Episode 15 (basically): We got us a CVS and a Poshtel

Alli isn’t here but we’re not calling this a “Freebird” episode because Karen Gadbois is sitting in for her “Badstreet” style.  We set out to at least try and fit this week’s topics in under an hour. We failed to do that.

Segment 1

An attempt to organize a union at Lusher Charter School failed last week. We talk to Karen about the Lusher vote and the Lens’s experience trying to cover charter schools. Charters often don’t think of themselves as public entities subject to open meetings laws.   At one point we mention this Five Thirty Eight article about the importance of the teaching profession for the city’s black middle class.  Later in the week, International High successfully unionized its faculty.

Ken Havard is a fat guy who wants to regulate the weights of strippers… because “political correctness”.. sort of. Ken Havard is a doughy guy. Also we can make his argument better than he can.

Sidney Torres for mayor? The new Torres-inspired TV show is coming out next year.

Bayou Boogaloo Fence: Varg’s theory is the fence was about restricting access to Ideal Market.  Boogaloo is “Mid-Summer Endymion” We get a little carried away knocking the Boogaloo and Mid City in general. We’re (kind of) sorry about that.

Why do we always celebrate when somebody opens a CVS? Especially when this Wall Street Journal article congratulates us for not shopping at Rite Aid.

City Council approved the Bywater “Poshtel” which may or may not be a “hook up hotel” with its own app. Is there a “constant drumbeat” to push more tourists into neighborhoods? What does this mean for our neighborhood peacocks?

Thanks to the Mayor for personally rescuing the HogsHeadJesus Studio from a potential sinkhole.

Thanks to the NFL for not putting another SuperBowl in New Orleans for a while.

And thanks to Karen for sitting in with us.

Segment 2

Twitter questions: The Lens maps. Open invitation to the Governor to come on the show. Favorite snoball place?

SOSO: Jeff didn’t leave the house. Lance went out to Doris Metropolitan and to Bayou Beer Garden. 

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Episode 14: Bomb Scares and French Fry Missiles

This is a full episode but you should stop right now and go listen to all the Freebirds because they are very good.

Segment 1

Bomb scare at the state Capitol. There’€™s barely any time to make a 1,000 piece slideshow about it. This is actually one of the least dangerous “visions from God”€ that happen in Baton Rouge. A lot of bomb scares turn out to actually be the bomb squad’€™s fault. What is the real life bullshit to bomb ratio?  Jeff has a somewhat coherent rant about Cameron “Frogman” Henry’€™s TOPS vs hospitals budget ploy. (Later written up here.) Cameron Henry looks like Dabo Swinney. Neil Abramson is being suspicious again.  Meanwhile the Republicans are purging their ranks. What this means for us, mostly, is Bryan Adams karaoke. DID YOU KNOW: Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams share a birthday? This is a true fact.

Two separate child pornography scandals in one week cause Jeff to confuse Chris Young with Chris Roberts. Also it leads to a discussion of the chilling effect of surveillance on intellectual curiosity. Also a bit about the Facebook trending topics controversy.

Segment 2

Gumshoe reporting from Engineer Pat on upcoming civic hearings and proceedings on the Short Term Rentals issue.

Chris Rose wrote a clickbaity thing about go-cups that was actually a rip-off of another go-cup article from three years ago. Somewhere during the ensuing fray, Rose blames “€œthe Rising Tide folks”€ We end up being kind of nice to Chris Rose at the end of this.

Actress Ruby Rose threw some french fries at a waiter. Later she apologized to the fries.

Wendell Pierce apparently attacked a woman during an argument over the Democratic primary. We stop ourselves before we get too too far into a Bernie Bro rant.

Stepping On Stepping Out

Varg goes to see The Cure at UNO Lakefront Arena. He also interviewed a concert-goer about the time MCA picked up trash at the UNO Arena parking lot. Listen until the end of the show for that. Lots of 90s nostalgia discussion.

Jeff wins the Hunkerdowncast Round Robin Darts Tournament at the Half Moon. Jeff and Varg do not know Pony by Ginuwine.

Alli is a featured guest on Bar Politics Episode 2 at the Broad Theater. Catch the next Bar Politics at Twelve Mile Limit sometime in June.

Recipe Minute

Varg makes some sort of pork chop in a crock pot thing.

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And we’€™re done. Thanks again for listening but stay tuned for Varg’€™s on the street report about the UNO Arena glory days.

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Episode 13.5: Zweckentfremdungsverbot

Freebird time again. Lance and Jeff. Jeff is always in these for some reason. He is like Tilapia. Also where Varg lives there is a community peacock.

Segment 1 is all politics

We’re recording on the night of the Indiana Primary.  Ted Cruz has dropped out of the race ending one of the worst weeks in the history of politics for any individual.  Varg has prepared a list of the bad things that happened to Ted. And this was before he elbowed his wife in the face. Jeff talks about Vice Presidential follies but somehow has confused Tom Eagleton with Richard Schweiker.  Anyway, watch this video and tell us did Carly fall or did she jump?

Bobby Jindal started the week talking about how to beat Trump. Ended the week saying he’€™ll vote for Trump. Is Kasich the last best hope?  (Answer is no, he’s dropping out but we didn’€™t know that yet.)

Hillary vs Trump is a dismal proposition. Is Hillary a lock? Maybe Does Donald Trump really want to be President? Maybe.

Segment 2  

NFL Draft re-cap: The Saints didn’€™t stupidly trade up. But then they totally did. Jeff is a little weary of the draft day Twitter feuding. Sean Payton made Vonn Bell pull an Uncle Rico. Varg liked (Phillip) Michael Thomas’s Players’€™ Tribune journal entry.  Thanks to Ryan at Black and Gold Review for humoring us with this €œBell Curve€ graph.

This Eric Paulsen story looks suspicious to us for several reasons including the station’€™s official follow up statement.

Airbnb is all over the news this week. These signs popped up during Jazzfest. STR regulations are back on the City Council agenda this week.  Jeff went to The Lens’€™s  April Breakfast With The Newsmakers€ event covering STRs. A strict set of regulations took effect in Berlin this week. How does one pronounce “Zweckentfremdungsverbot”?

Sinkholes are one of Varg’s top phobias. New Orleans loses roughly 40 percent of its water to underground leaks. Sinkhole prevention seems like a pretty “shovel ready project. An engineering pundit guessed the Canal Street sinkhole wrong. Jeff nurtured his own pet sinkhole for 5 years. Are infrastructure failures fun or frightening? Is Sinkhole De Mayo a good idea, a bad idea or a nothing idea? What is your favorite sinkhole of all time?

Hipsters again.. blah blah such and such. Life is hard these days for young Millennial termites.

Don’€™t swim in the Jazzfest mud.  Go see Bar Politics next Monday.  Deurty Boys gallery is moving.

And we’€™re done. Thanks again for listening.

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