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Locked up for EIGHT hours for telling Nelson Mandela joke
Daily Star ^ | December 9, 2013 | Paul Robins

Posted on 12/09/2013 10:12:08 PM PST by pluvmantelo

Neil Phillips said he was fingerprinted, DNA- swabbed and had his computers seized. The 44-year-old was held after posting: “My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela.” Another read: “Free Mandela – switch the power off.” But police swooped after a councillor complained over the gags about the former South African leader, who passed away on Thursday, aged 95. Mr Phillips who insisted he meant no harm, said: “It was an awful experience. I was fingerprinted, they took DNA and my computer. “It was a couple of jokes, Bernard Manning type,” he added. "There was no hatred. What happened to freedom of speech? I think they over-reacted massively.” Mr Phillips, who runs Crumbs sandwich shop in Rugeley, Staffs, was arrested after complaints by Cllr Tim Jones about the one-liners, aired when the anti-apartheid hero was critically ill. GRIEF: Winnie Mandela is mourning the late great man [GETTY] A spokesman for Staffordshire Police confirmed the arrest and added: “When he answered bail on September 30, he was informed that there would be no further action based on CPS decision of there being insufficient evidence to support a prosecution.” Yesterday, millions flocked to churches, parks and hills to pay their respects to Mr Mandela, including ex-wife Winnie. She was joined at Bryanston Methodist Church in Johannesburg, by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. He said: “Nelson Mandela stood for freedom. He fought against those who opp-ressed others. He wanted everyone to be free.” Mr Zuma gave his address as a picture emerged of Mandela smiling while holding hands with three-year-old great-grandson Lewanika. The image, from May, was the last snap taken before Mandela’s death.


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Remember when they arrested Russell Brand for calling George Bush a retarded cowboy? Neither do I.
1 posted on 12/09/2013 10:12:08 PM PST by pluvmantelo
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To: pluvmantelo

Happened in the UK near as I can tell. Coming soon to a newspaper and police dept.near you.


2 posted on 12/09/2013 10:21:49 PM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: pluvmantelo

Not everyone who opposes an evil, is a saint...some of them are monsters.

Joseph Stalin opposed Hitler. Stalin was a monster.

Mandela opposed apartheid. Mandela was a ?

Evil and goodness can exist in the same person at the same time. I will admit that such a thing is very unsettling.


3 posted on 12/09/2013 10:21:58 PM PST by Bobalu (White Boy Think A Lot)
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To: pluvmantelo

So, did this happen on the Moon or in Madagasgar, or where. I hate stories that have no byline on where the incident took place, which police prosecuted, city or federal or what?

More worthless reporting, or if it is just a local story, the person posting has a responsibility to include WHERE in the byline of the story.

Is the the USA or France or where?


4 posted on 12/09/2013 10:23:18 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

Was this in South Africa. Is that why the police were so aggressive?


5 posted on 12/09/2013 10:23:54 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: pluvmantelo
“My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela.”

Sounds like a joke on Leno.
6 posted on 12/09/2013 10:24:33 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

UK.


7 posted on 12/09/2013 10:24:49 PM PST by pluvmantelo (Obamism=Chavism)
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To: pluvmantelo

I would like to know the joke so I can repeat it when I am in good company.


8 posted on 12/09/2013 10:25:51 PM PST by MNDude
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

Almost certainly Great Britain based on the terms used in the story.


9 posted on 12/09/2013 10:26:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: pluvmantelo

Umm Nelson is dead.

Where is the threat?


10 posted on 12/09/2013 10:26:10 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

No offense to Nelson.


11 posted on 12/09/2013 10:26:44 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: MNDude

Never mind, I found it.


12 posted on 12/09/2013 10:26:44 PM PST by MNDude
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

Rugeley, Staffordshire

http://www.staffordshire.co.uk/rugeley.htm


13 posted on 12/09/2013 10:55:18 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic

Ooops...http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2520662/Neil-Phillips-quizzed-8-HOURS-police-Nelson-Mandela-Twitter-jokes.html


14 posted on 12/09/2013 10:56:15 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Bobalu

Mandela was the head of the ANC, which murdered people and violently intimidated people into silence in quest of its political goals. The ANC invented necklacing.

Mandela may not be the Communist monster that Stalin, Hitler, and Mao were, but he was still that much responsible for the atrocities in his country.


15 posted on 12/09/2013 10:59:27 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Bobalu

Mandela was the head of the ANC, which murdered people and violently intimidated people into silence in quest of its political goals. The ANC invented necklacing.

