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Curmudgeon’s Corner: So Obtuse

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the Champlain Towers collapse, developments with the voting rights bills in congress, the potential infrastructure deal, some SCOTUS stuff, and even freeing Britney. Before all that, they also talk about a mouse, and Van Gogh exhibits. Once again a full, jam packed show!

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Recorded 2021-06-25
Length this week – 2:03:23

  • (0:01:07-0:23:45) But First
    • Agenda
    • The mouse
    • Van Gogh Exhibits
  • (0:24:52-0:50:49) Champlain Towers
  • (0:51:07-1:24:57) Legislative Process
    • Voting rights bills
    • Infrastructure week
  • (1:25:58-2:03:02) Legal Stuff
    • SCOTUS
    • Free Britney
    • The stuff at the end
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: False Idols of Perfection

This week Sam and Ivan go into lightning round mode, with eight smaller topics rather than just two or three big ones. Everything from Biden’s international meetings, to SCOTUS, to Ivan’s broken phone, to Sam witnessing an egg theft. And lots of other stuff in between. What kind of stuff? You’ll need to tune in and find out! Uh, or look at the full breakdown in the show details. Anyway, enjoy the show!

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Recorded 2021-06-19
Length this week – 1:48:44

  • (0:00:51-0:24:08) But First
    • (Ivan) Cracked Phone
    • (Sam) Robin’s Egg
  • (0:24:46-0:55:06) One
    • (Ivan) Bibi Gone
    • (Sam) History as Religion
  • (0:55:52-1:48:22) Two
    • (Ivan) Tokyo Olympics
    • (Sam) G7 and Putin
    • (Ivan) SCOTUS
    • (Sam) Billionaire Taxes
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: Cause It’s A Book

We’re here. We’re finally at the election. So of course Sam and Ivan talk about the definition of Univeral Time. Well, just for a few minutes. Then they skip the rest of the usual random stuff and just get to the politics. We know that is what you are all here for. They do a final look at the Election Graphs analysis of the polling situation. They talk about the latest attempts to make something happen with Hunter Biden. They talk about both the possibilities of Trump pulling out another win by the skin of his teeth and the possibility of a Biden landslide. Of course, they touch on voter suppression, SCOTUS, and the pandemic as well. Oh, and Ivan might be live streaming election night. So watch out for that! So here we go. The last show before election day!

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Recorded 2020-10-30
Length this week – 1:57:13

  • (0:00:01-0:04:46) Cold Open
  • (0:05:11-1:56:52) Politics
    • Universal time
    • Hunter Biden nothing burgers
    • Glen Greenwald resignation
    • Old media vs new media coverage
    • Election Graphs update
    • Early vote numbers
    • Trump odds vs blue wave odds
    • Voter suppression and SCOTUS
    • Pendemic trends and the campaign
    • CC livestream
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: There Is No Table

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan hit all the usual politics stuff you would expect. Updates on polling. Hunter’s laptop. Social media battling misinformation. The dueling town halls. SCOTUS. The pandemic. All of that sort of thing. But before that, they also talk a bit about the new iPhones, just being exhausted, and an old movie. So, pretty much your normal month before the election type of show. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2020-10-16
Length this week – 2:15:48

  • (0:00:23-0:41:28) But First
    • Microphone technique
    • Situational exhaustion
    • New iPhones
    • Revisiting 2016
    • Sam movie: Jurassic Park (1993)
  • (0:43:29-2:15:26) Politics
    • Election Graphs update
    • Hunter’s laptop
    • Social media vs misinformation
    • Dueling town halls
    • Fizzled October surprises
    • SCOTUS and the Senate
    • Stimulus talks
    • SCOTUS hearings
    • Scorched earth
    • Pandemic update
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: Instructions Confirmed

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about all of this week’s political developments, from Trump’s health to the latest election polling, to the Senate and SCOTUS, as well as a few other things. But first, talk of microphones, glasses, malls, remote work, a movie, and even a little sports. You can even stay on after the end for a blooper. Fun times!

