Lion of the Blogosphere

Richard Dawkins now with Ahmed

Richard Dawkins has been cited by anti-Ahmed commenters, but Dawkins has changed his mind after spending more time pondering the known facts.

Dawkins, who had previously expressed skepticism about the official story of Ahmed Mohamed and his arrest, stressed on Twitter that he agreed it was wrong to arrest and handcuff the student.

“Yes, I completely agree with that. He should most certainly NOT have been arrested, handcuffed etc.,” tweeted Dawkins on Sunday.

Dawkins commented on social media that the source of his concerns about Mohamed centered on the student apparently claiming that he “invented” the clock, when he had not done so.

“I agree, although his English seems good, it’s possible he doesn’t know the meaning of ‘invention.’ And he should NOT have been arrested,” posted Dawkins.

I think that a lot of 14-year-old kids don’t understand the distinction between inventing stuff and merely taking something apart and reassembling it in a different form. And most kids don’t know how little they know.

And I think that commenters here are unfairly blaming the kid because the media has made a big deal about it because it fits their narrative, and because the kid’s father is an annoying media-hound who no doubt was a primary influencer in getting a lot of attention to the story.

I still think the kid is just a nerdy kid who thought it was cool that he could disassemble a clock and install the components into a pencil case.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 22, 2015 at 11:59 am

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  1. Mark Cuban was on Bill Maher’s show and actually spoke to the kid on the phone. Although he agrees with you that the kid is just a nerdy electronics kid, he said on the call he could here the sister coaching him on his story. So although he doesn’t blame the kid, he does seem to think there was something fishy going on there.

    Mike Street Station

    September 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm

  2. Dawkins is pretty clearly backpedalling in the face of an SJW swarm. I doubt his opinion has changed.

    It matters whether or not the kid was really proud of what he did. I don’t think many smart 14 year olds would crow about sticking some clock guts in a case (not clear he “reassembled” anything). I think it much more likely the son of a media hound went shopping for this controversy. That’s why he showed it to so many teachers who kept telling him to put the scary looking prop bomb away.


    September 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    • You forget what it’s like to be 14 and how little you knew about anything at that age.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 22, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      • I don’t recall any kids at all, even the dumbest or most antisocial, bringing hoax bombs or suchlike to school when I was 14. But that was admittedly in Whitopia.


        September 22, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      • It’s only a “hoax bomb” in the mind of some people, the kid just thought it was a clock built into a pencil case and never said it was a bomb. Maybe he was too busy playing with robotics and other geeky stuff to watch enough Hollywood movies with fake bombs that look like clocks.

        Without a pack of fake explosives, I don’t see that it looks like a hoax bomb.

        Remember, the kid is only 14 and doesn’t have the experience of decades of watching Hollywood movies like you do.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      • At age 14, I knew how to annoy people, and I enjoyed it. Still do!


        September 22, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      • I don’t see anything in what I read about the incident which suggests that the kid was being a brat.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 22, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      • When white boys get arrested for kissing girls or drawing pictures of guns, I think Ahmed can get the same treatment.


        September 22, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      • “You forget what it’s like to be 14 and how little you knew about anything at that age.”

        14-years-old is a lifetime ago. It is easy to forget that many a nerdy, 14-year-old boy are bomb building obsessed.

        “Remember, the kid is only 14 and doesn’t have the experience of decades of watching Hollywood movies like you do.”

        You only need one ticking time-bomb story to leave an impression.

        Mythbusters, a nerd favorite, is nearly as old as Ahmed. One need only watch a few ads for the program before coming up speed with Hollywood bomb tropes.

        A more likely story is that a nerdy, 14-year-old, bomb-obsessed boy only half realized that others would not share his enthusiasm for an empty bomb case (without actual explosives!) until he was hauled in front the principal and the police showed up.


        September 22, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      • Even if what you say is true, the school disciplinary dean could have just given the kid a good talking to for a first time offense where it’s not proven that the kid thought the clock looked like a “hoax bomb.” There wasn’t any need to call the police and have him arrested.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 22, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      • Speaking of which, I went to a nerd college (late last century), and when I got there freshman year I was astonished at how many of the other nerds had made bombs in high school and detonated them in empty lots etc. They often set off “harmless” low-power bombs on campus as a weekend prank. They all owned The Anarchist’s Cookbook which I had never heard of. This was pre-internet… I am sure that these days it is even easier to find the relevant knowledge.


