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, July 8, 2012

Twitter Hashtag #BothSidesDont (& More)

From John's Twitter feed -- hashtag #BothSidesDont

  • #BothSidesDont think corporate feudalism is a terrific idea as long as we paper it over with enough fake patriotism and phony Christianity 

  •  #BothSidesDont whine about "personal responsibility" while taking NO personal responsibility for 8 years of Bush disaster and treason 

  •  #BothSidesDont think education is a privilege. 

  • #BothSidesDont Have a deep seated fear of intelligent women 

  • #BothSidesDont stop Congresswomen from speaking about women's rights. 

  • #BothSidesDont Don't denounce a national health care plan that their side wrote, just because a black dude got it done. 

  • #BothSidesDont think winning elections with money and voter supression is validation of desirable public policy. 

  • #BothSidesDont sabotage the economy in hopes that their candidate will benefit in an upcoming election.

And of course there is another side. But as usual I'm only gonna show you the ones I like. If you want different ones, find them yourself. 


Added Monday, July 9... 


  • "Excuse me young man, you can park my car, but remember, it costs more than you'll make in your lifetime." 

  •  "Of course I'm not racist, all my factories are in Asia, for Pete's sake!" 

  • "Benson, check the twitters and make sure they aren't mocking us via hashtag." 

  • "he's got the personality of a piece of cardboard, but jeb wouldn't run, so whaddya gonna do?" 

  •  "of course we are diverse! We have both black AND Mexican waiters" 

  • "Funny story. My dad was shutting down this plant in Wisconsin..." 

  • "why shouldn't we be able to harvest their organs? if you don't have a six-figure income youre just a waste." 

  • Normally I don't feel comfortable giving Mexicans keys to my Range Rover. But the press was watching. 

  •  "So an illegal alien, a homosexual and a black guy walk into a bar..." 

  •  'Ugh... another four months of pretending to care about social issues'

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