Judge da Buddha

Welcome HLC listeners, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Muslims and ye of no faith at all! Welcome indeed to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 220, yes you heard right. That’s number 220! This is the Judge da Buddha edition of the show with your judgemental hosts Todd Feinburg on the East Coast and Mike Stopa on the Left coast.

Today we discuss the latest Dem phenom, South Bend Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg. He of the Afghanistan tour (while mayor!), he of the openly gay (since 2015), he of the really garden variety liberal political opinions. He of the highly articulate Harvard speak. Is he real? Is he in fact the Bill Weld of the Democrat party? We discuss.

Then, Israel, Oh, Israel. The Trump administration has been better to Israel than any administration in history. They have accepted Israeli annexing of the Golan, they have signaled willingness to allow Israeli annexing of the West Bank. Why are American Jews writing lengthy missives denouncing Trump’s policies? Losing a little of the flock there, Moses?

Our shower thoughts, yes? Some comments on the burning church in Paris. And 88 years ago today Louisiana was six feet under water (most of it anyway). The story inspired Randy Newman to write Louisiana 1927. Enjoy!

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There are 9 comments.

  1. colleenb Member

    Stopa, Stopa, Stopa. I never understand why intelligent, often well-educated people, are so proud of never having grown in their faith. I really get tired of someone who is still harping on what they thought when they were ten about fill-in-the-blank aspect about their religion. (Oh the Rabbi was mean to me, oh Sister said a cross word once, oh I think that the God of the Old Testament is a meanie, etc, etc, etc, ad nauseum) Would you say this about your 10-year-old understanding of math, history, almost anything. Of course not. Other than that an enjoyable podcast. Blessed Passover and Happy Easter to all.

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    • April 16, 2019, at 12:32 PM PDT
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  2. colleenb Member

    Also Pete Buttigieg is NOT a nice guy. The lies he has told about Mike Pence alone shows he is not a new, different Democrat trying to be in the middle. And frankly that name attached to a homosexual gentleman will be a constant reminder to most people that not only is he gay but what gays do that others find uncomfortable. Is that too politically incorrect? I don’t know. I’ve never gotten in trouble with the Ricochetti Police Department and hope this will not qualify as I don’t mean this in a hateful way. Just an observation. 

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    • April 16, 2019, at 12:38 PM PDT
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  3. Michael Stopa Podcaster

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Stopa, Stopa, Stopa. I never understand why intelligent, often well-educated people, are so proud of never having grown in their faith. I really get tired of someone who is still harping on what they thought when they were ten about fill-in-the-blank aspect about their religion. (Oh the Rabbi was mean to me, oh Sister said a cross word once, oh I think that the God of the Old Testament is a meanie, etc, etc, etc, ad nauseum) Would you say this about your 10-year-old understanding of math, history, almost anything. Of course not. Other than that an enjoyable podcast. Blessed Passover and Happy Easter to all.

    Thank you for your concern about my soul, Colleen! :-) Happy Easter, Passover to you too!

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    • April 16, 2019, at 1:26 PM PDT
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  4. Kephalithos Member

    Twitter twits who accuse Buttigieg of being “insufficiently gay” are really saying, “You have not displayed the requisite regalia for membership in this tribe. Go away.”

    Such people treat homosexuality as a political identity, whereas Buttigieg seems to treat it as a fact of life. The latter is healthier than the former.

    . . .

    There are people in our society who might well begin a sentence with, “As a gay person, I support [inset tax policy preference here].” But it’d be an odd thing for me to say, “As a person who’d quite enjoy the tender caress of a beautiful and graceful woman, I support [inset tax policy preference here].”

    There’s an asymmetry in the political meanings of homosexuality and heterosexuality.

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    • April 16, 2019, at 1:36 PM PDT
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  5. Henry Castaigne Member

    I love traumatizing children. (Maybe I should rephrase that). I think it can be very healthy for children to grapple with big questions like suffering and redemption. I feel bad for Mr. Stopa’s psychic distress as a child but at least he realized that the world didn’t revolve around him as he was singing his song. The idea that the world is a place of great and unfair suffering and that you aren’t the person who is suffering the most is immensely useful in making children grow into decent adults.

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    • April 18, 2019, at 12:50 AM PDT
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  6. Henry Castaigne Member

    Burwick Chiffswiddle (View Comment):

    Twitter twits who accuse Buttigieg of being “insufficiently gay” are really saying, “You have not displayed the requisite regalia for membership in this tribe. Go away.”

    Such people treat homosexuality as a political identity, whereas Buttigieg seems to treat it as a fact of life. The latter is healthier than the former.

    . . .

    There are people in our society who might well begin a sentence with, “As a gay person, I support [inset tax policy preference here].” But it’d be an odd thing for me to say, “As a person who’d quite enjoy the tender caress of a beautiful and graceful woman, I support [inset tax policy preference here].”

    There’s an asymmetry in the political meanings of homosexuality and heterosexuality.

    I’d have more respect for Buttigieg if he didn’t try to be so woke and act like Mike Pence oppressed him. The intense desire for everyone to be a victim on the left is deeply unhealthy and much more damaging than sad songs about Jesus. It’s sad for me to see lefty minority politicians (who are often elected in by heterosexual white people) promote resentment and alienation.

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    • April 18, 2019, at 12:54 AM PDT
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  7. Todd Feinburg Contributor

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Stopa, Stopa, Stopa. I never understand why intelligent, often well-educated people, are so proud of never having grown in their faith. I really get tired of someone who is still harping on what they thought when they were ten about fill-in-the-blank aspect about their religion. (Oh the Rabbi was mean to me, oh Sister said a cross word once, oh I think that the God of the Old Testament is a meanie, etc, etc, etc, ad nauseum) Would you say this about your 10-year-old understanding of math, history, almost anything. Of course not. Other than that an enjoyable podcast. Blessed Passover and Happy Easter to all.

    I’m glad you busted Mike on this.

     

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    • April 18, 2019, at 2:57 AM PDT
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  8. Todd Feinburg Contributor

    Burwick Chiffswiddle (View Comment):

    Twitter twits who accuse Buttigieg of being “insufficiently gay” are really saying, “You have not displayed the requisite regalia for membership in this tribe. Go away.”

    Such people treat homosexuality as a political identity, whereas Buttigieg seems to treat it as a fact of life. The latter is healthier than the former.

    . . .

    There are people in our society who might well begin a sentence with, “As a gay person, I support [inset tax policy preference here].” But it’d be an odd thing for me to say, “As a person who’d quite enjoy the tender caress of a beautiful and graceful woman, I support [inset tax policy preference here].”

    There’s an asymmetry in the political meanings of homosexuality and heterosexuality.

    Well done!

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    • April 18, 2019, at 2:58 AM PDT
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  9. Saint Augustine Member

    The Lord’s Supper isn’t supposed to replace Passover or substitute for it. I suspect the Twelve-Minus-Judas, and all the other first Christians who were Jews, continued to celebrate Passover each year (not counting when they were in prison or whatever).

    Theologically, the Lord’s Supper is about the fulfillment of Passover. We naive westerns thinking like Greek metaphysicians or English teachers look at the “This is my body” and think we have to ask whether “is” is meant literally.

    We should be thinking like people accustomed to religious rituals. We should be asking what “this” means. He’s talking about the Passover, the lamb, the Exodus, indeed the entire Torah. He’s saying “This redemption points to me; this lamb symbolizes me.”

    Not that there’s anything wrong with Greek metaphysics.

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    • April 22, 2019, at 3:47 PM PDT
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