Like Clockwork

“I love mankind – it’s just people I can’t stand!” –Charles M. Schulz

I don’t expect all that much from people, really I don’t. Yet sadly enough, they still disappoint me. Semi-regularly. Some days, I’d gladly join another species … but which one would let me? Don’t answer that!

You know what a blog post can be worth, and this story about the young Texas clockmaker is being spun fifteen ways, but if this is true … Well, we mostly expect the worst from Texas, especially after our recent sour history with the pestilential place, but this is low even for those unspeakable bastards! Not just mean, not just hate-filled and paranoid, not just picking on an easy target, but gutless and petty too. Wonder if Mexico would consider taking the damned state back? If it’ll help I can chip in a double batch of ginger cookies to clinch the deal.


“They didn’t think he had a bomb.”

Daily Kos * Thu Sep 17, 2015 at 03:17 PM PDT

by B. S. Sanders

I said: it’s sad they thought that kid had a bomb.

She said: they didn’t think he had a bomb.

I said: yes, they thought he made a bomb and even called the police.

She said: They just wanted to humiliate a little Muslim boy. They didn’t think he had a bomb.

I said: Don’t be a conspiracy theorist. They might be a little prejudiced, but I’m sure they thought he had a bomb.

She said: OK. But they didn’t evacuate the school, like you do when there’s a bomb.

They didn’t call a bomb squad – like you do when there’s a bomb.

They didn’t get as far away from him as possible, like you do when there’s a bomb.

Then they put him and the clock in an office: not like you do when there’s a bomb.

Then they waited with him for the police to arrive, and then they put the clock in the same car as the police.

Then they took pictures of it.

I said: Damn…..They never thought he had a bomb.


The Irving PD, & the School Admin will be rightfully sued. They can now pay Ahmed’s way to MIT. Thanks.–They-didn-t-think-he-had-a-bomb?detail=email


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16 Responses to Like Clockwork

  1. Such a cruel and ugly incident – an important topic for a post, Linda!

  2. It’s true, and I doubt Mexico would take Texas even if you paid them!

  3. sojourner says:

    “EQUAL RIGHTS are HUMAN RIGHTS!” Too political. I prefer human rights have nothing to do with politics or political rights. Rights are universal from conception, whether anyone else acknowledges them or not. It is we the individuals who decide if we are free, not any religion or other system of man.

    This is a great post, Linda. I truthfully hadn’t heard about this until Dr B turned me on to the story.

    This was probably just another false-flag attempt, by a herd of inbred assholes, to help “the war on terror” narrative.

    Yahoo cowboys and oil and cattle billionaires, what else could we expect from these creatures?

    • Sojourner, Oh yeah — cowboys and con men may be Texas’ main cash crop … some of us can still remember a few things! If only they wouldn’t export the pernicious bastards.
      I don’t know … this does have a scripted feel to it. But you wonder if they let the young man in the crosshairs in on the game. Wouldn’t be sporting, I suppose.
      Real or not, it does make you proud of our fellow citizens, doesn’t it? The sad part is there’s never a shortage of willing and eager collaborators in hatred, malice, and injustice. Rights may be ours without help or sanction, but it wouldn’t hurt to have some solidarity in keeping them in working order.
      Thanks for your apt comments, and keep up the good outrage – Linda!

      • sojourner says:

        Solidarity is key! Whether a false flag or not, did you see where the students at this Texas school are protesting what happened with this kid by bringing clocks to school?

        There’s some solidarity for sure. If we have any hope left, it may just reside in the millennials, because it sure as hell doesn’t reside with my generation, the boomers.

        • Agreed, though there are in fact a few boomer-activists still with us. Not enough, I agree. They have so many of us cowed and complicit, worried about how we’ll pay for meds, much less retirement, with the corporate empire sucking all of us dry. No, we do not HAVE to take all this shit. But inertia is a tough habit to break. Finding that lever, and the spot to wield it, is still the trick … and maybe that’s our job as bloggers, to keep flinging stuff at people until enough sticks, until that mysterious catalyzing moment or incident starts the world turning upside down. Solidarity now, solidarity forever!

          • sojourner says:

            As CSN and Y once sang, “Rejoice! Rejoice! We have no choice but to carry on!”

            • Amen! And when and if enough of us fully realize we have nothing worthwhile left to lose but our chains, things may change more than we have allowed ourselves to imagine! You and I may not see it, but I can’t believe all the people will stay crushed forever. I get very down in the short term, but still have this niggling urge to stick around for curiosity for a few hundred years, just to see what comes next.

  4. This also troubled me that they didn’t evacuate the school or call a bomb squad. If they really thought it was a bomb, clearly this is what they would have done. Unless the whole thing was staged to begin with. After learning about his father’s background, particularly his campaign for the Sudanese presidency, I decided there was a lot more to this story than meets the eye.

    • Hmm, yes, this does have a contrived smell to it somewhere. Resource grab, as usual? Will we ever learn enough to know? It still seems like exploiting or abusing a child, though perhaps it’s a whole other breed of dog. Hell, placing a child in most any Texas school seems tantamount to child abuse or neglect! Not something I’d willingly subject a kid to, for sure. Thanks for your comment, and the additional information. – Linda

  5. tubularsock says:

    Linda, a couple of things. NEVER trust a child! Dick Cheney was once a kid so it is told.
    And two, remember this occurred in Texas, need Tubularsock say more? (he will)

    Really, even one of those crazed Mexican rapists wouldn’t take Texas back! Are you kidding!
    They do have principles.

    It has been noted that in Texas they used the sun dial for time until the Oil Interests stopped that because of their opposition to solar power!

    • Tubularsock, You do have a point or two, duly noted! Sundials, eh? Hadn’t thought of that — so no wonder they were suspicious of a clock? Those folks need to hustle, and catch up with the 19th century someday soon.
      And sure, Mexico has enough problems already … as their proverb goes, “Poor Mexico, so far from god, so near the United States!”
      Thanks for your comment, even if imagining Cheney as a child will give me nightmares! – Linda

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