Robert J. Elisberg

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Robert J. Elisberg

Robert J. Elisberg
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Los Angeles, California,
Birthday
December 31
Bio
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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FEBRUARY 21, 2013 11:07AM

Today’s Oxymoron: Science and the Oscars

Yesterday, there was a report about a new study that shows there actually is a difference in the brain activity of liberals and conservatives.  The study, titled, " Red Brain, Blue Brain: Evaluative Processes Differ in Democrats and Republicans" was published in the non-profit, peer-reviewed pub… Read full post »

So, it seems that Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) has a way out of our budget problems with the sequester:  cut Affordable Health Care.  Apparently, that’s the way to deal with a $1.2 trillion deficit.  Get rid of health care.  Raising taxes that had been cut, that doesn’t… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2013 5:19PM

Seth MacFarlane Has No Trouble at All

The BBC Proms are a legendary British tradition.  They began in 1895 as a festival of outdoor summer concerts that featured classical music - some light, but mostly serious.  They're now largely done at the Royal Albert Hall and a few non-classical nights slip in some for the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2013 11:21AM

The NRA Goes All-Access Sicko

Two weeks ago, I wrote a piece on how I'd changed my perception about the National Rifle Association since the Sandy Hook massacre tragedy.  I said that, for the longest time, I had respected the NRA as a main stream, meaningful lobbying organization, just one whose goals often went in direction… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 11, 2013 9:35AM

Marco Rubio's High Wire Act

Last week, a friend wrote me with the "good news" that should make me "smile," that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) would be giving the Republican Party's response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address tomrrow.  It's a platform of high visibility, but risky results.  In recent year… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2013 10:59AM

No, the Other Less-interesting Ted

So, I see in the news the other day that former rock star Ted Nugent said...well, I don't know.  I generally gave up reading Ted Nugent comments.  I see the headline, and unless it offers a hint of something that might get him thrown in jail (like an earlier rant about… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 6, 2013 9:27AM

The Real NRA is Un-Real

On Sunday, the Chief Executive Officer of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, was on Fox News.  He tried to pawn off many things as rational, including his defense of the NRA's ad about President Obama's children - though even Fox's Chris Wallace took him to task for that explanation.  But what leaped… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2013 9:56AM

The Tao of PLINK

My older brother John passed away on Monday, much too soon, but fortunately much later than expected.  When he was diagnosed with his illness, he was given one month with no medication, and just four months with medication.  But the disease was of a rare genetic type which responded well to… Read full post »

On February 1, Netflix is premiering an adventurous undertaking, a made-for-Netflix series to stream, House of Cards, to star Kevin Spacey.  I have mixed feelings about it.

On the one hand, I applaud anyone undertaking such an adventurous enterprise and opening a new market for production. … Read full post »

"Look, if we had a Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles as chief of staff of the White House or president of the United States, I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now,"
- Paul Ryan (R-WI)  about Hillary Clinton on Meet the Press

Sometimes I think the… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2013 10:55AM

Hotel Impossible Does the Possible

I'm not quite sure why Hotel Impossible on the Travel Channel is one of my favorite shows.  After all, it's similar to several other programs, where some expert is called in to fix a failing business in two or three days.  And most people probably haven’t even heard of it.  But… Read full post »

Five years ago, I wrote a piece entitled, "The Greatest Musical You've Never Heard of."  I felt absolutely comfortable with the claim.  There might be greater musicals, and there might be musicals more obscure.  And there is always personal taste factored in.  But for "great" AND… Read full post »

The Consumer Electronics Show is now over, tens of thousands of devices have been unplugged, the U.S. power grid has returned to normal, and I have finally begun to decompress.  And able to step away, I can now see the madhouse circus zoo in a better perspective.

I love CES, which is… Read full post »

JANUARY 18, 2013 10:33AM

Get a Lifesize

Back in September, I wrote an article about the madhouse experiences that a good friend of mine Myles Berkowitz had trying to get a small business start-up off the ground with his business partner Stephen Cates.  It was for a new weight-loss product,  Lifesize Portions, based on portion con… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2013 12:31PM

The Greatest Screenplay Never Made

Not long ago at a Writers Guild of America event, a reporter friend came up to me.  "I'm doing an article on the best screenplays that have never been made into movies," he said.  "If you had to name one, what would it be?"

Without hesitating, I answered, Harrow Alley.

He scrunched his… Read full post »

‘Tis the season for awards – and that means on Sunday it will be time to read and hear (repeatedly) once again how the Golden Globes matter because they are “precursors to the Oscars,” remarkable for their mystical ability to predict the Academy Awards.  Of course, if you… Read full post »

On Friday, Charles Krauthammer was on TV discussing disaster relief for the crushing devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy that destroyed countless lives.

"I think what [Speaker] Boehner did in postponing the vote until today was absolutely right,” Mr. Krauthammer insisted.  “That w… Read full post »

I have to admit, I’ve really respected the Republicans in Congress for standing steadfast by their Pledge to Grover Norquist not to ever vote to raise taxes.  

Truly.  It’s admirable when someone makes a Pledge and sticks by their word of honor to keep it.  It shows characte… Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2012 11:32AM

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

It was a bad week for gun advocates in the gun debate.

First, amid a horrifying massacre of little children, NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre called for more guns in schools.

Soon after, 30,000 Constitution-loving supporters of the Second Amendment petitioned the Federal Government to deport Piers Morga… Read full post »

So, has enough time passed since the Sandy Hook tragedy?  Is it okay for me to write something now?  It is?  Good.

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Headline:  NRA blames Hollywood and video games for Sandy Hook massacre.


"In a race to the bottom, many conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate, and… Read full post »

A few years back, I wrote about new discoveries surrounding the holiday classic, Handel's "Messiah."   Several months later, I followed it up with additional revelations.  Given that 'tis its season yet again - it seems like a fine time to repeat the story, as just another of the many… Read full post »

The most misquoted (and completely misinterpreted) line in literature may well be, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing."

Taken to suggest that smart people should be mistrusted and watched with a protective eye, in fact the true meaning is the direct opposite. The correct...and full...quote by A… Read full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2012 10:51AM

This Column is Written by Glenn Beck

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Contrary what it says on the byline above, this column was written by me, Glenn Beck.  The apparent "author" of the column, Mr. Elisberg, actually bought the rights from me and put his name on it.  But make no mistake, I wrote the article.

I know that some may question this since… Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2012 10:31AM

And What Do You Believe In?...

With an election just behind, natural disasters and tragedies surrounding us, and the burdens of economic challenges looming, I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to what it is I, personally, want for my nation, and what I believe is the responsibility of Government.

It’s not possible… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2012 10:25AM

Republicans Find Their Inner Bully

Republicans force the U.S. President's presumptive-choice for Secretary of State  to drop out of consideration.

Republicans block a deal that would avoid the fiscal cliff and threaten to push America into defaulting on paying its debt.

Republicans rush through a law in one day to crush unions in M… Read full post »

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