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For the first time, The United States will have a president who owns very significant assets, both in terms of real and intellectual property, widely distributed in the U.S. and around the world.

Compounding this is the intention of the president-elect to maintain ownership and indirect control of these assets throughout his presidency, including the intimate involvement of his children.

Until recently, the implications of this impending situation have only been discussed from a “conflict of interest” perspective. This is understandable, based upon our first reactions.

But upon deeper thought, the implications of plans for a Trump presidency raise other questions, and perhaps threats, that are not just based upon financial interests, but which impact – in a very direct and threating way – our physical security.

Clearly in numerous locations around the world, such as luxury hotels and golf courses, or in consumer products such as clothing, ties, suits, and so on, the assets of our president will be directly accessible to the public at large.

From a financial standpoint, the conflict-of-interest perspective deals with another obvious point: If the public either patronizes or avoids the Trump “brand,” it is a back door to influencing national politics. (Hopefully, if the Democratic half of this country is smart, it will boycott and divest itself of all things Trump).

However, the true threat is not financial, but based upon safety and security for all U.S. residents. The fact that the assets of the president of the United States are spread over so many arenas that are accessible to the general public means that they are vulnerable to numerous threats to both property and persons that can be either domestic or foreign.

For example, hotels are exposed to various forms of terrorism, either domestic or foreign, such as physical means that include guns and explosives, and biological attacks that can include the use of poisonous chemicals such as anthrax. Products such as clothing, ties, suits, and so on are susceptible to contamination as well.

As such, for the safety of the public in our public areas, as well as for the safety of staff in the hotels and stores that carry the Trump brand, these threats must be acknowledged ASAP and should be significant drivers in our national plans.

These treacherous waters can be avoided with little downside to all parties. The primary driver must be to insure the safety of all those involved as staff and/or customers of Trump enterprises.

The one and only way to achieve this is for all assets of Donald Trump to be sold and put into a genuine blind trust. This arrangement is by the far the very best for the population at large, which should not have to deal with fear related to consuming Trump’s products.

Much has been made of arguments such as the U.S. bought into this sticky mess, it has been “baked into the cake,” and so on.

First of all, Donald Trump has talked about a blind trust, albeit in a very illogical way. Secondly, the fact that dangers in this “new world order” were not identified at first does not mean we should ignore them.

We are constantly told that Donald Trump’s family love America, so here’s a very simple way for the Trump family to show it. Since we are told they are all worth hundreds of millions of dollars, even after a “fire sale” of their assets, they will be financially secure for generations. How many blue-collar Trump supporters can say that?

Further, if there are any dangerous incidents involving Trump properties, such as hotels, those assets could plummet in value.

The intent of this white paper is to point out a threat that has not been discussed, and to make it clear that a genuine blind trust for Donald Trump’s assets is absolutely required for the safety and security of all.

If the Trumps really love America as they claim, they can help all of us have the physical security that they enjoy in Trump Tower. If they refuse, they should be held accountable for endangering the safety of people around the world for their financial gain.

Beyond action by the Trumps, all national stakeholders should ensure that the magnitude of this threat is assessed ASAP, and that remedial action is taken immediately, if necessary.

If the hypothesis in this paper is correct, risk exposure does not start on inauguration day – it has already begun.

Ed Shalom is a Valencia resident.

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  • Brian Baker

    Is this also what you sent “to the FBI”? How’d they respond?

    While we’re at it, why don’t we force ALL politicians to sell their assets? In fact, why don’t we pass a law requiring that all politicians must be poor people? The “rich” need not apply?

    Of course, that raises another problem: once their assets are sold, where does the money go? Assuming it’s not all sitting in a pile of cash in a warehouse at an “undisclosed location”, it has to be parked somewhere, like in a bank or investment instruments. Doesn’t that create that same “threat” for the bank or the companies whose stock is bought?

    Under what authority is Trump, or any other person, forced to divest themselves of anything just to serve in public office? Can you cite any legal theory that allows this? The appropriate clause of the Constitution? Anything?

    BTW, why didn’t you insert the link to your “Utube” presentation of this material, which you posted on December 21, and which is now up to 64 views? Did you forget? Well, let me help out you and others. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vay3_ni7vhg&amp=&t=21s

    Now everyone can enjoy your electrifying presentation, “MrEvillette”.

    Incidentally, notice how I managed to keep my entire comment on-topic of your column? How I didn’t wander off into complete and utter irrelevancies? Something you might want to remember and emulate the next time you decide to babble on in the comment thread of one of my columns or LTEs.

    • Gene Walker

      Oh Brian, you know Edna doesn’t consider “facts” when authoring these little streams of consciousness.

      As with all of his nonsense, the most attention it will ever get is right here in the Comment Section of a small town newspaper. The same people he derides for “not having a life” is the only audience that gives him any attention at all. The Sheriff, The Signal management, the FBI or any other outside authority he tries to enlist to be his henchmen laugh in his face…you know…like we do!

      Can you imagine the teasing Edna’s children must endure because of his mindless drivel?

      I feel sorry for them.

    • Ron Bischof

      Somehow, Trump assets are different than JFK’s or FDR’s, Brian.

      Say, wasn’t RFK in the Kennedy Administration as well?

      The power of the Magic (D) continues to amaze!

      • Brian Baker

        Yeah, Ron, funny how that works, isn’t it?

        How come Pelosi’s assets aren’t in a blind trust? Oh, wait… I forgot. They’re in her hubby’s name. Same deal with Jean Francoise Kerry: his wife’s the moneybags there.

  • lois eisenberg

    “Trump assets could threaten public safety”
    Ed, a very profound opinion !!!!
    As the old saying goes ” Better safe than sorry”

    • Brian Baker

      “As the old saying goes ‘Better safe than sorry'”.

      Which is why Trump’s now going to be President, and the Hildebeest isn’t!!!!!

  • Ed Shalom

    For Mr. Baker:

    1. While we’re at it, why don’t we force ALL politicians to
    sell their assets? In fact, why don’t we pass a law requiring that all
    politicians must be poor people? The “rich” need not apply?

    Answer: By
    politicians, I assume you mean members of our government. If you have read about conflict of interest
    laws recently, you’d know, for example, that members of Congress by law cannot
    run a business and serve our government. In order to comply with the spirit of these
    laws, which don’t apply specifically to the President, all US Presidents for
    about ½ century have put their assets into a blind trust. The term “conflict of
    interest” has nothing to do with total assets or being wealthy- we all know that Mitt Romney had every right
    to run for President. I thought
    everyone knew this.

    2. Of course, that raises another problem: once their assets
    are sold, where does the money go? Assuming it’s not all sitting in a pile of
    cash in a warehouse at an “undisclosed location”, it has to be parked
    somewhere, like in a bank or investment instruments. Doesn’t that create that
    same “threat” for the bank or the companies whose stock is bought?

    Answer: If you have read about this subject recently, or
    even looked at the content of my posts, you would have encountered the phrase “blind
    trust”. Since a blind trust is indeed
    blind, the public has no way of knowing where the assets are “parked”. For
    example, do you know where Obama’s assets are invested ?

    3. Under what authority is Trump, or any other person,
    forced to divest themselves of anything just to serve in public office? Can you
    cite any legal theory that allows this? The appropriate clause of the
    Constitution? Anything?

    Answer: In order to comply with the spirit of these laws,
    which don’t apply specifically to the President, all US Presidents for about ½ century
    have put their assets into a blind trust. Other government members are forced to
    do this, as mentioned above. This does not mean that Trump cannot HAVE a
    conflict of interest, it only means that he is not required to proactively
    remove this threat. The gist of my article had to do with the specific nature
    of Trump’s assets being vulnerable. If, for
    example, he had amassed a collection of diamonds and precious stones worth $400
    million dollars, they could be safely put in a vault somewhere, if he did not
    want to sell them. However, there would
    be a potential conflict of interest is our relationship with countries such as
    South Africa moved the price of diamond up or down.

