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When purple things are pulsating on your mind, I'm the one whose clock you want to clean. Aiding is Sparky, the Astral Plane Zen Pup Dog from his mountain stronghold on the Northernmost Island of the Happy Ninja Island chain, this blog will also act as a journal to my wacky antics at an entertainment company and the progress of my self published comic book, The Deposit Man which only appears when I damn well feel like it. Real Soon Now.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sparky: You know

the tubby liar

made us less safe.

The Fat Fuckhead


our soldiers

will be tortured.




Rove 'proud'

of US


terror suspects

Karl Rove: 'Waterboarding kept world safe'

A senior adviser to former US President George W Bush has defended tough interrogation techniques, saying their use helped prevent terrorist attacks.

In a BBC interview, Karl Rove, who was known as "Bush's brain", said he "was proud we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists".

He said waterboarding, which simulates drowning, should not be considered torture.

In 2009, President Barack Obama banned waterboarding as a form of torture.

But the practice was sanctioned in written memos by Bush administration lawyers in August 2002, providing legal cover for its use.

I'm proud that we kept the world safer than it was, by the use of these techniques
Karl Rove

In 2008, CIA head Michael Hayden told Congress it had only been used on three high-profile al-Qaeda detainees, and not for the past five years.

One of those was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a key suspect in the 9/11 attacks.

Mr Rove said US soldiers were subjected to waterboarding as a regular part of their training.

A less severe form of the technique was used on the three suspects interrogated at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, he added.

"I'm proud that we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists and gave us valuable information that allowed us to foil plots such as flying aeroplanes into Heathrow and into London, bringing down aircraft over the Pacific, flying an aeroplane into the tallest building in Los Angeles and other plots," Mr Rove told the BBC.

"Yes, I'm proud that we kept the world safer than it was, by the use of these techniques. They're appropriate, they're in conformity with our international requirements and with US law."

Mr Rove has just written a memoir, Courage and Consequence, in which he defends the two terms of the Bush administration as "impressive, durable and significant".

Profile: Karl Rove
Karl Rove
Karl Rove skewered Democrats politically for decades
Political visionary or ruthless tactician - whatever the description, Karl Rove's influence on US politics has been beyond doubt.

He was at the heart of some of the biggest decisions made by the Bush administration - and some of the biggest controversies.

Mr Rove was the chief strategist in George W Bush's two presidential election victories, a role that made him highly regarded by Republicans and reviled by Democrats.

Early in President Bush's second term, Mr Rove was promoted to deputy chief of staff in charge of most White House policy co-ordination, including matters ranging from homeland security and domestic policy to the economy and national security.

Just over a year later in April 2006, he was relieved of this responsibility to concentrate on electoral politics - fundraising and big-picture thinking ahead of the November mid-term congressional elections.

The White House was grappling with mounting problems and falling approval ratings for the president, partly due to growing dissatisfaction over the handling of the Iraq war.

Mr Rove's task was to stop the Republicans losing control of either or both houses of congress in November. Despite his previous electoral successes, he failed.

Prosecutors row

The latter part of his time in the Bush administration was also overshadowed by investigations into the leaking of an undercover CIA agent's identity - a criminal offence.

George W Bush with Karl Rove
Rove was chief strategist in both Bush's presidential poll wins
Mr Rove himself was not prosecuted over the leak but another official, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was found guilty of perjury and obstructing justice in connection with the case.

Mr Rove has also been at the centre of another political row that has pitted Congress against the White House.

The dispute began after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired eight federal prosecutors in 2006 - an unusual but not illegal move.

Democrats said the sackings were politically motivated and that Mr Rove knew of the discussions about the firing of the attorneys nearly two years before they were sacked.

Mr Bush used his executive privilege as president to order Mr Rove not to testify at hearings on Capitol Hill.

There are some who considered everything Mr Rove did as Machiavellian machination.

Mr Rove was accused of using underhand tactics against Democrats ever since his teenage years.

As a student, he invited Chicago vagrants to turn up for free beer at a plush reception for a Democrat state candidate - an incident he later described as a "youthful prank" that he regretted.

Later, in 1970, he won control of the College Republicans, and was embroiled in further allegations of dirty tricks.

He found himself being investigated by Texas congressman and future President George Bush Sr, who exonerated him and then hired him.

Clear victory

Since then, Mr Rove has been closely linked to the Bush family's fortunes, eventually helping propel George W Bush into the White House.

