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What, No Petraeus Commentary?


By Bellingham Bill   Follow   Fri, 9 Nov 2012, 8:09am PST   5,140 views   109 comments
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/09/petraeus-resigns-as-cia-director/

I thought he would be a formidable (R) candidate for 2016 and wondered WTH Obama was doing appointing him to CIA.

If the admin knew about the affair then that civil appointment was absolutely stellar quasi-dirty bank-shot politics.

Petraeus would be relatively safe inside the Army, but going civil he's more exposed to FBI background checks.

And D/CIA was an 'offer he couldn't refuse' LOL.

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Bigsby   Fri, 9 Nov 2012, 7:03pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 70

Peter P says

Sometimes, we have to be honest to ourselves and accept that we simply do not know. Then, we are free to believe. Be happy. :-)

I see. So we do not know that the world is older than 6000 years. Is that what you are saying? I think your amateur philosophizing is befuddling your brain.

Bigsby   Fri, 9 Nov 2012, 7:08pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 71

Peter P says

Newton can be seen as an idol or a false prophet. Newtonian physics was accepted as the truth before quantum mechanics.

Now, what if there is a "higher" science waiting to be discovered?

Bad knowledge can be worse than no knowledge.

Or he can be seen as neither.
And I rather think you have a fundamental misconception of what the scientific method entails. It doesn't make any claims to the 'truth'.
And so what if something is demonstrated to be incorrect? That is one of the great strengths of the scientific method. It is the reason why we have progressed as a species.

thunderlips11   Fri, 9 Nov 2012, 10:31pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 72

Science is a process.

Religion is a faith based belief system.

Repeatedly holding small bits over a bunsen burner and noticing that the material made largely of the same stuff has one color flame and those made up of other material has a different color has another is a process to gain knowledge.

Accepting that ~2000 years ago a tax collector had a vision on a road is an article of faith. Or talking donkeys, men living in whales, wrestling otre beings from beyond known reality, or parting seas in half. Or believing that a late Iron Age Jewish Carpenter had to be nailed to a cross to suffer for all men's sins, even though his "Father" could apparently create the entire universe by Fiat.

Quigley   Fri, 9 Nov 2012, 11:16pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 73

Trust a bunch of atheists to hijack a thread in an effort to prosetylize.

Bigsby   Fri, 9 Nov 2012, 11:22pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 74

Quigley says

Trust a bunch of atheists to hijack a thread in an effort to prosetylize.

You didn't read the thread, did you?

Bellingham Bill   Sat, 10 Nov 2012, 12:02am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 75

"Trust a bunch of atheists to hijack a thread in an effort to prosetylize."

If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. -- Leviticus 20:10

But hey, according to Ryan last week, Obama is going to destroy the "Judeo-Christian" foundation of this country.

So when's Petraeus' execution?

Peter P   Sat, 10 Nov 2012, 1:41am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 76

Quigley says

Trust a bunch of atheists to hijack a thread in an effort to prosetylize.

I did prove that atheism is just as intolerant of other religions. ;-)

Vicente   Sat, 10 Nov 2012, 1:49am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 77

Peter P says

Atheism is about the non-existence of God.

I disagree, it's about the lack of a need for magic-based backing for the universe. There is no need for gods of any kind, nor animal spirits living in the trees, or reincarnation.

As to Patraeus, don't know, don't care terribly much. This guy was no Stormin' Norman or Colin Powell as far as penetrating the public consciousness.

First thing I think of is Chris Rock:


I'M NOT SAYING IT'S RIGHT, BUT I UNDERSTAND!

marcus   Sat, 10 Nov 2012, 2:55am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 78

Vicente says

I disagree, it's about the lack of a need for magic-based backing for the universe. There is no need for gods of any kind, nor animal spirits living in the trees, or reincarnation.

Not sure why this is happening in this thread, but I disagree. It's not about need or lack of need in the way you say.

Yes needing to have answers to everything is behind the belief or I guess (indirectly) faith of many religious or spiritual people.

