Suicide, or suicide bomber? The coincidences pile up like empty beer cans at a Kennedy family reunion

Last Saturday, Oklahoma student Joel Henry Hinrichs III blew himself up outside the stadium where 84,000 people were watching the Sooners play Kansas State. Had he been a fan of my Detroit Lions, I’d have found this completely understandable, but these circumstances are suspicious to say the least.

At first it was reported that he was simply a disturbed and depressed person who wanted to end it all. From there it gets more interesting.

Other facts are now emerging that would make it appear that Joel may have wanted to do a little more than just kill himself. One of the ingredients used in his bomb components was triacetone triperoxide — the same homemade substance used by Richard Reid, the “Shoe-na-bomer” from a few years back.

Triacetone triperoxide is known to acronym lovers everywhere as TATP– it’s also known to Islamic extremists as the “Mother of Satan”, much like our pet name for Hillary. The similarities are that both are very unstable and can go off at any time.

Hinrichs also may have tried to purchase ammonium nitrate, a Timothy McVeigh favorite.

Hinrichs reportedly also went to the same mosque as the so-called “20th hijacker”, Zacarias Moussaoui attended. Is this simply a bunch of coincidences?

Couple that with the recent “credible threats” of suicide bombers targeting New York subways, and possibly other areas, and it adds fuel to the fire that this threat is more widespread than anybody is aware of.

How many more Joel Henry Hinrichs’ are there out there, and when will the next one end up harming a lot more people than just him or herself?

Hinrichs is either a lone depressed person who committed suicide under coincidental circumstances, or Al Qaeda’s version of Gilligan, who screwed up yet another opportunity to kill Americans.

All that said, the FBI said Hinrichs has no known ties to any terrorist organization— so far, just ties to a plenty of coincidences.

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