Ruminations of a Taco-Obsessed Philly Native

With the advancements in technology that is opening up many different avenues, there has been a steep increase in the female workforce, especially in top executive positions. Whether it is the chief executive officer, a senator or an entrepreneur, we find women successfully delivering challenging roles across the spectrum. And Mina Ebrahimi is a perfect example of someone who belongs to the class of female entrepreneurs who came from nowhere and launched a successful catering business that is also voted as the best one in the Northern Virginia region. While she was very young, she worked at her parents’ bakery and that’s where she understood the needs of customers and that combined with her passion for cooking gave rise to Saint Germain Catering business.

In her daily operations, she does not involve any third parties and involves herself directly while she is dealing with her clients. Her keen business acumen transformed the bakery into a full-scale business with over 30 full-time employees. In order to keep herself updated with the latest trends in the cuisine industry, she makes a point to attend seminars and workshops so that she does not miss on the competitive edge. Nineteen years into the business and this kind of work ethic are indeed commendable. This is why she has been able to get so much positive impact to her business and also one of the reasons why she has been voted as the 2010 Top 40 Under 40 Award Winner and 2014 Enterprising Woman of the Year Winner.

She also has a great passion for animals and hence she started a Radiology Veterinarian Programs at the University of Pennsylvania. Her philanthropic activities do not stop here. She has been actively involved in a lot of initiatives involving women empowerment and how she believes that a diversified workplace could outperform companies that do not believe in this concept. Besides her exceptionally intelligent business acumen, she is a strong advocate of giving back to the community in whichever way possible. She also assisted soldiers who came back from war through her Operation Homefront initiative, which she feels is very dear to her.

Lawrence Bender is in the midst of an impressive career as a Hollywood producer. Bender, a Bronx native and University of Maine Civil Engineering graduate, kicked off his highlight reel career with a string of critical and commercial hits, including Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Inglourious Basterds, Good Will Hunting and Pulp Fiction. However, An Inconvenient Truth may be Lawrence Bender’s best work to date.

An Inconvenient Truth is a documentary about the present and future consequences of global warming. The film shows in no uncertain terms what our society has done to cause global warming, how we are failing to correct our mistakes and what we must do to reverse our irresponsible and reprehensible treatment of this planet before it is too late. The film is headlined by former Vice President Al Gore. For Vice President Gore, who is featured heavily throughout the film, which follows him on a environmental issues lecture tour, the film is clearly a passion project.

An Inconvenient Truth is engrossing from start to finish and does an outstanding job of clearly informing the audience about the dire circumstances the planet Earth and its inhabitants are facing. It is my favorite Lawrence Bender film, because it is more than just a film.

An Inconvenient Truth won Academy Awards for Best Original Song and Best Documentary Feature. It is not the only Oscar-winning film Lawrence Bender has brought to the big screen. Lawrence Bender also produced Academy Award-winning films Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds.

Radical Islam has long hated the west, western freedoms, and western values. Adherents to radical Islam execute homosexuals, and oppress women. They should be, and were, traditional enemies of the extreme political left, but the times are changing. Radical Islam, long allied with right-wing radicals, are forming new alliances with politically extreme left-wing activists due to a common hatred of modern influences, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and general tolerance among ethnic groups. Radical fundamentalists are coordinating actions and reinforcing anti-Semitic movements across the political continuum.

In today’s world, anti-Jewish and anti-Israel actions and literature has flooded the west due to the new alliance of Muslim extremists with political extremists of the left and right. The new political correctness views Muslims worldwide as small children being oppressed and discriminated against, especially by Jews.

This anti-Semitic leftist alliance has spread to universities. Students at exclusive Tufts University printed and distributed a “Disorientation Guide.” In it they assailed the university’s chapter of the Jewish organization Hillel and repeated referred to Israel as a “white supremacist” power and a colonial state.

One of the outspoken critics warning of the anti-Semitic threat is Adam Milstein. A former Israeli soldier and former managing partner of the multimillion dollar commercial property management firm Hager Pacific Properties, Adam Milstein repeatedly sounds the alarm on established and emerging anti-Jewish threats.

Adam Milstein and his wife Gila formed the Adam Milstein Family Foundation, which offers support to specific types of organizations:

** University Organizations offers pro-Jewish view to counter anti-Semitic campus activities

** Groups forming and strengthening ties between Israel and Non-Israeli Americans

** Organizations providing community services, including medical and educational services supporting Israeli and non-Israeli Jews

** Non-profit organizations offering information tracking of media outlets and monitoring of anti-Semitic organizations

** Non-Governmental Organizations supporting the state of Israel as the Jewish homeland and offering young people the chance to discover and reinforce their Jewish identities.

Recently, George Soros re-emerged as a leading supporter of democratic politics after having scaled back his political donations for a long period. Soros cut back his political contributions after spending $27 million in a bid to defeat President George W. Bush in 2004. He committed over $25 million in support of Hillary Clinton along with other Democratic candidates. Some of Soros’ associates noted that they expected his contributions to increase as Election Day neared. George Soros amassed a fortune of $24.9 billion by engaging in risky currency trades. Read more at Washington Times.