But ironically needing to have answers is behind the atheist point of view(not all, but many) as well. They are not comfortable with the answer "I don't know"
and I DON'T NEED TO KNOW.

They declare that they do know, that god does not exist. Why, because they need to know, one way or the other.

I'm not talking all atheists. Some are very close to agnostics. They just don't believe, and it's not relevant to them (beyond disdain for some of the harm that extremists do in the name of religion).

I'm talking about the religious atheists who NEED to proselytize. It's a religious fervor.

marcus   Sat, 10 Nov 2012, 2:56am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 79

About Patreous, I wonder what the line would be on whether this is about Beghazi. That is if people were betting on it, and if they could know.

zzyzzx   Mon, 12 Nov 2012, 4:12am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 80

Obligatory:

CaptainShuddup   Mon, 12 Nov 2012, 4:20am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 81

Never trust a man who's last name rhymes with "Betray Us".
Because you know he the throws that line in, every time he sings Amadeus in Mirror when he gets out of the shower.

Dan8267   Mon, 12 Nov 2012, 7:28am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 82

Was planning on stating how fucking absurd this scandal and likewise scandals are and how ridiculous that it is on the news. But been too busy to start a rant on this. Was going to do it this night after work.

Bellingham Bill   Mon, 12 Nov 2012, 7:53am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike (1)     Comment 83

What scandal? Can't be a scandal if just one person did something wrong.

It's the right wing conservatives who want to get into everyone's bedrooms and sexlives. See the actual impeachment of a recent sitting President for how they operate. P leaving government for failing their moral standards is simply the way they want things to be.

zzyzzx   Mon, 12 Nov 2012, 9:05am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 84

You really don't see a lot of commentary because the guy resigned and now nobody really cares. It's not like Clinton where he lied about it.

lostand confused   Mon, 12 Nov 2012, 9:49am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 85

zzyzzx says

Obligatory:


Me too.

marcus   Mon, 12 Nov 2012, 10:23am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 86

He was impeached because of a severely dysfunctional right wing that went after Clinton for anything they could find. (see Ken Star). Originally they wanted him to look in to "Whitewater," then in to the death of Vince Foster. Finally it was cornering Clinton on his embarrassing encounter with Lewinski, and yes, blow jobs, that got Clinton to lie under oath rather than embarrass himself and his family. And there it was, ...finally,....gotcha.

Still, it's the republicans who still look like scumbags, for practicing that kind of politics. Wtf ? Was that payback for Watergate ? Or were they just that pissed off about CLinton's competence ?

This business of republicans doing anything to gain power, or take it away from a Democrat, is not new. Too bad they can't just use truth, and legitimate policies that the middle class could get behind, to gain power, as the system intended.

Vicente   Mon, 12 Nov 2012, 3:59pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 87

marcus says

that got Clinton to lie under oath rather than embarrass himself and his family.

Perjury was proven? As I recall it was acquittal.

Supreme Court has spent some effort in this area over the years. Example Reagan "I do not recall" and similar evasions and vagueness are not perjury.

Example you ask the average college-kid how many people they've "had sex" with and then try to pin down all the gyrations of what is and isn't, it's a nightmare. A Catholic girl I dated never "had sex" but boy howdy.....

Where was I?

Back to the subject, as xyzzy said, nobody really gives 2 farts about this since he resigned. It will fade into obscurity in a week or three. Remember Lisa Nowak? No, you probably don't remember it unless I say "crazy astronaut diaper lady". This story doesn't have that kind of weirdness to stick in popular culture memory.

But this 'shop is too awesome have to post it again:

jvolstad   Mon, 12 Nov 2012, 4:05pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 88

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

msilenus   Mon, 12 Nov 2012, 4:07pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 89

http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2012/11/why-petraeuss-affair-matters-but-bill-clintons-didnt/265100/#

upisdown   Tue, 13 Nov 2012, 1:23am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 90

marcus says

About Patreous, I wonder what the line would be on whether this is about Beghazi. That is if people were betting on it, and if they could know.

