Man Flies Plane into IRS Building in Austin, TX

Today a complete and utter crackpot flew a small passenger airplane into an IRS building in Austin, TX. The alleged nutjob left a suicide note (online!) in which he eloquently stated his logical decision-making process is careful, easy-to-follow terms. Okay, I made that up — the guy rambled about how taxes and the IRS were bad, big business is bad, the fact that government-run health care wasn’t passed is bad, President Bush is bad, capitalism is bad, and the only way to change was for him to die.

First, I’ll toss in some links to news outlets covering the mess:

Pilot Crashes Into Texas Building in Apparent Anti-IRS Suicide

Austin plane crash targeted IRS, officials say

Remains of 2 found after Austin plane crash

The pilot has been identified as one Andrew Joseph Stack. He apparently had been going through some tough financial times or something, and decided that the IRS was Out to Get Him. Obviously, his only sensible recourse was to light his house on fire, get into a plane, and crash it into an IRS office, but not before posting his suicide note/blog online for all to see.

Naturally, the Left has fired up its propaganda machine and tried to tie this incident to the Tea Party movement.  David Jeffers at American Thinker mentions the immediate pull for the Left to blame this on the Tea Party movement, as does Matthew Vedum at the American Spectator. Prison Planet has mined some message forums at Democratic Underground and FOX Nation to bring us wondrous jewels of left-wing logic. Some of the choicest comments:

“Looks like one of the Teabaggers woke up on the wrong side of the bed. LOL. You nuts better not start doing this regularly.”


“Not a single one of you is concerned that one of your own just committed an act of domestic terror. You are already attacking the messenger and they have not even brought the message in yet.”


“These “anti-government” right wing hate machines really need to realize that violence will be done by their followers. People like Beck think about ratings, but when you tell enough people that the “government is out to get them” , sooner or later some of these people will decide to strike first.
We will see more domestic terrorism. People like the posters here need to accept responsibility to police themselves. You preach hate and destroying your enemies “foreign or domestic” and people will start blowing up innocent people because of the message you preach.

YOU did this, and I;ve no doubt more blood will be spilled because of you. Right wingers have a terrible (actually worse the dems) record of fiscal responsibility, small government, and unobtrusive gov: yet you are yelling that America is being attacked by democrats in this area.



There is no point in “dialogue” with you right wingers, you guys are the taliban of america.”

“Accept responsibility. One of YOU committed a domestic terror act. You should be thinking about that rather than insulting democrats as usual.”

Note that there was no real indication of how it was determined that this guy was a right-wing extremist other than that he flew a plane into a building. It was just assumed that violence = right-wing. Of course, given the Left’s history of violent riots, bombings, and assassinations, I’m not sure how that follows. Apparently the most they’ve got so far is that this guy didn’t trust the government , which is something that is quite common among the far-left, especially when you get into anarchist groups.  But this is my favorite:

“His “manifesto” is rank and file conservative/tea party/ repub rhetoric. I’ve read the same thing on these since before Obama was inaugurated. That dude would fit right in here, and maybe he did.”

Gregory of Yardale at Moonbattery belies this in a pretty straightforward manner – by looking at Stack’s manifesto:

The Dumbasses at Kos are already calling this “teabagger terrorism.” However, that contention is not supported by the Manifesto that Joseph Andrew Stack, the kamikaze pilot, left behind. If the manifesto is legit, then a few selected out-takes should dispel the notion that this guy was any kind of Tea Partier.

…the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple…

The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government. Nothing changes unless there is a body count.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

His manifesto is rambling and disjointed. Someone from the left could just as easily cherry-pick passages to claim he was no left-winger. (And they will.) But any fair analysis would conclude Joseph Andrew Stack hated the government, the banks, big business, the Catholic church, life, and himself. He was an anarchist and a nutjob. Despite what Keith, Chrissy, Ed, and Kyle will claim tonight… he was not a conservative.

Nothing in his manifesto indicates that the guy was conservative in any way. He seems to be more on the left of the isle, but his statement is so disjointed that it’s difficult to really tell where he sits (sat?) on the political spectrum. But he is certainly not far-right.

Bottom line is this: this guy was a nut, and did a nutty thing that killed people. He did it alone and by himself, and he alone is to blame. And the Left will not rest until it can weave a narrative that establishes that this incident was the fault of the Tea Party movement, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and probably global warming.


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