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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Clear Thoughted

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner: WAR! PIVOT! LIGHTNING! More specifically, Sam and Ivan talk about the situations in Syria, Afghanistan, and North Korea… then they move on to Donald Trump’s changing positions on a number of issues, and what that means for both his supporters and opponents. Rounding out the show, bits about the guy pulled off the United plane, Wikileaks, planespotting, a movie Sam watched, the congressional special elections, and even more!

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Recorded 2017-04-15
Length this week – 2:06:12

  • (0:00:15-0:22:02) But First
    • Show Edits
    • Agenda
    • Ignored Topics
    • Reorgs and Layoffs
    • Movie: The Terminal (2004)
    • Planespotting
  • (0:22:40-0:59:46) WAR!
    • Legal Authority
    • Pictures of War Victims
    • Trump ignorance
    • Missing Volta?
    • North Korea Escalation
    • Spicer on Nazi Germany
    • What is a chemical weapon?
    • MOAB in Afghanistan
    • More on North Korea
  • (1:00:21-1:24:20) PIVOT!
    • List of Flip Flops
    • He is still Trump
    • Healthcare
    • Trump learning?
    • Difficulty Legislating
    • No agenda
    • Title origins
  • (1:26:02-2:05:53) LIGHTNING!
    • United troubles
    • Congressional special elections
    • Blackmailing Trump
    • CIA on Wikileaks
    • More ignored topics
    • Contact us

 

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Weight and Bulk

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about the assassination in Turkey, the truck attack in Berlin, and of course another week of the Trump transition. We also cover artificial Christmas trees, upside down Christmas trees, the right way to wrap presents, the final electoral college vote, federalism, Ivanka flying coach, and more!

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Recorded 2016-12-23
Length this week – 1:48:43

  • (0:00:33-0:18:37) But First
    • Agenda
    • Sam gets a fake tree
    • Upside down trees
    • Pre-lit trees
    • Sam wrapping
  • (0:19:58-0:46:47) Turkey and Berlin
    • Assassination in Turkey
    • Possibilities for escalation?
    • Russia/Turkey closer together?
    • Syria connection
    • Price of intervention
    • Berlin attack
    • Connections to immigration?
    • Leaving wallets?
    • Granting citizenship
    • How do you defend? Should you?
  • (0:48:47-1:19:38) This Week in Trump
    • Random download
    • Things Obama did
    • Trump lies
    • Everyday Twitter
    • Pardons for illegal orders?
    • Eventual impeachment?
    • Disarray and Chaos
    • Reality vs Perception
    • Private Security
    • Fundraising kids
  • (1:20:19-1:48:23) Lightning Round
    • Timer Master
    • Final Electoral College Vote
    • Direction for the Democrats
    • Federalism
    • Ivanka flying coach
    • Uber self-driving car issues
    • Wrap Up

 

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: Nice Snuffle

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan return to the normal non-election format. The three main topics are fake news, Trump’s conflicts of interest, and how to respond to Trump. They also talk a bit about MacBook Pros, iPads, Fidel Castro, Standing Rock, Syria, and even more! Join us as things start to settle into the new normal.

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Recorded 2016-12-01
Length this week – 1:55:48

  • (0:00:10-0:21:20) But First
    • Agenda
    • MacBook Pros and huge iPads
    • Trackpads/mice/trackballs
    • Gestures
  • (0:22:29-0:47:37) Fake News
    • How it gets created and spreads
    • Engagement algorithms
    • Possible solutions?
  • (0:48:25-1:05:40) Trump Conflicts
    •  Trump’s plan to minimize conflict
    • Trump International
    • Who can do anything?
    • Trump supporter regrets?
  • (1:06:59-1:28:42) Responding to Trump
    • How to respond to lies and crazy?
    • Outrage fatigue
    • Taking Trump’s phone?
    • Presidential alerts
    • Congressional strategy
  • (1:29:20-1:55:28) Lightning Round
    • Congressional earmarks
    • Fidel Castro died
    • Standing Rock
    • Columbia plane crash
    • Electoral College update
    • Daylight Saving Time
    • Syria

 

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: Twenty Means Thirty

There is a lot happening on this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast with Sam and Ivan. There is the usual discussion of the presidential race, but there is also coverage of the new Apple announcements, a lightning round with all sorts of things, and the first full discussion of our new Patreon! A very big show this week with something for everyone! Including a special appearance by Ivan’s wife Juana!