He micro-managed his campaigns, but also governed the strategy.

Reporters surround Karl Rove
Karl Rove: In the news and spinning the news
He defied convention in the 2004 election campaign by aiming not at the middle ground but at Mr Bush's base, the religious right.

The approach worked, delivering a clear victory in the popular vote for Mr Bush.

The younger Bush is said to have endowed Mr Rove with the nickname "Turd Blossom", after the beautiful wild flowers that sprout from cowpats in Texas.

It appears the president appreciated his adviser's ability to bring him out of the stinkiest situation smelling of roses.

Mr Rove, born in 1950, survived some tough years. His father walked out of the family home on Christmas Day 1969 - his 19th birthday.

Then he found out this man was not, in fact, his father.

His mother committed suicide 12 years later.

From inauspicious beginnings, Mr Rove rose to one of the most powerful positions in US politics and became the man some considered to be the power behind the throne.

His supporters say that for the "genius" of his political direction, he fully deserved to be there.

Mr Rove has been married twice and has a son.

You want deep? Let's start here:
And he who controls it, controls our destiny.
Hydraulic empire

A hydraulic empire, also known as a hydraulic despotism, or water monopoly empire, is a social or government structure which maintains power and control through exclusive control over access to water. It arises through the need for flood control and irrigation, which requires central coordination and a specialized bureaucracy[1].

Often associated with these terms and concepts is the notion of a water dynasty. This body is a political structure which is commonly characterized by a system of hierarchy and control often based around class or caste. Power, both over resources (food, water, energy) and a means of enforcement such as the military are vital for the maintenance of control.


A developed "hydraulic civilization" maintains control over its population by means of controlling the supply of water. The term was coined by the German American historian Karl August Wittfogel (1896 – 1988), in Oriental Despotism (1957). Wittfogel asserted that such "hydraulic civilizations" — although they were neither all located in the Orient nor characteristic of all Oriental societies — were essentially different from those of the Western world. More recently, the idea of practical orientalism has emerged from the original field of orientalism envisioned by Edward Said[2] and Wittfogel amongst others. Practical orientalism considers the creation of the binaries created in elements of everyday routine[3]. In a modern neoliberal economic setting, concepts of common ownership and equal and universal access rights often emerge as exotic or oriental, creating as described below situations of contemporary hydraulic empire and resource control.

Most of the first civilizations in history, such as Ancient Egypt, Sri Lanka, Mesopotamia, China and pre-Columbian Mexico and Peru, are believed to have been hydraulic empires. The Indus Valley civilization is often considered a hydraulic empire despite a lack of evidence of irrigation (as this evidence may have been lost in time due to flood damage). Most hydraulic empires existed in desert regions, but imperial China also had some such characteristics, due to the exacting needs of rice cultivation.


Wittfogel argues that climate caused some parts of the world to develop higher levels of civilization than others. He is known for claiming that climate in the Orient led to despotic rule. These arguments for climatic determinism are today echoed by the work of scholars such as Jared Diamond who suggests in his work Collapse that climatic and environmental determinants have been the central factor determining the rise and fall of empires[4]. This environmental determinism comes to bear when considering that in those societies where the most control was exhibited, this was commonly the case due to the central role of the resource in economic processes and it its environmentally limited, or constrained nature. This made controlling supply and demand easier and allowed a more complete monopoly to be established, as well as preventing the use of alternative resources to compensate.

The typical hydraulic empire government, in Wittfogel's thesis, is extremely centralized, with no trace of an independent aristocracy -- in contrast to the decentralized feudalism of medieval Europe. Though tribal societies had structures that were usually personal in nature, exercised by a patriarch over a tribal group related by various degrees of kinship, hydraulic hierarchies gave rise to the established permanent institution of impersonal government. Popular revolution in such a state was impossible: a dynasty might die out or be overthrown by force, but the new regime would differ very little from the old one. Hydraulic empires were only ever destroyed by foreign conquerors.

Wittfogel's ideas, when applied to China, have been harshly criticized by scholars such as Joseph Needham who argued essentially that Wittfogel was operating from ignorance of basic Chinese history. Needham argued that the Chinese government was not despotic, was not dominated by a priesthood, had lots of peasant rebellions, and that Wittfogel's perspective does not address the necessity and presence of bureaucracy in modern Western civilization.

