Friday, January 26, 2007

Politics?

As much hate filled commentary as I've seen in the comments about politics in the local blogosphere in Humboldt, I'm surprised we don't see things happening more along the lines of what happens in other countries like Spain.

The story begs the question of how the guy managed to serve twelve years as Mayor.

Thanks to the Classically Liberal blog for the heads up on this story.

12 Comments:

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, Fred. Anytime you say anything negative about the Arkleys or their business dealings, there seems to be an immediate attack online from an Arkley ass-kisser. Coincidence?

 
At 12:27 PM, Blogger Fred said...

What does that have to do with anything?

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger Rose said...

It's because Arkley is paying the price for not supporting Richard Salzman. Did you ever hear any of this crap when he was supporting Salzman's number one pet? It's getting tiring.

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger Carson Park Ranger said...

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At 9:46 PM, Blogger Carson Park Ranger said...

The difference in Fago is that the population wasn't divided politically as we are; they unanimously hated the mayor.

I too am left wondering how this unpleasant, little dictator was able to remain in office for so long. Why would they elect and re-elect such a martinet?

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I'm not going to do a study of Spain's government, but I got to thinking yesterday;

I was wondering if maybe the "Mayor" of a town in Spain is more along the lines of the Alcalde of early California/ Mexico: Someone appointed by a regional governor?

All I have is scant memory of early California history, bolstered by the old TV series Zorro :-).

Seems to me the Alcaldes were political appointments- usually the result of family ties or other cronyism- and it didn't matter what the locals he ended up in charge of thought.

Maybe Spain's maintained that system thru the years? I don't know.

Then again, the guy or gal at Classically Liberal responded to my comment there that he thought he read somewhere that the Mayor in question received 17 votes to win the last election. But, he doesn't seem to have any references to point to.

 
At 8:01 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I couldn't help myself. I just had to see what Wikipedia had to say about this so I first checked Alcalde which pretty much led me to Mayor.

A quote from the Wikipedia page on Mayors: "Direct appointment by the central government exists in Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the smaller towns and Spain.".

I think that's supposed to read, "Sweden and the smaller towns IN Spain.".

 
At 10:49 PM, Blogger Carson Park Ranger said...

I read an article in El Pais (a Madrid daily and the most popular paper in Spain):
http://www.elpais.com/articulo/espana/Amenazas/cumplidas/Fago/elpepuesp/20070117elpepinac_21/Tes
It explains that the mayor was elected. I'm assuming that Fago's jurisdiction extended into rural areas where voters were unfamiliar with the mayor and would have had no problem re-electing him.

 
At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is Arkley is a right-wing fascist fool. Just like you people who kiss his ass like he's the second coming of Jesus. You sycophants make me sick.

 
At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to admit, there are way too many pro-Arkley posts locally for that crap to be any kind of coincidence. Do the Security National and Eureka Reporter employees just sit around all day monitoring local blogs or what?

 
At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the shoe fits...

 
At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be surprised if Arkley has his employees blogging on his behalf. He has to spend all of that $ his daddy gave him before Cherie blows it all!

 

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