The Spectacle Blog
A Cyprus court jailed Pakistani national Fazal Ur Rehman for eight months for forgery after police spotted spelling mistakes on stamps on an Afghan passport he was carrying -- otherwise it was a near-perfect copy, the Cyprus Mail said Wednesday.
"Ministry" was spelled "Menistry" and the first "n" was missing from government, the newspaper said.
"The passport looked perfect and professionally made ... almost deemed original by forensics," a police officer told a magistrate in the Cypriot capital Nicosia.
Okay, okay. A Cyprus court? Pakistani national? Afghan passport? Huh? It sounds like it's probably a good thing this guy is such a bad speller...
After Knopf publishers paid out an estimated $8.5 million advance to former prez Bill C. for his so-called memoir, and Simon & Schuster gave away an easy $8 mil to wifey Hill for details of her life, former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan has just inked what Publishers Weekly is describing as "$8 million+ deal" to tell all. Being the only Fed Chair most of us can remember, he's bound to provide lots of hot currency.
And who's the lucky publisher this go 'round? None other than, Penguin, of formerly Penguin Putnam.
Does this news signal that Andrea Mitchell will soon retire also? And how come she didn't collect as much for her recent book?
That's what some Maryland legislators have in mind this week. We just received an email over the transom from Delegate Don Dwyer's office reporting that he introduced an impeachment motion against the judge who overturned the state's gay marriage ban, Judge M. Brooke Murdock. Keep on eye on that situation as a key front in this nationwide battle.
Bill Sammon at The Examiner takes a glass-half-full approach:
Although President Bush is suffering through the lowest job approval ratings of his presidency, most of his predecessors had ratings that were just as low or even lower.
Eight of the 10 presidents who preceded Bush had ratings at least as low as 37 percent - the current president's nadir, as measured by Gallup. Some were dramatically lower.
Harry Truman once had a job approval rating of just 23 percent, the lowest ever recorded since Gallup began taking such polls in 1938. Ronald Reagan bottomed out at 35 percent.
"All presidents but two have been in the 30 percent range since Gallup began measuring in World War II," Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport told The Examiner. "The two that never got below 40 are JFK and Eisenhower."