Dealing With Con-Men

One of the few benefits of growing up poor is that you are exposed at an early age to hustlers, grifters and criminals. Everyone has someone in the family who is working an angle. It could be as simple as a disability scam or as complicated as running drugs. Maybe it’s just turning people’s virtues into vices in order to con them out of a few bucks. At the bottom of the economic scale the paydays are small, but the stakes are always high. That brings out the best in a hustler. They trust no one and they are always working some angle.

The thing you learn early on is that there’s no beating these people at their game. You can be the smartest guy in the world, but you don’t think like a hustler. The grifter has a different mind. They are motivated by different desires. More important, they are always working some angle, looking for a flaw, a weakness they can exploit. It’s not what they do, it is who they are. Lying is as natural to them as breathing. The best thing to do is put as much distance between yourself and them.

That’s a lesson, I suspect, the people around Barak Obama wish they had known back in 2008 when they decided to have Hillary Clinton as their Secretary of State. They thought they had found a clever way to keep the Clintons in a box after the election. They did not want them running around criticizing Obama to their buddies in the press, so they put her in a job that would keep her inside the tent, but outside the country most of the time. After all, the action was going to be on the domestic side. What harm could she do?

That would keep Hillary from running against them in 2012 and it would make it impossible for Team Clinton to criticize Obama. They also had the issue of campaign debt. Team Obama promised to help Team Clinton pay off the debt so she could have a chance to run again once Obama left office. This looked like a great way to sideline the greatest threat to Obama’s position in the party and within the Cult of Modern Liberalism. It looked like a modern way of having the defeated king join a monastery.

The Clintons, being what they are, immediately looked for how they could exploit this new appointment. The news tells us that before she set foot in the place she had her people working on the secret e-mail server. I would not be surprised to learn that when Team Obama was negotiating the surrender of Team Clinton, it was the Clinton side who suggested the job at State. They hit the ground running with their grift as soon as she got the job, suggesting they were a step ahead of Team Obama.

The reason you never try do business with a grifter is, in the end, they always find ways to compromise you. They keep working you and anyone around you so that at some point, you are left with two choices. One is you help them. The other is you hurt yourself. People being what they are, the default is to help, hoping that will be enough to be free of the problem, but that just gets you in deeper. It’s why victims of con-men often refuse to go to the police. They either feel like morons or they fear they are compromised.

In this case, Herself was allowed to run this secret e-mail system, which the White House had to know about, but they looked the other way and now they are compromised. If they let the justice system take its course, Team Obama gets their dirty laundry exposed in the process, so they have to make all sorts of compromises to stymie the legal process. By looking past the server in the first place, they left themselves exposed and as a result, they have no choice but to help Clinton stay out of jail.

The meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch the other day is bringing out all the conspiracy theories, but all of them miss the mark. The point of it, from the perspective of Team Clinton, was to let everyone know that no one is without sin in this matter. My guess is Lynch was flattered to be invited to meet with her old boss and foolishly took the meeting. Clinton knows she is not terribly bright so he played on her vanity and used her to remind Team Obama of their exposure.

The lesson, once again, is that you never do business with con-men. Whatever choice presented, always take the one that gets as much distance between them and you. Team Obama should have left the Clintons out in the cold back in 2008, but they let themselves get talked into what they thought was a clever solution. Instead they invited a cancer into their administration. Having Bill Clinton say bad things about Obama looks pretty good in comparison to years of blackmail from Team Clinton.

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Excellent write-up! She’s gonna skate. No doubt in my mind. If an indictment is forthcoming it will expose Dear Leader as an accomplice. This is the ultimate dirt the Clintons have on him. He is completely compromised. This has been a dog-and-pony show from the start. The only thing that’s going to keep her from 1600 is Trump, and with the trail of Clinton bodies have in their wake his assassination would not be out of their equation (which the globalists would love). Trillions of dollars in trade for the elite and more power than ever over hundreds of millions… Read more »
Lorenzo
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I’m just shy of 70 years old and the only reason I wish I were 20 again is to be around to read the unvarnished history of the Clintons, Obama and what they had on each other.

LetsPlay
Member

Of course, sneak attack in the airport. 30 minutes to discuss the grandkids and other trivia (loretta has no grandkids), and everyone assumes it was to discuss BJ protecting Hillary? What no one has said, knowing about BJ’s famous peccadillo, is “was loretta licking her lips after the meeting?”

Terry Baker
Guest

Zman – is it really that simple? Are these people that low down? And if both sides are playing Lynch for the sucker, why hasn’t she called their bluff and taken everybody down?

james wilson
Guest

I am convinced that the qualities which cabinet appointees are selected for are not intelligence or excellence. Obama, especially, wants all the heavy lifting done within the walls of the White House. The rest is for show.

LetsPlay
Member

“Good character” is also a quality not on the “required” list.

