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, November 24, 2011

Mixed Vegetable Casserole

By John Ballard

MixedVegCasseroleI want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving Day to all my fellow posters at Newshoggers, regular readers and visitors.
A special thanks to Steve, our blog host, on a break (we hope) writing evocative creative stanzas which some day he might choose to link at Newshoggers.
And though she has been quiet lately, I want to say Hello to Kat, our researcher. Readers rarely get to hear from her except in an occasional comment, but her epistles behind the scene are an avalanche of timely and informative links which keep our juices flowing.  

When I went through the kitchen just now I saw my wife making one of our favorite casseroles, using a recipe written by my mother's hand.  Much better, don't you think, than something more sterile from a cookbook or the Internet?

My favorite Twitter message this year refers to Thanksgiving Day, when we celebrate leaving home and taking over someone else's country. 

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