    4. BTW, why didn’t you insert the link to your
    “Utube” presentation of this material, which you posted on December
    21, and which is now up to 64 views? Did you forget? Well, let me help out you
    and others. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?…Now
    everyone can enjoy your electrifying presentation, “MrEvillette”.

    Answer: Thank you for inserting the link to my YouTube
    video, since I appreciate getting “true” hits, rather than the phony and
    dishonest ones that you and your compadres relish. Unlike some of your
    compadres, I have posted under my name for years (since your compadres abused
    this privilege, my communication with the Signal management and editors have
    forced them to out themselves). My communication to the FBI identified me by name and address. (I do not feel I need to report to you and any subsequent interaction with them.)
    Subsequent
    communications with the Department of Homeland Security and members of Congress
    have as well. However, since YouTube is accessible to hundreds of millions of
    people around the globe, I see no benefit in providing them with my name,
    address, and phone number. Maybe you should post a rebuttal to my YouTube
    piece, and provide this info about yourself.

    5. Incidentally, notice how I managed to keep my entire
    comment on-topic of your column? How I didn’t wander off into complete and
    utter irrelevancies? Something you might want to remember and emulate the next
    time you decide to babble on in the comment thread of one of my columns or
    LTEs.

    Answer: I acknowledge that you have mostly stayed on topic. As the saying goes, “Your inputs have been
    both good and original: however, the part that is good is not original, and the
    part that is original is not good”

    For the bogus “Captain” Gene: Are you disturbed about the fact that I have
    outed you ? Or are you just a disturbed person ?

    • Brian Baker

      Sorry, Shalom, but you completely dodged the question I asked, so I’ll try it again:

      Under what authority can such a proposal be enacted? Under what section of the Constitution? What legislation or federal code can you point to which allows such a requirement? Can you cite ANYthing?

      I don’t care about what you consider “customary”. Nothing about Trump’s entire candidacy has been “customary”, and I hope like hell his presidency won’t be “customary”, either, since “customary” in recent years has boiled down to “disgusting” in my own opinion.

      As to your closing of your comment, I may have been “good” in part and “original” in part, but unfortunately for you, you’ve been neither in entirety.

    • Brian Baker

      Incidentally, little guy, I post comments all over the net, and in fact operate my own blog, which is viewed internationally and has tens of thousands of hits (not just 64). And guess what? I don’t use a pseudonym or screen name or hide behind net anonymity. I use my real name… and my picture!

      It even says I live here in the SCV. So, little guy, I actually practice what I preach. In contrast to you.

    • Gene Walker

      Edna Shalom: “My communication to the FBI identified me by name and address. (I do not feel I need to report to you and any subsequent interaction with them.)”

      Isn’t that convenient? I’d be surprised if he got so much as a form letter. The fact is that you will get no more interest from these latest steaming “pieces” than you have from any of your previous ones. As a rule, the authorities do not contact nutters like you unless you pose a threat. Anyone can see that the only threats you pose are to your own reputation, and to your kids in the form wedgies.

      But please, I beg you, do continue! We could all use a good laugh, and you never fail to provide that!

  • Ed Shalom

    FYI: The letter inserted below was mailed to the Department of Homeland Security and the White House yesterday – my home address has been redacted:
    ————————————————————————————————————-
    Eddy Shalom
    Valencia, CA
    Dec. 25, 2016

    The Honorable Jeh Johnson
    Secretary of Homeland Security
    Washington, D.C. 20528

    Cc: The FBI, the White House

    RE: Security
    Threat from Trump Assets

    Secretary Johnson:

    I am forwarding to you, below this cover
    letter, the contents of a message I sent to the FBI’s “Hot-tip” web site. Also
    provided is a web address for a YouTube video that I posted on this subject.
    The overall gist of my concern is not about a specific identifiable threat, but
    a systemic threat that could pose a clear and present danger to our interests
    and safety.

    As such, I
    consider it to be urgent, and deserving of immediate national consideration and
    assessment by your agencies and others. The fact there has not been any
    national dialog on this subject implies to me that you either have not
    conducted a risk assessment, or have made the decision that there is no
    significant risk. In either case, I consider your agency is failing our
    country.

    Just consider how
    the German government of Angela Merkel has been shaken to its foundation by the
    action of one terrorist driving a heavy vehicle on the streets of Berlin. In
    the case of the German chancellor, she will be held responsible for allowing
    this threat to materialize due her lenient immigration policies.

    This exact threat
    does not seem likely in the case of the U.S., but we must be aware of the
    reality that “history does not repeat, but it rhymes”. As such, I assert that if the threat I have
    identified is real, that the American people should hold our national agencies
    responsible for dealing with it.

    I also feel that
    if the Trump family refuses to address such threats due to financial concerns,
    they should also be held accountable – I believe that it is in both their
    financial as well as political interest to be ahead of the curve on this. I say this not as one who wishes to help
    Donald Trump – I think he is most despicable, based on both his personality and
    his policies, and have expressed my viewpoints in many forums, should you wish to
    explore them. However, since Donald Trump is the President-elect, and future
    President of the US, it is incumbent upon us to defend the institution of the
    US Presidency, and to ensure that it is not carelessly exposed to a handful of
    crackpots. As far as I am concerned, Donald Trump is an imposter, and I do not
    consider him “my President”; however, I do consider that our government and
    institutions do belong to me, and all of us.

    Due to the
    unprecedented financial “conflict of interest” issues that have been arisen due
    to the scope and magnitude of Donald Trump’s assets, as a nation we have been
    blind to the significant security threats that these assets pose. I further
    believe we rely upon your agency to pre-emptively consider all credible risk
    scenarios, and act upon them appropriately.

    I have been
    contacting multiple government agencies, the FBI, the White House, members of
    the Congress, and major national news organizations, to alert as many people as
    I can about this concern. I feel that
    adequate exposure of this subject will lead us to the right course of action. I
    do realize that the DHS and the FBI are inundated with “true believers” of all
    categories, and have the difficult chore of “separating the wheat from the
    chaff”. As such, I feel the best incentive to action is to get all stakeholders
    on the record, and to get them to acknowledge that we hold them responsible for
    threats they choose to ignore. Who would
    want to be in the position of our intelligence agencies for either not
    considering the attacks of 9/11, or deeming them not plausible?

    In order to ensure
    that this subject is taken seriously, and on the record, I am considering
    requesting a face-to-face meeting with the appropriate authorities, in case
    this plea is ignored.

    Respectfully,

    Eddy Shalom
    Valencia, CA

    • Brian Baker

      LOL!

      Bud! I’m sure Johnson and the rest of the country’s security apparatus are just going to jump all over this!

      Let me know how your “face-to-face” meetings go, too.

      A little tip: if guys enter the room holding a white jacket made of a very stiff material, don’t struggle. It just makes things worse.

    • Gene Walker

      Edna fancies himself the savior of the democrats, finding some heretofore undiscovered way of invalidating a fair and legal election. Oh the fantasies he must construct! Ticker tape parades, one on one time with Hillary “Nixon In A Pantsuit” Clinton, a Cabinet Appointment…one can hardly fathom what doors his genius will open.

      It is all so wildly entertaining!

      • Brian Baker

        I’ve got to agree. It’s really funny.

        It’s almost like what a character in a work of fiction does. If I wasn’t seeing this for myself, I wouldn’t believe it was taking place in real life.

  • lois eisenberg

    “No cure for Trump derangement syndrome”

    Derangement:
    Grave,disorder of mind that impairs one’s capacity to function safely or normally
    in society”

    • Brian Baker

      Why yes, Lois!

      Are you worried?

