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Ahmed Mohamed’s thing

A reader writes:

A thing about that clock. In the MSM story I read in my local paper it’s described as an innocuous clock. And the pictures they showed showed the electronic mess of wires.

They never mentioned the metal briefcase.

When finally saw this, i said, “oh, he was trying to make a mock-up of a briefcase bomb.”

do a Google images search of “briefcase bomb”

No one ever mentions this.

Screenshot 2015-09-18 02.26.41

A commenter named Tunacrab writes:

Anyone with an understanding of electronics will immediately see this “homemade clock” is not the tinkering of a child or teen. It was never Ahmed’s idea to begin with. This isn’t some innocent science project. The picture of the clock exposes the lie. Ahmed did not lovingly patch together IC chips and resistors, as the media would like you to believe. What you see is the guts from a manufactured digital clock, right down to the 9 volt memory backup, and the prefab button board. Absolutely nothing was made. It’s the equivalent of taking the plastic surround off of your TV and claiming you “made” a TV.

Look at the case itself. CNN calls it a “pencil case.” Please. The whole package is vaguely sinister, and it’s intentional. … It’s almost as if someone designed this clock to look like a questionable object.

Again, from CNN: “”I built a clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her,” Ahmed told reporters Wednesday.” It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it.””

Ahmed, you didn’t build a clock. You’re a pawn to your Dad’s political and social agenda. This is all a creation of your father. I’m sure he involved you in the process, and made you feel as though you were truly making something, but you didn’t. It’s a clock without its case. Everything in the “pencil case” was made in a factory. See, a legitimate electronics project full of diodes and resistors looks innocent. It usually runs off of a battery, not an exposed AC to DC transformer… speaking of science projects, Ahmed, why again did you bring this to class? Was it part of an assignment? Oh, you just wanted to impress your teacher with a clock you rearranged inside a small briefcase? Hmm…

From dallasnews.com: ““He fixed my phone, my car, my computer,” Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed said. “He is a very smart, brilliant kid.”

If he were so smart, he’d know the difference between creating a circuit and stripping the guts from a manufactured clock. His dad helped him “make” this, and dad helped to make this “project” look as questionable as possible, within the realm of plausible deniability.

The dad is a politician. He made this happen. Whatever agenda he’s advancing, it just further demonizes western society, and reminds us all to be guilty for how racist we all are. Maybe that’s the agenda.

It’s propaganda.

But his dad will get a picture of himself with Obama out of this, which might encourage voters in Sudan to take him more seriously if he runs for president a third time. From OkayAfrica:

From OkayAfrica:

The ninth grader is the son of Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, a Sudanese immigrant who has made headlines of his own over the years. A February 2015 profile in the North Dallas Gazette details the elder Mohamed’s activities.

Born in Sudan in 1961, Mohamed, a former customs worker at Khartoum International Airport, earned a degree in philosophy from Cairo University in Khartoum before emigrating to the U.S. “Once I realized my dream was bigger than what Sudan had to offer I immigrated to America in the mid-1980’s,” he told the North Dallas Gazette. In that same interview, Mohamed shared that upon arrival in the U.S.– where he says his degree was not accepted– he initially sold hot dogs, candy, and newspapers in Manhattan. “I realized this wasn’t enough for me, and I packed my bag and moved to Dallas, Texas y’all,” he told the paper. In Texas, he started out as a pizza delivery man before becoming a taxi driver and ultimately launching his own business ventures– he owns a computer repair shop in Irving, Texas (perhaps where his son gets his tech acuity from), a cab company called Jet Taxi, a medical emergency transport company called Paradise Prime Investments, and the solar energy business AlSufi International in Sudan. He also served as self-elected president of the small Sufi Muslim AlSufi center in Irving. …

Mohamed has also run for president of Sudan on two separate occasions.

He’d run again in 2015 on a National Reform Party ticket. An April 2015 Bloomberg report referred to the Texan as having “the most ambitious agenda” of the incumbent President Umar al-Bashir’s competitors. …

Neither Mohamed nor his party would end up appearing on the ballot. …

Aside from his presidential bids, Mohamed also made headlines for his bizarre role in Rev. Terry Jones’ incendiary Quran trial. In 2012, when the Florida pastor made good on his threat to burn a Quran in his Gainesville church and put the Quran on “trial,” Mohamed, who refers to himself as a sheik, was apparently the one Muslim willing to play along as the defense in the mock trial. “[The church] put an ad on their channel: ‘Whoever feels in himself he has the power to defend Quran is welcome,’” he told the Dallas Observer.

Muslim leaders in Texas, meanwhile, doubted his claims to religious and scholarly leadership. “This so-called leader, we have never heard of this person,” Imam Zia ul Haque Sheikh, head of the Islamic Center of Irving, told the Seattle Times. “I believe the whole thing is made up.” In that same interview, Mohamed, who refers to himself as a sheikh, elaborated on his motivations for getting involved with Jones. “He said he agreed to serve as the defense attorney at Jones’ mock trial because the Quran teaches that Muslims should engage in peaceful dialogue with Christians,” the Seattle Times’ Annie Gowen wrote. “But there was also a more pragmatic reason. It was spring break and he wanted to take his wife and five kids to Disney World: to ‘kill two birds with one stone,’ as he put it.” He also claims he didn’t know the trial– in which the Quran was “found guilty” of “crimes against humanity”– would result in the Quran actually being set on fire. According to the Seattle Times, some of Mohamed’s small group of followers asked that he no longer lead prayers, while others refused to drive for his taxi company.

Contemporary white people have a passion for playing the chump. The shoddier the racket, the more we want to fall for it.

 
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  1. self-defeating ‘satire’

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    That video clip is gross. Hollywood is f'd up. No one needs to see a movie scene like that. Ever. What kind of sick person makes a movie like that?
  2. I suggest White House decline to inspect any briefcase carried by visitors to the White House.

    Or backpacks.

    • Replies: @tbraton
    I'll take your good suggestion one step further, skiapolemistis. Maybe the kid should take the exact same "science project" when he goes to the White House to meet Obama. Let's see how the Secret Service handles the problem. Maybe some enterprising Republican congressman or senator should call the head of Secret Service and grill him under oath and before cameras about what the Secret Service's policy is about allowing such innocent clocks to be brought into the White House by visitors.
  3. Well done tunacrab….if that is your real name.
    I stole it and passed off as my own analysis just among friends. Hope that’s ok.

    “Chump out” is another brilliant turn of phrase.

    A lot of smart conservatives on Twitter bought into this Ahmad bs. I’m curious who retracts and admits they’re a naive idiot.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    Well, if this teacher has a nervous breakdown (after being accused of overreacting and xenophobia by the court of PC) and winds up hospitalized, or dead it's a problem for the pundits who grabbed those pitch forks early before a proper police investigation was completed.

    I guess I am more fired-up over this because I have personal connections with Newtown; my mother was a teacher; and, duh, teachers are being attacked/denigrated/blamed for "failing" to close the mythical achievement gap. There is a nationwide shortage of teachers, and who would want to teach anymore since they seem to be the most hated group of professionals in this country. Calling that teacher, those teachers/administrators in TX morons, will backfire, I think it already has since I saw no articles in our state newspaper today.

    Like I said in my earlier post, teachers MUST be vigilant of alleged guns, bombs, knives, violent ideation of students (gleaned from what they write) not to mention: heroin, weed, booze, cutting and burning. Lanza was an extreme case - would that someone could have stopped his car, grabbed his bag, stopped him before he mowed down a lot of kids and teachers in 5 minutes. The public doesn't know how much his "school shooting" changed everything even more than Columbine. I am just outraged that this boy (must have been coerced to do this by dad/mom,) with his "show and tell" project, (after science teacher said, "put it away") punked a bunch of gullible pundits, even the President. Besides, in HS, "show and tell" is over if it is not tied to a specific class or science fair.

    All I can think of is: AL showed the American public that teachers/students in a building are vulnerable...better to overreact than dead. Playing the race card, PC card (in this TX case) is completely irrelevant and abhorrent after Newtown tragedy. Those pundits should be ashamed of themselves. BTW, they still haven't settled the 2 lawsuits of parents suing Newtown.

  4. Maybe. It was handled very poorly, in any case. Did anyone react as if it were a real threat? I don’t think so – generally, faced with a potential bomb, one moves far away from it, as opposed to leaving it in an office, then throwing it in a car and driving off with it.

    This was a specific sort of response, not effective to any purpose but that of signalling ‘zero-tolerance’ (of what?). If this kid or his dad intentionally triggered that response for a political purpose, then fair play to them. The live issue now isn’t whether this was a justified action, but on what level it should be addressed. Hopefully it’s clear to everyone here that it’s relatively easy to make the petty martinets working at public schools afraid of doing anything that can be branded ‘racist’. But wouldn’t it be more effective to get rid of the petty martinets entirely?

    • Replies: @Danindc
    It was handled adequately. It's hard dealing with grifters. im glad they dropped all charges but the correct punishment should have been knocking his head into the police car roof when he was handcuffed and being led into the backseat. Just a bump on the head to remember to not try and pull one over on Irving, TX ever again.
    , @David F.
    The "clock" was never considered a bomb. The police arrested Ahmed for bringing a "hoax bomb" to school, which is illegal in Texas.

    And their side of the story makes a lot more sense now. Why did Ahmed bring to school a repackaged clock that appears to *intentionally* resemble someone's idea of a suitcase bomb? It's a legitimate question, because the clock was not an original electronics project of any interest from a hobbyist/engineering standpoint.

    I can't know, but I think if he had been a genuine naive hobbyist and started showing off how he powered the huge LED's with, say, Darlington transistor drivers and an Arduino, most of the suspicion would have evaporated.

  5. I scoffed at the “pencil box” story at first. But it does look like this http://www.amazon.com/Vaultz-Locking-Pencil-Inches-VZ01479/dp/B001BXZ28K
    Much nicer than any pencil box I ever had.

