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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon 135

Posted by Soulskill
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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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  • by just_another_sean (919159) on Friday January 03, 2014 @02:30PM (#45858817) Homepage Journal

    Or should I say Kapla?

  • terrible article (Score:4, Insightful)

    by schneidafunk (795759) on Friday January 03, 2014 @02:36PM (#45858869)

    Where's a link to the actual resignation letter?

  • by MrEricSir (398214) on Friday January 03, 2014 @02:38PM (#45858893) Homepage

    This NY Daily article has much more info [nydailynews.com], including the resignation letter.

    My favorite part is the mayor's response: "I wish him the best, live long and prosper. I don't know what else to say."

  • by Anonymous Coward

    "Today is a good day to resign!"

  • Someone resigning after being entrusted with power by the people should definitely go for seppuku instead.

    • While I agree with your sentiment, I have to point out that he was a city councilman. In Indian Trails. Which had a population of 33,518 in 2010.

      Okay, technically he had power, but it was just a *little* power, equivalent to the magical ability to pull a rabbit... out of a rabbit hutch.
  • by xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) on Friday January 03, 2014 @03:04PM (#45859175)

    >> David Waddell is obviously a (nutjob)

    OK, so the guy resigned in Klingon - probably before his local constituency voted him out. However, if he'd run and won using Klingon, that would be news.

    Seriously, if you're going to learn a language, why not Spanish or Chinese something else you can use to communicate with and represent real people with real problems. (If you're a politician, that's really your only job.)

    • by zieroh (307208)

      if you're going to learn a language, why not Spanish or Chinese something else you can use to communicate with and represent real people with real problems. (If you're a politician, that's really your only job.)

      Because, politician? I dunno, it seems like politicians haven't been interested in public service for a couple hundred years now. Maybe longer.

    • Seriously, if you're going to learn a language, why not Spanish or Chinese

      As someone who speaks Spanish and Chinese, I respect anyone who learns a language, for whatever reason.

      Most likely he just used an online translator though, he can't actually speak it.

    • Seriously, if you're going to learn a language, why not Spanish or Chinese something else you can use to communicate with and represent real people with real problems.

      It would surprise me not-at-all if this is a setup.

      "See?", some other nutjob politician says, "English should be the official language, just to prevent this sort of stuff from happening."

    • That P'tach didn't even know Klingon. The coward used Bing.
    • by Tom (822)

      I know nothing about this particular guy, but from what I learned about J.R.R. Tolkien, serious linguistics freaks often use invented languages to study patterns in language in a clearer form than available on living languages. Basically, it's a sandbox environment to play around with.

  • If I remember correctly, write-ins in NC are not automatically counted ( http://www.ibiblio.org/prism/Feb97/write.html [ibiblio.org] ). Maybe he can get the few hundred who voted him onto the council to petition for his name to be counted in his race against Hagan. If he's serious about getting some attention, he should get billboards with his photo and a quote in Klingon written underneath. Otherwise, he might as well borrow a cloaking device, because he's going to be invisible anyhow.

    Doesn't "inside joke" imply that so

  • Klingons simply announce that they are leaving, and fight to the death anyone who objects.

  • When you resign in Klingon it only works if you go all-out Klingon: Either kill your opponent or kill yourself. ... unless ...
    Should Sen. Kay Hagan be worried?

  • by mendax (114116) on Friday January 03, 2014 @03:34PM (#45859525)

    As the subject says, he's a petaQ! However, it would have been more interesting if he had stood up in the council chambers, said "taH pagh taHbe' " (to be or not to be), and then disemboweled himself with a handy d'k tagh dagger was carrying. It would have been even better if appeared in Klingon warrior's armor.

  • Thank God the US Constitution doesnt prescribe a legal language or there was a good chance it could have been German at that time. But there are defacto languages of government used in legal precedents and communicating legislation with citizens. Klingon is not one of them.
    • by mendax (114116)

      Thank God the US Constitution doesnt prescribe a legal language or there was a good chance it could have been German at that time.

      Well, maybe. The belief is that if the constitution had stated what the official languages would be, German might have been one of them. I don't think anyone doubted that English would remain the language of government given that English was the language of government and business then which is perhaps the reason one was not specified. But there were so many German speakers in the United States at the time, including one ancestor of mine, that if an official language or languages were specified, German w

  • Klingons do not resign. They may be forced to accept discommendation, but they never, ever give up and 'resign'.

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