THE RISE OF THE OLDS  10:31 am January 31, 2011

Lame Old White-Guy Terrorist Tries To Blow Up Mich. Mosque With Fireworks

by Jack Stuef

Just trying to complete the bucket list!You know what sometimes happens when people try to scare wingnuts by saying Dearborn, Michigan is a dangerous city full of Muslins that is trying to impose Shariah law on us all? Sometimes, an old white guy decides it needs to be blown up. Weird, huh? It’s like, How would such a person make a connection between the Fox News shows telling him such a place needs to stop existing and deciding he needs to go make it stop existing? 63-year old Roger Stockham of California loaded his car with fireworks and drove to Michigan to invest the state with tourism dollars and death. But then he made the mistake of telling a TRAITOROUS fellow non-Muslim at a bar that he was blowing up a mosque, and he was caught. And now he’s officially a failed terrorist.

It is amazing how the millions of non-Muslim people who live in and around Dearborn do not think the Dearborn Muslims are a threat. Are they too busy being concerned about being unemployed and trying to keep their family afloat in the hellish Michigan economy to watch Fox News? Because they should. This Dearborn is evil, according to the Fox News people who don’t live there. There are terrorists being made. Terrorist white guys who watch Fox News, that is.

Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly said the suspect “had a lot of high-end fireworks.”

“It was the max you could buy legally.”

The problem with old white guys who become terrorists is that they have no imagination. Because the propaganda they watch is even duller and stupefying than Al Qaeda’s.

Haddad said that a witness said that Stockham was planning to blow up the mosque. The suspect “appeared to be acting alone,” Haddad said.

Acting alone with the implicit support of various wingnut “news” outlets who scare people like him in order to make money off their hatred. [Detroit Free Press]

 
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ManchuCandidate January 31, 2011 at 10:35 am

Fireworks? Seriously? It's the explosive equivalent of eating 100 Slim Jims to get your 100% daily intake of Vitamin A. Just… wow. White guys who take Faux seriously are seriously dumb.

AngryBlakGuy January 31, 2011 at 10:42 am

…you my friend have obviously never went to college! I remember when 3 beers and a bag of Doritos was considered a 4 course meal!

ManchuCandidate January 31, 2011 at 10:58 am

I didn't get this stupid by not going to higher larning. You and your eelightist meal courses. I lived on one course as I just dumped everything that consisted my "meal" into the pot.

HurricaneAli January 31, 2011 at 11:07 am

Ha! You cooked yours?! Dilettante.

Crank_Tango January 31, 2011 at 10:58 am

ANFO or GTFO!

OneDollarJuana January 31, 2011 at 11:04 am

You eat 100 Slim Jims and you'll be explosive!

Chet Kincaid January 31, 2011 at 11:38 am

You would probably stroke out from your year's supply of sodium combined with the inability to poop out all the rawhide.

genxr January 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

The airborne fart brigade swoops in to unleash their own special brand of hell. War is Hell. And Hell is for Gyros.

imissopus January 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm

You have obviously never seen The Naked Gun.

deanbooth January 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm

The Times Square car bomber guy used M80s, too, though the propane tanks added a bit more credibility.

zhubajie January 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Black gun powder is a real explosive. Enough of it will blow up a mosque for sure.

PeaceWithHonor January 31, 2011 at 10:37 am

Fox take: Decoy plot to earn sympathy for the Islamists. Kill.

Ruhe January 31, 2011 at 10:45 am

If they're hiring you should apply cause that's brilliant.

horsedreamer_1 January 31, 2011 at 10:47 am

He was inspired by the Radical Leftist who shot up the Holocaust Museum.

GOPCrusher January 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm

We also would have accepted a Democratic plant on a mission to make Sarah Palin look bad.

imissopus January 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Well he's from California, so he's obviously a liberal hippie. Just look at that booking photo.

BaldarTFlagass January 31, 2011 at 10:38 am

Don't know how much damage you can do with sparklers and Magic Snakes. Now, if there were bottle rockets in his trunk, he should get life.

OneDollarJuana January 31, 2011 at 11:07 am

Sparklers apparently make pretty good bombs. Check out the youtubes. Now snakes on the other hand, just make a smelly mess.

memzilla January 31, 2011 at 10:38 am

The Hatestream Media must cease.

