Russ Gibb at Random

where is it ?

October 28, 2008

This letter was sent to the Wall Street
Journal on August 8, 2008 by Alisa Wilson, Ph.D. Of Beverly Hills , CA .
On July 31, 2008 the Wall Street Journal had
an article titled "Where's The Outrage?"

Really. I can tell you where the outrage is.
The outrage is here, in this middle-aged, well-educated, upper-middle class
woman. The outrage is here, but I have no representation, no voice. The
outrage is here, but no one is listening for who am I?

I am not a billionaire like George Soros
that can fund an entire political movement.

I am not a celebrity like Barbra Streisand
that can garner the attention of the press to promote political candi dates.

I am not a film maker like Michael Moore or
Al Gore that can deliver misleading movies to the public.

The outrage is here, but unlike those with
money or power, I don't know how to reach those who feel similarly in order
to effect change.

Why am I outraged? I am outraged that my
country, the United States of America , is in a state of moral and ethical
decline. There is no right or wrong anymore, just what's fair.

Is it fair that millions of Americans who
overreached and borrowed more than they could afford are now being bailed
out by the government and lending institutions to stave off foreclosure? Why
shouldn't these people be made to pay the consequences for their poor

When my husband and I purchased our home, we
were careful to purchase only what we could afford. Believe me, there are
much larger, much nicer homes that I would have loved to have purchased.
But, taking responsibility for my behavior and my life, I went with the
house that we could afford, not the house that we could not afford. The
notion of personal responsibility has all but died in our country.

I am outraged, that the country that
welcomed my mother as an immigrant from Hitler's Nazi Germany and required
that she and her family learn English now allows itself to be overrun with
illegal immigrants and worse, caters to those illegal immigrants.

I am outraged that my hard-earned taxes help
support those here illegally. That the Los Angeles Public School District is
in such disarray that I felt itincumbent to send my child to private school,
that every time I go to the ATM, I see "do you want to continue in English
or Spanish?", that every time I call the bank, the phone company , or
similar business, I hear "press 1 for English or press 2 for S panish". WHY?
This is America , our common language is English and attempts to promote a
bi- or multi-lingual society are sure to fail and to marginalize those who
cannot communicate in English.

I am outraged at our country's weakness in
the face of new threats on American traditions from Muslims. Just this week,
Tyson's Food negotiated with its union to permit Muslims to have Eid-al-Fitr
as a holiday instead of Labor Day. What am I missing? Yes, there is a large
Somali Muslim population working at the Tyson's plant in Tennessee.
Tennessee , last I checked, is still part of the United States If Muslims
want to live and work here they should be required to live and work by our
American Laws and not impose their will on our long history.

In the same week, Random House announced
that they had indefinitely delayed the publication of The Jewel of Medina,
by Sherry Jones, a book about the life of Mohammed's wife, Aisha due to fear
of retribution and violence by Muslims. When did we become a nation ruled by
fear of what other immigrant groups want? It makes me so sad to see large
corp orations cave rather than stand proudly on the principles that built
this country.

I am outraged because appeasement has never
worked as a political policy, yet appeasing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is exactly
what we are trying to do. An excellent article, also published recently in
the Wall Street Journal, went through over 20 years of history and why
talking with Iran has been and wi ll continue to be ineffective. Yet talk,
with a madman no less, we continue to do. Have we so lost our moral compass
and its ability to detect evil that we will not go in and destroy Iran 's
nuclear program? Would we rather wait for another Holocaust for the Jews -
one which they would be unlikely to survive? When does it end?

As if the battle for good and evil isn't
enough, now come the Environmentalists who a re so afraid of global warming
that they want to put a Bag tax on grocery bags in California; to eliminate
Mylar balloons; to establish something as insidious as the recycle police in
San Francisco. I do my share for the environment: I recycle, I use water
wisely, I installed an energy efficient air conditioning unit.
But when and where does the lunacy
stop?Ahmadinejad wants to wipe Israel off the map, the California economy is
being overrun by illegal immigrants, and the United States of America no
longer knows right from wrong, good from evil. So what does California do?
Tax grocery bags..

So, America , although I can tell you where
the outrage is, this one middle-aged, well-educated, upper middle class
woman is powerless to do anything about it. I don't even feel like my vote
counts because I am so outnumbered by those who disagree with me.

Alisa Wilson, Ph.D.
Beverly Hills , California

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18 Comment(s)

WOW!! She has written what I have been feeling but could have never expressed so well. Stand up and take our AMERICA back!! We have a language we have a culture we have a country that needs us now!!

