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Curmudgeon’s Corner: So Obtuse

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the Champlain Towers collapse, developments with the voting rights bills in congress, the potential infrastructure deal, some SCOTUS stuff, and even freeing Britney. Before all that, they also talk about a mouse, and Van Gogh exhibits. Once again a full, jam packed show!

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Recorded 2021-06-25
Length this week – 2:03:23

  • (0:01:07-0:23:45) But First
    • Agenda
    • The mouse
    • Van Gogh Exhibits
  • (0:24:52-0:50:49) Champlain Towers
  • (0:51:07-1:24:57) Legislative Process
    • Voting rights bills
    • Infrastructure week
  • (1:25:58-2:03:02) Legal Stuff
    • SCOTUS
    • Free Britney
    • The stuff at the end
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: Confounding Factors

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the pandemic, the back and forth surrounding having a January 6th commission, the Israel/Palestine situation, and the crypto crash. Somewhere along the way they talk about masks and a couple of movies too. Enjoy the show!

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Recorded 2021-05-22
Length this week – 2:39:01

  • (0:01:49-0:30:41) But First
  • (0:31:19-1:01:29) Ivan: Pandemic
  • (1:03:13-1:24:33) Sam: 1/6 commission stuff
  • (1:25:28-2:01:59) Ivan: Israel/Palestine
  • (2:02:56-2:37:04) Sam: Crypto Crash
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: Garbage On My Mind

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the Biden stimulus bill that was just signed and the political implications of the bill. They also discuss the possible Manchin opening to reforming the filibuster rather than eliminating it, and what that might mean to Democratic policy options. And they discuss the one year anniversary of the WHO declaring a pandemic. But in addition to all the serious stuff, they also discuss dogs, cars, movies, and cartoons. So you’ve got all that too!

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Recorded 2021-03-12
Length this week – 2:19:26

  • (0:05:32-0:30:56) Part the First
    • Ivan: Dogs and Cars
    • Sam: Sam Movie: To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
  • (0:31:46-1:31:55) Part the Second
    • Ivan: Stimulus
    • Sam: Filibuster
  • (1:33:57-2:19:05) Part the Third
    • Ivan: Canceling Cartoons
    • Sam: One Year of Pandemic
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: Double Hosts, But Not Double Coes

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan ditches Sam, so Sam’s 11 year old son Alex cohosts! Well, sorta. First Sam does a solo show, talking about the Democrats and how they are dealing with the Covid bill and other priorities, then the Republicans and how they are continuing to prove themselves to be solidly the party of Trump. But after that, Sam turns the show over to Alex, and so the rest of the show is Alex discussing his YouTube channel, answering a few questions from his Dad, and wrapping up with describing some of the things he has been doing in Minecraft and Terraria lately. If you’re not into that kind of thing, you can of course skip the last part. But Alex would appreciate it if you didn’t! :-)

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Recorded 2021-02-27
Length this week – 2:37:02

  • (0:00:27-0:30:14) Sam A: Democrats
  • (0:32:15-1:06:50) Sam B: Republicans
  • (1:07:36-1:47:51) Alex A: YouTube
  • (1:49:08-2:11:48) Alex B: Interview
  • (2:13:11-2:36:42) Alex C: Video Games
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: Whoop-De-Doo

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, now that the news is slowing down a bit, and things are not quite as crazy… for now anyway… Sam and Ivan do something they haven’t done in a long time… an all lightning round show! Of course, being who they are, the lightning isn’t all that fast. But they cover a wide range of topics, from an update on how remote schooling is going, to a movie review, to the politics of the Republican caucus, the second impeachment, and the stimulus package, to protests in Russia. All in all, a nice full show. With a few appearances from Sam’s son Alex as well. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2021-02-05
Length this week – 1:58:46

  • (0:00:37-1:25:29) Round 1
    • Ivan: Update on how remote school is going
    • Sam: Movie: Blair Witch (2016)
    • Ivan: Cheney/Greene votes
    • Sam: Impeachment Stuff
  • (1:26:14-1:58:15) Round 2
    • Ivan: Stimulus and Such
    • Sam: Russian Protests
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: Such A Relief

