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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:19 PM
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London: Man Held As Terrorist For singing along to "The Clash"
Man held as terrorism suspect over punk song
Wed Apr 5, 2006 09:15 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - British anti-terrorism detectives escorted a man from a plane after a taxi driver had earlier become suspicious when he started singing along to a track by punk band The Clash, police said Wednesday.
Detectives halted the London-bound flight at Durham Tees Valley Airport in northern England and Harraj Mann, 24, was taken off.

The taxi driver had become worried on the way to the airport because Mann had been singing along to The Clash's 1979 anthem "London Calling," which features the lyrics "Now war is declared -- and battle come down" while other lines warn of a "meltdown expected."

Mann told British newspapers the taxi had been fitted with a music system which allowed him to plug in his MP3 player and he had been playing The Clash, Procol Harum, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to the driver.

"He didn't like Led Zeppelin or The Clash but I don't think there was any need to tell the police," Mann told the Daily Mirror.

http://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=entertainm...
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:21 PM
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1. What do you mean I can't say "bomb on an airplane"
:shrug:
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400Years Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:24 PM
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8. that didn't happen
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:31 PM
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13. No shit, Sherlock.
I take it that you've never seen "Meet the Parents"
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400Years Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:55 PM
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21. sorry, I guess your "joke" was just too lame
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:56 PM
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22. Snap
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boobooday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:25 PM
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11. Once when I was at the airport
The screener took off with my bad to open it and look inside. In a panic, because I had barely gotten the zipper closed when I packed it, I said, "don't open that, it'll explode!"

Duh.

Luckily it was a really small airport, and I don't fit a racial profile, or I'm sure I would have been 'detained.'
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:53 PM
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20. You're lucky they didn't take the bag out to the tarmac
and blow it up.
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boobooday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:31 PM
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23. I know.
You should have seen my husband's face when I said it.

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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:59 PM
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28. I did the same thing.
Inspector gadget asked me if I wanted to rephrase that comment.

-Hoot
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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:22 PM
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2. Nice to know our law enforcement are focusing on the right priorities
:eyes:
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Soloflecks Donating Member (518 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:22 PM
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3. That's what happens
when you encourage every tom, dick, and harry to get all paranoid and report their irratiobnal fears after you've catapulted the propaganda. :eyes:
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:24 PM
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7. that's also what happens
when you let shitty musicians like Britney Spears become popular so that people forget what good music really is.
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converted_democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:22 PM
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4. Wow.. Unreal.. Held as a terror suspect for sing along to a song..
Wow.. We live in a scary world..
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:23 PM
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5. Holy Crap
I have that whole CD on my MP3 player. I better not let Big Brother know about it. Shit, I have the Sex Pistols, too. They sing about Anarchy.
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:23 PM
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6. Good thing he didn't sing any Sex Pistols (Anarchy in the U.K.)
England is becoming a Police State even faster than the U.S. :evilfrown:
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:24 PM
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9. You and I tied
on the Sex Pistols' reference
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:25 PM
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10. I can only imagine if he had sung along to TH's "Life during wartime"
Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons, packed up and ready to go
Heard of some gravesites, out by the highway, a place where nobody knows
The sound of gunfire, off in the distance, I'm getting used to it now
Lived in a brownstore, lived in the ghetto, I've lived all over this town

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco,
this ain't no fooling around
No time for dancing, or lovey dovey,
I ain't got time for that now

Transmit the message, to the receiver, hope for an answer some day
I got three passports, a couple of visas, you don't even know my real name
High on a hillside, the trucks are loading, everything's ready to roll
I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nightime, I might not ever get home...


!!!

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bunkerbuster1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:35 PM
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17. "We're tappin' phone lines/I know that that ain't allowed..."
Well, that used to be the case, David.
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:46 PM
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18. Or how about "If I Had A Rocket Launcher" by Bruce Cockburn?
Lyrics: <http://cockburnproject.net/songs&music/iiharl.html >

Here comes the helicopter -- second time today
Everybody scatters and hopes it goes away
How many kids they've murdered only God can say
If I had a rocket launcher...I'd make somebody pay

I don't believe in guarded borders and I don't believe in hate
I don't believe in generals or their stinking torture states
And when I talk with the survivors of things too sickening to relate
If I had a rocket launcher...I would retaliate

On the Rio Lacantun, one hundred thousand wait
To fall down from starvation -- or some less humane fate
Cry for guatemala, with a corpse in every gate
If I had a rocket launcher...I would not hesitate

I want to raise every voice -- at least I've got to try
Every time I think about it water rises to my eyes.
Situation desperate, echoes of the victims cry
If I had a rocket launcher...Some son of a bitch would die

BTW, I'm having trouble finding this song on one of the Corporate websites for purchase and download.
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LaPera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:28 PM
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12. "Happiness is a Warm Gun"...did he like Beatle tunes?
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:33 PM
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14. Lucky he wasn't playing "Spanish Bombs" or they would have
deported him for the Madrid bombings...

:rofl:
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LionInWinter Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:34 PM
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15. Just imagine
what would have happened if he had been listening to:

The Guns of Brixton
Spanish Bombs
Tommy Gun
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bunkerbuster1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:34 PM
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16. When they kick in your front door, how you gonna come
with your hands behind your head
or on the trigger of your gun?

...figured that'd be the Clash song that would stir things up.
But London Calling? humph!
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warrens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:49 PM
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19. This is the sort of thing that will make the safety nazis laughingstocks
Like those idiots who busted a guy for telling a joke about a "burning bush." They make themselves look like the biggest pansies in the world, little chickenshit cowards, the kind of people who in the 1950s saw a commie under every bed.

They're idiots and natural born fascists, and the best weapon against them is brutal mockery.
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lastliberalintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:50 PM
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27. Unfortunately those people caused a lot of damage
before they came to be considered "laughingstocks." People's lives were destroyed because of the fear of those laughingstocks, so I'd prefer not to think of them as goofballs merely worthy of scorn. They're actually more dangerous than that.
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Rocknrule Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:34 PM
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24. So I can't joke about having a "dirty bomb in my pants?"
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file83 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:41 PM
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25. ...the taxi cab driver sounds as paranoid as Mel Gibson's character in
Edited on Wed Apr-05-06 03:43 PM by file83
the movie "Conspiracy Theory".



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cureautismnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:45 PM
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26. Better not sing along to The Jam's a Bomb in Wardour Street
Sadly. It's quite a catchy tune.

______________________________________________________________

a Bomb in Wardour Street

Where the streets are pave with blood,
With cataclysmic overtones
Fear and hate linger in the air
A strictly no-go deadly zone
I dont know what Im doing here
cause its not my scene at all
Theres an a bomb in wardour street
Theyve called in the army, theyve called in the police

Im stranded on the vortex floor
My heads been kicked in and bloods started to poor
Through the haze I can see my girl
Fifteen geezers got her pinned to the door

Theres an a bomb in wardour street, its blown up the city
Now its spreading through the country

Law and order takes a turn for the worst,
In the shape of a size 10 boot
Rape and murder throughout the land,
And they tell me that youre still a free man
Well if this is freedom I dont understand
cause it seems like madness to me.


a bomb in wardour street.
Hate bomb, hate bomb, hate bomb, hate bomb!

A philistine nation, of degradation,
And hate and war. there must be more.
Its doctor martins a p o c a l y p s e - apocalypse!

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baby_mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 04:13 PM
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29. Some people shouldn't be allowed.

That's all. They should just never happen. >shakes head and sighs....<
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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 04:38 PM
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30. Speaking of Taxis
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