- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 12, 2004

Still Fab

“Beatlemania is quietly exploding among a significant segment of the youth population. For a new generation, the band has become the alternative to all the once-alternative stuff that has since become the mainstream….

“Los Angeles-born Great Caruso, a 19-year-old Yale sophomore, describes herself as ‘one of the biggest’ Beatles fans around. ‘I don’t have one friend who doesn’t like them,’ she says. ‘Kids my age listen to the Beatles a lot. But it is kind of an alternative thing.’ ”

Tom Sinclair, writing on “Do the Beatles still matter?” in Entertainment Weekly Today

Campus culture

“At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a required summer-reading program for entering freshmen … was Barbara Ehrenreich’s socialist tract on poverty in America, ‘Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.’ … Other universities have required the identical text in similar programs, and several have invited Ehrenreich to campus to present her views under the imprimatur of the institution and without rebuttal.

“That reflects an academic culture unhinged. When a university requires a single partisan text of all its students, it is a form of indoctrination, entirely inappropriate for an academic institution. If many universities had required Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus’ … or Ann Coulter’s ‘Treason: Liberal Treachery From the Cold War to the War on Terrorism’ … as their lone freshman-reading text, there would have been a collective howl from liberal faculties. …

“Requiring readings on more than one side of a political controversy would be appropriate educational policy and would strengthen, not weaken, the democracy that supports our educational system. Why is that not obvious to the administrators at Chapel Hill and the other universities that have instituted such required-reading programs? It’s the academic culture, stupid.”

David Horowitz, writing on “In Defense of Intellectual Diversity,” in the Chronicle of Higher Education today

Now and then

“Actors in Hollywood have elevated America-bashing into an art form. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ed Asner … one day hosted ‘The Stalin Awards Show.’ A panel of like-minded leftists would pass out little bronze statues of Stalin to actors who best vilified America.

“Who would be among the top contenders?

“There are plenty to choose from. How about Danny Glover calling Bush a racist? Or Julia Roberts? She said of President Bush, ‘The man’s embarrassing. He’s not my president and he never will be, either.’ Or Cher, who said, ‘I don’t like Bush. I don’t trust him. He’s stupid; he’s lazy.’ …

“It wasn’t always this way.

“When I was a kid, almost without exception, all Hollywood actors were patriotic. They were red, white and blue Americans. Just look at Jimmy Stewart. Talk about a gifted actor. I bet you didn’t know he was a colonel in the Army Air Corps, did you?…

“[During World War II] Clark [Gable] flew air raids with the 351st Bomb Group. …

“I’d like to know what happened to such men of conviction and action.”

Michael Savage, from his new book, “The Enemy Within”

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