HLC-081-What-do-Blacks-Have-to-Lose?...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for August 24, 2016, it’s the “What the Hell do Blacks Have to Lose?” edition of the podcast! Your hosts are radio talk show guy Todd Feinburg and Tea Party nanophysicist Mike Stopa and this week we welcome back to the HLC podcast Academy Award nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJ Media and author of many books, including I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism is Destroying our Republic if it Hasn’t Already, our friend Roger L. Simon. Donald Trump demonstrated yet again this week that no matter that the entire national and local media are repulsed by his rhetoric and his character, that nevertheless it is he who decides what it is we all talk about. From the speech asserting the need for “extreme vetting” of Muslim refugees before allowing them to come to America, to the appeal to African American voters that they have been systematically, repeatedly, arrogantly dissed and discarded by their Democrat overlords so why not vote for Trump, to the understated visit to the flood ravaged communities of Louisiana, Trump has been the talk of the land. We discuss especially the second of these, namely, what the hell do Black Americans have to lose in casting their vote for and their fate with Donald Trump? Underlying this question is a deeper issue of what is the nature of the insularity and cultural cohesion of the African American community that leads it to vote so consistently and so overwhelmingly for Democrat candidates? Is it all attributable to the history of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Goldwater’s opposition thereto and Nixon’s “southern strategy?” Does the understandable stress of being Black in America lead to a siege mentality where certain...

HLC-080-Jeff Sessions Interview...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for August 16, 2016 with nanophysicist Mike Stopa and radio talk host Todd Feinburg! It’s the Jeff Sessions Interview edition of the podcast in which we go in depth with the 19 year senate veteran from Alabama and discuss his role as an occasional advisor to Donald Trump, his strong stand against amnesty, his appearance on Sunday’s This Week from ABC News that was a “Trump is Dead” broadcast, and he compliments the HLC podcast relentlessly. Then, we discuss the Trump “Obama Invented Isis” story. Was it really so bad? For our Hidden Gem, we hear Crossfire from Stevie Ray Vaughn. Find us online at harvardlunchclub.com and follow us on twitter @hlcpodcast Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. First elected in 1996, Sessions is a member of the Republican Party. From 1981 to 1993 he served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. President Ronald Reagan nominated him to a judgeship on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in 1986, but he was not confirmed. Sessions was elected to Attorney General of Alabama in 1994. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and easily re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014. He and his colleague Richard Shelby are the state’s first two-term Republican Senators since Reconstruction. Find us online at harvardlunchclub.com and follow us on twitter @hlcpodcast. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

HLC-079-Hillary-and-Bill-Line-Forms-on-Left...

Welcome to the HLC podcast for August 9, 2016 it’s the “Hillary and Bill Clinton Line Forms on the Left” edition. Your host this week, soloing again, is nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week we will talk about the stunning admission by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that the leaker who provided the emails from the Democratic National Committee recently – which emails resulted in the canning of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz on the eve of the Democratic National Conventions – was none other than Seth Conrad Rich. You may recall that Rich was murdered in Washington D.C. on July 10 on his way home from his girlfriend’s apartment at 4 in the morning. Subsequently Assange and Wikileaks posted a $20,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Rich’s murderer(s). To date the case remains unsolved. Speculation is rampant on the internet of conspiracy theories regarding the famed Clinton trail of bodies. We will discuss conspiracy theories in general and the Rich case in particular. In this context, will the media outside the Drudge-Rush-FoxNews axis report on this potentially damaging turn of events for the Clinton campaign or will they maintain their wall of protection and adverse disposition to Trump. We discuss and article by Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times arguing that Donald Trump poses such a clear and present threat to the Republic that the need for any further pretense of objectivity in journalism is no longer in effect and that the main stream media does not have to pretend anymore. Finally, we note that Rutenbeerg’s argument is at the core of liberalism which invokes moral crises at the drop of a hat in order to abandon their need to obey the rules. Podcast: Play in new...

HLC-078-Kahn-Job-On-Trump...

Kahn Job on Trump Welcome to the HLCpocast for August 2, 2016. It’s the Kahn Job on Trump edition. In this podcast we’ll discuss the effect of Khizr Kahn’s speech before the Democratic Convention, the great “Roads and Bridges” hustle, and a new push from the Clinton campaign for amnesty. Find us online at HarvardLunchClub.com and follow us on Twitter @HLCpodcast. Mike’s twitter handle is @MikeStopaMA and Todd’s is @toddtalk. Here are our topics: 1)   Khizr Kahn is the talk of the land after having given a riveting attack on Donald Trump at Hillary’s convention last week. But who is he, and how fair is the attack. And how odd is it that Trump can’t seem to learn the lesson that talking about bad narratives for him only helps the other side put more wind in the sails of those stories. 2)   We hear from both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump about how the nation’s infrastructure is in disasterous condition and how we need big federal spending to reverse the situation. However, instead of listening to anectdotal evidence or union drivel, for those who believe in science we offer a data driven perspective that says the condition of roads and bridges has been improving for a long time and took a big jump from 2000-2009. 3)   Tim Kaine says it’s time to make legal those who are in the U.S. unlawfully and that the Clinton administration will pursue such legislation during the first 100 days of a Hillary administration. Which makes one wonder why they  think pandering to folks who can’t vote carries such a big payoff.   We’ll have our Shower Thoughts and for our Hidden Gem we offer A Hard Day’s Night from the Beatles, which this week in 1964 became the...

