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.

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Members have made 12 comments.

  1. Profile photo of Mike LaRoche Thatcher

    You’ve got my attention.

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    • December 12, 2016 at 6:02 pm
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  2. Profile photo of PHCheese Member

    Did I click on the Daily Caller by mistake?

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    • December 12, 2016 at 6:41 pm
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  3. Profile photo of Merrijane Member

    Look, I don’t particularly like listening to sanctimonious liberals bash men and their completely normal behavior. But honestly? I think those Carl’s Jr. commercials are just soft porn. Maybe not as gross as that stupid 50 Shades of Grey book, but still. My husband records a lots of shows to watch with our four teen boys—stuff that guys generally like—and he has to fast forward through one embarrassing commercial after another because this is the type of thing advertisers regularly use to target young men. It may not be the capital offense some people are making of it, but it’s not exactly praiseworthy, either.

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    • December 12, 2016 at 7:44 pm
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  4. Profile photo of Judge Mental Member

    I always love those commercials because of the unreality of it all. I used to live in the same building as several models, and they don’t eat cheeseburgers unless there is a camera pointed at them.

    I used to see them all the time in the little deli/store in the first floor of my building. They would be in there staring at the food, an then they would order coffee.

    (You could tell the models easily… 6 foot tall, rail thin, no makeup or hairdo, dressed like crap.)

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    • December 12, 2016 at 8:06 pm
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  5. Profile photo of rebark Member

    I’m not terribly fond of ads like the ones being discussed here because I feel like the advertiser is saying to me: “We know your animal brain likes this. Dance for us, monkey.”

    As a general rule, I find that a little bit insulting. Do you think those are the only things that hold my attention? Scantily clad women and cheeseburgers? I think I have a responsibility as an adult to try to be better than that. I mean…

    [trails off, gaze drifting back up the page to the podcast image]

    What were we talking about?

    • #5
    • December 12, 2016 at 10:44 pm
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  6. Profile photo of Vance Richards Inactive

    Mike LaRoche:You’ve got my attention.

    I haven’t actually listened to the podcast yet, but I have clicked on this post five or six times already . . . I guess I just really like cheeseburgers.

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    • December 13, 2016 at 5:23 am
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  7. Profile photo of Guruforhire Member

    So no mention about the companion commercials with hunky man-candy loudly eating weirdly small hamburgers?

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    • December 13, 2016 at 7:12 am
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  8. Profile photo of Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    Michael, your shower thought Wild Swans was terrific. I read it several years ago and then reread it after reading Jung Chang’s bio of Mao which she wrote with her husband. Both books are remarkable. Another book that you might enjoy in the same vein as Wild Swans is Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter. Also set in China during the same period as Wild Swans, it has a slightly different, though equally valid, perspective. The bio of Mao is amazing. He certainly reduces Stalin to a minor player in the world of monsters.

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    • December 13, 2016 at 8:16 am
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  9. Profile photo of Michael Stopa Podcaster

    rebark:I’m not terribly fond of ads like the ones being discussed here because I feel like the advertiser is saying to me: “We know your animal brain likes this. Dance for us, monkey.”

    As a general rule, I find that a little bit insulting. Do you think those are the only things that hold my attention? Scantily clad women and cheeseburgers? I think I have a responsibility as an adult to try to be better than that. I mean…

    [trails off, gaze drifting back up the page to the podcast image]

    What were we talking about?

    Thanks for the laugh, Rebark.

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    • December 13, 2016 at 9:24 am
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  10. Profile photo of Judge Mental Member

    The main problem with this podcast is that the player is covering up part of the picture.

    • #10
    • December 13, 2016 at 3:25 pm
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  11. Profile photo of Lady Randolph Member

    I share @merrijane ‘s distaste for these lewd commercials. Still, they’re hardly worth raising a political flap over, and I agree that the progressive left has no leg to stand on when it comes to the objectification of women.

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    • December 14, 2016 at 7:09 am
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  12. Profile photo of Fred Houstan Member

    Just because I’m a prude doesn’t mean some things can be too vulgar.

    Our society is being laid to waste through the sin of sexual license and perversion. Of course that image is eye-catching to my male brain. And yet, that’s just wrong for a married or single man to delight in this.

    • #12
    • December 14, 2016 at 11:06 am
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