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.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Real World

Commentary By Ron Beasley

I haven't been posting much.  My job as care giver for my 89 year old mother has become increasingly demanding.  But I still have time to observe.  I know it's spring fall because the geese are flying over.  Of course the leaves are changing.



  1. Beautiful, Ron. I'm jealous.
    When my reliable old Nikon F (Photomic-T, circa 1966) finally gave up the ghost (and now along with the obsolescence of celluloid film) I sprang for a "really good" Canon of some sort. It takes spectacular pictures, zooms, and all that. But outdoors I can't see the damn screen and have no idea what I'm photographing. And the new SLR cameras, which really expensive, STILL aren't actually "through the lens."
    And as far as I can tell can't they pull the shutter in for a depth-of-field preview. When I say that to young sales people they look at me as though I had asked for a hand-crank for my car motor.
    Thank goodness the kids all have cameras, now phones, with cameras that do everything.

  2. I know it's spring because the geese are flying over.
    Wait a minute! Spring? Did you move to the southern hemisphere without telling us? :)

  3. I guess I'm even more confused than I thought BJ.