Why does a silly five-year-old story about someone dressing up in a burqa as a prank make the news today?

Oh, it’s in Caliphornia, no wonder. Thanks to strong arm tactics by Hamas-linked CAIR, the pretend baghead had to apologize profoundly. The top administrator of the Olivenhain Municipal Water District apologized this week for an incident at the office in which she wore a burqa as a disguise, intended as a prank on a subordinate.

Engineering manager George Briest, human resources manager Thomas Wood, operations manager Tom Kennedy and retired operations supervisor Eric Phillips posed with Kim Thorner, in the office in November 2009.

Engineering manager George Briest, human resources manager Thomas Wood, operations manager Tom Kennedy and retired operations supervisor Eric Phillips posed with Kim Thorner, in the office in November 2009.

UT San Diego Kimberly Thorner, general manager of the Encinitas-based public agency, said she dressed up in the black garbage bag-like garment  worn by Muslim woman to pose as a job applicant to tease the agency’s director of operations.

The hoax took place five years ago, and a photo of four smiling staffers posing with Thorner in the burqa was sent to U-T Watchdog this month by someone who found it culturally insensitive. Thorner apologized for any offense. ” I sincerely apologize if I showed any disrespect.”

Thorner without the headbag and black garbage bag outfit

Thorner without the Muslim black garbage bag outfit

U-T Watchdog sought input from local leaders in the Muslim community, and received mixed reactions. Hanif Mohebi, executive director of the San Diego Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, likened it to blackface, a theatrical makeup application used by nonblack performers beginning in the 19th century.

Mohebi said. “There are a lot of people that suffer because supervisors like her take these things lightly… You can be a practical joker, as long as it doesn’t harm others or mock others while you get tax dollars from us. “That segment of the community is already under a lot of discrimination,” he said. “I know that many women who do wear the scarf have a hard time getting hired.” (And rightly so. NEVER HIRE A MUSLIM)

Mohebi said his organization, Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), can provide cultural trainings, and that he would reach out to Thorner about providing one. “Our organization is here to educate and also to provide any kind of service agencies may need,” he said.

Thorner told the U-T she would take him up on the offer.   READ MORE  (Somebody please get Thorner’s email address so we can enlighten her about the dangers of meeting with CAIR)

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