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"Please put your things in order because you will be killed"

Contents of the email sent to Wisconsin Republicans in the wake of their vote against collective bargaining rights for public sector employees:

From: XXXX
Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM
To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen
Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit
that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we've had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it's going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it's a matter of public records. We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn't leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so "high" on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won't tell you all of them because that's just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it's necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will "get rid of" (in which I mean kill) you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it's worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!

This of course comes after Michael Moore's call for war Wednesday night.

No comments yet from those who called for Sarah Palin's incarceration after the Tucson shootings. 

My bet is that silence will never be broken.


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Comments (28)

Looks like the "civility" a... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Looks like the "civility" argument has run its' course. It can never be used again, at least not with a straight face.

Any word from the Southern Poverty Law Center?

And last note, maybe the critics of the House hearings on Domestic Terrorism are correct. Perhaps they should start looking into the left-wing unions.

Well.Okay then.<br /... (Below threshold)
mathman:

Well.
Okay then.
When the public elects Republicans, those Republicans must be executed. Only Democrats are able to serve.
What is this argle-bargle about making union employees unable to feed and clothe themselves?
And 300,000? Just how many taxpayers in Wisconsin will need to surrender all of their assets to pay the going fare for the Unions?
Of course we can expect no action from Attorney General Holder. These Union thugs are HIS PEOPLE.
Face it, folks. This is hate speech.
This is extortion, pure and simple.
Pay the protection money or die.

Lovely. Just lovely. Roun... (Below threshold)
James H:

Lovely. Just lovely. Round up the perpetrators, send them to jail for communicating threats.

Welcome to the banana repub... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Welcome to the banana republic formerly known as Wisconsin where it is apparent that oxygen thieves are now threatening elected officials with death by unspecified means.

Isn't there a law against that? and yes, expecting Atty. Gen. Holder to launch any investigation would be like expecting the (P)resident to show leadership and announce the investigation into union thuggery.

FWIW, these assholes were NEVER civil, not in the 60's and not now.

And Obama is worried about ... (Below threshold)
BluesHarper:

And Obama is worried about cyber bullies.

Oh wait.... these are his bullies. So they are okay.

Never mind.

Must be more of that 'nuanc... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Must be more of that 'nuanced' Democratic speech that we've heard so much about.

This dumb ass sending threats via email deserves everything coming to him.

People get desperate when t... (Below threshold)
mag:

People get desperate when their gravy train is about to crash.
All these left overs from the 60's were thugs then and thugs now...they are just older.

This post is like <a href="... (Below threshold)
Eric:

This post is like Deja Vu all over again.

Rick, do you read your own ... (Below threshold)
epador:

Rick, do you read your own threads?

The Thursday/Friday trolls ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

The Thursday/Friday trolls have been strangely quiet.

I'll bite Epador... what ex... (Below threshold)
Rick Author Profile Page:

I'll bite Epador... what exactly are you talking about?

Rick ~ I think he's referri... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Rick ~ I think he's referring to the comment in the Michael Moore thread that quoted the threatening email which is the subject of this post.

Too bad Barry. Your jackboo... (Below threshold)
914:

Too bad Barry. Your jackboot tactics are not going to work.

See ya in 2012.

Any word from the Southe... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Any word from the Southern Poverty Law Center?

It would not surprise me if they were the low life sphincters that wrote that letter, so I doubt we will hear from them. Perhaps in the form of more letters?

Either way, these sphincters are cowards, scum, leeches upon society and the light of day on their corrupt activities is refreshing.

Wait, what's this scrawled ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Wait, what's this scrawled across the bottom of the page ...?

"Your best f'in idea yet, Boss.

J Biden"

I believe this is a federal... (Below threshold)
Maddox:

I believe this is a federal crime. Where is the gestapo now?

Two wrongs don't make a rig... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Two wrongs don't make a right here. Some idiot sending some illegal creepy threat letter is wrong on one hand. On the other hand, a vote to reverse a standing legal agreement on collective bargaining by the Wisconsin legislature almost certainly won't withstand a court challenge either. The old legal agreements on collective bargaining will almost certainly be upheld as law.

If Wisconsin is serious about their state budget, working to improve the business environment will yield a greater tax base to work with. The problem isn't some folks earning too much that's causing Wisconsin and many states financial problems, the problem is too many people not working and too few businesses not doing well enough to provide the normal cash flow to pay for needed basic government services.

