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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Failed Lightning

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan try to do an all lightning round show, but fail spectacularly. Their first segment is… movies!! Both Sam and Ivan talk about their thoughts on some movies they have seen recently. Then they do a segment on the Cohen raid and all the implications that arise from that. Then a mini-segment on Syria… recorded before the US/UK/France airstrikes… then FINALLY they do an actual lightning round to finish things up, including brief discussions on Scooter Libby, Zuckerberg’s testimony, international corruption, an update on tariffs, and much much more!

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Recorded 2018-04-13
Length this week – 1:43:26

  • (0:01:05-0:26:11) Movies
    • Ivan: Darkest Hour (2017)
    • Ivan: Burn After Reading (2008)
    • Sam: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
    • Sam: Coco (2017)
    • Sam: Black Panther (2018)
    • Sam: The Luck of the Irish (2001)
  • (0:27:32-0:52:17) Cohen Raid
    • The raid itself
    • Repercussions and reactions
    • Clarifications on predictions
    • Love child payoff
    • Lordy there are tapes!
    • Firings coming?
  • (0:53:59-1:02:33) Syria
    • Chemical Weapons
    • What good will a strike do?
    • Americans killing Russians
  • (1:04:33-1:43:06) Lightning Round
    • Ivan: Scooter Libby
    • Sam: Changing approach to Russia?
    • Ivan: Trump/Panama thing
    • Sam: UK/Russian spy recovering
    • Ivan: Zuckerberg testimony
    • Sam: Corruption around the world
    • Ivan: Paul Ryan decision
    • Sam: Boehner and marijuana
    • Ivan: CBO deficit estimates
    • Sam: Did China blink on tariffs?

 

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: Milk This

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do their duty and talk about the tax bill… how the Republicans managed to get it done, how it will impact people, and what the political ramifications are. Then they put politics aside for a bit and talk about movies. All kinds of movies. From Star Wars to Dunkirk to Ninjago and others. Rounding out the show, some bits on Apple slowing down phones, Bitcoin, Ivan meeting an (acting) ambassador, an update on Puerto Rico… and more!

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Recorded 2017-12-23
Length this week – 1:47:01

  • (0:01:16-0:13:56) Intro
    • Agenda
    • Ivan and the Ambassador
    • Ivan ankle twisting
  • (0:14:36-0:47:40) Tax Bill
    • How’d the R’s pull it off?
    • The actual bill
    • The politics
  • (0:49:23-1:08:16) Movies
    • Ivan: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
    • Ivan: Her (2013)
    • Sam: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
    • Ivan: X-Men Movies (2000-2017)
    • Ivan: Dunkirk (2017)
    • Sam: The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
    • Ivan: Rough Night (2017)
    • Sam: Calling All Engines (2002)
    • Sam: Escape from Witch Mountain (1995)
    • Sam: The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
  • (1:09:31-1:46:10) Random Stuff
    • Ivan: Atlanta airport power failure
    • Sam: Feedback from Diane
    • Ivan: Apple slowing down phones
    • Sam: Puerto Rico update
    • Ivan: Bitcoin
    • Sam: Swiftkey and Swype
    • Ivan: Trump challenge coin

 

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: Intentionally Obtuse

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ed joins Sam for a discussion on the disaster response in Puerto Rico, the tax reform debate, and the hubbub over NFL players kneeling for the anthem. In addition to those major topics, they also discuss the Trump administrations ongoing approach to Obamacare, energy usage trends, Secretary Price’s private plane flights, a movie Sam saw, and more!

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Recorded 2017-09-30
Length this week – 1:35:00

  • (0:00:15-0:07:12) But First
    • No Ivan
    • Agenda
    • Friendly Skies
  • (0:07:49-0:25:07) Puerto Rico
    • What is an island?
    • Situation getting worse
    • USNS Comfort
    • Military help?
    • Less attention
  • (0:25:48-0:48:46) Taxes
    • Obamacare Repeal done?
    • Simplification and reform
    • Cutting taxes
    • Sustainable growth
    • Wealth Distribution
    • Bipartisan approach possible?
    • Partisan gridlock
  • (0:49:55-1:06:36) Kneeling
    • What kneeling represents
    • What is being protested
    • Where is the right place?
    • Non-violence
    • Trump’s intentions
    • Time for legislation?
  • (1:08:36-1:34:40) Potpourri
    • Obamacare sabotage
    • Obamacare fixes?
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus cancer
    • Energy usage trends
    • Movie: An Inconvenient Sequel (2017)
    • Approaches to climate change
    • Artificial barriers to solar
    • Secretary Price flights
    • Deficit spending

 

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: Pour My Brain

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan’s main topics are the Republican Civil War that is brewing, and various Trump administration mini-scandals from the last week. But they also spend some time on the solar eclipse, MacBook Pros, Powerball, the military transgender ban, if Trump will have a primary challenger in 2020, the recent Navy crashes, Trump’s Arizona speech, and more!

