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Goats, Islands, and comedian Spencer Dobson, Oh my! This week The Sioux Empire Podcast is officially making podcast history, for the first time ever on any known podcast, the “Zoo Crew” (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Emily Gheorghiu) carve a Jack O’Lantern on air, in the studio (The live video of this madness available on Facebook). Also, we make comedian Spencer Dobson talk about goats, unicorns, and religion. We talk about Establishing Sustainable Connection’s “Being Muslim in Sioux Falls” panel. Also, on a segment we’re calling The Sexy Theology Podcast, we resolve once and for all; all the major questions of all religions for all time with absolutely no controversy what so ever. (Warning: “The Sexy Theology Podcast” segment contains graphic adult content. Listener discretion is advised) This week we have a musical double feature on the local music spotlight: LowRidingMoths with their track “Tight Is Right” off their new upcoming album “Cat Island” (on Total Drag Records) and Articles with their track “Off!” from their new album “North Lake” (on Total Drag Records). This week’s episode is sponsored by Almost Alchemy Jewelry. The Sioux Empire Podcast still doesn’t know what happened to the goats of Goat Island.
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Being Muslim in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an emergency disaster declaration for Jackson County, in response to damage caused by the 41,000-acre Cottonwood fire.
Under the disaster declaration, the state of South Dakota will cover 90 percent of non-federal fire apparatus fuel costs, all aircraft expenses and South Dakota Wildland Fire’s suppression expenses.
Gov. Daugaard flew over the affected area on Tuesday, and saw firsthand the damage it has caused.
“Obviously, this fire has caused a great deal of damage, especially to livestock, fences and forage,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. “Using dollars from the State Fire Suppression Special Revenue Fund, the state will assist Jackson County in paying fire response costs.”
The Cottonwood Fire broke out on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 16, and burned over 41,000 acres of private property, national grasslands and state land. According to South Dakota Wildland Fire officials, the fire is now 100 percent contained.
“This prairie fire is the most destructive I have observed for fence loss, cattle loss, hay loss and pasture loss in my 27-year career,” said Jim Strain, deputy director of South Dakota Wildland Fire. “Our records go back to 1949, and this is South Dakota’s largest wildfire ever for the month of October.”
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture partners with the USDA Farm Service Agency in administering a program to connect producers in need of hay with those that would like to donate hay removed from acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.
Due to the severe losses incurred by area producers, SDDA is extending the deadline for CRP donated hay application to those producers affected by the Cottonwood fire. Producers interested in receiving donated hay can find the application on SDDA’s homepage, sdda.sd.gov. SDDA is also working with USDA to see what other assistance may be available for impacted producers.
Robert Mehling with The Sioux Empire Podcast and TheSiouxEmpire.com interviews Jay Williams Candidate for United States Senator, SD.
Issues discussed include: Qualifications, Background, Marijuana, Climate Change, Marriage Equality, Trans-Gender Issues, Bi-partisanship, Free Trade, John Thune, and more.
My name is Jay Williams and I am running to serve you in the United States Senate.
I grew up on a farm south of Gettysburg, South Dakota, where I learned to love the beauty and bounty of South Dakota. My parents instilled in me the importance of education, hard work and public service.
After graduating from Gettysburg High School in 1968, I earned a Navy scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin. There I met an amazing woman, Carol, who later became my wife. Carol and I moved to Yankton, South Dakota in 1987 where we have lived ever since, raising our family with the same values my parents instilled in me.
Before returning to South Dakota, I had the opportunity to serve my country in both the US Navy and in the Peace Corps. In addition, I was able to work in the high tech industry.
As a midshipman, I served on the USS Oriskany in the Vietnam War where I learned to work with discipline under pressure. After graduating from college I was commissioned as a naval officer, carrier qualified in a high performance jet plane, and earned my wings as a naval aviator. I served as a search and rescue helicopter pilot in Italy and Virginia Beach. My 10 years of military service allowed me to develop my leadership skills and formed my passion for public service.
After my time in the Navy, Carol and I volunteered for the Peace Corps and were assigned to Bogotá, Colombia. It was during this time that Carol and I gained perspective on America’s prosperity and the importance of working together with community leaders at the local level to impact change.
