Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on September 19, 2015 by Allahpundit

Ahmed Mohamed’s homemade alarm clock got him suspended from his suburban Dallas high school and detained and handcuffed by police officers on Monday after school officials accused him of making a fake bomb. By Wednesday, it had brought him an invitation to the White House, support from Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg, and a moment of head-spinning attention as questions arose whether he had been targeted because of his name and his religion.

As a result, a 14-year-old freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving, Tex., who is partial to tinkering, technology and NASA T-shirts and wants to go to M.I.T., found himself in a social media whirlwind that reflected the nation’s charged debates on Islam, immigration and ethnicity…

“This episode is a good illustration of how pernicious stereotypes can prevent even good-hearted people who have dedicated their lives to educating young people from doing the good work that they set out to do,” said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary.

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In an interview late Wednesday with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Ahmed said he was pulled out of class at MacArthur High School by his principal and five police officers and taken to a room where he was questioned for about an hour and a half.

He said he asked the adults if he could call his parents.

“They told me ‘No, you can’t call your parents,'” Ahmed said. “‘You’re in the middle of an interrogation at the moment.’ They asked me a couple of times, ‘Is it a bomb?’ and I answered a couple of times, ‘It’s a clock.'”

“I felt like I was a criminal,” the teenager said. “I felt like I was a terrorist. I felt like all the names I was called.”

Hayes asked what he meant.

In middle school, Ahmed said, he had been called “bombmaker” and a “terrorist.”

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People are rallying to support Ahmed Mohamed — not just on social media but also with their wallets.

On Monday, 14-year-old Mohamed was arrested for taking a homemade clock to school that his teachers thought was a bomb. So crowdfunding platform LaunchGood started a campaign to raise $100,000 for the Muslim teen.

In just one day, the site had raised over $10,000 from more than 200 backers. It’s hoping to raise $100,000 by October 13…

In addition to LaunchGood, crowdfunding platform Gofundme has also launched a campaign for Mohamed. It’s raised more than $4,000 with a goal of $60,000 that will go toward Mohamed’s future college tuition.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) believes 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed should not have been arrested for bringing a clock that authorities thought was a bomb to school. 

“The last thing we want to do is put handcuffs on a kid unjustifiably,” Abbott said Thursday, according to The Dallas Morning News. “Just call this a tragic situation. It looks like the commitment to law enforcement may have gone too far and didn’t balance all the facts.”…

Ahmed and his supporters also suspected that he was targeted because of his name and skin color. He said that after he was pulled out of class and escorted into a room where four police officers were waiting, one of the men — whom he had never seen before — said, “Yup. That’s who I thought it was.”

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Obama has raised the notion, at the United Nations, among other places, that the U.S. is not at war with Islam. These are welcome sentiments. After Ahmed Mohamed’s clock ordeal, President Obama tweeted, “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?” The invitation is a nice gesture—Mohamed accepted—but it does not go far enough. George W. Bush remains the only sitting American president to have visited an American mosque; despite the pleas of leaders from the American Muslim community, Obama hasn’t ventured into a Muslim house of worship in the U.S. since assuming office. This is the perfect opportunity.

Obama should announce that, in addition to inviting Mohamed to Washington—who would deny the kid a chance to attend NASA’s Astronomy Night at the White House?—he’s taking a trip to Texas to visit the family’s mosque. In Irving, on Mayor Beth Van Duyne’s home turf, this would send a powerful message. It would have the benefit of coming in the wake of an incident of anti-Muslim bigotry, rather than an incident of Muslim terrorism. After Mohamed’s arrest, the Twitter hashtag #IStandWithAhmed began to trend, before going completely viral. This would be the real way to stand with Ahmed: in his home, in his place of worship. And the president should use the occasion to speak frankly on anti-Muslim bigotry. The message isn’t, for once, “We are not at war with Islam”; rather, Obama should declare, We are at war with anti-Muslim bigots. It is past time to name names: Obama should call out the GOP candidates, Frank Gaffney, and the rest of America’s most influential Islam-haters…

None of this will end anti-Muslim bias in America—like other pervasive bigotries, it will likely remain strong for some time. But now, with the positive story of a talented boy and his engineering hobby, is an ideal time to launch this fight in earnest. Obama can finally stop hiding from the conspiracy theorists and visit a mosque to celebrate this young man, Ahmed Mohamed. He should call out Mohamed’s haters by name—from the elected officials that represent him and have failed him, like Van Duyne and Cruz, to the mega-donors and political structures that encouraged them in this dereliction of duty. Ahmed Mohamed’s clock has announced that it is time. We should all wake up.

