The trip that would not end is finally ending. While I've been occupied a lot has happened; a lot of what any reasonable person has grown to expect. The "Petraeus Report" said and meant nothing. Mike McConnell fibbed to Congress in support of warrantless wiretapping. Democrats did their best to play wallflowers. The Bush Administration abuses powers it doesn't have -- the Democrats don't bother to use powers (like the fillibuster) they do have.