HLC-149 Overseas Trump

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 14, 2017, it’s the Overseas Trump edition of the show with your hosts, Hartford CT radio maven Todd Feinburg and all things nano person Mike Stopa. This week, we have a Filipino flavor to the podcast in honor of Trump’s visit to and bromance beginning with Rodrigo Duterte. And, in the latest edition of the Florida man saga, who is Ja Du and why does he think, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, that he is Filipino? Isn’t he culturally appropriating? Does he need a bathroom all his own? And, more seriously, why does someone who “identifies” as a different race or ethnicity need to *be* that race or ethnicity? Isn’t it enough to simply *like* Filipino food, clothing, dance, and culture? Why does Ja Du need to actually *be* Filipino? Is it possibly more a denial of his own culture – a need to rebel – that is driving him to insist that his real ethnicity is something else? We then get into the developing relationship between Duterte and Trump. Are they, perhaps, a match made in heaven? Who are the forgotten people of the Philippines? Isn’t the system ther rigged far worse than the system here? But the horse is behind the cart here, because our first topic concerns an Albanian national in Connecticut who is being ejected from the U.S. (save for a last minute stay) for immigration violations. But she is married to an American guy. Don’t Americans get to marry people from any country they want and have them become U.S. green card holders if not citizens? And, on the same topic, are we more sympathetic instinctively to Europeans with immigration problems...

HLC-148 Yes Virginia, There is a Resistance...

Welcome to this special edition of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast – because, well, because, …, because, because, because, because, becaaaauuuuse – because we wanted to do more to fill the world with silly podcasts. In this special edition we talk about three topics. First, what happened in Virginia? Was it the repudiation of Trumpism? Was it rather the repudiation of NeverTrumpism? Is there any meaningful justification for the continued existence in the pundit sphere of Evan McMullin, Bill Kristol, Jennifer Rubin, Bret Stephens, etc, etc, etc??? Mike tries his hardest to advance the “dignity in the White House”/”the (Grand Old) Party is better off out of power than being trodden upon by Trump” arguments of the McMullin holdouts amongst our listeners. We know you are out there. I won’t go as far as to say that we feel your pain. Topic 2, voter suppression. The left, in this case represented by Missouri Democrat and podcaster Jason Kantor, thinks that voter ID laws are a solution in search of a problem. Actually, what they think is that voter ID laws are simply a brazen attempt at suppressing the votes of poor people and minorities and especially Democrats. Where are they going wrong? Finally, wither Roy Moore from here? Can he stave off electoral collapse by claiming that the accusations of sexual misconduct 30+ years ago are nothing more than a big lie? We have shower thoughts! We have a hidden gem…and this one is pretty well hidden. The Mills Brothers singing “Paper Doll.” Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-147 Happy Trump Year!!!...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 7, 2017, it’s number 147, the Happy Trump Year edition of the show with your hosts Hartford radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. One day short of the anniversary of napalm in the morning…or evening…or whenever. It was victory when it happened. And it smelled great! But first, a word from our sponsors! Don’t forget, this Saturday in Burlington MA at the Tavern in the Square, 100 District Ave. come join founder Rob Long and Michael in the Morning host Michael Graham along with us guys, the HLC podcasters Todd and Mike for an evening of comradery, argument and great fun at the Boston area Ricochet meetup. Now, back to our show. This week we will talk first about atheism and mass murderers. Did Devin Kelley’s atheism have anything to do with the motivation (if such it can be called) for his massacre? What sets atheists apart? And if his religious beliefs (or lack thereof) were really of no relevance to his actions (which, in fact we believe) then what is winding the spring inside the heads of killers like him? Next, for a happier topic, we celebrate the first year of Donald Trump’s Presidency. Paper hats and noisemakers are given out to the first one hundred participants. Birthday cake will be given to all. I make a shameless reference to my Boston Globe column published Monday asserting that, pace unhinged liberals  and even more unhinged NeverTrumpers (sorry, we’re not supposed to use that term, right?) Donald Trump is proof positive that his followers are *not* as interested in personality as they are in ideas and policies. We expound. We will have our shower thoughts and this...

HLC-146 Man the Forts!

