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Cooking with the Munky Breakfast for a Month – Egyptian Wheat Porridge (Beleela)

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on October 16, 2011

Mama used to say breakfast was the most important meal of the day…and she was/is right! This afternoon I made breakfast for the month.

Studies have study has shown a link between nutrition and cognitive development in children.   Children who participated in the School Breakfast Program were shown to have significantly higher standardized achievement test scores than eligible non-participants.  (Of course keep electing those people from the Tea Party and GOP and we won’t have Breakfast Programs for children…but I digress).  For those of us who are not children Researchers from the National Weight Control Registry, a database of more than 3,000 people who have lost at least 60 pounds and kept it off for an average of 6 years, found that eating breakfast every day was a weight control strategy for 78% of the people in the registry. People who kept off weight long-term also reported eating a low-fat diet and exercising for an hour or more each day.

Overnight the body’s motor slows down so you can sleep. Breakfast gets it going again. By not eating breakfast, you run your motor on empty, because you haven’t switched on the motor correctly. The body trying to conserve the energy it has – and as far as the body knows, it is entering starvation mode, and needs to conserve all the spare energy it has in store. It doesn’t have the mechanism to understand that you chose to start your engines without topping up the fuel tank. By not eating breakfast regularly, the reduction in metabolism can cause an increase of 3kg / year.

I am also a believer in Dr. Oz’s idea if what you are eating doesn’t look like it did in nature then don’t eat it. (Of course there are exceptions…like cheesecake for example, cupcakes, snicker’s bars – do you see where I am going with this?)

Wheat looks like this:

Not like this:

Long before Kellogg’s Cereals  and others perverted wheat it used to be good for us.  The body needs carbohydrates.  The body also needs fiber.  Wheat is perfect.

Munky’s Wheaty Breakfast

Ingredients:  Wheat – that’s it, just wheat.  Here is the tricky part for those of you in the US, I don’t know if I have ever seen just wheat kernals sold in the store.  I imagine some place like Whole Foods would have it.  In Egypt you can buy just wheat, not processed at all, or you can buy Beleela which the outshell is removed.  Either wheat is perfectly acceptable for breakfast.   If the out hull is removed it has a creamier texture when cooked, it comes down to a personal preference.

Method:  Rinse the wheat removing any little stones etc and soak over night, the wheat will swell in size.  Rinse again until the water runs clear, cover the wheat with water  and boil until the kernels are tender.  Do NOT let it boil dry.  Depending on the type of wheat, with or without the out shell/hull it will take any where from 45 minutes to an hour or more.  Periodically pull out a kernel and taste it, it should be soft, not mushy, but soft, cooked.  When cooked pour the wheat thru a strainer to and rinse with water.  Give it 15 or 20 minutes to sit in the strainer so all the water is drained off, this way when you freeze them they are not one solid ice block.  Put in freezer bags and toss into the freezer.  I pull one out a week, let it thaw over night in the refrigerator ( or if you forget and are in a hurry you can just run water over them in a strainer and in about 2 minutes you have cereal)

Dressing Up Your Wheat

I’m all for natural wholesome food, but I need a little zip too!

In the mood for something warm on a brisk morning?  Heat up your beleela with milk.  (By the way if you have never had or don’t remember the last time you had milk from a real live cow and not from the plastic bottles in the grocery store, you don’t know what milk is…)

My favorite?  A big dollop of yogurt, preferably the thick Greek style yogurt, you can add honey or sugar to sweeten it.  Cut up an apple and banana, or drop in a handful of berries, cherries…it’s up to you.

Beleela with cherries and yogurt

Warning – if you are not used to alot of fiber in  your diet this is a 5 out of 5 rating 

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Herman Cain Should Stick to Selling Pizza for 9-9-9

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on October 12, 2011

999 it’s catchy, it’s easy to remember and it just begs for the next line that says “but WAIT there’s more, for 999  you also get …”   I realize the political field is a dynamic place, always changing, reinventing itself,  but with each passing day it becomes more and more like a carnival complete with freak shows, and hustles.  This week it is Herman Cain’s time to shine on the board walk.  Step on up ladies and gentlemen and let’s see what Zoltar  Herman Cain has to offer with his magical 999 elixir, sure to cure the economy and tired listless people. Uh, huh.

