Nothing Is Ever On The Level

After the crooked FBI agent, Andrew McCabe, was finally fired by Mister Magoo, there were posts in the official media about the wrongness of it. After all, he would lose his pension, we were told, because of politics. Of course, that was never true. He would lose some extra benefits, but it would be a drop in the bucket. A former FBI man of his status will land in a high six-figure job. Given his status in the Cult, he could even end up at a financial house, making seven figures, using his FBI contacts for his new bosses.

Soon after that round of stories, a new set of stories popped up about his crowd-sourced fundraising effort. He was up on GoFundMe and supposedly raising tons of money. The point of the stories was to show that the public was rallying to the side of this poor man, a victim of the evil Donald Trump and his Nazi minions. Regardless of the agit-prop, there was no doubt that he was raising a lot of money. Then, it turned out to be a complete fraud. The whole thing was an elaborate PR effort from a lobbying firm.

Andrew McCabe recently raised over half a million dollars from small donors by way of crowdfunding platform GoFundMe. McCabe’s cash-collecting prowess was buoyed by several #Resistance-linkedpersonalities and MSNBC’s own Rachel Maddow, who suggested McCabe should run for office because he’s so good at raising money.

Was this apparent “grassroots effort” actually a PR campaign put together by high-priced, well-connected, and experienced PR professionals in order to take advantage of the #Resistance’s seething anger at the Trump administration? A Monday report in Slate suggested as much. Law&Crime can now confirm that some of those allegations are true, while some of them appear to oversell the issues at hand.

Most likely, the firm behind this scheme provided the logistics, but also the seed money to get the fund going. The theory behind this stuff is that people will donate if they see other people donating. If other people are giving to this guy’s fund, then you may feel more comfortable giving money, because you assume it is the right thing to do, based on the fact others are doing it. This is marketing 101. Companies often use various forms of indirect peer pressure to sell product. It’s why people carry canvas sacks to the market.

Of course, there is another angle to this.

Melissa Schwartz is a crisis and communications consultant who currently works for The Bromwich Group. After previously working for then-Senator Barbara Mikulski, the Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (where she served under her once-and-future boss), Schwartz joined The Bromwich Group as their chief operating officer in 2012. She’s also McCabe’s present spokesperson.

The Bromwich Group is a K Street consulting and PR firm headed by Michael R. Bromwich. Immediately prior to founding the firm, Bromwich served as the first director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management under President Barack Obama. As a former mineral extraction regulator, Bromwich promised that his firm would never lobby for energy industry clients. Prior to this role, Bromwich served as the Inspector General for the Department of Justice under President Bill Clinton.

 

Given the people involved, would it surprise anyone if McCabe is eventually found stretched out in Fort Marcy Park? That’s most likely been carefully explained to the McCabe family in detail by someone who “has their best interests at heart.” Even the most generous reading of events suggests McCabe is a man who knows too much. For now, the syndicate is looking out for him, but eventually he’ll have to be dealt with in a more permanent manner. You don’t want to be the guy selling him life insurance right now.

That aside, it is a good reminder that nothing is on the level. Politics has always been crooked, but the degree of dishonesty is different. Rachel Maddow is a dunce, but the people running MSNBC are not stupid. They knew what this firm was doing. They probably offered to help promote it. Today, it is prudent to assume everything in mass media is a carefully considered PR campaign. The point of the media is to bamboozle the public in some way. Nothing is on the level and no grift is too small.

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Sometimes the little boy in me just screams that the world is not fair. You mentioned feeling black pilled lately, coincidentally I have Discovered this channel called just that. Probably a lot of over the top messages but I found this one somewhat relevant to what you are talking about today. The Stephen Colbert incident is especially revealing.

https://youtu.be/e7wc4z2QGKU
Probably not too revealing to our crowd.

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

Very well done. Funny how much is still hard coded into the good old lizard brain.

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BestGuest

That looks like an interesting channel. Thanks for the tip.

Pimpkin's Nephew
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Pimpkin's Nephew

It’s a heck of a video; thanks for the link. The lesson of the video is that the herd makes Stephen Colbert, more than Colbert makes the herd; he has a job to do, they have an existential need to be satisfied – the need to know which pen to crowd into. Colbert is a kind of border collie – and border collies are good or bad depending on their intelligence and training. Mistakes will be made, but the natural impulse of a herd animal is to re-join the herd, and Colbert was resourceful enough to redirect and bring the… Read more »

TomA
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TomA

Comey is the weak link in the Clinton exposure more so than McCabe, and not even the Arkansas mafia is going to take them both out. If he rolls over, then the Clinton crime organization is in real trouble. An important clue will be how many indictments Huber releases in the next few weeks.

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Herrman

“Nothing is on the level and no grift is too small.” My new motto for the 21st century so far. Is it same as it ever was, or has the shrinking world put a snake oil salesman on every doorstep?

