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Noem Celebrates Women’s Day by Bullying Transgender Girls

The Senate’s surprise passage of House Bill 1217, the destructive and bullying ban on transgender girls and women from participating in high school and college sports in South Dakota, is bad enough. Governor Kristi Noem made it even worse by saying the most disgusting thing I’ve heard today:

Gov. Kristi Noem, tweet, 2021.03.08.
Gov. Kristi Noem, tweet, 2021.03.08.

Governor Noem pulls a favorite trick of the right, cloaking its hateful closed-mindedness in liberal values. Bullying female athletes and all transgender Americans is no way to celebrate International Women’s Day.

A court will strike down this copycat outburst of stodgy hate as surely as a court struck down Idaho’s foray into transgender bullying last summer. But no court can salve the sadness we feel living in such a backward, hateful state, and no court can change the fact that our Governor is a vile bully herself.


  1. Scott 2021-03-08 18:45

    There are issues where state government need to get involved, such as when there are no statewide boards in place and uniform rules are needed between various forms of local government.

    The SDHSAA is in place to deal with this issue. The SDHSAA is an elected board, with the local school districts voting on their representation. Why does state government want to get involved in this issue?

    If SD is open for business the thing we should be doing is tying to appeal to the most people by NOT being extremists.

    One thing I was always taught is that business people should stay out of politics as once you start to take sides, you will lose customers who are on the other side of the issue. Business people should stay neutral and the same should be done on the state level to try and attract the most people, whether that is someone who might relocate in SD or someone who might just be looking for a travel destination.

  2. mike from iowa 2021-03-08 18:48

    Magats don’t want equal rights. They want special rights for whitey and their fauxknee religious freedumbs to discriminate.

  3. mike from iowa 2021-03-08 18:51

    Celebrate Women’s day by making abortions safe and rare. It is already a constitutionally protected right.

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-03-08 18:52

    Scott, we clearly are not open to all kinds of business, only to the kinds that will support a straight, fundagelical Whitopia.

    SDHSAA appears to have managed this issue just fine, but the SDHSAA’s pragmatic inclusiveness is too much for Noem and Fred Deutsch to bear. Nuts to small government and local control—we have a culture war to prosecute, minorities to bully, and radical right-wing base votes to win.

  5. Mark Anderson 2021-03-08 20:03

    Just reminds me of Chis Evert saying that if Renee Richard’s could play women’s tennis some of the lesser men players might remake themselves and play too. Evert wasn’t a deep thinker although she did abort Jimmy’s fetus to keep playing herself.

  6. Chad 2021-03-08 20:07

    A Trump in sheep’s clothing…

  7. Loren 2021-03-08 21:57

    Every session, the Republicans have to attempt an invasion of your bedroom, bathroom, locker room, underwear or womb. Something very creepy about these folks and their areas of interest.

  8. Arlo Blundt 2021-03-08 22:38

    Well…Loren is correct…unbalanced, very twisted thinking at the top…truly nutty…there is a reason young adults leave the state in droves

  9. Mike Livingston 2021-03-08 23:00

    Considering kristy’s burning desire to emulate trump, one might find it a bit of an oxymoron for her to chastise others for their preferences.

  10. Jenny 2021-03-09 01:59

    Guns, God, and Genitals – vote Republican in SD.

  11. V 2021-03-09 03:38

    Kristi needs to change her “big girl pants” as they’ve gotten kinda full.

  12. o 2021-03-09 10:18

    The “open for business” bumpersticker is again put to the test. SD is willing to burry people lost to the Covid to stay “open for business” — even willing to encourage super-spreader events that line our pockets; then unapologetically tout our growth for those decisions. Gov. Daugaard had to squelch anti-trans legislation in the name of being “open for business” (to organizations like the NCAA), but this Governor is willing to sacrifice “open for business” for the culture war.

    Maybe all those other “open for business” decisions were REALLY culture war decisions too?