Reminder: Join Rob Long, Todd Feinburg, Mike Stopa and Michael in the Morning host Michael Graham for the Boston-area Ricochet Meetup on November 11, 2017 at the Tavern in the Square in Burlington, MA from 7-10 pm. Details here. Oooo…whatta title! Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for October 31, 2017 – our Halloween podcast – which we call the Man the Forts edition of the show. (Sorry about that). Your hosts, as always, are Hartford radio guy Todd Feinburg and Boston area nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week our topics are: (1) the Manafort/Gates indictments and the Papadopolous guilty plea. Who on earth is the “European Centre for the Ukraine” (don’t go looking for them, they don’t exist anymore)? Will this investigation culminate in Trump firing Mueller only to have the entire Democratic half of Congress endorse the firing because they’re deeper in it than anyone? (2) in “celebration” of the one year anniversary of the Trump election (appropriate that this is coming out on Halloween) the left has decided to have a wave of “Scream Helplessly at the Sky” events across the country. We are pretty sure that this is real. It is advertised everywhere. If it’s a hoax people are going to show up anyway. Anyhow, what kind of people come out to these things? Will there be hot girls? And how does the perpetual outrage convince the left that the reason Trump remains stubbornly popular with his base is somehow attributable to his personality??? Can we expect some community of Scranton Trumpkins to do a choral video recording (a la “Obama’s Gonna Change the World”) of, oh, “Trump’s Gonna Make America Great Again?” the mind reels. We will have our shower thoughts and this week’s...

HLC-145 We Know What We’re Getting Into...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club political podcast for October 24, 2017 it’s the We Know What We’re Getting Into edition of the podcast with your hosts, Hartford CT radio prince Todd Feinburg and nanophysics prince Mike Stopa. This week our special guest is Victor Davis Hanson! We will discuss Victor’s new book: The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was fought and Won. And we’ll also talk about presidential deportment in bereavement phone calls and the status of the NeverTrump movement…oops…maybe that’s un-PC!!! Our shower thoughts as always and this week, finally, as a hidden gem, my favorite group, probably of all time, The Bad Plus and their cover of Comfortably Numb. Enjoy! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-144 Psycho Halloween Killers...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club for October 17, 2017, it’s the Psycho Halloween Killers edition of the show – number 144 – with your hosts, Todd Feinburg, Hartford radio guy and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist and today with special guest star, host of Michael in the Morning, the inimitable Michael Graham! MG will join us, as will big cheese Rob Long, at the upcoming Ricochet meetup in Burlington, MA (just outside of Boston) on November 11, from 7-10 pm. Today he joins us to talk about the meetup and also to discuss why the left is choosing to lurch even farther left. And, in a related topic what gives when a poor Soda Pop and Pet Store owner (not kidding here) joins Donald Trump for a signing of an executive order that will help his 100+ employees get affordable health insurance only to find, when he returns to his home in central Massachusetts (yes, *that* Massachusetts) that his name is dog poo-poo? Michael will help us analyze. And, the title piece of the show is our topic on Halloween…it ain’t just for kids anymore. In fact, it ain’t for kids at all. It’s for college administrators. And the fun is now officially gone. It takes Todd and I a while to get to the heart of the matter. But here’s the question: in twenty years will we look back on these days and blanch at how thoughtless we were not grasping the horror of Halloween costumes that appropriate cultural identities? or will we look back on these pathologically sensitive times as an aberration that is best forgotten? (or something in between?). We will analyze. Our shower thoughts – of course. (A meditation on lost things). And our hidden gem is...

HLC-143 Bannon’s War...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast for October 11, 2017 it’s the Bannon’s War edition of the podcast with your hosts: Hartford CT talk show host Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week, we follow the erstwhile White House advisor and once and future Breitbart warrior in his quest to deconstruct the administrative state. God. That phrase still makes my heart skip a beat. Taking the fight to America, taking the fight to Hannity, where did the populist revolution begin? Was it all on account of Andrew Breitbart? Where did Stephen Miller get into the act? Will 35% of the Republican Party be calling the shots for all of America after 2018? We can only hope. And then, Meghan McCain debuts on The View with unprepared left wing co-hosts. She seems not content to play the token conservative on the panel. She seems to want to jolt the whole show over to the righteous right. You go girl!!! We will have,  of course, our shower thoughts. We will have our hidden gem. This week it is Keith Jarrett’s encore from the K ö ln concert. Great piece!   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-142 Take Their Guns (Already)...

Welcome to the HLC podcast for October 3, 2017, it’s the Take Their Guns (Already) edition of the show with your hosts, Hartford Connecticut drive hour radio host Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist (and recent Ricochet Podcast guest) Mike Stopa. This week we try to bring you a not-too-cynical but not-too-lugubrious slant on the massacre in Las Vegas. Should we start placing greater restrictions about the purchase of guns in America? We already make arbitrary distinctions between guns we can have (9 mm handgun) and guns we can’t have (bazookas). Why can’t we simply be more restrictive in our laws regarding background checks and regulations? Why not have the type of security check that’s needed for a security clearance if you want to own, say, a semi-automatic weapon. We can hire the personnelle, we can spend the money. What slippery slope are you talking about? Next, we will discuss the Trump genius at work again in the Puerto Rico hurricane cleanup. Honestly, a podunk mayor of San Juan wants to go up against the Donald? Maybe she’s smarter than we think. Maybe she’s on the cover of Time next week! We will have our omnipresent shower thoughts and this week, alas, Tom Petty has met his maker (or has he?). In any event, we will have his “The Waiting” as our hidden gem.   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...