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, May 1, 2012

Another Dog Video

By John Ballard

Less than a minute.
You're gonna see it sooner or later, so here it is.


  1. Here is another link is from the You Tube banner ad displayed with this video. I don't know if this ad will be displayed whenever the video is linked, but You Tube ads aren't public service announcements. They are paid spots, very likely in this case paid for by the DNC or a Super PAC? I dunno. But it's another glimpse of real good politics by this president.

  2. The ads vary each time a video is run, more or less randomly I think. When I clicked on the link I got an ad for some sort of liquid diet aid.

  3. Just set your YouTube account to "international" and never get another ad again.

  4. Interesting. I'll try to remember that. But I'm finding the ads getting better all the time. I hate to admit it, but sometimes when that little message that "You can skip this ad in [**] seconds" comes along I find myself already hooked by the opening.