The Defending Super Bowl Champions

With Terrorism in the news I thought I’d remind us of one of the great victories in the battle to keep us all safe. Here’s a blog I wrote 2 years ago:

I write about the threat matrix. My novels pit the good guys’ brains against terrorist brawn.  In the course of my writing, I have done much research into some really scary stuff. The ‘keep you awake’ all night kind of nasty scenarios where America is just one virtual box cutter away from suffering another devastating attack. Yet, this past week the Super Bowl of all terrorist events played out safely with the terrorists as effective as a Peyton Manning overhead snap.  The final score:

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The zip, nada, goose egg shut out to the terrorist’s team was accomplished, as in the game, with over powering defense.   It is my intention to present the MVP. (Most Valuable Protection) award to the NYPD, New York and New Jersey State Police, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the hundreds of other organizations and departments that did their job so well that the only injuries at the biggest juiciest terrorist target in the world were on the football field.

SuperBowl1Now there may have been some plays “off the field” that we will never see in a replay, but we do know this; no terrorist got to spike the ball at the Stadium or Times Square. Or… The Mall of America for that matter, which would have been an effective play action fake.

Our first responders insured there was no need for any response. As you know, the dedicated men and women, who did such a magnificent job keeping millions safe, didn’t get a trophy. No sweatshirts or hats magically appeared with a Super Bowl Defending Champions logo emblazoned on them the minute the game ended. Instead, they finally got to have a good night’s sleep.  But they dream as champions in the greatest contest of all, with the direst consequences.

Sleep well, as we all do, thanks to you.

God Bless you and thank you, thank you all.

Tom Avitabile

Live from New York, it’s only fiction `til it happens. 

In my second novel, The Hammer of God, a massive terrorist plot, which the nation was expecting, fizzles. But unfortunately for the terrorists, their pre-recorded on-line propaganda video, taking responsibility for the devastating attack (which didn’t happen) runs as scheduled.

In response to the collective relief of the nation over the terror of just the impending threat alone, and the premature celebratory faux pas by the inept terror group, Saturday Night Live does a comedy sketch depicting the terrorist as premature ejaculators. Using a Jihad-John type who can get through his rant as he keeps having dreaded and unmanly early “arrivals”.

That was the fiction part. (read an edited excerpt below)

isis-620x412Two weeks ago, SNL ran a commercial that started out like the sappy super bowl car ad where the dad has to let his college aged daughter (50 Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson) go out in to the world and make her own way.

Only, the comedic reveal is that she is joining ISIS as a bride.

In both these instances, my fiction and our reality, America deals with the unthinkable by whistling past the graveyard.

For it’s daring to make fun of savages who kill brutally on a wholesale basis, SNL has received its share of condemnation on the Internet. But I feel many miss the point, taste or lack of it aside, this skit, this parody of a real commercial is based on a gruesome reality that is happening right now! For some unfathomable reason, young woman from America and other western countries are leaving their families to become, essentially, female slaves and baby factories for the savages of ISIS.

In my first book, The Eighth Day, I deal with a psychological manipulation/programming of people when they are online by images that are fed to their subconscious by the computer. This subliminal suggestion compels them to do unthinkable things against all societal norms and self-preserving instincts. ISIS has shown great production and social media ability, could this inexplicable behavior of young women possibly be caused by the same type of manipulation that is the premise of my first book? It’s only fiction `til it happens!

Edited excerpt from page 287 of The Hammer of God:

Also priceless was the almost pitiful way the terrorist spokesperson was bragging about the success of the attack and its abrupt removal from the airwaves.

Along with a giant sigh of national relief, … two final cultural nails were put into the coffin of the loose nuke nightmare. The first was that the web- site, MyCEP.com, went from four million hits a day, down to forty-four. Then came a “Saturday Night Live” parody of the Al Jazeera “Melted Ships” video. In this version, the masked terrorist spokesperson kept having premature orgasms as he tried to follow the script. It ended with a shot of 72 virgins, some bored, some sleeping, and some playing solitaire up in Heaven.

The audience response was the convulsive laughter born out of the deep terror shared just a few days earlier.