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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Two Way Split

This week on the Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Sam is joined by guest co-hosts Ed and Bruce. Ed’s segment is mostly about the healthcare debate, with a touch of budget talk and a note on the Ides of Trump. Then Bruce joins the show to provide a Libertarian perspective on Trump’s first eight weeks in office. And even though he is out this week, Ivan wasn’t going to be left out completely, so he sent in a letter with his thoughts for the week.

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Recorded 2017-03-18
Length this week – 2:35:38

  • (0:00:11-0:09:45) But First
    • Agenda
    • Letter from Ivan
    • Sam’s Guilt
  • (0:10:24-1:18:10) Ed from Pennsylvania
    • Pennsylvania Weather
    • Ides of Trump
    • Healthcare Debate
    • Trump Budget
  • (1:18:49-2:30:44) Bruce from Washington
    • Television Woes
    • Election Night Schadenfreude
    • A Libertarian view of Trump
    • Better than Hillary?
    • Ineffective vs Dangerous Trump?
    • Russia Hype
    • Surveillance
  • (2:32:26-2:35:17) Wrap Up

 

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Red Button is Bad

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan hit three big issues: Trump’s accusation that Obama ordered wiretaps, the new Executive Order on immigration, and the plan to replace Obamacare. Along the way we also touch on an odd constitutional edge case, how Priebus is doing as Chief of Staff, and the usual weekly Russia updates.

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Recorded 2017-03-08
Length this week – 1:49:16

  • (0:00:42-0:13:15) But First
    • Agenda
    • Material
    • Sam Sick Kid
    • Ivan Travels
  • (0:14:58-0:54:53) Trump Wiretap / Russia
    • The Accusation
    • Not Defending Trump
    • Trusting Trump
    • Trump Attention Span
    • Russia Connections Again
    • Trump vs Pence
    • Constitutional Edge Case
  • (0:55:57-1:14:53) Immigration
    • New Executive Order
    • Does it get struck down again?
    • Knives out for Priebus
  • (1:16:53-1:48:56) Healthcare
    • Summary of Republican Plan
    • Objections from the Left
    • Objections from the Right
    • Motives of plan supporters
    • Politics of the plan
    • Why not actually repeal first?
    • Prospects of the plan

 

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Russia Trump Show

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner… well… Trump and Russia again. We had no choice! It just keeps coming up! In any case, we also talk about the “deconstruction of the administrative state” as a goal of the Trump presidency on the politics side. But we take non-political detours into cleanliness and tidiness, Windows 10, Elon Musk’s Moon plans, and cord cutting too. So a nice well rounded show!

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Recorded 2017-03-03
Length this week – 1:48:32

  • (0:01:05-0:19:40) But First
    • Agenda
    • Cleaning and Tidiness
    • Windows 10
  • (0:21:24-0:53:24) Russia Again
    • The Best Interpretation
    • Unforced Errors
    • Dems overplaying?
    • Smoke implies fire?
    • More coming?
    • Will Sessions resign?
    • Recusal enough?
  • (0:54:40-1:20:38) Deconstruction
    • Goals of the administration?
    • Destroy from within?
    • Unfilled spots
    • Plan? What is a plan?
    • Regulations
    • Deconstructing repsonsibly
    • Aimless agencies
    • War on experts
  • (1:21:58-1:48:13) Two Bolts
    • Trip to the Moon
    • Cord Cutting

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Not talking about that

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about the latest developments on Trump’s immigration policies, but after that, they do something they haven’t done in a while. Lightning rounds! And ones that include some non-political things too! They can’t avoid SOME additional political talk, but they also discuss wireless headphones, the new discovery of 7 potentially Earth-like planets, Cloudbleed, and more!

