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, November 16, 2011

OWS -- First Person Account of the Zuccotti Park Raid

By John Ballard

This is too important to snip and summarize. Do read the whole piece. 

Last night, in what seems to be part of a coordinated crackdown on occupations across the country, Zuccotti Park was raided. Thousands of us who had subscribed to the text alert system, or who got emails or phone calls or panicked Twitter messages, went to Wall Street. But we could not get near the camp. Two blocks south of Liberty Plaza on Broadway, blocked by a police barricade that circled the whole area, I found myself part of a small crowd straining to see what was happening. In the distance, Zuccotti Park was lit like a sports field, glaring eerily, and I could make out a loud speaker, blasting announcements and threats. Sounds of people chanting and screaming floated towards us. While we paced the street, seething and sorrowful, tents were trampled, people�s possessions piled up, and occupiers arrested. Later I would come across a camper I had met earlier in the day sobbing on the sidewalk. A few blocks west, maybe thirty minutes after I arrived, the police line broke so two huge dump trucks could pass through. So that was it: we, and everything we had made and were trying to make, were trash.

The authorities must be ashamed, because they so badly did not want anyone to see what happened last night. First they attacked the senses, flooding the park with bright light and using sound cannons. Then they corralled the press into pens, arrested reporters, and shut down airspace over lower Manhattan, so that no news stations could broadcast from above. As we strained our necks over their barricades they kept telling us that there was nothing to see. But clearly there was! We knew they were lying. And when we told them so, they, with batons in hand, forced us away. We were herded like sheep, and I felt like one, meekly following orders, a terrible coward. Those who resisted�those who stood their ground on a public sidewalk we all have a right to stand on�got maced in the face, right in the eyes. The authorities so badly did not want anyone to see what happened last night they were willing to temporarily blind us.

[As I said, read the whole thing.]

Tony Karon Tweeted...


?Go read Naomi Wolf's "Fascist America, in 10 easy steps."

?Here is a summary.

  1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy [DHS -- Check]

  2. Create a gulag [Prison-industrial complex -- Check]

  3. Develop a thug caste [Municipal police in full riot gear -- Check] 

  4. Set up an internal surveillance system  [Undercover agents -- Check]

  5. Harass citizens' groups  [Coordinated nationwide raids -- Big Check]

  6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release

  7. Target key individuals 

  8. Control the press  [See the account above -- Check]

  9. Dissent equals treason 

  10. Suspend the rule of law

Number 6, 7, 9 and 10 may still be up for discussion, but talk radio, Fox News and a number of GOP presidential hopefuls are working on them. Recall Rick Perry's calling Ben Bernanke treasonous.

1 comment:

  1. No one yet openly wondering why BO is "in country". Yet, seems, federal security & police involved, at the very least, in advising on best practices to control mobs, aka non-elite citizens, from upsetting the decorum of modern conservatives & liberals alike.