      • Gene Walker

        As usual Brian, lois is not clear on the concept.

        • Brian Baker

          LOL!

          Ya think?

  • Ed Shalom

    Mr. Baker first posed a number of questions, which I numbered, and provided a response to each one. Instead of responding to my rebuttals, he posted the following:
    “Sorry, Shalom, but you completely dodged the question I asked, so I’ll try it again:

    Under what authority can such a proposal be enacted? Under what section of the Constitution? What legislation or federal code can you point to which allows such a requirement? Can you cite ANYthing?

    I don’t care about what you consider “customary”. Nothing about Trump’s entire candidacy has been “customary”, and I hope like hell his presidency won’t be “customary”, either, since “customary” in recent years has boiled down to “disgusting” in my own opinion.”

    It seems that he is focusing deeply on the legal aspects of conflicts of interest, whereby my fundamental argument is not to claim Trump’s greedy plans are unlawful, but that the nature of his assets are terrorist “magnets”. Nothing I have hear from Mr. Baker or his “amen chorus” have challenged this in any way. As such, he has ignored the basic thrust of my thesis.

    PS: I would love to look at Mr. Baker’s blog site, if he chooses to make it public. I would comment that even in thousands of people have looked at this site, he should not compare the totality of hits on his site with the number of viewers of a single video on YouTube.

    • Ron Bischof

      U.S. Embassies and universities on foreign soil are “terrorist magnets” based on empirical data. Should they be closed down, Mr. Shalom?

      Additionally, what policies do you recommend the U.S. proactively adopt to avoid future terrorist attacks?

    • Brian Baker

      Bud! AGAIN dodging the question. Cite ANY legal basis for your recommendation. It’s simple. Really.

      And per your request, here’s my blog. https://theviewfromtheisland.wordpress.com/

      Feel free to swing on by. I think you’ll find it very educational. Just like anyone else, you’re free to comment to your little heart’s desire. But be forewarned. It IS moderated… by me.
      My moderation policy is very simple. I don’t care whether anyone agrees with me or not.

      But I determine whether or not comments see the light of day based on very simple criteria: a civil tone, and a rational basis for the comment. In other words, I don’t approve hair-on-fire nonsense, or tinfoil-hat theories.

      • Ron Bischof

        Won’t your moderation policies be protested to the moderator, Brian? And your hosting firm? There’s a grave risk of victimization presented in accessing your blog!

        • Brian Baker

          I’M the moderator, Ron. So, I guess anyone who wants to can protest… to me. I’m sure that after due consideration, I’ll most likely decide to confirm my original decision.

          It’s hosted by WordPress, and they don’t get involved in anything, ever. So, I guess that potential “victimization” is baked in. But it’s great that you pointed that out for Shalom, as we all know how he LOVES to portray himself as a “victim”.

          Caveat emptor applies.

  • Ed Shalom

    First of all, I’d REALLY like to thank Mr. Bischof for posting the following – after pages of dialog on my hypothesis by several parties, his remarks are the VERY FIRST that actually are pertinent to my posts:

    “U.S. Embassies and universities on foreign soil are “terrorist magnets” based on empirical data. Should they be closed down, Mr. Shalom?

    Additionally, what policies do you recommend the U.S. proactively adopt to avoid future terrorist attacks?”

    In response to his first point, it is clear that US government sites are “terrorist magnets” – as we are all aware, the State Department has a great challenge in providing security at hundreds of embassies around the globe within the constraints of its budget – just witness the recent attacks in Libya. These government assets are deemed to be critical to the role the US has chosen to play internationally, and are not profit centers for any individual in particular, and certainly not owned by a US President. It is very illogical to conflate US government assets with Trumps assets, but maybe this is a natural consequence of the current situation.

    As such, it is not the responsibility of the FBI, the CIA, and/or the DHS to provide security for Trump’s hotels. In addition to providing their own internal security, Trump’s hotels must rely upon the police forces of the host countries, and we all know how porous these can be.
    In terms of what additional policies the US should undertake with regard to terrorist attacks on Trump properties at home and abroad, the only one that makes sense is for Trump to place his assets in a genuine blind trust. Why should US taxpayers subsidize Trump’s holdings because he puts his profits above his so-called patriotism ?

    • Brian Baker

      So, little guy. I guess you’ve decided to just ignore the issue of legality and try to move on.

      We’ll take that as an admission that there’s absolutely no legal foundation for your proposal, then, under the “silence means consent” doctrine.

    • Ron Bischof

      If Trump properties were converted to a non-profit trust holding company, would the removal of profit earn your approval, Mr. Shalom?

      Also, are you concerned that U.S. Embassies are used to represent for profit commercial interests such as Boeing, United Technologies, GE, ADM, Monsanto, AMGEN, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, etc. abroad?

    • Brian Baker

      Little guy: “As such, it is not the responsibility of the FBI, the CIA, and/or the DHS to provide security for Trump’s hotels. In addition to providing their own internal security, Trump’s hotels must rely upon the police forces of the host countries, and we all know how porous these can be.
      In terms of what additional policies the US should undertake with regard to terrorist attacks on Trump properties at home and abroad, the only one that makes sense is for Trump to place his assets in a genuine blind trust. Why should US taxpayers subsidize Trump’s holdings because he puts his profits above his so-called patriotism ?”

      You seem to be contradicting yourself there, bud. I think we all agree that no official US assets are responsible for protecting Trump’s properties, but you jump from A to L without bothering with any of the letters in between. How does the fact that Trump’s own security personnel are responsible for security translate into having to sell those assets?

      It doesn’t. It’s absurd. Just like any other business that operates on foreign soil, his companies assume the risk, and the responsibility, for protecting themselves in cooperation with local authorities. In NO way does that translate into US taxpayers “subsidizing” anything, any more than for Coke or Pepsi or McDonalds.

  • Brian Baker

    Okay, just to summarize where we are at this point:

    Shalom’s discovered a huge vulnerability to the country’s security in Trump’s owning assets abroad, presumably that no one else in the government — including the professionals who do this kind of thing for a living — has thought of themselves.

    He’s proposed an extra-legal “solution” to this “problem”.

    He’s officially notified the FBI and DHS of this issue and his “solution”, including Jeh Johnson personally, and anticipates their rapid response, including personal meetings with the principles of those agencies.

    That about sum things up?

    Wow…

    Does this strike anyone else as being beyond silly?

  • Ed Shalom

    Duh….an URGENT warning signal to Don Juan lemmings….. Wake up, Donald Doofus !!!!

    NYPD responds to ‘suspicious package’ at Trump Tower, gives ‘all clear’:

    http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2016/12/trump-tower-evacuated-108336

    • Ron Bischof

      Planted by a fellow traveler, Mr. Shalom?

  • Ed Shalom

    A venomous snake on this forum had the gall to insinuate that the shopping bag with toys at Trump Tower was left by a kid who was a “fellow traveler” of mine: what a SICK MIND is that ?

    From the viewpoint of the snake, one who warns about potential danger is the suspect, while those who ridicule the threats are the heroes. Any snarky, deviant, twisted, avoidance of the clear fact that the threat in this column, which was ridiculed by the snakes only this morning, has already been proven – what if a real threat had emerged at one of the “luxury” Trump Hotels – will the rich continue to patronize these places, when they have so many other choices ?

    Meanwhile, the reptiles who make such personal attacks are being archived in perpetuity by this forum. In the future, it may become clear that their attempts to cast doubts about these threats are of the greatest help to the Jihadis, whose tactics they emulate:

    “We were evacuated very quickly. It was hysteria,” said Andy Martin, a 16-year-old from the New York City suburb of Huntington who was in Manhattan with family. “Police were shouting and telling people to leave.”

    These reptiles are not fellow travelers, but fellow treasonists…

    • Ron Bischof

      Reverting to the ad hominem again, Mr. Shalom? Tsk, tsk. It was a question, not an accusation.

