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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Pour My Brain

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan’s main topics are the Republican Civil War that is brewing, and various Trump administration mini-scandals from the last week. But they also spend some time on the solar eclipse, MacBook Pros, Powerball, the military transgender ban, if Trump will have a primary challenger in 2020, the recent Navy crashes, Trump’s Arizona speech, and more!

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Show Details:

Recorded 2017-08-24
Length this week – 2:12:05

  • (0:00:36-0:28:02) But First
    • Agenda
    • Sam and the Eclipse
    • Ode to Macbook Pro
    • Powerball
  • (0:28:46-1:01:15) Republican Civil War
    • McConnell article
    • Cracks in the wall
    • Obstruction of Congress
    • Approval ratings
    • Trump agenda
    • Congressional agenda
  • (1:02:58-1:35:57) Mini-Scandals
    • Carl Icahn
    • Ryan Zinke
    • Louise Linton
    • Steven Mnuchin
    • Secret Service
    • Ben Carson
  • (1:36:36-2:11:45) Lightning Round
    • Movie: The Jungle Book (1967)
    • Military Transgender Ban
    • 2020 primary challenge for Trump?
    • Navy Crashes
    • Trump’s Arizona speech
    • Unstable Trump

 

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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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My Eclipse Sequence

OK, I’m no pro, but not too horrible for a first attempt and just shooting through the filter glass in the box. Perhaps I’ll try again in 2024. :-)

Eclipse Watching

#14 welding glass taped into an cardboard box of approximately head shape. We only made one, so we have to take turns. We’re going to get to 90.8% in our zip code.

Taking a few pictures of the eclipse itself putting the camera in the box too, but it is a bit of a pain. Next time around need a separate rig for the camera.

My Supermoon Eclipse Pics

Since everybody is posting these, figure I will too. :-)

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02:44 UTC

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03:20 UTC

Both from just south of Everett, WA.

My view of the eclipse

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Thanks to Star Walk 2 on my iPhone. Clouds and houses in the way of my actual eyes. That and the fact I didn’t prepare in advance with proper eye protection. (Or pinhole camera.)