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MIT: Moonbats In Training

Pop quiz.

Let's say you're at Logan International Airport, the very same airport in which half of the 9-11 hijackers met on that fateful day to begin their carnage. You're minding your own business when someone walks by holding something in their hand that looks like C4 that is hooked up to something that looks like a circuit board on the back of their hoodie by a bunch of wires. The words "Socket To Me" are written on the back of the hoodie. She's also making a spectacle of herself while at the airport.

What would your first reaction be?

MIT's Star Simpson did just that, for "Career Day" at school (she had been wearing the ensemble to campus for the previous few days). She was then shocked when she was promptly surrounded by airport security wielding machine guns, and then found herself in jail.

Simpson told authorities she was "surprised" she landed in jail. After all, she wrote on her Web site that she spends her free time "saving the planet from evil villains" and loves "crazy ideas."

There is absolutely nothing artistic about scaring people in public places, even if her father, Hugh Simpson, told the Maui News in Star's native Hawaii that he was "proud" of his daughter. Then he boasted that his daughter went to a park after she was freed on $750 bail to "stretch her arms because she had been in a small room for hours and hours."

I hope she gets used to it because stupidity is not an excuse for criminality; an "art project" to attract prospective employers that terrorizes perfect strangers should certainly be a deterrent from Star Simpson ever landing a job.

But, apparently, MIT does not see it that way. It seems that Simpson had worn her bizarre ensemble for days before she showed up at Logan airport with it. All part of Career Day, she later told cops. No one on campus thought it prudent to tell her to take it off, especially considering that it is just days past the six-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

MIT needs to throw Star Simpson off campus because her "crazy ideas" - such as wearing a hoax device at the airport where two of the planes left on that dark morning when 3,000 people were murdered in this country - are unacceptable. Her parents, who did not react with any sort of responsibility for the actions of their daughter, should forfeit any cash they paid for her tuition thus far.

Until the schools are taken to task in this town for allowing stupidity, such as thinking a fake bomb attached to a sweatshirt is art appropriate for Career Day, hardworking people in this state will continue to pay the price for over-privileged out-of-towners to use our city as their personal playgrounds.


Of course, moonbats are sympathetic, calling her an artist, someone courageous who was just trying to take on "corrupt" politicians. They don't seem to realize showing up at an airport with a phony bomb is asking for trouble, especially when you are trying to draw attention to yourself.

Could it be she was seeking publicity???

No, no, that couldn't be it. It was just an experiment for Career Day at MIT, a school that apparently thought it ok for a girl to walk around with a phony bomb for days on end. If there's going to be another Virginia Tech massacre, it'll probably be at MIT if someone walking around with a phony bomb on their back raises no eyebrows and causes no alarms.

And how did moonbats respond to Michele McPhee's column in the Boston Herald exposing the attention whore for what she is?

  • Your just jealous because she has brains and you dont!
  • What is with editorialist reporter? Does she want to lick every cops buttons clean while she's foaming at the mouth with her populist pap. I want to know if anyone has ever seen her and Ed Anger of the Weekly World News in the same room together. If you're ever down at the Herald or WTTK you can spot her very easily she'll be the one wearing the Lector mask.
  • Lookit--time for the Herald to catch a clue. Nobody's buying your inane BS. Get over yourself and try, really try and write some news. It goes like htis: who, what, when, where and why. It does not go: BECAUSE I SAID SO. Now please explain to me exactly what journalism school Herald reporters are supposed to go to: The Helen Keller School of Journalism perhaps?
  • The scariest part of this whole situation is not the teenager who did a foolish thing. It is the cops and the security forces that did not know how to react to what they thought was a threatening situation. Boston authorities have twice now demonstrated that they cannot handle the responsibility given them.
  • Only a paranoid idiot could have thought that the device looked like a bomb. The girl's mistake was not realizing that Logan security is provided by paranoid gestapo.
  • Okay I get it. This column is performance art. You're trying to reflect the proudly belligerent ignorance of popular American thought. By pretending to be a shrill, reactionary moron and pretending you advocate the shooting death of this woman, you're subtly subverting the raw paranoid hysteria that gave us incidents like this, and the Mooninite fiasco. Well played, sir or madam. I almost believed you actually WERE the stupid, sheltered harpy who "wrote" this piece. Nice art project.
  • I'm getting kind of tired of the country's most cowardly people wetting their pants and reducing our civil liberties because they're afraid of terrorists. The best was to deal with terrorists is to get them, just like we did Osama bin Laden. Oh. That's right, mission unaccomplished. We lose something like 50,000 people a year in traffic accidents, and the worst restrictions on our personal freedoms from that are having to pay more for safer cars and to wear seat belts. But with terrorists, instead we let the whiny namby-pambys and momma's boys (and girls) act our their unreasonable fears and "change our world." Cripes people, buck up and realize that the fear-mongers are doing precisely what terrorists want!

  • And on and on and on.

