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I'm guessing.. (0)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about 7 months ago | (#45858815)

that they kinda made him resign. Maybe with good reason. That's hardly professional or mature for an elected official, inside joke or not.

Re:I'm guessing.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45858901)

Especially for a Klingon. I would have expected a lot more blood and growling.

Re:I'm guessing.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45858925)

You are right. They should fire him.

Re:I'm guessing.. (4, Funny)

dpilot (134227) | about 7 months ago | (#45859771)

Come on, this is Klingon - they should execute him.

Re:I'm guessing.. (5, Informative)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | about 7 months ago | (#45859001)

It looks like he was a buffoon. He voted no on everything including adjournment of the meetings. To top it off, it looks like the only reason he resigned was because he got bored and wanted to perform one last stunt. No one was forcing him to resign.

The icing on the cake being that the idiot still plans to attend the meetings.

Why not Congress? (5, Funny)

Valdrax (32670) | about 7 months ago | (#45859217)

It looks like he was a buffoon. He voted no on everything including adjournment of the meetings. To top it off, it looks like the only reason he resigned was because he got bored and wanted to perform one last stunt. No one was forcing him to resign.

Nope. He's a conservative politician in a primarily progressive area whose main shtick (as you mentioned) was to simply vote "No" on everything regardless of sense or reason. So, naturally, he's resigning to campaign for the U.S. Senate where his skills are clearly in high demand right now.

Re:Why not Congress? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45859461)

It looks like he was a buffoon. He voted no on everything including adjournment of the meetings. To top it off, it looks like the only reason he resigned was because he got bored and wanted to perform one last stunt. No one was forcing him to resign.

Nope. He's a conservative politician in a primarily progressive area whose main shtick (as you mentioned) was to simply vote "No" on everything regardless of sense or reason. So, naturally, he's resigning to campaign for the U.S. Senate where his skills are clearly in high demand right now.

Oh wow an idiot libtard,....that was FAST

Re:Why not Congress? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45859559)

Oh wow a conservative who used the word libtard, that was unexpected. Nice to see you couldn't contradict him since the Republican party has, as a platform adopted the "Party of No".

Re:Why not Congress? (4, Interesting)

i kan reed (749298) | about 7 months ago | (#45859589)

He's not republican.

This guy is "constitution party" which is, essentially, a group of people who think the following:
A. The republican party isn't "conservative enough"
B. Why haven't we established a theocracy that forbids everything but evangelical Christianity yet?
C. B is the true meaning of the constitution.

Re:Why not Congress? (0)

ApplePy (2703131) | about 7 months ago | (#45859669)

Oh well, at least they know there's a Constitution, and that it governs a Republic (not a democracy) unlike Republicans and Democrats.

Kinda sad all around.

Re:Why not Congress? (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 7 months ago | (#45859787)

Please. Playing ignorant(or willfully disdainful) lip service to the constitution as if it's magical is #2 on standard politician processes, after pandering to the individual groups you are talking to today.

Re:Why not Congress? (4, Funny)

Intron (870560) | about 7 months ago | (#45861351)

Please. Playing ignorant(or willfully disdainful) lip service to the constitution as if it's magical is #2 on standard politician processes, after pandering to the individual groups you are talking to today.

Besides, the Constitution is better in the original Klingon.

Re:Why not Congress? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45859819)

You did hear about the people who have a project to re-write the bible because it isn't conservative enough?

http://www.alternet.org/belief/right-wing-group-seeks-help-rewriting-bible-because-its-not-conservative-enough

Re: Why not Congress? (2)

jd2112 (1535857) | about 7 months ago | (#45860221)

Definitely have to get rid of that pesky Jesus character. Can't have someone going around providing free alcohol, food and healthcare.

Re: Why not Congress? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45860743)

Conservatives don't have any problem with free alcohol, free food, or free health care. They do have a problem with "free" alcohol, "free" food, and "free" health care. Yes, Jesus & co. accepted donations and used those funds for the poor (according to Judas' statement), but the miracles weren't done by forcibly taking from others. Jesus didn't raise Lazarus by stabbing everyone present in the foot. He didn't turn water into wine by taking a little wine from everyone's glass (like the Chi-Chi's Salsa advertisement from the 90's) then dumping the water and filling the casks with his stolen wine. Even monetary donations were donations. Conservatives LOVE donations, because it fosters altruism, which gives joy to people on both the receiving and giving sides. Enforced taxes for public benefit gives the "givers" a feeling of loss and resentment, and the receivers a sense of privilege and entitlement. Anyone promoting a governmental entitlement program where private donations already work wants to destroy something wonderful in the hearts of the needy and the well-off.

