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Orange is the New Bleak: Week One

The following is a list of what Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, has done since taking the Oath of Office on 1.20.17:

On 1.21.17 he commanded his Press Secretary Sean Spicer, on his first press briefing, to excoriate the media over the fact that turnout for his inauguration was significantly lower than the two inaugurations of President Obama in 2009 and 2013. The next day, on 1.22.17 Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway told Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet The Press” that Spicer had simply offered the press “alternative facts” to which Todd lambasted her, reminding her that “alternative facts aren’t facts.” Trump also had not officially stepped down from the companies that bear his name.

On his first Saturday, he also contacted the National Park Service Director, Michael T. Reynolds, and pressured him to release photos of Inauguration Day showing larger audiences. The President told Director Reynolds that the media “lied” about his low numbers and he wanted to prove them wrong.

Also on 1.21.17, he went to CIA Headquarters to speak to the staff there. Standing in front of the wall that bears 118 stars – one for each CIA member who has been killed in the line of duty – Trump cracked jokes, attacked the media, bragged about his “intelligence”, insisted that his inaugural attendance numbers were “Yuge” and reportedly brought with him a gaggle of “cheerleaders” from his staff to applaud.

On 1.22.17 Kellyanne Conway (in the same interview where she offered “alternative facts” as an explanation for Spicer’s skewing of inaugural attendance) confirmed that President Trump does not intend to release his tax returns, after all. He also had still not officially stepped down from the companies that bear his name.

On 1.23.17 Trump warned the National Parks Service to stop TWEETING so much. He also had not officially stepped down from the companies that bear his name.

Also on 1.23.17 Trump signed the following Executive Orders: 1-reinstating the “Mexico City Order” (aka the Global Gag Rule) which prohibits giving federal dollars to international nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion – even if U.S. dollars are not specifically used for abortion-related matters and 2-an executive order removing the US from the TPP trade deal). The White House also shut down its comment phone line and directed people instead to an invalid Facebook page.

On 1.24.17 President Trump signed an executive order to move forward with the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines, jeopardizing the health of millions of American lives. He also banned EPA and HHS employees from posting on social media or speaking to reporters. Finally, on 1.24.17 it was demonstrated that he did step down from his businesses on 1.23.17 (three days after the inauguration) and turn it over to his sons however he had not yet divested from said companies.

On 1.25.17 it was revealed that several members of his staff (including Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway) were using private servers for their official email accounts – an issue that he dogged Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton about during the campaign. It was further revealed that he is using an unencrypted Android phone in office.

Also on 1.25.17, he gave an interview with ABC’s David Muir in which he claimed (with no facts to support his claim) that he BELIEVED that millions of people voted illegally on election day. Millions. This included, per his words, dead people, illegal immigrants and people who were registered to vote in two or more states. During this interview in which he appeared incoherent and irrational at times, he claimed that “none” of the “illegal votes” went to him. Just to “the other side.” In this interview, he also told Mueller that “torture works.”

Additionally, on 1.25.17, the USDA (Dept of Agriculture) was ordered to prohibit communicating with the media or posting on social media. Trump also signed two executive orders on this day to move forward with plans to build a wall along the US/Mexico border at the expense of US taxpayers (allegedly with the intention of Mexico later reimbursing the US) which will require the diversion of funds from other departments at a cost of approximately $10 billion dollars. Also on 1.25.17, he restated plans to initiate an immigration freeze on individuals coming to the US from Muslim-majority countries and to enact a registry of Muslim people in the US.

On the morning of 1.26.17, the entire State Department resigned, in one fell swoop, rather than work for oil tycoon and Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson (who has numerous ties to Russian oil oligarchs and President Vladimir Putin).

Also on 1.26.17, it was revealed that Tiffany, President Trump’s youngest daughter, was in fact registered to vote in both Pennsylvania and New York State. It does not appear that Ms. Trump did vote in two separate states nor is there any evidence that she voted for “the other side.” Later that same day it was revealed that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is ALSO registered in two states: New York and New Jersey. It is not believed that Kushner voted at multiple polling places nor does anyone suspect that he voted for anyone other than his new boss, his father-in-law.