        September 22, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      • I never made a bomb.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 22, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      • Neither did I, but lots of nerds who did were (and presumably are) out there.


        September 22, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      • I never made a bomb.

        It’s not too late to start.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        September 22, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      • Lion is right. Poor kid didn’t deserve this at all. More victim-blaming by anti-intellectual American proles.

        Viscount Douchenozzlé

        September 23, 2015 at 1:11 am

  3. Ahmed was not accused of bringing a bomb to school. He was accused of bringing a “hoax bomb”. He was arrested after being evasive when questioned by the police.

    The school district spokesman says the media provided an imbalanced account of what happened but cannot discuss it unless Ahmed’s parents giver him permission to do so.

    Expect to hear more details come out of this case in a few weeks. However no one will be paying attention by then.


    September 22, 2015 at 1:01 pm

  4. ‘ I think that a lot of 14-year-old kids don’t understand the distinction between inventing stuff and merely taking something apart and reassembling it in a different form. And most kids don’t know how little they know.’

    True. But I think it’s so much not a big deal for a kid to be interrogated and arrested, that I just don’t understand all the excitement. They brought you in, they investigated and they let you out. It was a neat experience. Nothing happened.


    September 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    • Exactly. Not a big deal all around. But the SJW crowd had to shriek “racism” because it wouldn’t have happened if he was white (which is nonsense, but of course they say that). Now, why did the cops have to put him in handcuffs so the world could get a picture they could all weep over? That was stupid, but it was also probably due to regulations. People forget how ultra-regulated these kinds of encounters are, both with the school system and the police. They usually do stupid stuff like this because other SJWs have forced these rules upon them in the first place.

      At the same time, if they had done nothing and the story got out, the narrative would be “OMG what if it really WAS a bomb! Why didn’t they evacuate the school!” I mean, that would be the narrative if a white kid brought it in and nothing happened.


      September 22, 2015 at 1:53 pm

  5. Once again, media lies so that “white” liberals die. The symbiotically regressive dance between jihadist and radical “white” liberal goes on unabated.


    September 22, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    • Wow! Amazing video.


      September 22, 2015 at 2:56 pm

  6. How long before a Muslim kid brings an actual bomb to school and this isn’t prevented because it’s racist to suspect Muslims of wanting to blow things up?


    September 22, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    • The clock is ticking.


      September 22, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    • Thats always where it ends up; you are supposed to try to ignore reality, common sense, and every fiber of your being lest you be racist.

      If you see a bunch of muslims boarding your plane you are supposed to be utterly delighted. If you see them holding what looks to be a bomb you are to reprimand your lying eyes.


      September 22, 2015 at 6:09 pm

  7. I think the bigger issue here is the way hostile Third-Worlders attempt all types of “hacks” on Western social systems, hacks that White Westerners never attempt. Clearly, the “clock” looks like a suitcase bomb, so reading the riot act to a kid for possibly perpetrating a hoax seems reasonable. But such attacks are not going to be limited to this.

    Consider, for example, open-carry laws. What happens when a group of Muslims end up getting stopped by police for openly carrying AK47’s in public places? You an see how this can escalate. This is yet another attempt to carve out a distinctly Muslim space in the public sphere.


    September 22, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    • There is a public shooting range in Cheatham County, TN, which is under the jurisdiction of the TN Wildlife Resources Agency. I was there when a group of 10-12 Muslims showed up with AK-47s. They just piled out of a truck and a minivan and start randomly spraying the 100 yard berm with bullets. A few had robes and turbans. No targets, no gun cases, no equipment other than the guns. There were 2 or 3 rednecks already there, sighting in their deer rifles. We just looked at each other. I left. Didn’t know what else to do.

      Copperhead Joe

      September 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  8. I don’t think Dawkins backtracked. The article portrays it that way. Dawkins always maintained, (1) kid didn’t invent anything and (2) arrest was unreasonable.

    Here is his non-apology apology:

    “That could well be true [that Dawkins is obsessive about accuracy], in which case I apologise. I guess I’m a bit sensitive about being among the many fooled. ”

    Dawkins never said kid should have been arrested. He only said that the kid is no inventor, and he maintains that.


