Political Punks
PP #23: Interview with ‘Hollywood Weapons’ Cohost Terry Schappert

PP #23: Interview with ‘Hollywood Weapons’ Cohost Terry Schappert

May 4, 2017

In this episode we talk to Terry Schappert, cohost of "Hollywood Weapons" on the Outdoor Channel (Mondays, 9 p.m.).

Schappert is a former Green Beret, sniper and medic. He can take you apart and then put you back together. He has hosted numerous TV shows showcasing his skills, including Warriors on the History Channel, Dude, You’re Screwed and a Shark Week special on Discovery Channel. 

In addition to serving in the U.S. Army and National Guard for over 20 years and hosting various TV shows highlighting the unique skills of members of the military, he is the coauthor of A Guide to Improvised Weaponry: How to Protect Yourself with WHATEVER You’ve Got.

Also check out:

De Pasquale’s Dozen with ‘Hollywood Weapons’ Cohost Terry Schappert

De Pasquale’s Dozen with ‘Hollywood Weapons’ Cohost and Armorer Larry Zanoff

An Interview with Terry Schappert


PPP #19: Interview with LGBTrump Founder Chris Barron

PPP #19: Interview with LGBTrump Founder Chris Barron

July 11, 2016

Chris Barron is a longtime political activist, writer and friend.  He's a frequent guest on "Red Eye with Tom Shillue" on Fox News, columnist for The Guardian, and founder of LGBTrump. Like the LGBTrump page and get the latest on their activities at the Republican National Convention here. For those who follow Lisa on Twitter, you may also know him as the "father" of Auggie and Chester, the world's cutest dogs. 

In this podcast, we talk about the Left's acceptance of radical Islam, the backlash against the politically correct/social justice movement, and why Captain America shouldn't have a boyfriend. 


PPP #15: Interview with Red Eye Host Tom Shillue

PPP #15: Interview with Red Eye Host Tom Shillue

April 21, 2016
In this episode we talk to Fox News Red Eye host Tom Shillue! Tom has a lengthy career in comedy, including stand-up, as a correspondent for The Daily Show, 12 comedy albums in 12 months, and as a member of the “Ragtime Gals” barbershop quartet on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Just prior to joining Fox News full-time as host, he toured with the Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan brood and cohosted a hilarious podcast with them.

Be sure to check out the new Red Eye Podcast here. Also, look for Tom and the other "Ragtime Gals" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in the next couple days!  

PPP #14: Interview with Actor Scott Baio

PPP #14: Interview with Actor Scott Baio

April 18, 2016

This week we talk to actor Scott Baio about Trump, the vagrants in Hollywood, and political lessons from The Godfather.

Baio is best known for his starring roles in popular sitcoms, including Happy DaysJoanie Loves Chachi, Charles in Charge, and, our personal favorite, Arrested Development. He also starred on two seasons on VH1’s Scott Baio is 45… and Single. After the end of the first season, his then-girlfriend now wife, Renee, announced that she was pregnant, which lead to a name-change for the show – Scott Baio is 46… and Pregnant

Following the birth of their daughter, Bailey, they started the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation to build awareness for newborn screenings for organic acidemia metabolic disorders. They also raise funds to help support families and children affected by these disorders. For more information and to donate, visit www.baileybaioangelfoundation.com.


Henry Rollins Goes Soft

Henry Rollins Goes Soft

December 27, 2015

In a recent article on The Daily Beast, Henry Rollins talks about feeling the Bern, solar panels and other stuff that may make conservative and libertarian fans burn their Black Flag shirts.  The former punk frontman for several bands seems to be going soft in his middle age.  While Rollins has always been a liberal, his fawning over Bernie Sanders and President Obama are over the top.

These days Rollins’ pet causes include LGBT rights, and while he’s thrown his support behind Bernie Sanders he’s actually skeptical that America will ever feel the Bern.

“Oh, he’ll never get elected,” laughed Rollins. “I like him, because I think he’s a straight shooter. I love his progressive ideas about health care, election campaign reform, and foreign policy. I’ve always liked him because he’s honest to a fault. He’s a true statesman.”

“Obviously you can’t sell him to the Midwest or the South. But I just think he’s the best guy running. His concepts are way too radical for America in terms of health care and all that, but I don’t think any of his ideas are threatening. I don’t think any of them would be bad. I don’t think he wants the next war.”

Remember when punk rockers spoke out in opposition to the state and big government rather than in support of it?  Is Rollins so naive that he doesn't realize that supporting Sanders "progressive ideas" means more government in every Americans' lives?

