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SEP031 – Magic of Travis Nye

This week magician Travis Nye casts a spell on The Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes).  We discuss water skiing squirrels with bladder control issues, unpopular license plates, and more.  Also featuring an interview with Ritch Noble, candidate for Sioux Falls City council (at-large seat) as well as an interview with Greg Neitzert, Sioux Falls City council candidate (north west district).  This week’s episode is sponsored by SiouxperCon and South Dakota Code Bootcamp.  The Sioux Empire Podcast does not endorse playing with fire or eating class, no matter how cool it makes you look.  

The Magic Show!


South Dakota Code Camp

Travis Nye

The Calving Book

Greg Neitzert

Ritch Noble

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SEP030- Rise of the Champions

The Champions are coming.  In fact they are already dominating Kickstarter!  This week the Champions of The Sioux Empire Podcast Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, and Seth Glover have a jam packed episode for you.  We interview Dylan Jacobson, the local artist behind the independent comic book that has raised over $2000 in it’s first 48 hours on Kickstarter.  Robert interviews Briggs Warren, the 18 year old candidate for Sioux Falls City Council in the northwest district.  The group discusses Senator Mike Rounds and his comments about Donald Trump and the Klu Klux Klan.  Our local music spotlight this week is the premier of a new song Die from local act Angie Hosh from the upcoming album Solutions (Out April 28th).  We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast locals are calling “quirky but harmless.”

Angie Hosh:

Dylan Jacobson and The Champions Issue #1

Briggs Warren for Sioux Falls City Council:


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Police Are Searching For Bald Suspect In A Rogaine Theft Spree

Police in Ohio are on the hunt for a middle-aged man accused of shoplifting thousands of dollars worth of Rogaine and other similar hair loss products around the Cincinnati area and northern Kentucky, and you’d think he’d be easy to spot because, ironically enough, the suspect himself is completely bald. The thief is accused of stealing nearly $900 in merchandise at a Mt. Healthy, Ohio Walgreens alone, in addition to hitting a CVS and two Walgreens in nearby Florence, Kentucky, and also may be responsible for who knows how many other merchandise thefts in the tri-state area.


Children Reading Stories Aloud to Help Calm and Socialize Anxious Rescue Dogs at a Shelter

This past December, the Humane Society of Missouri sponsored a beautiful event called “Deck the Howls” in which local school children each read a holiday story aloud to their assigned dog. The event not only helped to calm and socialize the adoptable pups, but it also gave the children an opportunity to practice their reading comprehension skills. The event was part of a year-round program called the Shelter Buddies Reading Program.

The Shelter Buddies Reading Program at the Humane Society of Missouri was designed to help our shelter dogs become more adoptable. Participants sit outside of the dogs kennel and read to them, which helps shy dogs learn to relax around people, while teaching high-energy dogs that calm behavior is desirable. When children read stories to the dogs, it also helps them develop their own reading skills.

Supercut of Visual Effects Oscar Winners is Must See

Burger Fiction has put together a supercut of every single film to win the award for Visual Effects at the Oscars, and the result is a fascinating look at how movie special effects have changed over time.

SEP029- Trans-Legislative Coffee

With tensions running high and all eyes in the national media watching South Dakota to see if the Governor will sign or veto the transgender bathroom bill (or HB 1008), local legislators for the Sioux Falls area (Isaac Latterell, Steven Westra, Mark Mickelson, Karen Soli, Larry Zikmund, Tom Holmes, Phyllis Heineman, Angie Buhl O’Donnell and Deb Soholt) gave this important issue the time it deserved at the Sioux Falls Chamber’s Legislative Coffee….  10 minutes, at the end of the meeting.  So to give this and other topics the extended coverage they deserve (and by coverage of course we mean sarcastic and vulgar commentary) The Sioux Empire Podcast is here to help.  Robert, Seth, and Natasha talk to the protesters from the rally before the coffee and we try to talk to a representative after the coffee.  It’s our first full team coverage in the field episode, so of course it has way more swearing than ever before.  The team learns the lesson that they didn’t know who represents them and now that they do, they don’t like them (Most of them).  The worst part is in the end… The Sioux Empire Podcast crew didn’t even get a cup of coffee out of the deal.

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A 1985 News Report Heralding the Debut of the Compact Disc

Acme Streaming shared a 1985 news report by WDIV in Detroit that heralded the debut of the compact disc format. The video includes an interview with an avid music collector discussing the new format’s advantages over vinyl, and a look at how compact discs are made and operate.


Barney Raps “Get Money” by Notorious B.I.G.

Who knew Barney was so gangster.


Farmers Beware: Obamacare designed to take your estate

Sofia Prins and Gary Balhorn were about to sign applications for free coverage under Washington State’s Medicaid program — recently expanded under ObamaCare — when Sofia began reading the fine print: If you’re over age 55, the state of Washington will bill your estate for your health expenses when you die.

