This Photo Should Tell You Everything You Need To Know About The FedEx Shooting

The picture above shows the scene outside the FedEx facility where Tuesday’s  mass shooting in Georgia took place. Notice carefully what sign is posted.  That’s right, it’s a “No Firearms Allowed” sign.

It’s a tragic story. A FedEx employee injured six other people using a shotgun in the gun-free zone, three of whom are in critical condition and two of whom are in surgery, according to the hospital. After he had injured the six, the employee used the gun to kill himself.

Numerous 911 calls alerted police that there was a shooter in the building, and more than 100 police and federal officers quickly swarmed in on the location. But despite the speed with which police got there, the damage had already been done.

According to a hospital spokesperson, two of the injuries were life-threatening, specifically those of a twenty-eight year old man and a fifty-two year old woman.  The hospital said the man was on a ventilator.

The effectiveness of gun free zones is a matter of continuing political debate. According to economist John Lott, “With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.”

FedEx issued a statement in which they said, “FedEx is aware of the situation. Our primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of our team members, first responders, and others affected. FedEx is cooperating with authorities.”

How effective are gun zones in preventing violence?  Do they help prevent it? Or do they in fact provide mass shooters with confidence that they won’t be confronted by someone packing heat while carrying out their rampage? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Here’s a close-up of the picture. This photo should tell you everything you need to know.

Fed Ex Guns Zoomed In SC

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Ralph Nader: Obama Should “Most Definitely” Be Impeached

Ralph Nader recently wrote a book entitled, “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.”  Nader regards such an alliance as not a fantasy, but rather as actually emerging.”On Capitol Hill, I’m seeing more and more in Congress, left and right,” said Nader.

“It was a vote in the House over a year ago over the NSA snooping, it almost broke through … so we’re beginning to see formulations that once they click together, they’re unstoppable.”  The measure Nader is referring to, known as the Amash amendment, narrowly failed by 12 votes after a White House lobbying effort to halt the bill in its tracks.

The often outspoken Nader, political activist and five time Presidential candidate,  advocates the full decriminalization of drugs, saying “Tobacco leads to the deaths of over 400,000 Americans; hard drugs lead perhaps to 8,000.”

Nader went on to say that the success of his envisioned alliance is dependent upon strong leaders. He cites Rand Paul as a potential strong leader for the alliance, but then discusses what he sees as Rand Paul’s shortcomings: “He’s a mixed bag, you know, he’s evolving. He’s broadening his issues that he’s talking about and they’re beginning to resonate. On the other hand.. he has problems dealing with people.”

Nevertheless, Nader views Rand Paul as the strongest contender in the 2016 GOP Primary.

One thing is clear: Ralph Nader does not want to see a match between the following two Establishment candidates, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.“You want a dull campaign? Try Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton in 2016,” Nader states. “It’ll only be exciting for people who are interested in dynasties and personalities.”

Nader goes on to say about Clinton, “She’s turned into an international militarist. She’s far more hawkish than Obama.”
Nader puts forward a list of twenty billionaires that he’d would like to see run for President. “That’s where we’re at now: 20 billionaires with some enlightened background and I said run. Run! Run as an independent,”  Nader states. “Just to shake up this two-party tyranny … So maybe one of them will run. We certainly have enough of them, don’t we?”

Nader believes that Obama has violated the Constitution and deserves impeachment. “Oh, most definitely,” he replied when asked whether Congress should put forward articles of impeachment on Obama. “The reason why Congress doesn’t want to do it is because it’s abdicated its own responsibility under the Constitution.”

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Uh-Oh: You Won’t Believe Who Is Outraising Hillary Clinton Right Now

Amazingly,  former neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s PAC has outraised Hillary Clinton and all  prospective 2016 GOP contenders besides himself over the last three months.

It is surprising to consider that Carson, a complete political novice, has garnered so much cash in this latest period. Or is it so surprising?

After all, according to the Blaze, Dr. Ben Carson is a very unique and successful man. He is a devout and unabashed Christian. Carson was the director of pediatric neurosurgery  at John Hopkins Hospital, a position the sixty one year old held for 28 years. Carson came from an underprivileged background on the streets of Detroit (his mother had a third grade education.) He was a pioneer in  the separation of conjoined twins. He even has had a movie made about his life.

John Philips Sousa IV, a descendant of the Stars and Stripes composer and head of Carson’s PAC, said the following to Newsmax about Carson’s fundraising success: “My gut tells me that the American people are looking for a citizen statesman, for a non-politician.”

Dr. Carson has said repeatedly that he has no interest in running for the Presidency unless God tells him to, but he is still doing very successful fundraising.