The Hungarian-born investor had planned to attend his first Democratic Convention to watch Hillary Clinton accept the Democratic presidential nomination. However, one of his associates said that he cancelled the trip. After making a comeback to active trading, Soros felt that he needed to monitor Europe’s economic situation. Nonetheless, individuals close to him noted that he seemed to be more interested in politics than in the past. According to his associates, George Soros engaged in politics owing to his faith in Clinton, whom he has known for 25 years, and the fear of Donald Trump. His political advisor Michael Vachon noted that he has been a consistent contributor to Democratic causes. However last election’s political stakes were remarkably high. Vachon added that in the last election, the political stakes were high. This is because of the hostilities fronted by each side towards a number of issues and causes that Soros cares most about and has supported for many years. They include religious tolerance, immigration reform, and criminal justice.


Soros has made a great fortune in the financial markets. However, he fears that the unrestricted intensification of laissez-faire capitalism and the extension of market values into all aspects of life is endangering people’s open and democratic societies. According to Soros, the primary enemy of open society is not the communist but the capitalist threat. The term Open Society was invented by Henri Bergson. Karl Popper advanced the idea in his book, “The Open Society and Its Enemies,” which was published in 1945. The Austrian philosopher explained that totalitarian ideologies such as Nazism and communism have a common element. They are both in possession of the ultimate truth. However, since the ultimate truth is beyond humankind’s reach, the proponents of these ideologies have to choose oppression in order to impose their vision on society. Popper offered a different view of the society that recognizes that no one has a monopoly of the truth. According to popper, people have different interests and views. To this end, there is need for institutions to facilitate these views for people to live together in peace. Institutions guarantee the freedom of choice and protect the rights of citizens. Popper referred to this form of social organization as the Open Society.

Soros studied Popper’s book and delved further into his philosophy. After making more money than he needed, Soros decided to establish his own foundation. Having lived through the communist oppression and Nazi persecution, he understands what the effects of repression. To this end, he called his organization the Open Society Foundation. Through the foundation, George supported Czechoslovakia’ Charter movement in 1980. Know more on about George Soros.

The last time George Soros went on a spending spree on political causes was back in 2004 when he tried to defeat President George W. Bush. The billionaire investor went on record for spending a staggering $27 million to support the then presidential candidate John Kerry. George Soros has re-emerged as one of the top bankrollers of Democratic politics and the conservatives.

During the recently concluded U.S Presidential elections, Soros donated more than $25 million. His donation was in a bid to boost Hillary Clinton’s candidature and other Democratic candidates as well as their political causes according to records from the Federal Election Commission and info from his close associates and the Democratic fundraising operatives. The 85-year old George Soros amassed his fortune of close to $24.9 billion through risky currency trading. George Soros was born in Hungary and currently resides in New York. George Soros has had a 25-year relationship with Hillary Clinton. Read more about George at The New York Times.

Although George Soros was unable to turn up to the Democratic convention since he had resumed active trading, his close associates noted that Soros seems to be politically engaged than he has been for years now. They say that his return to politics is as a result of the faith that he had for Hillary Clinton’s candidature and the fear for Donald Trump’s candidature. Soros has continuously accused Donald of doing the work of ISIS by instilling fears in an article published on

In December 2014, more than 10,000 protesters marched through the Pennsylvania Avenue headed towards Capitol Hill in Washington DC during the Justice for all March. Civil rights organizations together with other demonstrators joined hands with Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s families to demand justice in an incident where the two black men died at the hands of white police officers. George Soros is said to have taken an eagle’s eye approach in funding the Ferguson activities towards the “hands up, don’t shoot the campaign.” Its primary focus was to let the world know about the death of the two black men in the hands of white police officers according to an article published in The Washington.

Since the unprecedented spending in 2004, George Soros slowed down on his political giving and instead focused his philanthropic giving on his foundations. The foundations have so far donated more than $13 billion over the last three decades to various non-profit organizations that defend human rights and contribute to shaping democratic processes in Eastern Europe and also expanding access to healthcare and education both in the U.S. and across the globe. George Soros played a significant role in 2005 during the launching of a secretive club of the large liberal donors that is now known as Democracy Alliance. Democracy Alliance sought to fund only those groups that are concerned with building intellectual infrastructure for long-term fights out of the Democratic Party. Read this story at about George Soros.

AXA is a financial services company that offers retirement savings strategies, investment advice, wealth management and services for financial protection. They provide financial services through AXA Equitable Financial Services and insurance services through AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company. The company has been in business since 1859.

AXA Group is the U.S. subsidiary of the company, which is headquartered in Paris, France. The U.S. division has been headquartered in New York City, since 1859. They have offices in New Jersey, Syracuse, Charlotte and Farmington, Ct. they have 43 branches throughout the U.S. The company has over 4,719 advisors who help clients reach their financial goals. The company has over 103 million clients around the world. AXA has been named the top insurance brand in the world for seven straight years.

AXA is involved with philanthropy programs that promote responsible investing, environmental programs, renewable energy projects and “green loans.” The company is in solid financial standing with more than twice the number of assets required by regulators.

Vincent Parascandola currently serves as the Senior Executive VP of AXA Advisors. He directs sales, management, recruiting and the development of new and experienced advisors. He has more than 25 years of work experience in the industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Pace University in New York.

Vincent started his career with Prudential in 1987. He worked as an agent and received the title of National Rookie of the Year. In 1990 he moved to MONY Life Insurance Co. He had several managerial positions there. In 2004 he joined AXA Advisors. He served as President of The Advantage Group, a unit of AXA. He continues to work to improve the performance of the company’s advisors under his management.

Mr. Parascandola has been recognized for his leadership skills, with GAMA’s Career Development award and Master Agency Awards. He has spoken at numerous industry conferences, sharing his vast knowledge and expertise. He has served as Chairman of LIMRA’s Field Officers Committee in the past as well.