And the winners of the first ever Right Scoop contest are…

First, we want to thank those of you who participated in the inaugural Right Scoop contest.  We’d also like to thank our friends at FTR Radio for their assistance in promoting this event. We had fun with this and hope you did too.  One of the great American novels of the twentieth century, Atlas Shrugged is eerily relevant to what’s taking place in America.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

The competition was tough and as much as we’d love to give everyone prizes, we’re not socialists. Without further ado (drum roll please) the winners are… Ozzie and Christopher DiEugenio!!!! Congrats! Honorable Mentions include Cody Acosta and Rshill7.  Take a look at what Ozzie and Christopher had to say, respectively:


We often hear or even use the phrase American Exceptionalism without really understanding what it means, and perhaps that’s because it’s not something can be understood in words….it is dynamic, it has to be seen. Over the past few years, as we’ve gotten to know each other on these forums, there have been times of exceptional accomplishment and, more often, desperation. There have been times where I have been ready to just accept that things are changing because even after major wins in 2010 the establishment government types still spit in our faces. That internalized conflict of hopelessness in the face of an overwhelming enemy is the Atlas Shrugged’s most compelling statement.

Atlas Shrugged is the argument for a necessary human attribute – the will to fight. The unrelenting attitude that says, “Damn it we’re going to make it, and not you or the hand of your bureaucratic god is going to get in our way”. In that way, this movie provides hope, an illustration of what we are supposed to be as Americans, and with it a sort of road map to how to depend on each other and give to each other in support of our America. A society where a single person with courage to continue to fight, while the people around them are abandoning ship or being destroyed, can still make waves and create the world they want to live in. I’ll admit, I have not read the book, and have only seen the movie, so if this message is not exactly the same as that of the book then I might not truly understand it. However, it is something to be proud of if that is the message the audience comes away with. It was an unexpected result from seeing this movie, but it’s the only way to explain it. Even when things are bad, the characters put you in the moment that this country is still worth fighting for, and that the government can take everything you own, but it could only take the immaterial if you give it up. For every conservative in this “battle” this movie should light that fire again, if you have lost it; and for those that are still fighting it should further your resolve. Atlas Shrugged is virtually ‘American Exceptionalism’ played out for all to see and understand. It’s an important message that gets lost on occasion, but thankfully, there are still good people holding the line and I’m glad to see this movie come out, when I didn’t think we were going to get the sequel.

Christopher DiEugenio

I am a former military officer and I served in Iraq as recently as 2011. After returning home from the deployment and leaving the military, I returned home to Pennsylvania from Fort Riley, KS to be with my wife and my dying father-in-law.

Gene was a great guy and a wonderful father in law, even though I only knew him for a short year and a half. He taught me so much in so little time, and I kid you not, the one book that he begged me to read was Atlas Shrugged. He had it by his night stand, even though he could no longer see well enough to read and he embodied the American dream himself; as a retired Air Force Sergeant and lifelong hustler, Gene continued to use his keen capitalistic sense until shortly before he died. He sold coins.

Gene would buy silver coins and then resell them for a small profit, but this activity kept him vital and interested in life. I firmly believe that even though he could hardly even move about his small house, he lived for his little business. It drove him to continue on, and gave him a reason to get up in the morning. He and I would watch “Storage Wars” together, which he told me that he wished he were well enough to go around and buy and sell storage units, too. I know he would have been great at something like that and it made me think that I needed to grab life before it passed me by, as well.

But back to Ayn Rand; Gene always referred to Atlas Shrugged, so eventually I took the hint and started to read. Atlas Shrugged reaffirmed all of the things that I felt or had heard through Mark Levin on the radio and others through the years, but it framed it in such a perfect way and in a wording that seemed magical in the sense that every paragraph was pure gold.

When I left the military, I told myself that I was going to make it on my own and that I was glad to have served but also glad to have gotten off of the back of the taxpayer. It took me 5 months, but it was one of the proudest moments of my life when I was offered a job and really did begin to “make it on my own” in a way that I know Gene was smiling down on.