Looking at Cain’s plan is like a trip to the fun house complete with the mirrors that distort the true image.   But first let’s look at who designed the plan.  Numerous times Mr. Cain has been asked about his economic advisors, so far only one name has been mentioned.  He assures us that he has had his economic advisors he won’t compromise their confidentiality, except for one:  Rich Lowrie, who by the way is NOT an economist. He is however,  a wealth manager for a division of Wells Fargo and according to his LinkedIn page holds an accountancy degree from Case Western Reserve University.  Lowrie also spent three years on the advisory board of the conservative third-party group Americans For Prosperity.  Are you starting to feel uncomfortable  yet?

So let’s look at the nuts and bolts of this simple plan:   9 percent flat tax on household income, a 9 percent corporate tax, and a 9 percent national sales tax. There are no deductions except for charity.  Seems straight forward doesn’t it?

What about the Value Added Tax (VAT)?  Eventually under Cain’s 999 plan income tax would be eliminated and replaced with sales tax – called ironically Fair Tax by Cain fans, to the rest of the world it is call VAT.  This did not come up in the debate last night for good reason.   Let’s take a brief look at VAT in Europe.  When imposed in 1967, Denmark’s VAT was 10 percent; it is now 25 percent, in addition to a top income tax rate of over 50 percent.   In 1968, Germany levied a 10 percent VAT.  Germans are more fortunate; their VAT has risen “only” to 19 percent, and their highest income tax rate is “only” 45 percent.  The notion that a country can impose a small  single-digit sales tax is not supported by other countries’ experience.  In many countries the VAT is the largest source of revenue.

Cain likes to claim his plan is revenue neutral.  That’s not exactly true.  An analysis by Bloomberg last week found that Cain’s plan would actually have brought in $200 billion less in 2010 than the current tax system — $2 trillion instead of $2.2 trillion.  In short, it would take a 25% VAT tax to maintain current revenue levels.  That’s a 16% margin of error.  Are you getting uncomfortable yet?  Tax policy experts go on to say it is  unrealistic in part because it operates on the assumption that voters and lawmakers would be willing to fully phase out even enormously popular deductions and exemptions.   Under Cain’s plan everything would be subject to the 9%  sales tax – food, housing,  clothing – no exceptions.   We are already suffering from reduced consumption, additional taxes would curtail consumption even further, not to mention the anger from the public.  It also opens up a whole new market for under the table transactions, pay me in cash and you get in essence a 9% discount.  If memory serves this country started its revolution over excessive taxes.

One of the many cries of the Tea Party is state’s rights.  We hearing that with health care reform aren’t we?  Cain’s plan also impacts states’ sales tax collections.  States depend on sales tax revenues. Adding a 9 percent sales tax on top of a state sales tax would reduce states’ freedom to use sales taxes because it would reduce revenue.

How would Cain’s 999 effect the vast majority of Americans?

CAPD: Cain’s Tax Plan Would Increase Taxes Paid by Lower-Income Americans

However, Michael Linden, the Center for American Progress’ Director of Tax and Budget Policy, told Think Progress that because the bottom quintile of earners currently only pay about 2 percent of their income in federal taxes, under Cain’s plan they would be paying considerably more. Specifically, he said with the 9 percent tax on every dollar they make, as well as every dollar spent, the poorest Americans would pay a whopping 18 percent of their income in taxes.

Comparatively, Linden said middle-class earners would see their taxes rise from 14 percent to about 18 percent, while the richest one percent of Americans would see their tax rate fall from about 28 percent to 11 percent under the 9-9-9 plan.

“It would be the biggest tax shift from the wealthy to the middle-class in the history of taxation, ever, anywhere, and it would bankrupt the country,” Michael Ettlinger, the vice president for economic policy at the Center for American Progress, told The Wall Street Journal.

While Cain has touted his plan as the solution to the nation’s economic struggles, Linden’s analysis found that, based on 2007 tax data, it would actually result in the largest budget deficits since World War II. If applied that year, the 9-9-9 plan would have yielded just under $1.3 trillion in total federal tax revenue — 9.2 percent of the GDP — compared to 18.5 percent of GDP in tax revenue that was actually collected that year.

Cain’s plan to tax food is so surprising that even the Tea Party group FreedomWorks assumed certain vital goods, such as food and medicine, would be exempt from the 9 percent national sales tax.

