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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.

photo by lindsay beyerstein


Pants: "Schadenfreude Is the Force that Gives Me Meaning"

Bush 2000

Bush 2007

thanks to Pants for this photoplay on then-and-now Bush - THANKS PANTS!

While we all decry the state of our country under the stewardship of the Worst President in the History of the Republic, it is fun watching the Presidential Crack-Up. George W. Bush has gone from a healthy- but stupid-looking smirking chimp to a gray-haired castrated silverback. (This man has aged badly.) Because I do not believe in hell, I am hoping that his slide continues unabated. I won’t be happy to he’s shrieking bat-shit insane. (There has to be some sort of universal justice, right?)

Now let’s hope that fat fuck Cheney is haunted by the ghosts of the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis. Yeah, fat chance.

The sad thing is that none of these guys are likely to be held to account for their crimes and treason (hey, I'm all for impeachment, but the Dems are too chickenshit to make that work). But little snippets like the following indicate that BushCo.'s failures are penetrating even the thickest skulls in this administration.

From the Wayne Madsen Report:

March 13, 2007—Our White House Press Corps sources report further disturbing news about President George W. Bush. Our sources have witnessed a clearly inebriated Bush approaching members of the press corps and making rude comments, including one particularly crude remark about First Lady Laura Bush. In that case, Bush, nodding toward Laura, called her a “c**t.” While Bush's drinking is no secret to the White House press contingent, that particular comment was reportedly the worst they have heard uttered by Bush. Our sources also report that Laura Bush's stays at the White House are less frequent and that her overnight trips to the Mayflower Hotel often coincide with the president's drunken binges.

Pretzel face

- posted by Pants