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.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pandering To The American Taliban

Commentary By Ron Beasley

As bad as the police brutality against the OWS demonstrators was it was not the scariest thing that happened last week.  The most disturbing thing has to be six of the would be Republican candidates for president pandering to the greatest threat to this nation - the Evangelical Christians or the American Taliban.  It happened at the Thanksgiving Family Forum.

At a forum on moral values, which was held at First Federated, an evangelical church in Des Moines, the six candidates in attendance largely stuck to Republican orthodoxy and avoided criticizing one another. Instead, they called for dramatic changes in current law to achieve conservative aims.

To limit abortion, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, one of the leading candidates in polls here, proposed a federal law defining �personhood� as starting at conception, similar to a provision backed by abortion opponents that was rejected earlier this month by voters in Mississippi. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he supported provisions that would limit the ability of gay couples to adopt children, while businessman Herman Cain called for changing provisions in the tax code that restrict churches� involvement in politics if they want to keep their tax-exempt status.

Several committed to supporting state same-sex marriage bans and eventually a constitutional amendment to prohibit it, although libertarian candidate Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) said the issue should be dealt with by churches and families instead of the government.

�As long as abortion is legal in this country .?.?. we will never have rest because that law does not comport with God�s law,� said former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.

Steve Benen:

So, what did we learn from the event? That for all the focus on economic and fiscal issues at the national level, much of the Republican base is still preoccupied with a culture war � and most of the Republican presidential candidates are only too pleased to tell these voters what they want to hear.

This is a problem for the Republicans and one they created when they came to depend on a base of ignorant bible thumping neanderthals.  Mitt Romney chose not to attend which is why he is the only Republican who could possibly win the general election.  Of course the panderer in chief, Newt Gingrich may snatch the nomination from him. 


  1. Harken back to the interrogation of McCain and Obama by Pastor Rick Warren, with the two presidential candidates summoned to his "congregation" to be subjected to his "religious test," which is specifically prohibited by our constitution.

  2. The role of the Republican Party is to convince the unintelligent to vote in the interests of the 1%. They do this by pandering to so-called culture war issues like abortion, homosexuality, school prayer, etc.
    The role of the Democratic Party is to convince the intelligent to vote in the interests of the 1%. They do this by pretending to support progressive, pro-labor policies while always voting (under alleged duress) with the same corporate masters.
    Focusing on the Republican primary charade is a waste of time. Neither this gang of clowns or their Democratic opponent will do anything significant to advance the economic, peace and justice interests of the 99%, so they should be collectively ignored.