JOURNAMALISM  10:20 am November 12, 2012

Newsmax Reporter: Petraeus Affair Endangered National Security, Per Egregious, Totally Fine FBI Leak

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Fibbies on the caseWhat have our rightwing torture chamber pals at Newsmax been up to lately? Well, according to “chief Washington correspondent” Ronald Kessler, they’ve just cold been getting leaks from disgruntled Fibbies about retired spook-in-chief David Petraeus’s office boffings since October. Ronald Kessler is very outraged about the national security implications of this! Oh wait, no. Ronald Kessler thinks it is fine that an unclearanced person such as himself is getting fed “sensitive” information (just the tip!) about national security from the FBI.

On Oct. 10, I was contacted by a longtime FBI source who told me that a bureau investigation had uncovered Petraeus’ affair with a journalist and that it could potentially jeopardize national security.

Hmmm, what else might jeopardize national security? Like, maybe leaking serious shit to people from Newsmax?

The veteran agent related to me that FBI agents assigned to the case were outraged by what were they were told by senior officials: The FBI was going to hold in limbo their findings until after the election.

Oh, right. That’s what endangers national security.

Blah blah blah how dare the president claim not to know, etc., ad nauseam:

As FBI agents and CIA officers tell me, [delaying Petraeus's resignation] could have meant that foreign intelligence service officers or criminals who may have learned of the affair could have blackmailed Petraeus into giving up the country’s most sensitive secrets. Given his position, those secrets would have included penetrations of Russian communications, bugging of foreign embassies, identities of assets risking their lives to give the U.S. valuable information on terrorists, and identities of terrorists who are about to be killed by drones.

Yes, much better to protect classified information by getting it into the hands of courageous journalistic outlets like Newsmax, where at least nobody would ever see it.

[Newsmax]

 
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ChillBill November 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

If only faux-journalism cured Butthurtness.

BaldarTFlagass November 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

If only. These guys would be curing more people than Jesus.

ChillBill November 12, 2012 at 11:04 am

They do turn water in whine, though.

sundaytrucker November 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

Uhhmm…how do you blackmail someone that openly admits to an affair?

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

Well, see, that's just it! Newsmax threatened to reveal the affair so Petraeus felt he had to cut off such a fine example of journalistic integrity and accuracy.

Both Sides Do It November 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

Talk with them about the affair, use that as an opportunity to start another affair with them, and then blackmail them about that.

And from the way things are shaping up, that strategy would have been successful with Petraeus. Sounds like he could make a desert wet and knew it.

TribecaMike November 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

Beats me, but I'm sure it involves time travel.

Tundra Grifter November 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Back in the day, someone tried to blackmail the Duke of Wellington with a threat to expose some damning correspondence.

HIs famous answer: "Publish and be damned."

ChapterUndVerse November 15, 2012 at 1:03 am

That's classified.

Jus_Wonderin November 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

would have included penetrations of Russian communications. sexy.

Dudleydidwrong November 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

Where is a woman's "communications"? Is this something only Russian women have? I must really be behind the times…(searches for very dusty copy of "The Joy of Sex.")

deanbooth November 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

Not to mention the buggery of the assets.

bikerlaureate November 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Newsmax has a "Forum" section? For anonymous confessions? And here I thought they were just another Koch puppet…

second_gen November 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

Kessler knew about this on October 10?!!?? one!! He owed it to The Patriots of this country to reveal this national security endangerment! He failed! He was complicit in the Obamanation election. Had he been a true Patriot, he could have stopped this travesty!

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

KESSLER IS A SOSHULIEST FIFTH COLUMINSTA!

eggsacklywright November 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

And Broadwell's hub takes his suspicions to Warshington congress-critter Reichert for why? And the other, other woman is maybe connected to the DOD or maybe not? What a cluster.

BaldarTFlagass November 12, 2012 at 11:04 am

"He owed it to The Patriots of this country to reveal this national security endangerment!"

