Question for White House spokesman Jay Carney during the Monday press briefing: “How often does the president go skeet shooting?”
Mr. Carney: “I don’t know how often. He does go to Camp David with some regularity, but I’m not sure how often he’s done that.”
Question 2: “Is there a photograph of him doing it?
Mr. Carney: “There may be, but I haven’t seen it.”
Question 3: “Why haven’t we heard about it before?
Mr. Carney: “Because when he goes to Camp David, he goes to spend time with his family and friends and relax, not to produce photographs.”
Where did film producer David Klawans get the idea for “Argo,” the meticulously made, award-winning movie that has earned more than $180 million at the box office and showcases actor-director Ben Affleck? The answer: Mr. Klawans is a content gleaner, and he likes government documents.
“Nearly every day, for upward of 10-hour stretches, the independent film producer speed-reads police blogs, articles from RSS feeds and niche-interest journals in dogged pursuit of an elusive prize: a story on which to base his next movie,” says Los Angeles Times film writer Chris Lee, who reveals that “Argo” emerged from a declassified story in the quarterly CIA journal “Studies in Intelligence,” which self-described news junkie Mr. Klawans came upon in 1998.
“It’s like going on the beach with a metal detector,” he notes.
POLL DU JOUR
• 54 percent of small-business owners say health care costs are hurting their operating environment “a lot.”
• 19 percent say health care costs hurt their operations “a little”; 23 percent say they have no effect.
• 53 percent of the owners say taxes on small businesses are hurting their operating environment “a lot.”
• 27 percent say taxes hurt their operations “a little”; 17 percent say they have no effect.