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

Entries by Brian Ross

Win the White House...Why?

(0) 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

(35) 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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MLB Won't Get Healthy Until Selig Gets Tough: Baseball's Fungible Steroids Rules

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 4:20 PM

Did you know that there is no rule against steroid use in the rule book of Major League Baseball (MLB)? Swearing, spitting, fighting, and gambling, yes. Performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs)? No.

If you want to know the truth about what will happen in their "get tough" dealings with Alex Rodriguez...

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The More Movie Critics Think They Know About Now You See Me, the Less They Know

(7) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 1:39 PM

I'm not going to do a movie review of the sleeper summer hit Now You See Me, and the less I tell you, the more that you will know about this magical movie, and why it annoys critics and delights audiences.

I will be up front with you: The timeless...

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Confessions of a Gun Death Hunter

(51) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 1:22 PM

Every morning the dead greet me before the caffeine gives me a chance to focus their reality. I post their stories to a Facebook wall. Why? I was about as numb as most of you are.

Then I woke up.

I have a big problem with violence against...

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Allen West Touts Business Convicted of Fraud and Money Laundering

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 4:40 PM

Allen West likes a business success story, and nothing in business says success like a $5 million conviction for mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

The controversial congressman, according to, visited with Reagan Wireless in Deerfield Beach, Florida in September, 2011. It's a company that proudly touts on...

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Mitt Romney Can Lose for Winning

(56) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 9:05 AM

Mitt Romney won last night's debate by pundit scorecards. He'll lose the week, though, as the media begins to digest his claims and press him for the specifics of his "plan" at odds with his last eighteen months of campaigning, and frequently, reality.

Much of the reviews last night were...

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Fundamentalism Is Fundamentalism, Jihadi or Teahadi

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 6:30 PM

Fundamentalism is fundamentalism. Jidhadi or Teahadi. The rage and fear that is stoked is real, but it is only a by-product, not a popular groundswell of real thought or desire. These demonstrations of dystopian dysfunctionalism are the handiwork of a handful of powerful Oz-like people who hope these images sell their narrow...

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How to Write Groundhog Day -- Danny Rubin's Wild Ride

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 11:35 AM

Imagine, with no prior experience, jotting down 10 ideas for a feature film on a piece of paper, and then two of them becoming major motion pictures.

Screenwriter Danny Rubin not only hit that daily double, but his second script, Groundhog Day, has become an existential comedy...

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Facebook: The Social Emperor's $100B Invisible Suit Could Become Real, One Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 10:32 AM

Investors clamor for Facebook's IPO, a $100B+ invisible suit for its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week. As one of the first five digital publishers on the Internet, I can say that you might as well put your money in the toilet and flush, unless Facebook reinvents itself a...

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The Oscars, Once Again, Leave Blacks the Color Purple

(75) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 4:10 PM

The Oscars are known for many odd customs and bits of superstition, but American Blacks best know the Color Purple Curse. Viola Davis was upset by the veteran Meryl Streep at the Oscars, even though Davis had won the Screen Actors Guild award days earlier.

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Sunshine State Results Not as Sunny as Romney Reps

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 9:34 PM

Mitt Romney got the headline from Florida that he was seeking out of the New York Times: "Romney Wins Big Over Gingrich." That's one way of looking at it.  A very shallow, reflection from the wading pond sort of view.  Diving the depths of the numbers, though reveals a...

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