Oh, he told them alright. But they were too busy losing to the Seahawks, barely beating the Jets, and prepping for their road trip to London to give it any attention. Fucking Belicheat.

SorosBot November 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

But any loss for the fucking Patriots and their cheating cheater ways is great news for America!

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

Amercia's Team

SorosBot November 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

That's the label always given to the Cowboys; which used to equal the Patriots in being insufferable. It seems the label "America's Team" is only given to teams that everyone in America outside their home city hates.

BadKitty904 November 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

Conspiracy!

Goonemeritus November 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

Will the FEMA Death Camps allow these people internet access?

memzilla November 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

When it comes to the residue of leaked tips, Newsmax is the smegma of journalism.

[This comment may be cross-filed under "Splooge From Republican Butthurt."]

snowpointsecret November 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

Wow, Newsmax is a month behind?

Next from Newsmax, why Romney's win in the Denver debate means that America will be freed from socialism!

Esteev November 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

Petraeus' affair will definitely prevent him from testifying on Benghazi — at least for a week or so, also, too.

Indiepalin November 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

You know who else is having sex with Gen. Petraeus?

DCBloom November 12, 2012 at 10:33 am

Lindsey Graham?

ChillBill November 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

His career?

Incitefully_Joe November 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

According to that middle-school health video,* all of them, Katie?

*(every time you have sex, you have sex with all of your partner's former partners, etc)

Guppy November 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Thereby making my own "sex life" that much more pathetic in comparison.

eggsacklywright November 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

Jill Kelley?

metamarcisf November 12, 2012 at 10:50 am

Javier Bardem?

Jus_Wonderin November 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

His name always sounds like a menu item to me.

TribecaMike November 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

Sometimes a tapas is just a tapas.

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

Well, not Holly anymore, that's for damned sure.

Incitefully_Joe November 12, 2012 at 10:56 am
Incitefully_Joe November 12, 2012 at 10:57 am

Wait, I totally know the answer to this one! This time, it TOTALLY IS Hitler!

metamarcisf November 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

The Girl from the Progressive Auto Insurance commercials?

Guppy November 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

"Flo?" So he's earned his red wings?

Terry November 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

Any NeoCon, male or female, who Petraeus would deign to pork?

calliecallie November 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

Sarah Palin?

Tundra Grifter November 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Apparently not Mrs. P. At least, often enough.

Edith_Prickly November 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Weedlord Bonerhitler?

gurukalehuru November 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Rafalca?

HouseOfTheBlueLights November 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

So, Petraeus had an affair with an unmarried woman rather than an underage boy under his authority. At least we now know for sure he's a Democrat. (Although, frankly, I think the whole thing stinks.)

Ground Zero Mostel November 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

Married woman.

BarackMyWorld November 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

And with 2 kids.

MosesInvests November 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

And a major in the US Army Reserve, which makes her (I think) subject to UCMJ regs about adultery.

Terry November 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

…and who apparently has a sizeable screw loose.

1stNewtontheMoon November 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

it was only a matter of time before they found a reason to try to find a reason to blame Barry. Some other guy fucks around on his wife? Impeach OBAMA!!1!1!1!

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

He really should take responsibility for two grown adults and resign

1stNewtontheMoon November 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

I should say, for a whole shit ton of reasons, I couldn't give less of a flying fuck if this guy wants to fuck any consenting adult other than (or in addition to) his wife and acts on that want. If I was Obama, I probably would've tried to talk him out of resigning (and perhaps he did).

Plus, Paula Broadwell is kinda smoking. Needed to be said.

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

Reports are that Obama asked Petraeus to wait 24 hours, but that plea fell on deaf ears.

And yes, she is. But the woman she thought was the fourth in the threesome, Jill Kelley, is even smokier.

Chet Kincaid_ November 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Is that the woman who got fired for dressing too hot at the office?! http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-06-01/news/is-th

Mittaplasia November 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Nothing says action like wearing a nightgown to a party.

