So, at least it finally comes out that Greg Sonnier purchased the building at 438 Henry Clay Ave "knowing that it wasn't zoned to be a restaurant ". Now, does this not seem, at the very least, imprudent? Why would somebody buy a building to establish a restaurant, when you KNOW that the building isn't zoned to be a restaurant? That is, unless you know your buddy and frat brother can fix it for you. But then, Batt didn't get re-elected, now did he? Funny how that works.
Now, Sonnier, trying to blame everybody but himself for his faux pas, is now launching an all-out attack on Shelley Midura, for not honoring Sonnier's back-room deal with Batt.
The article does note Midura's stance: "He has asked me to give advance approval for a zoning change before going through the process of approval for a zoning change," she said. "I can't do that." Wow. Isn't that the job of the city's Zoning Administrator? How dare Midura try to do the right thing, in this town.
Gary Roberts, Tulane Law School sports law specialist, is leaving Tulane to become a dean at IUPUI (pronounced oo-ee-poo-ee). While Cowen can't be blamed for this, as Tulane Law is completely independent of Cowen's iron hand, one would think that Cowen's stench has rubbed off on and tarnished the rep of the law school.
While Roberts nails Tom Benson (The one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that he is a public relations disaster. He knows how to do everything to alienate the public, and he does it with great skill), Roberts must follow in the footsteps of Harry Anderson. In other words, he can't just leave without bitch-slapping the city and her denizens: The reality is that unless New Orleans pulls off an absolute miracle and comes back a richer, stronger city than before, the Saints and Hornets will eventually leave. I can't imagine the Hornets being here five years from now. The Saints could last a little longer because the economics of pro football give them more of a cushion, and this is football country.
However, I think that Roberts underestimates the will of the people of New Orleans. Who would have thought we'd sell out the dome? Who would have thought we would sell out the suites? When the Saints move, a little bit of the heart and soul city will die, never to be replaced. Many of us realize this, and that's why we fight.
For extra laughs, try not to get dizzy watching the video in the insurance industry's spin room, where "The insurance industry has done a poor job of getting out the truth about how well it handled Katrina claims". Oh. So that's it. MichaelHoman and Lisa Palumbo and thousands of others simply misinterpreted what a great job the insurance industry did.