Post by Bill Shatzer
Trump labels James Comey as a "nut job"
Comey's record of senseless scandals and screwups:
1. After Dylann Roof killed nine South Carolina parishioners in cold
blood, James Comey admitted that an error in their background check
system allowed Roof to legally buy his gun. "We are all sick this
happened," Comey said of the massive screw-up.
2. Shortly after the NSA scandal exploded in 2013, the FBI was exposed
conducting its own data mining on innocent Americans; the agency,
Bloomberg reported, retains that material for decades (even if no
wrongdoing is found). This is particularly ironic since Comey largely
launched his political career by aligning himself with Sen. Schumer
during the Bush Administration, making himself known as an opponent of a
controversial surveillance program.
3. From 2013-2014, the FBI authorized informants to break the law more
than 11,000 times, a steep increase from the years prior; these
allowances, which the FBI calls "otherwise illegal activity," is part of
a controversial program that has been accused of resulting in the
accidental death of many informants (amongst other unanticipated
4. Comey made an embarrassing gaffe during a speech at the Holocaust
Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2015, when he suggested Poland
was an "accomplice" to Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. The comments
angered America's allies in Poland, whose foreign ministry summoned the
U.S. ambassador for reprimanding. The ambassador, Stephen Mull, later
apologized on Comey's behalf.
5. When the FBI demanded Apple create a "backdoor" that would allow law
enforcement agencies to unlock the cell phones of various suspects, the
company refused, sparking a battle between the feds and America's
biggest tech company. What makes this incident indicative of Comey's
questionable management of the agency is that a) The FBI jumped the gun,
as they were indeed ultimately able to crack the San Bernardino
terrorist's phone, and b) Almost every other major national security
figure sided with Apple (from former CIA Director General Petraeus to
former CIA Director James Woolsey to former director of the NSA, General
Michael Hayden), warning that such a "crack" would inevitably wind up in
the wrong hands.
6. In 2015, the FBI conducted a controversial raid on a Texas political
meeting, finger printing, photographing, and seizing phones from
attendees (some in the group believe in restoring Texas as an
independent constitutional republic).
7. During its investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of
classified material, the FBI made an unusual deal in which Clinton aides
were both given immunity and allowed to destroy their laptops.
8. Before Comey's tenure, the FBI came under attack for not taking
seriously enough the threat from terror suspects they interviewed. The
FBI interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev but let him go; Russia sent the Obama
Administration a second warning, but the FBI opted against investigating
him again. Earlier, the FBI had possession of emails sent by Nidal Hasan
saying he wanted to kill his fellow soldiers to protect the Taliban --
but didn't intervene, leading many critics to argue the tragedy that
resulted in the death of 31 Americans at Fort Hood could have been
prevented. After Comey took over, the sae unfortunate trend continued.
The father of the radical Islamist who detonated a backpack bomb in New
York City in 2016 alerted the FBI to his son's radicalization. The FBI,
however, cleared Ahmad Khan Rahami after a brief interview.
9. The FBI also investigated the terrorist who killed 49 people and
wounded 53 more at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Despite a more
than 10-month investigation of Omar Mateen -- during which Mateen
admitting lying to agents -- the FBI opted against pressing further and
closed its case.
10. CBS recently reported that when two terrorists sought to kill
Americans attending the "Draw Muhammad" event in Garland, Texas, the FBI
not only had an understanding an attack was coming, but actually had an
undercover agent traveling with the Islamists, Elton Simpson and Nadir
Soofi. The FBI has refused to comment on why the agent on the scene did
not intervene during the attack.
Post by Bill Shatzer
while calling Kim Jong-un a "smart cookie".
Embargo? Ha! The North Korean leader relies on an entire black-market
system dedicated to getting around UN sanctions so he can enjoy the best
the West has to sell.
Here’s how Kim Jong-un utilized growth hacking techniques to be the
supreme leader of North Korea (infographic version below):
Kim operated in stealth mode before assuming power. He studied
everything there was to know about his target market, which was the
entire North Korea.
Every successful brand has a unique identity. Kim recognized this
early on. He chose his haircut and charming smile to establish a
long-lasting presence in the minds of his target market.
Before Kim took over the reins, his father Kim Jong-il had already
tested various marketing techniques and their respective effectiveness.
Kim learned the best of them and scaled brilliantly.
Using the proper marketing channels is vital for growth. Kim
accomplished just that by restricting the number of potential channels
his target market had access to.
Kim never paid much attention to his detractors. He knew he only
had to make a positive impact within his target market to grow. And he
did exactly that by ignoring everyone else.
Kim took on his competition head on, improvising his techniques as
new challenges started to crop up. He didn’t let even those closest to
him get in his way of success.
Once Kim had his target market covered, he never let go of it. To
this day Kim maintains a tight grip over his position. A great lesson
for anyone who wants to be a successful leader or entrepreneur.
In 2013, Kim Jong-un was named the World’s 46th Most Powerful Person by
Forbes, proving yet again how essential growth hacking is to propel your
brand towards success.
I'm always reminded of YOUR very *special personal sentiments* regarding
the attacks of 911, Bill:
Bill Shatzer wrote:
And over 4,000 Americans have paid with their lives for that little
adventure. Plus a half a trillion dollars in national treasure
You might compare that with the number of lives lost on 9-11. Or the
economic injury incurred from that event.
It would have been cheaper in both lives and money to just suffer
another 9-11 every six or seven years.
Peace and justice,
I think we can ALL do well to reflect on what kind of sick sociopath
would come up with those words in honor of 911...