They Hate Our Freedoms

Well, today (and I can’t believe it’s taken this long,…) we had our first Wonder Bread version of 9/11, and it does kind of make you realize why all these loser whities got so worked up about the first one.  In short, those habibs have it all over on us for both audacity and effectiveness.  Joseph Stack, the pilot of the plane, was too lazy and or cheap to get a bigger aircraft, and too unimaginative to pick something more significant and dramatic than a crappy seven-story glass box down the street, and therefore went out in the sort of ephemeral blaze of glory roughly comparable to a bug hitting a windshield.  Most thought FOX was just being typically political in emphatically refusing to call Stack’s gesture a terrorist attack; it might have just been, however, because it was so unimpressive that even FOX secretly hoped a blonde would fortuitously turn up missing to save their daily ratings.

Honestly, though, a Piper Cherokee vs. the IRS?  Maybe now we’ll finally win the War on Terror because Osama bin Laden laughs so hard he gets unhooked from his dialysis machine.  Such obvious points, of course, are entirely overlooked in the media as the right maniacally blames liberals, the Democrats sheepishly call for more study, and the matter is thus settled.   Do we have any civil rights left to toss on the 9/11 funeral pyre?  One can only hope.

At any rate, what we have here is part of a drearily predictable pattern of rudderless losers who, just all of a sudden, neatly applied a few things from Glenn Beck’s chalkboard and the Mt. Vernon Statement, and were off to the races.    Just like the murder of the police officers in Pennsylvania and the abortion doctor in Wichita, none of this could possibly have anything to do with the violent rhetoric spewing forth in ever-larger doses from the organized right-wing media; they report, and the crazy people watching decide.  Expect the blatant journalistic malpractice of failing to connect the two to continue even after mass casualty and high-level assassinations follow in this effluent-laden wake.

As Saint Ronnie said, “Facts are stupid things,” and at this point the facts of the Austin bomber incident would seem to fall into that category, but rest assured that we’ll never know because of the cravenness and stupidity of our “free” press.  Whatever Stack expected to accomplish by his bizarre suicidal attack, it will remain a mystery, primarily because we don’t have anyone left smart or dedicated enough to dig in to such boring minutiae.  They need a missing blonde, and they need her NOW.

27 Comments

  1. avelna says:

    Unfortunately, even the so-called liberal media will probably refuse to connect the dots – at least they’ve made no attempts to yet. But, hey, the righties could claim that their missing blonde is Carrie Prejean. That could cause fireworks!

  2. cocktailhag says:

    Well, fortunately, Senator Centerfold Scott Brown connected the dots… He said, “Nobody likes paying taxes.” Since her 15 minutes are now up, Prejean might even go into hiding like the balloon boy.

  3. retzilian says:

    I’m glad you mentioned this story, since I was about to write a finger-pointing rant about if this guy had been black, Muslim, or of Middle-Eastern descent, there would still be fireworks, streaming screaming headlines and cries of Terr-ism! Terr-ism! Off with his Head! Oh yea, he’s already dead. Never mind!

    But, because this is Mr. White Guy Next Door, well, he’s just a little off today. Never mind that the 7-story building didn’t collapse into its own footprint in an hour. Or that he wrote a note indicating that he was obviously spurred on by RW Hate Machine.

    Anyhoo, the MSM can all bite me. Useless. And to think I once wanted to go to Journalism School.

  4. The Heel says:

    was good seeing you last night.

    Being a blond Cherokee pilot myself, I would assume the NSA is hence forth monitoring my phone calls, e-mail, blogging…

    But then again, who cares.

  5. timothy3 says:

    why all these loser whities

    I think you mean “all these looser whities.”

    That’s how we say it in my neck of the trailer-park woods.

    And I’d guess–but maybe not–that Fox, Beck, et. al., are suffering dry mouth in between spittle breaks as to how this event must be framed:

    Beck:

    This freedom fighter, this victim of Obama’s socialism, well, what can you expect? And, my friends, it’ll only get worse before it gets better. Oh, and buy gold!

