“See something, say something” … and other things that I wish politicos would stop saying.

The press & politicos have been excoriating Syed Farook’s neighbors for not alerting the authorities that a gaggle of Muslim-looking guys were frequently gathering in Farook’s garage.

“If they had only called, the San Bernardino massacre might not have happened at all”

It sounds pretty straightforward, doesn’t it?

But, let’s take a test …

What do you see in the below picture?

If this were laid open at, say, an airport or school, would you “say something”?



Do you know what happened to the folks who thought the item was pretty suspicious and decided to “say something”?


A student brought the above item to his Texas school.

Teachers thought that the item had a strong resemblance to a bomb and called police.

The student was held by police and suspended from school

Well, the bomb squad eventually determined that the item was a clock, and released the student, Ahmed Mohamed.

The student’s arrest was sharply criticized around the world, and he received an outpouring of support including an invitation to the White House.

And, of course, he and his parents are suing the school.

Their lawyers are asking for $10 million from the city of Irving and $5 million from the Irving Independent School District, saying that Ahmed was “publicly mistreated” and remains scarred by the incident.

My bet: the school will be punished for saying something when they saw something … the family will walk away with a boatload of money … and a new cottage industry will crop up suing good citizens who say something when they see something.

And, that may be a best case.

Imagine what would have likely happened to Farook’s neighbors if they had said something.

Probably something worse than Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s threat to prosecute folks who “say things that incite Muslims to violence”.

Do you think the perps might have gotten “incited to violence” if they found out that the neighbor ratted them out?

Most likely, Farook and his lovely bride would have stopped by for a neighborly visit before they headed over to spray the Christmas Party.

“See something, say something” sounds good in theory, but isn’t so clear-cut these days, is it?



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2 Responses to ““See something, say something” … and other things that I wish politicos would stop saying.”

  1. John Milnes Baker Says:

    I know a song that has the line: “… you don’t know what’s going to happen in this crazy mixed up world – ‘Cause there’s sure lot’s o’ weirdos runnin’ ’round.” (The song is “Windy” and the rest is best left unsaid it’s far too politically incorrect for the tender sensibilities of many of our fellow Americans – particularly the younger generation.) Never underestimate the absurdity of our society – Oh, well, enough said.

  2. John Carpenter Says:

    Interesting that I read this exact See something. Say something on the 1st floor digital display right here in the Hariri Building. I wonder if our security team here could handle an alert any better than they did in Texas.

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