Austin suicide pilot spin

Following the tragedy of Austin suicide pilot Joe Stack, who first set his house on fire, then drilled his small plane into the building that housed the IRS, leaving behind an elaborate suicide manifesto, the usual suspects cannot resist trying to spin Stack into a “Tea partier” (or “teabagger”, the bizarre sexual slur infamously popularized by the has-been media).

JammieWearingFool and Hot Air are both having a lot of “fun” with this.

I just read the manifesto, and my initial conclusions are fourfold:

  • OK, the guy is more literate than your average college kid nowadays
  • he was clearly, to use an abstruse clinical psychology term, nucking futs
  • he basically blames everything and everybody except himself for his personal woes
  • political views expressed read like far-left ones, if anything — cf. anti-Bush rhetoric and views about healthcare, plus a direct quote from the Communist Manifesto (see below)

Both JWF and HA point out egregious “selective editing” on the part of a WaPo reporter. The original manifesto ends:

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)

The revised version ends:

Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)


It’s only, like, the 5th millionth time MSM journalists have been caught twisting words. This is just a particularly blatant example.

JWF, meanwhile, has started jocularly blaming anything and everuthing, from attempts to poison food at an army base to cyber attacks on Google on “teabaggers”.

UPDATE 1: Fox News interviewed Joe Stack’s friends and acquaintances, who mostly seem quite puzzled and were unaware of his obsession with his fights with the IRS.

They knew Stack as a fellow country rocker [he played bass guitar and piano — NCT] and band mate who recorded with them in Austin’s vibrant music scene. They recalled a quiet father who visited Norway every year to visit his daughter and grandchildren. They never heard Stack talk about politics, about taxes, about the government — the sources of pain that Stack claims drove him to his death. “I read the letter that he wrote. It sounded like his voice but the things he said I had never heard him say,” said Pam Parker, an Austin attorney whose husband was one of Stack’s band mates. “He didn’t rant about anything. He wasn’t obsessed with the government or any of that. … Not a loner, not off in a corner. He had friends and conversation and ordinary stuff.”

In video linked there, it is pointed out that the Austin IRS site he crashed his plane into was not just any IRS site, but the one that handles audits for the area.