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Move over, John Spiegelhoff, the Wisconsin public-employee union boss who in 2011-12 used his union e-mail account to send dozens of threatening and harassing e-mails to state Senator Pam Galloway in retaliation for her voting for Gov. Scott Walker’s budget reforms. For example, he called Sen. Galloway “a pig,” advised her to “[r]epent and seek forgiveness,” and ominously warned: “We are coming for you.” In an interview broadcast on Milwaukee radio, Spiegelhoff declined to apologize. Two years later, he still has his union job.
Move over, John, because you no longer hold the distinction of being the most detestable union thug carrying out attacks in the War Against Conservative Women being waged by Wisconsin “progressives.” (To grasp how enthusiastically they embrace vulgar attacks on conservative women, watch this 2011 Fox News report on Sly Sylvester — then and now the left-wing talk radio host with the most fans among Wisconsin progressives — using explicit sexual language to attack Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and mocking her serious illness.)
John, you’ve been eclipsed because you merely attacked a conservative woman: (1) who was not elderly; (2) who was a public official, for her actions as a public official; and (3) you did so privately, in e-mails sent only to Sen. Galloway, not in public postings on the internet.
Meet Gerry A. Miller, Jr., a member of United Steelworkers Local 1343, who’s a welder at Caterpillar, Inc. This union thug recently took it upon himself to attack a conservative woman: (1) who’s elderly (age 70); (2) who is not a public official, and who merely put a sign supporting Scott Walker on the lawn of her private home; and (3) he did so in a public Facebook post seeking to harm her livelihood, through a consumer boycott of the restaurant she owns.
The elderly woman — Bonnie C. (whose last name and restaurant will go unmentioned, to avoid advancing Miller’s agenda) — has the misfortune to live in Miller’s neighborhood, and to run a well-regarded family restaurant (with two nieces) in Milwaukee that was founded by her mother.
Recently Miller posted this on his Facebook page (name of restaurant redacted):
Possibly Miller did not hesitate to call for a boycott of Bonnie’s restaurant due to her support of Gov. Walker because punishing business people for supporting Walker was a standard part of the unionistas’ playbook during their 2011 battle against Walker’s budget reforms (e.g., see this report from The Blaze).
But the Facebook post did not have the effect Miller anticipated. Bonnie did not take down her sign and beg Miller to take down his Facebook post. For Bonnie has more steel in her spine than Miller has ever welded. The best way to fight a bully, Madison-based conservative talk-radio host Vicki McKenna advises, is to punch him in the nose (figuratively, of course — by naming and shaming those who perpetuate such abuses). Indeed, as law professor Glenn Reynolds advises from time to time, punch back twice as hard. And that’s exactly what Bonnie did, with a little help from her friends.
Via friends, Bonnie got word about Miller’s bullying to someone who knows a thing or two about fighting bullies: conservative talk-radio host Mark Belling (who regularly guest hosts for Rush Limbaugh) of Milwaukee’s WISN. And shortly after 4 p.m. on August 15, Miller got the full Belling treatment — he was lambasted and ridiculed at length for his despicable conduct toward a fellow citizen and neighbor simply because she holds political views different from his own.
Here’s the full segment (14:49; downloadable version here):
Here are the two best segments. First, Belling summarizes how despicable it was for Miller to bully Bonnie simply for putting a sign in her yard. He also comments on the role of vulgar (see here) and generally notorious outlaw Democrat state Rep. Christine Sinicki in publicizing Miller’s Facebook post. (1:51; downloadable version here):
Second, Belling opines that we’re only two steps ahead of Putin’s Russia if “you can’t put up a sign in your yard for a Republican without fear of being intimidated, harassed, or attacked,” and that in an ideal world the people who do this would face some heat in their personal lives. He also notes how odd it is that all this rage is coming from people who are still doing better than people in the private, non-union sector. (1:10; downloadable version here):
Belling has often observed that leftists can dish it out, but they never can take it. And that’s exactly what happened here. As soon as Miller was called out for bullying a 70-year-old woman in an effort to destroy her livelihood, like Brave Sir Robin, Miller ran away. He deleted the offending post. Indeed, he deleted his entire Facebook account, which formerly appeared here. Compare August 14 cached version here, and July 22 cached version here.
Indeed, so quickly did Miller run away that the Facebook post was deleted less than an hour after Belling started his discussion, while Belling was still on the air — so that he was able to note this development Here’s the clip, from around 5 p.m. on August 14 (1:17; downloadable version here):
But Miller forgot to delete some other evidence of his tendency to lash out and bully anyone who disturbs his inner tranquility (see, Miller’s quite the sensitive guy — his LinkedIn page says he’s into “Meditation” and “Religion and Philosophy,” and his cached Facebook page reveals he uses a Zen Timer for “beautiful” meditation).
