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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Toe to Too

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner… lightning rounds! Sam and Ivan talk about a total of 17 different topics this time around. These include… the snow in Seattle, Roger Stone, the Green New Deal, Paul Manafort, a correction to something Sam said last week, food delivery, translating Trump into other languages, the National Emergency, an upcoming Seattle Curmudgeon’s Corner meetup, and of course eight other things too. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2019-02-16
Length this week – 2:40:00

  • (0:00:20-0:28:09) But First
    • Trump translations
    • Agenda
    • Curmudgeon’s Corner Seattle meetup
    • Correction about Tucson
    • Seattle snow
    • Food delivery
  • (0:29:53-1:10:31) Lightning Round I
    • Ivan: Glenn Greenwald
    • Sam: Book: The Zimmerman Telegram (1985)
    • Ivan: Movie: Geostorm (2017)
    • Sam: Green New Deal
  • (1:12:32-2:04:20) Lightning Round II
    • Ivan: Paper Bank Statements
    • Sam: Doing a “Clinton Email”
    • Ivan: Manafort
    • Sam: Stone
  • (2:05:29-2:39:42) Lightning Round III
    • Ivan: National Emergency
    • Sam: Bill Weld 2020
    • Ivan: McCabe and the 25th
    • Sam: Democratic debate rules

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: Meandering Around the Fields

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan once again discuss the Shutdown/Wall and Trump/Russia. Before that though, a bit on the fast food feast at the White House, another movie Sam watched, and a story of a broken iPad.

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Recorded 2019-01-17
Length this week – 2:02:28

  • (0:04:12-0:25:06) But First
    • Preparation
    • Agenda
    • White House Fast Food
    • Sam Movie: Sense and Sensibility (1995)
    • Manu’s iPad
  • (0:25:42-1:07:02) Shutdown continues and repercussions:
    • Pelosi cancels SOTU
    • Negotiations
    • No emergency declaration?
    • Polls are hammering Trump on shutdown
    • McConnell strategy
    • Impacts of the shutdown
    • No deal in sight, how does this end?
  • (1:08:11-2:02:08 ) Trump Russia Corruption
    • Giuliani admits campaign colluded
    • Giuliani strategy
    • Putin meeting interpreter notes
    • Trump non-denial on Russia
    • FBI Counter-Intel investigation
    • Collusion with middle east
    • Trump vs Pence
    • Emoluments clause
    • Congressional prerogatives

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: Dotted Lines

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s biggest topic is the Michael Flynn case and everything surrounding that. Beyond that, they also hit the closure of the Trump Foundation, the mystery case going through the DC Federal Courts, Trump announcing a withdrawal from Syria, the current state of Obamacare, some movies Ivan watched, and lots more!

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Recorded 2018-12-20
Length this week – 1:46:19

  • (0:01:42-0:13:27) But First
    • Agenda
    • Ivan Movie: Adrift (2018)
    • Ivan Movie: A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
    • Ivan Movie: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)
    • Ivan Movie: The Children Act (2017)
    • Next week’s predictions show
  • (0:14:11-0:47:21) Mike Flynn
    • Recap
    • Trump reactions
    • Things Flynn touched
    • Things that don’t add up
    • What is lurking?
    • Connecting the dots
  • (0:49:03-1:16:59) First Lightning
    • Ivan: Syria withdrawal
    • Sam: Prison reform bill
    • Ivan: Obamacare signups
    • Sam: Trump Foundation
  • (1:17:40-1:45:58) Second Lightning
    • Ivan: Fundraising for the wall
    • Sam: Mystery case going through the DC Federal Courts
    • Ivan: Stock Market
    • Sam: Republican power grabs in Wisconsin and Michigan

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: Chain of Events

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam is joined by Ed and Jon for another lightning round show. Twelve topics, including the stock market, an update on Sam’s dad, Sam’s thoughts on his new Apple Watch, Nancy Pelosi swatting down the attempt to challenge her for Speaker, that unfortunate encounter with the Sentinelese, some thoughts on spankings… and six more things.

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Recorded 2018-11-24
Length this week – 2:15:22

  • (0:00:20-0:26:39) Lightning #1
    • Sam: Dad update
    • Jon: Sentinelese encounter
    • Ed: Roberts vs Trump
  • (0:28:22-1:06:35) Lightning #2
    • Sam: Apple Watch
    • Jon: Movie: Eighth Grade (2018)
    • Ed: Climate Report
  • (1:07:50-1:43:38) Lightning #3
    • Sam: Nancy Pelosi
    • Jon: Stock Market
    • Ed: Comey Deposition
  • (1:45:54-2:15:02) Lightning #4
    • Sam: Trump and Saudi Arabia
    • Jon: GoFundMe fraud
    • Ed: Spanking

 

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)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Another Coffee Boy

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are of course the mid-term election results, and the replacement of Sessions with Whitaker. Before that, a little on this year’s new iPhones, and Sam finally catches up on the movies he’s seen lately.

