A Voice in the Wilderness In Defense of "Mere Conservatism"


Adam Carolla

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This week's episode of The RJ Moeller Show (feat/Eric Teetsel) and our very special guest: Adam Carolla!


Mr. Carolla is a man who needs no introduction. His podcast is world-renowned. His new TV show - Catch A Contractor - just started this month on SpikeTV. And his forthcoming book - President Me - promises to be a New York Times best-seller.

RJ chats with Adam about the current state of comedy and what room, if any, there is for people with a traditional, conservative worldview.

After that, the boys are joined by their friend Caleb Petersen of LiveNation. Caleb's been on world tour with musical acts such as U2, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake the past few years and has some keen insight to what life on the road is like with some of the biggest entertainers on the planet.

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Chris Orr and Jae Jin

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The RJ Moeller Show (feat/Eric Teetsel) and this week's guests: Jae Jin and The Atlantic's Christopher Orr!


Mr. Jin is a musician from Baltimore who had the unique opportunity to appear in an episode of the second season of Netflix's House of Cards series. Jae joins the guys to share his unique story and what the experience of being on such a popular television show was like.

Next up this week is Christopher Orr, TV/Film editor for The Atlantic who climbs about the podcasting train for some serious, in-depth True Detective discussion. Mr. Orr (along with other knowledge contributors) did a bang-up job in covering the riveting HBO series, including this post-finale recap.

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Owen Brennan

Hashtag Productions presents...This week's exciting new episode of The RJ Moeller Show (feat/Eric Teetsel)!

Our guest is Owen Brennan of Madison McQueen.


Owen is a graduate of the University of Oregon who now co-owns a production company in the Los Angeles area. Between college and Hollywood, Mr. Brennan has worked for think-tanks, mayors, cable news, and internet start-up companies. He's a wildly talented, passionate defender of personal liberty and economic freedom. And he actually believes that messaging matters. How quaint!

Apart from their spell-binding interview with Owen, RJ and Teetsel discuss...

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Memo to Bob Costas

By: The Good Friar, Guest Contributor 


How’s that Pivotal Experiment of the 20th Century Working for You?


Dear Bob,

Let me begin by saying I really hope the pink eye you had during the Olympics has cleared up for you now. Now that your vision is back to normal perhaps you can see things more clearly now – like the true nature of Russian socialism.

Certainly NBC garnered a much deserved gold medal during the Sochi games for free form historical euphemisms – like the one that described the 70 year reign of terror in Russia as the “pivotal experiment of the 20th century.”

Hey, that was worthy of a trip to the medal platform by anyone’s standards (euphemisms by the way are clever phrases that the hide ugly truth behind almost poetic elegance).

Bob, I have a suggestion. Maybe Katie Couric could interview you and ask you what books have influenced you.  As for me, I grew up reading the likes of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn. You remember him, that eccentric, bearded, Russian guy who spent a good portion of his life in the political prison system of Communist Russia. He describes his own experience with the “pivotal experiment of the 20thcentury.” He was arrested though serving as an officer in the Red Army during World War II for supposedly criticizing Josef Stalin.

He explains how he survived sleeping outside during the cruel Russian winter. He did it by placing the bodies of those already frozen to death over him. No doubt using the corpses of political prisoners to stay warm was just another innovation in the grand experiment.

Well, Bob, he believed the people mainly responsible for suppressing all possible forms of political dissent (dissent – isn’t that the highest form of patriotism?) were the KGB. It was that same pivotal organization In the 1980’s that produced an up and coming star by the name of Vladimir Putin.

You know, Vladimir, Bob, he’s the guy who sponsored the Sochi games. One of your cameras at NBC caught him scowling from the upper decks of the ice arena as the United States trounced the Russian hockey team. Well, Vladimir showed us didn’t he? Forget the penalty box or a brawl on the ice – he simply annexed a sovereign nation next to him by force. Now there’s the ultimate rematch.

Bob -- you need to help me with something. I thought it was the capitalists who are the bad guys in the world – you know the guys who claim they build their businesses on their own.

And I thought it was the socialists who were on the right side of history.

You know – the folks that are for the downtrodden and the oppressed. What in the world are they doing invading a country and demanding the opposing army and navy surrender? Shouldn’t they instead be campaigning for social justice and higher taxes for the rich and hikes in the minimum wage?  Or is this what social justice looks like at the end of the day?

