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There are 124 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Feb 19, 2010, titled Fed-up engineer flies plane into IRS building | The Columbus Di.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A software engineer furious with the Internal Revenue Service launched a suicide attack on the agency yesterday by crashing his small plane into an office building containing nearly 200 IRS employees, setting off a raging fire that sent workers running for their lives.

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PC on the TEE

Claypool, IN

#1 Feb 19, 2010
Don't mess with the IRS!
BIG BROTHER

Reynoldsburg, OH

#2 Feb 19, 2010
What a loser. The only people he hurt were family, friends and the people of Austin. Funny thing is he nows owes estate and inheritance taxes. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Angry Young American

Circleville, OH

#3 Feb 19, 2010
Now hold up. How do we know this wasn't just a highly ironic coincidence?
Wilbur

Tiffin, OH

#4 Feb 19, 2010
I'm surprised there aren't more tea bag, anti-government, anti-tax, and anti-Obama folks on here posting encouraging comments. I thought this was the change they've all been hoping for. Yee haw!
Bob

United States

#5 Feb 19, 2010
Wilbur wrote:
I'm surprised there aren't more tea bag, anti-government, anti-tax, and anti-Obama folks on here posting encouraging comments. I thought this was the change they've all been hoping for. Yee haw!
I don't think this is the revolution they were counting on, despite spreading the most horrendous FUD possible... what did they think people would do, be thrilled just to elect the old boss back in vs. the new boss?
The Interpreter

Columbus, OH

#6 Feb 19, 2010
@Wilbur and Bob: don't give up on the lunatic fringe of the Tea Party and the 9/12ers. Domestic terrorism is right up their ally. Wait and see what happens when they don't get their way. Bet some of em have been stockpiling weapons for years in anticipation of a home grown revolt.
Bob

Columbus, OH

#8 Feb 19, 2010
This is really not that surprising if you have ever had to deal with the IRS.
This is whats coming

Dublin, OH

#10 Feb 19, 2010
I read his note. This guy would have been a tea party poster presidential canidate. He tried to cheat the system and it came back to haunt him.
Simon

New Port Richey, FL

#11 Feb 19, 2010
another martyr for the teabaggers, along with Tim McVeigh, Eric Rudolph, and David Koresh.

Since: Oct 09

Cincinnati area

#12 Feb 19, 2010
I do NOT support Mr. Stack's last act of violence towards other people, resulting in the loss of ANY innocent life. However, for those of you who have the time, I would encourage you to at least read the letter he left behind:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/27070093/Joe-Stack

There are many people who would like us to believe Mr. Stack was deranged...and have even said so on the media airways...but I am not ready to come to that conclusion so quickly. Judging only from his well-organized, fairly well-written "suicide note", Mr. Stack had many of the same struggles most of us do, in one way shape or form. Flying airplanes into buildings and killing innocent people is not the correct or the only way to call others to action...but I can see where he felt it was his best last hope.

I would urge others to at least read his words before passing judgement...or accepting, without question...the message we are receiving through the media.
Tcee

Lancaster, OH

#13 Feb 19, 2010
Another example of someone being pushed
around by our federal goverment for years
and finally snapped! I'm surprised the sky
an't full of planes from pissed off people
that have lost everything they haved worked their
whole lives for and have lost. Stop going
after the little guy and get the corporate
tax thieves. I wonder if we will ever know the full
story on this one.
Different Approach

Columbus, OH

#14 Feb 19, 2010
This was an overly frustrated individual that used the wrong tactics. The IRS has the law and the hard hammer of enforcement on its side. However, we sheep can make a difference if we choose to. A non violent approach would be to simply stage a "we won't take this anymore campaign". If one half of all middle income tax payers would withhold paying taxes as a sign of solidarity for one tax year who knows...perhaps a new tax code. Its obvious that the current system can not prevail much longer. The middle class has all the burden of Obama's socialist agenda piled on its back now.
I Luv The System

Circleville, OH

#15 Feb 19, 2010
This is whats coming wrote:
I read his note. This guy would have been a tea party poster presidential canidate. He tried to cheat the system and it came back to haunt him.
Is there a way to send extra money to the federal government above and beyond what I gladly pay in taxes every year to help repair the IRS offices tha were hit by the plane? I was thinking maybe a bake sale at the Unitarian Church might help too. It's the least I can do for The System, which has given me so much.

