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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Fundle Money

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the chaos surrounding the Trump/Putin summit, the case of Maria Butina, and the reports on the detail given in the January 2017 briefing where Trump was told about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Oh, and before that, just a little about bugs. The flying kind, not the computer kind.

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Recorded 2018-07-19
Length this week – 1:38:19

  • (0:00:20-0:13:30) But first
  • (0:15:12-0:51:35) The summit
  • (0:52:55-1:12:53) Red Sparrow
  • (1:13:30-1:38:00) What did the president know?

 

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Responsible Codcasters

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s topics are the Supreme Court nomination and surrounding issues, Trump’s path of destruction through Europe, and the latest developments in the Trump/Russia scandal, including the new indictments.

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Recorded 2018-07-14
Length this week – 1:59:59

  • (0:00:20-0:08:39) But First
  • (0:10:21-0:50:50) SCOTUS
  • (0:52:10-1:12:10) Trump in Europe
  • (1:12:55-1:59:38) Trump/Russia

 

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: Willy Nilly

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ed joins Sam to discuss North Korea, how SCOTUS deals with precedent, this week’s story about immigrants in the military being discharged, and the latest in the trade wars and the economy. Before all that, they also do a quick update on the situation with the kids who have been separated from their parents at the border, and we find out if Sam’s family made it to the destination of their big road trip.

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Recorded 2018-07-07
Length this week – 1:26:12

  • (0:00:15-0:07:32) But First
  • (0:08:12-0:26:52) North Korea
  • (0:27:29-0:49:42) SCOTUS and Precedent
  • (0:50:26-1:03:27) Immigrants in the Military
  • (1:04:47-1:25:52) Trade Wars

 

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)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Something Purple Something

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are three recent Supreme Court cases, the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the proper place of civility in our public discourse, and the latest developments in the ongoing trade wars. But first, they check in with Sam’s family to get the latest developments on their cross country road trip!

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Recorded 2018-06-30
Length this week – 2:07:05

  • (0:00:15-0:18:10) Roadtrip
  • (0:20:08-0:50:20) SCOTUS Rulings
  • (0:52:03-1:27:51) SCOTUS Opening
  • (1:29:11-1:48:19) Civility
  • (1:48:55-2:06:45) Trade Wars

 

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: Anonymous Squirrel

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topic is the big immigration debate that has been dominating the headlines recently. They talk about the family separation policies and the larger debate about immigration, and also what watching this debate playing out tells us about our fellow citizens. Before that though, Sam gives his report from attending the Washington State Democratic Convention, and we hear a little bit about Sam’s family’s upcoming travel plans.

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Recorded 2018-06-22
Length this week – 1:47:54

  • (0:00:25-0:18:58) But First
  • (0:20:58-0:48:34) Convention
  • (0:49:54-1:47:34) Immigration

 

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: Tell Me Something New

Ed joins Sam on this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner. Ed educates Sam on the new “Right to Try” law. They discuss if Trump actually has malicious motivations or actually believes he is doing positive things, specifically with regard to how he is handling relations with America’s allies. And finally, they talk about how a complicated story like the Trump/Russia investigation just leaves people confused and tired, while constant repetition of “witch hunt!” is a simple clear message that penetrates to those who are inclined to believe it. Yet another full show!

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Recorded 2018-06-14
Length this week – 1:26:40

  • (0:00:15-0:06:52) Intro
  • (0:08:35-0:34:32) Right to Try
  • (0:35:51-1:00:00) Trump’s Motives
  • (1:00:45-1:26:20) Complex Crimes, Simple Distractions

 

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: Bubbles of Exasperation

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s three main topics are the USA’s alliances and the strains Trump is putting on them, the upcoming North Korean summit, and a hodgepodge of legal related stuff like last week’s SCOTUS cases, the Obamacare lawsuit, the new Manafort charges, and the Trump legal team’s letter to Mueller. Before all that though, they mark an anniversary, discuss Ivan’s recent trip to China, talk about the destruction of Sam’s son’s iPad, and more!

