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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


LowerManhattanite: "Charlatan"

Two iconic images, brought together as one

Thanks to LowerManhattanite for this fantastic piece!!!

Sung to the tune of Glen Campbell's "Galveston")

Charlatan, a Char-la-tan...
My menda-ci-ty's a' showin'.
I know my legacy I'm blowin'...
And still I run...though I'm a Char-la-tan.

Charlatan, a Char-la-tan...
I can't stop my campaign's crashing.
Remaining integrity I'm trashing...
I'm damn near done...'cause I'm a Char-la-tan.

Helplessly, I see my fiefdom totter,
Without a care--sold my soul selfishly.
And pity poor war-whore, meeee.
All the "Straight Talk" sh*t I used to run...

Charlatan, a Char-la-taaaaaaan!...
I can't help my pro-surge lying...
'Bout who is, and who ain't dying...
'Bout a senseless war, I know deep down cannot be woooooon...
I'm a Char-la-tan! A Char-la-taaaaaaan!

(Song fades out to the percussive “Booms” of mortar rounds and hi-hat sniper fire accents.)

(With apologies to the great Jimmy Webb)

- posted by LowerManhattanite

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