Homeland Insecurity

Welcome friends and lovers to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 219. (Whoa Nellie!) It is the Homeland Insecurity edition of the show with your rock-solid hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This week, rumblings (at last) in the department of homeland security and Kirstjen Nielsen is (at last!) out, out, OUT!!! She of the Bush ideology, the foot dragging, love-those-dreamers persuasion. And now in charge (for the moment) it appears to be the Red Cross Knight Stephen Miller. Is it possible that the Trump Administration is finally going to actually get serious about the issue that won him the White House? Hope so.

Then, we discuss the Dems plan for a nationwide $15 minimum wage. Oh how jolly. I’m sure that will go over really big in Mississippi. Good luck.

Our shower thoughts are scintillating as always. And, a propos of rich getting richer and poor getting poorer we bring you as our hidden gem Blood Sweat and Tears’ rendition of God Bless the Child. Enjoy!

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There are 9 comments.

  1. Rightfromthestart Coolidge

    Brigette Nielsen was the blond bombshell for whom idiot Mark Gastineau gave up his marriage and his football career. I never found her attractive . 

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    • April 10, 2019, at 12:55 PM PDT
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  2. EtCarter Listener

    Excellent intro/abstract. Love the references, the photo, and as always: semper paratus

    HLC rules (can I get a letter-jacket from HLC?)

    Great show every week.

    Btw, if HS =USCG, than they were created to be what the Jesuits are to the pope,except the USCG *was created by a US President and the only branch explicitly answerable to the President (if what I heard at Cape May New Jersey is still true)

    *were

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    • April 10, 2019, at 1:05 PM PDT
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  3. Michael Stopa Podcaster

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Brigette Nielsen was the blond bombshell for whom idiot Mark Gastineau gave up his marriage and his football career. I never found her attractive .

    So how did she wander into Todd’s fevered imagination?!?

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    • April 10, 2019, at 2:45 PM PDT
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  4. Michael Stopa Podcaster

    EtCarter (View Comment):

    Excellent intro/abstract. Love the references, the photo, and as always: semper paratus

    HLC rules (can I get a letter-jacket from HLC?)

    Great show every week.

    Btw, if HS =USCG, than they were created to be what the Jesuits are to the pope,except the USCG was created by a US President and the only branch explicitly answerable to the President (if what I heard at Cape May New Jersey is still true)

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    Thanks Et!

    A letter jacket, huh? We have a coffee mug that is probably still for sale somewhere on ricochet!!! We’ll research it!

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    • April 10, 2019, at 2:51 PM PDT
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  5. Joe D. Lincoln

    I definitely like Todd’s statements about education.

    I don’t quite agree on how the economy is ‘humming along nicely’. The unemployment rate is low, but unless I am mistaken workforce participation rates are still low; people are still working multiple jobs when they’d rather not and not as many jobs are full time as we would like. There’s already an inflation problem – they’ve managed to push it into the things that are not mentioned and where funding is kind of hidden from the consumer – education, healthcare and assets. The fed keeps pumping asset prices with insanely low rates and ‘quantitative easing’ leading to an over-inflated stock market, and a return to over inflated housing prices. My understanding is this is causing rents to go up somewhat quickly now. If you measure inflation in the price of trucks, eggs, milk, toys, and laptops then there is no inflation… Speaking of which, I have heard we are already in a car-cession, and it seems that housing prices are too high cause it looks like we are heading into a house-cession if we are not already in one. I don’t quite understand all the arguments, but I am convinced we will ultimately need to return to some form of a gold standard to get back to some form of normalcy.

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    • April 11, 2019, at 6:54 AM PDT
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  6. colleenb Member

    Totally unimportant but wasn’t Brigitte Nielsen also married to Sly Stallone who left his wife for her. And I agree with @rightfromthestart, not worth it. But then I am a first wife so I may be just a little prejudiced.

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    • April 11, 2019, at 7:41 AM PDT
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  7. LibertyDefender Member

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Brigette Nielsen was the blond bombshell for whom idiot Mark Gastineau gave up his marriage and his football career. I never found her attractive .

    So I guess your marriage and football career thrived all the way totheenD, not just Rightfromthestart.

    Stopa, superb hidden gem. Those listeners under age 59 might not realize that Blood, Sweat & Tears’ lead singer David Clayton-Thomas was one of the greatest singers of the 20th Century. But who is Daddy Wahbacks?

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    • April 11, 2019, at 3:42 PM PDT
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  8. Bishop Wash Member

    As much as one doesn’t want to give the DNC good advice, I hope that they learn from the RNC’s debate failure. Pundits in 2016 were calling for two nights of debates with relatively balanced lineups. Split the top over the two debates and fill in with the bottom tier. Instead we got the suggestive names of adult and kids tables, indicating that the second group could be ignored. 

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    • April 13, 2019, at 5:35 AM PDT
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  9. Bishop Wash Member

    [double post]

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    • April 13, 2019, at 7:44 AM PDT
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