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Recorded 2017-08-24
Length this week – 2:12:05

  • (0:00:36-0:28:02) But First
    • Agenda
    • Sam and the Eclipse
    • Ode to Macbook Pro
    • Powerball
  • (0:28:46-1:01:15) Republican Civil War
    • McConnell article
    • Cracks in the wall
    • Obstruction of Congress
    • Approval ratings
    • Trump agenda
    • Congressional agenda
  • (1:02:58-1:35:57) Mini-Scandals
    • Carl Icahn
    • Ryan Zinke
    • Louise Linton
    • Steven Mnuchin
    • Secret Service
    • Ben Carson
  • (1:36:36-2:11:45) Lightning Round
    • Movie: The Jungle Book (1967)
    • Military Transgender Ban
    • 2020 primary challenge for Trump?
    • Navy Crashes
    • Trump’s Arizona speech
    • Unstable Trump

 

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: Proper Strategy

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about… things other than Trump! Amazing! Topic include the Senate healthcare bill, Philandro Castile, Charleena Lyles, Grenfell Tower, useless press briefings, escalation in Syria, the special elections in Georgia and South Carolina, layoffs at pollster.com, Uber, Sam’s thoughts on recording candidate forums… and even some movies Ivan watched recently! A lot packed in this week… but relatively Trump light! OK, we couldn’t avoid him entirely. But closer than we have come for awhile!

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Recorded 2017-06-22
Length this week – 2:29:24

  • (0:00:15-0:34:25) But First
    • Paper
    • Agenda
    • Overshadowed
    • Forum adventures
    • Ivan movie: Interstellar
    • Alex interlude
    • Ivan movie: Sully
  • (0:35:40-1:04:51) But Second
    • Leaks on the Senate healthcare bill
    • Will they get 50 votes?
    • Healthcare cost drivers
    • Repeal or tweak?
    • Cynical ploys
  • (1:06:34-1:34:04) But Third
    • Philando Castile verdict
    • Charleena Lyles shooting
    • Grenfell Tower fire
    • Dealing with emergencies
  • (1:35:24-1:56:40) But Fourth
    • Useless Spicer briefings
    • Critical press, not stenographers
    • Spicy’s future
    • Syrian drones and planes
  • (1:57:19-2:29:04) But Fifth
    • Special election spin
    • Pollster.com layoffs
    • Approval ratings
    • Polling accuracy
    • Uber

 

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: Not talking about that

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about the latest developments on Trump’s immigration policies, but after that, they do something they haven’t done in a while. Lightning rounds! And ones that include some non-political things too! They can’t avoid SOME additional political talk, but they also discuss wireless headphones, the new discovery of 7 potentially Earth-like planets, Cloudbleed, and more!

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Recorded 2017-02-24
Length this week – 2:03:03

  • (0:01:30-0:09:17) But First
    • Shouting at customers
    • Agenda
  • (0:10:33-0:43:27) Immigration
    • New travel ban planning
    • Prioritization changes
    • Roundups and escalations
    • Role of laws and congress
    • Scared people
    • Only some countries matter
    • Relations with Mexico
  • (0:45:27-1:17:52) Lightning Round 1
    • Cab accident
    • Movie: Nightmare before Christmas (1993)
    • Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
    • Flagged for abusing Trump
    • Wireless headphones
    • New Earth-like planets
    • Republican town halls
    • Obamacare
  • (1:18:56-) Lightning Round 2
    • Cloudbleed
    • Trump infosec
    • Trump polls
    • What might move polls?
    • Choices for Democrats
    • IC trying to bring down Trump?

 

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: Sitting on my Porch

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan’s main topics are the debate on Donald Trump’s “legitimacy”, the fun of the final week of the transition, and the Chelsea Manning commutation. In addition though, they discuss reviving old computers, the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, Joe Biden, an odd Presidential succession edge case, and more!

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Recorded 2017-01-19
Length this week – 1:57:57

  • (0:00:10-0:20:34) But First
    • 2017
    • Agenda
    • Reviving old computers
  • (0:21:13-0:45:08) Legitimacy
    • Trump “legitimate”?
    • Comey, Dirty Tricks, Fairness
    • Voters made their choice
    • Unfollowing Trump?
    • Skipping the Inauguration?
    • Anti-Trump Protests
  • (0:45:56-1:04:56) Transition
    • Cabinet not talking to Trump
    • Cabinet incompetence
    • Cabinet Hodgepodge
    • Unstaffed positions
    • Normal policy disputes vs Crazy/Unqualified
  • (1:05:41-1:25:11) Manning
    • Why this release date?
    • Manning vs Snowden
    • Consistency on leaks?
  • (1:25:50-1:56:37) Lightning Round
    • Wet Foot Dry Foot
    • Book: 2001 (1968)
    • Old Postcard from Sam
    • Movie: Rogue One (2016)
    • Biden for President
    • Succession Edge Cases

 

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: Closing Every Door

This week on the Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Sam and Ivan start out trying to talk about things other than Trump. Thanksgiving, Puerto Rico, Apple, some books and movies… and that is well and good. But of course then they do talk about the latest week full of Trump developments as the transition continues. Then they wrap up with Jill Stein’s recount campaign, the electoral college, and other ways of messing with election results that either won’t happen or won’t change anything.

