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Seiler Blasts Noem’s Pheasant Distraction, Says Coronavirus Requires Real Plans and Action, Not Weak Jokes

Governor Kristi Noem needed three shots to take down the that tame private-preserve pheasant in her little target-practice video last week. Former prosecutor turned Democratic Party chairman Randy Seiler needs only one shot to take down her jokey derelicition of duty:

"Less Covid, More Hunting"—I'm sure a slogan like that will make the pandemic go away.
Less Covid, More Hunting“—because slogans and photo ops will make the pandemic go away.

Kristi Noem’s video-tweet of her hunting pheasants while mocking social distancing is tasteless and offensive. Had she enforced the CDC recommended plan for social distancing instead of doing nothing, thousands of South Dakotans would not have suffered from this virus and dozens of lives could have been saved….

Governor Noem seems to think COVID and measures to contain it is a joke. Her “plan” to deal with COVID is to mock safety measures to contain it. There are 20,000 families in South Dakota who aren’t laughing. She should apologize to them and start acting like a governor instead of a stand-up comedian wannabe [Randy Seiler, press release, South Dakota Democratic Party, 2020.09.25].

Elect a beauty queen, expect a pageant, not real governance. What will Noem do this week to distract us from the mounting death toll from her failure to contain the coroanavirus pandemic?


  1. james 2020-09-28 08:44

    How do masks hurt our economy? Oh. They could reduce lipstick sales. No doubt.

    Our 1990 Snow Queen might have a legitimate reason for opposing those masks after all.

  2. james 2020-09-28 08:59

    If you had a “right” to not wear a mask during a pandemic, Walmart and Menards would be in a whole lot of trouble. They aren’t.

    Some estimates are that masks reduce up to 50% of infections. During a deadly outbreak, it is silly to think that you have a right to spread the disease.

    And it would be irresponsible for a business to fail to protect it’s employees.

  3. Owen 2020-09-28 09:02

    the only thing I can say is that’s it’s about time Democrats started going after her.
    Now do the same with Marion Rounds

  4. Donald Pay 2020-09-28 09:06

    I think both Noem and Seiler overstated their respective cases. Outside activities are a good way to socially distance. I didn’t see the video as mocking. On the other hand, Noem usually does not follow CDC guidelines, so her one attempt at doing so comes off extremely lame and selfish. She’s definitely an attention seeker, and and a piss poor leader.

  5. 96Tears 2020-09-28 09:10

    Jason Ravsborg should thank COVID Kristi. She’s keeping the killing of Joe Boever off the front burner.

  6. jerry 2020-09-28 10:10

    So how do poor folks who do not have access to these reserves get to do Tinker Belle’s game hunting? Will the state forego the cost of a license so common folk can hunt and also keep social distancing? Will the pay to hunt reserves open the doors and allow every man, woman and kid the same opportunity that Tinker has while keeping social distancing. This video is an insult to the common people of South Dakota that pay their taxes (more than $750.00) and hope government lives up to the obligation to protect and serve for those funds. Tinker, spread some pixie dust rather than more trump virus.

    BTW, here are some Latina cowgirls supporting Biden, gotta love that.

  7. jerry 2020-09-28 10:22

    Oh goody, Tinker Belle’s South Dakota in the headlines once again as a failed state, another proud moment.

    “Despite President Donald Trump’s repeated insistence that COVID-19 is largely a blue state problem, cases are surging in red states just five weeks before the election.

    Twenty-two states are currently seeing increases in cases, including in the Midwest, the Great Plains and parts of the South. The biggest spikes in new cases have been in North and South Dakota (scene of the massive Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August), Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma and Iowa— all of which voted for Trump in 2016. Among those states, Trump is particularly vulnerable in Iowa and Wisconsin in this year’s election.”

    Just remember, once you catch the trump virus, it never goes away, so you may be able to remember who was the cause of your suffering. Vote Blue to help you.