There is also a serious debate whether the actions in Wisconsin even have much to do with bringing the budget in line, or are just politics to weaken labor unions which are thought to more likely to support Democratic Party politicians running for office than Republicans. However, any politician running for office is free to appeal to unions for their support. Republican President Nixon once had strong support from the Teamsters union for example.

.....YOU WILL DIE!!!!... (Below threshold)
groucho:

.....YOU WILL DIE!!!!

Signed,

James O'Keefe III

(edited) film at 11.

Paul, the mistake you make ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Paul, the mistake you make misses at least two points. First, I have seen from long experience that governments - be they local, state, or federal - can and do change agreements, pretty much at will. And yes, it usually stands up in court. If you don't believe that, go look up the last time a government body broke a contract then lost in court.

Second, most bargaining agreements are subject to annual review and revision. If that is the case here (and remember, the bill was there on the floor for a reason - if the Dems really thought it was unconstitutional, then they could relax and let the court handle things, hmm?), then abrogation of the bargaining rights is well within the rights of the legislature.

And btw, the Nixon ref also... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

And btw, the Nixon ref also fals on its face. Nixon was a Rockefeller Republican whose power base was in California and New York, union strongholds in 1968. He needed unions because his politics catered to them in some part. Compare that to Reagan, who was no foe of unions in general, but who saw public service unions for the parasites and con men they were and are.

The comparison is no comparison.

There is also a se... (Below threshold)
Eric:
There is also a serious debate whether the actions in Wisconsin even have much to do with bringing the budget in line, or are just politics to weaken labor unions which are thought to more likely to support Democratic Party politicians running for office than Republicans.

Come on Paul, that is hardly in doubt. Just look at Opensecrets.org, 12 of the top 20 political donors are Unions. Since 1989 those 12 Unions have donated $370,191,564; 95% of which went to the Democrats.

You have to go down the list to #78 to find the first donor who gives greater than 90% to the Republicans. Even the dreaded Koch brothers only give 83% to Republicans.

For all the hoopla about the Koch brothers, the amount they've spent is chicken feed compared to the Unions, $4M vs. $370M.

The old legal agreements on... (Below threshold)
LiberalNitemare:

The old legal agreements on collective bargaining will almost certainly be upheld as law.

17. Posted by Paul Hooson | March 11, 2011 5:26 PM

So then its safe to assume that comparing the vote to pearl harbor, comparing walker to Hitler, and the death threats might have been a little excessive?

Do the workers at your groc... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Do the workers at your grocery store have collective bargaining rights, Paul?

The old legal agreements... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The old legal agreements on collective bargaining will almost certainly be upheld as law.

There is no right to collective bargaining and the courts will not recognize one you can be certain of that. The law that just passed does not change any current agreement so there is precious little grounds for a lawsuit.

21 states do not allow collective bargaining for government workers and federal workers have never had that right. The courts are going to have a hard time finding that right in the constitution and the Supreme Court will certainly not find a majority that will support such a right.

The further argument that unions use their dues to support political candidates who then make contracts with that union to increase their pay and allow them to self deal for benefits, constitutes a gross conflict of interest and comes quite close to outright bribery of public officials should be enough to prevent any court from finding that collective bargaining is some inviolable right.

We really need to find the ... (Below threshold)
Roy:

We really need to find the author of this letter and out them. Make their life a living hell, at least while they're out of prison.

Lovely. Just lovel... (Below threshold)
James H:
Lovely. Just lovely. Round up the perpetrators, send them to jail for communicating threats.

3. Posted by James H | March 11, 2011 1:32 PM | Score: 6 (10 votes cast)

So four out of ten Wizbangers oppose sending these folks to jail? Damn.

You can always tell a gutle... (Below threshold)
Oldpuppymax:

You can always tell a gutless swine by the way in which he anonymously writes/e-mails his threats.

GOP does not care about peo... (Below threshold)

GOP does not care about people. They want us back the Dark Ages, where only the kings and feudal lords had any power. The rest should be peasants, essentiall¬y slaves. Women should be less than slaves. Slaves of slaves. The sad part? Too many citizens believe their taxes will be reduced if state workers lose pension and benefits. Forget it! Your money is going to Walker's cronies, and will continue to do so as long as the right wing is in power.




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