Notice that he doesn't go away under the cloud of incompetence, it's because he shagged an underling. How convenient. Apparently he wouldn't take the resignation because of a second term option. Time for the Gen to write a book and hit the pundit circuit.

jvolstad   Tue, 13 Nov 2012, 6:24am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 91

It's the CIA not TSA. ;-/

lostand confused   Tue, 13 Nov 2012, 7:14am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 92

So now it appears an FBI agent who sent shirtless pics to the woman who received the threats seems to be the catalyst for this being exposed?

That lady seems to have another "close" relationship with a General who calls her sweetheart and exchanged 20-30,000 pages of emails. The plot thickens.

Not even Jerry Springer or Maury can top this story. All parties are married too!

Vicente   Tue, 13 Nov 2012, 8:53pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike (1)     Comment 93

Jill Kelly has a twin sister described as "unstable" who lives with her.

Waiting for evil twin angle to surface.

lostand confused   Tue, 13 Nov 2012, 9:33pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 94

Well, it appears this Jill Kelley set up a bogus cancer charity. This nut job is close to the top Generals and the top guy at the CIA? That and that top General and Petreaus vouched for her twin sister during her divorce, giving written statements about her mothering abilities. Then this General exchanged 20-30,000 pages of emails with Kelley calling her sweetheart etc. I mena you are in Afghanistan leading the war effort an dhave time to exchnage 20-30,000 pages of email with a married woman???

No wonder the war effort is so disastrous-the Generals are busy chasing pussy instead of the enemy.

http://news.yahoo.com/jill-kelley-ran-bogus-cancer-charity-wants-diplomatic-015420794.html;_ylt=AqDR99vDnkzEsDneKKVvj8TNt.d_;_ylu=X3oDMTVxbTdsbWJmBGNjb2RlA2dtcHRvcDEwMDBwb29sd2lraXVwcmVzdARtaXQDQXJ0aWNsZSBNaXhlZCBMaXN0IE5ld3MgZm9yIFlvdSB3aXRoIE1vcmUgTGluawRwa2cDNmVhZjM3M2EtOWQ5OS0zMmE0LTg3MGUtMGM5MzVhYjEwNTExBHBvcwMyBHNlYwNuZXdzX2Zvcl95b3UEdmVyAzBkZGQwMWUwLTJlMDgtMTFlMi1iZmM1LTJjOGJmODQ0YmUwYg--;_ylg=X3oDMTMyZWlpNmg3BGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDNzk3NGM5MjItNmY2OS0zMGJiLWJkY2QtN2E4Yzc4ZDI4ZWRhBHBzdGNhdANzY2llbmNlfGJpb3RlY2gEcHQDc3RvcnlwYWdl;_ylv=3

CaptainShuddup   Tue, 13 Nov 2012, 10:13pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 95

Here's another thing I never get.
Why is it, that every time a high profile person is caught in a sex scandal,
the media blames his power?

They almost always say things like... "Well people in high positions are narcissistic and are high on Power, they don't believe they'll get caught..."

They said it about Clinton, Edwards, Tiger, and now Betrayus.
When the truth is, all men are dogs. There's plenty of infidelity across all socioeconomic scales.

lostand confused   Tue, 13 Nov 2012, 10:25pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 96

I think it has to do with the current politically correct belief that women are pure as the driven snow. That no woman can ever do wrong and even if she kills her husband or children-than a man must have driven her to it.

If Tiger Woods was a bus driver, you think that bimbo would have married him? Or all those women slept with him? The same with Edwards , Clinton and Patreaus-these women were willing to do anything-anything-to get to know these people in power. Some were married with kids and that didn't stop them.

But in the modern western world-you can't blame the women. They can't be held responsible for their actions or choices. The only ones who do are the Limbaughs and the Akins who act like neandrathals and this makes men look insane and the feminists continue on with their meme-men bad, womnen good.

