Back in the day, Shire Network News was the podcast of the anglospheric blogosphere. It’s time to put all the episodes back up on the web!
The archives lost for years have been found and they’re coming back. Shire Network News was one of the earliest podcasts and ran from 2005 to 2009 ending just a few years before anybody had even heard of podcasting. It would be called conservative today but it was staffed mostly with ex-lefties. Fiercely pro-Western Civilisation, pro-Israel standing up to bullies.
First Broadcast October 30, 2005: In this week’s edition of Shire Network News, the official podcast of Silent Running, Laurence Simon seems rather out of sorts over a statement from the Iranian President about relations with Israel. Terribly touchy those Hebrews, I find. The smallest threat to exterminate them with atomic weapons and they take so personally.Our Man in London Andrew Ian Dodge can’t decide whether George Galloway should be hung, drawn and quartered in the Tower of London, or shipped off the the USA so “Old Sparky” can be fired up again. Decisions, decisions…
The feature interview this week is with the married couple who write “Gates of Vienna”, Baron Bodisesy and Dymphna, who talk about their work in uncovering the existence of a Jaamat Al-Fuqra training camp in rural Virginia.
Also mentioned in the podcast, USA Today reveals the identity of a Goa’uld symbiote at the highest echelons of the US government (the knee high leather boots should have been a bit of a giveaway), Sir Humphry’s has the technical analysis of the revealing photo, and Michelle Malkin tracks the blog response to the revalation of alien control of US foriegn policy (the fact that we actually counterattacked after 9/11 should have been a bit of a giveway), Roger L. Simon congratulates the President of Iran on his candour, and we cross live to New York for the ringing condemnations of Iran’s threat to destroy Israel from the assembled Arab ambassadors, a black blogger puts a black politician he doesn’t like in blackface minstrel makeup and then gets all bent out of shape when Andrew Sullivan calls him on it, Verdondent blog wonders why suddenly the whole mainstream media started using the headline “Grim Milestone” like they were Pavlov’s dogs or something, LGF undercover operative Zombie infiltrates the wild celebrations at Moonbat Central when the good news about the 2,000th US death in Iraq came though (he has some of the most incriminating photos you’ll ever see), although Greyhawk brings us a different perspective from one of the fallen.
First Broadcast October 23, 2005: In this week’s edition of Shire Network News, the official podcast of Silent Running, Laurence Simon goes violently ape on New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s arse. Sorry, ass. The reason? Sports. What else is going to really get Americans worked up? A natural disaster? Oh please…Our Man in London continues to taunt us with tales of teenage totty among the Tories, and our feature interview is with blogger Tex, of Whacking Day, about how to use the F-bomb to maximum effect, and strategic use of photos of the dead Che Guevara to drive lefties crazy. Ok, even crazier than usual.
Also in the program, confusion to the French as we celebrate the battle of Trafalgar; how easy it is to contract a case of Conservative Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by reading NRO, Pro-Life Blogs and Info-Theory, all of which seem to believe that the Harriet Miers nomination to the US Supreme Court is the most important event since the cooling of the earth’s crust, assuming you aren’t one of those who believe the universe was created over a week only six thousand years ago or something; the Spectator gets medieveal on New Zealand’s arse; political blogs start calling the shots in the Ohio Senate race; how would Daily Kos fare if it were based in Tehran, where pissing off the mullahs by blogging can get you thirty lashes; “South Park” lampoons the media, who seem curiously reluctant to talk about their Hurricane Katrina performance now that the actual facts are emerging; and the Guardian get to keep using words like “militant”, “insurgent” and “activist” after one of their reporters gets handed back by kidnappers who realise he’s worth more to them alive than dead.
First Broadcast October 15, 2005: In this week’s edition of Shire Network News, the official podcast of Silent Running, Laurence Simon talks about the non-story about how George Bush came to be quoted as saying G0d talks to him. The media’s unimpeachably solid source for this? The Palestinian political leadership! Riiiight.Our Man in London speculates about which loser has-been is going to be selected to lead the Tory Party to it’s next inevitable crushing defeat, and our feature interview is with blogger Meryl Yourish, about her concerns that Israel is being held to a double standard, and that Jews are reliving the 1930s.
Also in the program, an alternative use for the BBC‘s news theme Lillibulero, the BBC try to show that Jews are just making it up about being in danger and Melanie Phillips probably wishes she hadn’t participated in the documentary, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder leaves office with characteristic charm and diplomacy, what the European papers are really saying about America in their own languages, the New Zealand media spazzes out over church members speaking to politicians, British playwright Harold Pinter wins this year’s Novel Prize for Anti-American Lunacy, a soldier involved in the alleged “staged chat” with the President hits back at the media for misrepresenting it, a lefty luvvie Australian playwright gets trapped on a cruise ship full of Kath and Kim clones and sees a metaphor for the destruction of the Lucky Country, while commenters on Tim Blair’s site point and laugh.
First Broadcast October 01, 2005: In this week’s edition of Shire Network News, the official podcast of Silent Running, Laurence Simon imagines himself as a latter-day Francis Scott Key, inspired by…well, lets just say it aint a flag and let you find out.Our Man in London is joined by one of Our Men in New Zealand, David Farrar, who is apparently being stalked in London by Deborah Coddington. Well, it’s Earl’s Court, it’s not as if she would run into anyone English, is it?
In Blog News, I’m off to Rarotonga for my holidays, and you’re not. Why? Oh, the desperate need to avoid the thought of my homeland struggling under three more years of (and this is a direct quote from a comments post), “arrogant rule by bed-wetting hand-wringing bearded cardigan-wearing lefties, supported on confidence and supply by a bunch of tree-hugging lice-picking fuckwits not long out of the trees”. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Also mentioned are Randi (Everything is just like the Holocaust! Bush is Hitler! They’re using helicopter gunships on black people!) Rhodes, who Dave Pierre busted on his blog “Newsbusters” for comparing the way people were transported away from New Orleans on buses to the Holocaust. You remember how everyone got off at Auschwitz and received three squares, a cot and a $2,000 debit card, right? I predict some masterful juvenile scorn for Randi from Meryl Yourish, especially now she has a spiffing new look for her fine blog.
We have some words of confort for any American tourist who has ever been sneered at by a European, delivered by James Garner, from the Movie “The Americanization of Emily”, and the feature interview is with military blogger/podcaster Dave Green, of Reverse Retina Radio (“the most heavily armed podcast in the universe”).
First Broadcast September 24, 2005: In this week’s edition of Shire Network News, the official podcast of Silent Running, Laurence Simon explains staying put in hurricane-threatened Houston was preferable to being stuck in the worlds biggest traffic jam with three angry cats and no food. Our Man in London provides us with the bstartling intelligence that it appears to be raining. Raining? In Britain? MI6 are reportedly working the angles on that right now.
In Blog News, the seige of Helengrad continues, still no word if last Saturday’s assault on the walls was successful, but it’s not looking good, NZ Pundit, David Farrar’s Kiwiblog, Sir Humphry’s , why Dennis Kucinich, Al Sharpton, Howard Dean and Wes Clark just can’t cut it in the crazy stakes with foirmer Australian opposition leader Mark Latham, Tim Blair, Cindy Sheehan, the Google empire targets blogs for their nefarious scheme to offer us free and useful services, the bastards, why Singaporean bloggers are staring down the barrel of sedition charges over comments about dogs, the correct way for Christian to apologise to Muslims according to the Anglican church, Melanie Phillips, and finally a little something for all the lovers out there…