The same elements of resource control central to hydraulic empire were also central to Europe's colonization of much of the global South. Colonies were resource rich areas located on the periphery, and the contemporary models of core-periphery interaction were focused on the extraction and control of these resources for the use of the core.[5] This was accomplished through a type of agro-managerial despotism with close connections to debates around hydraulic empire.

Contemporary Empire

Struggles and debate around rights to water access and use for both agriculture and also fundamentally for human consumption remain an issue, outside of simply historical cases. In recent decades there has been increased debate around the status of water as a "human right", a resource which cannot be owned and which all should have access to for their own use and survival.

Control over water emerged as a major issue in Latin America in the 1990's following World Bank loans to Bolivia to modernize and later privatize the municipal water systems of La Paz-El Alto and Cochabamba. The Bolivian government auctioned the public utilities in charge of water and sold them to Aguas del Tunari, a subsidiary of Bechtel[6]. Terms of this contract stipulated that control over all water in Cochabamba was the property of Aguas del Tunari, this became a major clashing point as almost 40% of the city was receiving its water from informal systems not linked to the city's water supply[7].This effectively signaled the end of campesino and local control of water, and meant that the new corporate owners would have the right to place Bolivian water on the international market, effectively establishing hydraulic control over the cities involved[8].

Cases such as Bolivia's and that of China's with the Three Gorges Dam Project are examples for some of modern neocolonialism manifested in hydraulic empire. While the colonial nature of these projects is debatable, the use of the term helps discourse by introducing further the concept of control for the gain of the removed or the few. At the heart of colonial theory, is the idea of the core being served by the periphery, a resource rich area lacking the technology or capital to exist as a core of its own or exploit its own resources. It is thus exploited 'for its own benefit' by another group who with the power and means to exploit the resources, thus controls them. In the wake of widespread poverty, major international debt and resource or energy deficits, governments such as those of Bolivia and China will inevitably risk becoming hydraulic empires.

In Fiction

  • The most famous hydraulic empire in fiction is probably described in Frank Herbert's Dune universe, which describes a traditional hydraulic empire on the planet Arrakis,[9] as well as a galactic empire controlled by the limitation of the spice drug produced on Arrakis.[10]
  • The society described by Larry Niven in his 1998 novel, Destiny's Road, is classified as a hydraulic empire. In the case of the story, though, a rigid bureaucracy holds the sole reliable source of potassium, and without it people will see increasing cognitive issues until they die. The hero of this novel, Jemmy Bloocher (under various pseudonyms) discovers the status quo and at the end of the novel actively works to upset the balance.
  • The protagonist in Larry Niven's 1976 book, A World Out of Time, describes the concept of a water-monopoly empire to the antagonist. This becomes a major plot point.


  1. ^ Wittfogel, Karl (1957). Oriental despotism; a comparative study of total power. New York: Random House. doi:JC414 .W5. ISBN 9780394747019.
  2. ^ Said, Edward.1979. Orientalism. New York: Random House
  3. ^ Johnston, R.J. et. al .2000. Dictionary of Human Geography, 4th ed. London: Blackwell Ltd.: Orientalism
  4. ^ Diamond, Jared.2005. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive. Camberwell, Victoria : Penguin Group
  5. ^ Myrdal, Gunner. 1957. Economic Theory and Under-developed Regions. London: Gerald Duckworth and Co. Ltd.
  6. ^ Gallaher, C. et al., 2008. Key Concepts in Political Geography, Sage Publications Ltd. : Neoliberalism, p.159
  7. ^ Gallaher, C. et al., 2008. Key Concepts in Political Geography, Sage Publications Ltd. : Neoliberalism, p.160
  8. ^ Lawson, Victoria. 2007. Making Development Geography, Hodder Education: Geographies of Marxist Feminist Development p.147
  9. ^ O'Reilly, Timothy (1981). "Chapter 3: From Concept to Fable". Frank Herbert. Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., Inc. Retrieved 2009-05-10. "In Arrakis, Herbert "set a planet where water is not available to the extent that it becomes the controlling element" for this "law of the minimum.""
  10. ^ Frank Herbert's Dune. 2000. "Arrakis ... Dune ... wasteland of the Empire, and the most valuable planet in the universe. Because it is here — and only here — where spice is found. The spice. Without it there is no commerce in the Empire, there is no civilization. Arrakis ... Dune ... home of the spice, greatest of treasure in the universe. And he who controls it, controls our destiny.".