    It isn't fear mongering for police to take something like this seriously. She may well have simply been a stupid kid, but what is the alternative? What if she hadn't just been some stupid kid and really did have a bomb, but police just looked at her and thought, "Oh, that's just some kid being stupid?"

    Simpson got into MIT, so obviously she's an intelligent girl. I highly doubt that she had no idea what kind of reaction this would cause, and injecting fear into people just for the hell of it is inexcusable. She deserved to go to jail, and if MIT had any kind of common sense at all, they'd expel her. But, in all likelihood, she'll return to the college as a celebrated "artist" without facing any repercussions for her actions whatsoever.

    Hat Tip: Moonbattery


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    Comments (31)

    By the way, what's the deal... (Below threshold)
    Mitchell:

    By the way, what's the deal with the hair? Is that a part of the "project" too?

    Cool, huh, huh.

    She really needs to have th... (Below threshold)

    She really needs to have that smug slapped off her face.

    By pretending to be a suicide bomber, and provoking an incident, she endangered the lives of all the bystanders as well as mocking the victims of those who target civilians with weapons of war in the name of Islam.

    She should be charged as what she pretended to be... a suicide bomber.

    If... and she opened a bucket-load of ifs...

    ...bystanders could have died in the hail of gunfire resulting from her prank.

    It is a crime to brandish a firearm, and it is no excuse if later that firearm turns out to be a squirt gun. You can't claim it was 'art' to threaten someone.

    She should do hard time.

    The more that I think about... (Below threshold)
    Steve L.:

    The more that I think about this incident, the more that I am convinced that she was trying to make a point. She thought she could roam around the airport and nothing would happen. She could then bash the powers-that-be for not keeping airports safe. In the alternative, she might get arrested, in which case, she can scream and yell about living in a police state.

    It's a win-win.

    Simpson sure reminds me of ... (Below threshold)

    Simpson sure reminds me of another art kook that I know of. A well-known wacky local female artist once came to my Powell street TV shop and wanted to purchase some half-running TVs for some screwball art display. Amazingly she managed to pay the rent for years on a goofy art display called the "24 Hour Church Of Elvis", long after my Powell street TV shop closed it's doors due to declining business.

    Art kooks sure seem hooked up wrong to me. Yet have a higher measure of success than they deserve for their foolishness for some odd reason. Go figure.

    My job constantly reminds m... (Below threshold)
    LCVRWC:

    My job constantly reminds me intelligence does not equal common sense.

    I wonder what MIT would hav... (Below threshold)
    FormerHostage:

    I wonder what MIT would have done if a normal looking while male walked around campus with a holstered, realistic, plastic 9mm pistol as an art project to bring attention to handgun deaths on college campi?

    Or how about a group of a dozen or so performance artists sitting in a circle at the student union reading from the bible?

    I think you have the wrong ... (Below threshold)
    Veeshir:

    I think you have the wrong picture, is that Rufio?

    wonder how the left would r... (Below threshold)
    GianiD:

    wonder how the left would react if someone walked into an abortion clinic with what appeared to be a bomb, or an Uzi?

    She should get at least a year in jail for this disruption.

    You filed this under "Atten... (Below threshold)
    Roy:

    You filed this under "Attention Whore". Nuff said.

    "Your just jealous beca... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    "Your just jealous because she has brains and you dont!"

    To paraphrase a much better known phrase: With brains like those, who needs brains?

    Dressing like your siste... (Below threshold)
    Socratease:

    Dressing like your sister
    Living like a tart
    They don't know what you're doing
    Babe, it must be art!
    You're a headache in a suitcase
    You're a star

    You don't know how you got here
    You just know you want out
    Believing in yourself almost as much as you doubt
    You're a big smash
    You wear it like a rash...star

    Her parents named her Star.... (Below threshold)

    Her parents named her Star. That about sums it up for me.

    Has Hillary, Edwards, or Ob... (Below threshold)
    dft:

    Has Hillary, Edwards, or Obama denounced her yet? If not, we need to know why they support students wearing bomb-like amulets into airports. Is Malkin on it yet? How about the Perfesser?

    I believe that everyone, in... (Below threshold)
    TJ:

    I believe that everyone, including the security forces at logan, have missed the entire point.

    This is an MIT student. Some of them tend to be geeky. They'll think it's cool to have a message board on their chest.

    Similar to the AquaTeenHungerForce deal, the geeky toy IN NO WAY appears to be a bomb. Do you think an MIT student doesn't know what a bomb looks like?

    Yes, stop the person, and verify that the device isn't suspisious or harmful. But, confronting this teen with submachine guns is slightly overkill.

    Also, the charge of a 'hoax device'? How does this message board in any way resemble a bomb? I think such a charge should apply only to someone who is actually trying to intimidate using a bomb-like device, such as a abortion bomber or a bank robber.

    The whole thing is 'blown' out of proportion.

    Yes, I understand - you can't be too careful - this is LOGAN, after all.

