The Double Standard Edition

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 Heather’s Wall Street Journal article on the Google = Gulag kerfuffle. We have (of course!) our shower thoughts and our hidden gem this week is from Edith Piaf: “Milord.”

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  1. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
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    Hey, I’m having some trouble auto-downloading your podcast.  I’ve tried using Stitcher and Google Play Music.  Any idea if you can set yourselves up on one or both of those?

    (I have no idea how this stuff works, you know.)

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  2. Michael Stopa Contributor
    Michael Stopa
    @MichaelStopa

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):
    Hey, I’m having some trouble auto-downloading your podcast. I’ve tried using Stitcher and Google Play Music. Any idea if you can set yourselves up on one or both of those?

    (I have no idea how this stuff works, you know.)

    I’ll check it out. Thanks.

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  3. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
    Eugene Kriegsmann
    @EugeneKriegsmann

    The actual events surrounding the Taylor Swift incident can be found on NRO.  Like a lot of what Todd says, there is a lot more to the story than he related.  Here is the link: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450415/taylor-swift-groping-trial-lessons-title-ix-sexual-assault

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  4. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
    @SaintAugustine

    Michael Stopa (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):
    Hey, I’m having some trouble auto-downloading your podcast. I’ve tried using Stitcher and Google Play Music. Any idea if you can set yourselves up on one or both of those?

    (I have no idea how this stuff works, you know.)

    I’ll check it out. Thanks.

    Thank you!

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  5. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
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    The  press thinks they’ve found the Katrina they’ve been looking for to destroy Trump the way they did Bush , basically nothing he did would have been right or enough. Like Katrina, this is a riot on the part of the press. My question is , is it working? Or is the public fed up and reacting the way we are, that this is all press created nonsense, that anything Trump did was going to be condemned. All the Trump supporters I know are angry at what they rightly see as an unprecedented all out artillery barrage on Trump for 7 months non stop. Are the uncommitted people in the middle who see this getting angry at Trump or at the press?

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  6. Ken in CT Inactive
    Ken in CT
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    The radical right protestors are not on “our team”. We should be dismissing them as just as bad as the radical left protestors (the so-called “antifa”). No one, liberal or conservative support Nazis. Timothy McVeigh was not a conservative. He was an extreme right-wing nutcase. McVeigh was attacking the U.S. Government when he blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Both the extreme left-wing and right-wing promote violence! President Trump was right to say there was blame on both sides.

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  7. Michael Stopa Contributor
    Michael Stopa
    @MichaelStopa

    Ken in CT (View Comment):
    The radical right protestors are not on “our team”. We should be dismissing them as just as bad as the radical left protestors (the so-called “antifa”). No one, liberal or conservative support Nazis. Timothy McVeigh was not a conservative. He was an extreme right-wing nutcase. McVeigh was attacking the U.S. Government when he blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Both the extreme left-wing and right-wing promote violence! President Trump was right to say there was blame on both sides.

    I guess “our team” was an unfortunate shorthand. I meant that if you divide the world (or the U.S.) down the middle ideologically, like it or not, the extreme right are on the right.

    But to your point, it is worth pointing out again and again that fascism (in the service of any principles) is closer to communism than to a small government, market-oriented society.

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  8. Wolverine Inactive
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    Is it me or does Todd’s voice sound exactly like his ideological opposite Alan Colmes?

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  9. Michael Stopa Contributor
    Michael Stopa
    @MichaelStopa

    Wolverine (View Comment):
    Is it me or does Todd’s voice sound exactly like his ideological opposite Alan Colmes?

    I’m sure Todd will be happy to hear that.

    I can hear it.

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  10. Curt North Inactive
    Curt North
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    Great podcast, H-Mac is always a good guest – well spoken and really knows her stuff.  And a big welcome back to Todd, I used to think he bullied Mike a bit, but now I realize he is a good balance to Mike.  Todd and Mike together somehow merge into an interrupting mass of symbiotic inter-dependent hosts, it’s now difficult to imagine hearing one without the other.  Is that a good or bad thing?

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  11. angelasg Inactive
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    Thank you for this balanced and reasoned podcast.

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  12. Michael Stopa Contributor
    Michael Stopa
    @MichaelStopa

    Curt North (View Comment):
    Great podcast, H-Mac is always a good guest – well spoken and really knows her stuff. And a big welcome back to Todd, I used to think he bullied Mike a bit, but now I realize he is a good balance to Mike. Todd and Mike together somehow merge into an interrupting mass of symbiotic inter-dependent hosts, it’s now difficult to imagine hearing one without the other. Is that a good or bad thing?

    We were surgically separated at birth. Some say it was a mistake.

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  13. Mike LaRoche Inactive
    Mike LaRoche
    @MikeLaRoche

    Great episode!

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