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.

DallasNews

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 a “double ga er.”  Either situation is asking for trouble and should be avoided.

Devil’s Advocate

So it went down like this, he said, “Let me just play devil’s advocate here for a minute.  Let’s say that a 10 week fetus were just a blob of cells, would you still be against abortion at 10 weeks?”

I said, “How about we don’t just say that, because it’s not even remotely true and we don’t need more people in the world thinking that way. “

Turns out that sometimes when people play devil’s advocate, they really are advocating for the Devil.

Sad Trend

I read the brief article in the Herald titled Whatcom isn’t No. 1 when it comes to marijuana sales.  They referred to pot sales per capita, not pot use per capita, so I guess I wasn’t surprised that Whatcom wasn’t in the top 5.  At least not any more unsurprised than I was unsurprised that 4 of the top 5 counties bordered on our neighboring states that coincidentally don’t allow pot sales.  I’m guessing that Washington’s “legal” pot stores are the source for Oregon & Idaho’s pot consumers.

The sad trend though is the attitude of this article and what I heard on KGMI.  Both seemed to follow the line that we really don’t use pot as much as you think and marijuana isn’t really as bad as you used to think.

Youth attitudes about pot

Marijuana use and access for students in grades six through 12 didn’t change much from 2002 through 2014.

But their feelings about pot have.

In most cases, the percentage of those who think regular use is harmful has been dropping since 2004.

Bellingham Herald

That is a sad trend right there.  At the same time that pot is becoming more and more available, especially through government sanctioned retail outlets, our youth are being led to wrongly believe that regular pot use is not harmful.   Whoa, hold up, newsflash, pot is bad for you and long term use is more bad for you.

Long-term effects

Marijuana also affects brain development. When marijuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions.

Marijuana’s effects on these abilities may last a long time or even be permanent.

For example, a study showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens and had an ongoing cannabis use disorder lost an average of eight IQ points between ages 13 and 38. The lost mental abilities did not fully return in those who quit marijuana as adults.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Why wasn’t that information in this cutesy Herald article?   Our biggest local paper makes no mention of the serious detrimental effects that long term marijuana use.  That’s sad all by itself.

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.