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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Not on the Radar

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam talk about the Parkland school shooting, the controversies around White House security clearances, and the budget and immigration debates, all rounded out with a little update on Stormy and Donald. They recorded about 14 hours before the newest Meuller indictments though, so discussion of that will have to wait… oh well!

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Recorded 2018-02-16
Length this week – 1:36:27

  • (0:01:40-0:11:58) Stormy Situation
  • (0:13:07-0:39:43) Parkland School Shooting
  • (0:40:23-1:08:25) White House Security Clearances
  • (1:09:10-1:33:32) Budget and Immigration

 

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: Just Playing Poker

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan go all “Lightning Round”. They cover a wide variety of topics, including: State polls for 2020, talking policy vs talking scandal, the linked government shutdown and immigration debates, the Space X Falcon Heavy launch, Twitter’s release of Russia data, Ivan’s problems with his door, Rob Porter’s resignation, the aftermath of releasing “the memo”, welcoming a new patron, and much much more.

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Recorded 2018-02-08
Length this week – 2:06:22

  • (0:00:15-0:40:16) Lightning 1
    • Sam – Ivan birthday
    • Ivan – Ivan’s door
    • Sam – 2020 polls
    • Ivan – Model 3 Tesla
    • Sam – Facebook news ranking
    • Ivan – Falcon Heavy
  • (0:41:59-1:31:49) Lightning 2
    • Sam – Twitter Russia release
    • Ivan – Rob Porter
    • Sam – Shutdowns and immigration
    • Ivan – FBI agents affairs on text messages
    • Sam – New Patron
    • Ivan – The Memo
  • (1:32:26-2:06:01) Lightning 3
    • Sam – Stock Market
    • Ivan – Polls and Special Elections
    • Sam – Policies vs Scandals
    • Ivan – Ben Carson corruption

 

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: Revamping the Dog

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about a number of developments in the Trump-Russia world, including Trump’s attempt to fire Mueller last year, the Dutch hacking the Russians, McCabe’s retirement, Trump not agreeing to an interview, Gates possibly flipping, and more. Then on the eve of Release The Memo Day, a discussion of the expectations for the memo, the objections being raised, and the possible implications. Oh, and it is Ivan’s birthday. Happy birthday Ivan!

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Recorded 2018-02-02
Length this week – 1:26:20

  • (0:00:15-0:12:33) But First
    • Ivan birthday
    • Show length
    • Agenda
    • Show schedule
  • (0:14:33-0:51:55)Trump Stuff
    • Things not getting attention
    • Trump tried to fire Mueller last year
    • Dutch hacking of Russian DNC hackers
    • McCabe retirement
    • Trump Russian sanctions announcement
    • Trump not agreeing to Mueller Interview
    • Gates flipping
    • Acceleration
  • (0:52:32-1:25:59) Release the memo
    • Expectations on what is in the memo
    • Objections to the memo
    • Who is the audience, what are the goals?
    • Republicans Attacking Republicans
    • Predictions
    • Trump Affairs

 

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: Implanting Thoughts

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the politics of the short government shutdown and what that means to the continuing immigration debate, then they move on to reviewing many of the latest developments related to the various scandals surrounding the Trump White House. Along the way, Ivan also reports on his recent trip to Thailand.

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Recorded 2018-01-25
Length this week – 1:39:38

  • (0:01:20-0:22:18) But First
    • Agenda
    • Ivan in Thailand
    • Ivan on a Zipline
    • Baby on a plane
    • Climate change migrations
  • (0:24:21-0:54:17) Shutdown and Immigration
    • Should the Dems have forced this?
    • Should the Dems have agreed to end shutdown?
    • What next?
  • (0:56:00-1:39:18) Trump and Mueller
    • Wendy Murdoch and Jared Kushner
    • Russia to NRA to Trump?
    • Mueller/Trump negotiations
    • Trump’s prospects if he testifies
    • Discrediting Meuller
    • Release the Memo
    • Trump and McCabe
    • Are we near the end?
    • Trump Live

 

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: Dental Maneuver

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Jenn joins Sam as cohost and does the major rant on gender issues she didn’t get to do last time she was on the show. She covers Aziz Ansari, different standards for men and women, what people are taught is “normal”, the pitfalls of zero tolerance, and the built up anger that is exploding from women (and many other groups that aren’t straight white males) these days. Being a straight white male, Sam mostly tries to keep his head down during this part. Then of course they hit some of last week’s Trump craziness, from porn stars to girthers to shithole countries. Finally they wrap it up with a bit on the government shutdown (sorta), FusionGPS again, and the grand bargain Republicans are making with Trump.

