Welcome friends to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for April 24, 2019 it is the I-Word edition of the show with your T-Word (“terrific”) hosts Todd Feinburg, radio guy, east coast and Mike Stopa, AI guy, west coast. We are here every week to blast you with the latest news and political commentary that you so deeply need.

This week, the I-Word. Impeachment. Who be fer it and who be agin it? Does Rachel Maddow have any choice really? It matters not a whit what the Mueller report said, Maddow and her like-minded fellow travellers were going to continue to be pro-impeachment no matter what. That’s what happens when you are insulated from empiricism. But how about the legacy media like WaPo or the NYT? And then, how about the Dems, the Reps, the candidates? We will analyze.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: The Brothers Karamazov


The following quote is about Alyosha’s decision to become a pious and devout man.

As soon as he reflected seriously he was convinced of the existence of God and immortality, and at once he instinctively said to himself: “I want to live for immortality, and I will accept no compromise.” In the same way, if he had decided that God and immortality did not exist, he would at once have become an atheist and a socialist. For socialism is not merely the labor question, it is before all things the atheistic question, the question of the form taken by atheism to-day, the question of the tower of Babel built without God, not to mount to heaven from earth but to set up heaven on earth.


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I loved hearing this news. Imagine telling the parents of school children to dress like responsible adults! The principal of James Madison High School in Houston, Carlotta Outley Brown, expects parents to meet the standards to dress appropriately when they appear at the school:

A letter from Ms. Brown to parents and guests on the school’s website forbids them from being at school in such attire as hair rollers, pajamas, sagging pants, leggings that show the wearer’s bottom, low rider shorts and torn jeans showing lots of skin.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by members Created with Sketch. Passover, Houses of Worship, and Intimacy


On Passover/Pesach I spent a sweet and deeply moving (and fun) time at the @iwe family seders. It’s not unusual for them to last until 1:30 to 2 a.m., and I’ve been told those are short ones! As always, they were inspiring and educational, and I’ve so enjoyed being with the iwe family for Pesach over the last four years.

During the seder, we spend a lot of time asking questions and discussing many aspects of the exodus from Egypt and the purpose of the rituals we practice. At one point (although I don’t remember the specific context), the topic came up of the Beis HaMikdash, the Second Temple built by Herod, expanding on the ruins of the first. Consider that Herod’s purpose was not just to bring people together and to honor G-d, but to build a magnificent monument to Herod’s power and glory. In fact, the Second Temple was a huge facility but might have lacked spiritual warmth. That might not have been the kind of building that G-d had commanded to be built.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: Mary and Me


I was jogging early one morning on a path through the woods in Eugene, Oregon, when Mary Decker came jogging toward me. Mary’s glory days were over, but she still ran with the smooth and efficient stride that helped her become the world’s best female mid-distance runner in the 1980s.

“Morning Mary. Big fan,” I shouted as we passed one another. Eighteen years earlier, I had watched Mary gut out a 3,000 meter World Championship victory against two Soviet runners. (Go capitalists!) Having followed her career from its beginnings until she finally hung up her Nikes, I felt as if I knew Mary personally.


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I came across this story the other day at Powerline and I thought I’d write about it here at Ricochet. It’s a now all too familiar story, that of a dead white person being expunged from our culture for some real or perceived transgression against one of the pillars of today’s identity politics (those pillars being race and sex). And that most recent transgressor is singer Kate Smith (1907-1986), most well known for her version of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America“. And what was Ms. Smith’s sin and the punishment therefor? First, the sin. It turns out that way back in 1931 she recorded the song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born”. It was a minor hit, reaching #12 on the Billboard chart. Here’s the song as performed by Ms. Smith;


Contributor Created with Sketch. Measles on My Mind


Today, less than three months before I give birth, the United States hit a milestone: We are officially in the middle of the worst measles outbreak in the country since the vaccine eliminated the disease almost twenty years ago. We have had more cases in 2019 than we had in all of 2018, and we’re only 1/4 of the way through the year.

The outbreak has had a few epicenters, namely progressive “crunchy” communities in Seattle, Brooklyn, etc and in ultra-Orthodox Jewish enclaves. As a Jew, the latter is deeply embarrassing. Rabbis from across the ideological spectrum agree on next-to-nothing, and yet, almost all have come out in support of vaccinations. The families refusing vaccinations number a few, but when families have half a dozen or a dozen children and live in a small, tight-knit community, the conditions are ripe for an outbreak, and that’s what we’ve had.


