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Shutdown relief lunch links

For those utterly sick of the shutdown and the absurd Tea Party hostage drama, today’s Lunch Links will provide a brief respite from that particular bit of madness. That’s not to say, however, that there isn’t other madness out there to highlight.

Take, for instance, the misguided folks at Eastern Wayne Middle School in Goldsboro who somehow got the bright idea to lead students to believe that an armed and masked robber was on the campus as part of a “safety exercise.” WTVD in Raleigh has the story.

And speaking of robbery, here’s a more encouraging story about how to respond to it: Yesterday, advocates in Albany, New York publicly smashed a slot machine to symbolize their opposition to a state ballot initiative that would allow private casinos in the state. The demonstration was a reenactment of famous New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia’s similar act back in 1934 which you can watch here:

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And speaking of casinos, here are some more details on the bathrooms at the Mississippi gambling palace to which Gov. McCrory jetted off this week for a get-together with the oil, gas and coal lobbies:

Each includes:

  • Italian marble floors and surfaces,
  • Soaking tub and separate stall shower
  • Third telephone
  • Hair dryer and make-up/shaving mirror
  • Custom bath and hair products

The Beau Rivage Resort and Casino will also be welcoming prominent musical acts in the coming weeks, including – we are not making this up – Alice Cooper , Martina McBride (“presented by Pandora Jewelry”) and Kenny G.

Finally, speaking of music (and with a nod to President Obama’s strong stance in the shutdown crisis – sorry, we’d intended not to mention that subject) here are both Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Traveling Willburys with Petty’s iconic anthem about not backing down:

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