    Ok, first off, this is the ... (Below threshold)
    Ted:

    Ok, first off, this is the first time I've seen the words "fake bomb" bandied about. It was a circuit board fastened to the outside of a sweatshirt. People might think it looks like what a bomb would look like (I myself would), but that doesn't make it a fake bomb. If someone wears one of those LED t-shirts inside out, does that make it a fake bomb? Get real.

    Now, I personally don't think security overreacted. I think a little probation or fine would be enough to hammer home the point that just because you're from MIT doesn't mean you can act without thinking. Then again, considering dad's reaction, it probably wouldn't help.

    Yep she is a goofball...<br... (Below threshold)
    nogo war:

    Yep she is a goofball...
    but less then this Republican Rep who is exposed? She trashes moveon...but when asked something as simple as "What is the name of the last person from your district to be killed in Iraq....she does not have a clue...(Support the troops?)
    Which goofball is worse?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nIlFsERnmk

    ...I linked this because...well no one here ever would..

    editor's note: link edited because... well, I felt like it. J.

    Ok, first off, this is t... (Below threshold)
    Steve L.:

    Ok, first off, this is the first time I've seen the words "fake bomb" bandied about. It was a circuit board fastened to the outside of a sweatshirt. People might think it looks like what a bomb would look like (I myself would), but that doesn't make it a fake bomb. If someone wears one of those LED t-shirts inside out, does that make it a fake bomb? Get real.

    Acttually, the ensemble included a putty-like substace that she carried in each hand that looked like an explosive like C-4. It wasn't just a circuit board that caused people to react the way they did. The entire ensemble was intended to look like a suicide bomber. She clearly succeeded.

    nogo, I've been reading mes... (Below threshold)
    89:

    nogo, I've been reading message boards for over 10 years, and you just made the most off-topic post I can remember ever (except for the usual porn and viagra spam). Why don't you start posting your own blog posts on Wizbang Blue or something?

    And by the way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ7YedEopp4

    what's the deal with the... (Below threshold)
    alacrityfitzhugh:

    what's the deal with the hair? There have been a couple of stories that mentioned she has shaved her head and donated her hair to "charity". I saw a story on last night's news aboout a little Iraqi girl, a burn victim, who'd received a wig from a charitable organization. So her "hair" may not be so much a fashion statement as a compassion statement.

    We need not focus on her appearance or her motives, but rather her poor judgment...

    She coul;d have saved time ... (Below threshold)
    Robert:

    She coul;d have saved time and got the same reaction by saying, "Boo".

    BTW, those who actually are carrying bombs in an airport don't advertise it.

    She is from Maui. It made t... (Below threshold)
    Bob:

    She is from Maui. It made the papers here. What can you expect from an island full of moonbats? The most revered politician here is Kucinich.

    My first reaction would be ... (Below threshold)
    John Wayne:

    My first reaction would be to shoot the person in the head, then ask questions.

    Nogo all link and no think.... (Below threshold)
    Scrapiron:

    Nogo all link and no think. Typical democrat.

    Shoot 'em all, let God sort... (Below threshold)
    kim:

    Shoot 'em all, let God sort out the vain.
    =========================================

    Lack of judgement seems to ... (Below threshold)
    epador:

    Lack of judgement seems to be a common denominator for Star and NoGo.

    I for one would like to see... (Below threshold)
    Spurwing Plover:

    I for one would like to see one of those paparazi wacks trip on their mike cords and bust their wittle noses

    for a moment there I though... (Below threshold)
    moseby:

    for a moment there I thought it was a picture of Bea Arthur...OOFAH!

    I predict the charges will ... (Below threshold)
    Fred:

    I predict the charges will be dropped in a couple of weeks, after Martha Coakley gets off the rag.

    <a href="http://www.mi5.gov... (Below threshold)
    Rance:
    I'm with Steve L, though I ... (Below threshold)

    I'm with Steve L, though I won't give her credit for having thought of both possibilities. But definitely, if she had not been stopped then we'd be reading about the incompetence of Homeland Security and GWB.

    The line that got me - "Then he boasted that his daughter went to a park after she was freed on $750 bail to "stretch her arms because she had been in a small room for hours and hours."
    I can't even figure out what the angle on this is. Poor girl, being held in such cruel conditions? (like we're to believe she was being confined to a dishwasher shipping crate). Or was it a, "She's so real, and such a free spirit? She enjoys the simple things like going to a park to stretch her arms?"

    I'm with Steve L, though... (Below threshold)
    Veeshir:

    I'm with Steve L, though I won't give her credit for having thought of both possibilities. But definitely, if she had not been stopped then we'd be reading about the incompetence of Homeland Security and GWB
    And if she hadn't immediately complied with the cops, we would have been reading about the incompetent, trigger-happy cops shooting an MIT student in the head.
    Remember, if they think you're a suicide bomber, they're going to shoot you in the head to kill you quick and not accidentally set off the bomb.




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