Episode 24.5: Going to court is kind of like getting drugs

There’s a cold open where we try to play a name your favorite NPR personality game but end up naming Saints quarterbacks.

Anyway, it’s our first “Freebird” show in some time. Alli is not available this week. Next week we anticipate Varg being gone so she can talk behind his back as well.  Happy Varg Gras. This is a celebration of Varg’s birthday but also of all things in life more or less. It goes on for a week or so this time of year.  In these Freebird episodes, we talk loosely about a list of stuff. Here’s some of what we touched on.

The City Council’s short term rental vote went about as badly as one can have expected.  What will be the fallout from that?  Jeff is the Tito Santana of the gentrification process.

The Being NOLA Twitter project is ending. Did we all have the power to Be NOLA all along.  Lance describes a failed conspiracy to possibly hi-jack the account.

It’s early voting week so we talk a little bit about the Senate and Presidential races. A bit about the unlikely possibility of getting two Democrats into the Senate runoff. Also, what’s next for the Republican Party after Trump?

City Budget hearings are underway. The mayor wants to double the number of traffic cameras. Varg hates this shit to the point of wanting to “get civil disobedient with a fucking pellet gun”  But he also has further issues with revenue collectors that may exacerbate the matter.  Aside: Revenue schemes based on fees collected through aggressive policing is basically what caused Ferguson.

The Saints are bad but that is fine. We’re both going to the Seahawks game on All Saints Weekend. Varg remembers a terrible looking college football uniform

BONUS CONTENT: Twitter questions from Tim en em.  Something about 70s TV shows. A song.. Sort of. Life down on de bayou. And finally, going to court is like getting drugs.

Next week: Probably more Freebird with Jeff and Alli.

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Episode 24: Bending reality

Congratulations to us on one full year of spectacular podcasting!  We celebrate by totally botching and having to re-record a whole segment. It’s okay because it gives Alli a chance to sing more and we learn fascinating new Varg facts. Seriously, though, we appreciate the (mostly) positive reception from Tim en em. We’ll have those satin jackets ready any day now.

More than anything else, we’re proud of the way things we’ve imagined on the show seem to have come true in reality throughout the year. It’s a running theme throughout this episode and a sign that we have arrived as a podcast that matters.

Segment One: (About 32 minutes long)

We talk reconnect with episode one a bit with an update on Louisiana’s coastal master plan. (Things are still not good.)  In a somewhat related matter we spend some time talking about the Governor’s lawsuit against the oil and gas industry particularly as it relates to which Senate candidates are and are not supporting it. We follow up with a quick look at the field in the Senate race and some of the stranger ads that have been running including one where John Kennedy loves his handgun and Caroline Fayard appears to use children as human shields.

Segment Two: (About 40 minutes long)

Varg is a jerk about Mike VI and cancer patients in general. Although “Child stars or college mascots: who dies quicker?” is an intriguing topic. But really this is all about the LSU – Florida game getting postponed. So we fight about that a while too before going in to the regular college and pro football talk.  Stanford and Notre Dame is about to happen. Notre Dame’s season is in the shitter. Wait til basketball season.  The Saints/Chargers game was so ridiculous that Jeff got blocked on Twitter by another public figure. Life is weird in the Upside Down.  Varg asks if anyone thinks about pro sports teams in terms of how bad their owners are. And it turns out that yes this happens a lot.

S.O.S.O.

Lance is currently reading some Louisiana true crime books. Mr. New Orleans, the ghost written memoir of  Frenchy Brouillette and Murder In The Bayou by Ethan Brown.  The latter of these is of some relevance to the current Senate election so we talk about it for a while. Then Varg has to split.  Alli participated in a pirate themed pub crawl through Mid City. Jeff attended a destination funeral. Alli mentions a benefit for Hatian hurricane victims coming up Sunday night.

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Finally another big thanks to Tim en em. It’s been a fun year. We’ll see y’all in 2017. 

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Episode 23: In The Streets

Cold open is a debate between former Saints head coach Jim Mora and himself from twenty and thirty years ago.

There are a few spots during the show where the audio isn’t so good. Sorry about that.

Are we here to discuss Alt-Right memes? Are we here to talk about other podcasts we like? Not really. Actually we’re here to introduce some man-on-the street reports collected by Lance over the past week.  We end up talking a lot too, though.  

Segment One: (About 30 minutes long)

Our first report comes from Jackson Square artist Reggie Ford who, along with Varg, witnessed the #TakeEmDownNOLA protest there last weekend as well as a sorry counterprotest by David Duke who Lance managed to flip off.  Other points of interest. There were developments in the monuments lawsuit the day we recorded. Also “The Overton Window” After Reggie’s interview, Jeff reads a passage from Cross To Bear by John Maginnis about David Duke’s sexual exploits during the 1991 governor’s race.

Segment Two: (About 30 minutes long)

Next we have sports content. First a re-cap of the Saints-Falcons Monday Night game. Then, Lance’s bizarre Les Miles to the Saints theory.  Oh and some stuff about DaCOACHO and the state of college football coaching generally. After that, a special guest commentary from Deurty Boy Jeremy Hebert on Les Miles and his legacy.

S.O.S.O.

Actually we talk a bit about the upcoming City Council hearing on short term rentals.  All three of us went to a Tweet-up at the Bayou Beer Garden.. Which turns out to be kind of a controversial venue. Also Varg slags on Mid City pretty hard. Then there’s more man on the street reporting from Alli, Lance, and Ros at the Beyonce concert somewhat drunk and contemplating Bronze Tom.  

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Finally, a note on fireworks.

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