Farewell. The Flying Pig Has Left The Building.

Steve Hynd, August 16, 2012

After four years on the Typepad site, eight years total blogging, Newshoggers is closing it's doors today. We've been coasting the last year or so, with many of us moving on to bigger projects (Hey, Eric!) or simply running out of blogging enthusiasm, and it's time to give the old flying pig a rest.

We've done okay over those eight years, although never being quite PC enough to gain wider acceptance from the partisan "party right or wrong" crowds. We like to think we moved political conversations a little, on the ever-present wish to rush to war with Iran, on the need for a real Left that isn't licking corporatist Dem boots every cycle, on America's foreign misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We like to think we made a small difference while writing under that flying pig banner. We did pretty good for a bunch with no ties to big-party apparatuses or think tanks.

Those eight years of blogging will still exist. Because we're ending this typepad account, we've been archiving the typepad blog here. And the original blogger archive is still here. There will still be new content from the old 'hoggers crew too. Ron writes for The Moderate Voice, I post at The Agonist and Eric Martin's lucid foreign policy thoughts can be read at Democracy Arsenal.

I'd like to thank all our regular commenters, readers and the other bloggers who regularly linked to our posts over the years to agree or disagree. You all made writing for 'hoggers an amazingly fun and stimulating experience.

Thank you very much.

Note: This is an archive copy of Newshoggers. Most of the pictures are gone but the words are all here. There may be some occasional new content, John may do some posts and Ron will cross post some of his contributions to The Moderate Voice so check back.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Reading The Declaration Of Independence Aloud

By John Ballard

Continuing a tradition that began twenty-five or thirty years ago, the voices of NPR's Morning Edition read aloud the Declaration of Independence this morning.
It takes about eight or nine minutes.
I take time to listen every year and usually hear something I had either forgotten or didn't pay close attention to in past years.

Tahrir I miss the archived versions with the voices of people like Baxter Black, cowboy poet and large animal veterinarian, Red Barber, sports announcer who retired to Florida and enjoyed chatting with Bob Edwards, and Bob Edwards himself who always ended the reading by noting that King George wrote in his diary "Nothing of importance happened today."

Younger readers who want to hear that voice may enjoy listening.

In light of the Arab Spring Independence Day has a greater than usual symbolic importance this year.

Should anyone visit this post in years to come, this tweet and photo from Tahrir Square in Cairo taken a few hours ago makes a good momento for future reference.

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