Good, Bad, and Ugly

Didn’t he used to be an actor?

May 24, 2010

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.

Draconian policies?

May 21, 2010

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.

More or less…

May 14, 2010

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.

Better educated babies?

May 10, 2010

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.

Ex-Olympic champion?

May 3, 2010

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.

Baited breadth?

April 27, 2010

DOWJONES-NEWSCORP/

EXTRA! Wall Street Journal heads into NY hyperdrive

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

Former Attorney General?

April 26, 2010
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?

April 22, 2010
BRITAIN-ELECTION/
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.

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Unconditional complaint…

April 20, 2010

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.

Sentence lays an egg

April 19, 2010

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.