--by ME on 12/13/08   Lives: Dearborn  

I am also outraged. I am outraged that I cannot pray openly to the one and only true god of the world, that son of man, jesus christ, pray to him openly at my city's town hall meetings and christams concerst at my neighborhood schools. I am outraged that I cannot stand up and say, I am a white woman, dammit, and I am DAMN PROUD OF IT! I am outraged that poor people get to eat and drink and get medical care from MY TAX MONEY!! it's MY TAX MONEY, not their's! I OWN IT! I am outraged that Dearborn used to be mostly Polish and Italian, and now it is becoming overwhelmed by people from who knows where! I am outraged that certain minorities control the media and the majority of this country, the true americans, cannot be free to express their historical heritage of pioneer identity. I am outraged that we have allowed others to do what they want in OUR society! WE GAVE LIFE TO THIS CONTINENT and now they are taking it away from us! I am outraged that my fellow americans, the true AMERICANS, Bob and ALICE and THEODORE and BARBARA and HAL, are not outraged like me!

--by Dearbern-ite, NOT Dearbornistan-ian (if you know what I mean) on 2/28/09   Lives: Dearborn  

She is quite right except the comment about the holocaust. It wasn't just a Jewish horror it was an affront to all humanity because the vast majority of those killed by the Nazi Germany were not Jewish. If Iran's hierarchy marginalizes the holocaust, they are denying what brutal unchecked inhumane treatment can happen to just anyone regardless of ethnicity or religious affiliation.

--by Dearborn Dude on 2/28/09   Lives: Dearborn  

Get better soon. We miss you

--by gd on 2/28/09   Lives: Dearborn  

This post is great and fine.Ive glad to wish the way she exposed her thoughts.

--by siva on 2/28/09   Lives: USA  

Russ, another resource your readers may enjoy. Merry Christmas and enjoy:

--by Roger S. on 2/28/09   Lives: Dearborn  

this site is dead. Close it down and move on

--by joe citizen on 2/28/09   Lives: Detroit area  

I haven't been on this site for about 2 months or so, and have just read the article by Alisa Wilson and was shocked to see 0- NOTHING- in regards to comments about her article.

This can only lead to the conclusion that no-one either gives a -hit about what concerns this woman, or everyone on this site is so politically correct they are afraid to speak their minds.

Used to have lively debate on this site, what happened?

--by smedley on 2/28/09   Lives: Dearborn  

Well educated, upper class woman,
Did you see the results of the election? America is not going to be taken over by narrow minded, ignorant people like you. The peacemakers and uniters have prevailed.

--by Proud of the election results on 2/28/09   Lives: Dearborn  

Somehow I don't see how this woman if a Ph.D because everything she says seems to come out of the "Joe the Plumber" handbook.

Basically, everything see says is coded bigotry and I highly doubt "highly" educated characterization since she doesn't take the plight of the environment very seriously. As Thomas Friedman says, "going green" is a economic and national defense issue; it isn't just for the Green Peace movement anymore. Then again, perhaps she's hoping for the End of Days, so why recycle?

As far as the language thing goes I believe this. If you want to reach one's full potential then one will have to speak and write English—no questions asked; however, my Polish grandmother never learned to speak English and never needed to. My father's first language was Polish, but he instilled in his children the need to speak perfect English to compete in the job market at the highest levels. On the other hand, if I owned a business and wanted to maximize my consumer base, why not try some ads in Spanish? I guess I'd have to have had to attended a elitist left-wing university to come up with that marketing strategy.

When it comes to language and immigration I just believe the hypocrisy I hear from people who should get down on their knees and thank God, that someone in their family took the courage to risk everything to come this country whether it was one, two, three, or more generations ago. How soon we forget.

Another reason I doubt Ms. Wilson's intelligence level is how she has bought into the philosophy of fear that is exhibited by our pre-occupation with Iran. Of course, Iran must be a concern, but what about the thousands of nuclear warheads the Soviet Union had pointed at us for years. And I'm sure Russia still has submarines circling the globe, as the U.S. does, loaded with nukes as I write this. But growing up we didn't live in Level 1 or higher states of fear because of these nukes. Hey, I guess the concept of MAD worked. I almost have to laugh at how so many people have bought into the philosophy of fear. Ahmadinejad is a slave to price of oil, and the faster those engineers at Ford or GM come up with an alternative to the combustion engine, the sooner we can marginalize the petro-terriorists.

Mostly, I feel pity for Aisha Wilson because she believes she is something that she is not: well-educated. If I feel any rage at all, it is that she votes, and literate enough to express her narrow-minded views. But don't worry, I'm not a resentful liberal. If things go as planned on November 4th, she'll have to get used to new world, one she obviously isn't ready for.

--by TBirdElite on 2/28/09   Lives: Michigan  

Dearbern-ite, your ignorance manages to astound, disappoint, and infuriate me simultaneously. I could easily refute your entire post with facts and logic, but frankly the entire thing would be completely over your head and only further embarrass you, as trying to talk sense into someone of your mental capacity is roughly the same as trying to explain quantum mechanics to dirt, except harder because at least the dirt wouldn't say any anything stupid. If you don't like people coming from "who knows where," (read: non-whites. no need to hide it), my suggestion to you is to kindly do us all a favor and move. Death Valley is particularly scenic this time of year. Don't forget your tin-foil hat.
Until then, meet the new terrorist for the 21st century: ignorant and frightened white people.

