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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.

Police Shooting of a Homeless Man (But Take a Closer Look)

At first I thought this shooting by LA police officers of a homeless man on the ground (having fought aggressively with them beforehand) was horrendous.  But if you listen carefully, and look closely, you can hear an officer, or officers, repeatedly yelling “Drop … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading (Feb 2015)

Not so much in to Garrison as a person, he’s way too Liberal and cynical for me, and I’m pretty cynical, but I adore his writing, and this book makes me laugh out loud. He’s the guy who does the … Continue reading

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Nimoy/Spock Tribute (Old Spock/New Spock)

As a tribute to Leonard Nimoy (Neemoy) and his one real role – Mr Spock – I repost you THIS from May 2013. RIP and Live long and prosper on Vulcan, Leonard Spock. New Spock, Zachary Quinto (Into Darkness) vs Old Spock (Star … Continue reading

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Least We Forget (Helen Clark the War-Monger)

Helen Clark sent the SAS into Afghanistan, but if John Key sends troops to train and support our Allies against ISIS, the Left will have a hissy fit. This is because its never about the issues for the Left, but … Continue reading

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ANZAC vs ISIS. Are We Man Enough?

I’m no blind nationalist, war-monger (I HATE war) or patriotic flag waver, but this image from 1914 is not quite the sense of geo-political duty and unity the Left are subscribing to right now. My fellow Cantabrian Charles Upham? Who’s … Continue reading

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And the Syrians Don’t Like Being Invaded…

See post below re Turkish Invasion of Syria overnight (22/2). Turkey Invades Syria Overnight Reuters reports…The Syrian government said overnight (NZ time) that a Turkish incursion into northern Syria was an act of “flagrant aggression” and that it would hold Ankara … Continue reading

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Turkey Invades Syria Overnight

In October last year I was critical of Turkey standing off while the Kurds fought for their lives against ISIS in Kobani. Graphic content here… 2. Update on Kobani (NZ 10/10): WARNING Graphic content Well overnight, Turkey sent 600 troops and … Continue reading

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Breakfast Briefing With Israeli Ambassador to NZ

At a 7am breakfast briefing this morning in Christchurch (22/2) with the Israeli Ambassador to New Zealand, H.E. Yosef Livine. Very interesting. Some of his comments (paraphrased in quote marks as I recall them): a) “NZ & Israel only trade … Continue reading

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4 Years On. Christchurch Then & Now

Sunday is 4 years since the devastating earthquake in Christchurch (22/2/11) following the earlier quake (5/9/10). Here are some images of then and how these streets look now.  You can see more here. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/11241748/Christchurch-Before-and-after  

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[Video] The Beheading of Egyptian Christians by ISIS

Christian Egyptian TV has an is absolutely ghastly video of the beheading of the ‘Egyptian Libyan 21′ this week (which you can see elsewhere, its available on several FB sites, including mine. Not gonna show it here). I am not glorifying this, … Continue reading

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