June 13th, 2017

James Comey’s resume

Not so good after all.

An example of the Peter Principle in action?

Why would someone with such a record get such a sterling reputation? Were people just not paying attention? Did Comey have friends in the right places?

22 Responses to “James Comey’s resume”

  1. arfldgr Says:

    The benefit to being on the left side of things, evne if your only secretly that, is that they will create this effect for you… they believe that such things are fake anyway, and so, orchestrate such things… all the time… its even a signature of them for over 100 years.. start trek 3d chess cant be played any better than the master obama, who can write speeches better than speech writers, and is the modern answer to stalins man of steel..

    One of the big areas they do this is in literature and arts… and now in other areas… but i tired of trying again, and just pay ya on the head for finding out one more tell..

    there are lots of tells..
    many of them were denied

    Like league was a signal, as was peoples, as was certain colors, as are turns of phrase, as are hints from the books that only those that read would recognize.

    its their form of secret handshake which allows them to act for the movement without actually having any one coordinate the thing.

    which is why they now harp on the fact no one is giving orders. but really, if your part of an anti litering movement, do you really need orders to pick up a piece of trash? many today do, but many dont.

    with nickelodeon teaching kids for 15 years to do something for the cause, and on and on, your missing all the great cool stuff that is going on because you dont see it till, like this, you do see it.

    but your not going to learn how people in groups that dont want to be open get to meet, greet, and do things… and how this movement has always been wealthy family and intemate gatherings of small CELLS…

    you actually missed the part in the catechism of the revolutionary that would help you “get this”..

    and then there was my explaination that there are two ways to be a manager of others. you can select good people who have lots of skills and can accomplish things, but they are not easy to manage, they do not ‘serve’ you, they work like a coherent team and will freely go when there is somethign else taht is better… the BBD…
    or, you can hire people like your describing, cover for them, make them look great. and now you have a syhchophantic servant who will do what you want and serve you or else without you or others, will never earn that way again… ie. they know that without the support of these others they are beholden to, they could not rise to the level on their own… and cant stay at that level without them.

    right now, Comey wants anything but the same kind of orchestration across thousands and thousands o outlets and papers and colleges and students to be against HIM…

  2. Ray Says:

    Now you know why I never thought highly of Comey, to put it politely. I followed the Scooter Libby case closely and always wondered why Comey let his buddy Fitzgerald go on a two year long fishing expedition. I don’t consider that honorable or ethical behavior. When Comey got the FBI Director job I thought it was a payoff for the Libby prosecution.

  3. AMartel Says:

    Failing upwards.

  4. MollyNH Says:

    Comey fits Trump’s desicription, “a nut job” with zero integrity or latterly skills, IMHO.

  5. AMartel Says:

    Or, alternatively, being a useful and productive employee: It all depends on your perspective: http://thebernreport.com/comey-long-history-letting-clintons-off-hook/

  6. MollyNH Says:

    Should say Lawyerl y skills, not latterly.

  7. arfldgr Says:

    You might be familiar with the bozo bomber

    It is distinct from, but related to, the “Peter Principle,” a theory advanced in 1969 that in an organizational hierarchy, every individual tends to rise to his or her level of incompetence. In other words, we promote people who are doing a good job until they reach a point where they start doing a bad job, and then we keep them there. Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull wrote a humorous book about this phenomenon, but like a lot of humor, it contained more than a little bit of truth.

    So, too, did [Steve] Jobs’ less-lighthearted observation about the tendency of supervisors to hire less-than-stellar underlings.

    For Millineals: The original Bozo was a television clown who entertained your baby boomer parents in the 1960s.

    “Actually, Steve believed that A players hire A players—that is people who are as good as they are. I refined this slightly—my theory is that A players hire people even better than themselves. It’s clear, though, that B players hire C players so they can feel superior to them, and C players hire D players. If you start hiring B players, expect what Steve called “the bozo explosion” to happen in your organization.” -Guy Kawasaki

    i would add one more to the list…
    there are a few in the lower categories that also hire a-list, then trap them if they can, then they can feel superior as they watch the better capable struggle (till they leave if they can, which is the point of TRAPPING)..

    there are REAL A stars and there are the academic fake A stars

    Stars are self-confident high achievers. They want the organization to succeed, and the way they see it, the best way to do that is to work with as many other stars as possible; indeed, stars tend to be impatient with lesser performers. The star executive does not worry about being eclipsed by an underling. She or he feels emotionally and professionally secure, and takes pride in having a protege who becomes a star as well. Stars, as you might imagine, make excellent mentors.

    but that is not the kind of people that government attracks and even less so collective government… because such things are by nature, like russians, PARANOID.

    Bozos are the opposite. A bozo is always prepared to hog the credit and avoid the blame. While a star welcomes diverging views in a meeting and is quick to applaud someone else’s better idea, a bozo is concerned about being contradicted or embarrassed. A bozo sees the people he supervises as an ecosystem whose function is to support his or her professional advancement. To a bozo, the organization’s ultimate success is at best a secondary concern, except to the extent that it personally benefits the bozo.

