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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Acceptable to the Leg

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do an all lightning round show. Twelve separate exciting subjects. These include… the newest Brexit developments, the Trump vs Acosta ruckus, the resistance to Pelosi as speaker, Trump’s eventful visit to Europe, a book review by Sam, the Lion Air crash… and six more things. You didn’t think they would all be in the summary did you? But they are all exciting. Really.

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Recorded 2018-11-17
Length this week – 2:02:38

  • (0:00:20-0:40:40) Lightning #1
    • Ivan: Border Troops
    • Sam: Book: Hands-On Data Science and Python Machine Learning (2017)
    • Ivan: Trump in Europe
    • Sam: Heading to DC
  • (0:42:40-1:19:55) Lightning #2
    • Ivan: Assange
    • Sam: Puppy?
    • Ivan: Lion Air
    • Sam: Pelosi
  • (1:20:30-2:02:18) Lightning #3
    • Ivan: Brexit
    • Sam: Brazil
    • Ivan: Acosta
    • Sam: Avenatti

 

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Another Coffee Boy

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are of course the mid-term election results, and the replacement of Sessions with Whitaker. Before that, a little on this year’s new iPhones, and Sam finally catches up on the movies he’s seen lately.

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Recorded 2018-11-10
Length this week – 1:53:12

  • (0:00:20-0:17:44) But First
    • iPhones
    • Agenda
    • Sam Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • (0:21:41-1:17:30) Election 2018
    • Quality predictions
    • No tsunami
    • Undecided Florida
    • Republican spin
    • Implications of the Governors, State Houses, House, and Senate results
    • Last minute moves?
  • (1:18:09-1:52:52) Sessions and Whitaker
    • Trump’s beef with Sessions
    • Legality of Whitaker appointment
    • Trump doesn’t know him
    • Non-Mueller Whitaker issues
    • Mueller-related Whitaker issues
    • You ain’t seen nothin’ yet

 

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: An Appointment in the Future

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam’s two big topics are the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh including all the surrounding issues relating to the climate that leads to such things, and their final pre-election thoughts on the 2018 midterms. But as usual, there are smaller topics to round things out, including thoughts on a movie, a book, a new iPhone, the economy, and even Gary Hart. Also, after you listen… go vote!

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Recorded 2018-11-03
Length this week – 2:06:38

  • (0:01:38-0:32:18) But First
    • Agenda
    • Local candidates, amendments and initiatives
    • Sam Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017)
    • Sam Book: Arrow of God (1964)
    • Mistake from last year
    • Sam’s new iPhone XS Max
  • (0:34:18-1:04:24) Pittsburgh and Trump
    • Sam and Ivan Pittsburgh connections
    • Long term trends
    • Synagogue security
    • anti-Semitic motives
    • Presidential responsibility and response?
    • Trump and racists
  • (1:05:09-1:45:53) Election 2018
    • Current Numbers
    • Early voting
    • Polling errors
    • Reactions if the Democrats win
    • Reactions if the Republicans win
    • Go vote… Democrat please.
  • (1:47:09-2:06:17) Mini Lightning Round
    • Ivan: Economy update
    • Sam: Gary Hart’s Monkey Business
    • Go vote. Really.

 

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: Better than Garbage

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk the most about voter suppression and Jamal Khashoggi. But they also talk about movies, climate change, that Alpha Bank thing, TV, the space program, using airline miles, upgrading home broadband, and Rosenstein… You know, the usual hodgepodge. They kind of couldn’t stop talking this week. Long show warning!

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Recorded 2018-10-13
Length this week – 2:26:27

  • (0:00:20-0:35:00) But First
    • Agenda
    • Miles and points
    • Broadband upgrade
    • TV: Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1974)
    • Sam Movie: The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    • Bad Movies
  • (0:35:40-1:04:46) Voter Suppression
    • VRA Background
    • Georgia
    • Texas
    • North Dakota
    • Florida
  • (1:07:21-1:28:35) Jamal Khashoggi
    • Background
    • Trump reaction
    • Financial connections?
    • Congressional reaction
    • Saudi reputation
    • MBS backlash?
  • (1:29:14-2:26:07) Lightning Round
    • Ivan: Soyuz Emergency Landing
    • Sam: What the hell is going on with Rosenstein?
    • Ivan: Alpha Bank and Trump
    • Sam: IPCC Climate Report

 

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: Itself a Problem

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the run up to the Kavanaugh confirmation, they game out the 2018 midterms, and discuss the New York Times story on Fred Trump’s empire and the questionable ways it was used to help Donald and his siblings. But first, they discuss a few movies.

