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Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock

Ahmed Mohamed, a high school freshman in Irvine, Texas, has been in the news for bringing to school a clock that looked exactly like a bomb and then expecting an apology from the authorities who thought it looked exactly like a bomb.

President Obama, master of political correctness, invited Ahmed to the White House because he had been wronged by all who worried that what looked like a bomb might be one.  I seriously doubt that if one of my children pulled such a prank there would be a White House invitation.  What is special about Ahmed?  He is protected by political correctness.

Ahmed is a clever prankster.  He apparently counted on folks being so afraid of looking like racists for suspecting a kid from a culture which has produced  terrorists with bombs that no one would dare “profile” him as a bomb-maker.  Or, he wanted them to do so.  (If Osama bin Laden had a son, he would look like Ahmed.)  Ahmed knew it was just a clock, so he did not fear dire consequences.  But he surely intended that it look like a bomb, even bringing it in a suitcase.  It was not brought to school for a science fair.  He did not take precautions, as far as I know, to correct the impression that it looked like a bomb.

Looks and culture and religion aside, I remember two incidents close to me that were not funny pranks.

This week I drove past Columbine High School and Columbine Memorial Park.  We all know about the sad incident there that resulted in many deaths from two white students bringing a bomb and guns for deadly purposes.

On the subject of fake weapons, a woman in our county had a confrontation with police.  She refused to put down her toy water pistol.  She knew it was a toy.  The police did not.  She wanted them to think it was real.  She was shot.  Suicide by cop they call it.  Ahmed and Barack — It was not a funny prank.  Neither is it funny to make a clock look like a bomb in order to get frightened reactions.

Ahmed needs to grow up.  President Obama needs to stay out of school discipline.

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14 thoughts on “Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock

  1. Hear! Hear!
    You hit the nail on the head with this one.

  2. Inviting him to the White House is definitely sending the wrong signal to would-be pranksters, who wish to appear ‘wronged’.

  3. Thanks, Dear Cowboy Lawyer! Your message and the way you presented it should be part of Headline News! and on all social media! Well, “all” might arouse some unnecessary rhetoric.

  4. If the kid’s name had been Bobby Whatever, American born, Caucasian, POTUS wouldn’t have given him a second thought. But no, we can’t step on any Muslim toes.

  5. You said it all here. Thanks for interjecting some sanity into the discussion.

  6. No matter how correct you are, sir, MANY will see it as pure discrimination… And let’s see if Obama et al make another surge to blame guns.

  7. Mustang on said:

    Enjoy your blog. This boy was no prankster; he terrorized people and that makes him a terrorist. We need to call them what they are.

  8. It might be discrimination, as in discriminating by observing facts, but it is not prejudice because the judgment is after the fact. The clock looked like a bomb no matter who carried it. As for the murders in Oregon, President O has already focused on making guns illegal. There is already a law against murder which applies to legal as well as illegal weapons.

  9. I read a report just yesterday where a girl wore a Halloween costume to school and they called in the SWAT team. She didn’t have any sort of weapon at all, just a weird outfit. Wonder if she’ll get a public apology, an invitation to the White House, or some attention from Google?

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