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, December 8, 2011

Richard Dawkins on the Republican primary

By BJ Bjornson

I just love this little exchange from an interview with Dawkins by Lightspeed Magazine:

[Interviewer] Speaking of really strange characters, I gather from your recent op-ed in The Washington Post that you�re not a big fan of this year�s crop of Republican presidential contenders?

[Dawkins] Is anyone that you know? I mean, no, of course not. These people are know-nothings, and it would be a tragedy if any of them was elected. No serious scientist, or nobody even of any education at all, takes Creationism seriously. It�s almost as though the American electorate is splitting into two species, with the civilized, educated ones on one hand and the total ignorant know-nothings on the other, and it�s terribly sad that a large number of voters seem prepared to vote for somebody because he�s like them rather than because they think he�s actually qualified to lead the country.

Gets really hard to argue with that sometimes.


  1. Creationism is a flaw that all religions I know of share. They postulate that their deity created the universe. Created: past tense, like its not happening any more.
    They couldn't be more wrong.
    It's one reason why conservatives and religious folk seem to track together, no change, no evolution, static. And the GOP claims they espouse these principles while worshipping Mammon/

  2. Dawkins is an arrogant, offputting atheist and materialist, however.