In order to claim your fabulous prizes Ozzie and Christopher, you’ll need to email your mailing information to [email protected]  Be sure to put “Contest” in the subject line.


Atlas Shrugged Part 2 hits theatres October 12, so be sure to check it out on the silver screen. If you missed my exclusive interview with the Atlas Shrugged producer, you can find it here.  Not sure if Atlas Shrugged Part 2 will be playing at a theatre near you? No problem! You can demand Atlas here.



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59 thoughts on “And the winners of the first ever Right Scoop contest are…

  1. Congrats, Ozzie, Christopher and honorable mentions. You all were able to tell the story so well, there’s talent and good old American heart in all your posts.

  2. Maybe I misunderstood Christopher’s intent, but he felt like he was a burden on the taxpayer for being in the military and drawing a paycheck? That’s sad. That’s one of the few jobs I totally respect that’s tied to our government and a job well worth paying for. I just wish we would pay men like Christopher more for the job they do. Christopher, if you read this, you weren’t a burden to the taxpayer. You served with honor and you deserve to be treated with honor and respect. Good luck to you.

  3. Okay, Now that I’ve gotten settled for the day, and caught up on the day’s politics-

    I want to say thanks for holding the contest. It seems I should buy a lottery ticket today 🙂

    1. Congratulations Ozzie.They announced the winners but what were the fabulous prizes? An Ozzie Osbourne concert? A coffee mug or T-shirt with a Right Scoop logo?
      The suspense is killing me.

  4. MAJOR congratulations to: Ozzie and Christopher DiEugenio!!!! Also, hat’s off to Cody Acosta and Rshill7. I appreciate your perspective, insights and commentary… you guys rock! 🙂

  5. Congratulations to the winners and runaways

    I have to say – I am happy I found my happy place in this blog

    Scoop gets the ball rolling and then we push it around until we get the goal

    I hope with all the nonsense that I spew – It makes you laugh – just a liitle

    I know I laugh with the comments – get angry – use bold a lot and mess with SCOOP

    This is a great blog – Great people – and I want to thank you all!

    AND for once – I am serious

    *********************WE ARE ALL WINNERS HERE!*****************

    1. To use a military term that bestows great honor, we are all plank owners of the fifth estate, thanks to Scoop. It really does make me proud to be a part of it.

      Well said, Joe.

  6. Congratulations to the winners. Both were excellent posts. And thanks to all the posters that participated. I enjoyed each and every one of them. This thread on Atlas Shrugged gives me hope for the future of our great nation (and it’s not Obama’s kind of hope, either).

  7. Whoop Whoop! Way to go guys! We always love reading your astute comments. It’s great that you’ve been recognized! And thanks Red Red and Scoop for the extra efforts with the contest!

    A class act! Well done!

  8. Those were very well-written and heartfelt too. Great work guys!

    Back to the drawing board.

    “Hey, who took my crayons!”

    1. I saw a Marine take em.But you didn’t hear that from me.

      Congratulations rshill7 for the mention. You deserve it dude.

  9. Congratulations! to the winners!!!! Well done! Very good posts!

    Now, a suggestion: The Honorable Mentions by Cody Acosta and Rshill7 I’d like to see them posted too. Just for completeness…

    1. I spent most of my time in the Atlas thread arguing with folks. Of the two I thought might qualify here’s the first:

      There once was an Atlas who shrugged
      The commies and Marxists were bugged

      Producers escaped before totally raped
      By the Fed whose people were drugged

      What’s this, the achievers on strike?
      Now who might the workers not like?

      Raw government power, like goat’s milk did sour
      Individual isms took flight

      And the second:

      Ayn Rand, an author of stature. Though all of 5 ft, 2 inches in physical height, she stands so much taller in the international realm of prescient authors. She accompanies a veritable round table of these seeing authors, which must include the likes of Ray Bradbury, George Orwell and others.

