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Bite the Hand That Feeds You: Essays and Provocations (Joseph Stack a fan?)- Rush Bump!
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Posted on 02/18/2010 12:11:58 PM PST by mnehring

There is an interesting quote at the end of Joseph Stack's suicide note: The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.. This quote is from a book by Henry Fairlie titled Bite the Hand That Feeds You: Essays and Provocations

The Amazon.com description of this book is:

A native British wit expresses an adopted American ebullience in this sparkling collection of political journalism and commentary. Fairlie (1924–1990) migrated from London to the U.S. in the 1960s, where his writings in the Washington Post, the New Republic and elsewhere both celebrated and pilloried the American scene. The unstuffy Brit applauds America's informality, its gadgetry, its abundance and vastness, and its personification in a cowboy-poet named Hooter he meets in a Mankato, Minn., bar, but he's appalled by its politics. An avowed Tory in Britain, he discovers conservatism's Reaganite version to be narrow-minded and selfish and mean-spirited; he duly eulogizes FDR, attacks George F. Will and denounces government bashing as the sneer of patronizing and vaulting privilege at the needs of ordinary people that can be served only by government. Whether stomping on the dangerous insects in the Washington media corps or defending his beloved Scotch whiskey against the Perrier water fad that prompted the abandonment of... a wholesome and convivial liquor for a suspect Gallic product, Fairlie's elegantly pugilistic prose still feels fresh—and surprisingly relevant to today's politics.

Other digging into Fairlie shows he started out as a Tory but became an FDR fan leftist with shades of Lyndon Larouche thrown in. Joseph Stack has a unique


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Joseph Stack has a unique knowledge of literature to make this quote. It is also interesting if he studied Fairlie where his mindset came from. Anti-Business, pro-FDR type policies. Somewhere between a Liberal and a Larouche nut.
1 posted on 02/18/2010 12:11:58 PM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Commie bastard...Stack was a low life Commie bastard.

He will not be missed!


2 posted on 02/18/2010 12:14:34 PM PST by Ronbo1948
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To: mnehring

but it’s NOT terrorism despite him burning is house down and flyng low...


3 posted on 02/18/2010 12:14:45 PM PST by a fool in paradise (DON'T SAY "Happy Valentines' Day". It's Happy Holidays! This is the Holiday Season (Prez Day Feb15))
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To: mnehring

Good Work! Keep it up. I’ll ask Jim to give you a raise!


4 posted on 02/18/2010 12:14:50 PM PST by frogjerk
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To: Ronbo1948

The fruits of “keeping” Austin anarcho-leftist weird.


5 posted on 02/18/2010 12:15:21 PM PST by a fool in paradise (DON'T SAY "Happy Valentines' Day". It's Happy Holidays! This is the Holiday Season (Prez Day Feb15))
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To: mnehring

Had to laugh at CNN’s Sanchez. Picking bits of the manifesto to read online, he comments that the man is hardly to be considered a good writer.

What would Sanchez know?

Nada.


6 posted on 02/18/2010 12:17:45 PM PST by Carley (Are you better off now than one year ago? HELL NO!!!!!)
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To: mnehring

This guy’s politics are hard to peg.

Of course the media (even Shep Smith @ FNC) are playing his tea party-spounding rant against taxes and gubmint. Yet keeping quiet on his rail against the healthcare system, GW Bush and religion.


7 posted on 02/18/2010 12:18:35 PM PST by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: mnehring
Joseph Stack has a unique knowledge of literature to make this quote

Not necessarily. A Google search of the phrase reveals that it has showed up from time to time on various discussion boards. Who knows where he picked it up from.

8 posted on 02/18/2010 12:19:30 PM PST by SirJohnBarleycorn
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To: Carley

Probably not enough pictures for Sanchez.


9 posted on 02/18/2010 12:21:12 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: nhwingut
This guy’s politics are hard to peg.

Anti tax but also anti big business, anti church, but also complained about health care. IE, a liberal who got screwed by the IRS. Probably someone who thinks the government should be all-powerful but thinks the IRS is part of a conspiracy outside the government (my guess).

10 posted on 02/18/2010 12:21:51 PM PST by mnehring
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To: SirJohnBarleycorn

It is now, but if you remove all of today’s references, it becomes more obscure. Also, his whole train of thought seems to follow Fairlie.


11 posted on 02/18/2010 12:24:04 PM PST by mnehring
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To: JennysCool

The man irritates me no end.

Of course, I am convinced my husband accesses CNN out of a desire to annoy me.


12 posted on 02/18/2010 12:28:33 PM PST by Carley (Are you better off now than one year ago? HELL NO!!!!!)
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To: mnehring
It is now, but if you remove all of today’s references, it becomes more obscure.

Well obviously it shows up on the internet after today's event. I was referring to the appearances in discussion boards before today.

13 posted on 02/18/2010 12:32:42 PM PST by SirJohnBarleycorn
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To: mnehring

What this guy did was wrong...terribly wrong.

Among other things, he’s probably caused the wrath of Big Sis to be brought down on general aviation, and heaven knows GA has more than enough problems now.

