Ice Tsunami – More Photos

Why “ice tsunami”? When sheets of ice slide off of your house, it kinda sounds like a huge wave crashing.

The Governor is visiting Lexington (1:00 P.M. presser with Jim Newberry, Urban County Govt Center) and Louisville (4:00 P.M. presser with Jerry Abramson, old Federal Reserve Building) to assess storm damage this afternoon.

There are now 100,000+ LG&E customers without power and we hear a new transformer explosion every few minutes.

What are things like in your neck of the woods? Have photos to share?

Since we’re all gonna die of the ice death and no electricity, we thought we’d share a few more photos.

It really was a close call:

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The Ice Tsunami Got Rick!

Ugh. The ice tsunami got Rick. He’s without power and a huge tree is blocking his driveway.

So stay tuned throughout the day and hope he gets his juice back.

Hebert (and now the C-J) says there’s 75,000 without power.

UPDATE: Rick snapped from photos earlier, thought I’d share:

When Rumors Get Out of Control

Ed Springston couldn’t be more off-base about Councilcritter Vicki Aubrey Welch. She won her race because she worked her rear end off and because people like Mike Bailey and myself worked to get her elected. Walking door to door, volunteering dozens of hours per week, helping her get things going. The entire Democracy For America organization stood up for her and helped get her seated.

Jerry Abramson and his administration had nothing to do with her campaign. If you’ve spent any time around her in public, you know her thoughts on the Mayor. And they’re not all puppies and rainbows, as Springston would wrongly have you believe.

We also stood up for Kevin Triplett and were disappointed when Vicki didn’t bring him on in the beginning as her aide. We lobbied for it because we felt he was the right guy for the job and didn’t want his talents to go to waste after losing to loopy Marianne Butler. (I mean, her own family members stood up against her)

Long story short: Ed needs to be a bit more careful about the rumors he spreads.

From Dept of Wasting Your Time & Money

Newly elected State Senator John Schickel (R-Union) is wasting your time and money. He’s sponsoring legislation to prevent media from using tapes of 911 telephone calls. Why? He says they’re only used to boost ratings.

Kentucky Press Association executive director David Thompson said the measure could remove critical public oversight of emergency dispatchers and law enforcement authorities, making it difficult to determine when they have done their jobs well and when they haven’t.

“It’s not just something that the press should be concerned about; it’s something the public should be concerned about,” Thompson said.

The Kentucky Open Records Act requires emergency dispatching centers to make 911 calls available to the public when requested. That law has provided Kentuckians with sometimes highly emotional accounts of any number of heart-rending tragedies, including the first reports of a teen whose feet were severed on a Louisville amusement park ride in 2007 and the deadly crash of Comair Flight 5191 at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport in 2006.

Senate Bill 30 is a waste of time, your tax dollars and is a dangerous move toward limiting free speech and open records/sunshine laws in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. If something major happens, the public has the right to know about it. And the press is tasked with the responsibility of keeping government in check– that includes keeping an eye on services like 911. Requiring a court order to obtain a mere transcript of a 911 call? Please.

John Schickel and the other sponsors of the bill (Dan Seum, Dan Kelly, Alice Forgy Kerr & Jack Westwood) should stop wasting our time and our money.

Don’t we have bigger fish to fry?

Inaugural Celebration Giveaway Thanks

We owe a special debt of gratitude to the great folks at Sustain for their generosity. The green lifestyle store (3724 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville) provided us with awesome t-shirts and water bottles as a giveaway for our readership that couldn’t make it to Tuesday night’s celebration.

We stopped by the store recently and want to share some pictures we snapped in anticipation of their grand reopening planned for late February. The store is open right now, but will be stocking thousands of great new products over the next few weeks. So stay tuned for that.

Without further ado, take a look and stop by their store sometime.

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Page One & The ‘Ville Voice on TeeVee

Wow! Rick got all dressed up! It’s a special inauguration edition of us on the teevee. All the details on local Clear Channel firings, our Inauguration Celebration tonight (and the giveaway!) and some fancy stuff about bridges, tolls and 8664. Oh, and lots of uncomfortable scrolling when they realized “SUCK A FAT ONE” was on the screen in reference to the outgoing president. Hilarity ensued.

Inauguration Party Update – Green Giveaway

We thought it’d be a good idea to include those of you who can’t make it to our Inaugural Party tomorrow evening. So in an effort to really be all-inclusive, we’ve got a great way for you to participate in the event.

Thanks to Sustain, Located at 3724 Frankfort Avenue at the Vogue Shopping Center (between Lexington Road & Frankfort Avenue), we’re giving away a couple great items. The award-winning “CHANGE” t-shirt , pictured at left, is totally organic and printed with soy ink. Why organic? Typical cotton t-shirts require 1/3 pound of pesticides and fertilizer to be made. Surprising to us, ordinary shirts themselves are only 73% cotton– the rest is all chemicals and resin left over from cotton production.

In addition to the shirt, Sustain has been generous enough to include Sigg Water Bottles in the giveaway. They’re non-leaching aluminum and are super-awesome-trendy. Did you know that nearly 1.5 million barrels of oil are used to produce the number of plastic water bottles used in the United States each year? And more than 60 million plastic bottles are discarded in landfills every day. So they’re great products.

Just leave a comment here on the site telling us why you’re excited about change. Use an actual email address in the “E-Mail” field so we can contact you when you win. Keep it clean and try not to disparage Dubya too terribly, folks. We’ll randomly select winners sometime tomorrow evening and will ship things out in a few days (or if you’re local, you can pick them up from us).

Big Inauguration Party Tomorrow – Come!

Okay, we gave in and agreed to be sponsors. So now you have to come.

Our 1 Planet, Interfaith Paths to Peace and other organizations are holding a fancy inauguration party tomorrow night at the historic Henry Clay Ballroom in Louisville, at 604 South Third Street.

From 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M., there’s a luncheon (it’s now closed if you haven’t RSVPd) and live oath of office viewing. And from 4:00 – 10:00 P.M. there’s a FREE happy hour celebration with drinks, appetizers and entertainment – no RSVP required!

The event is non-partisan and is being sponsored by Sustain – which will give away discount coupons and other great eco-friendly products during the happy hour – and US!

You’ll have a chance to make history and will officially be a part of the presidential inaugural program. Video from our event will be streamed live on television and video walls at other official inaugural events. And you’ll have the opportunity to see video from elected officials like Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Congressman John Yarmuth and Mayor Jerry Abramson about the importance of the inauguration and the presidency.

Did we mention that it’s FREE?

If you can’t make it to our event? MSNBC and Starbucks are teaming up everywhere to make sure you have a front row seat at the inauguration. And theaters in Louisville are hosting screenings.

P.S. Check back later for fancy giveaways from Sustain for those of you who want to take part in our event but can’t attend for whatever reason. And if you’re interested, there’s still time to RSVP for the 11-2:00 P.M. luncheon. You’ve got til 5:00 P.M. today.