HLC-077-Stopa Goes Solo

Welcome to the HLC political podcast for 7/27/2016 it’s the “Stopa Goes Solo” edition of the podcast. On this week’s episodes, Mike takes the car out for a spin on his own as Todd is buried in the otherworld of radio and newspaper publishing. Find us online at harvardlunchclub.com and on twitter @HLCpodcast Mike takes the opportunity to relive some of his recent experiences as a delegate for Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week. The issue du jour is the media depiction of the Republican versus the Democratic Conventions. It is now only the second day of the latter, but one of the clear narratives that has emerged is that the Republican convention was dark and foreboding and – they love this word – dystopian! The nation we live in is a nightmare from a horror story. But the Democrats have returned to tell us how no, in fact, it is not all dark and gloomy. We all have ice cream and ponies and we go to the beach every day. America is and has always been a great nation! What’s wrong with this picture? Mike will give you his take – along with a journey through upstate New York and a Carolina Panthers fan in an odd place. Warning: Stopa Chose the Music Today – Proceed to Hidden Gem at your own risk. Our hidden gem this week – just because he could – is chosen by Mike too. It is Return of the Grievous Angel by Gram Parsons with backup vocals by Emmylou Harris. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

HLC-076-Trump’s Iguana Convention...

It’s convention week for Donald Trump, the GOP and Marlin and the Iguana, so we bring you a special edition of the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast live from the Republican National Convention as Donald Trump officially becomes the nominee of his party. Mike Stopa is at the convention, and we get an update from him as well as from Tom Shattuck from Boston Herald Radio. Did Melania Trump deliberately steal sentences from a Michelle Obama? Do conventions accomplish anything? Is this anyway to run a democracy? We discuss few if any of these issues, because really, who cares? But maybe Donald Trump’s real motive is to build his kids reputations up so that they can be the next Kennedy family, building the Trumps into America’s next political dynasty!   @HLCpodcast  @mikestopaMA  @toddtalk Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

HLC-075-Tear Down This Robinson...

Welcome to the “Tear Down This Robinson” edition of the Harvard Lunch Club podcast! It’s July 13, 2016, and we’re completely psyched to be joined by former Reagan speechwriter, co-founder of the conservative commentary site Ricochet,  and Hoover Institution senior fellow Peter Robinson. We are nanophysicist Mike Stopa and radio talk host Todd Feinburg and we join you every week for a discussion of the coolest political and public policy issues we can muster. Find us on our website, harvardlunchclub.com, and follow us on Twitter: @HLCpodcast This week, we focus exclusively on an interview with Peter Robinson: Is there still a Stop Trump/Never Trump movement? Why would anyone vote for Trump? Can 11 million illegal aliens be deported, politically? We discuss with these issues with renaissance man Peter Robinson, co-host of the Ricochet podcast and co-founder of the commentary site of the same name. We’ll also share our Shower Thoughts, and for our Hidden Gem we listen to Randy Newman sing the song he wrote that went to number 1 for Three Dog Night in this week 1970. It’s the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast with Peter Robinson!!! Peter Mark Robinson is an American author, television host and former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush when he was VP and President Ronald Reagan and is best known for his role in writing the “Tear Down That Wall” speech. He is currently the host of Uncommon Knowledge, an interview show by Stanford‘s Hoover Institution. He is also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, and he is co-host of the Ricochet Podcast on the Ricochet conservative commentary site that he co-founded. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

HLC-074-Heather MacDonald: War on Cops...

Welcome to the “War on Cops” edition of the Harvard Lunch Club podcast! It’s July 5, 2016. We are nanophysicist Mike Stopa and radio talk host Todd Feinburg and we join you every week for a discussion of the coolest political and public policy issues we can muster. Find us on our website, harvardlunchclub.com, and follow us on Twitter: @HLCpodcast This week: Heather MacDonald returns to the @HLCpodcast to discuss her latest book, “The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe.” Heather is always great, and the effect of the Black Lives Matter movement – and the The Ferguson Effect – is a fascinating discussion. We’ll also share our Shower Thoughts, and for our Hidden Gem, we visit the year 1966 to hear the Mindbender’s “Groovy Kind of Love.” It’s the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast with Heather MacDonald!!! Please review us on iTunes and say we’re great no matter what your true feelings are! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...