    FoxStaffers:

    This man, he’s a–wait, is he a terrorist? How does that work again?–oh, he’s a terrorist, small ‘t’ and not a Terrorist, big ‘T’. And the socialist son-of-a-bitch in the White House, he’s to blame. Oh, and buy gold!

    • cocktailhag says:

      Capitalization is very important on FOX, you know. Righties like caps, especially all caps. (I’ll bet their whites are loose, and not too white, either….)

  6. Hi, thanks, hag:

    Not entirely sure what you had to say, just so excitged and flattered! Anyway, I think I can keep up with you, especially if we’re not talking about a boom period! ? When I calm down, about such a connectedness, I’d say, what? anyone ever hired an electrician from Pennsylvania? I know it’s all silly, but the alternative is what? So cool I can relate to you, let’s say. Really, it’s just great you wouldn’t go into a panel box (I taught my wife to do it on a regular basis!, and wait till anyone meets her.) Keep us in mind as a lark. We haven’t got out of the home in a long time.

    Let me think of something to say about the latest plane crash: as to what comes next, predictably. (Did he burn his home with wife and daughter, that throws me?) I admit I don’t pay much tax for forever almost, being poor (?) and self-employed. I saw a paycheck of another person once, and couldn’t believe how much was taken out (do they get that back)! I wouldn’t stand for that either, without saying something…This guy was self-employed with income to declare, so… Today’s Cocktailhag’s “take” on it remains “well covered” so far. I liked what the pilot wrote, also. I still think Obama is already sympathetic. If the plane crashed during the “Bush” years, not even teabaggers could make it more than a blip, I recon. Call me pollyanna, but I think this plane crash ends up helping the cause for good change, it helps the tea party come together with Dems (there’s a difference between protesting and then “pulling the curtain” to vote; it helps a lot of disgruntled everywhere, it will help solidify a general move toward change. I always kept my eye on the ball that Obama was passing decent HCR (I believe him as much as I believe I would go across the country for a 4-way switch). We win midterms, like I said Pubs are marginalized, four years is a long time, longer and bolder than Clinton’s, we have lots of jobs, Americans are anxious to spend money (like they did on me in 2009), repubs seem to never come back, eight years go by easily, finally you give us a call toward LA or was it portland, and then Romney sways his looming head, and I start slouching toward Bethlehem again.

    I wanted to say something to you about throwing dems into the mix of corruption and influence-peddling concerning for example military benefits for one, is how I read you. About trends, about how the pendulum swings, it looks tough to knowingly lose stupid votes when one is more clever than to do that. I saw some depiction, on line, maybe 20 minutes, of say a wedding reception, in Cincinnati, in a cement block underground (rave-looking). Those young people don’t vote naturally Democrat, no way. Things are competitive to them, both women and men. As a politician, it behooves me to leave them with the impression I’m not giving anything away for free to less-deserving people. I think Dems in office understand this, and play it both ways (way better than Repubs). It’s just that, really, this country is peculiar, in the sense that many poor folks feel good about fighting battles for rich folks (They know for a fact millionaires take care of them with their strip mall – listen to any Ani DiFranco?) That’s what I think Dem politicians are up against. They won’t lose cocktailhag’s vote, that should be as certain as a republican filibuster? I guess I’m waiting for todays older, staunch generation to die, thank you very much. Then as far as imigration, being in the trades (or nursing, or school teaching, etc) I’m very insulted by good jobs taken. If drywallers and landscapers are a rare and valuable commodity, then let the market price bear that out, etc.

    You’re not too hard on Pelosi, Hillary, Frankin, Feingold, etc etc etc? They would try to reduce pentagon budget if they could. I see them splitting the difference, and am OK with that. They don’t need to be pushed so hard by left bloggers; they actually endured more than peerpressure to get where they are, unless I’m missing something, which is always entirely possible, if you ask me.