Also on 1.26.17 Trump threatened to send Federal agents into the South Side of Chicago if the “carnage doesn’t stop.” Additionally, he announced that he was planning to publish a weekly list of crimes committed in the US by “illegals.” He also signed an executive order stripping non-citizens of privacy rights. And, that evening, announced that repayment of the wall separating the US and Mexico would come from a 20% tax (or tariff) on imports from Mexico. So, US citizens would foot the bill initially through Congress and again, through higher costs of imports including purchases of several automotive brands including General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, Mazda and Kia – all of whom have manufacturing plants (for engines, transmissions and other parts) in Mexico. Not only would the cost of your new car or truck increase but so would the cost of many produce items (notably avocados, tomatoes, and strawberries). Plus, beer.

On Friday, 1.27.17 President Trump capped off his first week in office by signing two executive orders: 1-expanding the US military to strengthen actions abroad against Islamic militants and 2-an order requiring an extreme “vetting” of asylum seekers applying to come into the US but with a specific priority on approving Christian refugees. January 27th happened to be International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the White House and President Trump issued the following statement:

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.

“Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.

“In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”

The word “Jews” never appeared in the statement and, when asked on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus confirmed that the omission was intentional. “I mean, everyone’s suffering in the Holocaust.”

The weekend following the first week of the Trump Presidency resulted in more demonstrations, as the new immigration policy began to roll out. I will include that in my next blog in this series “Orange is the New Bleak: Month One.”

As an author and blogger, not a journalist, I don’t feel the need to be impartial but I will say that among all of his actions this week there is one that I do think is good – the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

But I’m not going to sugar-coat this: one good deed does not make up for what has happened this week. The attacks on the media, on truth itself, do not bode well for the coming weeks, months and years.

Is this sustainable? Did he just sweep in, knock out a bunch of anti-abortion, anti-immigration far-Right policy orders and now he’s just going to settle back and find some middle-of-the-road stance?

Highly unlikely. I don’t have the powers of second sight, I don’t know the future but what we have seen during this past seven days is likely just the tip of the iceberg. Notable among all of the cringe-worthy news this week is the understanding of just how thin-skinned, petty and self-aggrandizing this President is. Why would anyone run for president that so desperately needs to be liked? Half of the country, on any given day, will LOATHE whoever sits in the Oval Office. You’d have to be pretty obtuse or narcissistic to think that we’re all gonna love you. Especially when you’re Donald Trump.

This article is Part 1 of an ongoing series on the actions taken by President Trump and his administration in early 2017.

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SEP055 – Frisky State Legislators with Scott Ehrishman Part 2

In part 2 of our talk with Scott Ehrisman from the South Dacola blog The Sioux Empire Podcast hosts Robert Mehling and Seth Glover go off script to get at the real local government dirt.  We learn that Mayor Mike Huether may have a potty mouth.  We talk about Barack Obama’s legacy (a thousand angry commenters just started typing with that sentence).  Scott Ehrisman tells us what’s wrong with Sioux Fall’s Paratransit system and tells the ballad of Mayor Mike Huether and the thermostat at City Hall.  Plus some speculation about future election battles down the road.  This week’s episode is sponsored by the Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival, February 16th-18th. Three nights, three venues, and thirty comedians all benefiting the Special Olympics of South Dakota. Tickets and info at www.SiouxFallsSnoJamComedyFest.com.  The Sioux Empire Podcast has fallen in a pothole and can’t get up.

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Dusty Johnson


The Greasy Strangler


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SEP051 – Perkins Politics Post-mortem with Paul Schipper

So this is it friends, the last episode of The Sioux Empire Podcast before we go on break for the holidays.  Host Robert Mehling invited Paul Schipper on the show to talk a little bit about this, not at all controversial election.  The rest of “The Zoo Crew” (Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Emily Gheorghiu) used it as an opportunity to mock Paul about him losing his race in the election this year.  Hilarity and awkwardness ensue.  We did get to talk some about the election fallout along with the usual heaping dose of obscure pop culture references and inside jokes you’ve come to expect from us.  This week’s local music spotlight is the talented Cade Thompson with his beautiful new single “Faithful and True.”  Enjoy this episode and have a fantastic Christmas, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Year’s, Yule, Black Friday, St. Stephen’s Day, Boxing Day, Winter Solstice, and any other Holiday season holiday I missed.  The Sioux Empire Podcast will be back with a new season and episodes on January 7th, 2017!