Guest
Guest
Great essay. Three things to add: 1. There have been precisely zero tangible consequences for the Obama administration for having Hillary in the administration. Lots of sideshows, but zero consequences. I can’t say it was an error for the Obama administration. 2. The Clinton administration will nominate Loretta Lynch to the Supreme Court. I am sure Bill conveyed to her the degree to which Hillary supports having an African American female on the Court during the conversation in Phoenix. 3. In some weird way this might be great for Trump. The Democrats don’t even try to hide the corruption anymore.… Read more »
Audacious Epigone
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Having her in the administration at all immediately subjected Obama to perpetual potential blackmailing. Her access alone meant that she’d have dirt on the administration from the get-go. It precluded him from ever being able to seriously stifle her ambitions because she could say “If I go down, I’m taking you with me”. Mutually assured destruction. She does not, in contrast, have to worry about anything like that from Bernie, who is (an occasionally expedient) true believer rather than a con (wo)man.

Per usual you’ve fleshed it out more lucidly and articulately than anyone else has.

Etcetera
Guest
Excellent blog posting, though I agree with Guest on the tactics. Leaving the Clintons out means they will undermine Obama at every opportunity, enough that he loses re-election in 2012, maybe after a primary challenge from Hillary (and he might have actually lost to that). What he got instead was some foreign policy messes and possible complicity in the email server scam, though in this case the fall women will wind up being Lynch. Now if I were in Obama’s position, I would have preferred to be a one term president anyway. I think his administration and Dubya’s mainly demonstrates… Read more »
CaptDMO
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It’s been my experience that grifters/ parasites RELY on civility. Failing that, a threatening “tone”.
“Attention” is the LAST thing they want.
Assurance of incivility, and extra-legal “exposure” usually works for ME in convincing them to “move on” .
SOME grifters are bigger than others. Simply move the decimal point as appropriate.
Just remember there is no “shoot to wound”, and Do NOT “wound” a king.

joe
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Good point that – relying on civility. That’s what makes “People’s Court” so much fun to watch, the lying crap from the defendants being mocked by the judge. I think/hope the great thing about Trump will be his lack of civility to turds like these. It’s past time for the (D)irtbag party to be exposed for the gang of self serving crooks and psychopaths they are.

Shelby
Guest

Great topic, excellent writing. Let’s say there is a God and she is not elected. What happens then ? Do they just go away? And do you ever see either of them writing an end of life tell all book?

James LePore
Guest
If the goal is to have Hilary walk cleanly, how does this meeting help her? It screams the fix is in. Even if Comey recommends no charges, it now looks like he was gotten to somehow. If he recommends charges, but Lynch decides not to prosecute, all suspicions of a fix are confirmed. It doesn’t add up. If Bill was offering Lynch the Supreme Court, he could have done it on the phone. I believe he believed the meeting would never be discovered. He’s done this type of under the radar runway run-in before. He got unlucky this time running… Read more »
Guest
Guest
From an attorney’s perspective, Bill Clinton did nothing wrong. At this point in time he’s a private citizen. At most, he carried a message from the Hillary administration to Loretta Lynch. Most likely the message was call off the dogs and you will be nominated to the Supreme Court. The conduct of Loretta Lynch, on the other hand, was egregious. She is either a complete idiot or she believes she is completely beyond reproach. My money is on the latter, and sadly she is probably correct. Nobody in the MSM will call her out for this. Again, the real culprits… Read more »
James LePore
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I agree. Lynch has the legal problem. She has also been exposed. She is a fool and obtuse, not the talented lawyer the press has made her out to be. For the Clintons, it’s just bad optics. Whatever the Republicans do, the media will make Lynch the victim. Can you imagine the play on words?

LetsPlay
Member
When I was a young pup in business, my first marketing manager told me that he did not want an attorney who told him what he couldn’t do; he wanted someone who could tell him how to do something. Very simple to just say “he is a private citizen.” He is not just any private citizen. He is a former Potus, spouse (so to speak) of a current candidate for same office, a co-signee of the Clinton Fdn, and gives speeches making millions based on his position with the USA. When I first heard of this story, the thought that… Read more »
Guest
Guest

I did not imply I am an attorney. I stated it explicitly in this post and in my post above.

Based on the incoherence of your rant and the numerous spelling and grammatical errors therein, I am going to assume you were drunk when you wrote it. If not, seek help. Your mind is mush.

LetsPlay
Member

Thank you for clarifying. Now I aim my complete disrespect at your chosen profession at you and your ilk. I f’ng hate lawyers and have been fu*ked over by them before. I know you will say “but that was not me” but attooorneys have really screwed up this world more than any other profession I can think of and that includes prostitutes. At least they don’t screw you after you are dead.

