Just say “no” to crosshairs

CNN’s John King (I think that’s a real person, but I’m not sure) said this week that people shouldn’t say “crosshairs”:

My friend Andy Shaw used the term ‘in the crosshairs’ in talking about the candidates. We’re trying, we’re trying to get away from that language.

So, in case you didn’t know, “crosshairs” is the new “n-word.” Or maybe it’s the new “c-word.”

I’m assuming it’s part of the whole “blame Palin” thing. I suppose it could be because of the “cross” part of the word, but I think it’s part of the “blame Palin” thing. Maybe both.

But, I suppose that if now the media heads are getting all up in arms … so to speak … about the use of gun-related imagery and speech, then banning “crosshairs” is just the beginning. There are more things that you won’t be able to say or do:

  • Up in arms
  • Shop at Target.
  • Ride a bullet train.
  • Visit Roy Rogers’ horse.
  • Change your printer cartridge.
  • Read a magazine.
  • Recoil in fear.
  • Call someone a “slug.”
  • Score a safety in football.

I wonder what other things you won’t be able to say or do as part of this narrative?

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31 Comments

  1. “Bullet” points in your corporate presentation.

    “War” on poverty / drugs / etc.

    Having a “blast” at the New Years Eve “bash”

    Be “bored”

    Al “Gore”

    Oh, man – this like “shooting” fish in a “barrel”.

    By the way, if cartridge is the new c-word, that other c-word that they’ve using to describe Sarah Palin is going to have to be “retired”.

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  2. Iz our goal in sight?
    Shoot for the goal.
    What are your aims? Center of mass usually, unless he has a contact weapon, then it is the pelvic bone.
    No, I didn’t put him in my crosshairs. I use a holographic red dot sight.

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  3. Aim tootpaste. (Is that stuff even still around?)

    The South Carolina Gamecocks. Double entendre? Whatever do you mean?

    No pretty girls at boxing matches with the sign that says “Round One”.

    Matter of fact, “round” will have to be eliminated from geometric references.

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  4. Aim tootpaste. (Is that stuff even still around?)

    The South Carolina Gamec-cks. Double entendre? Whatever do you mean?
    let’s try it again and see if gets past the filters…

    No pretty girls at boxing matches with the sign that says “Round One”.

    Matter of fact, “round” will have to be eliminated from geometric references.

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  5. It’s already in effect! Even at IMAO, we’re not allowed to “c-ck” a weapon! How on earth will we ever send rounds downrange?

    [Don’t be so cocksure that IMAO has bowed to pressure.

    I know. Not funny.

    BTW, standard spam filter settings will catch that every time. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t email me when a moderation happens, so unless I specifically log on and check, I don’t know about it. Unless you email me directly. Sorry. – B.]

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  6. Read Hamlet (not that anyone does anymore). Can’t have those “…slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”, can we?

    [The left talks as described in MacBeth: “…full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” -B.]

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  7. So, to review, freedom of speech means the ability to say anything that liberal television commentators agree is acceptable to say. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

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  8. “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said in Philadelphia last night. “Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”

    ‘we’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’

    just saying…

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