This week, on The RJ Moeller Show podcast...
Co-host Eric Teetsel and I discuss a handful of headlines, including gay protestors who don't like the Russian Olympics, the relentless barrage of sequels being made in Hollywood, and why in the world young people would want to take "selfies" at a funeral?
Also joining me on this unforgettable episode of The #RJMS is our old pal Matt Levon, a founding member of the podcast who now serves his country on an Air Force base in Guam. Matt and I dissect the recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher that featured a mind-numbing discussion with intellectual giants Michael Moore and Al Sharpton.
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After a two-month hiatus, The RJ Moeller Show podcast is back and better than ever!
I've been hosting a weekly program for the American Enterprise Institute (and their Values & Capitalism project) for two years. It was a blast working for AEI, but I decided to take the show in a different direction. A pop-culture direction, to be more precise. I moved to Los Angeles 18 months ago with the intent of involving myself in a city and industry that shapes and creates culture. This is going to be the show I've always wanted to do.
So starting today, my company (Hashtag Productions) is now the owner/producer of The RJMS. Hashtag will also be bringing you a couple of other new shows in the not-too-distant future. Following in the footsteps of podcasting pioneers like Adam Carolla, we hope to build a network of interesting shows, quality content, and unique personalities.
We're taking an entrepreneurial leap here because we believe there is a void of thoughtful, entertaining commentary from folks with a Center-Right worldview when it comes to pop-culture. There are great outlets (like Acculturated.com) who are doing it with the written word. We are going to knock your socks off by talking your ears off.
Our first episode back welcomes my new permanent co-host Eric Teetsel to the program!
Eric lives with his wife Abby in Washington DC and is the Executive Director of the Manhattan Declaration. Teetsel's an old friend and frequent contributor to the previous installment of my podcast. He'll be joining me each week to discuss and analyze everything from Fantasy Football to newly-released movies to the best place for a hamburger in our nation's capital.
Our very first guest is Mr. James Poulos!
James is a man about town here in Los Angeles, writing for The Daily Beast, contributing at Forbes.com, penning pieces for Vice and fronting a rock band called Black Hi-Lighter. We wanted to chat with JP about the newsletter and brand-new podcast called Free Radicals that he'll be hosting for Hashtag Productions starting this fall. We're excited to have James on board and know that you'll be entertained and enlightened by this unique voice in the public square.
If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend and share a link via Twitter/Facebook. We'll be expanding the various platforms that we offer our new slate of podcasts on, but for now you can find us on iTunes or simply listen now by clicking on the application below!
For anyone who has been wondering...
My podcast took a hiatus due to a couple of things in September/October:
1) My company Hashtag Productions has had more work with our live events than we know what to do with (a good problem to have)
2) AEI wasn't interested in a "pop-culture and politics" show any longer, and I'm not interested in (nor good at) doing anything but that, so we amicably parted ways last month
Before the end of this month, I will be launching two new shows. One will feature a weekly, on-going conversation between myself, my friend Eric Teetsel and a cast of characters who are experts in everything from Fantasy Football to Supply-Side Economics to evangelical doctrine to Cohen Brothers trivia. We'll conduct interviews with relevant cultural voices/authors/leaders, break down the game-tape on Obama speeches, review movies and astutely analyze the passing scene.
The second show, which I will not here even attempt to fully describe, will feature the mind and musings of Mr. James Poulos. (More info to come).
Stay tuned. Stay classy.
By: R.J. Moeller
Tonight I had the distinct honor of experiencing my monthly "Oblivious young woman in a hybrid with the #Coexist bumper sticker cuts me off and then proceeds to give ME the dirty look because I was in the way of her Prius."
You can almost set your watch by such occurrences in Los Angeles.
Is there a better metaphor for the empty/vapid nature of the Coexist bumper sticker than reckless/oblivious liberal girl who feels good about herself because it's on her car's bumper (as she swerves in and out of traffic and scolds other drivers with her condescending stare for not being able to read her sporadic mind)?
The woman can't even Coexist with other drivers on the road, but Muslims and Israelis should "stop all that fuss" and lay down their arms? That's her solution - for everyone to just "get along"?
If it's that tough for one person to coexist, think of a nation of 300 million people. We need respect for each other as fellow creatures made in God's image, and we need for the better ways of doing things to triumph over the worse ones.
I want peace. We are called to be peace-makers by our Lord. But faux moral grand-standing via a bumper sticker is as far from what He had in mind as is humanly possible. Truth is better than peace.
By: The Good Friar (Contributor)
In thinking about the collective yawn the Democrats are experiencing regarding the government shutdown, and the lack of popular hysteria over the Panda Cam going to black at the National Zoo, here's my theory.
For five very long years the middle class has suffered excruciating pain over the down-sizing of their positions while the big banks got bailouts, ever rising unemployment numbers while the truth was hidden behind bogus Labor department statistics, countless tax increases while promised they'd pay none, losing their health plans due to 29 hour weeks while promised affordable care, and the list goes on...
These people are now unmoved by the specter of 800,000 more joining their ranks for just a few days (knowing the workers will all get their back-pay anyway once its over.)
The message the middle class is sending is, "Welcome to the club -- this is how we've been living for five years. So you're out of a job for a week or two? So what?"
Perhaps they are telling Harry Reid and the Democrats they are tired of their ideological war being waged on the middle class (socialism allows only the elite and the suffering to exist in any given society).
Meanwhile the average pay of government workers has risen almost 25% since the Democrats took over in 2008. Of the four wealthiest counties in America three are outside Washington D.C. now.
Maybe the Democrats will realize through this giant non-response to their apocalyptic hysteria is that they are not in the majority(if they ever were).
Perhaps their focus group consultants will have the courage to tell them the middle class is tired of ever expanding government while delivering an ever shrinking job market. It's time to lower taxes, deregulate business and abandon the forced march toward socialism.
