Stephen Robinson Has a Complaint
- Portland, Oregon, United Staes
- June 01
- Writer of entertainment pieces, humor columns, trenchant satire, and the occasional Brechtian play. I spent my adult life in NYC before settling in Portland, Oregon
You can also find me at https://www.facebook.com/SER1897
MY RECENT POSTS
- The Country of Pig People...
January 02, 2012 09:18PM
- How Mitt Romney defines "risk"
December 28, 2011 04:30PM
- The Famous Celebrity
December 27, 2011 04:07PM
- Revisiting "A Christmas
December 25, 2011 12:02AM
- Homophobia or Satire?...
December 22, 2011 03:03PM
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January 03, 2012 01:38PM
- “Appreciate all the
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January 03, 2012 01:30PM
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more than most
December 28, 2011 08:31PM
- “Thanks, Frank. As I
often say, we're not really
December 28, 2011 04:51PM
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everyone. Glad you enjoyed
December 27, 2011 09:39PM
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Zeke Miller wrote about Rick Santorum's concerning popularity in Iowa:
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and his aides were frantically refreshing laptops and phones to see the results of Saturday’s Des Moines Register poll yesterday evening, results that showed him within striking dist… Read full post »
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently expressed his concern about what he perceives as a growing "entitlement" society:
"In an entitlement society, everyone receives the same or similar rewards, regardless of education, effort, and willingness to take risk. That which is earned by some is redis… Read full post »
The only Famous Celebrity Interview you'll ever need to read.
I am a writer who specializes in Famous Celebrity interviews. You are not interested in me but this feature will be in first person anyway. Famous Celebrity has agreed to meet me someplace in New York or Los Angeles that Famous… Read full post »
The comic Louis C.K. was interviewed on "Nightline," where he defended recent homophobic comments by Tracy Morgan, who I am as reluctant to refer to as a comedian as I am to refer to Rick Santorum as a homosapien.
During a Nashville stand-up appearance in June, Morgan told a joke in… Read full post »
I just noticed that Cathy Rigby stars again in "Peter Pan," this time at Madison Square Garden through the end of the year. The advertisements proclaim "Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan" and that's not entirely hyperbole: Mary Martin originated the role on Broadway in 1954 and won a Tony Award for… Read full post »
My views on the afterlife were greatly influenced by a 1962 episode of "The Twilight Zone." In "The Hunt," Hyder Simpson (a backwoods version of Homer Simpson) and his dog Rip die while chasing after a raccoon. They wind up wandering down a metaphorical road through eternity where Simpson almost stum… Read full post »
Back in 1988, the FOX affiliate, WAXA, in Greenville, SC started showing repeats of the 1960s gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows." At the time, FOX only offered weekend programming ("The Tracey Ullman Show" and "Married... with Children"), so WAXA relied on a roster of syndicated shows during the week.… Read full post »
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich -- excuse me, DR. Newt Gingrich, M.D. -- made the following comment about homosexuality on Thursday:
Asked if people can choose to be gay, Gingrich told the Des Moines Register editorial board that he does not "believe in genetic determinism, and I don't think the… Read full post »
Middle-aged accountant and, based on his Forbes column photo, winner of the annual "Whitest Guy in America Competition" for the 40th consecutive year Gene Marks chose to share his wisdom in a manner similar to someone dropping a flaming brown paper bag outside your front door:
I am not a poor… Read full post »
On November 25, 1981, my father was 33 and my mother was 29. That night, they did the coolest thing in their lives: They saw Prince in concert during his "Controversy" tour. This was back when he was still considered an R&B act and would play a relatively… Read full post »
Emily Brennan wrote a piece in the Sunday Times about African-American Atheists. I was pleased to see blacks finally make the Sunday Styles section, though I didn't know atheism was necessarily fashionable like a new speakeasy bar in the East Village or a new Stella McCartney collection.… Read full post »
Even before the Penn State scandal, I've never fully trusted coaches. If you're like me -- and for your sake, I sincerely hope not, you always had a slightly antagonistic relationship with your gym coaches. Gym was that special hour of the day when jocks got to feel… Read full post »
Reading this NPR piece on the Occupy Wall Street protests, I came upon a true "let them eat cake" moment:
One man, who declined to give his name, but said he has worked on Wall Street for nine years, just shook his head. He was wearing a grey wool… Read full post »
So, in the truly clueless category is this article from Slate:
A financial services lobbying firm floats $850,000 plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street protests.
That's a lot of money to stop the efforts of people with no money. That's about a dozen jobs right there. I'm reminded of… Read full post »
Jonathan Chait in New York Magazine asks "when did liberals become so unreasonable," regarding their expectations for a Democratic president, which to me is like asking when did vegetarians become so unreasonable about the menu at Pet… Read full post »
In a supreme act of crudeness, the house band for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," The Roots, chose to play the Fishbone song "Lyin' Ass Bitch" as GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann walked on stage.
There's been an ongoing debate as to how politicians should be treated on… Read full post »
I neglected to include this gem in my previous piece on Herman Cain's recent GQ interview:
CAIN:... I grew up in the South during the civil rights movement. The Democrats co-opted the credit for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But if you go back and look at… Read full post »
residential candidate Herman Cain apparently confused GQ with Maxim given his comments in a recent interview with the men's magazine.
Chris Heath: What can you tell about a man by the type of pizza that he likes?
Herman Cain: [repeats the question aloud, then pauses for a long moment] The… Read full post »
Back in the late 1980s, when the world almost trusted Germany again, record producer Frank Farian discovered model/dancers Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan in a Munich nightclub and decided to have them front his band Milli Vanilli.
Farian believed the actual… Read full post »
There is much complaint of late that the Christmas season seems to start the day after Halloween, effectively preempting Thanksgiving. The National Retail Federation (yes, that's real) officially declares November 1 the beginning of all the "Santa Claus, ho-ho-ho and mistletoe, and presents to pr… Read full post »
U.S. Senate candidate Clark Durant, during a fundraising event at Calvin College, said that the Occupy Wall Street protesters should “go find a job." This is what frustrates me most about the opposition to the Occupy movement. If after 9/11, people had taken to the streets to express their fear… Read full post »
In the 20 years since Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, there's been a standard pattern whenever similar accusations emerge. The accuser is either part of a "vast conspiracy" against the accused (e.g. Paula Jones) or has a financia… Read full post »
Well, of all the crazy things Ann Coulter has said, this probably ranks around the middle:
“They harangue blacks and tell them ‘you can’t be a Republican, you can’t be a Republican,’ it is so hard for a black to be a Republican,” and then complain when conservat… Read full post »