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.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dear Mr Sandoval, Consider Me Chastized

By Steve Hynd

Oh noes, the firebaggers have been Sandovaled! An email sent by the New Mexico state director for the Obama campaign has attacked Nobel winning economist Paul Krugman as a �fanatic�, an �idealogue� and a "political rookie" compared to the President as well as bashing the "Firebagger Lefty blogosphere" for not falling on their rhetorical swords to defend the president's spelunking tendencies.

The Obama campaign are already distancing themselves from Ray Sandoval's attack, of course, but as Chairwoman Jane at Firebagger Central explains, it's not exactly an outlier.

The California Democratic Party just refused to renew the charter of the largest caucus in the party, the Progressive Caucus, after they passed a resolution calling for a primary challenge to Obama in 2012. So this isn�t an isolated incident. It�s clear that the the Democrats want to marginalize liberals in 2012 for basically promoting the same values and saying the same things we�ve said during every presidency since time immemorial.

Meanwhile, Krugman himself writes:

some people in the Obama campaign really, really dislike people like me, who complain when the president gives in to GOP blackmail.

Well, at least they�re paying attention.

And that really is the crux of the problem isn't it? Krugman and the Firebaggers have devoted themselves to being the "professional Left" (like Ezra used to be) instead of being "professional Democrats" (like Ezra now is). Dude, that's like not realizing that a flat map of a mountain is exactly the same as that big, pointy, rocky thing over there and it's surely heresy to believe otherwise.

I now absolutely agree with John Cole that we should "hate the name that we came up with for ourselves". Obviously calling ourselves "Left" has totally distracted us from the reality that being "Dem" is what is truly important, come thick or thin and whether the Dem president is enacting any part of the Left's agenda or not. We shouldn't be pointing out "that we've basically had 9.0%+ unemployment for 2.5 years and maybe..somebody should do something." It's obviously illogical to demand the territory rather than the map our political betters say we can have. And more importantly, it's disloyal. Just ask the AFL-CIO.

 Mr Sandoval, consider this "firebagger" for one chastized!

/fingers crossed.

In another universe entirely, a new low of 26% of Americans approve of President Barack Obama�s handling of the economy. In this one, Ray Sandoval would be calling them "firebaggers", or something.


  1. Um, that's New Mexico.
    New Mexico magazine used to have a feature, "One of Our Fifty Is Missing." Also at Newshoggers?

  2. Oops. Fixed. Sorry Cheryl. :-)
    Regards, Steve