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Poor Law, Toys Or Real, You Choose!!!

Bob L.   Just My Opinion, BUT
Dec.13th 2014

Here is the BUT, are these Real or are they Toys, Kids think that they are toys because a state passed a law about toys, they  had to be marked different from real guns in bright colors, but that is not so.

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Now what do you think? Is this some thing that should be sold when kids think these are toys because an other law was passed before they checked out any like usual, it just shows that these people are not Educated enough to make good decisions, good example, WHY is this Country going down in flames, is it because these people have no idea what they are doing, I thought they went to College to get an education so they could run a Country or a Company, well they can not do either.

WELL THEY ARE NOT A TOYS, THEY ARE REAL, RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX.

They are made right here in the United States. There is probable more to the story, read between the lines, who is going to benefit. Continue reading

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United States Is Loved Around The World By Who

Opinion By Bob L.
Dec.29th 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, so are the ties that this Administration has done around the world by supporting Terrorist Groups with money and weapons and snubbing their Allies, how long will it be before the rest of our friends to the East turn against us.

What has this Administration done to upset other Countries, the ones that know have put it in the aspect of you do not need to no, or covering it up by saying National Security, some where the American people need to know before we are over run by Terrorist, or is that what this Administration is looking to do.

(Egypt Declares Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group
The Obama Administration, advised by Brotherhood-friendly groups in the U.S., is unlikely to follow in Egypt’s footsteps in calling a spade a spade. http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/ryan-mauro/egypt-declares-muslim-brotherhood-a-terrorist-group/ )

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Feeling US snub, Saudis strengthen ties elsewhere

Associated Press
By ADAM SCHRECK and LORI HINNANT
Dec. 29th 2013

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Increasingly vocal in its frustration over U.S. policies in the Mideast, Saudi Arabia is strengthening ties elsewhere, seeking out an alignment that will bolster its position after it was pushed to the sidelines this year.

It may find a solution in France, whose president is ending the year with 24 hours of high-level meetings with the Saudi leadership in a visit intended to showcase commercial and diplomatic strength. Continue reading

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Is It Discrimination Returning From The Past

My Opinion By Bob L.
Dec. 20 2013

As we go into another year, discrimination keeps getting closer to the 1950, but no one seems to see that, they only see what is happening for some sports game, if people put as much energy in to protecting this Country as they do for some sports game, we would not have Government taking over all Legal Americans lives.

Where discrimination comes in is Government is passing laws for some and crucifying others, a good example is the First Amendment, Freedom of Speech when some one makes a comment about Gays, Minorities, they want to plaster it all over the news, or take them to court, but when it is on the other side it is not alright.

By doing this, the Government is telling these people go after any one who says any thing bad about you, or denies you service, when did it become a law that you do not have the right to follow your beliefs or the right to deny service or say how you feel personally, if that is the case then NO ONE can deny you service or say any thing about any one, if that is the case, then you have to stop these double standards laws, and enforce laws to all, no exceptions for who you are.

This Double Standard is also used when it comes to HATE Groups, like the CCC, the Skin Heads, or any one that goes after any one or Group, but when it comes to a Church Group that does what these other groups do, they are not classified as a hate group by the Government, this means that out Government is out of control, but what do the people do about it, nothing but complain about not making enough money.

If the people would break that mirror in front of them they would see that this Country is slowly being taken over by Dictators and why, because people are so wrapped up at looking at them selves in the mirror to see what is going on, Americans have to start taking care of this Country before it is lost, once gone always gone. 

1378017_351915341610802_1560812093_nThis is what America has become, give me give me money, money more money so I can buy, buy, buy, then go out and file Bankruptcy because you did not give me more money to buy the fanciest thing on the market, and by this greed is now starting to bring down this Country by Tax, Tax, and more Taxes, you have people out there scraping for food and a place to call home that they can afford, while the greedy keep wanting more, NOW we have a Government that wants more control over the people while letting the rich have their way.

Merry Christmas and a Safe New Years to you all, and just remember after the first of the year, the more you make the more you will pay the Government Insurance Company, and the IRS for Penalties.

