State of TheDougem for 2015

Howdy folks!

As anyone reading this likely knows, content droughts are a thing that happens from time to time with my efforts. Be it because of school or job demands being overwhelming, I’ve had to step back from occasion to make sure life is clicking just fine, and this past year-long plus hiatus has been no exception.

My run with Right Side Media Network ended somewhat abruptly due to disagreements on direction. I wish them the best of luck going ahead.

It’s become clear to me that I need to assemble a small team once again to run and produce the podcast and the gaming streams I have really, really missed doing. There’s many ways of going about doing this, and I wanted to run a few by those of you who follow this blog.

A lot of things have changed since I first began publishing grainy youtube videos on total war many years ago. Crowdfunding has dramatically changed the way amateur online production works. It’s always been a door I’ve been cautious to touch, but sites such as patreon are appealing because they remove a lot of the administrative hurdles involved with managing, for example, paypal donations, and helps promote transparency and honesty between content producers and their audience.

I’m still very serious about bringing the Skeptic Conservative back, and renewing my game commentary in some fashion. I’m working with several people to develop a business plan of sorts and a structure to slowly ease back into production. While I’ve regretted the past year of silence, the biggest reason I did it was because I was concerned the quality of my production wasn’t going to be to par. And honestly, I did need to recharge from some blows life and politics dealt. Current events is a very stressful field to follow, as important as it is!

Sometime in the next few weeks I’ll present a rough outline for the several paths I have ahead. I want to be honest and straightforward with you, the audience, and if I go the crowdfunding route it’s going to be very small scale and modest to start. It’s more important content is put out, and thankfully the initial bar to publishing is a very small hurdle. But the hurdle is there. It’s not feasible to devote the hours and money without some source of funding beyond a certain point, and I would much rather be accountable to my audience then a generous sponsor.

Please let me know what you think if you have a moment.

Stay tuned, God bless, and in the meanwhile, keep a finger on the pulse of things with a good website or two.


Skeptic Conservative for November 5th

Welcome to the show prep topic! I’ll update this later on in the day to reflect the post show Follow-up.

Listen live Today at Patriots Freedom Network 2pm to 4pm Eastern Time!

Topic for Today: Scattershot Skeptic! May not hit all points, but I have a great number lined up:

Goal for today is to make sure I do my back-up recording and to follow up with back-end production reposting of the show. Stay tuned for details regarding exactly how that will happen, I still have some technical snafus to clean up.

Questions? Comments? Topic Suggestions? Fire away!

Show Prep for October 28th

A little treat for the fine folks who lurk in my chatbox before the show.

Topic Ideas

  • The Spying Scandal and why it should be a nothing-burger but isn’t

  • The continuing Obamacare Avalanche — reminder of the Tragedy of the Commons

  • The Eternal Campaign of the presidency

  • The Know-Nothing President and Blame Shifting

Boring but Important


Relevant Links (Main Topic) — The unknowning President; commentary and discussion



I know it’s rough! The polish comes when I have more time! 

Post-Show for October 22nd Broadcast

Because of Reasons it seems like a good time to welcome a fresh wave of new listeners and readers.

Welcome to my page! It’s very dusty and needs cleaning, but this is the home for my political commentary and current events talk, and is the sister page for the program that airs live every Tuesday on Right Side Media Network.

This program is meant to be accessible and I love feedback and questions, so leave your comments on this post and I’ll address them here and maybe on air for the next program.

The cause of liberty has a great deal of steam behind it, we just got to do something with it. Here’s to a Fall of the Finest in Broadcasting Excellence.

Skeptic Conservative for 9/4/13

Today’s show will be a two hour, barring surprises. Which have a remarkable tendency to keep happening. >:( Tentative topics:

  • Weekly Filner Update becomes Weekly California Update. Quick review of Mayor’s race and overall nature of California politics
  • The problems with the Snowdens of the world and government secrecy
  • Syria Continued. Obama’s lack of leadership and obsession with the political short game
  • Obama Care’s predictable toll on insurance premiums.

If you have any suggestions or angles to cover, now’s the time to say them!

Show will go live (hopefully) at 11am Pacific over on the Right Side. If I’m not live five minutes in, check in at noon.

Today’s Skeptic Conservative Postponed

UPDATE: Keith from the “Right Side Guys” will be filling in today!

Someday down the road, when I relate the story of this week in my life we will all look back, smile, and laugh a little. Because honestly it is a little insane how many moving parts in my life are deciding to collide at the moment.

Unfortunately I will not be live-casting the show later today at noon on Right Side Media Network. We’re working on scheduling a make-up two hour show sometime later this week but we are unable to give a definite time just yet. Listener stats have been mind blowing the past several shows — which I also can’t get specific about at this time!

Sorry for all the specific non specifics, folks. What I can say is that plans to allow me to do this show more often and longer are in motion, they just need time to play out.