Frost/Nixon/Robocop January 31, 2011 at 10:38 am

He might have succeeded if he had only worked out on some monkey bars. That is, instead of not working out at all.

AngryBlakGuy January 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

…why does this sound like something that was planned out around a camp fire, while drinking bottom of the pot moonshine with a guy named Cooter?!

Ruhe January 31, 2011 at 10:47 am

Well I think these guys would be less terror prone if they spent more time with Cooter, but we're probably not talking about the same thing.

LiveToServeYa January 31, 2011 at 10:40 am

High-end fireworks? Those star-shells and sparklers can do a lot of damage. Failorist.

FlownOver January 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

Those were "Class C" – for Christian, Conservative and Constitutional – fireworks, so the law can't touch him at all.

OneDollarJuana January 31, 2011 at 11:09 am

And just where do most people have to get "high end" fireworks? Indian reservations, that's where. Another oppressed minority that might harbor a grudge. It can't be the white guy's fault, white guys aren't terrists.

Negropolis February 1, 2011 at 12:18 am

Actually, here in Michigan, you get "high-end" fireworks from across the border in that barbarous land we call Indiana-tucky also known by its Muslim name "Hoosieria".

glamourdammerung January 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Kind of like the would be "Times Square Bomber".

GregComlish January 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

I suspect the Roman Candles were, in fact, a political statement about the embattled Western civilization fighting back against the Muslim incursion.

Still not sure how the bottle rockets fit in the paradigm …

user-of-owls January 31, 2011 at 10:52 am

Duh! National Anthem, of course!

Barrelhse January 31, 2011 at 1:08 pm

You know, "..In the bottle-rocket's red glare…"

hunterblatherer January 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm

"We bombed a town fair,
With proof from the right,
That a muslin was there."

ifthethunderdontgetya January 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

There you go again, Jack.

Trying to take Glenn Beck's freedumbs away, just like he drawed it up on the chalkboard.
~

Weenus299 January 31, 2011 at 10:42 am

Maybe he was just going to set them all off on a random night to disturb the sleep of thousands of Muslins Dearborn-wide.

Negropolis February 1, 2011 at 12:20 am

No need, the call to prayer already does that. lol

ttommyunger January 31, 2011 at 10:42 am

Oh well, he's got three Hots and a Cot for life, now, and plenty of fellow morons to banter with about the impending Muslim threat. Manchu is seriously correct, though; it is fortunate that those who drink the FoxTard Kool-Aid are stupefyingly dumb.

Frost/Nixon/Robocop January 31, 2011 at 10:50 am

In prison, the, "impending Muslim threat," is getting raped by a Muslim.

ttommyunger January 31, 2011 at 10:55 am

He doesn't have a very pretty mouth, or anything else, for that matter, but then rape has little to do with aesthetics, prison or otherwise.

zhubajie January 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Probably lots of Muslims in prison….

x111e7thst January 31, 2011 at 10:43 am

I'm waiting for M Bachman to explain to me how this fucktard was driven to act by Obummer taking away his Second Amendment Remedies.

Beetagger January 31, 2011 at 10:43 am

Freedumb fireworks.

metamarcisf January 31, 2011 at 10:43 am

He acted alone, huh? Guess who else "acted alone".

BaldarTFlagass January 31, 2011 at 10:46 am

Stuart Whitman in Give 'Em Hell, Harry!?

horsedreamer_1 January 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

Jack Aronson.

Ruhe January 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

Joe Rozzi?

user-of-owls January 31, 2011 at 10:50 am

Marcel Marceau?

ManchuCandidate January 31, 2011 at 10:55 am

The crew of Babylon 5?

OneDollarJuana January 31, 2011 at 11:11 am

Hal Holbrook?

nounverb911 January 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

HAL 9000

SorosBot January 31, 2011 at 11:34 am

James Franco in 127 Hours?

AutomaticPilot January 31, 2011 at 11:47 am

Anyone who had Charlie Sheen as a co-star?

Lascauxcaveman January 31, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Christine O'Donnell? (before she reformed her witchy, self-touching ways.)

teebob2000 January 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Ryan Reynolds?

zhubajie January 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm

A lone nutter can accomplish things a committee cannot.

