WASHINGTON — An Obama administration official says a Tampa Bay socialite whose emails triggered the eventual downfall of CIA director David Petraeus visited the White House three times this year with her sister, twice eating in the Executive Mansion mess. The official says that Jill Kelley, who initiated an investigation that ultimately unveiled Petraeus’ extramarital affair, and her sister had two “courtesy” meals at the White House mess as guests of a mid-level White House aide. Kelley and her family also received a White House tour. The visits occurred during the past three months. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Headline split by staff.
She is Lebanese born. Is she funneling info to our enemies about Americas top brass and our Special Operations forces? What are two generals doing getting involved in a child custody dispute? Way too familiar.
Note to the AP: Isn´t the word you were looking for SOCIALITE??? Not socialist...but then again if they are associating with Obama they might be socialists; somehow I doubt the AP would know the difference.
Example: A close friend has visited the White House 4 times in last 12 months. None of the visits involved meeting anybody having anything to do with politics, government or policy.
She is apolitical and works for Pentagon. It is not uncommon for people like her who are related to government service to get invites to things like "WH Twilight Garden Tour", Bowling at WH. The invites have usually been considered a nice perk and reward. They are wholly inocuous, involve othing other than a semi exclusive tour or pass to a public space (like the mess.)
Much bigger story leaked today is that Mrs. P is being employed by the administration in a job that pays hundreds of thousands in cash and enefits. Part and parcel of the looting of the US taxpayer (those few that are left)
This entire story is remindfull of the social reality in Singapore, that bastion of Brit social strata, pre-WW2.
All incoming Brit officers were vetted for social acceptability by women of a certain standing. Those judged ill-suited were run off, leaving the military with a surplus of socially acceptable officer-twits when the Japanese attacked. That is how the under-manned Japanese were able to beat the Brits in short order, even though the Brits had East Indian and Australian troops available, troops that always gave a good account of themselves with any kind of leadership.
Is Pretaeus our General "Rabbit" Percival? Must we get our butts kicked like the Brits did, before Russia and America bailed them out?
The Mess is not a "public place". It is a formal (white linen/WH china) dining room that you can only go to with higher level people at the WH. The Mess name comes from the fact that it is run by the Navy. It is in the West Wing.
Excuse me. My use of Mess and Public Place in a sentence did not mean to imply the public can walk in nor that lacks a great deal of cachet amongst the hoi polloi. It was meant to state that it is not likely to be chosen as a spot for a nefarious or secret rendezvous. The crux of the whe headline and buzz is misleading in that it implies the sisters had some sort of extremely high level entree that could, in turn, imply there is something to this baloney. There is a real scandal and this is a side show.
Read the entire article. This hussy is not your average White House tourist. She brags in e-mails to reporters about her friends in the Administration. She brags about being appointed to this and that. Her special positions ,if you will. Here´s the most telling part. She squealed her delight that Barry was re-elected. No one who respects the military and all the sacrifices the members have made, including the ultimate sacrifice , could be happy that Barry will have another four years in which he can further degrade and destroy our military. I think she is Tampa Rose.
Tampa Rose is right. This woman was not a Tampa socialite until someone in the state dept. bestowed honors to her, which also enabled her to enter the base. The fact that she volunteered to insert herself in the 2 Koran controversies in FL, the preacher who wanted to burn one & a radio host who wanted to fry one.... is also telling.
This Lebanese woman is working with the WH & the state dept. gave her the credentials to worm her way in. I suspect Broadwell discovered the Kelly mission & the threatening emails had to do with her spy mission, not jealousy.
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Police in Jamaica say authorities have seized 3,300 missile warheads and a machine to make missiles and bullets. Deputy Police Superintendent Steve Brown said Friday that custom officials discovered the weapons late Thursday aboard a ship at Kingston Wharf. He declined to say where the shipment originated from or its destination. No one has been arrested. Brown told reporters that police are seeking helping from international agencies after their findings. He said it was the first time authorities had made such a discovery. [Entire copy]
McLEAN, Va. — A nuclear deal between the U.S., Iran and other world powers has been described as a trust-building step after decades of animosity that hopefully will lead to a more comprehensive deal down the road. But for many of the 66 Americans who were held hostage for 444 days at the start of the Iranian revolution, trusting the regime in Tehran feels like a mistake.[snip]Retired Air Force Col. Thomas E. Schaefer, 83, called the deal “foolishness.” “My personal view is, I never found an Iranian leader I can trust,” he said. “I don’t think today it’s any different
A first-term Florida Republican congressman has been charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, according to charges filed in Washington, D.C., superior court on Tuesday. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., faces arraignment on Wednesday in Washington. He was arrested on Oct. 29 for alleged possession of cocaine, which was first reported by Politico. The charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of 180 days of imprisonment and/or a fine of $1,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Radel released the following statement on Tuesday: "I´m profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida.
A sweeping child pornography investigation has led to the rescue of 386 children around the world and the arrest of 348 people, Canadian police said Thursday. Toronto police describe the Project Spade operation as one of the largest child porn busts they´ve ever seen. "It is alleged that officers seized hundreds of thousands of videos detailing horrific sexual acts against very young children, some of the worst that they have ever viewed," Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said. Police said 108 people were arrested in Canada and 76 in the U.S. Others were arrested in other countries. Australian Federal Police commander Glen McEwen
RALEIGH-DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, N.C. --The pilot of a Southwest Airlines flight headed to RDU went on the loudspeaker and told passengers their plane was going down, according to a woman on board the flight. "He said, we´re going down. And everyone is looking around like, is this a joke? Is he serious? And then you felt the nosedive," passenger Shelley Wills said. Wills told ABC11 the Tuesday night flight from Tampa took a nosedive thousands of feet in the air while they were about 100 miles away from RDU. Wills is a nurse and tried helping the first-time flier seated next to her who
The Family Research Council (FRC) released a video in time for Veterans Day that warns Americans about the persecution of U.S. troops who express their Christian faith. The four-minute-and-44 second video, “A Clear and Present Danger,” features active duty members of the U.S. military sharing their concerns about the “tremendous culture of intimidation and fear in the ranks of the American military right now.” The identities of the men the faces and voices of the man are obscured to cloak their identities. “Soldiers give up a lot of privileges or rights to be soldiers and defend the freedom of others,”
Today has, rightfully, been set aside to honor the men and women who have stood in the breech between us and those who would destroy us, devoting precious years in the very prime of their young lives to protect the country, the people and the way of life they love. They all made tremendous sacrifices, up to and including the ultimate one of giving their lives for their country. They suffered the loss of limbs, sight and even their sanity, or at the very least, the grinding loneliness of separation from family, loved ones and everything that was dear and
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of
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The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a