Chet Kincaid_ November 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Nobama fucked her with Petraeus's dick!!1!!

Badonkadonkette November 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

I'm kind of curious: if a journalist at Newsmax had information that (a) the head of the CIA may have had an extramarital affair that jeopardized national security and (b) the FBI was keeping said affair/risk to national security under wraps to help Barack HUSSEIN Obama secure re-election, why would Newsmax not report it? Perhaps I do not have the firm grasp of journalistic ethics that Newsmax displays in every clearly-not-fabricated story they publish.

snowpointsecret November 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

Having Obama win lets them just cruise by on pure rage for four more years, it's good for business.

sbj1964 November 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

Damn liberal media is in the tank for Obama.Shocker! I love the tank!

1stNewtontheMoon November 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

perhaps newsmax knows that 99.95% of the "information" it receives is pure bullshit so they wait until they wish to report is confirmed by at least one other bullshit merchant.

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 10:53 am

Yea, except that flies in the face of practically every single story they've ever published.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

As if Newsmax readers would ever notice.

BadKitty904 November 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

Plus how, exactly, secret could this affair have been? You'd think the head of the CIA would be better at hiding stuff.

1stNewtontheMoon November 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

In fairness, he didn't think his bros at the FBI would rat him out because that's not what bros do when one of their bros is crushing some side-ass.

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

Clearly he didn't play the game correctly. What he had to do was find some stuff on the FBI executive staff and then sit in a conference room hashing out a plan

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

Chief Editor Korir didn't greenlight it, for some reason

Terry November 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

Because his FBI source asked him not to tell, so the Newsmax "journalist" behaved just like a homely junior high school girl when the hottest guy in the class spoke to her for even just a moment.

Guppy November 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

why would Newsmax not report it?

Waterboarding.

DCBloom November 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

You know it's bogus because "penetrations of Russian communications"
Why are they still fighting the cold war?

SorosBot November 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

They foolishly thought Romney might win too?

eggsacklywright November 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

To protect our purity of essence.

One_who_wanders November 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

My essence has been pretty impure since puberty.

not that Dewey November 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Because they were home-schooled?

Steverino247 November 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

You can't politicize intelligence operations or you jeopardize your sources and methods just to score cheap political points. The Valerie Plame outing cost us a lot more than anyone will admit to. Hell, we shouldn't know more than the fact that our Ambassador was killed in an act of terror, but everybody now knows the CIA had a large operation there. The sources for Newsmax are more liable than Petraeus at this point! He was potentially criminal in that he was compromised by the affair, but his admission and resignation eliminates that. The Newsmax source has ACTUALLY committed a crime.

Terry November 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

"everybody now knows the CIA had a large operation there"

It would have been a major scandal if the CIA DIDN'T have a large operation there.

Guppy November 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Petraeus had a large CIA operation in his pants!

(Someone had to say it!)

bikerlaureate November 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

The Valerie Plame outing cost us a lot more than anyone will admit to.

Tragically true. But at least the guilty parties were punished.
Wait, what?

Toomush_Infer November 12, 2012 at 10:33 am

The great failure of General Petraeus has been not to follow the criticism of Newt Gingrich, in developing a strong credit line at Tiffanies, for the express purpose of mediating enraged wives….

Dr_Zoidberg November 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

Hasn't the right-wing realized yet that they are irrelevant?

ChillBill November 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

You should update your avatar to this one, for Freedom: http://memeorama.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/d

Dr_Zoidberg November 12, 2012 at 10:47 am

Nice……..

BaldarTFlagass November 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

Your move, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

SorosBot November 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

"those secrets would have included penetrations of Russian"

Now I want to hear more about our spies' penetrations of Russians myself.

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:02 am
MosesInvests November 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

Cool-Natasha Fatale is now a model!

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:44 am
MosesInvests November 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Bozhe moi!

not that Dewey November 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

Those are some "gizmos" she's got there.

Tundra Grifter November 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Is she still on LinkedIN?

