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Some Legislators Have a Death Wish…

One of the first people to die of coronavirus in South Dakota was Representative Bob Glanzer. Yet with the coroanvirus pandemic raging worse than the last time they met in March, a lot of knucklehead legislators are acting as if the disease that killed their colleague and 247 other South Dakotans so far is no big deal. Bob Mercer provides these photos from the galleries… which is all the closer I’d want to get to any legislators today:

Bob Mercer, Special Session tweet from Pierre, 2020.10.05
Bob Mercer, Special Session tweet from Pierre, 2020.10.05

Legislators have an easy option for participating remotely, yet there a bunch of them are, in Pierre, indoors, masks in the minority, even among House members sitting shoulder to shoulder and talking.

You’d think legislators want Governor Noem to get to appoint more replacements.


  1. jerry 2020-10-05

    When republicans are in Pierre, it’s just easier to get your palms filled with lobby money and gifts and especially now, with the special interests needs for those free dollars. How is a feller supposed to grift if not in person…Everybody knows.

  2. Mike Livingston 2020-10-05

    The silver lining in the tragedy of the corona pandemic is the bravado of the conservatives thinking their personal freedumb is worth the risk becoming fatally ill !!

  3. 96Tears 2020-10-05

    COVID Kristi has a terrific opportunity to name replacements. That herd has needed some serious thinning for a long time.

  4. Steve 2020-10-05

    SD has a 1.01% death rate…..
    In 2017 more South Dakotans died of Heart Disease.
    In 2017 more South Dakotans died in an accident.
    In 2017 Diabetes almost killed more than Covid.

    Just to name a few and not to minimize BUT those of you on the Left are fear mongering. Life is FULL of possible ways to die. Especially when you live in a Blue State.

  5. Steve 2020-10-05

    Oh yeah, in New York for example….. 6.9% death rate. Gotta wonder the difference. Maybe C should investigate the death toll there? Look at ages, health conditions, etc.

  6. Dicta 2020-10-05

    Gonna die anyway, so why take precautions?

    Scintillating reasoning.

  7. sx123 2020-10-05

    Noem: science tells us the virus cannot be stopped
    1) What science? 2) This is just Lazy. Hard to stop anything bad from happening if one doesn’t try.

  8. o 2020-10-05

    Steve, what is the point of your fatalism-whatabotism?

    People die of heart disease, so the Government has done work on messaging to make people more aware of the risks diet has in that area. MANY restaurants have gone to “heart healthier” options to address this issue. We didn’t say too bad and accept death rates on face for heart disease.

    People die in accidents, so we mandate seatbelt use to minimize those numbers. We have automobile safety standards to reduce those numbers. Private industry markets safety features (even at greater cost) to mitigate accidents. We don’t just accept accidents and write off those deaths.

    People die of diabetes, and much like heart disease, we try both through government and private to address those risk factors and prevent.

    I notice one you leave off his deaths by guns: the 108 SD folks who lost their lives for the Second Amendment seems to be the argument for neglect you want extended to the COVID discussion.

  9. Mike Livingston 2020-10-05

    Wow Steve you are the poster child for social ignorance.

  10. kj trailer trash 2020-10-05

    Non-dear Steve,
    How are you? I am fine. You do realize that Covid-19 deaths are not “replacement” deaths, right? They are additional deaths. They are totally preventable if people take precautions, and if someone could build a time machine and get the Idiot-Toddler-in Chief Donald Trump to take it seriously back in Feb/March rather than hide the dangers for the sake of the stock market and for the sake of every other bit of typical Trump- and Conservative-shortsightedness. We don’t go around smashing peanut butter sandwiches in kids faces knowing that only one in a million or some other ridiculously small number of kids will die from their peanut allergies from us doing that; instead we treat that one life as being as valuable as everyone else’s. That is, unless we’re silly rightwing people who would be better served to comment on rightwing-nutjob websites rather than sites like this which seek and advance the truth.
    The caring people of the world.

  11. Curt 2020-10-05

    One of the responses to Bob Mercer’s tweet is an offer from Sen Schoenbeck to allow Bob to use Schoenbeck’s desk today. I hope someone will snap a photo if that happens – before they call the Sergeant-at-Arms.

