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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.

Afghanistan, Corruption and How the World Is

This is Sarah Chayes and she has written an amazing book called Thieves of State. She was a journalist and embedded herself in Afghan society and started a soap factory. She also got close to the Kharzis. She at first … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading (May 2015). Angels & Red Planets

I am just about to start this, Danielle Trussoni’s “Angelology” but only because I couldn’t get “The Martian” (soon to be a film) that my daughter recommended and has just finished. Anything she likes, I’ll read. She’s always right. Angelology is … Continue reading

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Satanic (Real) Colouring Book for Kids

THIS IS ACTUALLY FOR REAL. My friend Father Dwight Longnecker in the USA received this colouring book in the mail. It’s just satire, you say. Nope! It’s called The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities and is produced by The Satanic Temple. There’s a “find … Continue reading

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Drawing Mohammed Withdrawn

So, Saturday Night Live had a skit last night like a game show, where the contestant has to draw something.  One contestant gets “The Prophet Mohammed” and the joke is him trying to obfuscate and avoid.  Pretty funny. People have … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Atheists

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what … Continue reading

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Vegetable Garden Adventures: Phase 10 (Bulldogeddon II: An Iron Curtain Descends)

Peekers at this blog may recall the unfortunate late summer incident of the two bulldog puppies who managed to scale the iron fencing like a ladder (Bulldogeddon), fall over the top and -entombed within for a few hours- used their time to trample … Continue reading

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3. First Tank Battle [Flers-Courcelette, The Somme]. Part 3: Terrain and Maps

As mentioned earlier, the Battle of the Somme was a series of battles over a long period of time, the anticipated slog foreseen by Kitchener.  When you do a tour of the Somme, you can take various battleground tours. Loos: 25 … Continue reading

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2. First Tank Battle [Flers-Courcelette, The Somme]. Part 2: the Pointy Propaganda Poster Finger.

As mentioned in part 1, the Battle of Flers-Courcelette (Martinpuich) was unique for a number of reasons. First tank battle. First use of tunneling and mining as a weapon. First use of chlorine gas by the British as a weapon. … Continue reading

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This Is Really Scary. The Aussie ISIS Dr.

This is scary.  This well-educated, hedonistic Australian doctor, who drank and partied and played with the ladies, and enjoyed all the benefits of high education in Australia, and lived in Perth, Adelaide, Alice Springs and elsewhere in Oz, simply turned … Continue reading

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How to Take a Ridiculous Racist Down

BAM! Racist pre-occupations nailed to the mast of European common-sense. One of the reasons European culture is so globally dominant, is because it is nationally and culturally diverse, ie: Scots, Irish, English, Welsh (add the Americans in here), French, German, Danish, Spanish, … Continue reading

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