  13. chris 2021-03-09 11:45

    Kristi’s new physique is so un-natural looking by now that I suspect she is already on the way to transitioning herself. Maybe time to cut back on the cosmetic HGH and the asthma steroids. Looks like the same program as Lara Trump.

  14. leslie 2021-03-09 13:05

    Kristi’s character sucks. Her grifting does too! She is no women’s model! Marjorie Taylor Green and the other House gun-idiot from Colorado have arguably done even more to destroy culture, society and democracy than Noem, but there are two of them. Patriots my ass.

    Trumpista Noem is no different than Trump’s former Cabinet loyalists: VA’s Wilkie, Interior’s Zinke, Labor’s Acosta and of course McConnell’s Chinese family sand and gravel contractor/wife, Transportation’s Chou. Inspector Generals forwarded (in December 2020, for Chou, who of course resigned after 1.06.21. Remember how Trump’s grifter sister the Federal judge also resigned as fraud investigation heated up?) all four investigations to Barr’s Justice department for fraud prosecution, which all four were quietly dropped. Barr, a Trump loyalist to his very last word. Peep. TRMS, 3.3.21

    Like Pompeo. But that clown thinks he still has a future.

    Noem hasn’t done anything right these last years; she completely upset environmental protection/science from Mt Rushmore to DENR; duplicates Trump’s worst corporate capitalism, nepotism and social ignorance; grifts state funds for personal purposes, flying, and social media; grifts federal emergency pandemic funds and other federal funds; disguises unethical rationale with b.s. like yesterday’s tweet; and armors our state Capitol with guns and razor wire while she hires the worst of Washington Trump “elites” for her inner political circle. And she doesn’t listen to her lawyers, yet holds onto an incompetent AG for 5 months too long to the extreme detriment of a fine South Dakota family. Power has absolutely corrupted her.

    So investigate fraudster Noem, hound her to resignation!! Tupper can’t do it all.

    How long will it take Democrats to root out these dens of thieves, nationally and statewide? Lawsuit, lawsuits, lawsuits Cory? How long do we have to keep overturning their corruption? Do we want another ROUNDS-like fraudster digging herself into national office, yet again, after so clearly grifting the state as governor?

    Republicans’ corruption style is so all-encompassing, like uncounted lemmings, some may get away. The worst ones can be counted on one hand. Particularly Noem (or in the alternative nearly any of the current 16 Republican governors, like Trump, who are too incompetent to manage the pandemic are just as bad as she is; and McConnell, McCarthy, Cruz, and Graham will crash and burn, and deservedly so. We are witnessing the long slow death spiral of the Republican party. It only ever wins by cheating. This is a calculated strategy by Mitch McConnell. The only question will be whether its political leaders bring the nation’s democracy down with them?

    This is Kristi’s WOMENS DAY legacy. If only she were just a bully.

  15. Flipper 2021-03-09 13:37

    The fact that she’s going to sign the bill is bad enough. But saying she’s “excited” to sign the bill is even worse. Not mention, weird.

  16. happy camper 2021-03-09 17:34

    Noem being “excited” plays to her base and lacks empathy toward those who are suffering, but empathy doesn’t mean everything is condoned. They’re not women, and for a host of reasons affirming to the point of confirming a child’s gender decision at an early age when they can’t make that decision is dangerous. Affirmations should be unconditional love from parents and family, tolerance and understanding from others, but we can’t have force bureaucratic acceptance. They’re male. Every cell in their body is male. You’re fine just the way you are, as a person, but that doesn’t mean young men who think they’re women should compete with biological women and we pretend that’s fair. Women in some sports are getting hurt by transgender women (biological men). Where are the feminists? Thank goodness not all of them agree with this “progressive” lunacy.

  17. Mark Anderson 2021-03-09 17:48

    Happy camper, I have tolerance and understanding for you. One of these days…..

