- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 24, 2005

Professor quits

A community college professor has resigned in the wake of an e-mail in which he vowed to intimidate students who host conservative speakers.

According to the Young America’s Foundation (www.yaf.org), John Daly, an adjunct English professor at Warren County Community College in New Jersey, resigned Tuesday before the school’s board of trustees began an emergency meeting to discuss the professor’s fate.

On Nov. 13, Mr. Daly sent an e-mail to student Rebecca Beach vowing “to expose [her] right-wing, anti-people politics until groups like [Miss Beach’s] won’t dare show their face on a college campus.” In addition, Mr. Daly wrote, “Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors.”

Mr. Daly sent the e-mail after Miss Beach asked him and other faculty members to announce that a veteran of the war in Iraq would appear for a lecture at the school.

William Austin, president of the college, said he will incorporate tolerance seminars for professors during the next faculty in-service day to shield students from this type of harassment, as requested by Miss Beach and the YAF.

Kolbe to retire

Rep. Jim Kolbe, of Arizona, a leading proponent of free trade and the only openly homosexual Republican in Congress, announced yesterday that he will not seek a 12th term.

“It has been my singular honor and privilege to represent southern Arizona in Congress for nearly the last 22 years,” Mr. Kolbe said. “However, I have concluded that it is time for the people of southern Arizona and me to walk down different paths. … I have decided that I will not seek re-election to Congress in 2006.” The statement appeared on the Daily Star’s Web site (www.azstarnet.com).

Mr. Kolbe often disagrees with his party on homosexual-rights issues. He reluctantly acknowledged in 1996 that he is a homosexual, beating a national magazine for homosexuals that planned to do an article on him after he voted against federal recognition of same-sex “marriages.”

Mr. Kolbe is a strong proponent of free trade and a guest-worker program for immigrants. He is popular in his southeastern Arizona district, which includes part of Tucson and its northern suburbs. He captured 61 percent of the vote in 2004.

Mr. Kolbe is chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations and export financing, a critical position in determining foreign aid.

He was first elected to Congress in 1984, when he defeated Democratic Rep. Jim McNulty.

Undermining the war

“As leading Senate Democrats continue to accuse the White House of misleading the country into war in Iraq, the Bush administration is becoming increasingly frustrated by the decision of some Democrats in the Senate to block what the White House believes are key moves in the war on terror,” Byron York writes at National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com).

“Specifically, John Negroponte, the director of National Intelligence (DNI) — the post created by Congress in the rush to implement the recommendations of the September 11 Commission — appears to be losing patience with the Democrats, led by Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, who are blocking the nomination of Benjamin Powell to be the DNI’s general counsel. There is no substantive objection to Powell, nor does anyone believe the director of National Intelligence should not have a chief lawyer. Rather, the Powell nomination appears to be the victim of Democratic anger at the administration over the treatment of suspected terrorist detainees,” Mr. York said.

“National Review Online has obtained a copy of a letter sent by Negroponte to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Minority Leader Harry Reid on November 8, in which Negroponte said the delay is ‘hampering my ability to carry out my critical responsibilities’ and ‘directly undermines my ability to carry out the mandate of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.’”

Franken’s tutorial

Al Franken, the former ‘Saturday Night Live’ star, found out the hard way not to mess with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who chided Franken as if he were a delinquent schoolboy at Time Warner Center on Monday night,” the New York Post’s Page Six reports.

“Scalia, following in the footsteps of Karl Rove and Bill Clinton, was the guest at Conversations on the Circle, a series of one-on-one interviews with outgoing Time Inc. editor-in-chief Norman Pearlstine.

“The A-list crowd included Michael Eisner, Jack Valenti, Mike Wallace, Tina Brown, Harry Evans and Stanley Pottinger. Scalia, a conservative who believes in a strict reading of the Constitution, is the scourge of liberal Democrats because he led the court’s 5-4 majority in voting to stop the vote recount in Florida in 2000.

“When Pearlstine opened the floor for Q&A;, Franken stood up in the back row and started talking about ‘judicial demeanor’ and asking ‘hypothetically’ about whether a judge should recuse himself if he had gone duck-hunting or flown in a private jet with a party in a case before his court.

“Franken was clumsily referring to the fact that Scalia had gone hunting and flying with Dick Cheney before the 2000 election.

“First, Scalia lectured Franken, ‘Demeanor is the wrong word. You mean ethics.’ Then he explained, ‘Ethics is governed by tradition. It has never been the case where you recuse because of friendship.’

“Time Warner chairman Dick Parsons later told Page Six: ‘Al was not quite ready for prime time.’ Franken was a ‘Not Ready for Prime Time Player’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’ long before he began hosting a radio show on Air America.”

Foreman Kerry

Sen. John Kerry not only was chosen this week to sit on a jury in Suffolk Superior Court in Massachusetts, but also was elected foreman.

The case involved two men who sued the city of Boston for injuries suffered in a 2000 car accident involving a school principal. The Kerry-led jury rejected their claim Tuesday, and his fellow jurors said the state’s junior senator was a natural leader, the Associated Press reports.

“I just found him to be a knowledgeable, normal person,” said Cynthia Lovell, a nurse and registered Republican who says she regrets voting for President Bush in last year’s election. “He kept us focused. He wanted us all to have our own say.”

The former Democratic presidential candidate reported for duty Monday, and none of the attorneys in the case objected to putting him on the jury.

“I was a little surprised,” Mr. Kerry said of being selected for jury duty.

“I enjoyed it,” he said. “It was very, very interesting and very instructive.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes.com.

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