Nowadays, everyone is pissy. The President can't tell the Supreme Court that their majority are in the pocket of Big Business. Congress refuses to act for us because they're beholden to Big Insurance. We need a complete clean sweep. Do nothing Republicans can be tossed out with spineless Democrats. Independents need to make way for the same with cleaner hands.

So who's dirty. Follow the money. Look at who got rich while we suffered. And let's put US Marshalls and Treasury in place at Wall Street.

Next blog we'll look at 1831, and what it meant for America.

Mini-Blog II — Reason enough to despise the former boy Puppetking and mindless minions:

... Having lived in San Francisco since 1990, Collins was deported from the United States in 2005, under the Patriot Act, for "crimes of moral turpitude".

Arn Saba

Katherine Shannon Collins (born Arnold Alexander Saba, Jr. 1947, Vancouver, British Columbia), formerly Arn Saba, is a Canadian cartoonist, writer, media personality, stage performer and composer.

Early works

In 1965, Collins began the University of British Columbia on a Creative Writing scholarship, but devoted almost all her time while at UBC to the campus daily paper, The Ubyssey, where she created her first comic strip, Moralman (1965-1968), and also wrote and illustrated articles.

Collins discontinued going to UBC after the 1967-68 year, opting instead to risk a career in the arts. In June 1968, with her creative partner Gordon Fidler, she spent a 6-month internship in Montreal, at the National Film Board of Canada. This award was given on the strength of Fidler and Collins's one-hour experimental comedy film, Dancing Nigel (1965-66) (starring Collins). While at the NFB, she directed and edited a short musical film, Euphoria, which frankly celebrated hippies and drug use. It was distributed by the NFB, but not for very long.

In 1969 and 1972, Collins and Fidler co-created two books, The Magenta Frog, and The Second Magenta Frog, billed as "children's books for adults". Collins made most of her income, 1969-73, peddling these books in coffee houses and on campuses, from Vancouver to San Francisco. In 1972-73, Katherine and Fidler were given a Canadian Film Development Corporation grant for a feature film, Birdland, which was filmed, but never completed when she and Fidler went their separate ways.

From 1974-77, Katherine Collins was Art Director for Pacific Yachting magazine (Vancouver), and other magazines from InterPress Publications, while at the same time developing her cartooning, and becoming a member of a stage troupe, Circus Minimus (founded by Ida Carnevali), which toured British Columbia doing avant-garde and experimental circus-like shows for all ages. On stage, she first played Clancy the Cop (later a cartoon character), and then Professor Smoothie, a know-nothing braggart whose forté was being booed off the stage amidst a hail of thrown garbage from the audience. She also wrote and performed songs for Circus Minimus.

In 1975, Collins began appearances on Vancouver's local CBC Radio programmes, as a commentator and comedian.

In 1977, she moved to Toronto, to try for success in a larger arena. She immediately began appearing on, and eventually producing, segments of the popular national CBC Radio programme, Morningside, where she usually paired with host Don Harron for free-wheeling discussions of favourite old comic strips and other pop culture; as well, she wrote, produced and acted in scores of comedy skits. She also made similar appearances on CBC Television, on the Don McLean show. In her appearances she demonstrated, with humor, her enthusiasm and knowledge of cartooning, comics history, theatre and music. Some of these radio and TV appearances can now be found online.

In 1978, she began writing articles on pop-culture topics (mostly comics) for national Canadian magazines, such as Weekend, The Canadian, Quest, and others.

In 1979, she wrote and produced a five-part radio documentary on CBC, The Continuous Art, exploring the cultural position of comics. It featured interviews with some of cartooning's greatest names, including Milton Caniff, Hal Foster (his last interview), Floyd Gottfredson, Hugo Pratt, Will Eisner, Jules Feiffer and Russ Manning. Collins spent several years (late seventies - early eighties) travelling throughout North America, interviewing famous cartoonists, many of them old. (Many of these lengthy interviews were later printed uncut in The Comics Journal in the 1980s and 90s.)

In 1982, Collins moved (for the first of four times) to California, ceasing all other media activity in favour of cartooning.

Neil the Horse

Katherine's most famous creation is Neil the Horse. The series ran in Canadian newspapers from 1975-1982 (Great Lakes Publishing syndicate, Toronto); and in 15 comic book issues from 1983-1988, published by Aardvark-Vanaheim/Renegade Press.

