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Brian Ross
Brian Ross, a writer, editor, journalist, screenwriter, & documentarian, is the Managing Editor of

Entries by Brian Ross

Whiplash Wins, Jazz Loses

(87) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 2:14 PM

The indie movies were the big winners at the 2015 Oscars, but the biggest loser was jazz.

J.K. Simmons won a well-deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Terence Flethcer, an abusive "genius" director of a big band at some New Yorkish Jazz conservatory, pitted against Miles Teller's...

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Obamacare, the Game, Part II: We're on the Road to Health Care

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 2:58 PM

The mechanics of getting health care under the ACA are improving. The snake-oil salesmen to whom our life and health are handed after leaving, however, remain their slithering, slimy, selves. It begs the question: When do we remove the few hundred fiefdoms hijacking our most basic right to life,...

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Employment, Not Immigration Reform

(56) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:46 AM

Republicans, angry about the undocumented "streaming" across our borders, could turn the flow of immigrants off tomorrow by passing real reform. No, not our immigration laws, but our employment law.

Simplify and streamline our broken visa system, and throw a few employers in jail for a couple of years...

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The GOP and the Seven "D"s

(33) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Republican success in mid-term elections is the result of a well-crafted arsenal: The Seven "D"s:


The voting age population in America in 2014 is 246M people. Deduct registered aliens, prisoners, etc. and you...

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How John Boehner Gets Re-Elected: Avoiding Women, Minorities

(5) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 3:28 PM

How does John Boehner get re-elected? Ask his big-nosed friend, Gerry.

Gerry Mander.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, third in line to the White House, is elected by a very non-representative suburban, rural and overwhelmingly white Ohio congressional district carved out to insure his safe re-election....

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I Did Not Come to Praise Richard Mellon-Scaife

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 6:05 PM

Richard "Dickie" Mellon-Scaife the reclusive billionaire publisher and heir of the 19th century Mellon Bank robber barons died at 82 on Friday, the final punctation of a dark biography of political manipulation and democracy demolition equal or greater to his more public friends the Koch brothers.

Scaife's history in American...

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Pandora's Supreme Court

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 4:09 AM

The Roberts court is a shining example of the Koch-esque Libertarian interpretation of the Constitution, and unintended consequences that the conservative cohort unleash with their Pandoraish pandering to that deconstructionist slice of right-wing politics.

Installed with much GOP fanfare to allegedly end "judicial activism" the conservative members of the Supreme...

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Forget Gun Control: Legislate for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Instead

(5) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 4:11 PM

The NRA has one on gun control advocates: Guns aren't a cause of violence. When used for non-sporting purposes, they're a symptom of emotional disorders.

Of fear amplified to irrational levels.

Of sadness and clinical depression so deep that there seems no way out.

Of anger and rage and...

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Charity Isn't. It's Social Control

(12) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 3:10 AM

One of America's great debates spins like a top around one question: Who is able to take care of the least amongst us best -- government or the private sector?

The New Deal and Great Society reshaped America's playing field to be more level for...

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The New Deal is Dead. Long Live the Raw Deal

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 9:25 AM

The New Deal is dead. Long live the Raw Deal! The far Right white one percent are using the psychology of disenfranchisement that they leveled against minorities for generations to scuttle the middle class and return America to its pre-Hoover "robber baron" roots.

For America's political bedrock middle class,...

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Win the White House...Why?

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 10:15 PM

Conventional wisdom has been that the party who holds the White House holds real power. No longer. Serve up whatever clown in the GOP big top you want to run for the highest office in the land. Gridlock is the name of the game, and it can't work with a...

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Florida Democrats' Political Sinkhole Is No National Bellwether

(36) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 9:57 AM

The difference between Florida democratic politicians and road kill? There are some things that even vultures are smart enough not to touch. Yet the media vultures of all political stripes have been circling the Florida 13th special congressional election looking for political carrion with national implications. As if.


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Can Ron Blake Retake Jazz's 21st Century Groove With Millennials?

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:22 AM

A moment of pop-music-meets-fantasy-football: What if you could put together your "dream team" concert?

Lady Gaga, Madonna and Miley all in their prime?

Nas, Tupac and Rakim?

As Jazz breaks out of its decades-long slumber, groups emerge in brilliant flashes of what the 21st century has in...

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Can the Christie Bridge Scandal Damage Democracy?

(11) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 9:20 AM

The Northern White Rhinoceros is listed as the most endangered species on Earth, but truly, the other "RINO," the moderate Republican is virtually extinct. With Chris Christie's ongoing Bridgegate "scandal," U.S. democracy might be joining the New Jersey governor's political future, going the way of the Dodo bird...

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Remembering Rodrigue: The Blue Dog Blues

(3) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 1:37 PM

Blue dog. Possibly one of the most iconic pop art figures, has been everywhere from the permanent collection of the Smithsonian to the White House and then the George W. Bush Library, and has been seen all over the world everywhere from museum showcases to calendars and beverage coasters. His...

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Out of the Trans Fats and Into the Liars

(8) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 9:17 AM

On Thursday the New York Times announced a "ban" by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on trans fats, which they claim could prevent 20,000 heart attacks. Except that it may actually cause MORE cases of obesity, heart disease, liver damage, cancer, dementia and more.

How? Where...

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Obamacare, the Game: The Exchange Isn't the Problem, It's the Insurance Companies

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 3:35 PM

Web access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act has been the redheaded step-child of Republican talking points as they drive to find a way out to put behind them the disaster of their Obamacare High Noon shootout with the Obama administration that shut down the government. What's the dirty...

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Is Apple's iOS7 the Harbinger of Stumbles to Come?

(8) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Apple's iOS7 is its first major stumble in the PJE (Post-Jobs Era). Its Android-esque "me too" interface is fraught with design flaws. Hackers have already exposed the weaknesses in its fingerprint entry system. Most of all, millions of customers are expressing the most dangerous thing to Apple's bottom line: uncharacteristic...

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Real 'Football' Scores With NBC and Barclay's Premier League U.S. Attack

(56) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 10:06 AM

You will laugh at this prognostication now, but pull this article up in ten years, and I will be the Amazing Creskin and Nostradamus, on his better days: The NFL will be the No. 2 league in American sports. World football will rule.

"Soccer" is dead. Long live World...

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Steinway's Sale Is a Sour Note for Made in America

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 11:34 AM

"Made in America" took another major hit very quietly yesterday. An American musical institution, the 160-year-old American piano maker Steinway and Sons, was sold to a private equity firm, Kohlberg & Co. What does a leveraged buyout firm (LBO) want with one of America's last iconic musical instrument makers still...

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