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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Under the Thumb

Election 2016 is done! Trump won! Everybody is surprised! So of course we have a super-long election wrap up! Darryl joins Sam and Ivan to discuss the Election Graphs and Horsesass electoral college models, what went right, what went wrong, and what we can learn for next time. Then all three discuss the reaction to and ramifications of Trump’s victory. For maybe the last time for a few years, it is an all election, all politics show!

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Recorded 2016-11-11
Length this week – 2:24:32

  • (0:00:10-1:05:00) Polling Post Mortem
    • Surprise!
    • Darryl’s Final Projections
    • Suspicious Polls
    • Where polls went wrong
    • Sources of poll uncertainty
    • Last minute Trump surge?
    • Actually very very close
    • National polls
    • Sam’s post mortem
    • Problems with the odds
    • Turnout
  • (1:06:10-2:24:12) The Aftermath
    • Our reactions
    • Reactions from the right
    • Trump’s appeal to the white working class
    • Clinton’s weaknesses
    • Republican Obstruction strategy
    • Would Sanders have won?
    • Should Democrats obstruct?
    • The Republican agenda
    • Anti-Trump protests
    • Which Trump do we get?
    • Future of the parties
    • Bold Predictions
    • Calling Trump voters racist
    • Radicalization

 

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: Just Use Bleach

With less than two weeks until the election, Curmudgeon’s Corner this week is of course fully election themed. We discuss the campaign developments of the last week, but also look at larger themes of the divisions in today’s America, what may happen after the elections, how Trump took over the Republican party, and… oh… Ivan got polled!

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Recorded 2016-10-28
Length this week – 1:27:44

  • (0:01:37-0:49:36) Election 2016 Part 1
    • Ivan’s cold
    • Divisions in America
    • Trump’s Republican takeover
    • After the election?
    • Polls and odds
    • Does Trump know he is going to lose?
    • Ivan got polled by Gravis!
    • Polling methods
    • Voting logistics
    • Yard signs
    • Trump black support
  • (0:50:45-1:27:24) Election 2016 Part 2
    • Cooking curry
    • Things we aren’t talking about
    • Quiet campaign week
    • Clinton Foundation
    • Pence’s plane
    • Biden for Secretary of State
    • Filibusters
    • Scott Adams analysis
    • Trump in the primaries
    • Newt and Kelly
    • Flat race
    • Bill Weld for Clinton?

 

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: Walk Away Immediately

On Curmudgeon’s Corner this week we are in the home stretch to the election and that is the main topic. The third debate, the Al Smith dinner, updates on the polls, and more. Prior to that though, Sam and Ivan do a quick bit about Vegas, Reno, and gambling.

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Recorded 2016-10-21
Length this week – 1:25:34

  • (0:00:10-0:24:50) But First
    • What we are skipping
    • Voting
    • De La Fuente
    • Vegas
    • Sam’s Reno Story
  • (0:25:28-1:05:44) Election 2016 – Part 1
    • Polling Update
    • Honoring Election Results
    • Voter Fraud
    • Pence
    • Lawsuits
    • Republican Split?
    • Congress
    • Trump’s Guests
  • (1:06:33-1:25:10) Election 2015 – Part 2
    • Firebombing
    • Al Smith Dinner
    • McMullin

 

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: 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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  • (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: All Kinds of Blinking Stuff

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan are back into the swing of things with most of the show covering Election 2016. What does Sanders want at this point? What about that Trump surge in the polls? How about all the other Trump stuff this week? But they cover a few other things too, from Sam’s latest travel adventures, to bathroom laws, to the EgyptAir crash, to Obama in Hiroshima, and more.

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Recorded 2016-05-26

Length this week – 2:01:45

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  • (0:00:10-0:23:40) But First
    • Sam Travel
    • Agenda
    • Computer Upgrades
    • Changing Buildings
  • (0:24:25-0:45:17) Interview Show Followup
    • Missing Views
    • Ivan confused by Michael from Pennsylvania
    • Fiscally Conservative Republicans?
  • (0:46:26-1:02:49) Election 2016 – Democrats
    • What does Sanders want? – Platform
    • What does Sanders want? – Relevance
    • What does Sanders want? – DWS’s Head
    • What does Sanders want? – Rules changes
    • When does Sanders fold?
  • (1:03:53-1:31:24) Election 2016 – Republicans
    • Trump surge in national polls
    • Trump/Ryan dance
    • Trump Supreme Court List
    • Trump and 90’s Clinton Scandals
    • Anti-Trump Strategies
    • Trump’s Odds
  • (1:32:39-2:01:25) Lightning Round
    • Clinton’s Email
    • Election Graphs Commenters
    • Bathroom Laws
    • Violent Protestors
    • EgyptAir Plane
    • Obama Hiroshima Visit
    • Thiel vs Gawker
    • 1000 likes for Election Graphs

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Interviews with Republicans

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast we do something different. Sam interviews Bruce, Michael, Matt, and Kelly… all people who participated in this year’s Republican primary process. He gets their thoughts on this year’s field, the candidates they supported, and what they think about things now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee. New perspectives beyond what we usually hear from Sam and Ivan!