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Perhaps it’s a new strain of bacteria. Or possibly a warning about an apocalyptic, cataclysmic event. Are the circular forms asteroids? Or boulders that spewed forth from a volcano? Is this similar to what archeologists found in uncovering Pompeii? Or maybe the warning has to do with Climate Change. Maybe there are only 300 days left to the dreaded Climate Catastrophe. Then what? Al Gore, Jr. and Elon Musk won’t let us on the giant space ark that’s been secretly constructed in the Himalayas because we don’t have reservations. It would be just like them.

Or is this possibly a message from an alien life form? A map showing several spiral galaxies. A map left for us found in the stacks of an old library of rare books in Italy or Egypt or someplace…from an alien visitor from a race of beings from a distant star system. Beings that died out because of constant bickering and fights over who gets the remote, so they mutually destroyed each other centuries ago in a massive war…but a planet that it’s probably safe now to travel to because all the radiation, if there was radiation, has dissipated and so when we get there we can dust off the ashes from their giant alien Barcaloungers, and see what freeze-dried alien munchies are in the pantry and what kind of beer they drank, and turn on their holographic televisions to see if they’re still operable and as lifelike as they must be for an advanced alien civilization and see if they had anything similar to Mr. Ed or Gilligan’s Island, Baywatch or Keeping Up With The Kardashians. I have dibs on the remote by the way.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by members Created with Sketch. Texas Shows What Real Prosecution of “Hate” Crime Looks Like: Death Penalty


This is what real “hate crimes” legislation and prosecution looks like: “A second man convicted in the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd Jr. is set to be executed this week.” A second man convicted of dragging a black man to death is set to be executed by Texas this week. This monster would be spending the rest of his life, maybe, as a ward of the state in California, or Washington State, or New York, or fill in your Democrat-controlled state here.

But see what CNN and the left prioritizes:


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It was remarkably unremarkable that Democrats all sang off the same sheet, effacing the Christian identity of the latest Islamist terror attack. Naturally, the propaganda arm of the left furiously buried the truth of both the carefully targeted victims and their victimizers. The red-green coalition carefully obscured Who Attacked Whom in Sri Lanka? This followed naturally after a President of the United States got away with effacing the identity of victims, openly gunned down in France, when those carrying out the Vernichtung of Jews could not be cast as right wing. To aid the red-green coalition’s advancement, both Jews and Christians are to be cast as “white,” “colonialist,” “imperialist,” and “privileged.”

Think back only a few years. An Islamist attack on a satirical newspaper in France was followed by smaller attacks that terminated in a Jewish deli. Journalists and security services, therefore the President of the United States, knew the terrorist’s motive for picking his target.


John Baden joins us on the show. A rancher in Bozeman Montana, Baden has co-founded several organizations dedicated to free market environmentalism including the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), dedicated to harnessing the power of markets and property rights to improve environmental quality. Baden will be addressing the environmental concerns raised in the Green New Deal and show how free markets can tackle them. After that, Acton’s Dan Hugger will be speaking with Bradley J. Birzer, a professor of history at Hillsdale College, to talk about the life of Andrew Jackson.


We cover a lot of ground on today’s show, including the return of the person who won’t go away: Hillary Clinton.

She doesn’t seem to understand how our system of government works, and neither does “Fredo” Cuomo. The audio of both is embarrassing, and we have it all.


The US economy is running out of labor; workers were sidelined to an extraordinary degree by three social issues: long-term unemployment, the opioid epidemic, and the incarceration/recidivism cycle. Jeff Korzenik, Chief Investment Strategist for Fifth Third Bank, joins Carol Roth to take a deep dive into how the business community is bringing opportunities to marginalized workers for everyone’s benefit and the impact on the economy as a whole.


Contributor Created with Sketch. Barr Trumps Mueller


The recent release of the Mueller Report has brought with it neither peace nor finality. Rather, it marks the end of only the latest skirmish in the ongoing war between an embattled president and his determined Democratic foes. To be sure, the charges of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians have been safely put to bed.

