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.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

"Has Obama brought out latent racism in America?"

Posted by John Ballard

I haven't watched the whole conversation, but this snip makes me want to do so.  Thurston hits several nails squarely on the head.  
I hae been pondering this idea ever since the Trayvon Martin killing got into the national spotlight.  
See what you think.


The Trayvon Martin affair has set off a much bigger sequence of events than plain old bigotry once did. The sore that had scabbed over has been torn open again and the country is bleeding both racism and bigotry -- and although they are codependent, racism and bigotry are not the same.

Racism is the belief that race is not only definable (it isn't) but that there is a hierarchy of abilities, privileges and expectations that derive from how they rank. 
Bigotry, second cousin to racism, is an embedded prejudice aimed at just about any subset of society, whether identified by intelligence, religion, racial identity, country, social group or just about any metric the bigot chooses to apply.  

American racism may be dimishing, but American bigotry is not. A case can be made that sans racism our bigotry is more evident than ever. 

Here is a link to Baratunde Thurston's website. 

And here is a link to Black Googler Network & @Google present: Baratunde Thurston, "How to Be Black" 
He's promoting his book with a very straightforward marketing theme: If you don't buy this book you're a racist. Before you get all pissed, know that he is a stand-up comedian and on staff at the Onion.

The talk is about half an hour followed by Q & A.

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