    September 22, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    • Has anyone else invented a plugable, pencil-box “hoax bomb” only missing the explosives and easily transported into a public school near you?


      September 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      • Everyone who wears a wristwatch to school????

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 22, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      • I’m no bomb maker, but having to plug in a bomb seems like a significant design flaw. AIUI, a lot of the cool kid bomb makers are using cell phones as the trigger.


        September 22, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      • What happens if a telemarketer happens to call you just after you hooked up the cell phone to the detonator?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 22, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      • A cell phone can be used as a timed trigger (calendar/alarm), or a positional (GPS) trigger, or you can call it. For the call triggering, there are ways to look for a specific number calling. Or one could text a password, etc. The programming side of things isn’t that complicated.


        September 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      • It obviously isn’t a bomb. Where the hell do you think the explosive is, exactly? For a bomb to work one rather needs that, no?

        Viscount Douchenozzlé

        September 23, 2015 at 1:12 am

  9. Wasn’t Ahmed put-up to this by his radical CAIR parents or something?

    “Cool, clock Ahmed.”
    “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
    Police “acted stupidly” in arresting prof Gates


    September 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm

  10. These people, who oppose the kid, they are just the racists!

    Calvin Lee

    September 22, 2015 at 4:09 pm

  11. I understand some of the concerns of the commenters, but I feel a lot of this hype is based in racism. It’s frankly reprehensible, that people can assume that someone is engaged in crime on the basis of their racial group or assumed racial group. You need


    September 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm

  12. to have a higher standard of evidence beyond his “ethnic background” and race to assume and malign intentions.


    September 22, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    • Wrong… Wrong… And more wrong…

      All you have said is that to hold ourselves “up” to the “law” is to LOWER all our guards against the degenerates amongst “us.”


      September 22, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    • In addition to race, the standard includes bringing a bomb-looking thing to school and having a father with motivation to put him up to it.


      September 22, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      • And on 9/12 for NO particular SCHOOL-RELATED REASON.


        September 22, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    • to have a higher standard of evidence beyond his “ethnic background” and race to assume and malign intentions.

      The entire religion of Islam is a 1400 year old terrorist organization. He shouldn’t have been arrested because Muslims should not be American citizens, or citizens of any Western state.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      September 22, 2015 at 9:20 pm

  13. He transplanted the components of an alarm clock with an LED display into what looked very much like a miniature briefcase. He did not alter the components in any way — did not, for instance, make the “time run backwards,” or program the alarm so that it played a personalized tune. In fact his “invention” was utterly useless for any purpose EXCEPT being mistaken for a bomb. He then brought the device to school and paraded it around to faculty. That is the DEFINITION of a hoax bomb.

    I did this stuff all the time as a teenager. It’s a very “teenager” thing to do. I remember hacking into the school library computers when I was 16, and changing all the admin passwords so that no one else could access the machines. When I was eventually caught (because I was a moronic teenager) I acted very hoity-toity in the principal’s office, saying I was only trying to demonstrate that their security software needed to be improved; and I think I may have even launched into a misguided tirade about how my parents’ taxes paid for these computers, and I was entitled to do with them as I saw fit!

    (Unlike Ahmed, I was not smart enough or puckish enough to wear a NASA shirt to school that day, but it would have been a nice touch.)


    September 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm

  14. Ahmed and his family should be locked in an internment camp for a year to think about what they’ve done. And after that they should be deported.


    September 22, 2015 at 4:24 pm

  15. Of course you’re correct that we should accept the possibility that this was an innocent mistake on the boy’s part. But the thing that strikess me most about this kind of story is that the media show no scepticism themselves and will simply accept the word of the protagonist with the darkest skin and the most foreign-sounding name.

    The media claim that ‘the school over-reacted because he was a Muslim’. But this is even truer of themselves. It is as if even examining both sides of the argument would open them to accusations of racism. Remaining objective and dispassionate is racist. Hysterically taking the side of non-whites is the only proof of good intentions towards minorities. Only the last person to stop screaming ‘racist’ is above suspicion. It should not be up to marginal bloggers or public figures on Twitter to try and look at the case objectively.