Angry_Marmot January 31, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I'm adding "lone nutter" to my list of synonyms for, um…

V572625694 January 31, 2011 at 10:44 am

See? The system works! Let's increase appropriations to DHS and FBI immediately! And TSA will deploy their new $475K/ea Cherry Bomb Detector at 200 airports just as soon as Chertoff's firm can get them built.

DashboardBuddha January 31, 2011 at 10:46 am

The only problem with that is the machine will also wipe anything written by Joan Jett/Runaways from your ipod.

BaldarTFlagass January 31, 2011 at 10:52 am

Maybe he thought he would blow up the toilets in the mosque with them cherry bombs. The joke's on him, though, as those Eastern-style toilets, mostly just a hole in the floor, don't lend themselves to that kind of pranksterism.

OneDollarJuana January 31, 2011 at 11:12 am

Might be a little blow-back in those bathrooms.

V572625694 January 31, 2011 at 11:31 am

“Bomb sight” is the preferred moniker for that type commode, coincidentally!

Lascauxcaveman January 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Yeah "surveyors marks" just sounds a little too scat-fetishy for something like that.

FlownOver January 31, 2011 at 10:55 am

They're waiting for the latest modification – the Intracolonic Cherry Bomb Detection Module – before they deploy. The primary added feature is that, upon detection, the device emits a signal detonating the contraband in situ.

HELisforHEL January 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm

If used in the Muslin mosque bathrooms, would detonation then occur 'In Shitu"?

Ruhe January 31, 2011 at 10:44 am

True story: My office manager, Debbie (natch), came in to work the other day in quite a fluster about the terror bombing that had happened in Arizona. "I hadn't heard about that" I said and quickly got on MSNBC an CNN to look for the news. Nothing. Then Debbie says, "well it was all over FOX." So we go and look at FOX.com. The "breaking news" was about a raggedy old book being found in the middle of the godforsaken desert. What the Debbies all over America heard was "Terror bomber on way to terror bombing appointment leaves behind threatening paperback. Officials on high Alert." The Debbies are sweet as pie but they're gonna kill us all.

user-of-owls January 31, 2011 at 10:54 am

they're gonna kill us all …with synergy.

Dr_Zoidberg January 31, 2011 at 11:53 am

Yeah, but what was the book? It very well could have been a terrorist book, like the gay penguin book 'And Tango Makes Three'.

BarryOPotter January 31, 2011 at 11:57 am

"Damn it, Eli! Is this your book? I think you owe Debbie (natch) an apology. She saw your big-ass book in the Arizona desert and now she's quite freaked the fuck out…"

GOPCrusher January 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm

She weigh 350 and reek of White Out? Because I think we have the same office manager.

imissopus January 31, 2011 at 1:04 pm

We had a "Debbie" in the office I was working in on 9/11. A few weeks afterwards when everyone was freaking out about anthrax, she spotted a pile of white powder one day and pushed the panic button, and we all had to evacuate the building. Turned out to be powdered sugar from a doughnut. True story.

Barrelhse January 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Not sure what that says about your office.

Lascauxcaveman January 31, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Don't worry, if your town has public transit, chances are Debbie will step in front of a moving bus/train/subway before she can do too much damage to others.

Bonzos_Bed_Time January 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Hmmm, Little Debbie…

Barbara_i January 31, 2011 at 10:44 am

This will help to quench his love for prison food and butt sex.

Moonbat February 1, 2011 at 8:57 am

And pruno!

SorosBot January 31, 2011 at 10:45 am

I'm sure of two things:

1) The mainstream media will never report on this; right-wing terrorism just does not exist in their world.

2) If any wingnuts do learn of this, they will come up with some convoluted bullshit reason to claim the right-wing media is in no way responsible for an incident that they were clearly responsible for; hell, I wouldn't be surprised if the name-changing Breitbart troll joins this very thread pulling something out of his ass to claim this guy was a liberal, as he did with Loughner.

jim89048 January 31, 2011 at 11:39 am

Of course he's a librul–hello, California? How could he not be a librul? Unless he lives in Orange County, or anywhere else that's more than 30 miles from the coast, that is.

Chet Kincaid January 31, 2011 at 11:45 am

Who do you mean by the "mainstream media?" I see stuff like this reported all the time.

Negropolis February 1, 2011 at 12:26 am

Apparently, the Detroit News (the conservative of the two dailies in the city) mentioned three times throughout their article on this that the guy was arrested for making threats against president Bush because of something he said about Iraq, but didn't mention whether he was making threats because he thought Bush's comments were too liberal or too conservative. Leave it to the News, though, to make sure that we knew he made a threat against Bush, though.

