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.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Eating Christ

Commentary By Ron Beasley

This satirical peace at the Hufington Post has created outrage.

The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum

Now as an atheist I think all religion is mythological nonsense. But the Catholic Church has a long history of evil so calling out the nonsense like this amuses me.

Unlike Christians, Santorum and his fellow Roman Catholics participate in a barbaric ritual dating back two millennia, a "mass" in which a black-robed cleric casts a spell over some bread and wine, transfiguring it into the actual living flesh and blood of their Christ. Followers then line up to eat the Jesus meat and drink his holy blood in a cannibalistic reverie not often seen outside Cinemax.

Roman Catholics like Santorum take their orders from "the Pope," a high priest who, they believe, chats with God. Santorum has made no secret of his plans to implement his leader's dicta on allowed uses of vaginas and anuses, but has said little about what additional dogma he will be compelled to obey. Will child killers and terrorists go unexecuted on the Pope's say-so? Will we be able to conduct our wars as we see fit, or only the "just" ones? If Santorum is a good Catholic, and he appears to be among the very best, our real president will be Benedict XVI (a "former" Nazi, by the way).

The Roman Catholic Church is a spiritual scam - it has been from the begining.  It was never a spiritual organization but a political one.  It was always designed to be the state religion of the Roman Empire. It fulfilled that mission until the Protestant Reformation able to demand loyalty from Kings in Europe.  Bishops were political appointments. 

The Catholic Church has historically been an undemocratic criminal organization.  That became obvious to all with the the cover up of child molestation of the priesthood.  Make no mistake this is nothing new, it's been going on for 2000 years.  Don't forget the church castrated young boys for the choir. 

Rick Santorum lost the Catholic vote because his Opus Dei Catholisism is not supported by a majority of Catholics.  The 16th century was 500 years ago. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm a Catholic, and the dirty little secret about our ultimate acceptance in American society in the last 50-75 years is symbolized by JFK's "separation" speech back in 1960. In pretty explicit terms, he told the American public that they didn't have to worry about him being beholden to the strange men in black dresses, that he would govern as a "normal" American and wouldn't be forced to engage in RC wackiness that Americans had worried about since the birth of the Republic. The bargain with the church thus was that Cathlolics would be accepted if the instititional hierarchy wouldn't get too in-your-face about pushing its views on the rest of the country. It seems now that the church wants to rewrite that bargain, with the result that (justly) the moratorium on pointing out the church's weirdness on many things is coming to an end. Sigh. Didn't they know a good thing when they had it?