Thursday, September 21, 2006
Episode 9 is here and she's a beauty. I'm joined in studio by Jen, Doobie, and Tipsy. Show notes are brief this week:
The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy
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Tuesday, September 19, 2006
No, I haven't been sitting here waxing philosophical all morning...just now. I found a picture of Perushka taking advantage of the fact that Doobie couldn't move and it got me thinking.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
Subject: Concerning Disney’s 9/11 show
The ABC television network–part of the Walt Disney corporation–unleashed a promotional blitz in the last week for a new “docudrama” called “The Path to 9/11″. ABC has thrown its corporate might behind the two-night production, and bills it as a public service: a TV event, to quote the ABC tagline, “based on the 9/11 Commission Report”. Part of their promotional campaign was to release the film in advance to right wing bloggers and pundits, like Rush Limbaugh, who have immediately hailed it as an unbiased look at the events leading up to 9/11.
You all know me to be a very careful writer who advocates doing a lot of research. In the area of 9/11 I have done just that, reading tons of books and articles about the history of Islamic Fundamentalism, the intelligence community and the various military and political campaigns waged since 9/11. (Yes, someday I’ll do a book…) I’ve actually shied from the partisan political stuff because I find the shrill rantings from either side too anoying to tolerate. And from my reading, there is no doubt that there were significant problems dealing with Islamic fundamentalism that dated from the founding of Saudi Arabia, and were exacerbated by our opposition to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
In short, there is plenty enough blame to go around, both for politicians and bureaucrats. I’d welcome a show that delves into all of this. A show based on the 9/11 commission report actually should do that. This is certainly what ABC has claimed about their show.
That’s a false claim. “The Path to 9/11″ is a bald-faced attempt to revise history. And ust to make things more fun, they even slander Democrats right before Americans vote in a major election. One scene depicts the Clinton administration as refusing to okay a CIA hit on Osama bin Laden–showing CIA agents being outside a house where bin Laden was staying at the time they called for permission. Not only is that scene a complete fabrication, but in the 9/11 report and all of the histories I’ve read, the Clinton Administration repeatedly pushed the CIA for an operation, but CIA Director Tennent never gave his operatives the greenlight. (And for good reason: the closest they ever got to bin Laden was a plan to take out a compound where he was living with cruise missiles strikes, but that strike would have also killed the other people living there–mostly women and children.)
The miniseries, which was scripted by right-wing conservative writers, is the first salvo in the 2006 GOP campaign to terrorism to scare Americans. It irresponsibly misrepresents the facts and completely distorts the truth in an attempt to make you believe that a vote cast for a Democrat is signing a death warrant for your children, your church, you way of life and your nation. This is completely absurd and, as someone who loves the Constitution and hates seeing it being mangled by fear-mongers, I hope you’ll resist the message being pumped out as we approach the election.
But, first things first. Please join me in telling Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger to keep this propaganda off the air. We don’t need the memories and sacrifices of our fellow citizens being morphed into a partisan political event. Don’t let Mr. Iger turn Mickey Mouse into a rat; and don’t let him turn history into a malignant fantasy.
Michael A. Stackpole
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
The subtitle to this episode should read "numerous plugs." It's good to be back. I had a lot of fun with Episode 8 and gained a new appreciation for lengthy edit sessions. But, rather than get long winded about the joy that was podcasting episode 8, I'll let the podcast do the talking. Special visits from Jen, Zach, King, and Tipsy. As an aside - I am madly and deeply in love with my Mac.
I call her Vera.
Show notes (and if I missed any, sorry):
Infection by Scott Sigler
Heaven by Mur Lafferty
Magic Hat Brewery
Dogfish Head Brewery
Spherical Tomi by Jack Mangan
Morevi and Legacy of Morevi by Tee Morris (and Lisa Lee [Morevi!])
Eathrcore by Scott sigler
Winterdance by Gary Paulsen
the Deadpan Podcast
the Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy
Speaking of Beer