Ducksworthy November 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

Hmmm. Maybe that's also where they got the info about Bammer's secret CCTV view of every street in Benghazi.

ManchuCandidate November 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

Fire up the wingnut circus with Mish Bachmann (she sits on the House Intelligence Committee) leading the shrieking charge.

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

National security is a joke according to this memo David Petraeus leaked to me

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

At this point in time, I'd like to reveal that one year ago, I was contacted by Editrix and told that she would be taking over Wonkette.

ifthethunderdontgetya November 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

O.T., but try the butterscotch rant delivered by Althouse face.
~

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 10:48 am

I may not sleep tonight….

weejee November 12, 2012 at 11:02 am

Brain bleach, need brain bleach….

DCBloom November 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

Whoa… that should have come with a warning. Ouch!

eggsacklywright November 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

Paula Broadwell – needs moar riding crop.

SorosBot November 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

Yeah, I totally believe that a) some FBI whistle-blower would have contacted some moron at Newsmax instead of a credible news source to leak the affair, and that b) the Newsmax "reporter" just sat on that story until today, instead of reporting it at the time to damage Obama's shot at reelection. Totally; that story holds up completely and is super-believable.

Aridzona November 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

Iraq War Hero Finds Weapon of Self Destruction

BigSkullF*ckingDog November 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

Hey look, there's Newsmax! Right over there! ———————————->

One_who_wanders November 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I know I keep wanting to get a hammer. . . .
Does Wonkette appear as a side thingy for them too? If so it ought to ensure plenty of entertaining visitors for the future.

Ground Zero Mostel November 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

They are not going to give this up. They have Congress and they are desperate. Desperate people do desperate things. Clinton was impeached for a blowjob and that was in a pre-911 world.

fuflans November 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm

you're right, but i don't think it will be petraeus. there's not much there there.

more likely they'll keep banging on about benghazi.

arihaya November 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

I love wingnuts logic, Obama sure didn't responsible for Osama bin Laden death but hell he is responsible for CIA director screwing around with some hot woman.

TootsStansbury November 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

Wingnut 'logic'; it's as twisted as their panties.

prommie November 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

So, the hero of the Bush administration (because he invented and implemented a terror campaign to cow an innocent population of a country invaded under false pretenses in an act of aggression) became a security risk because he fucked his biographer? OK, sure, makes sense to me! Lets ignore the terror campaign to "pacify" (translate: "terrorize") Iraq in an illegal war. He put his dick in another person with whom he did not have the requisite government-issued license legitimizing dick-entry, while another dick-entry license remained in effect! Let the freaking out commence! It is amazing the fucking umbrage, horror, panty-bunching and general fooforaw-ing and harrumphing that happens when people engage in fucking that is not legitimized with the appropriate government-issued fuck license. I mean after all, the sole reason he would be considered a "security risk" as a result of the unlicensed fucking, is bacause it is presumed that he would be so afraid of said finger-waving and clucking, that he would sell out the USA to avoid exposure of his unlicensed fucking. Am I just some fucking nutcase to think its alll, ALLL, insane?

Chet Kincaid_ November 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

I don't think he would sell out his country, but if you're going to put anti-blackmail morals on the spies in the field, the head guy ought to play by the same rules. But really, who gives a shit? They're just trying to distill some butthurt salve for the election out of this. My only interest is that Broadwell is one tasty piece of hagiographer!!

DCBloom November 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

I agree that if there is some blackmail-worthy thing out there, then ok, resign. But if you come out and admit to the unlicensed fucking, then you can't be blackmailed for it. Amirite?

Toomush_Infer November 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

No, but it do make one a mite ranty, don't it…..

prommie November 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

God damned right, I protesteth too fucking much!

Chet Kincaid_ November 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

Waitaminute, you're not with The Company are you?!

prommie November 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

You know what I would have to do if I told you, right?

One_who_wanders November 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

My concern is that she and Paty relied on Gmail for their clandestine email. Really. That is firing offense if you are head of the CIA.

