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


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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

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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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Humboldt Parkway, The Dream of a “Green Parkway”

 

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Neighbors living around Humboldt Parkway are rallying together in hopes that one day they might see the revitalization of their neighborhood, with a transition from freeway to “Green Parkway”. A new University at Buffalo study/report* brings to light the huge economic impact that would be realized if the project was to come to fruition (exceeding $1 billion – property values, construction employment of hundreds of jobs, etc). The area that is most impacted by the transition stretches the length between the Fillmore Business District and the Jefferson Street Business District.

Already a number of different interests are speaking out about their enthusiasm for the drastic change that would take the parkway back to the way Olmsted first envisioned it. “We absolutely embrace the vision to re-create a viable, walkable, green environment on all sides of the Museum,” says Mark Mortenson of the Buffalo Museum of Science. “That is the environment that the Museum celebrated until it was tragically lost by the construction of the Kensington Expressway.”

Looking back to the way Humboldt once seamlessly connected the Olmsted park system, it’s crazy to think that we would have lost our way so drastically. This is truly an epic Moses vs. Olmsted [ideology] battle that is still not over yet. The majestic parkway that once connected Delaware Park and The Parade (now MLK Park) is not lost, just buried under a sea of freeway that also disconnects vital areas of the city. “Six rows of mature shade trees once provided a wonderful canopy not only to connect Olmsted’s Delaware and Parade Parks, but also to provide a valuable green space where everyone was welcome to enjoy nature, enhancing the visual character and quality of life for the whole community. Restoring this green anchor on the East Side of Buffalo is a major priority of the Conservancy,” stated Olmsted Parks Conservancy President Thomas Herrera-Mishler.

Restore Our Community Coalition (ROCC) chairperson Stephanie Geter stated, “We want to update the community on the progress toward reaching our goal to restore the Olmsted vision of a vibrant, green community space, to remediate the devastation caused by the construction of Route 33, and to create a beautiful gateway to Buffalo’s Medical Corridor. ROCC came together in 2007 to bring this issue to the attention of local and state leaders, focusing our coalition power on the New York State Department of Transportation. Much work has been going on behind the scenes, and we have a plan to make this vision a reality.”

Richard Cummings, President of the Black Chamber of Commerce, asserts that “while the Kensington Expressway construction led to community devastation, we are optimistic that some of the damage can be reversed. Even though the introduction of the expressway in the 60’s isolated the East Side from the rest of Buffalo, we are working with businesses, residents and city leaders to reverse that decline. We believe that our community can be restored.”

For years there has been a battle going on regarding just how to restore the freeway back to a boulevard. Infill? Decking? There are those who say that the freeway must continue to allow cars to get in and out of the city. They oppose infill. Then there are those who say that decking is too costly, and that the money would be hard to come by. Stanley Fleming, who serves as the Executive Director for ROCC, stated, “ I was elated to meet several leading planners and urbanism experts [at a Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) workshop in Buffalo this past June] who affirmed the human, economic and environmental benefits of sustainable planning projects such as our proposal to create a green deck over a portion of Route 33. Projects like this are going on around the country, and at even greater expense that the projected $560 million that a Green Humboldt Deck would cost, because the point is that this in an investment, which will reap returns. It is not just a transportation cost to correct an urban sprawl mistake. An investment to turn part of this highway into a green boulevard will reap dividends in terms of job creation and increased property values. An investment to restore a Green Humboldt Parkway will bring to our Buffalo Renaissance the beautiful gateway that our Downtown Revitalization deserves.”

The Restore Our Community Coalition (ROCC) will share highlights of the UB report with the general public on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Buffalo Museum of Science Cummings Room.

*Study commissioned by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the UB School of Architecture and Planning in conjunction with its Regional Institute Urban Design Project, a team of experts led by principal investigator, Robert Shibley. Key study investigators Paul Ray of the UB Urban Design Project and Professor Hiro Hata, who led a team to develop potential implementation designs for a green parkway, will also be on hand at the meeting.

 

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Dennis Ward and Jerry Schad – Changed by Hatred

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by Jim Tricoli – Editor

Today I went down to the Board of Election to pick up some information and materials so I can run in the 27th District as their committeeman.  As I was leaving the building I pressed the down button on the elevator.   When the door opened there was one person on the elevator, none other than Dennis Ward.

I have never seen Dennis Ward really lose his cool or be lost for words but as he looked at me with intense hate as he said that he was getting off the elevator and walk down the stairs.  Fine.  No skin off my nose.

Dennis was totally aghast when he saw me.  It’s no secret Dennis and I aren’t friends.  He has said that I’m the number one person he hates.

Jerry Schad and Dennis want me out of the Amherst Democratic Committee because I challenge both of them as to what they say.  They’re used to controlling people and have done so for a long time.  When someone challenges their power they let the hounds out to destroy that person.

I do not follow blindly.  Their methods don’t work on this Sicilian man whose faith guides him toward  following truth.  I only bend my knee to my Lord.

Do I make mistakes?  Of course but when I falter I try to correct my error.  Dennis Ward and Jerry Schad just keep plowing ahead.

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Malaysia Airlines Plane Carrying 295 People Crashes Near Ukraine-Russia Border

CLICK IMAGE for slideshow: An armed pro-Russian separatist stands at a site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. The Malaysian airliner MH-17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said. Dozens of bodies were scattered around the smouldering wreckage of a passenger jet that crashed in a field in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a Reuters reporter said. An emergency services rescue worker said at least 100 bodies had so far been found at the scene, near the village of Grabovo, and that debris from the wreckage was spread across an area up to about 15 km (nine miles) in diameter. (REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev )

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Ukraine official says plane was shot down; Obama calls crash ‘terrible tragedy,’ says White House working to determine whether Americans were aboard

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people crashed near the Ukraine-Russia border Thursday, and a Ukraine official said later it had been shot down by a missile in the volatile region.  There were 280 passengers and 15 crew.

Both government officials and pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied responsibility.

The number of fatalities in the crash was not immediately clear. An aide to Ukraine’s interior minister quoted by Interfax said the total number of dead in the crash of Flight MH17 was more than 300 and includee 23 U.S. citizens. An Associated Press reporter at the scene reported seeing at least 22 bodies.
The head of Ukrainian’s emergency services told Reuters that search efforts at the scene of the crash we being hampered by “armed terrorists.”
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