Is federal deficit spending worth taking the vice president's and president's llives? Ask Barry Vincent Ardolf, a 45-year-old Medtronic employee from Blaine with, apparently, no criminal record.
He's accused of using someone else's computer in 2009 to declare himself "judge, jury and executioner" in an e-mail death threat to Vice President Joe Biden because, "I hate the way you people are spending money you don't have."
Whether the message popped up in Biden's "in" box, we'll likely never know. But it reached someone, because the Secret Service, the FBI and Blaine police came calling.
Now Ardolf's charged with aggravated identity theft and making threats to the president and successors to the presidency.
The Star Tribune quotes the e-mail from the criminal complaint:
"This is a terrorist threat! Take this seriously. I hate the way you people are spending money you don't have ... I'm assigning myself to be judge, jury and executioner. Since you folks have spent what you don't have, it's time to pay the ultimate price. ... I'll kill you all one at a time. I'll take any opportunity I can get so better have eyes on the back of your heads. You guys better start watching your back. I'm coming for you all. I swear to God I'm going to kill you! ... The first one of you will be dead by June 1."
Ardolf's due in Hennepin County Court in the next few days.