Chet Kincaid_ November 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

The more important news is that the Petraeus Affair has turned into a full-blown Sex Triangle!! (Quadrangle, if you count his beleaguered wife.) Paula was warning a bitch to get her hands off her man!! I expect at least a cross-country-roadtrip-in-a-diaper level of nuttiness out of this mess, although, in the case of Broadwell, I'll concede that there might be something to the "crazy in bed" truism.

Terry November 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

Each time one of these things comes out, I wonder why a man would go for the crazy woman. The best I can come up with is this.

Your wife talks to you about real things like leaky roofs, how the kids are doing, what's going on in the world.

An emotionally balanced single woman isn't going to screw around with an old married man.

A woman who is unbalanced would worship an old authority figure kind of man, tell him how awesome he is, basically live for him, and screw him with crazy wild abandon even if he's married or both of them are married.

The men who get in trouble with this sort of thing have egos that need the crazy worship.

That's the best I can make of it.

Toomush_Infer November 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

Umm, let me see – some hawt woman wants to write a positive biography of me, sucks up to me for stories, is maybe the only available one around, and I….whoops, there goes me pecker again….yeah, that's really hard to understand….

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

Terry, seriously, you're over thinking this:

Army guy. Fit chick in running shorts.

QED

Terry November 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

True. I just can't understand how a man would risk everything (career, family, reputation) for a extramarital affair…no matter how many times it happens. It's just so stupid.

eggsacklywright November 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

Saw her on Jon Stewart. The Super Jock and Jill vibe is strong with ol' Paula. Like a Bond villian-ette.

fuflans November 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

rewatching that interview in light of current knowledge was fucking painful.

eggsacklywright November 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

" there might be something to the "crazy in bed" truism"

I would like to confirm this theory with Anne Heche.

TribecaMike November 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

I've read that Eric Cantor's office was contacted by the aggrieved party before the FBI, which adds an S&M element to the sordid tale.

BaldarTFlagass November 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

"Ronald Kessler thinks it is fine that an unclearanced person such as himself is getting fed “sensitive” information (just the tip!) about national security from the FBI. "

Kinda the same logic that they use when committing voter fraud to prove that it can be done.

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

Thinking about that, I'm kinda surprised Hannah Giles didn't break this story with James O'Keefe.

Tundra Grifter November 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Would you like me to investigate Ms. Giles' gizmos?

Tundra Grifter November 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

BTF:

What really bothered me about "I was contacted by a longtime FBI source…" was the "longtime."

Why haven't they found that joker before this?

Terry November 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

An FBI person also spoke to Eric Cantor. Makes you wonder if it was the same person speaking to Newsmax. A person who might think it was a good idea to get this out before the election so that it could be used against Obama somehow.

Taking off my tin foil hat now.

under_score November 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

Hand it over here, because I need it. Because seriously, WTF?

Ruhe November 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

Least effective October surprise ever.

BaldarTFlagass November 12, 2012 at 10:47 am

I smell a Pulitzer.

TheGyrus November 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

1stNewtontheMoon November 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

Dick Morris will be disappointed. He just ordered the invitations to his Pulitzer acceptance party.

Incitefully_Joe November 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Back where I'm from, we call 'em "cow pies".

Tundra Grifter November 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Roxanne (June 1985)? WoW!

glasspusher November 12, 2012 at 10:47 am

Condoms of mass destruction.

Blueb4sinrise November 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

Pilllllzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BarackMyWorld November 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

Weapons of Ass Seduction.

glasspusher November 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

I think I like your's better.

Chet Kincaid_ November 12, 2012 at 10:48 am

Well thanks for sitting on this and ruining Cocktober, Mr. Newsmax!!

glasspusher November 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

Blovember?

littlebigdaddy November 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

You said "sittting on this" hehehe!

T3rbo November 12, 2012 at 10:48 am

They don't have any new plays, so they just dusted off the "x is an unamerican who hates national security" play. Yes, angry white men everywhere will be angry, via forwarded emails about this issue. Regular people, who have already heard this story about the creepy looking general, will realize that a general will be in trouble because penis. Yawn.