Then again maybe their consultants won't.
As George Orwell's Animal Farm pointed out, those running the farm are oblivious to the suffering of the beasts of burden -- they only know to demand more from them.
So it's easy to understand why there's no groundswell of sympathy from the middle class these days -- they don't have the time or energy for it. They are all at work at minimum wage or contract jobs still waiting for the promised "summer of recovery."
After 4 or 5 years of writing, speaking and podcasting about the beauties, intricacies and spiritual components of free enterprise and entrepreneurial activity, I've started my own company.
Hashtag Productions LLC is an innovative media company passionately bringing you entertaining and intellectual live event experiences. Culture, religion, politics, happiness, and always humor.
The first phase of my vision involves the producing of live events that will pair interesting speakers/authors of different faith traditions, and bring them to prominent evangelical churches and universities around the country. Most of these live shows will have syndicated talk show host Dennis Prager (Jewish) as their anchor. Joining DP will be the likes of Ravi Zacharias, Dr. Wayne Grudem, Dr. John Jackson, George Gilder, Dr. Stephen Meyer, Dr. Arthur Brooks and Hugh Hewitt. The goal is to see serious, engaging and entertaining conversations about the cultural and moral landscape of modern America.
Phase Two involves helping organizations, universities, companies, and media outlets who share our common penchant for traditional values and religious liberty with their social media/marketing/networking needs. We've become proficient in promoting events and raising awareness of important issues on Twitter and Facebook. We want to help others do the same, and work to build a meaningful network of like-minded people of faith across the nation.
In Phase Three - and down the road a couple of years - we will be working to help bring film/TV projects to fruition. There are many talented people out here in Hollywood who have the same values many of us prize, and often the only thing standing between them and the production of quality projects (that can begin to influence the most influential sector of our society - popular culture) is money and folks with a little bit of vision to bring their screenplays to fruition.
Oh, and if you see one of our live events in your hometown, help us move a whole mess of tickets! We're not looking for charity, but willing and capable partners who aren't afraid to take their turn on the city's wall.
Dr. Charles Murray is our very special guest on this week's episode of the Values & Capitalism podcast!
Charles Murray is a political scientist, author, and libertarian. He first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. His 1994 New York Times bestseller, "The Bell Curve" (Free Press, 1994), coauthored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America’s class structure. Murray's other books include "What It Means to Be a Libertarian" (1997), "Human Accomplishment" (2003), "In Our Hands" (2006), and "Real Education" (2008). His most recent book, "Coming Apart" (Crown Forum, 2012), describes an unprecedented divergence in American classes over the last half century.
In "American Exceptionalism: An Experiment in History," Charles Murray describes how America’s geography, ideology, politics, and daily life set the new nation apart from Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. He then discusses the ways that exceptionalism changed during America’s evolution over the course of the 20th century. Which changes are gains to be applauded? Which are losses to be mourned? Answering these questions is the essential first step in discovering what you want for America’s future.
Here is what's beginning to take shape this fall with the Prager events I've been planning the past few months:
8/1 - Dennis, Hugh and Dr. John Jackson at Bayside Church in Sacramento,CA
9/7 - Dennis, Eric Metaxas and Erwin Lutzer at Moody Bible Church in Chicago,IL
9/15 - Dennis, Hugh and Mark Mittelberg at Cherry Hills Community Church in Denver,CO
9/22 - Dennis, Hugh and Dr. Wayne Grudem at Scottsdale Bible in Scottsdale,AZ
10/17 - Dennis and Ravi Zacharias in Atlanta, GA
11/14 - Dennis, George Gilder and Dr. Stephen Meyer (Discovery Institute) in Seattle, WA
And more shows to add in places like Houston, Washington DC and Tampa.
If you care about candid discussions of values, culture and morality among men of various faith-traditions, please keep my new company (Hashtag Productions LLC) in your prayers. We're trying to bring meaningful conversations to churches and Christian universities near you...and paying the bills while doing it. We're NOT a non-profit organization. This is an entrepreneurial venture. Putting our money where our mouth/blogs/Tweets are.
God's opened all of the doors thus far, and we're excited to see where He takes things from here.
This week on The RJ Moeller Show we welcome author and radio producer David Wilezol!
David is the producer of nationally-syndicated Bill Bennett Radio Show (Morning in America) and, along with Mr. Bennett, co-author of the recently-released book Is College Worth It? David is a graduate of American University and the 2012 Publius Fellowship (Claremont Institute).
We chat with David about the book and what it's like to run a national radio show. Make sure to follow him on Twitter at @DavidWilezol!
Our guest on this week's episode of The RJ Moeller Show is Guy Benson!
Mr. Benson is a conservative political commentator, analyst, and reporter. He serves as Political Editor of Townhall.com, a prominent conservative online publication, and is among America's youngest top-market political talk show hosts. Guy is a frequent television guest, offering analysis on Fox News, CNBC, Fox Business Network, C-SPAN and The Blaze TV. His written work primarily appears on Townhall's Tipsheet Blog, though he is also a contributor to HotAir.com's 'Green Room.' He appears regularly on the nationally-syndicated Hugh Hewitt radio show, and serves as an occasional guest host for the Hugh Hewitt Show.
Guy's resume in media and politics features internships at the White House-during the second term of President George W. Bush-as well as Fox News Channel in New York City. Guy was an on-air reporter at an NPR affiliate in South Florida in 2006, and a contributor to National Review Online from 2006-2010. An avid sports fan, Guy covered Big Ten college athletics and Cape Cod League baseball during his on-air career. Guy was born abroad and spent much of his early childhood living overseas. He attended high school in New Jersey and graduated with honors from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He currently resides in the Washington, DC area.