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Recorded 2018-11-10
Length this week – 1:53:12

  • (0:00:20-0:17:44) But First
    • iPhones
    • Agenda
    • Sam Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • (0:21:41-1:17:30) Election 2018
    • Quality predictions
    • No tsunami
    • Undecided Florida
    • Republican spin
    • Implications of the Governors, State Houses, House, and Senate results
    • Last minute moves?
  • (1:18:09-1:52:52) Sessions and Whitaker
    • Trump’s beef with Sessions
    • Legality of Whitaker appointment
    • Trump doesn’t know him
    • Non-Mueller Whitaker issues
    • Mueller-related Whitaker issues
    • You ain’t seen nothin’ yet

 

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: 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)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Surprise vs Shock

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk MAGAbomber, the caravan, and Election 2018. But not before some shorter notes on credit cards, books, and movies. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2018-10-27
Length this week – 2:00:06

  • (0:00:30-0:31:19) But First
    • Agenda
    • Cutting Cards
    • Sam Book: A Study in Scarlet (1887)
    • Sam Movie: North by Northwest (1959)
    • Ivan Movie: Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
    • Correction
  • (0:31:55-0:54:15) MAGAbomber
    • Background
    • False flag?
    • Intent to murder? Or just scare?
    • Equivalencies and responses
    • Motivations and responsibility
    • Stupid bomber
  • (0:54:54-1:27:16) Caravan
    • Paid for by Dems?
    • Fear and Lies vs reality
    • Racism against immigrants
    • Melting pot
    • Port-truth persuasion
    • Root causes
  • (1:28:32-1:59:45) Election 2018
    • Odds summary
    • Prognostications
    • Turnout and enthusiasm
    • Lies as campaign strategy
    • Dem strategy
    • Normalization

 

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: Intentional Set

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ed joins Sam to talk about the many forms of disinformation, a congressional debate Ed attended, and they revisit the healthcare debate. Before that though, a welcome to a new patron, a movie review, a couple book reviews, and more!

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Recorded 2018-10-20
Length this week – 2:07:05

  • (0:00:20-0:42:39) But First
    • Agenda
    • New patron
    • New review
    • Sam Movie: A Shot in the Dark (1964)
    • Sam Book: The Brethren (1979)
    • Ed Book: One Person, No Vote (2018)
  • (0:43:55-1:13:41) Disinformation
    • The new election meddling arrest
    • Trump strategy of provocation
    • Everybody doing it
    • Saudi Arabia and Turkey
    • Different types of attacks
    • Example WaPo error
    • Careful vs sloppy vs intention deceit
  • (1:18:45-1:45:44) A Congressional Debate
    • Pennsylvania District 1 profile
    • The candidates in PA-1
    • In person experience
    • Local vs national issues
    • Trump influence on debate?
    • Wallace energy plan
    • Nothing on voting rights
  • (1:46:24-2:06:44) Healthcare
    • Costs for Medicare for All
    • Gradualism
    • Impact on individuals
    • Types of costs and savings
    • Other countries
    • Mitch McConnell

 

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: Better than Garbage

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk the most about voter suppression and Jamal Khashoggi. But they also talk about movies, climate change, that Alpha Bank thing, TV, the space program, using airline miles, upgrading home broadband, and Rosenstein… You know, the usual hodgepodge. They kind of couldn’t stop talking this week. Long show warning!

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Recorded 2018-10-13
Length this week – 2:26:27

  • (0:00:20-0:35:00) But First
    • Agenda
    • Miles and points
    • Broadband upgrade
    • TV: Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1974)
    • Sam Movie: The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    • Bad Movies
  • (0:35:40-1:04:46) Voter Suppression
    • VRA Background
    • Georgia
    • Texas
    • North Dakota
    • Florida
  • (1:07:21-1:28:35) Jamal Khashoggi
    • Background
    • Trump reaction
    • Financial connections?
    • Congressional reaction
    • Saudi reputation
    • MBS backlash?
  • (1:29:14-2:26:07) Lightning Round
    • Ivan: Soyuz Emergency Landing
    • Sam: What the hell is going on with Rosenstein?
    • Ivan: Alpha Bank and Trump
    • Sam: IPCC Climate Report

 

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: Itself a Problem

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the run up to the Kavanaugh confirmation, they game out the 2018 midterms, and discuss the New York Times story on Fred Trump’s empire and the questionable ways it was used to help Donald and his siblings. But first, they discuss a few movies.

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Recorded 2018-10-05
Length this week – 1:39:54

  • (0:00:12-0:16:34) But First
    • Get well soon Ed
    • Agenda
    • Sam Movie: Neverending Story II (1991)
    • Sam Movie: Maleficent (2014)
    • Ivan Movies: The Twilight Saga (2008-2012)
  • (0:17:14-0:49:36) Kavanaugh
    • Timing Disclaimer
    • FBI report
    • Things not in the report
    • Do lies matter?
    • Does being an asshole matter?
    • Why didn’t Trump dump him?
    • Undecided Senators
  • (0:52:17-1:15:53) Election 2018
    • Election Graphs update
    • House and Senate mirror images
    • Misinterpreting odds
    • Enthusiasm
    • Gaming out the Senate
    • Kavanaugh Impact
    • House generic ballot
    • Changes in the next month?
    • 2016 odds revisited
  • (1:16:29-1:39:33) Fred Trump’s Empire
    • Tax fraud schemes
    • Bailing out Donald
    • Are the Trumps in trouble now?
    • Are they still doing it?
    • Where is his money coming from now?
    • Investigations?
    • Other people doing this

 

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.