Incitefully_Joe November 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

Wait till you hear about the secret government herbal weight loss remedies that Newsmax's sekrit FBI source tipped them off about as well!

not that Dewey November 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

Power companies hate him!

One_who_wanders November 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Dermatologists hate her!

Chet Kincaid_ November 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

One Weird Trick to make everyone suspicious of your smoking hotness and gushing praise of your older, powerful biography subject!

BaldarTFlagass November 12, 2012 at 10:50 am

“chief Washington correspondent” Ronald Kessler,

Lemme guess—lives in his mom's basement in Silver Spring?

BadKitty904 November 12, 2012 at 10:50 am

Loose lips sink dicks.

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 10:51 am

Well, I don't know about "sink"….but you're warm!

ttommyunger November 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

Move over, Monica Crowley, there's a new power-fucker in town and she's younger, hotter and in a lot better shape than you. Now that I think about it, Nixon and Petraeus have a lot in common, both are wiry little gnomes with the sex appeal of a turnip, both possessed a shit-load of power and both probably fucked like old people dance; but then Nixon is dead now and we can only say that about David's career, amirite?

1stNewtontheMoon November 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

just you wait…I will bet some serious whore-diamonds that Petraeus winds up just fine by 2014 for a run at whatever office he wants to try out for as early as the 2016 elections. Republicans have no problems with hypocrisy and faux-redemption stories. plus, Petraeus can provide himself a nice contrast to Clinton, who rightfully didn't resign.

I see it already. "Petraeus hit rock bottom as part of the Obama administration, with all their lose morality and whatnot, but he recognized his mistakes, resigned, rededicated himself to his marriage (and the Lord ™), and is now stronger than ever and ready to continue his career in service to the US of A. Even Mrs. Petraeus supports his run for _____."

ttommyunger November 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

You are totally correct. Forgiveness is a virtue among Rightards so long as the forgiven is one of their own; otherwise-fuck off and die!

Toomush_Infer November 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

Didn't General Washington suffer this same dilemma?…

TribecaMike November 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

Not only that: "George Washington swore by the Perkins Metallic Tractor, a contraption said to draw out any disease when it was waved over the afflicted body part." *

*Thanks, Dan Gardner's Future Babble (Dutton 2011)!

HistoriCat November 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

OT – hi guys, I'm back. Mrs. Historicat went into labor last Monday and I've been pretty much offline for a week. Mrs. H and the kittens (old and new) are doing fine.

So did anything exciting happen while I was away?

BaldarTFlagass November 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

Nope.

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

Nah. Same old same old. Congratulations, tho.

MissTaken November 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

Nuttin' honey

Mazel Tov!

BadKitty904 November 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

Heartiest congrats!!!! Best wishes to Mom and the new kitten!

May we ask if said kitten is a tom or a queen?

HistoriCat November 12, 2012 at 11:50 am

This one is a queen, so now we are all tied up at two apiece. And that's how it ends – in a tie. No more kittens for us.

BadKitty904 November 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! I'm sure she's adorable! :0)

imissopus November 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Four kids! So you'll be spending more time on the Wonkette, then?

HistoriCat November 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I look forward to going to work – it gives me a chance to rest up and spend some quality time with the Wonketteriat.

glasspusher November 12, 2012 at 11:51 am

I was going to say, your life is over, but apparently you didn't learn from the first one! Congratulations, best health and happiness to all.

calliecallie November 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Congratulations! I hope Mrs. H voted absentee.

HistoriCat November 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Early voting all the way! She waited in line for about an hour and ahalf on Thursday (11/1). I resisted the urge to point out to her thatI waited in line about ten minutes, since I didn't procrastinate untilthe end of early voting.

One_who_wanders November 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

GOP Pollsters suck.

Congrats.