Forget the sarcastic "God Save the Queen."  We now have Rollins talking about how cool the President is.  So not punk.  He told The Daily Beast, "I think [Obama]’s an amazing man and he’s got more cool than 10 James Bonds. I would have lost my dignity long ago, and he gets called a lot of names."

Punk is anti-establishment. Pro-individual freedom.  Punk is not fawning over politicians or crying over politicians being called names.  Punk is non-conformity.  It is not conforming with nearly everyone else in the entertainment industry.

My Political Punks cohost, Brett Smith, knows more about Henry Rollins than I do, so I sent him The Daily Beast article.  Here's what he said:

The thing about Hank is in his spoken word performances and in his music he is all about self-reliance. Weight-lifting, eating healthy, self-discipline are all about not relying on anyone else. He also publishes his own books through his own publisher, 2.13.61.  He has called all the shots over the years with his music as well.  He was always producing it himself and on his own terms. And yet he is a shill for Big Government. It makes no sense. It's not consistent with how he lives, what he preaches and especially not with his professed heroes like Ted Nugent.

Henry Rollins' personal story is the antithesis of Bernie Sanders' view of what America should be.  Rollins grew up with a single mom in Washington D.C. in the 60s.  He now lives in a California mansion thanks to his own efforts and success.  He's the embodiment of the American Dream.  Sanders and his big government policies want to kill that dream so that we all have the same boring, miserable life.

Is it time for Henry Rollins' punk credentials to be revoked?

PPP #7: Interview with Chuck Dixon, Comic Book Writer and Author

PPP #7: Interview with Chuck Dixon, Comic Book Writer and Author

December 11, 2015

In this episode, Brett and Lisa talk to Chuck Dixon about the future of comics and a little bit of politics.  Since Chuck is the co-creator of the Batman villain Bane, Lisa wastes no time asking him about a DC villain.

Chuck has more than 25 years of experience in the graphic novel field as an editor, writer and publisher. He has contributed well over a thousand scripts to publishers like DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Hyperion and others featuring a range of characters from Batman to the Simpsons. His comic book adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit continues to be an international bestseller. Considered to be one of the most prolific writers in his field, this award-winning storyteller currently writes G.I. Joe and A-team for IDW, The Good the Bad and the Ugly for Dynamite, The Simpsons for Bongo Comics along with many creator-owned projects for various publishers including Joe Frankenstein which re-unites him with Bane co-creator Graham Nolan. He is also the co-publisher of an ambitious line of graphic novels based on the American Civil War.

Three ‘Feminist’ Characters Who Got Fairy Tale Endings

Three ‘Feminist’ Characters Who Got Fairy Tale Endings

August 24, 2015

My latest column at Breitbart highlights three 'feminist' characters who got fairy tale endings.  I'm not a fan of calling too much attention to the rantings of feminists.  Like car alarms, they go off so much that most people just ignore them. Feminists, aided by the media who prop them up, want women to have fewer choices when it comes to career and family. However, there's some hope on the culture side because time and time again, audiences don't want to see the strong female characters they like end up as lonely, bitter feminists.  From my column:

No one can define another’s person’s happiness, but it’s the feminist movement that promotes one version over another. For example, here’s a recent Washington Postheadline: “It turns out parenthood is worse than divorce, unemployment — even the death of a partner.” Yes, that’s just the headline.

So, let’s raise a glass to the “feminist” role models who got the happy endings their fellow sisters didn’t want them to have. 

See which 'feminist' role models I picked here

Weekend Movie: Brett’s Favorite Rom-Com

Weekend Movie: Brett’s Favorite Rom-Com

August 23, 2015

Murphy's Romance

Listen to what James Garner says about Murphy's Romance and acting.
Lessons from Comic Con: All Politics is Loki

Lessons from Comic Con: All Politics is Loki

August 12, 2015

Last weekend my Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds were flooded with Comic-Con news and movie trailers. The comic book world is no longer just for nerds thanks to their success on TV, in movies and in licensing merchandise. What was once a subculture is now pop culture.
I’m sure many people can identify with Groundhog Day and feeling like you’re living the same day over and over. I often feel like I’m writing the same article over and over, but with a different hook. I imagine Andrew Breitbart felt that way, which is why nearly everyone who ever met him heard him say, “Politics is downstream from culture.” 
An estimated 130,000 people attended the San Diego Comic-Con this year. As one website noted, that’s more than a lot of cities, including some state capitals. Many brands that have nothing to do with the entertainment industry go. We often forget that we have a brand — freedom. Another thing Breitbart said was, “If you can’t sell freedom and liberty, you suck.”
  Full article at Breitbart

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