Re: Why not Congress? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45860945)

They love donations because it give them a reason to feel smug about how charitable they are, in reality it is mostly a feel good group jerk and tax deductions ...

Re: Why not Congress? (2)

Oligonicella (659917) | about 7 months ago | (#45861515)

You're projecting aspersions onto them to make yourself feel better because you don't give, nothing more.

Re:Why not Congress? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45859857)

He's not republican.

This guy is "constitution party" which is, essentially, a group of people who think the following:
A. The republican party isn't "conservative enough"
B. Why haven't we established a theocracy that forbids everything but evangelical Christianity yet?
C. B is the true meaning of the constitution.

Thats pretty much the definition of the GOP.

Re:Why not Congress? (3, Insightful)

Libertarian001 (453712) | about 7 months ago | (#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...

Re:Why not Congress? (3, Insightful)

Nyder (754090) | about 7 months ago | (#45860139)

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:Why not Congress? (1)

Nethead (1563) | about 7 months ago | (#45860441)

..Slashdot's increasingly leftist audience..

I've actually moved quite a bit from the left to the center over the years.

And if asked, I say I'm a Libertarian Socialist. Keeps the scratching their heads for a moment while I run away from another useless political argument.

Re:Why not Congress? (1)

AlterEager (1803124) | about 7 months ago | (#45861307)

..Slashdot's increasingly leftist audience..

I've actually moved quite a bit from the left to the center over the years.

And if asked, I say I'm a Libertarian Socialist. Keeps the scratching their heads for a moment while I run away from another useless political argument.

I don't undestand. What's so strange about being a Libertarian Socialist? It's a perfectly understandable position, and a lot closer to the original sense of "libertarian" than the normal American usage, which is what most people in the world describe as "liberal".

Re:Why not Congress? (1)

Nethead (1563) | about 7 months ago | (#45861591)

See, I know what I'm saying.. but I live in 'merica. I really don't want to have to explain my view to most of the wingers around me. Like John Kerry's 2000 run, the message is just to nuanced for them.

Re:Why not Congress? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45861573)

So Socially liberal but in favour of a universal basic income? Sounds good to me.

Re:Why not Congress? (1)

Nethead (1563) | about 7 months ago | (#45861613)

That can work.

Live your life, help others where you can, don't be a dick.

Re:Why not Congress? (1)

cas2000 (148703) | about 7 months ago | (#45861729)

Socialist is the original - and still global - meaning of the term Libertarian, before american anarcho-capitalists co-opted the term. Until the internet spread american right-wing libertarianism far and wide, 'lefty socialist anarchist' was how most of the world understood the term. Now there's confusion and you either have to avoid the term entirely or preface it with a qualifier like "US" or "right-wing"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarian_socialism [wikipedia.org]

one of the huge differences (compared to US libertarianism) is that libertarian socialists don't fetishise or worship private property as THE single most important foundational doctrine, transcending *everything* else.

Re:Why not Congress? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45861073)

And that is why I don't log in anymore. Slashdot has become a battle ground for politics, not for technology...an ex-slashdot user with a four digit ID.

Re:Why not Congress? (1)

HiThere (15173) | about 7 months ago | (#45861085)

Interesting. In common with most people, I've moved to the right as I got older, and saw the errors of left wing proposals. This, however, has not blinded me to the errors of right wing proposals.

FWIW, I consider BOTH the Republicans AND the Democrats to posture in favor of the right wing. And I also consider them both to be liars, merely after increasing centralization of power. In ways that nobody would accept if they understood what was happening.

FWIW, I do support national healthcare. I don't accept that the insurance companies should be able to take a cut. That rather defeats half the reason that I support it. But if I could opt out of the govt. collecting centralized information on it's citizens, I would readily accept that this meant they couldn't provide free health care. As it is, what I figure is that we might as well get *some* benefit from them collecting information on us. But to pay the insurance companies also is pure lunacy. Especially letting them decide what should be covered. They are the reason we pay more for poorer service than any other even approximately equivalently developed country. (Besides, why should the insurance companies be given access to the information the govt. collects on us.)

