What do you think? Do women run the world?
I was driving north on I-55 towards Chicago last Sunday when a van overtook me. It must have been going at 80 miles per hour, as I am a safe and slow driver. The back of the van is shown in the picture below.
The writing said, "Women Run The World." By the time I realized the interesting title, the van was way ahead of me. I accelerated from 70 miles per hour, and it took me quite a while to catch up with up. My wife took several snapshots of the speeding van. Some came out blurry.
What do you think? Do women run the world?
I am still reading a book titled "Generosity: An Enhancement" by Richard Powers, a resident of Illinois. A friend of mine suggested I read it because he sees me in it. The main female character is Thassadit Amzwar, a Kabyle woman who fled Algeria and lives in Chicago when she is enrolled in a writing class. Her name should have transcribed as Tassadit and Tassa.
While reading, I found out that the other has indeed researched Algeria because he does a great job at summarizing the events that Algeria has seen in the last 30 years: From fundamentalists, to Kabylia, Matoub, and Massinissa Guermah. Tassadit explains her name, refers to Saint-Augustine of Hippo, and explains her father’s refusal of religion.
At some point, Tassa (short for Tassadit) brings a homemade cake to the class and they all enjoyed.
For those who are wondering what the honey-soaked pastry made with clouds of semolina and eggs looks like, here are a few pictures below. Although the name was incorrectly transcribed as Timechepoucht, it should in my opinion be timeshewisht as there is no “P” sound in it and the "ch" should be "sh" because it is the English sound “sh” and not French “ch” one.
A law enforcement agent was working with his team on in one American city. Next to him was a regular city cop, who was curious about the agent. He approached him and asked him, "Sir, what agency are you with?"
"The Bureau," replied the FBI agent of Palestinian origin.
"Oh!, I did not know. You don't look like them," the police officer said.
"It is part of the job," the FBI Agent added, laughing inside.
"We do so to ... find a political settlement," he said. "Reliable civilian governance and a stronger and more effective Palestinian armed opposition will better enable the opposition to be able to provide the counterweight to the initiative of Israel to reach out across borders ... to bring Americans and to bring French - again, a terrorist organization - to the table."
No, no that's not what John Kerry said. To argue the US support of the rebels, he said the following about Syria:
"We do so to ... find a political settlement," he said. "Reliable civilian governance and a stronger and more effective armed opposition will better enable the opposition to be able to provide the counterweight to the initiative of Assad to reach out across borders ... to bring Iranians and to bring Hezbollah - again, a terrorist organization - to the table."
Let's review what the US Administration actions and supports:
1. Supports Shiites against Sunnis in Iraq
2. Supports Sunnis against Shiites in Syria.
3. Supports Christians against Muslims in Lebanon.
4. Supports Muslims against C opts (Christians) in Egypt.
5. Supports Christians against Muslims in Sudan/South Sudan
6. Supports Israel (Jewish) against Palestinians (Muslims and Christians)
7. Supports dictatorial regime (Morocco, Algeria, .... Saudi Arabia, etc....)
8. Supports Afghanistan's Karzai against Talibans and fights Talibans
9. Opens direct talks with Talibans in Qatar
10. Supports Sunnis against Shiites in Bahrain.
11. Supports Military regime in Egypt against democratically-elected Morsi government.
Confused? I am too.
Oh, heavenly Father,
We thank thee for food and remember the hungry.
Let's fight for a living wage and abolish the minimum wage so that all can afford the food and the shelter.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
Let's pass a universal health care so that the sick get care.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
Let's stop making enemies overseas.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
Let's ban wars, stop making bombs and bullets, and stop supporting friendly but corrupt kings and dictators who oppress their people.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
Let's not send to unnecessary wars in the first place and then not take care of them. Let's give them opportunities to go to school without signing up for wars.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!