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Stuff over at Election Graphs

This week I’ll finally be doing some election geek posts over at ElectionGraphs.com with some analysis of the difference between the final state poll averages I had in 2008-2016 and the actual election results.

I just posted the first one a few minutes ago.

That kind of stuff is now over there, not here, so if you want it, you either need to be checking ElectionGraphs.com itself, subscribe to it with an RSS reader (RSS link), follow @ElectionGraphs on Twitter, or follow Election Graphs on Facebook.

This is still analysis of old stuff. New stuff for 2020 will be coming soon, but not quite yet. I will probably post again here once that actually starts. But if you want my “election stuff” follow one of the above…

One preview graph from the first of this series of posts…

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Meandering Around the Fields

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan once again discuss the Shutdown/Wall and Trump/Russia. Before that though, a bit on the fast food feast at the White House, another movie Sam watched, and a story of a broken iPad.

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Recorded 2019-01-17
Length this week – 2:02:28

  • (0:04:12-0:25:06) But First
    • Preparation
    • Agenda
    • White House Fast Food
    • Sam Movie: Sense and Sensibility (1995)
    • Manu’s iPad
  • (0:25:42-1:07:02) Shutdown continues and repercussions:
    • Pelosi cancels SOTU
    • Negotiations
    • No emergency declaration?
    • Polls are hammering Trump on shutdown
    • McConnell strategy
    • Impacts of the shutdown
    • No deal in sight, how does this end?
  • (1:08:11-2:02:08 ) Trump Russia Corruption
    • Giuliani admits campaign colluded
    • Giuliani strategy
    • Putin meeting interpreter notes
    • Trump non-denial on Russia
    • FBI Counter-Intel investigation
    • Collusion with middle east
    • Trump vs Pence
    • Emoluments clause
    • Congressional prerogatives

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: The Wheel is Still Good

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan get back to the normal format with the main topics being the Shutdown/Wall and Trump/Russia. Before that, a bit on the Mexican gas shortage and a movie Sam watched.

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Recorded 2019-01-11
Length this week – 1:45:43

  • (0:03:38-0:17:31) But First
    • Mexican gas shortage
    • Sam Movie: The Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
  • (0:19:13-1:05:32) Shutdown / Wall
    • The walls themselves
    • Now what
    • Should the Dems take a deal?
    • The impact of the shutdown
    • National emergency?
    • Border neighbors
    • Live Address
    • Civility
  • (1:06:41-1:45:23) Trump / Russia
    • Manafort poll data
    • Improper redaction
    • Confirming conspiracy theories
    • Who knew what when?
    • Cohen testifying
    • Impeachable offenses?
    • Almost over?
    • Trump kids

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: 2018 Predictions Review

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan review the predictions they made a year and a week ago for 2018. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? Were they amazing prognosticators, or would you have done better tossing coins or reading entrails? Tune in to find out…

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Recorded 2019-01-05
Length this week – 2:08:50

  • (0:02:05-0:18:00) But First
  • (0:18:39-0:52:58) Politics
  • (0:53:35-1:11:26) Economy
  • (1:13:27-1:24:13) Technology
  • (1:25:33-1:39:32) International
  • (1:40:13-1:59:03) Hodgepodge
  • (1:59:48-2:08:30) 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.

2018 Reading List

About a quarter of the way through 2018, I lamented that I wasn’t reading enough books, and made a resolution to do better. My goal was to finish 10 books in 2018, which would be considerably better than the 3 I managed in 2017. I am now reporting back. I did improve on both 2017 and 2016, which were pitiful years, but I did not finish 10 books. I finished 8. Here is the list:

2018 (0 Physical, 4 Kindle, 4 Audible)

  1. 2018-04-04, Fiction, Kindle, The Man from Berlin by McCallin
  2. 2018-04-18, Non-Fiction, Audible, Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 3: The Complete and Authoritative Edition by Twain
  3. 2018-05-22, Fiction, Audible, The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel by Fforde
  4. 2018-07-11, Non-Fiction, Audible, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving by Gallagher
  5. 2018-09-01, Non-Fiction, Kindle, The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court by Woodward
  6. 2018-09-19, Fiction, Kindle, A Study in Scarlet by Doyle
  7. 2018-10-24, Fiction, Audible, Arrow of God by Achebe
  8. 2018-11-16, Non-Fiction, Kindle, Hands-On Data Science and Python Machine Learning by Kane

And that’s it.

The goal for 2019 is 12 or more, to try to hit a one per month average at least. We shall see.

I’ll leave you with the updated chart of my reading since 2006 with 2018 added in… the trend is in the right direction.

Boy and Puppy

Curmudgeon’s Corner: 2019 Predictions Show

This week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner is the annual predictions show! Sam and Ivan give all their predictions for 2019 on the topics of domestic politics (both Trump and non-Trump), international politics, economy/business, technology, and other random things too. Tune in this week to hear the predictions, then listen every week in 2019 to see how they do!

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Show Details:

Recorded 2018-12-28
Length this week – 2:53:50

  • (0:01:09-0:05:47) Intro
  • (0:07:47-0:48:17) Domestic Politics [non-Trump]
  • (0:49:01-1:54:34) Domestic Politics [Trump]
  • (1:55:14-2:10:25) International Politics
  • (2:13:02-2:25:06) Economy / Business
  • (2:25:44-2:39:55) Technology
  • (2:40:34-2:53:30) 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.

Christmas Tree 2018

The traditional annual picture of the Donaghy/Minter/Roney tree.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Dotted Lines

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s biggest topic is the Michael Flynn case and everything surrounding that. Beyond that, they also hit the closure of the Trump Foundation, the mystery case going through the DC Federal Courts, Trump announcing a withdrawal from Syria, the current state of Obamacare, some movies Ivan watched, and lots more!

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Recorded 2018-12-20
Length this week – 1:46:19

  • (0:01:42-0:13:27) But First
    • Agenda
    • Ivan Movie: Adrift (2018)
    • Ivan Movie: A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
    • Ivan Movie: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)
    • Ivan Movie: The Children Act (2017)
    • Next week’s predictions show
  • (0:14:11-0:47:21) Mike Flynn
    • Recap
    • Trump reactions
    • Things Flynn touched
    • Things that don’t add up
    • What is lurking?
    • Connecting the dots
  • (0:49:03-1:16:59) First Lightning
    • Ivan: Syria withdrawal
    • Sam: Prison reform bill
    • Ivan: Obamacare signups
    • Sam: Trump Foundation
  • (1:17:40-1:45:58) Second Lightning
    • Ivan: Fundraising for the wall
    • Sam: Mystery case going through the DC Federal Courts
    • Ivan: Stock Market
    • Sam: Republican power grabs in Wisconsin and Michigan

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: Almost Ran Over A Possum

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam do a quick show covering the latest court ruling on Obamacare, the 2020 Presidential field, Christmas at the White House, all the latest updates on Trump’s many scandals, the Chuck and Nancy show, and Brexit. Short, but full!

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Recorded 2018-12-15
Length this week – 0:43:50

  • (0:00:56-0:02:31) Intro
  • (0:02:31-0:09:53) ACA Unconstitutional?
  • (0:09:53-0:20:26) 2020 Presidential field
  • (0:20:26-0:21:34) Christmas Decorations at the White House
  • (0:21:34-0:31:18) Flynn/Manafort/Cohen/Butina/AMI/Inauguration
  • (0:31:18-0:37:12) Chuck and Nancy vs Trump
  • (0:37:12-0:41:48) Brexit
  • (0:41:48-0:43:30) Outro

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.