HLC-104 This is What the Trump Trap Looks Like...

The long-awaited Ricochet Harvard Lunch Club mug is here! Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 1, 2017, it’s the This is What the Trump Trap Looks Like  edition of the podcast. We are brought to you this week by Patriot Mobile. Do you want a portion of every dollar you pay for mobile phone service to go to left wing causes? That may be happening, but there is an answer: Patriot Mobile. And we are also brought to you by SimpliSafe. Protect your home the smart way without the expensive long-term contracts using Simply Safe home security. Visit Simply Safe-dot-com-slash-RICOCHET. That’s spelled S-I-M-P-L-I-S-A-F-E dot com slash Ricochet. Well *that* was a blitz of a week! Podcasters beware! Want to maintain freshness and relevance in the age of Trump? Record your podcast tomorrow and then post it yesterday. The only way. This week we talk about the long-awaited Muslim ban…only it’s not. Do the Democrats really believe that the dowdy, moms and pops in flyover country (read: Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania…boy I just Love writing out those state names!), do they believe that those leftover people are going to race to the parapets to defend the God-given rights of Yemenis and Somalians to come to the United States?! #SomaliLivesMatter? Honestly? Also, here’s a big question. The left says that all Trump is doing is recruiting more ISIS fighters. I mean, they *all* say that. (Google “Trump ISIS recruit” if you don’t believe me). Does that make sense? If it is true that what Trump is doing is used successfully to recruit more fanatics (and it might be) then is that a reason to stop doing it? We interrupt 24/7 Trump (we are getting weary) to...

HLC-103 Carnage? What Carnage?...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 24, 2017, it’s the Carnage? What Carnage edition of the podcast. We are brought to you this week by Patriot Mobile. Do you want a portion of every dollar you pay for mobile phone service to go to left wing causes? That may be happening, but there is an answer: Patriot Mobile. This week we will discuss the dystopian, gloomy perspective that President Trump (wow! That felt good!) has of the current American experience as exemplified in his inauguration speech. Why does the media insist on hammering Trump for pointing out the “carnage” in the streets? As Heather Mac Donald points out in a recent National Review piece, if 16 unarmed Blacks killed by police in 2016 is a horror story, why isn’t 6000 Blacks murdered (in 2015) by fellow citizens not appropriately described as carnage? We’ll talk about Trump’s most recent size obsession over the size of his inauguration crowd. So, we are coming to understand that Trump does not have a serviceable reverse gear. We recall all our #NeverTrump friends who have told us over the last year that if Trump becomes president disaster would ensue. We discuss what form that disaster might assume. Next, we welcome the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton University, Dr. Will Happer to the podcast as part of our continuing attempt to counter the hysterical global warming narrative that continues to hold the world in its grip. Dr. Happer is one of the 16 signatories of a renowned letter to the Wall Street Journal entitled “No Need to Panic About Global Warming.” He discusses plants and carbon dioxide and computer models and similar great topics with us. We will...

HLC-102 Scott Adams is a Really Smart Guy...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 18, 2017, it’s the Scott (Dilbert) Adams is a Real Smart Guy edition of the podcast brought to you by ZipRecruiter and SimpliSafe. This week we have the pleasure of conversing with cartoonist and hypnotist and author and Trump supporter Scott Adams. Did you know that Adams “predicted” the election of Donald Trump 26 years ago (or his elevation to Godhood anyway, see above strip from Valentine’s Day 1990) through Dogbert and then really predicted his election in 2015? Adams realized, through his grasp of techniques of persuasion, that Trump was up to something remarkable and powerful early on. We also talk to Scott about his ideas about immortality and global warming and a variety of other cool stuff. In the future look for the adaptation of the Harvard Lunch Club calendar to WhenHub – Adams’ most recent start-up: a timeline organizing software. Next, we discuss the mob of GOP foreign policy experts (e.g. Michael Chertoff, Tom Ridge and Robert Zoellick etc.) who, both during the primaries and later after Trump had won the nomination, signed #NeverTrump letters of unusual vitriol saying that they would oppose – until the doors of hell themselves opened on earth and the legions of Beelzebub belched forth – the stain that is Donald Trump. Well, turns out that Team Trump has not been making any job-offer type calls to those chaps who wrote their names on those billet-doux. But they (the mob) have tried to make it clear that – out of a sense of patriotic duty – they are willing to extend their expertise to help the new administration of Mr., er, Mr. President Donald Trump…should he ask. Because they feel like...

