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Good morning City Desk readers, and welcome to an especially vapid installment of Freedom Friday. A few weeks back, yours truly ran into a friend of a friend while picking up some necessities at the CVS on 14th St. in Columbia Heights. Said friend was printing out headshots for his Real World tryout. Yet at the time, there were no Real World employees in D.C. That’s changing, according to the dashing reality TV reporter Andy Dehnart, who has discovered that “Bunim-Murray [the production company behind the real world] is searching for multiple production assistants who ‘have a valid drivers license and insurance’ and ‘live in and know DC and surrounding areas.'” Twitter your feelings on the news and tag them (your feelings!) #realworlddc. Got more to say about the Real Housewives of D.C.? Tag that shit #realhousewivesdc.
Military politics, insular media rambling, and medical marijuana, after the jump.
- The Illinois State Senate passed a bill yesterday legalizing medical marijuana. Pot, along with gay marriage, is going to make this country a better place. I can feel it. (I actually don’t have any more to say on this. Let’s just bask in the THC glow for a bit.)
- Jon Soltz writes in the Stimulist that military men and women are moving left politically: “The trend gained momentum with President Obama and Hillary Clinton during the primaries, and it’s about to get fast-tracked with Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney taking control of Republican messaging, ideals, practices, and policies.” This is a great chance to plug Babylon By Bus, a first-person account written by two U.S. employees of their time in Baghdad in 2003. Based on their book, and on accounts from imbedded reporters, I’d wager that the rank-and-file switched political allegiances long before the top brass decided it wouldn’t kill their careers to do the right thing.
- In media land: Tim Cavanaugh, former editor of Suck.com and a contributing editor at Reason and reason.com, is now blogging regularly for the latter. This is good news for all human beings who can use an Internet, as Cavanaugh was a pioneer of snarky outgoing links, snarky essays, and snarky snark-snark. He’s mellowed out in the years since, but is no less great a read. (Srsly, I’m not just schilling for a some-time employer). In somewhat less groundbreaking news, I just saw that Jake Tapper pissed off a whole army of progressive idiots by twittering, “Have MediaMatters or CAP said one critical word about POTUS support of “state secrets,” or military commissions, or indefinite detention?” Ha. He’s just asking, people!