The guy is an old right-winger army vet who has made threats against Muslims, before, and who it was reported referred to the post leader at his VFW as a "nigger." He's an over-all racists and bigot with behavorial issues.

DerrickWildcat January 31, 2011 at 10:45 am

“It was the max you could buy legally.”

At least he was going to do it legally.

freakishlywrong January 31, 2011 at 10:48 am

"Acting Alone" = "Isolated indecent" = right wing hate rhetoric not to blame.
Old white guy = not a terrist'; terrists are brown. Just an unhinged veteran. Next!

prommie January 31, 2011 at 10:48 am

I don't think its going to take a chalkboard to draw the lines to Glenn Beck here.

SorosBot January 31, 2011 at 10:53 am

Stop blood libeling Glenn Beck!

Crank_Tango January 31, 2011 at 11:03 am

can we start blood letting him? a gallon or so oughta do it.

Bonzos_Bed_Time January 31, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Homeschoolers don't have chalkboards: The Bible is all they need.

zhubajie January 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Say what you will about the Bible, but it doesn't have guns or explosives.

Bonzos_Bed_Time January 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm

You obviously aren't familiar w/ the the apostle of St. Killacommiemuslimadayforjesus.

zhubajie February 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

There's lots of killing in the Bible, but you had to do it up closeand personal.

Monsieur_Grumpe January 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

Another article said the he had a lot of M-80s. I wonder if he planned on lighting them one at time and tossing them at the mosque? Maybe he was going to blow up their garbage cans or mail box which are the number one targets of all people with M-80s.

littlebigdaddy January 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Or flush one down the toilet–imagine the plumber's bill!

baconzgood January 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

The Zambelli Brothers are proud to present George Carlin look alike's "Mr. Stockham Goes to Dearborn"

user-of-owls January 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

Attempted Homicide Bomber

Per the Fox style manual

Pragmatist2 January 31, 2011 at 10:51 am

Did he plan to have musical accompaniment?
I'm not sure the 1812 Overture works.
How about "Schaharazade?"

MrsBiggTime January 31, 2011 at 10:59 am

Something from Ted Nugent would be good.

lulzmonger January 31, 2011 at 12:52 pm

"Yakkity Sax."

HELisforHEL January 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm

You win the day.

horsedreamer_1 January 31, 2011 at 10:52 am

Michigan: America's Chechnya.

HolyMaracas January 31, 2011 at 10:53 am

Silly old wingtard. On his way to Michigan, he should've stopped by Arizona to load up on real, regulation-free ammo.

KochFembot January 31, 2011 at 10:53 am

I bet this guy has lots of awesome bumper stickers on the back of his pickup.

weejee January 31, 2011 at 10:54 am

Beyond mailboxes, M-80s don't blow-up much savin' those who picked up *duds* and are short a couple of fingers. However, and as a chemist just sayin', M-80s could be used as percussive detonators for significantly larger ka-booms and they are readily available if not locally legal. Here's hopin' they seriously bust his truk nutz and send a clear message to the vigilantes.

chickensmack January 31, 2011 at 10:55 am

Take a look inside the Hall of Mirrors, where left is right, and up is down, and you'll finally understand what makes up the complex portrait of George Carlin — Behind the Grave.

LiveToServeYa January 31, 2011 at 11:22 am

Actually, when I saw the pic, the first thing through my mind was 'George Carlin, NOOOO!' Then, I remembered he was dead and that he'd never blow up a mosque. Maybe a Las Vegas hotel, but not a mosque.

chickensmack January 31, 2011 at 11:31 am

Funny, but in another thread here, someone referenced William Conrad. Thus, thanks to idyllic memories, I was hearkened back to when the Mads got "the sillies", when they invented the First Alert William Conrad Refrigerator Alarm.

Now I see Teevee's Frank's mug rising out of my post. I shall fap now.

DangerHelvetica January 31, 2011 at 10:58 am

I'm sure we'll hear equally as much about this guy as the Christmas tree FBI-plant bomber.

cheetojeebus January 31, 2011 at 11:07 am

It's been almost two weeks since that white power nut in Arizona got snatched up by the fuzz with a butt load of homemade hand grenades, yet zero outrage on cnn much less fox, then there is this friggin moran, seems to me the kettle is boiling and no one is watching.

glamourdammerung January 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Well, no one wants to hurt the teabagger's precious widdle feelings.