“If you’re one of the minority of people — the top 10% of the population — who pay 70% of the income tax revenues, you might see the change as a good deal.But if you’re lower down the income scale, and especially if you’re one of the 50% of Americans who don’t pay any income taxes, then you might not see it as such a good trade,” FreedomWorks’ Web site states in an Oct 6. blog post titled “Herman Cain’s “999 Plan”: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

 

What we have in Herman Cain is a carnival barker appealing to the Tea Party with simplicity.   Even conservative economist are calling Cain’s plan a non starter.  This is one of the most fundamental problems with the Tea Party mentality is the inability to engage in critical thinking, and Mr. Cain has fully taken advantage of the sheeple.  Welcome to the carnival, step right this way folks and see the unbelievable…

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/228430/20111010/herman-cain-999-plan-would-tax-poor-people-s-food.htm

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-05/cain-s-9-9-9-math-raises-questions-on-generating-enough-revenue.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/herman-cains-9-9-9-economic-plan-gets-lukewarm-reviews-from-conservatives/2011/10/12/gIQAzHEXfL_blog.html

 

 

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/65713.html

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/President/2011/0930/Herman-Cain-s-999-plan-long-overdue-tax-reform-or-job-killer

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2048311/America-wont-buy-Herman-Cains-999-national-sales-tax.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/186961-cain-9-9-9-only-plan-which-throws-off-the-current-tax-code

 

 

 

http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/dean-clancy/herman-cains-999-plan-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugl

http://news.yahoo.com/herman-cain-999-plan-shows-cluelessness-brilliance-184100577.html

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44859731/ns/today-today_news/t/cain—-plan-seize-spotlight-debate/#.TpXZqZv23Rk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Egypt – What Happened?! Symptomatic of the World

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on October 11, 2011

We have all watched in horror and dismay the events in Cairo the past two days as the Coptic Christians clashed with security forces on the street leaving at least 25 dead, and over 330 injured.  As this country takes it steps towards democracy, the birthing pains are being felt on the street.  I do not think it is adding sensationalism to say that the world is in a state of flux, we see it on the national level, and right down to the small micro-systems we each operate in.  Egypt is no different, this is a complicated country, multi layered social fabric, and in the middle of  re-inventing itself.  I do not have any answers as to what happened, but it is important that all the components be factored into the events in Egypt and the larger ramifications.

The Media

If you want to look to the local media for the story and you want facts good luck.  The media for the past 30 years had been controlled tightly by the Mubarak regime.  During the revolution I remember watching Nile News, there were literally 1,000’s of people outside their studio and they were talking about the Valley of the Kings and tourism.  With the toppling of Mubarak a new door was opened – journalism, or at least the idea of reporting a different narrative than what the state wanted to provide.  The only problem is the idea of fact checking, canons of journalism, ethics and responsibility in reporting haven’t quite caught on – sensationalism, and promoting a specific agenda are alive and well.   This is no different than what we have in the US – i.e. Fox News where thinly disguised “opinions” are presented as facts.  There is a mentality that we have been conditioned to that says – if I saw it on TV it MUST be true.  This mentality has also moved over to social media, it was tweeted out so it must be true.  We have seen the emergence of more talking “heads” in cyberspace with their own internet radio talk shows – catering to a specific audience, cherry picking information and packaging it all very neatly for the consumer.  It is not different in Egypt.  News consumers world wide are facing the same problems with accuracy of information – news must be viewed in the same light as if you were buying a car, you have to contrast and compare, and you have to be brave enough when the facts show, no matter how much you want to believe “XYZ” they are wrong.

Social Media

As we watched the Arab Spring unfolding on social media, specifically on Twitter the world had the benefit of living in real time with people in Tahrir Square.  The peaceful protests over threw a dictator in 18 days, the world rejoiced.  From Twitter also sprang a new form of mico-celebrities.  Some rightly earned, some rightly earned and then started to believe their own press, and simply could not give up the limelight.  Egyptians knew the world was watching, they had a unified message, they carried it thru flawlessly.  Without a doubt the news media  was a part of the success of the revolution.  News organizations such as CNN and BBC provided coverage 24/7, interviewed tweeters from the square – they say fame is addicting and for some tweeting Egyptians it became a way of life.  The continual occupying of Tahrir Square moved from being a revolution to being an impediment to moving forward, because if Egypt moved forward and no protests were happening, their claim to fame was also over.

