The Clothes Make the Man, Not a Mayor

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Mayor Brown of Buffalo not only finds it difficult to tell the truth, but impossible.  In my personal relationship with the Mayor he has shown me he  is more concerned that his clothes are the best.  He is such a fool he believes clothes make the man.  He fails to understand the BS he throws around lands on his clothes and soils them beyond salvage.

He doesn’t have the inner integrity or honesty to be a man who can help change a city, instead he brought in more racketeers and crooked businessmen.  He seems to be expecting the President to select him to serve on a more responsible job.  That won’t happen but there are must be some good haberdasher shops that need sharp dressers to run these shops in the Arctic Circle.  Mayor Brown buys nice clothes.  Now he can sell sharp men’s hats and clothes.

Why all this background information on Mayor Brown?  Our Mayor today shut down 3 bars which have been having troubles.  They are in the Elmwood triangle but Brown hasn’t shut down any of the dangerous bars on the Eastside.  Is this because the Mayor gave many of these bar owners government money to be used to help build new houses on the Eastside when instead they opened up bars?  When the government went to investigate what the Mayor did with the money his face turned red and said he couldn’t collect any of the money because the men he gave it to wasted away on trips, booze, cars and women.

Brown got angry at these people and told them not to do it again!  Wow.  That was a vivid statement.  Here he shows his lack of true grit because above all he needs the black, Hispanic and America Indian vote to keep winning.

Brown is smooth and when he had his right hand man Steve Casey were running Buffalo, Brown was a perfect mannequin.  There is a huge danger keeping this powder puff as Mayor.  There is major crime here and more gangs are coming to Buffalo.  We need a Mayor who is honest, tough and has a good, fully inflated, set of bal_s.

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Mad Hatters Gala 2015

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Sheldon Silver Temporarily to Give Up Duties as NY Assembly Speaker

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has agreed to give up his duties temporarily while fighting federal corruption charges.

Silver has agreed to step away from his duties, at least temporarily.

A spokesman for Silver said the speaker planned to brief Democratic members of the Assembly on his intentions Monday.

He is accused of using his position as one of the state’s most powerful politicians to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.

The criminal complaint says there is probable cause to believe that Silver obtained about $4 million in payments characterized as attorney referral fees through the corrupt use of his official position.
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His attorney should hope for “not guilty”, a far cry from ” innocent.”  Wonder what they will do over at Luxembourg & Weiss?  In the end, maybe like Al Capone, they’ll nail him on taxes!

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The Results Are in! The Unhealthiest Cities in the U.S. Are…

The Results Are in! The Unhealthiest Cities in the U.S. Are...

BetterDoctor has ranked the unhealthiest cities in the U.S.

Is it any surprise that the former home of Elvis — the man who famously ate peanut butter, fried banana, and bacon sandwiches — ranks as the unhealthiest city in America?

Yes, Memphis, Tennessee is the land of overeating, bad habits, low physical fitness rates, and pathetic access to good healthcare, according to BetterDoctor, which just released its first ranking of the healthiest and unhealthiest cities across the country.
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The Top 25 Unhealthiest Cities
(each city’s total score on a 100-point scale is shown in parentheses)

1.) Memphis, TN (15.8)
2.) Oklahoma City, OK (24.1)
3.) Louisville, KY (26.3)
4.) San Antonio, TX (27.3)
5.) Nashville, TN (29.0)
6.) Indianapolis, IN (29.5)
7.) Las Vegas, NV (29.8)
8.) New Orleans, LA (30.8)
9.) Los Angeles, CA (32.7)
10.) Jacksonville, FL (34.6)
11.) Detroit, MI (34.7)
12.) Riverside, CA (35.1)
13.) Phoenix, AZ (35.6)
14.) Orlando, FL (36.7)
15.) Tampa, FL (38.2)
16.) Miami, FL (38.3)
17.) Columbus, OH (38.5)
18.) Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (38.9)
19.) Houston, TX (40.0)
20.) Kansas City, MO (40.0)
21.) Charlotte, NC (40.1)
22.) Birmingham, AL (42.2)
23.) Cleveland, OH (42.5)
24.) Virginia Beach, VA (42.9)
25.) Milwaukee, WI (43.4)

