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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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Hey Achmed

Sen. Shithead: Hey Achmed, I will give you 1 U.S. Dollar for these glasses! Thats a lot of money to you people.

Shopkeeper: Sure, sure, $1, i am looking forward to having a power drill put holes in my spine tomorrow, just before they put a bullet in my head, because you chose my shop, but sure, $1 dollar is fine. Thank you brave American political person. [sigh]

"They're not Pollyannaish about this," Lieberman said referring to the soldiers. ''They know it's not going to be solved in a day or a month."

Pollyanna? Who talks like that about Iraq? These kids are having their limbs blown off, they requested better body armor and armored hummvees and information on withdrawal and shitbag says they arent Pollyannaish?!?

Pollyanna tells the story of Pollyanna Whittier, a young girl who goes to live with her wealthy Aunt Polly after her father's death. Pollyanna's philosophy of life centers around what she calls "The Glad Game": she always tries to find something to be glad about in every situation, and to always do without delay whatever she thinks is right. With this philosophy, and her own sunny personality, she brings so much gladness to her aunt's dispirited New England town that she transforms it into a pleasant, healthy place to live.

Joe Lieberman is not mentally healthy