    BHO is shameless. Can’t wait until he’s out of office.

  6. I’m glad little dusky mocha Mohammad invented The Clock. Hopefully he used Metric time.

  7. @Nathan Cook
    Maybe. It was handled very poorly, in any case. Did anyone react as if it were a real threat? I don't think so – generally, faced with a potential bomb, one moves far away from it, as opposed to leaving it in an office, then throwing it in a car and driving off with it.

    This was a specific sort of response, not effective to any purpose but that of signalling 'zero-tolerance' (of what?). If this kid or his dad intentionally triggered that response for a political purpose, then fair play to them. The live issue now isn't whether this was a justified action, but on what level it should be addressed. Hopefully it's clear to everyone here that it's relatively easy to make the petty martinets working at public schools afraid of doing anything that can be branded 'racist'. But wouldn't it be more effective to get rid of the petty martinets entirely?

    It was handled adequately. It’s hard dealing with grifters. im glad they dropped all charges but the correct punishment should have been knocking his head into the police car roof when he was handcuffed and being led into the backseat. Just a bump on the head to remember to not try and pull one over on Irving, TX ever again.

  8. @Nathan Cook
    Maybe. It was handled very poorly, in any case. Did anyone react as if it were a real threat? I don't think so – generally, faced with a potential bomb, one moves far away from it, as opposed to leaving it in an office, then throwing it in a car and driving off with it.

    This was a specific sort of response, not effective to any purpose but that of signalling 'zero-tolerance' (of what?). If this kid or his dad intentionally triggered that response for a political purpose, then fair play to them. The live issue now isn't whether this was a justified action, but on what level it should be addressed. Hopefully it's clear to everyone here that it's relatively easy to make the petty martinets working at public schools afraid of doing anything that can be branded 'racist'. But wouldn't it be more effective to get rid of the petty martinets entirely?

    The “clock” was never considered a bomb. The police arrested Ahmed for bringing a “hoax bomb” to school, which is illegal in Texas.

    And their side of the story makes a lot more sense now. Why did Ahmed bring to school a repackaged clock that appears to *intentionally* resemble someone’s idea of a suitcase bomb? It’s a legitimate question, because the clock was not an original electronics project of any interest from a hobbyist/engineering standpoint.

    I can’t know, but I think if he had been a genuine naive hobbyist and started showing off how he powered the huge LED’s with, say, Darlington transistor drivers and an Arduino, most of the suspicion would have evaporated.

  9. The common “clock experiment” that a contemporary kid would do would be to program a working digital clock in an object oriented language.

    Building a hardware clock is an obsolete skill.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "Building a hardware clock is an obsolete skill."

    Nonsense. It would be a perfectly reasonable project for a young hobbyist (and that now clearly is not what this muslim poseur did). You know what you would have if you had no electronic hardware and only a compiler? Nothing. You would be like a cook with a bunch of recipes but no food and no kitchen. The world runs on actual hardware. Somebody has to actually design and build it.

    , @Jack D
    A real teenage electronics hobbyist nowadays would probably build an Arduino clock. Something like this:

    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/what-you-need-for-an-arduino-clock-project.html

    This still wouldn't count as an "invention" (Ahmed is not exactly a brown Thomas Edison) but at least it would be something.

    You would still have to write code for it, but most projects nowadays are combinations of hardware and software - just writing code by itself is pretty boring, especially since the code for a clock is fairly trivial.

    But this kid was not up to that level. He just disassembled an old commercial clock and put it in a pencil case. Maybe in Africa or for dumb liberal arts trained lady reporters this counts as an "invention". Apparently he showed the reporters his other "inventions" - a USB hub that he took out of its case, other devices taken out of their cases. If opening cased electronic goods is "science" in our future idiocracy, then Mohamed should be up for a Nobel in around 2030
    , @Former Darfur
    "The common “clock experiment” that a contemporary kid would do would be to program a working digital clock in an object oriented language.

    Building a hardware clock is an obsolete skill."


    Although that would be a popular perception, it isn't true. Learning to do things "the old way" is perfectly valid so long as it involves thinking the problem through. Kids learning to write 6502 or 6809 assembler in 2015 (there are a few) and interfacing to a serial port on an Apple //c are having to think, just as if they were building a clock with Nixie tubes and a discrete demo board emulating a 555 timer, or building a transmitter with a pi section output filter and a 6L6 for output. It's the thinking that counts.

    Indeed there is a good case for teaching obsolete tech on purpose because ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny in tech just as in biology. Understanding telephony, RF communication and basic analog circuits is not time wasted: neither is digital at the building block level with TTL gates and registers. By the time the kid is out of school, whatever is fashionable now will be almost as obsolete anyway.

    In this case, there seems to be no actual component level electronics involved besides hooking some surplus junk up: a board out of an alarm clock, some surplus large LED seven segment panels and some surplus low voltage transformer. Given the kid's background, yeah, it probably was a provocation. But someone at that school should have been able to look at this thing and determine that it was most likely not a threat early on and get the gizmo out of there on a pretext just in case.
  10. Does anyone find it odd there’s only item not described in the box? It looks like he left room for the keffiyeh wiping cloth.

  11. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    He’s being portrayed as a misunderstood child genius. The president has invited not only him to the White House but also illegal aliens and sex weirdos as well as making calls to athletes who come out of the closet. The criteria for presidential attention is really something else. What kind of a country is this becoming anyway?

    • Replies: @Mike Sylwester

    The president has invited not only him to the White House but also illegal aliens and sex weirdos
     
    President Obama invited to the White House also the parents of a deserter from the US Army.
  12. Born in Sudan in 1961, Mohamed, a former customs worker at Khartoum International Airport, earned a degree in philosophy from Cairo University in Khartoum before emigrating to the U.S.

    That sentence is the worst thing about all this.

    Also, Obama is just having fun with this, holding up a middle finger to the people in the world he most hates: white American Republicans. I cannot figure out how it will help the Democrats though, unless he thinks the Republican slate is such a shambles that Biden or Hilary is sure to win. Either way, he reveals himself to be a vicious, petty, hateful, mean-spirited prick for the umpteenth time.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Danuta, he doesn't care if it helps the democrats. This is , as you say, a petty man. In this case, as in most of his intrusions, race and religion. If the kid was trans or gay, a trifecta. I posted yesterday, that I had seen this "clock", and the teacher made the right call. A practice run to make teachers afraid to respond when a minority or a Muslim is involved. Remember, there was a time when elements of the press questioned whether the Marathon bomber could get a fair trial because he was Muslim and was he really white.
    , @Felix
    Come on guys, leave Obama alone. Our community organizer turned puppet in chief has always been on a very short leash. If it were not so, his petty vindictiveness would be far from pretty. As it is, he must satisfy himself with these stupid symbolic taunts and the coming post office payoff.
    , @IA

    I cannot figure out how it will help the Democrats though
     
    In psych-ops you humiliate, confuse and demoralize the opposition. In this case, whites are once again paranoid, low-rent racists picking on poor innocent non-whites. You hammer this over and over as a kind of ambient, background music. Subliminal penetration.
  13. Mike Zwick [AKA "Dahinda"] says:

    “Contemporary white people have a passion for playing the chump. The shoddier the racket, the more we want to fall for it.” And the press is ever more desperate to find news stories they can shove down our throats to make it seem like it’s forever the 60’s and the fight against the “man” must go on and etc…

  14. I’m think the moment halfway through the twentieth century when every salesman, (including government, media, etc) realized that women would believe anything with the right emotional cues and you didn’t even need the men anymore…could be seen as the beginning of the end of western civilization.

  15. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I worked for TSA for a short time. While a lot of it is security theater in the security industrial complex, there was one thing I saw that never became public. In my short time I saw a handful of incidents where Arab/Muslim/Middle Easterners would bring through very suspicious crap. It was often too stupidly conspicuous to think it was some terrorist probing. And in a few of the cases I witnessed it was American Arabs/Muslims. They would do stupid crap like put razor blades in the spine of a Koran or have electronic wire shoe laces. On a few of these incidents the FBI would show up to do some perfunctory BS checklist chat with them before letting them go. I guess it was all just Muslim defiance and civil disobedience or perhaps buying a ticket to the lawsuit lottery.

  16. @WhatEvvs

    Born in Sudan in 1961, Mohamed, a former customs worker at Khartoum International Airport, earned a degree in philosophy from Cairo University in Khartoum before emigrating to the U.S.
     
    That sentence is the worst thing about all this.

    Also, Obama is just having fun with this, holding up a middle finger to the people in the world he most hates: white American Republicans. I cannot figure out how it will help the Democrats though, unless he thinks the Republican slate is such a shambles that Biden or Hilary is sure to win. Either way, he reveals himself to be a vicious, petty, hateful, mean-spirited prick for the umpteenth time.

    Danuta, he doesn’t care if it helps the democrats. This is , as you say, a petty man. In this case, as in most of his intrusions, race and religion. If the kid was trans or gay, a trifecta. I posted yesterday, that I had seen this “clock”, and the teacher made the right call. A practice run to make teachers afraid to respond when a minority or a Muslim is involved. Remember, there was a time when elements of the press questioned whether the Marathon bomber could get a fair trial because he was Muslim and was he really white.

    • Replies: @WhatEvvs
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-to-nominate-first-openly-gay-service-secretary-to-lead-the-army/2015/09/18/d4b1aafe-5e30-11e5-8e9e-dce8a2a2a679_story.html

    What next?
  17. They never mentioned the metal briefcase.