The Military and Security Forces

During the revolution when the tanks rolled into the city I literally sank to my knees in fear and terror.  The military acted with honor, not once did they open fire on the crowds in Tahrir Square.  When the tanks rolled into my neighbourhood, they were greeted like heroes.  The chants the people and the army are one reverberated throughout the country.  One of the complaints you hear from the youth of the Revolution is that the army is moving too slowly, that they want to retain power.  I do not believe that for one minute.  The military wants to go back to doing what a military force does, protecting the country, not running the country on a daily basis.  I think they are very eager to  give control to the civilian sect, and they are taking their responsibility during this transition very seriously.  Nobody wants to see the need for another revolution in a year.  They are proceeding with caution.

They have handled the protesters with kid gloves, they have acquiesced to demands, these are not the actions of people who want to retain power.  When the security forces disappeared during the revolution the people took over protecting their own neighbourhoods.  Security forces still are not back in mass, there is a security void being filled by the military.  People want to live in a safe place, basic need any where in the world, Egypt is no exception.  There is an overwhelming large silent majority that fully support the military.  They are going to have to find their voices – because what the media is covering are the “squeaky wheels”.

I, like everybody else watched in horror as the tanks went through the crowds two days ago, as hard as the images were to watch there are two things that stand out.  First, if the   military wanted to open fire they could have very easily wiped out all the protesters.  Second, the tanks were being used to disperse the crowd, you can see in the videos the driver slowing down, if he had wanted to crush them all he would not have slowed down.  Does that sound harsh?  Do I think it was handled right?  No, and the Egyptian government doesn’t think it was handled right either.  You cannot “un-ring” that bell.

Christian VS. Muslim?  or Divide and Conquer Extremism

For over 1,400 years Coptic Christians and Muslims have lived side by side.  Like any neighbours, problems have arisen.  This is not a unique occurrence.   Catholics VS. Protestants in Ireland.  Ultra Orthodox Jews VS. Reformed Jews in Israel.

One of the easiest ways to divide a society is through religion.   When anybody adds God into the equation you are lighting a match at a gas station.  The battle cry of “God is on our side” should send shivers down everybody’s spine.  The real question is.. are you on God’s side?  The most volatile, emotional wedge is one of religion.  It ignites passion.  We see this in the US don’t we?  In the last few days we have heard Dr. Robert Jeffress, a Dallas pastor and leader of the Southern Baptist Convention say  he believes Mormonism — along with Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism — are “false religions.”

Having lived in this country I can tell you what I see, I see Christians and Muslims living side by side as neighbours, I see them in business together.  I see them supporting one and other on their own spiritual journeys.  During Ramadan when Muslims are fasting I see Christians very much aware that they are fasting and they are very careful not to smoke and eat in front of them.  Conversely, I see Muslims returning the respect when Coptics fast.  I see them giving one and other greetings of peace.   I see them offering one and other holiday greetings.   I saw Christians during the revolution forming a human shield around praying Muslims, pouring the water for them to perform their ablutions.   I saw Muslims lifting a priest upon their shoulders and chanting, the Cross and the Crescent are one.

Every Egyptian male (with few exceptions) are required to enlist in the military.  That means both Muslims and Christians are serving in the military.  There is no special uniform that says I am a Muslim or Christian in the Egyptian army, they are brothers.  They are one.

In my own household, I as a Catholic, married to a practising Muslim we observe and support one and other on our spiritual path, for one very simple reason – the goal and the God are the same.   I participate in Ramadan and Eid, he participates in Easter and Christmas.  It isn’t a matter of “converting”  or who is “right”, it is a matter of love,  the greatest commandment  Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

This will upset right wing nut jobs to learn that in Islam there is an obligation to protect and non Muslim.  It is not a recommendation it is an obligation, no negotiating.

We too in the US are actively experiencing the effects of extremism, it has reared it’s head in politics and religion.  The result has been nothing short of disastrous.  People standing behind all or nothing mentalities caused the downgrade of US debt,  to get this Congress to enact a law for the benefit of the people has not happened for almost 3 years, and I wouldn’t hold my breath for the remaining term.  The Tea Party has held the country hostage, and now we have the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street.  Of course the Tea Party doesn’t like to be compared to them..but here’s the truth, Occupy Wall Street is a direct result of the push from the right, they are the left’s extremist. Religious groups like Westboro Baptist and Mr. Jeffress shoving their beliefs down our throats.  Koran burning pastors seeking the limelight.  There is an “attack on God and faith” in the US and it is coming from ignorant extremist, fundamentalist, self appointed saviours of our collective souls.  God must certainly weep as he looks down upon us.