      She, at least as much as these other two had unique abilities to understand human nature, and human history, human present, and how all of that shapes our human futures, for well or ill.

      Read a Rand novel such as “Atlas Shrugged” and you enter a parallel universe of sorts. One with headlines and events which could very well be transposed, with it and the one we actually inhabit. You see events in one eerily emulative of those in the other, no matter that the author’s created world predates the readers present world by decades.

      Ayn Rand lived the nightmare which was actual, physical, touchable and horrible. That of the Russian foray into communism. Her life changed, in dramatic fashion, from one of privilege, comfort and well-healed confidence, to one of desperation, hunger, and deprivation. She and her family were forced from their business, their home and from freedom’s embrace, into an all-powerful, all-intrusive, spiritual dungeon of hopelessness, run by heartless, subjugating, central planners.

      While others lost all hope, while others watched their former aspirations fade into a collage of captivity, she retained a glimmer of what should be, what could still be, and what must be, for mankind to march forward up and out of that ideological dungeon.

      “Atlas Shrugged” has only gained popularity over the decades. It illuminates, with painstaking brilliance, the contrasting difference between the individual and the collective, the producers and the takers, and freedom versus slavery. It begs many questions to which it also provides answers. It paints two simultaneous portraits side by side, and the art gazer is motivated to choose and choose wisely.

      “The Fountainhead” made it to the silver screen and enjoyed success. Atlas has now made it’s leap from page to screen. The part two installment is scheduled to arrive, just in time for the most important election of our lives. A present for freedom-loving eyes and ears. A warning to those who would continue their march towards serfdom, whether they be at the head or tail of that march.

      Don’t miss it.

      1. EXCELLENT post! Thank you so much for reposting it for us that missed it!

        I have another suggestion… Scoops post the “final four” and run a poll and see what the regulars vote for… To be fair, it’s your website… you get the final call… But it might help you decide… Besides… It will have the double advantage of making us regulars all feel more involved/welcome and that our input counts in the final vote… or something…

        I need to make sure… I’m not questioning the winners! Not at ALL!! I’m just suggesting ways that FUTURE contests might be held… More involvement always works for me… Just my 2c

      2. Haven’t you received a job offer from the publicist yet? THAT was worthy of print and distribution. Amazing.

  10. Congratulations to Ozzie and Christopher DiEugenio! This was awesome and another way in which RS brings a community of like-minded ideologies and people.

  11. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see the movie. As I write this, I am proudly wearing my 20th Century Motor Corporation hat that that I ordered from the movie website. It’s a fine hat, I’d highly recommend it.

    I recently heard the Paul Ryan is an Ayn Rand fan. That’s one more reason to like him.

      1. Here’s the website:

        The nice thing about the hat is that it’s great for those times that you only want like-minded people to notice it. It’s my undercover “Don’t Tread on Me” hat.

        It’s a bit pricey ($25) but I wanted to support the movie. It looks like there are different lead actors than in Part I. I wonder why.

        1. Different actors, different producer. The first producer was also supposed to play John Galt. I’m not super happy about the cast change since I thought the first cast was well chosen, but I’ll go see the movie anyway.

  12. I totally missed the contest and I seriously think I should receive a “non participation award for complete ignorance”.

    If I do not receive this award I will be contacting my attorney. /


        1. Well, unlike Obama, I’m a capitalist. So, for $1, I’ll send one to anybody who wants one, lol. (no tax).

  13. Those were excellent choices! Congrats to the winners. This means you folks are buying the first round!

    (Okay, not really.)

    This contest was a good idea.

  14. Awesome, congrats to the winners and most specifically, one of our TRS regulars Rshill.

    Now, Scoop, I want my “I took part trophy.”


  15. Congratulations to both winners. Both essays were great reads! It gives me hope to know men like Ozzie and Christopher are staying in the battle for this great nation!

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