    Hmm, another reader here posted this link before:
    http://makezine.com/2015/09/16/this-is-ahmed-mohameds-clock/

    From that article:
    “For starters, the case, mistakenly referred to as a briefcase by some outlets, appears to be a simple child’s pencil box (see the power plug on the right side as the “banana for scale”).”

    do a Google images search of “briefcase bomb”

    & – surprise – the actual briefcase bombs look nothing like that clock, unless you’re a total moron. Sailer will probably only change his mind if it turns out the responsible idiots – er – teachers were black.

    No one ever mentions this.

    Liar.

    & that Sailer actually posts this crap probably says a lot about him. I suppose, for actual HBD I can forget this blog. Better read HBDchick & Jayman.

    BTW, this tunacrab guy commented under the above link as well & pretty much everything he wrote has been refuted.

    The ninth grader is the son of Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed

    So what? Now the son is responsible for the sins of the father? Kin liability? What about “in dubio pro reo”?
    Funny, how people who often hold up high “Western” values, forget these exact values if it fits their agenda.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    "Now the son is responsible for the sins of the father? Kin liability?"

    But isn't that what we're told to feel about slavery in the US? Heck, we're not even the sons of slave owners but we're supposed to be ashamed and blamed because of kin liability. It works both ways or it doesn't work at all, you choose.
    , @duderino
    As others have pointed out, his clock was not an invention but a Micronda brand clock bought off of ebay and thrown into a metal pencil box

    http://blogs.artvoice.com/techvoice/2015/09/17/reverse-engineering-ahmed-mohameds-clock-and-ourselves/

    There's a genuine question to ask, What's the point of doing that? Who would be impressed? Once you admit Ahmed's motivations are suspect, his father's background is relevant.
    , @Bill B.
    Your post, stripped of the abuse, might be useful. But:

    1) it's basically a gadget box. The Amazon page you indirectly refer to shows one holding a camera, a cell phone, a calculator and two more oblong objects. Plenty big for a bomb.

    http://www.amazon.com/Vaultz-Locking-Pencil-Inches-VZ01479/dp/B001BXZ28K

    2) I am no technician but my immediate reaction was 'Well it looks like a bomb circuit'. The article you refer to says it was "simply the guts of a standard digital alarm clock". So the point of his supposed exercise in preternatural curiosity was what? The kid was 14 not 10.

    http://makezine.com/2015/09/16/this-is-ahmed-mohameds-clock/

    3) Given the father's background of self-promotion on top of tissue-thin achievement I think it is perfectly valid to discuss his potential involvement; especially now that fake victimology has become a minor industry in the US. You are basically accusing people here of being racist when isn't that what this discussion is pushing against: the thinly veiled charge of racism against a hapless teacher?

    4) If the teacher thought this was a show-off mock up of a bomb would that be over-reacting? (Personally I think when it comes to children my inclination would be to be cautious and if possible handle things privately.) What one can say with some confidence is that Obama has overreacted.
    , @Anonymous
    The old man put him up to it.
  18. Daily Beast continues to gloat that hoax bombs are way better than sex tapes as a way to become famous: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/17/man-i-went-viral-my-day-with-ahmed-moahmed-the-most-famous-boy-on-earth.html

    Hamming it up, basking in the warm glow of his view counts growing exponentially, posing with a Koran next to his fake-bomb-making desk:

    Ahmed had taken me into his bedroom to show me the now-famous desk where everything gets built. I asked if I could take a picture; he nodded and sat on his desk chair holding up a tangle of wires, and, seeing his Koran, grabbed it from his desk and held it up next to the wires. Eyman comes in, sees me taking pictures, and asks Ahmed, “Why are you holding the Koran?”

    “I don’t know.”

    This kid is pushing his luck, and people are gonna notice something smells funny, and it’s not high explosives.

  19. I wasn’t even fazed when the story of the poor widdle Muslim astronaut boy turned out to be, what is called in pro wrestling, “a work.” There’s a roaring demand out there for victimhood-heraldry and the supply will rise to meet the demand.

  20. @WhatEvvs

    Born in Sudan in 1961, Mohamed, a former customs worker at Khartoum International Airport, earned a degree in philosophy from Cairo University in Khartoum before emigrating to the U.S.
     
    That sentence is the worst thing about all this.

    Also, Obama is just having fun with this, holding up a middle finger to the people in the world he most hates: white American Republicans. I cannot figure out how it will help the Democrats though, unless he thinks the Republican slate is such a shambles that Biden or Hilary is sure to win. Either way, he reveals himself to be a vicious, petty, hateful, mean-spirited prick for the umpteenth time.

    Come on guys, leave Obama alone. Our community organizer turned puppet in chief has always been on a very short leash. If it were not so, his petty vindictiveness would be far from pretty. As it is, he must satisfy himself with these stupid symbolic taunts and the coming post office payoff.

    • Replies: @Felix
    Meant to say petty not pretty.
  21. @Felix
    Come on guys, leave Obama alone. Our community organizer turned puppet in chief has always been on a very short leash. If it were not so, his petty vindictiveness would be far from pretty. As it is, he must satisfy himself with these stupid symbolic taunts and the coming post office payoff.

    Meant to say petty not pretty.

  22. Interesting how the SW Asian desert-wanderer cultures so easily take to the media-addled squeaky-wheel sweepstakes of U.S.A., as fish to water. We used to joke that the word for “litigious” in Armenian was the same as for “Monday” but these new breeds are breaking all records

  23. @anonymous
    He's being portrayed as a misunderstood child genius. The president has invited not only him to the White House but also illegal aliens and sex weirdos as well as making calls to athletes who come out of the closet. The criteria for presidential attention is really something else. What kind of a country is this becoming anyway?

    The president has invited not only him to the White House but also illegal aliens and sex weirdos

    President Obama invited to the White House also the parents of a deserter from the US Army.

  24. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Below is a great (in my opinion) iSteve-ish comment from a commenter at Rod Dreher’s blog on this subject.

    Noah172 says:

    Rod, are you not getting it?

    The effect of this incident is not that schools will have some common sense reevaluation of zero tolerance. Rather, the effect will be that school and law enforcement officials will be to greater or lesser degrees more reluctant to investigate suspicious activity from Muslims.

    Why on earth has this microscopic story attracted the attention of the sitting presidents, his flailing anointed successor, desperate to distract from her arrogance and ineptitude, and a pro-amnesty techie plutocrat?

    Don’t be naive.

  25. Our community organizer/autobiographer-in-chief of course has no idea about what a real electronics project looks like. Remember that next time he congratulates himself for being on the side of “science” in the global warming scam.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "Our community organizer/autobiographer-in-chief of course has no idea about what a real electronics project looks like. Remember that next time he congratulates himself for being on the side of “science” in the global warming scam."

    Well said, and a good point. Obama, like most of our politicial elite, is a scientific and technological ignoramus.
  26. @Shouting Thomas
    The common "clock experiment" that a contemporary kid would do would be to program a working digital clock in an object oriented language.

    Building a hardware clock is an obsolete skill.

    “Building a hardware clock is an obsolete skill.”

    Nonsense. It would be a perfectly reasonable project for a young hobbyist (and that now clearly is not what this muslim poseur did). You know what you would have if you had no electronic hardware and only a compiler? Nothing. You would be like a cook with a bunch of recipes but no food and no kitchen. The world runs on actual hardware. Somebody has to actually design and build it.

  27. @International Jew
    Our community organizer/autobiographer-in-chief of course has no idea about what a real electronics project looks like. Remember that next time he congratulates himself for being on the side of "science" in the global warming scam.

    “Our community organizer/autobiographer-in-chief of course has no idea about what a real electronics project looks like. Remember that next time he congratulates himself for being on the side of “science” in the global warming scam.”

    Well said, and a good point. Obama, like most of our politicial elite, is a scientific and technological ignoramus.

  28. @Priss Factor
    I suggest White House decline to inspect any briefcase carried by visitors to the White House.

    Or backpacks.

    I’ll take your good suggestion one step further, skiapolemistis. Maybe the kid should take the exact same “science project” when he goes to the White House to meet Obama. Let’s see how the Secret Service handles the problem. Maybe some enterprising Republican congressman or senator should call the head of Secret Service and grill him under oath and before cameras about what the Secret Service’s policy is about allowing such innocent clocks to be brought into the White House by visitors.

  29. There are a couple of problems with the briefcase bomb provocation theory:

    1. None of those photos have any scale attached to them. This was not a “briefcase” – it was a pencil case in the shape of a briefcase. It was tiny.

    2. The whole success of the “provocation” depended on the teachers/police being as dumb as rocks and prone to overreaction. And then that the press and Obama would pick up on it and rocket him to fame. Maybe this is not a giant leap of faith in modern America but still he could not have counted on it. But I see a dusky Forrest Gump and not a Ted Kaczinsky. The “science project” itself was not the kind of thing that actual science geeks do. They may be giving him tours of MIT but, if this project was typical of his level of “science”, he is not MIT material and wouldn’t last a week there.

    The funny thing is that there are tons of subcontinental Indians/Pakistanis who look about the same as Ahmed and are real science types but there is something about Africa that is dummifying.

    • Replies: @TWS
    He brought the case and timing of a bomb to school. He did not build a clock. Briefcase is shorthand for 'hard sided case' backpack is shorthand for 'soft sided' case.

    He obviously did not hope to see Obama what he wanted was some airtime he could show back home so he could be a serious candidate. He pulled equally boneheaded stunts before.

    He just got the jackpot this time. A kid brings the guts and case of a bomb without the explosives to school right after 9-11? Yeah and he was told not to show it around because it looked like a bomb. Now I've only seen a few bombs but it does look like one.

    Besides, did he cut a hole in the side of the case so he could see the clock portion? No.
    , @SPMoore8
    1. None of those photos have any scale attached to them. This was not a “briefcase” – it was a pencil case in the shape of a briefcase. It was tiny.

