HLC-153 She’ll Do Anything for Moore...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 13, 2017, it’s the She’ll Do Anything for Moore edition of the show with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week, as we broadcast in real time the results of an election whose results are already known to all, we talk about whether the left is going to succeed by sacrificing Franken and Conyers and any and all other signs of impurity to go after Trump. Will Conyers succeed in holding his seat through nepotism? Will the people of his district in Michigan give a damn about a few pats on the ass here and there? And what of Franken? Who read him the riot act? Then we talk about more outrage over Trump from the guns of Kirsten Gillibrand. Just how calculating was K-illibrand when she denounced Bill Clinton (the very definition of throwing under the bus, no?)? Was she preparing her campaign against Trump’s supposedly egregious behavior already? Shower thoughts? Of course. And I’m Henry the Eighth by the Hermits is our hidden gem! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-152 San Francisco Dodges a Bullet...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 5, 2017 – number 152 – it’s the San Francisco Dodges a Bullet edition of the show with your hosts Hartford radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. Today we have special guest and good friend (really, she’s a friend…we have had a beer together at a restaurant and everything. I think it was twice even) Jessica Vaughan. Jessica is the Director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies and about as knowledgeable as anyone in America about immigration issues. (And, did I mention? she’s a friend). We will talk about the recent verdict in the Kate Steinle case and about illegal immigration in general. Could we shut down sanctuary city policies by systematically raiding restaurants, hotels, landscaping companies etc. in those cities and putting the owners of said companies in jail? Do that for four weeks in San Francisco and how long before the business owners in the city go over to E-Verify and a repeal of sanctuary status? Our second topic is the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to let the Trump travel ban go fully into effect. This is temporary, but suggests that the Supremes are leaning in a Trumpian way on this issue. We will have our shower thoughts (actually, only mine. Todd begs off). and our hidden gem is from rising folk star John Craigie, I am California. (you’ll love it Dick from Brooklyn!). This week also begins Mike’s blog over at Newsmax. I’ll give you a link when I get it. This week’s inaugural post: San(ctuary) Francisco Dodges a Bullet. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-151 Trump First Things...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 28, 2017 it is the “Trump First Things” edition of the podcast with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week we are very lucky to have the senior editor of First Things magazine and Emory University English Professor Mark Bauerlein as our guest for an extended discussion on dumbing down of English departments and conversations at Thanksgiving when you are the only Trumpkin and what’s wrong with Western civilization anyway and a wide array of other topics. Mark (the author, by the way of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30)) is a fascinating guy. So fascinating, in fact, that as a Trump-supporting conservative he has nevertheless been invited on to Politico and Vox and CNN. Is this guy a hypnotist or what? We will have our shower thoughts and we will have Greta van Fleet’s Black Smoke Rising as our hidden gem! Enjoy! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-150 Smelling Like a Charlie Rose...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 21, 2017 it is the “Smelling Like a Charlie Rose” edition of the podcast – *and* it is our podcast number 150! – with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. Our topics this week are, first, is Hillary a retard? Hillary lambasts Donald Trump for being a sexual predator in the White House with no apparent sense of irony. None. Even Mika Brzezinski is appalled at her lack of, er, tone??? Next we will discuss the season of sexual predators. Todd and Mike both avow that they have never sexually harassed anyone and how is everyone else getting these opportunities when they aren’t anyway, huh? The latest case in point: Charlie Rose. Is it particularly delicious that an NPR honker like Rose is being taken down in the sexual assault tsunami? Finally, Charles Manson has, at long last, passed away at the relatively old age of 83. Does his story have anything to tell us about the sixties? about mass murders in general? We will discuss. Our shower thoughts of course and our hidden gem – from the Manson era – is Jefferson Airplane’s “Comin’ Back to Me.” Enjoy! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

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...