemp also revealed his fundraising figures, announcing he hauled in $3.9 million over the past three months, with roughly $9.2 million in his campaign coffers with a year to go until the Georgia primary.

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“We want all Georgians, no matter what zip codes or what neighborhood they’re in to have great opportunities, to be safe, and to be strong,” he said in his speech. “We live in the greatest state in the country.”

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 9, 2021

Buddy is a nearly-13 year old senior male Beagle and Jack Russell Terrier mix who weighs 19 pounds and  is available for adoption from the Atlanta Humane Society in Atlanta, GA.

Hello! My name is Buddy! And, I want to be your “buddy!” I am a sweet older gentleman who is looking for a new forever home because, sadly, my mom became ill and could no longer care for me. I am a friendly, outgoing, healthy, little guy, still active, loves walks, and I get along with other dogs. I like getting my exercise daily and am always ready for a nice, nap—preferably on your lap or beside you. Take a look at my cute, sweet, happy face, and I know you will want to meet me. I sure hope so anyway. Love, Buddy.

**I qualify for Foster First which means you may foster me for 14 days before adopting me to make sure we all get along. Let’s give it a try.

Nala is a 5-year old, 59-pound female Shepherd and Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Humane Society in Atlanta, GA.

Hello, I’m Nala. I’m a beautiful, very affectionate girl who can’t get enough pets. When my previous owner had to move and couldn’t take me along, AHS found me a wonderful foster home. My foster Mom said I’m the perfect height to lay my head in your lap when you are on the couch, and I would like to cuddle with you if you say it’s ok to get on the furniture. I just wanted to be wherever she is, so I slept on the floor next to her bed at night and woke her up with nose rubs when it’s time to go out to potty in the morning. She says I get along great with other dogs and would enjoy living with a “buddy” to keep me company when I have to be left alone.

Towee is a three-month old female Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Humane Society in Atlanta, GA.

Hi, I’m Towee. I am very excited to meet you, and I just know we are going to be best friends. My hobbies include sleeping (a lot!), exploring the world (there’s so much to see!), and getting into a little trouble (I’m a puppy after all!). I don’t have much life experience yet, but I’m willing to learn if you have the time to teach me. If you have other pets in your home already, I would love to meet them! Do you think I might be the perfect match for you? I sure hope so. Love, Towee


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 9, 2021

On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to General George Washington’s troops at the parade grounds in Manhattan.

On July 11, 1782, British colonists including British Royal Governor Sir James Wright, fled Georgia.

Wright had been the only colonial governor and Georgia the only colony to successfully implement the Stamp Act in 1765. As revolutionary fervor grew elsewhere in the colonies, Georgia remained the most loyal colony, declining to send delegates to the Continental Congress in 1774.

Congress ordered the creation of the United States Marine Corps on July 11, 1798, after the Corps was inactive for a period following the Revolutionary War. From 1799 to 1921, Marine Corps Day was observed on July 11, but is now celebrated on November 10, the date of it’s Revolutionary War establishment.

On July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Burr was the sitting Vice President of the United States and Hamilton a former Secretary of the Treasury.

After he shot Hamilton, Aaron Burr quickly fled the nation’s capitol, making his way to St. Simons Island, Georgia, spending a month as a guest of Pierce Butler at Hampton Plantation.

Burr was a fugitive, but his killing Hamilton in a duel held a certain justifiable reasoning since dueling was not illegal, though morally questionable, to be sure. According to H. S. Parmet and M. B. Hecht in their Aaron Burr: Portrait of an Ambitious Man, after the duel, he immediately completed, by mid-August, plans which he had already initiated, to go to St. Simons, “an island off the coast of Georgia, one mile below the town of Darien.”

Jonathan Daniels’ “Ordeal of Ambition” handles the situation this way: “With Samuel Swartwout and a slave named Peter (‘the most intelligent and best disposed black I have ever known’), Burr secretly embarked for Georgia. There on St. Simons Island at the Hampton Plantation of his friend, rich former Senator Pierce Butler, he found refuge…” As Georgia Historian Bernice McCullar, author of “Georgia” puts it, Burr was “fleeing the ghost of Alexander Hamilton” when he arrived on the Georgia island.

“Major Pierce Butler,” she relates, “had fought in the British army and remained in America after the war.” He had married a South Carolina heiress, Miss Polly Middleton, and acquired two Georgia Coastal plantations, which he ran like a general storming after the troops. In fact, he was so strict that none of his slaves could associate with any of the others. He also required anyone who visited his plantations to give his or her name at the gate. With this tight security, Burr should have felt safe..

Actually, Butler’s invitation to visit the island fitted the escapee’s plans nicely. Not only was the Hamilton affair a bother, but also Burr needed to get away from a lady by the name of Celeste; however, the real reason, aside from being near his daughter, who was also in the South, was the nearness of the Floridas. No real purpose is given why the Vice-President wanted to spend “five or six weeks on this hazardous and arduous undertaking.”

Daniels underscores that from this St. Simons point Burr could “make any forays into Florida he wished to make. He traveled under the name ‘Roswell King.” After his Florida odyssey, he planned to meet his South Carolina son-in-law “at any healthy point.”

