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Kirby Delauter Backtracks After Threatening To Sue Newspaper For Printing His Name

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The Fredrick News-Post has a bone to pick with local councilmember (and part-time bully) Kirby Delauter. Over the weekend Delauter took to Facebook to lash out against News-Post reporter Bethany Rodgers for the “unauthorized use” of his name in what described as a “hit piece.”

“Shame on Bethany Rodgers, for an unauthorized use of my name and my reference in her article today,” he wrote in the message in which he actively tagged the journalist. “I had let her know after her hit piece during the election where she embellished, twisted and downright lied about what we discussed for that article, that she was never to never contact me again since she has absolutely no morals or journalistic ability.”

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The article in question, that Delauter admits Rodgers attempted to speak with him about, focuses on the councilmember’s alleged history of threatening the mayor of Myersville over a soured relationship between his construction company and the city itself. According to Rodgers, Delauter’s prickly disposition ultimately lost him the political support of municipal officials in Myersville and Thurmont, a neighboring city. Instead, the conservative officials backed Delauter’s Democratic opponent currently vying for his seat on the council.

In response to Delauter’s threats of a lawsuit, the News-Post ran a subsequent article entitled “Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter.”  While Delauter may have been displeased with the News-Post’s characterization of him, as a public figure the paper was well within its rights to run any piece about him that wasn’t flat-out libel.

“Knowing Councilman Kirby Delauter as we do, we weren't surprised that he threatened The Frederick News-Post with a lawsuit because we had, he says — and we're not making this up — been putting Kirby Delauter's name in the paper without Kirby Delauter’s authorization,” the paper’s editorial board mused. “In fact, we spent quite some time laughing about it. Kirby Delauter, an elected official; Kirby Delauter, a public figure? Surely, Kirby Delauter can't be serious? Kirby Delauter’s making a joke, right?”

Regrettably, we’ll never know whether Delauter’s promise of litigation was purely for laughs. Late Wednesday evening his office eschewed Facebook posts and released a proper press release apologizing for his attempt at comedic political theater.

"The first amendment is alive and well in Frederick County," the statement reads. "As a public figure working to maintain and improve the county, it can be very frustrating to feel misrepresented or misinterpreted by a local media outlet.”

"Of course, as I am an elected official, the Frederick News-Post has the right to use my name in any article related to the running of the county -- that comes with the job. So yes, my statement to the Frederick News-Post regarding the use of my name was wrong and inappropriate. I'm not afraid to admit when I'm wrong."

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Madhu Kinnar Elected India's First Transgender Mayor

Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 3.54.00 PMTransgender Independent-Mayoral Candidate Madhu Kinnar has won the mayoral election of Chhattisgarh's Raigarh Municipal Corporation by 4,537 votes against Bharatiya Janata Party member Mahaveer Guruji reports NDTV. Kinnar, a 35-year-old trans woman belonging to the Dalit community, is the first transgender person to elected as mayor of an Indian city.

Kinnar issued a statement regarding her historic win:

"People have shown faith in me. I consider this win as love and blessings of people for me. I'll put in my best efforts to accomplish their dreams."

"I only spent Rs. 60,000-70,000 from my earnings during my campaign. It was the public support that encouraged me to enter the poll fray for the first time and because of their support only, I emerged as the winner."

Kinnar, whose birth name is Naresh Chauhan, studied up to eighth standard and spent most of her life in different works including collecting money from dancing and singing on trains in her youth.

The Advocate adds:

However, not everyone is celebrating Kinnar’s history-making win. "There was no Modi wave in Raigarh this time. People of Raigarh were fed up with the corruption of BJP, hence they voted for Madhu. It is not Madhu Kinnar's victory, but it's a loss of BJP," Raigarh district Congress (urban) president Narendra Negi said.

Nevertheless, Kinnar’s opposition will not contest the outcome. "We accept the decision of people and we will review it," said BJP district president Rajesh Sharma.

Last April, the Indian Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling recognizing transgender people as a third gender. 

Mike Huckabee Quits Fox News Because God Might Tell Him to Run for President in 2016: VIDEO

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After six and a half years together, Mike Huckabee and Fox News are parting ways - a devastating blow to anyone who enjoyed getting their misinformed Republican Party propaganda in a neat little 700 Club-esque wrapper.  

