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, March 13, 2012

Score one for Canada

By BJ Bjornson

Looks like Darth Cheney is afraid to take a little jaunt north of the border.

Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney has cancelled a Canadian speaking appearance due to security concerns sparked by demonstrations during a visit he made to Vancouver last fall, the event promoter said Monday.

Cheney, whom the protesters denounced as a war criminal, was slated to talk about his experiences in office and the current American political situation at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on April 24.

. . .

Last Sept. 26, Cheney's appearance in Vancouver was marred by demonstrators who blocked the entrances to the exclusive Vancouver Club.

The activists, who at one point scuffled with police, called for Cheney's arrest for war crimes and booed guests as they arrived at the $500-a-ticket dinner.

. . .

Ruppert said the "thugs" put everyone at risk and forced Cheney to remain inside the club for seven hours until police were able to disperse the protesters and deem it safe for him to leave.

Remarkable what the prospect of a bit of inconvenience (which is really the most that Cheney would be facing in Toronto, war crimes notwithstanding) can do to scare off the privileged.


  1. Why is anyone in Canada interested in hearing anything Cheney has to say? Hey Canada! You're learning the wrong lesson, eh?

  2. Interestingly trying to see anything re Spectre Live Corp, the group that had booked old scaredy Cat Cheney et daughter, http://spectrelive.com/ , involuntarily sends you to Mark Steyn's rather amateurish designed website. Steyn, still I think a Canadian, is Cheney's filler which also likely answers RayS's query re which type of Canadian would bother to go listen to Cheney.

  3. Why is anyone in Canada interested in hearing anything Cheney has to say?
    Tribal loyalty. The Republican North party has to help feed the wingnut welfare circuit so they'll have something to do themselves when they retire to the lecture circuit.