After the Peace Corps, I returned to college to earn a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. This training gave me the tools I needed to earn a living and to support and raise a family. After working in the high tech industry in Texas and California, Carol and I longed for the strong community and wonderful people that we knew were present in South Dakota.
In 1987, Carol and I moved our family to Yankton, South Dakota and started a small business called Excelltech Inc. It was the best move I have ever made, and we have lived here ever since. During my years in Yankton I have been involved in the community in a variety of ways, from performing in local theater productions to serving on volunteer boards to most recently performing duties as an elected member of the Yankton School Board.
I believe that all South Dakotans deserve the opportunity to have an excellent education and the opportunity to achieve their dreams. Let’s work together to build a strong future for South Dakota.
Recently I made a voyage down south to visit my friends and family. During my stay in Atlanta Georgia, I noticed a repressed vibration in the air. Almost as if I got off that plane and landed somewhere in the past. When landing at the Hartsville-Jackson airport, I usually prepare myself for the Atlanta environment, fast-paced and no bullshit type of environment. As I am getting off the gate, I hear the local news stations covering a massive BLACKLIVESMATTER protest. Watching CNN cover the protest was almost nostalgic thinking back to third grade, learning about the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. I thought to myself “This isn’t a textbook or a video from 1963, this is right now as I’m waiting for the train to take me to my concourse. Wait, what’s my concourse again?” Here I was in the Deep South witnessing it firsthand. I get off the train and walk outside the airport to wait for my father to pick me up. He arrives within minutes blaring NPR radio and a big smile on his face. As we drive through the city, I admire all the beautiful street art. My dad turned down a particularly narrow ally and ahead of us was the image of a lifetime. Hundreds of protesters gathered together to protest for #BlackLivesMatter. My phone was dead, but the detailed part of my brain took one specular image. As I listen to the hundreds of voices shouting “Black Liberation,” I never felt more American.
My trip back to my childhood hometown was different from any previous visit; this visit was purely political. As we drove through metro Atlanta “Trump, Pence” signs littered the beautiful curb appeal. I asked my father if he would run them over, but one of them was the house he was trying to sell. Once I became settled into my luxurious hotel room (top floor best view of Davids Bridal) I called up my old friends because this crazy bitch (me) was back! My former middle school boyfriend, Daniel, swung by and we cruised through the city. We decided to go hang out with one of his friends named Jamarcus, who was black and intelligent. The South and, in particular, the Bible Belt portion of the south were unsurprisingly Pro-Trump.
My friend Daniel is very Pro-Trump, to the point he believes Trump will fix our country. Jamarcus, on the other hand, hadn’t made a political statement, but he turned on his television and connected it to YouTube. During this time Daniel was giving his opinions on why he believes Donald J Trump would be Americas most successful president yet (yup, I puked a little writing that.) All of a sudden a clip of a Trump rally appeared on the television, and Jamarcus said the most important words before pressing play. He said a quote from Don King; he stated,
“Only in America can a Barack Obama happen. Only in America can a Don King happen.”
After listing to the first two minutes and watching Don King speak and Donald Trump grin and nod, Jamarcus leans over to me and asks
“Now much money do you think Donald Trump paid Don King to say Trump is fearless, courageous, brave, and bold enough to take on the system?”
Don Kings speech was almost comical because he openly claimed that he supported Barack Obama. His speech about Donald was contradicting; Don Kind said
“Remember Iowa, the famous words of William Jefferson Clinton. He told me that to get a black president would be magical. Miracles happen in America.”
Yes, Don King is endorsing Trump, but he continues by saying Trump will create a whole new system. Daniel is nodding his head in agreement; Jamarcus is shaking his head in shame. To listen to Don Kings speech was uncanny for Jamarcus and me because of what King says next. He says
“Donald Trump is the only man in over 100 years to have a consensus of the public’s opinion to the rejection of the government.”
Now to me, that is a load of horse shit because two minutes ago King mentioned how Obama being in office is a miracle. Then Don Kind Continues to explain how our system is
“rigged, sexist, racist, and unapologetic to the people.”
All of this is true, but my question is how the hell can Trump create a better system by being all these things? King follows up with a statement saying
“We will tear down the system, pull it apart, and make America great again.”
