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Didn’t he used to be an actor?


Schwarzenegger compares California’s woes to euro zone

ECONOMY-CALIFORNIA/SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday compared the state’s predicament to that of weaker euro zone economies and called for scrapping the state welfare system to close a $19.1 billion budget gap.

The movie star turned governor said California, the most populous U.S. state with an economy that would be the eighth largest in the world, faced the same dilemma of dismal growth and budget gaps as Greece, Spain and Ireland.

Could you stop referring to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger by prefacing it with…actor turned governor?

First, we all know he was an actor.

Second, do you list everyone else’s previous jobs?

Either list them all, or stop listing his.

Chris T.

It is worth mentioning if his former occupation is relevant to the story, which it sometimes is. This time it was not, and shouldn’t have been included: GBU Editor

Draconian policies?


US, China set 2011 rights meeting in “candid” talks

IRAN-RIGHTS/Chinese officials did not make public comments on the talks, which Posner said also covered U.S. issues, such Arizona’s draconian new policies on illegal immigrants, racial relations and the problems of Muslim Americans.

Please be more careful when publishing opinion pieces like this one. I was unable to find where it was noted to be an opinion piece. When a journalist writes statements such as “draconian new policies,” it is pure opinion, not news.

More or less…


Nasdaq adds 12 stocks to list of canceled trades

NASDAQOMX/Nasdaq is canceling all trades made between 2:40 p.m. EDT and 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday that deviated more or less than 60 percent away from the consolidated last print in that security at 2:40 p.m. or just before.

Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but where it says “that deviated more or less than 60 percent away ..” .. That means any movement that is not 60% exactly. So virtually ALL trades.

Better educated babies?


Women in US having children later, better educated

USA/The misplaced modifier makes for an amusing headline, but not one that was intended to be so.

It is the mothers, not the babies, who are better educated.

Mary E.

Indeed. We fixed it: GBU Editor

A mother kisses her baby during the closing prayer after remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama during the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, May 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Ex-Olympic champion?


Ex-Olympic champion Lavrova killed in crash WSMOSCOW (Reuters) – Former Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion Natalia Lavrova died in a car accident on Friday, the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation said.

Just so you know, an Olympic athlete who wins gold is never referred to as an “ex” Olympian.

Once an Olympic athlete, ALWAYS an Olympic athlete. I am writing this about your article about the late Ms. Natalia Lavrova.

Baited breadth?



EXTRA! Wall Street Journal heads into NY hyperdrive

“Some people are waiting with baited breadth, including Janet.”

In your April 23 article, Benchmark analyst Edward Atorino is quoted as saying, “Some people are waiting with baited breadth…”

Former Attorney General?

N.Y. case against Greenberg “devastating”: judge     FINANCIAL-REGULATION/SPITZERBrought in 2005 by former Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the case involves a 2000 reinsurance transaction with General Re, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, that boosted AIG’s loss reserves by $500 million without transferring risk.   You meant …brought in 2005 by THEN Attorney General Eliot Spizter…     R.W.R.   Yes. Big difference: GBU Editor     Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer makes a point in a 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Belaboring the point?

Interest in voting jumps after UK election debate

Until the debate, the main contest was between Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labor Party, in power for 13 years, and the opposition Conservatives led by David Cameron, who have been ahead in the opinion polls for more than two years.
Labor Party? Why would you change the spelling on a proper name into American English? In effect, you have translated a proper name from one language to the next. “Labour Party” is a proper name (you’ve capitalized it).
It is not proper to change the spelling of a proper name across languages, nor to translate a proper name across languages (or dialects). You could not change the name Richard Blower to Richard Telephone for your British readers, or Nancy Lew to Nancy Toilet. That would be ridiculous and “illegal,” if you will. Prime Minister Margaret Roofer!
We do not change Guiseppi Verdi to Joe Green, no matter how pleasant it is to our American ear. We don’t change Alcoa, the Aluminum Company of America, to the Aluminium Company of America.

I enjoy your writing and hope that you agree with my positive criticism.

Terry S.

Thanks, but you didn’t have to go to all that trouble. You’re preaching to the choir.

Unconditional complaint…


UK’s ruling Labour Party pushed into third: survey

BRITAIN-ELECTION/However, he was overshadowed by Clegg and observers suggested, even before the Sun/YouGov poll was published, that he would have to be more critical of the Liberal Democrats’ policies in the next two televised debates, on international affairs and the economy, if he was to end Labour’s 13 years in power.

To quote a line in the article – ‘if he was to end Labour’s 13 years in power’. Shouldn’t that be ‘if he were to end etc,etc’? The conditional verb is ‘were’ not ‘was’.

Sentence lays an egg


Garnett suspended after confrontation with Heat players

gbu garnett 240Garnett elbowed Quentin Richardson in the face during the fourth quarter of Game One, when the Heat guard approached Boston forward Paul Pierce, who was laying injured on the court.

Your reporter and editor both get a grade of ‘F’ for grammar in the story about Kevin Garnett’s one-game suspension.