FBI Director’s Award Given to Jeff Tricoli

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We’ve been out of town for a few days to share a wonderful celebration with our son Jeff and his family.

Jeff was awarded a 2014 Director’s Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday.  He earned his award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation.  He and his team launched an investigation in 2012 into the ongoing theft of intellectual property that is costing the U.S. billions of dollars and millions of jobs.  Knowing that 50 – 80 percent of these cyber intrusions come from China, this investigation uncovered overwhelming proof that a portion of these damaging thefts are state-sponsored.

The unprecedented indictments of five Chinese Army officers engaged in the cyber theft of American corporate trade secrets and other proprietary information serves as a deterrent to future state-sponsored cyber attacks against U.S. interests.

God bless our son and all the other wonderful men and women who won Director’s Awards for their exemplary work.  Our nation is all the safer for their work.

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Kerry Claims U.S. Has Found a Moderate Syrian Rebel

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In what Secretary of State John Kerry described as a significant foreign-policy coup, the U.S. claimed, on Tuesday, that it had successfully located a moderate Syrian rebel.

Though Kerry did not elaborate on how the U.S. did so, he said that locating the rebel was “the culmination of a months-long effort.”

The Secretary of State said that the Syrian had been appropriately vetted and was deemed “moderately rebellious.”

“He definitely seems to be the sort of gentleman we can work with,” Kerry said, adding that several millions of dollars would be spent arming and training the rebel in the days and weeks ahead.

Kerry said that the government’s successful identification of a moderate Syrian rebel was a major victory that should silence critics of the U.S.’s strategy in Iraq and Syria.

“To all of the naysayers who have been arguing that there are no moderate Syrian rebels, I am here today to say that we have found one,” Kerry said. “And if we have found one, that means that there must be others out there.”

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Steven Meyer Takes Tough Stand Against Politicians Who Vote Against Women’s Equality

 

 

Hi there- I hope all is well. I’m emailing you today because I’m hoping that you can make it to our event on Tuesday- together, we will be taking a stand against politicians who vote against women’s equality.This Tuesday, September 17th, I will be issuing a statement regarding the future of women’s equality in New York State. In our fight for equality, we have come a long way- but some politicians around here want to keep us stuck in the past.

Tuesday is our chance to stand up to the backwards politicians who continue to vote against bills such as the Domestic Violence Escalation Prevention Act and to tell them that they cannot continue to put us all at risk while they play political games.

If you want to join us and take a stance in favor of women’s equality, please come this Tuesday, September 17th to the steps of the Amherst Municipal Building in the Village of Williamsville at7pm. We will begin promptly at 7pm in order to make it to the Amherst Democratic Committee meeting at7:30. The address for the building is 5583 Main Street, Williamsville NY 14221.

I hope to see you there! Remember, this is our chance to stand up for equality!

Your friend,
Steve Meyer

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New Hire Is Wife of An Already Hired – Sweet!

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We have added a new employee to the Amherst Town work force.  She is Lori Angel.  Lori is the wife of the  Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor.   It’s been said that the family that works together grow richer together.

Wonder how she landed her job?  Was it posted?  What are the criteria?  How does she meet them?  How many others applied?  How did her résumé stand out among the others?  Wait, was she appointed?  How lucky for her that she knows people in high places!

We also hired two new people at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Not sure what their jobs are, what they are being paid, or what they do there.

How about some transparency please.

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Higgins Fights to Save Childcare Services at Buffalo VA

 

Kids Korner Slated for Shut-down September 30

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is fighting to block the closing of Kids Korner, a center that provides free childcare services for eligible veterans utilizing services and attending appointments at the VA Western New York Healthcare center in Buffalo.

Kids Korner opened at the Buffalo VA in 2011 as one of three pilot project sites providing childcare services to veterans.  It was authorized under the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.  Higgins fought to continue the program last September when the program was in jeopardy of expiring.  The program was extended at that time through a continuing resolution but is again at risk of ending on September 30, 2014.

“The needs of veterans are changing and the VA must be more accountable and responsive to meet these needs,” said Congressman Higgins.  “More women are serving and more servicembers are in need of comprehensive care and services.  Growth of the Kids Korner program demonstrates the demand, shows that it is working and provides veterans the flexibly to schedule and keep the medical appointments they need.  We will fight this on behalf of the military families that have already sacrificed enough.”

On September 9, 2014 Congressman Higgins wrote to leaders of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee advocating to for continued funding of the Kids Korner program in the FY 2015 continuing resolution.  Higgins is also pushing for passage of H.R. 5404, the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act, which would fund Kids Korner and support other veterans’ services through 2015.

Need for the program continues to grow including use among Grandparent caregivers.  In 2012 the Kids Korner facility in Buffalo saw 857 children, ages 3 weeks to 12 years old.  Last year Kids Korner served 1397 children.  This year, FY 2014, the site has already provided childcare to 1228 children.  In August 2014, 228 children were served – the highest number to date.  A recent survey conducted at the Buffalo found that 100% of Veterans were satisfied with the care provided through the program.

