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Will security fears, protests hurt holiday shopping?

Retailers face headwinds this year



'Black Lives Matter' protesters clash with shoppers in Chicago

Lisa Boothe: Well, it's problematic in the month of November because they're expected to do 20 to 40 percent in the annual sale in that month alone. I think that it's important to look at these movements in itself. The objective is to intimidate people and disrupt. If you look at a movement like black lives matter the entire movement is about cop killing. They already got Walmart to increase their wages, but it will never be enough for them.

Chuck Rocha: Well, here is the question. If a protest happens in the woods in the fall, does anybody hear it? They say go to where the people are. You have to be seen, so you want to be there and disruptive, but you want to be respectful. I think that all of the organizations are trying to bring an important issue, and good for them to talk about it on Saturday morning and making sure that people are bringing the issues to the forefront. The retailers have lost the shopping to online people like me that don't want to be approximate in there fighting with people when the doors open any way.

John Layfield: I don't think that it's going to have that much. I think that chuck is right that most people are going to online. You look at stocks like Walmart is at a three year low and something like under armor that's up and Nike. People are still buying products. Where they buy is different. They're shifting to online. Macys and others say that sales were down. People said that Thursday and Friday of this week the sales were down. People are still buying stuff, but its where. Do the protests help? Absolutely not. You see people going and screaming, you may turn around. There not that big.

Gary B. Smith: No, I agree with john. Protestors are not going stop anyone expect the retailers the brick and more or the retailers. It reminds me of when the Detroit union workers wanted higher and higher wages and got them and finally brought the industry down. That's what I see happening in retail. Most of them are directed at the McDonald's or Walmart where they reside. We have seen it affect teen unemployment. It went from 16 to 26 percent after the last wage hike. They employee less and less people and enable to give less and less or they raise cost and go out of business. We already have competition as others have pointed out and Chuck primarily in the online area. Where do you think people are going go if Walmart has to raise prices because of the higher wages? They're going to go to the Amazons in the world. In the end it's going to be the retailers and employment that --

Jonas Max Ferris: I see where you want to have a protest and people said there were people that did not know that they had the protest. You have to be careful because some may not get the goals. If you shut down the retailers ultimately, does that make it a wage in equality go away, and you do not see it. One time they protested the worker conditions, and we have basically moved that and outsourced the sweat shops. They did not go away. We do not get to see the visible bad work conditions. There's a fix and it's all behind and warehouses and amazon either. I wonder if the goals are going to work long hall with the problems that they're raising.

FBI tracking at least 48 'high-risk' ISIS suspects in the US

Gary B. Smith: We need to ramp them up. We're fighting a whole new war here. It's similar to other wars that we thought were unwinnable. The war against organized crime and the cartel. All of those wars were thoughts to be wow two strong or too tough or organized. How do we crack organized crime through intelligence or paid informants? We did not crack them by dropping bombs, we tracked them by the same kind of paid informants. The same way that Israel does it. They say that the last line of defense is the armed guard. They hope to get it before them. We need to really ramp this up. I understand that there's privacy issues, but things like wiretaps and all of the other things that I talk about and the paid informants, we need to go to what doing and work from the inside and rather than outside and just send in the drones and stuff like that. It's not been affective.

Lisa Boothe: I do think it will. I think that Governor Christie -- there's something broader going on here than what he said. The things that we have conceded and Syria and Iraq to ISIS and as a result they have had the ability to operate and grow and carry out an attack that we saw in Paris. That was a multi-pronged attack that they were able to execute because they had the grounds in Syria and Iraq to do so. This is a broader intelligence and we're going have to take the fight to ISIS and Syria and Iraq. It's much bigger.

Chuck Rocha: People started to backtrack on this privacy thing because we had not seen terror attacks, and now you see them more and more. What we see in the public polling is people willing to give up the rights and feel more protected. It's a slippery slope, and you have to give and take. The more that you see things happening in your neighborhood and closer to home, the more that people give up the privacy. It's a new world and you have to evolve, and it's a new technology and we should be using everything that we can to stay safe.

Jonas Max Ferris: Any terrorist attack is an intelligence shortfall and announcing that is an incitement to the matter. I am more also verses the military activity too, but that does not mean that you need the rights stepped on to catch the terrorists. There's intelligent way to do it, and I am not sure if we're doing it. Everybody does not have to get their shoes checked for a bomb when they realize that you're not the type of person that's going to bring a bomb in their shoes. They can do that with a lot of privacy things. You can identify people in advance that are not going buy bomb equipment, and you do not have to go through the e-mails and stuff. Does not mean that we don't have cameras and does not mean that everybody has a phone call.

John Layfield: Absolutely. We're at war right now. I was at an event last Sunday a WWE Survivor Series event where I do commentary and it was a threat by ISIS to blow up the building that we were in Atlanta. The reason that was uncovered was because anonymous had hacked into the website. Let's thank them for doing that. It's because we knew about this alleged threat. The government needs to be doing things like this. This is a different type of world and they have sleeper cells and spend years being in the country and then activating and doing something like this so you need every tool available to you. We really are at war.

New questions over how many Syrian refugees Persian Gulf nations are taking

John Layfield: It has to change. This is a human crisis that's going on. I don't want to diminish that. They're not knocking on the doors by the way and they're not showing up in Florida or Central American refugees. We're have to fly over there and get these people and bring them to America. We spent $1.1 billion last year relocating 70,000 refugees. We cannot afford to do everything. We have 50,000 homeless veterans in the country right now. Our Congress should be ashamed of themselves that they spend what do you think of that?

Jonas Max Ferris: Well, on the other hand, if all of the normal people that don't want to be part of ISIS it does not leave a lot to stop some dictator. Iran and then the normal Iranians came to America and cannot throw the cults that lead the country. You don't want anybody to leave because what is going to solve the problem of the groups there.

Gary B. Smith: Well, look whether they should or should not, that's another discussion I think. What bothers me is when we feel that we should tell other countries what they should do. I hate that. I think that they should do what they want to do

Stock Picks

Gary B. Smith: My daughter already has tickets to star wars. It's going to be huge for Disney. Stock up.

John Layfield: Walmart is on customer service and online has the stock up 20 percent in a year.

Jonas Max Ferris: according to the release, the iPhone could be and we will need more sunscreen and up 15 percent.