HLC-119 The Hate Party

Want to help the HLC podcast continue to prosper and grow? Please take just a minute to go to iTunes and give us 5 stars! Don’t know how? It’s easy: directions here. Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 17, 2017 it’s “The Hate Party” edition of the podcast, brought to you by ZipRecruiter and the Great Courses Plus. This week, our topics are, first, the all-out assault on Trump, latest installment: Trump talks to Russians about sensitive topics that involve classified information and (my God!) the mainstream media goes nuts! Next, in our second topic, we will talk about haters…as in Republicans. You know, of course, that they call us “haters” all the time. An interesting oped by former G.H.W. Bush treasury dweeb Bruce Bartlett describes (on the eve of Donald Trump’s official nomination as the Republican Party candidate, July 21, 2016) how the Republican Party is now nothing more than the party of hate. We will discuss hate. Do we hate? Do I hate? If so, who? And what does that mean? Of course, everybody hates somebody, sometime. Is hatred all it’s cracked up to be? We will have, as always, our shower thoughts. We will talk, this week, about daydreams. Finally, of course, our hidden gem this week is by the Monkees: The Last Train to Clarksville. Follow us on line at HarvardLunchClub.com and on twitter @HLCpodcast. And please, go to iTunes and give us that big, fat, juicy five stars.general donations Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

HLC-118 Profiles in Leftism...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 9, 2017, it’s the Profiles in Leftism edition of the show brought to you by ZipRecruiter and SimpliSafe. This week the GOP is celebrating the passage, through one house of Congress, a repeal, only not really a repeal of the People’s Healthcare bill, AKA: ACA, AKA Obamacare. (Just an aside, but why is the conservative press trying to run away from the rumor that our Representatives drank beer after the victory? Isn’t that a good thing? Beer?). Anyway, every liberal in America with a megaphone is screaming bloody murder. And even some conservatives are screaming that socialized medicine is now cast in concrete. I mean, lighten up folks. We take issue, however, with one Poli. Sci. Professor from Duke who somehow got the august editors of The Hill to publish one of the most shallow (and at the same time pompous) diatribes on any subject I have ever read in my life. I really do recommend you read it and comment on it on Ricochet (if you *are* haha, a *member*). Next, we will discuss the Magnificent One’s most recent trinket being added to his collection, namely, the Profiles in Courage award from the J.F. Kennedy Presidential Library. It was a sickening lovefest but, thinks I, it is good to see the old Barackster back in the spotlight. It will be fun tracking the progress of that smug demeanor as his legacy turns to dust. Add to that, no one can suck the air out of the room like the O-man. No one can suck the air out of a political party like the Prez. So I say: let him suck. We will, of course, have our shower thoughts...

HLC-117 Hillary’s Excuses...

Check out the new Harvard Lunch Club Hidden Gem playlist on Spotify! Want to help the HLC podcast continue to prosper and grow? Please take just a minute to go to iTunes and give us 5 stars! Don’t know how? It’s easy: directions here. We thank you! (and please hit our tip jar, here…ty bb, xoxo.  Two dollars a show – that’s all we ask). Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 3, 2017 – *we’re LATE* – it’s the Hillary’s Excuses edition of the podcast. Ok, so, we would not gratuitously indulge in Hillary-dumping if Hillary, y’know, went AWAY. But Hillary WON’T go AWAY! So while she goes onto the tube to make excuses we at HLC podcast are here to enjoy the Hillary reprisal. The point is this. It’s not explanation we’re talking about. It is not political analysis of where the votes were or were not. These are all valid ideas. But these are not things that Hillary should be discussing. It is not DIGNIFIED! Let someone else make the excuses Hill! We will also discuss a recent survey of Yale undergraduate students on bias and shaming and political correctness at the BullDog College. Can it be that 88% of the students think that the faculty leans left?!? Are they that perspicacious? We will have, as always, our shower thoughts. We will have Skeeter Davis’ The End of the World for our hidden gem (sure you’ll love that D from B!). Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

HLC-116 One Hundred Days Don’t Matter...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for April 26, 2017 it’s the One Hundred Days Don’t Matter edition of the podcast. We are brought to you this week by Casper mattresses: with over twenty thousand reviews with over 4.8 out of 5 stars, it is quickly becoming the internet’s favorite mattress. This week our special guest is the inimitable, lovely and perspicacious Mollie Hemingway. Mollie takes time out of her very busy schedule as the latest and greatest Fox News contributor to join us to talk about Susan rice and underpants gnomes and why Hillary Clinton’s team didn’t see disaster coming from a long way out. Next, Todd and I will discuss the courageous smackdown (at least I am sure that Judge William H. Orrick thinks of it that way) of a California judge of the President’s executive order to suspend federal grants to cities that don’t obey the immigration laws – i.e. sanctuary cities. We will have our shower thoughts as usual and our hidden gem this week is indeed hidden and indeed a gem: Vera Lynn’s classic rendition of “We’ll Meet Again.” The HLC Podcast is brought to you by Casper Mattresses: Can you honestly justify buying a mattress in a store when you’ve got about fifteen seconds to see how it feels? You spend a third of your life on that thing! With Casper, you can try it for 100 days before you decide. And honestly, it’ll take you just one night of superior sleep to make up your mind. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

HLC-115 Trump and Kim’s Yuuge Bad Hair Day...

