December 18, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: African-American Playwrights

I will continue on with this week’s theme highlighting the works of African-American Playwrights.

 

Trey Ellis (born 1962) is an American novelist, screenwriter, professor, playwright, and essayist. He was born in Washington D.C. and graduated from Hopkins School and Phillips Academy, Andover, before attending Stanford University.

His first novel, Platitudes, was published in 1988 and reissued by Northeastern University Press in 2003, along with his 1989 essay “The New Black Aesthetic”. Platitudes follows the story of Earle, a black, private high-school student in New York City. The novel itself wrestles with many concepts outlines in “The New Black Aesthetic,” namely the existence of the cultural mulatto. Earle, as a second generation middle-class, black nerd, embodies this identity—on his visit to Harlem he feels entirely out of place. Alongside this narrative is the story of Dorothy, a black, private high-school student who does live in Harlem and yet can navigate easily in her largely white social circles.

Structurally, the novel makes extensive use of structure. Largely a metafictional work, Ellis moves between a more post-modern, deconstructed style and a more traditional, black female style through the voices of fictional authors Wellington and Ishee Ayam. Ellis’ exaggerated representations of each style is humorous, essentially complicating the hegemonic artistic voice of the Black Arts Movement.

As a black nerd, Earle complicates traditional ideas of black masculinity. He occupies a place as an intellectual outsider, excluded from the mainstream, and yet the nerd identity is hyper-white. This questions how alternative black masculinities that deviate from Black Power’s image can fit into an identity of blackness.

He is also the author of the novels Home Repairs (1993) and Right Here, Right Now (1999), which received an American Book Award. His latest book is Bedtime Stories: Adventures in the Land of Single-Fatherhood (2008), a memoir of his life as a single father of two.

His work for the screen includes the Emmy nominated The Tuskegee Airmen, and Good Fences, starring Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg, which was shortlisted for the PEN award for Best Teleplay of the year, and was nominated for a Black Reel award. In 1994, he co-wrote The Inkwell under the pen name “Tom Ricostronza”.

His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and GQ, among other places. He is a regular blogger on The Huffington Post and lives in Manhattan, where he is an Associate Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Film.

His work for the theater includes the plays, Fly and Kansas City Swing.

 

 

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  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    WE’RE BAAAAA-AAAAAAACK!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Tuesday MornTin’ Sepia – – – -Yaaaaaaaaaa! – –Woo! Hoo! — –

      — -<b<BIG WELCOME BACK!!♥ - —-

      Have a GOOD DAY!! – – -I will :>) – –

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

        It was so good to see the POU fam on Twitter!!!!

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU. Glad you’re back up. Bruh needs his fix.

  • crazycanuck

    Great you are back up and now I have to leave. Oh well at least I can stop biting my nails and drinking lol.

  • GN

    /dragging in here sweating and shaking like Halle Berry in Jungle Fever

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      LOL!

    • Alma98

      LOL!!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY GN. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – –LOL – –Good “imagery”! — -

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    So Jill Kelley wasn’t Petraues’ jump-off….she was (allegedly) Gen. John Allen’s jump-off???

    Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Is Linked to Petraeus Scandal
    By ELISABETH BUMILLER
    Published: November 13, 2012

    PERTH, Australia — Gen. John Allen, the top American and NATO commander in Afghanistan, is under investigation for what a senior defense official said early Tuesday was “inappropriate communication’’ with Jill Kelley, the woman in Tampa, Fla., who was seen as a rival for David H. Petraeus’s attentions by Paula Broadwell, who had an extramarital affair with Mr. Petraeus.

    […]Mr. Panetta turned the matter over to the Pentagon’s inspector general to conduct an investigation into what the defense official said were 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents, many of them e-mails between General Allen and Ms. Kelley, who is married and has children.

    Asked if the F.B.I. had determined that there was criminal action involved, the defense official replied, “That is for the F.B.I. to discuss.” The official, who briefed reporters on Mr. Panetta’s plane, said that “there is the distinct possibility” that the e-mails were connected to an ongoing F.B.I. investigation into Mr. Petraeus and Ms. Broadwell.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/us/top-us-commander-in-afghanistan-is-linked-to-petraeus-scandal.html?hp&_r=0

    • MonieTalks

      As a military spouse, I find it particularly interesting that Jill Kelley had such influence at MacDill…the position of an unpaid social liaison who has no prior military herself, nor does her husband. I have lived and traveled to different bases around the world and country and grew up in military rich Hampton Roads, and to be honest I have never heard of an “unofficial social liaison to the military” at any base I have been to

      How did she get so involved in the military community? Don’t get me wrong, it is possible, but to me it is just odd. Especially in a post 9/11 world where visitors to military bases are and should be scrutinized more.

      And then to hear that she had a thing with Gen. John Allen. Whoa!

      • Miranda

        Monie, I think what we’re dealing with here is a high level ho – She has thrown her double D’s around in enough men’s faces (and dont be shocked if a woman or two comes forward as well) to get what she wants. Now I admit I am basing this on instinct – the ratchetness that has been already exposed notwithstanding – An affair, ok she might have made a mistake. But like you said, this “unpaid social liason” position cracked me up from the first time I heard of it and for her to be all that on the base, now we got wind of an affair herself, a FBI agent that lost his damn mind over her – chick been WORKING the Macdill stroll for a minute. She was not about to be pushed around by Paula Broadwell who was basically an insecure tween in her stupdiness over Petraeus.They both bringing down the FBI, CIA and Army over what is a 90210 Kelly vs Brenda mess.

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

          They both bringing down the FBI, CIA and Army over what is a 90210 Kelly vs Brenda mess.

          I can’t go on____________________

          • Miranda

            This is not even worthy of Krystal vs Alexis. This is straight up high school.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

            Love Dynasty!!! #Team Alexis

        • qosine

          Win!!!

        • TyrenM

          High level ho – as opposed to a $2 ho.

      • http://twitter.com/sherylkaye Sheryl Kaye

        …”unofficial social liaison to the military”. I’ve been trying to find out what that (role) is too. I’ve found nothing. How the hell did Allen have time to send 30 emails a day? No wonder so many of our people in uniform keeps getting killed in Afghanistan. Appears Allen was emailing naked pictures instead of doing his job. I’m still trying to figure out how many hours in a day it takes to send/read 30 separate emails per day. By the time one reads, think, send, then jack off…; that’s a lot of work.

        • Alma98

          LOL!!

        • Admiral_Komack

          …but on the other hand, he does have a Kung-Fu grip…

          • Alma98

            HAHAHAHAHA!

      • qosine

        Thank you! Sounds like an euphemism for . . . ?

      • Admiral_Komack

        Maybe she had experience handling weapons…or hand-to-hand combat…or going undercover…or taking one for the team…or from the team…

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

          Damn Gina….lmao!!!!

    • Alma98

      SMDH.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Shit. Just. Got. REAL.

    Why Has the Other Woman In the Petraeus Sex Scandal Lawyered Up?
    John Cook

    Among the many odd, swirling facts surrounding the unfolding David Petraeus scandal: Jill Kelley, the longtime friend of the former CIA director who reportedly went to the FBI complaining of harassing emails from Petraeus’ mistress Paula Broadwell, has reacted to the mess by bringing out the scandal equivalent of heavy artillery. She’s hired DC superlawyer Abbe Lowell and crisis PR specialist Judy Smith—despite the fact that the FBI has concluded its investigation and there are no criminal allegations on the table.

