Welcome mama bears and daddy bears to this the 216th edition of the Harvard Lunch Club political podcast – the Kraft Bears edition of the show – with your unbearable hosts, east coast radio guy Todd Feinburg and west coast AI guy Mike Stopa. We come to you every week with the pithy, the provocative and the funny stories that, well, that make you thirst for more.

This week, we discuss Robert Kraft, New England Patriots owner, winner of an unprecedented six Super Bowl Titles and (loyal?) patron of heretofore thriving establishments such as the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. As you surely know, Bob was caught with his hand, er, in the fortune cookie jar and rumor has it that there is videotape. Mr. Kraft says no. We shall see. The house of ill repute in question is more than just a whore house, however, and is a wing of a sex trafficking network.

Questions:

  1. Should it matter to Kraft and his sentence and his future reputation that the prostitutes he patronized were (assuming they were) effectively sex slaves? and
  2. Should Kraft be made to serve 100 hours of community service (as first offenders typically do) just like anyone else as a penalty?

Then, we’re all about the bears…the sun bears, also known (adorably) as the honey bears! These little southeast asian critters have, according to world renowned scientists, exhibited the ability to mimic the facial expressions of their bear-buddies. Is that remarkable? We will discuss.

We have (you guessed, right?) our shower thoughts and our hidden gem – one of Todd’s favorite songs from one of his favorite groups – is Give a Damn, by Spanky and Our Gang. Enjoy!

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There are 4 comments.

  1. Member

    Oh wow worse hidden gem evah. Although it is very woke for the time. Except for riding a train which, of course, is adding to global climate change as is reading a paper made out of trees which were destroyed for mere human pleasure. Actually I am now totally outraged by this song and request a profound apology from Spanky and Our Gang. And shouldn’t they have to change that name and apologize for it too.

    Enjoyable podcast as always.

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    • March 22, 2019 at 9:17 am
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  2. Podcaster

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Oh wow worse hidden gem evah. Although it is very woke for the time. Except for riding a train which, of course, is adding to global climate change as is reading a paper made out of trees which were destroyed for mere human pleasure. Actually I am now totally outraged by this song and request a profound apology from Spanky and Our Gang. And shouldn’t they have to change that name and apologize for it too.

    Enjoyable podcast as always.

    Oh Colleen, Todd is going to love to hear this. He heard this song and just started laughing! (I, of course, think it’s great!)

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    • March 22, 2019 at 1:33 pm
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  3. Thatcher

    Regarding the argument about Kraft, I happen to agree more with Mike Stopa more than I do Todd Feinburg. After awhile, Todd’s arguments became more disjointed, a characteristic I’ve observed more with Mike than Todd in their podcasts as a whole.

    However one thing not discussed in the podcast is that there are apparent irregularities in the way the Palm Beach Sheriff’s department handled the case, and the way the prosecution is handling the plea deal.

    I’ll focus on the plea deal. Apparently, the prosecutors want Kraft to admit that he would have been found guilty in court. And also apparently, that’s unusual. It sounds like a defensive move by the prosecution because of allegations by Kraft’s defense team and independent legal observers that the actions by the sheriff’s department have been problematic.

    So if the sheriff’s deputies did violate the law in stopping Kraft after he left the alleged brothel and the court throws the case out as a result, then I’m on Kraft’s side on that.

    But in the end, if he’s found guilty, then by all means he should be sentenced as a first offender and do his community service.

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    • March 23, 2019 at 1:36 am
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    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    Regarding the argument about Kraft, I happen to agree more with Mike Stopa more than I do Todd Feinburg. After awhile, Todd’s arguments became more disjointed, a characteristic I’ve observed more with Mike than Todd in their podcasts as a whole.

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    So if the sheriff’s deputies did violate the law in stopping Kraft after he left the alleged brothel and the court throws the case out as a result, then I’m on Kraft’s side on that.

    I’ve not paid much attention to the story. What I’ve barely noticed has led me to suspect that Robert Kraft might have visited an “Asian Massage Parlor” and received manual stimulation – in addition to what very likely was a legitimately therapeutic massage.

    1. We have to pay cops to police that? 
    2. We have to pay prosecutors to prosecute that? 
    3. We have to pay courts to adjudicate that?
    4. Is such a commercial establishment properly called a “brothel?”

     

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    • March 31, 2019 at 10:18 pm
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