Clown Award: Frederick County (MD) Councilor Kirby Delauter
We now come to one of our regular features, the Clown Award, given as always for meritorious stupidity. This week it's a bit different: We have two clowns to recognize. The Clown Award is given, again, for meritorious stupidity, but sometimes the stupidity is of a nature that has a real impact on the lives of people and so the Clown Award is actually a rather serious one.
Not this week. No, this week the Clown Award is about its original and still true intention: to mock inanity.
In fact, you may have heard about this first case: It was picked up by the Washington Post, it was on the Rachel Maddow show, the BBC covered it, it was trending on Twitter for time - so may have heard about it. But just in case you haven't, it's too good to let pass.
So our first Big Red Nose this week goes to Kirby Delauter, a member of the County Council of Frederick County, Maryland.
He was a bit player in a news story that appeared in a local paper about a dispute between another council member and the county administrator over parking spaces for council members. But he had a dislike for the reporter, so he used the opportunity to go on Facebook and denounce her "unauthorized use" of his name - Kirby Delauter - and to demand that she never again use his name - Kirby Delauter - with his express authorization.
When she replied that no such authorization is necessary, especially in the case of a pubic official, Kirby Delauter answered "Use my name again unauthorized and you'll be paying for a lawyer."
That's right, public official Kirby Delauter thinks that if a news article relates to Kirby Delauter, the paper must get the permission of Kirby Delauter in order to use the name of Kirby Delauter.
Kirby Delauter, whose name appears in print as Kirby Delauter, is a champion clown.
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