Obama Trolls Trump, Invites Teen To White House

President Obama subtly trolled Donald Trump when he sent the above tweet today after a Muslim teenager in Texas was arrested for bringing a bomb to school. Except that “bomb” was actually a clock that the aspiring engineer had hoped to show to his teacher. CNN reports:

The 14-year-old’s day ended not with praise, but punishment, after the school called police and he was arrested. A photo shows Ahmed, wearing a NASA t-shirt, looking confused and upset as he’s being led out of school in handcuffs. “They arrested me and they told me that I committed the crime of a hoax bomb, a fake bomb,” the freshman later explained to WFAA after authorities released him. Irving Police spokesman Officer James McLellan told the station, “We attempted to question the juvenile about what it was and he would simply only tell us that it was a clock.” The teenager did that because, well, it was a clock, he said. On Wednesday, police announced that the teen will not be charged. Chief Larry Boyd said that Ahmed should have been “forthcoming” by going beyond the description that what he made was a clock. But Boyd said that authorities determined that the teenager did not intend to alarm anyone and the device, which the chief called “a homemade experiment,” was innocuous.

At this writing #IStandWithAhmed is the #1 trending topic on Twitter. The teen has also been invited to NASA and to Facebook headquarters.

RELATED: The mayor of Ahmed’s hometown is a well-known nutcase.

“Sharia Law Court was NOT approved or enacted by the City of Irving,” the mayor posted Feb. 6 on her Facebook page. “Recently, there have been rumors suggesting that the City of Irving has somehow condoned, approved or enacted the implementation of a Sharia Law Court in our City. Let me be clear, neither the City of Irving, our elected officials or city staff have anything to do with the decision of the mosque that has been identified as starting a Sharia Court.” Her post, and her calls to fight back against the overinflated threat, were promoted by Fox News and Glenn Beck. Taher El-badawi, a tribunal judge, explained that the Islamic court was entirely voluntary and would not oversee criminal cases, child support, custody issues or the transfer of assets, but would instead settle divorces, workplace disputes and small claims.The non-binding tribunal acts as essentially as a mediator or arbiter of minor disputes to keep them out of court — and Christians and Jews have long operated similar religious courts.

  • Irving, Texas. Welcome to my hometown and current place of residence!

    Now you have a better idea of why I swear so much.

    • Colonel Panic.

      Run away! We’ll hide you..

      • Promises…. Promises….

        • Colonel Panic.

          No, really. I’ve got a big bed, plenty of beer, five different kinds of coffee, a brand new toothbrush and a large dark room to do…. things in (I’ve blown it now haven’t I?)

          • Bluto

            I dunno ’bout Stogie but you got my attention.

          • StraightGrandmother

            That was funny Bluto

    • gaymex

      Damn. I’m sorry you have to live in that environment. I started yelling at the computer when I first read the story, so I can only imagine how you must feel.

      • Are you sure it’s a computer and not a ……?

        • gaymex

          lol. I’m not in texas, so things are what they are. No magic, no wishful thinking, no prayers.

    • Henri205

      My heart goes out to you. I escaped Irving just a year ago. What a horrible place.

    • Craig S

      If Obama had done a better job on Jade Helm, this wouldn’t be an issue. He’s a pretty shitty Muslin/Dictator/Socialist/AntiChrist/Homo.

      • 2karmanot

        works for me.

      • ScottJL

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          • Robert Adams

            Please find another forum. This is worse than SPAM!!

      • Gerry Fisher

        I *know*, right?!

      • Joseph Miceli

        I’m READY!!!! I want to be on a Death Panel!!!! Where’s the nearest FEMA re-education camp so I can sign on?

      • borbor1

        You are a scared confused and stupid little man.

    • Soren456

      Hide your clocks.

      • AtticusP

        You mean Obama’s coming for those, too!?

        • ScottJL

          I don’t understand why congress doesn’t just outlaw time! Won’t someone please think of the children?

