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Charles Alfred Dreyling Jr. had an explosive device in his carry-on bag. (AP Photo/Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department)

“They all look a certain way. It’s all very nice to be politically correct here, but we’re talking about terrorism.”
— Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Democrat from Brooklyn

“Young Arab fundamentalists are the individuals undertaking these acts of terror, and we should keep those facts prominently in our minds and eyes as we attempt to secure our populace.”
— Republican NY City Councilman James Oddo.

Two NY elected officials ready to do some racial profiling.

Oklahoma man held before boarding plane with bomb. Remember those quotes from a week or so ago? This dude isn’t a swarthy Arab, is he Hikind and Oddo?

A bomb is a freaking bomb, no matter who has it, al Qaeda or Tim McVeigh. They don’t have any connection to a terrorist organization for this guy, but when you can make an explosive device at home, all you need is a kook with a death wish to make it on a plance to create terror.

Dreyling, 24, was going through the security checkpoint at Will Rogers World Airport on Wednesday when a Transportation Security Administration employee noticed something suspicious in his bag on the X-ray machine, Johnson said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Troester described the device as a carbon-dioxide cartridge with a black-powder detonator.

But Dreyling’s landlord, former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys, said he had created a “glorified firecracker” and forgot it was in his luggage.

“I know Charlie Dreyling quite well,” Humphreys said. “I appreciate what the authorities are doing making our airlines safe. I have every confidence that they’ll find out Charlie Dreyling is a fine young man and no terrorist.”

OK. What kind of dumb*ss is Humphreys? Would he like to fly on the plane with Dreyling and see whether he did something with his “firecracker”? Would he feel more threatened by a shoe bomb, perhaps?

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