Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Made in the USA

One of my favorite things about watching American Pickers on the History Channel is seeing all the cool antiques that were Made in the USA.  Whether it is a cast iron meat grinder or a vintage porcelain sign, I love when they dig up a sweet item.  Now, maybe it is a bit romantic to think working in a factory that made cast iron meat grinders was some sort of utopia.  It probably wasn't, but at least it was a job.  A job producing something useful that people needed.

Anyhow, I was struck recently by this John Deere 95 Combine.  Even the printed instructions on the combine were printed in the USA, check it out!:

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Best of 2010 in Will County

In no particular order


---The Will County Green Party---
Here's what I like about the Green Party's float in the Beecher, Illinois Independence Day Parade: it had a message.  Most political entries in parades simply boost the candidate, and that's fine, but I appreciate the fact that the George Ochsenfeld float took a serious stand on the Peotone Airport and the state's use of eminent domain.




Also, I like any candidate who will grant an interview to some person who comes up to them mid-parade and asks for one:





Furthermore, when I stopped by the Green Party's table inside the commercial building at the Will County Fair, George Ochsenfeld introduced me to Green party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney, who answered "sure" when I asked if I could get a quick interview:




I agree with the Ten Key Green Party Values as listed on the Will County Green Party Website-Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom, Non-Violence, Decentralization, Community-Based Economics, Feminism, Diversity, Responsibility, and Future Focus.


I am glad the Green Party has a voice in Will County and is offering an alternative--and new ideas-- to the main parties.