With a drawing style based in Disney comics, as well as in early-20th-Century Sunday pages, Collins added something new to comics: music. The motto for the series was "Making the World Safe for Musical Comedy," and many issues of the comic book feature the characters singing and dancing. When the characters are shown hoofing it, it is to original choreography.

Katherine had a vaudevillian approach, changing the format of her comics several times within each issue. This variety act included the comic strip, comic book stories, illustrated stories, originally composed sheet music, crossword puzzles, joke pages and more. In the letters column, the characters themselves answered the mail. To top it off, there were paper dolls and fashion pages, in the Katy Keene tradition. It seems like a modern version of early twentieth-century hardbound children's annuals (especially in Britain) using an endless variety of formats, something rarely seen in comics.

Some of the material were reprints from Katherine's newspaper comic strip versions of the same characters. At its best, the material was inspiring. Her "Fred Astaire Tribute" (issues 11 and 13) showed the cartoonist at the top of her form.

The stars of Neil the Horse include Mam'Selle Poupée (French for doll), Soapy (an alley-cat) and of course Neil. Poupée's body is jointed like a Barbie figurine. With the red circles on her cheeks, curly hair, large bust and thin waistline, the French-accented Poupée appears to be a cross between Raggedy-Ann and Dolly Parton. The more developed comics stories involving the three characters show that Soapy and Neil's adventures primarily revolve around the trio's attempts to attain show-business success. Neil is a happy go-lucky (and not too bright) horse with a mania for bananas. Soapy is street-wise and cynical (with a heart of gold), a cigar-smoker and a drinker, who serves as their manager and the brains of the operation. All three of the characters sing, dance, and play music.

While existing as a fantasy with nostalgic style, the stories and style within Neil the Horse also pay tribute to the present (the 1980s). Poupee wears headbands and works out à la Olivia Newton-John. Neil gets down and breakdances in urban city streets to the accompaniment of a boom box. In "Video Wars" (issues 4-7), the gang comes in contact with characters that inhabit an arcade game.

Katherine Collins also completed a graphic-novel-length Neil the Horse adventure, and an illustrated Neil children's book, that have yet to be published. The final issue of the comic book series demonstrate her prolonged and elaborate efforts to pitch Neil as an animated series. From 1998-93, the "property" (Neil and characters) was optioned three times by Hollywood studios and networks, but was never produced. Her business partner for these attempts was John Gertz, president of Zorro Productions (Berkeley, CA).

There was also a 1982 Neil the Horse musical radio adventure (Neil the Horse and The Big Banana) that was twice broadcast in five episodes, in Canada on CBC Radio. Katherine wrote the book, music and lyrics, and played the part of Neil. The play was unanimously reviewed with raves across the country, but her subsequent efforts to mount her later musical-comedy projects were unsuccessful. In 1986, Katherine wrote and produced a twelve-song Neil the Horse music tape, with all new material, which was sold through the comic book. Both the play and the tape were produced with a full twelve-piece band, and live tap-dancers, in jazzy Broadway style.

After Neil the Horse

Neil the Horse comics were published from 1983 to 1988. In 1993 Katherine Collins changed gender to become a woman, in the process dropping the name Arn Saba and adopting that of Katherine Collins. She gave up cartooning in the mid-1990s after her Neil the Horse graphic novel could not be published, and her commercial cartooning work was not lucrative. She has shied from any publishing or public presence since then, except for two issues as Art Director of TNT (Transsexual News Telegraph) magazine, 1999-2000.

Having lived in San Francisco since 1990, Collins was deported from the United States in 2005, under the Patriot Act, for "crimes of moral turpitude". (She had an old conviction for possessing psilocybin mushrooms.) She now lives in Vancouver, Canada. In 2005, she was diagnosed with AML Leukemia, and entered treatment at St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver.


External links

Perhaps Canada's Socialized Medicine is the silver lining in this cloud.
Sparky Mini-Blog - I'm not big on the Oscars. Rather see everyone have a party,

This pisses me off about 2009/2010's two Oscar in memorials:
81st Oscars: Several notable individuals including Sam Bottoms, George Carlin, Don S. Davis, Mel Ferrer, Beverly Garland, Estelle Getty, Eartha Kitt, Harvey Korman, Jerry Reed, Don LaFontaine, John Phillip Law, Patrick McGoohan, Anita Page, and Robert Prosky were not included in the "In Memoriam" tribute, though they died within the last year. Heath Ledger died shortly before the year before, and a tribute to him was included then.
82nd Oscars: In Memoriam tribute included only 30 of the over 100 entertainment figures who had died during the previous year. Among the celebrities that were omitted from the montage were Farrah Fawcett, Captain Lou Albano, Zelda Rubinstein, Ed McMahon, Henry Gibson, Wayne Allwine and Bea Arthur. Film critic Roger Ebert criticized the omission of Fawcett on Twitter. There was also dissatisfaction over the inclusion of Michael Jackson in the montage, as he was also not principally known for work in film.

