Monthly Archives: November 2004

Red state vs blue state thinking will lead nowhere

A hard question to come to grips with: Why do some folks feel the conservative movement embodies the little guy fighting the establishment? It’s an important question. One that the election probably was decided upon.

They thought Bush was the populist (dangerousmeta)! As atrios says: “The modern conservative movement sells itself as ‘a revolt of the little people against a high and mighty liberal elite.’ It feeds on a feeling of victimization and resentment that many ‘red staters’ feel right now. And the ability of the right to play into that feeling of victimization rests on the premise of a divided america: us versus them, red versus blue. There is no reason we have to adopt their framework. It only works to the conservatives’ advantage anyway.”

So we know what not to do. That’s a start. The question remains however.

Atom to RSS

Mike Krisher’s Blog: Still working on the Atom to RSS solution.

I share Mike’s frustration. Drupal’s (and CivicSpace’s) aggregator can’t handle ATOM and for the vast majority of Blogger.com hosted sites, that’s all you get. I’ve written a script that uses Magpie to parse Atom and output RSS (.91), it works for 85% of the feeds out there, but it’s not up to snuff for release to the general public. Maybe I should and let the community have at it?