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I turned to eBay, searching for vintage alarm clocks. It only took a minute to locate Ahmed’s clock. See this eBay listing, up at the time of this writing. Amhed’s clock was invented, and built, by Micronta, a Radio Shack subsidary. Catalog number 63 756…

Ahmed Mohamad did not invent, nor build a clock. He took apart an existing clock, and transplanted the guts into a pencil box, and claimed it was his own creation. It all seems really fishy to me…

If we stop and think – was it really such a ridiculous reaction from the teacher and the police in the first place? How many school shootings and incidents of violence have we had, where we hear afterwards “this could have been prevented, if only we paid more attention to the signs!” Teachers are taught to be suspicious and vigilant. Ahmed wasn’t accused of making a bomb – he was accused of making a look-alike, a hoax. And be honest with yourself, a big red digital display with a bunch of loose wires in a brief-case looking box is awful like a Hollywood-style representation of a bomb…

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.

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Cuban said, “I talked to the kid, he’s from Dallas, and I’ve talked to the people in the school district. The kid is super smart kid, science geek. We talked about science, but while I’m talking to him on the phone, as I ask him a question, ‘Tell me what happened,’ because I’m curious, right? His sister, over his shoulder, you could hear, listening to the question, giving him the answer. So, I don’t know all the details of what happened, but what I do know, when I talked to him about science, when I talked to him about magnets, when I talked to him about creating things, he was very, very engaged.”

Cuban added that Mohamed is a “great kid,” and “this is once removed, right? So I talked to the people in Irving, Texas, that work with people at MacArthur, the school. And I said, ‘What happened? What did you hear?’ This is, again, secondhand. He said, the kid, Ahmed, took the clock, put it in the first class. Teacher said, ‘Great. Looks great. It looks great.’ Kid picks it up, takes it to the second class. Teacher said, ‘Okay, whatever. It’s great. It’s great.’ Ahmed didn’t really comment, from what I heard. Takes it to the third class, same thing. Then he got to a point, again, secondhand, where one of the teachers, an English teacher, apparently, said, ‘Look, you’ve got to put it in your backpack, because it’s going to make some people nervous, and it’s making me nervous.’ And again, secondhand, he didn’t — he wasn’t responsive to it at all. And so, it took six classes before anything happened.”

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So why, after the detention and release, did this story become a national one? Why did Obama jump on this story? Why did Hillary jump on this story? Where were they for then-16-year-old Kiera Wilmot of Florida to the White House after she was arrested and suspended in 2013 for bringing an experiment with toilet cleaner and aluminum foil to school? She was black but not Muslim, so it didn’t serve the narrative. They were MIA.

For years, the Obama administration has pushed the notion that American Muslims are in danger of Islamophobic backlash. But as of 2012, 62.4 percent of all anti-religious hate crimes targeted Jews; 11.6 percent targeted Muslims; as of 2013, anti-Jewish hate crimes represented 60.3 percent of all hate crimes, as opposed to just 13.7 percent for Muslims. That’s a major decline in anti-Islamic hate crimes since 2001, when 55.7 percent of hate crimes were anti-Jewish, and anti-Muslim hate crimes constituted 27.2 percent of all hate crimes.

So where, exactly, are all the invitations to Jewish students targeted in hate crime incidents?

They don’t exist, because they don’t help President Obama castigate America as xenophobic and backwards – and just as importantly, castigate Texans as particularly likely to don white hoods and go hunt down some Sufis.

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Mohamed’s father says that his son was mistreated because the incident happened a few days after the annual commemoration of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, and because his name is Mohamed. The story immediately became ubiquitous not because of what actually happened — boneheaded as that was — but because it can be used to further a story that the media already want to tell: that the United States is morally corrupt and irredeemably racist; that Muslims are under siege; that “white privilege” blinds the majority of Americans to the corruption at the heart of everything red, white, and blue. Muslim kid meets paranoia in Texas is A-1 copy; NRA-wearing kid meets paranoia in West Virginia, not so much.