Mandela may not be the Communist monster that Stalin, Hitler, and Mao were, but he was still that much responsible for the atrocities in his country, even if he wasn’t responsible for single other crime.


16 posted on 12/09/2013 10:59:53 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: mylife
Umm Nelson is dead. Where is the threat?

This just in. Nelson Mandela is still dead.

17 posted on 12/09/2013 11:24:47 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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Just thinking out loud — I wonder if Mandela’s friends called him “Nellie” ?


18 posted on 12/09/2013 11:25:05 PM PST by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: Jonty30

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Nelson meet George.

I trust George.


19 posted on 12/09/2013 11:28:09 PM PST by glyptol
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To: TigersEye

“Locked up for EIGHT hours for telling Nelson Mandela joke.”

Boy - talk about a tough crowd!


20 posted on 12/09/2013 11:31:06 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: pluvmantelo

The UK has turned into a complete tragedy.


21 posted on 12/09/2013 11:31:48 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: 21twelve
I might get a month for post #17!

Please tip your waitress and try the veal. See you in January.

22 posted on 12/09/2013 11:32:35 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free
Is the the USA or France or where?

This took place in a formerly great country known as the United Kingdom.

23 posted on 12/09/2013 11:44:13 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: pluvmantelo
That was bad taste.

This is good taste.


24 posted on 12/09/2013 11:50:25 PM PST by Salamander (I know things that you don't. I've done things that you won't.)
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To: pluvmantelo

the UK is history!

They have been taken over by the muslims and are beyond saving, along with the rest of Europe!


25 posted on 12/10/2013 12:02:40 AM PST by dalereed
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To: Bobalu
Evil and goodness can exist in the same person at the same time. I will admit that such a thing is very unsettling.

King David was a brigand, rapist and a murderer and yet built a nation and one of his distant off spring still lights the world.

26 posted on 12/10/2013 12:06:45 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: pluvmantelo
Why is it when some liberal twit gets their knickers in a knot because someone paid some well-deserved disrespect to one of their fairy-tale saints (usually someone who slaughters the innocent wholesale to impose their flavor of "freedom") people get arrested, but when a liberal places an inverted crucifix in urine to the offense of millions they call it "ART" and increase funding?
27 posted on 12/10/2013 12:07:05 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

I agree. I get so tired of people posting stories and expecting you to know exactly where their little spot on this planet is.


28 posted on 12/10/2013 12:18:04 AM PST by MCF
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To: pluvmantelo

They have the Government they’ve been supporting.


29 posted on 12/10/2013 12:25:47 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: pluvmantelo

If you like your political correctness, you can keep it.


30 posted on 12/10/2013 12:33:52 AM PST by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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To: OldNewYork
If you like your political correctness, you can keep it far away from me.
31 posted on 12/10/2013 2:35:20 AM PST by ExGeeEye (The enemy's gate is down...and to the left.)
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To: pluvmantelo
One of the comments at the source points out that there were similar (and far worse) online jokes and comments when Margaret Thatcher died, but there were no arrests.

That weasel of a "Councillor" needs an attitude adjustment, preferably delivered in a dark alley behind a pub.

32 posted on 12/10/2013 4:40:50 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: MNDude

I’ll tell it regardless of the company.


33 posted on 12/10/2013 6:37:35 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: dalereed

>>They have been taken over by the muslims and are beyond saving, along with the rest of Europe!<<

America is only about five years behind England.


34 posted on 12/10/2013 12:56:37 PM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: cynwoody

Still great, despite stupidity like this.

PC-ism in the US dosent make your country any less great.


35 posted on 12/13/2013 11:18:21 AM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: pluvmantelo
those jokes were very tame.

He was an unrepentant terrorist.

He wanted everyone to be free.

When did marxists want anyone to be free?

36 posted on 12/13/2013 11:21:22 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: pluvmantelo

Whats Winnie Mandela doing out of prison.


37 posted on 12/13/2013 11:23:11 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: dalereed

No, it isn’t. And the UK is 4% Muslim. 4%.


38 posted on 12/13/2013 11:29:33 AM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: the scotsman

It only takes 2% of dedicated activists to take over and control a country, at 4% you’re history!!


39 posted on 12/13/2013 10:19:03 PM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Yes, but the extremists make up a tiny minority. Heresy it may be to say here, but the vast majority of UK muslims are just normal, law abiding people who practice their faith.


40 posted on 12/14/2013 1:11:54 PM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: the scotsman

“the vast majority of UK muslims are just normal, law abiding people who practice their faith.”

There’s no such thing!!


41 posted on 12/14/2013 1:56:07 PM PST by dalereed
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