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Friday, June 17, 2005

Lusus Naturae et Sequens: General Wesley Clark Signs-On with Fox News and California's Unusual Geological DisturbancesPosted by Hello
Good morning to all. I'm up early, so I might as well make a quick post. By the by, I ran into an old friend from undergraduate school yesterday. Hadn't seen her in years, so we caught up on old times and then parted ways. It was good to see her. Now, on with the dual topics of the day. G.D. Frogsdong at the 'Skippy the Bush Kangaroo' site (thanks G.D. and good looking out...his link is as follows http://xnerg.blogspot.com/) locked me on to the first topic yesterday, so here goes my two cents. First topic is Wesley Clark signing on with Fox News as a military and foreign affairs analyst (http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/06/16/1355255). There were some rumblings about this, in terms of Clark being "a traitor to the Democratic cause" and the flurry of "how-could-he-do-it" statements and soliloquies. Heck, I have to admit to being taken aback myself when I first heard the news. But then it dawned on me as to what he was/is doing (more than likely)...and it's a brilliant manuever. Clark could have gone back to CNN or signed with MSNBC or any of the other stations that usually draw viewers of the liberal/moderate political mindset...viewers who already (for the most part) share Clark's political philosophy and vision for America. But all that would have done is place Clark squarely in front of people who already know who he is, what he stands for and what he believes in vis-a-vis his political philosophy (again, for the most part). And, while he would be sitting in front of a CNN or MSNBC camera and audience, Fox News and the other right-wing propaganda tools would be filleting and skewering Clark before their viewership (primarily conservative folks who overwhelmingly voted for Bush, Jr. in both elections, http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1067), in terms of who he is and what he stands for. Whereas, if Clark himself is before the Fox News camera, standing at the position of attention before the Fox viewers (Fox News viewers, as stated already, are folks who voted overwhelmingly Republican over the last four years...these are folks the Democratic Party would love to pull away from the clutches of the GOP), they would see for themselves (DIRECTLY, with no middle-man) what Clark is all about, what he stands for and what he espouses instead of having some Fox News talking-head "describe" what Clark is about...this way, Fox News viewers will see for themselves what Clark (and by extension, the Democratic Party) is all about; and chances are, they are going to like what they see and (more importantly) what they hear! Thus, Clark is positioning himself in a way where he won't be a "bogeyman" in the eyes of Fox News viewers and instead will be someone regular Fox News viewers could see themselves voting for in 2008 (because Clark IS running in 2008, http://www.hopestar.com/articles/2005/05/17/news/news3.txt). In fact (militarily speaking), Clark is implementing seven of the nine 'Principles of War', also known as MOOSEMUSS (a loosely based adaptation of the strategic/tactical theories of the great Prussian military theorist Karl von Clausewitz. MOOSEMUSS equals Maneuver, Objective, Offensive, Security, Economy of Force, Mass, Unity of Command, Simplicity, and Surprise, link is as follows, http://www.civilwarhome.com/principlesofwar.htm) in terms of positioning himself at Fox News in correlation to the 2008 Presidential Election. The seven principles of the nine that Clark has implemented (in my humble opinion) are: OBJECTIVE, OFFENSIVE, MASS, ECONOMY OF FORCE, MANEUVER, SECURITY and SURPRISE. In summation, this is a fine example of brilliant political generalship! General Clark, my compliments sir! Now, on to the second topic: the recent California quakes. California has experienced four major geological events over the last five days (a 6.6 off-the coast of northern California the night of 16 June 2005, a 4.9 in the Greater Los Angeles area the afternoon of 16 June 2005, a 7.2 off-the coast of northern California on 14 June 2005 and a 5.2 in southern California on 12 June 2005)...alot of activity that is unusual even for the Golden State (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/). In short, the state of California has been rocked by four moderate to large earthquakes since Sunday. Also, the Aleutian Islands, Alaska experienced a 6.8 earthquake on 14 June 2005 and (not as related, although all places mentioned line the so-called 'Ring of Fire' a/k/a the Circum-Pacific belt, http://www.crystalinks.com/rof.html) Chile was dealt a 7.8 magnitude quake on 13 June 2005 (http://www.rte.ie/news/2005/0614/quake.html). My primary concern, as I'm sure is everyone elses (especially the good people of California), is whether or not this is merely a geophysical aberration that will pass in due course or is it something more dubious and sinister, i.e., the nascent tremors which could build into the super-earthquake known as 'The Big One' (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7832219/). Either way, I don't like it. If anyone out there has any more information pertaining to the earthquakes, paleoseismology and the like please pass the info along. Semper Fidelis


Blogger CindyLueWho said...

Ew la la, have fun with Betty Boop, Galoop. I'm happy for you. Sincerly.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Bulldog said...

Did you see Clark on Hannity and Colmes? Crooks and Liars has a good clip of it here. Looks like Clark is taking the fight to them rather than wait for them to bring it.

The Bulldog Says...

7:06 PM  
Blogger DBK said...

Not to throw marmalade on your parade or anything, but you also have to consider that Clark may have just gotten a really good offer from Fox and that this was Fox's move to shed the "tool of the administration" mantle since they're viewership has dropped significantly. They may be trying to reposition themselves for '08.

In situations like this, I tend to view people's motivations and actions less as a product of brilliant maneuvering and more in terms of simple economics. Fox is losing viewers and Clark got a job offer. Fox hires Clark because they think he can increase viewership. Clark takes job because the money is right and he likes what they offer. Maybe there were negotiations over how much independence he would have, stuff like that.

I'm just sayin'.

4:55 AM  

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