General strike, November 2, 2011

In solidarity with the Occupy Oakland effort which has called for a General Strike on November 2nd, The Market Ticker and Tickerforum  (and I) will go dark for 24 hours beginning at midnight central time this evening and continuing through 11:59 PM on the 2nd.

During that time period only a banner will display indicating that we are on strike and committing no taxable events during that time period.

I know this is a difficult time in the markets, but the test of whether one believes in a thing does not come when it's easy to commit an act — it comes when it's difficult, and when you would normally be inclined to “make an exception.”

The lack of arrests and indictments against the police officers who shot Scott Olsen in the head, then attempted to prevent the lawful and peaceful evacuation of him following his injury by tossing a pyrotechnic device directly at him and the rescuers is unacceptable.

The Market Ticker and Tickerforum have, since their inception, stood for The Rule of Law for everyone, no matter how wealthy or poor, no matter their status in society and no matter who they know.  The First Amendment makes clear that it is a God-given right of the people to peaceably assemble.  No evidence has emerged tying Mr. Olsen to any violent action of any sort, and the video evidence of the police officer tossing the device into the group attempting to medically assist him has a pedigree with a bona-fide news organization along with being clear and convincing on its face.

Law enforcement officers have no right to commit acts that would be considered felonies if an ordinary person were to engage in the same conduct.  Shooting a man in the head with a projectile through reckless or intentional conduct fits into this category.  Attempting to prevent persons from assisting a person in medical distress is a dictionary-style exposition of malice and in addition to being a separate offense is so heinous that were it to be conducted in a war zone it would be considered a war crime to be tried at The Hague.

There have not only been no arrests of the police officers and no indictments the responsible parties have not even deigned to apologize.  This too is unacceptable.  The people have a right to free speech and to assembly; nowhere in The Constitution can I find a statement that “Assemblies must last no more than time”, only that they be peaceful.

This is not about partisan politics and it is not about whether I do or don't agree with everything that some organization stands for.  It is about one thing and one thing only in this instance: The Rule of Law — which is supposed to guarantee all our freedoms and fundamental liberty interests that no government has the right to abrogate.

I have therefore made the decision to stand with “Occupy Oakland” and all others who also condemn and find this action unacceptable, and as such I will commit no taxable act during the 24 hour period of November 2nd, and will not “make up” for said refusal either in front of or after that period has passed.

I urge you to do the same.

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