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No beef for Obama, an alien culture and Buffalo’s a refuge from calamity

Maybe the chicken wings President Obama had during his last visit here in 2010 didn’t agree with him.

But with an opportunity to sample our other culinary delight at lunchtime Thursday, he spurned beef on weck and headed his bus toward Rochester, where he visited Magnolia’s Deli and Cafe and tied into a grilled cheese sandwich, of all things.

Obama was in Buffalo to stress the importance of a college education. He did provide some students at the University at Buffalo, site of his speech, a lesson in economics. A few of those lucky enough to cop free tickets to the event turned right around and posted them for sale online at prices ranging into the hundreds of dollars. For them, folding money trumped a brush with history.

Here’s an interesting piece of news that may have gotten buried amid all of the recent controversy involving the National Security Agency checking our email and phone records – the CIA has acknowledged the existence of Area 51.

You know, the top-secret Cold War test site in the Nevada desert. Believers in little green men claim it has also been the site of UFO activity and home to some extraterrestrials. Perhaps an Oxford, Maine, woman who runs a support group for those who believe they have been contacted by extraterrestrials is right and the CIA is moving closer to disclosing there are space aliens on Earth.

If so, we wonder, would they be interested in taking over our intractable Congress?

Those of us privileged to live in this lovely part of the world know that it is a sanctuary.

Now that turns out to be literally true.

The Atlantic has named Buffalo one of the cities in the country where evacuees can take refuge from a natural disaster. Buffalo, famous for snow. And chicken wings. And snow.

So maybe it snows a bit … our friends at the Atlantic have recognized that Buffalo (at No. 4), along with Syracuse at No. 1 (talk about snow!) are sanctuaries from the ravages of natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, forest fires and earthquakes.

Hey, we get it. Buffalo’s the best!

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