Get To Know A Famous Man
January 15, 2017 12:40pm CST
It never hurts to broaden one’s horizon. Get to know one of the most interesting German politicians. His name is Jakob Maria Mierscheid (pronounced Méershayd). He's been a member of the German Bundestag (GB: ~House of Commons, USA: ~House of Representatives) since 1979. He's a Catholic and a member of the SPD (Social Democratic Party). He's a taylor by trade, widowed and has four children. He's the archetypal backbencher who only occasionally makes himself known. His career has always been humble. He's a member of the Trade Union of Peasants and Lumber Jacks and an honorary member of the Choral Society of the Trade Union for Wood and Plastic Workers. Politically he was known as the deputy chairman of the Committee for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses. A short excerpt of his writings: He is the author of a four-part series on the Travel Routes of the Ring-Tailed Wood Pigeons and its Avionics published in the Central Journal of the Carrier Pigeon Breeder Association. He's also been admired for his contribution for the Stone Louse Symposium in Frankfurt. The Mierscheid Law from 2002 deals with the correlation of federal election results and West German industrial production. - Several approved biographies have been written about him. - Two office buildings in Berlin for members of Parliament are connected with a pedestrian bridge across the river Spree. It is called Mierscheid Bridge. - A mountain trail near his home town carries his name. - Two cafés, one in the former German capital Bonn, the other later in the current capital Berlin, were called Mierscheid. (Both are closed now, therefore Past Tense) - In 2013 the President of the German Bundestag congratulated Mierscheid officially on the occasion of his 80th birthday. (The speech can be watched on youtube). Unfortunately, Mierscheid couldn't be present. Nobody was sad about this, though. On the contrary, there is a lot of giggling to be heard from the members of Parliament. Q: WHY? A: Because THERE IS NO Jakob Maria Mierscheid ! There has never been one ! He was created in 1979 by two politicians. They - together with some supporters - are responsible for the care and fostering of the phantom. Funny, eh? --- photo: pixabay
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16 Jan 17
@Inlemay Oh, that is a misunderstanding. The statue has nothing to do with the post. I was thinking of a fitting illustration and thought a monument would be a good idea. I didn't expect anyone to connect the pic and the text in this way. No modern monument would look like this.
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15 Jan 17
Sounds a bit like the thousands of ghost employees in the Indian government departments. Never having worked a day in their lives but still drawing salaries. I am trying to think of a recent incident here in British politics something similar occurred. How strange it must be tricks our politicians find highly amusing!