Bellingham Bill   Wed, 14 Nov 2012, 12:26am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 97

Two things. One: it was brilliant for Obama to appoint so many Republicans in his admin, since sooner or later one or more of them would fuck up like they always do and he could be all 'hey man, I tried . . .'

This was clearly not the October surprise Cantor was looking for.

upisdown   Wed, 14 Nov 2012, 1:20am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 98

Now it seems as though 20-30,000 emails(email sex?) of the Gen and another Gen Allen, are under scrutiny for improper communications/relations with civilians, while one of those people has an intelligence background and also a security clearance. Those emails will be wisked away because of "an ongoing investigation". Coincidentally, Gen petraus is scheduled to testify about the Benghazi attack on an agency compound. That compound was also later exposed by two republicans in an attenpt to use the incident for some political gain right before the general election. That's a whole lot of emails that just went down the rat-hole of non-existence.

But, the number two guy in the republican party in the House, Eric Cantor, alledgedly knew about the then-secret compound before the election and surprisingly kept his mouth shut about it. Also, since when has an American diplomat been killed while in service to his diplomatic mission in a foreign country, and there's no state-level funeral for him?

To complicate matters even more, a socialite that's involved with the exposing of all this is now trying to claim diplomatic immunity.

A top General and CIA director isn't going to risk his reputation, position, or even his life on some hack author/honey trap. The classsified papers that she took probably were given to her in an effort by Petraus to cover his ass in some things that definitely went wrong. Cue Colin Powell on how to save face and reputation.

Vicente   Wed, 14 Nov 2012, 2:32am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 99

upisdown says

Also, since when has an American diplomat been killed while in service to his diplomatic mission in a foreign country, and there's no state-level funeral for him?

Eh? There was a funeral, I recall the President and the Sec. of State were there. Every TV in the SFO SkyClub had it on.

dublin hillz   Wed, 14 Nov 2012, 4:38am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 100

lostand confused says

But in the modern western world-you can't blame the women

Sure you can. As long as it's reasonable and factual, don't matter if it's PC or not. For instance, in hip hop community, it is a well known fact that certain "women" are just "looking for a sponsor."

upisdown   Wed, 14 Nov 2012, 4:53am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 101

The media knows that the public enjoys their propaganda with a good dose of sexual intrigue heaped on it. Nothing new really.

The story and all of it's sexual overtones is apparently better than exposing what really is the reason for Petreus being shoved out to pasture.

zzyzzx   Fri, 16 Nov 2012, 12:15am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 102

The Taiwanese explain the Petraeus scandal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=C_NRqW348UM

thunderlips11   Fri, 16 Nov 2012, 12:31am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 103

NMA is great. You don't even need to know Chinese to appreciate it.

Automan Empire   Fri, 16 Nov 2012, 1:10am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 104

Jill Kelly could probably walk right in to the part of Cruella DeVille in an off-broadway production.

michaelsch   Fri, 16 Nov 2012, 3:35am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 105

An interesting detail.
http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/petraeus-gmail-affair/

His affair does not matter, but if indeed he used Outlook client to send Gmail, well his incompetence does matter.

zzyzzx   Fri, 16 Nov 2012, 4:44am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 106

michaelsch says

if indeed he used Outlook client to send Gmail

Who the hell does that???

lostand confused   Fri, 16 Nov 2012, 5:04am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 107

My, my. It looks this Ms Kelley tried to use her Petraeus connections to try and get a 80 million dollar kickback.

http://news.yahoo.com/businessman-jill-kelley-asked-80m-bragged-petraeus-connection-234313690--abc-news-topstories.html

Vicente   Fri, 16 Nov 2012, 3:49pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 108

Y'all didn't catch the basic trick they were using to "send" emails.

A shared gmail account, and only composed messages without sending. So each would login and check the drafts folder.

zzyzzx   Tue, 20 Nov 2012, 1:14am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 109

Just found this meme someone made:

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