So much for “free.”

Prior to ObamaCare, state Medicaid programs (enacted in 1965 and expanded in 1993) offered help to poor people who couldn’t afford health coverage but required states to recover their health costs from their estates when they died. However, state exemptions for personal goods and residences meant that such “estate recovery” efforts were modest as most people either had no other assets or had “spent down” those that they had to a minimal level.

But with the expansion under ObamaCare, more and more people will qualify for Medicaid without realizing that the coverage is really not free, but instead a hidden secured loan whose terms aren’t explicit. As Carol Ostrom, the Seattle Times health reporter, explained:

The way Prins saw it, that meant health insurance via Medicaid is hardly “free” for Washington residents 55 or older. It’s a loan, one whose payback requirements aren’t well advertised. And it penalizes people who, despite having a low income, have managed to keep a home or some savings they hope to pass to heirs, Prins said.

Sofia and Gary lived together, she as an artist and he as a tango instructor, and when they saw that they would see their assets evaporate under estate recovery rules if they signed up for Medicaid, they decided to get married. That way, their combined incomes qualified them for ObamaCare coverage on the state exchange, helped along with some federal subsidies. Said Sofia:

We’re happy to be getting married. Unfortunately not everyone has such an elegant solution to the problem.

No, they don’t. Barry Blake lived with his mother who owned her own home and was covered under Medicaid. When she died, the state of Kentucky “took the house … to be sold and pay those expenses” according to a suit Blake filed to recover it in 2009. The state also took the washer and dryer, their lawn mower, gardening tools, kitchen appliances and other personal items. Blake hadn’t read the fine print. The lawsuit was dismissed.

Read about how it’s squeezing MN farmers.

And then there’s John and Mary, clients of Jeffrey Marshall, an elder law attorney practicing in Pennsylvania. Wrote Marshall:

When John came back from Korea he took over working the family farm. Eventually, John and his wife Mary inherited the farm from John’s parents. John and Mary were always “dirt poor.”

In 2000 Mary’s health began to decline due to Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Everyone in the family pitched in to care for Mary and keep her home. In 2003, after 3 years of struggle, the family needed some outside help. They applied for home care that was paid for in part by Medicaid. This extra help, combined with the ongoing care by John and the boys and their wives, allowed Mary to stay at home for another full year.

In 2006 John died of a heart attack. Without John’s support in caring for Mary, the family was no longer able to care for Mary at home. She moved to a local nursing facility. The family didn’t have the cash to fully afford the nearly $8,000 a month cost and Medicaid benefits were needed.

Mary died in January 2009. She was 84. Three weeks later her sons received a letter in the mail from the Government. The letter said Pennsylvania was owed $171,386 for the Medicaid that was provided for Mary’s care, both at home and in the nursing facility.

The boys are going to have to find some way to pay off this state lien. But they don’t have this kind of money. Most likely, the farm will have to be sold.

There are an estimated 15 million people who are expected to sign up for Medicaid under the new rules which are very explicit:

States must pursue recovering costs for medical assistance consisting of nursing home or other long-term institutional services, home- and community-based services, hospital and prescription drug services … and any other items covered by the Medicaid State Plan.

At a minimum, states must recover from assets that pass through probate … at a maximum, states may recover any assets of the deceased recipient.

Paul Craig Roberts, who served under President Ronald Reagan as his assistant Secretary of the Treasury, forwarded an article written by “a knowledgeable person who wishes to remain anonymous” entitled “Obamacare: A Deception” earlier this year which stated clearly:

Your estate is what you own when you die — your home and what’s in it, other real estate you may own, your bank account, annuities and so on.

[Under estate recovery] even if you have a will, your heirs are chopped liver.

Low-income people often have only one major asset — the home in which they live and, in some cases, this has been the family home through several generations.

What this boils down to is this: if you are put into Medicaid — congratulations! — you just got a mandated collateral loan if you use Medicaid benefits.

When Republican Party candidate for president Herman Cain broached the subject of “estate recovery” on his radio show, he got so many responses that he decided to put his comments into writing:

The problem here is that the ACA is taking away insurance plans that people could afford and simultaneously offering replacements that are more expensive. At the same time, it’s expanding the definition of “low income” by removing asset tests.

If you can’t afford the new, high price … you are forced into Medicaid since, because of the individual mandate, you MUST be covered.

So, the feds have created a situation where you can lose the coverage you could afford, can’t afford the replacement plans, and are forced into Medicaid which will allow the state to come after your assets when you die.

With the expanded definitions under Medicare, millions are going to be invited into the trap of free Medicaid coverage instead of the expensive exchange coverages only to find that they, and their heirs, will be forced to learn once again the rule about “free”: There’s no such thing as a free lunch.