Who Benefits from Division?

The real question is who would benefit from a civil war in Egypt?  There are a million conspiracy theories out there, and I don’t have enough time to cover them.  I will however, address what I feel is the most likely guilty party – and that would be left overs from the old Mubarak regime.

We have seen this hand at play before, during the revolution the bizarre “camel attack” was orchestrated by a member of Parliament.. the trial is literally ongoing as of this blog posting.  There is an ongoing investigation into the New Year’s Eve bombing of a Church in Alexandria, where it is being alleged that it was coordinated by the former Interior Minister Habib Adly.  Again, another on going investigation/trial.  The creation of chaos with prisoners being freed during the revolution, the police disappearing, another orchestrated event by Habib Adly.  Unleashing chaos is a way to keep people in fear, to keep people from moving forward, to make them long for the days of the safety of the tyrant and regime.   Is it a coincidence that this occurred as Egypt announced the date of elections? and there is a law being considered to prohibit members of the former ruling National Democratic Party from holding elected office.

When politic office is your career,  there is a huge danger that it is not about public service.  Walk down the prison halls of Tora prison outside of Cairo Egypt and you can literally start a government.  Presidents, members of Parliament, ministers of departments have all taken up residence on charges ranging from graft to murder.  If you have earned your living through raping the country’s treasury for your personal enrichment, it is hard to replace that kind of job and lifestyle.  These people stand a great deal to lose as Egypt goes forward.

I cannot help but draw comparisons to US politicians, how many have benefited from political action committees, contributions?  Left political office in order to become a lobbyist?  We in the US are not that far removed from an Egyptian situation.

What Triggered It? and Who is Responsible?

Again, if you are looking to the local media to give you the full story I am sorry to say you won’t find it.  This is what I know – take it with a grain of salt:

In order to build a church or a mosque, you must get permission.   (By the way Al Azhar is asking for the law to be applied, which I believe is on the books that says you can building a church or a mosque according to population, i.e. if you are predominantly a Christian neighbourhood then you should logically have more churches than mosques.(

There was a structure, it was not originally part of a church, it was a hall of sorts that was used for weddings, engagements etc.  According to the governor in Aswan, there was never a permit issued to build a church or any religious institution on that spot.  Some type of permit must have been issued as the hall was expanded, and evidently expanded beyond what the permit allowed for, as a result, it was demolished.  This was the trigger.  Other sources say it was a church to begin with.  Other sources says, it was torched by Salafi’s.  I don’t know what happened, and I am not sure we ever will.  In some ways it doesn’t matter why it happened, it did.  It illustrates what happens when government is in control of religion.  This should be a huge warning to Americans as we watch the “Christian” extremist trying promoting their belief system into our laws.

The march to Maperiro was a protest by the Coptic Christians saying they were not being treated fairly.  Then something went terribly wrong.  Some say plain clothes people in the crowd opened fire on the military forces, the Church says the group was infiltrated, but by whom?  The investigation is on going.

Who is responsible ultimately?  Everybody.  Nobody is innocent in this tragedy.  And it is time that everybody owned it.  The country has been engulfed in a protest fever…if you don’t like something then protest!  One of the things that caught my eye during this protest march were the signs in English “Quit Killing Christians”.  Why in English?  Egyptians speak Arabic.  Who was the audience they were appealing to?  That makes me uncomfortable.  If  I were in protesting in the US would I write a sign in Arabic?  Probably not.

How Egyptians take this revolution forward, take it from off the streets to practical application is being challenged.  Elections must go forward. Things in my neighbourhood remained calm.  People were shocked and surprised.  Everybody seemed to know that this was a danger  from the beginning- a division caused by sectarian violence.  They were determined that Egypt would not fall into this trap…and yet it happened.   It has become fashionable and almost expected to protest since the revolution.  Everybody has done it, teachers, doctors, drivers, and now religious sects.  It begs the question, for over 30 years you have been living with a boot on your neck and you choose now during a critical transition period which needs each and every Egyptian speaking with one voice – and  you choose now to protest?

How to Move Forward

I don’t know, I don’t have a magic wand, we can’t turn back time, but we have to move forward.

As my husband and I watched it all unfold, tears came to our eyes.  It was all so very, very wrong.  We also knew we could not change the country by ourselves, but we could set an example.  We went together to a  Mass at a Coptic Church – a Muslim and a Catholic, an Egyptian and an American…then I put on a scarf and I went to evening prayers at my neighbourhood mosque.  We are one.

