1:11 P.M. link
Mystery Pollster looks at the numbers and concludes:
[F]or now at least, is that the recent hostility of left-leaning blogs is not evident among rank and file Democrats.
I'd still like to see Edmund Muskie's approval ratings in 1970, just for comparison's sake. ... Update:MP has come up with some 1970 Muskie numbers, and sure enough he was popular too! Just a few anti-war types who were dissatisfied. ... P.S.: Back then, the anti-war movement split the Democratic party and could arguably be characterized as a large, dissident fringe. Today, the anti-war movement arguably is the Democratic party. Doesn't that suggest, polling numbers being equal, that Hillary is in a lot more trouble than Muskie? ... 12:08 A.M.
Have you ever seen Jake Gyllenhaal and David Corn in the same room? I didn't think so. ... 11:56 P.M.
One of the people killed in the Zarqawi-planned bombing of a Jordanian hotel last November was Moustapha Akkad, who directed a highly controversial (within the Islamic world) film version of the life of Mohammed, The Message--and who was the model for the protagonist of Richard Grenier's funny-but-possibly-offensive Waugh-esque send-up of the Arab Middle East, The Marrakesh One-Two. ... One wonders if it was really a coincidence that he was hit. ... 4:43 P.M.
Gabriel Snyder usefully explains how those Sunday morning box office results--the ones obtained from the movie studios that suspiciously include the results for Sunday evening--work. Snyder thinks the studios have some room to fudge their results, but not as much as I'd thought. ... Even the studio-generated Monday figures dubbed the "actuals" aren't quite actual. ... A key question is whether Variety, for whom Snyder works (and where he once had the Sunday B.O. beat), gets actually actual reports directly from theaters--collected by Nielsen or Rentrak--against which to roughly check the studio claims. I'm told the answer is yes. Update: Snyder says the answer is no. But if Variety reporters suspect Studio A of fudging, they can get rival execs at Studios B and C to leak the closely-held hard theater numbers from Nielsen and Rentrak. ... 4:19 P.M.
Does the LAT know squat? Knowledgeable New West Notes newbie blogger Bill Bradley catches the Times--in the lede of their profile, "Abramoff Reached Beyond the Limits"--painting Jack Abramoff as a whole lot better weightlifter than he actually was:
At Beverly Hills High School, Jack Abramoff's weightlifting prowess was the stuff of legend.
As a senior, he became the first member of the school's 2700 Club, lifting a combined total of 2,700 pounds in the power squat, dead lift, bench press, and clean and jerk.