Captain America and the Idaho Legislature

You are probably aware of the recent trouble Marvel Comics found themselves in when they had Captain America observe a Tea Party protest.

According to Fox News,

A “tea bag” reference in a recent Captain America comic book that has angered the Tea Party movement will be removed by Marvel Comics in future editions, the story’s writer told

In issue No. 602 of Captain America, “Two Americas, Part One,” the title hero and The Falcon, a black superhero from New York City, stumble upon a protest rally in Boise, Idaho. They see scores of protesters carrying signs that say “Stop the Socialists!” and “Tea Bag The Libs Before They Tea Bag YOU!”

Captain America says the protest appears to be an “anti-tax thing,” and The Falcon jokes that he likely would not be welcomed into the crowd of “angry white folks.”

Wait a minute! A tea party protest in Boise, Idaho!  Sure enough, when I found a copy of Captain America (0.k. o.k., I didn’t actually find a hard copy. I stole scanned graphics from The Boise Weekly).

Anyway, according to TBW, the story goes like this:

William Burnside, who in the 1950s became obsessed with the New Deal American Hero, to the point of impersonating him, returns to find his childhood home in Boise replaced by a vacant strip mall.
“And now he was finally home … but not to a hero’s welcome,” the strip reads. “No, this country had turned its back on him long ago.”
Burnside, posing as the Captain, gathers groups of angry white truckers and returned soldiers in his compound. “Honest, hard-working Americans … ready and able to rise up and fight back,” as the strip describes.

A house in the Boise Foothills (below)

They march on downtown Boise (depicted below) and throw an African American secret agent posing as the Tax Man out of a bar, calling him Obama (with some degree of agent provocateur meddling from an undercover REAL Captain America).

Wow! I wonder if this comic is based in fact? An impostor Captain America in Boise organizing Tea Party protests and fighting the forces of Obama Statism.  While I was pondering this turn of events, I suddenly realized who the fake Captain America must be.

Yes, Wayne Hoffman. Former Statesman reporter who became spokesperson for the infamous Bill Sali and who returned to Boise to form The Idaho Freedom Foundation. The evidence is everywhere. Hoffman publicized, organized and spoke at the Boise Tea Party protest. His Freedom Foundation web site is all about helping hard working Americans stand up and fight socialism. Below is the mission statement. It sound exactly like what an impostor Captain America would have as his mission statement with all that talk about freedom and liberty and property rights.

The Idaho Freedom Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational and research organization that develops and advocates the principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, private property rights, economic freedom, and limited government. The Foundation’s mission is to keep Idaho free by generating research and data on key issues, and recommending the findings to opinion leaders, policymakers, media and the citizens of Idaho.

Can’t you see? That is why Hoffman exerts such control over the Republicans in the legislature. Being the gullible creatures that they are, they actually believe he is the real Captain America. How else can you explain this from Eye on Boise?

Former state Sen. Rod Beck just contacted Eye on Boise to say he didn’t just find the fiscal year 2009 PERSI actuarial report on the Internet while cruising Web sites; he got it in an email from Wayne Hoffman, who obtained it through a request to PERSI. “I just was not digging through actuarial reports – I’m not that weird,” Beck said. “The only person I sent it to was those that asked me, and it was Tom Loertscher and Lynn Luker. … Tom told me that he sent it to other members of the committee itself.”

Republicans on the House State Affairs Committee cited the report today as a reason for suddenly, and without notice, overturning yesterday’s 13-5 vote to kill HCR 42, which seeks to block a scheduled 1 percent cost-of-living increase next month for state retirees; instead, today, in a straight party-line vote, the committee sent the measure to the full House with a recommendation that it pass.

Hoffman, head of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, published an “Idaho Pork Report” at the start of the legislative session that decried PERSI retirement benefits as unduly generous. In an article headed, “Work for the state, retire like a king,” Hoffman wrote, “The question for policy makers is whether taxpayers should be forced to continue to subsidize such a generous employee benefits package at the expense of taxpayers.”

Still not convinced that Hoffman is the impostor Captain America?  Could this be the smoking gun?

I report, you decide.



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