Something Smells Fishy

The other day I posted here about how a convicted felon passed a background check to purchase a firearm and use it to shoot three cops.   A local Kansas City news station has been digging into the how and why this thug was able to purchase the firearm.   They got an answer from the FBI but with something smelling fishy, they dug more into it and came up with some interesting findings.   Make sure to watch the video at the link.

KANSAS CITY, Mo — An FBI background check wasn’t enough to stop a dangerous felon from buying a gun he used to shoot three Kansas City police officers.

You saw it first on FOX4 Tuesday night, the breakdown that allowed Marlin Mack to buy the gun. FOX4 Problem Solvers continue to ask questions about how Mack was allowed to buy the gun, and we’ve gotten some answers.

Those answers have brought up more questions…

FBI Spokesperson Stephen Fischer sent this reply:

“Mr. Mack provided false biographical information at the time of his firearm purchase. That information can only be verified at the point of sale. The false information was submitted to the FBI and searched through the national instant criminal background check system (NICS).  As the false information did not match a prohibited record, the request was cleared to proceed.”

Michael Tabman is a retired FBI Special Agent in Charge. He said it’s important to know what the false biographical information is to determine where the breakdown occurred.

“In that case that if it is someone else`s name, date of birth, it comes back not a hit then. What are you going to do? There is not much we can argue about. It was a false ID,” Tabman said. “The other could be it was just a misstep that still should have been picked up.”

Since FOX4 didn’t get specifics from the FBI, we went to The Armory KC. The owner didn’t want to go on camera but let us see the information he said Mack provided on the application and matched his Missouri driver’s license.

The name is slightly different. We’re talking about Marlin James Mack Jr., but Mack said his middle initial was “W.”

Mack’s place of birth was also incorrect, but the most important piece of information, his birthday, was correct.

Tabman now owns Spirit Asset Protection and routinely runs background checks for employers. FOX4 gave him the exact information provided to the FBI and asked him to see what he could find.

Tabman entered the name Marlin Mack with the birthday Mack provided, 5-25-93, and Marlin James Mack Jr. popped up right away with a long list of felony convictions.

Although the middle name is not the same, Tabman said this should have at least triggered a three-day hold while the FBI investigated further.

When FOX4 asked Fischer about the information we uncovered, he replied, “We have no further comment at this time.”

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You probably can’t buy a home there.

The link has details on the top 20 least affordable housing areas.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, families that pay more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording rent as well as other necessities such as food, clothing, transportation, and medical care. While the poorest families are the most likely to be housing-cost burdened, skyrocketing home prices in U.S. metropolitan areas have caused the nation’s housing affordability crisis to spread to a large number of middle class Americans.

While the housing cost burden for low-income households is often offset through housing subsidies, there are few forces protecting middle-income households from the rising cost of real estate. Fast-growing cities with high construction costs and low housing inventories have experienced some of the sharpest spikes in home prices over the past several decades, and today these cities have some of the largest shares of cost-burdened middle-class households.

To determine the cities where the middle class can no longer afford a home, 24/7 Wall Street reviewed the share of households earning $45,000 to $74,999 annually that spend at least 30 percent of their incomes on housing in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Data came from “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2018” report of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. There are 20 metro areas in which more than 30 percent of households in the income bracket spend at least 30 percent of their incomes on housing.

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Definitions of the middle class vary by housing organization and geography. Nationwide, the middle 20 percent of U.S. households earn between $45,325 and $72,384, roughly in line with the $45,000-$74,999 breakout provided by the JCHS. While the incomes earned by the middle class of earners varies by city to city, the $45,000-$74,999 range was used throughout this analysis as an approximation of the American middle class.

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Lip Sync Challenge: Henry County Georgia PD

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Railroads Desperate For Workers Offering Up To $25,000 Sign On Bonuses

If I was 20 years younger I would definitely be looking into this.

Railroad workers are being offered signing bonuses of up to $25,000 to join BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Corp. as the freight railroads struggle to fill jobs in a historically tight labor market.

BNSF and Union Pacific are hauling more products across the Western U.S., where their networks are based, and trying to ease congestion in areas with high demand. Freight volumes are rising on strong economic growth and industrial expansion, and a shortage of available truck capacity is pushing more shipments onto rails.

At the same time, the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.1% in the U.S., and as low as 2.8% in some markets where railroads are hiring.

In response, the companies are dangling incentives that analysts and union leaders say are the highest they can recall.

Union Pacific is offering $10,000 to $20,000 “hiring incentives” to train crews in cities like Denver, Kansas City, Mo., and North Platte, Neb., where its largest rail yard is located. Those jobs average $40,000 in pay over the first year and $60,000 the next, according to job listings.

Electricians to inspect, repair and maintain locomotives are being wooed with $25,000 signing bonuses to Union Pacific locations outside Milwaukee; in Hinkle, Ore., a three-hour drive from Portland; and elsewhere.

A Union Pacific spokeswoman said the hiring bonuses are for certain positions in “tight labor markets.”

BNSF, owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., BRK.B -0.17% has hiring incentives starting at $15,000 for some new hires, according to a document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

A BNSF spokeswoman said the railroad is facing a talent shortage across its system and is extending the offer to diesel mechanics, electricians and conductor trainees. “We are constantly evaluating the market and will use this approach when it makes sense to recruit talented individuals for hard to fill positions or locations,” spokeswoman Amy Casas said.

The jobs can be demanding, with irregular work schedules, long hours and frequent nights away from home. “This is a tough lifestyle,” said Jason Kuehn, a vice president at consulting firm Oliver Wyman who focuses on transportation. “It’s a very unforgiving work environment.”

For those willing to endure it, the pay is good. The median Union Pacific employee—a locomotive engineer—made nearly $83,000 in total compensation in 2017, according to a company securities filing. Health-care and retirement benefits, including a pension, are also fairly generous. (See how your pay stacks up.)

One catch is that the bonuses are paid out over time, after meeting certain milestones, like completing training or one year of service. And they lock in workers to the location for around three years. If workers leave or are terminated for cause before that, they have to pay back the full amount.


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Trump’s Approval Soars Among Blacks

President Trump’s approval rating among Black Americans is at 36% according to the latest Rasmussen Poll.   It has more than doubled in the past year.

Even as cable news networks debate reports of the existence of a recording of President Donald Trump using a racial slur, a new poll from Rasmussen Reports says that the president’s approval rating among African-Americans is at 36 percent, nearly double his support at this time last year.

“Today’s @realDonaldTrump approval ratings among black voters: 36%,” Rasmussen said in a tweet. “This day last year: 19%.”

That is a staggeringly high number for a man who only won 8 percent of the African-American vote in 2016.

It is even more unexpected given the president’s rocky history on matters related to race, including his current nasty feud with former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who has alleged Trump said “n wordon the set of the reality-TV show “The Apprentice.”

With unemployment at an all time low and particularly at a historically low for Blacks, it seems their eyes are being opened to what Democrats have been doing to them.   Democrats can no longer keep minorities in chains but they can keep them in economic slavery and minorities are beginning to realize that.


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