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Peoples and Governments Rights Violated

Comment By Bob L.
Nov.6th 2013

When it comes to the rights to People and Government, they should be able to have a say on how the laws are used.

This is where this Country is so screwed up today, you have to many people making decisions by putting so many regulations in a law when passed, this same thing is happening in the Affordable Care Act, only a hand full of people have a say in how it is going to be, and no one else has a say, it should be all Americans have a say in how it will be implemented.

Like Obamacare Democrats are the only ones who can say what is going to happen, no one else has a say, not even the American people who the law is about to put in the poor house, and now with this Pot Law in Washington and Colorado the rest of the U.S. wants this law passed, but yet these same people voted to ban smoking in public places because of health reasons, so now they think that it is all right to smoke pot thinking that it is healthier then Cigarettes, so now look at the hypocrites who banned smoking think it is ok for pot. 

The majority of the people should have a say not a minority, and that is the problem today, a hand full of people can tell you what is good for you without asking, or you don’t know what is good for you like I do, what happen to a vote of the Majority when involves the good of the people, and what they want.

Obama and the Democrats are a good example of a Government take over of the Country, and telling the people that they are now going to tell you what you are going to do and no questions will be asked or answered, and if you don’t follow you will be penalized, if not Imprisoned.

Why don’t the people have a say where this pot can be Grown and Sold? It their neighborhood where the problem will start and become a problem with violence, and look at this law since it was passed, they have more minors using since passage, and that same goes for drinking now that the State went Private, so how should have a say, just because it is a state law, that does not say that Local have to abide by it, it is these local Governments that have to answer to the people when the State or Federal pass unsafe laws, I have a good idea, lets put this pot problem in the neighborhoods of the politicians who let it go on the ballot to be voted on, they want it so let them worry about the problems in their backyard.

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State agency seeks advice on local pot bans

By Associated Press
KING5.com
Posted on November 6, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash.  — Washington state attorneys are exploring whether local governments are allowed to ban businesses who will participate in a legal marijuana market.

The office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a noticed Tuesday seeking input on the question raised by the agency tasked with establishing the system. The Liquor Control Board is asking whether state law prevents local governments from banning a marijuana producer, processor or retailer from locating in the area.

Some local governments such as Pierce County have been exploring whether to ban recreational marijuana businesses.

Voters approved an initiative last year to legalize marijuana. The Liquor Control Board has been developing regulations for a system for businesses to grow, process and sell the product.

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The Hell With Maryland, How About the U.S. Government who’s to Blame

Comment By Bob L.
Sept. 26th 2013

What the hell’s the matter with Maryland? What’s the matter with the United States and their Education System?

Don’t put the blame on the Schools alone, you have to look at the parents too, the schools don’t just do it alone with out some parents in put, if the parents really were for an education of their Children, they would stop them from changing how these kids are being taught.

I don’t want to get into Schools and how they teach now compared to years back when schools had pride in what they did, but today they are only interested in Money and how they can get paid to not show up to teach, I don’t know of any one else who can go on strike and get back pay they lost while they were on strike and not working.

There is no education today, it is all done at home and not in school, because all they want to do is give tests, and how many kids want to go to school day after day and not learn any thing, then they want to know why kids drop out.

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What the hell’s the matter with Maryland?

The Daily Caller
September 25, 2013

There’s really no question by now that entirely too many school administrators across America are crazy, drooling morons. However, school administrators in Maryland — and some teachers, and a few students — possess a special, possibly bionic blend of stupidity and lunacy.

Let’s review the indisputable facts. Amazingly, all of these ridiculous incidents occurred in Maryland in the last several months alone. Continue reading

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Yahoo CEO fears defying NSA

Comment By Bob L.
Sept. 12th 2013

Is this showing signs that our Government is in the process of taking away your freedom by censorship of what we can say or do in this Country.

As you can see Obama and his Czars have been working on this ever since he got Into office along with his Wife, and how long is going to be before it is a Muslim run Country.

