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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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Nikkos: "Tancredo Joins La Raza"

Tancredo supporters rejoice at the news

Thanks to Nikkos for this piece!

The Tancredo for President Campaign would like to remind you, the American voter, that Rep. Tancredo was bashing Spanish and the ghetto-dwelling people that speak it LONG before ol’ Newt even knew the difference between a Taco Bell Crunch Wrap and a Crunch Wrap Supreme (turns out it’s the sour cream).

Why, it was only yesterday that I entertained the nativist’s wet dream ticket for 2008: Gingrich/Tancredo. Apparently Newtie’s not the only one concerned that the rest of the GOP herd will leave them in the proverbial dust, as Tancredo made it official and announced his candidacy via ham radio from an undisclosed location in Iowa.

Finally, a politician that’s serious about the issues facing America today: immigration, immigration, immigration and Duane “Dog” Chapman.

It should be fun watching Newt and Tancredo trying to out-crazy each other, although announcing separate bids for the Presidency may simply be shrewd strategy on their part: I mean, it's not like Newt and Tom can be at EVERY gun range in the country at the same time. This allows them to divide and conquer, as it were. Plus, just think how relieved the rest if us will be when they ultimately join forces and combine their respective campaigns into one huge electoral juggernaut (ahem).

(Being a speechwriter for either of these guys must be hell. See, when you're a raving nativist posing as a viable candidate, there are an awful lot of turns of phrase that are simply verboten, due to their unfortunate historical connotations. There I go again.)

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