Monday, July 25, 2016

Be ready - before the next attack

A friend in Colorado sent the following to me by email. If anyone knows the source, I'll be happy to attribute it.

Who is Juval Aviv? A 69-year-old expert. Read this:

Who is Juval Aviv?  You may have read about Juval Aviv. He was Golda Meir's bodyguard and the Israeli Agent upon whom the movie ' Munich ' was based.  Golda Meir appointed him to trackdown and bring to justice the Palestinian terrorists who took the Israeli athletes hostage and killed them during the Munich Olympic Games.
In various venues, Aviv has shared information that EVERY American needs to know, but that our government has not yet shared with us.
A little background: Congress has hired Aviv as a security consultant.  Aviv predicts that there will be more terrorist attacks on the U.S. He says terrorists will NEVER try hijacking a plane again as they know the people on board will never go down quietly again. Aviv says that our airport security is a joke 'that we have been reactionary' rather than proactive in developing strategies that are truly effective.
Example 1: Because an idiot tried to light his shoe on fire, now everyone has to take off their shoes.
Example 2: A group of idiots tried to bring aboard liquid explosives, and now we can't bring liquids on board.
Example 3: Our airport security looks for metal, but the new explosives are made of plastic.

Currently, our airports only focuses on security when people are heading to the gates. Aviv says that if a terrorist attack targets airports in the future, they will target busy times on the front end of the airport when/where people are checking in.  For example, it would be easy for someone to take two suitcases of explosives, walk up to a busy check-in line, ask a person next to them to watch their bags for a minute while they run to the restroom, and then detonate the bags BEFORE security even gets involved. In Israel, security checks bags BEFORE people can even ENTER the airport.

Aviv says the next terrorist attack here in America is imminent and will involve suicide bombers and non-suicide bombers in places where large groups of people congregate, such as Disneyland, Las Vegas casinos, shopping malls, subways in rush hour, train stations, etc., as well as in rural America this time (Wyoming, Montana, etc.) in order to create mass panic. The attack will be characterized by simultaneous detonations around the country involving at least 5-8 cities, including rural areas.

Aviv says terrorists won't need to use suicide bombers in many of the larger cities, because at places like the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, they can simply valet park a car loaded with explosives and walk away.

Aviv says all of the above is well known in intelligence circles, but that our U.S. government does not want to 'alarm American citizens' with the facts. The world, however, is soon going to become 'a different place', Aviv says, where issues like 'global warming' and political correctness will have become totally irrelevant.
On an encouraging note, Aviv says that Americans don't have to be concerned about being nuked. He says the terrorists who want to destroy America will not use sophisticated weapons. Instead, they like to use suicide, as it's cheap, it's easy, and it's effective and they have an infinite abundance of young, ignorant, fanatic militants more than willing to 'go see Allah'.

Aviv also says the next level of terrorists over which America should be most concerned will not be coming from abroad.  They will instead be 'home grown' meaning they will have attended and been educated in our own schools and universities right here in the U.S. These young terrorists will be most dangerous because they will know our language and will fully understand the habits of Americans; but that we Americans won't know or understand a thing about them.

So, what can America do to protect itself?  From an intelligence perspective, Aviv says the U.S. needs to stop relying on satellites and technology for its intelligence. Instead, we need to follow Israel 's, Ireland 's and England 's hands-on examples of human intelligence, both from an infiltration perspective as well as to trust 'aware' citizens to help. We need to engage and educate ourselves as citizens; however, our U.S.  Government continues to treat us, its citizens, 'like babies'.  Our government thinks we can't handle the truth' and are concerned that we'll panic if we understand the realities of terrorism. Aviv says this is a deadly mistake.

Aviv created/executed a security test for Congress by placing an empty briefcase in five well-traveled spots in five major cities. The results?  Not one person called 911 or sought a policeman to check it out. 

