Mood swings with the FNP Opinion Page

Trying to keep up with our feelings about the editorials published lately has been like a Taylor Swift song. Dizzying and emotionally immature. We’re ready to get back together with them now that we’ve read This Bud’s for you, which aligns pretty perfectly with what we’ve got going on up in here.

Can you blame Bud for not wanting to be thrown in with those two when they act like they do, and who haven’t suggested one sensible, rational or measurably meaningful piece of legislation in all their time in office (including four wretched years as county commissioners)?

‘Nuff said.

We would also like to direct attention to an LTE authored by Stephen D. Campen. It is an absolute delight to readcalling for Kirby Delauter’s resignation. What a terrific idea! Coming from a registered Republican, it also seems to bolster support for the idea that Jan and Bud are working together to do what a large part of the county would like to see happen.

By attacking Otis for voting on the issues before him, as opposed to strictly with the Republicans, Delauter has clearly shown he does not care about the entirety of the populace…

Another letter by Carl Donald discusses the should-be-obvious-by-now point that the teachers don’t have a conflict of interest in their dealings with the on the county council.

Some good stuff to chew on in those links.

Oh no he didn’t!

It was a tiny little column in yesterday’s FNP, so tiny that you may have missed it. But just as Billy didn’t disappoint in a shorter than usual council meeting, it doesn’t take but a few words to see Billy’s true colors.

In her Political Notes column, Jen Fifield writes that Billy is still planning on abstaining on budget issues. Never mind that pesky NO vote on the actual budget. That was just an anomaly. Why you may be asking yourself? Or huh? Or WTF? We’ll let Billy tell you:

“The problem has not been solved. … It’s like saying the pledge of allegiance to the flag. You never stop doing it,” he said.
Also, he said, he enjoys the media coverage and watching the entire council cringe when he does it.
“They hate it,” he said.

“I pledge allegiance to acting dumb and abstaining from votes on the budget. And to vote with Norquist and local radio hams, to block Jan at every turn and be divisible in every possible way.”

Well there you have it! Good solid reasons! He seems to have thought this out really well. But seriously folks, he’s our AT-LARGE representative? How in Aphrodite’s sweet world did that happen?

Don't blame me I just work here!
Don’t blame me I just work here!

We are going to keep a nice record of all this nonsense so this anomaly does not happen again. Because seriously, this can’t happen again. Who is with us?

Hey folks our county is in The Washington Post! Oh wait, it’s about Kirby. :(

Who is responsible for Frederick County government's latest spiral of shame?
Who is responsible for Frederick County government’s latest spiral of shame?

We have to wonder if Kirby and Billy set up a schedule of which one of them is going to embarrass the county each week. On Sunday afternoons do they sit down with their Champibbles and Fireball shots and decide whose turn it is? Can you picture it? We certainly can:

Kirby:” Well, Buddy you did go on the radio and claim that everyone in the county calls you when their loved ones have a drug problem.”

Billy: “True enough, but let’s not forget you submitted an unbalanced budget to the dictator in hopes that she would consider it.”

Kirby: “Yeah, that was a doozy, but you’ve refused to vote on budget issues or follow Robert’s Rules of Orders.”

Billy: “True that! But I can’t think of anything new to do this week, so can you help a brother out?”

Kirby: “10-4. I’ll think of something good. Why do you think Bud and Tony don’t attend our little get togethers”?

So Kirby it was. And we all know the story of the ethics decision, the WFMD interview and of course the contentious council meetings. But guess what?! Now everyone else does as well! This morning The Washington Post ran a little story about our most esteemed council man’s latest behavior. A paper with a circulation of over 400,000 and a website with over 50 million readers. GREAT!

He refused to be interviewed for said piece but we did get this nice little quote.

“I haven’t bid county work in four years, but I think I should have that option like everyone else,” Delauter said.

And now we are going to have to read this book:

We know how you feel little girl!
We know how you feel little girl!

How can we keep doing this week after week? Are Kirby and Billy ever going to get it together? Kirby brought us all a little bit of infamy back in January with his “suing the newspaper for using my name antics” and we really hoped he learned to tone it down. But no, now he’s a celebrity and not in a good way. Therefore, everything he does is going to be considered newsworthy. So until he’s finally taken his leave of the council we suspect we are going to have many more national embarrassments to endure. So Salut Billy and Kirby, this one’s for you!

Gets yours at
Gets yours at

This Bud’s for the people!

Great Falcon-Headed Horus!

Are we still talking about this (it's never going to end, is it)?
Are we still talking about this (it’s never going to end, is it)?

At this point it feels like we’re beating a dead horse with all the coverage of our new favorite band, Bud and the Democrats, as they rock out on their Government of, by and for the People Tour. Since the FNP is covering it today, when in Rome and all that jazz.

Bud Otis’s predilection for distancing himself from a few lippy jerks is not the same thing as distancing himself from the entire local Republican party, but some of the people interviewed for this article aren’t getting that point. County Executive Jan Gardner got elected with the support of a group called Republicans for Jan Gardner, proving the County Council President who ran for an At-Large seat’s voting habits may align with a number of other Republicans in Frederick County. Beyond that, to have won an At-Large seat indicates that Mr. Otis appealed to and represents some Democrats as well.

With any luck they will pay no mind, and the remaining at large council seat will allow the band to take in new members in the next election cycle.

Saying it again for the sake of an engaged electorate, if you like your Bud, email him and let him know! You can find his county council page here, links to email in the sidebar.

Aldermen don’t play that.

After last week’s very contentious county council meetings we were very reluctant to turn on tonight’s joint county/city meeting. What if the yelling starts again? What if Kirby cusses at our BFF Bud again? What if our  county is sucked down a shame vortex never to emerge again?

Alas, we could not help ourselves and clicked on the FGTV link. And guess what? We discovered the key to returning civility to the Frederick County Council…have these guys there:

Out of order? Cussing? Bad behavior? These homies don't play that!
Out of order? Cussing? Bad behavior? These homies don’t play that!

That’s right! When these guys are spread out among the council, surprise, surprise civility reigns!

You've got to keep them separated!
You’ve got to keep them separated!

We were able to sit through an entire meeting with almost no antics! And we learned a lot about the new proposed hotel and conference center. The governor recently rejected helping to fund this project, but they will try again next legislative session. If all goes well we may have ourselves a nice little hotel, conference center and roof top lounge come 2018. Nice!

So, our more astute readers probably noticed the word almost in the above paragraph. Well, even though we had a nice meeting we cannot expect perfection. There were two public commenters. And both of them suggested that the county council work together. Our second commenter, a nice young fella, made the understatement of the year by saying that there was a slight perception that there was some contention on the council. But the point was made and well taken! Except for Kirby who was too busy scrolling on his phone:

Kirby! Damnit!
Kirby! Damnit!

We will not let him kill this good feeling though! Tonight was a good night citizens of Frederick County! A good night indeed. So how can we can convince the aldermen of Frederick City to start attending council meetings?

Summer Reading List

We here at Local Yokel are looking forward to some well deserved reading time. We love you, our faithful readers, and would like to share what’s on our must read list. This is an ongoing feature so please check back for updates!


Coming soon or whenever the council approves the historical designation.
Coming soon or whenever the council approves the historical designation.