JUST LEAVE... You can't call yourself a fucking patriot. You don't deserve to. Hate is not a fundamental part of being American. It is not the American Dream. No one is swallowing that act.
I hear San Juan is pretty accommodating to your mindset.
We got there because of the below:
Stack was a loon, just like Jihad Jane.
2010 Austin plane crash
The 2010 Austin plane crash occurred on February 18, 2010, when Andrew Joseph Stack III, flying his Piper Dakota, crashed into Building I of the Echelon office complex in Austin, Texas, United States, killing himself and Internal Revenue Service manager Vernon Hunter. Thirteen others were injured. An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) field office is located in the four-story office building along with other state and federal government agencies. Prior to the crash, Stack had posted a suicide note dated February 18, 2010 to his business website.
|2010 Austin Plane Crash|
Panorama of the building the day after the plane crash
|Location||9430 Research Boulevard |
Austin, Texas, United States
|Date||February 18, 2010 |
9:56 local (15:56 UTC) (UTC-6)
|Target||Internal Revenue Service field office in Austin, Texas|
|Attack type||Suicide attack|
|Weapon(s)||Fixed wing aircraft|
|Death(s)||2 (Vernon Hunter and Andrew Joseph Stack)|
|Perpetrator||Andrew Joseph Stack III|
Approximately an hour before the crash, Stack allegedly set his $230,000 house located on Dapplegrey Lane in North Austin on fire. He then drove to a hangar he rented at Georgetown Municipal Airport, approximately 20 miles to the north. He boarded his single-engine Piper Dakota airplane and was cleared to take off around 9:45 a.m. Central Standard Time. He indicated to the control tower his flight would be "going southbound, sir." After taking off his final words were "thanks for your help, have a great day."
About ten minutes later his plane descended and collided at full speed into Echelon I, a building containing offices for 190 IRS employees, resulting in a large fireball and explosion. The building is located near the intersection of Research Boulevard (U.S. Route 183) and Mopac Expressway (Loop 1).
The plane was piloted by Andrew Joseph Stack III of the Scofield Farms neighborhood in North Austin, who worked as an embedded software consultant. He grew up in Pennsylvania and had two brothers and two sisters, was orphaned at age 4, and spent some time at a Catholic orphanage. He graduated from the Milton Hershey School in 1974 and studied engineering at Harrisburg Area Community College from 1975 to 1977 but did not graduate. His first marriage to Ginger Stack, which ended in divorce, produced a daughter, Samantha Bell. In 2007 Stack had remarried to Sheryl Housh who had a daughter from a previous marriage.
In 1985, Stack, along with his first wife, incorporated Prowess Engineering. In 1994, he failed to file a state tax return. In 1998, the Stacks divorced and a year later his wife filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, citing IRS liabilities totaling nearly $126,000. In 1995, Stack started Software Systems Service Corp, which was suspended in 2004 for non payment of state taxes. It was revealed in CNN and ABC news broadcasts by another software consultant who testified that the IRS had taken away a tax status for software consultants, which might have set off the incident with Stack. 
Stack obtained a pilot's license in 1994 and owned a Velocity Elite XL-RG plane, in addition to the Piper Dakota (aircraft registration: N2889D) he flew into the Echelon building. He had been using the Georgetown Municipal Airport for four and a half years and paid $236.25 a month to rent a hangar. There has been speculation that Stack replaced seats on his aircraft with extra drums of fuel prior to the collision.
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On the morning of the crash, Stack posted a suicide note on his website, embeddedart.com. The HTML source code of the web page shows the letter was composed using Microsoft Word starting two days prior, February 16, at 19:24Z (1:24 p.m. CST). The document also shows that it was revised 27 times with the last being February 18 at 06:42Z (12:42 a.m. CST).
In the suicide note, he begins by expressing displeasure with the government, the bailout, politicians, the conglomerate companies of General Motors, Enron and Arthur Andersen, the unions, the drug and health care insurance companies, and the Catholic Church. He then describes his life as an engineer; including his meeting with a poor widow who never got the pension benefits she was promised, the effect of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 on engineers, the September 11 attacks airline bailouts that only benefited the airlines but not the suffering engineers and how a Certified Public Accountant he hired seemed to side with the government to take extra tax money from him. His suicide note included criticism of the FAA, the George W. Bush administration, and a call for violent revolt.
