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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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Ice Weasel: "Exploding Althouse"

Oh the pain

Thanks to ice weasel for this great post - THANKS ICEE!

words and image by ice weasel with a big nod to Ezra Klein for the link

There are certain bloggers who, at least in my mind, I associate with particular issues. Which isn't to say that these bloggers are single issue or one hit wonders. In every case of the people I'm think of that's not true. But it is true that in every case these writers really hit their stride on one issue. For me, when it comes castigating the mushy middle better than anyone, it's Driftglass. Drifty can weave a tapestry of disgust and righteous indignation that is bulletproof in its factual assertions and hilarious in its descriptions. I wish I could write like that. Oh how I wish...

Which brings me to one of the poster girls of the politically androgynous (which is an unintentional insult to all androgynes out there), ann althouse. Aside from the fact that every proud badger out there must cringe a little, taste just a bit of that vomit of disgust in the back of their throat when they hear her described a law professor at UW Madison (an otherwise fine institution). Hell, I just lived in Wisconsin during some of my formative years and it makes me a little nauseous. Saying one is mostly liberal but really only liking conservatives is the kind of mental judo that althouse specializes in. That and the classic Larry King non-sequitur. Look at the pretty snow...

Anyway, I urge to visit Bloggingheads TV and watch this link. If you're impatient you can scroll forward to 5:07 and see althouse really blow a gasket but it's only ten minutes long in total, so watch the whole thing. You wouldn't want the altmouse to say you were taking her out of context would you? Hey, is that chocolate...

Seriously, you deserve this. Well, other than the almost unavoidable shame you will feel when you look at Garance Franke-Ruta's face and know how uncomfortable it is to be the victim of althouse's patented brand of shrill. You know the feeling. When you see someone do something so stupid that you feel shame for being the same species
that they are. Yes. Watching poor Garance's face patiently endure althouse's pathetically petulant rant is difficult. But there is the althouse meltdown. So it's kind of a wash.

Ooooo, shiny things...

- posted by ice weasel