Suitcase Clock

Irving’s police chief announced Wednesday that charges won’t be filed against Ahmed Mohamed, the MacArthur High School freshman arrested Monday after he brought what school officials and police described as a “hoax bomb” on campus.


I built an electronic hobby clock when I was about this kids age, but it wasn’t in a suitcase, it was in a tuna can.  My tuna can clock didn’t alarm anyone.  True, that was pre-9/11, quite a different time, but nobody would have arrested me had I chosen a suitcase over a can.

muslim attitudesSo why the alarm now?  Well because now is post 9/11.  Now is in a nation whose Muslim population is made up of people who, to varying degrees, think suicide bombing in defense of Islam is an option.

Now is a time when common sense would say to a Muslim teenager and his parents, don’t build a clock in a suitcase, just don’t.  You likely are as innocent as Bambi, but don’t build a clock in a suitcase because you’re an Arab looking Muslim and your clock looks like a suitcase bomb which everyone has heard of and not a suitcase clock which nobody has ever heard of.  Parent’s use common sense and teach your children the same.

As for the teacher calling this in to authorities, I can certainly understand their position.  For someone who has never built a clock in either a can or a suitcase it’d be pretty tough to pick out the clock from a bomb.  Try it.  I just snipped this from a Google search.  Quick, which is the clock?suitcase clock

And authorities, maybe you were a little harsh, but I won’t blame you a bit after the Marathon Bombings.

I think this whole thing falls back onto the parents.  Them, sending their Arab looking Muslim kid to school with a suitcase clock was about as dumb as me, a white Christian guy, sending my kid to school with a rope to show his friends a knot he learned called a noose, and how to spell a new word that starts with an “N” and ends with an “I double ga er.”  Either situation is asking for trouble and should be avoided.

Carly Fiorina for President

It’s quite a peaceful feeling to already know how you will vote in the next presidential election. I’m voting for Carly Fiorina. I’ve watched her in the recent debate, heard her on a few interviews and have decided that she is who I support for President in 2016. Now, knowing that I can just sit back and be entertained by the likes of Donald Trump during the reality show known as the road to the White House.

If you’ve not heard of Carly Fiorina, or not heard that much from her, watch this video from last spring. It’s 30 minutes, but it’s an investment that will pay for itself when for the next year or so you don’t have to pay attention to any campaign show, unless you want to because it’s entertaining.

Yes, this can happen in the U.S.

This is from Great Britain, but the same thing is already happening here.  The scariest line is when Stacey Dooley asks why the Muslims are not respecting British laws,

“The Islamic preacher claimed that if the law is Islamic, it will be respected. However, those who implement non-Islamic law will go to Hell and thus, no Muslim is obliged to respect non-Islamic laws.”

Islam, whether practiced peacefully or practiced violently, has always been incompatible with our nation’s basic tenets and laws.   It’s time for mainstream Islam to reform it’s tenets to be compatible with our nation.  It’s time for mainstream Islam to reject it’s violent brothers.  It’s time for Muslims to march in the streets in protest against Muslims like those in the video.

Our laws regarding religious freedoms do not protect Muslims who commit violent acts, nor do they protect Muslims that incite others to commit violence.   It’s not intolerance to reject this behavior.

Top Ten things to do after calling 911

Let’s face it, if you are lucky enough to get off a 911 call when your home is invaded by bad guys, you still have to deal with the awkward 10 minutes or so until the police arrive.  In the old days you might have shot the bad guy several times and then maybe gone back to bed or finished a crossword.  However in these post 2nd amendment enlightened times there is really no way to avoid the awkward time that you and your home invader will be spending together.  So I’ve comprised this short list of things you might consider to fill that time.

Top 10 things to do while waiting for police to arrive

10. Look for your misplaced bucket list
9. Play a chopsticks duet
8. Bake real Tollhouse cookies
7. Facebook
6. Write a new bucket list
5. Clean microwave
4. Exchange childhood memories
3. Plead for your life
2. Learn the lost art of Haiku
1. Pray


Common sense and our government both warn us to plan and prepare for unexpected disasters or other emergencies.  We have fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, first aid kits, air bags, maybe a disaster kit and this list of things that we have, but hope we never have to use, goes on and on.   When it comes to emergencies such as earthquakes and hurricanes we are encouraged to be self sufficient for a few days until help can arrive, but when faced with an emergency such as a home invasion our government is strangely silent on how we are to be self sufficient in defending ourselves until help can arrive.

The average response time of a 911 call is over 8 minutes….the response time of a .44 magnum is 1400 feet per second.


True, it is very unlikely that your home will be invaded, but it happens everyday to someone somewhere and if their only defense is to call 911, then they will be defenseless for about 10 minutes.   That 10 minutes is approximate, but news from places like New York, where even though crime is on the decline, average response times are getting longer.   And there is Detroit…

Bad guys prey on the defenseless. Bullies don’t pick on the big guy and thieves prefer dimly lit homes without big dogs and without loud alarms. Scammers target the most vulnerable up to and including those who have absolutely no defense, the dead. The point is that if a bad guy thinks you are defenseless then you are a potential target. We are safest, when we can, or appear we can, defend ourselves.

Recent mass shootings of defenseless men, women and children on both the East Coast and West Coast should have been a warning for us to better prepare for those moments when we will be defenseless.   In Connecticut the school shooter killed himself when he heard police arriving to defend those in the school.  In the Clackmas, Oregon shopping mall, the shooter quickly stopped shooting defenseless shoppers and turned the gun on himself when he realized that a shopper drew his personal gun in defense of the defenseless.

Right now there are people in all walks of our government working to limit your ability to defend yourself during those first 10 minutes.   Find your elected officials and tell them you don’t support limits on your ability to defend yourself, your family, or your property.

In my opinion, if anyone denies someone else the ability to defend themselves against bad guys, then they are an accessory to the crime.   They may just as well have tied their hands behind their back and put a bag over their head.