6 tips for travelling smart overseas

by Spencer Coursen, Coursen Security Group

International travel is all about using good common sense. Baghdad may not be the safest place in the world right now, but there are still a few good places to get a great ice-cream cone or some fresh hummus without putting yourself in any kind of extreme danger.

I was in Israel recently, traveling between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. To read the US News those days was to think I was working in a war zone, when in reality, it was just another day in the land of milk and honey. Which is to say, don't believe everything you read, sometimes media rhetoric coincides with the narrative they have employed (Read: Hagel confirmation hearings)

Still, there is something to be said for traveling smart.

1. Leave the ballcap at home. Nothing says 'I'm an American' lounder than your baseball cap. We'll all know you're american as soon as you start talking...no need to make it any easier to pick you out of a crowd.

2. Trust your gut. If something feels "wrong" walk away. You're unwillingness to offend should never be greater than your willingness to defend. You'll never see any of these people ever again. Simply walk away.

3. If you're traveling anywhere 3rd world...leave your passport locked away in your hotel and carry a laminated color-copy of your passport.

4. Don't do anything to draw unwanted attention to yourself. Don't show off your expensive jewelry or your wad of cash. Have money set aside for tips ($1 and $5 only) in another pocket. If you pull out a roll of $50's and hand the guy $2, be prepared to do some haggling. Fair warning.

5. Most importantly, have the phone numbers of the US Embassy 24hr hotline pre-programmed into your phone and be sure to test the numbers - sometimes the international dialing codes can be tricky and you don't want to be figuring out if you need the +1 before the number when you're in the middle of a crisis.

6. Finally, use your resources. Talk to friends who have been there in the past. Use the hotel concierge as a reference. Read the Embassy home page. Google safety tips for the area you're going to visit, and read up on the local news.

I've been blessed with the good fortune of having traveled to 164 of the world's countries. I've experienced something beautiful and memorable in all of them.

Travel safe, travel smart, and don't forget to take that photo...you'll wish you had later

During his campaign, President Joe Biden survived scandal after scandal involving his son Hunter — the Ukraine/Burisma scandal, the laptop scandal, the one involving a stripper from Arkansas and a long-lost child. And yet, after it all appeared to have been swept under the rug, Hunter has now released a memoir — "Beautiful Things."

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere discussed Hunter's "horrible" response when asked on "CBS This Morning" if the laptop seized by the FBI in 2019 belonged to him and reviewed a few segments from his new book, which they agreed raises the question: Is Hunter trying to sabotage his father's career?

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Countless corporations — from Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and Porsche to UPS and LinkedIn — are calling out the Georgia voting laws, calling them "restrictive," "racist," and "discriminative." Meanwhile, words like "stakeholder" and "equitable" are starting to show up in their arguments.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck gave the "decoder ring" for what's really going on here, because our society is being completely redesigned in front of our eyes.

There's a reason why all these big businesses are speaking out now, and it has very little to do with genuine ideology, Glenn explained. It's all about ESG scores and forcing "compliance" through the monetization of social justice.

Glenn went on to detail exactly what ESG scores are, how they're calculated, and why these social credit scores explain the latest moves from "woke" companies.

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Dallas Jenkins is a storyteller — and he's telling the most important story of all time in a way that many believed was impossible.

Jenkins is the creator of "The Chosen," a free, crowdfunded series about the life of Jesus that rivals Hollywood productions. And Season 2 could not have arrived at a better time — on Easter weekend 2021. Church attendance has dropped, people are hungry for something bigger than all of us, and many are choosing social justice activism, political parties, or even the climate change movement as "religions" over God.

This Easter weekend, Jenkins joined Glenn on the "Glenn Beck Podcast" to discuss the aspects of Jesus that often get overlooked and break through the misconceptions about who Jesus really is to paint a clear picture of why America needs Emmanuel, "God with us," now more than ever.

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Award-winning investigative journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program this week to argue the Biden administration's border crisis is "enabling" drug cartels, allowing them to exploit migrants, use border wall construction roads, and cross the border much more easily.

Lara, who has witnessed and experienced firsthand some of the worst violence around the world as a war correspondent for CBS News, told Glenn it's "not an overstatement" to call the cartels in Mexico "the most violent and powerful criminal organizations on the face of the earth." And while they're "at war with us, we've been asleep at the wheel."

But Lara also offers solutions that the U.S. can enact to stop these horrific atrocities.

"There's more than 30,000 Mexican civilians who are massacred every year in Mexico by the cartels. And that's just the bodies that the Mexican government owns up to or knows about, right?" Lara said. "There's Mexicans buried in unmarked mass graves all across the country. I mean, everyone knows that the violence of the cartels is not like anything anyone has ever seen before. It even pales in comparison to, at times, to what terrorist groups like ISIS have done."

Lara went on to explain some of the unspeakable acts of violence and murder that occur at the hands of the Mexican cartels — 98% of which go uninvestigated.

"That's not unprosecuted, Glenn. That's uninvestigated," Lara emphasized. "[Cartels] operate with impunity. So the law enforcement guy, the policemen, the marine, the National Guardsmen, who are trying to do the right thing, who are not in the pocket of the cartels — what chance do those guys have? They've got no chance. You know where they end up? In one of those unmarked graves."

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