I, George Fish, born and raised a mackerel snapper, followed my own lights, and because of this, sang a dissonant tuna; this caused me to flounder, and thus be cast to the clerical sharks.

CAFOs in the morning, CAFOs at night

An invasion, to me, has always meant the unwavering presence of an unwelcome guest, a permanent infringement. I realized after Alternative editor Steve Higgs and I took our first "Indiana Environment Revisited" day trip to Randolph and Henry counties, CAFOs, at least by my definition, are that invasion. We met people who felt the violation and literal stink of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.

We met Barbara Sha Cox at a truck stop just off I-70. Introductions were short but friendly. Our initial drive through the countryside was refreshing. Steve and I, trailing Barbara and husband Dan's long green pickup, enjoyed light conversation.

But pulling up to our first stop, the home of Rex and Brenda Jones in Henry County, I was subdued by the muted energy. After all, you lose that zest for life when liquefied pig waste is sprayed into the air like fireworks just outside of your home.

Sophia Travis for Commissioner

Today you can find my Sophia for Commissioner press release detailing my filing to run in a contested Primary Election for a seat on the Board of Commissioners--- published here in the Bloomington Alternative!

Settle for Mr. Good Enough? Umm, no thanks.

Lori Gottlieb clearly never met my mother. But in “Marry Him!” her “case for settling for Mr. Good Enough,” from the March 2008 issue of The Atlantic, she presumes – one of many infuriating presumptions in her exasperatingly long article – that she knows what kind of romantic advice my mother gave me.

REBlog Indiana's First Commercial Windfarm

Patrick Kitchens

Benton County is a rural place of 9,000 residents in Northern Indiana sandwiched between the Illinois border and Tippecanoe County (Lafayette). The make up is primarily cornfields and farmhouses. In the colder months this terrain allows northern winds to sweep the landscape. Enough so that a major energy company from California has decided to build Indiana’s first commercial sized wind farm on these flat fields.


by George Fish

A few months back, when I had routine business to conduct at Indianapolis’ City-County Building, I had in my knapsack a small pair of scissors I’d used earlier to cut some tape to seal an envelope for mailing. My scissors was duly confiscated by security at the City-County building, supposedly to prevent me, there on routine and mundane business, from assassinating some public official. Now, why would anyone wish to assassinate any of our public officials, local, state, or national, who all do such a marvelous job of protecting the political, social and economic rights of We, the People??!!!

REBlog 2007 Energy Bill

Patrick Kitchens

On December 18th, 2007 the United States House of Representatives passed the 2007 Energy Bill on a vote of 314 to 100. Many were elated to see energy updates that hadn’t been addressed by congress since 1975. Others believe that a greater opportunity was avoided in a time of environmental urgency.


For some reason or other, a certain section of the Indianapolis arts and culture community decided to make 2007 the Year of Kurt Vonnegut. While it was initially announced with a bang, it went out with barely a whimper; hardly even noticed, yet alone commemorated. 2007 was also the year Kurt Vonnegut died, shortly before he was to give an address at Butler University, with the speech he’d prepared given by his son Mark instead.

Ridiculous Op-Ed in The New York Times, Part 2

I’m starting to think op-ed contributors for The New York Times got together on New Year’s Eve with a party theme of how to piss me off in 2008. I recognize that both Gloria Steinem’s Jan. 8 column, “Women Are Never Front-Runners” and my new source of annoyance, “Last Year’s Role Model,” by Loorie Moore, are on the opinion page—and an opinion is simply that, an opinion—so I feel obliged to share mine. My first reaction to Moore’s op-ed, to quote David Spade in the movie “Tommy Boy”:

“Hi, I’m Earth. Have we met?”

Election 2008 Coverage: Sexism at both ends of the spectrum

Now that Hillary Clinton has won New Hampshire, does that mean we are finally going to quit hearing about her “near breakdown” experience? I certainly hope so. The sexist media coverage of Clinton has now ranged from talk of her cleavage to coverage of her “eyes welling” as she responded to a question at a campaign stop, saying, “You know, I have so many opportunities from this country, I just don't want to see us fall backwards. This is very personal for me, it's not just political, it's [that] I see what's happening, we have to reverse it.”

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