Day before Election Day – Ballot Guide and Thoughts

Forgive the thrown together nature of this post, I have been very busy!

Scroll down for the voter guide. I can’t guarantee it but if I can –  it will be in pretty colors.

Last Week’s Show

First off – last week’s Invisible Voice show has tacked to 1063 archive listens within one week. This is terrifying in a wonderful way. I have no idea where the traffic has come from, but that show has the distinction of being my most popular piece of content within one week of all time. Hearty kudos are extended to my cohost, Tom Webb, as well as to the thirty two folks who listened live throughout the two hour broadcast. You can listen to the show directly by clicking here.

That’s a pretty awesome milestone to hit as an online content producer. What does this mean, going forwards? All Invisible Voice shows will now be simulcast on BTR. This means that post show sharing and turn around will be almost instantaneous. Exposure is simply too valuable to loose.

Some folks have requested cross posting to youtube, because of complaints with the Blog Talk Radio player. First: please subscribe to the rss feed if you have problems with BTR! Second: I will be blunt, as I have in the past. I am working almost full time in the service industry. Money is a significant concern for me, as is my time. I am in BTR’s revenue sharing program in order to help justify the amount of time I spend on making content. I am not outright asking for donations at this time, but it’s simple economic reality that if the choice is between more hours at work, or more hours mixing audio and video when I have bills to pay – I have to take more work hours.

I want to cut back on work hours, and as my income stabilizes it becomes more viable, but that time hasn’t come yet. I still aspire to enter the broadcasting industry, but I need to build up savings to go to community college first, and my job is simply the most practical way to do that. IF. Huge IF – but IF online income through donations or other means is able to replace at least part of my work wages, I can consider cutting back on hours and devoting more time to production, but that’s not something I’m going to ask of you. If it happens, it happens. If not, that’s ok. I proceed as planned, work hard at my job, and make the most of it I can.


Quick Voter’s Guide (CA focused)

Alternate Voter Guides:

President: Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan

US Senate: Elizabeth Emken

US House: Brian Bilbrary

San Diego Mayor: Carl DeMaio

Prop 30: No

Prop 31: Abstain

Prop 32: YES

Prop 33: Abstain

Prop 34: NO

Prop 35: Abstain

Prop 36: No

Prop 37: No

Prop 38: No

Prop 39: No

Prop 40: Yes


Why so many abstains? If I don’t have full understanding of a proposition or what it will do, my default is usually ‘no’ – but I’ve been convinced on those three to abstain since they could be good, or they could be bad. I don’t know, I’m not informed, and cannot make an informed decision.

These recommendations are simply my opinion and mine alone! Please come to your own conclusions when voting!


What do I think happens tomorrow?

I will only place a cautious call on the overall presidential election. I don’t even begin to know how individual propositions or races are standing.

Based off of the overwhelming turnout on ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’ and an overall sense of pent up momentum across the news cycle, I predict that the Mitt Romney Paul Ryan ticket will win a narrow Electoral College victory and be within five points positive leading the popular vote.

My heart predicts a landslide tomorrow. My brain is more cautious. We will see tomorrow, hopefully.

Based on overall news cycle movements, some bullet point predictions. Also, remember that polling is notoriously bad lately. Majority of media favored polls are sampling as if 2008 is happening again, which is not rooted in reality.

  • If Romney wins, media will blame it on ‘extremist’ tea party and GOP vote stealing.
  • If the election is within 3 points we will not know who the president is for a month.
  • If Romney wins, the floodgates on news of the dire economic situation this country faces will open, especially once inauguration takes place. Media will cease being the fourth branch of government but will heartily continue being the publicity arm of the Democrat Party.
  • Whomever wins, the aftereffects of the Benghazi scandal will lead to criminal trials and possible impeachment unless something else big grabs national attention.

There’s a show tomorrow morning – see the next post for details!

About TheDougem

A budding writer and amateur podcaster, TheDougem has been an active presence on the internet for roughly four years in various mediums including livestreaming, youtube, blogtalkradio, and others. An avid fan of strategy games, discussing current events and conservative philosophy, as well as a bit of storytelling on the side.

8 Responses to “Day before Election Day – Ballot Guide and Thoughts”

  1. Why do you not support proposition 34?

  2. I was also wondering if there is a slight possibility of a small show that’s maybe half an hour in length at 7-7:30 your time. I think the ballots would all be counted then.

    • We’ll see. Blog Talk Radio has a fairly strict limit on how much time you can run in one day, unfortunately, but I may have a few recommended sites and sources to follow by the end of tomorrow’s show.

      • Maybe do a a short show eventually? I would like to talk to you about the results because your American. All Canadians pretty much share the same opinion of if Romney is elected, all hope for the world is lost. On the bright side all the comedy shows will say at least we now have evidence that a majority of Americans are morons.

      • Frankly I’m not surprised it’s perceived that way internationally. There was a story recently about how French news covered the American election, and the two different candidates – Obama was the saviour and Romney was a mean guy looking to end social security. Extremely simplistic coverage – but at the end of the day, whatever. It’s our country, we’ll worry about ourselves.

        Canada can feel what they wish. It’s a shame Obama’s administration canned the XL pipeline that would have easily benefited both our countries. That wasn’t a republican thing. I’ll do a short show at some point – unfortunately, I have work tomorrow, so perhaps thursday I’ll have a chance!

        At the end of the day – Romney is an experienced businessman, compared to Obama’s administration his administration will bring about a friendlier business climate which will lead to more investment and business that will absolutely spill over into Canada. I find it rather silly how your countrymen tend to panic over Republican administrations.

  3. Well we don’t want the XL pipeline the Harper govment does, the people no. Don’t let the Harper govment get what they want. There is a reason Canadians have been going to the States to campaign for Obama. We are truly sacred that a Republican will be elected. We do it because whats happens to America also affects us. The is one problem running a business is not like running a government. The last time Canada elected a businessman it was failure by the name of R.B. Bennett during the great depression. A business is run purely profit and that is the only thing. In Government money isn’t the only thing. You have to deal with issues of society aswell. You also have to work with democracy something that doesn’t exist in the corporate world. We don’t want more American involvement in our economy we want less. We like our businesses the way they are, it’s hard to for them to screw the country over. Actually several agencies call us more free than the U.S.. We want Obama we want the Progressive Conservative not the right wing whack job.

  4. Sorry just realized I was typing govment throughout. We do see the Republicans as evil just because they support things those outside of America just cannot fathom.

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