        • Gerry Fisher

          Why do Muslim’s hate time?

    • Mark

      I’m out in NE Collin cnty. And it sucks when we can’t come up with any redeeming values other than “Austin”.

      • Sk3ptic

        I’m in a tiny blue oasis in my corner of Dallas. But people move in and out of the neighborhood so much sometimes it goes purple for a while. I’ve never experienced a more nomadic group of people in my life.

    • Furface

      The Colony here. Husbear works in Irving.

    • unsavedheathen

      Living the dream in Oak Cliff!

    • BlueberriesForMe

      I send a sympathy cocktail/beer/wine/refreshing beverage your way.

      • Scott Sims

        Better hurry before Sharia law makes alcohol illegal.

    • nocadrummer

      And those things taking off and landing between your hometown and Euless… those must be fire-breathing DRAGONS, sent by Satan himself!

      Be GONE Demons!

    • Rene Salinas

      LOL! I live in Dallas and drive thru Irving everyday. Irving has really gone downhill from back in the day. No offense.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      You recall I’m from Sand Flat by way of Cleburne then Arlington? I have a room, Stogie! It would be my honor to help you relocate to the PNW.

      You get the JMG BadAss discount: 2 months free.

      https://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/roo/5222590106.html

      • Short of real all-out civil war I am stuck here for the duration. Have my elderly father living with me. His girlfriend is visiting right now too!

        • RaygunsGoZap

          Well, Irving could be worse. But then we’re getting into distinctions without a difference really.

          I’m trying to get back there in the Spring to crush Six Flags, visit friends and maybe bring home some sugar gliders. I’ll be in touch!

    • grada3784

      My condolences.

    • MikeinATL

      I hope you drink as well…

    • Herald

      This report about the principal’s letter to parents gives you plenty to swear about. http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/16/9337857/ahmed-mohamed-texas-school-district-letter

      Best part, AHmed’s tweet that they are going to meet with a lawyer!

    • DonnaLee

      I knew it was bad babe, but this takes it to a whole nother level.

    • Harley

      Ahmed needs to set up a gofundme page so we can donate to his MIT tuition fund.

  • delk

    The boy’s father debated that ‘burn the koran’ nutcase.

  • pickypecker
  • shawnthesheep

    How is this a trolling of Trump? I must have missed something.

    • Henson

      “Make America great”

    • Secure

      Trump slogan: “Make America Great Again”
      Obama tweet: “It’s what makes America great.”

    • The family are immigrants from Sudan.

      • StraightGrandmother

        How embarrassing for we Americans if the dad wins and the son goes to Sudan to live, can you imagine the truthful stories he well tell about us.

        The part of the story that I thought was so sweet was how he made something at home and was proud of it and wanted to show his teacher what he made. That is so incredibly sweet to me. I hope it wasn’t this same teacher that he wanted to impress who called in the cops. I so hope it was a different teacher. And I betcha Obama WILL have him over to the Whitehouse.

        • It was a different teacher who called the cops.

  • dcurlee

    Fools. Why should the kid elaborate he answered their question. Hope the family sues for unlawful arrest and also the school. It’s just getting way to out of hand I lived in TX for 7 yrs and I’m not shocked at all

    • Corey

      I had very similar experiences to this growing up as a nerdy black kid in Louisiana. I can fully relate to what Ahmed has been through. My suggestion is to get the hell out of there as fast as you can.

    • BobxT

      Police put a lot of pressure on him to admit some bomb connection. Fortunately he was able to resist. Imagine if they asked him if his clock could be used as the timer for a bomb, and he answered their question. They would have nailed him.

      • richgibson

        You are so right. I know the mantra, ‘never talk to the police’ they can twist words, but I had not thought of the twist you put on it. Bravo.

      • The interview I read with him yesterday said that as soon as they started questioning him he became very aware of his skin color and background. Very aware kid!

        • JustDucky

          And they weren’t legally obligated to contact his parents, because Texas.