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Recorded 2018-01-19
Length this week – 1:38:41

  • (0:00:15-0:10:48) But First
    • Agenda
    • Corrections and Updates
  • (0:12:04-0:51:17) Gender
    • Aziz Ansari
    • Standards for men and women
    • Zero tolerance
    • Built up anger
  • (0:52:26-1:19:16) Trump I
    • Stormy Daniels
    • Changing rules
    • Medical review
    • Ed’s comment
    • Shithole countries
  • (1:20:55-1:38:20) Trump II
    • Government Shutdown
    • FusionGPS House testimony
    • Grand bargain

 

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: A Longer Beard

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam talk about the aftermath of the Fire and Fury book, the possibilities for Oprah 2020, and the implications of the FusionGPS testimony. There is also a little bit about Sam going to the gym, and Ivan’s travel plans. But wait you say, what about shithole countries, paid off porn stars, and false missile alerts? Yeah, this was recorded before all those hit. Maybe next week if nothing more exciting happens first. :-)

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Recorded 2018-01-11
Length this week – 1:56:31

  • (0:03:00-0:22:19) But first
  • (0:23:28-0:53:58) Fire and Fury aftermath
  • (0:54:37-1:19:40) Oprah 2020
  • (1:20:25-1:56:11) FusionGPS testimony

 

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: 2017 Predictions Review

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan review the predictions they made a year and a week ago for 2017. They covered politics, economics, technology, international issues, and a variety of other things for good measure. What did they get wrong? What did they get right? Did they do better or worse than in the year before? Which topics did they excel in? Where did they fail completely? This week, you’ll find out!

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Recorded 2018-01-06
Length this week – 2:03:58

  • (0:01:13-0:22:21) Intro
  • (0:23:29-1:05:38) Politics
  • (1:06:18-1:15:05) Economics
  • (1:15:50-1:24:08) Technology
  • (1:25:51-1:43:58) International
  • (1:45:14-1:53:09) Hodgepodge
  • (1:55:11-2:03:37) Final Results

 

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: 2018 Predictions Show

This week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner is the annual predictions show! Sam and Ivan give all their predictions for 2018 on the topics of politics, the economy, technology, international issues, and other random things too. Basically, predictions on anything they can think of. How will they do? Listen now and every week for the next year, and you will find out!

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Recorded 2017-12-28
Length this week – 2:35:11

  • (0:00:15-0:19:33) But First
  • (0:20:42-0:53:49) Politics I
  • (0:54:34-1:22:22) Politics II
  • (1:25:40-1:45:51) Economics
  • (1:46:30-2:00:21) Technology
  • (2:02:03-2:15:02) International
  • (2:15:42-2:34:51) Hodgepodge

 

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: Milk This

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do their duty and talk about the tax bill… how the Republicans managed to get it done, how it will impact people, and what the political ramifications are. Then they put politics aside for a bit and talk about movies. All kinds of movies. From Star Wars to Dunkirk to Ninjago and others. Rounding out the show, some bits on Apple slowing down phones, Bitcoin, Ivan meeting an (acting) ambassador, an update on Puerto Rico… and more!

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Recorded 2017-12-23
Length this week – 1:47:01

  • (0:01:16-0:13:56) Intro
    • Agenda
    • Ivan and the Ambassador
    • Ivan ankle twisting
  • (0:14:36-0:47:40) Tax Bill
    • How’d the R’s pull it off?
    • The actual bill
    • The politics
  • (0:49:23-1:08:16) Movies
    • Ivan: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
    • Ivan: Her (2013)
    • Sam: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
    • Ivan: X-Men Movies (2000-2017)
    • Ivan: Dunkirk (2017)
    • Sam: The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
    • Ivan: Rough Night (2017)
    • Sam: Calling All Engines (2002)
    • Sam: Escape from Witch Mountain (1995)
    • Sam: The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
  • (1:09:31-1:46:10) Random Stuff
    • Ivan: Atlanta airport power failure
    • Sam: Feedback from Diane
    • Ivan: Apple slowing down phones
    • Sam: Puerto Rico update
    • Ivan: Bitcoin
    • Sam: Swiftkey and Swype
    • Ivan: Trump challenge coin

 

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: Talk Good Enough

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the Alabama Senate results, possible bias in the Mueller investigation, the Republican Tax Bill, Net Neutrality, Trump’s judicial nominations, and the Patreon fee structure misfire. Plus Ivan makes fun of Sam’s speech, and Sam’s son Alex pipes up a few times.

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Recorded 2017-12-15
Length this week – 1:37:02

  • (0:00:15-0:03:39) But First
  • (0:05:21-0:30:41) Alabama
  • (0:32:42-0:53:09) Mueller Bias
  • (0:53:49-1:06:59) Tax Bill
  • (1:08:46-1:18:13) Net Neutrality
  • (1:18:51-1:24:01) Judicial Nominations
  • (1:24:41-1:36:42) Patreon Misfire

 

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.