Apparently, this same group of knuckle-draggers or one like them is out to harass people opposed to the iron mining up in the Northwoods. As one might suspect, they seem to target women, foolishly thinking them to be weaker. It looks like that they might have been off more than they can chew this time:
But now Wells says she is being targeted with similar threatening behavior from the other side. Wells' name appeared on a list of mining opponents with three other women on Facebook last week.In related news, it appears that one of my favorite trolls, the one that had been going around trying to impersonate me in the Cheddarsphere is back at its old tricks.
A man named Terry Dipper listed them on the Wisconsin Reporter's Facebook page, citing their opposition as a reason armed guards are needed at the Gogebic Taconite site.
In response to Dipper's post, Wisconsinites For Safe Mining wrote: "We have initiated a shoot on site order for the malcontents you have listed. Trespassing on a mining site = genocide."
"If you threaten to kill someone, that is a crime - that is malicious. Its horrible. Its scary," said Wells.
She and at least two of the other women, Roberta Retram and Barbara With, are now asking their local law enforcement agencies to investigate the matter criminally.
27 News exchanged Facebook messages with someone from Wisconsinites For Safe Mining on Monday about the comment, who insisted it was obvious satire. They even sent a link to a Wikipedia entry explaining what satire is.
But Wells and the other women aren't laughing.
"Its not a joke when you're threatening someone's life and you're putting a target on their head," said Wells.
Wells says the Dane County Sheriff's Office told her they will assign an investigator to look into the matter, but 27 News has not been able to confirm that yet.
The person from Wisconsinites For Safe Mining who exchanged messages with 27 News today, refused to identify themselves.
It didn't work then, so I don't know what makes it think it will work now.
But no one has ever accused trolls, especially right wing ones, of being smart.