About taxes, though, the unhinged killer was right. Even the people charged with enforcing tax laws don’t profess to understand all of them. We desperately need reduction and simplification of our taxes.


14 posted on 02/18/2010 12:33:16 PM PST by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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Yes, there are all kinds of rational criticisms of our tax system, and they come from all sides. This guy’s mind was in a very dark place.


15 posted on 02/18/2010 12:36:59 PM PST by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: mnehring

Right now our lib media is researching Stack from the day of his birth, hoping to connect him with the republican party, some “conservative” group, a “militia” or anything it can label right-wing. This nut will have been made into a long time worshiper of William F. Buckley by tomorrow morning.


16 posted on 02/18/2010 12:44:57 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: mnehring
Somewhere between a Liberal and a Larouche nut.

Clown to the left of me, jokers to the right...

17 posted on 02/18/2010 12:45:53 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard; bvw

ping


18 posted on 02/18/2010 1:01:09 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Leftists have started calling him “Joe the Pilot”.


19 posted on 02/18/2010 1:35:21 PM PST by mnehring
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To: JennysCool

Sanchez to guest:” “So it sounds like you are saying that it’s the small guy that was being taken advantage of Big Business that was in collusion with Government” (paraphrased)


20 posted on 02/18/2010 1:49:18 PM PST by Hypo
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To: mnehring

BING BING BING! We have a winner!


21 posted on 02/18/2010 4:27:13 PM PST by Sparky21555
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To: a fool in paradise
“Spot-on” says I, who's just a chucked cow chip away from Austin.

A fool who resides in paradise is a wise fool indeed.

22 posted on 02/18/2010 5:29:53 PM PST by forest153 ("There's a snake in my boot!")
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To: mnehring

Thank you for the link.

Strange brew by a strange few.


23 posted on 02/18/2010 5:51:11 PM PST by forest153 ("There's a snake in my boot!")
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To: AnnaZ

ping for your show


24 posted on 02/19/2010 9:24:57 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring
"...and denounces government bashing as the sneer of patronizing and vaulting privilege at the needs of ordinary people that can be served only by government."

This is, in a clear summary, the anthithesis of the American experiment. Pleople woo embrace this line of thinking must be unhinged; ignorance can't be the reason if they have managed to learn big words.

There are no needs that can be served only by government

Government is like fire. An awesome slave and a mindless fearsome master. It can't feel, it can't think, it can't plan; it can only react to external forces. The greatest danger with both is the failure to understand that its primal purpose is to maintain itself, and consume anything that gets in its way.

It is no accident that our Constitution is formulated entirely to control the beast. Fail to remember this at your own peril.

25 posted on 02/19/2010 10:33:28 AM PST by Publius6961 (You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do)
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To: Ronbo1948
Commie bastard...Stack was a low life Commie bastard.

I can't accept that. Not to many commy bastards not in government own their own airplanes.

just saying.

26 posted on 02/19/2010 10:35:31 AM PST by Publius6961 (You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do)
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To: Publius6961

Very well said


27 posted on 02/19/2010 10:35:54 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Publius6961

Rush just bumped FReepers on this.. :->


28 posted on 02/19/2010 10:40:54 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Publius6961

Okay...Fascist Bastard :-)


29 posted on 02/19/2010 11:56:02 AM PST by Ronbo1948
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To: Ronbo1948

According to the MSM he was a Right Wing Nutcase.


30 posted on 02/19/2010 12:33:58 PM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Publius6961

American commies all believe in material wealth for themselves but want everyone else to give up theirs. They all have dreams of being on the politburo.


31 posted on 02/19/2010 12:35:24 PM PST by mnehring
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To: b4its2late

I say, “Show me the voter registration” for this guy. I haven’t seen it. I’m surmising that either means it does not fit the MSM template or this guy never voted.


32 posted on 02/19/2010 12:35:53 PM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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I looked yesterday and couldn’t find any political contributions in his name (that were large enough to make OpenSecrets). His wife had zero political commentary or groups on her Facebook page.


33 posted on 02/19/2010 12:36:46 PM PST by mnehring
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To: 6SJ7

Yes, that would be good to see.


34 posted on 02/19/2010 12:37:48 PM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: mnehring

I don’t know what OpenSecrets uses, but the thing to do is go straight to the FEC database and do an individual search. I do that fairly regularly for names in the news.

I got nothing for a Joseph Stack in TX.

http://fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml


35 posted on 02/19/2010 12:42:07 PM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: mnehring

From his writing he doesn’t seem highly educated. Slightly above average intelligence perhaps but not a wide reader. Possibly picked it up on the net?

Definitely leftist though. Finishes up with the communist creed and a faux “capitalist” one. See also http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2454982/posts


36 posted on 02/19/2010 12:43:37 PM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: nhwingut

Shep Smith is a full-fledged obama loving liberal!


37 posted on 02/19/2010 12:49:14 PM PST by top 2 toe red (Not supporting a corrupt, Marxist, Socialist President makes me a racist?!? Then a racist I am!!!)
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“Shep Smith is a full-fledged obama loving liberal!”