Sorry - there's no excuse for bad manners.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

SPARKY: —eh. Leave if you're a racist teabagger!

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:
Hehe --

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,[4] killing himself and Internal Revenue Service manager Vernon Hunter.[5] Thirteen others were injured. An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) field office is located in the four-story[6][7] office building along with other state and federal government agencies.[8] Prior to the crash, Stack had posted a suicide note dated February 18, 2010 to his business website.
2010 Austin Plane Crash
Panorama of a damaged building
Panorama of the building the day after the plane crash
Location 9430 Research Boulevard
Austin, Texas, United States
Coordinates 30.385°N 97.74361°W / 30.385; -97.74361
Date February 18, 2010
9:56 local (15:56 UTC)[1] (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)[2]
Injured 13[3]
Victim Vernon Hunter
Perpetrator Andrew Joseph Stack III


Approximately an hour before the crash, Stack allegedly set his $230,000[9] house located on Dapplegrey Lane in North Austin on fire.[10][11] He then drove to a hangar he rented at Georgetown Municipal Airport, approximately 20 miles to the north.[12] He boarded his single-engine Piper Dakota airplane and was cleared to take off around 9:45 a.m. Central Standard Time.[8][13][14][15] He indicated to the control tower his flight would be "going southbound, sir."[16] After taking off his final words were "thanks for your help, have a great day."[17]

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.[8][18][19] The building is located near the intersection of Research Boulevard (U.S. Route 183) and Mopac Expressway (Loop 1).


Joseph Stack in The Billy Eli Band (2006)

The plane was piloted by Andrew Joseph Stack III of the Scofield Farms neighborhood in North Austin, who worked as an embedded software consultant.[10][20][21] 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.[16] 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.[22][23] His first marriage to Ginger Stack, which ended in divorce, produced a daughter, Samantha Bell.[16][24] In 2007 Stack had remarried to Sheryl Housh who had a daughter from a previous marriage.[16]

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.[16] 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.[25] [26]

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.[16] He had been using the Georgetown Municipal Airport for four and a half years and paid $236.25 a month to rent a hangar.[1] There has been speculation that Stack replaced seats on his aircraft with extra drums of fuel prior to the collision.[9]

Stack's accountant confirmed that he was being audited by the IRS for failure to report income at the time of the incident.[27]

Suicide note

On the morning of the crash, Stack posted a suicide note on his website,[21][28][29][30][31] 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).[32] The document also shows that it was revised 27 times with the last being February 18 at 06:42Z (12:42 a.m. CST).[32]

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.[31] 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.[33] 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.[33]

The suicide note ended with:[31]

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.

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.

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.[34] 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.[5][35] 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.[2] 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.[5][36] 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.[37] 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.[38] They immediately responded, attacking the fire and initiating search-and-rescue.[38] 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.[38]

Stack's North Austin home was mostly destroyed by fire.[5][39]

Georgetown Municipal Airport was temporarily evacuated while a bomb disposal team searched Stack's abandoned vehicle.[40]

An inspection into the Echelon building's structural integrity was concluded six days after the incident and a preliminary decision was made to repair the building rather than demolish it.[41]


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.[8] White House spokesman Robert Gibbs reaffirmed what Homeland Security said, and that President Barack Obama was briefed on the incident.[42] The President expressed his concern and commended the courageous actions of the first responders.[42] 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.[28]

The company hosting, 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."[43][44] 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.[45][46][47]

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."[3]

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."[48] 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."[49] A USA Today headline used the term "a chilling echo of terrorism."[19]

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."[50] Citing the copy of Joseph Stack's suicide note posted online,[31] 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."[51] 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.[52]

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."[24] Bell subsequently retracted aspects of her statement, saying her father was "not a hero" and adding, "We are mourning for Vernon Hunter."[53]

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.[54]

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)."[55][56]

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.[57]

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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).

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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.

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