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November 2018
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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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Show Details:

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


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Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Walk 5000 Steps

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan hit all the things you would expect about Election 2016, the attacks in Brussels and the announcements at the latest Apple event. They also talk a bit about fitness, #ManInTree, Waze, Obama in Cuba and more! Even a bit about events in the Nixon administration!

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Recorded 2016-03-24

Length this week – 1:51:13

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:00-0:02:52) Alex Prelude
  • (0:03:05-0:14:21) But First
    • Health
    • Fitness
    • Man In Tree
  • (0:15:01-0:56:58) Election 2016
    • Delegate Math
    • Types of Contested Conventions
    • Upcoming States
    • California
    • Virgin Islands
    • Delegate Selection Processes
    • Trump’s Lost Illinois Delegates
    • Clinton vs Trump
  • (0:58:02-1:06:19) Brussels
    • Belgian Citizens
    • Radicalization
    • History of Terrorism
    • Responses
  • (1:07:36-1:19:56) Brussels Part II
    • Overreactions
    • Suicide Bombings
    • IS Strategy
    • Cruz and Trump on Brussels
    • When it happens in the US
  • (1:20:35-1:33:43) Apple Stuff
    • No surprises
    • Android codenames
    • OS X codenames
    • FBI vs Apple update
  • (1:34:22-1:50:53) Lightning Round
    • TV Series: Minority Report (2015)
    • Obama in Cuba
    • Obama in Argentina
    • Nixon Administration on Drug War
    • Rob Ford

Holy $&#@! – It had a big brother

I guess I wasn’t actually done after my previous post. I hope with all my heart I am now done.

Ouch.  Ouch Ouch.

Uh, and yeah, I’ll find another chaser photo.  Cause, yeah, ew.  That is pretty gross.  And yeah, it was still “fresh”.  Sorry bout that!


At last, I meet my stone

This thing had been causing me lots of pain and discomfort for almost exactly a month now.

It is out now.  Hopefully this means I’m finally done with this kidney stone episode.

This one looks meaner and sharper and the episode lasted longer, but I think this one from 2004 was bigger.  I stupidly did not photograph that one next to a ruler though, so it is hard to tell.