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 3, 2012

Romney on Marriage, and Other Examples of Extremism and Intolerance

By John Ballard

This is old news because it happened in December, but I'm posting it in case anybody forgot. I'm amazed the video is only listed as having been viewed a few thousand times. It illustrates the larger point about religious extremism. 

One might think that being Mormon would sensitize someone to the quagmire of ugliness that bubbles up with religious extremism. But one would be wrong.

I just received the following link in an email from an old high schlool classmate who is a retired teacher. This is freaking unbelievable.

Giving Alabama teachers a big pay raise could go against the Bible, state Sen. Shadrack

McGill (R-Woodville) said recently at a prayer breakfast in north Alabama, according to the Times-Journal of Dekalb County.

But McGill supports the 62 percent pay increase the legislature gave itself in 2007 because means lawmakers are now less susceptible to taking bribes, the paper reported.

Regarding teacher pay, McGill said: "It's a Biblical principle. If you double a teacher's pay scale, you'll attract people who aren't called to teach. To go in and raise someone's child for eight hours a day, or many people's children for eight hours a day, requires a calling. It better be a calling in your life. I know I wouldn't want to do it, OK?"

Slowly but surely, like mildew in a crawl space, a lunatic fringe is infesting our politics.

Another example is a sub-text of the current Komen vs. Planned Parenthood flap,  the nutty idea that abortions lead to breast cancer, a notion at best scientifically marginal but advanced by religious extremists that have polarized that issue as well.

Pick just about any topic -- capital punishment, assisted suicide, school prayer, abortion, gun control, global warming -- and we are being polarized into political and social extremes, fueled in no small way by extreme and unbending religious views.

I saw a Tweet yesterday that if Jesus were alive today someone from the 1% would be telling Him to get a job. 

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