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Recorded 2016-09-08
Length this week – 2:26:09

  • (0:00:10-0:24:20) But First
    • Agenda
    • Slow Week?
    • CC Patreon
    • Movie: The Never-ending Story (1984)
    • Being a Poll Worker
  • (0:24:59-0:45:56) Lightning Round
    • Apple Ireland Taxes
    • Brazil Impeachment
    • Standing Rock
    • Obama in Asia
    • Turkey in Syria
    • Yemen
    • Apple Warning
  • (0:47:17-1:23:30) Apple News
    • Fight with Siri
    • Nintendo on Apple
    • Apple Watch 2
    • iPhone 7 – Everything Else
    • iPhone 7 – No Headphone Jack
    • AirPods
    • Colors
    • Things left behind
    • Lengthening Upgrade Cycles
  • (1:24:45-2:25:50) Election 2016
    • Polling Update
    • Republicans after 2016
    • MSNBC Candidate Forum
    • Understanding the Other Side
    • Trump shutting up
    • Clinton-Powell Email exchange

 

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: Needed New Swear Words

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner most of the show is of course on Election 2016… some talk about the Clinton foundation and lots and lots of discussion of all the twists and turns in Trump world this week. But hey, almost half the show is actually on other things! We talk about those swimmers getting in trouble in Brazil, about Iran and Syria, about self-driving cars, about Obamacare, and even about adjustable beds! Also, a short remembrance of John McLaughlin and what he meant to this show. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2016-08-19

Length this week – 2:12:32

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  • (0:00:10-0:16:14) But First
    • Agenda
    • Adjustable Bed
    • Upgraded Podcast Setup
    • Sam Trip Coming Up
    • John McLaughlin
  • (0:16:58-0:40:04) Stuff that isn’t the Election Part 1
    • Swimmers in Brazil
    • Omran from Syria
    • Iran Payment
  • (0:41:07-0:57:29) Stuff that isn’t the Election Part 2
    • Uber Self-Driving Ride Sharing
    • Aetna and Obamacare
  • (0:58:49-1:33:08) Stuff that is the Election Part 1
    • ALeXMXeLA.com
    • Clinton Foundation
    • Clinton the politician
    • Naked Trump Statues
    • Manafort!
    • Trump Campaign Morale
    • Trump Campaign Restructure
    • Pivot?
    • Alex texting
  • (1:34:16-2:12:12) Stuff that is the Election Part 2
    • Will it last?
    • Trump supporter denial
    • Election Observers
    • Ivanka Trump and Wendy Murdoch
    • Trump’s Doctor’s Note
    • Trump vs the Press
    • Trump TV

 

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!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Big RNC Show

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do a Republican National Convention mega show, talking about each night of the convention in detail. But a lot of other things happened this week, so before even starting on the convention they cover Nice and Munich and Syria and Baton Rouge and Miami and Turkey and Roger Ailes and the VP announcements and more. It was a very very busy news week. To top it off, Sam also interviews an actual attendee at the convention. It is a big show. Over three and a half hours this time. Our longest ever. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2016-07-23

Length this week – 3:40:00

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  • (0:00:10-0:06:55) Introduction
    • Big News Week
    • Election Graphs vs Curmudgeon’s Corner
  • (0:07:58-0:32:56) Everything Else Part 1
    • Nice Attack
    • Munich Attack
    • Alex Interlude
    • US Drone Strike in Syria
    • Baton Rogue Police Killing
    • North Miami Shooting
  • (0:33:09-0:52:39) Everything Else Part 2
    • Ivan’s Staplers
    • Attempted Coup in Turkey
    • Roger Ailes
  • (0:53:24-1:22:06) Everything Else Part 3
    • Mike Pence VP Rollout
    • Republican Rules Committee
    • Trump and Russia
    • Leaked DNC docs
    • Tim Kaine VP Announcement
  • (1:22:44-1:41:22) Republican National Convention Day 1
    • Expectations
    • Rules Vote
    • Minor Speakers
    • Melania Speech
  • (1:42:25-1:57:07) Republican National Convention Day 2
    • Official Roll Call Vote
    • Giuliani Speech
    • Christie Mock Trial
    • Duck Song
    • Don Jr Speech
  • (1:57:55-2:21:15) Republican National Convention Day 3
    • Cruz Speech
    • Pence Speech
    • Trump NYT Interview
  • (2:21:54-2:56:01) Republican National Convention Day 4
    • Ivanka Speech
    • Trump Speech
    • Trump vs Clinton
  • (2:57:09-3:35:50) Interview with Marcus the RNC Alternate
    • Self-Introduction
    • Political Origins
    • Primary Support
    • Unification
    • Electability
    • Demographics
    • NeverTrump efforts
    • Convention Experience
    • Protests
    • Final thoughts
  • (3:37:10-3:39:40) Wrap up

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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!

