Big Lies for the Straight Guys

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Political Podcast for August 21, 2018, (number 188!!!) it’s the Big Lies for the Straight Guys edition of the show with your (trust me) straight hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This week we talk about a horrific tweet (why wasn’t he banned for this?!?!) by Jonathan van Ness of Queer Eye fame where he said (can I even repeat this on Ricochet? what about the CoC?) that “not all Republicans are racist.” And as if that wasn’t enough, he said “we gotta remember we are all in this together.” My God! What was he thinking? What kind of DINO is he trying to be?

Naturally, the true brethren of the left gave him several earsful on twitter.

Then, the Mueller investigation blasts ahead and this time it is Don McGahn, the White House counsel, who is in the spotlight. What did he say in trying to cooperate with Mueller? Who’s side is he on? My goodness will this harlequinade ever end?

Our shower thoughts? You’ve waited. You will be rewarded.

And this week’s hidden gem from that most California of all bands, the Beach Boys: Heroes and Villains. Enjoy!

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  1. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    Feinburg found a point and missed the offramp re: investigations, etc.

    They don’t have to worry about the appearance of impropriety or bias, because the media will explain it away or they will “fact check” it, or the impropriety will merely be pushed under the rug and not reported.

    Obama supporters today on my social media literally are saying “I miss having a President who wasn’t corrupt and was scandal free”

    The IRS scandal, for example: they flooded with stats that “oh look, Left wing groups were also investigated” or it was just some rogue agent in Cincinnati or it wasn’t that big of a deal etc.

    James Rosen: Fox is unfair to this President, so they’re just fighting back against mistreatment

    Fast and Furious the problem was the bureaucracy lost track of the guns not that the guns were being slow walked, or that Obama was trying to create tragedy for purposes of stricter domestic gun laws, etc.

    The whole point is they scream when they don’t control the levers of power to decide who gets to flourish and who doesn’t. You overregulate to the point where no one can do anything unless they pledge full fealty and you then use same levers to go after your enemies while letting your friends slide. Which brings me to the endgame of this Mueller investigation. If you nail enough Trump subordinates with technical crimes, you create the appearance of impropriety, and if you have the appearance of impropriety, you have to investigate, and even if James Comey was illegally leaking to the New York Times, if you fire the guy who is investigating your impropriety, well, then technically it’s obstruction.

    Then the report will have some vague leagalese like “Even though Trump personally is clear of personal wrongdoing, there is an appearance of an abuse of power in regards to the investigations into his administration”…and Maxine and company run with it.

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    • August 22, 2018, at 9:21 AM PDT
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  2. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Enjoyed the podcast as usual until the end. No, not the Beach Boys – loved that. Mr. Stopa why are you sending your child to a Catholic school? You are beyond not a believer and I think any child would find it hard to be going to Catholic school while having a parent who is so anti-Catholic. I appreciate that you recognized in the Mass (in a very shallow way) the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ and your Latin is still excellent. Surely there is a secular or classical academy you could send him (I think it was a son) to rather than a Catholic school. Seems like what you are believing and thinking at home will be in great conflict with what is going on at school. Unless the school is Catholic lite and, again, why bother?

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    • August 22, 2018, at 11:42 AM PDT
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  3. Michael Stopa Contributor

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Enjoyed the podcast as usual until the end. No, not the Beach Boys – loved that. Mr. Stopa why are you sending your child to a Catholic school? You are beyond not a believer and I think any child would find it hard to be going to Catholic school while having a parent who is so anti-Catholic. I appreciate that you recognized in the Mass (in a very shallow way) the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ and your Latin is still excellent. Surely there is a secular or classical academy you could send him (I think it was a son) to rather than a Catholic school. Seems like what you are believing and thinking at home will be in great conflict with what is going on at school. Unless the school is Catholic lite and, again, why bother?

    Very thoughtful, Colleen, thanks.

    All four of my kids went to a Catholic school for a year when we were transitioning back into the US from Japan in 2004-5 (I guess my son was still in pre-school). Now, the school in question (Serra) has a lot of good attributes such as a great sports program and relatively low cost…as well as fine academics. Surely I would have preferred a secular school with those characteristics and price were it available, but it wasn’t. And I respect people who are Catholic even if I don’t agree with them.

    By analogy, I sent one of my daughters to Oberlin and *they* believe things far crazier than what Catholics believe there.

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    • August 22, 2018, at 3:51 PM PDT
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  4. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Thanks for the reply Mr. Stopa (my first reply from a podcaster – I know there was a reason I listened to you guys). I just worry about the hypocrisy and how that will play out over the years – ‘I sent you to a Catholic school but Catholics are all idiots’ or something. Anyway, I’m so glad your daughter made it through Oberlin and presumably came out sane. 

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    • August 23, 2018, at 7:57 AM PDT
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  5. Saint Augustine Member

    What you folks said matters does matter. But it also matters whether the Eucharist is poppycock.

    You might well find something in my theology you think is poppycock, but you won’t find it here. I think the ritual is symbolic of the substitutionary atonement. The bread does not literally become the body of Christ.

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    • August 23, 2018, at 3:52 PM PDT
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