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Recorded 2017-02-24
Length this week – 2:03:03

  • (0:01:30-0:09:17) But First
    • Shouting at customers
    • Agenda
  • (0:10:33-0:43:27) Immigration
    • New travel ban planning
    • Prioritization changes
    • Roundups and escalations
    • Role of laws and congress
    • Scared people
    • Only some countries matter
    • Relations with Mexico
  • (0:45:27-1:17:52) Lightning Round 1
    • Cab accident
    • Movie: Nightmare before Christmas (1993)
    • Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
    • Flagged for abusing Trump
    • Wireless headphones
    • New Earth-like planets
    • Republican town halls
    • Obamacare
  • (1:18:56-) Lightning Round 2
    • Cloudbleed
    • Trump infosec
    • Trump polls
    • What might move polls?
    • Choices for Democrats
    • IC trying to bring down Trump?

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Not a Round Number

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Ivan is back, joining Sam to talk about the issues of the day. On the agenda… Russia, Russia, Russia… for some reason Russia keeps coming up when we talk about Trump. Also, the disfunction and incompetence in the Trump administration have been on display again, and they spend some time talking about the ramifications to Trump and the rest of the Republicans. And they celebrate an anniversary… sorta! Oh, yeah, and Ivan’s voice was going, so he sounds like a frog. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2017-02-18
Length this week – 2:09:09

  • (0:00:00-0:08:13) Retrospective
  • (0:08:30-0:23:36) But First
    • Sick Ivan
    • GPS Mishap
    • Milestone
  • (0:24:51-1:08:05) Russia Russia Russia
    • Mike Flynn
    • Broader Russia contacts
    • The craziest conspiracy theories
    • Trump approach to Russia
  • (1:09:25-2:08:50) Incompetence
    • List of fails
    • Agenda stalled
    • Republican tradeoffs
    • What if Trump was liberal?
    • Weak ineffective Trump?
    • 25th Amendment math
    • Trump pool
    • Unhinged presser

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Roundtable

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner… something different! Sam, Ed, Jenn, and Matt host this week. They discuss Elizabeth Warren persisting, Donald Trump’s adventures in foreign policy, and Trump’s court battles. Finally they step back a bit and talk about the lack of civility in politics today. With Ivan out dealing with family issues this week, you get to hear a different range of perspectives than usual. Check it out!

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Recorded 2017-02-11
Length this week – 1:32:42

  • (0:00:12-0:04:35) Introductions
  • (0:06:17-0:25:06) Jenn’s Topic: Nevertheless, she persisted
  • (0:25:42-0:55:50) Sam’s Topic: Trump and foreign policy
  • (0:56:59-1:12:54) Matt’s Topic: Trump and the judiciary
  • (1:13:58-1:32:22) Ed’s Topic: Vitriol in politics

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Head in a Vat

It isn’t going to slow down, it is? Ivan and Sam take on Week 2 of the Trump presidency, which was just as nuts as the first week. They cover the immigration executive order and the reaction to it, the NSC shuffle and Trump’s contentious calls with Mexico and Australia, the riots in Berkley, the SCOTUS nomination and the Democratic response, what Republicans are planning on Obamacare, 25th amendment possibilities… and a lot more! Oh, and it was Ivan’s birthday. Happy Birthday Ivan!

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Recorded 2017-02-03
Length this week – 2:16:23

  • (0:00:36-0:20:22) But First
    • Happy Birthday Ivan
    • Agenda
    • Busy week
    • Ivan’s campaigns
    • Attending protests
    • Opinions changing?
  • (0:22:21-1:00:45) Immigration Order (mostly)
    • Was it a Muslim ban?
    • What the order did
    • Incompetence or cunning?
    • Process and purpose of EOs
    • Polling on the Order
    • Impacted people
    • Spontaneous demonstrations
    • Defying court orders?
    • Monday Night Massacre
  • (1:01:54-1:31:01) International Issues (mostly)
    • NSC shuffle
    • Russia call
    • Mexico call
    • Australia call
    • Yemen raid
    • Berkley riot
    • Quebec attack
  • (1:31:50-2:16:03) Domestic Stuff (mostly)
    • SCOTUS Nominee
    • Democratic Response
    • Trump vs Republicans
    • Bowling Green Massacre
    • Obamacare
    • 25th Amendment
    • How will the Trump presidency end?
    • Retreating from the news

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Welcome to Trumpland

Wow. What a week. On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about the Inauguration of Donald Trump, the Women’s Marches all over the country, and the first week of the Trump presidency, including both the official actions that the administration has taken, and the chaos and craziness surrounding Trump himself. A lot has happened since the last show, and it has only been a week!