    There is a plug in the upper right corner of the photo, apparently arranged precisely for scale. I would estimate 6" x 8": small, but not tiny. I wouldn't call it a briefcase, but I wouldn't call it a pencil case either.
  30. I think there’s three things that explain why Obama and the left have jumped all over this incident: 1) disdain for white Texans who “cling to their guns and their religion” 2.) a desire to have more “diversity” in the STEM fields 3.) a desire to import Syrian refugees—The message you’re supposed to get from this incident is quite clear: We need young Muslims like Ahmed to stay competitive in the STEM fields; thus Americans must become more accommodating and welcoming to Muslim immigrants (and all third world immigrants); anyone who’s skeptical of Muslim immigration (and all third world immigration) into the United States is just a dumb, uneducated Texan who is oppressing young Muslim geniuses like Ahmed.

  31. And then I saw Achmed go to the JCC with a homemade alarm clock and I said nothing for I was in-cuckold-ated by the lawyer-politician progeny of the people at the JCC to believe to do so is Islamaphobia and I’d be worse than Hitler.

  32. @Danindc
    Well done tunacrab....if that is your real name.
    I stole it and passed off as my own analysis just among friends. Hope that's ok.

    "Chump out" is another brilliant turn of phrase.

    A lot of smart conservatives on Twitter bought into this Ahmad bs. I'm curious who retracts and admits they're a naive idiot.

    Well, if this teacher has a nervous breakdown (after being accused of overreacting and xenophobia by the court of PC) and winds up hospitalized, or dead it’s a problem for the pundits who grabbed those pitch forks early before a proper police investigation was completed.

    I guess I am more fired-up over this because I have personal connections with Newtown; my mother was a teacher; and, duh, teachers are being attacked/denigrated/blamed for “failing” to close the mythical achievement gap. There is a nationwide shortage of teachers, and who would want to teach anymore since they seem to be the most hated group of professionals in this country. Calling that teacher, those teachers/administrators in TX morons, will backfire, I think it already has since I saw no articles in our state newspaper today.

    Like I said in my earlier post, teachers MUST be vigilant of alleged guns, bombs, knives, violent ideation of students (gleaned from what they write) not to mention: heroin, weed, booze, cutting and burning. Lanza was an extreme case – would that someone could have stopped his car, grabbed his bag, stopped him before he mowed down a lot of kids and teachers in 5 minutes. The public doesn’t know how much his “school shooting” changed everything even more than Columbine. I am just outraged that this boy (must have been coerced to do this by dad/mom,) with his “show and tell” project, (after science teacher said, “put it away”) punked a bunch of gullible pundits, even the President. Besides, in HS, “show and tell” is over if it is not tied to a specific class or science fair.

    All I can think of is: AL showed the American public that teachers/students in a building are vulnerable…better to overreact than dead. Playing the race card, PC card (in this TX case) is completely irrelevant and abhorrent after Newtown tragedy. Those pundits should be ashamed of themselves. BTW, they still haven’t settled the 2 lawsuits of parents suing Newtown.

  33. @Jack D
    There are a couple of problems with the briefcase bomb provocation theory:

    1. None of those photos have any scale attached to them. This was not a "briefcase" - it was a pencil case in the shape of a briefcase. It was tiny.

    2. The whole success of the "provocation" depended on the teachers/police being as dumb as rocks and prone to overreaction. And then that the press and Obama would pick up on it and rocket him to fame. Maybe this is not a giant leap of faith in modern America but still he could not have counted on it. But I see a dusky Forrest Gump and not a Ted Kaczinsky. The "science project" itself was not the kind of thing that actual science geeks do. They may be giving him tours of MIT but, if this project was typical of his level of "science", he is not MIT material and wouldn't last a week there.

    The funny thing is that there are tons of subcontinental Indians/Pakistanis who look about the same as Ahmed and are real science types but there is something about Africa that is dummifying.

    He brought the case and timing of a bomb to school. He did not build a clock. Briefcase is shorthand for ‘hard sided case’ backpack is shorthand for ‘soft sided’ case.

    He obviously did not hope to see Obama what he wanted was some airtime he could show back home so he could be a serious candidate. He pulled equally boneheaded stunts before.

    He just got the jackpot this time. A kid brings the guts and case of a bomb without the explosives to school right after 9-11? Yeah and he was told not to show it around because it looked like a bomb. Now I’ve only seen a few bombs but it does look like one.

    Besides, did he cut a hole in the side of the case so he could see the clock portion? No.

    • Replies: @Sean
    The angle of the photo makes it look more briefcase shaped but the box is basically a small gadget case sold in many versions some of which have handles like a briefcase. Only as a marketing ploy is it described as a pencil case. A danger of electrocution from it when plugged in.
  34. @Jack D
    There are a couple of problems with the briefcase bomb provocation theory:

    1. None of those photos have any scale attached to them. This was not a "briefcase" - it was a pencil case in the shape of a briefcase. It was tiny.

    2. The whole success of the "provocation" depended on the teachers/police being as dumb as rocks and prone to overreaction. And then that the press and Obama would pick up on it and rocket him to fame. Maybe this is not a giant leap of faith in modern America but still he could not have counted on it. But I see a dusky Forrest Gump and not a Ted Kaczinsky. The "science project" itself was not the kind of thing that actual science geeks do. They may be giving him tours of MIT but, if this project was typical of his level of "science", he is not MIT material and wouldn't last a week there.

    The funny thing is that there are tons of subcontinental Indians/Pakistanis who look about the same as Ahmed and are real science types but there is something about Africa that is dummifying.

    1. None of those photos have any scale attached to them. This was not a “briefcase” – it was a pencil case in the shape of a briefcase. It was tiny.

    There is a plug in the upper right corner of the photo, apparently arranged precisely for scale. I would estimate 6″ x 8″: small, but not tiny. I wouldn’t call it a briefcase, but I wouldn’t call it a pencil case either.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Your size estimate is right (actual size 8.25 x 5.5 x 2.5" ) but it is nevertheless sold as a pencil case. Take a sheet of copier paper and fold it in half and that's the size - that's about right for a good sized pencil case.

    http://www.amazon.com/Vaultz-Locking-Pencil-Inches-VZ01479/dp/B001BXZ28K?tag=viglink129562-20

    Only in an idiocracy (which we are well on the road toward, if not there already) does this qualify as a "science project". He removed an old Radio Shack digital clock from its case and put in in a pencil box. The entire "science" involved was probably removing 4 screws so he could get the case open. I suppose in a safety obsessed America most schools/parents would not let their kids open up line voltage appliances so actually seeing the innards is somewhat novel.

    , @Sean
    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Ahmed+Mohamed+pencil+case&safe=off&rlz=1C1PQHS_enGB489GB489&espv=2&biw=1517&bih=714&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMIhPLTle6AyAIVCEoUCh1zRgci&dpr=0.9#imgrc=4wIlUAmdjjBA_M%3A

    If you look at the size on the components like the board in his hand, and then as part of the suspect device and cables, this was a metal box far too big to be put in a pocket, not lunchbox style, it's shallow but about the size of a smallish laptop. It's beat up with a big dent in the left side, except in the lid. There appears to be a bit of wire twisted around the catch, presumably to hold it together because the catch didn't work. It looks to me like it started life as a technician's tool container. Everything's bigger in Texas, pencils included. He managed to get it to 'go off' in English class. (the alarm that is) what was the power source? A socket in the classroom?

    , @Olorin
    Begging the question, of course, of who has "pencil cases" in school anymore.

    I mentioned this item to some kids on our lane a couple years ago, and while they had seen "pencils" "at their grandmom's house," they had no idea what a "pencil case" was.

    Compare:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/11-in-x-7-in-x-4-in-aluminum-case-69316.html
  35. If clock boy, already 14 years old, only possessed an electronics skill set of tinkering and reverse engineering 1960s technology, then he can forget about MIT.

    • Replies: @Honorary Thief
    Lol, something tells me they will let him in to MIT, Cal Tech, Stanford, etc. after this media circus.
  36. @Priss Factor
    self-defeating 'satire'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPhkI77K8uQ

    That video clip is gross. Hollywood is f’d up. No one needs to see a movie scene like that. Ever. What kind of sick person makes a movie like that?

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
    Didnt see the movie myself.

    Found the clip as recommendation while seeing clips of Taxi Driver.

    But in the age of Southpark and Family Guy and Tarantino, that stuff passes for 'satire'.
    , @Dennis Dale
    Bobcat Godthwait. His films are obtuseness pretending to "edginess" just like his act was. He wants to talk about our decadence without talking about race, or the sexual revolution, or anything difficult; the problem with America is Dumb White People, you see, and everyone else doesn't register. They are, as the Reverend on the Simpsons Steve has quoted before says, the "miscellaneous" after Jews and Gentiles.
  37. Take a mock-up of it through TSA security and see what happens. See something, say something, lol. Yeah, fuck that. I will say nothing. Thin out the herd. More food for me.

    See something, Say nothing. Snitches get stitches and get labeled Islamaphobes by liberal multicultural bitches.

  38. Oh my, a post about one of my old hobbies!

    This is what an actual home made clock looks like:

    Health is a company in Michigan that used to be big selling electronics unassembled to hobbyists with instructions on putting them together.

    These days most people who do home made clocks make them with old “Nixie” neon tubes, a bazillion of which were found unused in warehouses after the Soviet Union collapsed:

    http://peteskits.com/

    • Replies: @Ivy
    Heathkit, one of the joys of a simpler era.

    https://www.heathkit.com/heathkit.html

    Their catalog was educational and thought-provoking, and undoubtedly helped a generation or two of tinkerers to scratch their electronics and kit-building itch. Many a productive hour could be spent at the kitchen table with parts, instructions, tools and an occasional beverage.
    , @Former Darfur
    The CRT clocks are cooler, but sadly result in idiots tearing up perfectly good analog oscilloscopes for the CRTs.
  39. Let’s look at the demographics of the kid’s high school, courtesy of the Department of Education (http://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sch_info_popup.asp?Type=Public&ID=482442002733 )

    Race/Ethnicity Enrollment
    American Indian/Alaska Native: 20
    Asian/Pacific Islander*: 147
    Hispanic: 1349
    Black, non-Hispanic: 711
    White, non-Hispanic: 357
    Two or More Races: 45

    The school is 6% Asian, 51% Hispanic, 27% Black, and 13% White. You’ll also notice from the link above that as of 2012-2013, over one in three 9th graders were not moving up to 10th grade. Was this the environment that you were imagining from media reports?

