Remember remember the 5th of November

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

The gunpowder treason and plot

I see no reason the 5th of November

shall ever be forgot

Such is the verse celebrating Guy Fawkes who famously tried and failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament (Westminster Palace) in London in 1605.

His face, seen all over the world now in the form of masks, made famous by the movie ‘V for Vendetta’.

It seems Occupy Wall Street has seized upon the the 5th of November theme and is planning a rather large demonstration on Saturday 5 November.

I’ve decided that I’m going to find a way to get there on the 5th and I’m inviting anyone who wants to come to let me know.

My plan is to drive to NJ and take the train into the city early in the morning.


I bought some lunch for the folks at Occupy Wall Street today.

If you can’t go there to participate here’s how you can help:

Anyone wanna go to NYC for a day? I’m, seriously thinking about going on November 5th.

Bloomberg and the NYPD should be ashamed of some of the things they’re doing.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

In case you’re not familiar with this quote its the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – nothing important.

Did Georgia commit murder today?

Troy Davis, a man that has always maintained his innocence was put to death today despite a number of witnesses and jurors saying they were wrong an a disturbing lack of physical evidence.

Davis offered to subject himself to a polygraph test to prove his innocence.

Naturally the officer he was accused of killing was white and Mr. Davis is not white. There’s no way to prove it but I strongly suspect that if Mr. Davis had been white, he would have had a new trial.

There are a great number of people and a fair amount of evidence to suggest that Georgia murdered an innocent man today and the real killer of Officer Mark MacPhail is still at large.

I am sorry for the loss the family of the slain officer has suffered but no amount of grief should outweigh justice. If there was a reasonable chance this man was innocent the case should have been re-tried.

I understand the case was reviewed by several courts I also understand they the testimony of witness and jurors was deemed “insufficient” to justify a re-trial. Given the number of people that came forward to say they were wrong I find those rulings a bit suspect.

IN the end though, we’ll never really know and that’s the real problem with the death penalty. Death is final and if you find out later you were wrong, there’s nothing you can do to correct the error. You can’t bring someone back to life.

The death penalty doesn’t deter anything. It’s a barbaric vestige of a less advanced society and it should be universally outlawed.