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Recorded 2017-01-27
Length this week – 2:20:21

  • (0:00:32-0:19:11) But First
    • Agenda
    • Trying to slow down
    • Trump Management Style
    • Chaos and Confusion
  • (0:19:56-0:36:28) Inauguration
    • The Speech
    • Useless Box Interlude
    • Peaceful Transfer of Power
    • Punching Nazis
    • Inauguration Size
  • (0:37:37-1:08:11) Women’s March
    • So many people…
    • Funded by Soros?
    • Positive vs Negative
    • What next?
    • Voter regrets?
    • Non-voters
    • Honeymoon?
    • Republican acceptance
    • Trump’s Phone
    • Crazy Trump vs Real Trump
  • (1:10:12-1:58:03) Real Trump
    • Note on Immigration
    • Obamacare EO
    • Bureaucratic obstruction
    • Rapid Fire Strategy
    • The Wall
    • Regulation Freeze
    • Mexico City Rule
    • TPP Withdrawal
    • Hiring Freeze
    • Pipelines
    • Federal Agency Gag Orders
    • Government Twitter in Exile
  • (1:58:41-2:20:01) Crazy Trump
    • Crazy Guy and his enablers
    • Size obsession
    • Voter fraud delusion
    • Spicer Briefings
    • CIA Briefing
    • Staff Turnover
    • Press should “shut up”
    • Spicer passwords
    • Private Emails
    • Trump’s distractions
    • Crisis Inevitable

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Sitting on my Porch

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan’s main topics are the debate on Donald Trump’s “legitimacy”, the fun of the final week of the transition, and the Chelsea Manning commutation. In addition though, they discuss reviving old computers, the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, Joe Biden, an odd Presidential succession edge case, and more!

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Recorded 2017-01-19
Length this week – 1:57:57

  • (0:00:10-0:20:34) But First
    • 2017
    • Agenda
    • Reviving old computers
  • (0:21:13-0:45:08) Legitimacy
    • Trump “legitimate”?
    • Comey, Dirty Tricks, Fairness
    • Voters made their choice
    • Unfollowing Trump?
    • Skipping the Inauguration?
    • Anti-Trump Protests
  • (0:45:56-1:04:56) Transition
    • Cabinet not talking to Trump
    • Cabinet incompetence
    • Cabinet Hodgepodge
    • Unstaffed positions
    • Normal policy disputes vs Crazy/Unqualified
  • (1:05:41-1:25:11) Manning
    • Why this release date?
    • Manning vs Snowden
    • Consistency on leaks?
  • (1:25:50-1:56:37) Lightning Round
    • Wet Foot Dry Foot
    • Book: 2001 (1968)
    • Old Postcard from Sam
    • Movie: Rogue One (2016)
    • Biden for President
    • Succession Edge Cases

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Brought to you by the Letter P

It is back to the normal grind on this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner with Sam and Ivan. As if there was anything else, they have to start out talking about the explosive “Trump Dossier” and everything surrounding that. Trump and hookers and bribery, oh my! With that out of the way, they talk about Trump’s press conference and the latest developments with the Congress and Obamacare as well.

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Recorded 2017-01-13
Length this week – 1:42:52

  • (0:00:38-0:04:15) But First
    • UTC
    • Agenda
  • (0:05:19-0:49:14) The Dossier
    • Order of events
    • Allegations
    • Origin of doc
    • Confirmation?
    • Alex interruption
    • Believable?
    • Press reaction
    • Trump reaction
    • Contrast with Obama/Pence
    • Disagreements with cabinet
  • (0:50:30-1:13:05) Trump Press Conference
    • Was it a disaster?
    • Alex again
    • Trump changes the topic
    • The next election
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Things changing quickly
  • (1:13:41-1:42:32) Obamacare
    • ACA is actually Obamacare
    • What is congress doing now?
    • Possible consequences
    • Democratic response
    • Claim victory and go home?
    • Trump/Congress relationship

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.