Russ Gibb at Random

Whats a billion ?

October 12, 2008

This is too true to be very funny. The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about whether you want the 'politicians' spending YOUR tax money. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.

A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were Living in the Stone Age.
D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain, let's take a look at New Orleans. It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division.
Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu, is presently asking the Congress for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number, what does it mean?

A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you each get $516,528.
B. Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home gets $1,329,787.
C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012.
Washington , D.C., Ottawa, Canada.... HELLO!!! . Are all your calculators broken??

No taxes existed 100 years ago, We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What happened? Can you spell 'politicians!' And I still have to 'press 1' for English. What the hell happened?????


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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