HLC-135 The Double Standard Podcast...

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for August 15, 2017 it’s the Double Standard edition of the show with your hosts, radio talk show host Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week our guest is our friend Heather Mac Donald who joins us from the arid environs of Southern Cal and comforts us by confiding that she is no longer piloting an automated vehicle on the suicidal freeways of the south-left coast. Stay safe, Heather! We discuss the situation in Charlottesville and the resulting debris spreading outward across the country – not least of all to the White House and the President. Here is, I would say, the kind of cognitive dissonance that the left lives with every day when an internal contradiction in their worldview rears its ugly head. A hopefully psychopathic cretin associated with the White Supremacist movement takes his car and – tearing a book from the ISIS playbook – rams it into a crowd of peaceful protesters killing one and injuring many others. Save me, for a moment, the equivocations. This murderer is, or thinks he is, one of us. Consequently, he besmirches all of us. Every movement, every identity group has, among its members, the forlorn souls who compensate for their vanishing self-esteem by their pride in membership in the group. And they are the most dangerous and pathetic. The only *constructive* thing you can say is, if you are on the right and you see someone like that who might do something like James Alex Fields did Saturday, grab ’em and hold ’em until the guys with the nets can get there. Ok. Enough catharsis. Our conversation with Heather and Todd goes far beyond the pathos. We talk about...

HLC-134 The Vive La Difference Podcast...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for August 11, 2017 it’s the Vive La Difference edition of the podcast with your hosts, nanoscientist Mike Stopa, and, would you believe it? co-host and Smart Girl Extraordinaire Teri Christoph! But then, where’s Todd??? Wish we knew. He is off on a soul-finding three month journey of non-stop silence in the Peruvian jungle, on a diet of roasted banana peels and tropical bird sushi. We expect him back next week. In the meantime, Mike and Teri get to bubble our way through topics ludicrous and absurd for your listening pleasure. Look, the vibe is a little different than usual. I, for one, had a fabulous time. But ok, Todd is coming back and we hope you will all write in and say how much you miss him! Teri and I will discuss the Google -> Goolog memo of James Damore. Can’t *anyone* insult *anyone* anymore? What happened to the days that we all laughed at 1. Italians, 2. Irish, 3. fat girls, 4. Helen Keller? How about we start a new rash of dead baby jokes? At your computer now? Leave us your favorite dead baby joke, okay? Then, back to nuclear armageddon.  Ugh. Teri livens things up with a fashion report on Mrs. Pork fu Kim. Move over Melania! Seriously, we have some interesting suggestions for our President. We will have (you thought we *wouldn’t*?!?!?) our shower thoughts and our hidden gem for the week is from Blood, Sweat and Tears, the album “Blood Sweat and Tears 3” and the cut “Hi-De-Ho.” Enjoy! And while you are here at the end, please go to our webpage and drop us a few bucks to let us know that you love...

HLC-133 Scaramucci Does the Fandango...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for August 1, 2017 it’s the Summer’s Almost Ov…. oops, I mean it’s the Scaramucci Does the Fandango edition of the podcast with your hosts Todd Feinburg and Mike Stopa. Our topics today range from absurdity to armageddon, from Springtime for Kelly to Nuclear Winter for Kim. First, the Mooch is out after 11 days. Twitter is in riotous full bloom as a result. Here is just a taste: Retweeted Hippo (@InternetHippo): Mooch vs Reince pic.twitter.com/0jaJD8CELe https://t.co/oKbPMh4QY7 — Aaron Matocha (@KP4evr) August 1, 2017 We will talk about the yuk-yuks and also the serious aspects of what happens next in the White House harlequinade. Next, the obvious news for the past six months is the obvious news today: does anyone else out there think that we are on a course to bomb North Korea in the next, oh, six months or so if not sooner? Is there a non-military solution or are we in a “Peace in our time” moment in history again? We will analyze. We will, of course, have our shower thoughts and our hidden gem for the week is a soulful little piece by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa called Your Heart is as Black as Night. Ciao! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-132 The Smart Girl goes to Harvard edition...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for July 25, 2017 it’s the Smart Girl Goes to Harvard edition of the podcast with our special (smart) guest CO-HOST (first time ever!) Teri Christoph of Smart Girl Politics Podcast fame. It’s kind of like a podcast version of a junior high school dance. We’re all a little bit clumsy and awkward, but the (political) hormones are thick in the air! We had a great time. As for Teri maybe she didn’t, like, listen to our show before agreeing to join us. But it all turns out for the best in the end. We talk about whether the Trump Administration has now and forever gone over to Democrat Party control with the Russian battle being fought with the tenacity of Stalingrad. Can they keep sandbaggin forever? Does the whole perpetual scandal/outrage have any real effect on (a) the process of policy in D.C. and (b) the perspective on the Trump Administration in the heartland? We will discuss. Then, we will discuss subscription boxes. Is anyone out there trying to piece together in their mind what a “subscription box” might be, as I was when I first heard the term? For the most part I don’t regret being on the outside of the culture looking in. But I’d rather at least be looking in from someplace closer than, oh, Andromeda. But Teri will fill us in on subscription boxes (I actually first learned about them from her recent podcast on the issue) and the, OMG, youtube videos of people opening subscription boxes and showing us what they like and don’t like. For us here at HLC it is a bit of a gender bender. But now we’re sold. We will have three (count ’em, three) shower thoughts and...

HLC-131 The Obvious Topics podcast...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for July 18, it’s the abbreviated “Obvious Topics” edition of the show with your humble hosts (well, one of them is humble anyway) Todd Feinburg and Mike Stopa. This week things seem to have calmed down just a little. The media has their “smoking gun” of Russian collusion and Nancy Pelosi has her dreams of eternal Obamacare come true. Our only problem is that we brrrxxxxt ssss hav… mmmzzzsss tr—bl  with the bukabukabuka transmission fro vvvvvvzzz the Land of the Rising Sun. So it’s a shorter show than usual this week. We will be back next week with special guest host (three’s company!) Teri Christoph of Smart Girls fame! Looking forward to that! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-130 The Long Never Trump edition...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast for July 11, 2017 it’s the Long Never Trump edition of the podcast with our special guest Rob Long (or as we call him at Ricochet, The Big Cheese)! As the followers of this podcast know, we are (often enthusiastic) supporters of the President and have been since before the Republican primaries began. We recognize the strange aspects of his personality and the absurdity of some of his PR, but we don’t think that particularly undermines the policies of the administration. So obviously we stick out a little in these conservative meadows. From our point of view the NeverTrump movement has therefore been misguided at best and pathological at worst. So Rob, who is in a unique, obsessively pondering position, is the perfect guest to help us get to the bottom of what is going on here. Hope you love the interview as much as we enjoyed doing it! We will have our shower thoughts as usual, and our hidden gem for the week is a song by Red River Dave McEnery from 1939: Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight, performed by Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...