Join me in a journey to the gibbering throat of conspiratorial madness: a Breitbart article on Ahmed Mohamed and Irving, Texas.
This story isn’t just the usual whine that the “clock” (it’s now always in quotes — because although it was actually a clock in a pencil box cannibalized from an old Radio Shack clock, that is only its outward seeming, and in truth, it was a portent heralding the rising of an ancient evil) was not really an “invention”, therefore Mohamed was a liar. No, that was a circuit board of destruction!!!
It appears, the “clock” Mohamed brought to school this week was not the first of his circuit boards to look ominously like an improvised explosive device trigger. In fact, a photograph of one circulated by the Dallas Morning News was virtually indistinguishable from a circuit board used in a commercially available device used to train law enforcement and military personnel regarding how to identify IEDs.
My first thought was that that was silly — of course it’s distinguishable from an IED. Haven’t the rightwingers been endlessly dissecting Mohamed’s creation, telling us that it’s a dismantled bit of a commercial Radio Shack product? Unless you’re going to claim that every clock and cell phone on the market is actually an explosive device trigger…and then I realized. These are ignorant conservatives. Of course technology is mysterious, malicious, and of the devil. Circuit boards are etched with Satan’s handwriting.
But wait. There’s further evidence of nefarious purpose: Mohamed refused to confess to nefarious purpose.
When Ahmed’s miniature briefcase “clock” did precipitate such concerns, he refused to answer questions from school personnel and police about “his intentions and why he had brought the device to school.” Presumably, they were particularly interested in knowing whether he had brought anything else to school – perhaps to include the other part of such a bomb: the explosive component.
It could be that his intention was to show off something he had made, but that is far too simple. It could be that he answered police questions about what it was with the answer, “A clock”, but that was inadequate fuel for the fevered fantasies of the kind of people who would speculate that somewhere, this 14 year old boy had a secret stash of C4 that he was planning to attach to a crude clock and blow up the school.
Yes, we are now at the point where imagining the existence of explosives is evidence that they have captured a terrorist.
Further evidence of terrorism: his family contacted people who protect American Muslims from defamation. This is a sure sign that they were up to no good.
In very short order, the family was under management by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization established – ironically, in a federal prosecution conducted in nearby Richardson, Texas – to be a Muslim Brotherhood-associated fundraising and political warfare arm for the designated terrorist group, Hamas. Ahmed lawyered up and he and his family were no-shows for scheduled meetings with school officials and with the police chief and Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne.
We have now drawn a dotted line from a geeky schoolboy to Hamas.
Most of us would, by now, realize that we’re in the depths of madness and throw this story away from us. But they’re not done. We are now going to be told that connecting a few components to make a clock was part of an elaborate scheme to destroy the mayor of Irving, Texas.
In fact, at the very hour the latter meeting was supposed to occur, the Mohameds and their Islamic supremacist handlers were instead holding a press conference. In the course of the presser, the family made clear that their beef wasn’t with the Irving school district or the police. It was with the city’s political leadership, starting with Mayor Van Duyne.
This was all part of a coordinated assault on the legitimate American government of Irving by Islamic supremacists.
Another data point: Attacks on Ms. Van Duyne in connection with the Ahmed Mohamed affair appear to have been pre-arranged and synchronized, rather than the sort of reaction that builds over time. Her Facebook and Twitter accounts, and those of the city government and school district, were suddenly and massively assaulted with vehement denunciations of the treatment of this student. Some were so vile, obscene and threatening that the Mayor has been compelled to accept police protection.
I do not condone obscene attacks over social networks, but I do find it strange that when a Republican gets them, it demands police protection, but when a liberal social justice warrior type gets them, it deserves a chorus of “man up” and “get a thicker skin” and “boys will be boys”. And here spontaneous nastiness isn’t just vile behavior, it’s evidence of a pre-arranged and synchronized conspiracy.
Either way, this larger campaign must be recognized for what it certainly is, and repudiated, not applauded – not only by protective parents of school-age children, but by patriotic Americans across the country who are opposed to Islamic supremacism and the threat it poses to us all.
There you have it. A boy tinkering with electronics, something I did myself when I was his age, is now part of an elaborate, complex scheme of Islamic supremacism. Step 1: construct digital gadget. Step 2: America becomes a slave to the Islamic Caliphate!
You are thinking that that is just Breitbart. It’s the kind of twisted nonsense someone like Glenn Beck or Alex Jones might come up with — no sensible person would think it was at all credible. You might brace yourself for the Shyamalan-like shocking twist I’m about to spring on you.
You see, I don’t read Breitbart or pay any attention to Beck or Jones or Icke. How then could I have discovered this wild story?
I got it from…RICHARD DAWKINS!
If we think we're being hoodwinked, ignore age, colour etc & ignore "the company we keep." Simply ask "Is it TRUE?" http://t.co/s2Y12xtNKB
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 21, 2015
If we think we’re being hoodwinked, ignore age, colour etc & ignore “the company we keep.” Simply ask “Is it TRUE?”
Yes. As a scientist, when I want to determine the TRUTH of a matter, I turn to the fervid poorly-sourced delusions that get published on Breitbart, written by a wild-eyed Islamophobe.
Personally, though, I’d appreciate it if Dawkins were to turn his keen eye for the truth to matters closer to his home. I hear that the Queen of England is actually a lizard-person from outer space. I’m sure careful, thorough, scientific scrutiny of the Daily Mail would uncover the truth, by which I mean, confirmation that she’s an alien.