      Considering the recent exposed Trump “supporter” hoaxes, is it a stretch to consider another false flag operation? Would such not conveniently advance your theory? Are you eagerly seeking and anticipating such confirmations during your holiday break?

      • Ed Shalom

        Mr. Bischof:
        Are you a reptile ? Just asking….

        • Ron Bischof

          No.

          See? Answering simple questions is an easy task. Even you can do it. 😀

          • Ed Shalom

            Are you a serial homosexual rapist ? Just asking….

          • Ron Bischof

            Here you again descend into your curious and observed habit of genital and sexual postings. Oddly puerile.

          • Ed Shalom

            Just answer YES or NO, it is easy, unless you have something to hide…
            It sounds like you don’t like the questions – how does it feel to be on the receiving end ?

          • Gene Walker

            Edna, seriously, you need to seek some professional help. For the sake of your children, please, make a New Year’s resolution to get help with whatever it is that got you unhinged.

          • Gene Walker

            Edna Shalom’s posts do go genital-centric right away, don’t they? One wonders what his family, neighbors, co-workers and employers would think of hos disgusting and inappropriate language on these boards.

          • Ed Shalom

            Are you “Ron the Reptile” Pedophile ? Just asking….

          • Ed Shalom

            Are you the anti-Christ ? Just asking…..

          • Ron Bischof

            And now extending to a religious ad hominem. What’s next, Mr. Shalom?

          • Ed Shalom

            Are you a member of ISIS ? Just asking

          • Ed Shalom

            Are you mentally insane ? Just asking….

          • Ed Shalom

            Are you a closet “Nazi” ? Just asking

        • Brian Baker

          Hey, this is pretty funny. The guy’s coming completely unglued.

          No “asking” involved. Res ipsa loquitur.

    • Brian Baker

      “These reptiles are not fellow travelers, but fellow treasonists…”

      So, let me get this straight. Now you’re admitting to being a “treasonist”?

      Okay, I’ll take you at your word.

      “Meanwhile, the reptiles who make such personal attacks are being archived in perpetuity by this forum.”

      Uh oh! It’s going to become part of your “permanent record”! You’re in BIG TROUBLE!

      Jeez, little guy, you’re definitely a hoot.

  • Ed Shalom

    Isn’t it amazing….in the morning of Dec. 27 2016 the Signal published a piece warning about the dangers of Trump hotels and products, and before the day was out, there was an emergency evacuation at Trump Tower due to the threat of a terrorist bomb.

    As reported by the NY Daily News:
    “A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio said evacuations at Trump
    Tower “will be a common occurrence” after a suspicious package prompted an
    alarm there. “Trump Tower cleared of suspicious package. Will be a common occurrence. Important everyone stays calm and listens to officers,” Eric Phillips tweeted after an unattended bag of children’s toys left in the atrium of Trump Tower prompted an evacuation there, according to the NYPD.”

    Isn’t it amazing that this event, triggered by a shopping bag, occurred at Trump Tower – since Don Juan lives there, it is heavily guarded by the Secret Service and the NYPD. This protection does not extend to other Trump hotels and resorts.

    Since the so-called value of Trump enterprises is heavily dependent upon branding with the Trump name, we must question whether this brand will turn out to be a liability rather than an asset. Which wealthy and successful person would want to reside in a Trump property, especially one overseas, and take the risk of not only evacuations due to false alarms, but real attacks ?

    Meanwhile, the seriously unhinged Don Juan lemmings are getting ready to jump off the cliffs in an act of Darwinian logic. It is funny there are so many lemmings on this forum, who band together like packs of hyenas or barrels full of reptiles (sorry, mixed metaphor) – they feel their numbers give them strength, but the truth is that they are outnumbered by the many well-adjusted progressives who enjoy life, smell the roses, and enjoy the sunshine. Why don’t these followers of the sex criminal Don Juan get away from their keyboards and computer screens, and get a life ?

    • Brian Baker

      Still polishing your tinfoil hat, I see.

      Don’t worry. It’s very bright and shiny.

      “Why don’t these followers of the sex criminal Don Juan get away from their keyboards and computer screens, and get a life ?”

      Why don’t you?

    • Gene Walker

      Edna Shalom: “…there was an emergency evacuation at Trump Tower due to the threat of a terrorist bomb.”

      Lie. There was no threat, there was no bomb, there were toys. The evacuation was the result of “an abundance of caution” according to New York Police spokesman J. Peter Donald.

      Seriously Edna, get help.

  • Ed Shalom

    In response to the input from the phony “Captain” Gene in quotation marks below:

    “Edna Shalom: “…there was an emergency evacuation at Trump Tower due to the threat of a terrorist bomb.”

    Lie. There was no threat, there was no bomb, there were toys. The evacuation was the result of “an abundance of caution” according to New York Police spokesman J. Peter Donald.”

    Should I have said there was an emergency evacuation at Trump Tower due to bag of toys ?

    The fact is an unattended bag COULD BE a terrorist bomb is WHY there WAS an EMERGENCY EVACUATION.

    I cited a comment from an aide to the NY mayor that people need to get used to this, as it will happen again, is very telling. In any other hotel or building, other than a Trump property, a shopping bag with toys would not result in an emergency evacuation. Seems that Trump has placed a bull’s eye on his own assets.

    It is amazing that there is not a single comment on this forum acknowledging the uncanny coincidence of this event on the day of my post, and how it reinforced my alert….Maybe they are afraid of an attack from the Don Juan protection posse.

    • Gene Walker

      Edna Shalom: “…In any other hotel or building, other than a Trump property, a shopping bag with toys would not result in an emergency evacuation.”

      Another lie.

      Google this: “suspicious package forces evacuation turns out it was nothing”. There are thousands of articles, having nothing to do with Trump, rwhere the exact same thing happened.

      You’re really not very good at this, are you Edna?

      Perhaps Edna needs to take his own advice and step away from the keyboard for a while. Or at least do 30 seconds of research before making demonstrably false, ill-informed statements.

      Seriously Edna, seek help.

    • Ron Bischof

      “It is amazing that there is not a single comment on this forum acknowledging the uncanny coincidence of this event on the day of my post, and how it reinforced my alert….”

      No worries. I was otherwise occupied but am now here to assist you, Mr. Shalom.

      Definition of confirmation bias in English:

      confirmation bias

      NOUN

      [mass noun] The tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories.

      https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/confirmation_bias

      • Ed Shalom

        This confirms my belief that I am being trolled by a reptile

        • Gene Walker

          Every time Edna thinks he’s on to something, we expose his ignorance, and provide the evidence to back it up.

          Edna’s response? “You’re a reptile!”

          This it what happens when you hand out Participation Awards to people instead of letting them learn what it feels like to lose.

          On another note, it’s amazing that someone like Edna materializes just in time to fill the ignoramus vacuum caused by the absence of Indy Nile.

  • lois eisenberg

    “Donald J. Trump has renewed his defense of his charitable foundation, insisting on Twitter that all of the money raised by the organization has gone to charity even as the New York attorney general continues to investigate claims to the contrary.”

    • Ed Shalom

      Donald Trump has no further need of the Trump foundation, as he will now utilize the United States Treasury as his charitable foundation, and be able to scam billions of dollars from all the Joe “six-packs” who think he is their buddy 😉

      • Gene Walker

        Oh look, The Crazy Bingo Lady® is a Friend Of Edna! And Edna laps it up!

        Quel choc!

