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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 7:34 pm

In which I invite Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter to sue me


I don’t want to say that Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter is dumb. But, to paraphrase the late Molly Ivins, I think he has reached the point at which we must start watering him twice a week.

See, Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter is zealously protective of his public image and reputation — so much so that, in the Land of Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter, it is illegal to publish Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter’s name without Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter’s permission.

Unfortunately for Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter, the Land of Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter has collided with the real world. And, well, as this blog’s motto says, you can ignore reality, but reality won’t ignore you.

Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter objected to the use of his name by a local reporter in a newspaper article and said on Facebook that he can sue anyone who uses his name without authorization.

And what is happening now is a perfect example of the “Streisand effect” (Google it). I’m using Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter’s name without authorization. And I dearly hope that Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter sues me. Because if he does, Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter will get a swift and expensive education in the First Amendment and end up looking even more stupid besides. Win-win.

And, because of the Streisand effect, I’m not the only one who finds this behavior egregious even by the standards of nutbag politicians. The “offending” newspaper has publicly ridiculed Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter (note the first letter of each paragraph in the editorial), #KirbyDelauter is trending on Twitter, and there’s a parody Kirby Delauter Twitter account. (Which raises the question: Did Kirby Delauter get Kirby Delauther’s permission to use the name Kirby Delauter on the parody Kirby Delauter Twitter account?)

Bad things that politicians do can move us to sadness or fury. But you’ve go to be really out there to move people to ridicule. Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter has gotten out there. He needs to either eat some humble pie or get further on out there — as in out of public life.

 

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7 Comments »

  1. Would you be willing to extend the hospitality of your blog so far as to allow me to use Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter’s name without authorization in this comment?.

    Comment by Nick — Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:37 pm @ 12:37 pm | Reply

  2. Why, I’m so efficient that I just did.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:41 pm @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  3. Thank you – then I’ll go ahead and use Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter’s name without authorization . . .

    Comment by Nick — Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:45 pm @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  4. And I think that I shall go ahead and use Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter’s name without authorization as well.

    Heck, let’s EVERYBODY play!

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, January 14, 2015 1:13 pm @ 1:13 pm | Reply

  5. Sadly I’ve been unable to use Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter’s name without authorization in the last few hours because of a dinner date in the closed and completely Islamified city of Birmingham. (We went to a rather good French restaurant where you absolutely have to be wearing a beard and a burqa (though preferably not at the same time) if you’re going to catch the eye of the head waiter and get a decent table). However, I’ll certainly be doing so again in this comment section very soon . . .

    Comment by Nick — Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:27 pm @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  6. Outstanding. Before leaving the Islamified city of Birmingham, please extend my respects to every one of the city’s Islamic residents. I realize this might take a while.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, January 14, 2015 9:24 pm @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  7. If you’re authorizing me to do so then I most certainly will. And I’ll tell them that Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter says Hello too. (Though without authorization).

    Comment by Nick — Friday, January 16, 2015 3:29 am @ 3:29 am | Reply


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