Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Names in the News

* More women have become encouraged to participate in government.
Although women failed to win the presidency or vice presidency this year, there will be a record number of female lawmakers serving in the 111th Congress and state legislatures across the country.....
....In the 435-member U.S. House, 75 women were elected, an increase of four from the current Congress. The fourth seat was just announced last week when Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio was declared winner of what was the longest congressional race of the 2008 political season.....

It looks like Mary Jo Kilroy has played an important role in public opinion. She has shown her toughness and her 'never surrender' attitude.

* It is official!!!
Columbus Dispatch:

Electors in Ohio unanimously cast their ballots Monday for Barack Obama for president and his Democratic running mate Joe Biden for vice president.

The 20 votes came at the end of an hour-long ceremony in the Senate chamber at the Ohio Statehouse, the traditional locale of the state's electoral proceedings.....

* Daily Kos is reporting about a huge bribery case involving Siemens:

Yesterday, Siemens admitted to pulling off one of the largest bribery schemes in world business history.

Siemens, the German engineering giant, agreed Monday to pay a record total of $1.6 billion to American and European authorities to settle charges that it routinely used bribes and slush funds to secure huge public works contracts around the world.

The company also pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington to charges that it violated a 1977 law banning the use of corrupt practices in foreign business dealings....

Siemens, as you may or may not know, is one of those companies that used Jewish slave labor during World War II in Nazi Germany. In 2002, according to a BBC News story, Siemens was trying to trademark the name "Zyklon" for one of its products. After much protest, Siemens dropped the name request. The protests were due to the fact that "Zyklon B" was the gas used to kill millions of people in the Nazi death camps. I'd like to suggest to Siemens that they take a good hard look at their business practices and learn to be more sensitive about what their company does.