Archive for July 30th, 2010

 An Honest Question

Project Exile has purchased billboards asking Black Men to make a life changing decision between pinstripes and prison stripes.


[We were out] “hunting to rob someone,” Lavelva Merritt, alleged murderer

A promising young researcher at the Johns Hopkins University was four blocks from his apartment in Baltimore, Maryland, when two blacks allegedly murdered him for money and a cell phone.

Police say 23-year-old Stephen Pitcairn was talking to his mother on his iPhone when a man and woman demanded money. He gave them his wallet, and received a knife in the chest. His mother heard the robbery and murder over the phone.

“This was a guy who just had a whole future in front of him. You knew he was going to do great things.”—Dr. Gregg Semenza, of the Institute for Genetic Medicine

Police arrested and charged Lavelva Merritt, 24, who has a long history of drug-related arrests and convictions, and John Alexander Wagner, 34, who has robbery and assault charges but never received any punishment more than time served, even though he violated probation repeatedly.

We were out “hunting to rob someone,” Merritt told detectives

Wagner had been arrested in late April for an apparent assault and robbery, but prosecutors dropped charges the following month and put the case on the “inactive docket.” The victim said Wagner had first asked him if he was a member of the Black Guerilla Family or a Jamaa, a Swahili word used by BGF gang members.

Baltimore murders usually occur on the city’s east side, but Pitcairn’s murder was in a neighborhood generally regarded as safe. However, the Charles Village Benefits District has already had six murders this year, including the shooting of an apparent gang member.

For more on the Pitcairn murder, see Hopkins researcher’s promising life cut short in robbery by Justin Fenton, Peter Hermann, and Brent Jones.

(H-T) elvis.nixon.com 

I.M. Kane

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is considering ways to bypass Congress and the electorate to enact immigration reform.

According to a USCIS memo obtained by National Review, the agency is looking for ways to enact “meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action.”

“This memorandum offers administrative relief options to . . . reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization.”—USCIS memo

“In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” the USCIS memo suggests the agency adopt “deferred action,” i.e., use prosecutorial discretion when it comes to deporting groups or individuals for a specific period of time. The memo claims the agency can use deferred action without limit.

For additional information on the USCIS memo, see The Amnesty Memo by Robert VerBruggen.

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