The making of Hillary 5.0: Marketing wizards help re-imagine Clinton brand

Hillary Rodham Clinton, with Bill Clinton in New York after the the funeral of former New York governor Mario Cuomo (D) on Jan. 6, has added marketing experts to her team of advisers.

Is Hillary Rodham Clinton a McDonald’s Big Mac or a Chipotle burrito bowl? A can of Bud or a bottle of Blue Moon? JCPenney or J. Crew?

As she readies her second presidential campaign, Clinton has recruited consumer marketing specialists onto her team of trusted political advisers. Their job is to help imagine Hillary 5.0 — the rebranding of a first lady turned senator turned failed presidential candidate turned secretary of state turned likely 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

Clinton and her image-makers are sketching ways to refresh the well-established brand for tomorrow’s marketplace. In their mission to present voters with a winning picture of the likely candidate, no detail is too big or too small — from her economic opportunity agenda to the design of the “H” in her future campaign logo.
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Williamsville Village Board Meets Today

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The Williamsville Village Board meets Monday at 6 p.m. (work session) and 7:30 p.m. (regular meeting) at Village Hall, 5565 Main St. All are welcome!

You can see the agenda for both meetings on the Village website.  Click HERE.

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Silver Laundered His Money in Buffalo?

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Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s indictment came down Thursday. Turns out there’s a deep Buffalo connection to his scams: he parked $100,000 at a Buffalo company called Counsel Financial Services. Almost $400,000 more sat at another called JoRon, registered in the Buffalo offices of Z80 Incubator Labs. That’s Queen City bigwig Jordan Levy’s place that just got a cool million and a half from a taxpayer fund controlled by Governor Cuomo. Hmmmm.

A dozen Buffalonians working in Silver’s laundry include Former Supreme Court justice Joe Mattina and Paul Cody – he’s president of Counsel Financial. He used to head up JoRon. But I’m sure that’s just a coincidence, too. Right?
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Obama Says He Even Loves America’s Idiots

by Andy Borowitz

'Since 2009, unemployment has dropped, the stock market has soared, millions of uninsured have gotten health coverage, and Osama bin Laden has been killed. For a man who doesn't love America, our President sure doesn't know how to show it.'

Since 2009, unemployment has dropped, the stock market has soared, millions of uninsured have gotten health coverage, and Osama bin Laden has been killed. For a man who doesn’t love America, our President sure doesn’t know how to show it.

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Giuliani: Obama Had a White Mother, So I’m Not a Racist

Giuliani: Obama Had a White Mother, So I’m Not a Racist

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, in 2012. Mr. Giuliani drew criticism for his remarks about the president at an event on Wednesday.
By Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Confessore

Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York on Thursday defended his assertion that President Obama did not love America, and said that his criticism of Mr. Obama’s upbringing should not be considered racist because the president was raised by “a white mother.”

Mr. Giuliani’s remarks — made at a New York fund-raising event for Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Wednesday night and first reported by Politico— set off an uproar.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Mr. Giuliani said at the event. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.”

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Andy’s Take on the News

by Andy Borowitz

Republicans Unlearning Facts They Learned in Third Grade to Compete in Primary

'Republicans Unlearning Facts They Learned in Third Grade to Compete in Primary'
While Republicans are mad at Obama for refusing to call terrorists Islamic, I am mad at Obama for refusing to call Republicans assholes.
“The man, whom many Americans had difficulty placing, was making a desperate bid to remind people of his existence, experts believe.”

Rudy Giuliani knows a lot about love.

Ask Regina Peruggi, the second cousin he grew up with and married, who was “offended” when Rudy later engineered an annulment from the priest who was his best man on the grounds, strangely enough, that she was his cousin. Or ask Donna Hanover, the mother of his two children, who found out he wanted a separation when he left Gracie Mansion one morning and announced it at a televised press conference.

Or ask Judi Nathan, his third wife, whom he started dating while still married to Hanover and New York mayor. In two SUVs, he and an entourage of six or seven cops traveled 11 times to Judi’s Hamptons getaway at a taxpayer cost of $3,000 a trip. That’s love.
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Cuomo Attempts to Reduce “Three Men In A Room” to One with his “Linkage” Budget

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* The Governor’s motivation is political expedience, not the public interest *

New York’s politics have been dominated for years by “Three Men in a Room” – the governor, Senate majority leader, and Assembly speaker.  Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney who recently brought charges against one of Albany’s ruling troika, Sheldon Silver, sees the lack of openness and transparency inherent in such concentration of power as a significant detriment to democracy.

But Andrew Cuomo’s approach to this year’s budget makes three-men-in-a-room look downright egalitarian.

With the once formidable Mr. Silver no longer holding the Assembly speakership, the governor has “linked” several controversial and complex issues – including ethics reform and the funding of charter schools – directly to the budget approval process. Mr. Cuomo has replaced Albany’s triumvirate with a new dynamic that looks suspiciously like “One Man in a Room” – where the governor unilaterally calls the shots.
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Sneak-Peek of the Upcoming Film “Dear President Obama: The Case Against Fracking” with Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster

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Join us on Monday, March 9th at 7 p.m. for a sneak-peek at Jon Bowermaster’s brand new film-in-the-works “Dear President Obama: The Case Against Fracking.”

Building on the success of the locally-produced “Dear Governor Cuomo: New Yorkers Against Fracking In One Voice,” which played a role in convincing Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking in New York State, this new film takes a national look at the issue, profiling the victims of fracking, giving the experts on the subject a forum and taking a hard look at the variety of alternative energy sources that are gaining traction around the globe.

After the film will be a session with filmmaker Jon Bowermaster, as well as representatives from Food & Water Watch, Western NY Drilling Defense, New Yorkers Against Fracking, and Frack Action bringing Western New Yorkers up to speed on what’s transpired in the state since the December 17th decision to ban fracking.

For more information on the film, visit:

This event is free & open to the public. It will take place on Buffalo State College campus (1300 Elmwood Ave.) in the Bulger Communications Center, Room: North. You can find a campus map here:
Public parking area on campus T.B.A.

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Release of ECSO Cell Phone Device Information Up For Debate


It’s taxpayer-funded equipment, but there’s a debate on whether you should know how it’s being used, how often and who’s authorizing it in the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

The device in question is known as a Stingray. It’s something the New York Civil Liberties Union called a “highly invasive piece of technology” used by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office to capture data from nearby cell phones.

“What we want to know is what privacy protections, if any; the sheriff’s department has put in place for the use of this device,” Mariko Hirose, an attorney representing the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Attorney Andrea Schillaci, representing the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, said disclosing that information could compromise certain investigations.
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Tournament Champs

Dante Toronto

Have to take a bit of space on the blog today to post a brag.

Last weekend we went up to Toronto to watch our grandson, Dante Tricoli, play in a hockey tournament.  There were 5 games, only one of which was played in a rink so cold we were frozen stiff.  Dante began playing hockey when his family lived here in Amherst.

The end result was that his team from Cleveland won the tournament which made dealing with the frigid temps livable.

Congratulations Rocky River!

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