REBlog From Rust Belt to Wind Belt

Patrick Kitchens

Spanning 2001-2004 the United States manufacturing sector lost more than 2.5 million jobs. Currently the wind industry in the U.S. grows 25-30 percent annually. This growth rate can sustain, or increase, due to the prevalent demand for clean domestic renewable energy sources. This demand will influence a reaction from the manufacturing and service industries, consequentially creating jobs.


From mid-September to mid-November, 2007, I worked as a substitute teacher in the Lawrence Township school system, on the northeast side of Indianapolis. For the most part, I substitute taught in the middle and high schools of this “better” school system than that of the central city, Indianapolis Public Schools.

Move-on Delivers Anti-war Petition to Baron Hill in Bloomington

25 people gathered at the Baron Hill office in Bloomington, Indiana, to deliver a Move-on antiwar petition with 400 signatures to Baron Hill.

Baron wasn't there, but three staffers received the petition (Jason Carnes, Liz Palmquist and Trent Deckard) and heard us out very politely. Many cogent points were made by many speakers, including Charlotte Zietlow and David Keppler.

I'd like to think our concerns were well expressed:

Hopefully they will be taken to heart.

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H.R. 1955

"H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007"

This bill is a topic I've been loathe to address, because I think I find it so confusing. Who can argue with opposing terrorism? The bill SEEMS to create a sort of study group. But when Ron Paul is right, he really hits the nail on the head. He says:

Hill Finally Seems to Have Joined the Call for Iraq Withdrawal.

I got this in my email from Hill:

"On November 14, 2007, I voted in favor of H.R. 4156, the Orderly Responsible Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act. This bill provides the troops with the funding necessary for food and equipment, funding to train and equip Iraqi security forces and, most importantly, funds to redeploy our troops out of Iraq.

REBlog Bloomington's Hybrid Buses

Patrick Kitchens

A few years ago Bloomington residents noticed a lot of “soy bio-diesel” advertisements plastered on the side of city buses. It made me feel good, for many reasons, to live in Bloomington. Knowing that the community and local government demonstrate social energy progression is comforting to me. Those reassuring ads are long gone. Now that comfort has become even plusher, with the edition of hybrid buses to the fleet of Bloomington Public Transportation.

WANTED: Affordable Birth Control Pills

Does the 2006 Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) mean anything to you? It should, especially if you’re one of the over three million college women or several hundred thousand low-income women who can barely (or no longer) afford your birth control pills. Since its passage, the prices of birth control pills have soared from about $10 a pack to up to $40 a pack at college and university health centers and other safety-net health care providers, like Planned Parenthood.

Sure, Let's Continue the Charade for another Election Cycle.

After all, if we just elect enough Dems in 2008, the Dems will finally do the right thing! So let's keep drinking the orange Kool-aide, let's shut up (or make sure to write only right-minded diaries) and let's keep contributing to those Blue Dogs and their ilk. Gee, Rahm Emmanuel isn't such a bad guy after all. As for Pelosi, God knows her heart is in the right place, but she just can't face those Presidential vetoes and signing statements. And Reid, well, it's not his fault that Lieberman has one of his organs in a jar, and Feinstein has the other.

Death of a Disco

Disco never died; it just turned into either House music, or Garage music (depending on whether you are a bigger fan of Frankie Knuckles or Larry Levan), and then further mutated into a thousand forms of electronica, with a big push from Detroit's Juan Atkins.

Catch-up, Ketchup, or Catsup?

The author of Civitas and I have returned home from our 10-day train trip (celebrating our 10th Anniversary...) and I've had food + politics on my mind. Today's online publication of The Bloomington Alternative is right in keeping with many of the reasons for the thoughts pervasively nagging at me...peak oil, peak water, land use issues, etc...that last one there, land use, being what all issues, particularly political & policy related, boil down to.

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