  8. Jake 2020-09-28 11:07

    In history while Rome burned-Nero fiddled; in our times while our country burned and sickened,

    Trump and his cowgirl model governor golf, tweet, ride horses and hunt pheasants for the media.

  9. Adam 2020-09-28 11:52

    Rural life has always just been about ‘feeling good’ (in your own mind) regardless of reality punching you in the face over and over again.

    Never trust rurals on pandemic. In fact, you can’t trust them ‘any further than you can throw them’ on anything else either.

  10. james 2020-09-28 12:03

    Someone needs to ask Kristi how many illnesses and deaths are acceptable to her? How much of an increase in Covid cases will she tolerate before she acts?

    We were at around 800 active cases a couple months ago. Now, we are at about 3,800 and rising. South Dakota had eight deaths in one day recently.

    Worst in the nation for rate of positive cases.

  11. mike from iowa 2020-09-28 12:39

    Worst in the nation for rate of positive cases.

    Wasn’t Noem Nothing’s whole pandemic schtick staying positive?

  12. chris 2020-09-28 12:40

    Who tosses her birds these days?

  13. jerry 2020-09-28 13:03

    Tall Lew is the bird tosser. They did this on just 10 takes with the pheasant exhausted and on a string leash. Some say it was actually a hen.

  14. Curt 2020-09-28 14:35

    Jerry – I think it may be legal to shoot hen pheasants when “hunting” on private Game Preserves.

  15. jerry 2020-09-28 15:10

    Curt, after reviewing, I think it was really a Rhode Island Red hen. You can kinda tell it’s an old chicken too by the looks of it’s legs. Neither Lew nor Tinker could tell the difference. Probably one of her kids pets that Tinker and what’s his name don’t want to care for now that the kids have flown the coop.

  16. Mike J 2020-09-28 15:15

    Do private game preserves not have to follow hunting seasons? I found this on the GFP website for South Dakota’s Pheasant Season. Is she hunting illegally?
    Pheasant Season -Youth Only Season Dates
    Start: Sep 26, 2020
    End: Oct 4, 2020
    Pheasant Season – Resident Only Season Dates
    Start: Oct 10, 2020
    End: Oct 12, 2020
    Pheasant Season – Traditional Season Dates
    Start: Oct 17, 2020
    End: Jan 31, 2021

  17. jerry 2020-09-28 15:47

    Poaching has always been accepted by republicans…if they are the ones doing it.

  18. mike from iowa 2020-09-28 16:50

    Noem nothing’s crack PR team will sell that photo of NN as the guv diligently hunting clews to solve South Dakota’s problems. It isn’t hunting. It is slaughtering birds by surrounding them similar to Sitting Bull et al, and Custer.

  19. David Newquist 2020-09-28 17:08

    She shows how to horse around and blast away at dumb birds, but when it comes to governing–she horses around and blasts away at dumb birds.

  20. sx123 2020-09-28 17:58

    “Do private game preserves not have to follow hunting seasons?”

    Mike, preserves can have earlier start dates than wild bird hunting. Birds taken from a preserve must be tagged before leaving the preserve.

  21. jerry 2020-09-28 19:41

    Blasting away at tame birds, like hunting in a phone booth (I’m old so I remember them).

  22. grudznick 2020-09-28 19:55

    Mr. Mike (not the one from Iowa, that I know of), not only can preserves start earlier but they can go later and have entirely different limits. You can shoot more than 3 of the little birdies if you’re willing to pay and the preserve owner allows it. Which they will, as you’ll be willing to pay.

  23. T 2020-09-28 19:59

    In ND again and mask wearing doesn’t seem to be an issue unless your middle aged white guy wearing red in these
    Small towns I pass thru. Young people and kids even running around w masks on.
    Get to SD, stopped in Aberdeen and saw the stores w mandatory or requesting you wear them people had them on. The old star lite crowd not so much.

  24. Debbo 2020-09-28 21:48

    Typical of a cultist, Kruel Kristi cares not how many die as long as her political career looks good.

