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Sioux Empire Podcast 103 Podcast Palooza


Podcast Palooza!  You’ve heard the saying about too many cooks, but does that rule apply to Podcasters?  Apparently not! This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, and Seth Glover) welcome Travis Nye Magician, and co-host of Macabre Grimoire Podcast, White Boi, Comedian and host of the Perlocution Podcast, Jeni Mc, entertainer and Host of the Tactical Pain Podcast and co-host of Perlocution Podcast, and Podcast aficionado Matthew Livingston.  Zany antics and madcap adventures in poor communication ensue. But first, Seth reads a short story teaser by local writer Melissa Rochelle May as part of his the Bi-Weekly book club. This episode is sponsored by Macabre Grimoire Podcast. Macabre Grimoire is a podcast of paranormal and mystery exploration. Psychic/medium Ari Show, magician Travis Nye, and historian Robert Mehling delve into the dark places where mysteries go unsolved, events go unexplained, and the line between legend and fact becomes obscured. Whether you’re a skeptic, believer or something in between, the Macabre Grimoire will change the way you see the world.  Coming May 1st! Learn more at MacabreGrimoire.com. The Sioux Empire Podcast still isn’t sure what a Shillelagh is. Speaking of holidays, we’re taking Easter off, so next episode will be April 15th!

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Seth’s Book Club

“Mama” by Melissa Rochelle May

A Short Horror Story Reading

https://www.patreon.com/melissarmay

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Sioux Empire Podcast 102 Is Sioux Falls Broken? with Matthew Livingston


The long twilight of the Legislative Session is over so the Sioux Empire Podcast Crew (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes) join up with friend of the show Matthew Livingston to tackle things closer to home.  We talk through the recent crime statistics released for Sioux Falls and the communities reaction. The economic news for Sioux Falls residents as bankruptcies rise. Thankfully we manage to spin it into a thing about exotic animal smuggling.  After that Robert threatens Matthew until he finally spends some time reflecting on listening to almost all of the first 100 episodes of The Sioux Empire Podcast and how far we’ve come. This episode is sponsored by Macabre Grimoire Podcast. Macabre Grimoire is a podcast of paranormal and mystery exploration. Psychic/medium Ari Show, magician Travis Nye, and historian Robert Mehling delve into the dark places where mysteries go unsolved, events go unexplained, and the line between legend and fact becomes obscured. Whether you’re a skeptic, believer or something in between, the Macabre Grimoire will change the way you see the world.  Coming May 1st! Learn more at MacabreGrimoire.com. The Sioux Empire Podcast hopes that one day Seth will accept that Curling is the one real game of kings.

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Headlines

We’re Number #2

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/03/09/25-cities-where-crime-soaring/409912002/

https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2018/03/13/top-cops-give-sioux-falls-city-council-their-assessment-community-crime-drug-use-marty-jackley/422833002/

I really think that as a community we can pull together and make it to number one.

We’re not in the money

https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2018/03/13/south-dakota-bankruptcy-filings-rise/418179002/

http://www.businessinsider.com/state-economy-ranking-q1-2018-2?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=referral

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Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 020 HB 1253 Kenny Anderson Jr and HellnBack




Urban Indianz Podcast: Gabriel Night Shield, Char Green, Kat Stands, Levi Hansen

Guests: Kenny N Anderson Jr Candidate for Sioux Falls Mayor and Artist HellnBack

Produced By Robert Mehling

Music Spotlight:  
“Keep on Moving” by HellnBack
https://youtu.be/hglrswRspoM

https://hellnback.bandcamp.com


Links
Native American History Bill Story

http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/article_338f8e7e-bb5b-5d48-a7d5-19468e21a67a.html



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Gabriel Night Shield, Levi Hansen, Robert Mehling, Char Green, Kat Stands, Standing Rock, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Rosebud, Kenny Anderson, Kenny Anderson Jr, HellnBack, History, South Dakota State Legislature, Native History, Black History, HB 1253, Julie Frye-Mueller

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Perlocution Podcast Episode 006 Online Dating


Perlocution Podcast Episode 006 Online Dating

Online Dating mass noun –  The practice of searching for a romantic or sexual partner on the Internet, typically via a dedicated website.

