The fires in Austin were still burning yesterday when the Internet lit up with government haters cheering suicide pilot Joe Stack and calling him a hero, reports the New York Daily News. “Finally an American man took a stand against our tyrannical government that no longer follows the Constitution,” wrote Emily Walters of Louisville, Ky., one of at least two dozen people who founded Facebook fan groups to hail the homicidal pilot. “His sacrifice was for all of us,” wrote Texan Tyler Britten.
Crackpots were also praising the dead pilot on Twitter. Stack’s manifesto railed against Wall Street, the Catholic Church, the IRS and the failure to reform health care – a little something for everyone. The right called him a socialist, and the left branded him a right-wing tea partyer. There are always members of a small lunatic fringe ready to embrace a domestic terrorist targeting the feds, including Tim McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber who remains a hero in some disgruntled circles 10 years after his execution.