Thoughts, comments, ideas for the two hour show are welcome. Comment below! Tentative topics:

  • A primer of San Diego politics and how messed up it’s been
  • Bob Filner: Mayor and Dirty Old Man of San Diego
  • Liberty and Personal Rights 101 for Non Amercans OR: Why the Bill of Rights is Awesome for the civically illiterate
  • Detroit: Uncontrolled Progressivism’s Natural Conclusion

Update: Minor housekeeping note; I just did away with excerpts altogether. They’re stupid. The home page of the site should look much better.

Move over NSA, here comes the Obamacare Big Brother database


Sure, we can trust the government with our private health and financial information! What could go wrong?

Originally posted on Rare:

Would you trust thousands of low-level Federal bureaucrats and contractors with one-touch access to your private financial and medical information? Under Obamacare you won’t have any choice.

As the Obamacare train-wreck begins to gather steam, there is increasing concern in Congress over something called the Federal Data Services Hub. The Data Hub is a comprehensive database of personal information being established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the federally facilitated health insurance exchanges. The purpose of the Data Hub, according to a June 2013 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, is to provide “electronic, near real-time access to federal data” and “access to state and third party data sources needed to verify consumer-eligibility information.” In these days of secret domestic surveillance by the intelligence community, rogue IRS officials and state tax agencies using private information for political purposes, and police electronically logging every…

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To All Those Mad As Hell about the Zimmerman Case —

Please for the love of all that is good and holy:


Article includes several myth debunkings and links to several more. Some critical things to keep in mind about this trial:

  • Racism was not involved. This is supported by an FBI inquiry.
  • When Zimmerman was told “we don’t need you to do that” by the police dispatcher, he replies “ok”. 90 seconds of conversation follow, the start of which  Trayvon is nowhere to be seen and is effectively disengaged from the initial confrontation.
  • The prosecution’s job was to prove 2nd degree murder beyond a reasonable doubt, not introduce doubt into the self defense theory which was essentially their trial strategy.
  • Following someone suspicious, contrary to popular belief, is not illegal and does not, by itself,  justify the followee committing assault.

The amount of willful ignorance about this trial is mind blowing. As mentioned on the show (Part 1, part 2), it seems this explosion of fury is people latching onto their precious narrative because they so badly want it to be true. If you’re upset about the verdict, have an actual reason beyond baseless speculation! This trial has been talked and analyzed to death, yet the narrative orienting almost entirely around bad reporting and outright lies somehow is dominating the popular sphere at the moment. It’s unbelievable. Hit these people with facts and you get called racist or ‘pro zimmerman’ or they simply laugh at you. Nevermind the rule of law or the basic human right to self defense.

If they were so concerned about human lives being lost they would get this upset over the 61 murders that took place in Chicago during the trial itself. Why these activists are so fixated on repelling ‘stand your ground’, which has nothing to do with this case, blows my mind. What is there to be gained by removing a powerful tool that allows people to defend themselves from violence? 

Bonus reading: The Marissa Alexander Case. Because somehow this got revived and, again, the facts are being bent to support the Almighty Narrative.

Update: In case you’re wondering why this matters, this is the kind of thing incitement leads to. As well as vague, aimless ‘we gotta do something’ protests.

Skeptic Conservative Revival — Take Two


Many of you stumbling onto this website likely came from the Sunday test show on Right Side Media Network. Happy to have you on the blog, and unfortunately the test show probably was NOT saved into an archive. Darn :(

The long time audience is probably scratching their heads wondering what the heck I’m up to – Never fear, I’ll explain in detail tomorrow. But what I will say now — I am back, I will be doing weekly one hour shows, and I am very pleased to be working with Right Side Media Network.

You can hear the show every tuesday at 3pm EASTERN time here. That’s Eastern. Not pacific. Which would be noon. It will run for an hour, I won’t be taking calls the first round, but I will be watching a chatbox and encouraging comments here on the blog.

This show will be styled more like a traditional radio show — there will be commercials, less content on the hour (roughly 40 minutes for every hour) but I fully intend to maintain my style of being responsive to -you- and open to comments.

I’ll be circling back to the themes I just covered in today’s intro on tuesday — that of the struggle conservatism faces in the coming years. After Tuesday? It’s open season on topics, and I would love to hear from you.

New to the site? Here’s a few of my greatest hits from the past:

Occupy San Diego Day 1 March Coverage

The Conclusion of the “Drysift Saga”

Occupy CLICS — Radicals Occupying UCSD Library

Why It’s Hard to Remain an Optimist

TheDougem Quick Take: Gun Control

Thanks for dropping by, and pardon the site being disorganized! I’ll fix it. Soon. Maybe. Eventually.

Now I’ve been up since 5am and this is the friday of my work week. My post show high is quickly fading and I -really- need some darn sleep.





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