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April 2019

Curmudgeon’s Corner: There’s Everybody!

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan go lightning round style again. This time they cover Joe Biden’s launch, the hollowing out of DHS, Trump’s efforts to resist congressional investigations, the question of if the women running for president (specifically Harris and Warren) are getting enough attention, the failure of the Galaxy Fold, some feedback on previous Assange comments, and finally spam, of both the phone and email varieties.

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Recorded 2019-04-26
Length this week – 2:06:20

  • (0:01:48-1:15:40) Lighting Round #1
    • Ivan: Joe Biden
    • Sam: Clearing out DHS
    • Ivan: Trump resisting investigations
    • Sam: Shortchanging the women running for president?
  • (1:17:00-2:06:00) Lightning Round #2
    • Ivan: The Galaxy Fold
    • Sam: Feedback on Assange
    • Ivan: Random foreign calls
    • Sam: Creative spam

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@abulsme tweets from 2019-04-25 (UTC)

@ElectionGraphs tweets from 2019-04-25 (UTC)

@ElecCollPolls tweets from 2019-04-25 (UTC)

@abulsme tweets from 2019-04-24 (UTC)

  • 03:15:47 Retweeted @owillis 03:15:14 Obviously impeaching a president without a Senate conviction is a political disaster1998 GOP impeaches Clinton
    1998 midterms GOP loses seats, retains control of House
    2000 Bush “wins”
    2002 midterms GOP takes Senate
    2002-2007 complete GOP control of government
  • 15:15:07 Listening to The Scott Horton Show from The Libertarian Institute 4/19/19 Max Blumenthal on Assange, Manning, and Venezuela
  • 17:29:07 Retweeted @ThePlumLineGS 14:24:16 Trump may be strengthening the case for his own impeachment.If WH keeps stonewalling, legal case of House Dems may be *strengthened* by impeachment inquiry, legal experts tell me.

    This forces Dems to choose: Impeachment, or neuter themselves.

    My piece:

  • 20:00:31 Retweeted @scottwongDC 19:44:32 Deutsche Bank begins process of providing Trump financial records to New York’s attorney general
  • 21:39:59 Retweeted @gtconway3d 21:06:01 “Obviously, this is personal for me, and some may say that I’m not the right messenger.”Perhaps so. Probably so. But if she’s with the Constitution, I’m with her.
  • 22:07:16 It may not be all of it, but so much trouble seems to come from using one umbrella term to cover so much. And some of the push to lump everything into one bucket seems to come from how our health care systems link definitions and official diagnoses into access to services.
  • 22:26:19 Retweeted @CarrollDoherty 20:43:43 This graphic – in a 2014 piece by the late Andy Kohut – tells you everything you need to know about public views of Richard Nixon and impeachment in 1973-74.
  • 22:35:59 Retweeted @nwarikoo 22:27:44 “Stabbing a defenseless teenage captive to death. Picking off a school-age girl and an old man from a sniper’s roost. Indiscriminately spraying neighborhoods with rockets and machine-gun fire…highly decorated platoon chief commit shocking acts in Iraq.”

@abulsme tweets from 2019-04-23 (UTC)

@ElecCollPolls tweets from 2019-04-23 (UTC)

@abulsme tweets from 2019-04-22 (UTC)

  • 00:43:19 Retweeted @RadioFreeTom 2019-04-21 22:53:53 Volume 1 is a nightmare, and I’m so engrossed in it that I barely looked at Volume 2. The shills trying to wave this away are despicable. Especially those who know better – which is most of them. Beneath contempt.
  • 03:15:22 Reading -> What House Democrats should do now – The Washington Post
  • 04:04:27 Retweeted @natsecHeather 01:24:17 Should I tell her about how quickly this turns into innocent exchanges of the new obscene words the kids just heard?
  • 04:09:06 Retweeted @SallyAlbright 00:58:04 I called it.Bernie ran the exact same scam that lost Jim Wright his Speakership and cost Newt Gingrich $400k in fines, but from campaign donations, not from lobbyists.

    And sadly, it’s legal. Unethical af, but legal.

  • 05:37:27 Retweeted @RonaldKlain 02:46:35 I really feel like Dems are making the “impeachment question” complicated, when it’s simple:
    “We will hold hearings on what Trump did wrong–including things Mueller didn’t even consider (like corruption). At the end of the hearings, we will decide what punishment we support.”
  • 15:46:46 Retweeted @MikeDrucker 12:23:31 ELIZABETH WARREN: “…and that is why I’ve created a sustainable plant-based fuel that will allow is to colonize Mars and prevent any future wars over-”*media bursts in*

    MEDIA: “Hey everyone! Quick! There’s a dog on a skateboard running for President!”