    […]But why would Kelley hire Lowell and Smith? It’s not clear why she would need a lawyer at all, given the fact that she is a victim in this situation. (One obvious inference is that Broadwell perceived Kelley as a romantic threat, but a friend of Petraeus’ told ABC News that he and Kelley were just friends. And if she really were carrying on with Petraeus, it seems unlikely that Kelley, who is married with three children, would react to the emails by going to the feds.)

    Even if Kelley simply found it prudent to keep a lawyer handy—why Lowell? It’s like hiring David Boies because your friend got a speeding ticket. Lowell is the quintessential Washington power broker. He represented Clinton before the Senate during his impeachment trial. He specializes in disgraced political figures, including John Edwards. He’s the kind of guy you hire when you’re seriously fucked.

    MORE: http://gawker.com/5959847/why-has-the-other-woman-in-the-petraeus-sex-scandal-lawyered-up?tag=Petraeus-Affair

    For those who don’t know, Scandal’s Olivia Pope is based on Judy Smith!

    • Miranda

      Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh sheeeeeeeeeeeetttt

    • MsKitty

      It’s popcorn time!

    • MsKitty

      It’s popcorn time!

    • qosine

      When is that show Scandal on? Sounds good.

  • GN

    So if I have the story right…a general is a ho; the ho general’s mistress writes a series of emails to another woman: “this is my married lover, get your own, ya heard?!”..innocently not knowing that the other woman actually did already have her own married US military general lover, as well as connections including some in the FBI. FBI connection turns out to be a wingnut. This wingnut in the FBI decides to escalate some ho tales into a matter of national security, hoping to take down President Obama, then goes to Cantor. Whole thing blows up.

    And the moral of the story is to always listen to Camille who from day one noted that God was simply doing some spring cleaning and removing a little bs from PBO’s admin.

    Do I have this right?

    • Miranda

      That’s it!

    • morphus

      Yep, a small opening into the scandalous RW shadow government.

    • Daltex82

      Do I have this right?

      Yeppers!

    • rikyrah

      BWA HA HA HA HA HHA

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Pray for my state.

    Petition started seeking approval for N.J. to secede from union
    November 13, 2012 at 8:14 AM,

    Nearly 9,000 people have signed an online petition in support of New Jersey seceding from the United States of America.

    The petition was created on Nov. 10 by a user named “Joe R” from Sewell on a section of the White House’s official website called “We the People.” Most who have signed the petition have included a first name and the first letter of their last name.

    If a petition receives 25,000 signatures by Dec. 10, the “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response,” according to WhiteHouse.gov.

    Similar petitions have been started in at least 19 other states. In Texas, more than 25,000 have “signed” the petition, enough to get a response from the Obama administration.

    MORE: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/petition_started_seeking_appro.html#incart_river_default

    • Miranda

      I believe there’s one from some clowns in Georgia too….just some dumbass inbreds.

    • MsKitty

      Of course the bozo who started the petition is in the next town over from me. Now if he’s talking about having the Pinelands secede, I’m all for that. It’s like a real life Deliverance up in there.

      • Alma98

        LOL!

    • Daltex82

      Of course it wouldn’t be secession talk if Texas wasn’t involved.

      There are planes, trains, boats and automobiles that will take these folks anywhere they want to go. Instead of seceding, why not just leave. Take your guns, your funky ass attitudes and your hatred and go find some unsuspecting souls (good luck with that!) and steal their land like you have been known to do and start up your new “Country”. Leave Texas to us sensible folks so we can once again place emphasis on education, healthcare, clean energy and turn it into a blue, sensible, thinking and caring state.

    • Admiral_Komack

      DO IT.

    • nellcote

      review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response,”
      ===
      I believe the proper response would be “BWAHAHAHA!!!”

  • caribbeanobserver

    Good Morning, and a Happy Diwali to the POU family as our country has a public holiday in celebration. I actually thought that the site was hacked as I tried numerous times to log in last night. Whew!
    I see that the ‘seceders’ are pouting and trying to get attention. I wish them luck.

    • Alma98

      Good morning and Happy Diwali to you caribbeanobserver.

  • MonieTalks

    Dave Reichert or Eric Cantor needs to name the FBI agent IMMEDIATELY or be dragged through the mud for holding back this info, plain and simple.

    Especially after all the Eric Holder drama and Benghazi posturing they have done. I have no faith in Congressman in engage in secretive phone calls with partisan FBI agents who indeed have an agenda.

    How come Jill Kelly did not notify her local police initially. She jumps to a friendly shirtless FBI agent who does her a “favor” and becomes apparently obsessed with the case and drops a dime on two Republican congressman instead of following a proper change of command within the FBI. These folks are sick and DANGEROUS. Time to clean house.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      THANK YOU! The media should be demanding that Cantor name the FBI agent but it seems that they’re trying to sweep Cantor’s involvement under the rug.

    • Admiral_Komack

      I can understand why Congress wasn’t told: they leak like a fucking sieve.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    FBI Agent in Petraeus Case Under Scrutiny
    By DEVLIN BARRETT, EVAN PEREZ and SIOBHAN GORMAN

    WASHINGTON—A federal agent who launched the investigation that ultimately led to the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus was barred from taking part in the case over the summer due to superiors’ concerns that he was personally involved in the case, according to officials familiar with the probe.

    […] One official said the agent in question sent shirtless photos to Ms. Kelley well before the email investigation began, and FBI officials only became aware of them some time later. Eventually, supervisors told the agent he was to have nothing to do with the case, though he never had a formal role in the investigation, the official said.

    The agent, after being barred from the case, contacted a member of Congress, Washington Republican David Reichert, because he was concerned senior FBI officials were going to sweep the matter under the rug, the officials said. That information was relayed to top congressional officials, who notified FBI headquarters in Washington.

    MORE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324439804578115410189757452.html?mod=wsj_share_tweet

    • Miranda

      I was just reading this:
      In a new, strange twist to the ongoing Petraeus scandal, it turns out the FBI agent who started the investigation sent topless photos of himself to Jill Kelley, Petraeus’s alleged other other woman. The agent in question was apparently a friend of Kelley’s and the person she turned turned to after she received the “threatening” emails from Paula Broadwell, Petraeus’s first mistress.
      http://gawker.com/5960001/an-fbi-agent-sent-shirtless-photos-of-himself-to-jill-kelley-and-other-ridiculous-new-details-about-the-patraeus-investigation?tag=Petraeus-Affair
      _________________________________

      The pandora’s box has been opened! Ain’t no closing it now. I bet a a whole lotta SCANDAL bout to be erupted.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        Survey says — Jill Kelley is a ho!

      • Alma98

        They need Olivia Pope for real. Lol

  • MonieTalks

    I’m still perplexed as to why Jill Kelley, who clearly had her sights on climbing the social scene in Tampa, was embraced so readily by the leaders of CENTCOM like Petraeus and other top brass at MacDill, especially considering she had no military connection. How did she get access and connections to the military community..who was her link to them, the middle man.

    Petraeus friend Jill Kelley found place hosting military parties

    TAMPA — When Dr. Scott T. Kelley moved from the Northeast to become one of Moffitt Cancer Center’s most distinct specialists, his wife, Jill, threw herself into the South Tampa social scene.

