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Curmudgeon’s Corner: No Ifs Ands Or Buts

This week on the Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Sam and Ivan start out with an old fashioned lightning round covering the Olympics, Gawker, EpiPens and more. Then of course they settle in to talk about this week’s developments in the race for the Presidency. Looking for your weekly fix of Clinton and Trump craziness? We have it for you here as always. Oh, and Sam complains about cars on the beach and annual reviews.

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Recorded 2016-08-25

Length this week – 1:32:06

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  • (0:00:10-0:10:04) But First
    • Exhausted Ivan
    • Agenda
    • Sam Beach Trip
    • Work Reviews
  • (0:12:03-0:34:05) Lightning Round!
    • No disasters at the Olympics
    • Time Delayed Olympics
    • Gawker Shutdown
    • Louisiana Flooding
    • EpiPen Pricing
    • NSA Hacked
    • Proxima Centuri B
  • (0:35:14-0:56:44) Clinton Stuff
    • Clinton Email Again
    • Clinton Foundation Again
    • Clinton Health
  • (0:57:23-1:31:46) Trump Stuff
    • Trump on Immigration
    • Phil is Thirsty
    • Trump pivoting?
    • Trump’s appeal to African-Americans
    • Trump supporter racial anxiety
    • Trump sticking to the script
    • FAU Florida Poll
    • Fake Polls

 

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: Needed New Swear Words

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner most of the show is of course on Election 2016… some talk about the Clinton foundation and lots and lots of discussion of all the twists and turns in Trump world this week. But hey, almost half the show is actually on other things! We talk about those swimmers getting in trouble in Brazil, about Iran and Syria, about self-driving cars, about Obamacare, and even about adjustable beds! Also, a short remembrance of John McLaughlin and what he meant to this show. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2016-08-19

Length this week – 2:12:32

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  • (0:00:10-0:16:14) But First
    • Agenda
    • Adjustable Bed
    • Upgraded Podcast Setup
    • Sam Trip Coming Up
    • John McLaughlin
  • (0:16:58-0:40:04) Stuff that isn’t the Election Part 1
    • Swimmers in Brazil
    • Omran from Syria
    • Iran Payment
  • (0:41:07-0:57:29) Stuff that isn’t the Election Part 2
    • Uber Self-Driving Ride Sharing
    • Aetna and Obamacare
  • (0:58:49-1:33:08) Stuff that is the Election Part 1
    • ALeXMXeLA.com
    • Clinton Foundation
    • Clinton the politician
    • Naked Trump Statues
    • Manafort!
    • Trump Campaign Morale
    • Trump Campaign Restructure
    • Pivot?
    • Alex texting
  • (1:34:16-2:12:12) Stuff that is the Election Part 2
    • Will it last?
    • Trump supporter denial
    • Election Observers
    • Ivanka Trump and Wendy Murdoch
    • Trump’s Doctor’s Note
    • Trump vs the Press
    • Trump TV

 

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: The Stuff That’s Non-Cowed

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about headphones, water, Zika, Delta’s snafu, the Olympics, and… oh yeah, and of course we talk about the Election too. McMullin’s entry into the race, a few Clinton missteps, and then all of the Trump craziness that overshadowed everything else. It is just impossible these days to have a week that isn’t mostly about Trump.

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Recorded 2016-08-10

Length this week – 1:42:14

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:10-0:09:17) But First
    • Calm Week?
    • Agenda
    • Ivan’s Headphones
    • Movie: Toy Story (1995)
  • (0:10:19-0:28:16) No Election No Trump
    • Ivan’s Water
    • Zika Update
    • Ivan’s Water Again
    • Delta Snafu
    • Olympics
  • (0:29:32-0:54:50) Yes Election No Trump
    • Evan McMullin
    • Clinton Email Again
    • Orlando Shooter’s Father at Clinton rally
    • Republicans endorsing Clinton
  • (0:55:34-1:41:53) Yes Election Yes Trump
    • Intervention
    • Senatorial Endorsements
    • Ad Spending
    • Polling Collapse
    • Alex interlude
    • Economic Plan
    • Iranian Scientist Claim
    • Second Amendment Folks
    • ALeXMXeLA.com
    • Clinton Responses
    • Clinton Ceiling?
    • Trump vs Romney and McCain
    • Feedback

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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: Trumpmudgeons

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast most of the show is on all the crazy Trump news from the last week. There was a lot. Battles with Khan, complaints about debates and voter fraud, the baby incident, the non-endorsements… and much much more. Sam and Ivan cover all of it. But first they cover some of the other events in the world… Libya, Zika, Clinton’s email… and they celebrate a milestone for the show!

