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Bought And Paid For?

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007 3:41 AM

The New York Times is reporting that both AT&T and Verizon have made substantial donations to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV.

The Senator sits at the helm of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and plays a critical role in shaping the legislation to 'fix' FISA.

Naturally, Rockefeller wholeheartedly supports legal immunity for the telecoms ...

President Bush has submitted a request for an additional $46 million to support the Iraq War and continuing reconstruction efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan, including another quarter-billion for the already wildly over-budget American Embassy in Iraq.

But, just as the Democrats continue to show an absence of spinal fortitude (save, perhaps, for Sen. Chris Dodd) on the savaging of FISA and retroactively giving approval to all of the Bush Administration's illegal surveillance programs, I'm not convinced by Sen. Harry Reid's assertion that the Democrats will stand firm on funding the war.

Mr. Bush also called the leaders of Turkey and Iraq to ask them to put a stop to the fighting on Iraq's northern border.

In the end, the Bush Administration's policy is to do nothing. Just as they did nothing for a month when Israel bombed Lebanon, or, more recently, bombed a suspected nuclear facility inside Syria. And, ultimately, what we continue to do in Iraq - grind our troops to powder, hoping for political reconciliation and/or an end to sectarian strife that has lasted for more than 1,400 years overall.

And if the crowd that decries all things Harry Potter as 'teaching our children witchcraft' wasn't already in a froth, word that Hogwart's esteemed headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is gay ought to get their knickers in a twist.

Author J.K. Rowling revealed the character's sexual orientation during a Q&A session on her current book tour.

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