    In such a society the media are bound to get more stories wrong than they get right.

    prolier than thou

    September 22, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    • I agree that the media may be turning a mere “zero-tolerance’ outrage into a “racist” thing (even though we know that Islam isn’t a race). But the bottom line is that the school shouldn’t have called the police on the kid.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 22, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      • There is no actual protocol for what the “school” should do. The “school” is as radically autonomous in this situation as the fledging little jihadist.


        September 22, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      • If there is a bottom line for the whole story, I’d say it’s that the involvement of people like Obama and Zuckerberg is evidence of a big problem our country has.

        Regarding the arrest – it’s good that they called the police. It should be routine now, so that it will be routine when it’s a real bomb. And by doing the right thing now, the feelings of other muslim kids who are unwisely considering bringing home-assembled, unidentified electronic devices to school will be protected. Their parents will warn them not to do so, unless they are activists looking for trouble, as this kid’s father is.


        September 22, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      • What? School administrators aren’t equipped to deal with bomb hoaxes (or quasi-bomb hoaxes, if you like). Get outta here.

        As a matter of public policy, bomb hoaxes must be treated as a very Big Deal lest they become much more frequent.


        September 22, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      • Our public schools are run by mindless idiots. A couple years ago when my daughter was a high school senior, there was an incident in the school library where a “funny smell” was detected and several adults working in the library became ill. This was close to the end of the school day and my daughter texted that the school was in lockdown and that she would be late getting home. The local newspaper had the story on the front page the next morning. The school principal was quoted as saying that something in the hvac system made some people sick enough that an ambulance was called. The princial’s response to this was to put the school on lockdown and have the 1600 students “shelter in place” for their safety. Juxtapose this statement with the picture which accompanied the article. In the picture, the county hazmat team was shown donning bunny suits and taping their gloves to their sleeves and strapping on air tanks before they would venture into the building where 1600 kids were being held for their safety! Oh, the smell turned out to be a harmless problem and the library worked apparently talked themselves into believing they were sick from the strange smell.


        September 22, 2015 at 9:04 pm

  16. You really think it’s just a coincidence that a muslim activist’s kid brought something to school that he was guaranteed to get in trouble for, followed by fuss-making from the activist?


    September 22, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    • I don’t think he was guaranteed to get in trouble for bringing a pencil case to school.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 22, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      • I don’t think you believe the box with circuits and wires in it looks like a pencil case. You seem to playing a game.


        September 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      • The pencil case is larger than eight inches and is briefcase size. At Ahmed’s age, I made gunpowder out of nitrates, sulfur, and carbon, then blew up red ant dens. I got scared when the nitroglycerin I made in lab got hot and quickly poured it down the sink with a lot of water. All unintentional acts of course.


        September 22, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      • I never made any bombs or explosives when I was a kid.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 22, 2015 at 8:24 pm

  17. Once more: any Muslim who does anything that could even possibly be misinterpreted by an ignorant idiot as threatening should be arrested, because Muslims explicitly declare their submission to a supposedly divine legal code that requires them to conquer the world and kill anyone who doesn’t accept Muslim domination.


    September 22, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    • Read this ^^^ psychological encapsulation… An almost certainly liberated public school teacher/administrative “conspiracy” transforms into a nebulous “ignorant idiot” who actually takes the jihadist AT HIS truest WORDS.


      September 22, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      • I’m sure there are people trying to put words in both of your mouths as well that doesnt mean people have to listen to believe them.

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        September 23, 2015 at 1:19 am

      • I mean that even if only an ignorant idiot would take a Muslim teenager’s contraption for a hoax-bomb (and I’m pretty sure that many people who aren’t ignorant idiots would take it for a hoax-bomb), the Muslim teenager should be arrested, because Muslims have a special duty to make it blindingly obvious, even to ignorant idiots, that they’re not trying to intimidate (let alone murder) us. I’m not being sarcastic or even hyperbolic. The bar for arresting Muslims should be extremely low.


        September 23, 2015 at 10:44 am

      • Garr… Point taken.


        September 23, 2015 at 1:12 pm

  18. Here are some images of pencil cases:


    September 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm

  19. I’m trying to understand the impulse behind taking apart a clock and rigging the components into a container that resembles a briefcase (other than to present the device as a makeshift, Hollywood-style bomb) and I just can’t get there.