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Recorded 2016-05-19

Length this week – 2:32:03

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  • (0:00:10-0:04:13) Introduction
  • (0:04:52-0:38:21) Bruce from Washington (33.5 minutes)
  • (0:39:24-1:18:28) Michael from Pennsylvania (39.1 minutes)
  • (1:19:08-1:42:30) Matt from Illinois (23.4 minutes)
  • (1:43:34-2:24:01) Kelly from Pennsylvania (40.5 minutes)
  • (2:25:09-2:31:44) Conclusion

Curmudgeon’s Corner: It works better in the ear

This week on the Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Sam and Ivan talk about television, thermostats, manipulating public opinion and a few other things besides Election 2016, but of course most of the show ends up being about the election. They cover the last gasp Sanders path to the nomination, Trump zig-zagging on the issues, the Republican civil war, and possible Trump VPs. Oh, and Sam’s son Alex keeps interrupting to promote his YouTube channel.

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Recorded 2016-05-12

Length this week – 1:35:45

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  • (0:01:24-0:21:00) But First
    • Failed Alex Plan
    • Agenda
    • Feedback
    • TV Habits
    • More Election Graphs Comments
  • (0:22:21-0:52:01) Hodgepodge
    • Thermostats
    • Bernie’s Path
    • Facebook Trending Topics
    • Manipulating the Press
  • (0:52:41-1:04:08) Trump Zigzags
    • Trump on the National Debt
    • Trump on Taxes
    • Trump on Self-funding
    • Trump on Muslim ban
    • Trump on Hispanics
    • Trump on Tax Returns
    • Trump on Minimum Wage
    • So… Trump Pivot?
  • (1:05:12-1:35:25) Republican Civil War
    • Support the Nominee
    • Trump vs Ryan
    • Trump and turnout
    • Third Party Options
    • Ultimate Mole?
    • Clinton landslide?
    • Most Unfavorable Ever
    • Trump/Gingrich?
    • Alex Interruption
    • More on Newt
    • Other VP candidates
    • Alex’s Youtube channel

Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Dream is Over

This week on the Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Sam and Ivan spend most of the show on Election 2016. On the Republican side they discuss how recent results and the polls of upcoming states seem to be closing the door on the possibility of a contested convention and pointing to a straight up Trump nomination, as well as discussing Cruz/Fiorina, and what might make Trump worse than Cruz. On the Democratic side the discussion is on how Sanders seems to be finally admitting defeat, and on the veepstakes! Finally, they wrap it up with a lightning round covering all sorts of other issues they haven’t gotten around to lately.

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Recorded 2016-04-28

Length this week – 1:40:24

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  • (0:00:10-0:05:41) But First
    • Agenda
    • Noisy Ivan
    • The Beep is Back
  • (0:06:25-0:59:59) Election 2016: Republicans
    • PA/MD/CT/RI/DE Results
    • PA Uncommitted Delegates
    • Where Trump is in the Delegate Race now
    • Indiana Polls
    • California Polls
    • Projections for the rest of the race
    • Bye Bye Contested Convention Scenarios
    • Cruz/Kasich Deal
    • Cruz/Fiorina 2016!
    • Presidential Trump
    • Trump Foreign Policy?
    • Trump vs Cruz, who is worse?
  • (1:01:07-1:10:29) Election 2016: Democrats
    • Bernie admitting he is done?
    • Veepstakes
    • Median Voter vs Base
  • (1:11:08-1:40:04) Lightning Round
    • Bathroom Laws
    • Germany/Turkey free speech issue
    • Matthew Keys Case
    • The Chalkening
    • Tubman $20
    • Movie: The Gentle Leader Way
    • Brexit
    • Prince
    • Brazil
    • Apple Earnings
    • Saudi No Oil Plan
    • Car vs Helicopter

Curmudgeon’s Corner: We Like Buttons

On Curmudgeon’s Corner this week Sam and Ivan talk about the iPhone SE, the Panama Papers, and Tesla Model 3 before diving into Election 2016. On the election they of course cover the Wisconsin results, the outlook for the next states, the bleak view for Sanders, and of course the possibilities of a contested convention on the Republican side. With a few other random things thrown in for good measure.

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Recorded 2016-04-06

Length this week – 1:33:50

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  • (0:00:44-0:03:30) But First
    • Agenda
    • iPhone SE
  • (0:04:09-0:07:36) But Second
    • More iPhone SE
  • (0:08:16-0:24:00) Panama Papers
    • What and Who
    • Why not US people?
    • Putin’s Circle
    • Shocking?
    • Legal Implications
  • (0:25:05-0:43:25) Tesla Model 3
    • Lines / Preorders
    • Pros and Cons of the Car
    • Implications for Industry
    • VIP Email Notifications
  • (0:44:46 -1:33:38) Election 2016
    • Ivan’s Song
    • Wisconsin Results
    • Demographic Models vs Polls
    • Next States
    • Trump’s Delegate Game
    • Brokered Convention Scenarios
    • Rules changes for 2020?
    • Trump weakening in General
    • This week’s Trump craziness
    • Clinton vs Sanders
    • Trump Statement