DAILY BRIEFING  8:31 am February 19, 2010

Nothing To See Here But Coups And Crashes

by Sara K. Smith

  • An IRS worker said it was “unfair” of that crazy guy to fly his plane into her office building, which is certainly one way of describing it! [CBS News]
  • OH YAWN it’s just another regular Friday in Niger following a military coup that removed President Mamadou Tandja. [Reuters]
  • President Obama heard there was some sort of “foreclosure problem” going on in Las Vegas, so he will be going there to make a speech and pledge too little money to fix a crisis that went from “huge” to “dire” in, oh, 2007? [ABC News]
  • Republicans, after a year of yowling about the deficit, consented “reluctantly” to join a bipartisan commission devoted to fixing the deficit. [Washington Post]
  • The evil prince from our nation’s beloved Shrek franchise won an Olympic gold medal! [New York Times]
 
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plowman February 19, 2010 at 8:35 am

What’s fair about paying the IRS a fine, a penalty AND interest for a minor mistake? Not exactly an apple to apple comparison but fuck ‘em with a stick.

El Pinche February 19, 2010 at 8:43 am

What’s really unfair is that a major news network aired her stupid statement. “SHIT, I ment to say FUCKED UP, not unfair! CBS ! You unfair bastards!!”

Monsieur Grumpe February 19, 2010 at 8:58 am

I’ve been hearing from the conservative noise makers that the bipartisan deficit commission is a trap. I suppose when you’re face to face with your politically opposite compatriots yelling the stuff that is typically belched out in front of the cameras will seem rather silly. (Tax Cuts!, Socialism!, Desk Defiler!!1!!) If that’s what they mean by trap, OK, it’s a trap. Now get to work.

Terry February 19, 2010 at 9:00 am

The guy who crashed the plane into the office building in Austin. Want to take bets as to his news viewing and reading preferences?

bitchincamaro February 19, 2010 at 9:05 am

Jesus. I saw the word “coup” and immediately thought, “Fucking Cheney!!!1!”. I’m so relieved.

x111e7thst February 19, 2010 at 9:06 am

Meh. They should have loaded ol’ Mamadou into a small plane and crashed it into some kind of government building.

proudgrampa February 19, 2010 at 9:08 am

[re=515893]plowman[/re]: The penalties and interest are going to get worse. There is a deficit, and the government is going to find every single means of confiscating our money.

ManchuCandidate February 19, 2010 at 9:09 am

Unfair?

Oh please. The dude who crashed the plane thought the same thing. He thought it was unfair of the gubbiment to make him pay taxes.

Texan Bulldoggette February 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

“Unfair”–hmmm….let’s count all the ways this dick was unfair.

1. tried to kill wife/child in fire before his kamikaze stunt
2. killed/injured innocent folks who didn’t do shit to him
3. was rich enough to afford a plane/piano but couldn’t afford his taxes/penalties?
4. whining about didn’t have any retirement? Join the club, asshole.
5. screwing up 183 traffic for days(!)
6. making Austin look like Tea Bagger country.

Suffice it to say this dude is getting NO sympathy here.

Monsieur Grumpe February 19, 2010 at 9:30 am

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/18/national/main6220956.shtml?tag=cbsContent;cbsCarousel

OMG. The IRS plane crashing wacko was a BASS PLAYER!!!!!!
This explains everything.

Here that caveman?

JMP February 19, 2010 at 9:33 am

Of course the deficit commission is a trap. Anyone who actually was alive from 2001-2006 would know that the Republicans don’t actually care about deficits, and just started pretending to as a political ploy. So ask them for actual concrete ideas on lowering the deficit, remembering they’ll never suggest raising taxes or cutting military spending, and they’ll have nothing.

[re=515893]plowman[/re]: Getting caught trying to cheat on your taxes is hardly a “minor mistake”. From the guy’s own suicide note, he was purposefully trying to game the system because he hated taxes so much.

bitchincamaro February 19, 2010 at 9:41 am

[re=515911]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: Ha! NPR called him a drummer. Either way, he was kinda fucked. Wingnuttia is all, “he’s a goldern terrrist”, which I guess in their “minds” is somewhat worse.

freakishlystrong February 19, 2010 at 9:47 am

“Republicans, after a year of yowling about the deficit, consented “reluctantly” to join a bipartisan commission devoted to fixing the deficit”

After they voted against it. Reluctant my ass.

