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.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Weekend Tunes

Commentary By Ron Beasley

I usually listen to Beethoven, Vivaldi, Bob Dylan, The Eurythmics, the Beatles, you know "serious music".  But how can you not like unserious music like Dancing Queen from ABBA?

1 comment:

  1. What's not to like about this? Totally fabulous and upbeat -- thanks for posting.
    As I listen and write I recall a visit to New York in October, 2001, only a couple of weeks after 9/11. It was among the most unforgettable experiences of my adult life... the city was uncharacteristically quiet and the people totally warm. We stayed in mid-town Manhattan at the same time that unidentified white powder had been reported at three locations... my thinking was that if all these people can live and work here in the aftermath of what just happened, who am I to say we shouldn't be here as well?
    Anyway, Moma Mia had just opened a week or two before and tickets were said to be unobtainable. That was only true if you didn't go to the box office in person. It seems they don't sell the box seats of the Winter Garden Theater because they face the audience more than the stage, so four of us bought a box for a matinee and enjoyed the production tremendously. The joyous contrast of the music, the scene of all those white-headed (other) old people clapping and dancing in the aisles at the end... it was unforgettable. And of course "Dancing Queen" was like the theme of all the Abba music.
    Our friend Ginny, who was a former show-girl (original cast of Carousel), said the joy of Mama Mia in the dark days following the World Trade Center tragedy reminded her of the much-needed upbeat mood that the musical Oklahoma had following the end of World War II.