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

25Jun/14Off

Baseball and Automobiles

On this week's episode of The RJ Moeller Show (Feat/Eric Teetsel)...

The boys discuss the current state of Major League Baseball, the joys of buying a new car, and the "controversial" remarks made by actress Mila Kunis about her pregnancy.

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18Jun/14Off

Moving Day

On this week's episode of The RJ Moeller Show (Feat/Eric Teetsel), the boys discuss Teetsel's move from Washington D.C. to Kansas City, our nation's collective disdain of Lebron James, and the failed predictions about futuristic technology made when we were kids.

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4Jun/14Off

Matt Levon #2

This week's episode of The RJ Moeller Show (feat/Eric Teetsel) is up and running for your listening pleasure!

RJ's guest co-host for the week is friend-of-the-show Matt Levon. An original member of the podcast team, Matt has been serving his nation overseas in the United State Air Force and Skyped in from Guam for this special episode.

Mr. Levon joins the show to talk about the progressive-bashing humor in 21 Jumpstreet, a Pat Sajak-infused Twitter controversy, and a public school's idea to cancel the Honor Roll.

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25May/14Off

Messaging, Marketing and Godzilla

On this week's episode of The RJ Moeller Show (Feat/Eric Teetsel), the boys discuss the current state of marketing/messaging for conservatives and libertarians, the recent attacks on comedian Adam Carolla for claiming that a "gay mafia" polices the entertainment industry, and the new Godzilla movie.

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30Apr/14Off

Donald Sterling and Star Wars Diversity

This week's episode of The RJ Moeller Show (feat/Eric Teetsel) features pithy pop-culture analysis from the boys on...

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18Apr/14Off

Moeller and Teetsel

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This week's brand-new episode of The RJ Moeller Show (feat/Eric Teetsel)!

The boys fly guest-less this time out and catch up after taking a week off from the show. As always, they have plenty to say on a wide array of topics, including:

  • Paul Krugman's cushy new job at the Income Inequality Institute
  • Former NYC mayor, Michael Bloomberg's claim that he'll be in heaven
  • Coachella 2014 and the appropriate age for people to stop going to music festivals
  • The controversy surrounding the new film Heaven is For Real

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23Mar/14Off

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!

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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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13Mar/14Off

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!

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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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7Mar/14Off

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.

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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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3Mar/14Off

Memo to Bob Costas

By: The Good Friar, Guest Contributor 

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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

 



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