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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Rules be Damned

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam is joined by guest hosts Ed and Darryl. They of course talk about the Manafort and Gates indictment, the Papadopoulos guilty plea, and the ramifications of all that to the Mueller investigation. In addition, they discuss the continuing revelations on the degree of influence social media has on our political process, the civil wars in both the Republican and Democratic parties, an old Ehrlichman interview, the opioid crisis, and gerrymandering.

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Show Details:

Recorded 2017-11-02
Length this week – 2:10:09

  • (0:00:15-0:03:03) But First
    • Introductions
    • Agenda
  • (0:03:39-0:38:01) Indictments
    • Reactions to Manafort and Gates
    • Financial Crimes vs Russian Collusion
    • Coordinated distractions
    • Papadopoulos
    • Rejecting the rules
    • Predictions
  • (0:38:47-1:09:21) Social Media
    • The Texas rallies
    • Extent of exposure
    • Anybody else can too
    • Social media character assassination
    • Manipulating emotions
    • Viral spin
    • Transparency
  • (1:11:21-1:45:51) Partisan Civil Wars
    • Driving off that cliff
    • Fate of Trump
    • Republican primary voters
    • The lost middle
    • Congressional races
    • Bernie vs Hillary
    • Origins of the Democratic fight
    • How serious a division?
    • Purity Democrats
  • (1:46:32-2:09:49) Other Stuff
    • Old Ehrlichman interview
    • Opioid crisis
    • Gerrymandering

 

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Embrace the Mud!

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about chickens! Just kidding. Of course they talk about Election 2016. New Hampshire. Sanders beating Clinton. Trump walking all over the other Republicans. The log jam at second place on the Republican side. What this means for the delegate race and the next couple of states on both sides. Everything you would expect! Then they wrap it up with a lightning round for some thoughts on the Zika virus, changes on Twitter, the Oregon standoff, and more!

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Recorded 2016-02-11

Length this week – 1:39:01

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  • (0:00:10-0:16:41) Intro
    • Pi Again
    • Agenda
    • Ivan’s Rough Day
    • Sam’s Upcoming Trip
  • (0:17:26-0:55:16) Election 2016: Republicans
    • New Hampshire Results
    • Upcoming contests
    • Rubio’s debate crash
    • Kasichmentum?
    • Who drops out and when?
    • Gaming out South Carolina
    • anti-Trumps running out of time
    • Trump moving to center?
    • Trump/Sanders Swing Voters
    • Fighting each other instead of Trump
    • Carson in South Carolina!
  • (0:56:25-1:19:52) Election 2016: Democrats
    • No Surprise
    • Delegate Story
    • South Carolina and Nevada
    • What is the path for Sanders?
    • Clinton indictment?
    • Sanders/Clinton demographics
    • Independents
    • Sam’s Choices
    • Santorum iSideWith
  • (1:20:41-1:38:40) Lightning Round
    • Book: Prince Caspian
    • Zika Virus
    • Twitter Changes
    • Ivan iSideWith
    • Oregon Standoff

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Losing the Billion

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan catch up with the developments of the last few weeks for the Presidential race. They cover all the dynamics on the Republican side, and discuss if Sanders really is a threat to Clinton on the Democratic side. In the lightning round, a round up of some other recent news… Chinese markets, Iran and Saudi Arabia, CES, Y’all Qaeda in Oregon, book and TV show reviews, and more!

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Recorded 2016-01-14

Length this week – 1:36:59

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  • (0:00:10-0:14:19) Intro
    • Agenda
    • Powerball
  • (0:15:07-0:42:25) Election 2016 – Republicans
    • Internet Slowdowns
    • Iowa Polls
    • Trump’s Cruz Birtherism
    • Likely Voter Models
    • Rapid Poll Movements
    • Kasich surge?
    • Debates
    • Candidates Dropping Out
    • Contested Convention scenarios
    • State by State Delegate Rules
  • (0:43:02-0:59:45) Election 2016 – Democrats
    • More on Republican delegate allocation in Iowa and New Hampshire
    • Clinton lead slipping
    • Why the late Sanders surge?
    • What if Clinton loses both Iowa and New Hampshire?
    • Clinton superdelegate advantage
    • Media bias toward a close race
    • Possible Clinton meltdowns
    • Trump’s position vs Clinton’s position
  • (1:00:48-1:36:39) Lightning Round
    • Book: Conversations with Myself
    • TV Series: Star Trek (TOS) [1966-1969]
    • If you disagree, you just aren’t listening
    • Iran / Saudi Arabia
    • Iran and the Navy boats
    • CES
    • Y’all Qaeda
    • Secretary Carter’s Email
    • Twitter Character Limit
    • Other things we missed

Curmudgeon’s Corner: How was I to know?