BZ1 January 31, 2011 at 11:12 am

Here's an interesting take on this from the Detroit Free Press article feedback: (Birinmich): "So a left wing liberal nut job from California with an anti-religion, anti-government twist thinks he can blow up a mosque with fireworks. 3rd page news at best."

superdave January 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

This is why the muslins will win. Our terrorists are morons.

LesBontemps January 31, 2011 at 11:29 am

Worse, they're morans.

Lascauxcaveman January 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm

To be fair, most of the brown terrists are morons, too Otherwise they would be be in a better line of work.

(Underpants bomb? Hello!?)

superdave January 31, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Hey, at least that dude made it onto the plane with explosives on his junk. This guy can't even get to the mosque without blabbing about it.

Hellooooo! OPSEC, anybody?!? Them A-rabs had 19 guys in the country for months without blowing their cover.

randcoolcatdaddy January 31, 2011 at 11:15 am

If you ban fireworks, then only criminals will have sparklers.

Thurman Munster IV January 31, 2011 at 11:16 am

The mayor of Dearborn is named O'Reilly? That's it, the Irish are traitorous Muslins, too

nounverb911 January 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

"And now he’s officially a failed terrorist."
When doe he get his own FOX show?

horsedreamer_1 January 31, 2011 at 11:36 am

G. Gordon Liddy resents the implication. He is much more attractive than the man atop this post.

fartknocker January 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

This looks like the same guy who blew the shit out of his Walmart flat screen when Bristol Palin got too many votes when watching that teevee show "Dancing with the Wasilla Wanabees." So many mixed messages from the TeaTards.

bigdupa January 31, 2011 at 11:39 am

Wonder how the Muslins in prison are going to handle this cupcake?

Oblios_Cap January 31, 2011 at 11:41 am

Now that he's retired, Brett Favre is just looking around for a hobby to keep him busy it appears.

Chet Kincaid January 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I have had it up to here with you guys going into the future and stealing my comments!!!

SorosBot January 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Retired for now. After the first five retirements, it's hard to believe he's really retired until opening day comes and he's not embarrassing himself by throwing interceptions for some desperate struggling team.

GOPCrusher January 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm

The Bears could use a quarterback………..

glamourdammerung January 31, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Brett Favre would have sent dick pictures to the mosque, not tried to bomb it.

Angry_Marmot January 31, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Does that count as an underwear bomb?

babyeinstein January 31, 2011 at 11:47 am

yo jack, no offense, this article is funny, but the commenters at faux news are really delivering the zingers on this one. you guys should check it out.

"wow that's scary…that there is a mosque that big in america," jokes "virginiamom." HILARIOUS. enjoy, you pieces of shit libruls.

Gunner Asch January 31, 2011 at 11:50 am

This guy looks a lot like me. Since I'm in Eastern Oregon that's not a minus.

Chet Kincaid January 31, 2011 at 11:51 am

I'm not so sure that using fireworks is such a dopey idea. Last 4th of July, the Calumet Region Grassroots Fireworks Spectacular was more impressive than Daley's shows, and the idiot across the street from me was firing off ordnance at midnight that was so loud and roof-rattling that we were seriously afraid for our house and their life and limb.

Chet Kincaid January 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Boy, Favre went downhill fast! http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xc/78344618.jpg?v=1

Ancient_Hackery January 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Must be a lefty. He looks exactly like George Carlin's beefier younger brother.

SaintRond January 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm

In his Fox News delirium he figured he could just tell anyone who wasn't wearing a turban about what he was planning to do and there wouldn't be any problems, because of course everyone who's normal wants to blow up some mosque in Dearborn.

mavenmaven January 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Well, as this plot is too big for him, he can become a widely defended teabag hero by killing some innocent 9 year old girl. Especially if she pleads for her life first.

genxr January 31, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Fox News Headline: Explosives found in Radical Mosque, a clear threat to America's Heartland.

No details at 11. That will be all.

genxr January 31, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Zombie George Carlin will kill us all!

