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Robert J. Elisberg
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Robert J. Elisberg has been a commentator and contributor to such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Magazine, C/NET and E! Online, and he 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. Not long afterwards, Elisberg sold his screenplay, "Harry Warren of the Mounties.” He was on staff of the animated series, “Flute Master,” and also co-wrote the independent film, “Yard Sale.” Most recently, he wrote a comedy-adventure screenplay for Callahan Filmworks.

Among his other writing, Elisberg's most recent novel is the adventure, The Wild Roses. He also wrote the comic novella, A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge. He co-wrote a book on world travel. Currently, he writes a tech column for the Writers Guild of America, west. He also co-wrote the song, “Just One of the Girls” for the Showtime movie “Wharf Rat,” and wrote the book for the stage musical “Rapunzel!”.

Entries by Robert J. Elisberg

The Fault, Dear Brutus

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 3:31 PM

When Edward R. Murrow did his famous See It Now broadcast on CBS that helped expose Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI), he ended the program with a quote from Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in the stars, but in ourselves." His point being that for McCarthyism...

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Putting the "Rant" in Ignorant

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 5:31 PM

Yes, yes, I know it's fashionable these days to point out how the Republican Party is doing all it can to keep people from voting. And by "people" I mean minorities, the poor and students.

And yes, yes, I know the GOP insists it just isn't true, the same...

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Jonah and the Wail

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 5:22 PM

"One could argue that he's even more authentically African-American than Barack Obama"
--Jonah Goldberg in the National Review, writing about Dr. Ben Carson

Because after all, nobody knows more about being authentically black than Jonah Goldberg. And the National Review.

Years ago, when I first came across Jonah Goldberg...

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The Writers Workbench: Portable Keyboards

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 11:45 AM

As people have started to use larger-screen mobile phones almost as replacements for tablets, there's one thing lacking that keeps them from the Big Tent, and that's the lack of a keyboard. They're fine for short notes or emails, but other than that you're very limited. But there are portable...

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How to Be Unique

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 2:51 PM

My dear friend Philippa Salisbury passed away yesterday. We didn't see each other much -- she was from Connecticut, though she did live briefly in Los Angeles for a couple of years -- but she was one of those force of nature, joyous, nurturing, unique people, so we stayed in...

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Saying Mass

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 3:17 PM

If by chance you ever wonder about how blasé Americans have gotten with gun shootings -- or if perhaps you're in an argument with someone who suggests otherwise -- here's just another piece of evidence.

Just know that there was a mass shooting on a college campus the other day.

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When the Right Goes Very Wrong

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 6:12 PM

I know that I should write something deep and insightful about the mess that the Republican Party is having, trying to find a leader. (Take you pick about which division: choosing a presidential candidate, or picking a House Speaker.) But the best I can say is -- seriously, who didn't...

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The Philosophy of Carly Fiorina

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 11:39 PM

"Finally my degree in medieval history and philosophy has come in handy. Because what ISIS wants to do is drive us back to the Middle Ages, literally."

-- Carly Fiorina (R-HP), on how she will help defeat ISIS

Oh, dear God. Literally.

First of all, no, ISIS does not...

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Science and Religion -- Together Again!

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 2:27 PM

Not long ago, I was reading a book, What Hath God Wrought, an epic, 850-page history about the transformation of the United States from 1815-1848. It won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2007, and is part of the acclaimed Oxford History of the United States series.

I mention this...

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The Writers Workbench: Portable Power 2015

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 3:03 PM

Yes, it's that time again, when I review (sorry, I mean when I am lucky enough to review) portable chargers. Okay, yes, I know I reviewed portable chargers back in May - but those were specifically solar chargers, a unique category unto themselves. And when given the opportunity to review...

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'At Long Last, Have You Left No Sense of Decency?'

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 7:09 PM

For the most part, when I've written about Donald Trump (R-Wherever), it's been more in a general sense of his impact on the Republican campaign, not any specifics. Not just because there aren't any specifics, but he's not a serious candidate. Even by his own admission, many of the things...

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Blunt Talk

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 3:59 PM

Yes, Fox News often does things so egregious that it makes your head explode, Those are usually about important matters, so the whole head-explosion thing is understandable. But sometimes they do something so insane because it's over something so totally idiotic that the pointlessness of it is just inexplicably numbing.

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Pope Goes the Weasel

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 6:53 PM

I have to admit, I got a pretty good chuckle when reading an article last week in the Washington Post that was titled, "Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican."

The problem, as the article explains, is that Pope Francis has been "backing a more inclusive era, giving...

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Donald Trump's Wizard of Oz Moment

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 3:14 PM

"Many of those comments are made as an entertainer because I did The Apprentice and it was one of the top shows on television. Some comments are made as an entertainer and as everybody said, as an entertainer is a much different ball game."
-- Donald Trump on "Fox...

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Why Donald Trump is Leading in the GOP Polls

(99) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 8:29 PM

The other day, I wrote an article here about how outlandish it was that the Republican Party has always said how they don't believe in government and have now gone out to prove that, telling pollsters that 52 percent of their support for President of the United States...

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Planned Grandparenthood

(14) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 12:22 PM

How far off the deep end has the Republican Party gone with their hand-wringing about Planned Parenthood, the organization widely-admired by much of the rest of the country for what many women say is their one lifeline to medical care?

Well, just consider what Jeb Bush said on July 21...

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And Again, in Virginia This Time

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 9:25 PM

I don't have anything particularly wise or insightful to say about the on-air shooting deaths Wednesday of two Virginia broadcasters, nor do I know where this is going. But I know I couldn't let it pass without mention or at least paying homage to reporter Allison Parker and cameraman Adam...

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Going for Your Morning Constitutional

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 5:51 PM

It's sort of hard to know where to start. Trying to make sense of the current "Big Republican Candidate Position" about eliminating the 14th Amendment is somewhat like being at a birthday party for 3-year-olds that's being held at a Gymboree and trying to herd all the kiddies together while...

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The Writers Workbench: Portable Sound 2015

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 2:12 PM

As life has become more portable, the need for to support that portability keeps growing. Once upon a time, having the biggest, most powerful home speakers and sub-woofer was the pinnacle of an audiophile's dream. In many ways, of course, with the growth of home theaters, it still is --...

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Remembering Ray Jessel

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 12:12 PM

I was so sorry to belatedly read that the wonderful Ray Jessel passed away three weeks ago, on July 17, at the age of 85. I met him several times and always enjoyed the occasion. He came across as a good guy and was very funny.

I've written about several...

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