Stack suicide Mission: Texas IRS

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"When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you."

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                                 Friedrich Nietzsche

Echelon Bldg. Austin Tx.
Echelon Bldg. Austin Tx.
Joe on bass for his band...  ColdPlay fan? Viva la Vida?  " I discovered that my castle stands upon pillars of salt & pillars of sand"
Joe on bass for his band... ColdPlay fan? Viva la Vida? " I discovered that my castle stands upon pillars of salt & pillars of sand"

Vital Signs

the Stack Paradox : a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

The take away....Middle America's reaction to being stripped of everything they once possessed is " what the hell do you expect." When you take our homes, our retirement, our future, our childrens' future, and on and on and on; whatta you expect? It's Not just a little bit of everything...everything. The Stack act of desperation cannot be condoned...but in all honesty, what took so long for someone to snap? You had to see this coming right. Oh and by the way I also learned pilots can still fly planes into buildings. That's really bothersome; to me anyway.

The dilemma: How do I put this? The irrationality of ones' actions do not necessarily invalidated their points of reason.

A Martyr is willing to die for what he believes...his cause.

A Patriot prefers to live while working toward accomplishing his cause.

Where does the degree of passion or the moral/ethical components of the specific cause figure in to the equation? And what of the veracity of the cause? Are we really at the point of last resort to be heard...listened to...appeased?

Do we need more fatalities to get a light at this intersection?

Surely they are vital elements effecting the eventual outcome.

At this point, relief does not exist, nor is it in sight, for millions of Americans. That strikes a nerve...Being Void of Voice is how we the people founded our nation...right?

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...I distinctly remember reading that somewhere. 2/22/2kx...gjf

Man bulldozes $350K home to avoid foreclosure 2/22/2kx .. Associated Press: Terry Hoskins of Moscow, Ohio apparently snapped or simply had enough. Years of problems with the local bank and IRS were expeditiously concluded with Mr. Hoskins choice of resolution.


Joe Stack's Daughter Calls Him a Hero... 'now maybe people will listen'.

Samantha Bell told ABC, that Stack was a “loving, devoted” man, who gave “zero signs” of such violent rage. “This man who did this was not my father..."if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished. But I do not agree with his last action with what he did. But I do agree about the government." 2/22/2kx

Homeland chief: Domestic extremism is top concern

WASHINGTON --2/21/2kx

Americans who turn to terrorism and plot against the U.S. are now as big a concern as international terrorists, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano said Sunday.

Bloggers Know Joe Stack is America

by Francine on February 20, 2kx

The interesting point about the comments is that they are thoughtful, long, and substantive... Why I’m so impressed is because people took so much time to think and write in their comments... Clearly, I hit a nerve...people are willing to devote time and energy to expressing the opinions and frustrations...seem more accurate to me than typical political pollsters in gauging the state of public opinion and the relative importance of one issue over another.

CPAC

Eric Kleefeld | February 19, 2kx, 10:26AM

Human Events editor Jed Babbin joked about the recent airplane attack on an IRS building in Texas, "And let me just say, I'm really happy to see Grover today," said Babbin. "He was getting a little testy in the past couple of weeks. And I was just really, really glad that it was not him identified as flying that airplane into the IRS building."

."What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters

compared to what lies within us."

                               Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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; it will take nothing less

                                   A.J. Stack

stacked deck:

 a compendium

It begins under the premise of Truth...Simple truth...an appeal, if you will.

Writing didn't provide the outlet for the amount of frustration over the events that led him to "Desperate times call for desperate measures".

Ok you got my attention.

He continues saying he was disallusioned to believe in truth, justice and the American League.

With respect to politicians being corrupt, they're on their way out. Change is excrutriatingly slow...agreed indeed.

Regarding backroom deals with Big Business..You know what Joe, that's where the money is...Welcome to America...

And no, I do not agree with "the system" but then again I don't have a pilots licence nor a plane for that matter..

Drastic measures to justify your cause does not qualify for martyrdom Joe.

We The People are the fabric of society and like it or not we hold ourselves to higher standards then those "above the law" ; Sir.

Treason is a crime against the people, of which you committed willingly, knowingly and in a premeditated manner, which frankly, is a despicable attempt to justify your actions via circumstance.

Speculative Summary of events

Pilot, Joseph A. Stack is on his way to the airport. He's to fly his private plane into the IRS office located at the Echelon Bldg. Austin Tx. Before he does he lights his house on fire, with his wife and child inside. Turns out their 'fine'. Before that; he posts this Manifesto addressed to Big Brother...


Investigators: Pilot set fire to home before crashing into building
Updated: 2/18/2010 1:44 PM
By: Anna M. Gonzalez

A house fire in North Austin was started by the pilot of the plane that crashed into a nearby building 30 minutes later, according to federal officials.

Brevity list

In the interest of brevity,heres Mr. Stack's reasoning behind his frustrations which led him to fly his private plane into a commercial bldg. which housed the offices of the IRS.