    She volunteered for committees to organize galas and fashion shows benefiting the American Red Cross and the Tampa Museum of Art. But she didn’t seem to find her calling in those circles.

    Then she focused her efforts on helping the military.

    ….Before long, the Kelley mansion became the place to be seen for coalition officers. Gen. David Petraeus, leader of U.S. Central Command at MacDill, marked his first celebration of the Gasparilla pirate parade on the Kelleys’ lawn.

    “Jill was such an awesome client,” said Linda Baldwin, the owner of Events by Amore, which catered that party. “Did so much for the military, fabulous mother and amazing wife; can’t say enough nice things about her. She never spared anything for the military. It was all about them.”

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      And what’s up with the lawsuits?

      “Just three months after they posed with David and Holly Petraeus, strands of Gasparilla beads hanging from their necks, the Kelleys were hit with a foreclosure lawsuit.

      The suit, brought by Central Bank against the Kelleys and Kelly Land Holdings, centered on a three-story office building at 300 E Madison St. in downtown Tampa. Court records show they owed the bank nearly $2.2 million, including attorney fees.

      In 2011, a judge ordered the property to be put up for sale.”

      “[…] Since the Kelleys have been in Tampa, records show, one or both have been subjects of lawsuits nine times — including an $11,000 judgment against them that originated in Pennsylvania.

      Ongoing cases, the court records show, include an indebtedness case from Chase Bank; a foreclosure case from Regions Bank; and a credit card case from FIA Card Services.”

      http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/macdill/petraeus-friend-jill-kelley-found-place-hosting-military-parties/1261272

      • Alma98

        These people are a freaking mess.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Ghetto fabulous: it’s not just a black thing.

        • Miranda

          *DEAD*

      • Aquagranny911

        These people are real pieces of work & military brass allowed them access? JEEZE LOWEEZ!

    • Alma98

      I don”t understand either how this woman had the run of the place. Now the affairs is a different story. This is no surprise to you and me monie. You know living on a base is like a soap opera. People bed hopping while their spouse is away.

    • Alma98

      I don”t understand either how this woman had the run of the place. Now the affairs is a different story. This is no surprise to you and me monie. You know living on a base is like a soap opera. People bed hopping while their spouse is away.

      • MonieTalks

        True Alma.

        I guess a major command like CENTCOM and the top brass are held to a different standard than the rest of the military. They conduct themselves outside UCMJ.

        I have never seen personally any individual outside the military community hold so much clout and so many connections, without being prior military. And clearly this is the side that the majority of us do not see or are aware of.

        Some years ago, my two youngest were receiving therapy in the home and the therapist’s supervisor was a Chinese national employed by an agency that was contracted to serve the military. When visiting the base, she used my husband/my name as the contact to gain entry to the base, which was no problem. They contacted my husband downrange to tell him that there were no problems, but CID wanted to ask me and him both questions. CID visited me in person and questioned me regarding her status as a Chinese national, making sure was not acting suspicious, trying to gain military knowledge, etc (pretty much making sure she was not a spy). She was fine, but I will never forget that experience because I was like dang…they are engaged with the interactions that are going on at the base.

        That is why personally, I am flabbergasted that such top brass was frolicking with an outside entity from the military. Does it happened..I guess so. But I though CENTCOM, of all commands would be very careful about who they socialize with.

        • qosine

          I wondered what you both thought of this.

        • Alma98

          This a thousand times. When my mother visited us you’d have thought she was Mata hari with the way the military was acting. Another thing that pisses me off, is them always questioning PBO’s allegeance to this country. In the mean time their letting a jumpoff have the run of the place.

        • Aquagranny911

          Thank you! I have thought the same thing & there should be a full investigation of every officer involved with her. If this involved some enlisted guy he would already be in the brig.

      • Tafr

        This is one of the many reasons I choose to live off base. Talk about drama and headache. This woman had the run of the base because she was fucking a general. Sorry hate to be blunt but that is what happened. I do not believe they were just friends. Now you know had this been an enlisted man his ass would of been long gone. I believe Petraus and Allen should face court martial hell they should lose rank.

        Also that job title she had is a bunch of BS. I asked my husband had he ever heard of that title he said nope. I am sure your husband and Monie’s husband has never heard of it either. I never heard of that title while I was in the Air force.

        • Alma98

          Nope never heard of such a thing. AG is right had this been enlisted men they’d be under the brig. Hell I know of a few that got their rank yanked, sent to the brig and got kicked out for adultery.

          • Aquagranny911

            Happened to a cousin of mine even though he wasn’t the only one sleeping around like an alley cat. He got caught & took discharge.

            Didn’t slow him down much though. Last I heard he was on wife #3.

    • Admiral_Komack

      I saw what you did there. ;-)

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – -GOOD BEAUTIFUL MORNTIN’ OU FAM♥ – -WOO HOO! —WE Soooo BACK!! :>)

    – — – –Annnd WE GOT WORK 2 DO: – – -Mr. PRESIDENT will B on a WHIRLWIND TOUR THIS WEEK – — -BEGINNING WITH: – —

    – — -☻– 11:30 a.m.: With the vice president, attends a meeting with leaders from the labor community and other progressive leaders to discuss the actions we need to take to keep our economy growing and find a balanced approach to reduce our deficit. White House, Roosevelt Room. Closed press.

    – — – -ENJOY YOUR ENERGY DRANK! :>) – –

    B BLESSED 2-DAY! :>)

    • qosine

      Once again, GLH re: Cantor’s use of the FBI info

      No weapon formed against him shall prosper! It won’t work!

      And it didn’t!!

      (I think I quoted it right)

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MornTin’ qosine. ***BIG HUG***- –:>)

        – –***fist bump*** :>) – — -No weapon formed against him shall prosper! It won’t work! – -And it didn’t!! – –Woo! Hoo! :>)

        DEY ‘ON’T KNOW!! LOL —

        Good 2 C U. qosine! :>)

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    The Eric Cantor Angle on Petraeus-Broadwell Affair
    By Jonathan Karl

    Here’s how House Majority Leader Eric Cantor became aware of the David Petraeus matter, according to a senior aide to Cantor.

    On Saturday, Oct. 27, Cantor spoke by phone to an FBI employee who told him about an investigation, including the details about Petraeus’ affair, and said he was concerned that classified information had been compromised.

    Cantor then asked his chief of staff, Steve Stombres, to inform FBI Director Robert Mueller. Because the federal government was closed Monday and Tuesday of that week because to Hurricane Sandy, Stombres did not connect with Mueller’s chief of staff until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Mueller took the information, but gave no indication whether there was an investigation, according to the aide.

    The senior aide also said Cantor did not inform anyone else.

    Indeed, House Speaker John Boehner did not find out about Cantor’s role in this until the story (of Cantor’s contact with the FBI) broke two days ago. Cantor believed the FBI agent was credible enough to pass on the information to Mueller, but, given that it was a single source whom he had never met, he did not believe there was a need to pass the information on to his fellow House leaders.

    MORE: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/11/the-eric-cantor-angle-on-petraeus-broadwell-affair/

    ————————————————————————-

    I’m calling bullshit on the part in bold. You mean to tell me there was no way Cantor, the HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER could contact Mueller?? GTFOOHWTBS! At the very least, he could’ve contacted Boehner.

