Thursday, February 18, 2010

Timothy McVeigh in an Airplane

Some anti-tax lunatic just crashed a plane into the federal building in Austin, TX that houses the IRS. The number of persons killed or injured is not known at this time. The crash was NOT an accident. The pilot of the plane set his home on fire earlier in the day, stole the plane, and flew it directly into the building. This is an act of right-wing domestic terrorism and must be treated that way by the media and the government. is providing real-time updates.


T. Paine said...

For the record, I don't condone the ass that flew a plane into a federal building either. It would be nice for some media parity, though.

T. Paine said...

Hmmm... and the domestic left-wing terrorist Harvard professor that went on a shooting spree lately? You know the one? The one that was a rabidly pro-Obama supporter and campaign worker? I don't recall CNN putting her on their communist news network channel.

Dave Splash said...

Are you talking about the woman in Alabama that shot her boss and a few others? That chick is a serial killer. Who cares who she voted for? It's not a comparable situation. That woman killed her brother in the 80s and got away with it. Participated in a bombing of an ex-boss in the 90s (at Harvard) and got away with it. Now she killed her boss because she didn't get tenure. How is that the same? There was no political motivation behind the killings.

This guy in Texas had a grievance with the government - specifically the IRS - and to make a political point, committed an act of terrorism against the United States. Pretty cut and dry.

Bryan said...

I agree that he was probably an unthought-through Right Winger of the Libertarian sort, but it is strange (well, one strange element among many and one shouldn't try to project too much logic into anything from this guy), and what do you make of the end of 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."

It is definitely going to be used by the Right to try to deflect criticism of him as a teabagging loonjob.

It makes no sense in the context of his anti-tax, anti-big-government screed, however.

T. Paine said...

News flash! He also was found to have favorably quoted the Communist Manifesto in his suicide letter. Not something that a right winger or tea partier would be caught dead doing....

Dave Splash said...

The last line is confusing, and is in contrast to the rest of his screed. Yesterday, after this happened, a bunch of people in the office asked me if I heard about this event. Obviously, I had, and I said to watch the media closely on this one, as this will become "Obama's fault" by the end of the day.

And as you can see from Paine's comment, the groundwork is already being laid to tie this guy to Obama (you know cuz Obama is such a commie).

Look, this guy is a nutcase. But his affiliations with the extreme anti-tax crowd place him firmly in the right wingnut camp. That is to be sure. You can't blame other right wingers for his acts, but to deny that he is "of the right" is simply ridiculous.

But considering that Rush Limbaugh spun the guy who shot up the Holocaust Museum into a left-winger (which was perhaps the most patently ridiculous thing the fat drug addict ever uttered), my prediction that this will be turned into Obama's problem is on point. No one on the right ever takes responsibility for their fringe nutcases.