Poll Results

And now some fresh pickings from the wartime grapevine:

Poll Results

In a new poll, the vast majority -- 69 percent -- say the prisoner abuse shown in photos from Iraq is a "big deal" and "unacceptable." 28 percent disagree, saying it happens in war. In the poll, quoted by the Washington Post, the majority say they're upset by the photos, with 24 percent saying they're "angered" by them.

Another 39 percent say they're concerned, but not upset. On the war as a whole, 60 percent say the United States has "gotten bogged down in Iraq." Only about half that many say the U.S. is making good progress there.

But, when asked if Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should resign, as several Democrats have demanded, 69 percent say: No, he should keep his job.

Photo Flak

Speaking of the prisoner abuse photos, Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed -- the general manager of Al-Arabiya television -- is denouncing some Arab newspapers for publishing photos on their front pages that they say show prisoner abuse, when, in fact, the photos weren't even taken in Abu Ghraib prison.

Al-Rashed -- in an Arab newspaper report translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute -- says the photos are actually scenes taken from adult films. He claims the individuals in those  photos look "happy."... not like abused prisoners.

Truthful Numbers?

In February, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, blasted President Bush for the "2.3 million jobs lost since [he has] been in office." After that charge, the economy created some 400,000 new jobs -- not even including today's report.

But Pelosi's number of jobs lost went up, and she argued two weeks ago that the "2.6 million jobs [lost under President Bush constitute] the worst record of job creation ... since the Great Depression." How'd that happen?

Well, as the economy was turning around, Pelosi stopped counting those who work for local, state and federal governments, lowering the total jobs created by several hundred thousand.

Freshman Forsaken?

Connecticut State University's admissions office is considering a plan to stop using the word "freshman," which some feminists have complained is sexist. School officials also point out that "freshman" is outdated, having first appeared in the 16th Century -- when the student body didn't include so many part-timers and transfer students.

According to the Hartford Courant, the school would replace the word "freshman" with the phrase "first-year student." Which no one has yet objected to.

FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report

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