    Nah, Cantor didn’t tell anyone because he was trying to figure out a way to use the info against PBO. When he realized the info couldn’t hurt PBO, THEN he contacted Mueller.

    • Town

      If that FBI employee was that “concerned” classified information had been compromised, he/she wouldn’t have called Eric Cantor, they would have called the White House. That FBI person wanted to bring down Obama, that’s why they went to Cantor.

    • Town

      If that FBI employee was that “concerned” classified information had been compromised, he/she wouldn’t have called Eric Cantor, they would have called the White House. That FBI person wanted to bring down Obama, that’s why they went to Cantor.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Damn! Another winner!

    • Admiral_Komack

      We have a winner.

    • malletgirl02

      Also While non emergency employees were off emergency employees still had to work. As head of the FBI, I think Mulller would at least still be on call even if he was at home. I know all the top people at government agencies have blackberry phones, so Cantor could have called him.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – -WHA’ ??? – – — DA PLOT THICKENS!! – – -LOL – – –

    – –Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan under investigation, scandal widens – –

    —– -The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communication with a woman at the center of the scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, a senior U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.

    The revelation threatens to fell another of the U.S. military’s biggest names and suggests that the scandal involving Petraeus – a retired four-star general who had Allen’s job in Afghanistan before moving to the CIA last year – could expand.

    The U.S. official said the FBI uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of communications – mostly emails spanning from 2010 to 2012 – between Allen and Jill Kelley, who has been identified as a longtime friend of the Petraeus family and a Tampa, Florida, volunteer social liaison with military families at MacDill Air Force Base.

    It was Kelley’s complaints about harassing emails from the woman with whom Petraeus had had an affair, Paula Broadwell, that prompted an FBI investigation that ultimately disclosed Petraeus’ involvement with Broadwell. Petraeus resigned from the CIA post on Friday.

    Asked whether there was concern about the disclosure of classified information, the official said, on condition of anonymity: “We are concerned about inappropriate communications. We are not going to speculate as to what is contained in these documents.”

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters flying with him to Australia that he had asked that Allen’s nomination to be Commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe be delayed “and the president has agreed.”

    President Barack Obama has put the nomination on hold, the White House said on Tuesday.
    THERE IS MUCH MORE

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM: – – – -WHEW LAWD!- — -Gen P was havin’ – –

    —- -DOUBLE FUN:- - – -LOL

    – — -Da SKANK is STANDIN’ NEXT 2 DA WIFE!!! – –

    – — -SUMMARY –sooo FAR: – – –☻Gen. P – –☻Da “BROAD” – – -☻- Gen Allen – — -☻Da Other broad- -KELLEY- — -☻[twin sister] —- -☻ – — waitin’ –LOL.

  • Alma98

    Lawd! What are y’all trying to do to us, you know we’re bitter and lonely. Good morning all.

    • Miranda

      LOL, …I’m sleepy as all get out because every 30 minutes I was waking up checking to see if the site was back up! LOL

      • Alma98

        LOL! Me too.

  • qosine

    You’re back!! YES!!

    Petraeus friend Jill Kelley found place hosting military parties

    Times staff and wires
    In Print: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    Then she focused her efforts on helping the military.

    Just miles from her Bayshore Boulevard home, representatives from scores of nations that make up the military coalition united to fight terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks were stationed at MacDill Air Force Base.
    ….

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/macdill/article1261272.ece

    • aleth

      I was missing POU so bad. I love this place too much, it keeps me sane

      • Alma98

        I hear ya aleth! Morning.

      • qosine

        Me, too. Good Morning aleth!

    • Alma98

      Morning qosine!

      • qosine

        Good Morning, Alma!

    • Admiral_Komack

      I didn’t do it.

  • MonieTalks

    Colorado lawmaker recalls Paula Broadwell at GOP fundraiser

    DENVER — Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with Gen. David Petraeus appears to have forced his sudden resignation last week as CIA director, also helped Republican state lawmakers raise thousands of dollars by appearing at an event last month.

    Broadwell, 40, who is the author of a recent biography of Petraeus, appeared at an Oct. 9 fundraiser, “Celebrating Colorado’s Women Leaders” that was hosted by outgoing House Majority Leader Amy Stephens and GOP Caucus Chair Carole Murray.

    read more: http://kdvr.com/2012/11/12/colorado-lawmaker-recalls-paula-broadwell-at-gop-fundraiser/

    • qosine

      Love this quote from your article.
      That’s not what you conservatives said about Monica
      ..
      Murray also echoed complaints from conservatives, already irritated by a perceived lack of coverage of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, that the media has focused too much on news of the affair.

      “To focus on an affair and not focus on an embassy that was destroyed and Americans who were killed is lazy journalism,” Murray said.

      read more: http://kdvr.com/2012/11/12/col

    • qosine

      Love this quote from your article.
      That’s not what you conservatives said about Monica
      ..
      Murray also echoed complaints from conservatives, already irritated by a perceived lack of coverage of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, that the media has focused too much on news of the affair.

      “To focus on an affair and not focus on an embassy that was destroyed and Americans who were killed is lazy journalism,” Murray said.

      read more: http://kdvr.com/2012/11/12/col

    • Admiral_Komack

      She probably raised other things for fun, too.

      • Alma98

        LOL!

  • Alma98

    These people are a freaking mess.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    EmoProgs/PLs, like Katrina vanden Heuvel, are notorious for accusing PBO of being “weak” when it comes to standing up to Repubs. Yet when Greta Van Susteren calledout Katrina for dissing FOX, Katrina backed all the way down!

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/greta-van-susteren-scolds-katrina-vanden-heuvel-on-abc-for-taking-a-shot-at-fox-news/

    • Admiral_Komack

      Gotta hustle that paycheck.

    • GN

      100% unsurprised.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Jesse Jackson Jr hires lawyer, possible plea deal, resignation: reports
    CHICAGO | Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:33pm EST

    (Reuters) – Amid reports that he may have misused campaign funds, Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr has hired a lawyer to handle negotiations with the federal government on possible plea deal in which he would resign from the House of Representatives and spend time in prison, media said.

    CBS 2 television reported on Saturday and Fox News Chicago on Monday, citing an unnamed source, that Jackson hired Dan Webb, a former U.S. attorney in Chicago who represents defendants in high-profile corruption cases to represent the 47-year-old lawmaker.

    Both reports said Jackson, who was easily re-elected to Congress on November 6, may have to resign his seat and serve time in prison under terms of the deal being negotiated.

    MORE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/12/us-usa-campaign-jackson-idUSBRE8AB14520121112

    • Miranda

      Damn Jr….just…damn.

    • qosine

      Very sad.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    But I though Black folks were a bunch of raging homophobes?

    African Americans and Latinos spur gay marriage revolution
    Posted by Aaron Blake on November 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Last Tuesday’s election was a watershed moment for the gay marriage movement. Voters in three states voted to legalize it — something no state had done before — and a fourth state voted against a proposed ban.

    And if the movement catches on in other states, African Americans and Latinos will be a big reason why.

    In fact, exit polls now show a majority of both groups now favor gay marriage.