Monsieur Grumpe February 19, 2010 at 9:49 am

[re=515911]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]:
hear here i is stupid.

FMA February 19, 2010 at 9:59 am

[re=515918]bitchincamaro[/re]: My money would have been on drummer. Every drummer I’ve ever known is a small step away from flying a plane into a building. But bass player? I can see that too. I read an interview with one of the guys he played with on the Austin paper’s Web site. The guy said the airplane nut seemed very normal. Of course, look at the pool we’re talking about. Among musicians he might have seemed very normal. Hell, I know a drummer who, every time I see him, tries to convince me that 9/11 was an inside job and that the world is going to end when the Aztec calendar runs out in 2012. I think whoever looks after him should keep him away from airplanes.

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Terry February 19, 2010 at 10:23 am

From the Austin plane crashing teabagger’s manifesto:

“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.

The intent of this exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living. However, this is where I learned that there are two “interpretations” for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us… Oh, and the monsters are the very ones making and enforcing the laws; the inquisition is still alive and well today in this country.

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.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/18/national/main6220400.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody

Translation: He fell in with a bunch of wackos, tried to game the IRS and lost, so obviously it’s society and the IRS’ fault and not his.

bitchincamaro February 19, 2010 at 10:23 am

[re=515928]FMA[/re]: ‘keep him away from airplanes.” And calendars.

Cape Clod February 19, 2010 at 10:38 am

[re=515952]Terry[/re]: It seems to me that he tried to game the IRS several times, lost every time, couldn’t figure out what he was doing wrong and decided it was a vast array of sinister forces bent on destroying him.
Also, does the part about him not filing because he did make any income and getting hit with a $10,000 fine ring a bit hollow?

red sky February 19, 2010 at 10:42 am

If there is one thing we can take from this episode of domestic terrorism/crime (still undecided, I get the “just calm down about terror” stuff, but this seems to qualify), it’s that we need to start profiling scientists and engineers, pretty sure that would include most of the 9/11 crew/Christmas bomber/Unabomber/Fort Hood and many, many more.

Terry February 19, 2010 at 10:51 am

[re=515957]Cape Clod[/re]:

Yes, it does ring hollow.

FMA February 19, 2010 at 11:20 am

Not to hijack, but I just saw Tiger Woods on TV. Guy looked kind of tense. He really needs to get laid.

Hooray For Anything February 19, 2010 at 11:53 am

Is Rudy Guiliani now going to go on FOX and say that the plane crash was an act of terror and that Obama needs to say “war on terror” more? And will Obama tell all those people in Vegas who’ve lost their homes that it’s their fault for buying something they couldn’t afford so tough titties? And if not, why can’t he be more bipartisan?

McDuff February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm

[re=515993]FMA[/re]: You, sir, have won the morning.

Lionel Hutz Esq. February 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I’ve been busy watching the Olympics and didn’t hear: Did Glen Beck survive his plane crash yesterday? Is the Progressive Movement and the IRS no more?

JMP February 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm

[re=516023]Hooray For Anything[/re]: He can’t do that; that would alienate the “Stack is a hero!” wing of the teabagger wing of the Republican party. Yes, it actually already exists.

Autoo February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

In case anyone is wondering just how gay figure skating is, here’s an excerpt from the article:


Performing a sexy, saucy tango, he landed a quadruple toe loop … Throughout his performance, he played to the crowd, eliciting applause with each shimmy of his hips and nod of his head.

He ended by blowing a kiss into the crowd, then threw his hands in the air, pointing to heaven.

And that’s just the guy who took *second* place.

Lascauxcaveman February 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm

[re=515911]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: [re=515918]bitchincamaro[/re]: Heh, these days I’m equally proficient on bass and drums. I’ve often entertained the idea of getting a private pilot’s license, just for kicks. My guitarist buddy Autoo will vouch that I’m certifiable, so…

Problem is, the one time I was caught cheating on my taxes, I was treated like a human being and given ample time to repay. This taught me that generally speaking, IRS agents are mostly just guys and gals with a boring, thankless job to do, and human beings themselves. So my heart’s just not in it.