BZ1 January 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm

readers in the Detroit Free Press article feedback page have already convinced themselves that is a leftwing nutjob, why? 'cause he's from Californication…

mourningnmerica January 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I blame John Mellencamp.

manythousands January 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm

He should be up next in Budweiser's "Real American Heroes/Real Men of Genius" series.

"Mister Really Dumb Would-Be Mosque Bomberrrrrr…."

lulzmonger January 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

The Cherry-Bomb Bomber, eh? I have a sneaking suspicion this guy's family tree looks like the Olympic logo.

Come here a minute January 31, 2011 at 1:17 pm

His hearing aid is broken — he heard that Shariah was outlawing creeps.

mourningnmerica January 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm

If he hadn't forgot the punks, this could've all ended different.

problemwithcaring January 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm

The article says this loon is anti-government. The Glen Beck White Board of Crazy explanation of how a mosque in Michigan is related to the socialist government takeover must have been something to behold.

mumbly_joe January 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Ken, you got this story completely wrong. For starters, everybody knows that white people can't be terrorists. Ever.

I demand that you replace every instance of "terrorist" in the abovegoing article with "Lone disgruntled nut, who was probably also a secret leftist, also, too."

teebob2000 January 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I saw the URL of the first link going to freep.com and I thought, "they're fucking linking to Free Republic?"

hagajim January 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Did this dude have a Maroon pickup with Missouri plates that said something about Rhino's?

Bonzos_Bed_Time January 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Post-Ramadan festivities!

Redhead January 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm

And Palin blames it on the members of the mosque in 3…2…1…

Negropolis February 1, 2011 at 12:40 am

If anyone is interested in more news from the Freep:

Nahhas said he went over to speak to the man, Roger Stockham, after bar employees said there was something odd about him. He had a laptop opened to a page featuring Arabic news and a briefcase.

"When someone is joking, you know that he's joking. This guy was not joking," Nahhas said.

"He scared us. He kept saying 'I'm going to make this place famous.' "

And this:

"I tried to talk to him. I said if you have issues, people have issues with the government, but they don't go killing innocent people," Nahhas said.

He said the man told him "that he was going to be making history that day. He said there was going to be a big explosion tonight. My main concern was where."

"He said, 'Here, there, the mosque' and he kept repeating it," Nassah said. "I realized that this guy meant business. He said 'I am having a magical moment, a historical moment. I'm going to be a part of making history.' "

Nahhas, 53, said Stockham seemed intelligent, serious and jubilant. "He was trying to celebrate," he said.

And this:

Stockham was wearing a black ski mask when police stopped him and was driving a car packed with high-end fireworks, police said.

ttommyunger January 31, 2011 at 11:10 am

Wouldn't be the first time.

BaldarTFlagass January 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

Well, given my 401 statements, it's certainly on my radar as an option. Just got to talk it over with my Edward Jones guy.

HELisforHEL January 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Sounds like the perfect Republican Health Care and Social Security solution. Quick, get Boner on the horn.

SorosBot January 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

It seems like this was a lucky example of a phenomenon that, as a white guy, I've noticed numerous times: white racists tend to assume that all other white people are also racists, and when no non-white people are around will often start saying horribly racist shit, even to strangers at a public place place such as a bar, and will get surprised at fellow white folk who get offended by their racism.

GOPCrusher January 31, 2011 at 12:36 pm

As long as you were using gubmint issued cheese.

HELisforHEL January 31, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Well put–I am always amazed at the presumption that just because we share a common pigment, we somehow must have the same attitudes about differently pigmented people. There's also the assumption that I would have similar political beliefs, since with my peachy peachiness, that muslin black guy can't possibly be someone I would have voted for.

deanbooth January 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Case in point: Soon after my brother-in-law moved to Knoxville, he went to the local hardware store. The proprietor said "I'll be with you right after I help this porch monkey." When my brother-in-law told him he wouldn't shop there, the guy apologized: "I didn't know you was a Yankee."

Lascauxcaveman January 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm

If that was his strategy, he's really showed a lack of imagination here. Robbing banks, (and seeing how long you could get away with it before getting sent away to your comfy penitentiary retirement) sounds like a lot more fun to me.

But maybe he's afraid of guns.

zhubajie January 31, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Just as well. If he'd blasted a mosque with an assault rifle as people were leaving Friday prayers, he might've killed quite a few. Happened at the Korean Methodist Church in Bloomington, IN, some years ago.

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