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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Almost Ran Over A Possum

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam do a quick show covering the latest court ruling on Obamacare, the 2020 Presidential field, Christmas at the White House, all the latest updates on Trump’s many scandals, the Chuck and Nancy show, and Brexit. Short, but full!

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Recorded 2018-12-15
Length this week – 0:43:50

  • (0:00:56-0:02:31) Intro
  • (0:02:31-0:09:53) ACA Unconstitutional?
  • (0:09:53-0:20:26) 2020 Presidential field
  • (0:20:26-0:21:34) Christmas Decorations at the White House
  • (0:21:34-0:31:18) Flynn/Manafort/Cohen/Butina/AMI/Inauguration
  • (0:31:18-0:37:12) Chuck and Nancy vs Trump
  • (0:37:12-0:41:48) Brexit
  • (0:41:48-0:43:30) Outro

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Bubbles of Exasperation

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s three main topics are the USA’s alliances and the strains Trump is putting on them, the upcoming North Korean summit, and a hodgepodge of legal related stuff like last week’s SCOTUS cases, the Obamacare lawsuit, the new Manafort charges, and the Trump legal team’s letter to Mueller. Before all that though, they mark an anniversary, discuss Ivan’s recent trip to China, talk about the destruction of Sam’s son’s iPad, and more!

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Recorded 2018-06-09
Length this week – 1:59:30

  • (0:01:45-0:37:04) But First
    • Agenda
    • Anniversary
    • Ivan in China
    • Ivan book: Understanding Air France 447 (2013)
    • Alex iPad destruction
    • Macron handshake
  • (0:37:43-1:01:30) Alliances
    • Anthony Bourdain suicide
    • G7 Summit
    • What is Trump’s plan?
    • Are Canada and the EU really screwing the US?
    • Fed up allies, happy Putin
    • Rules are for suckers
  • (1:02:15-1:19:19) North Korea
    • All about the attitude
    • Giving things for free?
    • Path to opening?
    • Predictions
    • Parkland again
  • (1:21:01-1:59:09) Legal Stuff
    • Gay wedding cake case
    • Abortion case
    • Obamacare lawsuit
    • New Manafort charges
    • Trump letter to Mueller

 

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: Locked In

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about Hong Kong, the Republicans who are starting to worry about Trump, Trump’s executive actions on healthcare and Iran, and Harvey Weinstein. Oh. And Sam gets locked in his office. Fun times!

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Recorded 2017-10-14
Length this week – 1:58:02

  • (0:01:05-0:23:08) But First
    • Agenda
    • Ivan in Hong Kong
    • Trump Puerto Rico comments
  • (0:24:24-1:03:55) Worried Republicans
    • Trump-Tillerson IQ challenge
    • Corker comments
    • Alex Interlude #1
    • Republicans containing Trump
    • Robert Reich post
    • Roy Moore
    • Breaking the wall
    • Trump understanding things
    • Downward spiral
    • Trump attacks on the press
    • Pence alternative
    • Fitness for duty
    • Alex Interlude #2
  • (1:05:04-1:32:44) Executive Actions
    • Birth control requirements
    • ACA Subsidies
    • Expanding low quality plans
    • 3 in Three Interlude
    • Tradeoffs
    • Alex Interlude #3
    • Iran false start
    • Locking the door
    • Iran Deal
  • (1:35:28-1:52:31) Weinstein
    • More and more stories
    • Blaming the victim
    • Blocking the story
    • Impact of Trump
    • The Pence rule
    • Locked in

 

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: 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: Implosive Growth

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Ivan makes his triumphant return, once again joining Sam to talk about the issues of the day. The main topics this time: The healthcare debacle, the future Republican agenda, and the Gorsuch confirmation process. Rounding it out, a little discussion of the intersection of politics and ideology, fiscal responsibility, and Sam discusses a book he read. Fun stuff!

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Recorded 2017-03-29
Length this week – 1:44:02

  • (0:00:10-0:24:08) But First
  • (0:25:50-0:50:18) Healthcare Debacle
  • (0:51:38-1:29:01) The Republican Agenda
  • (1:30:04-1:43:42) Gorsuch Confirmation

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Red Button is Bad

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan hit three big issues: Trump’s accusation that Obama ordered wiretaps, the new Executive Order on immigration, and the plan to replace Obamacare. Along the way we also touch on an odd constitutional edge case, how Priebus is doing as Chief of Staff, and the usual weekly Russia updates.

