Vatican Coin Misspells Jesus As Lesus


Everyone makes mistakes.  Most are small.  Most are not ever noticed.  The ones that are noticed are usually not a big deal.

Then there are those that are utterly amusing, and certainly embarrassing to the one at the center of the problem.

Such as the Vatican coin that was printed, but had Jesus spelled incorrectly.  I can see perhaps not spelling Yahweh correctly, but Jesus?  Really?

To err is human; to forgive, divine,” was said by the famous poet, Alexander Pope. He could have been speaking about the special commemorative coins issued to honor the present pope, Pope Francis, which bear a highly unusual error for Vatican memorabilia: Jesus is misspelled as Lesus.

In the name of Lesus, who is responsible for the spelling error?

Everyone makes mistakes, Heaven knows; but, to make a mistake in spelling Jesus on a coin, or on any religious artifact, meant to commemorate a pope seems to be especially egregious.

Don’t blame it on Cain; blame it on the Italian institute that prints stamps and passports and which also mints coins.

As the Reverend Federico Lombardi said:

Everybody makes mistakes. Even people who make coins.”

On Friday, the Vatican said that some 6,000 coins struck to commemorate Pope Francis’ first year as the Pope had been withdrawn. This is sure to make the coins that got out into the retail market will eventually make it to the world of coin collecting. The error coins will likely become much sought-after and valuable items.

The Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute, a state-controlled manufacturer, minted the commemorative coins. On Fridayday, a spokesman for the institute, Lorenzo Carella,said that the image on the coins was traced using a digital laser.

There were gold, silver, and bronze versions of the coins minted, with bronze being the least expensive to buy, at 80 euros ($108 dollars). The silver coins would have cost approximately $135, while the gold ones were meant to sell at $203.

The misspelling of Jesus as Lesus occurs in the engraving of a Latin phrase around the coins’ edges. The word of the Holy Savior is a part of a quote attributed to a seventh-century theologian known as the Venerable Bede. The phrase, “miserando atque eligendo,” which is a part of the quote, means “lowly but chosen.” It is the motto which Pope Francis chose for himself.

Imero Fiorentino, Made Richard Nixon Look Better In Debates, Dies


I think the obituary page is often where some of the most interesting items in a newspaper are found.  Such is the case of Imero Fiorentino.

Imero Fiorentino, a lighting director who for more than half a century orchestrated the play of luminescence and shadow on television shows, in commercials and at live performances, illuminating — or not — everything died at the age of 85.

An adviser on matters televisual to every president from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Bill Clinton, Mr. Fiorentino was responsible for rehabilitating Mr. Nixon’s televised image after his disastrous first debate against John F. Kennedy in 1960. (Though many who heard the debate on radio thought Mr. Nixon had won on rhetoric, Mr. Kennedy was widely declared the victor for his telegenic stage presence.)

He left ABC in 1960 to form his own concern, Imero Fiorentino Associates, which later branched into architectural lighting and production design. He sold the company in 1996 and was later an independent consultant.       

Mr. Fiorentino’s rejuvenating powers extended to the inanimate. In a commercial for Jell-O, he doused the featured product in light while spritzing its bowl with a dulling spray. Carbonated drinks were illuminated from below — a hole barely smaller than the glass was cut in the table — making the bubbles rise glitteringly.       

His skills came to fore after the first Nixon-Kennedy debate, with which he was not involved.       

“They did everything wrong — everything,” Mr. Fiorentino told The Chicago Tribune in 1970. “To fill the shadows around Nixon’s eyes, they put a light on the floor in front of him, and it washed him out. And they powdered his beard, which made it worse.”       

Hired to light the three remaining debates, Mr. Fiorentino attacked the Nixon problem.       

“We set the front lights lower than normal to de-emphasize the shadows of his deep-set eyes,” he told Newsweek in 1969. “Then, to lighten his image, we put backlights on him because his dark hair absorbs light.”       

Mr. Fiorentino went on to light more than a dozen national political conventions, Democratic and Republican. His other work includes lighting the Bolshoi Ballet’s first televised performance in the United States in 1959.

GOP Hopes For Senate Take-Over In 2014 Dashed Due To Shutting Down Federal Government

There seems to be no good news for Republicans who wanted to shut down the government.  From the front page of The New York Times.

Next year was supposed to be a prime opportunity for Republicans to retake the Senate. And for a while, everything seemed to be breaking their way: a wave of Democratic retirements, a fluke in the electoral map that put a large number of races in states that President Obama lost, a strong farm team of conservative Senate hopefuls from the House.

Then the government shut down. Now, instead of sharpening their attacks on Democrats, Republicans on Capitol Hill are being forced to explain why they are not to blame and why Americans should trust them to govern both houses of Congress when the one they do run is in such disarray. Complicating the prospects, the grass-roots political force that has provided so much of the energy for conservative victories over the last four years — the Tea Party — is aggressively working against Republicans it considers not conservative enough.       

As a result, many Republicans are openly worrying that the fallout from the fiscal battles paralyzing the capital will hit hardest not in the House, which seems safely in Republican hands thanks to carefully redrawn districts, but in the Senate. Republican infighting, they say, has given Democrats the cover they need to deflect blame and keep their majority.

“Blood Relatives And Paid Staffers”

Senator John McCain had the best line on the Sunday morning news shows with his quip about the low rating Republicans are experiencing due to their shutting down of the federal government.  McCain told CBS reporter Bob Schieffer and host of Face The Nation “we could get lower in the polls, we are down to blood relatives and paid staffers…..”

All Is Well For Mitt Romney, He Gets His Car Elevator

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney really can not wonder why he lost the presidential election.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney cleared a final hurdle Friday in building a new house in California, a house that will include a four-car garage with an elevator for the vehicles.

Romney had already gotten zoning permission from the city of San Diego to demolish the 3,100 square foot home he owns in the La Jolla neighborhood and erect an 11,000 square foot mansion in its place. Plans for the home were put on hold until after the 2012 election.