September 17, 2015

"The Future Belongs to People Like Ahmed"

Mindy AlterRebel Blogger

This "teachable moment" is brought to you by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg:

When Z-berg heard about a Muslim teenager in Texas who had been "racially profiled" as the result of a school clock project that was mistaken for a bomb (an honest mistake considering that at first -- and even second or third--glance, the contraption did look a lot more bomb-like than it did clock-like), the Silicon Valley "progressive" leapt onto his highest steed and posted the affirmation of the lad's efforts that’s quoted above.

As for me, I'm thinking that if I were a jihad-minded young'un and/or his extremist mentor, I, too, might see this as an opportunity to teach something meaningful.

Only my lesson would be this:

Bring a bomb to school disguised as project that you claim is really, say, a clock, or a slow-cooker or a trash compactor; proceed to blow everything up, secure in the knowledge that you'll be able to do so because school authorities will be too afraid to be accused of racism to alert the cops.

(Consider, for example, what could happen if and when a Dzhokhar Tsarnaev-wannabe brings his clock-like bomb science project to school.)

If that ends up being the infidels' M.O.-- giving every young Muslim "inventor" the benefit of the doubt out of fear of being labeled racist -- the future may not belong to people like Ahmed.

However, it could very well end up belonging to people named Ahmed (and Muhammad and Anjem and Ibrahim and Osama and...).

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commented 2015-09-20 09:54:53 -0400
I can’t believe I live in a world where POTUS tweets invites to visit the White House to 14-year-olds who create hoax-bombs from 1980s-era digital clocks. I’m disgusted by the sickeningly supportive response to a kid who clearly doesn’t know the meaning of the word “invention”. At least the police and the school are standing by their actions.
And Texas doesn’t have anything to do with it, Jimmy.
commented 2015-09-20 09:31:31 -0400
This is an interesting story, especially in light of the Airsoft toy gun incident involving three male teenagers dressed in commando-style camouflage clothing wielding toy guns that are specifically designed to simulate real weapons (random tangent: does anyone recall the title of the book Neo used in The Matrix to hide his hacker paraphernalia? Simulacra and Simulacrum by Baudrillard, wasn’t it?). One of the three (white) teen boys actually ran away and hid from the cops, and then, when confronted, raised and pointed his “gun” directly at one of the police officers. Not that I think it matters, but this happened in Illinois.
The Airsoft incident could have ended so much worse, because those kids were — pardon my french — fucking stupid, and that cop made what turned out to be the right decision in what was truly a life or death situation. It’s one thing to play at war games and shit like that, but you do it in designated or otherwise private areas, you don’t run around in public scaring the crap out of people looking like a terrorist or random crazy person waving around what looks like a gun. It’s exactly like yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre, or shouting “bomb” on an airplane. It’s reckless, and quite frankly approaches a criminally negligent standard. Teenagers should know better, and whether liberal or conservative, I think people are right to hold them accountable for such actions. On the other hand, I have a serious problem with elementary schools suspending 8-year-olds for pointing their index finger in a “gun” like manner as part of a game or group activity at recess.14-year-old Ahmed’s “invention” and the subsequent media furore and public response, however, fall on the former end of the spectrum, much nearer to that of the Illinois teens.
For starters, he’s 14 and old enough to appreciate the consequences of his recklessness in making and bringing to school what to any reasonable observer would look like a bomb. I myself was once fooled by an alarm clock designed to look like a pack of C-4 strapped to a clock/timer (actually counting down, for some reason) that I happened to see propped up in the backseat of a parked car in the Save-On-Foods parking lot. So I called the cops, and I stand by that decision. What would you have done? Aren’t we taught to take that kind of stuff seriously these days? I had no idea who owned the car with what turned out to be a fake but “convincing” bomb in the backseat, and it just happened to be a twenty-something white guy. He ended up having to pay a fairly hefty fine even though it was just a gag clock, and he seemed genuinely apologetic over leaving it in plain sight, strangely ticking down, in a locked, unattended vehicle parked in a busy downtown area.
I really like what Rob Manders wrote, and I quote:
“It is just a clock until it is not. It was just underwear until it was not. It was just a shoe until it was not. They were just a couple of pressure cookers until they were not. It was just shampoo and conditioner until it was not. It was just a flight to London England until it was not. It was just a back pack until it was not. It is just a toy until it is not.”
At best, this kid, Ahmed, should have known better, and at worse, he’s deliberately dabbling in a very dangerous game that might end up getting himself or others killed. Mark Zuckerberg praises him for having “skill” and “ambition”, but it seems Ahmed didn’t actually create or invent anything. He took an existing clock apart and put it back together inside a pencil box that looks like a small, locked briefcase, which even he acknowledged looked “suspicious”. See for example:
This is a great article, and I recommend reading it in entirety, but here’s a highlight:
“Because, is it possible, that maybe, just maybe, this was actually a hoax bomb? A silly prank that was taken the wrong way? That the media then ran with, and everyone else got carried away? Maybe there wasn’t even any racial or religious bias on the parts of the teachers and police.
I don’t know any of these things. But I’m intellectually mature enough to admit I don’t know, and to also be OK with that. I don’t feel a need to take the first exist to conclusionville. But I do like to find facts where I can, and prefer to let them lead me to conclusions, rather than a knee jerk judgement based on a headline or sound bite.
I think the whole event – and our collective response, with everybody up to the President chiming in, says a whole lot about us. We don’t care that none of us were there and knows what happened, we jump to conclusions and assume we’re experts. We care about the story, but we don’t care about the actual facts. Headlines and click-bait are far more interesting than thinking for ourselves. We like to point out other any bit of perceived injustice or discrimination we can find – it’s practically a new national past-time. We like playing victim, and we like talking about victims – so much so we sometimes find victims where none really existed. We also like to find somebody to blame, even when there’s nobody at fault. We like to play social justice warrior on our Facebooks and Twitters, posting memes and headlines without digging in behind the sensationalism, winning bonus sensitivity points in the forms of likes and re-tweets. Once group-think kicks in, we rally around hash tags and start shouting moral outrage in a deafeningly loud national chorus. The media plays us like a fiddle, and we don’t even notice we’ve all been had.”
commented 2015-09-19 23:39:08 -0400
Terrorists will never kill Obama or Justin. It is like shooting yourself in the foot.
commented 2015-09-19 23:37:31 -0400
Obama —is quite the piece of work.
A Cop doing his job is Stupid
A Muslim with a fake bomb gets an invite to the White house.
commented 2015-09-19 17:09:04 -0400
commented 2015-09-19 17:07:10 -0400
commented 2015-09-18 22:44:42 -0400
Let’s keep in mind that this took place in Texas. Dumb shit-kicking hicks is actually a compliment. To them – anyone who is brown is a terrorist.

