Thursday, January 19, 2012

Falkland Conflict Rekindled

It has been almost thirty years since April 2, 1982, when Argentina invaded and occupied British commonwealth of the Falkland Island and South Georgia. After 74 days the Falklands War ended with the Argentinian surrender on June 14, 1982. Six hundred forty-nine Argentine military personnel, two hundred fifty-five British military personnel and three Falkland Islanders died over the duration of the conflict. Before the war the two countries had argued for over a century who was the rightful owner of the islands.

And now Argentina is once again pressuring the possibly oil and natural gas rich Falkland Islands to submit to their rule, whilst Prime Minister David Cameron, following in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher, is defending the Falklanders desire to remain British citizens. Argentina has even gone as far as getting Brazil, Uruguay, and Chile to sign an agreement to turn away any ships flying Falkland colours.

Hopefully Argentina does not go as far as they did last time, and start a war over it. But if they should be so stupid, Prime Minister Cameron seems up to the job, just as Thatcher was, and will defend the islands from their neighbor's aggression and colonialist goals. Irony, again, that the old empire is the one who now defends others from becoming prey to the imperialistic visions of someone else.

Occupy Denver Cooperates?

In a shocking change, it seems Occupy Denver is learning to cooperate with the city. Wednesday, when asked to, they cleared the sidewalk they've inhabited so that city workers could clean it. This is a huge step forward for the movement, who in the past have resisted such attempts and forced the city to evict them each time. The last time, some of their members lit fires as police moved in to enforce the eviction. With this sign of intelligence within the movement, maybe they could actually transform from a whiny, drugged out mob, into a legit political action group as they claim to be.

Other than the fires, the Denver group is most famous for electing Shelby, the three year old border collie, as it's leader; the massively failed attempt to invade BlogCon11; for being met by the Larimer County Posse when they tried to block a Walmart distribution center in Loveland; and for braving the snow and well below freezing temperatures.

Perry Out, Supports Gingrich

Texas Governor Rick Perry has officially dropped out of the Presidential race, and supported Newt Gingrich. With Perry out, we are left with the scenario we had discussed before, who to support in 2012 between Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich. And we are still at the same conclusion, Newt is the best option of the three.

There are definite reasons people like Perry, Thomas Sowell, Tim LaHaye, and almost Sarah Palin have or will endorse Gingrich. To quote Sowell, "Why not vote for the candidate who has shown the best track record of accomplishments, both in office and in the debates? That is Newt Gingrich. With all his shortcomings, his record shows that he knows how to get the job done in Washington."

Gingrich has proven himself to be more conservative than Romney. He was the last speaker of the house to succeed in having a balanced budget for the country. Newt is electable, as unlike Ron Paul he isn't seen by most of the country as someone to ignore or thought to be out right crazy.

Tis time to face the facts. We are down to the time where we must decide. There will not be anyone else entering the field, as much as we might for hope for Condoleezza Rice (yes I'm still waving my #RiceRyan2012). The remaining candidates will all be dropping out and supporting one of these three. Newt is not perfect, no one is. But of the big three he is the best hope for America in 2012.