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.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Very Hollow Victory

Commentary By Ron Beasley

Chief Justice John Roberts gave his approval to the ACA.  Don't fool yourself - it may look like a victory for the Democrats and Obama but it's a very hollow one at best.  

For starters Roberts gutted the Commerce Clause.  It will be far more dificult to use it for social engineering in the future.

The worse part though is it just became much less likely that the Democrats will be able to take back the House and hold the Senate.  In addition Romney's chances just got a whole lot brighter.


  1. I see the first part about the constitutional meaning, but the second bit about the political results doesn't really follow.

  2. Congress was so adamant about calling it a "penalty" and not a tax, and now it upheld specifically as a tax. Wierd.