Sick absolutely. But considering the current political climate in Austin he
may only be the first to pull a stunt like this.
BTY Austin, how is that metro rail coming along these days, any riders yet?
Swingman pointed it out to me this past summer and pointed out that it was
running, but they could not quite figure out how to make it stop. It
reminded me of an electric train display you used to see in store fronts 50
years ago. ;~)
On Fri, 19 Feb 2010 09:26:26 -0600, the infamous Swingman
I particularly liked this statement by the Gods of Our Security:
"The FBI launched an investigation and Rep. Michael McCaul, a
Republican from Austin on the Homeland Security Committee, said the
panel will take up the issue of how to better protect buildings from
attacks with planes."
Feh! There goes the price of buildings...
"Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt."
-- Clarence Darrow
Definitely one sick puppy. Not only did he set his home on fire before
doing this, from the reports, his wife and a young girl assumed to be his
step-daughter were rescued from the blaze.
He posted a manifesto on his web page, apparently he was mad at everybody:
Apparently some nutjobs in the lamestream media are already trying to make
political hay out of this by claiming his actions are indicative of tea
party ideals. (Huffpo and Dkos sites as well as Washington Post and other
papers intentionally leaving out some of his rant that show animosity toward
capitalism as well as communism). His closing statement:
"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."
is hardly something in concert with either left or right wing ideals -- he
was PO'd at everybody and trying to politicize this is silly.
There is never a situation where having more rounds is a disadvantage
What was left out of the initial post was the fact that the State of
California had shut down at least two (2) of his businesses in the
90's for failure to pay state franchise taxes.
Maybe there was a pattern here.
Probably because it has no importance except to a libtard looking for
something to salivate over.
Yeah ... too many government entities with their hands out.
And you know better, or you ought to.
SOC doesn't "shut down" business for failing to pay franchise tax, they
revoke the corporate charter of the business, which in most cases of
failure to pay franchise taxes simply means the business has already
closed, or moved out of state.
And, since Californicator's entitlement minded government is literally
bankrupt from too much government and taxes, that is not an uncommon
Shame on you for your obfuscation ... it's what those who want this
country divided count on the sheeple to do.
Apparently the lunatic worked in a field that has a legitimate beef with the
tax code. Many years ago I worked for a guy who took a very loose attitude
towards his business taxes, workers comp payments etc., they slapped him
down repeatedly and finally took control of his payroll to make sure all
payments were made properly. Fortunately he didn't have a pilot's license.
Joe Stack wasn't wrong about the tax code
Even the sponsor of the 1986 amendment that punished thousands of software
programmers realized it was a mistake
That 1986 change in the tax code that Joe Stack, the suicidal pilot who
crashed his plane into an IRS building on Thursday, cited as a primal
grievance in his online manifesto? According to David Cay Johnston, writing
in the New York Times, Stack's beef was legit: the law "made it extremely
difficult for information technology professionals to work as self-employed
individuals, forcing most to become company employees."
And the original reason for the law, well, one can understand why some
people would find it a little crazy-making.
The law was sponsored by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Democrat of New
York, as a favor to I.B.M., which wanted a $60 million tax break on its
Under budget rules in effect at the time, any tax breaks had to be paid for
with new revenues. By requiring software engineers to be employees, a
Congressional report estimated, income and payroll taxes would rise by $60
million a year because employees had few opportunities to cheat on their
Within a year, however, Moynihan changed his mind, and unsuccessfully sought
for the law's repeal.
The Times inexplicably does not link back to Johnston's much longer article
exposing the law in 1998. In that piece, Johnston extensively documented
the devastating effect the law had on software programmers who wanted to set
up their own shop.
As for the accusation, cited yesterday in my post, that the law was
originally designed to crack down on illegal tax shelters? Harvey Shulman, a
Washington lawyer who Johnston describes as specializing in representing
"companies that supported the desires of software engineers to be
independent contractors," sent an e-mail to Salon contesting the rationale.
To the contrary, there was no such evidence (and there are Department of
Treasury documents, obtained in 1987-88 under FOIA, which show the true
genesis of this law); indeed a Congressionally-mandated study of Section
1706 resulted in an unbiased government report of about 100 pages (1988)
which, along with other studies, found that tax compliance by these
self-employed workers was actually higher than most other types of
workers -- and that the enactment of Section 1706 probably did not generate
any additional tax revenue and may, in fact, have led to revenue losses (due
to the favorable tax treatment accorded many employee benefits which was not
accorded to self-employed workers).
It doesn't need belaboring that 99 percent of the software engineers
negatively affected by Moynihan's amendment to the tax code did not end up
as tax protesting kamikaze pilots. But the final kicker to Johnston's update
of the story nevertheless provokes a chill.
On Wednesday, the day before Andrew Joseph Stack III left his suicide note
and crashed the plane into the building in Austin, the Obama administration
proposed a widespread crackdown on all types of independent contractors in
an effort to raise $7 billion in tax revenue over 10 years.
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