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Recorded 2016-08-04

Length this week – 1:52:18

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  • (0:00:10-0:04:45) But First
    • Agenda
    • 100 Downloads!
  • (0:05:30-0:33:08) Everything Else
    • Libya Engagement
    • American Wars
    • Zika Response
    • Clinton Email Lie
    • Iran Cash
  • (0:33:46-0:53:32 ) Trumpity Trump Trump Part 1
    • Trump vs Khan
    • Trump on debates
    • Trump on voter fraud
    • Trump’s effect on GOP after a loss
  • (0:55:32-1:19:14 ) Trumpity Trump Trump Part 2
    • Trump and the Baby
    • Trump non-endorsements
    • Trump ignites GOP Civil War
    • Trump’s faithless elector
    • Trump dump?
  • (1:20:17-1:51:58) Trumpity Trump Trump Part 3
    • Trump University
    • Trump’s Purple Heart
    • Trump’s WaPo Interview
    • Trump and the Iran Video
    • Trump on nukes
    • Trump sanity
    • The GOP owns this
    • No more ticket splitting
    • I’m with her

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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!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Big DNC Show

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan of course spend most of the show on the Democratic National Convention, with commentary on all the major speeches, and the inevitable comparisons to the RNC the week before. In addition to the DNC itself, they do cover this week’s terrorist attacks in Europe, the DNC email hack, where polling stands today, and Trump’s invitation to Russian hackers. Oh, and for some reason pineapples make an appearance.

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Recorded 2016-07-29

Length this week – 2:01:56

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:32-0:08:45) Starting Up
    • Tired Ivan
    • Ivan’s bad flight
    • Pineapple
    • Agenda
  • (0:09:23-0:48:16) Everything Else
    • Terrorist Attacks
    • Trump Convention Bounce?
    • DNC Emails
    • Trump’s Russian Invite
  • (0:49:24-1:17:59) Democratic National Convention Part 1
    • Convention Comparison
    • Sanders Holdouts
    • Booker for President?
    • Michelle Obama Speech
    • Elizabeth Warren Speech
    • Bernie Sanders Speech
  • (1:18:38-1:39:54) Democratic National Convention Part 2
    • Roll Call Vote
    • Dean Scream 2
    • Bill Clinton Speech
    • Joe Biden Speech
    • Barack Obama Speech
  • (1:41:13-2:01:36) Democratic National Convention Part 3
    • Chelsea Clinton Speech
    • Hillary Clinton Speech
    • Convention Comparison Part 2

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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!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Big RNC Show

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do a Republican National Convention mega show, talking about each night of the convention in detail. But a lot of other things happened this week, so before even starting on the convention they cover Nice and Munich and Syria and Baton Rouge and Miami and Turkey and Roger Ailes and the VP announcements and more. It was a very very busy news week. To top it off, Sam also interviews an actual attendee at the convention. It is a big show. Over three and a half hours this time. Our longest ever. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2016-07-23

Length this week – 3:40:00

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:10-0:06:55) Introduction
    • Big News Week
    • Election Graphs vs Curmudgeon’s Corner
  • (0:07:58-0:32:56) Everything Else Part 1
    • Nice Attack
    • Munich Attack
    • Alex Interlude
    • US Drone Strike in Syria
    • Baton Rogue Police Killing
    • North Miami Shooting
  • (0:33:09-0:52:39) Everything Else Part 2
    • Ivan’s Staplers
    • Attempted Coup in Turkey
    • Roger Ailes
  • (0:53:24-1:22:06) Everything Else Part 3
    • Mike Pence VP Rollout
    • Republican Rules Committee
    • Trump and Russia
    • Leaked DNC docs
    • Tim Kaine VP Announcement
  • (1:22:44-1:41:22) Republican National Convention Day 1
    • Expectations
    • Rules Vote
    • Minor Speakers
    • Melania Speech
  • (1:42:25-1:57:07) Republican National Convention Day 2
    • Official Roll Call Vote
    • Giuliani Speech
    • Christie Mock Trial
    • Duck Song
    • Don Jr Speech
  • (1:57:55-2:21:15) Republican National Convention Day 3
    • Cruz Speech
    • Pence Speech
    • Trump NYT Interview
  • (2:21:54-2:56:01) Republican National Convention Day 4
    • Ivanka Speech
    • Trump Speech
    • Trump vs Clinton
  • (2:57:09-3:35:50) Interview with Marcus the RNC Alternate
    • Self-Introduction
    • Political Origins
    • Primary Support
    • Unification
    • Electability
    • Demographics
    • NeverTrump efforts
    • Convention Experience
    • Protests
    • Final thoughts
  • (3:37:10-3:39:40) Wrap up

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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!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Can’t handle the fact

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, the show was recorded before the attack in Nice, Trump’s final VP pick, and the attempted coup in Turkey. So there will be nothing about those things! But Sam and Ivan do of course talk quite a bit about Election 2016 anyway. The other major topic is racial tensions in the wake of the Philandro Castile and Dallas shootings. The show is rounded out with shorter discussions of hard drive failures, summer camp, the UK prime minister… and Pokemon Go!

