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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.

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Into Knots

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam cover all the big items from the last crazy week. They’ve got tariffs and North Korea, but also that Seychelles meeting, Russia maybe vetoing Romney, the Belarusian escort, Nunberg’s meltdown, the poisoned spy in the UK… and there is still more! They didn’t forget Kellyanne Conway, or Stormy, or Trump’s hotel in Panama, or Zinke’s door. A fun packed week for sure!

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Recorded 2018-03-09
Length this week – 1:56:47

  • (0:00:15-0:07:51) Intro Stuff
  • (0:08:28-0:36:20) Policy Stuff
  • (0:38:20-1:26:56) Russia Stuff
  • (1:28:23-1:56:26) Other Stuff

 

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: Just Playing Poker

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan go all “Lightning Round”. They cover a wide variety of topics, including: State polls for 2020, talking policy vs talking scandal, the linked government shutdown and immigration debates, the Space X Falcon Heavy launch, Twitter’s release of Russia data, Ivan’s problems with his door, Rob Porter’s resignation, the aftermath of releasing “the memo”, welcoming a new patron, and much much more.

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Recorded 2018-02-08
Length this week – 2:06:22

  • (0:00:15-0:40:16) Lightning 1
    • Sam – Ivan birthday
    • Ivan – Ivan’s door
    • Sam – 2020 polls
    • Ivan – Model 3 Tesla
    • Sam – Facebook news ranking
    • Ivan – Falcon Heavy
  • (0:41:59-1:31:49) Lightning 2
    • Sam – Twitter Russia release
    • Ivan – Rob Porter
    • Sam – Shutdowns and immigration
    • Ivan – FBI agents affairs on text messages
    • Sam – New Patron
    • Ivan – The Memo
  • (1:32:26-2:06:01) Lightning 3
    • Sam – Stock Market
    • Ivan – Polls and Special Elections
    • Sam – Policies vs Scandals
    • Ivan – Ben Carson corruption

 

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: Revamping the Dog

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about a number of developments in the Trump-Russia world, including Trump’s attempt to fire Mueller last year, the Dutch hacking the Russians, McCabe’s retirement, Trump not agreeing to an interview, Gates possibly flipping, and more. Then on the eve of Release The Memo Day, a discussion of the expectations for the memo, the objections being raised, and the possible implications. Oh, and it is Ivan’s birthday. Happy birthday Ivan!

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Recorded 2018-02-02
Length this week – 1:26:20

  • (0:00:15-0:12:33) But First
    • Ivan birthday
    • Show length
    • Agenda
    • Show schedule
  • (0:14:33-0:51:55)Trump Stuff
    • Things not getting attention
    • Trump tried to fire Mueller last year
    • Dutch hacking of Russian DNC hackers
    • McCabe retirement
    • Trump Russian sanctions announcement
    • Trump not agreeing to Mueller Interview
    • Gates flipping
    • Acceleration
  • (0:52:32-1:25:59) Release the memo
    • Expectations on what is in the memo
    • Objections to the memo
    • Who is the audience, what are the goals?
    • Republicans Attacking Republicans
    • Predictions
    • Trump Affairs

 

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: Multiply Your Gifts

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan is back from Moscow and joins Sam to talk about his impressions of Russia. They also hit most of the last week of Trump administration craziness, they talk about Franken, Franks, Conyers, and Moore as part of the latest round of sexual harassment fallout, and they round it out with a little discussion of Bitcoin, CryptoKitties, iPhone X, and even Sam’s somewhat different Christmas tree.

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Recorded 2017-12-08
Length this week – 1:30:53

  • (0:00:15-0:29:27) But First
    • Thomas rap
    • Agenda
    • Bitcoin
    • iPhone X
    • Sam’s screen
    • Sam’s tree
  • (0:30:42-0:47:32) Ivan in Russia
    • Impressions of Moscow
    • Russian views on Putin
    • Sanctions
    • Russian views on the USA
    • Pee Tape
  • (0:48:18-1:21:58) Trump Stuff
    • Trump admitting obstruction?
    • Can the President obstruct justice?
    • Can the President be indicted?
    • Constitutional edge cases
    • SCOTUS on Travel Ban
    • Manafort’s OpEd
    • Ollie North is back!
    • Jerusalem
    • Other Stuff
  • (1:23:42-1:30:27) Politicians Who Harass
    • Franken
    • Franks
    • Conyers
    • Moore

