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Posts from The New Tasman for 08/31/2011

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Barring an implosion, Rick Perry will be the GOP nomineeAug 30, 2011 04:52 pm | Phil

Texas Governor Rick Perry is starting to gather what seems like unstoppable momentum enroute to the GOP nomination for President. He leads erstwhile frontrunner Mitt Romney easily in Iowa, the first state in the primary season, and has opened up a 20 point lead in the third state of the cycle — and strategically the ...

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Hitch on PerryAug 30, 2011 09:23 am | Phil

Christopher Hitchens, stricken with cancer, nails the new GOP frontrunner in this blistering and beautiful hatchet job: Is it better to have a candidate who actually believes in biblical inerrancy and the extreme youthfulness and recency of the Grand Canyon, or a candidate who half-affects such convictions in the hope of political gain? Either would ...

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Te Rawhiti Arthur (1957-2011)Aug 30, 2011 08:21 am | Phil

Kua hinga he totara nui Te Rawhiti Arthur, proudly of Ngati Toa, died today in Queensland.  There are many and varied facets to his life, but this is how he touched mine. Tera was elected as a Porirua City Councillor for the Titahi Bay ward in 1989, a position he held until 1995.  During his second ...

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Dear Reader (A tiny wee bit of self-promotion)Aug 29, 2011 11:44 pm | Phil

Dear readers   Regular readers of this blog may experience reactions ranging from mild surprise to scathing disbelief if I were to tell you I am not much of a self-promoter, but the truth is I am not.  And the last thing I want is to turn this blog, which has a small but loyal ...

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John Key’s gormless charm might get him through November, but not much furtherAug 29, 2011 09:10 pm | Phil

My unfortunate Australian accent (WARNING: twelve years of faking an Ocker twang to avoid sheep jokes will eventually make it permanent) means that my bloviations on the state of NZ politics are justifiably met with an eye-rolling kind of “what would you know” reaction on the part of many locals.  Actually, I have lived away ...

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John Tamihere is wrong about unionsAug 28, 2011 08:36 pm | Phil

Yesterday, the Sunday News published a column by John Tamihere where he explained why he believes that Labour is in a such an apparently dire state as the election nears. He posited two reasons with which I find myself in furious agreement: The first was the takeover of the Labour Party machine by Helen Clark supporters ...

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“Hiding the truth from yourself to hide it more deeply from others”?*Aug 25, 2011 10:26 am | Phil

Another politician is caught — almost literally — with his pants down. The details are as familiar as they are tawdry.  A Republican state representative from Indiana, Phil Hinkle, picked up an 18 year old boy from Craigslist, paid him $80 and took him to a hotel room for a tryst.  Blah blah blah.  You ...

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