This week on the Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Sam and Ivan’s big topics are the Presidential race, the 2015 off-year elections, and the Sinai plane crash. In the Lightning Round we also touch on Bitcoin’s surge, Mythbusters, Twitter’s stars and hearts, and more! We start off though with Ivan on team building exercises, and Sam on locking himself out of his car in college. All the usual fun and excitement!

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Recorded 2015-11-05

Length this week – 1:43:46

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  • (0:00:10-0:12:02) But First
    • Agenda
    • On the road
    • Team Building
    • Locking keys in the car
  • (0:13:20-0:45:21) Election 2016
    • Debate Thoughts
    • Carson Ahead!
    • Bush Failure
    • Trump on SNL
    • Democratic Polls
  • (0:46:23-1:05:37) Election 2015
    • Local vs National Bifurcation
    • How much trouble are the Dems in?
    • Alternating Parties
    • Kentucky Polling
    • Interpreting Polls
  • (1:06:54-1:20:29) Sinai Plane Crash
    • GHWB Biography Tidbits
    • The Plane Crash
    • Was it a bomb?
    • Change in tactics for ISIS?
    • How will Russia respond?
    • Airline Security Implications
    • How long until we really know what happened?
  • (1:21:34-1:43:26) Lightning Round
    • Bitcoin surge
    • Movie: Caravan of Courage
    • Fred Thompson
    • Mythbusters canceled
    • YouTube Red
    • Twitter stars and hearts

Curmudgeon’s Corner: My Wonderful Foot

This week on the Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Ivan and Sam’s big topics are the Presidential race, the goings on in Congress, and Ivan’s musings on tech while attending Oracle OpenWorld. That gets you everything from the Benghazi hearing to the appeal of Carson to Speaker Ryan, the Budget Deal, and even Twitter and Hadoop. But it all starts with a bit on San Fransisco, and Sam breaking his foot. Fun!

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Recorded 2015-10-28

Length this week – 1:53:06

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:10-0:25:41) But First
    • Agenda
    • San Fransisco
    • Sam broke his foot
  • (0:26:20-0:48:45) Election 2016
    • Future Sam on Republican Debate
    • Ivan touches things
    • Democratic Polls
    • Clinton Benghazi Hearing
    • Clinton turnaround
    • Clinton vs the Republicans
    • Trump losing… to Carson?
    • The appeal of Trump and Carson
    • Bush concentrating on Rubio
    • The other Republicans
  • (0:59:33-1:19:56) Congress
    • Speaker Ryan
    • Budget Deal
    • CISA Passes Senate
    • Politicians and Tech
    • One more Carson thing
  • (1:21:00-1:52:46) Tech Update
    • Oracle OpenWorld
    • What is Hadoop?
    • Rise of the cloud
    • Speed of Innovation
    • Tech Company Earnings
    • Apple
    • Twitter
    • Native Advertising
    • Taking Companies Private or non-Profit
    • Book: The Scarlet Plague

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Slap us until we shut up!

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:
* Twitter Favorites / Sam Computer Issues
* Iran Deal Concluded
* GHWB / Obama Accomplishments / Pluto!
* Greece Again
* Lightning Round
* * Reddit
* * Cosby
* * Uber
* * Election 2016
* * iTunes Bug
* * Cuba tourism

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Recorded 2015-07-16

Length this week – 1:47:57

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Indexing 90’s Spam!

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:
* Follow Bots / Ivan Races
* Puerto Rico / Greece / China
* Election 2016
* Tech Dependency
* Lightning Round

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Recorded 2015-07-10

Length this week – 1:48:49

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Fun Adventures with Cars

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:
* Network Issues / Cars and Balls
* Charleston Shooting
* Election 2016
* Lightning Round

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Recorded 2015-06-19

Length this week – 1:16:46

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Push It Out The Window!

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:
* Introduction
* Apple WWDC 2015
* Twitter CEO Departure
* Hastert / Election 2016
* Lightning Round

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Recorded 2015-06-12

Length this week – 1:32:53

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: All Rockets Do

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner with Sam and Iván:
* Sam losing a pet
* Baltimore
* Tech Earnings
* Lightning Round

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Recorded 2015-05-01

Length this week – 1:10:41

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