    It’s been a pleasure, thank you for being yourself,

    Chuck, in Pennsyvlania!
    814.724.9090
    http://www.electricalworkscontracting.com

    • cocktailhag says:

      That Stack guy did make some valid points, along with the many bonkers ones. He had an airplane but couldn’t “afford” to pay taxes? It’s the people in the middle, especially self-employed, that are unduly burdened with taxes because they make their money from work rather than investments, which are taxed at 15%. The right has done an excellent job of obscuring that fact. Taxes will always be too high when we choose to spend them all on the military, as the bipartisan consensus dictates.
      The economic relief will always favor illegal immigration, because it guarantees a ready supply of docile labor to drive down everyone else’s pay. Plus ca change.

  7. mikeinportc says:

    retz, I was thinking along those line as soon as I heard about who it was. I’ve been waiting for some heads to explode . The usual suspects, that would normally go to FEARCON1 , and enjoy it, would also like to celebrate their fellow teabaggiste. The slippery slope on that mountain of hypocrisy has apparently ben too daunting, even for them. (so far ;) )

  8. dirigo says:

    Reflecting on Ronald Reagan … a little light reading.

    http://harpers.org/archive/2010/02/hbc-90006567

  9. Ché Pasa says:

    Well.

    I read this guy’s rant and a story about his previous life in California, and I immediately concluded that he was basically a Propertarian who became radicalized in Texas, and he went off.

    When I mentioned this perspective over at Glenn’s Place, I immediately got hit with, “Oh no! But he was a Marxist! Read his screed.” Yes, well, I did. How do you get the idea that he was a Marxist? “He mentioned Communism and he quoted Marx!!!!!

    ???

    I’m still ruminating over that one.

    He was a Propertarian who saw himself being robbed and exploited by the Whole Wide World and he took direct action with his computer, a box of matches and his airplane. This does not a Marxist make. Sorry.

    The story in California was that his self-corporations were suspended by the state for failure to pay taxes (like $1500) and for failure to file tax returns. He left California for Texas rather than put up with this intolerable nonsense. He didn’t find work in Texas for quite a while, and so he had to live off his IRA for a year or so. Then the Federales were on his ass. He tried to get professional advice, and he was screwed by those he thought would help. And everyone was demanding More Money. And he didn’t want to pay. They were trying to take his stuff.

    Well, he showed them, didn’t he? Burned his house down, flew his plane into the IRS office, left a “Fuck You All!” note, and that was that.

    Great American Hero.

    • cocktailhag says:

      It’s amazing how put upon the comfortable feel; lack of empathy runs pretty deep in that bunch.
      I love the word “Propertarian,” it perfectly describes the righties’ new concept of “freedom.” To hear Michele Bachmann tell it, you’d think the founders came here to establish lawns to keep people off.
      Note to self: pay taxes, then buy airplane.

    • meremark says:

      -
      I believed this, and I liked it:

      Limbaugh: Joe Stack “sounds just like any liberal Democrat,” Media Matters, Feb.19

      Comments
      by DellDolly (February 19, 2010 2:18 pm ET)

      He hated the IRS because he had to strike out, and refused to acknowledge his own role in his downfall. He, like so many other rightwingers, pretended that he was a victim when he really wasn’t.

      He CHOSE to try to evade lawfully-owed taxes by taking part in a scheme back in the 1980′s where he and many others pretended that they were in-home churches to get the tax breaks that religious institutions get. Now, if one wants to argue that churches shouldn’t get off tax-free, that’s fine, but no individual should pretend that they’re a church to get off from lawfully-owed taxes. That’s the first scam he tried to run WRT taxes owed.

      He failed to pay business taxes multiple times out in California, resulting in him losing his business charter twice. He’s a “victim” of his own actions, not a true victim. His first wife filed for bankruptcy claiming over $100,000 in back taxes owed – they weren’t paying legit taxes owed during the timeframe they were due!