  40. @SPMoore8
    1. None of those photos have any scale attached to them. This was not a “briefcase” – it was a pencil case in the shape of a briefcase. It was tiny.

    There is a plug in the upper right corner of the photo, apparently arranged precisely for scale. I would estimate 6" x 8": small, but not tiny. I wouldn't call it a briefcase, but I wouldn't call it a pencil case either.

    Your size estimate is right (actual size 8.25 x 5.5 x 2.5″ ) but it is nevertheless sold as a pencil case. Take a sheet of copier paper and fold it in half and that’s the size – that’s about right for a good sized pencil case.

    http://www.amazon.com/Vaultz-Locking-Pencil-Inches-VZ01479/dp/B001BXZ28K?tag=viglink129562-20

    Only in an idiocracy (which we are well on the road toward, if not there already) does this qualify as a “science project”. He removed an old Radio Shack digital clock from its case and put in in a pencil box. The entire “science” involved was probably removing 4 screws so he could get the case open. I suppose in a safety obsessed America most schools/parents would not let their kids open up line voltage appliances so actually seeing the innards is somewhat novel.

    • Agree: SPMoore8
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    The day after 9/11 Achmed brings in some crude 1970's wired up electronic parts in a small briefcase and everyone's overreacting. Yeah, okay.
    , @Sean
    That's not it. Look at the size of the external clip relative to the box in the police photo. The Amazon item sold as a pencil case is far smaller.
  41. The respectable parts of american society really showed themselves to be the true hayseeds with this one. Played like a fiddle by some 2 bit African wannabe. Oh well, at least Lessons Were Learned.

    Doesn’t surprise me to see Obama jump in right away. He probably feels a lot more kinship with a weird foreign kid named Ahmed than he does with Michael Brown or any of the other sundry dindus.

  42. “Health is a company in Michigan that used to be big selling electronics unassembled to hobbyists with instructions on putting them together.” When I was rather younger than Fraud-Boy I assembled a radio: attached to our household aerial (this was in bygone times) it worked – not terribly well, but it worked. Dear God it looked neater than his shambles, and, dear God, I would never have taken it to school. What would be the point?

  43. When I heard about all this crap, my first question was: “Gee, what design did he use? Did he do the 4026 CMOS driver with a 555 timer set at 1hz? Did he use an MM531? Maybe he used a microcontroller? I wonder if he went hipster retro and got some nixie tubes for the display?

    He didn’t do anything. He made a cute prank, on the level of what many a mischievous teenage boy has done. Was he aware of a kind of “I dare you to profile me” thing to get mileage out of, an almost Eddie Haskelish posture? Maybe, maybe not.

    The teacher and the district handled it badly, and the xenophiles have something new to hosanna.

    The academic question here is, as it has been for so many “events” of the last two years : did everyone get trolled here, and will it become the norm to roll out spectacles even more preposterous to see who gleefully or ashamedly salutes what gets run up the flag pole?

  44. They did not act like they even suspected it was bomb. Recently packages were left outside our post office, and the whole area was cordoned off and the bomb squad called. It turned out they were pamphlets. Nobody called the bomb squad or evacuated the school, which leads me to suspect that they did not think it was a bomb.

    If it was just a mockup of a bomb it could’ve been handled without handcuffs. Maybe discipline would be called for, but not what happened.

    It’s giving dad a lot of credit to assume the whole thing was some kind of elaborate plot.

  45. What’s this “we” shit.

  46. @SPMoore8
    1. None of those photos have any scale attached to them. This was not a “briefcase” – it was a pencil case in the shape of a briefcase. It was tiny.

    There is a plug in the upper right corner of the photo, apparently arranged precisely for scale. I would estimate 6" x 8": small, but not tiny. I wouldn't call it a briefcase, but I wouldn't call it a pencil case either.

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Ahmed+Mohamed+pencil+case&safe=off&rlz=1C1PQHS_enGB489GB489&espv=2&biw=1517&bih=714&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMIhPLTle6AyAIVCEoUCh1zRgci&dpr=0.9#imgrc=4wIlUAmdjjBA_M%3A

    If you look at the size on the components like the board in his hand, and then as part of the suspect device and cables, this was a metal box far too big to be put in a pocket, not lunchbox style, it’s shallow but about the size of a smallish laptop. It’s beat up with a big dent in the left side, except in the lid. There appears to be a bit of wire twisted around the catch, presumably to hold it together because the catch didn’t work. It looks to me like it started life as a technician’s tool container. Everything’s bigger in Texas, pencils included. He managed to get it to ‘go off’ in English class. (the alarm that is) what was the power source? A socket in the classroom?

    • Replies: @Hereward
  47. @Jack D
    Your size estimate is right (actual size 8.25 x 5.5 x 2.5" ) but it is nevertheless sold as a pencil case. Take a sheet of copier paper and fold it in half and that's the size - that's about right for a good sized pencil case.

    http://www.amazon.com/Vaultz-Locking-Pencil-Inches-VZ01479/dp/B001BXZ28K?tag=viglink129562-20

    Only in an idiocracy (which we are well on the road toward, if not there already) does this qualify as a "science project". He removed an old Radio Shack digital clock from its case and put in in a pencil box. The entire "science" involved was probably removing 4 screws so he could get the case open. I suppose in a safety obsessed America most schools/parents would not let their kids open up line voltage appliances so actually seeing the innards is somewhat novel.

    The day after 9/11 Achmed brings in some crude 1970’s wired up electronic parts in a small briefcase and everyone’s overreacting. Yeah, okay.

  48. I guess it was all just Muslim defiance and civil disobedience or perhaps buying a ticket to the lawsuit lottery.

    Strategically speaking, they’re decreasing the signal:noise ratio. E.g., every person who refuses to consent to a search makes it harder for cops to find crooks; every person who uses encryption for legitimate data makes it harder for the security apparatus to find the illegitimate; etc.

    In other words, they’re throwing out red herrings to waste the state’s time.

  49. @Jack D
    Your size estimate is right (actual size 8.25 x 5.5 x 2.5" ) but it is nevertheless sold as a pencil case. Take a sheet of copier paper and fold it in half and that's the size - that's about right for a good sized pencil case.

    http://www.amazon.com/Vaultz-Locking-Pencil-Inches-VZ01479/dp/B001BXZ28K?tag=viglink129562-20

    Only in an idiocracy (which we are well on the road toward, if not there already) does this qualify as a "science project". He removed an old Radio Shack digital clock from its case and put in in a pencil box. The entire "science" involved was probably removing 4 screws so he could get the case open. I suppose in a safety obsessed America most schools/parents would not let their kids open up line voltage appliances so actually seeing the innards is somewhat novel.

    That’s not it. Look at the size of the external clip relative to the box in the police photo. The Amazon item sold as a pencil case is far smaller.

  50. @Shouting Thomas
    The common "clock experiment" that a contemporary kid would do would be to program a working digital clock in an object oriented language.

    Building a hardware clock is an obsolete skill.

    A real teenage electronics hobbyist nowadays would probably build an Arduino clock. Something like this:

    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/what-you-need-for-an-arduino-clock-project.html

    This still wouldn’t count as an “invention” (Ahmed is not exactly a brown Thomas Edison) but at least it would be something.

    You would still have to write code for it, but most projects nowadays are combinations of hardware and software – just writing code by itself is pretty boring, especially since the code for a clock is fairly trivial.

    But this kid was not up to that level. He just disassembled an old commercial clock and put it in a pencil case. Maybe in Africa or for dumb liberal arts trained lady reporters this counts as an “invention”. Apparently he showed the reporters his other “inventions” – a USB hub that he took out of its case, other devices taken out of their cases. If opening cased electronic goods is “science” in our future idiocracy, then Mohamed should be up for a Nobel in around 2030

  51. The clock board is NOT a commercial electronic product. It is a perforated “breadboard”, with discrete resistors all over it. It probably was not from a kit, which would usually have an etched printed circuit board (copper on phenolic or fiberglass); the kid almost certainly designed and built the whole thing himself, just as he said.

    Why the almost-briefcase? Because the board and its supporting power supply and such were so big.

    It is high time for people responsible for TEACHING to learn the difference between clocks (including timers), which cannot go BOOM no matter how many of them you have, and explosives.

    That said, the kid is clueless. Had he mounted his hardware on slabs of plexiglas separated by standoffs, it would have looked like a science project and nobody would have batted an eye.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    I take back what I wrote. The breadboard picture was not the picture of the kid's "device".
  52. @Anonymous
    That video clip is gross. Hollywood is f'd up. No one needs to see a movie scene like that. Ever. What kind of sick person makes a movie like that?

    Didnt see the movie myself.

    Found the clip as recommendation while seeing clips of Taxi Driver.

    But in the age of Southpark and Family Guy and Tarantino, that stuff passes for ‘satire’.

  53. @Mr. Rational
    The clock board is NOT a commercial electronic product. It is a perforated "breadboard", with discrete resistors all over it. It probably was not from a kit, which would usually have an etched printed circuit board (copper on phenolic or fiberglass); the kid almost certainly designed and built the whole thing himself, just as he said.

    Why the almost-briefcase? Because the board and its supporting power supply and such were so big.

    It is high time for people responsible for TEACHING to learn the difference between clocks (including timers), which cannot go BOOM no matter how many of them you have, and explosives.