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Recorded 2018-06-09
Length this week – 1:59:30

  • (0:01:45-0:37:04) But First
    • Agenda
    • Anniversary
    • Ivan in China
    • Ivan book: Understanding Air France 447 (2013)
    • Alex iPad destruction
    • Macron handshake
  • (0:37:43-1:01:30) Alliances
    • Anthony Bourdain suicide
    • G7 Summit
    • What is Trump’s plan?
    • Are Canada and the EU really screwing the US?
    • Fed up allies, happy Putin
    • Rules are for suckers
  • (1:02:15-1:19:19) North Korea
    • All about the attitude
    • Giving things for free?
    • Path to opening?
    • Predictions
    • Parkland again
  • (1:21:01-1:59:09) Legal Stuff
    • Gay wedding cake case
    • Abortion case
    • Obamacare lawsuit
    • New Manafort charges
    • Trump letter to Mueller

 

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: Light and Frothy

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast, the two big topics are Trump’s pardons and the Economy. Specifically Sam and Ivan talk about the grand plan, or lack thereof, surrounding the pardons and what messages that sends. On the economy, the questions are how much credit Trump should get for good unemployment numbers, does it matter that he tweeted about those results before they came out, and what’s up with the big trade war that seems to be getting started? Along the way, they also cover a health issue in Sam’s family, the Puerto Rican death toll, a little on the Trump/Cohen investigations, and the general trend toward US isolation.

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Recorded 2018-06-02
Length this week – 1:17:12

  • (0:00:15-0:16:32) Into
    • Where is Ivan
    • Agenda
    • Sam’s Family Medical Issue
    • Puerto Rican Death Toll
  • (0:17:11-0:50:30) Pardons and Commutations and Stuff
    • Answering Machine Messages
    • Recent and Proposed Pardons
    • Eating the Pieces
    • Kardashian Summit
    • Pardoning Trump cronies?
    • Rudy’s Strategy
    • Trump Tapes
    • Investigation Speed
  • (0:51:06-1:16:52) Economic Stuff
    • Where is the Economic Collapse?
    • Should Trump get credit for good numbers?
    • Trump unemployment pre-announcement
    • Trade War!
    • US becoming isolated

 

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: Puppies or Penguins or Something

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan start out talking about talking about politics at parties, and how news junkies are different from normal people. But the main topics are the mess surrounding the possible North Korean summit, and the shameful policy of separating kids from their parents at the border.

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Recorded 2018-05-26
Length this week – 1:16:46

  • (0:00:15-0:21:30) Intro
    • Agenda
    • Politics at Parties
    • Mueller finding crimes?
    • Normals vs News Junkies
  • (0:24:07-0:52:32) North Korea
    • What happened?
    • Where are we now?
    • Impact on allies
    • Can the next president fix it?
  • (0:53:52-1:16:26) Immigration Kids
    • New separation policy
    • Cruelty for nothing
    • Immigration history
    • Genealogical hypocrisy
    • Shame shame shame

 

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: Figure the Angle

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s first topic is about racist morons like Schlossberg, Cunningham, and others. Second up is all the latest on Trumpgate, including ZTE and China, Qatar and Kushner, Trump Tower Moscow, Ice Cube, and of course more Cohen. Finally, some thoughts on the latest developments in Israel and Gaza. Before all that, they also squeeze in a few thoughts on the Santa Fe shooting, and on Sam finally canceling services he has been wasting money on for years. Fun stuff!

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Recorded 2018-05-19
Length this week – 1:36:55

  • (0:00:45-0:16:52) Intro
    • Agenda
    • Santa Fe shooting
    • Unused services
  • (0:18:35-0:49:53) Racist Morons
    • Schlossberg
    • Calling the Cops
    • Swatting
    • Cunningham
    • Trump
  • (0:52:07-1:18:13) Trumpgate
    • ZTE and China
    • 666 5th Ave and Qatar
    • Scandal Fatigue
    • Trump Tower Moscow
    • Ice Cube Thing
    • Informant outed
    • Cohen SARs
  • (1:18:49-1:36:34) Israel / Gaza
    • The incidents
    • Rosenberg’s 13 truths
    • Longer view

 

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.