Is this what you want this Country to become, if not All Americans had better stand up to this take over of our Government, if you don’t then you will have no one to blame but your selves why this Country has come  under control of a Dictator Government. 

CEO feared winding up in prison for treason, but they want it to be alright to BURN the American Flag with obama-08-campaign-logono retaliation from it, sorry THAT should be classified as Treason in this Country, we sure don’t want to see Obama’s Flag flying over this Country.

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Yahoo CEO fears defying NSA could mean prison

AFP
Glenn Chapman
09-12-2013

Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer said she feared winding up in prison for treason if she refused to comply with US spy demands for data.

Her comments came after being asked what she is doing to protect Yahoo users from “tyrannical government” during an on-stage interview at a TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco. Continue reading

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Back to the 18th Century, Banning What You Can Say!

Comment by Bob L.
Aug. 5th 2013

When people came to America, they did it to get away from tyranny and dictators, now speed a head to America today, laws are going back to earlier days when this Country was getting started.

Today this Country thinks that they are in merry old England, France, Germany, you name the Country and you will see what this Country is looking like, go to Seattle, England puts up a Ferris Wheel on the River, Seattle just had to spend money to put one up on Puget Sound, that money could have been used for public safety, like pot holes, drive down many streets in this Country and you will see Traffic Circles, or an accident looking for a place to happen.

Take these States, they want tourist to come and spend money, so what do they do, well Washington State wants to Charge more for gas so that would raise prices to the tourist that they want to bring in, and if it does then they would take that money and blow it like a gambler in Las Vegas.

Now it is Banning words that have been used for years is now Racist, Offensive, or they just don’t like that word because it sounds mushy, like Mailman, Fireman, Milkman, Policeman, you can go on and on, and people today will not be happy and will always find some thing they don’t like, if you are not suppose to say man, then what do you call a Woman or Women, if you are not able to use the term man when it comes to Wo— or Wo— what do you call them then to make them Happy.

This is just like the Days when Wo— were burning their Bras, how long did that last, people have to forget about words and start getting this Country back from haters, ever since this administration got in to power, every thing Martin Luther King stood for has been wasted on to days society who only want to create problems, so what did Mr. Kings words mean, or did he lose his life for nothing? I think he was right, but to many people on both sides that don’t want to see change, it seems that people today want to see this Country go back to Foreign Rule and have the Government tell you what to do and take care of you.

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Seattle City Hall Considers Banning ‘Offensive’ Words

By Gillian Mohney
Aug 4, 2013

City Officials in Seattle are defending an internal memo that questions the use of certain terms such as “brown bag” (as in “brown-bag lunch”) or “citizen” in a government setting.

According to the Seattle Office of Civil Rights, those terms can be deemed offensive or have a history of being offensive and therefore should not be used.

“Luckily, we’ve got options,” Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo. “For ‘citizens,’ how about ‘residents?’”

Banning Offensive Words in Government

The Office for Civil Rights contends that city government serves all residents of Seattle whether or not they are citizens.

In addition, the use of “brown bag” could unintentionally bring up racist connotations, according to Bronstein.

“It used to be a way people could judge skin color,” Bronstein said in a phone interview with ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle. According to the memo, other options are available to city employees such as “sack lunch” or “lunch-and-learn.

The memo comes after the state legislature voted to remove gender specific words from official records, meaning words such as “freshman” and “journeymen” will be replaced by “first-year” and “journey-level” respectively.

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Is This Going To Be The End Of A Free Country?

Comment By Bob L: He might be a swell of a person, but a leader of this Country, he is not.
July 28th 2013

obama_symbolI can see a lot of problems mentioned in this video, one is Republicans saved money on their campaign stage, while Democrats spent large amounts of money for theirs, and to this day they are constantly spending large amounts with no regards to Americans and Future Generations.
Look at the Obama seal on his webpage in 2008, impressive, an eagle ready to fly away, an American Flag slowly disappearing, and the Obama Symbol getting brighter. Listen to the video, it explains it in more detail.  http://youtu.be/GdtqtfXdR-c

http://alessatheisraeli.blogspot.com/2011/07/meaning-of-obamas-symbol.html This Possible meaning of it

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At the rate this Country is going down, I think Obama is going to try to get the Constitution and the Bill of Rights changed to where he can stay in Power as long as he wants.

