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An All-American Cruise


“Valkyrie” challenges fans to rethink Tom Cruise

Cruise, of course, enjoys All-American looks that helped send him to movie stardom playing heroic young men such as Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in 1986 movie Top Gun. As of late, he’s been on a mea culpa tour to explain his odd behavior in recent years and to regain his good-guy image with fans.

I can’t believe that one of your writers would actually make the subversive comment about “All-American” looks.. Tell your writer that this country is full of European genetics. Neither American soil nor citizenship alters genetics. Duh!

I’ll question, from now on, whether reading a Reuters’ commentary is any better than the grocery-store rags.


Yes, this country is full of genes from just about everyplace, not just Europe. While the idea of “All-American looks” is commonly used here it would be difficult to explain and probably shouldn’t be used for an international audience, for fear of sounding as though we have a corner on good looks. There was also a bit of irony in this instance, since Cruise has German ancestors, among others: GBU Editor

On the wrong track…


An appreciation of some underrated movies

Then there are the cases of those sequences that proved fun even if the movies that surrounded them were problematic. Early in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” for example, Harrison Ford’s Indy stumbled into a weirdly perfect 1950s track home only to discover that it is the target in a nuclear testing site.

This story has a reference to a “track home.” The correct phrase is tract home.

Unnecessary information

Tom Cruise laughs about Oprah interview

The photos show Cruise with his wife, Katie Holmes, their daughter, Suri, and his adopted children, Bella and Connor.

As the mother of two adopted children, I would be very upset if my adopted children were always referred to in the press as my “adopted children.” They are simply my children. Period. Tom Cruise has had his “adopted children” since they were infants. Why on earth can’t Reuters just say they are HIS CHILDREN?! How insensitive and wrong.

Broadly speaking…


Obama says he won’t be smoking in White House

Noting that the White House was a no-smoking zone, Brokaw asked Obama, “Have you stopped smoking?”

I have,” Obama replied, smiling broadly. “What I said was that there are times where I have fallen off the wagon.”

Is that a word?


Your headline says “Crisis fightback.” Is fightback even a word?


Not that I know of. We subsequently changed it: GBU Editor

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Mopping up…


Indian commandos mop up last of Mumbai militants

“Mop Up” is a disgusting headline. Regardless of what has been done this is human you are talking, about not floor grime. Leave the repugnant demeaning of human life to asinine editorialists please.


Several readers objected to this headline, though I don’t fully understand why. My online dictionary says MOP UP: Military. to clear (ground, trenches, towns, etc.) of scattered or remaining enemy combatants after attacking forces have conquered the area. GBU Editor.

She is a he…


Actor and Porsche owner Jerry Seinfeld waves as she is announced at a Porsche presentation during the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

She? Do you know something about Seinfeld that we don’t?


No. We corrected the caption: GBU Editor

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Unorthodox phrasing


Man returns stolen relics to Russian monastery

The relics of six saints were in a silver reliquary that went missing on November 5 after an evening mass at the 16th-century Donskoi monastery in central Moscow. Who writes your copy about the Russian Orthodox Church? That person or persons seems to always call the Church services “MASS”. We Orthodox Christians do NOT celebrate “MASS”.We celebrate the DIVINE LITURGY. You do want to be accurate don’t you?

Nancy G.

Executing victims?


Bali bombers buried in emotional ceremonies

The attorney general’s spokesman said the bombers had asked not to be blindfolded for the execution.

“Only one bullet hit victims right on the left chest hitting the heart,” Jasman Pandjaitan told a news conference.

Confusing pronoun?


Obama apologizes to Nancy Reagan for seance quip

After making the seance comment, Obama said in addition to speaking to all the living past presidents he had also re-read some of President Abraham Lincoln’s writings.

His wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, was said to have held regular seances at the White House.