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Thank You Democrats

A few weeks ago, I received a letter from the Department of Human Resources, stating that the amount of food stamps we receive would be cut. That is, unless, of course, I happen to live in New York City or a surrounding county. The people in WNY have once again been cut off.

Couple that with the fact that I am on disability and have not had a raise since President Obama has taken office. Then there is Michelle Obama walking around preaching "healthy eating", which sounds great, if one could afford to. Of course we can't leave out the cuts in health care either. Some of my prescriptions, my Medicaid no longer covers, isn't that just wonderful. But, mind you, the economy is so much better.

Well, this may hold true for Mr.

Ben Gardane Ras El Jedire: Libya Needs Our Help

Ben Gardane Ras El Jedire: Libya Needs Our Help


by Susan Marie and Hind Houas


Ben Gardane is a town in southeast Tunisia, close to the Libyan border, Ras El Jedire.  In 2011, during The Libyan Uprising, two entities became government of Libya. Muammar Gaddafi controlling Tripoli and Western Libya and Mustafa Abdul Jalail in Benghazi, controlling Eastern Libya.  Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa and 17th largest in the world.  Libya is one of the world's 10 richest oil-producing countries.

Free Henry!: Help Send Them To The UK

Free Henry!: Help Send Them To The UK

On Thursday March 11, 2011, Free Henry! performed a live concert in front of their most loyal fans as well as top music industry professional judges at Niagara Falls, NY's Hard Rock Cafe to compete in this years Battle of the Bands.  

Maelstrom in WNY: Grisanti & Giambra Control 60th While Field gets Ready For 2013

Mark Grisanti will be proclaimed as the winner in the 60thSenate District, it’s just a matter of time. When the final word comes in Grisanti will have a familiar name in local politics to thank, Joel Giambra. It is said that Giambra is Grisanti’s cousin, but not sure if they are really blood cousins or political cousins. That is because like Giambra, Grisanti switched from Democrat to Republican to gain his office.

Giambra worked feverishly behind the scenes for Mark Grisanti and had many familiar faces from his days in the Rath Building working as well. Gimabra now works as a lobbyist/political operative for Park Strategies and the Grisanti victory over Antoine Thompson is a huge feather in his cap.

Maelstrom in WNY: We Are Who We Are Because of Veterans

How can we pay back Veterans for what they have given the United States? You often hear that question on this day as the various ceremonies around the community celebrate and honor those who served for their country. For some the debt owed is greater than others.

There are those Veterans who served in WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Dessert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan. Men and women who were in the heart of the action and have images that will haunt them until the day they die.

We have all watched the films, TV shows and read the books. There are stories of great heroism and tragic outcomes. Young men, barely out of high school put into situations that would test any ones heart and soul. Many left behind in graveyards bearing names we could not even pronounce. Then there are those who returned but left much of their selves behind.

Byron Brown's Political Career in Neutral

Not so long ago Byron Brown looked like a man on the rise in New York state politics. Brown was an easy winner in his re-election bid for Mayor of Buffalo and there was talk of being a serious candidate for Lieutenant Governor. The old downstate, upstate ticket and it didn't hurt that Brown was a young, well spoken minority to boot.

Then there was the scenario where Byron runs for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's seat once she retires. That's still a possibility, but Brown's second term as Mayor has been a rocky road and the Karla Thomas episode isn't helping.

There was even a whole succession plan if Byron won a higher office.Senator Antoine Thompson would run for Brown's spot as Mayor, taking the same path from the State Senate used by Byron.

Gallivan Overcomes Party Bosses to Claim Volker's Seat

Pat Gallivan will begin his term as State Senator in the 59th District in January and owe no one in his own party. Gallivan defeated former County Chairman Jim Domalgowski, who had been anointed by County Exec Chris Collins and endorsed by Carl Paladino, in the September primary. Gallivan then went it alone in the general election, not riding the Paladino freight train like so many other locals. Now Gallivan is his own man owning a seat in a heavily Republican district for as long as he wants it.