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About coNZervative

A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 40s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.

7Best (Understanding the Middle East. 3/7)

3 – AN INVISIBLE NATION: KURDISTAN Kurds are predominantly Sunni Muslim but have their own language and culture separate to that of their neighbours, the Arabs, Turks and Persians. There are major Kurdish populations in Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria, … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day

In 1910, this grand palace was built as a home for Polish Royalty. The rest of the century proved uncertain for the country and under communist rule the palace became an agricultural school, as well as a home for mentally … Continue reading

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Signs of Our Times (2014 Election by Hoarding. 1/30).

There is an art form to witty and poignant defacing of public electioneering signs (hoardings).  It’s part of the dance twerled by the public and their hopeful political candidates. 2014 was hall-marked by wanton destruction and idiotic factional trashing of … Continue reading

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Netanyahu’s Speech to the UN today

This is, according to The Jerusalem Post, a transcription of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech to the United Nations General Assembly for September 29. Thank you, Mr. President, Distinguished delegates, I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the … Continue reading

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Ilam candidate ‘Macbeths’ Cunliffe. (Melodrama).

[“By the pricking of my thumbs/Something wicked this way comes"]. This election I ran against Labour’s candidate in Ilam, James Macbeth Dann, alongside/against Gerry Brownlee.  I was actually more against James than I was Gerry (you can see our candidate’s debate here. … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day (Woodwind Instrument?)

This tree has actually grown up through this abandoned piano.

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#1 Son Skates Gangnam Style with Gay Shoes

[VIDEO] Welcome to Team-Asher. Before he left several years ago to live and work in Korea (which he adores) #1 son Ash was a sponsored skateboarder in Christchurch.  Here’s a new vid of Off-Spring1 skating Korea Gangnam Style, sponsored by Tussa Skateboard Group.  I especially like the … Continue reading

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7Best (Understanding the Middle East. 2/7)

2 – DIVIDED IRAQ Iraq is divided broadly into three major communities: Arabs who follow Sunni Islam (the majority in the wider Arab world and dominant under Saddam Hussein), Arabs who follow Shiite Islam (the majority in Iraq itself, dominant … Continue reading

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OMGosh, Christmas Already?

A friend who works in retail, posted this…

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