The guns outside election offices are bad enough, but Barr wants guns inside the counting process

first_imgNote the wide range of activities suggested in this letter. It’s not just that you can send someone with a gun down to “investigate” the not-so-violent crime of potential voter fraud, you can send an armed federal agent to “prevent” crimes that haven’t happened. In other words … you can stand someone in to fiddle with the safety on their Glock while the elderly woman in front of them tries to decide if that mark for Joe Biden is dark enough to count. Do you think so, ma’am? Do you really think so?The raft of frivolous lawsuits being cranked out by Trump are being thrown out of court left and right, but Barr doesn’t need to go before a judge to make a request for adding some real heavy metal to the voting process. By a complete coincidence, the letter telling federal prosecutors to send forth their troops came just before Trump issued a statement saying: “We want all voting to stop.” When someone asks why the process is going so slowly, the answer might be that it’s difficult to work when you’re genuinely “under the gun.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As The New York Times reports, Barr’s Wednesday letter practices some very careful lawyering. Election law actually does prohibit the positioning of armed federal officers at polling stations, because legislators rightly perceived that having someone in uniform standing over voters with a rifle lent things a very developing-world appearance. In addition to looking bad, it’s simply bad.But the hairsplitter general determined that just because you can’t direct a barrel at voters when they’ve got their pens over a ballot doesn’t mean you can’t wring some sweat out of the person trying to read the ballot. As the Department of Justice letter notes, election law “does not prevent armed federal law enforcement persons from responding to, investigate, or prevent federal crimes at closed polling places or at other locations where votes are being counted.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Breaking: U23 AFCON: Olympic Eagles keep hope alive, sink Zambia

first_imgRelatedPosts Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan Awoniyi regains consciousness in hospital Taiwo Awoniyi hospitalised over head injury Nigeria’s Olympic Eagles, otherwise known as national U23 team, returned to winning ways on Tuesday following a 3-1 win over Zambia at the ongoing 2019 U23 AFCON in Egypt. Goals from Orji Okonkwo, Kelechi Nwakali and Taiwo Awoniyi sealed victory for Nigeria. Nigeria came from behind to seal victory after Junior Chipolopolo’s Daka drew the first blood in 12th minute of the tie. Orji levelled scores in the 16th minute, while Nwakali, Huesca of Spain new buy, and Awoniyi sealed victory for the Junior Eagles. Nigeria will battle group leaders, South Africa, on Friday to cement their place in the semifinals. With three points from two games, the Olympic Eagles trail the South Africans by one point, having lost the group opener to Ivory Coast by alone goal. The west African neighbours currently trail Nigeria with inferior goal difference. Nigeria are the defending champions of the competition.Tags: Kelechi NwakaliOrji OkonkwoTaiwo Awoniyilast_img read more