    *everyone runs out*

  • 18:20:56 Mayor Pete now solidly in 3rd in both IA & NH in the RCP avgs.IA: Biden 24% Sanders 20% Buttigieg 11% Harris 8% Warren 7%

    NH: Sanders 23% Biden 21% Buttigieg 13% Warren 7% Harris 6%

    National: Biden 30% Sanders 23% O’Rourke 9% Harris 9% Buttigieg 6%

  • 18:55:20 Sigh.
  • 19:04:57 Retweeted @smotus 18:58:42 A lot of folks frame impeachment as something that would cost Democrats votes in 2020. I have a piece up at @pacificstand addressing this and other issues related to impeachment. (1/4)
  • 19:28:53 Retweeted @Ibishblog 19:09:42 EXCELLENT and really quite moving from вЃ¦@MaxBootвЃ© – it’s painful enough to watch this tragedy unfolding without many of the supporting cast of villains and scoundrels being one’s own former associates. He has my sympathies and my thanks.
  • 20:46:35 Retweeted @vermontgmg 20:15:15 THREAD: Assuming you didn’t spend the whole weekend reading the Mueller Report (but you really should!), I broke down for @WIRED 14 overlooked takeaways hidden in its 448 pages….:
  • 23:05:39 Retweeted @ezralevin 15:08:27 The most “radical” impeachment position in Congress right now is that a committee should consider whether the House should consider whether a discussion should take place in the Senate to consider whether Trump should be removed from office for crimes he clearly committed.

@abulsme tweets from 2019-04-21 (UTC)

  • 01:07:32 This is very true. Dems are by no means unified about the necessity of this approach. They would need almost everybody to proceed.
  • 02:59:58 Retweeted @JWVerret 2019-04-20 19:55:08 Finished a second read through the Mueller Report. I don’t say this lightly, as a life long Republican, former R Hill staffer, and someone who has worked on every R campaign and pre-transition team for the last ten years. There is enough here to begin impeachment proceedings.
  • 03:09:59 @BYUfan Sigh. OK. i will check it out when I get a chance. in reply to BYUfan
  • 05:22:29 Retweeted @DavidKlion 2019-04-20 13:17:12 This is Beltway Brain. A totally pervasive, consuming cynicism. Oh, you thought we had rule of law? Actually, we have gamed out political scenarios and a blasГ© attitude toward right and wrong. People read takes like this and come away feeling despair. DC elites thrive on despair.
  • 05:55:22 Retweeted @GlennF 05:36:58 I don’t know if I’d ever be as confident as Don Jr., who has spent days trumpeting the fact Mueller found him too ignorant to crime, but clever enough to try to traitor.
  • 05:57:42 Retweeted @NicolleDWallace 2019-04-19 23:48:55 Making my way through the Mueller Report more carefully and every incident of premeditated and strategic lying to the press as KT McFarland does with @IgnatiusPost makes me think we still haven’t adequately adjusted to the asymmetrical task of covering bald faced liars.
  • 05:59:43 Retweeted @NormOrnstein 05:29:21 It is a continuation of asymmetric polarization and the “both sides” imperative of most reporters.
  • 19:52:09 Retweeted @soledadobrien 19:50:10 Hi, person who writes (and is paid for by) the @nytimes: the President was not exonerated.Yeesh.
  • 20:24:28 Nails it.
  • 20:26:57 Excellent summary -> What Mueller Found on Russia and on Obstruction: A First Analysis – Lawfare
  • 20:32:01 Retweeted @juliettekayyem 12:10:57 Even with redactions, Volume 1 is such a mind boggling display of soulless corruption it still blows my mind on 2nd read.
    V2 has the capacity to distract us from the treachery in V1. Don’t let it. V2 is about POTUS protected from criminal liability. V1 provides moral clarity.
  • 20:32:05 Retweeted @tribelaw 20:26:31 I agree with @juliettekayyem here. Everyone talks about how Vol 2 gives Congress a roadmap for impeachment proceedings. It does for sure. But it’s Vol 1 that shows why those proceedings are morally and constitutionally imperative — as well as what they should showcase on tv.

@abulsme tweets from 2019-04-20 (UTC)