          According to a Texas attorney, “[in Texas,] the police do not need your permission or presence to question your child. In fact, they can take him down to the police station and before a judge before notifying you that they have done this.”

  • pickypecker
  • Secure

    The city of Irving is full of religious nuts. TBN has a huge broadcasting complex there, and megachurch’s galore.

  • Octavio

    Ah, yes. Reminds me of the first few months I owned a new Macbook Pro. Always got detained going through security at airports because the TSA employees had never seen an aluminum case laptop before. “What’s this? Is this a bomb, Mr.?”

    And it’s obvious this country is on a continued downward spiral when kids like Ahmed are arrested and detained for being intelligent. What a great message to send to kids interested in science and building stuff. I’m surprised they haven’t forced Ahmed to attend football practice five days a week until he breaks something. After all, it is Texas.

    • JaniceInToronto

      They wouldn’t let him play football. He probably prays to the wrong god.

      • delk

        He refused the mandatory forced baptism.

        • Homo Erectus

          and circumcision.

        • JW Swift

          …and being told to “take a knee” just about every time you turn around.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      I know not all of Texas is like this. Irving does have such lovely mayor though who I’m sure is not-so-secretly applauding and collecting donations for “higher office”.

  • Jeffg166

    Fear the NERDS.

  • TheManicMechanic

    I was this kid when I was in school. I brought all my “inventions”, even ones that were a bit dangerous. Never a problem, other than disrupting class every now and then. This poor kid is the victim of the jesus cancer, the anti-science, the Islamophobia, the willful ignorance, and every other bad asset championed by knuckle-dragging conservatives. Kudos to Obama for turning this around so fast. Too bad the aforementioned idiots will be hearing from every rightwing outlet that Obama is coddling a bomb builder.

    • ScottJL

      When I was a kid I had chemistry sets, that had actual, gasp, chemicals! Even some little tiny radioactive bits if I remember correctly! Hell, I played with mercury in my hands, rolling it around, dropping it all over, scrambling to catch it. Might even have learned a thing or two, besides staining my hands purple once and making a few stink bombs.

    • pluky

      When I was in my uber-nerd phase, I decided as a chemistry class project to see if I could initiate a thermite reaction (Dad was an Army officer; one of his munitions books had the basic recipe). I knew I was on the right track for an initiator when the instructor told my friends and me to take it out into the parking lot. Holy exothermic Batman!!

  • Blake Jordan

    At least they only arrested Ahmed, instead of a swat team storming the school and murdering him.

    There is more cause for concern / fear from the average white child in American schools, than any child of another race.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      It’s a sad day when we’re relieved this this young man is only handcuffed and taken to a “detention center” instead of being shot.

      • Bluto

        Guilty of being smart while being darker skinned. He is lucky they didn’t shoot him.

    • JulieBL

      As others have pointed out – if they really thought it was a bomb, why the fuck didn’t they EVACUATE THE BLOODY SCHOOL?

  • Sam_Handwich

    how does Trump fit into this?

    • 2amor

      The Pres. said “It’s what makes America Great” Donald Trumps slogan, “Make America Great”

      • Sam_Handwich

        ohhh ty! went right over my olive

        • johncAtl

          Shouldn’t you have two olives?

  • Cousin Bleh

    I fucking love our president. I really hope he amps up this delightful trolling of the Republican clowns during the last year of his presidency.

    • millers3888

      He’s alright..

    • Gerry Fisher

      Count on it…he’s *clearly* enjoying this lately…

    • StraightGrandmother

      I love Obama too, he is such a decent man.

  • BearEyes

    lucky for the cops, it wasn’t an alarm clock.

    • Octavio

      It was. The alarm when off in his English class, causing his teacher to investigate what horrible thing the kid was up to.

    • Soren456

      “Time to make the doughnuts . . . . “

  • another_steve

    If it’s a case of racial/ethnic profiling and nothing more, progressives should rightfully be outraged. But these are crazy, dangerous times and I applaud law enforcement efforts to stop terrorist acts before they’re implemented.