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The original Rockefella was literally a snake oil salesman. See James Corbett site for details.

JohnTyler
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“….You don’t want to be the guy selling him life insurance right now…..”

Yea you do; the sales person will receive a commission regardless of the customer’s life expectancy; it’s the insurance company that may lose out.

Rachel Maddow is no dunce; she is, like all the mainstream media folks, a hard core left wing propagandist. Just another talking anus spouting whatever the democrat party wants her to spew.

Outside the good people's circle
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Outside the good people's circle

Thanks for the reporting.

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“Nothing is ever on the level.”

We’ve all got our groups to protect. And we’ll hype, play-down, or ignore things accordingly. So do take the headline seriously, knowing that it applies to the good, the bad, and the Zman himself.

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This post provides an opportunity to respond to the statement you made in a previous post that nothing much changed when white voters abandoned Bush the Elder for his betrayal on taxes, among other things. I have to disagree with this sentiment. The failure of Bush the Elder heralded the arrival of the Clintons onto the national political scene. While government has always had a measure of corruption, the Clintons provided the template for pervasive government corruption by manipulating the Department of Justice via the appointment of the dullard Janet Reno as Attorney General. Reno may not have been part… Read more »

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

The Clintons are the symptom, not the disease.

LineInTheSand
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LineInTheSand

And the disease is? (I didn’t downvote you.)

TomA
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TomA

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Term limits would change the math considerably.

John Smith
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Yeah but the Clintons were hopelessly corrupt before they even got near the Whitehouse. I read somewhere that Wilhelm Von Blowjob got accused of rape back in his college days.
Somebody is playing those two idiots from the shadows – and that is probably where you will find the disease…

Bud Keegan
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Bud Keegan

Read McCarry’s ‘Lucky Bastard’– the Clintons were put together Day 1

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Observer

Those rascally Roundheads strike again, right?
Honestly, this constant griping about the symptoms while deliberately ignoring the cause is getting old.

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Maybe a stupid question, but is this a young Joe Sobran on Buckley’s right in this TNR story?

https://newrepublic.com/article/147826/national-reviews-struggle-ideological-diversity

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I am 99% sure he is not.

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Remember, McCabe is the direct connection to Comey with no buffer. Comey is the guy who signed at least one of the FISA warrants to wire tap the Trump campaign (or at least, we’re told, “surrogates” of Trump…which is all they needed to tap Trump). So, Comey signs the FISA warrant, and the FISA warrant (in the footnotes) states that the basis for the warrant is the Steele memo paid for by the Clintons. No, the FISA warrant doesn’t state this explicity, they lied to the FISA court by concealing the names of the people behind the Steele memos. At… Read more »

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

I am seeing a Godfather like montage of various dem players meeting grisly ends.

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

Zman (et als), have you ever watched “The Parallax View”? Superbly captures the paranoid/conspiratorial ambienace of the 1970’s — which is being repeated now.

John Smith
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“The point of the media is to bamboozle the public in some way….” ————————————————————————————— It’s been that way for at least the last 20 years, and even before that their integrity was spotty at best. My question is this: you say you wouldn’t want to be selling this guy life insurance right now. How do you know he isn’t one of the big fish that could, say – put a hit out on the Clintons? There has to be someone propping up the Clintons and the Obamas – face it – they’re all dumb as fuggin posts, a couple are… Read more »

Din C. Nuffin
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Din C. Nuffin

Everybody knows. Late 1980’s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEQldSi-heE

joey junger
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joey junger

The media, intellectual, political, and corporate class doesn’t seem to have any more credibility to damage, but they still have what Steve Sailer called “the megaphone.” Even when we’re shooting holes in their arguments, we’re responding to their framework. The whole thing is a bit like that dystopian vision of the massive face on the screen barking at the shuffling masses below. The people below know the big face on the screen is just a tyrant who’s full of shit, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to stop it, at least not yet. Not even ignoring it shuts… Read more »

Lorenzo
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Lorenzo

The corruption, despicable as it is, doesn’t surprise me. The big shocker for me was learning that somebody created a “Bureau of Ocean Energy Management”.

Wut?

Aggie
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Aggie

It was created out of the old Minerals Management Service, or MMS, after the BP Macondo / Transocean Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010.

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You didn’t touch on this wrinkle: Bromwich is also McCabe’s lead attorney. Thus, the charity drive is geared to pay himself!

Pimpkin's Nephew
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Pimpkin's Nephew

Thirty years from now, when the new syndicate is firmly in control, we’ll learn more about the string of murders ordered by the Clintons. It’ll be an American version of Khruschev’s secret speech against Stalin in 1956. Or a reprise of the movie “Chappaquiddick”.

The main thing is that it won’t matter at that point, except to ‘erase’ the mental chalkboards of the loyal, to revive the purity which the “vanguard” always represents.