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/11/12/african-americans-and-latinos-play-big-role-in-gay-marriage-revolution/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    But I though Black folks were a bunch of raging homophobes?

    African Americans and Latinos spur gay marriage revolution
    Posted by Aaron Blake on November 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Last Tuesday’s election was a watershed moment for the gay marriage movement. Voters in three states voted to legalize it — something no state had done before — and a fourth state voted against a proposed ban.

    And if the movement catches on in other states, African Americans and Latinos will be a big reason why.

    In fact, exit polls now show a majority of both groups now favor gay marriage.

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/11/12/african-americans-and-latinos-play-big-role-in-gay-marriage-revolution/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

    • qosine

      Rachel Maddow, you need to read THIS.

      • Admiral_Komack

        She’s soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo smart, she won’t

        Now why would you want to sully her already preconceived notions? (snark)

    • Miranda

      Looks like NOM will be cutting those black pastors loose. LOL – they didn’t deliver like they promised they would – *snicker*

      • GN

        lol that was such a scam.

    • GN

      POU called this in the spring; it’s not news here.

      Cue Maddow etc: “100% of black voters didn’t support gay marriage; HOW DARE THOSE INGRATE NINJAS” just like she did in 2008.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Petraeus couldn’t keep his ho in check:

    “The new information shows that Petraeus told Broadwell this summer to stop sending the harassing e-mails after Kelley told him about them. Law enforcement officials said the e-mails indicated that Broadwell was jealous of Kelley’s friendship with Petraeus. His warning came about the same time Petraeus ended the affair with Broadwell.”

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/petraeus-told-biographer-to-stop-harassing-family-friend-officials-say/2012/11/12/6ccb325c-2d00-11e2-a99d-5c4203af7b7a_story_1.html

    You know, folks are trying to portray Broadwell as some unstable, jealous woman, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Jill Kelley was trying to holla at Petraeus.

    • Worldwatcher7

      You may be right about Jill Kelley, but I still think Broadwell is nuts. How is a jump-off gonna claim territory?

      • Admiral_Komack

        But…but…she’s his…don’t you understand…she wrote him a book! (snark)

      • GN

        “Your husband’s cheating on us!”

        • sagittarius

          Hi, GN!

          You ask – I answer!

          • GN

            /dead

    • Alma98

      Damn! She starting to sound like that NASA woman.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM — – – -SAAAAAA-LAP! – — -2 da DELUSIONAL- – LYIN’ RACIST!! – —

    – – – -Paul Ryan: I Didn’t Lose Because Of The Issues, I Lost Because Of The ‘Urban’ Vote – –

    – —In his first interview since losing the election, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wouldn’t admit that voters rejected his economic vision and instead chalked up President Obama’s victory to a large turnout of the “urban vote.” “I don’t think we lost it on those budget issues, especially on Medicare, we clearly didn’t lose it on those issues,” Ryan to local station WISC-TV. “I think the surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.”

    But Ryan’s post-election analysis contrasts sharply with his view of the race before Election Day. Throughout the campaign, Ryan — who was selected for the ticket because of his budget plan — insisted that the race presented voters with a “choice” between two different economic paths for the nation and repeatedly tried to sell the merits of his proposal on the stump. Republican lawmakers bragged that should the GOP ticket win, “they can justly claim a mandate” to push through Ryan’s initiatives. Here are just three examples of the former Vice Presidential candidate making the same argument:

    – – – – -SNIP- – –
    And while seniors backed Romney/Ryan at the same rate as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008, a survey commissioned by the AFL-CIO “showed that by 64 to 17 percent, voters want to protect Social Security and Medicare benefits and address the deficit by increasing taxes on the rich, rather than address the deficit by cutting entitlements.”

    – – -COMMENT: – – -Matt Ramsey
    It’s started already. They are denying that their ideology is wrong so they can keep pushing an agenda that the people don’t want. Amazing hubris to think that if they just say it the right way then the majority will agree with them. They will never realize they are wrong, just not that bright.

    – – –YEAH – —IMMA – – -STILL —GLOAT! – –LOL

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Translation: “Them damn nigger voters cost us the election!”

      • Alma98

        How come he’s sounding like some scooby-doo villain. Curses foiled again by you voting negroes.

    • goldenstar

      Urban vote=Black people + Brown people.

      So, Mr. Ryan lost because he did not understand nor appreciate Americans who vote. Oh, and vote as if their lives depended upon it.

      Oh, and it’s ok for Mr. Ryan to keep stating this. I want him to keep losing and stay losing.

    • Alma98

      Prick! Sorry GLH I had to say it.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL Alma – — – -YES! — – -U! – – – -DID!! – –LOL — -THANK U. :>)

    • dannie22

      i lost because u ninjas didnt vote for me!

    • vulcan_girl

      Hold up, son – YOUR OWN TOWN voted against you and it’s the black people’s fault you lost?!

    • GreenLadyHere

      NOTE 2 M’self: – —***mumble – –mumble — -Annnd I thought that

      that —“I dated a –SISTA story” -[which I PAID her 2 LEAK]- –

      would GET da BLAH VOTE!! – –mumble – -mumble. . .SHOOT!

    • GN

      Because black people don’t vote on the issues (rolling eyes at this overrated clown Ryan)…the amount of racism which has been flying around these past four years has been off the charts.

    • Town

      TRANSLATION: AIN’T OUR FAULT, IT’S NIGGAS FAULT!

  • Daltex82

    Whew! Glad you’re back! Let me go ahead and step up to the podium..

    My Name is Daltex and I am a POU addict.

    • Alma98

      HAHAHAHA!

    • Miranda

      LMAO

    • Aquagranny911

      LOL! I’m right behind you!

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Good news for AZ!

    Democrats lead in five uncalled House races
    Posted by Rachel Weiner on November 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    The AP has just called Arizona’s 9th district for Democrat Kyrsten Sinema over Republican Vernon Parker — giving Congress its first openly bisexual member. But almost a week after the election, five more House races have yet to be called. A few were among the country’s most expensive House races. Right now, Democrats lead in all five. But even if they win them all, Republicans will still hold the House by a 234 to 201 margin.

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/11/12/democrats-lead-in-five-uncalled-house-races/?wprss=rss_election-2012

    • Alma98

      Fingers & toes crossed.

    • Aquagranny911

      Senate race is still in doubt but it is looking better & better for our Reps.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Really, Oprah? Really???

    Oprah Winfrey and Huffington Post to launch ‘HuffPost OWN’
    by Associated Press | November 1, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the most powerful women in media — Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington — are joining forces.

    The two on Thursday launched “HuffPost OWN,” a new section on the Huffington Post website that will feature material from the Oprah Winfrey Network and Oprah.com. The new online destination will focus on lifestyle advice and personal inspiration.

    MORE: http://thegrio.com/2012/11/01/oprah-winfrey-and-huffington-post-to-launch-huffpost-own/

    • Alma98

      I’m not feeling this either, I guess trying to have her own network is eating into her bank account.

    • Admiral_Komack

      I don’t think this will end well.

    • qosine

      With all of Oprah’s soul searching, why won’t she put into practice?
      When I saw Gabrielle Douglas, I thought, wouldn’t it be great if Oprah
      funded training schools for young girls of color to encourage others and to get them away from those abusive gymnastic trainers.