  • Ed Shalom

    FYI: Watch this video to observe the hysteria in Trump Tower triggered by a bag of toys….if you were a really wealthy person, would you want to lease space in this building, or any other terrorist “magnet” ?
    Duh……
    http://pix11.com/2016/12/27/trump-tower-evacuated-due-to-reports-of-suspicious-package-nypd-source/

  • Ed Shalom

    A little explanation is merited about my remarks. First of all, I have welcomed ANY substantive
    feedback about my piece, and have been really disappointed at the meagre results, which have been swamped by numerous personal slurs from a trio of “lemming” defenders of the sex criminal Don Juan. One of them just alluded to me as an “ignoramus”.
    The cacophony of their insults has been so pervasive that I have personal nicknames for them: “The Reptile”, the “Imposter”, and the “Ignoramus”.

    By a remarkable coincidence, there was a hysterical evacuation in Trump Tower, caused by concern about what might have been a terrorist bomb, on the same day that my piece was posted. To a sane and logical person, this event lent a lot of credence to my hypothesis. Instead, a member of the trio responded with the suggestion that I was “a fellow traveler”, clearly suggesting that I might be either an accomplice or supporter of what could have been a terrorist attack.

    This individual, whom I consider to have behaved like a reptile, defended his remarks by stating that he was only “asking a question”. To prove it was “just a question”, this individual responded to a query asking if he was a reptile in the negative, and then proudly declared that it was no big deal.

    However, this individual did not appreciate a barrage of follow up “negative questions” that asked if he was a member of ISIS, a rapist, and so on. This demonstrated the
    dishonestly of his position that it is fine and OK to ask the most offensive
    questions on the grounds that they “are only questions”. The venomous dishonesty
    of his reptilian position is of course obvious to any civilized person.

    Taken to the extreme, a desire to avoid “ad hominem” attacks means that one should not resort to them, even when another party is engaged in vicious and poisonous slander. In this case, I have chosen to describe the attacks made upon me as “reptilian”, since they are so clearly out of the bounds of civilized discourse. In fact, since the phrase “ad hominem” literally means “to the person”, one could also argue that they cannot apply to remarks made about lizards, snakes, or other reptiles.

    • Ron Bischof

      I’m amused you ignore the confirmation bias exhibited in your “Toy Story”. 😀

      • Ed Shalom

        In discourse with a human, I would have referred to the phrase “cognitive dissonance”.
        To tell the truth, I was worried that my characterization of your remarks as reptilian might be refuted by the claim that reptiles are silent, with perhaps the sole exception of rattlesnakes.
        Sadly for you, however this is not true:

        How amusing the animal kingdom can be !!!

        • Ron Bischof

          The greater the frequency of your posts, the more you disclose your true nature.

          Please continue.

          • Ed Shalom

            At least my nature is humanoid.

          • Gene Walker

            Edna: “At least my nature is humanoid.”

            That’s probably true:

            hu·man·oid

            adjective –
            1. having an appearance or character resembling that of a human.
            noun –
            1. a being resembling a human in its shape.

            Your physical appearance may, in fact be that of a human, but your behavior is anything but. From what I’ve seen, you are just some contemptible creature, lacking in any of the qualities that set humans apart from animals like…well…you.

      • Gene Walker

        Excellent Ron! The “Toy Story” angle works on a lot of levels, especially when dealing with the ever so animated Edna!

    • Gene Walker

      Edna Shalom:”…I have welcomed ANY substantive
      feedback about my piece…”

      First off Edna, your steaming “piece” is not worthy of any substantive anything. It’s a joke. Your premise is flawed, and your analysis weak. You have an obvious hatred of President Elect Donald Trump, and it has clearly affected what little bit of objectivity you may have had. The only thing your “piece” is worthy of is scorn. It has received exactly what it deserves.

      Edna Shalom: “…trio of “lemming” defenders of the sex criminal Don Juan.”

      Again, flawed premise, weak analysis. I see a pattern developing. As a member of the trio you mention, I challenge you to:

      a. cite a single example of me defending President Elect Donald Trump, and

      b. cite the cases where President Elect Donald Trump has been convicted of sex crimes.

      I know you won’t because:

      a. you are little more than a lazy uninformed flibbertigibbet that is trying to convert his hatred into a cogent argument, and

      b. I have never defended President Elect Donald Trump, and

      c. He has never been convicted of a sex crime.

      Seriously, either step up your game or get off the field, your family must be mortified that you have brought such shame to them.

  • Ed Shalom

    As might be expected, some decent Americans have mobilized
    to boycott stores that carry Trump products (I don’t understand why they have
    not focused on hotels as well). Information on this campaign, which has been
    covered by multiple media reports, is available at the link below:

    https://grabyourwallet.org/

    At this time, the message they recommend to retailers does
    not cite safety and security concerns. The leaders of this campaign will be contacted to suggest they address this subject as well.

    Sources deep within Trump Tower have informed me that the
    “foxy” businesswoman “Ivanka the Stinkah” has already anticipated this attack
    upon the greedy Trump empire, and is now offering a free prescription for Cipro or equivalent anthrax antibiotics for all purchases exceeding $10,000. Ivanaka
    the Stinkah cautioned customers that coverage only covers the primary
    purchaser, and that others who may be infected should seek treatment via
    Obamacare, or order their meds directly from Trump Pharma.

    A flyer will be provided to all buyers of Trump products
    with a disclaimer that they understand the health risks involved, and that
    further information is available at the CDC, or online at:

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anthrax/basics/treatment/con-20022705

    PS:

    One of the “lizards” who attack me on this forum have
    claimed that I am driven by hatred of Dirty Don – I tried to address this in my
    letter to the Department of Homeland Security, which I have previously posted
    on this forum, which I have excerpted below.

    “I also feel that if the Trump family refuses to address
    such threats due to financial concerns, they should also be held accountable –
    I believe that it is in both their financial as well as political interest to
    be ahead of the curve on this. I say
    this not as one who wishes to help Donald Trump – I think he is most
    despicable, based on both his personality and his policies, and have expressed
    my viewpoints in many forums, should you wish to explore them. However, since
    Donald Trump is the President-elect, and future President of the US, it is
    incumbent upon us to defend the institution of the US Presidency, and to ensure
    that it is not carelessly exposed to a handful of crackpots. As far as I am
    concerned, Donald Trump is an imposter, and I do not consider him “my
    President”; however, I do consider that our government and institutions do
    belong to me, and all of us.”

    and

    “Just consider how the German government of Angela Merkel
    has been shaken to its foundation by the action of one terrorist driving a
    heavy vehicle on the streets of Berlin. In the case of the German chancellor,
    she will be held responsible for allowing this threat to materialize due her
    lenient immigration policies.”

    As commentary on the above, I would suggest that if Angela
    Merkel made a serious mistake, it was clearly driven by humanitarian concerns :
    to be cold-blooded about it, it is possible that by admitting 1,000,000 Syrian
    refugees she saved thousands of lives, and that the risk to Germany was
    justified. On the other hand, any loss of life due to Trump greed will hover
    over them forever, be a political and economic disaster, and will be a curse on their family for generations.

    • Gene Walker

      Hmmm, offering tips to your terrorist buddies on new ways to deliver anthrax Edna? Not very smart using your real name, especially since your recent DHS-FBI contact probably put you on their radar.

      Perhaps now, finally, you will get a call back from one of these authorities, probably not the call you hoped for though.

      • Ed Shalom

        Nice try, but this threat was already identified in my letter:
        “For example, hotels are exposed to various forms of terrorism, either domestic or foreign, such as physical means that include guns and explosives, and biological attacks that can include the use of poisonous chemicals such as anthrax. Products such as clothing, ties, suits, and so on are susceptible to contamination as well.”
        Your logic is so sick….if someone had alerted the FBI that our air defense systems were not adequate to deal with a 9/11 attack, you’d accuse them of giving ideas to the enemy. In fact, anthrax attacks on Americans already occurred after 9/11, so all loyal Americans should be aware of them. Since everything you and the treasonous reptile trio do seems to be pointed at discounting these threats, one must wonder if you (the self-identified “Imposter”) are not part of a jihadi cell. Maybe I have, or maybe I will, alert the DHS and the FBI to this possibility.