His unwillingness to run for the Presidency has not made him shy away from addressing political issues, though. His upcoming book, One Nation: What We Can Do to Save America’s Future, will delve into how he believes America can once again move forward out of its current political, financial, and moral decline. Carson says he has “never shared a more urgent message,” and further said:

Our growing debt and deteriorating morals have driven us far from the founders’ intent. We’ve made very little progress in basic education. Obamacare threatens our health, liberty and financial future. Media elitism and political correctness are out of control.

He also shared a video recently detailing what he would do if he actually did become President:

 

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Pentagon Wants to Destroy $1 Billion Dollars Worth Of Ammunition

The official US national debt stands at $17 trillion, but economist and national debt expert Laurence Kotlikoff says a better number is $222 trillion. He says the U.S. runs a Ponzi scheme that ignores the “fiscal gap” and excludes things like Social Security payments, healthcare and Medicare payments, and Medicaid payments.  A whopping 40 percent of Americans could not come up with $2000 in the event of an emergency.

What should the government do in light of these facts? Well, according to Pentagon and congressional sources, the Pentagon plans to destroy more than a billion dollars worth of ammunition. Unfortunately, some of this ammo could be still viable; but exactly how much is unknown due to the fact that Defense Department inventory systems can’t share data effectively, according to a Governmental Accountability Office report.

The chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, Senator Tom Carper, said the following:

There is a huge opportunity to save millions, if not billions of dollars if the (Pentagon) can make some common-sense improvements to how it manages ammunition.Despite years of effort, the Army, Navy and Air Force still don’t have an efficient process for doing something as basic as sharing excess bullets. This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report clearly shows that our military’s antiquated systems lead to millions of dollars in wasteful ammunition purchases.

According to the GAO report, only the Army uses the standard Pentagon format for date storage on ammo, while the Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps operate with obsolete formats. The Defense Department has failed to build a unified ammunition database despite working for decades on the project. Meanwhile, the Defense Department continues with its great boondoggle, the F-35 jet, which has become the most expensive weapons system in history . The tab to taxpayers for the years it is expected to be flying is no longer $1 trillion, but instead $1.5 trillion. The plane is seven years behind schedule, with frequent malfunctions still occurring.

It should be noted that the U.S. military budget is the largest in the world,  greater than the next eight countries on the list combined. Defense Department Spending SCWhat do you think? Should Americans keep shoveling pork the way the generals and DoD bureaucrats want? Or should Americans hold the Pentagon accountable for its inefficient and wasteful spending? The choice is yours. Feel free to comment below.

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What Does This Secret Group Of Super-Wealthy Liberals Have In Store For America?

The Koch Brothers are all over the liberal media these days. The famous brothers are hated by liberals because the brothers’ deep pockets go to help fund a variety of right-wing causes.

However, are the Koch Brothers and their allies just a phenomenon of the right, whereas the liberal treasure chests are filled merely by humble commoners hoping to band together against right-wing big shots? Well, as most Western Journalism readers know, the answer is no. However, it is not just billionaire George Soros donating big money to help the radical feminists, environmentalists, and atheists fuel their agenda.

Instead, there is an entire organization of wealthy people that meets behind closed doors to determine the direction they want for America.  In fact, the Democracy Alliance, as it is called, will be holding its annual spring meeting this time in Obama’s hometown, good ol’ Chicago. The meeting will not be composed entirely of wealthy liberal donors, though. They will also be joined by union bigwigs and progressive stars such as Bill de Blasio. de Blasio will be delivering a keynote speech at the Ritz Carlton as the conference kicks off.

This conference is indeed secretive. Press are barred from the sessions, and participants are not allowed to discuss the proceedings.

The price to be a member of the club is a steep one.  Members have to pay $30,000 in annual dues and give at least $200,000 a year to recommended groups.

What do these recommended groups look like? They include various leftist groups such as Media Matters, the Center for American Progress, and Catalist.

Panels at the conference will focus on pushing various aspects of the leftist agenda, including income inequality, global warming, gun control, and abortion rights.

The conference looks to be moving leftward from its already liberal stances. A new leadership is replacing the Obama and Clinton loyalists who had been running the Democracy Alliance.  One reason this is important is that this club’s members could be important in determining whether Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton gets the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination. Erica Payne, who helped found the club and now leads a liberal nonprofit said the following:

I anticipate the Democracy Alliance becoming both more progressive and more aggressive (emphasis added) in the coming years. That will disturb centrist Democrats, but it will be healthy and productive for the country. They need to be challenged on these things.

So there it is. A “progressive” group filled with wealthy people, labor union officials, and progressive stars will be meeting this next week behind closed doors to discuss the direction they would like America to head.

Is this group really a “Democracy Alliance”  putting forth resistance against the corroding democracy in America? Or is this group meeting in secret to discuss how they can get this country under their grasp once and for all? Feel free to share your thoughts.

 

This post originally appeared at the Sound Money Institute, a site devoted to understanding the current economic problems from a free market perspective. It discusses how these problems can be solved on a political level and also how individuals can successfully navigate these economic problems for themselves.

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