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Recorded 2020-10-09 Length this week – 2:14:03

  • (0:04:18-0:41:55) But First
    • New microphone!
    • New glasses
    • Feedback on malls
    • Remote work
    • Sam movie: DanTDM Presents The Contest (2019)
    • Live sports
  • (0:45:16-2:10:57) Politics
    • Trump health update
    • Superspreaders
    • Polling update
    • Unhinges Trump
    • Debates
    • SCOTUS and the Senate
    • Regeneron
    • The deplorables
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: Fundamental Functioning

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are the COVID pandemic, SCOTUS developments and their political ramifications, and of course Election 2020. Really, what else would they talk about this week? Oh. Yeah. Headphones. They also talked about headphones. Because of course they did.

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Recorded 2020-09-26

Length this week – 2:16:02

  • (0:00:23-0:15:16) But First
    • Headphone choices
    • Podcast audio quality
  • (0:15:57-0:51:07) Pandemic
    • Florida is done
    • Schools
    • Data-driven decisions
    • Retail collapse
    • The recovery
  • (0:53:09-1:30:11) SCOTUS
    • Vote timing
    • The downward spiral of failing democracy
    • Delaying tactics?
    • Election cases?
  • (1:30:58-2:15:40) Election 2020
    • Possible election results shenanigans?
    • The interregnum if Biden wins
    • Election Graphs’ odds
    • The interregnum if Trump wins
    • Scenario if Biden wins, but Republicans keep the Senate
    • The election is close now
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: Weaseling Out

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, the two serious topics are school reopenings in the face of the pandemic, and the ramifications of the latest batch of Supreme Court rulings. In addition, Ivan talks about air conditioning maintenance, and Sam talks about Alex creating Minecraft mods. Also, Sam talks about not talking about something. Odd that.

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Recorded 2020-07-10
Length this week – 2:23:02

  • (0:00:01-0:08:23) Avoidance
  • (0:08:46-0:44:37) Light and Frothy
  • (0:46:38-1:33:59) School Reopenings
  • (1:34:41-2:22:41) SCOTUS Cases

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: It’s Three

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do another lightning round show. They discuss the recovery of global travel, the gamble being taken on a pandemic second wave, some of the recent SCOTUS decisions, Trump’s health, a movie, and even real-time reactions to the beginning of the Berman situation as the news broke while they were recording.

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Recorded 2020-06-20
Length this week – 1:53:00

  • (0:00:22-0:35:45) Lightning 1
    • Ivan: Travel picking up again
    • Sam: Opening too fast?
  • (0:36:23-1:13:01) Lightning 2
    • Ivan: SCOTUS Decisions
    • Sam: Berman Situation
  • (1:14:17-1:52:40) Lightning 3:
    • Ivan: Ivan Movie: Lawnmower Man (1992)
    • Sam: Trump health

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: Played Locally

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Brandy joins Sam to talk about earthquakes, preparedness, Congressional investigations, walking in a parade, running for local office, the redistricting SCOTUS case, and finally the census SCOTUS case. Then everything descends into chaos as Jetski (a dog), Miley (a dog), and Alex (a 9-year-old boy), all try to “help” with closing out the show. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2019-07-06
Length this week – 1:59:16

  • (0:04:54-0:25:43) Brandy: Earthquakes and Preparedness
  • (0:26:53-0:52:09) Sam: Congressional Investigation Slowness
  • (0:52:45-1:05:44) Brandy: Walking in a parade, and running
  • (1:07:28-1:58:56) Sam: Redistricting and Census SCOTUS Cases

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: Meandering Stream of Molasses

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the Trump administration stonewalling of any and all Congressional inquiries​, Trump’s latest financial disclosures, and the rash of new anti-abortion laws across the country. Oh, and Ivan raves about a movie he saw.

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Recorded 2019-05-18
Length this week – 1:30:37

  • (0:01:06-0:51:59) Round One
    • Ivan: Ivan Movie: Apollo 11 (2019)
    • Sam: Trump obstruction
  • (0:53:08-1:30:16) Round Two
    • Ivan: Trump’s financial disclosure
    • Sam: New abortion laws

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.