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in the past few hours vennominon commented on Savage Love.
I have made my way almost through the first quarter of the run of Dark Shadows. I'd seen much or most of the early run of the series in re-runs, but during the original run didn't start in until Quentin was already there, which was some time after the departure of Victoria Winters of the opening voice-over. It seems the reason the voice-over stopped beginning, "My name is Victoria Winters..." is that one day when Alexandra Moltke wasn't appearing, she hadn't recorded the voice-over, or something went wrong with the recording, and they had Nancy Barrett fill in, sounding as much like her as possible. It was not an easy catch.

The interviews are perhaps the most fun. Taping conditions (they had less than an hour to record their half-hour show and technology didn't allow them to edit) apparently explain the routine presence of mangled lines. It was a bit reassuring to learn that Ms Moltke found her character (the perpetual victim through a series of always making the wrong choice) a bit drippy to play. Thus far, the closest to a universally-held viewpoint among the cast is that Louis Edmonds (who, as our Ms Wallingford will recall, went on to All My Children, although much later than Hugh Franklin, who had a minor recurring part in DS), as fondly as they remembered him, was a terror to work with, as he either kept cracking them up or missing the marks. Given the series run being from 1966-1971, and recalling how alliterative women's names ("Debbie Downer", for example) had some popularity among SS men at the time (recall Emory's calling himself "Connie Casserole" in The Boys in the Band) and for a while afterwards, I'm almost surprised not to have encountered "Vicky Victim" at any time in memory. Maybe that one would have been a bit too alliterative.
6:17 PM yesterday vennominon commented on Savage Love.
Ms Grizelda - Classics are always nice and safe, and at least your opinions won't have any unintended impact on the culture wars. I haven't seen either film, but will hope for your sake that Ms Kudrow is as good as she was in The Opposite of Sex.
5:56 PM yesterday vennominon commented on How Green Is Her Bullshit: An Uncharacteristically Brief Response to the Green Party Spokesperson's Dishonest Response to My Podcast Rant.
M? Ferret - First of all, not all votes are equal. I suppose a vote in Florida may carry the most weight, as that's been one of the closest states in the closest elections of late, and goes towards one of the biggest electoral prizes. Now, I suppose you could make a case that voters in safe blue states could be risking their safe blue electoral votes (although even then one would know the state to be in play before E-Day and could revise accordingly), but I can't believe anyone is serious about contesting, say, Texas.

Second, I am not a Sander supporter turned bitter. Nor am I a Greenie. I have ample reasons to be unable to vote for Mrs C on her own actions and statements, but accept that individual consciences will vary.

Third, I can do more to defeat Mr Trump as a non-Clinton voter. My opposite numbers, more or less, who cannot abide Mrs C but don't want to vote for Mr T, don't give Clinton voters the time of day, but for each non-party-liner they meet get that much closer to going rogue themselves. Which would count more, one vote for Mrs C or pulling five or six votes from Mr T to Mr J? That much I can do and still sleep at night.

Fourth, you didn't say where it would end. You're already demanding that people vote the way you want. Are you willing to swear on a stack of Mr Savage's best-sellers that you won't pop up in two months demanding that people donate to or volunteer for Mrs C (or else anyone not spending eight hours a day on Mrs C's phone bank is helping to elect Mr T), and will you stipulate now that, if you do go back on your word and later ask people to donate or volunteer, those whose arms you twisted into voting for Mrs C will be free to vote their consciences without being The Enemy? As I said before, who can agree to a demand with uncertain terms?

And, in exchange for people's overriding their consciences, will you at least offer immunity from retaliation for not supporting Mrs C (who, if Mr Gore had the soul of the tenth grade teacher who spoke to all his students as if they were in third grade, has the soul of the tenth grade student who ever since age ten has been the life and soul of student council on nothing more substantial that sheer willpower and the determination to bulldoze anyone who dared not to support her) all along? Mr Savage seems incapable of avoiding retaliation, although perhaps after the election he will be content with Lady Middleton's revenge of giving Sanders supporters a gentle reprimand on the subject five or six times every day.
3:34 PM yesterday vennominon commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
M le Comte - Not just anti-Clintonites. Half my headway in dissuading lukewarm Trumpers has come from convincing them that, like Mr Limbaugh in reverse, a Trump victory would be the best thing that could happen to the SJWs the lukewarm Trumpers want to anger. Just as the Clinton, W presidency made Mr Limbaugh the behemoth he is today, I'm sure many SJWs, while they may be voting for Mrs C, know that a victory for Mr T means they get to spend the next four years in their favourite role as attack dogs rather than having to spend the next four years defending Mrs C's being unable to do anything they want and only accomplishing things they don't want (not to mention appointing reverse Souters to the Supreme Court).
3:20 PM yesterday vennominon commented on Savage Love.
Ms Lava - Ah, yes, Mr Spender. I must re-read The Temple some time.

Maybe the cold is due to the leather shorts.

Good for the baby.
6:54 AM yesterday vennominon commented on How Green Is Her Bullshit: An Uncharacteristically Brief Response to the Green Party Spokesperson's Dishonest Response to My Podcast Rant.
Another thing nobody's mentioned yet - voting for Mrs C probably isn't enough to satisfy Mr Savage and his ilk.

Once upon a time, thinking back to Proposition 8, people didn't ask other people to go against their own consciences. The request was, "Please, if you can't in good conscience support us, just don't vote for the other side." But now anyone not voting for Mrs C is The Enemy. Maybe people can live with that. Go forward a month, though, and who's to say the bar won't have moved to Anyone Who Hasn't Donated to her campaign is The Enemy? And if Mr Silver hasn't called the election for Mrs C come the third week of October, I can easily visualize the demands that every right-thinking person in the universe must be volunteering for Mrs C.

It's one thing to cave to this sort of ultimatum. But to cave to an open-ended ultimatum is something else. It's similar to paying a blackmailer without being allowed to buy all the incriminating evidence.
6:29 AM yesterday vennominon commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
That reminds me - the last ccle or two around, I saw mention of vote-swapping sites, where people in safe states made contact with third-party supporters in swing states whose IRV second choice was compatible. An exchange was arranged, and presumably both parties were happier as a result. Are those still legal?
6:11 AM yesterday vennominon commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
Ms Lava - Who would be a comparable candidate in your country - Margaret Court?

From your vantage point, you overlook The Deal. Mrs C could have blown up the Democratic party when Mr C's sex life was the issue of the day. She didn't, and in exchange got a nice, safe Senate seat. A bit high, but one could live with that. She also got the party establishment in her pocket for when she decided she wanted to be President.

Flash to 2008, when she began the primary season with a massive lead in superdelegates and managed the campaign about as well (following the Jeremy Irons series) as Juan Borgia conducted the siege at Forli. She could have led a PUMA rebellion and kept the White House red, but instead just locked the party establish to her all the tighter. There was no chance in Rome that an electable Democrat would run against her this time. So the best-known third-partier in the country has reminded us once again that Mrs C isn't Cesare.
5:46 AM yesterday vennominon commented on Savage Love.
Ms Lava - Ouch.

I have noticed a lot of anti-regressives implying that the repressives have surrendered and moved on. I think the older ones are more likely to be disingenuous repressives themselves; the younger ones often have difficulty believing that something they didn't live through themselves really happened.
Jul 23 vennominon commented on Savage Love.
Mr Hunter - If I feel like it, I feel like it. Homocentric August is a venue for artistic expression, and I have no intention of letting you try to rule-shark me into silence by pinning myself down into doing things the way you think I should do them when you are about the last person here who deserves any such consideration. I don't tell you how to run your Week in Review.

Have a Wainthropp day.