  18. mike from iowa 2021-03-09 18:37

    Some people,let’s say magat pols, just can’t abide seeing or hearing soimething that boggles their narrow minds…. like trans kids. It blows the main circuits and they freak out like their wasted white world is falling apart.

    So they declare themselves the possessors of all that is right and good and decide to destroy other people’s worlds, just because they can. hey then pat each other’;s backs and proudly proclaim tgheir phoney religious freedumbs are good for all.

  19. John Dale 2021-03-09 20:52

    I support biological women only steadily progressing the records for which prior biological women have toiled for centuries, slowly, methodically, painstakingly.

  20. Donald Pay 2021-03-09 21:11

    Happy Camper makes a point that needs to be addressed, because it shows how contorted this issue can get. It comes down to chemistry, when we allow chemistry to be changed, and how that affects competition. If someone has hypothyroidism, we don’t care much if they take levothryroxine and compete, even though that synthetic hormone affects a lot of body metabolism that might affect competition. Males also take growth hormones, for example, if the child is small for their age. That also affects the body, how it develops and how that person might compete.

    People don’t want boys to be castrated or take female hormones, so they can become female, but all these metabolic problems can be solved with chemistry and no one bitches about unfair competition.

    In my state, girls compete in boys wrestling, because there are not enough girls in schools to field a team, or enough girls in other schools to compete against. The girls don’t whine about having to compete against boys. They relish it. It’s the boys who worry about losing to a girl. And that happens more than you think. The girl just wants to compete, because they love wrestling.

    Is it a transgender kid’s fault that she is trapped in a male body, and isn’t allowed to change it until she is an adult? It’s no more fault than a girl is at fault for wanting to wrestle boys, because he she doesn’t wrestle boys she can’t wrestle at all.

    I understand the idea that some transgender kids might have a competitive advantage. They wouldn’t have that advantage if they were allowed to make their sex changes earlier, rather than have to wait. The chemistry would be different.

  21. Francis Schaffer 2021-03-09 21:29

    This appears to be a situation of some who are fearful of competitive advantage in sports based upon a gender based definition of that sport. I wish I lived in a civilization in which our concern and support extended to the competitive disadvantage of those children who live in a situation in which she/he goes to bed cold, hungry, taking care of younger siblings, wakes up cold, goes to school hungry, can’t learn, is distracted, becomes a discipline issue because he/she lacks the basics of life. How about raising wages to something above living wage?

  22. John Dale 2021-03-10 03:23

    If, physically, women overtake men, I welcome that .. but it has to be real, biological, and evolutionary (not pharma induced).

    That is all.

    *mic drop*

  23. Mark Anderson 2021-03-10 06:26

    Jezz John you should look up Caster Semenya, she is an intersex cisgender woman. She was supposed to take medication to lower her testosterone level. Read about her to check your real, biological and evolutionary stupidity. She was assigned to female at birth.

  24. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-03-10 06:35

    Francis touches on a key point: Noem and the Republicans are far too obsessed with sports. Why should we give more of a darn about fairness at a track meet than about fairness in the economy? Where’s the concern about fairness for the captive immigrant workforce that our CAFOs and tourism industry relies upon to boost their profits? Where’s the concern about the fairness for the kids struggling to learn because the Governor and our school districts refused to invest in robust online learning alternatives for families who can’t risk sending their kids to school in the midst of a pandemic?

  25. o 2021-03-10 08:12

    Not to go down a rabbit hole here, but why do sports matter? The element of this discussion that is taken for granted is that “fairness” in sports, and sports as an institution in its present form are worth defending at ALL costs.

    When our legislature discussed the Homeschool bill, it was sports and “fairness” in who plays that was their biggest hangup — not the fact that it provides pathways to bad education and dropping out.

    F#$% sports.

  26. SD is 20 per cent nonwhite 2021-03-10 11:31

    Still haven’t seen Noem’s Birth Certificate yet. Which country was she born in?