    His science teacher even told him not to show the clock to anyone else — and yet the boy kept trotting his “invention” around from class to class as if he were bringing thunder down from Mount Olympus. I have to imagine the science teacher had a good bead on the boy’s personality, and saw through the ruse straightaway.

    Also, the boy wrapped a cable around the outside of the pencil case, telling his teacher he didn’t want anyone to open the box and become suspicious of its contents. This is totally incongruous with what the boy later told police — that he in no way thought his “invention” could be mistaken for a bomb.

    The beauty of Ahmed’s stunt was that it gave him plausible deniability — after all, there were no fake explosives inside of the box! It was just a harmless clock, ha ha! (That the boy acted totally blameless and innocent in the aftermath of his prank, and didn’t get “fresh” with the authorities, only proves his guilt all the more conclusively.)

    Thus, if Ahmed’s intent was indeed to “troll” his teachers with a bomb-that-wasn’t-a-bomb (as I think is highly likely, for the above-mentioned reasons) then calling the police was the correct decision, because an actual crime (a bomb hoax) had occurred.


    September 22, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    • Yeah, the actual thing itself is what I can’t get passed. The idea that a Freshman in High School would think that taking the plastic off of a cheap alarm clock and sticking it in a box is somehow worth doing, let alone an accomplishment worthy of bringing in to show his teacher, is just too ridiculous to believe. Unless this kid is mentally retarded, it makes no sense. Apologists keep throwing around the word “tinkering” but how does taking the plastic off of a cheap alarm clock and sticking the innards in a box constitute “tinkering”? All he did was uncase something. He stated dissembling a cheap, stupid tech item but stopped after the very first step and then tossed it in a pencil case. And he thought this was so impressive it warranted an unsolicited show and tell at school?

      Perez HBD

      September 22, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      • He did other stuff like this, it was in a video. Yeah, so the kid is no super-genius child prodigy. But he has a history of tinkering with consumer electronics.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 23, 2015 at 12:24 am

    • These are all win/win scenarios for the radicals both Western “white” liberals and the Muslim jihadists. This stunt will only work to perpetuate the symbiotic regression occurring amongst “white” nihilists and murderously self-annihilating jihadists. The “fall-out” is a burden ultimately suffered by neither offending parties, but rather, each side advances their respective radical autonomy at the expense of “white supremacy.” “White” self-annihilators DESIRE a pleasure-induced reality… Any coming catastrophe whether real or perceived, natural or man-made is only more of an impetus towards a totally pleasured reality. And with this belief IS ITS MIRROR REFLECTION found in Islam and the MUSLIM jihadist. Where the “white” self-annihilator seeks total pleasure and then absolute annihilation, the jihadist seeks an absolutely murderous self-annihilation as incontrovertible act of conversion and a mandated reward of 72 virgins for eternal smashing… Er… Annihilation for eternal pleasure.

      Total pleasure –> total annihilation –> eternal pleasure…

      Radical liberal –> Self- ANNIHILATION –> jihadist…

      In the jihadist is the real threat mandating a “white” nihilism and in the nihilism of the “white” self-annihilator is both the mandate AND PERFECT opportunity to jihad. A symbiotic regression where each side gets to maximize their respective scope of radicalization.

      How to transcend?


      September 22, 2015 at 11:54 pm

  20. “Everyone who wears a wristwatch to school????”

    Great point, Leon. I used to wear my wristwatch to school on a perf board. Doesn’t everyone???


    September 23, 2015 at 11:04 am

  21. You gotta watch Stefan Molyneux on this:

    You’re so naive sometimes Lion. Ahmed and his family knew EXACTLY what they were doing.

    Rusty Shackleford

    September 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    • I’m not watching 16 minutes of that. Please link to a transcript of it. Any link that says something I already don’t know. I know that the kid’s father is an Islamic media agitator. I know the kid has a false belief that taking apart consumer electronics and putting them back together is an “invention.”

      I still see no evidence that the kid himself is anything other than a nerdy but not-a-genius kid seeking attention for what he thinks are cool “inventions.” Of course I could be wrong, and unlike the liberal media I will happily change what I’m saying if presented with valid evidence, but until then I’m giving the kid the benefit of the doubt.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 23, 2015 at 2:29 pm

  22. Lion is skeptical, in a philosophical sense, about this clock hoax.

    Nothing short of a signed confession by Ahmed and his whole family will convince him that this is a hoax. Until then, “there just isn’t enough info” and we need to proceed open to the possibility that the school routinely discriminates against Muslims.

