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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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Matthew Saroff: "Cox Sackers"

Great analogy

Thanks to Matthew Saroff for this fantastic insight into the Gonzales US Attorney firings - THANKS MATTHEW!

The current attorney purge sounds a lot like the "Saturday Night Massacre' done by Nixon, when he fires special prosecutor Archibald Cox, and Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus both resigned rather than do the firing, so Robert "What, Me Ethics" Bork, swung the ax.

Does this mean that we can call GW Bush and Alberto Gonzales a bunch of Cox Sackers?

Doubtless, some on the right will claim that this is a crude and unfunny play on words. Our response should be that we are sick to death of the self-important, humorless, politically correct right wingers.

For many years now, the backlash against "political correctness" has been one of the defining features of the right's critique of the reality based community, and turnabout is fair play.

- posted by Matthew Saroff