President Barack Obama, never one to miss an opportunity for cheap moral preening, invited Mohamed to the White House. That’s an interesting gesture: Anybody want to hazard a guess as to what would happen if a young man showed up at the White House visitors’ center with a backpack in which was a homemade device full of circuit boards joined to a timing device? I do not frequent the White House, but I often am in the House and Senate office buildings in Washington, and my best guess is that if I’d tried to bring Mohamed’s clock into one of those places, there would have been guns drawn…

Ahmed Mohamed was mistreated by imbeciles, and he’ll be famous for it, for 15 Warholian minutes, and then again for a 30-second spot when he graduates in a few years and goes off to MIT or wherever. The fact is that he is not worse off because his name is Mohamed, but better off: Nobody would be paying attention otherwise, and he might very well be in jail. Being mistreated by imbeciles is the sine qua non of American public education today, but that fact is of political use only periodically, as in this case.

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A report on Fiarino‘s 2010 senate campaign:

California Carly Ramps Up Hispandering

An excerpt:

Whitman and Fiorina court key Latino vote in rare joint appearance, Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2010

Fiorina said she would press for a guest-worker program to allow “as many people as possible to live the American dream” and criticized Boxer for seeking to kill a proposed temporary worker program. Boxer stated at the time that businesses were looking for a pool of cheap labor that would threaten the American worker.

“Really, I thought immigrants were the heart of this great country,” Fiorina said with a dramatic pause. “Our great nation must always be the place where people come to build a better life for themselves and their families.”
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So the pandering FiaRINO was to the left of Boxer on immigration in 2010! Sad.

Of course, Fiarino is all about flooding this country with cheap labor: Devastating Daniel Horowitz Critique Of Carly Fiorina, Cheap Labor Lobby Waitress.

anotherJoe on September 20, 2015 at 3:01 AM

Glistening dew while I frolic ye yonder yore a whispy and windy whey towards the evergreen fields of density where dark matter fears to tread because people [my old English sucks] [my new English blows] [parenthesis are fun]

SpongePuppy on September 20, 2015 at 2:49 AM

…BUT WAIT!!! (said like they do in late night commercials)
a buttal to Puppy’s rebuttal:

You’ve been hittin’ the prune juice using Oscar’s straw at the Glade brewery, huh?

Don’t tell me, keep me in awe until next time we meet at the hydrant.

31giddyup on September 20, 2015 at 3:07 AM

Aslan’s Girl retweeted:

The Patriot ‏@ThePatriot143 16h16 hours ago
BOOM! Donald Trump is hitting back twice as hard “Obama is waging a war against Christians.” http://ow.ly/SqiyI

anotherJoe on September 20, 2015 at 3:12 AM

Slow Saturday night, only 300 comments?

And why is it always Dallas or Waco where the stupid-crazy shiite happens?

Who is John Galt on September 20, 2015 at 3:18 AM

Van Halen – “Best of Both Worlds”

Anti-ControI on September 20, 2015 at 3:32 AM

OmahaConservative on September 20, 2015 at 3:35 AM

I still worry/wonder if anyone ever took in crankyoldlady’s cats, Winston & George after she passed away…

OmahaConservative on September 20, 2015 at 2:29 AM

:(

prolly OK

<– Mildly perturbed that I get no credit for my marketing skilz…

PointnClick on September 20, 2015 at 3:01 AM

You are actually in the attribution link.

Axe on September 20, 2015 at 3:41 AM

Ben Carson is a token leftist candidate.

No white candidate with his resume would be polling above one percent.

Regardless of color, his support for amnesty and lax immigration should make him a non-starter among patriots.

Carson’s leftist positions:

Deportation of any illegals is “moral low ground.”
A pathway to citizenship is “the only humane and reasonable thing to do.”
Wants 30% alcohol in our gas.
Opposed us going to war with Afghanistan after 9/11.
Make alternative fuels, not war.
For “socio-economic Affirmative Action.”
Allow semi-automatic rifles only in remote rural areas.
“Conservatives that won’t talk about gun control have an infantile attitude.”
~

The Rino Report on Ben Carson

anotherJoe on September 20, 2015 at 3:44 AM

Axe – “Now or Never”

Anti-ControI on September 20, 2015 at 4:14 AM

Take care OC. Smooches.
Stay cool Axe. {{{elbow tweek (kinda like a fist bump}}}
Snuggles Puppy.
{{{WMg}}}
{{{AC}}} yah, I know you’re out there.
{{{Fred}}} Strong heart, stronger will
{{{G2M}}} still miss you

Hugs and blessings to HA

… and Lord, I’m beggin’ Ya,
Please, see fit to give us another
chance at making this country better
than it is. Just one more… please.
Love Ya!

