- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 25, 2007

Just peanuts?

“Did Jimmy Carter do it for the money? That’s the question making the rounds about ‘Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,’ an anti-Israeli screed recently written by the ex-president whose Carter Center has accepted millions in Arab funding. …

“[A] number of articles have noted that Carter’s anti-Israeli views coincide with those of some of the center’s prime financial backers, including the government of Saudi Arabia and the foundation of Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, whose offer of $10 million to New York City just after September 11 was rejected by then-mayor Rudy Giuliani because it came wrapped in the suggestion that America rethink its support of Israel. …

“[I]t’s stunningly hard to discern from the Carter Center’s public documents who is giving precisely how much, and for what. Donor names, sometimes listed only as ‘Anonymous,’ are lumped under broad categories such as ‘$100,000 or more’ or ‘$1 million or more.’ There is no systematic tally of just how much ‘more’ — no clear way to know, for example, whether Saudi money accounts for only a tad of Carter’s funding or a mighty dollop, and whether the Saudi share of total contributions has changed over the years.”

Claudia Rosett, writing on “The Question of Carter’s Cash,” in the Jan. 29 issue of National Review

Campus cliche

“Columbia University is still dealing with the controversy surrounding a protest that happened last fall, when College Republicans invited representatives of the Minutemen to speak on illegal immigration. Instead of engaging in discussion, a mob of students physically drove away an anti-open-borders speaker. In other words, the cliche holds true: Students who deviate from the politically correct norm don’t fare well in many New York area colleges. …

“The Columbia case is just the latest example of this secular fundamentalism and intolerance. There is still hostility to true free speech. To put it bluntly, the highly touted diversity of these colleges is superficial. Some students wear dreadlocks, some have red hair and some are Chinese, but students are ‘encouraged’ to think identically. The only surprising aspect of all this is that there are some students who do not know it yet.”

Nancy French, writing on “New York Silences Southern Belle,” Wednesday in the New York Sun

Court costs

“Federal district court judges appointed for life seem instantly endowed with superior wisdom, knowledge and understanding not found in the elected representatives and chief executives of state government. Their ‘we can fix it’ attitude has been devastating to various state governments for years and will continue unless we declare that enough is enough.

“For example, Johnny Reynolds filed a lawsuit in 1985 against the Alabama Department of Transportation alleging that the agency’s hiring and promotion practices were racially discriminatory. Mr. Reynolds was fully compensated for the wrong done to him and he died in 2004, but the case against the state of Alabama continued until just last month.

“Over 20 years of litigation cost the state of Alabama more than $200 million because Federal District Judge Myron Thompson saw no problem in imposing upon the state millions in experts’ fees, attorneys’ fees, contempt fines and payments to predominantly black colleges. The state forked over enough money to pave the entire 1,000 miles of interstate highways in Alabama, with enough left over to pave some of them twice.”

Roy Moore, writing on “Federal ‘fix-it’ judges need to be fired,” Wednesday in

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