@rjmoeller

R.J. is a writer, podcast host and CEO of Hashtag Productions. He lives in Los Angeles and always eats his vegetables.


A Story of Redemption – and Baseball

In the fall of 2004, Major League Baseball player Rick Ankiel had every reason to give up. The one-time pitching phenom for the St. Louis Cardinals possessed a legitimate list of “excuses” that would exempt him from criticism should he have decided to walk away from the game he loved. An abusive father. A chaotic … Continued

Culture

CNN Uses Single Mother to Bash Religious Values

Five months into parenthood, my wife and I frequently look at each other and say something to the effect of, “I’m so glad I’m not doing this alone.” Granted, my incredible, sacrificial wife and I should not be considered “equal” caretakers of our infant daughter – my wife literally keeps our sweet bundle-of-joy alive with … Continued

Culture


We’ve Reached Peak Snowflake: College Kids Are Complaining about Chick-fil-A Violating Their ‘Safe Spaces’

We have officially run out of problems, America. From FoxNews.com: A gay student group at Duquesne University fears that a proposed Chick-fil-A outpost could jeopardize the school’s safe spaces. “Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” Lambda executive board members Niko Martini told The Duke (the university’s student newspaper). Is Che Guevara … Continued

Culture

Why Subaru Thinks Puppies are the Same as Babies

Despite its perception as being the “progressive” car company alternative, Subaru’s latest television and online ads for its 2017 Impreza suggest the company has officially joined the ranks of businesses that are shamelessly willing to manipulate consumers by deploying puppies and babies in their advertisements:   While the ad might seem harmless at first glance, … Continued

Culture

Why March Madness is the Cure for Our Culture’s Ills

When you grow up in a cold-weather city like Chicago, March is a big deal. You jokers who were raised in places like Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Miami will never be able to fully appreciate what Spring means to those of us who have just endured months of frigid temperatures, snow pants and seasonal depression … Continued

Culture, Sports


Let the Kids Eat Cake

My parents always took the teacher’s side. I grew up attending public schools in the Chicagoland area and I can count on two fingers the number of times (out of hundreds of opportunities) that my Mom and Dad thought a teacher had gone too far.  Today, by contrast, teachers routinely face obnoxious, know-it-all parents who … Continued

Parenting

The Problem(s) With ‘Live Chilling’

The 2013 Spike Jonze film Her depicted a not-too-distant future, in which disillusioned, depressed humans learn to love again by avoiding potentially difficult interpersonal dynamics, and instead, getting intimate with the artificial intelligence platform that powered their smartphones. Less than four years later, the future is now. American teens are quickly replacing face time with … Continued

Parenting

Women’s Basketball Has a Dirty Little Secret: Bullying

There are certain narratives about discrimination and prejudice in our culture that do not lend themselves to any form of deviation. Rich people mistreat poor people. White people aren’t comfortable with “people of color” moving into their neighborhoods. Straight kids bully the gay kids. These formulas become easily recognizable to those who regularly follow the … Continued

Culture, Sports