The problem with government is that you really can't successfully get rid of it. So since you have a genuine monopoly, you might as well have it do the things that are best done by a national monopoly. And that includes health care. I'm not at all certain, however, that it includes highways. Or many other things it has expanded its way into. It certainly shouldn't include education. That should be a state perogative. It's not clear what rights should devolve on the states. One thing to consider is that states are more able to defend their rights against the feds than are individual citizens. So if the right is held by the state, it's less likely to be infringed by the feds.
(N.B.: I'm not talking about what the constitution says. It has been so long disregarded, that it would need serious repair before it could be used in current society. The govt. just ignored the ammendment process, and did whatever it felt like to handle a current problem. Sometimes, however, it was a problem that really needed to be handled. So an ammendment was needed, but was not added, because the govt. was able to get away with just doing what it felt like.)

Re:Why not Congress? (1)

Intron (870560) | about 7 months ago | (#45861667)

Hillary championed a national healthcare system during Bill's first term and has been hated by the right ever since. The private insurance requirement was the only way to get it passed.

Highways were almost entirely state and local until Eisenhower (R) created the Interstates, ostensibly to support military maneuvers. The cost has been enormous, but well worthwhile for travel and commerce.

Federal contribution to primary education is around 8% of the total (and growing), the rest is local and state. The purpose of the Federal funding is supposedly to bring all education up to minimum standards, but Congress has been known to use any excuse to bring more Federal money to their districts.

The chief benefit of a strong Conservative voice would be in curbing Federal power and spending, but they don't seem to be accomplishing that. Both parties are bent on increasing the Federal role,just in slightly different areas. The media portray them as liberal vs. conservative, but they are really both Centralist. We need a third party with some new ideas.

Re:Why not Congress? (4, Insightful)

dkf (304284) | about 7 months ago | (#45861679)

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...)

Re:Why not Congress? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45861255)

Would it be more accurate to use the word "slashtard"?

Re:Why not Congress? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45860179)

It looks like he was a buffoon.

Nope. He's a conservative politician

So we agree he is a buffoon then.

Re:I'm guessing.. (4, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 7 months ago | (#45859399)

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.

Re:I'm guessing.. (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 7 months ago | (#45859649)

This guy hasn't contributed anything of value in his entire career(seriously zilch), and seems to only have gotten his office on account of the fact that the people of Indian Trail don't actually know what the Constitution Party is.

Re:I'm guessing.. (4, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 7 months ago | (#45860299)

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.

Re:I'm guessing.. (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 7 months ago | (#45860641)

Well, it's a contributing factor, but you'll never displace winner take all elections for causes of "2 terrible choices" situations.

Re:I'm guessing.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45861553)

It's not professional unless you are a judge pulling Star Trek references in his decision against the Prenda trolls and then it's awesome. Is that weird or what?

Good luck to him... (4, Funny)

just_another_sean (919159) | about 7 months ago | (#45858817)

Or should I say Kapla?

Re:Good luck to him... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45858935)

Qapla'

Captcha: trilled

Re:Good luck to him... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45859021)

Qapla'

Captcha: trilled

I trilled yo mama with my tick.

Re:Good luck to him... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45859317)

I trilled yo mama with my tick-sized...

Re:Good luck to him... (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 7 months ago | (#45860177)

I watched an episode of the Star Trek animated series during the lunch break I just got back from. No Trills in it, but it did feature giant tribbles.

Re:Good luck to him... (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 7 months ago | (#45860533)

Cf. http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Trill [memory-alpha.org] vs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trill_consonant [wikipedia.org] . Does Klingon have trills? Or is that not a sufficiently testosterone-fueled guttural sound?

Re:Good luck to him... (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 7 months ago | (#45860613)

No clue, I'm afraid. And sorry for any confusion. I had hoped that capitalizing it would make it clear I was speaking of the race and not the sound.

Re:Good luck to him... (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 7 months ago | (#45860843)

Yeah, I was kind of responding to both you and the original post. No snark inherent in it.

Re:Good luck to him... (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 7 months ago | (#45860877)

None taken. I really just thought I had left people confused by my reference. :)

saying it in style... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45858823)

post wa'DIch (first post).

Re:saying it in style... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45858859)

Would have been first except my bat'leth got caught on my cat again. Off to find another cat...

Re:saying it in style... (2)

plover (150551) | about 7 months ago | (#45859639)

Hey, at least slashdot got it right for once. This truly was "news for nerds".

And nobody else.

terrible article (3, Insightful)

schneidafunk (795759) | about 7 months ago | (#45858869)

Where's a link to the actual resignation letter?

More informative article (5, Informative)

MrEricSir (398214) | about 7 months ago | (#45858893)

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."