The Top 25 Healthiest Cities

1.) Boston, MA (74.5)
2.) Minneapolis, MN (73.6)
3.) Washington, DC (72.6)
4.) San Francisco, CA (66.4)
5.) Hartford, CT (62.7)
6.) Pittsburgh, PA (60.1)
7.) San Jose, CA (58.6)
8.) Salt Lake City, UT (58.5)
9.) Seattle, WA (57.7)
10.) Cincinnati, OH (57.6)
11.) Portland, OR (56.7)
12.) Denver, CO (56.6)
13.) Sacramento, CA (56.6)
14.) Atlanta, GA (55.9)
15.) San Diego, CA (55.3)
16.) Baltimore, MD (55.0)
17.) St. Louis, MO (54.7)
18.) Austin, TX (53.9)
19.) Raleigh, NC (52.7)
20.) Providence, RI (51.3)
21.) Buffalo, NY (50.3)
22.) Richmond, VA (48.6)
23.) Chicago, IL (48.4)
24.) New York, NY (47.7)
25.) Philadelphia, PA (44.0)

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A World War II Nurse’s VA Lobotomy Takes Toll on Family She Raised

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by Patrick W. Welch, PhD
U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)
Veterans Advocate & Educator
Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court – Senior Mentor

I am sick and disgusted.  In all my years of veterans advocacy I have not ever heard the stories of the VA giving lobotomies to World War II veterans.  This story in the Saturday edition of The Wall Street Journal states that 2,000 WW II vets were treated this way because they just were not right after they returned from the war.  I am lost for words to express my feelings about such a tragedy for those who bravely served this nation.  WTF were they thinking?  Cut out parts of their brains to quiet them down, just pathetic and I feel like I want to vomit.
A World War II nurse’s VA lobotomy takes toll on family she raised :

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Michael Kearns Could Be Next Assembly Speaker

by Matthew Ricchiazzi

Assemblyman Kearns (D, R, I)

In the face of Sheldon Silver’s arrest on public corruption charges, the Albany establishment — long entrenched in the culture of corruption that Silver typified — has been shaken to its core.

As we speak there are rumblings in Albany that South Buffalo’s Assemblyman Michael Kearns could become the next Speaker of the New York State Assembly.

Kearns has said that he hasn’t ruled out the possibility.

The rumors come shortly after Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas Langworthy, an influential figure in the NYGOP, endorsed the Kearns’ candidacy. Kearns ran for election with the backing of the Democratic, Republican, and Independence parties.
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Letter to the Editor: Not So Quicksilver

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This was a bad week for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a worse week for NYS Democrats, and horrible for the citizens of the State of New York.  Corruption involving money in politics maybe endemic, and historical, but will never be eliminated unless or until we can either publicly fund these political campaigns, or set finite campaign finance limits, or both.  Repealing or legislating away the Supreme Court decision that money is somehow free speech would be a big help too.  From the looks of things, there may be more criminal charges against other state politicians as well, which we should welcome if warranted, if not eagerly await.

While it is true, like any one else charged with a crime, Speaker Silver and the others have a presumption of innocence, and the prosecution must be willing and able to prove the government’s case beyond a reasonable doubt.  However given the sensitivity and prominence of the position involved, I would hope Mr. Silver, and others, would at least step aside from any leadership post and take a leave of absence during this prosecution, if not resign.  If he does not want to resign his Assembly seat, that becomes a district issue between him and his constituents, which at the worst can be decided in 2 years at the polls, if not in court.  However to the degree he is a statewide leader, it is an issue for all the rest of us, and I for one among many, am sure, I want him to step down, if not out.  The Assembly belongs to all New Yorkers and should not be held hostage to the personal desires of a leader who does not see the impropriety of attempting to continue to lead under this prosecutorial cloud.

More importantly this provides us all with a reform moment.  It’s time to end the infamous “3 Men in a Room” style of governance. It is not good government now, if it ever was.  Open up the Legislative halls in Albany with new rules changes to make governing a more democratic process.  Close behind that should be an end to the seniority system, another painful structure of a latter day no longer necessary.  Make again all the members equal and that can go to eliminate special financial favors as lulus as well.  Finally, a time to take up term limits for members and for committee chairs as well.  The current system only breeds corruption, and all the lack of energy and new ideas any such system of long term incumbencies inevitably produces.

