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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  1. Shoot for the Moon
    Blast away those stains
    Pull the trigger on that new car purchase
    Aim high
    Aim low
    Bullet Train
    Faster than a speeding bullet
    Line of Sight
    Shoot

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  2. Listen to the “Revolver” album. And yes, an album is a real thing. Damn kids today.

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  3. Our strippers will no longer be permitted to make “gun fingers” and “shoot” at us while slinking across the stage.

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  4. “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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  5. 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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  6. Refer to anyone as a corpse-man.

    Cap and Trade.

    Barrel of monkeys.

    Peanut shells.

    Wad.

    Reading primer.

    Shuttle blastoff count downs for a mission to Mars.

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  7. Guns & Roses will have to go (oh, they are already gone)

    How come one of my favorite songs is AC/DC’s ‘Shoot to Kill’, and i have not killed anyone yet?

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  8. You said wad. He he.

    Focus like a laser

    Shot in the dark

    Target voters (there isn’t a politician who hasn’t used a version on of this)

    Missfire

    Stockings

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  9. Then there’s the chamber of the US House, attempts to muzzle free speech, stock car racing. CNN won’t even be able to scope out some new words…

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  10. be right on target to complete a project on time
    join the Chamber of Commerce
    have a jello-shot, or any other drink that comes as a shot
    record a song that hits the charts with a bullet

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  11. Campaign war-rooms.
    Candidate war chests.
    To scope out a situation.
    Oh…and Bill Maher will have to stop going off half-cocked and shooting off his mouth.

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  12. Would it appease these folks if we just make those quotation marks with our fingers when we say these words?

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. “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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  19. The problem with “crosshair” is that it’s used in many professions now from CAD, to photography, to navigation, etc. Those people are idiots.

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