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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.

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Uncommon Sense: "What Is Bush's Dumbest Utterance?"

The Nation asks (with poll):

    What Is Bush's Dumbest Utterance?

    A) "You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror."

    B) "If the Iranians were to have a nuclear weapon, they could proliferate."

    C) "Those who enter the country illegally violate the law."

    D) "It is a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life."

    E) "I believe that....young cows ought to be allowed to go across our border."

    F) "The illiteracy level of our children are appalling."
The answer is, "G) None of the Above."

Bush's dumbest utterance, ever, is: "We leave before the mission is done, the terrorists will follow us here."

Not only is it the dumbest thing Bush has ever said about Iraq, it could be the dumbest thing that anybody has ever said about anything.

I have yet to hear anybody even ask Bush what it means. On its face, it means that as American troops depart from Iraq, The Terrorists will board airplanes they do not have and, literally, follow them back to the United States. Hopefully, you do not need for me to explain how absurd that is.

If Bush does not mean it literally, then he can only mean it metaphorically. Again, the absurdity of such a metaphor should be self-evident. The Terrorists found us just fine on their own on September 11, 2001. They didn't need to follow anybody here. And if The Terrorists decided to come here and attack us while our troops remain bogged down in Iraq, they will have no trouble finding us, and will not find themselves restrained by some magical, Neocon "flypaper."

It is a sign of just how degraded our public discourse has become that Bush can make such a nakedly stupid statement and not be laughed off of the political stage.

Notes & Observations on the Post-Satirical Age

- posted by Uncommon Sense