HLC-101 Hollywood Hell

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 10, 2017, it’s the Hollywood Hell edition of the podcast – number 101 – brought to you by ZipRecruiter and Simplisafe. It’s hard to get past Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe slam of Donald Trump. That is one hurtin’ woman. Put Hollywood together with academia, Wall Street and Silicon Valley (just check this out!), shake, and try to strain out a single Trump supporter. Good luck!  Mike posits that Hollywood celebrities and university physicists have some salient points in common. Next, Jorge Ramos and Univision lead the Latino charge of the light brigade. Where are los secuaces (the minions)? Could it be that some American Hispanics don’t think that amnesty for lawbreakers is a good idea no matter what color their skin is? Finally: to repeal or not to repeal? To repeal now or later, or to replace now and repeal later? Rand Paul is a doctor. What does he think? As usual, we’ll have our shower thoughts (only one this time) and our hidden gem for the week is Ray Bolger and Judy Garland performing “If I only had a brain.” If you like our podcast, please drop us a tip here. Find us online at HarvardLunchClub.com and on twitter @HLCpodcast; also on facebook look for Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast; and at iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. And visit our sponsors, including ZipRecruiter.com: Is your business giving you endless headaches because you can’t seem to find the qualified candidates who are right for the jobs you have to offer? With ziprecruiter, find candidates in any city or industry, nationwide. Just post once and watch your qualified candidates roll in to ziprecruiter’s easy to use interface. And...

HLC-100 Back to Camelot

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 2, 2017, this is, my god I can’t believe it, our century mark podcast. Yep, podcast number 100! And as grandiose as that is, we have an equally grandiose theme, it’s the Back to Camelot edition of the podcast, brought to you by ZipRecruiter. If your business is giving you headaches because you can’t find the right candidates for the wonderful jobs you have to offer, take a look at ziprecruiter.com. You can find us online at HarvardLunchClub.com and on twitter where our handle is @HLCpodcast; we are also on facebook, look for Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast. And of course we are here every week on Ricochet – the groovy center right clubhouse for intelligent talk and interesting perspectives. This week, our three topics are “Jackie,” the new movie (in theaters now) starring Natalie Portman and directed by Pablo Larrain. Was Jackie’s obsession with sculpting the JFK legacy by stuffing his funeral with fluff and pageantry the ironically appropriate obsession to commemorate a presidency which was (was it not?) characterized more by pageantry than any particular accomplishments? What was Camelot really about, eh? And we’ll talk about the Obama Administration’s last minute stiff arm to Netanyahu and Israel by allowing the UN scolding to become international law (rather than vetoing it as we have done for similar things in the past). So now the Wailing Wall is officially “occupied territory.” What is the UN for, anyway? Is it only for having a bunch of despotic Israel-hating regimes pass endless resolutions only to be vetoed by the US? Is there anything constructive that we can get from it? Finally, gender-neutral baby names – who doesn’t love them? Why saddle...

