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Ted Cruz Walks Out of Mandela Funeral During Raul Castro Memorial — Plus: Another Caption Contest!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:08 pm

Compare and contrast:

Meanwhile, Obama shakes Raul Castro’s hand:

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Via Twitchy, which has been bought out by Salem Communications and is now partnered with Hot Air. Congratulations to Michelle and Jesse Malkin.

P.S. Meanwhile, Barack is having a great old time taking selfies at Mandela’s memorial, while Michelle does a slow burn.

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Call it the day’s second caption contest. Your captions below.

GOP Looks to Maintain Ban on Cell Phone Calls on Planes

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:47 am

Not because of safety, but because of how annoying it would be:

Political momentum to keep a ban on cellphone calls during flights gained momentum Monday as lawmakers said it would be crazy to allow them.

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) became the second lawmaker after Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to offer legislation to keep the ban in place.

“Let’s face it, airplane cabins are by nature noisy, crowded, and confined,” said Shuster, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “For those few hours in the air with 150 other people, it’s just common sense that we all keep our personal lives to ourselves and stay off the phone.”

It sure is. But why does that mean we have to legislate it?

Lawmakers in favor of keeping the ban say they’re not worried about the safety of passengers. They’re worried about their sanity.

“For passengers, being able to use their phones and tablets to get online or send text messages is a useful in-flight option,” Shuster said. “But if passengers are going to be forced to listen to the gossip in the aisle seat, it’s going to make for a very long flight.”

I am all in favor of a ban on cell phone usage on planes — by the airlines. I would not want to fly any airline that allowed someone to gab in the seat next to me. But I am mystified as to how this is the subject of federal legislation.

Xbox One or PlayStation 4?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:41 am

For anyone into video games, a question: XBox or PlayStation?

For some reason both seem to be $750 at Amazon, when the new Xbox is supposed to be $500 and the PS4 is supposed to be $400. Scarcity, I guess. Ignore that part — nobody in this household is paying that kind of money — and just give me a straight-up opinion based on the usual price.

Caption Contest: Obama Shakes the Hand of a Castro

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:18 am

Obama shakes Raul Castro’s hand, at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela (former president of South Africa and leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the violent and terroristic armed wing of the African National Congress):

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What did you expect? He has shaken Chavez’s hand and says he wants to visit Tehran.

Your captions below.

P.S. Some have asked: what did Mandela do that was any different from what George Washington did. Charles C. Johnson:

From David Beresford, writing in the Guardian, January 1989:

Some controversy has surrounded Mrs Mandela in recent years. A former social worker and considered a great beauty in her youth, she has shown enormous courage over the years in the face of imprisonment, house arrest and harassment by the South African authorities. More recently, however, she has shown questionable political judgment. In 1986 she embarrassed the anti-apartheid community with the statement in a speech that “we shall liberate this country” with “our boxes of matches and our necklaces” interpreted as an implicit endorsement of the political killings by burning which did enormous damage to the anti-apartheid movement between 1984 and 1987.

But enough about killing innocent people. On with the captions!

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