I believe deep in my heart the Egyptian people will come out of this stronger, more united, democracy will bloom.  There will be more challenges, but at the end of the day, nobody will have died in vain, no blood will have been shed for naught.

 

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Occupy Wall Street – Beware GOP the American Autumn is Rising

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on October 8, 2011

Why is it when the “left” protests they are called a mob, but when the Tea Party protests they are called Patriots?  I was appalled to hear Eric Cantor the House majority leader and a Republican from Virginia, told a gathering of conservative activists in Washington that he’s “increasingly concerned” by the “growing mobs” at the protests, which have spread to Los Angeles, Boston, Washington D.C., and other cities after starting several weeks ago on Wall Street.

I am even more surprised that anybody is surprised that this is happening.    The laws of nature insisted this was coming, nature abhors a vacuum, and for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  While I don’t particularly agree with protesting on Wall Street, nor am I fond of leaderless protests.   I can certainly understand the frustration.  Those “big businesses” aren’t doing anything illegal, they are operating within the law, and that law, that Carte Blanche was given to them by Congress.  Congress has provided them with a very comfortable environment which literally brought the world to the edge of financial ruin, and it still isn’t over.  With unemployment remaining high, job creation marginal at best,  and no end in sight in the near future it was bound to happen.

Eating dinner tonight we were talking about the Arab Spring – which is still a work in progress  and could not help but draw parallels to conditions in the US.

  • Unemployment is high in all the countries of the Arab Spring – in particular the youth are unemployed.   There is nothing more dangerous than educated, unemployed youth who are not given an opportunity.  They have alot of time, alot of hope, and more determination than Mr. Cantor can imagine.
  • When people do not see government responding to their basic needs they have nothing to lose.  In the US the gridlock that is Congress has nearly shutdown government, caused US debt to be downgraded, threatened to cut off vital services like FEMA during a natural disaster, and now a jobs bill sits before them and is threatening to be a non-starter.  This is like smoking at the gas station…just waiting for that live ash to hit the puddle next to the pump.
  • As this movement continues the demographics are beginning to shift..what started out as youth is now morphing into a huge cross section of Americans.  As the Christian Science Monitor has reported the middle aged and “elderly” are coming out in mass.  Just like in Cairo…the need for change, the need to be heard was the binding issue for each and every protester in Tahrir Square.  It wasn’t religion, it wasn’t age, it wasn’t education.

Is this class warfare?  Label it any way you want, the fact of the matter is the American public is fed up.  I don’t believe that the people involved in Occupy Wall Street loathe business, or are all communist or socialist as the right would like to paint them.  They are frustrated by a Congress who is deaf.  Nobody is asking for big business to cut them a check and take care of them from cradle to grave.  Human beings are happiest when they are self sufficient, they want a job.  They want an opportunity.  That is going to take a level playing field.  The pendulum has swung so far right at times I think our national anthem should be “I Sold My Soul to the Company Store.”  The working class, or as it is now the non-working class have paid the price literally for decades of deregulation and business “friendly” policies.   The middle used to be the sweet spot, but thanks to groups like the Tea Party, that is no longer an option.  The push back has finally started.

The other startling and stark difference between this grass roots movement and the Tea Party is the underlying spiritual message.  Note, I did not say religious, I said spiritual.   There is a paradigm shift of huge magnitude at play.  Words like compassion, justice, equity are prevalent, look at the signs…

Signs from Occupy Wall Street

Compassion is Revolutionary

 

I can’t help but contrast these signs to a Tea Party signs..

 

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Tea Party Mentality

Perhaps even more disturbing that looking at a sign threatening to brings arms is listening to the chatter on Twitter and watching “Tea Party Patriots” spewing rhetoric about taking up arms and swapping pictures of their various weapons.

Mr. Cantor you and the GOP should be very concerned about the peaceful “mob” because sooner or later they are going to discover Congress is at the root of  95% of America’s problem.  I have been privileged to witness how a peaceful “mob” ousted a tyrant and dictator of 30 years in 18 days.  Mohamed Bouazizi, the vegetable seller who lit himself on fire in Tunisia because he could not earn his meagre living due to  government corruption and ineffectiveness triggered a tsunami.  That tsunami came to Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen..even touched Saudi and Israel has now washed up on the shores of America and I think it is going to hit Congress…hard..very hard.

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