Said the Pat Robertson-lite on Huckabee last night:

"I've never had so much fun in my life. I've met people I never dreamed I'd meet and I've played music with legends in the music business. But I also realize that God hasn't put me on Earth just to have a good time or to make a good living, but rather God has put me on Earth to try to make a good life. There's been a great deal of speculation as to whether I would run for president. And if i were willing to absolutely rule that out, I could keep doing this show. But I can't make such a declaration."

Huckabee added that he wouldn't make a final decision on 2016 until late next spring.

Watch the farewell address, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Elected Opposition Party Leader

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has made headlines recently for his call to repeal the country's same-sex marriage law that was passed last year, has been elected as leader of the UMP opposition party.

BBC reports:

SarkozyMore than 150,000 party members - over 50% - voted in the election, despite the process being slowed down by a cyber attack.

Mr Le Maire, a former agriculture minister, received just less than 29.2% and a third candidate, MP Herve Mariton 6.3%.

Mr Sarkozy posted a message to supporters on his Facebook page (in French).

"I would like to thank all the UMP members who did me the honour of electing me leader of our political family," he said.

"Their mobilisation, at a level unequalled in the history of our movement, is the best response to two years of internal quarrels and divisions."

Back in September, in his first interview since announcing his intention to return to politics, the thrice-married Sarkozy blasted President François Hollande's socialist government for "humiliating families" by legalizing gay marriage. 

Sarkozy is widely expected to mount a campaign in the 2017 presidential election.

Gay London Businessman Ivan Massow Announces Bid For Mayor In 2016

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 12.57.41 PMOpenly gay businessman and entrepreneur Ivan Massow is running for Mayor of London in 2016 reports Pink NewsMassow is known for his work offering financial services and insurance catered to gay people during the 1990s and announced his bid today to succeed Boris Johnson, who is returning to parliament. Massow says he's eager to serve London and stressed his love for the city in his announcement.

Said Massow:

"As a campaigner against discrimination I know that there is nowhere on earth I would rather live than London.

"A vibrant, dynamic and open-minded city, London is a living, breathing example to the world of what a successful multicultural society should look and feel like. I felt welcome when I came here."

Massow is a long-time member of the Conservative party, but briefly defected to the Labour party to repeal Section 28, an anti-gay amendment that prohibits the "promotion," of homosexuality in schools. However, Massow issued comments about the gay community ahead of June 2013's Pride in London celebration that irked many in the community. 

Said Massow:

"Don’t misunderstand me: I enjoy apps like Grindr (gay dating apps that supply you with a photo and precise distance of your nearest shag) as much as the next man. I admit to recreational drugs use in my distant past.

"But am I the only one to notice that the gay scene today seems obsessed with drugs? Obsessed with sex. Unable to take responsibility for its part in the spread of HIV. Inhabiting a soulless and empty world of hedonism.

"In fact, as many thousands prepare to descend on central London this weekend, I am finding it difficult to be proud."

Massow went on to say that drug culture is becoming glamorized within gay culture, and that some within the community hide behind anti-discrimination laws to excuse it. Massow also slammed BB (Bareback) sex parties and those treating HIV as a mere "Inconvenience." Massow defended his comments while addressing criticisms of hypocrisy.

MassowSaid Massow:

"I don’t want our community to deal with this just because I find our behaviour embarrassing. God only knows I’ve embarrassed myself enough not to throw stones. I think fun in moderation is great.

"I’m making the point because it’s a miserable way to live. Chemically induced highs and kids addicted to ‘chem-sex’ is all fake bollocks. Bollocks that leads to depression and, frequently, death. Bollocks that is just plain boring and ultimately empty."

Massow's comments come after U.K.'s National Aids Trust Fund reported in 2013 that drug rates and HIV infection are rapidly rising. Given Massow's statements, It's unclear whether Massow intends to address the issue in his run for office. 

Sarah Palin and Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson to Rally for GOP Candidate in Louisiana Senate Runoff


Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is bringing her "simple-minded" self on down to Louisiana this weekend to join Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson in helping support Rep. Bill Cassidy's race to unseat Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, CNN reports:

Palin and Robertson will attend a GOP unity rally for Cassidy on Saturday afternoon in Monroe, Cassidy's spokesman confirmed. The story was first reported by Politico.

It's not the first time Palin has palled around with the "Duck Dynasty" clan. Last year she spent time with the family in Monroe while she was on a book tour.

Landrieu won 42% of the vote in last week's election compared to Cassidy's 41%. State law requires a December runoff if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote. 

Watch a video back in September of Robertson telling Palin his thoughts on "political correctness" and Palin admitting she's "simple minded" AFTER THE JUMP...

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