No Religious Test Shall Ever Be Required

Cancel the speech, Gov Romney. You don’t need to do it. You have the constitutional right to tell anyone who questions your religion to go to Hell, if you want. Assuming you believe in Hell. I don’t, but that’s neither here nor there. You see, Gov Romney, there’s an often-overlooked clause in the constitution. Article VI, Clause 3, ends with, “…but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” The Republican Party especially has been putting out the idea that if you are not a person of faith, then you are unfit to hold high public office. This is wrong, and it is unconstitutional.

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Olbermann Reads Tom Tomorrow: Bill O’Reilly’s Advice to Kids

This “reading” by Keith Olbermann is absolutely hilarious!

“Our number one story on the Countdown: when the Village Voice printed two pages worth of “Bill O’Reilly’s very useful advice for young people, as channeled by vile left-wing smear merchant Tom Tomorrow.” We thought you kiddies at home might enjoy it if Billo himself read you about half of it.”

Kidnapping Legal – No kidding

The United States of America have, for the first time in a court of law, confirmed that kidnapping foreign nationals and bringing them to the US is in fact legal. The practice, thought to be reserved for terrorists, is applicable to everybody prosecuted by US courts, as unexpectedly experienced by Gavin Tollman a member of a family of investors, wanted for bank fraud and tax evasion in the US. Gavin Tollman escaped an attempted abduction in Canada in 2005. During a hearing on the extradition request last month Alun Jones QC clarified the view of the United States:

“(Alun Jones).. said that if a person was kidnapped by the US authorities in another country and was brought back to face charges in America, no US court could rule that the abduction was illegal and free him: “If you kidnap a person outside the United States and you bring him there, the court has no jurisdiction to refuse — it goes back to bounty hunting days in the 1860s.”

If US citizens are threatened by criminal prosecution by, let’s say the International Criminal Court in The Hague, see how the US reacts:

By May 2002, the Bush Administration “unsigned” the Rome Satute.

The U.S. threatened to use military force if U.S. nationals were held at the Hague

The U.S. continues to pressure many countries to sign agreements not to surrender U.S. citizens to the ICC.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Exposed: Bush Negotiates Permanent Presence in Iraq

by Marjorie Cohn

The revelation that Bush will sign an agreement for a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq before his term is up confirms the real reason he invaded Iraq and changed its regime.

It was never about weapons of mass destruction. It was never about ties between Saddam and al Qaeda. And it was never about bringing democracy to the Iraqi people. These claims were lies to cover up the real motive for Operation Iraqi Freedom: to create a permanent American presence in Iraq. With Bush’s November 26, 2007 announcement that the United States and Iraq were negotiating a permanent “security relationship,” his lies have been exposed.

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Muse’s Monday Menagerie

The White House is blocking Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald from cooperating with the House Oversight Committee and Rep. Henry Waxman regarding the leak of Valerie Plame’s CIA identity. Rep. Waxman sent a letter to the new AG Mukasey. This should be interesting (or not).

The National Debt grows $1,000,000 per minute.

Sen. Larry “I Am Not Gay” Craig is going to have a bit more difficulty explaining these 5 stories… How much longer can he keep up this charade? It seems that Senator Craig will be dodging this last bit of bad press with a trip to Bali for or the U.N.-led climate change conference as the “Republican representative from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee,” which is led by chief global warming denier Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK).

The Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has been banned from taking part in January’s elections.

Out today from the newly release NIE Report, Iran hasn’t had a nuke program for years. (What’s Cheney going to do now..?)

from ABC News:

In a stunning reversal of Bush administration conventional wisdom, a new assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies concludes Iran shelved it’s nuclear weapons program over four years ago.

“We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program,” reads a declassified version of the National Intelligence Estimate key findings.

“We judge with moderate confidence that the earliest possible date Iran would be technically capable of producing enough highly enriched uranium (HEU) for a weapon is late 2009.”

BradBlog has more on Bush re-hiring Paul Wolfowitz.

BILL MOYERS JOURNAL reports on the politically powerful group Christians United for Israel, whose leader, Pastor John Hagee, advocates for a preemptive strike against Iran. This aired last Friday night on PBS.

Another ex-official weighs in on Rudy’s ‘bucks for boinking’ cover-up.

And, apparently it wasn’t 5 MILLION EMAILS that were missing from the WH, it appears now it is more likely that 10 MILLION EMAILS are missing..

And then this from The Largest Minority (with a VERY interesting video clip):

Early on, Dennis Kucinich stated that the Iowa caucus was rigged, and the Brown & Black Democratic Presidential forum on Saturday night proved just that. Rather than pretend this authoritarian process was truly democratic, Kucinich made a strong symbolic statement by asking himself a question to even out the format.

Photo by habi. Used with permission. Scene in Berne, Switzerland.