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In Louisville, Hurricane Ike left over 300,000 Louisville Gas and Electric customers without power. By Monday evening, that number was down to 215,000. A problem that is hampering efforts, aside from the number of lines down, is that some of the LG&E folks had gone to Texas to help out with restoring power in that state. Now, the state of Kentucky is experiencing its largest power outage ever. Several counties in Indiana are not only without power, but also under a state of emergency. Just like the LG&E folks help out in other areas of the country, others will come to the Commonwealth to pitch in. Well, other states in the region have their own problems and many of their folks are also down in Texas. So, they just had a press conference and announced that it may be 10-14 days before power is fully restored. Great…guess who has
no power? I’m glad our weather will be dry with cool nights and warm afternoons. Don’t worry, the Ryder Cup will come off without a hitch. The clean up is in full force and there was only minor damage at Valhalla. You folks should see the people crowding into the gas stations and grocery stores that are open. And the fast food joints that are open are running out of food. One thing we don’t have is looting. The mayor got a bit testy when a reporter even uttered the word. From the picture above, you can see that they probably don’t have much of a looting problem either…..if they do, it won’t last for long. Looters will find out the reason why people have guns in Texas.
Speaking of Tejas. Crystal Beach is just to the east of Galveston Bay. Galveston Island is on the west side of the entrance to the bay while Bolivar Peninsula with Crystal Beach is on the east side of the entrance. Bolivar Peninsula was immediately to the right of the eye of Ike as it made landfall which means that it caught the full force of the winds and surge. At the bottom are more photos from Texas. One is a slide show from a Boston TV station. The others are video of Crystal Beach. One is directly after the storm but the others are from Crystal Beach before Ike so you can get an idea of what it looked like. The after images shows ravines gouged out by the water is it retreated to the sea. Crystal Beach is almost wiped clean in some places.
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On This Date In History: Remember during the 1976 Presidential election how Jimmy Carter used his stellar integrity as a campaign club? Remember the famous “lust in my heart” comment and the focus on his Southern Baptist upbringing? President Carter was extremely bright. He served honorably in the United States Navy as a Captain directly under the command of Admiral Hyman Rickover aka the “father of the nuclear navy”. President Carter was known as a peanut farmer in campaign literature but the truth is he was a nuclear engineer of great ability. He and President Herbert Hoover are the only academically trained engineers to serve as President…you can draw your own conclusions. Anyway, all of this makes what happened in the middle of September 1980 all that more remarkable.
But, I suppose to forgive is Divine, especially if you are forgiving a country music star with some good tunes. Seems President Carter liked to listen to Nelson’s music while pondering policy and other items associated with the pressures of being President. Carter told Rolling Stone magazine, “All the good things I did as president, all the mistakes I made — you can blame half of that on Willie.” Nelson, who was a public supporter of NORMAL (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws) exercised his protest right, I suppose, by lighting up what he called “a big fat Austin torpedo” while on the White House roof. That would be a giant joint for all of you lacking in the hip verbiage of the day. Carter said he never knew about it but Nelson claims the Secret Service kept a sharp eye on him while he sparked up on the Carter White House roof. Nelson has traced his lineage to the American Revolution. Perhaps he was doing his version of the Boston Tea Party as he toked away on top of the Presidential residence.