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Endarkenment

Woman sees olive-skinned man doing math. Thinks it’s Arabic. So, he must be a terrorist.

21 Responses to “Endarkenment”

  1. Flight-ER-Doc Says:

    Clearly, WACIST!

    Also, dumber than a box of hammers…..

  2. Fred Says:

    Yeah, but they use that math stuff to make bombs, right?

  3. JTC Says:

    So WaPo has to get the jab in at the end that anything to do with Trump or anyone who might consider the truth he tells is ignorant and paranoid. Endarkenment? Nah. Not really seeing her ethnic profiling to be so wrong, and those who may fit the profile should get used to it; beats the fuck out of blue-shirted boobies feeling up my grandmother or granddaughter in the interest of even-handed PC.

    Certainly the airline’s and the TSA’s handling could have been better and way less intrusively inconvenient for the passengers. But I guess the math nerd should just be glad nobody had any poison arrows.

  4. Ron W Says:

    I suppose the DHS admonition, “if you see something, say something” needs a qualifier that what you say not violate what anyone may consider any PC rules.

  5. BDubya Says:

    She is a product of an American education over the last 40 years; she wouldn’t know arabic from a quadratic equation even if it had been tattooed on her butt.

  6. comatus Says:

    Twilight Zone “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”
    Shatner played a mathematician.
    Not Italian, though. Bill doesn’t do Italian.
    Qualcosa…sull’ala…

  7. comatus Says:

    OMG he’s not a mathematician. He’s an economist and
    “…his research has been focused on designing the optimal mechanism to redistribute income inequality caused by the presence of search frictions in the labor market.”

    It really was a terrorist nightmare.

  8. Jon Says:

    As far as math goes… It may as well be Arabic for most peeps.

  9. Manish Says:

    If you see someone doing math say something? Yeah, the DHS warning needs a qualifier…anyone who thinks that someone writing equations is somehow suspicious is a moron.

  10. mikee Says:

    Contradictory advice from the government, with punishment for those who dare follow any of it?

    Where have I heard this happening before?

    Is ATF exporting its own special brand of annoyingly stupid to other government agencies, or are they coming up with the same stupid in a horrible sort of convergent evolution of the bureaucracy?

  11. SPQR Says:

    Remember the recruit testing scene in Men In Black? The girl with the physics textbooks that he shot?

    Think about it.

  12. Ron W Says:

    Now if you look over at your neighbor’s open garage and he’s cleaning an EBR, then that is a reason to call and report a possible terror suspect.

  13. Kristophr Says:

    Math is dangerous.

  14. MajMike Says:

    Idiot.

  15. treefroggy Says:

    I was once terrorized by a semester of Integral Calculus , so it is possible .

  16. Standard Mischief Says:

    >Math is dangerous.

    After all, it is largely done nowadays with Arabic numbers. /s

  17. Standard Mischief Says:

    We must bring back Roman numerals, or the terrorists will have won.

  18. Sigivald Says:

    I suppose the DHS admonition, “if you see something, say something” needs a qualifier that what you say not violate what anyone may consider any PC rules.

    “Guy with sort of darkish skin doing math” (or even “actually writing in Arabic”) is not something.

    “Something” here means, well, something actually rationally connected to a threat.

    There’s no “PC” issue here – the issue is the guy wasn’t doing anything a sane person should consider a threat.

  19. JTC Says:

    “…anything a sane person should consider a threat.”

    As the arbiter of threats and sanity, what are your examples?

  20. Lyle Says:

    It’s the well-dressed, well-groomed, super nice guy chatting wittily next to you in perfect English, making you feel all at ease; you should take him down right away. That mother fucker is up to something for sure.

  21. Ron W Says:

    @Sigivald, Your emphasis on the actual wording is appreciated and your point well made. I was just rehearsing what THEY SAY, that is, the Dept of Homeland Security. Oh yes, they’re keeping us safe, uh huh.