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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Return of the Beep

On Curmudgeon’s Corner this week, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are North Korea and the dust up between CNN and the guy on Reddit. They pack a lot of smaller topics in this week too though. Rick Perry on Economics. The 2014 Annie remake. Dress codes in Congress and elsewhere. The Seattle minimum wage. A listener fact checks our last episode. And much much more…

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Show Details:

Recorded 2017-07-07
Length this week – 2:04:17

  • (0:01:05-0:26:59) But First
    • Fireworks
    • Agenda
    • More fireworks
    • Plane Incident
    • Fact Check!
    • Jones vs Bell
    • Couch Update
  • (0:28:08-0:47:41) North Korea
    • Cobol and Y2K
    • The missile
    • Motivations
    • Trump strategy?
    • Escalation?
    • Trump engaged?
  • (0:48:57-1:11:07) Trolling CNN
    • Air Conditioner
    • Jill Innocenti
    • The meme
    • The troll
    • CNN threat
    • Incitement?
    • Found her?
  • (1:12:53-2:03:58) Lightning Round
    • Changing the battery
    • It is not her
    • Rick Perry economics
    • Movie: Annie (2014)
    • Dress codes
    • Youtube shooting
    • Trump dissed?
    • Seattle minimum wage
    • Illinois budget
    • Alex interlude
    • Trump-light again

 

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.

Pics from Jul 2014

1285 pictures from July. First pass narrowed it to 76. Then culled down to 31 for this post…

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2014-07-05 04:50 UTC – Grandma Ruth and Alex waiting for fireworks.

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2014-07-05 05:04 UTC – And then the fireworks began!

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2014-07-05 05:13 UTC – I took lots of pictures of fireworks, but two will suffice here.

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2014-07-05 05:26 UTC – After the fireworks the people across the pond start leaving under the light of a cloudy moon.

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2014-07-07 18:27 UTC – One of the neighbors dogs, who always barks back and forth with Roscoe through our back fence, got loose. We saw it walking by and called it. It came running, straight to our door, to bark at Roscoe through the door. Roscoe excitedly barked back. The neighbor dog wanted to come over for a visit! We did not let it in. We took it back to its own house instead. They were both disappointed.

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2014-07-11 22:47 UTC – Alex’s first eye exam. Doesn’t need glasses yet… but maybe next year!

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2014-07-12 16:36 UTC – See the story above. Alex did not forget. Later when we were out at a local mall, he fished the quarter out of his pocket, and headed over to a little train ride that goes back and forth for a minute when you put in a quarter. But it was out of order, so he asked me to keep the quarter for him. But he very much remembered the quarter he had earned, he knew where he had kept it safe, and he knew what he wanted to use it for.

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2014-07-16 04:53 UTC – Beating the heat with a fan

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2014-07-19 18:33 UTC – Roscoe was very excited that Uncle David was visiting, but jumping on him to get attention was not encouraged, and he wasn’t getting attention just standing there, so Roscoe got up on the couch where Uncle David could reach better to get a good welcome.

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2014-07-19 19:51 UTC – Aunt Ann and Uncle David talk to my mom over lunch.

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2014-07-19 19:52 UTC – My mom explains something to Seth and Jinn

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2014-07-10 21:17 UTC – Aunt Ann and Uncle David in the after lunch picture taking session

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2014-07-20 00:20 UTC – Sometimes snuggles involve licks. A few seconds later Alex licked him back.

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2014-07-21 20:32 UTC – Then Papa Bill and Grandma Cathy visited. We took a ride on the light rail to the airport!

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2014-07-22 21:01 UTC – Since there was going to be a big Minter family get together, this meant it was time to pass on a family tradition. This is Lucy Lumphead, as she was when we received her shortly after Alex was born. (Click the pic to make it big enough to read the note.)

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2014-07-22 21:06 UTC – And here is Lucy Lumphead as we passed her along to Cousin Maya’s family. Brandy made the new costume. I wrote the new note. This doll has been being passed around in the family every few years for the last 74 years. (Click the pic to make it big enough to read the note.)

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2014-07-22 23:08 UTC – My dad and his sisters Diane and Susan, all together at the same time for the first time in years.

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2014-07-22 23:16 UTC – Cathy at a quiet moment during the get together.

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2014-07-22 23:41 UTC – Alex plays tetherball while Cousin Ella runs by.

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2014-07-22 23:48 UTC – Cousin Luca holds Kai, the youngest member of the clan.

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2014-07-23 01:35 UTC – Cathy with Kai

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2014-07-23 01:37 UTC – Amy drew an octopus.

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2014-07-23 01:38 UTC – Kai plays the piano too.

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2014-07-23 01:45 UTC – Amy, look how high I can jump!

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2014-07-23 02:18 UTC – At one point, Alex asked me if we could take a walk. Then he whispered and asked me if I could please ask his cousins Mia and Ella if they would come with us. Ella thought this was a great idea, and asked permission to take us to the playground at their school. So Mia and Ella took us to the playground. Seconds later Alex and Ella were doing this.

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2014-07-23 02:24 UTC – Mia and Ella are Alex’s favorite cousins. Especially Ella. We visit rarely, but Alex really enjoys spending time with them when he can.

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2014-07-23 02:39 UTC – Ella throws sand while the others watch. Of course within moments, they were all throwing sand.

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2014-07-23 02:52 UTC – The girls were amused because when it was time to walk home, Alex gathered a load of sand to carry home in his shirt. Halfway back, he dumped the sand and with their help transferred it all to his shoes, where it was easier to carry home.

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2014-07-23 18:35 UTC – Roscoe angles for some attention from Cathy

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2014-07-23 18:36 UTC – Posing for a quick photo before Papa Bill and Grandma Cathy go home.

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2014-07-23 18:37 UTC – One more with just the three generations of Minter men.

Eventful 5th (UTC)

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(Picture by Amy)

As we usually do, we went to the Bellevue Family Fourth.

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This time my mom joined us.

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Alex was ready for fireworks.

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If only they weren’t so loud!

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Pretty though.

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Then after the fireworks, while driving home, Amy saw a loose dog running in the road.  A 30 minute pursuit followed, first in the car, then on foot, first on big roads with plenty of traffic, then onto a small residential street.  Toward the end we were joined by the people in a second car.  After much skittishness and running, the dog finally climbed into Amy’s car.  It had no collar or tags.  We ended up taking it to a 24 hour vet recommended by the people at the non-emergency police line.  They confirmed it had no chip identifying it either.  For now they are keeping it, and it will be on all the appropriate lists of missing pets in the morning if the owners call in for it.  We’ll check in on her too to make sure her people find her.  (Roscoe would NOT have been pleased if we had brought her home. :-) )

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In the morning, I assembled the weekly podcast, sometimes with Alex’s help.

After that, we went out for some late breakfast, then headed to my office.  The first stop was the cafe area, where Amy and Alex immediately found Lego…

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This was good, because the original plan to look down from the 9th and 11th floors at construction underway didn’t work out, because apparently the construction folks had the 5th off…

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The Lego building lasted a long time…

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As the 5th ended, Amy and Alex were still playing with Lego.

The usual adventure of train riding was still yet to come.

Happy Fifth of July!

OK, so I’m a few months late posting.  And the other people looking at this at the time considered it to be July 4th.  But it was already July 5th UTC by then, so that’s what I’m putting here darn it!  :-)

Taken 2010 Jul 5 05:20 UTC