        • Gene Walker

          Edna, as always, your limp, flaccid threats of “alerting the authorities” bring me almost as much joy as watching you and the other losers writhe in pain at your historic loss.

          Please continue, it brightens my day to see you suffer so!

        • Gene Walker

          As I predicted, you failed to meet my challenges to back up your assertions. You remain nothing more than an angry little man, tilting at windmills.

          “President Donald J. Trump”

          I love that you will have to hear that for the next 4-6 years, and I didn’t even vote for him! Happy New Year loser.

  • Gene Walker

    Just a quick recap: other than an unrelated (what a shock) post from The Crazy Bingo Lady®, every post NOT written by the author himself has derided the premise of this steaming piece. Literally, not one word in support of Edie Shalom’s nonsense.

    This begs the question, when will Edie Shalom stop bringing shame to his family?

  • Gene Walker

    You’re barking up a tree that does not exist; Congress isn’t giving him a pass because there is no law that requires he release his tax returns.

    When are you guys going to accept that you lost?

  • Gene Walker

    You guys are funny, you keep throwing whatever Hail Mary you can come up with, and every time it lands back at your feet. What don’t you understand about the phrase “fair and legal election”?

  • Ed Shalom

    Mr. Lu:

    I cannot commend you enough for your article and the wealth of links you have provided. Your studious and scholarly approach stands in marked contrast to a small cabal of posters on this forum, who rely upon scorn, derision, and mockery instead of facts.

    Our country has been hijacked by a combination of Trump’s lies and Russian hackery, and we must resist in every way we can. For example, you can Google “GrabYourWallet” and get information on boycotting stores that carry Trump family businesses.

    Your comments regarding “conflict of interest” issues should also take into account “safety and security” concerns regarding the risks Trump’s assets pose to people and property around the world. I have documented these risks in a YouTube video with the title and link below:

    Security
    Threat from Trump Assets with Audio
    https://youtu.be/Vay3_ni7vhg

    As an example of direct action we can take regarding these risks, the security departments of all major outlets for Trump merchandise are being contacted via certified mail. An example of a message to a corporate office is provided below:
    ———————————————————————————————————-
    http://www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/nordstrom-inc

    Attn Mr. Blake
    Norstrom, President and Director

    Aside from “conflicts of interest” concerns, Trump’s assets may end up being
    “magnets” for terrorists and/or deranged people. This could not only involve his hotels and golf courses, but could involve vendors who carry Trump family merchandise, such as Nordstrom.

    I suggest that you decide not to take the risk to your employees and customers, and discontinue carrying these products. If you insist on profit, vs. public safely, at least
    review your security policies and procedures, and try to do the best you can to
    prevent and/or respond to these threats.

    These threats are
    described in a YouTube video, with the title and link below.

    Security Threat from Trump Assets with Audio
    https://youtu.be/Vay3_ni7vhg

    PS: The only way to prevent these risks is for Trump to put his assets into a genuine blind trust, as all previous presidents have done for a 1/2 century. Because it poses
    a question about what may be a real and present danger, the issue was sent to
    the FBI’s “hot tip” line.
    ———————————————————————————————————

    • Ron Bischof

      “Our country has been hijacked by a combination of Trump’s lies and Russian hackery, and we must resist in every way we can.”

      You beg the question here, Mr. Shalom.

  • Ed Shalom

    THE SIGNAL SCOOPS THE WASHINGTON POST !!!!
    Please read the Washington Post article at the link below – I’ve excerpted most of it.
    I must commend the Signal for publishing what might have discarded as a fringe position (although it was obvious to any thinking person, there was NO national dialog on the subject at the time).
    The usual cabal on this forum will now expect us to accept their scorn, derision, and mockery on this subject: but since the threats are real, their efforts to deny the risks will be seem to most of us as useful to the Jihadi terrorists…
    PS: The article focused on dangers to Trump properties, but skirted over the risk relating to vendors of Trump products in the US, esp. regarding contamination with chemical or biological substances.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-has-properties-all-over-the-world-they%E2%80%99re-now-major-terrorism-targets/ar-BBxQaMt?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartanntp

    Trump has properties all over the world. They’re now major terrorism targets.

    The Washington Post
    January 3, 2017

    Katie Zavadski

    Even before Donald Trump became
    president-elect, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for his name to be
    scrubbed from Istanbul’s Trump Towers. Erdogan pinned his plea to Trump’s
    Islamophobia, saying that the candidate “has no tolerance for Muslims in
    America.”

    Now that Trump is weeks from assuming the presidency, cities that host his many branded properties have an additional concern to consider: the potential terrorism threat brought by his
    name.

    “Donald Trump is a controversial,
    colorful and very high-profile personality,” said Charles Regini, a former FBI
    agent who heads global response for the Unity Resources Group. “This type of
    high-profile behavior has the tendency of drawing the attention of potential
    attackers and further increases the risk of attacks to properties with his name
    distinctly displayed.”

    Or, as Daveed Gartenstein-Ross,
    senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, put it: “If
    [Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi] were killed, or [al-Qaeda leader]
    Ayman al-Zawahiri, you can try to strike the president or strike in the United
    States. Or you can strike a Trump hotel.”

    Trump’s position and rhetoric have made him a star of Islamic militant propaganda: Groups know him as brand and firebrand. Video of him and remarks by him have been used by the Islamic State and al-Shabab. Typically, they highlight Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.

    In the past, members of these groups were deterred from carrying out terrorist attacks in the United States because of our geographic distance from their centers of power. It is hard for foreign Islamic militants to reach the United States, especially by land. Europe is
    much closer to Islamic State strongholds. And if you set foot in one European
    country, you have access to two dozen others, no passport checks needed.

    Trump, though, “creates another whole range of potential targets,” said Victor Asal, a professor and co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict at the State University of New
    York at Albany. Attacking a U.S. embassy or military base is challenging, “but we can attack a Trump hotel.”

    Hotels, airports and tourist hubs are already popular targets for Islamic militants. Those sites lack the security of diplomatic posts and cater to mostly transient civilians.
    This practically ensures that extremists will hit an international
    clientele, spreading destruction among as many nations as possible. In June
    2015, a gunman killed 38 people representing six nationalities at a
    beach resort in Tunisia. An attack at Tunisia’s Bardo Museum that March killed
    22 people from 10 nations.

    “If you kill Americans, you’re going to get attention. And if you blow up a nice hotel in a foreign country, you’re likely to kill Americans,” Asal said. With a Trump target, terrorists get to
    say, “‘We’re also attacking President Trump.’”

    ……….

    But that will not be nearly enough
    to keep properties bearing his name safe. A handful of Trump buildings,
    such as the Istanbul towers, lie close to ongoing unrest. Turkey has emerged as
    a key Islamic State entry point to Syria and has suffered a series of
    brutal attacks, both from Islamic militants and in its long-standing conflict
    with the Kurdish PKK. The confluence of factors makes Turkey one of the Trump
    brand’s riskiest locations. The Trump Century Tower in Manila also lies close
    to the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militant group, although experts say
    that group is less active in the capital than other parts of the Philippines.

    There have been long-standing security measures around diplomatic targets. But folding the president’s privately held properties into such plans poses obvious conflicts of interest,
    as would security protection undertaken on their behalf by foreign governments.
    It could cost the U.S. government billions of dollars.

    Most likely, Trump-branded private properties will continue to handle security on their own. These properties might start taking precautions to prevent a mass-casualty attack by putting in
    security checkpoints and escape plans for guests. According to Gartenstein-Ross,
    many Western hotels in areas such as North Africa already do this. They’ve
    become “compound-like,” limiting terrorists’ ability to carry out
    strikes. “There’s a limit to how much you want to securitize your
    property, but they’ve had more of a target painted on them with Trump’s
    election,” he said. “Thinking through things [like] that can save lives.”

