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.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Justice Ginsburg, the Lillie Ledbetter Act and other matters

By John Ballard

Jusrtice Ginsburg's remarks last Friday are now in the C-SPAN video library. I had time enough today to watch and was pleased to see her looking as durable as ever, having lost none of her quiet toughness. Her terse sense of humor is delightful and her insights as sharp as ever. Mentioning the eagerness with which the Court's decision(s) regarding PPACA are being anticipated she quoted an unnamed journalist who said "At the Supreme Court those who talk don't know and those who know don't talk."

In this clip she notes how decisions of the court can result in legislative action, citing her own dissent in another opinion which resulted in the Lille Ledbetter Act.  
It's hard to know if she may be preparing us for another dissenting opinion with the hope that corrective legislative action may result.
Here are those tea leaves.


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