      He later failed to file an income tax return during a year where he didn’t have any “income”. But he did have money from an IRA that he withdrew. He was willing to take advantage of the tax benefits of utilizing an IRA, but when he took that money out, he should have been willing to pay the penalties for that early withdrawl. But he claims that he was a victim again – that he didn’t KNOW that he’d owe a penalty for taking that money out. Liar. He thought he could get away with it, just like he thought he could get away with declaring his home a ‘church’ back in the 1980′s.

      Then he did it again – he failed to report his wife’s “unreported” income on a tax return, and got caught, and who does he want to blame? His accountant. Well, Stack KNEW that he was filing an inaccurate return when he signed it. He’s no one’s victim.

      He didn’t hate the IRS because they had tax loopholes for the “rich”. He hated them because none of his tax dodging attempts were successful.

      He got caught, and much like convicted criminals who whine and pout about the sentences they receive, he whined. But he got caught by his own dishonest actions.

      • cocktailhag says:

        One wonders if any event could ever occur that didn’t “convince” the right that liberals are bad so we should do everything their way. I doubt it.

      • The Heel says:

        Meremark,
        without knowing the details or caring enough to try to find more info about this sad “wing-nut-man”, what you summarize seems very plausible.
        One runs into such people in all aspects of life, all the time. The inconsequent types. In politics, being an intelligent person and trying to cling to republican principles must inevitably lead one to a point where a sweet little bridge of denial needs to be invented in order to get out of a philosophical dead end (e.g. “big government”).

        The teabaggers main theme is to minimize government and the primary motivation is selfishness and greed – not empathy with other “victims” of the socialist government. As we can see, at times that makes for absurdly funny acts of teabag terrorism.

        BTW, where is Tom? Oh, no,….You think nailhead tom was Joe Stack’s avatar? RIP, nutty Tommy.

        But back to the topic at hand – I can accept that individuals should have the right to live outside our society. Just name one that really chooses to do so in all consequences. Even hippies living with their dogs in the wilderness gladly drive on the roads “we” provide and maintain and would likely accept the ride in an ambulance to prolong the much enjoyed life and on and on. I also realize and feel how hard it is to pay taxes when one has to see how wantonly this money is squandered by nincompoops.

        I guess deep down we are all kinda shallow…..

        • dirigo says:

          Could be people all across the spectrum are hurling their rhetorical grenades from deep within whichever utopian bunker they’ve jumped or fallen into.

          While I enjoy the occasional exchange online, after a year or so of partaking, I’m finding it to be a rather aimless, emotional grind.

          Little is accomplished; except, for me, my taste and tendency toward comic responses has improved my writing, if I do say so myself.

          Tom comes up, and the question is: where is he? Or, who cares?

          Noting him, as a presence on this site, a foil maybe, I keep wondering about his charge, sprinkled wildly and constantly, that everyone here is a socialist utopian. The joke is, it seems to me, he is hurling his thunderbolts from his very own pure, free market utopia. This is funnier than some utopian socialist fanatic defending mixed markets or the prerogatives of a command economy because such free markets as Tom touts have never existed and probably never will, not even in this country.

          Command economies were experimented with, and they failed. It’s not certain that pure free markets would be any better, and, judging from the 2008 market crash, such a notion seems unpersuasive.

          It’s interesting that purists like Tom appear unwilling to concede anything about the recent, massive MARKET failure, or, outright fraud.

          Tom never concedes the actual presence, long-standing now in the United States, of public-private enterprises, or simply government run services, such as commuter rail and AMTRAK. Or, “public” libraries.

          I’ve been reading some detailed pieces on the possibility of high-speed rail in this country. One articles noted that train service in Europe, Japan, and now Russia, is evolving to compete with short-hop air service. China, which many economic analysts think will eat our lunch one day, is also getting on with high-speed rail.