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan finally get to reviewing their 2020 predictions. Because of the multi-week delay, they don’t spend the whole show on it and don’t review every prediction, but they get to the important bits. Then they get to the actual news of the current week, with segments on the GameStop nonsense, the pandemic, and goings on in Congress. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2021-01-30
Length this week – 2:21:23

  • (0:00:22-0:39:56) 2020 Predictions Review
  • (0:41:17-1:23:13) GameStop Nonsense
  • (1:23:50-1:50:22) Pandemic
  • (1:51:07-2:21:00) Congress
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: For Corn

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do what has become the new normal. A segment on random stuff including an Ivan pandemic travel report, Sam talking about a movie, and Ivan telling a sports story. Then a segment on the presidential transition, including how “The Kraken” is working out for Trump, thoughts on Biden’s early staffing decisions, and a bit about lame-duck Trump. Finally, a segment on the pandemic, including some notes on the metrics, anti-Covid behavior as a tragedy of the commons, and more. enjoy the show!

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Recorded 2020-11-28
Length this week – 2:03:30

  • (0:00:22-0:27:27) But First
    • Ivan family update
    • Ivan in the Keys
    • Sam Movie: Clifford’s Really Big Movie (2004)
    • Ivan Maradona story
  • (0:29:28-1:23:33) Transition
    • Transition actually begins
    • The Kraken
    • 2022/2024
    • Biden vs Congress
    • Biden staffing
    • Pardons
    • Open Skies
    • Assassination in Iran
  • (1:24:58-2:03:10) Pandemic
    • Thanksgiving messes up metrics
    • Massive increases
    • Tragedy of the commons
    • Harm reduction
    • The coming holiday surge
    • Feedback
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: Played Locally

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Brandy joins Sam to talk about earthquakes, preparedness, Congressional investigations, walking in a parade, running for local office, the redistricting SCOTUS case, and finally the census SCOTUS case. Then everything descends into chaos as Jetski (a dog), Miley (a dog), and Alex (a 9-year-old boy), all try to “help” with closing out the show. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2019-07-06
Length this week – 1:59:16

  • (0:04:54-0:25:43) Brandy: Earthquakes and Preparedness
  • (0:26:53-0:52:09) Sam: Congressional Investigation Slowness
  • (0:52:45-1:05:44) Brandy: Walking in a parade, and running
  • (1:07:28-1:58:56) Sam: Redistricting and Census SCOTUS 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)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Meandering Stream of Molasses

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the Trump administration stonewalling of any and all Congressional inquiries​, Trump’s latest financial disclosures, and the rash of new anti-abortion laws across the country. Oh, and Ivan raves about a movie he saw.

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Recorded 2019-05-18
Length this week – 1:30:37

  • (0:01:06-0:51:59) Round One
    • Ivan: Ivan Movie: Apollo 11 (2019)
    • Sam: Trump obstruction
  • (0:53:08-1:30:16) Round Two
    • Ivan: Trump’s financial disclosure
    • Sam: New abortion laws

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: Intentional Set

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ed joins Sam to talk about the many forms of disinformation, a congressional debate Ed attended, and they revisit the healthcare debate. Before that though, a welcome to a new patron, a movie review, a couple book reviews, and more!

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Recorded 2018-10-20
Length this week – 2:07:05

  • (0:00:20-0:42:39) But First
    • Agenda
    • New patron
    • New review
    • Sam Movie: A Shot in the Dark (1964)
    • Sam Book: The Brethren (1979)
    • Ed Book: One Person, No Vote (2018)
  • (0:43:55-1:13:41) Disinformation
    • The new election meddling arrest
    • Trump strategy of provocation
    • Everybody doing it
    • Saudi Arabia and Turkey
    • Different types of attacks
    • Example WaPo error
    • Careful vs sloppy vs intention deceit
  • (1:18:45-1:45:44) A Congressional Debate
    • Pennsylvania District 1 profile
    • The candidates in PA-1
    • In person experience
    • Local vs national issues
    • Trump influence on debate?
    • Wallace energy plan
    • Nothing on voting rights
  • (1:46:24-2:06:44) Healthcare
    • Costs for Medicare for All
    • Gradualism
    • Impact on individuals
    • Types of costs and savings
    • Other countries
    • Mitch McConnell

 

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.