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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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If the maniacal zoo every year of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is Disneyland for Adults, then IFA Berlin is Christmas in August.  

(Except for the Stille Nacht part.  There is nothing even remotely silent here…)

IFA Berlin is basically the European version of CES.  O… Read full post »

There’s an old joke about a hurricane approaching a town.  As the flood starts to rise, the police chief drives by a man’s house and tells him to get in the car and evacuate.  “No,” the man says,  “God is good, I have faith, God will take care of me. … Read full post »

Republican Party leaders are shocked – shocked, I say! – that Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) said something reprehensible about women and rape.  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is shocked.  Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, is shocked.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)… Read full post »

As I mentioned back in May, I just happen to have this love of power charging devices.  There's something about their design and functionality (and often compact portability) that appeals to me.  I can't explain it, and I think it wise that I don't try to.  Anyway, I noted that I… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2012 10:19AM

The Romney Campaign Has a Senior Moment

For the past couple of weeks, I've been visiting my dad at his independent living residence.  The youngest person there is about 85.  Okay, in fairness, there may have been some whippersnappers in their mid-70s, but it would have been impolite to ask.

Let's just say that Mitt Romney's nomina… Read full post »

A few months back, I wrote that there are two traditional, companion conservative strategies for decades.  One  has been to take your opponent's best feature and try to turn it into a negative for them, while co-opting it as a positive for you.  (I learned this years ago when a far-rig… Read full post »

Every once in a while, I dive in and do a brief round-up of one of my favorite kind of accessories, USB Flash drives.  As time as passed, these little suckers have grown from a nice, odd convenience to something that can border on a computer in your pocket (if you… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2012 11:03AM

The Big Kahuna of Honolulu???

One of the problems with growing up is that eventually you reach the point in life where the clods you grew up with are now in charge.  When you’re a kid, you don’t think twice about who the pilot is flying the airplane.  But one day, you realize that the child… Read full post »

First there was the congressman who disrupted the State of the Union Address, yelling at the President of the United States, "You lie!"

Then there was the governor aggressively jabbing a finger at the President of the United States in a public meeting.

Now, last week, an accredited reporter interrupted… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2012 10:37AM

The Writers Workbench: Computer TV

Once upon a time, a television was a huge box with a little black-and-white screen that the family huddled around.  Forget color, forget widescreen HD, forget home theaters, it's just a different universe today.  Not only can you watch television on your home computer, blending the two tech… Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2012 10:20AM

Three Cheers for Alan Simpson

In a stunning rebuke, Alan Simpson, former Republican senator of Wyoming, has spoken out dramatically against his Republican Party, blasting the GOP for its egregious tactics of recent years.  

Mr. Simpson, who loves calling out "bullshit" as Speaker of the Truth, recently served as co-chair of P… Read full post »

JUNE 6, 2012 10:49AM

The New Web Series Not to Miss

Yesterday, I was reading an article on the Writers Guild website about a new web series that had just premiered on the Yahoo! Comedy Channel.  This sounded intriguing so I checked it out.  I ended up watching all three of the first 9-minute episodes that have been posted thus far, and… Read full post »

I have this bizarre fascination with portable charging.  I can't quite explain it.  In part, it's because the world of technology has expanded so massively that the need to recharge when on the road has expanded with it.  But also, maybe even more, what I love is that portable charging… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 7, 2012 9:21AM

“Soon To Be a Major Motion Picture”

In some corners of the world, the word "soon" is instead a tour through hell.

This is a tale of perseverance and taking control of one's life.  It's a look behind those so-glamorous curtains of Hollywood and New York book publishing, where the way the real world works is totally different from… Read full post »

APRIL 27, 2012 10:39AM

Happy Maurice Cheeks Day!

[Yes, it's that day again.  This is the annual reprint of a column originally written in 2009.  Some stories simply demand repeating.  Or better put, demand not being forgotten.  This is one of them.]
April 27, 2009

Oh, Say Can You Sing?  A National AnRead full post »

It's not the biggest secret in the tech world that tablets and their e-cousins, eBook readers, have exploded onto the market.  It's hard not to have been inundated reading about them.  We've reviewed a couple of the more popular eBook readers here in the past, but these month tablets take t… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 20, 2012 10:19AM

Good News! Mitt Romney Never Ate a Dog

May God love and protect the tone-deaf and clueless.

The Republican world was all a-twitter Tuesday with a story on the far-right website, Daily Caller.  It quoted President Barack Obama's autobiography about his stepfather having served him dog meat when he was nine in Indonesia.  The artic… Read full post »

Last Tuesday, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke to an audience at Duke University about "that immigrant culture that has renewed us ... has been at the core of our strength,"  And then she plaintively wondered to the crowd, "I don't know when immigrants became the enemy."

Oooh!&nbs… Read full post »

Last week, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) called President Barack Obama stupid.

Using Twitter he wrote, "Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law."

Now, first of all, I think if you're going to go… Read full post »

The invention of screenwriting software was one of the great Eureka moments for writers.  (This is a group, by the way, that includes not only professional writers, but also the hugely-growing world of hopeful college screenwriters and even huger world of would-be closet screenwriters with their… Read full post »

MARCH 7, 2012 10:53AM

Unborn in the USA

Two weeks ago, the "Personhood Act" passed the Oklahoma Senate.  Passage by persons in the state's Republican-controlled House is expected, and the bill should be signed into law by Oklahoma's Republican-controlled governor, Mary Fallin, a person.

The bill will give personhood status to gametes f… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2012 11:03AM

Assault and Pepper

The “forces of the secular left,” Newt Gingrich told churchgoers on Sunday, “will regard what I am saying as a horrifying assault.”

Oh, tosh.  I went to a club meeting of the secular left, and no one there even remotely thought what Newt Gingrich said about religion was ho… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2012 10:55AM

Yes, Virginia, There is a Cookie Monster

Too often in today’s politics, walls are raised which keep sides from acknowledging truly notable efforts of those who differ with them.  Yet it’s important to recognize the efforts of a Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives, Bob Morris, who understands that the o… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 22, 2012 10:38AM

Pat Buchanan Can Now File for Unemployment

Humorist Pat Buchanan has been providing laughs by the barrels the past week.

 He hasn’t always made everyone laugh.  Mind you, that’s not because some liberals might think he is a racist, anti-Semitic homophobe.  No, no, conservatives close to Mr. Buchanan have acknowled… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 12:45PM

Republicans Wave the White Flag

Back in 1992, when Bill Clinton was running for president, his campaign manager James Carville famously coined the phrase, "It's the economy, stupid."  Only one thing matters.  Only one thing should be talked about.

If ever a presidential election since the Great Depression should talk abou… Read full post »

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