          Some of these trains can run over 200 MPH on open stretches of rail bed. It was noted in one piece I read that it’s unknown how much, if any, existing rail bed anywhere in the United States can currently support high-speed trains at over 200 MPH.

          Considering the chance that we might someday see high-speed rail here, one might first have to assume a massive assessment (and likely rebuilding) of existing rail bed all across the country.

          What corporation would get close to such a job without concessions or subsidies from the government?

          On a more prosaic level regarding commuter rail service today, I talked this week with a guy as we rode into New York on the New Haven Metro North line. While discussing the 35-year old plus rat-trap car we were in (which at best manages about 65 – 70 MPH peak speed), the guy mentioned the short branch line in Connecticut, known as the Shoreline, which runs from New Haven east to Old Saybrook, a distance of 40 miles or so. He said the state currently runs that one line at a cost of about $8 million a year while only taking in about $1 million in ticket sales.

          So, on top of wondering how high-speed rail cars can operate in this country and compete with air service – on runs, say, from New York to Chicago, or from St. Louis to Los Angeles – without first upgrading all rail beds, I also wondered how private corporations could possibly operate rail profitably, except by delivering freight.

          I can’t see how it’s possible to get to high-speed commuter rail service in the United States without a public-private partnership, through federal contracts negotiated with private interests for the nation as a whole.

          If Tom thinks the pure, free market can solve the high-speed commuter rail problem in this country, I’d like to know how it could be done.

          But I suppose his answer would be: if the market doesn’t make it happen, well gee, it was never meant to be.

          • cocktailhag says:

            They’ve been making gradual improvements to the Portland/Seattle train, to help it achieve the speeds for which it was designed, (appx 125 mph), and about $500 million in stimulus money is going to do more. As it is, it’s as fast as driving, and very popular. (About a dozen trains a day are always full) Still, the technology is at least ten years old, made by Talgo in Spain, and not really high speed. Any true high speed rail ought to aim to capture freight, too, to relieve the burden on the highways and employ the corridors owned by the railroads, some of which is underused and some of which is drastically overused.
            Sadly, much of the beautiful railroad infrastructure has been sold off or abandoned, including the underground tunnels that brought the train into the spectacular Union station in Tacoma; now the station is a trailerlike blob a quarter mile from downtown, and the old station in the middle of downtown is part of a Federal Courthouse complex. Seattle’s station, which has an enormous clock tower modeled on the campanile San Marco in Venice, is finally being restored from its original grandeur; removal of a 1960′s drop ceiling to exposed the 60 foot ceiling above has taken them many years, when I could have done it in an afternoon, but you know how these things go.
            The Portland station has always been well maintained, in its quirky glory. It’s an 1880′s very frontiersy red brick building on the outside, but a 1920′s remodel of the interior is consciously imitative of Grand Central; they blew out a floor or so of offices above the waiting room and lined it all with soaring marble arches, which only look a little odd punctured here and there with little office windows way up high.

          • The Heel says:

            “Little is accomplished..” well Dirigo, I guess that is the nature of political blogs. We are not a city council or the congress of the USA. What would you expect could get accomplished “blogging”?

            Also, sorry to hear this is an emotional grind for you.
            As far as Tom is concerned, yes, gotta take him with humor and yes, he often regurgitates rather undigested right wing mantra. He seems smarter than that and maybe just enjoys being an asshole at times. But all in all he amuses me often enough (albeit accidentally).
            The rest of the commentators here tend to amuse me in different ways and sometimes I just marvel at the eloquence of writers found here and envy them for this level of command of the English language. I guess that accomplishes little :)

            But every now and then, the moderators or one of the contributors brings up an interesting viewpoint that I may or may not agree with and I walk away with at least a curiosity, a question or even adjustment of my previously taken stand on things. For me (Opinionated SOB) this is an accomplishment.

