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

Third Powell century brings Leewards Hurricanes another victory

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Left-hander Kieran Powell stroked his third hundred of the Regional Super50 to surpass 400 runs for the tournament as Leeward Islands Hurricanes returned to their winnings ways with a dominant 105-run victory over Kent Spitfires here Saturday night.After watching their three-game winning streak ended by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force last Thursday, the hosts erased that disappointment by piling up 275 for nine off their 50 overs and then dismissing Kent for 170 off 39.4 overs.Of more significance, however, was Powell’s incredible of form as he carved out a delightful 106 – his fourth score over fifty in as many innings.The 26-year-old, who only returned to cricket in earnest this season after a self-imposed two-year break, now has 429 runs at an average of nearly 86.He also gathered back-to-back hundreds West Indies Under-19s and Windward Islands Volcanoes last week.On Saturday, he was once against shone in an innings that lasted 111 deliveries and included five fours and four sixes.He got support from all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall who smashed 43 from 28 balls with three fours and three sixes and tail-ender Gavin Tonge, whose cameo unbeaten 28 from 15 balls – with two fours and two sixes – gave the innings a late surge.Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner and opener Montcin Hodge both chipped in with 24.Fast bowler Matt Coles was the best bowler with four for 52 while veteran off-spinner James Tredwell (2-45) and seamer Calum Haggett (2-55) weighed in with two wickets apiece.Opting to bat first at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Hurricanes prospered through a 70-run first wicket stand between Powell and Hodge, and a 74-run second wicket partnership between Powell and Bonner.Powell, using his usual free-scoring approach, raised his half-century in the 20th over off 59 balls and then used another 50 balls to reach triple figures, bringing up the landmark in the 36th over.He lost Hodge in the 17th over brilliantly caught by Coles off seamer Darren Stevens and Bonner to Tredwell in the 34th, before he finally perished 19 balls later in the 37th over.Cornwall then combined with Jahmar Hamilton (15) to keep the momentum going.In reply, Kent found themselves undermined by West Indies speedster Alzarri Joseph who claimed three for 62 and the left-arm spin pair of Jason Campbell (2-26) and Akeal Hosein (2-28) who took two wickets apiece.The English county side were slumping at 60 for four in the 15th over until Alex Blake, who top-scored with 44 off 76 balls with five fours and six, put on 41 for the fifth wicket with Will Gidman (20) to prop up the innings.Once the partnership was broken, wickets tumbled and 31-run stands for the seventh wicket between Blake and Calum Haggett (8), and for the ninth wicket between Coles and Tredwell (seven not out), proved in vain.HURRICANESM Hodge c Coles b Stevens 24*K Powell c Blake b Coles 106N Bonner c Qayyum b Tredwell 24C Hughes c and b Coles 9R Cornwall c Blake b Haggett 43+J Hamilton c Bell-Drummond b Tredwell 15O Peters c Dickson b Coles 7A Hosein c and b Coles 2G Tonge not out 28A Joseph c Dickson b Haggett 6J Campbell not out 1Extras (lb5, w5) 10TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 275Fall of wickets: 1-70, 2-144, 3-170, 4-170, 5-221, 6-233, 7-236, 8-261, 10-267.Bowling: Haggett 10-0-55-1 (w1), Coles 10-0-52-4 (w3), Tredwell 6-0-45-2, Gidman 7-0-34-0, Stevens 10-0-36-1 (w1), Qayyum 7-0-48-0.KENTD Bell-Drummond c Hosein b Joseph 14S Dickson lbw b Tonge 5*S Northeast run out 17D Stevens c Cornwall b Hosein 20W Gidman c and b Hosein 20A Blake b Joseph 44+A Rouse c wkp Hamilton b Cornwall 2C Haggett c Cornwall b Campbell 8M Coles c Tonge b Campbell 27J Tredwell not out 7I Qayyum b Joseph 0Extras (lb2, w4) 6TOTAL (all out, 39.3 overs) 170Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-21, 3-57, 4-60, 5-101, 6-104, 7-135, 8-137, 9-168, 10-170.Bowling: Tonge 5-0-26-1, Joseph 9.3-0-62-3 (w2), Hosein 10-1-28-2 (w2), Cornwall 10-0-26-1, Campbell 5-0-26-2.last_img read more