My Spare Time

For the past seven years I have been working on political websites. The person that initially got me interested in political websites was none other than my good friend Misha, of the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.

I met acouple of you from my earliest site, The Political Pulpit. That site morphed into a ‘blog, The Political Puzzle, with the naive thought of maybe having a place for civil debate between the Right and the Left. Out of that, Grouchy thought he would like to have his own site, so Liberaltopia was born.

Political Pulpit and Political Puzzle have long gone on to that cyber-junkyard. Liberaltopia has hung around, even though the daily readership is low and I don’t spend all that much time here — it pretty much runs itself, and besides, I enjoy reading what the regular writers have to say.

Up until about two months ago, I spent a lot of time over at Misha’s site — because I enjoyed a good argument.But lately I have grown tired of constantly having to repeat the same thing, correct the same false talking points, and almost diagram sentences in order for the same people to get something through their heads. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of great people over there, and while we seldom see eye-to-eye on some political things, there are a lot of other areas we do agree on.

I like to deal in facts. I like to look at things subjectively. I tend to call things as I see them. I see the holes in the Right-wing talking points I hear on the radio, and I see the holes in the Left-wing talking points that I hear on the radio.

Lately I have noticed that we seem to be talking past each other. We’ve been split into twosides — the Obama and the Hillary teams — and it is like we are playing this cyber version of dodgeball. It is getting tedious, to say the least.

Many of you know my background. I spent eighteen years in radio, and almost five crazy years as a sound engineer for a very famous “Grunge” band, (then spent a few years cleaning up from that) So you know that I have a love for music.

Lately, I have stayed away from the politics for the most part. Instead, I have been tinkering with my other website, Fueled by Coffee. Most of the postings there are music that runs through my head on a daily basis. I try to pick a song or an artist each day and post something about them along with the song that pops into my head. Some of these songs are forgotten oldies by most of you, or you might never have heard them up until now.

What I find amazing about it is that unlike this site and all of the other sites that I’ve invested a lot of time and energy into, the Fueled by Coffee site gets an average of 8,300 hits per day! My RSS Music Pick Feed gets an additional 3,400 hits. All for me just posting a song or two each day, or some other bit of oddity.

I decided to post a Music Pick Feed in the right column of this site. That way you can see what the daily pick is, and go check it out.

So, if you don’t see me around here all that often, you will know where I am at.