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This is a President that turns his back on the American flag when it is being honored, this is not a person who is for America and the Constitution, and wanting it to survive, he wants to see his own flag flying over this Country.

 He has good intentions, but he has a problem with America and it’s people, I am not just talking about whites, I am talking about all American Citizens, he has divided this Country since day one, it is like he is out to destroy all working class people, and make them his slaves where you have to answer to him, well look around, just about every thing has his symbol on it, just like in Hitler’s reign of terror.

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What is Race? What is Slavery? and What is United?

Comment For Your Thoughts, read Ben Steins Comment below.
July 22nd 2013

What is race?

Go look in a Dictionary and you will see many definitions, but you will not see that it all breaks down to one meaning, that is something that you are not, or, trying to be better than some one else, trying to be the richest, or trying to be number one, stepping on any one who gets in your way to get there.

Can you deny that you don’t want the most money, that you don’t want to be numero uno, the top dog.

Look around you, you have one group that think they are the supreme and can do any thing they want, and in the mean time they are giving people who will stand up for this Country and fight for it to keep it free, then you have ones that will do any thing to cause trouble, these are cowards, they hide behind masks and ware hoodies to hide their faces, they destroy property, they don’t care who owns it, just as long as they can destroy some thing, or steal what ever they can get their hands on.

I am not talking about any one race, all it takes is one, and the rest follow, I can say one thing Blacks do stand up for their rights, but they go to far, however, the rest of the people could care less what happens to this Country. Look at the laws that have been passed and what have they done, nothing, why because they believe what the news media says, they don’t listen to all sides, they take it as the  gospel truth, the news media only want’s to sell papers not the truth.

What is Slavery?

Slavery is what all working class people are today, they are slaves to the rich, same as in the past, slave owners were the rich and backed by Government, and the same stands today, so no matter who you are today, if you are not corporate execs, at the top, then you are a slave and have to abide by their rules, no matter what color you are. You can say that you don’t work and are getting aid from the Government, well then, you are a slave of the Government, if you are not the top dogs then you are a slave.

What is United?

It sure not this Country today, this Country has become a nation of the divided, where would this Country be today if early settlers had not fought to be free from Tyranny and Dictators, well look around you, you have let this Country slowly move back to that time when we had the wars here, is this what people want today is to go back to where one person rules this Country until death, if not you are doing a very good job of going back in time.

This Country can not call it a UNITED States, it is a long way from it today, today people have become more divided now then they were in the past, and as long as we have people trying to keep every one fighting each other, we will never become UNITED and be able to ward off a Dictator.

Come on people let stop fighting each other, let protest against these people who are keeping this Country from Uniting, causing hate among people, if we want to form a better union we have to join arm and arm and fight unjust taxing, Discrimination, and a Dictating Government before we start fighting against our selves, it is it’s people who make a Country great, not the Government, people are the Government, not the other way around, and today the Government is the problems of every thing going wrong.

Any one other than a black Shoots or hurts a Black, you have a riot and destruction, and not all of them in these riots are black, but that is what the media want you to believe (now that is Racism), but turn every thing around, what’s the big deal, there no discrimination when the reverse happens (that is also Racism) that is discrimination against the truth.

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The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

971659_10201821470364958_692813271_nYou know Ben Stein has a good Point about this Country today: My confession: I don’t like getting pushed around for being a  Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for  being Christians….

I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.

I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I  can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God  as we understand Him?

I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are  wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little  different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not  funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

In light of recent events – terrorists attacks, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she  was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.

Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.

The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as yourself.  And we said  OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our  children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr.  Spock’s son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he’s talking about.  And we said okay.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it  doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard  enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with, ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to  hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.

Funny how you can send  ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think  twice about sharing.

Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward  this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will  think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it. No one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and Respectfully,

Ben Stein

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What Next For Other Cities Under This Administration, and Last?

 

Comment By Bob L.
July 19th 2013

Detroit files for largest-ever bankruptcy in U.S. history, they say that it started Sixty years ago, this shows just what will happen when you got to have the best of every thing and not spending money wisely.

This is going to happen all over if these Cities and States don’t learn to spend money where it is needed and not on frills, what chased businesses out of there? Why did people move out? They say that sixty-three percent moved out, could it be because of wanting to much and not taking care or business?

I don’t know about you, but I would call it spending too much on Public Servant pay and perks, that is what happen in Detroit, could this happen in your State, Cities, and Counties?

If you don’t want this to happen where you live, you better ratchet in your Governments spending and taxing, they love to spend money, but they don’t want to repair what they have, they think that new is better, Oh wait that sounds just like our schools, they would rather spend it on Wages, schools, but not on an education for our Children.

$1.25 Billion can be spent to out source to an organization to administer Obamacare, what is it $1.8 Billion to support the Muslim Brotherhood, and how much more in aid to other Countries, but when it comes to the United States where it is needed, but the same thing goes for there are no homeless people, or starving Children in this Country.

It seem to be able bail out the rich so they can give them selves Bonuses every year, the same goes for the Bonuses that they gave the IRS people.

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Detroit files for largest-ever bankruptcy in U.S. history

Reuters
By Nick Carey
07-19-2013

DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history on Thursday, setting the stage for a costly court battle with creditors and opening a new chapter in the long struggle to revive the city that was the cradle of the American auto industry.

The bankruptcy, if approved by a federal judge, would force Detroit’s thousands of creditors into negotiations with the city’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to resolve an estimated $18.5 billion in debt that has crippled Michigan’s largest city.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said he saw no other options for Detroit and approved Orr’s request to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

“Detroit simply cannot raise enough revenue to meet its current obligations, and that is a situation that is only projected to get worse absent a bankruptcy filing,” wrote Snyder, a Republican, in a letter accompanying the filing.

Detroit’s creditors are expected to face huge losses, and the future of retiree pension and health benefits for thousands of city workers hangs in the balance.

Anticipating the filing on Thursday, investors drove prices of Detroit bonds and notes lower, sending their yields to record highs on Thursday.

In some respects, Detroit’s legacy as a model for American innovation is at stake as well. Its crippled condition threatens to overwhelm its image as the home of Henry Ford’s pioneering assembly line and Motown’s 1960s soul-music hit machine. More recently, the city has become an incubator for efforts to repopulate and reinvigorate an urban relic of a bygone, industrial age.

New York, Cleveland and Philadelphia previously teetered on bankruptcy, but Detroit is the first major U.S. city to go over the edge.

Detroit has lost 25 percent of its population in the last decade, with just 700,000 residents remaining. The ranks of retirees outnumber the city’s active workers by more than a 2-1 ratio. With a quarter of its buildings abandoned in some neighborhoods, no other American city has borne the brunt of deindustrialization so heavily.

In his July 16 letter to the governor making the case for a bankruptcy filing, Orr laid bare the scope of the city’s decline.

“After decades of fiscal mismanagement; plummeting population, employment and revenues; decaying City infrastructure… Detroit today is a shell of the thriving metropolis that it once was,” Orr wrote.

Detroit’s bankruptcy filing: http://r.reuters.com/tuj79t

WHITE HOUSE MONITORING

Snyder named Orr in March to tackle the city’s spiraling long-term debt, which is estimated at $18.5 billion.

A White House spokeswoman said Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama and his senior team were monitoring the situation in Detroit closely. But unlike after the economic collapse of 2008, in which the federal government injected billions in cash into U.S. auto makers General Motors Co (NYS:GMNews) and Chrysler as the first step of a quick turn through a managed bankruptcy process, Obama made no promises this time.

“While leaders on the ground in Michigan and the city’s creditors understand that they must find a solution to Detroit’s serious financial challenge, we remain committed to continuing our strong partnership with Detroit…,” White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said.