We in WNY have traditionally been dominated by NYC and downstate political interests and this could provide the spark for meaningful legislative reform and allow us to realign state government more along our interests and policy needs.  Let’s not lose the opportunity. We can do better.
Dan Ward

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Bharara: After Silver Arrest, ‘stay tuned’ For More

“The greedy art of secret self-reward was practiced with particular cleverness and cynicism by the Speaker,” said Bharara, making yet another appearance to talk about a new case involving an elected state official.

In a press conference, Bharara laid out the case against Silver and said it emerged in part from materials collected by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission panel on public corruption. That panel was shuttered in April 2014 midway through its planned lifespan after a budget negotiation between Cuomo and the legislative leaders included a modest package of ethics fixes.

“For many years, New Yorkers have asked the question, ‘How could Speaker Silver — one of the most powerful men in all of New York — earn millions of dollars in outside income without deeply compromising his ability to honestly serve his constituents?’ Today we provide the answer: He didn’t,” Bharara said.

” … For many years, New Yorkers have also asked the question, ‘What exactly does Speaker Silver do to earns his substantial outside income?’ Well, the head-scratching can come to an end on that score too, because the answer to that question today as well (is) he does nothing.”

Instead, Bharara said, Silver “simply sat back and collected millions of dollars by cashing in on his public office and his political influence.”

Silver’s attorneys released a brief statement: “We’re disappointed that the prosecutors have chosen to proceed with these meritless criminal charges. That said, Mr. Silver looks forward to responding to them — in court — and ultimately his full exoneration,” said the release from Joel Cohen and Steven Molo.

In the news conference, Bharara said his office wasn’t the only investigative entity to have probed Silver’s outside work, and noted the Moreland panel’s work on the subject.

“But a deal was cut that cut off the commission’s work,” Bharara said. “To the great relief of Sheldon Silver, who furiously fought its subpoenas and urged the commission’s early shutdown, Moreland was made to close its doors after only nine months, its work barely begun, and while litigation over those subpoenas about Sheldon Silver’s outside income was still pending before a state judge.”

“The show-me-the-money culture of Albany has been perpetuated and promoted at the very top of the political food chain,” Bharara said.

A spokesman for Cuomo had no immediate comment.

“Today, in order to prevent Silver from accessing his alleged ill-gotten gains, we also announce that the court has issued warrants allowing us to seize approximately $3.8 million in alleged fraud proceeds that Silver had dispersed among eight different bank accounts at six different banks,” Bharara said.

In a line that might send a chill through certain corners of the Capitol, Bharara noted that his corruption work was ongoing.

“We will keep at it, because the men and woman of the FBI and of my office still subscribe to the quaint view that no one is above the law, no matter who you are, or who know, or how much money you have,” he said. “And so our unfinished fight against public corruption continues. You should stay tuned.”

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FBI Now Recruiting For its Cyber Squad

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Do you have what it takes?  Cyber crime is an enormous problem for all of us.  Could you be part of the solution?

Think you’ve got “cyber skills?”  You could put them to use at the FBI.

In an effort to prevent and investigate the most sophisticated computer threats around the globe, the FBI is seeking out the best of the best to wear the badge.

“The urgency is such that we really can’t keep pace with the demand,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Jeff Tricoli.

The FBI is now recruiting Special Agents and support staff for their Cyber Squad. They’ll work to combat fraud, global terror threats, and protect the nation’s cyber infrastructure.

Actors working on behalf of nation states, the people who are involved in so-called hacktivist “Anonymous” type groups and criminal networks that are working to steal from banks are all targets of this unit.

Special Agent in Charge, Jeff Tricoli, says given that almost every crime they investigate has a “cyber” element, there is no limit to how many people they’ll hire.
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Letter: Our State Legislators Sure Don’t Need a Raise


by Edward F. McKee
East Amherst

If people believe our economically challenged state legislators need a pay raise for what has essentially morphed into what in many instances has become a rubber-stamping public relations job, they should take the time to acquaint themselves with some information concerning their part-time salaries and extra pay for committee assignments (lulus), not to mention health care and pension benefits not addressed here.

All state legislators receive the same annual salary of $79,500 plus $172 per day for lodging and food while the Legislature is in session. Also, there is reimbursement for transportation expenses between home and Albany. From here, just to keep the data manageable, I will focus on our own local state legislators.
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