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Recorded 2018-10-05
Length this week – 1:39:54

  • (0:00:12-0:16:34) But First
    • Get well soon Ed
    • Agenda
    • Sam Movie: Neverending Story II (1991)
    • Sam Movie: Maleficent (2014)
    • Ivan Movies: The Twilight Saga (2008-2012)
  • (0:17:14-0:49:36) Kavanaugh
    • Timing Disclaimer
    • FBI report
    • Things not in the report
    • Do lies matter?
    • Does being an asshole matter?
    • Why didn’t Trump dump him?
    • Undecided Senators
  • (0:52:17-1:15:53) Election 2018
    • Election Graphs update
    • House and Senate mirror images
    • Misinterpreting odds
    • Enthusiasm
    • Gaming out the Senate
    • Kavanaugh Impact
    • House generic ballot
    • Changes in the next month?
    • 2016 odds revisited
  • (1:16:29-1:39:33) Fred Trump’s Empire
    • Tax fraud schemes
    • Bailing out Donald
    • Are the Trumps in trouble now?
    • Are they still doing it?
    • Where is his money coming from now?
    • Investigations?
    • Other people doing this

 

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: Through the Yawn

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topic is of course Judge Kavanaugh vs Dr. Ford and everything surrounding that controversy. In addition to that though, they cover new Apple stuff, a flashback to TV preacher scandals of the 80’s, thoughts on the 1961 movie West Side Story, the 2013 book The End of the Suburbs, and more…

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Recorded 2018-09-21
Length this week – 1:42:23

  • (0:02:17-0:32:14) But First
    • No yawns
    • Jones, Swaggart, and Roberts
    • Agenda
    • Movie: West Side Story (1961)
    • Book: The End of the Suburbs (2013)
  • (0:35:13-1:19:23) Kavanaugh and Ford
    • Allegations
    • The “if he did, so what?” defense
    • The “why did she wait so long?” defense
    • Other examples
    • Time pressure
    • The politics
    • Predictions
  • (1:20:43-1:42:03) Mini Lightning
    • Ivan: Trump declassifications
    • Sam: New Apple Stuff

 

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: Real Quack

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam is joined by Bruce and Ed. The main topics are that anonymous op-ed in the New York times by a Senior Administration Official who has vowed to thwart Trump from the inside, and the circus surrounding the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. But before any of that, the initial segment turned into a long lightning round, covering Hyperloop, Yemen, Manafort, Movies, TV… and more.

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Recorded 2018-09-07
Length this week – 2:12:03

  • (0:00:20-0:54:15) But First Some Lightning
    • Agenda
    • Hyperloop Update
    • Yemen
    • Manafort
    • Trump and the Allies
    • Movie: A Bug’s Life (1998)
    • TV: Sherlock (2010-2017)
    • Trump on Congressional Indictments
  • (0:54:53-1:26:49) That Anonymous Op-Ed
  • (1:28:05-2:11:42) Kavanaugh Hearings

 

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: Useful Thing

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam is joined by guest host Bruce. Sam and Bruce go lightning round format and hit a lot of different topics including the “uberization” of all sorts of things, a couple movies Sam watched, preliminary thoughts on the 2020 Presidential election, whether Trump is being bashed for the wrong things, jury nullification… and more!

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Recorded 2018-08-30
Length this week – 1:27:39

  • (0:00:20-0:40:25) Lightning One
    • Bruce: Sam’s shifting politics
    • Bruce: Bashing Trump for the wrong things?
    • Sam: Movie: The Incredibles (2004)
    • Sam: Movie: The Incredibles 2 (2018)
    • Bruce: Manafort trial and jury nullification
    • Sam: John McCain
  • (0:41:04-1:27:19) Lightning Two
    • Bruce: Uberization of everything
    • Sam: Democratic superdelegate rules
    • Sam: Democratic caucus and primary rules
    • Bruce: Smoke detector batteries
    • Sam: Bruce and local politics
    • Sam: Election 2020

 

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: Information in the Information

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about… what else? The Manafort verdicts, the Cohen guilty plea, and the potential implications of both, and how things might go from here. But first, Ivan talks about airplanes, the podcast got another iTunes review worth noting, and Sam saw a couple more movies.

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Recorded 2018-08-24
Length this week – 2:02:34

  • (0:01:43-0:24:34) But First
  • (0:25:13-0:48:22) Paul Manafort
  • (0:49:42-1:20:34) Michael Cohen
  • (1:21:49-2:02:14) What’s Next?

 

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: In and Out of It

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are… Musky Stuff (Elon Musk’s various companies and how he is handling them), Twittery Stuff (Twitters challenges in dealing with abuse, fake news, user experience, and 3rd party clients), and Trumpy stuff (Omarosa, Firing Strzok, Brennan’s security clearance, NDAs, and the canceled parade). Before all that, they talk about Seattle Plane Guy a bit, and a couple more movies Sam watched recently.

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Recorded 2018-08-18
Length this week – 1:58:10

  • (0:00:25-0:21:29) But First
  • (0:24:31-0:42:15) Musky Stuff
  • (0:42:56-1:14:39) Twittery Stuff
  • (1:15:16-1:57:50) Trumpy Stuff

 

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.