    I agree, sports is just a lollipop given to Plantation Residents, because the genital-bedroom Overlords, the SD Frat Boys Lagislature does not have the cojones to build a super strong economy based on high wage jobs.

    A good economy. That would involve actually reading Biden’s books and actually listen to Joe speak!

    We will vote them out forever, and get Biden Democrats and a good coalition to help create and attract a high wage economy.

  27. Francis Schaffer 2021-03-10 12:50

    Would someone please explain, John Dale’s *mic drop* to me? Please. Thank you

  28. Francis Schaffer 2021-03-10 13:31

    Not sure this is the appropriate topic to discuss this, but here goes. Mr & Mrs Potato Head are children’s toys with no basis in reality. Here is why I say this: They are self-pollinators, meaning that every individual potato plant possesses both male and female flowers for reproduction. When they reproduce this way, they produce a potato fruit, which resembles a green cherry tomato. It seemed to me that discussing gender also makes me wonder once the state of South Dakota inplements this law, who will be responsible for the cost of DNA testing as that is the only scientific way of truly determining a persons gender.

  29. mike from iowa 2021-03-10 13:54

    Walleyes and Hyenas are two species where the female is larger and stronger than males.Hope Johhny invites them home for dinner.

  30. Mark Anderson 2021-03-10 20:38

    Well how many red haired people do you know? Intersex people are more likely.

  31. RST Tribal Member 2021-03-11 10:58

    There seems to be an obsession with sports and gender in South Dakota. To refresh long-lost memories; a group of young ladies from a South Dakota Reservation played basketball in a tournament in Rapid City in 1995. The young ladies won. The parents and coaches of the losing teams cried foul. There is no way the young ladies could play ball in the fashion they did… the tournament officials caved in to the white privileged crowd. To take home the winning trophy the young ladies had to prove they were females… an inspection was conducted by tournament officials. The trophy went home to the winning team after they proved they were true ladies.
    How is House Bill 1217 going to be enforced? Gender inspections have now been legalized by the Republican Party in control in Pierre. The governor is giddy; one wonders where she was in 1995. The unfortunate young ladies in 1995 fell victim to a crowd looking to diminish their gender, abilities, and personal preferences to be good ball handlers.
    South Dakota is finally able to diminish the personal preferences and abilities of all South Dakotans based on gender.
    The incident of the 1995 incident is detailed here:
    The Rapid City community forum, “Native Americans and the Administration of Justice,” consisted of seven panels of speakers and a 4-hour public session.

  32. Mark Anderson 2021-03-11 14:04

    You have to expect Republicans to have Pogroms against people they see as having limited support. Just ask any pub about about Soros then look up the facts thats what they do, they lie, they can’t help it.

  33. Francis Schaffer 2021-03-11 22:19

    I have 3 siblings who began life as redheads, i am the 4th in our family. Of course now some have gray or no hair. I guess that is a rare situation. My extended family is littered with redheads, nieces, nephews, cousins and the subsequent generation. Good Germans.

  34. Mark Anderson 2021-03-12 17:41

    Francis then you must know many more intersex people than you realize.

  35. robin friday 2021-03-12 20:48

    Intersex and transgender are not at all the same thing. They should not be compared as if they are the same thing.

  36. robin friday 2021-03-12 21:06

    The feminists are here, hc. While you middle age cismales get all hidebound about your sports as if it was the be-all and end-all of “fairness” (I agree with CH that you are “obsessed”), we study people. There’s a great deal that you all don’t know about transgender (there’s also a great deal that none of us know yet) but you blather on as if you were experts. We just don’t make so much of a high-pitched whiny squeal as you do.

  37. robin friday 2021-03-12 21:10

    Excuse me, that was RST Tribal Member who commented on sports as obsession of certain males, not CH. My apologies, RST.

  38. robin friday 2021-03-12 21:22

    If only we could remember that children don’t go to school primarily to learn how to participate in sports and then whine about how unfair sports can be when parents, grandparents and other “adults” get their briefs in a knot of obsession.

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