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Arnie Reisman has been an award-winning writer, producer and performer for more than three decades, in commercial and public television, corporate video, theatre and film. In 2009, with Ann Carol Grossman, he produced for PBS The Powder & the Glory, a 90-minute film focusing on the business rivalry and cultural influences of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. His national telecasts include Hollywood On Trial (Oscar-nominated documentary on the blacklist), The Other Side of the Moon (90-minute PBS special for 20th anniversary of the lunar landing) and PBS' AIDS Quarterly with Peter Jennings. Since the inception of the series in 1996, he has been a regular panelist on National Public Radio's Says You!, the weekly comedy quiz show now airing in more than 120 markets. He was also the former executive editor of the news weekly, Boston After Dark (now the Boston Phoenix), and is presently the vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. arniereisman@me.com

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Rant for the Litter

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM

"Litter" has two strange meanings - trash left in the open, and a group of newborns. Think about it.

Children the world over pour onto the endangered species list. Meanwhile, compassion lies bedridden with an IV drip in the House of America's elected leaders. The Republican Party, in particular,...

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William Scranton: A Man for Another Age

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 9:28 AM

One of the last remaining dinosaurs to roam our political terrain perished Sunday, July 28th. He had lived to the ripe old age of 96 but unfortunately spent at least half of his life on the endangered species list before the gods of extinction claimed his soul. His name was...

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Of Sugar Coats and Straight Jackets

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 11:12 AM

After the late-in-the-day House vote on January 1 to stanch the financial crisis, President Obama said, "The one thing that I think, hopefully, the new year will focus on is seeing if we can put a package like this together with a little bit less drama, a little...

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Money Makes the World Go Flat

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 12:39 PM

Our U.S. election process is about as sophisticated as a high school's. The way it now operates, we the people are not given a choice in terms of leadership abilities but rather chicanery skills. Each campaign may start out to educate and inform but in the end the candidates are...

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New Romney vs. Old Obama

(6) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 10:12 AM

If what happened last night is allowed to become the truth, then we are all doomed, because President Obama's re-election is doomed.

At the University of Denver, they held a masquerade party, but nobody told Obama. He was knocked off his pins when Mitt Romney entered in full costume,...

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The Secret Life of Elder Mitty

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2012 | 3:31 PM

The poster child for disingenuous, Mitt Romney, doesn't have much going for him except a lot of gall.

On July 24th, he spoke to a Reno gathering of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and accused President Obama's administration of dastardly leaking classified intelligence details involving Osama bin Laden's demise....

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The Hispanic-Latino Cha-Cha

(2) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 7:24 PM

With the stroke of a pen and a thumbed nose to a do-nothing Congress, President Obama is allowing 800,000 illegal immigrants to stay in this country -- and to vote for him. At least those among the youthful 800,000 that are eligible by age to vote, that is. Given Obama's...

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A Dickens of a Dichotomy

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2012 | 2:03 PM

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was...

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Beware of Tweaks Wearing Lifts

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 10:19 AM

I can't watch the news anymore. I can't believe the Paul Ryan-GOP budget, the one President Obama called Social Darwinism and a trojan horse. Ryan's budget basically allows the rich to use the poor as fuel for their houses, their cars and their lives. And once again Obama...

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Hobnobbing With Hobgoblins

(7) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 8:16 PM

As a board member of the ACLU of Massachusetts, I was privy to the results from a local survey the organization conducted recently. At a large focus group in which most participants considered themselves conservative voters, more viewed "invasions of personal privacy" to be a major problem than "government surveillance...

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Welcome to the U.S. Egress

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 4:45 PM

Years ago I was at a cocktail party on Martha's Vineyard tossing back a white wine with former and now late Massachusetts Congressman Gerry Studds. He had recently quit the U.S. House of Representatives, so I asked him why he made that choice. He said: "I was in Congress for...

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Severely Out of Order

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 11:26 AM

I am now under a doctor's care because through a series of tests I found out that I was severely liberal. What's more, with each assault on my senses from factual inaccuracies, deceitful misrepresentations and uneducated opinions brought on by Republicans my condition has become -- progressive.

I am now...

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Socialist Sticks & Stones

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 3:31 PM

You ... you ...you, socialist, you! There, I got it off my chest. Funny, it doesn't make me feel any better. Apparently it works for some people who hurl it at President Obama as if it were synonymous with un-American or at least dirty, rotten, bullish, boorish, you-name-it.

Just...

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Occupy This!

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 3:49 PM

Occupiers, it's time to leave Wall Street and move on to the next location. You've made a difference; it's time to make a change. Wall Street got the message, ripped it up and tossed it into their solid gold trash can.

It's time to occupy the halls of government...

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We Are All Nevadans

(6) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 2:56 PM

The next episode of that reality TV show known as The GOP Bumper-Car Presidential Campaign is this Saturday, February 4th -- the Nevada primary. So we have to ask: Is Nevada more like America?

They said Iowa was, but then it was too white. They said New Hampshire was, but...

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