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.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Windows Weird Stuff

Commentary By Ron Beasley

I am running Windows 7.  When I turned off my computer last night all was well - when I turned it on this morning all was not well.  I went to the web first and the fonts were all messed up - at many sites the fonts were all italic and in some cases bold italic.  It was the same in all web browsers and Excel.  I did a goggle search and found I am not the first one to have this problem which is certain fonts simply disappear.  Arial regular, Georgia regular and Verdana regular were no longer there.  I had to go to another computer and copy the missing fonts onto a thumb drive and reinstall them on my main computer.  There may be others missing but they haven't bothered me yet.  The only thing that happened was Norton did a system scan last night that included a registry scan.

Has anyone else had this problem!


  1. Your problem probably has more to do with Norton than it does with Windows. I'm amazed anyone still uses Norton bloatware. Damn thing is monstrous and slows your computer to a crawl. Do yourself a favor and get rid of it. Install something with a lighter footprint, like Avast. Even McAfee. Anything but Norton.

  2. Agree. Norton is Junk. Try NOD at www.eset.com/ It has a lengthy free trial. McAfee is only slightly better than Norton. It "breaks" all the time and needs laborious uninstalling and reinstalling. Mostly because it's targeted by hackers so much.