    • Aquagranny911

      Dang, Oprah what are you thinking to get involved with Huff and Puff. She’ll fleece you of every $ you have.

    • annvic

      Wow, I guess trying to keep that network afloat is leading Oprah down some dark paths. She better be careful, Pimp Don Magic Arianna put the entire left-wing blogoshere on the ho stroll and she is fully capable of taking advantage of Oprah’s desperation.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Hmm…So Karl Rove knew Paula Broadwell?

    Updated: Petraeus, Rove, and Paula Broadwell: I Smell A Rat http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/petraeus-rove-and-paula-broadwell-i-smell-r

    • Alma98

      Shady as hell.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Probably didn’t know her as well as Petraeus did…

    • qosine

      Wow.

      Florida: Ann Coulter, Drudge, Rick Scott, his AG Bondi, West, that retired military women who says MLK was a Republican, Jeb Bush, Mario Rubio, Medicare Fraud Scott in TN, Koch center at a Florida college, Scott wanted water ports not trains, investment in Florida
      from foreign entities, RNC in Tampa . . . . wow

      • Aquagranny911

        Whoa! I wonder if FL has also started a petition to secede? We could give them a bon voyage party.

        • vulcan_girl

          Just saw the whole thing off!

    • Aquagranny911

      A totally unholy alliance…I wonder if she ‘entertained’ Rove, as well?

      • Daltex82

        .I wonder if she ‘entertained’ Rove, as well

        Ewww!

        • Aquagranny911

          I know it’s barfola but you do got to wonder…

          OT: Waving at ya! Is Texas planning to secede again? I haven’t heard if AZ wants to rejoin Mexico yet. Probably not since there are too many brown people who don’t speak the English in Mexico.

          • Daltex82

            Waves back!

            Sigh! I don’t know how the crazies always manage to get the bullhorn to screech the loudest. If they would just go somewhere anywhere and leave Texas to the sane folks the State might become relevant.

          • Daltex82

            Waves back!

            Sigh! I don’t know how the crazies always manage to get the bullhorn to screech the loudest. If they would just go somewhere anywhere and leave Texas to the sane folks the State might become relevant.

      • Town

        Isn’t he gay?

        • Aquagranny911

          I dunno. Is he?

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – –Oooo-Kaaay! – – -Another —GLOAT!! — -LOL

    – – – – “Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables in 1862, addressing themes of social injustice that are still embraced today in the Republican Party.”
    [ART reflects – –LIFE.]

    – — Les Misérables Resonates Thanks to Misery Born of Republican Ignorance – –

    – — Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables in 1862. Upton Sinclair wrote of Hugo’s work:

    So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine, with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of women by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night—are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a yet more extended point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.

    It seems almost criminal that here in America, 150 years later, in what is supposed to be the most civilized and advanced country on earth, all the root causes of Hugo’s work are not only alive and well, but have promoters; promoters known as the Republican Party.

    – – – -SNIP- —
    And it’s not through lack of effort that they failed.

    America rose up in 2012 and shouted a resounding no, a no that applied to a great many of these issues, a no that, if properly acted upon, could, in time, perhaps, make Les Misérables resonate less with future generations, and make injustice of the sort we have seen through most of history, a historical curiosity, a bleak chapter in the history of humankind. – –
    THERE IS MORE.

    DA PEOPLE — – HATH SPOKEN!! – – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • vulcan_girl

    Did Broadwell’s husband try to put his wife on blast? If he didn’t, it’s a hell of a coincidence!

    MY WIFE’S LOVER

    My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is aware of my knowledge.) I have watched the affair intensify over the last year, and I have also benefited from his generosity. He is engaged in work that I am passionate about and is absolutely the right person for the job. I strongly feel that exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort. My issue: Should I acknowledge this affair and finally force closure? Should I suffer in silence for the next year or two for a project I feel must succeed? Should I be “true to my heart” and walk away from the entire miserable situation and put the episode behind me? NAME WITHHELD

    (nytimes says they fact-checked and it’s not him, but we know what they think about fact-checking)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/magazine/a-message-from-beyond.html?_r=0

    • TyrenM

      Nice husband, pimpin wife out for gov’t cheese. Now he wanna trip? Sit down.

  • Rhoda

    So glad you’re back!

    I can not believe this scandal; I thought the facts were pretty much out and over and then BOOM here comes another general brought down by Ms. Kelley.

    LOL.

    What really gets me, the FBI agent that went to Cantor is clearly a wingnut. From TPM: (Quoting NYTimes)

    Ms. Kelley, a volunteer with wounded veterans and military families, brought her complaint to a rank-and-file agent she knew from a previous encounter with the F.B.I. office, the official also said. That agent, who had previously pursued a friendship with Ms. Kelley and had earlier sent her shirtless photographs of himself, was “just a conduit” for the complaint, he said. He had no training in cybercrime, was not part of the cyber squad handling the case and was never assigned to the investigation.
    But the agent, who was not identified, continued to “nose around” about the case, and eventually his superiors “told him to stay the hell away from it, and he was not invited to briefings,” the official said. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Monday night that the agent had been barred from the case.

    Later, the agent became convinced — incorrectly, the official said — that the case had stalled. Because of his “worldview,” as the official put it, he suspected a politically motivated cover-up to protect President Obama. The agent alerted Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who called the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, on Oct. 31 to tell him of the agent’s concerns.

    The official said the agent’s self-described “whistle-blowing” was “a little embarrassing” but had no effect on the investigation.

    This seems to be a huge mess started by some high school shit and got blown open to the press because a wingnut convinced himself Petraeus was being given cover to protect Obama during the election; plus he was jealous of the general since he wanted Ms.Kelley too. When Cantor realized none of this could be blown back to Obama and was a huge can of worms that would engulf REPUBLICANS like Broadwall and Petraeus he kicked it back to the FBI which felt it had to let the WH know about all this business.

    Now, some might try to tie this to Benghazi but it won’t work and with the scandal blowing up to engulf another general it takes the eye off of those hearings too.

    I am LMAO, karma is undefeated.

    I also love that the WH used this to get rid of Petraeus; the man was hosted on his own petard and you can’t tell me he wouldn’t have tried to stick a shiv in POTUS over these Benghazi hearings. (JMHO) The CIA looks bad in the information to date and he would have attempted to spin the problem back to Hillary at State and Panetta at the DOD; meanwhile he can’t do that now. He’s got bigger problems. The fact that everyone seems to be lawyering up lets me know there is more to this story. I was so wrong; this is gonna be something to watch. I don’t mind; I just hope it doesn’t distract from POTUS’ successes.

    • goldenstar

      Because of POU, I have learned about karma is undefeated. Oh, and as long as we get out the popcorn, we should be transfixed by the moves and counter moves in this Shakespearean play.

      He is no drama Obama for real and these Republicans. do. not. understand. what. that. means.

    • morphus

      Another twist is developing … Both Gens. Allen and Petraus were involved in Jill Kelley’s twin sister’s custody battle. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/battle_john_allen_also_helped_jill_YjkEYUNY2INC4smBMEYqUI

      • annvic

        Well, damn! This is headed into Maury territory….. *grabs popcorn*

      • Aquagranny911

        Dang! Movie of the week won’t cover this. It will have to be a mini series.

      • aleth

        God forgive me but I am enjoying the demise of the great GOP prowess of national security

      • Alma98

        WTH!