This episode is brought to you by Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival celebrating comedy and…Snow! That’s right there is no other comedy festival like it. Thirty comedians from around the country will be traveling to Sioux Falls, SD to perform in various venues across the city. Over the course of three days they will perform in both stand up and themed showcases, not only testing their comedy wits but their endurance to the cold. All the while supporting a good cause. Net proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics of South Dakota.

http://www.siouxfallssnojamcomedyfest.com/

Hosted by Jeni Mc and White Boi

Special Guests Thomas Paul and Nathan Hoffman

Produced by Robert Mehling

Tags and Topics

Perlocution, Jeni Mc, White Boi, Robert Mehling, Thomas Paul, Nathan Hoffman, Online Dating, OkCupid, Fetishes, Polyamorous, Bodily Fluids, Sex, Nuclear War Romance, Sally Struthers, 8675309, David Duchovny, Attraction, Weed, Racism, Marriage, Online Dating in a Small Town, Furries

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Sioux Empire Podcast 093 The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and Unknown

This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised.

Skyler Bolks returns to help Seth’s Book Club unpack the steaming pile that is The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King.  It won’t take you long to realize how much he hated this book.  From what I can tell from Seth’s summary it is a book about a girl who gets lost in the woods with a softball player and there are piles of feces everywhere, and because it’s Stephen King, I assume there is a monster or ghost or monster ghost involved.  The review ends up being mostly an analysis of if Kangaroos read books.  The gang also digs into a new segment for 2018 Weird News!  This episode is brought to you by Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival celebrating comedy and…Snow! That’s right there is no other comedy festival like it. Thirty comedians from around the country will be traveling to Sioux Falls, SD to perform in various venues across the city. Over the course of three days they will perform in both stand up and themed showcases, not only testing their comedy wits but their endurance to the cold. All the while supporting a good cause. Net proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics of South Dakota.  The Sioux Empire Podcast will always be star struck by Scott Hoy.  

Seth’s Book Club!  The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Girl_Who_Loved_Tom_Gordon

 

Tags and Topics:

Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, Seth Glover, Skyler Bolks, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Tom Gordon, Stephen King, Kangaroos, Weird News, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival, Special Olympics of South Dakota, Giant Cats, Robert E. Lee High School, France, Oysters, Scott Hoy

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The Last Jedi : A Review

I know it is a month too late, but here is my official review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

You should know that I love Star Wars. I love Star Wars the same way that car people love cars, or sports fans love watching sports. Star Wars to me was this grand epic Science Fiction Fantasy where the philosophies of good versus evil were debated in these fantastic battles featuring fantastic characters. Star Wars almost always delivered nuanced fun stories that would swallow my imagination and still leave me wanting more.

To be honest Disney’s time as master of the Star Wars franchise has been to me a very mixed bag with bad moments and good ones too.

While I found Force Awakens to be a boring and lazy repeat of Star Wars: The Last Hope, I found great enjoyment watching Rogue One. That movie introduced great new characters, solid stories, and introspection about the nature of sacrifice, and fit perfectly into the canon.

So what do I think of the newest Star Wars adventure?

Fun to watch, but not great overall. And the worst the Star Wars product Disney has put out so far.

The biggest problems with the movie can be divided into two categories: movie filler and character mismanagement.

The first major problems with the Last Jedi are pretty much universally agreed upon, and there are few defenders.Trying to sit and watch this film makes the problem very clear. Seriously, there is at least 1 hour of useless plodding that contributes almost nothing to the movie.There is a good movie somewhere in all this footage. However, you will have to sit 2 and 1/2 hours to see it.

And if you think that is bad you should see how it treats the original trilogy characters. The sin of legacy character mismanagement and just poor character writing is much more bothersome to me and other longtime fans.

