Not One Well

Dear Friend:

It’s been a big summer so far in the anti-fracking movement. We’re using that momentum with a Call-In Week, starting today, to keep the pressure on Governor Cuomo for a statewide ban.

On June 30, the New York Court of Appeals upheld the rights of Dryden and Middlefield to ban fracking within their borders. This decision is so important because of the mounting evidence that fracking is dangerous to our health, food, land, water, climate, and air.

In fact, the proof is so voluminous that on July 10, Concerned Health Professionals of New York released a Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking, bringing together data on the many diverse problems fracking causes.

And, on July 14, the New York State Supreme Court dismissed two cases challenging New York State’s lengthy health and environmental analysis.

Now we need a statewide ban. The Dryden decision is positive, but we all know that fracking contaminants don’t stop at town borders, and neither should protections against them. One well anywhere in New York State is one too many.

Governor Cuomo has said that his decision on fracking will be based on the science. He has also said that he needs more information.

Let’s remind Governor Cuomo that we have the law and science on our side.

Call Cuomo this week to say: The science is in, not one well!

Phone number: 866.584.6799

Please tell your friends and organizations to join us too!

Together, we’re going to keep fracking out of New York.

Jessica and the NYAF Team

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Wegmans Recalls Nectarines, Plums and Peaches That May be Contaminated


Wegmans is recalling nectarines, plums and peaches that may be contaminated by listeria.

Wegmans said the organic and non-organic fruit in multiple varieties and sizes was supplied by Wawona Packaging Company of California.

The grocer said customers who purchased the recalled products between June 1 and July 20, 2014 should discard them at home and visit the service desk at one of its stores for a full refund which will be determined by the customer’s estimated count of product discarded.

Wegmans also announced it is recalling baked goods containing fruit supplied by Wawona.

Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems.

Another recent recall involved Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, 14 fl oz.

The Recall Date: 06/28/2014


Best By date of 13 May 2015

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Nestle has recalled this product due to mismatched packaging. These mismatched packages actually contain Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream, but the ingredient statement on the carton applies to Chocolate Chocolate Chip ice cream and does not list peanuts. People with a peanut allergy or sensitivity should not consume this product.

All packages can be returned to the service desk for a full refund. 
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“Bitz” of Borowitz Wisdom

Andy Borowitz

Q: If a Russian missile is fired from a Russian launcher provided by Russia, who is responsible?

A: According to Putin, the correct answer is “Ukraine.”  Clearly, it’s Obama’s fault.

Putin’s response to the downed jet seems inspired by OJ’s promise to search for the real killers.

Question: where does Obama, who spends every waking hour golfing, find the time to cause all the world’s problems?

I hope that the 1.000 National Guardsmen Rick Perry sent to the border are prepared to defend themselves against unarmed children.

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Stephen Hawking’s Blunder on Black Holes Shows Danger of Listening to Scientists, Says Bachmann

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Dr. Stephen Hawking’s recent statement that the black holes he famously described do not actually exist underscores “the danger inherent in listening to scientists,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) said today.

Rep. Bachmann unleashed a blistering attack on Dr. Hawking, who earlier referred to his mistake on black holes as his “biggest blunder.”

“Actually, Dr. Hawking, our biggest blunder as a society was ever listening to people like you,” said Rep. Bachmann. “If black holes don’t exist, then other things you scientists have been trying to foist on us probably don’t either, like climate change and evolution.”

Rep. Bachmann added that all the students who were forced to learn about black holes in college should now sue Dr. Hawking for a full refund. “Fortunately for me, I did not take any science classes in college,” she said.

Bachmann’s anti-Hawking comments seemed to be gaining traction on Capitol Hill, as seen from the statement by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Science Committee, who said, “Going forward, members of the House Science Committee will do our best to avoid listening to scientists.”

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Nation Apparently Believed in Science at Some Point


MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Historians studying archival photographs from four decades ago have come to the conclusion that the U.S. must have believed in science at some point.