I'm disappointed in you, Mr. Gibb. Your site attracts the dregs of the city. Consider any respect I've ever had for you long, long gone.

--by Peter on 3/2/09   Lives: Dearborn  

This is exactly how I feel, and I'm not a woman. I feel as though everything that I grew up on, the American values, are being reduced to nothing in a world that tries to be 'politically correct', and appease the immigrant groups who take advantage of our system, drive Mercedes and still use food stamps and meal vouchers, fly their country's flags high above their homes with no American flag anywhere to be seen. The utter disrespect for the country that gives them a home. I feel sick to my stomach when I see the blatant disregard and ignorance of these people, who the government seems to favor. Why? They are afraid to say no, to tell them that they live in a country where the values are strong and won't be shaken by an immigrant group that refuses to say the Pledge because the words "under God" are in it. I realize it's their right, but when I drive through my own neighborhood, and can't read any of the business names because they are all in some other language, I feel like I am the immigrant. There is the outrage, just as outrageous as Alisa Wilson's outrage.

--by anon on 3/3/09   Lives: Dearborn  

Pile Higher (and) Deeper

--by P on 3/11/09   Lives: Dearborn  

WOW, how very eloquently put. I could not agree more!!

--by ice queen on 3/13/09   Lives: Michigan  

thank god she is outnumbered! She seems like a real whiner.

--by Vote on tues on 3/13/09   Lives: Dearborn  

Well Alisa, Where should I start? I guess all I have to say is that your views are ignorant and this country was built on freedom. This country was not built on your idea's of what American principle's are. The forefathers of this country fought for their freedom to govern themselves and practice their own religion and traditions. You are ignorant if you think that this country shouldn't accommodate other languages. Really, you need to be quiet and stop spreading ignorance and hate among your country. You claim to be proud of your country, if that were true then you wouldn't be spreading this poison around.

--by A Person With Common Sense on 3/13/09   Lives: Detroit area  


Wall Streeters Can Still Expect Big Bonuses
When the government agreed to bail out Wall Street, the goal was to provide funds to shore up banks' capital bases so they would start lending again. It wasn't to help them fund the bonus pool. But estimates run that as much as $70 billion will get paid out in bonuses to Wall Streeters this year. That amount equals 10% of the $700 billion bailout.
Ten percent of $700 rescue package may go to bonuses

Posted Oct 19th 2008 8:40AM by Douglas McIntyre
Filed under: Management, Industry, Morgan Stanley (MS)
Wall Street walked into the path of its own oncoming stupidity. Of the $700 billion in Treasury rescue money, as much as $70 billion could go to bank and brokerage bonuses.
According to The Guardian, "Financial workers at Wall Street's top banks are to receive pay deals worth more than $70bn (£40bn), a substantial proportion of which is expected to be paid in discretionary bonuses, for their work so far this year." The paper goes on to say that the Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) pool is large enough to buy the entire company when its stock was at a recent low.
Although this information get filed under "things you can't make up," it will probably have such a severe backlash that Congress will run hearings until the bankers have exhausted the extra money they are making on legal fees.
The contrary argument to punishing the firms is that some of the people getting big pay-outs work in departments that actually contributed huge sums of money to their parents.
If the management at these firms has any sense at all, they will pay nothing to the staff who worked in operations that lost money and file with the SEC to show the amount of operating income made from the operations where people are getting an extra check.
There will be pay

--by VIRES ACQUIRIT EUNDO on 3/13/09   Lives: Dearborn  

The "well-educated" Ms. Wilson is outraged by the alleged new threats on American traditions from Muslims. She must stay cloistered in her house on Labor, Christmas, etc. as she apparently does not realize there are millions of people who work on those days. It's wonderful that our citizens are willing to work on Muslim, Christian, & Jewish holidays so their coworkers of different religions can take those days off. It's part of the give and take that makes our diverse communities strong.

I disagree with many of the actions my government has taken over the past few years and I wish we would stay more in line with the decisions of the United Nations. But I hope everyone will choose to go to the polls next week to officially record their opinions, rather than sit back and attack people who are different from them.

I have heard so many people say their vote doesn't count. If the 50% of the population that doesn't vote would step out to the polls, then our politicians would realize we're not wallowing in complacency anymore. They would have to pay attention to our community. I would go so far as to say that if Michigan had a 90% voter turnout, our new federal government would start catering to us immediately in preparation for the next election. Their jobs would be on the line just like ours have been over the past few years.

--by A citizen on 3/13/09   Lives: Dearborn  

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