      • rikyrah

        can’t make this shyt up

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – — A BLACK HISTORY-MAKING MOMENT! — – A “FIRST!!” – –

    — – -Antron Brown becomes 1st black NHRA autoracing champion

    — – –Antron Brown became the first black champion in any NHRA pro series when he won the Top Fuel title on Sunday at the season-ending event.

    Brown suffered minor burns to his hands when his engine popped in an opening-round loss during eliminations, then had to wait to celebrate his victory until the final, when teammate Tony Schumacher lost in a photo finish to Brandon Bernstein.

    “I feel so blessed to be in this moment right now and this is a big huge moment,” Brown said. “I am just glad we could bring it home for Don Schumacher Racing. To win the world championship the way the competition has been this year in Top Fuel and to run and compete how we’ve been doing all season long is just phenomenal. We all switched the lead back and forth a bunch of times. Is this really happening?”

    Brown led Schumacher, a seven-time champion, by 67 points at the start of Sunday’s eliminations. It looked as if Schumacher might take the title until he lost the final to Bernstein by eighth-thousandths of a second.

    When the win light went on in Bernstein’s lane, Brown was mobbed by his teammates, family and friends in a huge celebration at the starting line.
    THERE IS MORE.

    CONGRATULATIONS –Mr. -Antron Brown!! We R PROUD of U!! :>)

    — –To Be Young, Gifted and Black – –A BLESSING! :>) – –

  • Alexander2

    (The PL and the Sole Patrol told me these fraud cases were so easy to win. Lies!)

    Money-Market Pioneer and Son Cleared of Fraud
    By NATHANIEL POPPER and JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG
    Published: November 12, 2012

    Regulators failed on Monday to win a clear victory over the father-and-son team whose mutual fund collapsed in one of the central blowups of the 2008 financial crisis. It was the latest setback in efforts by regulators to go after individuals responsible for risk-taking that nearly brought down the American economy.

    A federal jury in Manhattan rejected the Securities and Exchange Commission’s claim that Bruce Bent, the man credited with inventing a popular investment vehicle known as a money market fund, defrauded investors when his flagship fund failed in September 2008, sowing panic among ordinary investors. . .

    The S.E.C. did convince the jury that the younger Mr. Bent’s statements were negligent, and that the parent company had made fraudulent statements. But the decision clearing the Bents of fraud accusations underscored the difficulty prosecutors and regulators have had in holding financiers accountable for precipitating the financial crisis.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/business/bruce-bent-sr-and-son-cleared-of-fraud-charges.html?ref=business

    • Aquagranny911

      I’ve told some people time after time that you just can’t perp walk these banksters without tons of investigation & evidence & even then you don’t always win at trial. Martha Stewart went down for perjury not for what she actually did with 30,000. dollars worth of stock. If she had not lied to the Fed she would have probably only gotten a wrist slap of a fine instead of jail time.

      These banksters & money people are inbred & as slippery as a bucket full of eels. They know how to cover their asses because financial transactions are often so complicated that it takes a pack of forensic accounts to unravel it all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2 – – –***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – -THIS – –> Regulators are continuing efforts to shore up the money market fund industry against the problems revealed by the collapse of the Reserve Primary Fund. A council of top regulators was set to meet on Tuesday to determine how to impose new rules on the industry after a few S.E.C. commissioners scuttled a previous push to improve the safety and transparency of the funds.

      While the S.E.C. imposed some new rules on the industry soon after the crisis, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, have said that money market funds are still vulnerable to the type of runs that nearly brought the industry down in 2008.

      – – – – IN Other Words – – –KARMA WILL GET da – –“W” – —

      THEY NOT THAT – – -TEFLON!! – – -HAH! — –

      Good 2 C U – -ALEXANDER2 – –:>)

  • itgurl_29

    All I gotta say about this whole Betrayus military sex scandal is, no weapon formed against POTUS shall prosper. Every time these monsters try to take him down, they end up taking themselves out. Every single time.

    • goldenstar

      He is not named Barack (blessed) for nothing. All thanks to the universe.

    • rikyrah

      they will never learn

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Joe Scarborough: I Know, Personally, That Some In DC Knew About Petraeus Investigation ’3, 4 Weeks Ago’
    by Alex Alvarez | 10:15 am, November 13th, 2012

    The Morning Joe panel shared strong opinions about the Petraeus scandal Tuesday morning, with host Joe Scarborough characterizing the breadth of the investigation into Petraeus’ actions as a “witch hunt” or, at the very least, a “fishing expedition.”

    He also revealed that “I’m not going to say how I know this, but let me tell you something: There are some people high up in official Washington who knew about this. I know that personally. They knew about it three, four weeks ago. They knew about this. And if they knew about this three to four weeks ago, am I really to believe that the White House didn’t know about this? Nobody in the White House knew about this three to four weeks ago?”

    Later, he said that the investigation is further muddled due to the reality that the CIA and FBI do not only dislike each other, but actively hate one another. In addition, he’s worried about what the investigation tells us about the state of our civil liberties.

    MORE: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/joe-scarborough-i-know-personally-that-some-in-dc-knew-about-petraeus-investigation-three-four-weeks-ago/

    Scarborough throws hissy fits when folks accuse him of being involved in Lori Klausutis’ death, but it’s A-OK for him to accuse the WH, without any proof, of knowing about Petraeus’ affair?

    Scarborough thinks he’s slick. He’s trying to divert attention from Cantor and Reichert knowing about the affair and not saying anything.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Joe Scarborough is a BITCH!

    • nellcote

      Suddenly he’s worried about civil liberties???

  • Alma98

    Will be back in awhile now that I’ve got my fix I can do some work. Lol

  • aleth

    I think what we are witnessing is the dismantling of the GOP machine influence on the military and intelligence community. I think the FBI, CIA and military brass have been given up the go ahead to clean house once Obama is reelected. I really do believe that they all want a clean start which means purging their branches from the Bush era without journalist making hay.

    I also think that these women were THE GO-BETWEEN between former Bush administration including Rove and CIA/Military wing. The leaks came from these parties and this is how they keep tabs on the federal government under Obama.

    Its funny– when hate blinds you, you end up poking your eyes– GOP is poking their eyes out now… All their golden boys are falling….

    • morphus

      Agree, Congressional gridlock and blind holds on President Obama’s appointees essentially kept many Bush right-wing appointees, last minute hires, government outsourcing to contractors, and polices in place. I hope that next on the agenda is the purging of more than 1,200 contracting companies in DHS.

      • goldenstar

        aleth and morphus, i am sure that you both are correct and on to the nut of the matter: this is a supreme opportunity for PBO and allies to rationally create a military and intelligence agency that are fit for the 21st century.

        As Rep. Cummings is quoted in a comment upthread, let this investigation run its course so the facts are known since this is a critical moment for us. Bingo.

    • rikyrah

      on point

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – —FIRSTS annnd DIVERSE! – – –

    – – –INFOGRAPHIC: The 113th Congress Will Be The Most Diverse In History — –

    – — Though Congress remains whiter, older, and more male than the nation as a whole, the incoming class will be the most diverse in history.

