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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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From beachmom at dailykos we hear the Riverbend is packing it in. This Baghdad blogger has been giving us a crucial glimpse into the chaotic lifestyle in Iraq filled with danger, inconvience, hyprocisy and great sadness.

Beachmom points us also to another blogger, Nabil, who is dealing with people moving in not out. Al Qaeda. So lets all clap for 'the surge', excellent results. Sadly predicitable by all concerned except for people like John McCain, Joe Lieberman, George Bush, and Dick Cheney who no more care about the Iraqi people than then do about the American people.

Now this long lonely voice will disappear into the vast group of refugees. Mission accomplished.

People want to criticize Harry Reid for his statement that the war is lost. But exactly what metric do you want to use to show that this is not lost? As a counter insurgency we have rewritten the field manual to coincide with our strategies. We are editing the news to eliminate facts. We have created reality excluded fantasy zones more bizarre than Disneyworld. The flood of refugees is too much for neighboring countries. We are conducting training for the insurgents, they're attending the U.S. military trainings in country. We are cutting benefits for our veterans. We are being bilked out of billions by global corporations and hundreds of thousands are dead. Someone please tell me what in Gods name are we winning?