    We Americans are once again in pre-9/11 denial mode.

    • richgibson

      You should perhaps read the stories. There is no evidence for your view.

      • another_steve

        Possibly PC bullshit on your part.

        If the officials in charge had reason to believe (even if their suspicions were later found to be unfounded) that something was fishy there, they did the right thing.

        If it turns out, however, that they had no reason to believe that and that they were acting solely on racial/ethnic animus, they need to be fired.

        • HoneyBoySmith

          So is everyone guilty until proven innocent or just the brown people?

        • Jesse

          Of course they believed something was “fishy” He was a brown kid.

        • gaymex

          Steve, he showed it to his teacher. He didn’t smuggle it in and hide it in a trash can or locker. Ahmed was violated. The action of the police and the school administrration is the sort of environment that produces people who hate all authority.
          I’m sure many of us here can identify with Ahmed.

          • another_steve

            As usual, gaymex, the progressive blogosphere is rushing to judgment. We see this almost every day here on JMG.

            I want all the facts.

            If all of this was based solely on racial/ethnic animus, then fire anyone and everyone who was involved in it.

            But not before we have all the facts.

          • Jesse

            You only ever only want all the facts when its brown people being persecuted.

          • another_steve

            Nonsense.

            It’s precisely race-baiting rhetoric like that that preempts intelligent conversation.

        • Mark_in_MN

          They asked him what it was. He told them it was a clock. That should have been the end of it unless they had other actual evidence, besides his race and ethnicity and their own suspicious minds, that there was something up. All they had was his clock and his saying it was simply a clock, which it was. They didn’t do the right thing. They did exactly the wrong and unjust thing.

    • Jesse

      Arrest all the brown children, That way we can be safe from the vile terrorists and their clocks of doom.

    • William

      Next they will be summoning the SWAT team when someone brings in a tray of brownies.

      • What about backpacks? Didn’t the two brothers in Boston hide the bombs in backpacks? All children who bring a backpack to school (while being brown and/or muslim) must be handcuffed for their own safety and the safety of others (steve) It’s better to be safe than sorry!
        I almost forgot about shoes! I know that guy with the shoe bomb wasn’t successful but he wasn’t a skinny 14 year old. And then there is underwear…

        • William

          Ban all underwear!!!

  • Octavio

    The stupid is incredible. He was suspended for three days? He told everyone the truth, but officers still did not believe Ahmed was giving them the whole story.

    “He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation . . .” What broader explanation do these pre-bronze age Texas “officials” need? “Uh, it’s a clock. It’s a ‘Jesus’ clock. It tells christain time”?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/us/texas-student-is-under-police-investigation-for-building-a-clock.html

    • Pollos Hermanos

      A Jesus clock would have been wound too tightly.

      • Octavio

        And it wouldn’t have worked . . . at all.

        • Roger

          But they would keep praying in hopes that it would work somehow… religion in a nutshell.

        • Ginger Snap

          Made me think of this.

          https://youtu.be/OclYAJhyNY0

          • Octavio

            I built that same spice rack in 6th grade shop class. L0L!

      • Gerry Fisher

        arhhh, arhhh!

    • gaymex

      I don’t envy the young, who may be facing a lifetime of this sort of crazy.
      Brings to mind__
      “When these little minds tear you in two…It’s not very pretty what a town without pity can do.”

    • MBear

      to Texans, a clock is a thing of majik, mystery, and mystical trickery

      • gaymex

        I feel sorry for people who, for whatever reason, are unable to leave.

    • Harlan92

      I agree. How they hell could this kid still have a suspension?? On what possible grounds? Lawsuit is on its way.

  • Gustav2

    Sir, it’s a clock…Sir…Sir, it’s a clock.

    It is a mother fucking clock..is that forthcoming enough for you asshole!

    • Cousin Bleh

      In one of the news stories I read, the police said that Ahmed was “passive aggressive” when they questioned him… which makes me like him even more.

