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, June 2, 2012


Commentary By Ron Beasley

I'm an old fart that hates change - I actually miss DOS.  Fire Fox became my web browser years ago because anything was better that IE.  I just made the switch to Google Chrome.  It's faster but it is different and I hate different but it's really amazing how quickly I adapted to the different.  And yes, you can not only import your bookmarks but yuor saved pass words as well.  Check it out!


  1. I've been using Chrome for six months or so, and basically like it better than Firefox, which I used for a couple years prior. Chrome is overall a more lightweight and responsive browser. Firefox has suffered form bloat for some time.

  2. I went to Chrome about a year ago against my will but I've learned to like it.
    At the time my Facebook newsfeed kept getting advertisements, a few of which had unwanted audio which went on as soon as they hit. Very annoying. It was in my desktop only so I learned to go to Facebook only on my little netbook (which is a pain in the butt -- low memory and one of those touch pads instead of a mouse, etc.)
    After several attempts to clean the bug out I was at the verge of reformatting the hard drive when an online supervisor of a bunch of Indian geeks (who had failed in scrubbing the thing out after three or four hours online) asked about my browsers. It seems the problem was with IE and Firefox but not with Chrome for some reason. (Go figure...) So I switched to Chrome and got used to it.
    I really like that the address field also functions as a Google search field. And I really like when the Google search is active and simply messing with the key words gets instant results. That is truly amazing.
    The only feature I don't like is the history function. I used that all the time with Firefox (anything in the search field is instantly working, just as with the Google web engine) but Chrome always wants to pull up the Google reader links instead of the sources. No good.