We're not about to give bounced radio-show host Don Imus credit for helping point the nation's moral compass in the right direction.
But his precipitous free fall from the airwaves has sparked criticism of the rap industry over the racist and sexual nature of lyrics. And now, some rappers are cleaning those filthy mouths.
The platinum-seller Chamillionaire recently announced that his new album would be cuss- and "N-word" free. He joins other lesser-known artists who are promoting music that strays away from gangsta rap.
Their change of heart may have as much to do with rap sales plunging 33 percent from 2006. Or better yet, it's just a clear message from music fans:
Clean it up, or we'll tune it out.
- Orlando Sentinel
Wouldn't you know it. The Weekly World News announces that it will cease publication, and within a week there surfaces irrefutable evidence that space aliens ate Tom Tancredo's brain.
Addressing 30 people at the Family Table restaurant in Osceola, Iowa, the presidential candidate and Republican House member from Colorado outlined his highly original position on homeland defense:
"If it is up to me, we are going to explain that an attack on this homeland of that nature would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina. Because that is the only thing I can think of that might deter somebody from doing what they would otherwise do. But as I say, if I am wrong, fine. ... I would be happy to do something else. But you had better find a deterrent or you will find an attack. There is no other way around it. There have got to be negative consequences for the actions they take. That's the most negative I can think of."
A cynic might wonder whether Tancredo's proposal to take out the two holiest sites in Islam is a pathetic bid for attention by a candidate whose support among Republican voters is stuck at 1 percent, below Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback.
- Timothy Noah, Slate.com