That is why the story is so ridiculous to everyone else besides those that dream of getting married at Walmart.
commented 2015-09-17 17:56:20 -0400
It’s just a matter of time until there is a law that bans the sale and possession of wind up clocks.

Here in Winnipeg, there was some lawyer who got her hand blown off when she pressed the play button on a voice recorder with a bomb in it. Ever since that incident, it seems like not a week goes by without the police getting a call on some suspicious package that turned out to not be a bomb. I just love how entire city blocks and bridges get shut down for hours for the police bomb squad to go investigate. I’d love to see the Rebel cover these stories.
commented 2015-09-17 15:21:06 -0400
The same lefties applaud the police for taking down and charging a non muslim teeenager for having an airsoft toy in plublic.
commented 2015-09-17 15:12:42 -0400
It is just a clock until it is not. It was just underwear until it was not. It was just a shoe until it was not. They were just a couple of pressure cookers until they were not. It was just shampoo and conditioner until it was not. It was just a flight to London England until it was not. It was just a back pack until it was not. It is just a toy until it is not.
commented 2015-09-17 12:52:27 -0400
Mindy’s right. There are a lot of people in authority who are ignorant of the fact that a bomb isn’t a bomb without an explosive material. Ahmed’s clock looked nothing like the movie bomb prop in Mindy’s video, yet that didn’t stop teachers, law enforcement, and really smart bloggers like Mindy from thinking it was a bomb or looked like a bomb. For this reason, we need to ban not only all electronics projects from schools that look like bombs but also anything which could be used as part of a bomb. This includes cell phones, tablets, cameras, laptops, pagers, pacemakers, watches (both analog and digital), and wall clocks. It’s sad to say that, because of “diversity” and “equality”, we can’t limit these items to white kids. An all-out ban on the above items and anything remotely bomb-like (with the word “bomb” on it, for example) is the only way to go if we’re serious about security in our schools.
commented 2015-09-17 12:51:25 -0400
Send Zukerberg one of these in the mail? "Hi Mark, I made you a surprise science project found inside this briefcase, please open this wonderful gift I made for you, thanks and enjoy
commented 2015-09-17 12:47:19 -0400
the little young fellow is Muslium….. I thought I saw somewhere that Obama has invited him to the White House. Of course this wasn’t a little white boy with the invitation.