Sioux Empire Podcast 101 One Summer Night with Peter Pischke

Peter Pischke, a candidate for Sioux Falls School Board, stops by the show to tell Seth Glover and Robert Mehling about his ordeal trying to collect signatures in Sioux Falls, and the kinds of policies he’d like to see in Sioux Falls Schools.  But first, Seth’s bi-weekly book club explores another tale of horror from Ambrose Bierce; this one is called “One Summer Night,” it’s a lot scary and a little racist.    This week’s episode is sponsored by the Chaos Reigns Podcast.  Chaos Reigns is a talk show about Horror Films, Sci-Fi, Comics, Acting and a host of other topics.  The Sioux Empire Podcast doesn’t require any signatures to listen.


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Seth’s Book Club

“One Summer Night” by Ambrose Bierce



Peter Pischke



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Lawmakers’ Conduct… Now THAT’S a “compelling reason” to meet! (Cartoon)

The Associated Press is reporting that the committee never met, but The Sioux Empire Podcast has obtained proof that the Special South Dakota Legislative Panel On Lawmakers’ Conduct did have one informal meeting.


Special South Dakota Legislative Panel On Lawmakers' Conduct First and Only Meeting 2018 Now THAT'S a "compelling reason" to meet!

Special South Dakota Legislative Panel On Lawmakers’ Conduct
First and Only Meeting 2018
Now THAT’S a “compelling reason” to meet!

In order of appearance Former Representative Mathew WollmannSenator R Blake CurdFormer Representative Gene G Abdallah, and
Representative David Johnson.

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Peter Vaughn Pischke for Sioux Falls School Board

I am blessed to live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The people of this town are kind, generous, and generally good folks to live with. We treat each other with decency, respect, and live by the Golden Rule.
So it is no surprise to me that the citizens I talk to almost all voice a grave concern towards our local government and school board.
Just like you, they are worried with the direction Sioux Falls have been heading. The corruption, complacency, and shenanigans taking place in our city government of late should worry anyone.

now you can too.

Some Problems
The School-board, unfortunately, mirrors the concern that is felt at the larger levels of local government. The meetings go quickly with little explanation given and less opportunity for public input. 
I was late getting to the SF School-Board meeting last week. I arrived less than 5 minutes late. Yet by the time I got there the period for public input was over. 
And while it is well and good that we give students the opportunity to learn skills for the workplace, we shouldn’t forget the primary reason for school: learning to think, read, write, and make rational empiric arguments. In essence, our School should be teaching our kids to live the principles of the Enlightenment:
The ability to reason using the scientific method (empiricism), Skepticism, Individualism, and self-discipline. These principles give us and our kids the passion for learning that we all like to talk about having. 
Yet look at how our schools are fairing at something as simple as literacy. For years now our students fall behind the state when it comes to reading as a recent report on the Literacy in Action (LIA) program to the SF School Board Shows:
In 2017 only 44.6% of third-grade students passed the English Language Arts Assessment (ELA). This is poor event against the state of South Dakota’s 47.8%.
The multi-year for 2017 is a little better at 52.36%. Yet that still puts us far below any reasonable score a Sioux Falls citizen might have their children.
Lastly, I’d like to point out something obvious that those in charge seem to be ignoring: the increasing rates of suicide among teenagers. During my sister’s senior year at least 2 of her classmates that she knew by name, committed suicide. And unfortunately, there have been lots more since.
We have all read the news headlines this last year of mass shootings at high schools by current or former students. Just this morning a college student at South Dakota State University got arrested for threatening to commit mass murder at the home of the Jacks. http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Man-accused-of-making-terrorist-threat-at-South-Dakota-State-University-475822023.html
While everyone wants to focus on guns I think we are ignoring what is feeding this problem: the extremely poor mental and emotional health of our kids at public school.
I know from very personal experience how harsh kids can be to each-other and how horrible you can feel. We all know this is a big problem, yet few people offer any solutions.
If we want these shootings and suicides to stop we must help our students who struggle with mental and emotional illness.
My Proposed Solutions
1.To fix our school board meetings I hope to modernize the meetings by live streaming them concurrently online with the physical meetings and increase opportunities throughout the meetings for multiple opportunities for public input.
 I also would like our school board to better explain what is going on during the steps of the meeting, and not rush through the vote procedures.
2. I want more work done in our schools to help those students who are bullied or are bullies themselves. I want students to get the real help they need if they are suffering from emotional or mental illness.
Teachers (and some administrators) must be allowed to report concerns with their students. They should write down and report on any negative behaviors they are noticing. This shouldn’t be done to punish anyone but to get them the necessary counseling and if needed: medical help.
It is impossible to learn at school if you dread being at school. Your passion for learning won’t alight if you feel unsafe, or unwelcome at class.
3. I also want classes at the High School level to be recorded and made available to students online so they can review past lectures and get caught up if they were sick and couldn’t make it to school.
We should use the power of the internet to enable the very best of learning. Remove any and all barriers to teachers and innovating students to use the internet to enhance the learning experience. 
Now a little about me:
I’m 28, physically disabled due to Chronic Pancreatitis. I’m also a graduate student working on my Masters in Journalism from SDSU.
This election run is actually the basis for my Masters Project (I’m writing a series of articles about what it is like to run for public office, especially as someone with physical limitations)
While you and I may disagree on policy at the national level, I think you will find that we both want the same thing for the Sioux Falls School Board: honesty, efficacy, a strong code of ethics. Men and Women who keep their word and do what they say. 
With me, you have that commitment. And that promise.
By my Sacred Honor, if you elect me I will do my very best to make our school board reflect those principles and values that honest citizens of Sioux Falls share no matter their background or political stripes.
Thank you for your time, and thank you for your vote,
God Bless America, and God Bless Sioux Falls,
– Peter Vaughn Pischke
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Tactical Pain Episode 009 Higher Ground Consulting Part 2

