Yes. While the poor, mostly black, residents of New Orleans are stuffed first into the Superdome and Convention Center, then shipped hither and yon across the U.S. South, the wealthy of New Orleans are taking charge. In a front page article in the Wall Street Journal last Thursday (Sept. 8), the wealthy in their dry houses (built on higher ground) now have electricity and water to flush their toilets with. In the meantime they have protected their mansions with private security forces and used the local greensward on the park as a heliport to fly in needed gasoline for the generators, along with liquor, kippers and other "necessary" supplies. This weekend, they will all gather in Dallas with Mayor Nagin to plan how to rebuild the city. Some have said openly and are directly quoted, that they want to rebuild a city with not nearly so many poor people in it. (Not that they want to raise their standard of living, mind you. Just make sure that now that those folks are gone, that they stay gone). I can't link to the article since it is a subscription site. And I can't retype it here because of copyright. But run to your local library, or to the pile of last week's Journals in the waiting room of your office and read it. So New Orleans will become a kind of "cultural" Las Vegas for partying tourists and rich oil folks. And the poor? Well, as Barbara Bush said, they'll probably be happier in shelters anyway!!!!!