LetsPlay
Member
Dear Guest to ZMan’s blog: I apologize for my personal attack. I was upset after hearing the news that the FBI would not recommend charges against Hillary for her clear and “unintentional” misuse of classified emails (top secret government information). I worked for a government contractor as an engineer and held a classified clearance and I KNOW that any small infraction putting information entrusted to me at risk would have gotten me fired or put in the slammer. So upon further thought, I think and hope that the current sentiment around the world at “elites” will only backfire on the… Read more »
JohnTyler
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The biggest con job ever perpetrated in US history was by carried out by Barry Hussein Obama in getting himself elected as president. Think about it; as an adult he never held a real job. He was a glorified Teaching Assistant of law at U of Chicago, and then he was a “community organizer” (i.e., a paid rabble rouser and trouble maker). He would not have be hired as a manager at a McDonald’s because he had zero job experience (though he certainly would have qualified for their manager trainee program). Imagine if his resume was handed to the board… Read more »
LetsPlay
Member

You are exactamundo right on. About the only comment I can make relates to McCain. I respect him for his service and his terrible time as a POW, but somewhere along the line he lost it as a politician with upstanding ethics and values and good judgment. But just to be clear, finishing last in a small class of rather exceptional company is nothing to sneeze at. He attended and finished college at West Point, a rather outstanding institution, and that is a significant personal accomplishment. Just to give him at least one Attaboy!

Joan of Argghh!
Guest

Any perception of McCain’s deviation from ethics would be a surprise to himself. His is the classic sense of entitlement owing to his ordeal as a victim of his nation’s war. Any personal gains or powerful position is his due. This was the tone-deafness of his candidacy: that he was expected to be something palatable to the “downline” of his party.

joe
Guest
Obama is very talented at one thing – Ericksonian talking hypnosis. In short, the method is to “put to sleep” the conscious/analytical part of the mind of WILLING SUBJECTS by droning inarguable platitudes until the conscious mind tires and allows “suggestions” to be implanted directly to the subconscious by a “trusted” source -unexamined by conscious thought. That rather long but very interesting PDF needs to be read in full to make a convincing case that this is a DIRTY TRICK, not skilled oratory. Notice that his method works best to whip up crowds that already agree with him. He’s very… Read more »
Joan of Argghh!
Guest
I loved reading all of this and the comments, and then go to my Twitter feed full of mewling GOP’ers complaining about principles, as though such grand ideas mattered. I work for a lowly State government. My job on Tuesday will be to go in and inform my boss of the corruption I’ve uncovered between a State contractor and possibly State employees, and then for us to go to State lawyers who will tell us no matter how carefully we present evidence, we will be sued by same State contractor for discrimination– so we’ll just quietly cancel their contract. I… Read more »
Severian
Guest
I love this! Like most folks, I keep making the mistake of trying to evaluate the Clintons (and Obama) as if they are normal politicians with understandable motives. They aren’t. That’s the thing about grifters, and narcissistic shit-stirrers in general — they can’t not scam, even when the material benefits of playing something completely straight far outweigh the benefits of the scam. (Jonah Goldberg, of all people, used to say that Bill Clinton would rather climb a tree and lie to you than stand still and tell you the truth, even if you asked him something totally innocuous like “where’s… Read more »
Guest
Guest
The smart play for Trump after the now-inevitable announcement that Hillary will not be indicted is to call a press conference and to announce publicly that the investigation was obviously tainted by the actions of AG Lynch and commit to the voters that the Trump administration will re-open the investigation free of political interference. This would make Trump appear Presidential, while reinforcing the corruption of the Clinton crime family. It also forces Hillary Clinton to seek a pardon from Obama, which is a win/win situation for Trump. If Obama grants a pardon then it’s obvious that Hillary must have been… Read more »
Meema
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Astute assessment and comments. This is a topic that causes internal bleeding in me. Ten years ago, like most normal people I really had no idea what damage a psychopath can do. Nor was I prepared to recognize one, which is standard condition that grants grifters the ability to move so freely about in our clueless society. The word ‘sociopath’ is commonly used to identify those who lie, cheat and otherwise con others but it’s a general and somewhat vague term. Psychopath has usually been reserved for the mentally insane and a designation for those with disordered brains. But there… Read more »
james wilson
Guest

I only wish that people would understand that it is not psychopaths, con-men, and grifters who are twisting democracy, but rather that they are the ones who recognize universal suffrage democracy for what it is. Responsible men have been fixing what is broken so long that it does not occur to them that this beast is designed for the result they think they are fixing. Malcolm Muggeridge, as linked by Gerard http://tcjfs.tumblr.com/post/144019583614/the-great-liberal-death-wish-1966

eclecticmn
Guest
Sorry to read this Meema. You don’t see them coming but most people do not. Not me. Your point about exposure is very true. If you Google the words “narcissist duck halcyon” it will bring you to http://www.halcyon.com/jmashmun/npd/howto.html . “How to recognize a narcissist :Never love anything that can’t love you back” I almost fell off my chair when I first read this site. It described my ex, without the delusions of grandeur and high self-opinion parts. My only contribution here is this: Do not count on an attorney to back you up in dealing with someone with NPD. The… Read more »
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