  12. Debbo 2020-10-05

    Steve and similar *thinkers* ought to peruse this:

    “Many people who consume online content laden with conspiracy theories may mistake their discoveries for liberation from the status quo as well as mainstream news and expertise. They might even see their new beliefs as the path toward a more positive, hopeful future. QAnon believers, for example, believe their battle will lead to a reckoning, followed by a utopian age. Instead, they may be unwittingly aiding hostile actors, whether foreign or domestic, who hope to undermine democracy.

    “If you spend an inordinate amount of time on social media or extreme political sites, if your newsfeed is filled with wild claims about hidden plots, or if you spend hours searching for evidence of these theories online, you will be vulnerable to conspiracy theories.”

    There’s more on Mashable about why some people believe the craziest stuff and it’s well sourced.

  13. Steve 2020-10-05

    WTF are you talking about Debbo? Where does anything I posted mean inordinate amount of time on social media? Or a QAnon believer? Seriously. All of you posting a comment are asinine. I didn’t discinclude gun deaths for a reason.

    This world has many things that kill us, viruses are one of them. It’s F’n amazing how all of you want all of these precautions done but then in the same breath bitch about the economy. I watched as Biden hit Trump over the current economic conditions. Well, we shut down the economy and many states still are. Can’t protect the outcome from that. Get real libtards.

  14. DaveFN 2020-10-05

    My ears perked up when I heard Jason Miller, communications strategist and spokesman for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, indicate on this past Sunday’s “Meet the Press” interview with Chuck Todd “We’re not going to hide behind COVID,” and “We can’t hide from this virus forever.”

    These spokespeople are not stupid: they fully know the health consequences of masking and not masking, and Miller himself says he himself wears one.

    In proclaiming “We’re not going to hide,” Miller is effectively telegraphing the message to his groupies “We’re not going to hide behind a mask,” similar to Miller’s comments that “We are going to meet this virus head on,” ie., maskless.

    It’s a clever and implicit logic being used that we are ultimately up against, one that appeals primarily to an unreflecting, and scientifically illiterate, ineffable sector of the US.

    The objective of rhetoric is all the better produced if those who receive it are unaware of its figures and tropes.

  15. jerry 2020-10-05

    And Steve calls himself out as asinine, good call sir “All of you posting a comment are asinine.” Yes you are.

    There will always be deaths from accidents, heart disease and diabetes but not the destructive way we are seeing that death due from the trump virus. Accidents, heart disease and diabetes do not shut down schools (Wall) or businesses. Only a pandemic can do that and your trumpian party, has shown the way of failure in that regard. Through your negligence, you have willingly destroyed lives and the economy with no end in sight until January 2021 when Joe Biden fixes it again like in 2009.

  16. leslie 2020-10-05

    Hi Tim, say hi to Steve. Miss his asinine comments.

    What’s with the hate? Libtards? Really? You are a Republican believing in a political ideology that has absolutely failed. Cruelly. I listened to Rush for a few minutes today and that was all I heard. Your leaders have lead you down a hole to nowhere. Sorry, but that is the truth.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone in SD was white, uneducated and hateful of difference? And carrying? Bullsheit baby .

  17. Debbo 2020-10-05

    Steve, did you read the article? You might not feel so defensive if you had. I suggest you read the entire piece. It could be very helpful to you.

  18. Chris S. 2020-10-05

    “Libtards,” Steve? Nice. Any other offensive slurs you want to get out of your system?

    Ban him, please.

  19. DaveFN 2020-10-05

    Steve, if you could reduce your own possibility of dying from heart disease, an automobile accident, or diabetes, or anything else, would you do so? Or would you do nothing? Your answer says everything about you. Whatever you answer, however, please don’t presume to speak for everyone else.