31giddyup on September 20, 2015 at 2:56 AM

Hey {{{31g}}} :)

The mountain is high, the valley is low
And you’re confused on which way to go
So I’ve come here to give you a hand
And lead you into the Promised Land

So, come on and take a Free Ride
(Free ride)
Come on and sit here by my side
Come on and take a free ride

All over the country, I’ve seen it the same
Nobody’s winnin’ at this kind of game
We gotta do better, it’s time to begin
You know all the answers must come from within

Anti-ControI on September 20, 2015 at 4:27 AM

Good morning everybody.

Racistanyway on September 20, 2015 at 5:15 AM

I know of no Christians who cover the crosses at Georgetown speeches. I know of no Christians who believe the Islamic call to prayer is ” the prettiest sound on earth “. I know of no Christians who have the power to stop Christian genocide in the Middle East and stand aside and do nothing. I know of no Christians who would vote for babies who survive abortions to be left on a table to die of dehydration and starvation. I know of no Christians who routinely and casually lie about all matters big and small. I know of no Christians who go to bed and sleep soundly as fellow Americans are under attack at a US compound and need immediate assistance. I know of no Christians who treat deserters as heroes after their cowardice and treason result in dead Americans. Mr. Barry Soetoro ( a former practicing Sunni Muslim ) attended a cultish America hating church where Jesus is black and you can rise in Chicago politics if you attend regularly.

Mr. Barry Soetoro has completely advanced the ISIS caliphate by ” Strategic Inattention ” buying it time and space to grow and advance. Mr. Barry Soetoro has completely advanced the Persian caliphate by completely reversing years of bipartisan opposition to nukes and green lighting their illegal nuclear and missile programs. Mr. Barry Soetoro may SAY he is a Christian. Mr. Barry Soetoro’s documented history of governing by lies and deceptions SAY he is something else. To me, Mr. Barry Soetoro’s actions would be no different than an Imam posing as a Christian for political, religious and personal benefit. A ” hidden imam ” if you will. Mr. Barry Soetoro is many things. Christian? I know of no Christian like Mr. Barry Soetoro. None.

PercyB on September 20, 2015 at 7:13 AM

What the hell is wrong with the world? This morning I pull up the ESPN page to check last nights scores and check today’s games. There, taking up half the damn page is FANTASY FOOTBALL. Get a life, peeps. Go watch a real game and follow a real team. All this Alice in Wonderland crap is just that, crap.

Limerick on September 20, 2015 at 7:22 AM

An entire village of idiots inhabits our political class.

Lee Jan on September 20, 2015 at 7:23 AM

Ahmed Mohamad did not invent, nor build a clock. He took apart an existing clock, and transplanted the guts into a pencil box, and claimed it was his own creation.

right2bright on September 20, 2015 at 7:50 AM

Ahmed Mohamad did not invent, nor build a clock. He took apart an existing clock, and transplanted the guts into a pencil box, and claimed it was his own creation.

This is an important read…the kid just took the guts out of an old radio, put it another box, “plagiarism” if it was a report.

And he is honored…good grief

right2bright on September 20, 2015 at 7:51 AM

Such BS. Sudan presidential candidate’s son produces a device (obviously with adult help) that may be a bomb and takes it to school. So, the kid is smart enough to make the device, but too stupid to realize what it looks like? Knows electronics, but a Muslim kid in Texas doesn’t know that his little toy may be received badly? And either Barry is not so smart (as it appears he wasn’t in the Bergdahl invite), or he knows he’s trolling everyone who fears Islamic terrorism with his cute little invitation.

Count Mahdrof on September 20, 2015 at 7:59 AM

9-11 has insulated Muslims from any suspicions of terrorism by the PC lot and GOPe. Muslims don’t play nice with their neighbors.

What are we going to do about the Muslim problem?

Valiant on September 20, 2015 at 8:01 AM

Blessed Sabbath, y’all!