Also the local federal building is one of the nicest neoclassical WPA project brickpiles you’ll ever see. It’d be a sin to make Cessna-sized dents on that pretty façade.

bitchincamaro February 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

[re=515911]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: [re=516056]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: I stand corrected. NPR identified him as a keyboard player. This is truly upsetting.

Hooray For Anything February 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

[re=516038]JMP[/re]: Yeah, I saw– Mr. Cosmo himself Scott Brown got caught making a joke about it yesterday. I guess it shows that if you’re going to go on a murderous rampage, don’t do it in schools, non-muslim houses of worship, or army barracks but do it in an IRS building or an abortion clinic and you’ll be a hero.

Autoo February 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm

[re=516056]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: I’ll vouch. You ARE crazy. You always buy the beer, however.

RoscoePColtraine February 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm

[re=516059]bitchincamaro[/re]: Hey I play ‘keys.’ You just don’t know the stress of always having to keep your eyes on those 88 buggers, any one of which could reach up and rip your throat open at any moment.

queeraselvis v 2.0 February 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

[re=516043]Autoo[/re]: Maybe so, but this year’s crop of medalists is definitely from the “fugly” side of gaydom.

JMP February 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm

[re=516060]Hooray For Anything[/re]: There’s Brown, and already there’s Facebook groups springing up to call him a big hero. Of course, the righties who aren’t lionizing him are screaming that he is obviously a liberal because he denounced Bush.

Gorillionaire February 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

[re=516043]Autoo[/re]: They didn’t mention his Def Leppard style mullet?

Balls! February 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm

[re=516043]Autoo[/re]: Funny, in an interview after the event the Russian who took 2nd basically called Lysachek (the American who won, and who probably is gay) a fag and implied that he skated like a girl.

SayItWithWookies February 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm

[re=516077]JMP[/re]: That can’t be possible — Glenn Beck tells us that Dubya was a progressive because he — um — increased the deficit and didn’t let his buddies fail. I swear I’m not making that up. Oh, and John McCain? RINO and progressive. Mussolini? Progressive. Stalin? Progressive. I’m pretty sure Lyndon LaRouche, Malcolm X and Cthulhu are progressives too, but Glenn the Insightful hasn’t gotten that far in unfolding the great conspiracy.

Monsieur Grumpe February 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm

[re=516056]Lascauxcaveman[/re]:
[re=516059]bitchincamaro[/re]:

I saw a picture of the Crash King holding a bass. That’s all I need to know.

Yeah, my experience with the IRS “reminding me” of some unclaimed income was almost pleasant. I’ve got no grudge.

Lascauxcaveman February 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm

[re=516062]Autoo[/re]: You ARE crazy. You always buy the beer, however.

Been meaning to talk to you about that. Here’s a hint: the last time you brought the beer, I ended up with 6 cans of Keystone-freakin’-Lite in my recycling bin, none of which I drank, I assure you. I’m sorry you’re poor, but life’s just too short, man…

JMP February 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm

[re=516098]SayItWithWookies[/re]: According to Beck, the only True Conservatives were the founding fathers (even the ones who were actually liberal for their time, i.e. all of them; the conservatives were called Loyalists) and Reagan. All others are stealth progressives in disguise, because no True Conservative would be unpopular or otherwise fail.

FMA February 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm

[re=516122]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: And the story in the Austin Statesman-American identified him as the bass player. But hey, bass player, drummer or keyboard player, everybody knows the only rational musicians are guitar players.

dr.giraud February 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm

A coup in Niger? Yellowcake for everyone!

Monsieur Grumpe February 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm

[re=516236]FMA[/re]:
As a guitar playing outgoing engineer I must agree with you. However I have an irresistible urge to pummel an IRS agent with my Strat.

Like the Zappa song says…

My guitar wants to kill your Mama.
My guitar wants to burn your Dad.
I get real mean when it makes me mad.

[re=516123]Lascauxcaveman[/re]:
I wouldn’t boil my Wisconsin brats in Keystone. Ugh.

FMA February 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm

[re=516280]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: Use a Tele. It won’t even go out of tune.

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Spike February 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I wonder if the Las Vegans are still pissed at Obama for telling people not to gamble away their college savings at casinos.

Jim89048 February 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

[re=516396]Spike[/re]: That was pretty much just Oscar, and he’s kinda over it, too.

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