Having on-site child care has aided local veterans seeking treatment for PTSD, which requires regular counseling and recurring follow up.

Higgins is pushing for the House of Representatives to take action to protect this valuable veteran service during its session this week.

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Integrity Disqualifies Sanders for White House

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’s potential bid for the 2016 Presidency was declared over, on Monday, before it even began, because of a key feature of the American political system that makes a person with integrity ineligible for the White House.

According to some experts, the electoral system has developed a number of safeguards over the past few decades to prevent someone with independence and backbone from occupying the Presidency.

“Bernie Sanders’s failure to become a member of either major political party excludes him from the network of cronyism and backroom deals required under our system to be elected,” said Davis Logsdon, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota. “Though that failure alone would disqualify Sanders, the fact that he is not beholden to a major corporate interest or investment bank would also make him ineligible.”

Because of his ineligibility, Logsdon said, the Vermont Senator would be unable to fund-raise the one billion dollars required under the current system to run for President. “The best source of a billion dollars is billionaires, and Sanders has alienated them,” he said. “Clearly he didn’t think this through.”

Logsdon said that Sanders might persist in his quest for the White House despite his ineligibility but that such an effort would be doomed to fail. “Our political system has been refined over the years specifically to keep people like Bernie Sanders out of the White House,” he said. “The system works.”

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Andy’s Take On the News

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The fact that Sarah Palin was involved in a drunken snowmobile brawl is the least shocking thing about her. The most shocking thing about her is that a major political party nominated her to be Vice President.

We’ve talked about Sarah Palin far too much. May we please change the subject to Mark Sanford?

As far as this ISIS mission goes, I feel that as soon as we figure out who we’re fighting, who we’re helping, who’s helping us, and how to tell one from the other, we’re golden.

Who are John McCain’s guests on Meet the Press today?  Answer #1: ISIS reps, to thank him for his prior support and ask for more.  Answer #2:  Chuck Todd and David Gregory, I think.
by Andy Borowitz

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Pope to Marry Couples With Kids, Who Are Cohabiting

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Pope Francis is making good on his insistence that the Catholic Church welcome all faithful – not just those who obey church teaching perfectly. He’ll marry 20 couples this weekend, including some who already live together and those with children, technically a sin in the eyes of the church.

Sunday’s mass wedding in St. Peter’s Basilica was timed to coincide with the start of a major two-year study by the Vatican of a host of issues affecting family life, including premarital sex, contraception and divorce. No major changes in church teaching are foreseen, but Francis has made clear that he wants people in “irregular” partnerships to feel fully a part of the church.

The diocese of Rome, which is organizing the ceremony, said the 20 couples being married range in age from those in their mid-20s to those in their 50s and include “those who are already living together, those who already have children, those who met in church.”
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Obama Unable to Sleep After Learning Limbaugh Liked His Speech

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—President Obama has had two sleepless nights since learning that Rush Limbaugh praised his speech about Iraq and Syria this week, a White House source confirmed on Saturday.

According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the President has been unable to sleep since Limbaugh complimented him on the air and has been seen pacing back and forth in the Oval Office in a way that aides described as “worrisome.”

“When he heard that [House Speaker John] Boehner and [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell liked his speech, he seemed to take that in stride,” the source said. “But this Limbaugh thing has pushed him over the edge.”

After midnight on Friday, the source said, a member of the White House cleaning staff entered the Oval Office and found President Obama in his bathrobe and pajamas, staring at himself in a mirror.

“What have I done?” the President reportedly said to himself.

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Mosquito Or Drone ?

This Is  Not A Mosquito!!

Look  closely………………..Incredible

This Is  Not a Mosquito!! Look  closely………………..Incredible

  Have you  ever wished you could be a fly on the wall to spy on what’s going on or being said?  How about being a mosquito  instead!

No, this isn’t a real mosquito. It’s an insect spy drone for urban areas, already in production, funded by the US  Government.

   It can be remotely controlled and is equipped with a camera and a microphone.

   It can  land on you, and even has the potential to take a DNA sample or leave RFID tracking nanotechnology on your skin.

   It can fly  through a slightly open window, or it can attach to your clothing until you unwittingly take it into your home.

 It can then be guided to the top of a curtain or other invisible location where it can scope entire rooms  and monitor everything being  said.

   Given  their propensity to request macro-sized drones for surveillance, one is left with little doubt that the government has big plans for these micro gadgets.

(And to think we were worried about West Nile virus!)

And now you know why our government wants the law changed to allow drone surveillance  in the United States.

   This is a great example of what THIS administration is doing to control every aspect of your privacy, your freedom, your health care  and your finances!!!

   It’s time  for a major housecleaning in Washington.

   Are naive enough to think we aren’t headed for total government control of the American population?  If  you’re paying attention to what’s happening, you know what to  do!

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