Luke, Leia, and even Chewbacca are poorly written and untrue to their portrayals in the original trilogy of Star Wars movies. This not only hurts the interest of fans in this movie but how people will now look at the Star Wars franchise as a whole. And Despite what the Holly-Wood writers say, the character portrayals aren’t just fan complaints that need to be blown off. I imagine the long-term financial prospects of The Last Jedi are hurt by this corporate decision making.

Luke is a weakly sarcastic humdrum Ebeneezer type character that is almost 180 degrees of difference in philosophy and morality. His backstory plot and his decision making for most of the film is very un-Luke Skywalker like. Yes, there is a cool moment at the end of the film, but even here The Last Jedi disappoints. The one time that we get to see Luke get off his couch take a shower, and help turns out to be a nothing but a mirage.

Spoilers, he turns out to be a mirage.

There are powerful moments for Mark Hamill to strut his acting ability, and there this film doesn’t disappoint.Hamill has for decades proven himself one of the most capable actors in venues like dubbing animation, and audio plays. It is nice to see he gets a chance to shine.

However, we don’t get the same opportunity to watch the usually funny and powerful late actress Carrie Fisher. Here Leia is indecisive, quiet and plays little into the decision making of the resistance when she does manage to speak. It is obvious that the footage they did get of the late, awesome actress was much less than the PR Disney wanted us to believe. And this movie is all the poorer for it.

To make up for this, a new actress is cast to play the lines Fisher couldn’t and it doesn’t help much. The Purple Haired general is probably the most forgettable character for the amount of screen time given in this movie. A weak subplot involving her and the character Poe is not only boring but nonsensical and riddled with plot holes. Even the great sacrifice this character makes is hard to watch and does little to redeem her.

Despite all these problems, I still recommend you watch this film. The Jedi parts with Luke, Rey, and Kylo Ren are fascinating and bespeak of a much better movie. If this relationship had been used as the sole focus of the movie instead of adding so much filler I’d be happy to give this movie at least a seven even if Skywalker is now a curmudgeonly grouch who likes to murder children in their sleep.

I hope dear reader you noticed that I haven’t yet nodded to the extremely strange and disbelief killing parts of this movie. In particular, the scene where we get to see Leia use the force turns out to be this weirdly whimsical resurrection in the style of Marry Poppins. Plus the time Luke milks an alien walrus, or Yoda helps Luke in a book burning. The last of which bothers me more than probably anything else.

No way in Ewok hell would Yoda ever try to destroy the legacy of the Jedi nor authorize book burning of any kind. But this is exactly the thematic message that Star Wars know wants us to understand.

To quote Kylo Ren: “Let the past die. Kill it if you have to”. Isn’t that the same message that fascistic nations and dictators want their citizens to believe. If Hitler was in the theater, I could imagine him giving a thumbs up.

I doubt I’ll be able to sit-down and happily watch this film again in the same way I do for all of the other films. This movie has damaged my love for the Star Wars franchise. The prequels which I overall enjoyed and often made fun of; never spat upon the legacy and beloved characters of the original trilogy. Jar Jar never took away from the dynamic story and character that is Luke Skywalker. This movie does and does it with pride.

I still recommend most people to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It is a visually stunning film, and the Rey/Kylo Ren storyline is entertaining and thought-provoking; even if it concludes with the wrong sentiment. Just be prepared to wait 2 1/2 hours to see it, and know coming in that you will hate what they do to the old Star Wars crew.

If you can stomach all that the let the Force be with you. (as if I could have ended with anything else ;0)

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Perlocution Podcast Episode 005 Slacktivism


Slacktivism Noun informal –  actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g., signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website.