The suicide note also mentions, several times, Stack's having issues with taxes, debt, and the IRS and his having a long-running feud with the organization. While the IRS also has a larger regional office in Austin, the field office located in Echelon I performed tax audits, seizures, investigations and collections.
The suicide note ended with:
I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
Joe Stack (1956-2010) 02/18/2010
Big Brother is the name of George Orwell's fictional omniscient dictator in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The phrase "pound of flesh" dates back William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice. The communist creed was penned by Karl Marx.
Killed in the incident along with Stack was Vernon Hunter, a 67-year-old Revenue Officer Group Manager for the IRS and a military veteran of the Vietnam War; Hunter was survived by his wife IRS Revenue Officer Valerie Hunter and their six children. Thirteen people were reported as injured, two of them critically. Debris from the crash reportedly struck a car being driven on the southbound access road of Route 183 in front of the building, shattering the windshield. Another driver on the southbound access road of Route 183 had his windows and sunroof shattered during the impact, and had debris fall inside his car, yet escaped uninjured. Robin Dehaven, a glass worker and former combat engineer for the United States Army, saw the collision while commuting to his job, and used the ladder on his truck to rescue five people from the building. By coincidence, Travis County Hazardous Materials Team - an inter-agency group of firefighters from outside the City of Austin - had just assembled for training across the freeway from the targeted building, observed the low and fast flight of Stack's plane, and heard the blast impact. They immediately responded, attacking the fire and initiating search-and-rescue. Several City of Austin fire engines for the area of the Echelon building were already deployed at the fire at Stack's home at the time of the impact.
The United States Department of Homeland Security issued a statement saying that the incident did not appear to be linked to organized international terrorist groups. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs reaffirmed what Homeland Security said, and that President Barack Obama was briefed on the incident. The President expressed his concern and commended the courageous actions of the first responders. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) launched two F-16 fighter aircraft from Ellington Airport in Houston, Texas, to conduct an air patrol in response to the crash. That action was reported as standard operating procedure in this situation.
The company hosting embeddedart.com, T35 hosting, took Stack's website offline "due to the sensitive nature of the events that transpired in Texas this morning and in compliance with a request from the FBI." Several groups supporting the pilot on the social networking website Facebook appeared following the incident and the news of the accompanying manifesto. These were immediately shut down by Facebook staff.
Austin police chief Art Acevedo stated that the incident was a lone wolf incident, and not the actions of a major terrorist organization. He also cited "some heroic actions on the part of federal employees" that "will be told at the appropriate time."
The Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that it was investigating the incident "as a criminal matter of an assault on a federal officer" and that it was not being considered terrorism at this time. Two members of the United States House of Representatives made statements to the contrary. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) stated, "Like the larger-scale tragedy in Oklahoma City, this was a cowardly act of domestic terrorism." Mike McCaul (R-Texas), told a reporter that, "it sounds like it [was a terrorist attack] to me." Nihad Awad, the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is also asking the federal government to classify this as an act of terrorism. In a statement on February 19, he said, "Whenever an individual or group attacks civilians in order to make a political statement, that is an act of terror. Terrorism is terrorism, regardless of the faith, race or ethnicity of the perpetrator or the victims. If a Muslim had carried out the IRS attack, it would have surely been labeled an act of terrorism." Georgetown University Professor Bruce Hoffman stated that for this to be considered an act of terrorism, "there has to be some political motive and it has to send a broader message that seeks some policy change. From what I've heard, that doesn't appear to be the case. It appears he was very mad at the [IRS] and this was a cathartic outburst of violence. His motivation was the key." A USA Today headline used the term "a chilling echo of terrorism."
Newly elected Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown said "I don't know if it's related but you can just sense not only in my election and being here in Washington, people are frustrated. They want transparency. They want their elected officials to be accountable and open and talk about the things that are affecting their daily lives. So I'm not sure if there's a connection there, I certainly hope not. We need to do things better." Citing the copy of Joseph Stack's suicide note posted online, the liberal-leaning Daily Kos website observed that, "Obviously Stack was not a mentally healthy person, and he was embittered at capitalism, including crony capitalism, and health insurance companies and the government." They also noted that while Stack cannot be connected with the popular Tea Party movement, it "should inject a bit of caution into the anti-government flame-throwers on the right." The conservative-leaning Ace of Spades HQ disputed any connection to the movement and additionally stated Stack was not "right wing", citing Stack's criticism of politicians for not doing anything about health care reform.
