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Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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Not that you had to think too hard about it...

Yet Another Reason to hate WalMart

Note: Logo from the excellent folks here.

Anyway, the geniuses at WalMart once again think it's A-OK to tolerate judgemental degenerates who think it's their personal duty to limit womens' reproductive choices.

Read the article to induce instant barfing if you used up your Ipecac syrup watching Nightline recently. Among other things: The "pharmacist" on duty laughed when the plaintiff here mentioned that a condom had broken on her the night before.

I think that such persons should be medically monitored for the rest of their life...and then when they get cancer, clogged arteries, or any other disease even remotely linked to "lifestyle choices" (ie smokking, crappy diet, etc) be laughed at. Heartilly. By an entire hospital ward of doctors in the specialty area that would otherwise treat the self-righteous fuck if he was worthy of it.

"Hey, Ed, somehow those Marlboros aren't making you feel as manly, eh? Shoulda kept off the smokes, you hipster wannabee! You people always want to play and then whine when you have to pay!" At this point he should be given a prayer book and told to ask Jeebus to heal him.

This kind of bullshit behavior should be a felony; fuck state's rights on this one.

I also encourage vegans everywhere to apply for jobs at cheap steak havens like Applebee's, and then refuse to serve customers who order meat. Bring a test case, please! Seriously, if someone put together a legal defense fund to do such a thing, I have a few spare portraits of Benjamin Franklin to give you.

Fuck WalMart!