    The 113th Congress will be more representative of the United States from race to religion, and from gender to sexual orientation. It will look more like America with 3 new African American representatives, 10 new Latinos, 5 new Asian Americans and 24 women in the House or Senate.* It will believe more like America with the first two Hindu congresspeople, the first Buddhist senator, and the first non-theist to openly acknowledge her belief prior to getting elected. It will love more like America, with 4 new LGBT congresspeople or senators, including the first openly bisexual congresswoman and the first openly gay congressman of color. And it will be younger, with four new congressmen born in the 1980s.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – — -COMMENT: –zimzones
    Diversity is the Republican party’s poison pill.
    If they don’t find a way to deal with it, their party will be dead & irrelevant by 2020.
    – —GR8!! – – – -LOL

    Betcha — -there will B fewer attempts 2 use NAME-CALLIN’ STATEMENTS! LOL

    RACISTS will B – –MUZZLED!! – –HAH! —RE-THUCKERS will B – –IN SHOCK!! —LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — -COMEDIC TRUTH! – – -LOL – –

    — – -Cartoons of the Day- Petraeus Scandal – -[Thank U Paddy. LOL]

    • malletgirl02

      Hey green lady, I LOL at that 007 one.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY malletgirl102. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        ***fist bump** – – -I KNOW-HUH! :>) — – – — Luvin’ the COMEDIC TRUTH. :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>)

  • Admiral_Komack

    Petraeus affair (s?):

    Watch for the media to really push the “when did the White House know?” meme.

    • malletgirl02

      I’m not so sure. It seems that Cantor and other top Republicans knew about this scandal very early. If it is going to bring top Republicans down I don’t the media will play that meme.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – — –SPEAK – — -Rep. CUMMINGS — –

    – – -Rep. Cummings: Petraeus scandal ‘critical moment for our military’- –

    – – – -Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said Tuesday he believes the investigation into now-ex-CIA Director David Petraeus “is a critical moment for our military.”

    “We need to let these investigations go forward to try to figure out what we have here,” he said on CNN’s “Starting Point,” but predicted that eventually, “it’ll be one of those critical moments where we have to correct our course.”

    Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said he believes the FBI is following the evidence and he and other members of Congress “need to let it run its course.”

    Other lawmakers have been more critical of the FBI’s management of the scandal, which became public on Friday with Petraeus’s resignation after he admitted to an extramarital affair.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and House Homeland Security Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) all said earlier this week that Congress should have been told sooner that Petraeus was under investigation
    THERE IS MORE

    — -Sub-Title: – –U YT folks done –MESSED UP AGAIN!! —
    -Jus’ – –sayin’. . . . . .

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! Dang, I thought we had been hacked until I checked out the tweets. I really missed you all.

    • Alma98

      Dang it! I was so out of it I didn’t even think to check the pou twitter.

  • Admiral_Komack

    Report: Jackson Jr. Probe Expands To Include Wife

    Eric Lach – 11:23 AM EST, Tuesday November 13, 2012

    Federal prosecutors are reviewing evidence that the wife of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) was complicit in the alleged misuse of campaign funds that has landed the Illinois Congressman in hot water. Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson has until now been able to keep a little distance between herself and the probe targeting her husband.

    Recent reports have said that Jackson Jr. has been in plea deal talks to resolve allegations that he used campaign money to redecorate his home. The probe reportedly began before June 10, when Jackson Jr. collapsed in his Washington D.C. home. He subsequently spent the summer being treated for bipolar disorder, and has yet to return to work.

    From the Wall Street Journal’s story published Monday night:

    No decision has been made on whether to pursue criminal charges against Ms. Jackson, the people said, and prosecutors may use the threat of charging her as a means of extracting a guilty plea from the congressman. Ms. Jackson’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment, nor did lawyers for Mr. Jackson. A congressional spokesman for Mr. Jackson declined to comment.

    Jackson Jr. was reelected to Congress last week.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/report-jackson-jr-probe-expands-to-include-wife

    • goldenstar

      I was wondering when this would happen. She is paid as a consultant by his office.

      This is a situation of matching ego and desire with values and commitment.

    • rikyrah

      uh huh

      uh huh

    • TyrenM

      The Feds gonna be sangin: Sorry Ms. Jackson, I am for real.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – -A LITTLE HUMOR —on da – –“PETRAEUS-GATE’ – – -BINDER of WIMMEN!” –LOL – –

    — – -Tony’s blasphemous balogna – –

    – — -And now what we have all been waiting for: The Taiwanese animation of the Petraeus scandal.

    PS – Check out the portraits Obama has in the Oval Office, LOL.
    — -SNIP – –
    Binders full of women.

  • Miranda

    Word on the street is that John Kerry may be asked to be the Defense Secretary with Susan Rice as Secretary of State.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obama-considers-john-kerry-for-job-of-defense-secretary/2012/11/12/8a0e973a-2d02-11e2-a99d-5c4203af7b7a_story.html

    • MsKitty

      If that’s true about Rice that will be interesting in that she will be the 4th female SoS out of the last five, and the 3rd AA SoS out of the last 4.

      My brain is all about the random trivia.

      • Aquagranny911

        A piece of sexist thought…I think women are good in this capacity because they have better interpersonal & negotiating skills plus they don’t get involved in weenie wagging and are often underestimated.

        Just my two pesos….

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – -Awww- – man!! – – –“WHYCOME” people keep – -USIN’ da “E-MAIL” – — – — – — –2 — GET – – -GOT! —STOOPID!! — –

    – – –Kevin Clash email to underage accuser: ‘I’m sorry that I keep talking about sex with you’ - —

    – – –Kevin Clash, the 52-year-old puppeteer behind Sesame Street‘s Elmo, is currently embroiled in an unsavory scandal in which he’s been accused of having sex with an underage teen boy.

    Although Clash has denied wrongdoing, he is currently on a leave of absence from the classic children’s show, and now that alleged emails between Clash and his accuser have been leaked the performer may be under even more scrutiny,
    THERE IS MORE – – —geesh!! – – –

    DON’T tryta PLAY da AGE GAME!! – – -U ENGAGED him –B4 he was 18!! – – -U KNOW IT!! – — -Annnd U – — 52!! – — -SICK!! – – –

    • TyrenM

      Damn. Cue Issa to try to ACORN Sesame Street.

  • rikyrah

    now, this Kelly chick has been emailing ANOTHER GENERAL?

    WHAT, is she the unofficial pen pal of the General set?

    • Miranda

      If “pen” is short for “penis”….then yeah.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Wait! You mean another general outside of Gen. Allen?

  • rikyrah

    really enjoy Mr. Ellis. Wish he’d write another book

  • annvic

    It’s back, thank God! I swear POU is about to have me on Tyrone Biggums status.

  • TyrenM

    Welcome back POU! I thought my hotel was banning me from POU. Souix Falls isn’t that bad. I’m not moving here though. Thanks for catching me up on (as Luke would say) Who’s Fucking Who. Back to work I go.

  • sagittarius

    Good afternoon, POU Fam!

    Is it for real this time? Cause, when I thought it was real last night, I learned it wasn’t and went back to the corner, crying and shaking.

    • morphus

      I know what you mean. Where is the panic room?

    • Soccermom91

      I could get on for a minute, I could read a post, but no comments. Then, POU told me on twitter that all was well. I would try again, but all I get was an error message. I finally climbed into bed and willed myself to sleep! Thank goodness you guys are back!