Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for June 20, 2017, it’s the Redskins and White Vans edition of the show with your hosts Todd Feinburg and Mike Stopa.

Our topics this week include the breaking news of today’s “terrorist attack” (note the scare quotes) in London at the Finsbury Park mosque. A white dude – quickly identified as such – in a white van ran onto the sidewalk and over some not very white Muslims as they were leaving their Ramadan prayer service. Does this qualify as a terrorist attack? Do ISIS-inspired attacks qualify as terrorist attacks? Mike thinks that they do not! Todd disagrees.

Our second topic (which we do first) involves the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the rock and roll band “The Slants” (they’re Asian) and, simultaneously, the Washington Redskins, who can now trademark anything they dern well please regardless of what the gommint thinks about it. Mike has had a long and not too appreciatory history with the Redskins. He will babble on about that for a while.

We will, as always, have our shower thoughts. And our hidden gem this week is, appropriately “Hail to the Redskins!” the Redskins fight song.

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Members have made 4 comments.

  1. Profile photo of Rightfromthestart Thatcher

    As far as the Conferedate statues goes, I was sort of automatically opposed to removal for several reasons, one, I’m a conservative and naturally opposed to unnecessary change especially change to history, two I hate like he$$ giving into the screeching left yet again but just the other day I saw a post that nailed it and that was ‘ you don’t think they’re going to stop with Lee do you?’

    Exactly, next comes Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and then Washington, and let’s turn Mount Vernon and Monticello into ‘comooonity housing’

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    • June 20, 2017 at 7:20 am
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  2. Profile photo of Israel P. Member

    The Redskins – who came to DC from Boston – are named after white people who dressed as Indians who dumped tea into Boston Harbor.

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    • June 20, 2017 at 8:06 am
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    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):
    As far as the Conferedate statues goes, I was sort of automatically opposed to removal for several reasons, one, I’m a conservative and naturally opposed to unnecessary change especially change to history, two I hate like he$$ giving into the screeching left yet again but just the other day I saw a post that nailed it and that was ‘ you don’t think they’re going to stop with Lee do you?’

    Exactly, next comes Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and then Washington, and let’s turn Mount Vernon and Monticello into ‘comooonity housing’

    This is really where my sympathies lay as well. But then I thought of the Stalin statues that have come down in the former USSR and I felt like I would be perfectly happy to have him and all who worshipped him expunged from history. The same holds only more so with Mao (if it ever happens). If I get to write history I want some people to be remembered – but only as villains.

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    • June 20, 2017 at 9:07 am
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  4. Profile photo of soccerlad14 Member

    @33:13…You can take the boy out of Lexington, but not the Lexington out of the boy. I dare say that take is Chomskyesque. The Continentals, primarily, fought the Brits in open battle formation- that’s often why they lost. But they won enough of the right battles to win the war.

    There were irregular militia/guerrilla tactics employed- primarily in the South [used a little on the road from Concord back to Boston too]- but even this was not terrorism, it was an insurgency. Terrorism is when people out of uniform attack civilians to affect political change; had the Sons of Liberty bombed a London coffeehouse in 1778 and then mailed a letter to the Times saying “Free America”……that would be terrorism.

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    • June 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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