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, February 17, 2012

"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" Part II

Commentary By Ron Beasley

Probaly the smartest thing the British have done since WWII is not joining the Eurozone.   Yesterday I posted a rant by the crazy Nigel Farage. But he's not alone.  Here is a more reasonable MEP Daniel Hannan saying the same thing:

Yes it's time for the Greek people to say no to the bankster tehcnocrats.


  1. Sorry for the off topic comment, but I believe that Steve Hynd is affiliated here and at The Agonist, so perhaps someone can get a message to him, as there is no way for me to leave a comment there and no contact mechanism.
    The Agonist is one of my favorite sites, but it has a link which freezes my computer and requires a very messy termingation of all iterations of Firefox. The site has become almost unusable. The script is a facebook link for a youtube video, and it comes up fairly randomly, so I can't tell you precisely what page it is on. I'm hoping it can get fixed, because I'm getting really fed up with it and I would miss reading the fine stuff there.

  2. Uninstall and reinstall your flash plugin. Failing that, uninstall and reinstall Firefox. If you select the options correctly you won't lose any settings/bookmarks/etc.

  3. Just installed the latest Flash. And if that is what I have to do in order to view one single website, then I will skip viewing that one single website. The website is loading a pernicious link, and I am not having that issue anywhere else on the web, which I use some 6-8 hours per day.

  4. Ron - I read your blog all the time and almost always agree with your comments.
    I don't know Mr. Farage's politics broadly but I've seen several of his speeches on EU and individual country sovereignty. On this issue he is absolutely correct. The Greeks should riot and burn down the banks. They are being abused to recirculate money from one bank to another with their austerity paying for it. I don't think he's crazy at all on this point. In fact he is one of the few voices that make sense.

  5. john in cruz
    I agree that Farage is right about this and was right about the Euro in general.

  6. Bill, just seen your comment on Agonist site issues. There's not a lot I can do about it immediately but we're working on a full site facelift and revamp that will solve it along with other problems so I can only ask for some patience. Thanks.