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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...
- The Oscars and Ellen's selfie heard 'round the world.
- A spoiler-filled, two-minute re-cap of House of Cards second season.
- RJ's review of the Son of God film
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By: The Good Friar, Guest Contributor
How’s that Pivotal Experiment of the 20th Century Working for You?
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.
-The Good Friar
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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...
- The death of comedy legend Harold Ramis
- The wretched new music video from Billy Ray Cyrus
- Former Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez's prison fight
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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...
- The American's defeat of the Russian hockey team
- The recall of Hot Pockets meat
- The incredible new season of House of Cards
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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.
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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...
- The horrifically bad Super Bowl (and lackluster commercials, except for this one!)
- The death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman
- Jay Leno's forced retirement
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Hashtag Productions proudly presents... The RJ Moeller Show feat/Eric Teetsel and this week's special guest: theologian Douglas Wilson! Wilson 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...
- Richard Sherman insisting that anyone who uses the word "thug" is actually saying the N-word.
- Tom Brady insisting that he will NOT be watching the Super Bowl this year
- The skewering of Guy Fieri (who turned 46 this week)
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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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Matt is a daily contributor at The Caller and hosts a podcast of his own. He's a frequent guest on cable news shows like Morning Joe, and is one of those conservative journalists who actually cares to talk about something other than politics every now and again. We chat with Mr. Lewis about his journey to a career in the media, as well as the influence that film and music have had on his life and career.
After that, Teetsel and Moeller discuss a few of the following stories...
- The Top 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2014
- What is this Bitcoin you speak of?
- The list of Hall of Fame inductees this year
- SNL has hired two black female comedians (because the media said they should)
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Mr. Baldwin, an actor who makes his home on the West Side of Los Angeles, is known for his roles as Animal Mother in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, Ricky Linderman in My Bodyguard, and Chad Shelten in Day Break. He also established a cult following as Jayne Cobb in Firefly. More recently, he starred as Colonel John Casey on Chuck, as well as provided the voice of Decepticon Breakdown in Transformers.
Adam is a Twitter all-star and be found most days provoking progressives via social media. He's a Chicago boy - like RJ - and grew up in the northern suburbs of The Windy City.
After chatting with Adam about his career, RJ and Eric engage in a riveting conversation about...
- The passing of Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- The firing of Mike Shanahan in Washington DC
- Was American Hustle a great movie, or just a long con?
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