Right, but notice how he used to hide it, then only in the last few years he went overt.


38 posted on 02/19/2010 12:51:12 PM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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By the way, the New York Magazine had this to say about Stack:

In fact, a lot of his rhetoric could have been taken directly from a handwritten sign at a tea party rally.

Tea Parties do not QUOTE KARL MARX, you lousy liberal lyin s**tforbrains.

Andrew Stack: "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."

Tea Parties do not DENIGRATE GEORGE W. BUSH, you lousy liberal lyin s**tforbrains.

Andrew Stack: "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."
Tea Parties do not IMPUGN THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (PRESUMABLY TO EMBRACE OBAMACARE), you lousy liberal lyin s**tforbrains.
Andrew Stack: "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."
Tea Parties do not DISRESPECT THE CHRISTIAN OR CATHOLIC FAITH), you lousy liberal lyin s**tforbrains.
Andrew Stack: "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)."

But you already knew that. You are simply lying liars, telling lies about the lies you tell.

And you wonder why you are continuously shrinking in revenue and size.

May I live to see your demise.

39 posted on 02/19/2010 12:55:16 PM PST by Lazamataz (Do it for the children.)
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To: mnehring

Now I am sure that Rush reads FR.

The book was mentioned right here on FR moments after the manifesto appeared online.


40 posted on 02/19/2010 12:55:47 PM PST by Carley
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To: a fool in paradise
The fruits of “keeping” Austin anarcho-leftist weird.

He lived in ultra-conservative Williamson county. Now if he was from Hyde Park/West Campus that might have some merit.
41 posted on 02/19/2010 12:56:08 PM PST by BJClinton (0bama is not the anti-christ. Satan wouldn't be such a screw up.)
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To: mnehring; 6SJ7

probably a La Rouche supporter


42 posted on 02/19/2010 12:59:22 PM PST by GeronL (I pledge allegiance to the Principles of the Bill of Rights and to protect and defend it...)
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To: Carley

He also said he found it by his “Freeper friends” or something like that. :->


43 posted on 02/19/2010 12:59:24 PM PST by mnehring
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To: nhwingut

I’d say his politics were “nut.”

}:-)4


44 posted on 02/19/2010 1:04:36 PM PST by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: mnehring

I’ve certainly run across it a few times over the years. It’s not that obscure. On the other hand, I’ve never heard of Fairlie before.


45 posted on 02/19/2010 1:08:10 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: mnehring

Have been away from the radio for a couple of days. Thanks for the update on Rush.

When i want to know what is happening in the world, I log onto FR.


46 posted on 02/19/2010 1:15:07 PM PST by Carley
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I’d say his politics were “nut.”

He was not all that complicated was he?

47 posted on 02/19/2010 1:16:45 PM PST by Neverforget01 (The problem is the doing, not the talking....Gov Haley Barbour)
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To: mnehring
The guy could be from the Peoples Republic of Maine.

Can't tell you how many Mainers I've met who have 6 dots to connect. They connect the first three, skip right over 4 and 5 and go directly to 6.

They then pronounce some "profound" political insight, rail against "them" and go directly to the welfare office to collect their reparations.

And then Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe get re-elected.

48 posted on 02/19/2010 1:25:54 PM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: SirJohnBarleycorn

People will read what they want to into this guy’s last screed. Does he mention a Communist rule? He must be a Communist! Does he hate taxes? He must be a Paulite! Does he mention the Catholic Church? He must be an anti-PapistI Does he mention Big Capital? He must be a Libertarian!

One thing is certain: he hated the IRS.

All the rest - trying to pigeonhole him into various categories - is contradicted by his statement. He was anti-everything, aggrieved and insanely furious. He killed himself and someone else. He left a family behind - though apparently he was mad at them as well.

The people here who think he’s a Communist will not be swayed by any argument or close reading of his own writing. He probably would have been happy to take a poke in the nose at them on that point and found lots to agree with them on other opinions.

His ideas were a mishmash of stuff he picked up from a variety of places, and which he subscribed to because they matched his pre-conceived grievances. That’s very common.


49 posted on 02/19/2010 1:28:51 PM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: SirJohnBarleycorn

People will read what they want to into this guy’s last screed. Does he mention a Communist rule? He must be a Communist! Does he hate taxes? He must be a Paulite! Does he mention the Catholic Church? He must be an anti-PapistI Does he mention Big Capital? He must be a Libertarian!

One thing is certain: he hated the IRS.

All the rest - trying to pigeonhole him into various categories - is contradicted by his statement. He was anti-everything, aggrieved and insanely furious. He killed himself and someone else. He left a family behind - though apparently he was mad at them as well.

The people here who think he’s a Communist will not be swayed by any argument or close reading of his own writing. He probably would have been happy to take a poke in the nose at them on that point and found lots to agree with them on other opinions.

His ideas were a mishmash of stuff he picked up from a variety of places, and which he subscribed to because they matched his pre-conceived grievances. That’s very common.


50 posted on 02/19/2010 1:30:35 PM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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