Parts of the Hampton Plantation survive in the form of tabby ruins on St Simons.

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A house in St. Marys, Georgia bears a plaque stating that Aaron Burr visited there in 1804.

Clark lived in the home from 1804 until his death in 1848. He was appointed in 1807 by then-President Thomas Jefferson as customs collector for the Port of St. Marys, a position he held until his death. The year Clark bought the house, he is said to have provided a temporary hideout to Aaron Burr, who was traveling in the South to evade federal authorities holding a warrant for his arrest after he killed Alexander Hamilton in their infamous duel in July 1804.

Verification of Burr’s stay in St. Marys is hard to come by. But it is confirmed that he stayed on St. Simons Island and Cumberland Island late in the summer after he killed Hamilton. That Burr knew Clark is not disputed. The two attended law school together in Litchfield, Conn., but there is no mention in either man’s records that Burr stayed in the home.

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President Zachary Taylor died of cholera on July 9, 1850. Millard Fillmore was sworn in as the 13th President of the United States on July 10, 1850.

On July 9, 1864, Confederate troops retreated across the Chattahoochee River from Cobb County into Fulton County. Upriver, Sherman’s troops had already crossed and moved toward Atlanta.

On July 10, 1864, Conferderate forces retreated south across the Chattahoochee and burned the bridge behind them. General Sherman wrote later of the day,

General Garrard Moved rapidly on Roswell, and destroyed the factories which had supplied the rebel armies with cloth for years.

Over General Garrard was then ordered to secure the shallow ford at Roswell and hold it until he could be relieved by infantry, and as I contemplated transferring the Army of the Tennessee from the extreme right to the left, I ordered General Thomas to send a division of his infantry that was nearest up to Roswell to hold the ford until General McPherson could send up a corps from the neighborhood of Nickajack.

General Newton’s division was sent and held the ford until the arrival of General Dodge’s corps, which was soon followed by General McPherson’s whole army.

On July 11, 1877, a Constitutional Convention convened in the Kimball Opera House in Atlanta to replace the 1868 Reconstruction Constitution.

On July 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Aid Road Act, establishing a federal program of paying for highway development.

The Scopes “Monkey Trial” began on July 10, 1925, in which a Tennessee public school teacher was tried for teaching evolution, against state law. Three-time Democratic candidate for President William Jennings Bryan volunteered to help the prosecution, and famed lawyer Clarence Darrow defended John Thomas Scopes.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the Democratic nomination for a fourth term on July 11, 1944.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower was nominated for President by the Republican National Convention on July 11, 1952.

July 11, 1969 was an epic day in rock and roll history, with David Bowie releasing “Space Oddity” and the Rolling Stones releasing “Honky Tonk Women.”

On July 10, 1985, “Classic“ Coke returned, joining the new formula on store shelves.

On July 11, 1985, Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan became the first major league player to strike out 4000 batters.

The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games broke ground for Atlanta Olympic Stadium on July 10, 1993; after the Olympics, the stadium was modified for baseball and became Turner Field.

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From FoxNews:

As the first pitch in the relocated MLB All-Star Game approaches, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is targeting Stacey Abrams and other prominent Democrats in a new ad campaign and reiterating his pledge to fight legal challenges to the state’s controversial election law.

Set to debut Friday and air during the All-Star Game, the 30-second ad features Kemp outside the Atlanta Braves’ home stadium, Truist Park, the site once selected to host this year’s event. The Republican governor asserts Abrams and other members of what he describes in the ad as a “liberal mob” disregarded the economic losses of local small business in favor of partisan political goals.

“We’re going to keep fighting,” Kemp said in an interview with Fox News. “The Elections Integrity Act is a good piece of legislation that makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat. In my opinion, Stacey Abrams, all these activists, a lot of these corporate ‘woke’ cancel culture people, including Major League Baseball, overplayed their hand here and we’re going to push back.”

Kemp said the Biden administration’s lawsuit constituted a federal effort to influence election laws debated and passed by a state legislature.

“They lost the federal takeover that they wanted to do that was an unconstitutional power grab,” Kemp said. “I think this is just the next course of action to show the activists and the folks that are pressuring them. The president got way out there talking about the bill and labeling it was Jim Crow 2.0 and whatever else. Didn’t even read our bill, didn’t even know what the bill did.”

Kemp singles out Abrams for criticism in the ad, declaring that she and other members of “the liberal mob forced the All-Star Game to move, despite the fact that we made it easier to vote and harder to cheat.” He adds that critics of the election bill will “put their political agenda ahead of jobs, small business, even the truth.”

The Georgia governor also pushed back on reports that Abrams urged the MLB to keep the All-Star Game in Atlanta before the decision was made to relocate, asserting the Democratic voting rights activist had “flip-flopped” on the issue.

“When they figured out this was not a good political position for them to be in, they started trying to put the narrative out there that oh, you shouldn’t move the game,” he added. “Well, you can’t have it both ways and we’re calling them out on that.”

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