- The Washington Times - Monday, April 21, 2003

Metal masters
  “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2003 is one of the more notable. … And yet, the most recognizable of them all may be the thunder from down under, Australia’s AC/DC. When Angus Young’s Gibson SG comes through your right speaker, joined by his brother Malcolm’s Gretsch Firebird on the left, you know that they’ll shake you all night long.
  “Indeed, AC/DC is the only band inducted this year still actively doing anything all night long. The Police broke up years ago, reportedly with Sting putting a knife to Stewart Copeland’s throat; the Clash, too, fell apart due to internal power struggles, and Joe Strummer’s death last year merely made a reunion logically impossible. …
  “AC/DC, however, is still going relatively strong. … Indeed, in 1995 … the band was accused by critics of making the same album 12 times over. ‘That’s a dirty lie!’ lead guitarist Angus Young responded: ‘The truth is that we’ve made the same album over and over 14 times!’”
  Kevin Cherry, writing on “Dirty Deeds Done Right,” Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com
  
  Shameless press
  “Ever since Dr. Johnson insisted that the only two qualities ‘absolutely necessary’ to journalism are ‘contempt of shame and indifference to truth,’ retired journalists of whom Dr. Johnson was one have delighted in excoriating their trade the moment they have stopped practising it. H.L. Mencken said that journalism was ‘a craft to be mastered in four days and abandoned at the first sight of a better job.’ …
  “‘Virtue’ and ‘journalism’ are, of course, two words that hardly ever get put together. It is not only retired journalists who denigrate journalism: everyone does. People at large trust journalists less than ever before yet we all read, listen to, and watch an ever-increasing amount of what journalists write and broadcast.
  “When journalists give us what we like, rather than what we want to like, we don’t like them but we read their reports.”
  Alasdair Palmer, writing on “Between a high mind and a low life,” April 13 in the London Telegraph
  
  Dissin’ diversity
  “There have been several times in the last few years when I thought that the diversity movement at my university [University of North Carolina-Wilmington] had reached its peak in terms of absurdity. However, I recently realized that the movement has reached a new level of lunacy that even I could not have foreseen. This realization came as I was driving by the university and saw an advertisement for an upcoming university-sponsored concert featuring the rapper Ludacris.
  “For those who don’t already know, Ludacris was recently dropped from an endorsement deal with Pepsi-Cola [because of his obscene lyrics]. …
  ”[T]he UNCW Ludacris concert was being funded by $60,000 in student fees, which was being matched by $60,000 in funding from the university. In other words, $120,000, which could have funded 10 four-year full scholarships for minority students. … It was believed that the rapper would help promote ‘diversity’ at UNCW. …
  “Our constant emphasis on ‘diversity’ has led to a prevailing campus philosophy of moral relativism. … That philosophy was articulated recently by the UNCW dean of students when he was asked why the university was facilitating rather than blocking the appearance of Ludacris. He responded, ‘We don’t want to be in the business of imparting values of right and wrong.’”
  Mike S. Adams, writing on “Bad Rap,” Thursday in Boundless at www.boundless.org

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