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“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.”

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/16/us/texas-student-ahmed-muslim-clock-bomb/ 9/16/2015


Mohamed said, “I made a clock.” But to a police officer who questioned Mohamed at the school said, “It looks like a movie bomb to me,” according to DMN.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ahmed-mohamed-irving-texas-clock – 9/16/2015.


(a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly manufactures, sells, purchases, transports, or possesses a hoax bomb with intent to use the hoax bomb to:
(1) make another believe that the hoax bomb is an explosive or incendiary device; or
(2) cause alarm or reaction of any type by an official of a public safety agency or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies.
(b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/txstatutes/PE/10/46/46.08#sthash.NXnS9Syw.dpuf – Texas Penal Code Annotated, Section 46.08.


Published on Sep 18, 2015
This video shows that the supposed clock invention by a 14 year old is in fact not an invention. The ‘clock’ is a commercial bedside alarm clock removed from its casing. There is nothing to indicate that the clock was even assembled by the child. I suspect this was brought into school to create an alarmed reaction.

So, Mark Zuckerberg, Mr. President, Make Magazine (which should know better), and others: You’ve been duped. Please do recognize youths of all backgrounds who create wonderful inventions with electronics. The kid making press around the world did not invent or build a clock.


The Sudan leader is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur, which he denies.

Ahmed said he was pleased to meet the president and vowed to return one day with a new invention, according to the radio broadcast.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34551890 – 10/16/2015.


Though White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested that President Obama wouldn’t have time for a meeting, on Monday night the president briefly chatted with 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed during an “Astronomy Night” for kids — though the teen was too busy to pick up the “cool clock” that landed him an invitation to the White House.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/10/ahmed-mohamed-meets-obama-leaves-clock-at-home.html – 10/19/2015.


Meanwhile, Ahmed has become a villain—dubbed “Clock Boy”—on right wing websites that claim the family has Islamist ties and plotted his celebrity. There’s been zero evidence shown for those conspiracy theories, though Ahmed probably didn’t help his optics by meeting last week with Omar al-Bashir, dictator of the country he was born in and an accused war criminal.

“We are going to move to a place where my kids can study and learn and all of them being accepted by that country,” said Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, before he got off the phone and stepped onto the airplane.

http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/10/ahmed-mohamed-will-move-to-qatar.html/ – 10/20/2015.


Perception is not reality.

An investigated observation might be reality — at least potential hypotheses and theories will have been methodically tested.

Reality is not political.

From the most clinical perspective, God, nature, and the universe could care less.  Such news may not be pleasing to the narcissistic, who most believe God cares about them, often exclusively — and, if malignant, to the detriment of others (this is very personal stuff) — but the attempt to create an impression of reality is nothing other than political.

On the Monday involved, Ahmed Mohamed’s clock in the box was shown / shown off to more than one teacher, and early on, his science teacher suggested he not show it to anyone else.  Of course, the clock sounded — beeped — during a last period class, was confiscated, authorities were called, and the rest is now bottom-of-the-birdcage history.

Through it all, whether opinion flew in as a “Clock Boy” story from the conservative press or as a “life’s unfair” (and Americans are just bigoted Islamophobes) left-side leaners, Irving, Texas officials — teachers, police, and mayor — issued no apologies over Ahmed Mohamed’s brief detention.


Posted to YouTube 9/18/2015.


In BackChannel’s memory, the last time a leading Muslim family left the Dallas area in a hurry — after about 23 years of mosque leadership — it led to this story: “Richardson, Texas – Imam Leaves Dallas Central Mosque, Quietly” (October 17, 2013).  The Turkish imam, Yusuf Kavakci, among the 500 most powerful scholars in Islam, was out, and a Saudi trained imam was installed — “Shaykh Shpendim Nadzaku To Serve as Imam for the Islamic Association of North Texas” (May 12, 2014) — “Link rot” has taken place on the page noted, but a statement about Shaykh Nadzaku may yet be found on the Al-Maghrib Institute Watch blog at this address: https://sunni1.wordpress.com/al-maghrib-institute-exposed/ .

As the Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed family move to Qatar in the wake of the clock-in-a-box incident in Irving, Texas, one might make note of the effort involved in trying to put a medieval past somewhere up ahead in North America’s continuing democratic, humanist, and secular governance.

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