      • Octavio

        Anyone smarter than Barney Fife is considered by the poleece to be passive aggressive.

      • tcinsf

        Like those nimnuls know what passive-aggressive IS.

        • Octavio

          “You gettin’ smart with me boy? Huh? Is that it? You think yer smarter than me? Well, do ya?”

          • BlueberriesForMe

            “Your mother wears army boots”.

          • 2karmanot

            Prada repo’s dude…..

          • TheManicMechanic

            My mother did wear army boots.

      • Homo Erectus

        Probably uppity as well.

    • Soren456

      “Don’t you swear at me, you little towel head . . . . “

      • Gustav2

        Thus the polite passive aggressive behavior.

    • Mark_in_MN

      Perhaps they think a 14-year-old is supposed to pick up on all the implications of their questions and answer those things too. I usually don’t want to under-estimate what kinds can do, but even a keenly smart and intelligent kid is still developing intellectually and, especially, emotionally and may not pick up on aspects of more open ended or subtle questions in ways that adults might. Having said that, I think a good many smart and intelligent adults might also be bewildered about what else they want. “It’s a clock, I told you it was a clock. It’s really that simple.”

      • John T

        Pardon my stereotyping, but a nerdy boy who likes to build gadgets and wear a NASA T-shirt to school is more likely than average to have the kind of mind that takes language literally. I’m sure that must have been really frustrating to the cops who were trying to use implications and insinuation to pressure him and make him feel so anxious that he would confess to something. The boy probably just got confused. The cops’ unfair manipulation techniques weren’t as effective on him as they are with most people, therefore he was acting passive-aggressive and obviously trying to hide something.

        • Mark_in_MN

          I was primarily thinking about developing emotional intelligence and awareness, which can also be quite important for understanding implication and insinuation and non-verbal cues. You might not be far off, but the emotional development side would also apply to many teens. It’s one of the reasons that being a teen is so often a difficult experience no matter who you are.

  • anne marie in philly

    poor teen; fuck da police, fuck da school! betcha someone offers this guy a job right outta high school!

  • bkmn

    So Irving, TX has money to waste on not-so-frivolous lawsuits. I hope the kid’s parents sue the crap out of them, the police and the school.

    • Soren456

      I do too. But I have a feeling the community would make their lives miserable if they did. And worse when they won.

      • bzrd

        They’d have $$$ to leave.

  • richgibson

    This is the part that makes my utterly livid “Chief Larry Boyd said that Ahmed should have been “forthcoming” by going beyond the description that what he made was a clock.”

    No. Do not talk to the police, it does not make your life better regardless of your guilt or innocence. They abused this student and violated his rights. That was wrong of the police. The fact that he had done nothing wrong just makes it worse.

    • gaymex

      Were the members of the science department (if science is taught in Texas) unable to determine that a clock is a fucking clock?

      • Homo Erectus

        Well, he was mooslim after all.

  • tcinsf

    Check out her facebook page, if you dare. https://www.facebook.com/beth.vanduyne?fref=nf. She and her cohorts are bending over backwards to attack this kid and justify arresting him.

    • gaymex

      I’m willing to take your word for it. I don’t need another dose of stupid today. Arresting the kid was enough to send me into orbit. I am glad Obama has responded and invited Ahmed to the Whitehouse. He will have the last laugh and I hope his parents sue the hell out of the school system and the town.

      • tcinsf

        We can’t leave straightgrandmother to do ALL the heavy lifting…

        • gaymex

          Right you are…”right” as in “correct”…so thanks for checking it out.

  • HomerTh

    The mayor of Irving is truly a vile person.

  • Will Parkinson

    Their Facebook page is getting swamped today.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Wow!! How else would a teenager or a regular person describe a clock? How stupid is the police department?!!! You mean a teenager suppose to behave calm and collective in the face of police inquiry? Maybe some rich white entitled kids. Not a minority in America. If he would have calmly describe what a clock is, he is going to be charged because it will come across as condescending, cocky and disrespectful to the “authority” figures. Sigh. What an eff up part of the world this people live in.