Paul Shipper



Cade Thompson


So… That happened…


Celebrities react


Goodbye Medicaid


Hamilton and Pence


Nesiba embarrassment, and psychic KELOLand Reporters


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Bad Lip Read: Poetry Slam

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SEP044 – Poekhon Go!

Poekhon Go!  That’s right kids! (note this podcast is NOT for kids) This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Emily Gheorghiu) welcome YouTube’s Pokehon (Joseph J Ektnitphong) to the show.  We talk about every random story that has happened in the last two weeks in a hurricane of “stream of consciousness” craziness (as is our way).  Stories include: “offensive” urinals at the new PAve restaurant in Sioux Falls, The Standing Rock Sioux vs. “The Black Snake” aka the Dakota Access Pipeline, and how reverse parking on Main Avenue in Sioux Falls is trying to kill us all.  In the second half, we cover the batshit insane anti-immigrant meeting in Aberdeen.  There we learn just how deep the racist rabbit hole goes (hint: get out your conspiracy theory bingo cards and tin foil hats).  We also get an update from Pokehon on next year’s SiouxperCon!  If you need us, The Sioux Empire Podcast is going to: “be under cover, that’s where you’re gonna be.”

This week’s episode is sponsored by PremonitionLive:



On October 8th at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.  Prepare yourself for a night of magic, stunts, mind reading, and mystery with PremonitionLive!  z*stonish & Travis Nye perform a fast-paced, cutting-edge show that creates an unforgettable evening full of magic, mentalism, stunts, and mystery! Forget everything you know to be certain in this world. Allow your perception to change as you prepare to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.  Zac Tennneboe, aka z*stonish, brings an experience full of mentalism, hypnosis, and magic. You have to see to believe Zac’s world of make-believe.  Sit back and enjoy an evening of fun, mystery, and laughter. With Travis Nye’s combination of shock, freak stunts, & magic you will be saying “WOW!”

Happy Dakota

School Dress Code Issues

The Black Snake

Audio Clips from Americans First Task Force of Aberdeen event

Photos from Refugee Resettlements Program event in Aberdeen

A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization by Robert Evans

Video on Cracked to promote A Brief History of Vice


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SEP043- Wet Pineapples with Paul Schipper

So Robert Mehling and The Sioux Empire Podcast morning zoo crew (Emily Gheorghiu, Seth Glover, and Natasha Estes) really tired to stay on target, we really did.  You can listen and figure how that turned out… This week our guests included Paul Schipper, candidate for South Dakota state house district eleven (For millennials, that’s the wheat district Rue was from).  Briggs Warren, TheSiouxEmpire.com contributor and state/local politics gad fly.  And Dylan Workman, member of the Paul Schipper campaign and international man of mystery.  We did get to talk to Paul Schipper about his stands on various issues.  We also spent an inordinate amount of time talking about the difference between dry and wet pineapple.  I’ve included links in the show notes to the stories we didn’t cover but might have made references to.  Stories we did actually cover somewhat include a Sioux Falls teen whose app was featured on Rush Limbaugh, Jackboots Jackley’s Wacky Weed Witch Hunt, Sherman park archway destruction, eating rattlesnake, and yes Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton get mentioned.  The Sioux Empire Podcast would like to reassure listeners that we did eventually shut off the sprinklers so that Briggs Warren could go home.

Paul Schipper


Dylan Workman’s Go Fund Me


13 year old Sioux Falls App Developer


Jackboots Jackley’s Wacky Weed Witch Hunt


Secretary of State kills a rattlesnake


No wedding for you!


Iron Chef Sioux Falls


Trump and Hillary Clips



Pit bull ban Sioux City


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Troubled American

The United States of America has always had wounds, but we rarely exposed them and always stood tall. Our pride says it all in the Star Spangle Banner. 

