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.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm With Stupid

By John Ballard

For readers looking for domestic content this is a non-sequitur but maybe not. I've been following events in Egypt for nearly a year so I'm grabbing this great cartoon via Issandr El Amrani aka The Arabist so I don't lose it.

To explain briefly, The fall of Mubarak was not the end of Egypt's problems but the beginning. In what can be described as an interrim between the fall of Hosni Mubarak and the elections that have yet to happen, the only real authority in Egypt is the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) which continues to run Egypt with an iron hand. Despite the violence of Maspero (which has SCAF written all over it) and military trials of civilians, many, if not most of the Egyptian public are no different from people all over the world. (USA comes to mind.) Given the choice between comfort and change, most people opt for the status quo unless "change" is unavoidable.

Last night's GOP debate indicartes that a great many Americans behave the same way.



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