Syracuse’s depth allows for a new weapon on defense: The full-court press

first_img Comments In the final two minutes of the first half, against an overmatched Eastern Washington team and in a game in which Syracuse struggled offensively, the Orange went to a strategy it couldn’t use for a large part of last season.Syracuse pressed forward, past half court. A double team led to a jump pass quickly intercepted by freshman point guard Jalen Carey. The next two possessions, the Eagles pushed tempo only to throw the ball out of bounds.Outside of a rebounding foul that led to a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity, Eastern Washington crossed the midline only once in that span. Even then, the shot bounced off the rim and out. And the Orange went the other way.“We really couldn’t get anything going offensively,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We got some steals. That was really, I thought, the difference in the game. We got points off the press.”A theme from last season continued in 2018, as the Orange’s offense struggled yet boasted an improved defense through the addition of depth and its use of the full-court press. In its season opener, No. 16 Syracuse (1-0) dominated on the defensive side of the ball in a 66-34 win over Eastern Washington (0-1) on Tuesday night, allowing the least amount of points ever in a game inside the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, during Syracuse’s Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament run, what it lacked offensively, the Orange made up for defensively. Only once did SU allow more than 56 points in a Tournament game — in its season-ending loss to Duke.That came with three players averaging more than 38 minutes per game and another two with 27-plus minutes. Because of a smaller rotation last season, Syracuse rarely deployed the press.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorThis year, Syracuse is just one of four Division I programs that returned its entire starting five.  The Orange also added three freshmen, transfer Elijah Hughes and return now-healthy rotational players Bourama Sidibe and Howard Washington.“It’s always great to have nine, 10 guys you can sub in and out,” freshman guard Buddy Boeheim said. “We’re definitely looking to press more, and it definitely helps to have more guys on the court.”The full-court press has been deployed consistently throughout both of SU’s scrimmages and the majority of Tuesday night. Everyday during practice, the team works on its pressing strategies for 10 to 20 minutes, Buddy said.Syracuse ranks third among all teams in the NCAA in average height, at 6-foott, 7.3-inches per player, according to Not only does the height help SU close out shooters or stop drives in the paint, but it can contribute toward knocking balls out of the air or double-teaming guards and blocking their view in press situations.When opposing guards try to slow the game down, Washington said the Orange’s press pushes tempo.“Our press was meant to get them,” Washington added. “Speed them up, cause some quick turnovers here and there.”When deploying the full-court press, Syracuse normally puts a man jumping in front of the inbounder. Two or three of its players normally trail or faceguard their opponents. Once the ball is put into play, SU tries to trap players in the corner or off the first dribble.Meanwhile, Paschal Chukwu or Sidibe stand on the other half, ready to play defense if the press is broken.“Once we see teams start to fold, and once they’re not able to control our trap,” Carey said, “that’s what makes us even more hungrier on defense to get steals.”When the halftime buzzer sounded Tuesday, Eastern Washington’s 10 points matched its turnovers for the half. The Orange took advantage of the sloppy play in the second half as well, scoring 33 total points off turnovers. That’s 20 more than SU averaged per game last year.The success did come against a weak Eastern Washington team, which ranks 189th out of 353 D1 teams, per Kenpom. Syracuse’s press still has a lot to prove as the season continues and the level of competition increases. Early last season, the Orange went to the press on occasion, but not nearly as often as the two scrimmages or in its season opener.On a day in which the offense failed to finish open looks, Syracuse showcased its new weapon.“New press that we put in,” Oshae Brissett said, “it’s been working for us.” Published on November 7, 2018 at 10:27 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturcocenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Barnstorming Sumner County with barn quilts

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — After Wellington Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Annarose White, attended a fun barn quilt class in Harper County, she came back with ideas. A group formed together and brainstormed and now there are barn quilt classes offered in this area.“I thought it would be a really fun class,” White said.Harper County Sunflower RC&D, which is headed up by Dollie Mathes, services an eight county area, and were helping promote the barn quilt initiative.“Others had seen them in Cowley and other counties,” White said. “We got together and asked Sunflower RC&D if we could host a class. We helped assist people, and Dollie told us how we could put together our own class and have our own supplies. We followed her directions.”Although its name may imply quilting, barn quilting is actually a painting class. A quilt block is painted on a piece of board, and then attached to a barn, old elevator, etc. for a very unique and classy look. Although sizes vary, they usually average about eight feet tall.Most barn quilts are made of simple geometric shapes, like squares, rectangles and triangles, which makes them easier to create. Usually, they are painted in solid colors, but once awhile you will see one that looks like printed fabric.An average class is about 20 people participating, which is a fantastic turn out, White said. White said that a quilt can be made from any quilt block. They also encourage people to draw the barn quilt on graph paper before they start.“We are actively looking for classroom/workshop space in Mulvane, Conway Springs and Belle Plaine to teach a barn quilt class,” White said.Sumner County is also now listed on the Kansas Barn Quilt Trail.There is an upcoming barn quilt class that will be held in Caldwell on Feb. 20 at the Sumner County Fair building at 120 N. Chisholm.“The pricing for the barn quilt classes are at cost so we can encourage more barn quilts to be made,” White said. “And it’s tricky for people to try and paint a barn quilt on their own, because it can be difficult to find MDO board.”To set up a class, contact Annarose White at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce office.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more