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

2Oct/140

We Are All Royals Today…

Hashtag Productions brings you this week's episode of The RJ Moeller Show (feat/Eric Teetsel)...

After a long break, the boys are back to discuss the exciting MLB Playoffs, the worst airlines to fly, and Teetsel's recommendation for the best BBQ in Kansas City.

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11Sep/14Off

Disgruntled Progressives Bring the Funny on Twitter

By: R.J. Moeller

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Twitter can be a wonderful tool to use, but many tools use Twitter. Things get heated and escalate quickly in 140 characters (or less). Trolls lurk in the shadows, waiting to pounce on any syllable of their victim’s Tweets they disagree with. Punctuation errors are highlighted with glee. And prominent figures across the ideological spectrum engage in lengthy exchanges with “haters” who quickly reveal why it is they have so few followers (and one can only assume, so few Facebook friends).

The highest form of Twitter communication is humor. If you are funny, you will win. Secular progressives from media and entertainment industry are particularly interested in getting a laugh at the expense of conservatives – at any cost.

Come hell or…oops, sorry…come “place people who don’t recycle go when they die” or high water, the irreligious Left seem determined to shame us into submission with crude, callous and often illogically “hilarious” quips on social media.

But what passes for a laugh these days among the Bible-dumping, 99%-ers with sizable followings on Twitter? I offer you two recent examples from the past week.

Exhibit A, from actor/blogger/blowhard Wil Wheaton:

"Republicans are spending a lot of effort trying to scare Americans about ISIS. Probably just a coincidence that there's an election soon."

— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) September 8, 2014

For those of you who weren’t intellectually groomed by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Mr. Wheaton is implying that the only reason certain people (who support elephants every other November) are talking about the Islamic State’s murderous campaign of violence and mayhem in Iraq and Syria this year is because it increases their political party’s chances come election time.

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 I’ll give you a minute to collect yourselves and dab those tears of laughter away from what I must assume are your thoroughly moistened eyes.

While you recover, here are some pertinent facts to chew on. President Obama told congressional leaders this week that he did not need their approval (or votes) to carry out immediate military actions against ISIS. Vice President Biden – channeling his inner John McCain (R-AZ) – vowed that the United States would follow ISIS to “the gates of hell” to see that they are brought to justice for the recent beheadings of two American journalists.

And nothing says “pre-election fear-mongering on behalf of the GOP” quite like the good ol’ boys at Vice News doing some remarkable, in-depth reporting on the cult of death known as ISIS. Wil Wheaton Tweet about the Koch Brothers controlling Starfleet: engage!

Exhibit B, from Australian atheist/author/blatherskite CJ Werleman:

"If Ray Rice continues to treat women like that, he'll end up running the Hobby Lobby." — CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) September 8, 2014


Let me do another bit of translating for those of you who didn’t grow up with Crocodile Dundee as a mentor. What Mr. Werleman would have you believe is that there is moral equivalency between a professional football player cold-cocking his wife (then fiancée) in the face on an elevator in Atlantic City, and a private company (Hobby Lobby) not wanting to have to pay for the murder of yet-to-be-born human babies.

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When you have finished texting your friends that classic Johnny Carson-like one-liner, take a peak with me of an excerpt from CJ’s website bio:

CJ Werleman is the engaging and entertaining voice of today's new atheists, and for progressives who've had enough of stupid. His meticulous examination of the world's major religions has the faithful abandoning superstition for reason, and the non-believers chest thumping the facts to evangelical friends and family. And he never loses sight of funny.

And you’ll never “loose sight of the funny” as you gobble-up witticism after witticism in Werleman’s light-hearted tome Crucifying America: the unholy alliance between the Christian Right and Wall Street. One reviewer called it a “zany, madcap romp through American politics, religion and culture that could have been written by Dave Barry or Karl Marx.” (Note: that reviewer was me, just now)

The truth is, I see plenty of stupid and needlessly provocative things said on Twitter and Facebook by people that I share a worldview with. Temperament and tone can be fluid, subjective things when it comes to what an individual shares on social media. But what I do know is that hell hath no fury like a secular progressive that someone once told them they were funny scorned on Twitter.

As my friend Dennis Prager often says, “They think we’re evil; we think they’re wrong.”


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

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