Friday, February 19, 2010

Washington Post edits Stark’s manifesto to smear Tea Parties

Oh! What a tangled web we weave: When first we practice to deceive! Allahpundit has caught the Washington Post editing Joseph Stark’s manifesto to tie him to Tea Parties. Jonathan Capehart, shame on you my brother, writes in his editorial at the Washington Post
Joseph Stack was angry at the Internal Revenue Service, and he took his rage out on it by slamming his single-engine plane into the Echelon Building in Austin, Texas. We now know this thanks to the rather clear (as rants go) suicide note Stack left behind. There's no information yet on whether he was involved in any anti-government groups or whether he was a lone wolf. But after reading his 34-paragraph screed, I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement. 
Capehart then uses carefully selected excerpts from the manifesto to prove his point. Capehart skips over the anti Bush part: 
As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone. The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government. Nothing changes unless there is a body count (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough). In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws. 
Capehart omits the anti-religion parts: 
My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in the early ‘80s. Unfortunately after more than 16 years of school, somewhere along the line I picked up the absurd, pompous notion that I could read and understand plain English. Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the “best”, high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the “big boys” were doing (except that we weren’t steeling from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God). We took a great deal of care to make it all visible, following all of the rules, exactly the way the law said it was to be done. 
Capehart omits the anti-healthcare system parts: 
Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in. 
And Capehart omits the anti-“We The People” parts:
That little lesson in patriotism cost me $40,000+, 10 years of my life, and set my retirement plans back to 0. It made me realize for the first time that I live in a country with an ideology that is based on a total and complete lie. It also made me realize, not only how naive I had been, but also the incredible stupidity of the American public; that they buy, hook, line, and sinker, the crap about their “freedom”… and that they continue to do so with eyes closed in the face of overwhelming evidence and all that keeps happening in front of them. 
Now correct me if I am wrong but aren’t so called “Teabaggers” suppose to be Bush loving, God fearing people in love with their healthcare who think We The People are smarter than our elected officials? Of course this the meme the left pushes about Tea Partiers, unless of course they want to do a hit job, then it is all about the ends justifying the means.

But Capehart’s real dishonesty is how he edits the ending of Stark’s rant:
I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
Joe Stack (1956-2010)
The FULL closing should read as follows:
I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
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.
Joe Stack (1956-2010) 
Notice how Capehart omits the Communist Creed and the anti-Capitalist statement. This is intellectual dishonesty of the highest order. 

There was a time, not too long ago when brothers in high places held themselves to much higher standards. Not anymore, instead some of them would much rather do the bidding of their white liberal overlords.  Shame on you Jonathan, shame!

For further reading, Allahpundit points to Poli Pundit’s list of people Stark was mad at. You can also read Stark's FULL manifesto here.

Via: Hot Air


trinity said...

The only thing that the Washington Post is fit for is lining the litter box. Glenn Beck read the manifesto yesterday and you couldn't tell what Stark's political leaning was. He was all over the place in his insane ramblings. The only thing that is evident is that Stark was a very unstable individual who committed a horrible act.

Clifton B said...


The left is working overtime to connect Stark to the Tea Parties. However, anyone who bothers to read the whole manifesto clearly sees that Stark was politically all over the place. You can just as easily pull out reference to make him look like a rabid lefty.

You are right, the only true conclusion is that Stark was stark raving mad.

Government Mess said...

This guy was a nutjob for sure. Great piece on the issue, have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Great article! It continues to make me sad that many journalists no longer work to inform the public of the truth, but instead point accusatory fingers at them or create divisions between certain groups. Very, very sad. Thank God we have accessible, alternative news sources or the state would no doubt have had their way with us already.

Maggie Thornton said...

Clifton, this is quite a story. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

When I read the manifesto the first time, the first thing I saw was the reference to "GW Bush and his cronies."
The msm is a sorry excuse for journalism, and they are no bearer of truths.

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