In closing, Bob, haven’t we both seen this movie before? Weren’t we alive when the Russians invaded Afghanistan before the 1980 summer Moscow Olympics? Didn’t our President Jimmy Carter show them who was boss by taking us to the brink – by keeping our athletes home from the games? At least in Sochi the Russians had the decency to have the closing ceremonies before letting the tanks roll.

In conclusion, Bob, you may have spoken too soon. It appears the “pivotal experiment of the 20th century” isn’t over yet.

Stay tuned.

-The Good Friar



Tyrone Wells

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The RJ Moeller Show (feat/Eric Teetsel) and special guest Tyrone Wells!


Tyrone is an accomplished singer/songwriter from Seattle who has built an impressive career for himself from humble beginnings. Starting in small coffee shops in Orange County, Wells now tours the country headlining energetic shows packed with enthusiastic fans.  His music is regularly featured on popular television programs and commercials. Tyrone is a man of faith and we chat with him about the role that it plays in his very public career. (@TyroneWells)

Later in the show RJ and Eric discuss a few recent headlines, including...

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Andrew Belle

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The RJ Moeller Show (feat/Eric Teetsel) and this week's guest Andrew Belle!


Apart from being a long-time friend of RJ's, Andrew is a wildly talented Chicago based singer-songwriter. He released his debut album, The Ladder, in 2010 and its follow up, Black Bear, in 2013. Along with these albums, Andrew has self-released two EPs, All Those Pretty Lights and The Daylight.

RJ and Eric also discuss a few pertinent headlines, including...

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Andrew Klavan

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This week's brand new episode of The RJ Moeller Show feat/Eric Teetsel! This time out, RJ and Teetsel chat with novelist and screenwriter Andrew Klavan!


Award winning author, screenwriter and media commentator Andrew Klavan is the author of such internationally bestselling novels as True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas. Andrew has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award five times and has won twice. His books have been translated around the world.

Klavan has an excellent new piece up at Front Page Magazine about the problem people on the political Right have with breaking into mainstream popular culture.

The boys also talked with their friend Joseph Williams, contributor to the website TheWiseGuise.com, about the Jay Leno "retirement."

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Erick Erickson

Welcome to The RJ Moeller Show feat/Eric Teetsel!

Our guest this week is none other than Mr. Erick Erickson...


Erick is the editor of RedState.com and a talented radio show host from Georgia. When he's not filling in for Rush Limbaugh or gracing your TV screen as a contributor on Fox News, Erick enjoys Tweeting photos of homemade ice cream and dominating social media with his pithy commentary.

Later in the episode, RJ and Teetsel discuss...

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Douglas Wilson

Hashtag Productions proudly presents... The RJ Moeller Show feat/Eric Teetsel and this week's special guest: theologian Douglas Wilson! Adam_BaldwinWilson is a Reformed theologian and pastor of Christ's Church in Moscow, Idaho. His popular blog "Blog & Mablog" is a must-read for religious Americans serious about cultural engagement. We chat with him about the time he spent in the Navy (on a submarine), his penchant for G.K. Chesterton, and the importance of not losing hope in the fight against secular progressive ideology. RJ and Teetsel also sound-off on a few pressing matters of the day, including...

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Jonah Goldberg

This week's guest on The RJ Moeller Show feat/Eric Teetsel is the great Jonah Goldberg!313761_548266371873352_1167179637_n

A bestselling author and columnist, Jonah's nationally syndicated column appears regularly in scores of newspapers across the United States. He is also a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a member of the board of contributors to USA Today, a contributor to Fox News, a contributing editor to National Review, and the founding editor of National Review Online. He was named by the Atlantic magazine as one of the top 50 political commentators in America.

Jonah talks with us the stories that inspired him as a young man, his passion for Game of Thrones, and who in history he'd most like to share a cigar with.

After that, Teetsel and I dive into a few sports/entertainment stories, including....

  • Golden Globe winners and losers in 2014
  • The merry-go-round of college football coaches
  • The disaster that is the new Chicago Cubs mascot

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The basic ideas, ideals, and values that generally define and characterize the central tenets of what today might be termed "modern conservative thought."

We believe that a proper understanding of history, economics, and theology leads to certain conclusions. Many of these are the same conclusions our Founding Fathers arrived at in constructing a "more perfect union."

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