 

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: 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

 

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: Cracks in the Wall

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about sexual harassment again, Senator Flake and Senator Corker’s rebellious statements, the possible scandal with the selection of Whitefish to restore electricity to Puerto Rico, and the massive churn of non-stories that seemed like they were a prelude to something big dropping… which did indeed happen… the indictment news… but only after we recorded the show. So we’ll talk about that next week…

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Recorded 2017-10-26
Length this week – 1:23:48

  • (0:01:30-0:21:28) But First
    • Feedback
    • Bush the assgrabber
    • Scoble the ass
    • O’Reilly settlement
  • (0:22:06-0:40:56) The Flake and the Cork
    • Senator statements
    • Retiring vs staying
    • anti-Trump conservatives aren’t liberal
    • Temporary party flipping
    • Flake leaving a Trump victory?
  • (0:42:16-1:03:50) Russia Crap
    • Funding for Steele Dossier
    • It is all about Clinton, not Trump, right?
    • Why the push on this issue right now?
    • Distracting from what?
  • (1:04:35-1:23:27) Whitefish
    • Bid process
    • Is Whitefish fishy?
    • Attention to corruption

 

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: 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)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Two Humps

On Curmudgeon’s Corner this week guest cohost Ed joins Sam to discuss Hurricane Harvey, the pardon of Sheriff Joe, Schneiderman teaming up with Mueller, gerrymandering, and partisan sorting as their bigger topics. But they also touch on Sam wearing a suit for the first time in over a decade, the speakers at the event he went to, and the possibility of just paying Democrats to move to red states.

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Recorded 2017-08-31
Length this week – 1:59:04

  • (0:01:30-0:29:19) But First
    • Agenda
    • Ed’s athletics
    • Sam in a suit
    • Dem fundraiser speakers
    • Addition vs subtraction
  • (0:29:55-1:01:38) Hurricane Harvey
    • The damage
    • Nobody predicted?
    • Evacuation decisions
    • Planning for foods
    • Reactions to climate change
    • Trump’s visit
    • Asian flooding
  • (1:02:47-1:26:00) Trump Stuff
    • Sheriff Joe
    • Schneiderman and Mueller
    • Moscow Trump Tower
  • (1:26:39-1:58:44) Gerrymandering and Such
    • The basics
    • Pennsylvania
    • Hard to change
    • But I like mine
    • Partisan sorting
    • Pay people to move?
    • Realignment

 

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: Stuff Like That

On Curmudgeon’s Corner this week, Sam and Ivan dive into the latest developments in the Trumpcare saga, the revelation of the second Trump/Putin meeting, and Trump’s revealing interview with the New York Times. Rounding out the show, shorter discussions of wearing different sorts of glasses, John McCain’s diagnosis, odd happenings in Florida, and some factoids from Wiki of the Day.

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Recorded 2017-07-20
Length this week – 2:15:16

  • (0:00:58-0:38:59) But First
    • Agenda
    • Glasses
    • John McCain
    • Beep update
    • Mensch correction
    • Florida tag
    • WotD factoids
  • (0:39:38-1:12:56) Healthcare
    • Feedback
    • Several rounds
    • The conservative case
    • Entitlement ratchet
    • Deal making
    • Bipartisan approach
    • Odds for Trumpcare
    • Obamacare crash and burn
    • Logic of repeal only
  • (1:13:32-1:38:47) Trump and Putin
    • Trump on Russian winters
    • 1st Trump/Putin meeting
    • 2nd Trump/Putin meeting
    • Perceptions
    • Expanding Don Jr meeting
    • 7 circles of Trump
    • Too stupid to know?
    • Quid pro quo?
  • (1:40:07-2:14:57) Trump Interview
    • Trump on Sessions
    • Staffing agencies
    • Christie’s cellphone
    • Why aren’t more people quitting?
    • Trump on Mueller
    • Manafort finances
    • Trump on other people

 

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.