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Curmudgeon’s Corner: We Need Unicorns

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan start out talking about travel things again. Ivan talks about “mileage runs”. Sam talks about the dramatic end to his DC vacation. But then they move on to the news. The travails of Flynn, Page, Sessions, Don Jr, and Kushner with Turkey, Russia, Russia, Russia, and Russia respectively. Then the GOP tax plan. Then of course the mounting evidence that all men are scum, and what should be done about it.

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Recorded 2017-11-17
Length this week – 2:27:00

  • (0:00:45-0:37:58) Travel adventures
  • (0:40:35-1:20:18) Turkey Russia Russia Russia Russia
  • (1:22:18-1:42:25) GOP tax plan
  • (1:44:09-2:26:38) All men are scum

 

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Crawling on the Cable

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do eventually talk politics… namely Donna Brazile, this week’s election results, and the accusations against Roy Moore… but first they talk about some more pedestrian things. Ivan has ants! Sam and his wife have issues with iPhones! Sam and his family have an adventurous vacation! So a lot of everything this week. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2017-11-10
Length this week – 1:51:07

  • (0:00:15-0:03:25) Intro
  • (0:04:34-0:11:44) Ivan’s Ants
  • (0:12:59-0:29:58) iPhone Travails
  • (0:30:43-0:44:13) Sam’s Trip
  • (0:45:55-1:02:42) Donna Brazile Book
  • (1:03:22-1:27:57) Election 2017
  • (1:29:33-1:50:46) Ray Moore

 

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: Shuck and Jive

On Curmudgeon’s Corner this week, Sam and Ivan review the impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and compare to what Katrina looked like 12 years ago. Then they dive into politics, looking at Trumps latests dalliances with the Democrats and what should or should not be read into that, followed by a discussion on the latest efforts on healthcare from both the Republican and Democratic side. Then at the end, a discussion of this week’s Apple announcements.

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Recorded 2017-09-16
Length this week – 2:15:01

  • (0:01:00-0:10:09) But First
    • Turning 46
    • Agenda
    • Concorde
  • (0:10:47-0:39:38) Hurricanes
    • Irma in Florida
    • Irma in the Islands
    • Harvey and Irma vs Katrina
    • Weathering the storm
    • Nursing Home deaths
  • (0:40:24-1:14:20) Independant Trump
    • Making Deals
    • Schadenfreude
    • Transactional Trump
    • Is Trump Republican?
    • Democrats too happy?
    • Will this turn the R’s?
    • He told you!
    • Equifax Tidbit
  • (1:15:00-1:34:35) Healthcare
    • Bernie Plan
    • Graham-Cassidy
    • Fixing ACA?
    • Give Trump a win?
  • (1:35:15-2:14:40) Apple Stuff
    • Apple Watch
    • AppleTV
    • iPhone 8
    • iPhone X
    • Work Phone

 

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: You Knew I Was A Snake

The week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about Ivan’s evacuation from Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, more general thoughts on Hurricane Irma as it approaches Florida, Trump’s recent moves that are making Congressional Republicans upset, Information Warfare in the age of Facebook and Twitter, and finally the Equifax data breach.

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Recorded 2017-09-09
Length this week – 1:54:32

  • (0:00:30-0:40:39) Hurricane Irma
    • Agenda
    • Ivan’s Evacuation
    • Irma’s size
    • pre-Florida Irma damage
    • Forecast uncertainty
    • Florida vs Texas
    • Evacuation decisions
    • Hurricanes and climate change
    • Preparations
    • One location vs another
  • (0:41:15-1:06:07) Trump vs Republicans
    • Pivot!
    • DACA
    • Debt Limit
    • Congressional reaction
    • Possibilities for centrist policies
    • Trump the Democrat?
    • Trusting Trump
    • Lack of understanding
    • Independant Trump?
  • (1:08:05-1:34:56) Facebook and Russians
    • Eric interlude
    • What Russians bought
    • Facebook reach per dollar
    • Facebook disclosure
    • Information warfare
    • Information bubbles
    • Reporting rules
  • (1:36:06-1:54:13) Equifax
    • Taking security seriously
    • Equifax data and impact
    • Privacy is dead
    • Informed consent?
    • Security is too annoying

 

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: 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: Punch the Cupcakes

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, guest host Brandy joins Sam to talk about this week’s news. The main topics for the week are of course the events in Charlottesville, everybody’s reactions to Charlottesville, the reactions to the reactions to Charlottesville, and the debate over Nazis and free speech. In addition, they also discuss Bannon’s departure, what that means to the administration, if we’re heading toward an invocation of the 25th amendment, Bannon’s “war”… and if the left should double down on their base or try to reach the Obama voters who flipped to Trump in 2016… and a few other things too.

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Recorded 2017-08-19
Length this week – 2:26:15

  • (0:00:17-0:20:30) But First
    • Agenda
    • Intro to Brandy
    • Base vs Middle
    • Why Fire District?
  • (0:21:15-1:14:42) Charlottesville
    • What happened?
    • Why is this different?
    • Motivating resistance
    • Has Trump done damage?
    • Trump’s reactions
    • Trump racist himself?
    • Why is anyone surprised?
    • Trump vs Pence
    • What can R’s do?
    • What’s next?
    • Provoking violence
  • (1:15:48-2:03:00) Free Speech and Nazis
    • Disclaimer
    • Why Charlottesville isn’t a good example
    • Sam and Ivan conversation
    • Sam gets extreme on free speech
    • What about politicians and war?
    • Who gets to decide?
    • Judging entire groups
    • Actual speech vs symbols and code words
    • What about private speech, newspapers, websites?
    • Limits on government
    • How big is the threat?
    • Old doesn’t mean good
  • (2:04:08-2:25:55) Bannon Out
    • Chaos or Improvement?
    • Kelly in control?
    • Trump and his Staff
    • Controlling Trump
    • 25th Amendment
    • Bannon declaring war
    • Everything messy

 

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: 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.

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: 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: Not a Round Number

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Ivan is back, joining Sam to talk about the issues of the day. On the agenda… Russia, Russia, Russia… for some reason Russia keeps coming up when we talk about Trump. Also, the disfunction and incompetence in the Trump administration have been on display again, and they spend some time talking about the ramifications to Trump and the rest of the Republicans. And they celebrate an anniversary… sorta! Oh, yeah, and Ivan’s voice was going, so he sounds like a frog. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2017-02-18
Length this week – 2:09:09

  • (0:00:00-0:08:13) Retrospective
  • (0:08:30-0:23:36) But First
    • Sick Ivan
    • GPS Mishap
    • Milestone
  • (0:24:51-1:08:05) Russia Russia Russia
    • Mike Flynn
    • Broader Russia contacts
    • The craziest conspiracy theories
    • Trump approach to Russia
  • (1:09:25-2:08:50) Incompetence
    • List of fails
    • Agenda stalled
    • Republican tradeoffs
    • What if Trump was liberal?
    • Weak ineffective Trump?
    • 25th Amendment math
    • Trump pool
    • Unhinged presser

 

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.