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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: "Loyalty to the Family"

Hard to believe he's president, isn't it

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

Unquestioning loyalty is the one thing that the republicans prize above all else. Bowing down, in all matter, to top authority is the only rule, all else flows from this. As some of us are discovering, there is not bottom to the greasy barrel in which the bush family lives. There is nothing they won't do to preserve their power to do whatever they please. So please, all of you, quit pretending otherwise. Because to hang onto that, in other times, reasonable feeling that "they can't be that bad, that dumb, that openly criminal".

Yes they can.

Sampson is out. This is just the first pathetic stumbling step towards cutting the chain in this scenario, once again, from the white house to the crime.

You don't have to make any large intuitive leaps to see the white house all over this. rove, miers, they're all names we've heard time and again and they're only being the good soliders that they are, protecting the Dear Leader and the Party; preserving power for the future, covering their tracks for yesterday.

And don't forget, while you're honing your anger this morning, at the one enabler who made this entire USA scandal possible, the mealy-mouthed, craven senator from my own state, arlen spector. Not only was spector's performance at the hearings on this matter last week so sadly partisan that is shamed even tom delay, but spector was the
snake who, at the last minute, slipped in the little bit that allowed this plan to remove USA's who couldn't maintain fealty, into the patriot act re--authorization. spector made this entire scam possible. Don't forget that now and certainly, if you live in the commonwealth, don't forget that next year.

I guess for me, the thing that makes this that much more a confirmation of everything I've ever thought about the republican party is that these United States Attorneys are all republicans. All of them. These aren't Clinton appointees who managed to hide well. These are the loyal shock troops duly appointed by the most crooked system of patronage since Boos Tweed (oh, and winged monkeys, I know Tweed was a dem, so what, a crook is a crook and I could have easily used nixon as an example if you're more comfortable with your criminals all having the same party affiliation). These were loyal republicans who, apparently foolishly, thought they could just come in and do a good job. But we all know that's not enough.

- posted by ice weasel