    That said, the kid is clueless. Had he mounted his hardware on slabs of plexiglas separated by standoffs, it would have looked like a science project and nobody would have batted an eye.

    I take back what I wrote. The breadboard picture was not the picture of the kid’s “device”.

  54. @Lot
    Oh my, a post about one of my old hobbies!

    This is what an actual home made clock looks like:

    http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2497/4433709760_753bdeae0f_z.jpg

    Health is a company in Michigan that used to be big selling electronics unassembled to hobbyists with instructions on putting them together.

    These days most people who do home made clocks make them with old "Nixie" neon tubes, a bazillion of which were found unused in warehouses after the Soviet Union collapsed:

    http://peteskits.com/

    Heathkit, one of the joys of a simpler era.

    https://www.heathkit.com/heathkit.html

    Their catalog was educational and thought-provoking, and undoubtedly helped a generation or two of tinkerers to scratch their electronics and kit-building itch. Many a productive hour could be spent at the kitchen table with parts, instructions, tools and an occasional beverage.

    • Replies: @Former Darfur
    Based on eBay pricing of unbuilt Heathkits, it's obvious there is still a market for such things, but it isn't profitable enough for anyone to do it today.
  55. Cultures with a long view never stop probing.

  56. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @bossel

    They never mentioned the metal briefcase.
     
    Hmm, another reader here posted this link before:
    http://makezine.com/2015/09/16/this-is-ahmed-mohameds-clock/

    From that article:
    "For starters, the case, mistakenly referred to as a briefcase by some outlets, appears to be a simple child’s pencil box (see the power plug on the right side as the “banana for scale”)."

    do a Google images search of “briefcase bomb”
     
    & - surprise - the actual briefcase bombs look nothing like that clock, unless you're a total moron. Sailer will probably only change his mind if it turns out the responsible idiots - er - teachers were black.

    No one ever mentions this.
     
    Liar.

    & that Sailer actually posts this crap probably says a lot about him. I suppose, for actual HBD I can forget this blog. Better read HBDchick & Jayman.


    BTW, this tunacrab guy commented under the above link as well & pretty much everything he wrote has been refuted.

    The ninth grader is the son of Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed
     
    So what? Now the son is responsible for the sins of the father? Kin liability? What about "in dubio pro reo"?
    Funny, how people who often hold up high "Western" values, forget these exact values if it fits their agenda.

    “Now the son is responsible for the sins of the father? Kin liability?”

    But isn’t that what we’re told to feel about slavery in the US? Heck, we’re not even the sons of slave owners but we’re supposed to be ashamed and blamed because of kin liability. It works both ways or it doesn’t work at all, you choose.

  57. What’s funny is how West Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Mexicans are muscling American blacks aside in the racial grievance industry.

  58. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Bomb squads can get called for VERY trivial things:

    Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette was closed Wednesday morning after a large duffel bag containing a Kermit the Frog — which appeared to have blood stains on it — was found on the west side of the campus.

    An employee of the school called police at about 7:15 a.m. after discovering the suspicious package in Peak to Peak’s otherwise-empty parking lot, according to Lafayette police Cmdr. Mark Battersby.

    Police secured a perimeter around the school, and students and staff members who had already arrived at Peak to Peak were locked down in a building on the east side of the campus while investigators checked the duffel.

    Using a robot equipped with movable arms and a camera, members of Boulder County’s bomb squad were able to examine the items that were inside the duffel bag– including the Kermit the Frog doll — at a safe distance. An officer then made a final inspection of the abandoned items in person to make sure everything was “absolutely safe,” Battersby said.

    http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_14229456

  59. Reminds me way back when I ignited a home-made smoke bomb in my high school made of match heads, salt peter, and sulfur packed into a coke can. Fairly engulfed the school. My friend who made it also built a realistic dynamite bomb featuring wooden dowels wrapped in red paper and wax with an alarm clock attached. He put it in a girl’s locker as a prank. Lotsa laffs.

  60. The insides of Ahmed’s clock look a lot like the insides of this one.

  61. @TWS
    He brought the case and timing of a bomb to school. He did not build a clock. Briefcase is shorthand for 'hard sided case' backpack is shorthand for 'soft sided' case.

    He obviously did not hope to see Obama what he wanted was some airtime he could show back home so he could be a serious candidate. He pulled equally boneheaded stunts before.

    He just got the jackpot this time. A kid brings the guts and case of a bomb without the explosives to school right after 9-11? Yeah and he was told not to show it around because it looked like a bomb. Now I've only seen a few bombs but it does look like one.

    Besides, did he cut a hole in the side of the case so he could see the clock portion? No.

    The angle of the photo makes it look more briefcase shaped but the box is basically a small gadget case sold in many versions some of which have handles like a briefcase. Only as a marketing ploy is it described as a pencil case. A danger of electrocution from it when plugged in.

  62. • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    This may be his Uncle’s corporation:

    http://www.corporationwiki.com/p/2fj827/twin-towers-transportation-corporation

    A real family of kidders.

  63. @bossel

    They never mentioned the metal briefcase.
     
    Hmm, another reader here posted this link before:
    http://makezine.com/2015/09/16/this-is-ahmed-mohameds-clock/

    From that article:
    "For starters, the case, mistakenly referred to as a briefcase by some outlets, appears to be a simple child’s pencil box (see the power plug on the right side as the “banana for scale”)."

    do a Google images search of “briefcase bomb”
     
    & - surprise - the actual briefcase bombs look nothing like that clock, unless you're a total moron. Sailer will probably only change his mind if it turns out the responsible idiots - er - teachers were black.

    No one ever mentions this.
     
    Liar.

    & that Sailer actually posts this crap probably says a lot about him. I suppose, for actual HBD I can forget this blog. Better read HBDchick & Jayman.


    BTW, this tunacrab guy commented under the above link as well & pretty much everything he wrote has been refuted.

    The ninth grader is the son of Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed
     
    So what? Now the son is responsible for the sins of the father? Kin liability? What about "in dubio pro reo"?
    Funny, how people who often hold up high "Western" values, forget these exact values if it fits their agenda.

    As others have pointed out, his clock was not an invention but a Micronda brand clock bought off of ebay and thrown into a metal pencil box

    http://blogs.artvoice.com/techvoice/2015/09/17/reverse-engineering-ahmed-mohameds-clock-and-ourselves/

    There’s a genuine question to ask, What’s the point of doing that? Who would be impressed? Once you admit Ahmed’s motivations are suspect, his father’s background is relevant.

  64. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “Look at the case itself. CNN calls it a “pencil case.” Please. The whole package is vaguely sinister, and it’s intentional. … It’s almost as if someone designed this clock to look like a questionable object.”

    The inside looks sinister, but the outside does look like a pencil case. It even has a holographic tiger on it.

  65. @Buffalo Joe
    Danuta, he doesn't care if it helps the democrats. This is , as you say, a petty man. In this case, as in most of his intrusions, race and religion. If the kid was trans or gay, a trifecta. I posted yesterday, that I had seen this "clock", and the teacher made the right call. A practice run to make teachers afraid to respond when a minority or a Muslim is involved. Remember, there was a time when elements of the press questioned whether the Marathon bomber could get a fair trial because he was Muslim and was he really white.
  66. @bossel

    They never mentioned the metal briefcase.
     
    Hmm, another reader here posted this link before:
    http://makezine.com/2015/09/16/this-is-ahmed-mohameds-clock/

    From that article:
    "For starters, the case, mistakenly referred to as a briefcase by some outlets, appears to be a simple child’s pencil box (see the power plug on the right side as the “banana for scale”)."

    do a Google images search of “briefcase bomb”
     
    & - surprise - the actual briefcase bombs look nothing like that clock, unless you're a total moron. Sailer will probably only change his mind if it turns out the responsible idiots - er - teachers were black.

    No one ever mentions this.
     
    Liar.

    & that Sailer actually posts this crap probably says a lot about him. I suppose, for actual HBD I can forget this blog. Better read HBDchick & Jayman.


    BTW, this tunacrab guy commented under the above link as well & pretty much everything he wrote has been refuted.

    The ninth grader is the son of Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed
     
    So what? Now the son is responsible for the sins of the father? Kin liability? What about "in dubio pro reo"?
    Funny, how people who often hold up high "Western" values, forget these exact values if it fits their agenda.

    Your post, stripped of the abuse, might be useful. But:

    1) it’s basically a gadget box. The Amazon page you indirectly refer to shows one holding a camera, a cell phone, a calculator and two more oblong objects. Plenty big for a bomb.

    http://www.amazon.com/Vaultz-Locking-Pencil-Inches-VZ01479/dp/B001BXZ28K

    2) I am no technician but my immediate reaction was ‘Well it looks like a bomb circuit’. The article you refer to says it was “simply the guts of a standard digital alarm clock”. So the point of his supposed exercise in preternatural curiosity was what? The kid was 14 not 10.

    http://makezine.com/2015/09/16/this-is-ahmed-mohameds-clock/

    3) Given the father’s background of self-promotion on top of tissue-thin achievement I think it is perfectly valid to discuss his potential involvement; especially now that fake victimology has become a minor industry in the US. You are basically accusing people here of being racist when isn’t that what this discussion is pushing against: the thinly veiled charge of racism against a hapless teacher?

    4) If the teacher thought this was a show-off mock up of a bomb would that be over-reacting? (Personally I think when it comes to children my inclination would be to be cautious and if possible handle things privately.) What one can say with some confidence is that Obama has overreacted.

  67. @Shouting Thomas
    The common "clock experiment" that a contemporary kid would do would be to program a working digital clock in an object oriented language.

    Building a hardware clock is an obsolete skill.

    “The common “clock experiment” that a contemporary kid would do would be to program a working digital clock in an object oriented language.

    Building a hardware clock is an obsolete skill.”

