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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon 135

Posted by Soulskill
from the taH-pagh-taHbeâ€(TM) dept.
Virtucon writes "A city councilman in Indian Trail Town, North Carolina has resigned and opted to write his letter of resignation in Klingon. David Waddell is obviously a fan of Star Trek. I wonder if the other council members know what the hell he wrote? I'm sure a nice Qu'vatlh would have sufficed."
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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon

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  • terrible article (Score:4, Insightful)

    by schneidafunk (795759) on Friday January 03, 2014 @01:36PM (#45858869)

    Where's a link to the actual resignation letter?

  • by hey! (33014) on Friday January 03, 2014 @02:10PM (#45859247) Homepage Journal

    Context is important to whether a joke is funny, or just stupid. If this were a conscientious councilman who was forced by circumstance to resign, this story would be cute. But this is an egotistical blowhard who used his position as a platform for obstructive ass-hattery (e.g., voting "no" on everything, including motions to adjourn), quitting because even he'd got tired of the stupid game. See MrEricSir's link above.

    This guy was a disgrace to his office, and now he's brought disgrace on fan-dom.

  • Re:I'm guessing.. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Friday January 03, 2014 @02:23PM (#45859399) Homepage Journal

    That's hardly professional or mature for an elected official, inside joke or not.

    This is a mentality I just can't get down with.

    OK, so maybe resigning in Klingon wasn't the best decision he could have made; but, when you start pointing out a certain expectation for the 'professional or mature' attitude of elected officials, you're pretty much assuring that the only people who will fit the bill are the same kind of career politicians that have been fucking things up for your entire life.

  • by Libertarian001 (453712) on Friday January 03, 2014 @02:57PM (#45859753)

    Wow. Really? When was the last time you saw someone user the word 'libertarian' without adding some colorful adjectives to it? Let alone how Slashdot's increasingly leftist audience routinely refers to Republicans...

  • by Nyder (754090) on Friday January 03, 2014 @03:41PM (#45860139) Journal

    Wow. Really? When was the last time you saw someone user the word 'libertarian' without adding some colorful adjectives to it? Let alone how Slashdot's increasingly leftist audience routinely refers to Republicans...

    I'm a socialist, I refer to Republicans the same as Democrats: Fucking twats that are working for the corporations.

  • Re:I'm guessing.. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Friday January 03, 2014 @03:57PM (#45860299) Homepage Journal

    Again, I'm not saying this particular guy isn't a moron.

    What I'm saying is that when you state such a lofty expectation for behavior in politicians, you pretty much ensure that the only people who will ever qualify for said positions are people who spend their lives being groomed for it. Which leads to political dynasties. Which, IMO, generally suck for the people who aren't part of the aforementioned powerful families.

  • by dkf (304284) <donal.k.fellows@manchester.ac.uk> on Friday January 03, 2014 @06:27PM (#45861679) Homepage

    Slashdot's increasingly leftist audience

    Slashdot (which is overwhelmingly comprised of the comments made by its members) appears to have remained approximately static in terms of its politics, preferring to value people who can make a coherent argument backed by proper facts to favouring any particular party or political theory. If you're interpreting this as "increasingly leftist", that's probably due to your politics lurching rightwards far more rapidly than you think.

    Is this just the normal drift right that usually (but not always) comes with age? Or is someone in your environment encouraging this attitudinal shift for their own ends? (If the latter, are you sure they've got your best interests at heart? Chances are not, assuming my thesis [wikipedia.org] has some weight...)

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