American Medical system

Drug & Insurance Industry...agreed

Cronies, thieves, self serving scum-bags..Politicians, yea go on

Justice...specifically the Tax & Legal Systems

Back to the Eighties:

"...the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. "

"That little lesson in patriotism cost me $40,000+, 10 years of my life, and set my retirement plans back to 0."

"the incredible stupidity of the American public; that they buy, hook, line, and sinker, the crap about their “freedom”… and that they continue to do so with eyes closed in the face of overwhelming evidence and all that keeps happening in front of them."

" I should digress somewhat to say that I’m sure that I inherited the fascination for creative problem solving from my father. I realized this at a very young age."

Joe Implodes

Joes trigger: The IRS

As if a match is set to a fuse

"To survive, I was forced to cannibalize my savings and retirement"

"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

sifting thru
Sand-Time

to Sense a silent terror
a Touch of simple truth
from whence, thy sacred tried
evolved towards, scared tired

when the solace trembles
the words un-spoken true
I wince with scars triumphant
& pray you've seen it through

A Closing Word

Joe,

Ayite, I'm gonna have to stop it right there. Brevity succumbed to a rant into a tirade but at diatribe...here's the thing.

Childhood was an illusion, Yeah, I get that.. I want my Jet-pac Joe

but imagine the chaos if all had a Jet-Pac & The Catholic Church,

oye vey do I get that, the stories I Can't tell you; But in the end...( rim shot )

it's what one takes away from life's experiences. The one thing I took from catholicism is

good deeds = 'walkin' the walk'..Even if I'm all in; the point you start blowing things up, I'm out.

You can't go around blowing things up because, the simple truth is, anarchy is not good.

"The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins."

O.W.Holmes

The guy who said that is dead; As are you Joe...You can't go around blowing things up, that includes you

Yet still, I must acquiesce I'm compelled with the power of passion & persuasion in your argument.Simple truth is the moral high ground isn't very appealing from my point of view. Fore that was a true act of desperation on your behalf.

...but, yet, so was the Civil War, & yes Lincoln, & what I took away from that diaster was lets do this without Gettysburg & Antietam. No Booth, no Mudd, no Mary Surratt. All scars on "We the People"

Politicians are a reflection of the Democratic way of life....those we choose to represent us...shame on us ? I don't think so. We choose to raise families, lower standards are neither possible nor advisable. Try raising kids



Weighing in

Granted it's way too early ...but

the question throughout history remains,

Which spark will ignite the inferno?

Two substantially relevant unknowns...the backstory & the fallout

The particulars of this tragedy are exactly the type of event Middle America, the forgotten working class, responds to. The masses can relate to Joe's dilemma, which lends capacity & potential for the rallying cry toward actual change. .gjf

an·ti·es·tab·lish·men·tar·i·an·ism: a policy or attitude that views a nation's power structure as corrupt, repressive, exploitive.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead

is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute..."pundits on the right and left had already dismissed Stack as a fringe lunatic, and anyone who agreed with Stack’s diatribe against an unjust government was labeled a crackpot.

However, while you can – and should – disagree with the method of Stack’s madness, Americans shouldn’t be too quick to discount the source of his frustrations.

Clearly, Stack is neither a hero nor a martyr. Nor is he technically a terrorist. Rather, he is the end product of a system that pays little heed to the disaffected, discontent and voiceless.

Stack is representative of a burgeoning class of disaffected Americans who are waking up to the reality that the American governmental system no longer works as it was intended...

a government of elites comprised of politicians and unelected bureaucrats has emerged that views the average American as little more than a source of tax funds and labor to keep the massive machinery of government operating.

Thus, it’s each and every one of us – young and old, single and married, white collar and blue collar, liberal and conservative, religious believer and atheist alike – reaching out and chipping in and working in our communities to fix these problems from the ground up....

That’s the wake-up call, America. Is anyone listening?"

John W. Whitehead
LewRockwell.com
February 20, 2010

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Thursday, February 18, 2010, 12:16 PM

Editor’s note: We found this note on a Web site being pointed at by social media users. A search showed the domain that the note was posted on is registered to Joe Stack of San Marcos. A man by the same name, who has addresses in both Austin and San Marcos has been linked to today’s airplane crash.

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in my head. Exactly what is therapeutic about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy. Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for justice for all. We are further brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its founding fathers. Remember? One of these was “no taxation without representation”. I have spent the total years of my adulthood unlearning that crap from only a few years of my childhood. These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a “crackpot”, traitor and worse.

While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great degree of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind. Nor, for that matter, are they the least bit interested in me or anything I have to say.

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, 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, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.

And justice? You’ve got to be kidding!

How can any rational individual explain that white elephant conundrum in the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system? Here we have a system that is, by far, too complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand. Yet, it mercilessly “holds accountable” its victims, claiming that they’re responsible for fully complying with laws not even the experts understand. The law “requires” a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not “duress” than what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is.