    Although that would be a popular perception, it isn’t true. Learning to do things “the old way” is perfectly valid so long as it involves thinking the problem through. Kids learning to write 6502 or 6809 assembler in 2015 (there are a few) and interfacing to a serial port on an Apple //c are having to think, just as if they were building a clock with Nixie tubes and a discrete demo board emulating a 555 timer, or building a transmitter with a pi section output filter and a 6L6 for output. It’s the thinking that counts.

    Indeed there is a good case for teaching obsolete tech on purpose because ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny in tech just as in biology. Understanding telephony, RF communication and basic analog circuits is not time wasted: neither is digital at the building block level with TTL gates and registers. By the time the kid is out of school, whatever is fashionable now will be almost as obsolete anyway.

    In this case, there seems to be no actual component level electronics involved besides hooking some surplus junk up: a board out of an alarm clock, some surplus large LED seven segment panels and some surplus low voltage transformer. Given the kid’s background, yeah, it probably was a provocation. But someone at that school should have been able to look at this thing and determine that it was most likely not a threat early on and get the gizmo out of there on a pretext just in case.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    His "invention" was even less than you describe. He just de-cased an old Radio Shack digital clock - the board, the display and the transformer were all transferred intact from the old clock. Maybe he (poorly) spliced the connection to the power cord.
    , @AnAnon
    "But someone at that school should have been able to look at this thing and determine that it was most likely not a threat early on and get the gizmo out of there on a pretext just in case." - the first teacher he showed it to did precisely that, and told him not to show it off to people because of what it looks like.

    "In psych-ops you humiliate, confuse and demoralize the opposition. In this case, whites are once again paranoid, low-rent racists picking on poor innocent non-whites. You hammer this over and over as a kind of ambient, background music. Subliminal penetration." - Democrats have been getting kicked in the teeth in the narrative war thus far, and they desparately need a win. It doesn't look like this is going to be it. Had this project actually been a "homemade" clock they'd have a bit more to go on. As it stands, everyone called it correctly, including the cops: bomb hoax.

  68. @Lot
    Oh my, a post about one of my old hobbies!

    This is what an actual home made clock looks like:

    http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2497/4433709760_753bdeae0f_z.jpg

    Health is a company in Michigan that used to be big selling electronics unassembled to hobbyists with instructions on putting them together.

    These days most people who do home made clocks make them with old "Nixie" neon tubes, a bazillion of which were found unused in warehouses after the Soviet Union collapsed:

    http://peteskits.com/

    The CRT clocks are cooler, but sadly result in idiots tearing up perfectly good analog oscilloscopes for the CRTs.

  69. Blacks on discussion boards are already saying this Sudanese Muslim kid Ahmed is going to grow up to be the Black Albert Einstein and make billions of dollars like Steve Jobs.

    • Replies: @Honorary Thief
    Blacks tend to be, to put it gently, extremely inept when it comes to technology.
  70. @Anonymous
    That video clip is gross. Hollywood is f'd up. No one needs to see a movie scene like that. Ever. What kind of sick person makes a movie like that?

    Bobcat Godthwait. His films are obtuseness pretending to “edginess” just like his act was. He wants to talk about our decadence without talking about race, or the sexual revolution, or anything difficult; the problem with America is Dumb White People, you see, and everyone else doesn’t register. They are, as the Reverend on the Simpsons Steve has quoted before says, the “miscellaneous” after Jews and Gentiles.

  71. Ahmed’s clock may not be very advanced technologically–but it doesn’t look to me like a briefcase bomb (comparing the photos).

    The real story here is that unlike, say, 7-year-old Josh Welch, the second-grader who got suspended in Maryland for nibbling a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun, Ahmed has a Muslim name, so the liberals can scream “Islamophobia!” and his arrest/suspension took place in conservative Texas rather than liberal Maryland, so the liberals can scream “Texas wingnuts!”

    This is a zero-tolerance story: Zero tolerance is great in liberal Maryland, not so great in conservative Texas. When little Josh was suspended, not a single liberal pointed to the silliness of it all. Not so with Ahmed, where the liberals can’t stop raising Cain.

    • Replies: @Dennis Dale
    No, it isn't. "Zero tolerance" isn't even tangential to this--because the device is understandably suspicious. Zero tolerance is when a kid faces legal action for stealing a kiss or having a pen knife. It may be tangentially about extreme law enforcement methods--why was he in handcuffs? But that's like saying Ferguson was about militarized police because the cops there had an armored personnel carrier. Horse shit.

    It's about the US being trolled. It's about a president who, without so much as a nod to the difficult job law enforcement has, immediately seizing on the nth opportunity to promote the Narrative. It's about one of the most powerful businessmen in the country, one of the most prestigious universities in the country, and every "respectable" news outlet using it to stick it to us again. "Doesn't look like a bomb to me" is--I'm biting my tongue. I actually saw some asshole somewhere saying "where's the detonator, huh?" "where's the fuse?" Yes, we're all experts. Notice how all the folk praising the "brilliance" of young Ahmed aren't too interested in the device. You'd think someone would be showing us just how ingenious an invention it is, I mean, if he's got a spot at MIT all but lined up. Jeez!

    By mostly, the kid wasn't accused of bringing a bomb to school but of trying to create a bomb scare--which is almost exactly what it appears he did. It's just they had no idea the type and scale of panic he was angling for. I'm sure his old man is pleasantly surprised by just how far this has gotten. Look forward to hearing more from him.

  72. @Ivy
    Heathkit, one of the joys of a simpler era.

    https://www.heathkit.com/heathkit.html

    Their catalog was educational and thought-provoking, and undoubtedly helped a generation or two of tinkerers to scratch their electronics and kit-building itch. Many a productive hour could be spent at the kitchen table with parts, instructions, tools and an occasional beverage.

    Based on eBay pricing of unbuilt Heathkits, it’s obvious there is still a market for such things, but it isn’t profitable enough for anyone to do it today.

  73. @WhatEvvs

    Born in Sudan in 1961, Mohamed, a former customs worker at Khartoum International Airport, earned a degree in philosophy from Cairo University in Khartoum before emigrating to the U.S.
     
    That sentence is the worst thing about all this.

    Also, Obama is just having fun with this, holding up a middle finger to the people in the world he most hates: white American Republicans. I cannot figure out how it will help the Democrats though, unless he thinks the Republican slate is such a shambles that Biden or Hilary is sure to win. Either way, he reveals himself to be a vicious, petty, hateful, mean-spirited prick for the umpteenth time.

    I cannot figure out how it will help the Democrats though

    In psych-ops you humiliate, confuse and demoralize the opposition. In this case, whites are once again paranoid, low-rent racists picking on poor innocent non-whites. You hammer this over and over as a kind of ambient, background music. Subliminal penetration.

  74. @Charlotte Allen
    Ahmed's clock may not be very advanced technologically--but it doesn't look to me like a briefcase bomb (comparing the photos).

    The real story here is that unlike, say, 7-year-old Josh Welch, the second-grader who got suspended in Maryland for nibbling a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun, Ahmed has a Muslim name, so the liberals can scream "Islamophobia!" and his arrest/suspension took place in conservative Texas rather than liberal Maryland, so the liberals can scream "Texas wingnuts!"

    This is a zero-tolerance story: Zero tolerance is great in liberal Maryland, not so great in conservative Texas. When little Josh was suspended, not a single liberal pointed to the silliness of it all. Not so with Ahmed, where the liberals can't stop raising Cain.

    No, it isn’t. “Zero tolerance” isn’t even tangential to this–because the device is understandably suspicious. Zero tolerance is when a kid faces legal action for stealing a kiss or having a pen knife. It may be tangentially about extreme law enforcement methods–why was he in handcuffs? But that’s like saying Ferguson was about militarized police because the cops there had an armored personnel carrier. Horse shit.

    It’s about the US being trolled. It’s about a president who, without so much as a nod to the difficult job law enforcement has, immediately seizing on the nth opportunity to promote the Narrative. It’s about one of the most powerful businessmen in the country, one of the most prestigious universities in the country, and every “respectable” news outlet using it to stick it to us again. “Doesn’t look like a bomb to me” is–I’m biting my tongue. I actually saw some asshole somewhere saying “where’s the detonator, huh?” “where’s the fuse?” Yes, we’re all experts. Notice how all the folk praising the “brilliance” of young Ahmed aren’t too interested in the device. You’d think someone would be showing us just how ingenious an invention it is, I mean, if he’s got a spot at MIT all but lined up. Jeez!

    By mostly, the kid wasn’t accused of bringing a bomb to school but of trying to create a bomb scare–which is almost exactly what it appears he did. It’s just they had no idea the type and scale of panic he was angling for. I’m sure his old man is pleasantly surprised by just how far this has gotten. Look forward to hearing more from him.

  75. @sailer

    Vaughn retweeted Daniel Savoy’s tweet with a link to this post, a synopsis, and your photo. Vaughn is kind of getting around, so probably some views there from a different sort of crowd.

    They used the iSauveSteve photo, clean shaven, blue striped shirt, dark jacket, so maybe you’ll get groupies. There is sort of a bad boy sexual energy over there, so don’t be surprised if young girls start tweeting you sexy selfies.

  76. the lie worked- the facts don’t matter, the megaphone wins again.
    That’s all that matters to the globalist elite – sometimes they even proudly admit they lied after a ‘victory’ – as with the sodomites and matthew shepheard

  77. @AnAnon
    This may be his Uncle's corporation:
    http://www.corporationwiki.com/p/2fj827/twin-towers-transportation-corporation

    This may be his Uncle’s corporation:

    http://www.corporationwiki.com/p/2fj827/twin-towers-transportation-corporation

    A real family of kidders.

  78. If I were the FBI, I would be checking out the computer repair shop. Is it staffed by a bunch of Muslims, and does the kid hang out there? If yes and yes, was the kid just modeling the “tinkering” he saw going on at the shop?

