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USOC to blame..

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HEAR ME OUT…
I agree/believe with Ryan Lochte’s explanation 100%.
I’ve traveled to North Vietnam, Bangladesh, Colombia, IRON CURTAIN countries Czechoslovakia (former), Hungary (under Soviet Control), Northern Ireland (during ‘The Troubles’), Croatia, Nepal (during a Maoist insurgency), Bosnia and Cuba 4X (to name a few). These countries are/were police states and were under communist/terrorist control at the time.
Brazil is a mess. It is not only a police state, but a state where police are often afraid to go.
That said, most Americans are not aware of how to travel and behave in those countries and still stay ‘safe’. I mean safe from criminals and CORRUPT police! I was arrested and detained 2X in Cuba!

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JUST ONE SCARY EXPERIENCE
I was in Jamaica 20 years ago when the police often wore cut-off shorts, t-shirts and carried automatic weapons (no uniforms). I sat down one day and chatted with these Jamaican ‘police’ (called State Security) while they smoked weed and did lines of cocaine. They told me if I was smart I would hire a body guard before going into Montego Bay by myself. Wow!
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LOCHTE’S APOLOGY:
Lochte said in the statement released today that he was traumatized by the incident. I BELIEVE HIM. Americans are not used to para-military forces and paying bribes just to be able to move on with your day. An average tourist would consider bribery and robbery almost one and the same. I had Hungarian border guards rummage through the trunk of my car and take what they wanted!
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***SAYS LOCHTE:
“It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country — with a language barrier — and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave, but regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that am sorry to my teammates, my fans, my fellow competitors, my sponsors, and the hosts of this great event,” he said.
AGAIN, I BELIEVE HIM
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*** SAYS BENTZ:
“Understandably, we were frightened and confused during this time. Through the interpreter, one of the guards said that we needed to pay them in order to leave. I gave them what I had in my wallet, which was a $20 bill, and Jimmy gave them 100 Reals, which is about $50 in total. They lowered the guns and I used hand gestures to ask if it was okay to leave and they said yes. We walked about a block down the street and hailed another taxi to return to the Village.”
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I believe they made these apologies (Bentz’s apology was similar to Lochte’s) to save face for the US and the USOC. Lochte’s career should not be over AND the Olympics should never have been held in Rio de Janeiro. Unfortunately these decisions are made 8 years prior. Much can happen in 8 years (as it did in Brazil)
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I really should have used WordPress and made this an article not a FACEBOOK post because I could continue on here.
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Our business in Florida caters to many wealthy South Americans (and Arabians) who live here now because their safety cannot be guaranteed in Central America, South America and parts of the Arab Peninsula/North Africa They are afraid of being kidnapped, having their houses robbed, or worse. They have people ‘at home’ manage their businesses BUT they live comfortably, in safety, here in Miami.

 


 

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Setting the stage (for an intervention)

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Dear Ivanka:

I’m writing to you because your dad is not well.

Every day he continues his spiral downward—and after his call for gun owners to commit acts of violence against Mrs. Clinton, it is clear he needs help, serious help. His comments and behavior have become more and more bizarre and detached from reality. He is in need of an intervention. And I believe only you can conduct it.

He trusts you. He believes in you. Although I don’t know you personally, you seem to be a very smart and together woman. I think he will listen to you. He must because he is now not simply a danger to himself, he has put the next president of the United States in harm’s way. He has encouraged and given permission to the unhinged and the deranged to essentially assassinate Hillary Clinton. Her life is now in worse danger than it already was—and should anything happen, that will not only be on his head but also on those closest to him if they stand by and do nothing.

I say this with the utmost kindness, care and concern for you, and I know you will do the right thing. Bring him in, off the road, away from the crowds. Now. Tonight.

And when you do, here is what a good friend of mine, a former counselor and social worker, Jeff Gibbs, suggests that you say to him:

Dad, we need to have a chat.  Are you feeling okay? Do you have a minute? Please sit down. Because this isn’t going to be easy. No, I am not pregnant. No, what is going on is… is… I am really, really worried about my father. About you.

Dad, I owe everything to you. You’ve built an empire, a brand and a business for the ages. You have taken care of me, inspired me and, through your example, have made me who I am: a self-confident, honest-to-a-flaw, woman.

But Dad, I am deeply worried. You haven’t been yourself lately. The father I know is not a hater, not someone who encourages violence. Dad, you used to be A LIBERAL. You raised me as a liberal! The Clintons were your friends—Chelsea is one of my best friends! And now you’re joking that Hillary should be assassinated? Really?

Dad, I hate to say this, but you’re making me scared, you’re making my friends scared, and you’re scaring the whole country.

Dad… Dad, sit down! They’ll wait. I am not finished. Don’t get angry. Try to listen.

Yes, I know they love it, the crowd goes wild. But not for YOU. They don’t love YOU. They love the show that you put on. But people who hunger for red meat will turn on you in a minute. No, they don’t love you. I love you. I will always love you. And I see you hurting yourself—and you’re hurting ME, Dad.

Don’t get upset! You’re still the handsomest billionaire I know. I will always love you. Melania will always love you. Vladimir will always love you… OK, maybe that wasn’t funny. But you get my point. This running for president thing is destroying the dad I have known and loved. And honestly, you and I both know you didn’t really want this job to begin with! You just wanted to make a point. OK, well, POINT MADE! You did it! Now, let’s stop and get some help.

I am asking you, right now, to give it up. To leave the race. Let that nice man from Indiana run things. Your place in history is secure. You need to withdraw. Move on, for your sake, for the country’s sake, for my sake.

The man who raised me was the man who, for no charge, built a huge ice rink in Central Park for all the people to use! You struck deals with some of the biggest assholes on the planet in finance and politics and yet remained friends, mostly. You built a family that loves you. I want that dad back! And I worry that, if you don’t stop now, neither you nor the country will ever recover.

There, there, Dad, it’s okay, let it out. Let it out, because I know beneath that gruff, tough, handsome exterior is a little boy who just never got enough love. And that little boy needs some time to find himself again.

Let’s you and I walk out there right now. The cameras are all set up and waiting. You can make up whatever excuse you want. You can blame whomever you want. You’re good at that! I just know this can’t go on, and you know it, too.

Take my hand, let’s end this. And by tomorrow you and I will be sipping martinis on our yacht in the Hamptons with Chelsea and the friends we still have left. I love you, Dad. Let’s do this. That’s right, take my hand, here we go…

Ivanka, I have faith in you that you can do this. I know I’ve called your dad crazy before, but I was speaking politically, not clinically. This has gone beyond crazy. The entire nation—in fact, the entire world—needs you to step forward and do the courageous thing history will praise you for: the loving act of a brilliant daughter who also loved her beleaguered country enough to say her father wasn’t well and needed help.

Thank you, Ivanka.

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