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Media Link Joseph Stack To ‘Tea Party’

Smack in the middle of this Time magazine article about Mr. Andrew Joseph Stack, III’s suicide attack on the IRS offices we find a link to a Tea Party story:

Two firemen are seen at the home belonging to Joseph Stack, after Stack apparently set it on fire according to two law enforcement officials, Thursday morning on Feb. 18, 2010 in Austin, Texas.

The Austin Plane Incident: An Attack on the IRS?

By Hilary Hylton / Austin

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Notice that Time is literally “linking”  Mr. Stack to the Tea Party by putting a url link to another article about the Tea Party in the middle of their piece on his anti-IRS attack.

But they weren’t even being this subtle over at the ‘Post-Partisan’ op-ed section of the Washington Post:

Alienated in Austin

By Jonathan Capehart  |  February 18, 2010; 3:01 PM ET

Joseph Stack was angry at the Internal Revenue Service, and he took his rage out on it by slamming his single-engine plane into the Echelon Building in Austin, Texas. We now know this thanks to the rather clear (as rants go) suicide note Stack left behind. There’s no information yet on whether he was involved in any anti-government groups or whether he was a lone wolf. But after reading his 34-paragraph screed, I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we’re hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement

And then we have this from New York Magazine:

What Do We Know So Far About This Pilot Who Crashed a Plane Into a Building in Austin?

By: Chris Rovzar

2/18/10 at 3:30 PM

… He was mad at the IRS, and left what CNN reports was a suicide note on a local website, detailing his trials with the agency. In fact, a lot of his rhetoric could have been taken directly from a handwritten sign at a tea party rally

Notice the time stamp of these last two articles from the Washington Post and New York Magazine.

Talk about a knee-jerk reaction. Even Pavlov’s dog would be impressed.

Still, isn’t it peculiar how the murderous Professor Amy Bishop was never associated with any political party by our mainstream media, even though the Boston Herald reported that:

A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children – the youngest a third-grade boy – was a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting.

Somehow none of our mainstream media masters reported that detail. And yet they are all over Joe Stack’s politics.

By the way, just judging from his bizarre online screed, Mr. Stack sounds to us more like a Lyndon LaRouche supporter than a Tea Party conservative.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Media Link Joseph Stack To ‘Tea Party’”

  1. BillK says:

    That didn’t take long; Time Magazine is strongly hinting the tax protester in Austin was linked to the Tea Party movement.

    The Austin Plane Incident: An Attack on the IRS?

    By Hilary Hylton

    The long, rambling rant posted on a website eerily reflected the angry populist sentiments that have swept the country in the past year. In it, a Joe Stack inveighed against intrusive Big Brother government, corrupt corporate giants, irrational taxes, as well as the “puppet” George Bush. “I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue,” he wrote. “I have just had enough. I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt.” And then Stack apparently got in a Piper Cherokee PA-28 at about 9:40 a.m. at an airport in suburban Austin, Texas, and flew the plane into a commercial building housing an IRS office, killing himself, seriously injuring two people on the ground and starting a conflagration that lasted several hours.

    As the plane hit — between the first and second stories of the Echelon building in northwest Austin, about 10 miles from downtown — one eyewitness on the ground told a local television station that there was “giant fireball about 50 feet wide.” The Echelon is part of a four-building complex of office buildings set in small office park near the intersection of two busy Austin highways. The exterior of the buildings are flat, black glass that just before the crash reflected clear, blue winter skies. “It sure was hauling. It was a really speedy dive,” Jerry Cullin, a pilot, told KXAN, the local NBC affiliate. “It shot across the road going really fast.” Cullin had stopped to get his midmorning coffee at the local Marie Callender’s when he saw the plane swoop down. It was so low, Cullin said, he could see the plane’s belly and thought he might get hit. The plane almost clipped one of the tall light poles lining the freeway before crashing into the building.

    After the fireball, Cullin said, the black-glass windows blew out and the venetian blinds starting flapping in the wind. The building houses regional offices of the IRS and other federal agencies. As one unidentified office worker from the building said, “If you have problems with the IRS, this is where you come in person to work them out.” According to news reports, 199 IRS employees work in the building, and all are accounted for. Toward the end of what appears to be his final note, Stack wrote, “Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.”

    (See the making of the Tea Party movement.)


    The left must find Mr. Stack to be the answer to their, uh, prayers as now they can simply dismiss the entire movement with the image of the burning Austin office building.

    Predicted Tea Party political clout as of today: 0.

  2. NickB says:

    The Democrats and leftists in general are trying to smear the Tea Party any way they can, and that’s because the Tea Party is siphoning off what few centrist Democrats that are left in that party to begin with, as well as the so-called “Independents”.

    The Democrats (far left “progressives” er…socialists) are in panic mode, as they can see the writing on the wall come November. Those aforementioned centrists and independents were hoodwinked by Obama and his accomplices in the media, and they’re speaking loudly at the ballot box with complete and utter disgust of what they’ve seen from Obama, Reid, & Pelosi for the last 13 months.

  3. NickB says:

    Oh…and lest we forget, this is what Stack wrote immediately above his name and “epitath” in his “manifesto”.

    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.

    Sure doesn’t sound like a Tea Party type nor a conservative at all. Sounds more like the Democratic Party’s current views and their actions.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    If Joseph Stack’s true intention for doing this were so transparent, why did he try and burn his house down? Solely in an effort to kill his wife and daughter? 6 pages of hate for so much in government, yet Stack mentions little to nothing of animosity towards his family of which I know. Does it fit the pathology? Nuh uh, sorry, maybe I’ve watched too much surprise-twist CSI, but I’m not buying it.

    Anecdotally assess the state-run media coverage. The connection they’ve made with the bulk of the manifesto rhetoric reflecting tea party beliefs was too predictable. However, the document actually starts with an expose of why he thinks the American Conservative Values of our founding are a lie in practicality. There’s also the last line where he cites the popular Marx slogan about to each his ability, blah blah. His ultimate beefs are with democracy, religion and capitalism; nothing else.

    Now follow the Conservative Media. Of those who aren’t trying to push it aside, you have the usual suspects like Beck out there that sometimes talk without thinking, saying (paraphrasing) “Hey yeah I kinda agree with his dislike for the IRS, but this obviously wasn’t right” to which the Left decries “Ooh ooh see Beck is a sympathizer with this right-wing radical.”

    And the wheel of deception spins the web almost systematically.

    I don’t trust this at all.

    That letter wasn’t written by a dumb lunatic – it was written by a lunatic leftist intellectual trying to sound like a dumb lunatic; a leftist nevertheless who specifically knew how the media was going to distort his act and his letter.

    Strong signals to me that the manifesto wasn’t written by Stack. If it was, then chances are Stack might’ve been working for the same company as John Wilkes Booth.

    After all, I still haven’t found out how poor old Catholic-hating (ahem) Joe was able to afford his plane.

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