Klingons do not resign. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45858915)

Since when does a Klingon resign from anything? This must be a hoax. The only reason the word "resign" would be in the Klingon language is to describe other weakling species. Doh!

Re:Klingons do not resign. (3, Funny)

isorox (205688) | about 7 months ago | (#45859075)

Since when does a Klingon resign from anything? This must be a hoax. The only reason the word "resign" would be in the Klingon language is to describe other weakling species. Doh!

Sure, if they were signing a deed for a new ship, and then spilt bloodwine over the signature, they're have to re-sign it.

Re:Klingons do not resign. (4, Funny)

SuiteSisterMary (123932) | about 7 months ago | (#45859153)

Klingons do not lease. Nor do they buy. Klingons take what they want, over the bodies of financiers and salespeople!

Re:Klingons do not resign. (2)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 7 months ago | (#45859091)

I'm guessing a Klingon would've chosen to just walk into the council chambers and slaughter all the other members.

Re:Klingons do not resign. (5, Informative)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 7 months ago | (#45859147)

You're right! From the nydailynews article [nydailynews.com] :

The language continues to evolve thanks to the Klingon Language Institute, a nonprofit that promotes the language and culture. KLI founder Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen told the News that there isn't really a word for "resignation" in Klingon so Waddell translated the English word with the language's orthography, "which really doesn't work."

A true Klingon speaker would have simply said "pItlh," which translates to "done," in order to mark the end of an event.

Re:Klingons do not resign. (1)

adisakp (705706) | about 7 months ago | (#45861029)

Isn't Hegh'bat the equivalent of a Klingon Resignation?

Re:Klingons do not resign. (1)

JWW (79176) | about 7 months ago | (#45861095)

It make me strangely happy to realize that there is a Klingon Language Institute.

Re:Klingons do not resign. (1)

AlterEager (1803124) | about 7 months ago | (#45861367)

It make me strangely happy to realize that there is a Klingon Language Institute.

Yes, it means that Klingon is like French, a language defined by a committee.

He's Not Klingon (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45859183)

You realize he's human, not Klingon, right?

Exactly (3, Funny)

Inzkeeper (767071) | about 7 months ago | (#45859333)

Just what I was thinking.
"Resign" in Klingon would have to be a polite way of saying "took a Bat'leth to the skull".
He is definitely no Klingon.

This stupid bitch (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45858939)

is exactly what's wrong with leaders today. Dumb ass idiot moron.

-Troll

I wouldn't want him working for me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45858947)

I have no problem with people living out whatever fantasy life they want to on their own time but as long as you're on my time don't go out of your way to make it difficult for others. While some here might be saying "Wow. Neat!" how would they feel if co-workers just randomly started speaking another language that was as hip as Klingon just to draw attention to themselves?

I call it asshattery. Plain and simple.

Re:I wouldn't want him working for me. (2)

phantomfive (622387) | about 7 months ago | (#45859009)

He put the translation in with the letter, so it's not like he was requiring other people to learn the language or anything. He was just having fun.

The main issue is resigning in the middle of your term, which he basically committed to doing when he got elected. As someone else said, "Klingons don't resign."

Re:I wouldn't want him working for me. (4, Insightful)

hey! (33014) | about 7 months ago | (#45859247)

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 wouldn't want him working for me. (1)

BobMcD (601576) | about 7 months ago | (#45859783)

Surely he's the first to disgrace fandom?

Re:I wouldn't want him working for me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45859107)

well if it was good enough for Shakespear!

Re:I wouldn't want him working for me. (1, Interesting)

Quila (201335) | about 7 months ago | (#45859363)

If people can conduct public business in Spanish, he can do it in Klingon. If you don't like it, I urge you to support measures to make English the only legal language for official use in the country.

Re:I wouldn't want him working for me. (1)

DexterIsADog (2954149) | about 7 months ago | (#45859635)

You are making a false equivalency between people's right to do official business with the state and with a buffoon who handed in a resignation in a fake language.

The "Preview" button is not a command, but it is a very strong suggestion.

Re:I wouldn't want him working for me. (1)

Quila (201335) | about 7 months ago | (#45860091)

In handing in his resignation, he was doing business with the government. Furthermore, Klingon is as real a language as any. People can write and converse in it, and some classics have even been translated to it. I recognize it is a stunt, but it is no more wrong than doing business with the government in any other non-English language.

Re:I wouldn't want him working for me. (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 7 months ago | (#45860565)

No one speaks Klingon natively. Ergo literally any other language is more useful.