…”Endowed by OUR CREATOR…”

My take: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/the-great-divide-between-republicans-and-democrats-whats-the-reason-for-it-a-kj-sunday-morning-op-ed/

The Great Divide Between Republicans and Democrats: What’s the Reason for It? (A KJ Sunday Morning Op Ed)

kingsjester on September 20, 2015 at 8:07 AM

In other news:

Members Of Twisted Sister Now Willing To Take It

NEW YORK—In a stunning reversal of their long-stated reluctance to take it, members of heavy-metal band Twisted Sister announced Monday that, after 24 years of fervent refusal, they are now willing to take it. “I acknowledge that we promised not to take it anymore, but things change. The world is a different place today, and with that in mind, we would like to go on record as saying that, starting right now, we are going to take it,” read a statement released by the band’s lead singer, Dee Snider. “To clarify, we would still prefer not to take it, but as of now, taking it is an option that we would be open to. That is all.” Bassist Mark “the Animal” Mendoza also stated that, in regards to what he wants to do with his life, he no longer solely wants to rock, but would instead prefer doing other things, such as raising a family and working as a claims adjuster in Rye, NY.

GrumpyOldFart on September 20, 2015 at 11:34 AM

Hmmmm…. Funny how things work in our society.

Three years ago in my community we had a middle schooler taken from a bus by police in handcuffs because he had an orange water gun in his bookbag to show his friends.

Last year my son who was in 8th grade, was in a group of boys who were running in the halls pretending to be shooting zombies. They were mimicking a popular video game and the DARE officer overheard them and freaked out. The school was put on lockdown, several of the boys suspended, and my wife and I had to go talk to an official at the juvenile center before he could go back to school.

All of this is of course nonsense and we obviously didn’t get an invite from the White House to talk it over. Of course it probably didn’t help that all the kids involved in these two incidences were white middle class kids.

But yeah, no need to be cynical here on my end.

Dick Richard on September 20, 2015 at 12:34 PM

I know of no Christians who cover the crosses at Georgetown speeches.
I know of no Christians who believe the Islamic call to prayer is ” the prettiest sound on earth “.
I know of no Christians who have the power to stop Christian genocide in the Middle East and stand aside and do nothing.
I know of no Christians who would vote for babies who survive abortions to be left on a table to die of dehydration and starvation.
I know of no Christians who routinely and casually lie about all matters big and small.
I know of no Christians who go to bed and sleep soundly as fellow Americans are under attack at a US compound and need immediate assistance.
I know of no Christians who treat deserters as heroes after their cowardice and treason result in dead Americans.


I know of no Christian like Mr. Barry Soetoro.
None.

PercyB on September 20, 2015 at 7:13 AM

I like your rhetorical clarion (inserting carriage returns makes it a poem: we learned that on HA recently).

None of your facts can seriously be disputed,
which is why DeMedia strove with great diligence
to keep them out of the news ,
once it was clear that most Americans
find his behavior appalling.
However,
I know of a lot of people claiming to be Christians
who do these things and more.

AesopFan on September 20, 2015 at 4:35 PM

All of this is of course nonsense and we obviously didn’t get an invite from the White House to talk it over. Of course it probably didn’t help that all the kids involved in these two incidences were white middle class kids.

But yeah, no need to be cynical here on my end.

Dick Richard on September 20, 2015 at 12:34 PM

I am totally opposed to harassing and persecuting Muslims who haven’t done anything illegal or violent, and who have not supported those who have.
I am totally opposed to giving them a pass on behavior that would get anyone else arrested.

AesopFan on September 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM

And why is it always Dallas or Waco where the stupid-crazy shiite happens?

Who is John Galt on September 20, 2015 at 3:18 AM

Look no further.

My take: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/the-great-divide-between-republicans-and-democrats-whats-the-reason-for-it-a-kj-sunday-morning-op-ed/

The Great Divide Between Republicans and Democrats: What’s the Reason for It? (A KJ Sunday Morning Op Ed)

kingsjester on September 20, 2015 at 8:07 AM

to wit

Republicans had blasted the Democrats’ original platform, which had taken out mentions of “God” and did not affirm Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

And many delegates thought that the platform change was a direct response to some of the backlash, prompting some to worry that it will be more fodder for Republicans in the final months of the campaign.

“Conservatives are always going to criticize Democrats for not supporting Israel or not being religious enough, or whatever it is that day,” said Brandon Cooper, a delegate from Texas.

AesopFan on September 20, 2015 at 4:41 PM

and another wit

Danny Anchondo, a delegate from Texas, would have voted for the changes if he had been present, but said he wasn’t bothered by the fact that so many Democrat delegates had voted against it.

“That’s one of the things that the Democratic party stands for,” he says, “the freedom to choose how you’re going to vote one way or another, and that’s a good part about it.

AesopFan on September 20, 2015 at 4:42 PM

He should have stuck with his radio:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0FaVI9ae24

Hucklebuck on September 21, 2015 at 3:43 PM

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