Calling It Quits Early Today Just Because

So enjoy yourselves. We haven’t had a day off in a dick year and are going to just cold do nothing for the rest of the day.

Here’s some stuff for you to complain about until tomorrow.

Is the tide shifting against the death penalty? [Time]

Sarah Palin, the Darlene Fitzgerald of Alaskduh, struck back at Ashley Judd for exposing her for being a bumbling and embarrassing idiot. [Huffington Post]

Congressman John Yarmuth’s thoughts on President Barack Obama’s disaster declaration for Kentucky, “I thank President Obama for this critical assistance and commend him on his immediate action on this major disaster declaration,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “As our cash-strapped Commonwealth works around the clock to respond to a second tragic natural disaster in six months, I will continue to meet with the Administration and Congressional Leadership to ensure Kentucky has all the federal funding and resources necessary for a quick and full recovery.” [Press Release]

And Governor Steve Beshear’s sentiments on the same, “I appreciate President Obama’s quick response to our request for a major disaster declaration following this devastating storm,” Gov. Beshear said. “This quick action allows state and local governments to recover significant expenditures they have incurred in response to the storm. I will continue to pursue 100 percent reimbursement for the seven days following storm and I’m hopeful that we will receive approval for this as well.” [Press Release]

Research 2000 says Jim Bunning is toast no matter who runs against him. Imagine that. We’re all so surprised. Shock and awe, ladies! And that’s with half the state wiped out with ice. [DailyKos]

Ugh. The newspaper slump is hitting the Herald-Leader pretty hard. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Robocall no-call list passes panel vote in the State House. Thank flipping goodness. [Bluegrass Politics]

Oh Snap Monday! Happy Groundhog Day!

Yes, it’s true. We saw our shadow. Sorry bout yer luck, Kentucky. You’re in for six more weeks of ice storms and hell without electricity and running water. And don’t complain– this is why God or whatever invented bourbon (remember: other states don’t have it.)

Lord, lesbians are just cold takin’ over everything. We can’t go to the grocery or turn on the news without a lesbian trying to recruit our children into lumber jacking or trying to steal an entire country. [Independent]

Remember Derek the Abstinence Clown? You’ll love this hot mess of a story. [Joe Sonka]

Wait – More than 700,000 people were without electricity during points of this ice storm mess. 700,000! [H-L]

Daniel Mongiardo told Fox News on Saturday that it’s not true that shelters in Kentucky are telling people to pack a suitcase and head to a motel. Unfortunately for him, the Herald-Leader proves that shelters are, indeed, doing that very thing. People in government or who are running for higher office in Kentucky need to learn how to tell the truth and harness it. [H-L]

Five facts about the new RNC Chairman, Michael Steele. All you Republicans still calling him your friend after being reminded of all this mess? [Huffington Post]

Governor Steve Beshear activated the entire Kentucky National Guard along with portions of the Air National Guard to assist in the aftermath of the ice storm. [C-J]

Read the rest of this Groundhog Day mess after the jump…

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Thursday Afternoon Ice Disaster Craziness

Since everyone has frozen to death or still don’t have fancy things like running water or electricity, we figure we’ll just do a quick update. After spending nearly two hours digging our old Jeep out of an ice cave or whatever and using a chainsaw (yeah, we’re tough, rawr!) to remove the fallen trees surrounding it, we’re pretty much spent for the day. So. Hope you’re warm and such.

This is easily one of the funnier things we’ve read in a few days. Denial, denial, denial. Thank goodness for Fail Blog. [Huge Fail]

Remember that voter fraud mess Sarah Palin was going crazy over? Yeah, all of one person committed fraud. One. [Wonkette]

The Public Service Commission’s latest release says the ice storm outages top 607,000 customers. The total exceeds Hurricane Ike (600k) and is now the worst on record in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Utilities are telling the PSC that outages will extend into next week and beyond. Repair crews from other states have begun arriving in Kentucky to assist with restoration efforts, thankfully. [Press Release]

International Game Technology, the company Bob Babbage lobbies for, is laying off an additional 200 employees today. That’s in addition to a cut of 500 last November. Guess they’ll be lobbying extra-hard now to make up for lost sales? Just a thought. [Money Central]