In comparison, Aviv says that citizens of Israel are so well 'trained' that an unattended bag or package would be reported in seconds by citizen(s) who know to publicly shout, 'Unattended Bag!' The area would be quickly & calmly cleared by the citizens themselves.  But, unfortunately, America hasn't been 'hurt enough' yet by terrorism for their government to fully understand the need to educate its citizens or for the government to understand that it's the citizens who are, inevitably, the best first-line of defense against terrorism.

Aviv also was concerned about the high number of children who were in preschool and kindergarten after 9/11, children who were basically 'lost' without parents being able to pick them up, and schools that had no plan in place to best care for the students until their parents could get there. He stresses the importance of having a plan that's agreed upon within your family, to respond to in the event of a terrorist emergency.  He urges parents to contact their children's schools and demand that the schools, too, develop plans of actions, as they do in Israel. He says we should all have a plan that is easy enough for even our youngest children to remember and follow.

Does your family know what to do if you can't contact one another by phone?  Where would you gather in an emergency?

Aviv says that the U.S. government has in force a plan that, in the event of another terrorist attack, will immediately cut-off everyone’s ability to use cell phones, as this is the preferred communication source used by terrorists and is often the way that their bombs are detonated. How will you communicate with your loved ones in the event you cannot use phones or the Internet?

Bottom line, you need to have a plan! In the event that a major terrorist incident happens again, and you fail to have a plan, this particular email will haunt you.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Jon Stewart - so wrong

I read about Jon Stewart's rant on the Stephen Colbert Show, where he said that Trump backers don't own the USA.

I remember Jon from ABC's The View in 1999. I was there for what turned out to be my five minutes of TV fame, and he and sat in the Green Room before the show began.

ABC staffers were fawning over him. I had no clue who he was and didn't care. He didn't even seem to notice me and didn't care. I didn't care that he didn't. I'm glad he didn't say "Hi, I'm Jon Stewart", because then I didn't have to fake acting like I knew who he was.

He got the bulk of the show time, and I got my five minutes at the end. That wait was worth it. Before the Executive Producer called me, after Jon Hilkevitch had written about my traffic crusade in a Monday column in the Chicago Tribune, I had never heard of The View. When the EP asked me to promise I wouldn't be on any other national TV show before the next week's show, I promised.  Then I had to hurry and find out what "The View" was.

It's about time to look at the old VCR tape of that show again. And to get it copied onto a DVD.

But back to Jon. We Trump backers know that America doesn't "belong" only to us. It belongs to all of us.

Jon, you were wrong when you said, "There is no real America." And, Jon, there is America. Why don't you just leave? In fact, when those other Democrats say they are leaving the U.S. after Trump wins, go with them. Of course, they are lying, but it gets them lines in the press now.

Friday, July 22, 2016

To protect and serve

When I saw this photo from the Facebook page for Support Police Officers, I added my comment, "How long have they been married?"

But wait... maybe she's proposing...

WTH did this trip cost us?

Scripps-Howard News Service reported on Obama's entourage to London for the G-20 summit.

What do you think it cost us for him to be there? And what the hell does he know about economics that the .U.S. could not have been represented at much lower cost by somebody who actually knew what was being discussed?

What did Obama take with him?

A staff of 500 (that's FIVE HUNDRED!!!), including
200 Secret Service agents
6 doctors
White House chef and kitchen staff
4 speechwriters


35 (THIRTY-FIVE!!!) vehicles, including numerous "decoy" vehicles
Marine One helicopter
12 teleprompters

Not mentioned was the number of aircraft required to ferry Obama and Gang (and equipment) there and back.

How many hundreds of millions of dollars did it cost us for Obama to attend that 3-day meeting? I, for one, wonder just how many hours he actually spent in productive meetings.

Absurd! Totally absurd!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ted Cruz = Loser

U. S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is a loser. And a poor loser. I referred to him a while back as a little boy trying to act like a man. I should have written "child", not little boy.

Cruz must actually be a Democrat, since he is doing everything he can to hand the November election to Hillary Clinton.

The good people of Texas should kick him out of office at the next election cycle and hand him a shovel and then send him out to the manure pits.

