HLC-140 #AmnestyDon Does DACA...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for September 19, 2017 it’s the #AmnestyDon does DACA edition of the show with your hosts Todd Feinburg, Boston/Hartford axis radio talk show host and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist. This week on the show we discuss amnesty – amnesty for “Dreamers” – those poor kids who, through no fault of their own were dragged to America as children and who have known no other country but America. It would be cruel, wouldn’t it, to take out their parents’ sins on the kids? Really, we’re going to just put them on a bus or a plane and send them back to a country they hardly even know? Really? Yes, you know. This is the new Trump ideology. This is Rick Perry’s heart and Jeb Bush’s love. This is exactly what caused a major section of the Republican Party and otherwise conservative folks to abandon the GOPe. This is giving sympathy to the law breakers and forgetting the once forgotten then briefly remembered and then forgotten again American people who have borne the brunt of the illegal onslaught and who don’t feel an ounce of that sympathy. This is the kind of thing that leads to burning MAGA hats. Note: we expect gloating from the #NeverTrumpers. We can deal with it. All I can say is that our eyes were always open. We will then, just to get to a more fun place, talk about “click-bate” ads. What on earth is going on with that? Who are they targeting? How do they make money? Do you ever click through? Our shower thoughts, of course. Then our hidden gem is the Theme from Once Upon a Time in the West by Ennio Morricone. This one is...

HLC-139 You Gotta Be Blind...

  Welcome the the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for September 13, 2017, it’s the You Gotta Be Blind edition of the podcast with your hosts Todd Feinburg, Boston/Hartford radio guy and Mike Stopa, a.k.a. Mr. All-Things-Nano. This week we analyze the transmogrification of the Republican Party. Obviously there’s a big food fight going on. How did the once radical, Ayn Randist acolyte and Eddie Munster look-alike (I just threw that in) find himself all of a sudden as the face of the GOP establishment. Mitch McConnell we understand. He was made for the role. But Ryan’s self-image (surely) is as the rowdy, uncontrollable disrupter plugging Tooheys and moochers faster than you can say where is John Galt. Who exactly is the establishment? Why are they at war with Trump (aside for personality factors)? We will discuss. And then, Stevie Wonder takes about thirty seconds to transform a charity fundraiser for victims of the two recent hurricanes into a political platform. Stevie! Not you!?!? We thought he had more gravitas than that. Beyonce, on the other hand, thinks that earthquakes are caused by climate change. What one thing does Hollywood – whose denizens have everything man or woman could want –  lust for that they just can’t seem to find? We will reveal. Our shower thoughts? Mais bien sur. And  as September settles in our hidden gem this week is from the Fantasticks: Try to Remember.   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-138 You May say I’m a Dreamer...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for Septembr 5, 2017, it’s the You May Say I’m a Dreamer edition of the podcast with your hosts, Todd Feinburg, radio talk show host and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist. This week we are inclined, nay, veritably forced into the two topics of the week – (1) the end (or not the end) of DACA and (2) the end (no, no not the end!) of Western Civilization as brought to you by Kim Jong Un. Mike makes a prediction that Trump will – as planned – announce the end of DACA in six months and that Congress – in Congressional best form – will do nothing during that six months and that (maybe) DACA will end uneventfully. Of course, the only time I predict continued Congressional gridlock may turn out to be the only case where Congres actually gets something done. Todd and I each discuss what we (haters that we are) would be willing to give up in order to be willing to swallow DACA amnesty. Then, he’s back! No, he just hasn’t gone anywhere. Kim continues to strut his stuff on the world stage. As mouse plays with cat we ask: what is the “psychology of appeasement” and how do we ever get to the point of unleashing the dogs of war? We will have as usual our shower thoughts and in honor of Walter Becker we will have Steely Dan’s Razor Boy as our hidden gem.   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-137 Loving Trump’s Hate...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for August 29, 2017, it’s the Loving Trump’s Hate edition of the show, with your hosts Todd Feinburg, radio talk show host, and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist extraordinaire. This week, our special guest is Washington Examiner Writer Emily Jashinsky who will tell us about all the slimy things you ever wanted to know about the Southern Poverty Law Center, that lovely group of self-absorbed, utterly humorless social justice fanatics. Please drop us a comment on Ricochet if only to welcome Emily to her first time on the show. Next, we will talk about the things that Donald Trump hates. What really makes him angry (as opposed to the things where he thinks he is supposed to be angry)??? Yes, the media! Yes, CNN! Anything else? What makes him so engaging when he is out there punching away at the bad guys? Or do you think he is engaging? We will analyze. We will have our shower thoughts (what, did you think we’d forget or something???) and our hidden gem is a shower gem this week, B.J. Thomas’ Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head. Please go to iTunes or Stitcher or GooglePlay and give us a review. I kid you not. It really helps our sanity…which could certainly use it. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-136 The Liberal Eclipse Podcast...

Welcome to the Celestial Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for August 22, 2017 it’s the Liberal Eclipse edition of the show with your hosts Todd Feinburg, radio talk show host, and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist. This week, beneath ominous and foretelling skies we bring you ominous and foretelling tales both ancient and modern of the fates of our times. We will talk about the following Orwellian premise: how can you sort out truth from fiction when all messaging is biased? Whatever happened to unbiased journalism? Was it ever more than a myth? And then we will discuss the defection (I almost wrote another similar-sounding word there that would have been more appropriate) of one Julian Krein from (so he says) the Trump defenders over to the Bill Kristol/Jennifer Rubin/Bret Stephens/etc. etc. wing, the so-called “irrelevant wing” of the conservative movement. Krein writes: [Trump’s] refusal this weekend to specifically and immediately denounce the groups responsible for this intolerable violence [i.e. Charlottesville] was both morally disgusting and monumentally stupid. In this, Mr. Trump failed perhaps the easiest imaginable test of presidential leadership. Rather than advance a vision of national unity that he claims to represent, his indefensible equivocation can only inflame the most vicious forces of division within our country. I mean, seriously. Give.Me.A.Break. Here’s the thing. How is it possible to have come along with Trump this far only to have this utterly faux atrocity suddenly cause you to part company with him? If this is genuine – if this burst of outrage at the utterly anodyne remarks of Trump last weekend are seriously the psychological pop-goes-the-weasel that moved Mr. Krein from over here to way over there, then Mr. Krein is either absurdly susceptible to media suggestion or else he’s...