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Bill Maher has been on a tear recently in a campaign against a Islamic High School kid, Ahmed Mohammed who was arrested at his school for bringing in an electronic clock he had built to show his science teacher. This crusade is a horrific abuse of Maher’s position as a media personality reaching millions – vs a High School kid, with little or no voice at all.
Racism…Pure and simple.
On Friday night’s episode of “Real Time,” host Bill Maher continued to criticize liberal “ninnies” who think 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed should be lionized for what the comedian characterized as “taking the back off something.”Maher played a YouTube clip of someone opening up an alarm clock and placing it in a pencil case, and claimed that it looked both exactly like what Ahmed brought with him to school and exactly like a bomb. “This is like pouring milk on a bowl of Cheerios and claiming you invented cereal,” Maher said.
“And then made it look like a bomb!” guest S.E. Cupp added.
School officials “absolutely did the right thing, thinking it looked like a bomb,” Maher said.
“But it didn’t look like a bomb, it looked like a clock,” Ron Reagan replied.
“It looked exactly like a bomb!” Maher shouted.
“Haven’t you seen any of the ‘Die Hard’ movies?” Cupp asked, momentarily confusing Hollywood with reality.
Reagan the audacity to suggest that it looked like an alarm clock, saying that “here’s the thing about bombs, they have the timer — and then those wires that come out are attached to fissile material that explodes.”
“Excuse me, Ron, but I don’t notice all that when I see that hunk of metal,” Maher said. “Try taking that through airport security.”
“An alarm clock? I think I could,” Reagan replied. “It’s a clock!”
“It’s a clock only because we were told it’s a clock,” Maher said, seemingly unaware that’s it is a clock no matter what other people tell you it is — as demonstrated in the very video clip with which he opened this segment.
Maher later accused Ahmed of not being an inventor so much as someone who “takes the back of something” electronic equipment and shows it to people.
And I would have to ask…What exactly has Bill Maher ever invented? I mean – if I link into the US Patent Office Database, would I find Bill Maher’s name under any invention except repeated applications for Patent for “more bullshit”?
I personally produced and have been awarded several US and International Patents. When I was Ahmeds age, I certainly wasn’t inventing things, but I was building things from electronics parts that others had made, and implementing them in sometimes novel ways – for which I was awarded a National Science Award. I think almost all of the people who become inventors have a curiosity and a desire to tinker, which is why they tend to contribute to and participate in social groups called “Makers”. Science doesn’t appear in a vacuum. Almost everything scientist build is based on extending a body of knowledge from a base of that created by predecessors. The first step to extending that knowledge is understanding what has already been done.
So I call Bullshit on Bill.