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Robert J. Elisberg

Robert J. Elisberg
Los Angeles, California,
December 31
Robert J. Elisberg has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post since 2006. His writing has appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, and Los Angeles Magazine, and served on the editorial board for the Writers Guild of America. He has contributed political writing to the anthology, "Clued in on Politics," 3rd edition (CQ Press). Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University and received his MFA from UCLA, where he was twice awarded the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. Most recently, he wrote the comedy-adventure screenplay, “The Wild Roses,” for Callahan Filmworks, and had published his comic novella, "A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge."


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Though I live a few thousand miles away now, I still browse the Chicago Tribune.  On occasion I read one of their columnists, John Kass, and when I do I generally enjoy him. He writes mostly about local topics, and handles that pretty well.  A week ago, though, he… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2013 10:35AM

Saying You’re So Sarah is No Apology

Back in late October, Sarah Palin, the former half-term Republican governor of Alaska, wrote an op-ed on the Breitbart website, where she chastised the deal to open the government and not destroy the world economy.  In doing so, in her own adorable way she referred to the efforts as the "Corrupt… Read full post »

JULY 30, 2013 12:09PM

Ann Coulter is One Big Joke!

Among those pundits gleefully dancing on the grave of murdered minor Trayvon Martin was, not shockingly, Ann Counter, joyful in her no-doubt intentional attempt to be offensive.  It's just her way.  Wannabe provocateurs are like that.  But Ms. Coulter isn't a provocateur, she's just&he… Read full post »

JULY 23, 2013 10:39AM

What Braun Can Do for You

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers was suspended yesterday for the remainder of the season because of steroid use.  Braun didn't challenge the suspension and said, "As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2013 10:05AM

Catherine the Great

I hope you have a Catherine Clinch in your life.  

To be clear, it doesn't have to be the Catherine Clinch -that would help if it was, and in a perfect world that would be best - but someone close would be fine.  A Catherine Clinch-like person would work.

I refer to… Read full post »

And so the big deal of the agreement between Democrats and Republicans to stave off rule changes over the filibuster is basically that half a dozen presidential nominees who have been sitting in limbo will get approved.  This includes Richard Cordray who was finally approved to head the Consumer… Read full post »

Last week, Howard Fineman wrote in an article for the Huffington Post about the dilemma that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) faces.  In his desire to be President of the United States, Paul is "toggling between pure tea party libertarianism and carefully calibrated appeals to the GOP establishment that h… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2013 10:08AM

When Good Sports Rants Go Bad

I like sports reporter Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times.  He was the paper's sports editor for 25 years, though now writes a twice-weekly column.  He tends to be a sharp, thoughtful analyst and good writer.  Yesterday, though, his column here came across like a Crotchety Old Man Ran… Read full post »

JULY 11, 2013 9:30AM

A Fox in the Fox House

Today, it's time for a rant about "Fox News."  Yes, yes, I know.  It's sort of like spitting in the wind.  But sometimes you just have to vent.

You need to stop watching these people, because they're not going to change. Your blood pressure is going to suffer if you keep watching… Read full post »

The AP reported last week that Chief Justice John Roberts lamented how Supreme Court justices ask too many questions during oral arguments.  Sometimes they "overdo it," is the way he explained it at a conference of judges and lawyers in West Virginia.

The AP noted that Justice Clarence Thomas ha… Read full post »

Back before the last Republican convention, Ann Coulter, Repubican analyst extraordinaire, gushed over Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and begged and pleaded with him to run for president, because otherwise Mitt Romney would get the nomination and "We'll lose."

In just one year, the love affair is over.&nb… Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2013 4:12PM

Border Grilled

Last week, the state of Wisconsin passed an anti-abortion law which forces unnecessary ultra-sound medical producers on women who want to get an abortion.  Also this past week, the state of Iowa passed an anti-abortion law that gives power to the governor to decide on the availability of abortio… Read full post »

Important as the home office has become in recent years, the traveling office has almost become a companion piece.  It's one thing to work in the comfort of your residence with its oh-so-easy commute, but so much work today is done on the road - and technology has gone along for… Read full post »

I don't feel any more personal or horrified by the recent mass shootings in Santa Monica that left five dead, just because it happened about three miles from me -- or about half a mile (or to put it another way, 900 yards) from where I had planned to go that… Read full post »

"I don't want to live in a society that does these sorts of things"
-- Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower, on fleeing the United States

As you may have read by now, Edward Snowden is the person who leaked information about all the NSA electronic surveillance.  Sure to be arrested, he quickly left… Read full post »

When out driving yesterday, I heard a radio spot that had me grinding my teeth.  It was for BP, basically telling us all how wonderful and environmentally-friendly they are, including how they paid $23 billion to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico which is once again thriving today.

Forgetting for… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2013 10:26AM

George Bush Rides Again

The Los Angeles The Los Angeles Times had a terrifying news story the other day.  George Bush is running for public office in Texas.  


No, not that George Bush, but it's the same family.  George P. Bush is the son of the former president's brother, Jeb.  And he seems to b… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2013 8:55AM

Still in a Very Deep Rut

Okay, so you remember how a couple months ago Rutgers University had a sports scandal when their basketball coach Mike Rice was extensively caught on tape physically and verbally abusing players.  (I wrote about the story here.)  Rice lost his job, as did the man who hired him, athletic dir… Read full post »

MAY 23, 2013 1:44PM

It Takes a Lot of Chutzpah

Over the weekend, I was invited to a screening of a new, 11-part webseries, Dude, Where's My Chutzpah?, a one-woman circus (with a lot of help from her friends) by Jessie Kahnweiler, who wrote, directed, produced and stars in the series as...Jessie Kahnweiler.  The webseries will run on YouTube… Read full post »

MAY 22, 2013 10:52AM

Pal Mel

There was a long, well-researched article on Friday in The Huffington Post that was sort of the opposite-Obama.  The point of it wasn't that there are people who won't believe a birth certificate about where someone was born, but rather that there are people who won't believe a death certificate… Read full post »

As mobile technology expands, so too does the need to run that technology.  And that can mean using a gobsmack lot of batteries, which can mean a gobsmack lot of money to replace.  As a result, a lot of people turn to rechargeable batteries as an alternative.

Perhaps the biggest problem over… Read full post »

MAY 20, 2013 10:59AM

Stand By Them

A few years ago, I wrote an article explaining why I thought that legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller should be Kennedy Center Honorees.  A few days later, my phone rang and the voice on the other said, "Hi, is Robert there?  This is Mike Stoller."  It was a joyful… Read full post »

MAY 14, 2013 10:40AM

Rand Paul is Really Sick

"I don't know about you, but watching anti-American globalists plot against our Constitution makes me sick."
-- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on the U.S signing the United Nations' "Small Arms Treaty"

For once, I agree with Rand Paul.  He's right, he doesn't know about me.

Just so you understand, the Smal… Read full post »

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MAY 8, 2013 10:49AM

What a Difference a Month Makes

For the February 18 issue of Time magazine, the publication fell all over itself and anointed a new head of the Republican Party.  The man who would lead the floundering and disjointed party out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land.  It would be as if they thought him… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2013 10:22AM

Cruzing for a Bruising

The conservative National Review magazine has an amusing article about the far-right reincarnation of Joe McCarthy, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), considering a run for the presidency.  It’s not intended to be amusing, I don’t think, but it is.  That is, if your definition of “amus… Read full post »

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