  • Mark

    Obviously he forgot to put the warning label on the back: Snip wires wisely.

    • LonelyLiberal

      Warning: Snipping of Red Wire will Result in Cessation of Temporal Measure.

  • MBear

    the saddest bit is that none of the police, nor the mayor, nor any official will feel the slightest bit of guilt or shame

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I don’t understand. How did he troll Trump?

    • 2amor

      Read down to my response to Sam….

      • Rebecca Gardner

        that doesn’t help. down depends on the sorting.

  • bambinoitaliano

    He should just tell it this way.

    https://youtu.be/tVT2Xi1kwx0

  • Hue-Man

    Was it a Perry clock? Right time once a day.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      This young man should be the Governor of Texas.

  • Giant Monster Gamera

    I love it. Sure to cause another week of Right-Wing outrage.

  • MattM

    And that’s the two parties (as they currently exist) in a nutshell.

  • JDM

    Did anyone else miss this, or was it just me: What does this have to do with Donald Trump?

    • scorpiomike

      I think because Obama included Trump’s catch phrase “make America great”.

      • trump doesn’t “own” that, but sure.

        • scorpiomike

          I did not mean to suggest Trump owns the phrase. But he has definitely been using it during his campaign. I am not even sure Obama was using the phrase as a way to mock Trump, just explaining why I thought that such suggestion was made in this post.

        • CB

          Since Reagan used it first.

      • JDM

        That was an awfully subtle jibe.

        • scorpiomike

          It was not my suggestion that this was meant as a way to mock Donald Trump, it was Joe’s. If you disagree, take it up with him not me. You asked how it related to Donald Trump and I answered with what I thought was the reason a connection was made to Donald Trump.

          • JDM

            You and I see to be in the majority.

      • JDM

        Isn’t that pretty much every politician’s go-to tagline?

  • aar9n

    So according to his video, he was arrested and interrogated and after that his parents were called? I’m not lawyer, but it doesn’t sound to me like he was given Miranda rights or the right to a lawyer. I am SHOCKED that Texas wouldn’t follow the Constitution and federal law.

    • gaymex

      I, too, wondered about that.

    • John30013

      I believe that under the doctrine of “exigent circumstances” (and possibly under some Patriot Act anti-terrorism statute[s]) the Mirandizing can be delayed. (I don’t agree with this at all, mind you; I’m just saying that’s a possible explanation if in fact that’s how it went down.)

      • thatotherjean

        Still, he’s only 14 years old. His parents should, by law, have been there before the police started in on him. I hope the money from the lawsuit on his behalf takes him debt-free through post-grad.

      • JustSayin’

        Only by federal officers. State cops not so much.

  • jomicur

    Evidently he needed to explain to them that a lock is a device used to tell time. Ah, Texas.

  • BlueberriesForMe

    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/northwest-dallas-county/headlines/20150915-irving-9th-grader-arrested-after-taking-homemade-clock-to-school.ece

    Police Chief Boyd said “Ahmed was then handcuffed “for his safety and for the safety of the officers” and taken to a juvenile detention center.”

    Uh, sure. He was really “unsafe”.

    “They led Ahmed into a room where four other police officers waited. He
    said an officer he’d never seen before leaned back in his chair and
    remarked: “Yup. That’s who I thought it was.” ”

    That’s what I thought of the Irving police. Yup.

    • i’ll bet you a dollar that officer has a fat sister in law with four ex husbands and a closet case brother and an out of wedlock kid or grandkid doing meth.

      go on, say i’m wrong. i lived in Texass for two years, i know of what i speak.

      • BlueberriesForMe

        His sister is the county clerk of Morehead, KY?

  • Peter Wde

    We have a new outrage story!

    • BlueberriesForMe

      • Peter Wde

        Lame, already used that one, you’re slipping…

        • BlueberriesForMe

          You’re permanently slipped. And this image is just so you.

