Freed slave gold miner murdered in California gold rush

Dahlonega, Georgia, July, 28, 1850: Wealthy freed slave, gold miner, store owner and industrious entrepreneur, here, for twenty years, Jim Boisclair, 46, has been killed in a gun fight east of Sacramento in California Territory.

Based on his incredible string of good luck mining for gold, here in north Georgia, “Free Jim,” as he is known in these parts, headed for California in the Gold Rush of ’49. Free Jim’s luck finally played out on a mountain slope at sunset in the windswept foothills of the High Sierra in an argument over a gold claim. He died at the hands of an unknown miner who was faster with a gun and much meaner than the deeply religious Free Jim.

Coca-cola removes cocaine from its secret formula

Atlanta, Georgia: August 15, 1903: Coca-Cola is called Coca-Cola for a reason. For the past 18 years since it was created in 1885, this renowned soft drink has contained some 9 milligrams of cocaine per 7 ounce glass and has a fairly large dose of the caffeine rich kola bean in every one of those servings, too. Those ingredients provide a powerful “pick-me-up” for thirsty customers everywhere. Cocaine combined with caffeine laden kola beans! Hence, the name Coca-Cola.

But, now, Coke is changing. Earlier this year, the New York Tribune ran an expose that linked cocaine to crime all over America and called for legal action against Coca-Cola to stop producing this cocaine laced drink because it contributes to crimes committed by crazed people.

Since that story ran in the Tribune, Coke has quietly switched from using fresh coca leaves in its secret formula to a formula still using those same coca leaves for taste but with the actual cocaine taken out. Coca-Cola has been equally as mum about its subtle switch from promoting Coke as a type of cure-all tonic for aches and pains to being advertised instead as just a refreshing, drinkable beverage designed to cure thirst. Coke is changing.

American patriot Patrick Henry involved in questionable land deal

Louisville, Georgia, February 22, 1796: American patriot Patrick “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” Henry and his Virginia, Yazoo Company, along with four other land speculation companies, appear to be involved in a scurrilous land speculation scandal we now call The Yazoo Land Fraud here in the great state of Georgia that proudly stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the East to the Mississippi River in the West.

Four land speculation companies bought 35 million acres of land from our state legislature under a two year old heinous land grant law for as little as 2 cents—that’s right folks, I said 2 cents– an acre in western Georgia. (Present day Mississippi and Alabama).

The actual paper version of this nefarious land grant law that was passed by a majority of our thieving, lying legislators in 1794 was consumed by “Holy Fire,” yesterday—appropriately enough, on the Lord’s Day—on the front lawn of our state capitol building, right here, in Louisville. (Louisville was Georgia’s capital until 1806).

Georgia Tech wins football game – 222 to 0

This college football game came dangerously close to redefining the word “easy.” Georgia Tech easily wrote a new history in college football statistics, here yesterday, easing past the now timid, shy and toothless Cumberland Bulldogs 222-0—placing the Ramblin’ Wrecks comfortably at the top of the Most-Points-Scored-In-A-Single-Game column for centuries to come.

Even the play by play announcing of this game became nonchalant. Every time Tech got the ball, which was most of the game, the stadium announcer simply droned, “Har he comes! Thar he goes!” Tech was totally unrestricted—racking up 978 yards rushing (Another record). The Bulldogs racked up a startling “minus” 28 yards, which really made the game seem closer than it was.