Woah – the wind industry now employs more people than coal. Imagine that. [CNN]

Mitch McConnell warns of impending abyss for the GOP. “”We’re all concerned about the fact that the very wealthy and the very poor, the most and least educated, and a majority of minority voters, seem to have more or less stopped paying attention to us,” McConnell said Thursday. “And we should be concerned that, as a result of all this, the Republican Party seems to be slipping into a position of being more of a regional party than a national one.” [The Hill]

Marc Ambinder has more on Mitch McConnell’s diagnosis for the Republican Party. [The Atlantic]

Governor Steve Beshear’s approval rating has taken a dip according to the latest Survey USA/WHAS 11 News poll. His current approval rating is 48%, down from 52% in October. [SurveyUSA]

American Idol apologized to Louisville. It made Perez Hilton, so, it’s kind of majorly hilarious. You’ll need to read it. [Perez Hilton]

Kentucky Ranks Highest in Smoking Deaths

The CDC just released a report ranking Kentucky the state with the highest rate of smoking-related deaths. That’s 371 per 100,000 or 7,848 people per year. The national median was 263 per 100k.

“It’s no surprise,” said Irene Centers, program manager for tobacco prevention and cessation for the state. “Kentucky has the highest percentage of lung cancer deaths. We have the highest rate of adult smoking in the nation.”

A 2007 federal survey showed that 28.2 percent of Kentucky adults smoked, and Kentucky also has some of the nation’s highest smoking rates among youths and pregnant women. The CDC estimates that the total annual cost of smoking in Kentucky is more than $3.6 billion.

Centers said she supports the governor’s efforts to raise the cigarette tax and communities’ efforts to pass smoke-free policies. “Until we make some major changes,” she said, “nothing is going to change.”

Guess it comes as no surprise that we also have the highest adult smoking rate in the nation and the highest rate of pregnant women who smoke.

Meanwhile, some overweight slobs in Frankfort who are controlled by the tobacco lobby refuse to do anything that would remotely ease us away from this epidemic.

Network Crap Sucks So Read This Stuff

Internets issues are rolling all over the Commonwealth so it’s tough to do much of anything. So. More reading to waste your time at work!

Rothenberg says Jim Bunning’s U.S. Senate seat is a toss-up in 2010. Really? [Rothenberg Political Report]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is finally over. [CNN]

Oh noes! Us Kentuckians are disappearing! [Wonkette]

Ben Chandler and Mitch McConnell are BFFs. Check out Chandler’s floor speech in honor of McConnell. [Page One]

Been watching this Speaker of the House mess in Tennessee? New Republican moderate won without the support of his fellow Republicans. Check the video. [YouTube]

A Gaza rally at the University of Louisville led to quite a clash. [LEO Weekly]

Told you earlier about WHAS11 missing the point in the story about the dad who can’t see his son. Here’s a photo of a billboard on Westport Road in St. Matthews advertising his case:

Rick has more on the story.

Last Boring Monday Afternoon Update in 2008

There’s just not a damn thing going on in Kentucky these days. Frankfort is a cemetery. Everyone is lazy and/or in a sugar coma. And we have all kinds of meetings. So here are some more boring updates for you use in your time wasting endeavors.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Hitting up the state parks? You should, if there’s nothing else to do in your God forsaken, middle-of-nowhere town. [State Parks]

OH MY GOD! Virginity pledges don’t stop teens from having tons of wild sex! What! Can you believe this? [AP]

Haha. We almost peed a little behind this mess. Dick Cheney saying that he has no idea why he’s so horribly unpopular. [Casper Star Tribune]

What new country would you move to? We think Kentucky would totally Jesus its way into the southern one, not the northeastern one. We’d take the elitist northeastern route, preferably, as there will probably be better espresso there. [WSJ]

Wait, wait. These dudes think Mitch McConnell is a warrior and a leader. For reals. [American Spectator]

Sorry, Crit won’t run. Jack will. And Trey won’t run against Jack. If Jack didn’t run and it was Mongiardo, though? Trey would run against him and win. [Politico]