yes i know chmod-ing to 777 is naughty but i wanted to rule permissions out...anyone ever seen this? changed actual user name from real name to some_user for security sake.
trimmed results from "ls -l":
drwxrwxrwx 2 some_user pg1006784 4096 Jan 19 13:33 wordpress-seo
[vela]$ rm -rf wordpress-seo
rm: cannot remove `wordpress-seo': Permission denied