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.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Why Would Anyone Want The Job?

Commentary By Ron Beasley

Why Would Anyone Want The Job?  That's a question I asked in 2008 because I was convinced the economy was too broken to fix.  Well we are into the 2012 election cycle and the question remains the same. If the world finacial system dosen't collapse before November of 2012 it will certainly collapse at some point in the following four years.  With oil at or near $100 bbl there will be no economic growth so there is no possibility that a highly leveraged economy can make good on it's obligations.  The too big to fail banks will fail.  China and India will fail.   Extreme weather is upon us - drought and floods = death.  The climate change deniers in Texas and Oklahoma are learning the hard way they were wrong. 

The proverbial shit is about to hit the fan - who in thier right mind would want ot be top dog when that happens?  Perhaps that's why the Republican nomination process is a clown show.  If nobody in their right mind would want the job you get candidates that aren't in their right mind.


  1. Which makes one wonder why Obama wants to e reelected.

  2. Or why becomes a professional warrior in times of war. Family? Self image? Guilt? Delusions of invincibility?
    Unlike pilots or ship captains who may die as their plane or vessel goes down, ex-presidents have a chance for another role -- a golden parachute of sorts. Actually they are more like actors than warriors.