In Austin, a spectacular murder

By now you’ve all heard about the lunatic who drove his airplane into the Austin building where the IRS had its offices.
Two people died in the fiery plane crash Friday. The one you haven’t heard about was this man, Vernon Hunter:

Murdered Friday

Vernon Hunter

He served two tours in Viet Nam. He spent 20 years in the United States Army. He was a father and a grandfather. He was a year away from retiring from the IRS. He went to work, Friday morning, like so many Americans do — like more than 3,000 went to work on a bright September morning in 2001. He deserves justice. Of course, like the 19 terrorists who drove stolen jumbo jets into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania almost a decade ago, the lunatic who killed Vernon Hunter won’t stand trial. Unlike those 19 terrorists, that jerk’s becoming something of a cult hero here in the US.


3 responses to “In Austin, a spectacular murder

  1. grahamfirchlis

    Ah, this was sad to learn about. At first it seemed that the nutso pilot was the only fatality, and that seemed just. For this poor fellow to die from someone else’s madness is absolutely unfair.

    And yeah, a folk hero, how disgusting. If the 9-11 hijackers had hit the IRS Headquarters building in DC instead of the WTC, would they have been heroes to the teabaggers too? No, wait, they were brown people with funny names; never mind.

  2. blacksheepone

    I hear you.
    What bothers me is that this guy was, at the very least, a suicide bomber. Yet he’s not being called a murderer, a suicide, or a terrorist (although if you use the FBI definition of terrorism his act certainly qualifies) in the M$M.
    Indeed, just the opposite. Empathy for his troubles, sympathy for his suffering at the hands of the IRS (whiskey tango foxtrot, oscar? dude cheated on his taxes repeatedly. He could afford a three-story house in a pretty nice part of Austin, and had his own plane. Seems to me that his troubles were largely of his own making!) …
    the media in this country is far too tightly clenched in un-American Rupert Murdoch’s hands, I think.

  3. grahamfirchlis

    This country was founded and run by rich white men who didn’t want to pay their taxes. Still is, and of course they empathize. This nut was a member of the club, poor fellah, and who among them hasn’t dreamt about doing what he actually up and did?

    I bitch about the inconvenience of having to speak Spanish just to place an order at a fast food joint, but in another generation brown and black people will be in the majority and then things will start to get real interesting. Cheaper to buy them off, I say, but our country’s history shows the Leadership would rather bomb them than give up on that next yacht upgrade.

    I’m older than you so I’ll be dead and miss all the excitement . Good luck.

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