Leaving little doubt why Miller wants to punch them in the face, right below this image Miller includes the iconic image of union thuggery — the clenched fist:
Of course, Miller also includes the image that was omnipresent among the Wisconsin union thugs throughout the 2011 budget battle:
Gerry Miller also forgot to delete his Twitter account (@gmill35), on which he tweets about his distaste for Governor Walker, here, here, here, and here. (In case anyone was wondering, yes, Miller (and his wife, Heidi) signed the petition to recall Gov. Walker.)
Also, it seems Miller doesn’t much like his current employer, Caterpillar, Inc. Apparently its CEO makes too much money and a recent round of layoffs was “crazy.” (Miller may not be the most objective critic on that last point; on his LinkedIn page he notes that as part of the layoffs, he was demoted.)
But Miller’s fifteen minutes of fame didn’t end on August 14. Because despite his initial instinct (quite possibly a good one) to simply run away from the controversy, for some reason Miller couldn’t leave it at that. So he wrote a lengthy e-mail to Mark Belling, which Belling read on the air the next day (well, at least the parts that were suitable for family hour). Here’s the full segment, which started around 4 p.m. on August 15 (14:27; downloadable version here).
And here are ten clips from the segment. The first nine give you Belling’s full reading of, and comments on, Miller’s e-mail (spanning 8:39), broken into topics.
The tenth clip gives you in full what Belling says is the best point one can take away from Gerry Miller’s reaction to criticism of his despicable conduct: that liberals can dish it out, but they can’t take it.
1. Belling comments on the “violent,” “hateful,” and “creepy” parts of Gerry Miller’s e-mail — so disgusting that Belling can’t read them. (0:39):
2. Miller says he only put on Facebook his “personal comments,” and says he doesn’t even know what restaurant Bonnie runs — but then contradicts himself by saying he no longer goes there (1:12):
3. Miller suggests all he did was share his opinions with his friends and associates (0:35):
4. Miller injects his wife, Heidi, into the controversy, suggesting his bullying of Bonnie was somehow justified by the supposed awfulness of Heidi’s public school teachers’ insurance (0:20):
5. Miller complains that Belling is bullying him, and he threatens to spread word of Belling’s own “bullying” far and wide (0:55):
6. Miller says Belling is a “puppet pundit” controlled by “far-right overlords” (1:02):
7. Miller says his people are being “pushed down by the right,” that’s he’s trying to “wake up the populace,” and that Bonnie should not have put up a sign supporting Gov. Walker (1:15):
8. Miller appears to predict that God is going to get Belling (apparently here, Miller is attempting to insult Belling, and/or the Roman Catholic Church, but there’s no way to know for sure) (1:23):
9. Belling comments on why he would not have allowed a “creepy” guy like Miller to call into his show, and on why a citizen should not have to put up with what Bonnie was subjected to (1:12):
10. Belling ends with his “biggest point of all” — partial transcript below (2:34):
What have I told you forever, and ever and ever about lefties? They can dish it out, but they can’t take it! . . .
They can go and scream about Act 10, trash the capitol, yell, rant and rave, call every name possible.You criticize them in the slightest amount, they can’t take it!
I’ve never really seen anything like it! . . . . This is true in general of the left. They’ll go out there and they’ll put somebody house’s picture on Facebook. But if you criticize them for it, they think they’re aggrieved!
Paul says it’s old school — it is. I mean, it all comes from this union mentality, the union hotheads who shoot off their mouths all the time, because they think somehow their rights are being violated by being given a $20-an-hour job and benefits. It’s just scream and yell and rant and rave, and then you get anything back, and somehow you’re the one that’s aggrieved.
The fact that after all this time, anybody’s bragging about being in the steelworkers, given the damage that they’ve done to all the businesses that they’ve inflicted with their cancer just tells you something. But as I say, when you say something like this — they can’t handle just the little comment I made about their stupid little union. But they’ll offer the most belligerent comments about their business, about the Governor, all of these other things.
Lefties can’t take it! Which is why, I’ve just been telling you over the years, you don’t have to play — you don’t have to play as dirty as they do. You just have to give them some of their own medicine, at a level you can defend, and you’ll find they just go scurrying — they can’t take it!
This reaction that we have had is so typical to what — the kinds of things that I’ve had over the last 25 years from them. This guy thinks he’s the victim after putting some poor woman’s house all over the internet, and encouraging people to make terrible posts about it, then writes a letter in which he’s gotta comment on her personal life. It’s sick stuff! . . .
Paul says he’s seen a picture of this guy, and he shouldn’t be commenting on anybody else’s appearance!
Like I say, I bet if I said — he thinks he can take his shot at her, but if you make it at him, he couldn’t handle that!
If you had to sum up John Spiegelhoff, Gerry Miller, and their fellow Wisconsin union thugs (like Debbie Hosking the unionista school nurse assistant who called Scott Walker’s cute little nieces “inbred dumbasses“) in just five words, it would be difficult to top this line from “Guardians of the Galaxy.”