HLC-099 Did 2016 Rock or What?...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for December 27, 2016 it’s the “Was 2016 Awesome or What?” edition. This is episode number 99 of the HLC Podcast, one short of a century, and our final podcast for the phenomenal year of 2016. Everybody loves a year in review article or story before New Year’s and since this is our last episode for 2016 we each offer three topics that have seized our imagination, thwarted our tightly held assumptions or tickled our funny-bones. Well, what were those you ask? You’ll just have to listen to find out. There are people (and others) who exited the stage in 2016 – de rigueur for year-end reviews. There were political upheavals and embarrassing scandals in 2016. There were movements and fallouts in 2016. But we’ll tell you one thing, we try for once to lighten up on the Trump, Trump, Trump marching feet of 2016 theme. So cautious to the sensational, eschewing the jejune, here are our thoughts on what made 2016 a Yuuuuge year. We will have our shower thoughts as always. And our hidden gem this week is by Bonnie Raitt, Women Be Wise (Don’t Advertise Your Man). The HLC podcast is brought to you by Donors Trust: It’s nearly the end of the year, that time when almost one third of all charitable giving occurs. Do you want to make sure your charitable giving gets done easily AND in alignment with your values? Check out donorstrust.org/ricochet and find out how. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

HLC-098 Electoral College Podcast...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 20, 2016, it’s the Electoral College Edition of the podcast…hosted by nanophysicist Mike Stopa and radio talk host Todd Feinburg! We’re excited because we talk with the noted climatologist and courageous skeptic Judith Curry about the details – we’re talking details here – of the climate alarmist argument, and why most of the argument about global warming is rigged. The HLC podcast is brought to you by Donors Trust, by Patriot Mobile and by our friends at SimpliSafe. We started with the idea that we would bring you three (fascinating) topics. But the interview with Professor Curry of Georgia Tech was so engrossing that we whittled the other stuff down. So we will talk about (1) the electoral college, Donald Trump’s win (again) and whether democracy would be better served by having any old 50.00001% of the people making the choice. What are these “state” things all about anyway!?! And then (2) on to our discussion with Judy Curry. There are few more courageous climate scientists around and about these days than Dr. Curry. Her specialty is the exchange of heat between different components of the climate system, in particular between the ocean and the atmosphere. She talks about the dichotomy between those who believe that external forcings like CO2 and solar radiance dominate the temperature, on the one hand, or whether internal dynamics are dominant and external forcings less relevant on the other hand. As I say, we do some real nuts and bolts here, so hold onto your hats. We will have our shower thoughts as always. And our hidden gem this week is a little Christmas music from Africa (though not reggae): The Little Drummer Boy....

HLC-097 Bikini Burger Babes...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for December 13, 2016 it’s the Bikini Burger Babes edition of the podcast brought to you by SimpliSafe, DonorsTrust and Patriot Mobile. Today we will talk about Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants and the mind behind the Hardees advertising campaign that puts fat, juicy hamburgers in the hands and mouths of scantily-clad, blue-hot, All American girls (see image). Why does the left view gorgeous women in bikinis as outrageous but Lena Dunham in a bikini as “empowering?” And who, by the way, really believes that raising the minimum wage is a smart idea that will help, for example, unemployed people? Andy Puzder doesn’t! We’ll also discuss Pizzagate: is the Comet Ping Pong Restaurant in Washington D.C. really involved in an international child sex ring with the complicity of major Democratic figures including Bill and Hillary Clinton? Seems unlikely…and we advise against going to “self-investigate.” Let the authorities handle it, okay? Finally, Harry Zieve Cohen writes in this week’s edition of American Interest that Donald Trump can use his infrastructure plan to build a powerful political machine while not simply flushing a trillion dollars down a rat hole. We will discuss. As always, we will have our shower thoughts and our hidden gem for this week comes to you from Pearl Jam: Wishlist. The HLC podcast is also brought to you by SimpliSafe: Protect your home the smart way without the expensive long-term contracts using Simply Safe home security. Visit Simply Safe-dot-com-slash-RICOCHET. That’s spelled S-I-M-P-L-I-S-A-F-E dot com slash Ricochet. And the HLC podcast is also brought to you by Donors Trust: It’s nearly the end of the year, that time when almost one third of all charitable...