This episode is brought to you by Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival celebrating comedy and…Snow! That’s right there is no other comedy festival like it. Thirty comedians from around the country will be traveling to Sioux Falls, SD to perform in various venues across the city. Over the course of three days they will perform in both stand up and themed showcases, not only testing their comedy wits but their endurance to the cold. All the while supporting a good cause. Net proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics of South Dakota.

http://www.siouxfallssnojamcomedyfest.com/

Hosted by Jeni Mc and White Boi

Special Guest Justin Hanson

Produced by Robert Mehling

Tags and Topics

Perlocution, Jeni Mc, White Boi, Robert Mehling, Midwest, South Dakota, Slacktivism, Justin Hanson, Hair, Guess Who, Urban Dictionary, Social Media, Fake News, Ice Bucket Challenge, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, Hurricane Relief, Puerto Rico,  Katrina, News Cycle, Reality TV, Thoughts and Prayers, charity, Pink, NFL, PRCA, Prayer, Memes, Trolls, Keyboard Warriors, Twitter, Facebook, Patrick Lalley, Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, Worldstar, Swatting, Doxing, Shark Week, Common Sense

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Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 016 End of 2017 Party Part 2 Party Harder

Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 016 End of 2017 Party Part 2 Party Harder

Urban Indianz Podcast: Gabriel Night Shield, Char Green, Kat Stands, Levi Hansen

Guests: Kyrie DuMarce, Deleon Iron Hawk, Greg DeMarrias, Ryan Rundell, Taralyn Blue, Seren Wentz, Nate Foote, Chase Manhattan

Produced By Robert Mehling

Music Spotlight:  

“My Tribe” by Chase Manhattan

https://youtu.be/HpaYnwqhV7M

Links

Hustle Tribe

https://squareup.com/store/HUSTLETRIBE/

https://www.facebook.com/HustleTribe/

Tags

Gabriel Night Shield, Levi Hansen, Robert Mehling, Char Green, Kat Stands, Standing Rock, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Rosebud, Dakota, Flandreau, Cheyenne River Sioux, Sandford, 2017, Native Hip Hop, Local Music, Atomic Blonde, Dances With Wolves, Spider-Man Homecoming, Lego Batman, Sausage Party, Movies, On Top of the Totem, Minnesota Vikings, Broncos, Football, Super Bowl 52, 52 Crew, Season Tickets, Meth, Podcasting, Augustana University, Podcast Person, Start a Conversation, Sandford Research, Native Tax, Rapid City, Minnesota, Redwood Falls, Native on Native Discrimination, Casinos, Haters, Anti-Achievement, Gumption, Hard Work, Money, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Guilt, Poverty, Teen Pregnancy, Alcoholism, Chase Manhattan, Kyrie DuMarce, Deleon Iron Hawk, Greg DeMarrias, Ryan Rundell, Taralyn Blue, Seren Wentz , Nate Foote

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Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 015 End of 2017 Party Part 1 Native Humor

Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 015 End of 2017 Party Part 1 Native Humor

Urban Indianz Podcast: Gabriel Night Shield, Char Green, Kat Stands, Levi Hansen

Guests: Kyrie DuMarce, Deleon Iron Hawk, Greg DeMarrias, Ryan Rundell, Taralyn Blue, Seren Wentz, Nate Foote,  and Chase Manhattan.

Produced By Robert Mehling

Music Spotlight:
“Who You?” By Gorilla Pimp (Levi Hansen)

Links
Hustle Tribe
https://squareup.com/store/HUSTLETRIBE/

https://www.facebook.com/HustleTribe/

Tags
Gabriel Night Shield, Levi Hansen, Robert Mehling, Char Green, Kat Stands, Standing Rock, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Rosebud, Dakota, Flandreau, Cheyenne River Sioux, Sandford, 2017, Podcasting, Barefoot Riesling, Bigs Bar, Impractical Jokers, 1491, Discrimination, Rapid City, Romantix, Little Einsteins, Talkin’ Shit, Kyrie DuMarce, Deleon Iron Hawk, Greg DeMarrias, Ryan Rundell, Taralyn Blue, Seren Wentz , Nate Foote, Chase Manhattan

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Ninja Batman!

Batman Ninja is the story of how Batman, the Bat Family, and a number of Gotham’s criminals are transported through time and space back to Medieval Japan where they become embroiled in a local power struggle. Director Jumpei Mizusaki has described Batman Ninja as a film meant to show the world how Japan sees Batman and not one about how Batman (and Bruce Wayne) see Japan. Judging by the trailer, Japan sees a badass side of Batman that’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

Batman Ninja hits stores on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2018.

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