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Muslims rampage and kill a U.S. ambassador over this movie?

Yesterday, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, crazy Muslims in Egypt and Libya went on a rampage.

In Egypt, a mob of 2,000 stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo, shredded the American flag and replaced it with a black flag praising Allah and Muhammad.

In Libya, a group close to al Qaeda attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, then fired a rocket at the car carrying U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, killing him and three other embassy staff.

According to all accounts, including the NY Times, the attackers blame this movie about Muhammad as their excuse to riot, loot and kill. Here’s the trailer (watch it before YouTube pulls it):

But Creeping Sharia points out that the above video has been on Youtube since July and the Arabic version has been up for a week.

In other words, the movie is a ruse.

The clue is in the timing of events.

Both violent incidents in Egypt and Libya took place on what day?

September 11, 2012

  • the 11th anniversary of 9/11; and
  • a day after CBS 60 Minutes’ broadcast of Scott Pelley’s extensive interview with “Mark Owen,” the former Navy SEAL and author of Killing Bin Laden, his book on Navy SEAL Team 6’s assassination of Osama bin Laden.

Mostafa Hussein, a psychiatrist and blogger, pointed to a photograph that showed that the protesters had also scrawled the name Osama bin Laden on a sign outside the Cairo embassy.

Ben Laden written on US embassy sign. Yeah right you are protesting an insult to Islam. http://t.co/vhKEsoTt /via @Mad_Darsh

Mostafa Hussein (@moftasa)11 Sep 12

UPDATE: Both the U.S. House Intelligence Committee and the Pentagon now say the attacks were not random mob events reacting to the movie, but rather well-planned, well-coordinated, well-armed terrorist attacks. See my post on this here.

~Eowyn

One of Them is Lying

Jacob Lew and Barack Obama

You pick which one!

Choice No. 1:

On July 12, 2011, Obama told CBS’s Scott Pelley that if he and the Republicans “haven’t resolved” the budget and debt problem, he could not guarantee that Social Security checks would go out on August 3, the day after the government is supposed to reach its debt limit, “because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.”

Choice No. 2:

On February 21, 2010, in an op-ed for USAToday, Jacob Lew, Obama’s budget director (director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget), wrote this:

“Social Security benefits are entirely self-financing. They are paid for with payroll taxes collected from workers and their employers throughout their careers. These taxes are placed in a trust fund dedicated to paying benefits owed to current and future beneficiaries. … Even though Social Security began collecting less in taxes than it paid in benefits in 2010, the trust fund will continue to accrue interest and grow until 2025, and will have adequate resources to pay full benefits for the next 26 years.

[Source: Merril Mathews, Forbes.com, July 13, 2011]

~Eowyn

20% of Unemployed Have College Degrees

I don’t normally watch CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Last night I happened to stumble upon a sobering “60 Minutes” segment by correspondent Scott Pelley — “Unemployment Benefits: The 99ers.”

I can’t find the segment on YouTube, but I did find bits and pieces. Here’s a snippet from “60 Minutes”:

The 99ers refer to an estimated 1.5 millions Americans who have been on unemployment benefits for the maximum 99 weeks, the longest period of such benefits ever approved by Congress. Unless Congress approves another extension, which our nearly $14 trillion national/federal government debt can ill afford, these Americans will no longer even have their unemployment checks.

As a country we are now in uncharted waters. A college degree is no longer a guarantee that one will find a job, even less that the job is high-paying or even in a field for which one was trained. As many as 20% of our unemployed have college degrees. This was brought home in the “60 Minutes” segment.

Correspondent Pelley went to a Job Connections meeting of out-of-work Silicon Valley job seekers held in a church in Danville, California. The meeting occurs weekly — a combination of jobs fair and support group. The people there are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who, as Pelley put it, “thought they’d done everything right: got a college degree, stayed with their company, and saved for retirement.” More than half of them had expected to retire from their company but now find themselves unemployed, some for over two years. Most of them had already cashed out their 401k’s, IRAs, and savings accounts. Every man and woman at the meeting has a college degree; a good number have a Master’s degree; several have Ph. D.s. All are at an age that makes them at once “too young to retire” but “too old to be rehired.”

There are heartbreaking personal stories:

  • MaryAnn Rose, 54, a former financial analyst, has been unemployed for more than two years. She was reduced to living in a truck with her dog before her friends took her in to live in their attic room. Rose had thought her stay would be two weeks; she has been living in her friends’ house for six months…and counting.
  • Judy Thompson, in tears, says she may lose her house that she’s had since 1982.
  • Sara Hubert may lose her family business of 23 years.
  • Jim Wyle has been job-seeking for two years. A former fiber optics engineer manager, Wyle has a part time job at Target, which pays him $9 an hour.

Here’s a video taken by someone who was at the Job Connections meeting. Footage of Pelley and the job seekers made it into the “60 Minutes” segment:

You can watch the entire segment on CBS’s website.

~Eowyn