    The higher the bozo’s place in an organization, the greater the potential damage. I have seen business owners who are bozos. They relish being the top dog in part because it protects them from the risk of being exposed. This sort of bozo might even succeed in a small-office setting, working as an accountant or a lawyer or a dentist or an architect, because the bozo may possess sufficient technical skill to attract paying customers. Such a manager can’t grow a business very well, because she will not develop people who can perform at her level or higher. This sort of business is unlikely to survive independently beyond the founder, because there will be nobody in place who can keep it going. One of the most destructive aspects of bozos in the CEO role is that they inevitably drive out their best talent.

    Bozos at lower levels in the organization can be kept in check by stars at the top, but they are always bad for morale. And the more hiring and promotion responsibility a bozo holds, the greater the damage he will do. Just as birds of a feather flock together, bozos like to hire other bozos. Show me an organization that is riven by internal politics, and I will show you a company – or an agency, or a charity – that is full of bozos. Don’t think bozos operate only in the private sector. In fact, the lack of bottom-line accountability probably makes many public-sector workplaces fine breeding and training grounds for bozos. When one bozo hires other bozos, who in turn hire still more bozos, you have a bozo explosion – and an organization that is unlikely to succeed.

  8. Cornflour Says:


    For the past week or so, I often haven’t been able to see Neo’s post until the day after she’s written it.

    It turns out the problem can be remedied, for me, by using this URL:

    I don’t fully grasp the network mechanics, but I think that the blog might again be having minor issues with server-side caching.

    This isn’t too much of a bother, but I thought that Neo — and maybe others — might like to know.

  9. AesopFan Says:

    And now, because of the political donations and connections of Mueller’s team, we may have to reconsider what we thought we knew about him.
    Although, given that his close connection to Comey was already well known, why in the world was he chosen to investigate “Comey v. Trump” in the first place?

  10. Sharon W Says:

    “Did Comey have friends in the right places?”

    No doubt.

  11. neo-neocon Says:



    Only a few people are having intermittent problems. But I would like to fix them. My next step is the blog redesign, with a new and more recent updated theme. It might help, but I probably won’t get it going for a few weeks.

  12. Griffin Says:

    I often don’t see new posts for quite awhile. And the comment counter is almost never accurate. Seems to run hours behind but if click on it then I see them all. This is the only site I have any problems with.

  13. AesopFan Says:

    In re Mueller’s not-improbable agenda – there are statutes in place precisely to handle ambiguous situations like his.


  14. parker Says:

    Comey’s long connection to the Clintons dating back to Whitewater needs to be harped upon.

  15. OldTexan Says:

    Am I the only person who thinks there should be a person appointed to run investigations who would work diligently to find chargeable offenses against Hillary, Lynch, Comey, Holder, etc, etc, etc. because I don’t think that would be too difficult even though it would be a media mess.

    I would like to turn the tables and see some backbone in digging until something stick on some of those despicable people who do no respect the ballot box. Could that ever happen?

  16. OldTexan Says:

    Pardon my failure to preview and edit.

  17. Paul in Boston Says:

    “Did Comey have friends in the right places?”. If your basic assumption is that Washington is run by the kids on the 9th grade student council who gave each other awards and organized parties you are 90% of the way to understanding what goes on there. They weren’t particularly smart, their skills were groupiness(is that a word?).

  18. Cornhead Says:

    The lawyer who represented the falsely accused anthrax guy (Steve Hatfill) is the son of a retired NE Supreme Court judge. He spoke at Creighton Law School last week and it was quite the story. Leaks to the media was part of the FBI game.m

  19. Cornhead Says:

    His name is Tom Connolly and he hit the government for millions. He said the government doesn’t like to lose. He told the students to guard against confirmation bias.

  20. Cornhead Says:

    Connolly also got a non-apology apology along with his $4.6 million.

  21. Big Maq Says:

    “Why would someone with such a record get such a sterling reputation? Were people just not paying attention?” – Neo

    No, it is that too many revere LE and give them more deference than they deserve.

    So, unfortunately, they don’t get the scrutiny that they ought to.

    Many might be surprised that the law often gets stretched to go after many folks by overzealous LE officers and prosecutors.

    Just google “asset forfeiture abuse”, for one example of a type of abuse of their power.

    If we had a close look at all those top level officials, we may well find plenty of questionable cases. Janet Reno comes to mind, in particular, on her prosecution of so-called child abusers.

    But, we don’t.

    Heck, if trump and clinton are the best that we can collectively come up with for POTUS for the major parties, is anyone really paying attention, and demanding better character / background / behavior?

  22. Ymar Sakar Says:

    J Reno was one of the best child abusers around.

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