    WTF is wrong with you today Lion? Normally you are skeptical of the NARRATIVE. Today, the narrative is your default assumption and you won’t abandon it without 99.99% certainty.

    Rusty Shackleford

    September 23, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    • “WTF is wrong with you today Lion? Normally you are skeptical of the NARRATIVE.”

      Maybe because this case is different. There just isn’t enough evidence to say the narrative is wrong. The kid strikes me as a clueless nerdy kid. The alternative narrative, that the father and son cooked up this elaborate scheme in order to get the kid arrested so they could get a huge amount of free publicity, and the “hoax bomb” is designed with just exactly the right amount of ambiguity to have plausible deniability. Sorry, the plot is too complicated for Occam’s Razor. It’s more easily explained by a clueless nerdy kid and zero-tolerance stupid school employees.

      On the other hand, last week, the “n-word” was written on a black student’s dorm room at Fordham. That is more likely to be a hoax, because any moron could write the n-word on a door without much planning.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 23, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      • 1. Ahmed lied about the clock. Not invention. Simple re-packaging to look sinister. Moving clock pieces from their factory case to a military style briefcase/pencilcase serves no purpose other than to make the device look threatening.

        2. This “clock” strongly resembles pictures of actual explosive devices and especially resembles the image of a bomb that exists in most laymen’s minds. It looks like a little white baggy was even added to the package to make it look even more threatening.

        3. The clock was not related to any assigned school work. Just something he cooked up. The concept of moving clock pieces from their factory case to military style briefcase/pencilcase serves no purpose other than to make the device look threatening.

        4. He brought the bomb/clock to school on the first school day following 9/11.

        5. After engineering teacher told Ahmed not show it around, Ahmed proceeds to show everyone, and even plugs it in during English, when the alarm goes off, alarming everyone. Ahmed set the alarm to go off. Why?

        6. When questioned, Ahmed was uncooperative and passive aggressive. He reportedly refused to say more than “it’s a clock.” If he were truly “innocent” he could have easily explained his “invention” or referred everyone to his engineering teacher who could have been an alibi. These easy outs were not taken by Ahmed because Ahmed wanted to ESCALATE the situation.

        7. The NASA t-shirt! For fuck’s sake Lion!

        8. The Mohamed family and its long history of attention-whoring and sketchiness.

        9. Obviously, this hoax was far more successful than the Mohamed family ever imagined or intended, but the scheme really isn’t anything elaborate requiring a great mastermind. Just basic social engineering. I’d say people are at their most predictable when presented with the situation Ahmed created. Occam’s Razor does not argue against the hoax theory; it argues for it.

        Rusty Shackleford

        September 23, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      • This reminds me of the Kennedy-Lincoln conspiracy:

        Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
        John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

        Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
        John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

        The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.

        Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

        Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

        Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

        Both were shot in the head.

        Lincoln’s secretary, Kennedy, warned him not to go to the theatre.
        Kennedy’s secretary, Lincoln, warned him not to go to Dallas.

        Both were assassinated by Southerners.

        Both were succeeded by Southerners.

        Both successors were named Johnson.

        Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
        Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

        John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839.
        Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939.

        Both assassins were known by their three names.

        Both names are comprised of fifteen letters

        Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
        Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.

        Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 23, 2015 at 5:59 pm

  23. Lion, you’ve lost it. Your instincts are shot to hell.

    Rusty Shackleford

    September 23, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    • The Irving police investigated “whether he brought a device to school with the intention of creating alarm” and they decided that he didn’t. That happened before there was any publicity about the case at all.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 23, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      • Yeah, they reached that conclusion with such ease that they put Ahmed in handcuffs.

        Rusty Shackleford

        September 23, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      • They put him in handcuffs because the school employees told the police he brought a “hoax bomb” to school (which is a crime). Once the police determined the kid had no intent to hoax anyone, they let him go. He was never taken to the station or booked.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 23, 2015 at 7:14 pm

  24. Ahmed’s clock is the starter project from chapter 1 of “Jihad for Dummies”

    Rusty Shackleford

    September 23, 2015 at 6:13 pm

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