“O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?” 

The Star Spangle Banner is an exquisite piece of American history. As an American, I am proud reading the Star Spangle Banner. I’m also proud of our American roots that embedded into the soils of this great nation, but America is all shook up.

    More people every day are becoming apprehensive about the state of the American nation. The past few months have felt like all hell has broken loose. A lot has happened since the beginning of May 2016. I feel like we are letting our issues tear our nation down. We face many problems in western civilization.  These problems as a whole now affect our everyday life. America has a bad hand of cards; we fear Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as our next president. Neither candidate will serve as a good president. We the people have to choose the less problematic of the worse. 

Political madhouse aside, there are a lot of domestic problems in our country. Racism, sexism, a broken justice system, debt, and guns are a few of many serious issues right here at home. President Obama has been blacklisting some critical topics and responding poorly to others. Our congress, justice system, and the government in general seem to be failing the American people on one issue after another. How long before the American people know that the government will be accountable its actions? I am a troubled American wondering why our government can’t represent us fairly. I feel upset when my government hides the truth and protects unlawful behavior of politicians and crooked cops. I am a concerned as the FBI release criminal politicians AND ALLOW them to continue to run for president. I became furious when police gunned down Alton Sterling and Philando Castile for no reason.   

 It doesn’t seem like a lot of progress has been going on in Congress. People are protesting in outrage, and some are lashing out in violence while others sit in silence. Meanwhile, other people shout for justice and peace holding their loved ones in the street. To turn on the news is heart-wrenching because of all misery people are enduring. To enjoy social media is almost impossible with sickening stories flooding the news feed. It is hard to be a trusting citizen in today’s America, and I am not even sure what is real coming from the media let alone our government. As an American, I would like to ask my government how I could ever feel safe again.

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We could really use some better options in 2016

So both candidates suck this year, if you could decide who should run in this year’s presidential election, who or what would you choose?

Ford Lucas 2016 - TheSiouxEmpire.com

Ford Lucas 2016 – TheSiouxEmpire.com

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SEP042- Bruce Danielson fights City Hall and the return of Christopher Lee Hamilton

This show was HUGE (In my best Trump, which is to say nothing like him).  The Sioux Empire Podcast crew of Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Emily Alexander are joined by three other people.  Needless to say our normal studio would not do so we moved to a larger venue.  We were joined by Bruce Danielson who came on board to talk not just politics in general but he’s also here to mention his petition drive to stop sales tax revenue bonds from being sold to fund the city administration building that Sioux Falls mayor Mike Huether used the first veto of his career as mayor to secure.  We’re also very happy to have back on the show returning musical guest and friend of the show Christopher Lee Hamilton and he brought awesome singer Ellen Ackerman DeNeui with him.  They played four great songs in studio for us.  We talk a lot of politics (local and national), history, millennials, Social Media, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Pokémon, Low voter turn out, the power of showing up, South Dacola, Music, Vaping, The Chrisellen Experience, fake Asian internet babies, and Stranger Things.  The Sioux Empire Podcast is happy to accept your nomination for dogcatcher.

Bruce Danielson’s Contact Info:


PO Box 1954

Sioux Falls, SD 57101

Office / FAX: (605) 334-9511

Cell: (605) 376-8087


Email: bruce@citizens4integrity.org

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Learn more about Christopher Lee Hamilton and Ellen Ackerman DeNeui


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SEP040- Rainbow Cyber Warriors

News sucks this week, so please excuse us if we wander off on crazy tangents including Rainbow Cyber Warriors waging cyber war on ISIS.  Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, Seth Glover, and Emily Alexander cover the tragedy in Orlando and the fallout.  On the bright side, Emily brings us a report from the Sioux Falls Pride Festival that went well.  The rainbow falls were awesome.  We talk about the largest naturalization ceremony ever held at Mt Rushmore, Pressler endorsing Hillary Clinton, and what’s up with Game of Thrones.  We hope you’re having a good summer and finding a way to keep cool.  “And as always, Kill Hitler!”  (Danger 5 on Netflix)

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