Detroit was once synonymous with U.S. manufacturing prowess. Its automotive giants switched production to planes, tanks and munitions during World War Two, earning the city the nickname of the “Arsenal of Democracy.”

Now the city’s name has become synonymous with decline, decay and crime. A population that peaked at 1.8 million in the 1950s has fallen steadily since then. Manufacturing job losses and an exodus of white residents to the suburbs, which accelerated after race riots in the 1960s, have left huge swaths of this 80 percent black city blighted and crime-ridden.

Pay cuts and job reductions in the city’s police and fire departments have added to the sense of insecurity. Budget cuts have left streetlights broken, fire hydrants out of order, and cop cars and fire trucks badly in need of repair.

The city’s murder rate is at its highest in nearly 40 years; only a third of Detroit’s ambulances were in service in the first quarter of 2013; and an estimated 5,000 buildings a year intentionally are set on fire.

To compound the challenges, a crime wave in city government has compromised efforts to recover. In just one high-profile case, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits in prison, after he and associates were convicted of public corruption and systematic bid rigging.

The private sector has sought to make inroads against the crushing problems. Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert in 2010 began moving more than 7,000 jobs downtown, and several Detroit-based foundations have begun targeted investment in small local firms, neighborhoods and public schools.

But despite high taxes, the city’s coffers have continued to dwindle.

In June, the city’s emergency manager, Orr, presented a proposal to creditors offering them pennies on the dollar. His plan had met with resistance from some creditors, most notably Detroit’s two pension funds representing retired city workers. The funds recently filed lawsuits in a state court challenging the governor’s ability to authorize Orr to file for bankruptcy.

LONG ROAD AHEAD

Creditors are expected to mount a stiff challenge to the bankruptcy, which was filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Michigan.

Douglas Bernstein, a bankruptcy attorney at Plunkett Cooney in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, said he expected the case would last one to three years and would be very costly.

“This could run to tens-of-millions to hundreds-of-millions of dollars,” he said.

Orr has said previously that he hoped Detroit could emerge from bankruptcy in a year or less. During a press conference in Detroit on Thursday after the bankruptcy filing, he said he hoped Detroit would emerge from bankruptcy by late summer or fall in 2014.

“We are planning to get through this process as expeditiously as possible,” said Orr, an experienced bankruptcy lawyer before he took the emergency manager job.

Corporate bankruptcy filings with far less at stake have taken much longer than Orr’s targeted timeline. Richard Ciccarone, managing director of McDonnell Investment Management, said it would be a long, drawn out process.

“They’re dealing with very difficult issues in which there’s not very much court precedent for a major city in this arena,” he said.

While thousands of companies have gone through bankruptcy and emerged intact, only a relative handful American cities have made Chapter 9 filings since the Bankruptcy Act was amended in 1934 to include municipalities. The paucity of precedent and sheer number of creditors portend a complicated road ahead.

“It’s a very complex landscape and it’s one that’s going to be watched very closely by municipal investors,” said Robert Amodeo, a portfolio manager at Western Asset in New York.

General Motors, the only major U.S. automaker headquartered in Detroit, said in a statement that the company “is proud to call Detroit home and…(this is) a day that we and others hoped would not come. We believe, however, that today also can mark a clean start for the city.”

Ford Motor Co (NYS:F), which is based in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, said it was “optimistic that governmental leaders will be successful in strengthening the community.”

But Ed McNeil, chief negotiator for a coalition of 33 unions that represent most of the service workers for the city of Detroit said the bankruptcy filing was about “busting the unions.”

“I’ve said all along that this is a power grab,” said McNeil. “This is not about fixing the city’s finances. It’s about the governor and his own agenda to take over the city of Detroit.”

(Additional reporting by Bernie Woodall, Deepa Seetharaman, Joseph Lichterman Paul Lienert in Detroit; Karen Pierog in Chicago and Roberta Rampton in Washington; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz and Lisa Shumaker)

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