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  •  I know, i've been following the pitfalls of MI (13+ / 0-)

    for my whole life really, and the recent political situation there - in the whole Great Lakes region, really, it's just one bad story after another.

    This one is particularly bad seeing as how uncivil the proceedings have gone down, it really looks like a naked power grab, as if that fascist EMF law when tested would look like anything else, but man...

    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 11:20:17 AM PDT

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    •  Fascist EMF Law? Funny You Mention That (11+ / 0-)

      Is this the script the Kochs are following?  Was Daddy Koch ( a lovely German name BTW) one of those anticommunist  Fascist disciples of the 1930s and morph that into the anticommunist John Birch society?

      The three legs of the National Socialist reengineering of German civil society:

      1) Crush the unions via the 1933 Enabling Act  to choke off support for the Social Democrats (Right to Work, eh?)
      2) Regulate marriage with the 1935 Nuremberg Laws (DOMA anyone?)
      3) Abolish local governments in 1935

         ....under pressure from the Reich Interior Ministry under the Nazi Wilhelm Frick, a new law abolished all the federated states, from Prussia downwards, along with their governments and parliaments, and merged their Ministries into the corresponding Reich Ministries. Thus the federal constitution which inone form had characterized the German political system for over a thousand years, and was to do so again after 1945, was swept away. Characteristically, however, some elements of federalism remained, so the process of dissolution was incomplete. The Party Regional Leaders retained their position as regional Reich Governors, and continued to occupy powerful positions within the Party hierarchy. They wielded considerable influence over local and regional affairs, though here the Reich Local Government Law of 1935, in abolishing local elections, placed the appointment of mayors largely within the competence of the Interior Ministry in Berlin. This in turn aroused the hostility of the District Leaders (Kreisleiter) of the Party, who often exploited the right of participation accorded them by the law in the appointment of local officials to interfere in local government and place their cronies and clients in offices for which they were often quite unsuited.
          Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich In Power

      Men are so necessarily mad that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness -Pascal

      by bernardpliers on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 12:02:48 PM PDT

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    •  Can't recall the city in MI, (3+ / 0-)
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      but Maddow not too long ago had a story about the appointed city manager of this city selling a large sports or convention facility to an investor for pennies on the dollar.  Public property paid for by taxpayers essentially GIVEN away.  Scandalous.

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