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Recorded 2016-11-25
Length this week – 2:15:49

  • (0:00:41-0:43:47) Not Trump
    • Duck
    • Sam’s Thanksgiving
    • Ivan’s Thanksgiving
    • Puerto Rico
    • Apple Stuff
    • Book: Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 2
    • Book: The Hobbit
    • Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • (0:45:47-1:31:23) Trump!
    • Water Bottle
    • Policy reversals
    • Staffing picks
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • 25th amendment
    • Maintaining outrage
    • neo-Nazis
    • Trump as Berlusconi
    • Deals and getting things done
    • Trump and SCOTUS
    • Delegation
  • (1:31:52-2:15:35) Recounts and other craziness
    • New York Magazine Article
    • Jill Stein!
    • Why recount won’t change anything
    • Why are people donating?
    • Clinton’s position
    • Luke’s GoFundMe
    • Working the Electoral College again?
    • Congress rejecting electors
    • Get rid of electoral college?
    • Voting your own interests?

 

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: Princess of Whales

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan’s main topics are the San Bernardino shooting, Election 2016, and Climate Change. The show gets rounded out with smaller bits about math homework, new Apple products, political correctness, and more!

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Recorded 2015-12-03

Length this week – 1:46:28

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  • (00:00:10-00:19:12) But First
    • Pi!
    • Agenda
    • Ivan’s Carbon Footprint
    • Math Homework
    • Education Reform
  • (00:20:44-00:39:05) Shootings
    • Deja Vu
    • Do motives matter?
    • What would laws do?
    • High Profile Events vs Overall Murder Rates
    • Reaction different if “terrorism”?
    • Disgruntled Employee?
    • Knee-jerk Reactions
    • Framing the Problem
    • Long Term vs Short Term
    • Prayer Shaming
  • (00:40:13-1:09:27) Election 2016
    • Establishment GOP freaking out over Trump
    • Would Clinton crush Trump?
    • Current polling
    • Candidate Odds
    • Establishment still on sidelines
    • Trump pastor event
    • Trump and truth
    • Gaming out the primaries
  • (1:10:31-1:26:29) Climate Talks
    • Odds of 3rd Party Run
    • Nice but not enough?
    • Adaptation: Poor vs Rich
    • Speed of Changes
    • Geoengineering
    • Scale of changes
    • Renewable Resources
    • Long term concerns vs freedom now
    • Solar Power and Personal Nukes
  • (1:27:08-1:46:08) Lightning Round
    • Chennai Flooding
    • Mac App Store Fail
    • iPad Pro
    • New AppleTV
    • Movie: Son of Kong (1933)
    • Movie: The Peanuts Movie (2015)
    • Political Correctness / Safe Zones / Free Speech

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Bailing Out!

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Sam and Ivan talk about the situation with Turkey, Russia and Syria for awhile, then cover Election 2016, with, of course, a concentration on the Trump phenomenon and what it continues to mean for the Republican nomination race. Those are the “big topics”, but we also touch on car shopping, some movies Sam watched recently, Argentina, Baby Hitler, demographics of the folks who like the podcast on Facebook, and a lot more.

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Recorded 2015-11-26

Length this week – 1:34:54

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  • (0:00:10-0:15:23) But First
    • Agenda
    • Sam’s Electricity
    • Ivan and Disney
    • Ivan broken phone
    • Ivan car shopping
  • (0:16:26-0:31:44) International
    • Turkey shoots down Russian plane
    • Escalation?
    • Syria Summit
    • New Threats and Attacks
  • (0:32:23-1:08:59) Election 2016
    • Polls
    • Alex Interlude
    • Carson Implosion
    • Trump not Imploding
    • Can Trump win the Nomination?
    • Can Trump win the Presidency?
    • Trump Independant Run?
    • Frontrunners 4, 8 and 12 years ago
    • Betting Odds on the Candidates
  • (1:09:44-1:34:34) Lightning Round
    • Movie: Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    • Movie: Beyond Witch Mountain (1982)
    • Movie: Minority Report (2002)
    • Adelle Song
    • TPP
    • Airline Safety
    • Racial Tensions
    • Argentina President
    • Baby Hitler
    • Movie: Being John Malkovich (1999)
    • Likes vs Downloads
    • Curmudgeon’s Corner Facebook Demographics