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: Something Made A Noise

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Ivan and Sam start off talking about things OTHER than Election 2016. The upcoming small iPhone announcement, corporate reorgs, Kanye and The Pirate Bay, feedback on the show, and more! But of course then it is election time. They cover the Super Tuesday results in both parties, the Republican delegate math, the possibilities of a Republican schism, and everything else surrounding the race that they can think of.

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Recorded 2016-03-03

Length this week – 1:59:20

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  • (0:00:10-0:10:30) But First
    • Agenda
    • Small iPhone
    • Mexico City
    • Reorgs
  • (0:11:50-0:42:03) Lightning Round
    • Carillian prelude
    • Apple wins a round
    • Malaysian Plane
    • Kanye and Pirate Bay
    • Nearby House Fire
    • North Korea
    • Syria
    • Feedback
    • Sam’s Vote?
  • (0:43:08-1:28:41) Election 2016 Part 1
    • Democratic Super Tuesday Results
    • Sanders lost, get over it
    • Carson out
    • Christie and Trump
    • Rubio attacking Trump
    • Trump’s Business Success
    • Effect of Rubio’s Attacks?
    • Trump Delegate Math
    • Forcing a contested convention?
    • Delegate Shenanagans
    • Odds of President Trump?
    • Trump’s Policy Details
    • The Mexican Wall
    • Trump and Duke/KKK
  • (1:29:44-1:59:01) Election 2016 Part 2
    • Never Trump Republicans
    • Will the Republicans Split?
    • Is Clinton more conservative than Trump?
    • Trump’s Supporter’s Motivations
    • Immigrant Debate
    • Romney Attacks
    • Trump’s Free Media
    • Buying votes not working
    • The Next Contests

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Bailing Out!

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Sam and Ivan talk about the situation with Turkey, Russia and Syria for awhile, then cover Election 2016, with, of course, a concentration on the Trump phenomenon and what it continues to mean for the Republican nomination race. Those are the “big topics”, but we also touch on car shopping, some movies Sam watched recently, Argentina, Baby Hitler, demographics of the folks who like the podcast on Facebook, and a lot more.

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Recorded 2015-11-26

Length this week – 1:34:54

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  • (0:00:10-0:15:23) But First
    • Agenda
    • Sam’s Electricity
    • Ivan and Disney
    • Ivan broken phone
    • Ivan car shopping
  • (0:16:26-0:31:44) International
    • Turkey shoots down Russian plane
    • Escalation?
    • Syria Summit
    • New Threats and Attacks
  • (0:32:23-1:08:59) Election 2016
    • Polls
    • Alex Interlude
    • Carson Implosion
    • Trump not Imploding
    • Can Trump win the Nomination?
    • Can Trump win the Presidency?
    • Trump Independant Run?
    • Frontrunners 4, 8 and 12 years ago
    • Betting Odds on the Candidates
  • (1:09:44-1:34:34) Lightning Round
    • Movie: Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    • Movie: Beyond Witch Mountain (1982)
    • Movie: Minority Report (2002)
    • Adelle Song
    • TPP
    • Airline Safety
    • Racial Tensions
    • Argentina President
    • Baby Hitler
    • Movie: Being John Malkovich (1999)
    • Likes vs Downloads
    • Curmudgeon’s Corner Facebook Demographics

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Only by the light of his phone

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan concentrate on the Paris attacks and the worldwide reaction to them. This is a big enough topic that we spend most of the show on it rather than having several smaller topics. We hit on why Paris resonates more with Americans than terrorist attacks elsewhere, the Syrian connection or lack there of, the anti-refugee backlash, where things go from here, and more. Before that starts we do spend a few minutes on Sam’s power outage and Ivan’s driving habits… but really, this is a one topic show this time.

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Recorded 2015-11-20

Length this week – 1:06:46

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  • (0:00:10-0:12:56) But First
    • Sam in the dark
    • Insurance Driver Tracking
    • Agenda
    • Generators
    • Food Going Bad
    • Showers
  • (0:13:40-0:36:44) Paris Attacks
    • Seeing Lights
    • Why does Paris resonate?
    • Syrian non-Connection
    • anti-Refugee reaction
    • Reflection on Republicans
    • Obama Reaction
  • (0:37:22-1:06:26) More Paris Reactions
    • Bombing ISIS
    • Eliminating the Grey Zone
    • Calling it Radical Islamic Terrorism
    • Xenophobia + Islamophobia = Good Politics?
    • Comparing Risks
    • What next?
    • If it happens here
    • non-Encryption connection
    • Parallels to Gun Debate
    • Presidential Candidates on Paris/ISIS/Refugees