“So far left, I'm right”

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#16 Feb 19, 2010
Charles David Spohn wrote:
I do NOT support Mr. Stack's last act of violence towards other people, resulting in the loss of ANY innocent life. However, for those of you who have the time, I would encourage you to at least read the letter he left behind:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/27070093/Joe-Stack
There are many people who would like us to believe Mr. Stack was deranged...and have even said so on the media airways...but I am not ready to come to that conclusion so quickly. Judging only from his well-organized, fairly well-written "suicide note", Mr. Stack had many of the same struggles most of us do, in one way shape or form. Flying airplanes into buildings and killing innocent people is not the correct or the only way to call others to action...but I can see where he felt it was his best last hope.
I would urge others to at least read his words before passing judgement...or accepting, without question...the message we are receiving through the media.
it doesn't matter how eloquent or well-written or well-spoken mr. stack was...he intentionally carried out a terrorist act that injured and killed innocent people who were just trying to do their jobs. You say it was not the only way to call others to action...it shouldn't be A way of to consider...martyrdom makes you look like a zealot no matter how loquacious you are...i hate the irs as much as anyone, but killing individuals who were just doing their jobs isn't going to change the institution

“So far left, I'm right”

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#17 Feb 19, 2010
btw, this guy couldn't have been hurting for funds too terribly much as he was able to afford to own and maintain and regularly fly his own plane...even a cheap cessna costs (just to purchase) over $100K
The Interpreter

Columbus, OH

#18 Feb 19, 2010
Different Approach wrote:
This was an overly frustrated individual that used the wrong tactics. The IRS has the law and the hard hammer of enforcement on its side. However, we sheep can make a difference if we choose to. A non violent approach would be to simply stage a "we won't take this anymore campaign". If one half of all middle income tax payers would withhold paying taxes as a sign of solidarity for one tax year
who knows...perhaps a new tax code. Its
obvious that the current system can not
prevail much longer. The middle class has
all the burden of Obama's socialist agenda
piled on its back now.
oh brother did you drink the kool aid! I wish Obama was a socialist.
Julie

Rushsylvania, OH

#19 Feb 19, 2010
The Interpreter wrote:
@Wilbur and Bob: don't give up on the lunatic fringe of the Tea Party and the 9/12ers. Domestic terrorism is right up their ally. Wait and see what happens when they don't get their way. Bet some of em have been stockpiling weapons for years in anticipation of a home grown revolt.
Interpreter do you mean to say "alley" in stead of "ally"?
Interested

Lexington, KY

#20 Feb 19, 2010
Bet the Tea Party is cheering about this horrific act. Lord knows they're all completely nutty.
CollegeProf

Philadelphia, PA

#21 Feb 19, 2010
Wilbur wrote:
I'm surprised there aren't more tea bag, anti-government, anti-tax, and anti-Obama folks on here posting encouraging comments. I thought this was the change they've all been hoping for. Yee haw!
The teabaggers and lunatic right won't take any responsibility for him, saying that even if he claimed he was inspired by their words, words don't have that kind of power over people ... unless, of course, they're spoken by someone representing a different point of view ... it's no different than the lunatic left not taking responsibility for Ted Kazinsky. But once they've figured out their talking points (later this afternoon or early tomorrow) and received the memo from whoever-whatever they take orders from, they'll start distancing themselves from Stack.
Deep and Original

Circleville, OH

#23 Feb 19, 2010
Hey bet this guy was a tea bagger because those guys are all nuts ha ha.

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