Comey skips free

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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The law is only for little people: Despite a damning Justice Deparment inspector general report that concluded that James Comey had violated the law and broke FBI rules by leaking classified information when he was FBI director, the Justice Department has decided not to prosecute him.

“We conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement,” reads DOJ watchdog head Michael Horowitz’s report.

The watchdog office said Comey broke FBI rules by giving a memo containing unclassified information to his friend Daniel Richman with instructions to share the contents with a reporter. The office also said Comey failed to notify the FBI after he was fired that he had retained some of the memos in a safe at home. Comey wrote a series of memos about conversations with President Trump he said unnerved him. Comey has stated he wanted to make a record of the interactions because he was concerned President Trump might later lie about them.

Attorney General William Barr will not prosecute the fired FBI director over his wrongdoings.

We are no longer a nation of laws, but of corrupt power and banana republic backroom deals. By aligning himself with the Democratic Party, Comey has obtained that get-out-of-jail card that all Democrats hold. No matter what laws they break, no one in Washington will ever prosecute them, especially if they are in positions of power and are popular commentators on mainstream liberal press outlets like CNN.

Be a Republican, or a conservative, or even an ordinary citizen, however, and be prepared for the entire legal book to be thrown at you instantly, should you even jaywalk.


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  • Phill O

    How deep is the state?

  • Cotour

    Nothing more to say about this episode in the St. James Comey drama. Does this ruling by the DOJ also include the FISA warrants?

    Equally conuter intuitive.

  • mike shupp

    Comey did his bit to bring us into The Age Of Trump with maybe as much impact as all those vaulted Russian shenanigans with his boasts to Congress about how strenuously the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails. There’s no way he’s ever going to be accepted as a good Democrat, no matter how much he alienates Republicans or other conservatives in future years.

  • John

    Comey spells out the case against clinton, then says there won’t be any charges. (As if it was even his choice). Horowitz reports on what crooked cop comey did wrong, but there won’t be any charges. I see a pattern here.

    There’s no court in this land for those people.

    Hopefully the ones who singed the 4 illegal FISA warrants will be held accountable. Ha ha ha, you thought I was serious, allow me to laugh even louder, HA HA Ha aha.

    It’s not funny.

  • Edward

    So much for draining the swamp.

    There once was a time in America when no one was above the law, even the president. These days, corrupt Democratic presidential candidates get free passes for multiple horrendous — even treasonous — crimes. Now we find that even corrupt former FBI directors are also above the law. Since there are no consequences to these horrific actions, we can only expect even more of them and at ever lower levels of our now-corrupted government, maybe even at the state and local levels.

    Where is that country where we grew up?

    Welcome to Obama’s America, land of the formerly free.

  • commodude

    In the meantime, for us “little people” I now have to subject myself to what is essentially a background check and a photo ID scan and comparison against a facial recognition database to enter my child’s school.

    Laws…..they’re just for the serfs now.

  • wayne

    “Tell the Truth or at least Don’t Lie”
    Jordan Peterson / Akira

  • Ian C.

    Since you all say that draining the swamp and all that won’t happen, I’ve to face reality and play the winning game. How do I lobby the right people in Washington and elsewhere to get what I want? Is it just money (campaign donations, advisory board seats for them or their family)? Making them look good (supporting their reelection)? Offering lucrative options for the time after their political career? Can I mingle with both sides or am I stuck with one (Rep, Dem) once I make a choice? In the latter case, which side should I prefer (for private space stuff)? How much will it cost, how much time will it take? What are the possible downsides in case I screw it up and how can I protect myself against them? What does it take to be factually immune against the law? Most important, how do I not act like a clueless greenhorn? Any help appreciated, I’m new to this game.

  • wayne

    Cronies Out to Lunch
    July 2012

  • Col Beausabre

    Ian C – You have obviously never heard of George Washington “I Seen My Opportunities And I Took ‘Em” Plunkett
    of fragrant memory

  • Cotour

    Ian C:

    1. Americans have no direct power, their power is vested in their proxies, their representatives, who they empower politically through their vote.

