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This won’t end well – casting underway for Capitol Hill staff reality show

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This is a train wreck waiting to happen, and as Mother Jones notes, it likely would face issues getting actual Congressional staff members to participate.

Washington Examiner

Sources tell the Washington Examiner that a “House of Cards” veteran is working to produce a reality show based in the district starring “D.C. up-and-comers,” including Capitol Hill staffers. The show is currently in development, and one source said there’s already been a round of casting.

Mother Jones discusses the actual casting call :

(It’s unclear how many Hill staffers would actually be up for this, since most Senate and House offices probably wouldn’t allow employees to take part in a potentially revealing reality series.)

Mother Jones obtained the casting call, which is dated April 14.

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Naked DC has more:

They already have a reality show. It’s called Veep. Apparently, though, that’s not enough, and the demand for politically-oriented drama programming like House of Cards and Scandal has led some television consumers to assume that political jobs are both engaging and sexy, neither of which is actually true, unless you like watching people juggle cell phones while wearing beat-up Tory Burch flats and the same brown shift dress from three days ago that they picked up off the bathroom floor because they haven’t had time to do laundry since the last administration. Also, you can watch them binge drink and “network.”

Fortunately, this is still in the formative stages, so there’s hope that it will fall apart before it ever materializes. Then again, anyone who advocates the mass dismissal of elected leadership and/or the total annihilation of Washington DC by asteroid may want something like this to air, because once it does, America will definitely be rooting for the asteroid.

Stone Brewing could build East Coast brewery in SC

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The State reports that the project would be “massive”:

Stone Brewing Co., based in Escondido, Calif., is looking to locate an East Coast Brewery and beer garden for tourists somewhere east of the Mississippi River, a $31 million investment that calls for nearly 400 employees within five years, making between $12 and $48 an hour. Proposals from interested communities were due about a month ago, according to the company, the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States.

The brewery – which makes such colorful products as Arrogant Bastard Ale and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA – would produce 120,000 barrels of beer the first two years, according to the company’s request for proposals, which is a guideline for communities asking to be considered for the project.

The State‘s article focuses on the proposal for Lexington County near Columbia, South Carolina. Other cities who reportedly are in the running include Myrtle Beach and Charlotte. A company spokeswoman said construction would start in 2014. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens would be a tourist attraction similar to the company’s California locations.

40 Years Ago Today

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40 years ago today, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th home run, eclipsing the previous career record held by Babe Ruth. Many consider Aaron to be the last clean Home Run King, thanks to all of the questions surrounding Barry Bonds and performance-enhancing drug use.

The video of Aaron breaking the record is below.

R.I.P. Mickey Rooney – dead at the age of 93

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Mickey Rooney, born Joseph Yule, Jr., has died at the age of 93. The above photo is one I took of Mr. Rooney at the 2008 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington.

Rooney served in World War II:

In 1944, Rooney entered military service. He served more than 21 months, until shortly after the end of World War II. During and after the war he helped entertain the troops in America and Europe, and spent part of the time as a radio personality on the American Forces Network and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for entertaining troops in combat zones. In addition to the Bronze Star Medal, Rooney also received the Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal for his military service.

Obama-Mao shirts removed from shops while Michelle Obama visits

The picture of the shirt is at the bottom of this post.

Daniel Halper:

According to a pool reporter who was at the Great Wall of China for Michelle Obama’s visit there today, “Chinese authorities made sure, for a day, that Mutianyu [a section of the Great Wall] was visibly free of Obama-Mao t-shirts.” For $60, however, a merchant told the pool reporter that she’d sell him one of those t-shirts.

Here’s what a pool report Halper quoted had to say about the rumors the shirts had been removed from sale:

That tip turned out to be true. Several merchants denied carrying such items, but one merchant quietly took this correspondent to the back of her tent and showed off a whole box of the popular, normally seen t-shirts. As we were negotiating prices – she wanted 360 yuan, or roughly $60, an outrageous starting price – other merchants came by, and in Chinese, told her to be careful. The merchant became visibly rattled and put the t-shirts away.

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