According to the historian Davis Logsdon, who has been sifting through mounds of photographic evidence at the University of Minnesota, the nation apparently once held the view that investing in science and even math could yield accomplishments that would be a source of national pride.

While Logsdon has not developed a complete theory to explain the United States’ pro-science stance during that era, he attributes some of it to the liberal views of the President at that time, Richard M. Nixon.

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James Garner Dead at 86

One of the Classiest actors in Hollywood has died.  James Garner was a True Class Act!!!!!

One of the Classiest actors in Hollywood!!!! A True Class Act!!!!!

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Officers Must Strive to Improve Law Enforcement Culture

police brotherhood
by Brian P. Boetig
During my recent interactions with the public as well as over the past 24 years of my law enforcement career, I have made references to the law enforcement culture. Culture is what defines any group, business or organization based on its values, behaviors and practices.

Every culture has aspects that are both lauded and loathed; the law enforcement culture is no different, although the U.S. population is more apt to conjure up negative connotations with the term “law enforcement culture” than to affiliate it with our rich traditions of service. Simply having a culture in and of itself is neither a positive or negative trait.

For centuries, officers across our nation have protected the citizenry at the cost of sacrificing their own lives.

Less recognized is the somber fact that suicides within the law enforcement profession occur at a rate more than twice that of the rest of the U.S. population. Sadly but truthfully, officer deaths are a part of our law enforcement culture.

Law enforcement culture is noble and commendable when officers support fellow officers by coming together to reaffirm their commitment to the families of slain officers or selflessly backing up other officers in distress. This commitment to the law enforcement brotherhood is highly revered.
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Brian P. Boetig is special agent in charge of the FBI in Buffalo.

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Greet And Meet Our Native Daughter Kathy Hochul

A little rain at the Lewiston Peach Festival Parade didn't dampen our spirits!

Come support our friend & native daughter Kathy Hochul in Cheektowaga tomorrow (Sun July 20) at the Pulaski Parade! (rain or shine)

When: 12:45 pm through 2:00 pm
Where: Meet the Hochul team next to Burger King in the Thruway Plaza parking lot. For more info contact Karen: 716 225 1492 or yours truly: 716 983 4996

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MSNBC’s Taking The Hill Posts In-Depth Interview with Melissa Fitzgerald on Veterans Treatment Courts

Justice For Vets Senior Director Melissa Fitzgerald sat down with MSNBC Taking the Hill host Patrick Murphy to talk about Veterans Treatment Courts.

Patrick Murphy, the first Iraq War veteran to have served in Congress, spoke with Fitzgerald about the need for veterans in leadership positions in American communities, and more.

“We need our veterans in our communities. Our veterans are of our greatest and most important civic assets. These are leaders and they are of service for life,”  said Fitzgerald. “We need them in our communities. Doing right by our veterans in our Veterans Treatment Courts helps them and their families, but they also help our communities.  We need them.”

All Rise Ambassador Martin Sheen also joined Patrick Murphy for an up close and personal discussion that recently aired on Taking the Hill.

If you missed this incredible episode of Taking The Hill with Martin Sheen you have a second chance to view it here.

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Boehner Drops Obama Lawsuit; Says it Would Mean Doing Something


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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) dropped his plans to sue President Obama on Friday, explaining to reporters, “I realized it would mean doing something.”In a brief appearance before the press, Speaker Boehner talked about his gradual realization that “filing a lawsuit requires effort and, yes, work.”

“I came to the conclusion that while suing the President would be the best thing for the American people, it would also require that I do something,” he said, struggling to retain his composure. “And that would be a betrayal of everything I stand for.”

Mr. Boehner’s decision drew praise from fellow Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who called it “courageous.”

“I know this was a very difficult decision for John,” McConnell said. “But at the end of the day you have to be true to your core values.”

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