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Limbaugh: ‘Wimpism’ has taken over Washington establishment

Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh criticized what he called “wimpism” on the part of the Washington, D.C. establishment for asking President Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric on North Korea.

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Speaking on his radio show Thursday, Limbaugh said there is no reason to be afraid of North Korea, describing Kim Jong Un’s regime as a “zit on the butt of a pig,” Fox News reported.

Limbaugh slammed congressmen from both parties who have warned that Trump’s tough talk could inflame tensions with North Korea and perhaps trigger a war.

“What does this mean?” Limbaugh said. "It means that 'wimpism' has taken over the Washington establishment, that 'wussism' and 'wimpism' and 'pajama boyism' has taken over."

Limbaugh said North Korea may have nuclear weapons, but they "can’t hit the side of a barn" with them, Fox News reported.

"What are we supposed to do, just sit here and wait until the real one is airborne and hope that being gentle and compassionate and unprovocative will stop this lunatic from doing what he’s doing? Is that what we’re to believe here?" Limbaugh asked.

Friday morning, Trump tweeted that the United States military was “locked and loaded” if North Korea decided to take military action.

LL Cool J is rap's first Kennedy Center honoree; here are 4 others they could have picked

The Kennedy Centers Honors is about as old as hip hop itself. But until Thursday's announcement that LL Cool J would receive one, the award had never been bestowed upon a rapper.

LL Cool J seems like an odd first choice. He's known more these days for his role on "NCIS: Los Angeles" (on CBS, which is also the Kennedy Center Honor's official sponsor), or his hosting gig on Spike's "Lip Sync Battle," or his five-year run as host of the Grammys (also on CBS). His last track to get a bunch of attention was his collaboration with country's Brad Paisley, "Accidental Racist" (yup, remember that?), off his 2013 album "Authentic."

RELATED: Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J among Kennedy Center honorees

By the time the 17-year-old from Queens dropped out of high school to release his first album, 1985's "Radio," hip-hop had already been born. There were DJs such as Kool Herc in the 1970s. Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" — the first rap single — introduced the world to the genre in 1979. The next year, Kurtis Blow became the first true commercial success with "The Breaks."

RELATED: LL Cool J searches for actress Maia Campbell after video surfaces of her asking for drugs in the Atlanta area

But LL Cool J — long before he became a charismatic cool guy on TV - was hip-hop's first true superstar. "Bigger and Deffer" catapulted his career in 1987. He displayed a wide range, as the type of guy who could be both battle rapper and a big softie, the MC who gave us "Rock the Bells" and rap's first ballad, "I Need Love." He had bigger hits in the 1990s and beyond. More than 30 years after he began, he's apparently still working on new music.

RELATED: Maia Campbell responds to LL Cool J after video surfaces of her asking for drugs: ‘I don’t need help’

"My late grandmother passed some wise advice to me: 'If a task is once begun, never leave it 'til its done. Be thy labor great or small, do it well or not at all.' That adage has guided everything I have ever done in my life and I couldn't be more grateful because it has led me here," he said in a statement about the Kennedy Centers Honors. "To be the first rap artist honored by the Kennedy Center is beyond anything I could have imagined. I dedicate this honor to the Hip Hop artists who came before me and those who came after me. This simply proves that dreams don't have deadlines. God is great."

LL Cool J also stands out as the youngest recipient ever, tying with Stevie Wonder, who was also 49 at the time he was recognized.

Artists are recognized "for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts," reads a release, and the "primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. Honorees were recommended by the Center's Special Honors Advisory Committee, and past recipients. The winners are confirmed by the center's Board of Trustees executive committee."

So, now that the seal has been broken, who could be next? (Keep in mind they aren't awarded posthumously). Here's a list of those worthy of consideration:

Run-DMC

Considered one of the founding fathers of hip-hop, the trio revolutionized the musical landscape with 1986's "Walk this Way." The Washington Post's Geoff Edgers wrote about that moment:

"It's 1986. Rap music is explosive and on the rise but still misunderstood and barely represented in the mainstream. The leading innovators are Run-DMC, a trio from Queens who sport black leather jackets and unlaced Adidas sneakers. Two albums into their career, Joseph 'Run' Simmons, Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels and Jason 'Jam Master Jay' Mizell are already minor stars and musical revolutionaries."

Their third album, "Raising Hell," was a massive commercial success and solidified hip-hop's place as not just a passing fad. They would go on to put out four more albums. (Jam Master Jay was murdered in 2002.)

Queen Latifah

Like LL Cool J, Queen Latifah is known more these days for her acting than rapping chops. But unlike LL, she's won acting Golden Globe and Emmy awards, and an Oscar nomination. She also helped pave the way for other female rappers, and showed early on that she could make the transition from music to all-around-entertainer, with her groundbreaking sitcom, "Living Single."

RELATED: Photos: Queen Latifah through the years

Dr. Dre

You could easily argue that without Dr. Dre, a rapper and even more prolific producer, there may never have been N.W.A's massive success in the 1980s and early 1990s, or Snoop Dogg, or Eminem, or West Coast gangsta rap and everything that arose out of it. Oh, and his foray into the headphone industry has turned him into almost-a-billionaire.

Jay-Z

Jay-Z couldn't get a record deal in the 1990s, so he sold records out of the trunk of his car. He went on to start Roc-A-Fella Records and became not just one of the best-selling musicians of all time but consistently ranked as among the best rap lyricists of all time. Oh, and aside from being the one of the richest men in hip-hop, he's still putting out new music that generates plenty of buzz, including 2017's "4:44."

                  

Politics: Tearing Down to Build Up?

Tonight this election will end weeks of hateful ads.  I’m glad this election is over between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel to represent the 6th District of Georgia.  I do not live in the 6th District but I do live in the state of Georgia and I am embarrassed by the constant TV and radio ads of people spewing negative statements, name calling, theatrics; all to get someone elected. This expensive race has made national news, including the horrible campaign ads. The rhetoric in the ads, mainly paid for by outsiders, PACS, on both sides,  paints one candidate as a loser and the other as a liar.  What I wanted to hear about was where they stood on the issues and not their perceived alliances with Nancy Pelosi or President Donald Trump.  At least Ossoff pointed people to his webpage for voters to get what he supported and his plans. I also was happy to see Jon Ossoff treat Karen Handel respectfully in one of the ads where he spoke on camera.  He didn’t talk about the number of times she ran for office, the Lexus, the chairs etc.,  fodder used in campaign ads paid for by other people and not approved by him.  I was disappointed when Karen Handel spoke on camera and chose to repeat what was in her ads, paid for by others; Ossoff doesn’t live here, (allowed by law) and he’s a liberal, Pelosi pawn. She looked uncomfortable. Again, I don’t have a horse in this race, but I don’t like the tenor of this campaign.  Why do you have to tear somebody down to build up yourself?  Why can’t issues be the most important element?  And how do we heal after such a hateful, expensive and ugly campaign? How do we unite to work for the good of the district and the State of Georgia.  You can’t take back the ugly images and statements that were damning, not just to the candidate but to the people who said them. Politics truly is ugly and needs a major face lift.

DeKalb Sheriff Loses in Court

Embattled DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann lost a battle in court today.  A judge ruled, Governor Nathan Deal’s executive order to investigate Mann will stand.  Mann was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in Piedmont Park and then running from police in May. Recently Mann suspended himself from duty, with pay, for a week.  However, he said in an email he will send “one week’s pay to a charity or charities to be determined in the very near future.” Today’s court ruling opens the door for an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Some have called for Mann to resign. He has refused and apologized for what happened but says he is not guilty of the charges. What do you think he should do?
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