To realize that this idiot is one of two Senators from Texas makes me sick. And when I think of the retirement benefits he'll get, even after just one term in the Senate, I get really sick.

Send that sad, pouting jerk packing back to Canada.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Don Lemon tries to muzzle Sheriff Clarke

Check this out, if you missed Don Lemon's interview with Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County last night.

Lemon wanted a "civil" conversation and did not want to hear what Sheriff Clarke was telling him about the cause of the police officer killings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Sheriff Clarke said he predicted this (police shootings) two years ago.

Lemon muffed his first word in the sentence " ... spoke to heads of the sheriff's department, police and state police..." Lemon skipped the subject of the sentence, apparently hoping listeners would fill in the blank with "I".

When Sheriff Clarke wanted to know if he (Lemon) spoke to the heads of the departments, he said, "That's what they said to me." Clarke was in disbelief over Lemon's claims that the law enforcement told him their message was one of peace.

Sheriff Clarke made it clear that he blamed the Dallas and Baton Rouge shootings of police on "this anti-cop sentiment from this hateful ideology called Black Lives Matters."

Don Lemon did not want to hear that at all and cut off Sheriff Clarke by going to a break.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Buy life insurance on your kids

Have you been reading the articles about the "crackdown" on student loans left by children who have died? If you co-signed on the loan, guess what? You are on the hook. And you should be.

Why should the public be on the hook for the education of a student (or former student) who dies? The money was borrowed, usually with the intention of re-paying it. (Whether or not to borrow $50,-100,000 (or more) for a college education is a question for another day.)

More and more stories are appearing in the media. And some parents are learning that, since they co-signed for the loans, they are liable for the remaining balance.

And why not?

Remember the rule that the big print gives it to you, and the little print takes it away?

Before you sign any papers for a student loan (or any other loan, such as for a car or home or even a credit card), sit your kid down and ask, "How do you plan to re-pay this loan?"

"And what happens to the loan balance if you die or become disabled?"

Here's the answer you'll get. "I dunno." Well, don't co-sign until she or he "knows".

Buy life insurance on your kid. Often, parents say, "I don't need life insurance on my kid." Ask some of the parents who are crying now over a $100,000 student loan that they are being asked to pay. Keep n mind that there might be a balance on that loan for many years.

One question is when to buy the insurance. Another is, what kind of insurance should be purchased? And how much?

If your kid is 22 and in good health, you (he or she) can buy a lot of term insurance for practically nothing. The reason the premium is so low is that the insurance believes the risk is low.

Term insurance might be the right, but temporary, solution. Dave Ramsey will tell you to buy only term insurance. Well, he's wrong. Talk to a life insurance professional. Talk to an agent of a first-class mutual life insurance company (ex., Northwestern Mutual Life).

The best long-term life insurance will be Whole Life. Yes, it costs more in the beginning. The only poster I kept from 18 years in the life insurance business reads, "In the beginning there is price. In the end, there is cost." This is true, whether you are buying life insurance, cars, homes, clothing, etc.

Sometimes a good solution is a combination of Whole Life and Term. A good agent will guide you well. Don't necessarily rely on your good, ol' buddy who has been selling you your car insurance for years. There is every possibility that he doesn't have a clue about proper life insurance planning.

Insurability of your kid may be a factor, due to health or other risks. Maybe he just graduated from Annapolis and is practicing take-offs and landings on an aircraft carrier? His premium will be a lot higher than Standard. In fact, he might not even be able to buy private life insurance at all. But, if you had purchased a policy for him while he was in grade school, middle or high school, he'd had the policy and, quite likely, the right to purchase additional insurance at standard rates at certain times in the future.

As with all risk, if you can assume the risk yourself, don't insure against it. But then you might ask yourself, why do I carry car insurancc? Or homeowner's insurance? Or a tenant's policy on my possessions in my apartment or rental house? Or health insurance? (Well, Obama took care of that question for you!)

Will you be co-signing a student loan in the future? Think about acting now to reduce your risk.