Jamarcus stopped the video turned to me and said
“This Nigga is on crack. He says we need to tear down a system built by white men to create a system constructed by other white men? I don’t think this election will change anything other than putting us farther down the list of the world’s greatest countries.”
Jamarcus starts the video and at one point in Don Kings speech, he mentions that
“white women and the colored were both treated unfairly in the system; and Donald Trump will bring inclusiveness, so everybody counts.”
If Trump can grab any woman by the pussy and get away with it, he will not bring equality and inclusiveness. However, what becomes genuinely interesting about Don Kings speech is that he says
“every white woman should cast a vote for Donald J Trump, not for the man, but to knock out the system to get their rights.”
As a white woman, I cannot imagine one thing Donald Trump could do for me but fall off the face of the earth. At this point of the speech, I start hysterically start to laugh because Don King said this
“Donald Trump is the Doctor of Humans.”
Daniel is in the corner cheering “USA, USA.” I’m thinking to myself, who in God’s name would ever give this man the title of “The Doctor of Humans.” At this point, it is bluntly clear that Don King did not write this speech and he was paid probably millions to say these awful words. I thought it was bad enough to hear Don King call him a Doctor but then he says,
“ Donald is the only man to trip on that awesome, that responsibility to say why? When he said why he had to demonstrate to the black and the white women to leave the house; and all the freedom-loving white men that we must put him in the office so we can get a chance to make America great again. An opportunity for America to operate on what America once was founded on, a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men and women were created equally.”
The way I listened to those very words, I interpreted that there will never be a real opportunity for our nation to be the freedom-loving nation we were with Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. However, my Trump supporting friend couldn’t agree more. Daniel is not a bad person just because he is a Trump supporter, but is just as narcissist as any other Trump fan. Jamarcus asked Daniel one final question.
“How is a black nigga like me suppose to be successful in this world?”
Daniel shrugged and joked about selling drugs. Jamarcus gets a serious look in Daniel’s eyes and says,
“A nigga like me has to get an education, but that still doesn’t set us up for success. What will set us up for success is not being a nigga. More and more black women are becoming less interested in a black nigga, and you want to know why? Because the “system” has ingrained black men at staying at the bottom, guns, drugs, and gangs. Black women, on the other hand, are successful on their own so why would they want a ghetto ass nigga at the bottom? No system is going to change a black man’s fate, but what will, is a black man’s goals; and that is what Don King should have said.”
The speech was released to YouTube on September 21st, 2016 and between then and now I think Don King can pretty much put his foot in his mouth. In less than a month more of Donald’s true colors, other than orange and a yellowish tupee, have shown us clearly the monster Donald would be if in the oval office. I have always respected Don King, but the payout must have been worth it because nearly everything he said about Trump was bogus. I encourage everyone to watch Don Kings speech and comment with an opinion in the comment section.
PIERRE, S.D. – The state of South Dakota has entered into a settlement agreement with the state of Nebraska and federal authorities to resolve a lengthy dispute over Goat Island, a 500-acre strip of land in the Missouri River.
The ownership of Goat Island, located on the South Dakota-Nebraska border adjacent to Clay County, South Dakota, has been in dispute since 1999. Imprecise mapping and the Missouri River’s changing boundaries have previously made its ownership unclear.
Under the new agreement, the National Park Service will manage the island as part of the Missouri National Recreation River.
“Goat Island has been a ‘no man’s land’ on the Missouri River for too long, and people could not take advantage of the ample hunting, fishing, hiking and biking opportunities available there,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Taking care of this island is long overdue.”
“For too many years, the federal government, South Dakota and Nebraska, have been engaged in disagreement on jurisdiction over Goat Island. It is time to set aside these differences in the interests of our citizens, and work together to provide certainty for the future management and enjoyment of this island,” added Marty Jackley, South Dakota Attorney General.
The National Park Service has had a number of conversations with the states of South Dakota and Nebraska about future management and plans to enhance the island’s recreation opportunities, protect its primitive resources and lead a cleanup effort.
The Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service intend to coordinate closely with the states of South Dakota and Nebraska regarding the development of desired future conditions and management of the island, including hunting opportunities.