In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America, Joe Stack's adult daughter, Samantha Bell, who now lives in Norway, stated that she considered her father to be a hero, because she felt that now people might listen. While she does not agree with his specific actions involving the plane crash, she does agree with his actions about speaking out against "injustice" and "the government." Bell subsequently retracted aspects of her statement, saying her father was "not a hero" and adding, "We are mourning for Vernon Hunter."
Five days after her husband Vernon Hunter's death, Valerie Hunter filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sheryl Mann Stack, Andrew Joseph Stack's widow in District Court. The lawsuit alleges that Sheryl had a duty to "avoid a foreseeable risk of injury to others," including her late husband and failed to do so by not warning others about her late husband. The lawsuit also mentions that Stack was required by law to fly his plane at an altitude 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle.
Iowa congressman Steve King has made several statements regarding Stack including "I think if we’d abolished the IRS back when I first advocated it, he wouldn’t have a target for his airplane. And I’m still for abolishing the IRS, I’ve been for it for thirty years and I’m for a national sales tax (in its place)."
The Internal Revenue Service formally designates certain individuals as potentially dangerous taxpayers (PDTs). In response to an inquiry after the attack, an IRS spokesperson declined to state whether Stack had been designated as a PDT.
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- "Well Mr. Big Brother IRS man... take my pound of flesh and sleep well." - Archive of Stack's suicide note from his website, Embeddedart.com
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I've no sympathy to a rich asshat with a plane who can't figure out he has to pay taxes.
Do many not find it odd that African-Americans are absent from the "Teabagger" movement? Is that by choice, or design?
As noted by this picture below, typically, a "Teabagger" is Caucasian, uneducated and uninformed on the issues. Is it merely by coincidence, these very same characteristics are true for racists as well?
It wouldn't hurt to be suspicious of asshats looking backwards at the Reagan Years who don't understand Wall Street won't self-regulate. They can't see Deregulation is the problem - not big Government.
Remember Reagan sold Hollywood out to the Chicago Mob. Then continued to sell out Californians to Big Business and lastly all us Americans to 'Old Money' (the ones who stole the opium trade from the English).
David Sirota receives death threat for discussing racist underpinnings of the Teabaggers - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
davidsirota via twitter:
Just received a full-on death threat for my CNN appearance discussing the racial undertones of the tea party protests. Not cool.
Video of racist tea bagger ripping up lady's Rosa Parks sign
More teabag pics coming in.... (updated)
Janeane Garofalo vs the "Tea Baggers" Round II - This Time It's Personal!
Teabagger wit: Lyin' African - Democratic Underground
Teabaggers Throw Out Old Glory with their Disgusting Filth.
Photos from the 9/12 Rally
No More Code Words: Racism is Public Again
Radical, Racist Signs Featured At 9/12 March
On Being Hated In a Nation of Assholes
On Racism, Death Threats & The Blindness of Those Who Will Not See, by David Sirota
The above hate is not what my America is about. You fight sellouts, you fight bullies, you stand up for the little guy. You look deeper. You don't swallow packaged heroes - who turn out to be traitors like "Songbird" McCain - he made hundreds homeless and penniless as a member of the Keating 5. You don't swoon for the empty headed new Evil Queen of Mean Sarah "Darth Vee/Rikki Wannabe Porn Star" Palin - who likely caused her youngest child's mental and health problems by traveling pregnant. You know what scary - we've back upped those claims above. And some idiot will talk about her boobs or legs. He'll miss the point.
Question why the right is made of angry racist anti-Americans.
Question why Big Insurance has bought Congress.
Question why Joe Lieberman calls himself anything but traitor.
Don't be fooled. Ask your congressperson/senator to act in your interest. Monitor them.
Another scary thing - Archie Comics have been encoded with subversive information since day one. Even better than Uncle Scrooge was.