          • Peter Wde

            Back up and roaring to go…

    • TheManicMechanic

      Kid built a clock. You get the time from wingnut websites I bet.

    • JustSayin’

      Moron.

  • popebuck1

    Uh-oh, this story has the two things teabaggers hate the most: Muslims and science.

  • Reality.Bites

    He’s lucky he’s brown and not black. If he was black he’d be dead now

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      I was going say something along the same lines. How sad……how painfully true.

  • Ish

    Not invited to White House.

  • William

    There are several clocks inside my hose! They are all around me. Should I destroy them or run away screaming, to a safe distance?

    • Soren456

      The police will know what to do.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Young, smart, articulate & polite……yeah, I can see why he was perceived as such a threat.
    Non-existent Christ, this is getting ridiculous.

  • Edmund Allin

    Just a question or two to anyone in the know…

    Are Texas police permitted to handcuff children and question them without informing their parents or the presence of a lawyer?

    Was he handcuffed because he is so physically imposing? Or do Texas police routinely handcuff everyone they want to question?

    • Sam

      Not sure about the handcuffs. I wouldn’t think that was legal, but it is Texas.

      Here’s a current pic of 14 year old Ahmed. Looks pretty imposing don’t you think? Just look at that terrorist gang sign and al N’ASA shirt. Just one look would have those Texas police officers quaking in their boots.

      http://gokicker.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ahmed-mohamed-2.jpg

      • Edmund Allin

        🙂

        Reminds me of those days when I was a teenager and could eat all I wanted and all it did was make me grow vertically.

        Apparently, he was put in handcuffs for his own security, according to the police. Security from whom, one wonders.

        But at least it’s better than plaintiff “S.R.” an ADHD sufferer, who was handcuffed at the age of 8, weighing 52 pounds, essentially for not sitting down when told to do so.

        http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/04/kentucky-sheriff-defends-officer-handcuffed-child

        • Sam

          I hate you. Not really, but I do hate you. 😉 Eating only ever made me grow horizontally.

          If handcuffs are some form of magical protection for the wearer, wouldn’t it make more sense for everyone else to be in handcuffs?

          That story is horrible! Kindergarten Cop is a movie not a job description.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      Apparently, yes, if it’s a matter of “national security”. The child in question has to explicitly ask for their parent/guardian/lawyer to be there. I don’t know if “I want my Daddy! I want my Mommy!” is enough. Now being taught in kindergarten: always ask for a lawyer.

      Handcuffed “for his own ‘safety’ and for the ‘safety’of the officers” per the police chief.

      • Edmund Allin

        “Now being taught in kindergarten: always ask for a lawyer.”

        Oh God.

      • JustSayin’

        Actually Texas police cannot invoke federal right to suspend due process in a terrorism related case.

        Homeland security, FBI, NSA etc can invoke a right to suspend due process based on imminent threat, but they must immediately justify it to a federal judge if they do.

        States have no claim to federal rights. Any claim to imminent danger can only isolate the kid long enough to get their parents and or attorney. Questioning a minor with guardian present or authorization from guardian is a federal civil rights offense even if it is not a Texas offense.

        I am willing to bet the justice department is having a few words, strong words, with this police dept.

  • 2karmanot

    Look at it this way: If Florida is the dick of America, Texas is the assh*le

    • Homo Erectus

      You say that like it’s a bad thing.

  • Chris H.

    Gee, I wonder if he was a few shades lighter if they would had arrested him? Bet not! Because all “mooslums” are terrorists. Yaaaay ‘Merica!

  • TexPlant

    Oh Texas what hot mess have you been a part of this time SMH! Next they will tell us it was a gay clock!!

    • BlueberriesForMe

      No self-righteous Christianist could think otherwise.

  • zeddy303

    And these are the police force I worry about, not the ones actually doing their jobs protecting people from actual criminals. Very simple questions to ask…does it tick? Yes or no? Ok, you said yes. Then, ask, is it attached to an explosives? Yes or no? No? Then it’s a clock stupid!