Check out the new Harvard Lunch Club Hidden Gem playlist on Spotify! Want to help the HLC podcast continue to prosper and grow? Please take just a minute to go to iTunes and give us 5 stars! Don’t know how? It’s easy: directions here. We thank you! (and please hit our tip jar, here…ty bb, xoxo). Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for April 18, 2017 (that fateful day and year!) it’s the Trump and Kim’s Yuuge Bad Hair Day edition of the podcast sponsored by SimpliSafe, protect your home the smart, inexpensive, wireless way with SimpliSafe, and by Harry’s shave. Been thinking about it? Want to change your life for the better? Go to Harrys.com and don’t forget to enter the promo code Harvard! When bad hair days are a way of life, you’ve just got to move forward with more substantial things and honestly, I don’t know about you, but when I think substantial, I think nuclear war substantial. Let the megatons fly, says I. This may not be so funny (may seriously impact our download numbers in the peninsula) if Seoul gets vaporized sometime soon. But the truth is, what Trump is doing now should have been done fifteen years ago. Patience as a strategy has been stinkingly ineffective until now, wouldn’t you say? What makes us think something lucky is going to happen? And, we examine – in, according to Todd, cumbersome and excruciating detail – and we see the veritable Phoenix Trump rising from the ashes. What do these polls mean? One clear factor is the “politics ends at the water’s edge” phenomenon. The news has been mostly foreign policy lately and any President does well in the polls when they are...

HLC-114 Say Kendall Please...

We forgot to mention, but certainly should have, that there are hundreds of actors in this two and a half minute video and only about three of them are so brazen and uncool as to be white. Not least of which is the star, Kendall Jenner. Which certainly is a slap in the face to the expectations of the Democratic voters who star in the thing and for whom it was made. After all, haven’t they been promised a world in which white people have been eliminated? Check out the new Harvard Lunch Club Hidden Gem playlist on Spotify! Want to help the HLC podcast continue to prosper and grow? Please take just a minute to go to iTunes and give us 5 stars! Don’t know how? It’s easy: directions here. We thank you! (and please hit our tip jar, here…ty bb). Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for April 11, 2017, it’s the Say Kendall Please edition of the podcast, brought to you this week by ZipRecruiter: Business confidence is back, employers are hiring again. And more and more businesses are recruiting their best employees the smart way, with ZipRecruiter dot com. This week we bring you, with taste and delicacy, Kendall. Blonde Kendall, brunette Kendall, professional Kendall, activist Kendall, Kendall consort to the fuzz…we don’t know and we don’t care. Pepsi decided to stiff her and we are there to catch her on the bounce. Did you *see* the Kendall Jenner Pepsi commercial? All of the great things of the free market – appeal to youth and sex, colorful product placement, appropriating sacred social relevance for profit – are there and then some. Alas, Pepsi heard from the school librarians of the #BlackLivesMatter movement who, er,...

HLC-113 The Ripping Families Apart Podcast...

Want to help the HLC podcast continue to prosper and grow? Please take just a minute to go to iTunes and give us 5 stars! Don’t know how? It’s easy: directions here. We thank you! Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for April 4, 2017, it’s the Ripping Families Apart Podcast, brought to you this week by SimpliSafe. Start protecting your home the smart way using the award winning system that is revolutionizing the industry by going to SimpliSafe.com. And we are brought to you by Harry’s. I use it. I love it. Nuff said? This week, there’s a bombing in Saint Pete, we’re about to nuke Jong Un, there’s a Senate filibuster that’s about to change the tune (there’s a Scout Troup short a child, Kruschev’s due at Idelwild…). Etc. but *we* gentle listeners, are going to talk about panic…as in panic attack…as in the L.A. Times has this time really lost it. And the left can’t take it anymore. Talk to your liberal friends – or find some liberals to befriend and talk to them. They *believe* that Trump is on the threshold of impeachment. Trump’s tweets prove it. It is fascinating and fun to watch the meltdown. (What is a meltdown called when it is pereptual?). Then, speaking of fun, Susan Rice is in deep, deep poo-poo: Susan, looks like I am losin’ I’m losin’ my mind (losin’ my mind) I’m wastin’ my time Susan do you have to be confusin’ I ask myself why you’re sayin’ goodbye Hot off the wires, blogger Mike Cernovich has uncovered the culprit who rounded up incidental intelligence on the Trump campaign (since July) and spread it around the Obama Administration for all to see. It might not...

HLC-112 Former President Trump...

  Please hit the tip jar! And please give us 5 stars on iTunes! Don’t know how? It’s easy: directions here. Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for March 28, 2017, it’s the Former President Trump edition of the show. Brought to you this week by Casper Mattresses. This week we will discuss the President that was, Donald J. Trump. It’s over the party’s over. The Trumptanic has collided with the Obamacareberg and is summarily taking on water…wait!…she’s going down! Oh, nooooo! Or maybe that is a little too melodramatic. Well, on last week’s podcast, Todd said that Paul Ryan’s healthcare plan was too big and ugly and would surely result in a legislative defeat followed by a change of direction for S.S. Trump. Whereas, I predicted that it (the legislation) would be hammered into some acceptable shape and passed. Gulp. He was right. We discuss whether this implies permanent legislative gridlock (so what *else* is new?) and if so, are we any worse off than we were with legislative gridlock and President Obama? Next, we will talk about Todd’s musical hero, Johnny Rotten (a.k.a. John Lydon) one of the early, conspicuous members of the Sex Pistols, who yesterday in an interview with Britain’s ITV said that he was in favor of Brexit (the working class had spoken) and that he could see being friends with Donald Trump, because of Trump’s ability to terrify politicians. We will discuss iconoclasticism and the arts. Who are the leaders and who are the followers? Is Donald Trump the punk rock of the 21st century? We will have our shower thoughts as usual and this week’s hidden gem is the Sex Pistol’s cover of My Way. If, for some unfathomable reason...