My first post

I’m probably one of the last people on Earth to get a blog. My wife has one, my kids have them, my friends and business partners have them, and even my business competition have them. I feel like I’m literally the last one to get a blog.

So my name is Scott and I live in Naples, Florida. It’s nice here, usually stays sunny and warm all year long. We do get a few cold days in January but it’s not too bad. I did get ice on my window last week in the morning but that was the last cold day we were supposed to have I think, now it’s back to the warm weather and sunshine.

One of the reasons I decided to finally get a blog is to not only blog, but to try and get some awareness for my company. I’m a small business owner(Bonita Window Treatments) and things are hard right now, everyone is keeping closer tabs on where they spend money. A couple years ago in South West Florida it was like a total free-for-all. People had so much money they didn’t even think before spending it. Now it’s not like that, people are losing their homes and losing their jobs.

So that’s it for now, I’ll post more soon. I just wanted to make my introduction post and get warmed up. Now I need to find something interesting to post about.

Well, at least someone has listened

Well, it seems at least some one has listened to my web structure ideas. I would have to go back to my records to find out just when I first posted The National Online Party, but it has been up for well over a year now.  It seems Ron Paul's Campaign For Liberty is following my precinct structure suggestion.  So it would be rather easy for the Republican Party to adopt such a web structure, if they actually intend to have a 21st Century web-structure presence.

However, considerable more coding would have to be undertaken to get the deliberative groupware and inter-party networking processes working together, but the basics are there to start collecting precinct leaders from the party's various SNSs efforts, hopefully


           ex animo

 Operation Rednet  



Palin Web materials

In the past, I've mentioned how I'd love to see more creative conservative material on the web and on the streets - more graffiti-style posters, more stickers, more videos, more parody sites etc. 

I think the nomination of Sarah Palin gives us plenty of new material for this sort of thing, so I thought I'd get the ball rolling with a simple halftone, comics-style graphic.   Use it, modify it and circulate as you'd like.

And feel free to post your own stuff in the comments.
Download the full-res here.





Using RSS feeds to aggregate people

Everyone should know more about stuff like Yahoo Pipes. I use it to get my content out in new and innovative waysTM and also to get content out of static sites into an easily digested RSS format. Craig has been a real pioneer in showing the way. -Patrick

I’ve been thinking that if we create RSS feeds and websites that focus on specific aspects of the conservative movement, we might be able to unite and mobilize better.

For example, I’ve used Yahoo Pipes and other web services to create an RSS feed that pulls together the YouTube videos of the Cato Institute, The Club for Growth, Friends of Americans for Tax Reform, ReasonTV and the Tax Foundation. I’m hoping that supporters of one organization may find the messages of the others interesting – uniting the fiscally conservative community on the web a bit further.

For those comfortable with an RSS feed reader, you can find the feed of the videos here

I also used the feed to create a self-updating webpage which I’ve embedded in a offensively basic, crude, caveman-esque framed webpage I called the Limited Government Network

(try to just judge the content, if you can.  Not the presentation)
I have two goals in posting this: First, is the hope that fiscal conservatives will find this resource, and use it. 
Secondly, I’m soliciting ideas for similar feeds. What would you find useful? It can be composed of data, blog posts, video – almost anything you find on the web. Race-specific news feeds?  Raw data feeds?
Let me know in the comments.


Poll of Candidate Web Sites

Recently put together a list of Republican candidate web sites at LocalRepublicans.net.  Here's a hat tip to a few of the best...

 Chris Lien - ChrisLienforCongress.com

Chris Shays - Shays2008.com

Elizabeth Dole - ElizabethDole.org

Gordon Smith - GordonSmith.com

Tim Murphy - ElectTimMurphy.com

Do you agree? You can vote for your favorite at LocalRepublicans.


Help needed: Web content

This is a great call to action. -Patrick

We need content. 

For too long, we’ve conceded the creative, clever and artistic to liberal causes both on the web and on the street. Can someone tell me why? The left has used graphics and video to affect public opinions, generate earned media and most importantly raise funds. Need a recent example? Take a look at Shepard Fairey’s Obama posters. 

Perhaps it’s just me, but it feels like the conservative movement on the web is reaching a tipping point.  We’ve got this shiny new blog here and some renewed vigor as the elections approach. But we’re still lacking is the Do It Yourself, street campaign mentality. 

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