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When does it become terrorism?

Good morning, Netizens…


A. Joseph Stack III put his name in history books yesterday. He began his day by setting fire to his house in Austin, Texas while his wife and family were inside. He capped his morning off by flying his single-engine Piper PA-28 aircraft into the side of the building in Austin, Texas in the AP picture above, where the Internal Revenue Service had a portion of their headquarters. Having already posted a verbose screed about his failed relationship with the IRS on a website (which unfortunately has been taken down) a number of failed businesses, several tax audits and numerous other complaints, Stack felt he had enough, and simply put, took matters into his own hands.


At least two people, including Stack, are dead.


“Nothing changes unless there is a body count,” Stack wrote.


Nobody, it seems, have warm fuzzy feelings in their hearts for the IRS. Several of the mainstream news media have already made the statement that this was not an incident of terrorism, that Stack was a sadly despondent man, perhaps seriously depressed over his battles with the IRS. Pardon me, but I know a few people who have battled with the IRS and lost, but none of them ever flew planes into the IRS office to express their outrage.


If Stack had been from the Middle East and undertaken the same goals, we would call him a terrorist beyond a doubt. How much difference is there between Islamic terrorists blowing up American assets in the United States and Stack?


In his parting words posted on his web site, Stack wrote, “violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer.” I could not disagree more.


Violence against groups of innocent persons, even people as wretched, deplorably unethical and self-serving as the IRS, is terrorism in my book.


What about yours?


Dave

Liar, Liar, pants on fire…

Good morning, Netizens…


Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano admitted she lied on Sunday’s news talk shows this morning, and I, for one, want to know why she is still in charge of Homeland Security. She admitted this morning that the Homeland Security system failed. Failed? It allowed a person on the watch list aboard a plane destined to the United States with a detectable explosive device, PETN, hidden on his person, and yesterday she stated the system worked?


Forty bazillion Americans stand patiently in line every day waiting to pass through Homeland Security’s security screening at airports around the globe, trusting that they are safe from terrorist threats because they get screened. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is now charged with attempting to blow up a plane from Amsterdam to Detroit. Fortunately, instead of the device hidden in his shorts exploding, he set fire to his pants and, in think-speak, “burned his groin”.


My only comment about Abdulmutallab is, “Ooh, I’ll bet that smarts! Now you’re going to prison.”


My only comment about Napolitano is, “Are you still here?”


Dave



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