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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

 

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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: 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)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Live with the Strings

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan’s big topics are Brexit and Election 2016. In addition though, they talk about Low Battery Mode, the Yelchin accident, SCOTUS, and even a bit about Ivan’s latest Uber driver and a connection to a class Sam and Ivan took in college.

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Recorded 2016-06-29

Length this week – 2:01:53

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  • (0:00:10-0:13:20) But First
  • (0:13:59-0:27:26) Yelchin accident
  • (0:28:29-0:58:17) Brexit
  • (0:59:20-1:47:04) Election 2016
  • (1:48:22-2:01:33) SCOTUS

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Cheese in the Microphone

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan start with a rant about Daylight Saving Time, then they talk about third parties, Brazil, Syria, Seaworld and the Supreme Court before diving into Election 2016 and all the craziness there. Oh, and Sam’s 6 year old son Alex keeps interrupting this week, so there is that fun too!

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Recorded 2016-03-18

Length this week – 1:46:20

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  • (0:00:10-0:07:54) But first
    • Agenda
    • Saving Time
    • Fire?
  •  (0:08:59-0:28:25) But second
    • New Snack? / Broken hand?
    • Why alone?
    • Feedback / Third Parties
    • ALeXMXeLA.com
  • (0:29:04-0:46:01) Mini Lightning Round
    • Cutting the cheese
    • Brazil Scandal
    • Russians withdraw from Syria
    • Seaworld Orcas
  • (0:47:05-0:59:32) SCOTUS
    • Certifiable Moderate
    • Wall Breaking Down Already
    • No hearings, unless Hillary
    • Troll moves, crying
  • (1:00:47-1:46:00) Election 2016
    • Cheese in the Microphone
    • March 15th results
    • Uncommitted Delegates
    • Rubio’s Delegates
    • Delegate Corruption
    • Trump encouraging riots?
    • Convention Shenanigans
    • Alex Clearing the shelves
    • Carson and Christie
    • Clinton still winning
    • Obama vs Trump

Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Poorly Educated

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan of course talk about Election 2016, covering both the Democratic and Republican nomination races, then some speculation about what a Clinton vs Trump race may look like. Before that though, they spend some time following up on both the Apple vs FBI case and the SCOTUS vacancy. And there is some feedback to discuss!

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Recorded 2016-02-25

Length this week – 1:32:14

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  • (0:00:10-0:11:03) But First
    • Water Heater Fire
    • Commutes
    • Agenda
    • Feedback
  • (0:12:07-0:28:20) Apple vs FBI
    • PR Battle
    • Cracking Safes
    • Other ways to get info
    • Test Case
    • Slippery Slopes
    • Lavabit comparison
  • (0:29:06-0:42:09) SCOTUS and Congress
    • Doing Nothing
    • Republican Strategies
    • Options in January
    • Senate Implications
    • Republican Factions
    • Ivan for SCOTUS
  • (0:42:48-1:01:36) Election 2016 – Primaries
    • Ivan for SCOTUS continued
    • Clinton Still Winning
    • Judicial Murders
    • Trump SC/NV Wins
    • Dissipating Trump Denial
    • Gaming out Super Tuesday
  • (1:02:16-1:31:53) Election 2016 – Clinton vs Trump
    • Trump as third party after contested convention?
    • Are there really that many asshole racists?
    • The whiteness of the GOP
    • Clinton vs Trump personal attacks
    • Trump attacking from both Right and Left
    • Trump Reinvention
    • President Trump

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Conspiracy Machine

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Sam and Ivan do indeed talk a lot about Election 2016 and all of the developments there, but there is other news this week too! So first off is a discussion of Apple vs the FBI, then an analysis of the battle following Justice Scalia’s death. Oh, and you get the story of Sam’s drive from Seattle to San Francisco, and a bit about the limitations of video streaming too!

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Recorded 2016-02-19

Length this week – 2:16:56

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  • (0:00:10-0:31:57) But First
    • Sam in a Hotel
    • Agenda
    • New Microphone
    • Internet Quality
    • Sam’s Drive
  • (0:32:37-0:54:55) Apple vs FBI
    • The Order
    • Why Apple Refused
    • Why is FBI pushing this case?
    • What if Apple loses?
    • What if Apple wins?
    • Industry Implications
    • Slippery Slope
    • Politicians and Encryption
  • (0:55:58-1:21:14) Death of Justice Scalia
    • Ivan’s doppelgänger
    • The news breaks, people go nuts
    • Republican Senate says don’t even nominate
    • Higher stakes that previous vacancies?
    • Recess Appointment?
    • Does this damage Senate Republicans?
    • Who does Obama pick?
    • Hypocrisy?
    • Will the wall hold until January?
    • Impact of 4-4 Court
  • (1:22:34-1:40:01) Election 2016 – Democrats
    • Upcoming Contest Schedule
    • Nevada Polls
    • Election Graphs Comment
    • Superdelegates
    • Possible paths for Sanders
  • (1:40:50-2:08:09) Election 2016 – Republicans
    • The Latest Debate
    • Polling Update
    • Gaming out the next states
    • Trump trying to lose?
    • Trump lawsuit threats
    • Trump’s RNC Deal
    • Trump and the Pope
  • (2:09:18-2:16:36) Lightning Round
    • Obama going to Cuba
    • Steaming Video