            BTW, every European country has gone through their free market drools’ request for privatization and more or less given into it and retrieved or found a sustainable mix. It never seems to fully work. The formed entities cannot operate profitably everywhere and tax payers ultimately chip in the difference. That is ok with me and most. So what? I get a great convenience out of it and can take a high speed train from the Frankfurt international airport terminal right into many major cities, from where a cab brings me to my destination quick and effortless. love it. Miss it. The only faster transport would be hopping onto a private helicopter.

            So yes, let’s spend a Trillion dollar (real money starts with T these days) and build a top notch, state of the art, high speed rail infrastructure all over the country (well, skip Texas I guess – paybacks are bitches). One can then still bid out services – maybe even transportation services – within this infrastructure and have the privately owned trains pay a fee per mile driven adjusted for the attractiveness of a given connection. Those trains that are very popular and bring in a lot of revenue will have to pay more, others less, you get the idea…. At every train station, almost every service will be provided by private entities. From the little entrepreneur with his subway sandwich franchise in the hall to the lady selling espresso to the lad in the cab. Of course all the construction, maintenance and services of the infrastructure would go to bid, just like any other government project.

            I am willing to bet that over 90% of such stimulus money would end up in the American economy. Most or all of those jobs can’t be exported to China. Maybe a private transportation firm would buy a few trains from France – so what! the Frogs will buy some Boeings or Harley Davidsons in return (they secretly admire you guys, you know).

            Of course the right wing logic concludes that if there was a true demand, the market would have already given us all that. Its funny that we don’t hear much outcry over government spending on wars. Was that a free market based decision making?

            OK, gotta go back into the real world and get a few things accomplished. Great weekend y’all!

          • dirigo says:

            Oh, heel, I’m just in a come and go mood, more go than come I guess.

            Gotta catch my train home.

  10. dirigo says:

    From the Cocktailhag News Network “Quotes of Note” department:

    “He (Alexander Haig) had a unique way with words. In a 1981 ‘On Language’ column, William Safire of the New York Times, a veteran of the Nixon White House, called it ‘haigravation.’

    “Nouns became verbs or adverbs: ‘I’ll have to caveat my response, Senator.’ (Caveat is Latin for ‘let him beware.’ In English, it means ‘warning.’ In Mr. Haig’s lexicon, it meant to say something with a warning that it might or might not be so.)

    “Haigspeak could be subtle: ‘There are nuance-al differences between Henry Kissinger and me on that.’ It could be dramatic: ‘Some sinister force’ had erased one of Mr. Nixon’s subpoenaed Watergate tapes, creating an 18 1/2-minute gap. Sometimes it was an emblem of the never-ending battle between politics and the English language: ‘careful caution,’ ‘epistemologically-wise,’ ‘saddle myself with a statistical fence.’

    “But he could also speak with clarity and conviction about the presidents he served, and about his own role in government. Mr. Nixon would always be remembered for Watergate, he said, ‘because the event had such a major historic consequence for the country: a fundamental discrediting of respect for the office; a new skepticism about politics in general, which every American feels.’

    “Mr. Reagan, he said, would be remembered for having ‘the good fortune of having been president when the Evil Empire began to unravel.’ But he went on: ‘To consider that standing tall in Grenada, or building Star Wars, brought the Russians to their knees is a distortion of historical reality. The internal contradictions of Marxism brought it to its knees.’

    “He was brutally candid about his own run for office (the presidency) and his subsequent distaste for political life. ‘Not being a politician, I think I can say this: The life of a politician in America is sleaze,’ he said in ‘Nixon: An Oral History.’

    ” ‘ I didn’t realize it until I started to run for office,’ he said. ‘But there is hardly a straight guy in the business. As Nixon always said to me – and he took great pride in it – “Al, I never took a dollar. I had somebody else do it.” ‘ ”

    Obituary: Alexander M. Haig
    New York Times, 2/20/10