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Recorded 2017-03-08
Length this week – 1:49:16

  • (0:00:42-0:13:15) But First
    • Agenda
    • Material
    • Sam Sick Kid
    • Ivan Travels
  • (0:14:58-0:54:53) Trump Wiretap / Russia
    • The Accusation
    • Not Defending Trump
    • Trusting Trump
    • Trump Attention Span
    • Russia Connections Again
    • Trump vs Pence
    • Constitutional Edge Case
  • (0:55:57-1:14:53) Immigration
    • New Executive Order
    • Does it get struck down again?
    • Knives out for Priebus
  • (1:16:53-1:48:56) Healthcare
    • Summary of Republican Plan
    • Objections from the Left
    • Objections from the Right
    • Motives of plan supporters
    • Politics of the plan
    • Why not actually repeal first?
    • Prospects of the plan

 

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: 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)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Head in a Vat

It isn’t going to slow down, it is? Ivan and Sam take on Week 2 of the Trump presidency, which was just as nuts as the first week. They cover the immigration executive order and the reaction to it, the NSC shuffle and Trump’s contentious calls with Mexico and Australia, the riots in Berkley, the SCOTUS nomination and the Democratic response, what Republicans are planning on Obamacare, 25th amendment possibilities… and a lot more! Oh, and it was Ivan’s birthday. Happy Birthday Ivan!

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Recorded 2017-02-03
Length this week – 2:16:23

  • (0:00:36-0:20:22) But First
    • Happy Birthday Ivan
    • Agenda
    • Busy week
    • Ivan’s campaigns
    • Attending protests
    • Opinions changing?
  • (0:22:21-1:00:45) Immigration Order (mostly)
    • Was it a Muslim ban?
    • What the order did
    • Incompetence or cunning?
    • Process and purpose of EOs
    • Polling on the Order
    • Impacted people
    • Spontaneous demonstrations
    • Defying court orders?
    • Monday Night Massacre
  • (1:01:54-1:31:01) International Issues (mostly)
    • NSC shuffle
    • Russia call
    • Mexico call
    • Australia call
    • Yemen raid
    • Berkley riot
    • Quebec attack
  • (1:31:50-2:16:03) Domestic Stuff (mostly)
    • SCOTUS Nominee
    • Democratic Response
    • Trump vs Republicans
    • Bowling Green Massacre
    • Obamacare
    • 25th Amendment
    • How will the Trump presidency end?
    • Retreating from the news

 

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: Welcome to Trumpland

Wow. What a week. On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about the Inauguration of Donald Trump, the Women’s Marches all over the country, and the first week of the Trump presidency, including both the official actions that the administration has taken, and the chaos and craziness surrounding Trump himself. A lot has happened since the last show, and it has only been a week!

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Recorded 2017-01-27
Length this week – 2:20:21

  • (0:00:32-0:19:11) But First
    • Agenda
    • Trying to slow down
    • Trump Management Style
    • Chaos and Confusion
  • (0:19:56-0:36:28) Inauguration
    • The Speech
    • Useless Box Interlude
    • Peaceful Transfer of Power
    • Punching Nazis
    • Inauguration Size
  • (0:37:37-1:08:11) Women’s March
    • So many people…
    • Funded by Soros?
    • Positive vs Negative
    • What next?
    • Voter regrets?
    • Non-voters
    • Honeymoon?
    • Republican acceptance
    • Trump’s Phone
    • Crazy Trump vs Real Trump
  • (1:10:12-1:58:03) Real Trump
    • Note on Immigration
    • Obamacare EO
    • Bureaucratic obstruction
    • Rapid Fire Strategy
    • The Wall
    • Regulation Freeze
    • Mexico City Rule
    • TPP Withdrawal
    • Hiring Freeze
    • Pipelines
    • Federal Agency Gag Orders
    • Government Twitter in Exile
  • (1:58:41-2:20:01) Crazy Trump
    • Crazy Guy and his enablers
    • Size obsession
    • Voter fraud delusion
    • Spicer Briefings
    • CIA Briefing
    • Staff Turnover
    • Press should “shut up”
    • Spicer passwords
    • Private Emails
    • Trump’s distractions
    • Crisis Inevitable

 

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: Brought to you by the Letter P

It is back to the normal grind on this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner with Sam and Ivan. As if there was anything else, they have to start out talking about the explosive “Trump Dossier” and everything surrounding that. Trump and hookers and bribery, oh my! With that out of the way, they talk about Trump’s press conference and the latest developments with the Congress and Obamacare as well.

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Recorded 2017-01-13
Length this week – 1:42:52

  • (0:00:38-0:04:15) But First
    • UTC
    • Agenda
  • (0:05:19-0:49:14) The Dossier
    • Order of events
    • Allegations
    • Origin of doc
    • Confirmation?
    • Alex interruption
    • Believable?
    • Press reaction
    • Trump reaction
    • Contrast with Obama/Pence
    • Disagreements with cabinet
  • (0:50:30-1:13:05) Trump Press Conference
    • Was it a disaster?
    • Alex again
    • Trump changes the topic
    • The next election
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Things changing quickly
  • (1:13:41-1:42:32) Obamacare
    • ACA is actually Obamacare
    • What is congress doing now?
    • Possible consequences
    • Democratic response
    • Claim victory and go home?
    • Trump/Congress relationship

 

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.