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

Other stories Newsmax is sitting on:

Bigfoot skeleton discovered in Oregon

New York City actually Mecca

Donald Trump regularly donates his hair to chemo patients.

Give it a whirl, fellow Wonkies!

Esteev November 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

Mars To Attack Earth Within Hours

BadKitty904 November 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

Obama Responsible for Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping

TribecaMike November 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

"Meteor Will Destroy Earth Tomorrow; The Poor Will Suffer Most"

BaldarTFlagass November 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

"…and now, Sports."

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

"KIm Kardashian and Billions Die In Global Calamity"

MosesInvests November 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

Batboy Found Living in Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee

Beowoof November 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

His name is Rick and he is hoping to grow a human brain and heart.

calliecallie November 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Jimmy Hoffa's body found in Detroit salt mine.

Steverino247 November 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Aliens demand more Chuck Berry.

One_who_wanders November 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Elvis Lives!

BarackMyWorld November 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

Since the woman the former General was having the affair with is the only one actually being accused of doing something illegal…how is this hurting/helping Obama again?

Wadisay November 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

The anagrams of "David Petraeus" are many. Among them:

A depraved suit
A stupid evader
Avast, duper, die!
Add Private Sue
Dead asp virtue
Sadder vitae up
Evader staid up
Eased vapid rut
Varied taps due

and my favorite: David eater pus.

(No, I am not sufficiently employed. Why?)

UnholyMoses November 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

I hope they bought those Russian communications some dinner — or at least a few drinks — before penetrating them.

yellojkt November 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

At what point did one starfucker getting jealous over another famewhore and hacking a Gmail account rise to a national security crisis?

BadKitty904 November 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

Last Tuesday.

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

Specifically around 9:30 EST when Ohio was called for Obama.

SorosBot November 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

Maybe, just maybe, our media should try not hero-worshiping members of our military quite so much, and constantly sucking their dicks, just a bit? Maybe they could realize that a guy being a general doesn't automatically mean he's somehow better than the rest of us, and his opinions should be taken as fiat and Truth, even when he's proven himself to be a war-mongering, partisan right-wing dipshit?

bobbert November 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Maybe, just maybe, our media should try not hero-worshiping members of our military quite so much, and constantly sucking their dicks, just a bit?

Apparently, that is what biographers are for.

BlueStateLibel November 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

And we're supposed to believe this – that a veteran CIA agent went to Newsmax – because why?

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

Because the Weekly World News stopped publishing.

barto November 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

Kessler's piece obviously meant as snark:

"Given his position, those secrets would have included penetrations of Russian communications, bugging [he meant buggering, obv] of foreign embassies, identities of assets[ASSets, get it?]…"

and so on

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

Wow, Newsmax is a month behind?

And WND.com is packing a bag and taking a bus to Juarez.

TribecaMike November 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

The pen is mightier than the bored.

BadKitty904 November 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

If this is the best post-election scandal Newshax can come up with, they're in for a looong four years…

Beowoof November 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

Hey I regularly get the Newsmax email updates cause I want to know what the freaks are doing. I could have seen that story if I paid any attention to those emails.

BadKitty904 November 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

They're definitely up there at the top o' the pile in the dwarf-rapes-nun-flees-in-UFO "news" league…

TribecaMike November 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

And where, you may ask, was the president during all this? http://pzrservices.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451ccbc6

Blueb4sinrise November 12, 2012 at 11:50 am

Got some catching-up to do.
Ya got some stories to tell?

TribecaMike November 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

My lei's are sealed.

Blueb4sinrise November 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I meant the new Tribeca Beach, but s'okay.

TribecaMike November 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Come on in, the water's fine. Thanks for asking. And you?

fuflans November 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

that would match my bobble head obama with lei and ukelele.

UnholyMoses November 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

OT and totally egocentric:

Why hasn't my "p" level gone up in weeks? Don't get me wrong — I don't really care that much what it is. Just curious as to what is involved in that rating, other than Nate Silverian algorithms. Well, that and voodoo.