  79. it is an alarm clock. but what is the function of a timed detonator?

  80. @Former Darfur
    "The common “clock experiment” that a contemporary kid would do would be to program a working digital clock in an object oriented language.

    Building a hardware clock is an obsolete skill."


    Although that would be a popular perception, it isn't true. Learning to do things "the old way" is perfectly valid so long as it involves thinking the problem through. Kids learning to write 6502 or 6809 assembler in 2015 (there are a few) and interfacing to a serial port on an Apple //c are having to think, just as if they were building a clock with Nixie tubes and a discrete demo board emulating a 555 timer, or building a transmitter with a pi section output filter and a 6L6 for output. It's the thinking that counts.

    Indeed there is a good case for teaching obsolete tech on purpose because ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny in tech just as in biology. Understanding telephony, RF communication and basic analog circuits is not time wasted: neither is digital at the building block level with TTL gates and registers. By the time the kid is out of school, whatever is fashionable now will be almost as obsolete anyway.

    In this case, there seems to be no actual component level electronics involved besides hooking some surplus junk up: a board out of an alarm clock, some surplus large LED seven segment panels and some surplus low voltage transformer. Given the kid's background, yeah, it probably was a provocation. But someone at that school should have been able to look at this thing and determine that it was most likely not a threat early on and get the gizmo out of there on a pretext just in case.

    His “invention” was even less than you describe. He just de-cased an old Radio Shack digital clock – the board, the display and the transformer were all transferred intact from the old clock. Maybe he (poorly) spliced the connection to the power cord.

  81. @Former Darfur
    "The common “clock experiment” that a contemporary kid would do would be to program a working digital clock in an object oriented language.

    Building a hardware clock is an obsolete skill."


    Although that would be a popular perception, it isn't true. Learning to do things "the old way" is perfectly valid so long as it involves thinking the problem through. Kids learning to write 6502 or 6809 assembler in 2015 (there are a few) and interfacing to a serial port on an Apple //c are having to think, just as if they were building a clock with Nixie tubes and a discrete demo board emulating a 555 timer, or building a transmitter with a pi section output filter and a 6L6 for output. It's the thinking that counts.

    Indeed there is a good case for teaching obsolete tech on purpose because ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny in tech just as in biology. Understanding telephony, RF communication and basic analog circuits is not time wasted: neither is digital at the building block level with TTL gates and registers. By the time the kid is out of school, whatever is fashionable now will be almost as obsolete anyway.

    In this case, there seems to be no actual component level electronics involved besides hooking some surplus junk up: a board out of an alarm clock, some surplus large LED seven segment panels and some surplus low voltage transformer. Given the kid's background, yeah, it probably was a provocation. But someone at that school should have been able to look at this thing and determine that it was most likely not a threat early on and get the gizmo out of there on a pretext just in case.

    “But someone at that school should have been able to look at this thing and determine that it was most likely not a threat early on and get the gizmo out of there on a pretext just in case.” – the first teacher he showed it to did precisely that, and told him not to show it off to people because of what it looks like.

    “In psych-ops you humiliate, confuse and demoralize the opposition. In this case, whites are once again paranoid, low-rent racists picking on poor innocent non-whites. You hammer this over and over as a kind of ambient, background music. Subliminal penetration.” – Democrats have been getting kicked in the teeth in the narrative war thus far, and they desparately need a win. It doesn’t look like this is going to be it. Had this project actually been a “homemade” clock they’d have a bit more to go on. As it stands, everyone called it correctly, including the cops: bomb hoax.

  82. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    You guys are being WAAAAY to hard on this kid. When I started with electronic junk, before I had any ability I would take things apart and put them into cooler cases. Sure the kid’s a little dumb if that’s the best he can do at 14, but he’s not being malicious. Chill out.

  83. @Sean
    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Ahmed+Mohamed+pencil+case&safe=off&rlz=1C1PQHS_enGB489GB489&espv=2&biw=1517&bih=714&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMIhPLTle6AyAIVCEoUCh1zRgci&dpr=0.9#imgrc=4wIlUAmdjjBA_M%3A

    If you look at the size on the components like the board in his hand, and then as part of the suspect device and cables, this was a metal box far too big to be put in a pocket, not lunchbox style, it's shallow but about the size of a smallish laptop. It's beat up with a big dent in the left side, except in the lid. There appears to be a bit of wire twisted around the catch, presumably to hold it together because the catch didn't work. It looks to me like it started life as a technician's tool container. Everything's bigger in Texas, pencils included. He managed to get it to 'go off' in English class. (the alarm that is) what was the power source? A socket in the classroom?

    • Replies: @FactsAreImportant

    Yes, he plugged it into a wall socket while he was in English class.
     
    So he was running 120V current into a jury-rigged contraption with a bunch of bare wires inside a metal case?!!!!

    In class?!!!!

    That sounds extremely dangerous.
    , @Sean
    Thanks Herward,

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. "In this instance, it's clear that at least some of Ahmed's teachers failed him."
     
    Yeah, the engineering teacher who saw it earlier should have explained that the clock told him it was time Ahmed (who says he was called "bombmaker" in middle school) learned to avoid electrocution of innocent students. The plug does not appear to be grounded and the transformer is potentially exposed to contact with the metal parts of the case. It posed a real risk after it was plugged in.
  84. Well we can all relate to this can’t we? Sure a White preschooler can be arrested for making a gun gesture with his fingers, but this is a magic negro we got here boys. They don’t do anything worse than rape, murder or an average sized genocide after all. He must sure be a brilliant fellow coming from the Sudan. Is the last genocide over yet, or has a new one started? I’ll bet the Democrat Party is Sure Glad they put Obama in office now, youbetcha. Cause when he clamps down on harassment of innocent homemade timers and one blows up, Hillary won’t be able to win Dogcatcher in Newark New Jersey. Oh those silly negroes. At this rate, they’ll get to the Stone Age any time now. All they have to do is learn to domesticate the Stick and they’ll be able to leave The Stick Age behind.

  85. his bizarre role in Rev. Terry Jones’ incendiary Quran trial

    This has all the the earmarks of that other Terry Jones. And his fellow Terry, Gilliam.

    The “seven-segment display” is a nice contrast in color. Shall we call this An Orange Clockwork?

  86. @countenance
    If clock boy, already 14 years old, only possessed an electronics skill set of tinkering and reverse engineering 1960s technology, then he can forget about MIT.

    Lol, something tells me they will let him in to MIT, Cal Tech, Stanford, etc. after this media circus.

  87. @Jefferson
    Blacks on discussion boards are already saying this Sudanese Muslim kid Ahmed is going to grow up to be the Black Albert Einstein and make billions of dollars like Steve Jobs.

    Blacks tend to be, to put it gently, extremely inept when it comes to technology.

  88. @Hereward

    Yes, he plugged it into a wall socket while he was in English class.

    So he was running 120V current into a jury-rigged contraption with a bunch of bare wires inside a metal case?!!!!

    In class?!!!!

    That sounds extremely dangerous.

  89. @Hereward

    Thanks Herward,

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “In this instance, it’s clear that at least some of Ahmed’s teachers failed him.”

    Yeah, the engineering teacher who saw it earlier should have explained that the clock told him it was time Ahmed (who says he was called “bombmaker” in middle school) learned to avoid electrocution of innocent students. The plug does not appear to be grounded and the transformer is potentially exposed to contact with the metal parts of the case. It posed a real risk after it was plugged in.

  90. @bossel

    They never mentioned the metal briefcase.
     
    Hmm, another reader here posted this link before:
    http://makezine.com/2015/09/16/this-is-ahmed-mohameds-clock/

    From that article:
    "For starters, the case, mistakenly referred to as a briefcase by some outlets, appears to be a simple child’s pencil box (see the power plug on the right side as the “banana for scale”)."

    do a Google images search of “briefcase bomb”
     
    & - surprise - the actual briefcase bombs look nothing like that clock, unless you're a total moron. Sailer will probably only change his mind if it turns out the responsible idiots - er - teachers were black.

    No one ever mentions this.
     
    Liar.

    & that Sailer actually posts this crap probably says a lot about him. I suppose, for actual HBD I can forget this blog. Better read HBDchick & Jayman.


    BTW, this tunacrab guy commented under the above link as well & pretty much everything he wrote has been refuted.

    The ninth grader is the son of Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed
     
    So what? Now the son is responsible for the sins of the father? Kin liability? What about "in dubio pro reo"?
    Funny, how people who often hold up high "Western" values, forget these exact values if it fits their agenda.

    The old man put him up to it.

  91. We should refer to Ahmed as a second generation immigrant. I believe this is the proper NYT protocol.

  92. The Edharian math in Stephenson’s Anathem has a place for Ahmed. They have lots of experience improving the slines.

  93. @SPMoore8
    1. None of those photos have any scale attached to them. This was not a “briefcase” – it was a pencil case in the shape of a briefcase. It was tiny.

    There is a plug in the upper right corner of the photo, apparently arranged precisely for scale. I would estimate 6" x 8": small, but not tiny. I wouldn't call it a briefcase, but I wouldn't call it a pencil case either.

    Begging the question, of course, of who has “pencil cases” in school anymore.

    I mentioned this item to some kids on our lane a couple years ago, and while they had seen “pencils” “at their grandmom’s house,” they had no idea what a “pencil case” was.

    Compare:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/11-in-x-7-in-x-4-in-aluminum-case-69316.html

  94. “Blacks on discussion boards are already saying this Sudanese Muslim kid Ahmed is going to grow up to be the Black Albert Einstein and make billions of dollars like Steve Jobs.”

    And when he doesn’t, it will be the fault of Racism!

  95. […] ethically against hunting for things yourself, there’s a short but interesting bit on him here. Oh, and if you want to toss in a little love for the conspiracy theorists, I just went to look at […]

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