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Yet Another Interruption

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam talks about:
* Cohosts / Liking Things
* SCOTUS on Obamacare
* SCOTUS on Gay Marriage
* The Right to be Wrong
* Super Mega Lightning Round

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Recorded 2015-07-03

Length this week – 1:52:36

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Day of Tears

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Yesterday was a powerful day. Gay marriage has never been one of “my issues”*, but I was caught up in the emotion of Friday’s decision anyway. I was at home getting ready for work when the decision hit. Within seconds waves and waves of people I follow on Twitter and Facebook were exploding in joy. People happy to be recognized as people. People telling their stories of going from being excluded to being accepted. People just happy in the moment. I found the tears flowing freely for most of the morning, at least until I pulled myself together when I got to work. :-)

Later in the day Obama spoke at the funeral of Reverend Pinkney, who was killed in the terrorist attack in Charleston last week. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it now. This is Obama at his best. This is the aspirational Obama. This is the Obama calling out the hurt and pain of those who have been victims. This is Obama calling out the need for progress and improvement, and yes, change. This was the Obama that I voted for in 2008. It was powerful, it was moving. I was once again in tears for much of the speech.

Yes, there are policy questions raised by Obama’s speech and many may disagree on parts of it. Should there be more restrictions around gun ownership or use and how does that balance against people’s right to self-defense or sport? What are the right ways to address systematic racism in our society? How can we bridge some of the obvious gaps in our society? Is there a role for government, or is this better managed in the private sphere? Reasonable people can disagree on these things, but that was not the real point. It was about mourning, solidarity, understanding, and the need to recognize and actually do something about real problems.

And yes, there are legitimate arguments over process questions on gay marriage. Should the court really be the one to decide this? Were the specific legal grounds they used sound? As the day progressed and I started seeing more and more from the people upset by this decision, there was sometimes a veneer of these sorts of arguments, but it always seemed to ring hollow. Most of these folks didn’t REALLY care about how the decision was made. They just didn’t want gays to be able to marry. But at least they tried to hide it.

In the mean time, many others thought this was a good time to show off their intolerance, insensitivity, and closed mindedness. Although I heard many YOUNG Republicans joining in the joy of their gay and lesbian fellow citizens, or showing a sense of respect and understanding toward racial issues, none of the Republican presidential candidates were even close.

Reactions to marriage ranged from Jeb Bush saying he supports traditional marriage but the court has spoken to Huckabee in a full out intolerant tirade, to Walker suggesting a constitutional amendment, to Jindal suggesting (jokingly?) that we should just get rid of the Supreme Court altogether. Not one could say, “This is good!”.

On Charleston the echos of last week’s cowardice and reluctance to call out the racist culture leading to the attack still resonate.  When comments did eventually come they seemed half-hearted and reluctant at best. Come on now.

I often find myself looking for the “reasonable Republican” because I’m not particularly happy with Democrats a lot of the time. After being an Obama supporter in 2008, I could not bring myself to vote for him in 2012. (I voted 3rd party, Romney wasn’t even a consideration.) I am not a Clinton fan, and don’t particularly want to vote for her. On certain issues I find myself attracted to Republican or Libertarian minded positions. I want to have a reasonable debate between alternatives that results in a compromise that turns out to be better all around. When I go to vote, I want to feel like I have more than one reasonable choice.

But then we have days and weeks like this. The worst parts of the Republican base come out, and the LEADERS, the Presidential candidates, the Senators, the Governors, do nothing to separate themselves from those people. Some of them actively encourage it and egg it on. I have voted for Republicans before. I hope to vote for Republicans again. I have prided myself as being non-partisan, someone who could vote for either party so long as they had a good candidate with interesting ideas that I could get behind.

But as I said in this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast, so long as the Republican party is still a welcoming place to racists, homophobes, xenophobes, and science deniers, let alone if they are LED by those folks, then they are just pushing me further and further into the arms of Democrats. Any positive aspects to any particular policies pushed by any one Republican get completely outweighed by the thought that by supporting that candidate, I might enable not just those things, but a whole raft of things I vehemently disagree with.

Yesterday I was moved to tears twice by “the left” and felt positive and affirmed.

Yesterday each time “the right” spoke, I shook my head in shame and disgust.

Good job guys. You may be strengthening parts of your base, but you are alienating the middle. And you need us to win.

* My “real” position on marriage is that I don’t understand why government is involved in or recognizes any marriage at all, other than as a contract entered into between adults, just like any other contract drawn up between people, and that it shouldn’t have any implications to anything else. As far as the state is concerned anyway. But that isn’t how things are. So long as government does recognize marriage and there are legal and financial implications to marriage, as well as cultural and social ones, then I feel it should be wide open to whoever wants to participate.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Multi-Night Over-Night

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • First Outing / Computer Migrations / Pictures
  • SCOTUS on Smartphones
  • SCOTUS on Aereo
  • Yo / Washboard
  • SCOTUS on Recess Appointments

Recorded on 27 Jun 2014

Length this week – 1:07:32

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Smarter and Wiser

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Snowden / EU Spying
  • SCOTUS Decisions
  • Egypt

Recorded on 2 Jul 2013

Length this week – 1:20:06

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