    • Gene Walker

      Were you this proud of yourself when you came up with your revolutionary garage door opener idea?

    • Gene Walker

      Edna thought he was thinking outside the box with this idea the all things trump had to go away in the name of public safety. He even contacted The FBI, DHS and multiple retailers to give them a heads up.

      Well, it took about ten seconds, but I found that he was scooped by the WaPo on November 28, 2016

      “…anything with the word “Trump” emblazoned across its front just became a huge possible target for international terrorists…”

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/11/28/trumps-election-suddenly-created-an-awful-lot-of-international-trump-branded-targets-for-terrorists/?utm_term=.3d334d05d3f9

      Basically, Edna read the paper and then copied it. Typical plagiarizing lib.

      • Ron Bischof

        Surely Mr. Shalom used different words for the repurposed content, right?

        • Gene Walker

          It appears so, neither “piece” was worth the time it would take to prove.

      • Ed Shalom

        Since I am not a professional journalist, it looks like I got scooped by several weeks by the Washington Post. It’s true that it should be a no-brainer that these properties were terrorist magnets, and curious how the new line against me is not that my ideas were laughable, but that someone beat me to it.
        Since I have a life outside the Signal, it took me about 10 days to write up my article in the Thanksgiving thru Xmas period. At the time I began to pen these thoughts I was not aware of similar pieces. As you may know if you study science, sometimes inventors come up with the same thing independently.
        My article does not only deal with international properties, but addresses the risks of using all Trump products. It also ties the whole issue to the conflict of interest debate, and points out that the Trump family will be held to account if a single life is lost as a result of their greed. In addition to writing this piece, I am proud of the fact that I sent warning letters to the CEOs of about 40 companies who traffick in Trump merchandise.
        PS: During this time period, I was corresponding with the Signal to “drain the swamp” – see e-mail from them below. If anyone is curious as to why the Signal initiated the changes in their forum, they can hold me responsible. Unfortunately, the “snarkiness” observed by the Signal has not ceased…
        —————————————————————————————
        From: SCV Signal
        Sent: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 5:47 PM

        Mr. Shalom,

        We initiated a new system to monitor posting on Monday – an action taken in part due to your valid complaints. In the process the postings already put on online articles were erased. All of them. I assure you we didn’t delete your comment because we want to shield Trump from attacks – didn’t delete it on purpose at all, in fact.

        The second phase of that program, which will force everyone to re-register, is going into effect at midnight tonight – so our web manager tells us. This is aimed at forcing people to use their real names, which we believe will reduce the snarkiness that has infected our web postings since the Nov. 8 election. If it doesn’t catch all of that, we are backstopping it by checking Opinion postings twice a day, and if that’s not good enough we’ll start deleting accounts. For some reason I did not receive your earlier version of the below email; it had to be forwarded to me.

        • Gene Walker

          Edna: “…curious how the new line against me is not that my ideas were laughable, but that someone beat me to it.”

          You still don’t get it; nobody cares. When the concept was forwarded by WaPo nobody cared, you think that anyone cared when Edna from Valencia came late to the party with the very same idea?

          What’s laughable is your cockiness when the idea appeared AGAIN in the WaPo and you thought you scooped them!

          Just another reason why I think you’re an imbecile.

          • Gene Walker

            If The Once Mighty Signal is true to their word, your account will be one of the first ones deleted. I can’t think of any poster here that has been so gleeful at having had a hand in putting limits on free speech.

            Just another reason why I think you’re an imbecile.

  • Ed Shalom

    Mr. Bischof:
    It is YOU and the Trump Defense Trio who have been begging the question – please see the citation for the WP article I posted today. Maybe you and your “amen buddies” will mobilize to take down the Washington Post: since you have been SO certain of your judgments, your stature as great minds, which you manifest with scorn, mockery, and derision, should easily “trump” the rest of the universe. I think I’ll take a pass on hearing your inevitable rejoinder: great minds such as yours NEVER admit to making a mistake.

    • Ron Bischof

      Not so. *You* are making the assertion that the Russians “hacked” the election.

      What does that even mean? Where is your evidence that voting machines were compromised or tallies affected? The burden of proof is on you for making the assertion.

      Simple logic, Mr. Shalom.

    • Ron Bischof

      Speaking of mistakes, the WaPo had to walk back their risible Vermont power utility “hacked” by Russians story. You may wish to complete your own research so your credibility isn’t damaged further by their sloppy reporting.

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2017/01/01/fake-news-and-how-the-washington-post-rewrote-its-story-on-russian-hacking-of-the-power-grid/amp/

      • Ed Shalom

        Mr. Bischof:

        As I predicted, “Maybe you and your “amen buddies” will mobilize to take down the Washington Post: since you have been SO certain of your judgments, your stature as great minds, which you manifest with scorn, mockery, and derision, should easily “trump” the rest of the universe. I think I’ll take a pass on hearing your inevitable rejoinder: great minds such as yours NEVER admit to making a mistake.”
        Since you are so clever, why don’t you actually refute the article itself ? The real problem is that you will NEVER acknowledge that the article confirms my post. I should have observed my plan to “take a pass on hearing your inevitable rejoinder”….you see, I DID make a mistake !

        • Ron Bischof

          Let me know when you have specifics of Russian “hacking” and how it affected the election, Mr. Shalom.

          Everything else is irrelevant outgassing.

          • Ed Shalom

            Since this thread is “Trump assets could threaten public safety”, your buddy Brian the Baker would say “OFF TOPIC” !!! Your approach to debunk an entire article in the WP is to try to prove they got something wrong in the past by another writer.

            BTW, where is your “amen corner” ? Have they abandoned you ?

            PS 1: I believe you have confused “outgassing” with your “passing gas” – there is a definite odor of fear on this topic. Even the ref had to declare the bout over when Rousey got bloodied up….

            PS 2: Another source for you to try to take down:
            https://www.cato.org/blog/trump-towers-or-trump-targets

          • Ron Bischof

            Non sequitur.

            I responded to your assertion of Russian “hacking” the election. Were you off topic? Perhaps you should delete your comment.

            I’m here to assist you in logical consistency, Mr. Shalom.

  • Ron Bischof

    “Americans must defend America now as right after Pearl Harbor and 9/11. We have less than 24 days to steer Titanic away from the Trump iceberg.”

    Your overheated rhetoric over an election result is simply amazing, Mr. Lu. DNC operatives as sources? Really?

  • Ed Shalom

    This response is dedicated to a rare form of Internet troll, who has no life or ideas of his own, but who lives off the Internet night and day, whose whole being does not reside upon this planet, but is contained within the imaginary confines of an alternate universe of computer networks, into which he can inject his snarky remarks. In short, he lives “in the cloud” rather than here on earth, and is really an alien species to most normal people, who HAVE REAL LIVES….(unfortunately, who cannot be deported as an illegal” alien”, as he is a “legal alien”…)
    In short, this response is dedicated to Rona “Rousey”, whom a referee had to rescue after she was bludgeoned repeatedy in the head by the cruel impact of reality (after Rona Rousey wiped the blood off her face, she declared herself the winner):

  • Ed Shalom

    What sound could be sweeter than the two sopranos, Rona and Gina, singing together ?
    This
    response is dedicated to a rare form of Internet troll, who has no life or
    ideas of his own, but who lives off the Internet night and day, whose whole
    being does not reside upon this planet, but is contained within the imaginary
    confines of an alternate universe of computer networks, into which he can
    inject his snarky remarks. In short, he lives “in the cloud” rather
    than here on earth, and is really an alien species to most normal people, who
    HAVE REAL LIVES….(unfortunately, he cannot be deported as an “illegal alien”,
    as he is a “legal alien”)

    In
    short, this response is dedicated to Gina Rousey, whom a referee
    had to rescue after she was bludgeoned repeatedly in the head by the cruel
    impact of reality (after Gina Rousey wiped the blood off her face, she declared
    herself the winner):

    • Ron Bischof

      Your continued use of ad hominem does amuse, Mr. Shalom. Especially so considering the volume of your posts today.