Blueb4sinrise November 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

FRAUD!!!!!!!!!!!!

UnholyMoses November 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

ACORN'S BEEN STEALING MY UPFISTIES!!!!!!1111!!!1

greenloner November 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Maybe you have a secret enemy?

UnholyMoses November 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

Someone owes Move On a full-page apology in the New York Times.

Chow Yun Flat November 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

foreign intelligence service officers or criminals who may have learned of the affair could have blackmailed Petraeus

Same stupid rationale behind automatically labeling gay people as security risks–if their sexual orientation is discovered they could be blackmailed.

But if they were allowed the same freedom of choice as the hetero world gay people wouldn't fear being outed and couldn't be blackmailed for it.

Incitefully_Joe November 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Weird how that rationale is actually a better rationale for allowing gays to serve openly -so that their orientation is no longer blackmail material- than it is to attempt (and as history has demonstrated, doubtlessly fail) to prohibit gays from serving at all.

IIRC, that was actually the IDF's rationale when it made the decision (in 1993) to allow gays to serve openly, to the point where they actually discourage LGBT soldiers from remaining closeted.

HobbesEvilTwin November 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

A top CIA official told me, of the record, of course, of the mountains and mountains of pictures they have of Jerome Corsi with farm animals. The CIA guy told me not to tell anyone, so I'm just posting that info here. Because National Security. and Jesus.

imissopus November 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

What happens in FOB Anaconda is supposed to stay in FOB Anaconda.

notreelyhelping November 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

The president knew? Or he didn't know? Either way! Impeach! Impeach! Achtung! Mach schnell! Vee shall march on a road of a thousand bones!

Mittaplasia November 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

That's why a general should never take orders from his privates!

AlaskaGrrl November 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Was that FBI source Bat Boy?

RufusTFirefly November 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Yes, but dialup only.

rickmaci November 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

"Given his position, those secrets would have included penetrations…"

Good god with an editor's pen, given this particular story some moron editor at Newschmux actually let that go? Bwhahahahahhahahha.

mavenmaven November 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Hooray, spies in the cold war with the Russians again!

69WideStance November 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I say hats off to the administration (via FBI) for taking out Petraeus. He talked with with high-level Republicans in 2010 about running for President; appeared in New Hampshire during the primaries; was heavily touted by Rep. Peter King (the guy now calling for Petraeus to appear and testify) and others as a VP candidate for Romney. It gets more sinister: according two Eric Massa, three top generals were concerned that Petraeus was involved in discussions with Cheney of a coup against Obama in 2010; indeed, in recent speeches, Petraeus seemed to be fixated on Julius Caesar’s assassination.

actor212 November 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

Re-read that more carefully….

BaldarTFlagass November 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

As one who has hated the Cowboys and loved the Patriots since about 1968, I quite understand your mindset. I don't recall anyone hating the Patriots in the 70s, 80s, or 90s with the vehemence I encounter these days. I hate it when teams other than my own are too good for too long.

Terry November 12, 2012 at 11:51 am

Must make life tough for you in the Lone State State.

I went to a game in Houston back in the 80's, when the Redskins were playing the Oilers. I was clapping as the Redskins were introduced, nothing obnoxious, and a man in the row behind me hit me in the back and told me to go back to DC. The three guys I was sitting with didn't see it and insisted that no one would be that crappy. In retrospect, I should have had his arse tossed from the stadium.

carlgt1 November 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

no crazier than the female astronaut driving across country non-stop in Depends so she can attack the other lover of the guy she was screwing!

BarackMyWorld November 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Crazy in the head, crazy in the bed.

Geminisunmars November 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Butt-hurt LIBEL.

Chet Kincaid_ November 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Un-follow me with extreme prejudice?

Blueb4sinrise November 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Time to shut -down the swamp cooler.

BaldarTFlagass November 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Well, my "second" team used to be the Oilers and is now the Texans. I guess my head is gonna splode when Texans visit Foxboro in December.

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