    2. Look in mirror.

    In between the two there is corruption, the nature of man related to the abuse of power, tribalism, nepotism, favoratism, racism and every other kind of ism, and the counter balance to it all is the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights.


  • wayne

    Col Beausabre-
    Good stuff.

    Gangs of New York –
    Bill the Butcher & Boss Tweed

    “The appearance of the Law must be upheld, especially while it’s being broken.”

  • Edward

    Ian C.,
    Those are good questions. Robert has some of the basics: become a Democrat with both power and invitations to comment in the media. Being a Democrat is not enough, and neither is being a powerful Democrat; just ask the Democrats’ former Congressman Anthony Weiner how that prison term is coming. Oh, that’s right. He got out six months ago.

    I don’t have many answers, but do not mingle with both sides. Stick with the Democrats and their tyrannical PC philosophy of the day — and make sure you keep up every day with what is PC, as this changes on a moment’s notice. Bone up on this before every tweet and every appearance in the media. There are several former celebrities who fell from grace because they said the former PC diatribe without realizing that there was already a new one in place.

    Perhaps you could study how the current Democratic bigwigs got there. For instance, Diane Feinstein got her start when someone shot the Mayor, and she took over, and since a gay county supervisor was also killed, she had an easy PC stand to take. It may be difficult — and illegal — to arrange for this kind of a start, but be sure to take advantage of any opportunity like this, just as Feinstein did. Since this is just a start to your crony career, doing something illegal would be inadvisable, because you do not yet have immunity.

    Hillary Clinton’s style is extremely successful. Definitely be supportive of Democratic policies and presidents, no matter what. It may be difficult for you to head up a bimbo eruption squad to protect the president, but that is the type of thing that gives you a lot of street cred with Democrats. Done right, you can become amazingly rich while people all around you “commit suicide,” especially your enemies. You might even get a couple of shots at being president — just because it is your turn to be president. (Wait. Doesn’t that sound like kindergarten?)

    Comey, Mueller, and others showed us that heading up a major department or bureau is an excellent way to be an insider. That may take a lot of work, and you probably have to be careful whose toes you step on and which bodies you climb over on your way up, but it has worked well for them. These two also demonstrate that a Republican who obeys Democrat doctrine (a RINO, or Republican in name only) is also a way to go. The Democrats appreciate having insiders in the Republican party.

    I wouldn’t go Lois Lerner’s route, though. She was a hero of the Democrats, but I doubt that she gets free drinks at any bars for her heroism.

    You don’t necessarily have to be a politician or government worker, however. Jeffery Epstein was reasonably immune until something went terribly wrong. Epstein is also an example of someone who got very rich in some mysterious way. The point is that bigwigs in Democrat-friendly companies are in excellent crony positions.

    You need to hurry, though. The competition for the best positions will start getting filled by others eager to become cronies, too: (2 minutes” I want to be a crony”)

  • wayne

    “Fight of the Century”:
    Keynes vs. Hayek Rap Battle (Round Two)
    Emergent Order 2012

    “The government’s long been in bed,
    With those Wall Street exec’s and the firms that they bled.
    Capitalism’s about profit and loss,
    You bail out the losers, there’s no end to the cost.
    The lesson I’ve learned: it’s how little we know.
    The world is complex, not some circular flow.
    The economy’s not a class you can master in college,
    To think otherwise is the pretense of knowledge.”

  • Phil Berardelli

    The arrogance is exceeded only by the foolishness. By that I mean they are moving toward a point at which the only recourse for citizens is to take up arms against the government — or at least against the lawbreakers. Given that more than 100 million citizens are armed, this should be a terrifying prospect, because the lawbreakers can only lose violently instead of peacefully — but lose they will.

  • Ian C.

    Col Beausabre, very nice. Insider deals and setting the right (dis)incentives.

    Cotour, among the things I learned (and value) the most from reading BtB is to appreciate the Constitution.

    Edward, insightful, but it describes how to become a corrupt politician/gov’t employee. I, on the other side, intend to use their services. Joking aside, the best one can probably do (considering the circumstances) is to gradually reduce the swamp’s wiggle room and dry it out over a long time. And when the justice system is infected itself, we shouldn’t expect it to do its own fellas in.

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