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, April 13, 2012

The evoluation of "conservative"

By Dave Anderson:

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is owned by Richard Mellon-Scaife and is slightly to the right of Attilla the Hun and made most of its op-ed writers wear tri-corner hats for the past three years.  The Trib issued their Republican US Senate primary endorsement today, and their write-up illustrates the evoluation of what it means to be "conservative" in today's political environment:

Marc Scaringi is a Harrisburg attorney. He talks of being "fiscally responsible and constitutionally conservative." But one of his mentors was the fiscally confused and constitutionally befuddled Rick Santorum. Next!

What's the Republican electorate to do? Nominate David Christian.

Mr. Christian is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran of Bucks County who went on to serve his country admirably advocating for veterans' issues in and out of government. This self-described "Ronald Reagan Republican....".

In a field dominated by conservative Republican wannabes....

Santorum according to DW-Nominate
was a fairly standard issue conservative Republican in Congress since 1995.  And now he is too liberal for the Trib....

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