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[–] northtower 4 points 55 points (+59|-4) ago  (edited ago)

Everyone panicked when he gleefully announced "allahu clockbar!"

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[–] Ergheis 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago  (edited ago)

was it really that funny

he just plugged in that meme like a damn lego

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[–] CHAIRMAN__PAO 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Omar tent maker? More like Omar clock maker!

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[–] New_years_day 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Hahahahahaha, so funny, make jokes while this kid sits in jail, for being a 14 year old engineer.

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[–] MrEvilPirate 0 points 38 points (+38|-0) ago 

Another example of how fucking stupid public school teachers/administrators can be. Isn't it great that such highly "qualified" individuals get tenure and annual pay increases just for showing up to work?

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[–] oowensby [S] 2 points 45 points (+47|-2) ago 

The kid is obviously bright and willing to learn things outside the formal educational setting — the kind of student the educational establishment hates.

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[–] Call_Me_Kelly 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

You forgot a bit...

Another example of how fucking stupid police officers can be. Isn't it great that such highly "qualified" individuals get to make life and death decisions over and harass people who haven't even broken the law?

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[–] reddrick 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago  (edited ago)

As i said on another thread about this, if they thought it was a bomb where's the bomb squad? Why wasn't the clock detonated like all suspected bombs are? They never thought it was a bomb they are just assholes.

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[–] second_mouse 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

C'mon, don't blame the PD, they were only following orders... their training... protecting their lives... whatever.

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[–] pacman2000 0 points 17 points (+17|-0) ago 

So what you're saying is that if I am going to make a bomb I should include ticking and clock parts so they won't think it is a bomb?

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[–] oowensby [S] 2 points 7 points (+9|-2) ago  (edited ago)

Thanks for your service.

Modern explosive devices with electronic timers don't tick. Before electronics were widely available, mechanical clockwork timers were used — which actually ticked.

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[–] macleod2486 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

And electronic timers are more reliable.

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[–] blackblarneystone 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

doesn't matter. school officials got scared momentarily. we must punish all who frighten authority figures, regardless of intent.

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[–] iamjanesleftnipple 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Narrator: Was it ticking?

Airport Security Officer: Actually throwers don't worry about ticking 'cause modern bombs don't tick.

Narrator: Sorry, throwers?

Airport Security Officer: Baggage handlers. But, when a suitcase vibrates, then the throwers gotta call the police.

Narrator: My suitcase was vibrating?

Airport Security Officer: Nine times out of ten it's an electric razor, but every once in a while...

[whispering] Airport Security Officer: it's a dildo. Of course it's company policy never to, imply ownership in the event of a dildo... always use the indefinite article a dildo, never your dildo.

Narrator: I don't own...

[Officer waves Narrator off]

Fight Club, 1999

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[–] oowensby [S] 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

The lede:

The Dallas News reports:

Ahmed Mohamed—who makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart—hoped to impress his teachers when he brought a homemade clock to MacArthur High [in Irvine, Texas] on Monday.

Instead, the school phoned police about Ahmed's circuit-stuffed pencil case.

So the 14-year-old missed the student council meeting and took a trip in handcuffs to juvenile detention. His clock now sits in an evidence room. Police say they may yet charge him with making a hoax bomb—though they acknowledge he told everyone who would listen that it's a clock.

According to Mohamed's family, the young clockmaker was suspended for three days.

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[–] daskapitalist 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago  (edited ago)

How is every school official and officer involved not in cuffs for conspiracy to commit kidnapping? He did nothing wrong, and they forcibly kidnapped him and hauled him to juvie because they were paranoid.

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[–] oowensby [S] 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

CAIR has decided that the situation can only be improved by their expertise and influence.

The kid's father is a Sudanese politician — that prior knowledge may have set the incompetent meretricious school and law enforcement officials off.

Further discussion with video from slate.com:

Texas Teenager Arrested When Teachers, Police Decide His Homemade Clock is a "Hoax Bomb"

Ahmed was walked out of his school in handcuffs, taken to a juvenile detention center, and fingerprinted before his parents could pick him up. The police have his homemade clock, which he says is housed in "a box you could get at Target for like, five, 10 dollars, and they were telling me it was a suitcase, a briefcase." As of Tuesday, it seems police have not decided to charge Ahmed for making a clock in a box.

Ahmed's father, longtime Irving resident Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, is a native of Sudan and has run for president of that country twice, including this year. He told the Morning News that Ahmed "just wants to invent good things for mankind ... but because his name is Mohamed and because of Sept. 11, I think my son got mistreated." Father and son reportedly plan to meet with the principal and the police chief on Wednesday.

The Dallas chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations has taken an interest in the case. "I think this wouldn’t even be a question if his name wasn't Ahmed Mohamed,” said CAIR's Alia Salem, according to ABC affiliate WFAA. "He is an excited kid who is very bright and wants to share it with his teachers."

Unfortunately, his experience this week seems to have dampened Ahmed's enthusiasm for sharing his inventions, at least at MacArthur High in Irving: "He’s vowed never to take an invention to school again," the Morning News says in closing.

EDIT: Sudanese, not Somali.

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[–] CHAIRMAN__PAO 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Sudanese not Somalian

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[–] insensitive 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

He even quoted it. smh.

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[–] oowensby [S] 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

I obviously failed at reading comprehension.

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[–] edistojim 2 points 6 points (+8|-2) ago 

those governments schools are great, aren't they ! /s

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[–] mamwad 1 points 11 points (+12|-1) ago 

Every country that educates their children better than the US has a strong public education system. The problem isn't public education, it's the government that runs them.

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[–] JJEvil 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Public schools in the US aren't run by the federal government. The federal government sets standards and provides about 10% funding for k-12 education. Schools are largely run by the individual states and in a more direct way, by LOCAL school boards. Maybe the problem isn't public education or the government. Maybe Americans are just idiots in general.

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[–] oowensby [S] 3 points 7 points (+10|-3) ago 

Is sending your child to a public school an indication of parental irrresponsibility ?

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[–] confusiondiffusion 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

All kids should experience it--they should know what's out there and what other kids are learning. I think there's actually a lot of value in sending your kid to a bottom of the barrel public school for a year. Having a variety of schooling while I was growing up helped me to learn about how society is structured and just how different perspectives can be, even across small distances. I think this perspective helps me get along with people I would normally never associate with, and that's great for jobs that require teamwork. There's also no reason private schools would be better by default. Then there's homeschooling, which can be good if the parents are qualified and able to socialize the kid. Otherwise it can lead to terrible results.

This kid did learn a valuable lesson. A lot of people do think anything with wires is a bomb. That is the reality, unfortunately.

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[–] edistojim 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I really don't know, I've never had a child in public school, and I have three children and three grandchildren.

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[–] FreeSpeachRocks 5 points -2 points (+3|-5) ago 

I think so.

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[–] driftersgold 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Public schools in the USA are the perfect example of the police state. I find it disheartening that he was taken to detention for what could the clock could have potentially been thought to be had he left it in a bathroom. He is obviously a bright young man and just wanted to show what he had made.

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[–] macleod2486 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yup.

  • Absolutely zero privacy.

  • Whatever the teacher says is absolute, questioning anything they do is ground for discipline.

  • Zero tolerance policies.

  • Extremely low standards for school "police" and we see tons of example of their abuses of power.

Thankfully I got out just when all this shit started to go south.

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