  25. cibvet 2020-09-29 00:44

    Stayed in a motel near a guest house for hunters. No limit on birds and the dead birds all went in to a dumpster.I questioned the guy dumping the birds and the claimed it to be legal because they were taken on his preserve. As a hunter myself, I will quit hunting before paying to hunt caged game.

  26. Poliglut 2020-09-29 09:36

    It took her 3 shots? And how many takes to finally hit one?

  27. mike from iowa 2020-09-29 10:52

    Why isn’t Noem Nothing not being charged with manslaughter for covid deaths or at least reckless endangerment for doing nothing but making jokes about pandemic.

    Wonder if any pheasants had their hair and makeup professionally done before getting shot By Calamity Doofus?

  28. Dana Hanna 2020-09-29 11:10

    Thank you, Randy Seiler. The Governor of our state is making a joke out of covid 19 and the only sensible measures available to us to stop its spread. She advertises our state to out of state businesses as the State that has done and will do nothing to interfere with your God given right to make money, even if it kills us. While day after day, South Dakota is No. 2 and climbing in per capita infection rates. And it all started to explode just two weeks (the covid incubation period)
    after the Sturgis Rally, which our Governor allowed to happen. Must be a coincidence, right?
    Here’s the thing: the Governor and her political flunkies in the Department of Health knew this was coming. With Sturgis, it was not just foreseeable it, was inevitable. This is on you now, Kristi Noem. Stop trying to play cute about it. This is about sickness and death. Real sickness. Real death.

  29. leslie 2020-09-29 11:17

    My authentic days, years in Winner cornfields in the afternoons, on the dugouts in the mornings with family, i’d take anytime over these posers like Kristi and grdz

  30. chris 2020-09-29 11:31

    There are a lot of ears of corn for sale in HyVee”s now, as part of Noems new farm-to-table trade deal with the Republic of Squirrelistan. Real cheap prices too.

  31. DaveFN 2020-09-30 07:41

    Cavalier insouciance, Gnome.

  32. Debbo 2020-09-30 16:28

    FYI: Here’s how a real Congressperson works for the citizens of her district:

    “Last week, House leadership proposed a continuing resolution that left out critical support for our family farmers and families needing nutrition assistance. I was proud to stand up to leadership with colleagues from both sides of the aisle and secure a bipartisan deal that helps hardworking Minnesotans . The changes we secured will extend programs our family farmers rely on and extend Pandemic EBT for those who need it. I’ve said from the beginning that I’ll work with anybody with a good idea to make Washington work better for our working families, and I’m glad that we were able to protect these important programs.”
    Angie Craig, MN2-Democratic Farm Labor

    Compare her to any of SD’s boys. When have any of them put people before party? Taken any kind of political risk? Ever? Rep. Craig stood up to Speaker Pelosi for us.

    Have Thune or Rounds ever told Moscow Mitch no? Ever? Even once? We should probably just call them the Milquetoast Boys. Walk on them at your leisure while they cry, “Thank you ma’am/sir. Can I have another?!”

  33. leslie 2020-10-01 04:44

    Farms are indeed in trouble.

    The New Yorker (it would know!:)
    It is possible that British farming, which has revenues of around nine billion pounds a year, is currently worthless, once you take away its subsidies, and the damage that it causes to the country’s waterways and wildlife.


  34. Debbo 2020-10-02 21:23

    It’s been a long time since I hunted pheasants with an old 12 gauge pump. They were wild pheasants, of course, and there wasn’t time for 3 shots because those birds were wily and fast.

    If you were real lucky you got two shots, but generally you better hit it with the first shot or be out of luck. One shot usually was enough for me and the extended family members I hunted with.

  35. mike from iowa 2020-10-17 12:51

    Good news for South Duhkota pheasant hunters from new Fur Fish Game magazine. Minnesota’s rural mail carrier pheasant survey was up 47% this Spring in the southern half of the stAte.

    FFG also says Pebble Mine, the threatened destruction of Alaska’s largest wild run salmon fishery in Bristol Bay is on hold again. Vote for Biden and get the EPA to shut down the mine permanently.

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