How did I get here?

My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in the early ‘80s. Unfortunately after more than 16 years of school, somewhere along the line I picked up the absurd, pompous notion that I could read and understand plain English. Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the “best”, high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the “big boys” were doing (except that we weren’t steeling from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God). We took a great deal of care to make it all visible, following all of the rules, exactly the way the law said it was to be done.

The intent of this exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living. However, this is where I learned that there are two “interpretations” for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us… Oh, and the monsters are the very ones making and enforcing the laws; the inquisition is still alive and well today in this country.

That little lesson in patriotism cost me $40,000+, 10 years of my life, and set my retirement plans back to 0. It made me realize for the first time that I live in a country with an ideology that is based on a total and complete lie. It also made me realize, not only how naive I had been, but also the incredible stupidity of the American public; that they buy, hook, line, and sinker, the crap about their “freedom”… and that they continue to do so with eyes closed in the face of overwhelming evidence and all that keeps happening in front of them.

Before even having to make a shaky recovery from the sting of the first lesson on what justice really means in this country (around 1984 after making my way through engineering school and still another five years of “paying my dues”), I felt I finally had to take a chance of launching my dream of becoming an independent engineer.

On the subjects of engineers and dreams of independence, I should digress somewhat to say that I’m sure that I inherited the fascination for creative problem solving from my father. I realized this at a very young age.

The significance of independence, however, came much later during my early years of college; at the age of 18 or 19 when I was living on my own as student in an apartment in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My neighbor was an elderly retired woman (80+ seemed ancient to me at that age) who was the widowed wife of a retired steel worker. Her husband had worked all his life in the steel mills of central Pennsylvania with promises from big business and the union that, for his 30 years of service, he would have a pension and medical care to look forward to in his retirement. Instead he was one of the thousands who got nothing because the incompetent mill management and corrupt union (not to mention the government) raided their pension funds and stole their retirement. All she had was social security to live on.

In retrospect, the situation was laughable because here I was living on peanut butter and bread (or Ritz crackers when I could afford to splurge) for months at a time. When I got to know this poor figure and heard her story I felt worse for her plight than for my own (I, after all, I thought I had everything to in front of me). I was genuinely appalled at one point, as we exchanged stories and commiserated with each other over our situations, when she in her grandmotherly fashion tried to convince me that I would be “healthier” eating cat food (like her) rather than trying to get all my substance from peanut butter and bread. I couldn’t quite go there, but the impression was made. I decided that I didn’t trust big business to take care of me, and that I would take responsibility for my own future and myself.

Return to the early ‘80s, and here I was off to a terrifying start as a ‘wet-behind-the-ears’ contract software engineer… and two years later, thanks to the fine backroom, midnight effort by the sleazy executives of Arthur Andersen (the very same folks who later brought us Enron and other such calamities) and an equally sleazy New York Senator (Patrick Moynihan), we saw the passage of 1986 tax reform act with its section 1706.

Good place to edit the Stack Manifesto.

Besides deleting the tax code relevant to Joe's dismay are his Macro reasons behind his Micro failures . All of which are lucid & legitimate. I'd still like to review the following portion of the Stack Manifesto. We pick it up " as gov't agencies go..."

As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone. 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 (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough). In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws.

I know I’m hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand. It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country, and it isn’t limited to the blacks, and poor immigrants.

I know there have been countless before me and there are sure to be as many after. But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change.

I choose to not keep looking over my shoulder at “big brother” while he strips my carcass,

I choose not to ignore what is going on all around me,

I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue;

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; it will take nothing less.

I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are.

Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer. The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of shit at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along.

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

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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

DREAM ON;

Who am I to say no in the spirit of Dream On.


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DREAM ON 4 years ago

I am always sitting on the edge of my seat.Trying to learn from others who have the same goals in life in mind.I would love to bounce a few ideas back and forth to see if anything sticks.Life is full of surprises and adventure.I would enjoy nothing better than to make both work for you as well as me.With an open mind there is no limit to what we accomplish working together.Thanx for seeing beyond the negative and bringing out the positive that lies a little deeper underneath.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Dream On; Dream On... We all play our roles, who's to say whose rates higher eh? Albert Einstein was a man of creativity and imagination. I respect your philosophy regarding serving Humankind. Let us hope it works out for us all.

None the less, Thanks for your words of praise and positive feedback. I'm always up for a collaborating effort in the interest of progress...In the event I may ever be of service. Take care


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DREAM ON 4 years ago

You see and point out some of the problems in the world.Your a better man than me.I just try to boost creativity and imagination in every way to create a job or a product that will work better than one that is on the market today.Then I can at least boost my income and avoid the rat race.Problems in the world will be here long after we are gone.If I can pick up someone who is down.Even just long enough to laugh instead of cry at life.I consider it a good day.Good luck trying to wake up America.I can't even convince coworkers to do a good job so we can have a hassle free day of work.Thanks for the Informative hub.

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