Re:I wouldn't want him working for me. (1)

cdwiegand (2267) | about 7 months ago | (#45861101)

Re:I wouldn't want him working for me. (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 7 months ago | (#45861175)

1) The guy's wife was speaking to the kid in English so evidently this would be considered bilingualism.
2) Obviously of the 2, English was the vastly more useful one to communicate with *literally anyone.*
3) That's a horrible thing to do to your kid. Don't do experiments with extremely young children. Just don't.

Re:I wouldn't want him working for me. (1)

PrimaryConsult (1546585) | about 7 months ago | (#45861339)

That's a horrible thing to do to your kid. Don't do experiments with extremely young children. Just don't.

A lot of our understanding on how people learn is through experiments on extremely young children. Without it, rather than using the scientific method to figure out the best ways of teaching new things, we are left with randomly trying untested things out on large groups (ie: public school policy).

Spanish (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45859741)

I'd have no problem with someone conducting business in Spanish if the others involved spoke good Spanish. This guy was just a fool and he's making Trekkies look like low lives.

Qapla'! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45858951)

"Today is a good day to resign!"

He got the attention of the press (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45858993)

It's what he wanted to kick off his (warrior) race.

honorless weaklings. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45859105)

My guess is since Klingon's are Honor based warriors, he resigned using this language as a guise to calling the other counsel members "honorless weaklings" also with the closing fighting words "Today is a good day to resign".

Wrong tradition (1)

bob_super (3391281) | about 7 months ago | (#45859121)

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

Re:Wrong tradition (1)

DexterIsADog (2954149) | about 7 months ago | (#45859665)

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.

Not news. Getting elected with Klingon would be. (3, Interesting)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about 7 months ago | (#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.)

Re:Not news. Getting elected with Klingon would be (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45859479)

Because people are insane. They will learn Klingon or Elvish, or have heated arguments about which superhero would win in a fight, or finding continuity errors in star wars novels.

Re:Not news. Getting elected with Klingon would be (1)

AlterEager (1803124) | about 7 months ago | (#45861391)

or finding continuity errors in star wars novels.

Novels?

What about the continuity errors in the Star Wars films!

Re:Not news. Getting elected with Klingon would be (1)

zieroh (307208) | about 7 months ago | (#45859849)

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.

Re:Not news. Getting elected with Klingon would be (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 7 months ago | (#45860265)

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.

Re:Not news. Getting elected with Klingon would be (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | about 7 months ago | (#45860361)

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."

penciled-in (1)

DriveDog (822962) | about 7 months ago | (#45859239)

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 someone else on the council understands why he'd do that or what's funny about it? Or maybe he's one of those people who smiles, and when asked why, answers "I think funny thoughts".

Re:penciled-in (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45859853)

Or maybe he's one of those people who smiles, and when asked why, answers "I think funny thoughts".

Oh, there's something funny going on in his head, but it might not be thoughts.

Klingons do not resign (1)

russotto (537200) | about 7 months ago | (#45859381)

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

He did it wrong (1)

davidwr (791652) | about 7 months ago | (#45859419)

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?

What a petaQ! (2)

mendax (114116) | about 7 months ago | (#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.

Re:What a petaQ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45860079)

No, just sounds like a To'Pah to me

not a legal language of government (1)

peter303 (12292) | about 7 months ago | (#45860069)

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.

Re:not a legal language of government (1)

mendax (114116) | about 7 months ago | (#45860717)

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 would have been one of them out of necessity. I seem to recall that an official translation of the Declaration of Independence was created in 1776 in order to allow the German speakers, including that ancestor of mine, to understand it.

But there are defacto languages of government used in legal precedents and communicating legislation with citizens.

Quite true. In California, just about every governmental publication other than the acts of the legislature is published in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese. Where I live you will find city governmental publications in English, Spanish, and Russian. In Puerto Rico, the federal courts operate in English while the commonwealth courts operate in Spanish. The language of government there is Spanish. When Puerto Rico becomes the 51st state (it will happen eventually), it will be the only state where English won't get you very far when dealing with the government.

Klingon is not one of them.

Tell that to the Klingons in our midst! Qapla'!

He did it wrong! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45860077)

Klingons do not resign. What he should have done was the ritual of Hegh'bat [memory-alpha.org] which would have been more true to Klingon culture.

... and then... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45860095)

He should write his resume for his next job in Klingon.

He shamed the entire race (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 7 months ago | (#45860659)

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

Subterranean (1)

Yourself (264000) | about 7 months ago | (#45861561)

And, now he can go back to living in his parents basement.

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