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July 2024

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Closing Every Door

This week on the Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Sam and Ivan start out trying to talk about things other than Trump. Thanksgiving, Puerto Rico, Apple, some books and movies… and that is well and good. But of course then they do talk about the latest week full of Trump developments as the transition continues. Then they wrap up with Jill Stein’s recount campaign, the electoral college, and other ways of messing with election results that either won’t happen or won’t change anything.

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Show Details:

Recorded 2016-11-25
Length this week – 2:15:49

  • (0:00:41-0:43:47) Not Trump
    • Duck
    • Sam’s Thanksgiving
    • Ivan’s Thanksgiving
    • Puerto Rico
    • Apple Stuff
    • Book: Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 2
    • Book: The Hobbit
    • Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • (0:45:47-1:31:23) Trump!
    • Water Bottle
    • Policy reversals
    • Staffing picks
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • 25th amendment
    • Maintaining outrage
    • neo-Nazis
    • Trump as Berlusconi
    • Deals and getting things done
    • Trump and SCOTUS
    • Delegation
  • (1:31:52-2:15:35) Recounts and other craziness
    • New York Magazine Article
    • Jill Stein!
    • Why recount won’t change anything
    • Why are people donating?
    • Clinton’s position
    • Luke’s GoFundMe
    • Working the Electoral College again?
    • Congress rejecting electors
    • Get rid of electoral college?
    • Voting your own interests?


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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!

Yeah, I Took the “I Side With” Quiz… Winner: @GovGaryJohnson

There are always a number of these sorts of quizzes floating around in election years. This is the first one I’ve taken this cycle.

I am not surprised by Gary Johnson at the top, or Mitt Romney at the bottom. Kinda surprised by how high Jill Stein ranked. Maybe I will spend more time looking at her than I’d planned. I’d previously considered this a Johnson/Obama race as far as my own vote was concerned. Romney was never in play for me. Not even close.

I’m also surprised though that even though Johnson is my best match of the candidates and their positions, in terms of the parties (I guess based on their platforms?) I match the Democrats much better than the Libertarians. Perhaps this is because officially the Democratic party platform is still against the kinds of human rights and civil liberties abuses Obama now embraces in the name of fighting terrorism. Meanwhile, officially the Libertarians endorse some stuff that is pretty divorced from reality, while Johnson is a bit more moderate. Dunno.

Of course, Washington State will go for Obama no matter how I vote unless things go very very wrong for Obama in the next couple of months. So my vote is basically just academic.

For anybody else wanting to take the quiz, it is here. Enjoy. Report back on your results. :-)