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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

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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)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Big Difference

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topic is of course the Kavanaugh hearings. They cover the new allegations and other developments that came up before the hearings, Dr. Ford’s testimony, Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony, and Senator Flake blowing everything up to end the week. Before all that though, they talk about Sam’s phone usage, Sam reviews a couple movies, and Ivan read a book!

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Recorded 2018-09-29
Length this week – 2:09:27

  • (0:02:41-0:37:47) But First
    • Yawning again
    • Agenda
    • Sam’s Screen Time
    • Spanish Ninjago
    • Ivan Book: Twelve Years of Turbulence (2018)
    • Sam Movie: The Sandlot (1993)
    • Sam Movie: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
  • (0:38:23-1:00:53) Before the Hearings
    • New allegations
    • Judge and other witnesses
    • The “mistaken identity” accusation
    • The calendar
    • Hearing negotiations
    • The Fox interview
  • (1:01:37-1:16:03) Dr. Ford’s Testimony
    • The opening statement
    • Mitchell’s questioning
    • Reactions at midday
    • Was Mitchell a mistake?
  • (1:17:18-1:39:44) Judge Kavanaugh’s Testimony
    • The opening statement
    • Mitchell’s questioning
    • Ranting Republicans
    • Democratic focus on FBI Investigation
    • Unnecessary lies
    • At the end of the day
  • (1:40:24-2:09:06) Flakey Friday
    • The elevator
    • The Senator Coons connection
    • The Flake delay
    • FBI Investigation
    • What else happens in a week?
    • Flake saving the Republicans from themselves?
    • More to the deal?
    • Do they have the votes?
    • Who do we believe?
    • What does Avenatti have?

 

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: Responsible Codcasters

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s topics are the Supreme Court nomination and surrounding issues, Trump’s path of destruction through Europe, and the latest developments in the Trump/Russia scandal, including the new indictments.

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Recorded 2018-07-14
Length this week – 1:59:59

  • (0:00:20-0:08:39) But First
  • (0:10:21-0:50:50) SCOTUS
  • (0:52:10-1:12:10) Trump in Europe
  • (1:12:55-1:59:38) Trump/Russia

 

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: Willy Nilly

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ed joins Sam to discuss North Korea, how SCOTUS deals with precedent, this week’s story about immigrants in the military being discharged, and the latest in the trade wars and the economy. Before all that, they also do a quick update on the situation with the kids who have been separated from their parents at the border, and we find out if Sam’s family made it to the destination of their big road trip.

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Recorded 2018-07-07
Length this week – 1:26:12

  • (0:00:15-0:07:32) But First
  • (0:08:12-0:26:52) North Korea
  • (0:27:29-0:49:42) SCOTUS and Precedent
  • (0:50:26-1:03:27) Immigrants in the Military
  • (1:04:47-1:25:52) Trade Wars

 

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: Something Purple Something

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are three recent Supreme Court cases, the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the proper place of civility in our public discourse, and the latest developments in the ongoing trade wars. But first, they check in with Sam’s family to get the latest developments on their cross country road trip!

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Recorded 2018-06-30
Length this week – 2:07:05

  • (0:00:15-0:18:10) Roadtrip
  • (0:20:08-0:50:20) SCOTUS Rulings
  • (0:52:03-1:27:51) SCOTUS Opening
  • (1:29:11-1:48:19) Civility
  • (1:48:55-2:06:45) Trade Wars

 

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: Bubbles of Exasperation

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s three main topics are the USA’s alliances and the strains Trump is putting on them, the upcoming North Korean summit, and a hodgepodge of legal related stuff like last week’s SCOTUS cases, the Obamacare lawsuit, the new Manafort charges, and the Trump legal team’s letter to Mueller. Before all that though, they mark an anniversary, discuss Ivan’s recent trip to China, talk about the destruction of Sam’s son’s iPad, and more!

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Recorded 2018-06-09
Length this week – 1:59:30

  • (0:01:45-0:37:04) But First
    • Agenda
    • Anniversary
    • Ivan in China
    • Ivan book: Understanding Air France 447 (2013)
    • Alex iPad destruction
    • Macron handshake
  • (0:37:43-1:01:30) Alliances
    • Anthony Bourdain suicide
    • G7 Summit
    • What is Trump’s plan?
    • Are Canada and the EU really screwing the US?
    • Fed up allies, happy Putin
    • Rules are for suckers
  • (1:02:15-1:19:19) North Korea
    • All about the attitude
    • Giving things for free?
    • Path to opening?
    • Predictions
    • Parkland again
  • (1:21:01-1:59:09) Legal Stuff
    • Gay wedding cake case
    • Abortion case
    • Obamacare lawsuit
    • New Manafort charges
    • Trump letter to Mueller

 

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)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.