But the battle over whether the President engaged in obstruction of justice in the aftermath of his electoral victory has flared anew, in large measure because Mueller issued a Scotch verdict of not-proven when he wrote: “Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” That passage offers an open invitation to Congress to continue an investigation of whether the president obstructed justice. Progressive Democrats are now pressuring Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to begin impeachment proceedings against the president on just that charge.


Carter Page, the only man wiretapped — that we know of — in the Trump-Russia probe describes what it was like in the grand jury with Robert Mueller’s prosecutors. Also, what did the FBI ask in five, count ’em five, interviews? And then the question: Can you tell if you’re under surveillance?


Anne-Elisabeth Moutet is a journalist, a whiz, and a joy. She writes in both French and English. And today she talks with Jay (in English!) about Notre Dame, the “yellow jacket” movement, anti-Semitism, assimilation, and more. They conclude their discussion on an American note: Do Americans — conservatives in particular — give France an unfair shake? If you don’t know Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, you will be glad you made the acquaintance.


Contributor Created with Sketch. ACF American Masters #6: Ride the High Country


This week, Prof. John Marini joins me on the podcast for a conversation about Sam Peckinpah’s first great Western, Ride The High Country, a movie about the collapse of nobility. Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea play veteran marshals of the Old West, whose time has passed, and who take one last job to make something of themselves–or for themselves. This is our sixth Western conversation and next week, for our seventh, we’ll talk about Peckinpah’s last great Western, The Ballad Of Cable Hogue.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Death and Delivery


Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.


The second Game of Thrones episode has been controversially received, which is exactly why we need Delingpole and Young to break it down for us. Brianne and Jamie, Dany and Jon, Arya and the blacksmith dude — they all have to be explained. Also, who will survive the coming battle with the Army of The Dead? The hosts predict but make yours in the comments below.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by members Created with Sketch. A Divided Foundation


A political theory designed to understand human beings as they are in reality, and not to tell us stories about the adventures of some fantastic creature invented by philosophers, cannot avoid this capacity of the human individual to recognize the aims of the collective as his own.

I’ve been reading Yoram Hazony’s book The Virtues of Nationalism lately. I’ve also been reading Reason’s abortion articles and Ricochet, and a host of other things.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by members Created with Sketch. Cute and Fun: Republicans, Can We Leave the AOC Mocking to 7-Year-Olds?


Sometimes I get tired of Republican-leaning pundits picking the lowest hanging fruit while ignoring real threats on many fronts. I wonder also if the antics of one congresswoman serve as a nice diversion so they don’t have to take a controversial stand on more important matters.

This is fun and adorable. And it’s so easy a seven-year-old can do it.


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I live in Hong Kong, so I have the opportunity to see Avengers: Endgame before most of the world. You’ll be surprised when you find out it’s Hawkeye who kills Thanos. Without any help. In hand-to-hand combat.

I kid, I kid. It was Ant-Man.


We are honoring William “Bill” Colwell with a teleforum on a topic we know he would love – the President’s power to approve – and revoke – security clearances. We will discuss recent media accounts of the President reportedly ordering the revocation of clearances of former government officials and insisting on other clearances being granted over the objections of senior government personnel. We will also – in true Federalist fashion – examine the historical wellsprings of each branch of government’s power to act within this realm. It is time to take a closer look at whether there are any practical limits on the Executive’s discretion, and whether Congress can and should play a stronger role.

Bill Colwell was a great patriot and friend to many of us in the Federalist Society, and a pillar within the Washington D.C. legal community, but his appeal was by no means limited to one side of the aisle or to people with whom he agreed. As one recent description phrased it, Bill was “a beautiful mind of insatiable curiosity and creativity, a comedian who made us laugh until tears rolled down our faces, chef and mixologist par excellence.” Bill, a devoted and loving husband and father, was a man of great faith. Bill was Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Director of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. Prior to that, he was employed at The Boeing Company and Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLP. He served in the United States Navy as a nuclear submarine officer on the USS Hampton, where he received numerous awards. A nationally recognized expert in government contracts, Bill frequently spoke and published on procurement issues. He served on the Board of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, chaired the Legal Committee of the National Defense Industrial Association, and recently received the 2018 NDIA Howard H. Cork Memorial Award for exceptional service to NDIA and the defense industry. But beyond all professional interests, Bill loved his family and is mourned by his wife, Robin, their twin daughters and their extended families.