Your Grrrs: May 17, 2005

Now for Your Grrrs ...

Tia in cyberspace says: A big fat GRRRR to Newsweek for their blatant and disgusting irresponsibility and their handling of the fallout. They are sorry? Sorry doesn't cut it when their lack of foresight and journalistic integrity, not to mention plain old common sense, cost innocent people their lives. At the very least, Newsweek should offer to pay restitution to those who lost loved ones due to their negligence. It won't bring back the people lost, but it will help those who are affected. I am COMPLETELY appalled.

Bob in Columbus, Ohio, writes: I have two items that I would like to share with you and your faithful readers. First is my GRRRR. I am perturbed that I have to carry 7-8 cards with me in order to shop at all of our local grocery, drug stores and gas stations. I know they attempt to offer discounts with these cards, but my logic is if you want to sell an item at a special price, then just do it. When I shop I have to look frantically through my wallet to find the right card so I get the discount. The funny thing is when another customer does not have their card, they do one of two things: scan a store card which nullifies the reason for even having cards in the first place, or the customer can give them their phone number and they can look up the card number and enter it manually. I am anxiously waiting for Wal-Mart to start such a system so I can actually watch my hair grow while I wait in line. My other item is a request for a definition of the fine folks who are under the understanding that a green arrow at a light means that they have the right to block the entire intersection from other traffic while they wait for their congestion to move. I have seen the same three or four cars do this 2-3 times a week. One good note out of this -- it does give my friend in the silver Camry time to do her makeup.

Jessica in New Jersey on Paula Abdul's a Brave Soul: Thank you, thank you for pointing out the flaws of the "Primetime Live" Corey Clark interview. Has nobody pointed out to this imbecile that while he complains about being "blackballed," having spilled the lurid details of his affair will absolutely blackball him in the industry more so than ever? What celebrity/producer/etc. will ever work with this guy knowing that he plays voicemails on the air. Nobody will ever trust him ... he just wrote his own ticket to oblivion.

Chas W. USAF writes: I have a question. Regarding people like Abdul, shows like “AI” and people like Cruise and Hilton … WHO CARES and why do you? Just a question. By the way, I enjoy your column.

Christopher C. in Missouri says: It amazes me, all the uproar over a bunch of no-talent hacks like the cast and crew of "American Idol." All Paula Abdul has done is been a cheerleader for the Lakers and was fortunate enough that someone gave her a hit song to sing back in the late '80s. Just imagine what problems could be solved if the average American was as concerned about Social Security, rising health care costs and fighting terrorism as they are about this overexposed karaoke contest.

Stephen C. writes: I think the way that Abdul and FOX handled ABC's lame attempt to discredit their chief competitor was perfect. The best way to deal with tabloid journalism is either ignore it or make fun of it.

David P. in cyberspace says: "American Idol" is a TV show made for entertainment, and like most of today's current crop of movies and TV shows, it has as much relationship to real life as a politician's campaign speech or professional wrestling. The few minutes I watched "AI," I found it neither intelligent nor challenging enough to hold my attention. So I turned it off. From your column, may I deduce that I am the only person in the world who does not give a damn about Paula's (or any other celebrities) problems? No matter, it is not the end of the world.

Marc A. USMC responds to Betty M. from the last "Your Grrrs" page: It may be a free country, and yes you can come and go as you please, but when you fake a kidnapping, hop a bus to another state without telling anyone where you're going, leaving your family and friends unsure of your fate after lying and saying you are just going out for a jog, well, that is plain wrong. And when the state spends people's hard-earned tax dollars financing a search for your selfish butt, I would be outraged as a tax-payer if they DIDN'T go after her for the money.

Debbie H. in cyberspace writes: Jennifer Wilbanks is obviously a very troubled person. I think she's battling enough of her own demons and probably doesn't need anything more than mandated mental health help. I do agree with Betty M. in South Carolina ... since when is an adult not allowed to come and go as they please? She definitely should be brought to task for lying but under the circumstances ... I'm not so sure I wouldn't have tried to lie my way out of it either.

Jason in Nashville, Tenn., responds to Susan B. from the last "Your Grrrs" page: Susan B, the hee hee's on you. While you're blasting your conference call, people around you are thinking about how incredibly unprofessional and inconsiderate you are -- probably the same people you depend on for support in your "job." That boils down to you not really caring about your co-workers, your team and ultimately your job. You obviously take glee in being disruptive -- congrats on your integrity and maturity.

Joan F. in New Jersey: What an awesome Mother's Day message! You should be writing card verse instead of Grrr columns (although I'd miss reading them).

Mrs. Crafty in cyberspace says: I too am tired of the OVERPRICED selection of greeting cards. For the past three years I have made my own cards and taught my children to do the same. We also make our own gift wrap from brown or white craft paper. We use either stickers or rubber stamps to decorate, but the best decoration is when my kids draw elaborate pictures featuring the gift recipient and the artist. And talk about special!! Mrs. Grrrr would love to have a card with baby Maxine's hand print and your special words inside!!

Lisse in cyberspace writes: If I may give you a piece of advice ... some eight years ago I bought a computer program that makes greetings cards ... and it has been the best $50 I have ever paid, since there is no "holiday" I can't cover with that! People are usually happily surprised to get a "personalized" card, and they usually do not care about the envelope anyway (even though you can buy a box of "invitation-size" envelopes).

Tomi E. in Ohio writes: My Grrr goes to all the coverage of the upcoming LeTourneau/Fualaau nuptials by "Entertainment Tonight" and others. She molested a 12-year-old boy, so why are we supposed to be celebrating these two "love birds" getting married? I know she's "paid her debt to society" and that a judge has allowed the two to resume a relationship, but why does that relationship need to be celebrated by the media? What she did was a crime and it seems to me that all the attention paid to this wedding and their relationship is just romanticizing the entire affair. If it had been a male teacher having consensual sex with a 12-year-old girl, there would have been a much louder and greater uproar by America, and everyone would think the two getting married is sick and disgusting. I'm not saying she should be persecuted every day of her life, or that she and the clearly misguided Villi shouldn't be allowed to marry. I just don't think it needs to be celebrated and shown on TV or in print every day either.

Robin in New Jersey says: My current favorite teeth-gnashing story is the reporting on the Michael Jackson trial. The man publicly and proudly admitted to sharing his bed with young boys. Adults with even a shred of common sense would know that this behavior is totally inappropriate and potentially harmful to the young boys he's sharing his "love" with. The media, however, is so intent on parsing out each person on the witness stand, being "fair and balanced" by showing how everyone Jackson ever met is a liar and a sleaze, that the simple facts of this case are being drowned out. Jackson, a 40-something grown man, makes friends with young boys and shares his bed with them. Substitute the name of any other adult male in that sentence and tell me that we'd believe it is all innocent.

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Mike Straka is the director of operations and special projects for, and covers entertainment and features on the Sunday program "FOX Magazine." He also writes the weekly Grrr! Column and hosts "The Real Deal" video segments on