  20. Observer 2020-10-05

    First it was a Democrat Hoax, no one is gonna die.
    Then it was China’s fault, lets blame the deaths on them.
    Next, it will just go away, we’ll be OK.
    Now fearless leader comes down with it and it’s The Circle of Life, we’re all gonna die sometime.
    The virus has not changed but your rationalizations have.
    So just leave your mask off and breathe deeply…

  21. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-10-06

    “Libtard” ought to be in the same linguistic rubbish heap as “retard”, shouldn’t it?

    Steve, we aren’t trying to have our cake and eat it, too. That’s Trump and Noem’s gig, thinking they can just wish the pandemic away and have all the businesses and rodeos open with no impacts. Sensible policymakers recognize that when the economy is suffering due to a pandemic that makes people not want to go out and shop and party, the only way to revive the economy is to address the root cause, the pandemic. Take coronavirus seriously, wear masks, enforce social distancing, reduce capacity for restaurants and bars, extend family leave so that communities can stagger their school schedules and do more robust remote learning, and you’ll see infection rates decline and make it possible for more people to go out safely and do business.

    Act like Republican legislators, and you’ll see more people get sick and die, which is never good for the economy.

  22. mike from iowa 2020-10-06

    drumpf body count will likely reach two moar milestones this very day….

    United States
    Coronavirus Cases:

    If I was mean spirited like drumpf, I would accuse him of killing off all Democratic voters with his pandemic and, like drumpf, I wouldn’t have an iota of proof to back it up. So why should that stop from accusing drumpf? Because it would not register in his toady squirming psyche. He sure as hell wouldn’t care if it was true.

  23. jerry 2020-10-06

    chubby toady trumpy now says it’s the flu, nothing to worry about, grrrripit. Pay no attention to the 215,000 dead and the millions wounded from his trump virus.

  24. mike from iowa 2020-10-06

    Watch the tool gasp for breath after climbing balcony for photo op…

    Sick puppy has to open mouth to suck wind. He’s healthy, alright. And I am the Pied Piper.

  25. jerry 2020-10-06

    Legislators should inform South Dakota fur trappers of the dangers of trapping mink as they seem to be very good carrier of the trump virus.

    “Between 7,000 and 8,000 minks recently died of COVID-19 infections in Utah mink farms, forcing nine Utah facilities to quarantine. The mink populations likely caught COVID-19 from human workers at the mink farms, and several workers at the farms have tested positive. This is all reported in JoNel Aleccia’s story “Thousands of Minks Dead as COVID Outbreak Escalates on Utah Farms” published Friday in Kaiser Health News.”

    As we now know, the animal to human and human back to animal, puts this trump virus in even a more dangerous situations. Wait until it gets into CAFO’s like poultry. Yikes!

  26. mike from iowa 2020-10-06

    Back in July, Spain culled nearly 100k ranched mink and tens of thousands in the Netherlands were culled for covid 129.

  27. mike from iowa 2020-10-06

    drumpf’s very own personal white scumacyst in the kremlin annex, Steven Miller, is drumpf pandemic positive. Another pin down.

  28. Debbo 2020-10-06

    Now that evil nazi, Stephen Goebbels Miller? Author and eager proponent of every ugly racist, misogynist act of the past 4 years? The guy who reveled in the suffering of others?

    I don’t give a damn what happens to him.

  29. Troy 2020-10-09

    I think the Dem candidates for the Legislature should pool their resources and call for a statewide mask mandate. Or do the legislative candidates just pander to you mask wearers. Put up or shut up Dems. Don’t pander. Dont paint around the edges go all in.

  30. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-10-11

    Troy, I’m not on the ballot, and I’m not part of any coordinated campaign effort. But we have strong science showing that statewide mandates are pro-life, so why aren’t Republican candidates speaking up for a mask mandate?

    Are any candidates for Legislature talking about the pandemic? I received a GOP District 3 mailer the other day that didn’t say a word about the current public health and economic crises, just the same old bromides, as if nothing unusual is going on.

    Where is the leadership and guidance from either side in this perilous time?

  31. jerry 2020-10-11

    trumpian legislators have no problem with infecting their parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren with the trump virus. They look, but don’t care of their actions in the prevention of this trump virus. Apparently, trumpian legislators love family funerals for something, maybe dating reasons or inheritance.

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