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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Covered in Butter

We’ve almost made it! Election 2016 is finally here. In this last episode before the actual votes are tallied, Sam and Ivan start out with some updates from the Republicans Sam interviewed in May and some feedback from a listener, then jump into the campaign events of the last week, before finally discussing faithless electors and final thoughts on what is likely to happen when the votes are counted. This is it folks. We’ve made it to the end. Almost.

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Show Details:

Recorded 2016-11-05
Length this week – 1:53:34

  • (0:00:10-0:46:14) Updates and Feedback
    • Agenda
    • Update from Matthew
    • Update from Bruce
    • Feedback from Lenny
  • (0:047:17-1:24:20) Election 2016 – The Last Week
    • Comey Letter
    • Illegal Melania / Trump Affair
    • Secret Trump Server? (No.)
    • Russia DNC Hack
    • Last minute Trump baiting?
    • Trump on Obama heckler
    • Trump rape case
  • (1:24:59-1:53:14) Election 2016 – The Election Itself
    • Faithless WA Elector
    • Polling Update
    • House and Senate
    • Ground Game, Early Vote, Hispanic Vote
    • Clinton beating the polls?

 

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Going in a weird direction

Sam is solo again on this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast. As you would expect, the big topics are election related. Clinton clinching. The Sanders dead enders. Trump’s really bad week. Veep speculation. All of that. In addition, some brief hits on the Brock Turner case, the Gawker bankruptcy, some Apple stuff… and more!

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Recorded 2016-06-11

Length this week – 1:36:22

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:10-0:07:16) But First
    • Alone Again
    • Agenda
    • Early Mornings
  • (0:08:06-0:38:24) Election 2016 – Democrats
    • Clinton clinches
    • Sanders dead enders
    • Will Sanders get what he wants?
    • Clinton/Warren?
    • Stein effect?
    • Sanders as an independant?
  • (0:39:28-1:11:04) Election 2016 – Republicans
    • Trump’s bad week
    • Trump’s fundraising
    • Where Trump is spending money
    • Dump Trump?
    • Trump veeps
    • Johnson effect?
  • (1:12:08-1:36:02) Lightning Round
    • Alex promotes his channel
    • Brock Turner case
    • Gawker bankruptcy
    • Some Apple Stuff
    • I got tipped!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Nine Years

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam is mostly solo. He talks about the 9th anniversary of this podcast, the usual rundown of Election 2016 with bits on Trump’s recent antics, the Sanders end game, the Libertarian convention and even David French. In the non-political world, he covers the gorilla incident, hate speech vs free speech, and a book he read recently. And then to top it off, we have Michael from Pennsylvania back to talk more about gay Republicans.

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Recorded 2016-06-04

Length this week – 1:49:31

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  • (0:00:10-0:03:44) But First
    • All Alone
    • Agenda
  • (0:05:00-0:32:18) Election 2016 – Trump Stuff
    • Call for Cohosts
    • Podcast Anniversary
    • Nomination Clinched
    • Normal Wolves (Alex Break)
    • Republican Capitulation
    • This week’s Trump craziness
    • Anti-Trump violence
  • (0:33:28-1:02:45) Election 2016 – Everything Else
    • Sanders End Game
    • Libertarian Convention
    • David A French?
  • (1:03:25-1:22:48) Hodgepodge
    • Gorilla Incident
    • Hate Speech
    • Book: Dutch
  • (1:24:08-1:49:12) Michael from Pennsylvania
    • Gay Republicans

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Rooting vs Voting

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam, Ivan and Bruce talk about:

  • Polling Update / Second Debate
  • Who is Gary Johnson?
  • Third Party Strategy / Electoral College / Weighing Issues

Recorded on 21 Oct 2012

Length this week – 1:02:24

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Yeah, I Took the “I Side With” Quiz… Winner: @GovGaryJohnson

There are always a number of these sorts of quizzes floating around in election years.  This is the first one I’ve taken this cycle.

I am not surprised by Gary Johnson at the top, or Mitt Romney at the bottom.  Kinda surprised by how high Jill Stein ranked. Maybe I will spend more time looking at her than I’d planned.  I’d previously considered this a Johnson/Obama race as far as my own vote was concerned.  Romney was never in play for me.  Not even close.

I’m also surprised though that even though Johnson is my best match of the candidates and their positions, in terms of the parties (I guess based on their platforms?) I match the Democrats much better than the Libertarians.  Perhaps this is because officially the Democratic party platform is still against the kinds of human rights and civil liberties abuses Obama now embraces in the name of fighting terrorism.  Meanwhile, officially the Libertarians endorse some stuff that is pretty divorced from reality, while Johnson is a bit more moderate.  Dunno.

Of course, Washington State will go for Obama no matter how I vote unless things go very very wrong for Obama in the next couple of months. So my vote is basically just academic.

For anybody else wanting to take the quiz, it is here.  Enjoy.  Report back on your results.  :-)