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Recorded 2016-07-14

Length this week – 2:00:48

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Show Details:

  • (0:02:41-0:28:28) But First
    • Hard Drive Failure
    • Summer Camp
    • Job Flexibility
    • Pokemon Go
  • (0:29:49-1:07:58) Election 2016
    • Veepstakes
    • Rules Committee
    • RBG kerfuffle
    • Trump sues ex-staffer
    • Autoplay Videos / Multi-article stories
    • Republican Convention Agenda
    • Sanders endorses Clinton
    • Party Platforms
    • Swing Voters?
    • New UK Prime Minister
  • (1:08:37-2:00:27) Racial Tensions
    • Bush Dance and Speech
    • Philando Castile
    • Obama inflaming racial tensions?
    • Racial Differences in Police Cases
    • Dallas Attack
    • ALeXMXeLA.com
    • Bomb Robot
    • Dallas Motivations
    • Conservatives, protests, and police power

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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!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Shards of Glass

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan spend the most time on Election 2016. So you will hear all about the latest Trump craziness and the Clinton email scandal. But there is a lot more here too! We recorded before Philandro Castile’s death or the attacks in Dallas, so that will have to wait until next week, but Sam has an adventure with the IRS and we talk about our theme music by Ray Lynch! And in a lightning round we briefly cover over a dozen other topics from the space probe at Jupiter to Puerto Rican bankruptcy to how Sam rigs the election polls… and more!

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Recorded 2016-07-07

Length this week – 2:01:41

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  • (0:01:58-0:20:23) But First
    • Agenda
    • Sam and the IRS
    • Ivan Family
    • Ray Lynch
  • (0:21:03-1:02:56) Election 2016: Republicans
    • Star of David Tweet
    • Trump likes Saddam Hussein
    • Trump throwing the election?
    • Trump rape charges
    • Free the delegates?
  • (1:04:12-1:27:12) Election 2016: Democrats
    • Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch
    • Clinton Email Scandal
    • Sanders Foot Dragging
    • Veepstakes
  • (1:27:53-2:01:21) Lightning Round
    • Juno at Jupiter
    • Brexit Fallout
    • Tesla Crashes
    • Non-Western Terror Attacks
    • EgyptAir Update
    • Puerto Rican Bankrupcy
    • Chilcot Report
    • Alton Sterling
    • Christian Mingle
    • ALeXMXeLA.com
    • Gretchen Carslon lawsuit
    • Book: Earth Afire
    • Trump and the Frozen book
    • Rigging the Polls for Clinton

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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!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Live with the Strings

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan’s big topics are Brexit and Election 2016. In addition though, they talk about Low Battery Mode, the Yelchin accident, SCOTUS, and even a bit about Ivan’s latest Uber driver and a connection to a class Sam and Ivan took in college.

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Recorded 2016-06-29

Length this week – 2:01:53

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:10-0:13:20) But First
  • (0:13:59-0:27:26) Yelchin accident
  • (0:28:29-0:58:17) Brexit
  • (0:59:20-1:47:04) Election 2016
  • (1:48:22-2:01:33) SCOTUS

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Failing to Predict the Past

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s big topics are the gun control debate and the apparent Trump campaign implosion. Other topics are kid’s summer activities, Brexit (recorded before the vote), and the process of choosing Presidential Electors. For a change of pace, Sam wraps it up with interviews of several delegates to the 2016 Washington State Democratic Convention.

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Recorded 2016-06-23

Length this week – 2:42:20

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  • (0:00:10-0:11:03) Kids in Summer
  • (0:11:04-0:19:55) Brexit
  • (0:20:34-0:38:03) Gun Control
  • (0:39:06-1:19:52) Trump Implosion
  • (1:21:12-1:34:45) Picking Electors
  • (1:35:34-1:41:17) Amy on WADemCon
  • (1:41:56-1:51:24) Nicholas on WADemCon
  • (1:52:28-2:00:11) Judith on WADemCon
  • (2:00:57-2:23:57) Chase on WADemCon
  • (2:25:07-2:37:43) Amy on WADemCon again
  • (2:38:57-2:42:01) Wrap Up

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