  • kaydenpat

    Poor kid. Glad that he’s getting a lot of support.

  • Bj Lincoln

    The cops kept asking him to elaborate on the clock but the boy just kept saying it was a clock. What was there to elaborate? They cops did not allow the kid to call home and did not have a lawyer present. No one believed him and everyone panicked. Sorry Joe but The New Civil Rights Movement has a more complete story.

    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/here_s_a_photo_of_the_clock_that_got_a_14_year_old_boy_arrested_for_making_a_hoax_bomb

    • William

      The family needs to sue the fuck out of the cops.

  • Robert Adams

    This country is supposedly the greatest, strongest nation on Earth, Every body in Texas has a gun, I hear. But thanks to the paranoia pounded into everyone’s head by the GOP, the whole country acts like a bunch of cowards. Man up, Texas!!

    • Silver Badger

      The GOP is a bunch of cowards. This is not new.

  • jugomono

    That poor kid.

  • Edmund Allin

    One of the funnier comments seen today:

    “Man of Syrian descent builds doomsday machine in his garage with friend.”

  • Gerry Fisher

    My fellow US citizens, will you calm the fuck DOWN? You’re beyond ridiculous at this point.

  • Toasterlad

    Texas never, EVER gets tired of being the nation’s asshole.

  • ColdCountry

    Yeah, that’ll inspire more kids to get into science. He’s lucky he wasn’t shot – and isn’t that a pathetic commentary.

  • Schlukitz

    Texas strikes again!

  • what the hell else is there to say when asked what something is – and the fucking thing is a clock?

  • American Patriot

    And here is the “clock”. I wonder if any of his family members are clock makers.

  • American Patriot

    Speaking of terrorism..This is an actual thing..not a story from The Onion..

    The U.S. federal government is announcing a new program called CVE (Counter Violent Extremism) in Minneapolis Minnesota. Under the U.S. program, authorized by President Obama, Somali Muslims living in Minnesota will be paid not to go on terror rampages. or blow themselves up.

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/09/15/u-s-federal-government-program-pay-minnesota-muslims-not-to-kill-people/

  • Mark_in_MN

    There’s also something I find unsettling about the chief calling it “a homemade experiment” which, given the overall context and despite being called innocuous in the press report, seems to suggest that there is something at least questionable about something “homemade” or something that is an “experiment” until proven innocuous.

  • ColdDesert

    Xenophobia, science phobia, Christianity, and just downright ignorance all converge in a great place called Texas.

  • Diogenes Arktos

    “been more forthcoming” that the clock is just a clock?! I guess the police have never heard Freud’s line “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar” [and not a phallic substitute].

  • glass

    I think this kid was arrested because he participated in that sinful “science” thing. They were just using the bomb excuse to prosecute him. “Science” is illegal in fundy world.

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  • David L. Caster

    My prediction: Four-year scholarship, full ride, school of his choice.

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    Before Social Media, the town would have gotten away with this. That us why so much of this is still happening, they haven’t realized that their casual violations of people’s rights are much more likely to be exposed now.

  • Tawdry D’Tails

    First, they came for our clocks, and I said nothing.
    Then, at some point in time, I’m not sure when, they came for our toasters, and I said nothing.
    Then, breakfast was late and incomplete.

  • Gene Perry

    Ok, so, this kid built a clock & took it to school (proudly) to show his teacher … and the teacher is such an idiot that she cannot tell a clock from a bomb, and the principal called the cops & the cops arrest the kid (complete with handcuffs) … and the kid made a clock, remember … and when it’s all said-and-done the kid is released and the teacher/principal/cops do not acknowledge their over-reaction/mistakes and the kid is still suspended for … wait for it … building a clock? Huh?

  • Harley

    Someone needs to set up a GoFundMe account for Ahmed. I would definitely donate to his MIT tuition fund.