Have you ever heard of a Dutch Cowboy?

Yes, an actual Dutch Cowboy

I’m sure most of you have seen the infamous CBS story about South Dakota’s Covid cases spiking, in which a nurse serving in a Covid unit in Sioux Falls was about to walk into Tommy Jacks bar downtown Sioux Falls without a mask until the reporter talked her out of it.

But one of the strangest moments in the interview was when Mayor TenHaken said the reason people in South Dakota don’t want to wear masks is because of the ‘cowboy mentality’. Besides the fact a Dutch Evangelical from Worthington, Minnesota would know very little about ‘cowboy mentality’ I question how many cowboys we really have in South Dakota anymore, besides a handful in the Western part of the state.

Making a moronic (and kind of romantic) statement seems par for the course from Paul since this pandemic started. You know, like, ‘I didn’t sign up for this.’ And ‘I’m tired of it.’ So when he wanted to blame cattle ranchers for why people don’t wear masks, it didn’t surprise me. Next he will tell us the reason employers pay low wages here is because South Dakotans like to work for nothing (I’m starting to think they do).

So why do I think people don’t want to wear masks? The number one reason is because Noem, Trump and Right Wing Nutty radio told them they don’t have to. I also think most South Dakotans are ignorant of science. So ignorant, it seems they almost have a disdain for it. It’s easy to fear the unknown, and South Dakotans have ironically made a ‘science’ of it. I also think there is a lot of passive aggressive selfishness. The economy and low pay doesn’t help much either since most people live paycheck to paycheck, they don’t have a choice but to show up to work, with a mask or not. I have even witnessed people who got over Covid and didn’t have symptoms anymore return to work within a day of climbing out of bed. Yeah, a real genius move. I guess we are trying to create a herd immunity workforce. Funny, cowboys like herds.

And let’s clear up all the horse manure being spread by the supposed Constitutional scholars that have been showing up to council meetings and farting their Trumpy fartness on Facebook. Your civil rights are not being infringed upon by a private business asking you to wear a mask on their private property. It’s no different than your Grammy asking you to wipe your feet before coming into her house. Put that in your pipe and smoke it John George Jefferson Franklin.

As usual, it seems TenHaken is trying to point fingers at some mysterious phenomenon, this time called ‘cowboy mentality’ when in reality, as a leader, he should just ‘pony up’ and help inform people that not only is Rush, Trump and Noem wrong, that it is time we all ‘wear a dang mask’ whether you are shopping or wrangling cattle.

Covid seems to be sucking a lot of brain cells out of our state, that is, what’s left.


#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 11.27.20 at 10:27 pm

It’s a Taupeville characterization, where ironically Taupeville’s mere political relevance is dependent upon that cowboy mentality to stay in power. At least Trump admitted he loved the under-educated. Does ThuneHaken? He must, or he must, in order, to politically survive.

( and Woodstock adds: “I can’t wait for the virus to be over, so I can ride the pony at Hy-Vee once again”…. )

#2 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 11.27.20 at 10:54 pm

In 2018, the South Dakota gubernatorial race was between a cowboy and a cowgirl, so maybe ThuneHaken is right. But then again, in his last race for mayor, it was a race between a pooper scooper and one who was full of cow pies.

#3 anominous on 11.28.20 at 9:11 am

Even though Huether explained to the germans that there were no cowboys and indians out here only farmers, we still hear a lot of noise about cowboys from Noem and now Vanthaken.
Historically, cowboys liked to wear kerchiefs a lot, mainly because they looked good when ballet dancing to Aaron Copeland, but also because they were used as MASKS to keep the trail dust out of their lungs. This is ironic, since Noem was such a big fan of airborne dust while in congress, and now supports the airborne spread of covid by insisting on shaming those cowboys who would cover their mouths and noses.

#4 D@ily Spin on 11.28.20 at 9:53 am

‘Dutch’ was Reagan’s nickname. He had a ranch.
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa. He was ‘Duke’ and the real cowboy but without a ranch. Anyone can call themselves a cowboy but Huether was the best ‘Coca Cola Cowboy’ for when bull riders came to the Denty.

#5 Agitator on 11.28.20 at 10:46 am

I wonder if the cow pie will hack his next appointment.

#6 "Woodstock" on 11.28.20 at 4:01 pm

“So why did Cowboy Chicken fail?”….

#7 anonymous on 11.29.20 at 8:11 pm

They re-played his ‘cowboy comment’ again on Face The Nation this morning.

We will have an opportunity to vote this guy out in 16 months, thank god!

#8 "Very Stable Genius" on 11.30.20 at 11:02 pm

I hope so, but I am not confident that COVID will even be an issue in 2022.

Taupeville and his Chick-fil-A groupies will most likely keep him in power.

Plus, increasingly more people are wearing tennis-runners with sport coats.

#ToolBag #WearADangMask #IVoteNo #CowboyCountry #ThisIsHardWork