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June 03, 2007


I'm sorry that he got sick and sorry that his sickness led to his death but I'm glad his suffering is over.

I'm sorry for Steve, to be cut down at such a young age, and sorrier for his friends and family.

I also had differences of opinion with Steve, but that doesn't matter.

That is awful. I’m sad to say that I didn’t even know he was ill. I didn’t agree with him on much, but I had a lot of respect for him. The blogosphere is what it is today in large part due to him.

My thoughts are with his family and friends.

I never knew Steve Gilliard, or read his blog, other than a literal handful of posts I'd followed pointers to, or had any contact with him.

But I'm sorry for the loss to all those who knew him.

Orcinus' Sara Robinson has also written a must-read tribute to Gilliard.

Oh, and JFTR, future Wanker of the Day Jules Crittenden is a cowardly, passive-aggressive ghoul. I'd never heard of the deporable 'Six Meat Buffet' (no link from me; scroll to the bottom of the Crittenden post if you wish) before today; if only I could return to that blissful state of serene ignorance.

(Jon Swift's in-character remembrance should also be noted.:-))

matttbastard: “Deplorable” doesn’t begin to cover it. I’m ashamed and disgusted.

Oh God, I'm so sorry. I didn't know him, I disagreed with him often enough, but I'll miss his voice a lot.

And as Sara at Orcinus' commenter said, we should sign our organ donor cards.

Small world sort of comment, there was a Steve Gilliard connection to Japan, and several people I know knew him, and I'm under the impression that Steve spent some time here, though it may simply have been thru his work at Netslaves. I wasn't too familiar with what was going on there, but I did read Steve's stuff there from time to time which was when I first encountered him, and one of the founders of Netslaves has an obituary that links to a number of Steve's earlier writings.

I didn't find it hard at all to be mournful and respectful when Cathy Seipp passed away. Similarly, I have no idea why anyone would find it hard to behave appropriately at this moment.

Personally, I appreciated Steve's no-bullshit style, even when we didn't see eye to eye. The world needs more people who express their feelings honestly.

I find it ironic that those who want to take posthumous pot-shots at the man try to justify it by arguing he was a "hateful" blogger. What do they think THEY are, I wonder?

I've said it elsewhere, but it's worth saying again: he will be missed.

I didn't read him often, so I had no idea he was this ill. I mainly knew him from the early days, when I still read KOS regularly, and from his colonial war series. I like blunt, so I appreciated him even if I didn't agree with him. The "didn't agree with him" seems to be a common theme, so we might conclude that he at least followed his own conscience - an admirable trait.

I read the News Blog every single day until Gilliard went into the hospital.

Here is what I took away from Gilliard's writing.

1. Kick ass and take names
2. Never apologize for being liberal

Words to live by. And, you know, IRL Gilliard was a pussycat and a sweetheart.

RIP Gilly.

Thanks -

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