In part 2 Jeni sat down with Ryan Ostgaard for Higher Ground consulting to talk about cognitive therapy, what it is, and how it can help.  

Higher Ground Consulting


This episode is sponsored by DiPSy Doodle Productions Voice Talent Dave Holly




Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Migraines, myalgic encephalomyelitis, Pain management, Jeni Mc, Robert Mehling, Ryan Ostgaard, psychology, life coaching, consulting, Higher Ground Consulting, mediation, sociology, Addiction, cognitive therapy, holistic medicine, stoicism, shame, guilt, family, isolation, post-exertion malaise

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Perlocution Podcast Episode 009 When White Women Riot

Perlocution Podcast Episode 009 When White Women Riot


hy·per·o·ral·i·ty (hī’pĕr-ō-ral’i-tē),
A condition characterized by insertion of inappropriate objects in the mouth.


Hosted by White Boi and Jeni Mc

Produced by Robert Mehling


Tags and Topics:

Perlocution, Jeni Mc, White Boi, Robert Mehling, Super Bowl, Sports, Walkathon, Riot, hyperorality, Klüver–Bucy syndrome, fear, social pressure, conformity, Women, Suit and Tie, Class Warfare, Tech Kids, Small Business, Child Care, Gender Roles, Socialism, Disneyland, Andrew Jackson

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Sioux Empire Podcast 100 Happy 100th Episode with Kenny Anderson Jr

Kenny Anderson Jr Candidate for Sioux Falls Mayor is here to celebrate The Sioux Empire Podcast’s 100th episode with hosts Robert Mehling and Seth Glover.  But first, with restrictive liquor license laws and a sound ordinance harassing long-standing downtown institution Icon Lounge, is Sioux Falls turning into a crime-riddled larger version of the town from Footloose?  Not if Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, and Imagine Dragons have anything to say about it!  This week’s episode is brought to you by the new music podcast My Father’s Records.  In “My Father’s Records” comedian Dan Bublitz Jr digs into his father’s massive vinyl record collection. In each episode, Dan talks about an album or two from the collection. He talks about the experience of listening to the record to facts about them.  100 episodes, wow, The Sioux Empire Podcast would like to say thank you to all of our listeners and supporters.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  THANK YOU!


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Kenny Anderson Jr Candidate for Sioux Falls Mayor




Check out Hack Sioux Falls!




The Sound of Science at Icon



Thirsty Sioux Falls



Sioux Falls Rocks



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Noise Downtown? So Unexpected! (Cartoon)

Who would hold a concert in the entertainment district?!? Noise Downtown and ICON.

Noise Downtown? So Unexpected! (Cartoon)

Noise Downtown? So Unexpected! (Cartoon)

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Smash VS Splatter: David Johnson and Lynne DiSanto (Cartoon)

Rep. David Johnson is accused of verbally assaulting Rep. Lynne DiSanto.  He better watch himself, DiSanto has already shown she thinks human life is cheap.

Smash VS Splatter: David Johnson and Lynne DiSanto (Cartoon)

Smash VS Splatter: David Johnson and Lynne DiSanto (Cartoon)


Video of the Fight



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South DaCola Podcast Ep 014 Janet Brekke

Host Scott L. Ehrisman and nameless co-host.

Special Guest Janet Brekke candidate for Sioux Falls City Council At-Large Seat A.




Produced by Robert Mehling

Theme Music “Rainy Day” by Brian Masek & Friends

Tags and Topics

Scott Ehrisman, Robert Mehling, Janet Brekke, Rex Rolfing, Run off elections, signatures, Michelle Erpenbach, City Attorney, code enforcement, Project NICE, Project KEEP, Sidewalks, project trim, broken windows syndrome, adopt a highway, adopt a neighborhood, neighborhood watch, affordable housing, NAFTA, Drugs, Gangs, Violence, Growth, Embracing Diversity, Diversity Education, English Language, Clean, Safe, mental health, addicts, rehab, Mayor, long range strategic planning, public input, civility, Theresa Stehly, open meeting laws, Pat Starr, Greg Neitzert, Rick Knobe, Honey Baked, Honeybaked Ham, deregulation, Touch of Europe, Health Inspectors, texting ban, distracted driving, institutional memory, policy specifics

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Undead Sioux Falls Mayoral Candidate David Zokaites’s Candidacy is Dead

I guess David Zokaites won’t be exciting us, to paraphrase a line from his now dead campaign’s music video. I guess should have spent more time on getting signatures instead of making funny music videos.

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