      Have you considered taking drama classes? You may have missed your calling.

    • Gene Walker

      Who’s Gina Rousey?

      • Ed Shalom

        If you don’t understand, maybe Rona can explain it to you, or you can just watch the video:

        • Gene Walker

          Who’s Rona?

  • Ed Shalom

    In an attempt to reach out beyond the confines of this forum (we tend to think of it as center stage), I sent a letter yesterday to the CEOs and Security Departments of 40 major companies who carry Trump family products. I have inserted the letter below, and will send subsequently the list of mailing addresses of the CEOs of these corporations. IMHO, these companies get many thousands of e-mails every day, so I am hoping that in this case “snail-mail” has its advantages, esp. when the envelope is clearly marked “Attn: Security Department” in red ink. (PS: I did provide a return address for these letters, but as a matter of principle, this information is not part of my Signal profile. Since the comrades of the Russian hackers on this forum have dug up personal and professional information about me (or believe they have), I am assuming they will dig up my address as well. I trust I am in no danger from these Jihadi supporters of Dirty Don).

    Those who wish to make use of letter and/or mailing list are welcome to do so. Imagine if these corporations were getting tens of thousands of such letters every week !
    * * * * * *
    ATTN: Corporate CEO and/or Security Dept

    RE: Dangers Associated with Trump Family Products

    Recent
    news articles (e.g., Refs 1 & 2) have reported that Trump family assets
    overseas, such as hotels or golf courses, are likely to be terrorist “magnets”
    that are extremely difficult to guard. However, these articles neglect to
    address serious risks for vendors who carry Trump family products in the US.
    The purpose of this letter is to alert you to these threats, so that your
    corporation can take steps to prevent any attacks, and be prepared to deal with
    them if they should occur.

    I raised the question of potential threats against all Trump family assets in
    Ref. 3, which predates the previous citations. I also pointed out that if Trump
    put all of his assets into a genuine blind trust, it would greatly mitigate
    these threats, but that he is unwilling to do so.

    In
    theory, your association with such products can be defended as apolitical, but
    many consumers don’t want to enrich the Trump family by buying their products,
    and have organized to boycott your corporation.

    Perhaps
    you are in a quandary from a business perspective, as you will alienate about ½
    the citizens of this country regardless. However, the safety of your personnel
    and your customers must be the over-riding concern. In reality we should
    recognize that terrorists are by definition irrational, and all of your
    corporate locations cannot be defended like Trump Tower.

    On
    this basis, I urge you to consider phasing out all Trump products. If your
    profit motive “trumps” safety and security, I implore your security departments
    to ensure that they are on the alert for any threats, both violent or via
    contamination with dangerous chemicals or biological agents, and have emergency
    plans to deal with any episodes. Americans will not be forgiving of your
    corporation if you neglect to proactively fulfill your obligation to protect
    them. I hope you have already anticipated these risks – it is a sacred trust.

    Respectfully,

    Eddy Shalom

    Ref 1:
    “Trump has properties all
    over the world. They’re now major terrorism targets”

    The Washington Post, Jan
    3 2017 by Katie Zavadski

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-has-properties-all-over-the-world-they%E2%80%99re-now-major-terrorism-targets/ar-BBxQaMt?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartanntp

    Ref 2: “Trump Towers or Trump Targets”

    The Cato Institute, Dec.
    23 2016 by A. Trevor Thrall

    https://www.cato.org/blog/trump-towers-or-trump-targets

    Ref
    3:
    “Security Threats from Trump Assets (with audio)”

    YouTube
    video, Dec. 21 2016 by Eddy Shalom

  • Ed Shalom

    As promised – mailing address of CEOs whose companies sell Trump family products:

    Raymond Gindi, CEO

    Century 21 Dept. Store

    22 Cortlandt Street

    New York, NY 10007

    William T. Dillard II, CEO

    Dillard’s, Inc.

    1600 Cantrell Rd

    Little Rock, AR 72201

    Roger Rawlins, CEO

    DSW Inc Corporate Office & Headquarters

    810 DSW Dr.

    Columbus OH 43219

    Mr. Byron Bergren, CEO

    Elder-Beerman Corporate Office

    3155 El-Bee Road, Dayton

    OH, 45439-1919

    Heywood Wilansky, CEO

    Filene’s Basement

    25 Corporate Dr., Ste. 400

    Burlington, MA 01803

    Michelle Peluso, CEO

    Gilt Groupe

    2 Park Ave Fl 4

    New York, NY 10016

    Eric McCoy, CEO

    Heels Corporate Office

    550 S. Caldwell St., 17th Floor

    Charlotte, NC 28202

    Gerald L. Storch, CEO

    Hudson Bay Corporate

    8925 Torbram Road

    Brampton, ON L6T 461

    CANADA

    Mindy Grossman, CEO

    HSN, Inc.

    1 HSN Drive

    St. Petersburg, FL 33729

    Marc Lore, CEO

    Jet Corporate Headquarters

    221 River Street

    Hoboken, NJ 07030

    Edward Lampert, CEO

    Kmart Corporate Office

    3333 Beverly Rd.

    Hoffman Estates IL 60179

    Elizabeth Rodbell, CEO

    Lord & Taylor, LLC

    424 5th Avenue

    New York, New York 10018

    Terry J. Lundgren, CEO

    Macy’s Headquarters

    7 West Seventh Street

    Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Ernie L. Herrman , CEO TJX

    Marshall’s Corporate Office

    770 Cochituate Road

    Framingham, MA 01701 USA

    Neiman Marcus Group

    1618 Main St

    Dallas, TX 75201

    Mr. Blake Nordstrom

    Nordstrom President

    1617 6th Ave.

    Seattle, WA 98101

    Mr. Blake Nordstrom

    Nordstrom Rack President

    1617 6th Ave.

    Seattle, WA 98101

    Overstock Corporate

    South 3000 East

    Salt Lake City, UT 84121

    Perfumania Corporate Office

    35 Sawgrass Dr.

    Bellport NY 11713

    Ross Stores Inc.

    4440 Rosewood Dr

    Pleasanton, CA 94588

    Marc Metrick, President

    Saks Off Fifth Corporate

    360 W 31st St

    New York, New York 10001

    Edward Lampert, CEO

    Sears Holdings

    3333 Beverly Rd.

    Hoffman Estates, IL 60179

    Mr. Garrick Toubassi, CEO

    ShopStyle

    111 Sutter St. 14th Floor

    San Francisco, CA 94104

    Mr. Jay Stein, CEO

    Stein Mart Inc.

    1200 Riverplace Blvd

    Jacksonville, FL 32207

    Ms. Carol Meyrowitz, CEO

    TJ Maxx Corporate Offices

    770 Cochituate Rd.

    Framingham, MA

    Doug McMillon, CEO Walmart

    702 S.W. 8th St.

    Bentonville, AK 72716

    Winners Corporate Office

    6715 Airport Rd.

    Mississauga ON L4V 1Y2

    Canada

    Tony Hsieh, CEO

    Zappos.com Corporate Office

    400 Stewart Ave

    Las Vegas, NV 89101

    • Ron Bischof

      “As promised…” to whom?

      You may soon achieve your 15 minutes of fame, Mr. Shalom. Perhaps not in the way you fervently hope, however.

      What was the FBI response to your advisory?

  • Gene Walker

    Edna never fails to entertain.