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.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It actually can happen to you

By BJ Bjornson

Not exactly the right context, but the saying for this could be similar to the old, �Fool me once ...�

The South Fulton Fire Department made national news last year after they refused to put out a house fire due to an unpaid fire subscription fee, and it appears that policy has not changed.

Homeowner Vicky Bell watched her home burn to the ground on Monday while firefighters stood behind her looking on, according to WPSD-TV.

. . .

Bell admitted that she was aware of the fee, but never thought it would happen to them.

A little too much of human nature there, I suppose, but after the first time, you�d think people might be a bit more careful about paying up.

Then again, there appears to be a whole subset of people who support policies that can only make sense if in fact they believe that they will never find themselves in need of the services they vote to cut or severely restrict. Sure, Newt and Mitt aren�t ever going to need food stamps or unemployment benefits, but a lot of the people that vote for their party aren�t necessarily going to be so lucky. By the time they get to �never thought it would happen to them�, it�s usually too late.


  1. Don't worry, Newt has a solution. All the poor children can scrub the toilets of the rich children. That'll learn 'em.