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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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Danny Doom: "A Master Debate"

Sure, all fake

Thanks to Danny Doom for this great cross-post!

Something funny: I’m driving home and I got the AM on because the FM is broken, and so there’s this guy with a munchkin voice on WLS-890 ranting about Newt Gingrich. I guess Gingrich debated John Kerry about global warming today and didn’t do so hot. Turns out the munchkin voice is a guy named Mark Levin, who has a blog over at the National Review (right-wing nutball central). I thought he was an Oompa-Loompa or something, but no, he’s a conservative kook with his own little radio talk show too. Turns out that there is also a blog over there called “Planet Gore” which they use to make fun of Al Gore and the global warming crowd, in a way that would seem familiar if you were in the sixth grade still. You know the usual thing, where they joke about how it’s snowing outside in April, so how can there be global warming, ha ha, that silly Al Gore in his private jet and house that uses all that energy… Forget science, Planet Gore is where you go to score cheap political points in the absence of a real argument. So anyway, there’s Newt Gingrich and John Kerry debating global warming and, from the sound of the munchkin Mark Levin, Gingrich let down his conservative base by basically giving in to John Kerry and agreeing that something needs to be done about this situation. He had, it seems, the reasonable approach that normal people have about this issue, in a way that transcends politics and looks toward improving the state of the planet for the future. Gingrich even has a book coming out called “A Contract With the Earth,” if you can believe it. Levin raised his tiny voice and raged, and all I could do was laugh. There goes another perfect candidate for ‘08! Even more hilarious though, was another NRO nut named Iain Murray, who wrote this gem on The Corner earlier today:
All I can say is that wasn’t the Newt I gave a standing ovation to at the Oxford Union in 1985(I very rarely give standing ovations), nor the one who appeared at the National Review Institute Summit a couple of months ago. He seemed off his game somewhat, and was perhaps trapped by a desire to seem reasonable on the issue, which Kerry exploited to the full.
Trapped by a desire to seem reasonable on the issue! Imagine that, NRO readers! Not something you’re used to, I know! So no wonder Oompa Loompa was pissed, and I would imagine there will be others disappointed in Gingrich’s bout with reason. I would wait it out if I were them, though; there’s a good chance Newt will open his mouth again tomorrow and heal thyself.

- posted by Danny Doom

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