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Curmudgeon’s Corner: March of Icons

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the latest “Infrastructure Week”, the arguments on impeachment hearings, and Biden’s “unity” posture. They also talk about​ trade wars, the economy, and Bill and Hillary’s visit to Seattle. On the non-political front, a little bit on scheduling meetings across time zones, and a horrible scam about a bogus bleach cure that has been going around.

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Recorded 2019-05-23
Length this week – 2:14:44

  • (0:01:00-0:35:25) Round 1:
    • Sam: Meetings Across Time Zones
    • Ivan: Infrastructure Week
  • (0:37:08-1:11:51) Round 2:
    • Sam: Impeachment
    • Ivan: Bogus Bleach Cure
  • (1:13:36-1:38:46) Round 3:
    • Sam: Biden “Unity”
    • Ivan: Abortion
  • (1:40:02-2:12:24) Round 4:
    • Sam: Trade Wars and Economy
    • Ivan: Bill and Hillary

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: Pod Coast Pod Roast

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about Cohen revealing there were talks about pardons, that long rambly Trump speech, Fox news acting as an extension of Trump, Representative Omar’s comments, and a bunch more. Yes, it is a lightning round show! You even get Ivan ranting about tangled cables, Sam plugging his Election Graphs site, and another reminder about the Seattle meetup!

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Recorded 2019-03-07
Length this week – 1:47:44

  • (0:02:28-0:07:58) But First
    • Agenda
    • Busy Ivan
    • Seattle Meetup
  • (0:09:14-1:01:01) Lightning Round 1
    • Ivan: Cable Tangles
    • Sam: Election Graphs
    • Ivan: Rep Omar
    • Sam: Cohen Pardons
  • (1:02:22-1:47:23) Lightning Round 2
    • Ivan: Trade Deficit
    • Sam: Tracking journalists
    • Ivan: Long Trump speech
    • Sam: Fox News

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: Personal Petri Dish

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan finally gets his Potpourri segments! In those, he and Sam talk about Ivan being cold, reports of Texas voter fraud, an update on the economy and markets, the Huawei fraud charges, and a bunch of other stuff. Including Sam getting blasted by a famous poll watcher. Oh, and of course they talk about the shutdown ending and the continuing Trump/Russia scandals.

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Recorded 2019-02-01
Length this week – 2:12:40

  • (0:01:26-0:11:37) But First
    • Agenda
    • Sam is tired
  • (0:14:15-0:56:39) Potpourri! Part 1
    • Nate Silver calls Sam incompetent
    • Ivan in actual real cold
    • Economy and markets update
    • Huawei Fraud charges
  • (0:57:16-1:19:26) Potpourri! Part 2
    • Texas bullshit
    • Venezuela
    • Brexit
    • Howard Shultz
  • (1:20:46-1:39:14) Shutdown
    • Trump Caves
    • Negotiations
    • SOTU
  • (1:39:45-2:12:20) Trump Russia
    • Roger Stone
    • Capone model
    • Cohen testimony
    • Mueller almost done?
    • Cohen rigging online polls
    • Concord Group papers

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.

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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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.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: An Appointment in the Future

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam’s two big topics are the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh including all the surrounding issues relating to the climate that leads to such things, and their final pre-election thoughts on the 2018 midterms. But as usual, there are smaller topics to round things out, including thoughts on a movie, a book, a new iPhone, the economy, and even Gary Hart. Also, after you listen… go vote!

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Recorded 2018-11-03
Length this week – 2:06:38

  • (0:01:38-0:32:18) But First
    • Agenda
    • Local candidates, amendments and initiatives
    • Sam Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017)
    • Sam Book: Arrow of God (1964)
    • Mistake from last year
    • Sam’s new iPhone XS Max
  • (0:34:18-1:04:24) Pittsburgh and Trump
    • Sam and Ivan Pittsburgh connections
    • Long term trends
    • Synagogue security
    • anti-Semitic motives
    • Presidential responsibility and response?
    • Trump and racists
  • (1:05:09-1:45:53) Election 2018
    • Current Numbers
    • Early voting
    • Polling errors
    • Reactions if the Democrats win
    • Reactions if the Republicans win
    • Go vote… Democrat please.
  • (1:47:09-2:06:17) Mini Lightning Round
    • Ivan: Economy update
    • Sam: Gary Hart’s Monkey Business
    • Go vote. Really.

 

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: Willy Nilly

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ed joins Sam to discuss North Korea, how SCOTUS deals with precedent, this week’s story about immigrants in the military being discharged, and the latest in the trade wars and the economy. Before all that, they also do a quick update on the situation with the kids who have been separated from their parents at the border, and we find out if Sam’s family made it to the destination of their big road trip.

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Recorded 2018-07-07
Length this week – 1:26:12

  • (0:00:15-0:07:32) But First
  • (0:08:12-0:26:52) North Korea
  • (0:27:29-0:49:42) SCOTUS and Precedent
  • (0:50:26-1:03:27) Immigrants in the Military
  • (1:04:47-1:25:52) Trade Wars

 

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: Light and Frothy

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast, the two big topics are Trump’s pardons and the Economy. Specifically Sam and Ivan talk about the grand plan, or lack thereof, surrounding the pardons and what messages that sends. On the economy, the questions are how much credit Trump should get for good unemployment numbers, does it matter that he tweeted about those results before they came out, and what’s up with the big trade war that seems to be getting started? Along the way, they also cover a health issue in Sam’s family, the Puerto Rican death toll, a little on the Trump/Cohen investigations, and the general trend toward US isolation.

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Recorded 2018-06-02
Length this week – 1:17:12

  • (0:00:15-0:16:32) Into
    • Where is Ivan
    • Agenda
    • Sam’s Family Medical Issue
    • Puerto Rican Death Toll
  • (0:17:11-0:50:30) Pardons and Commutations and Stuff
    • Answering Machine Messages
    • Recent and Proposed Pardons
    • Eating the Pieces
    • Kardashian Summit
    • Pardoning Trump cronies?
    • Rudy’s Strategy
    • Trump Tapes
    • Investigation Speed
  • (0:51:06-1:16:52) Economic Stuff
    • Where is the Economic Collapse?
    • Should Trump get credit for good numbers?
    • Trump unemployment pre-announcement
    • Trade War!
    • US becoming isolated

 

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.