Breaking News: Oliver Thomas -- New Orleans City Councilman -- has pleaded guilty to bribery. Just another corrupt politician using his office, and abusing the public trust, to make a buck for himself. This, in my view, is a truly insidious crime that tears the very fabric of society. If you can't trust the persons elected to represent the public's interests, then why bother having elected government in the first place? I guess Mr. Thomas takes Twain a little too literally: Honesty is the best policy, when there is money in it.
And I wonder if this is more of the "double-edged" bad news that Mayor Nagin seems to think will, at least, keep the "New Orleans brand" in the spotlight.