Just say “no” to crosshairs

Posted on January 19, 2011 6:32 am

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 Responses to “Just say “no” to crosshairs”

  1. ussjimmycarter says:

    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

  2. WeisenHeimer Brainstorm says:

    Use a paper”clip”
    Watch old episodes of “Firing Line”

  3. Kevin C. says:

    “Crosshairs” makes me think of “lickety-split.” I have no idea why.

  4. WeisenHeimer Brainstorm says:

    Listen to a certain Depeche Mode song. NTTAWWT

  5. WeisenHeimer Brainstorm says:

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

  6. WeisenHeimer Brainstorm says:

    “Recoil” in horror. Or in any other way.

  7. WeisenHeimer Brainstorm says:

    Rifle through our papers.

  8. WeisenHeimer Brainstorm says:

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

  9. WeisenHeimer Brainstorm says:

    Drink a “shot” and a beer.

  10. WeisenHeimer Brainstorm says:

    “Bang” our wives and/or girlfriends.

  11. ss396 says:

    “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”.

  12. toadold says:

    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.

  13. Dohtimes says:

    Refer to anyone as a corpse-man.

    Cap and Trade.

    Barrel of monkeys.

    Peanut shells.


    Reading primer.

    Shuttle blastoff count downs for a mission to Mars.

  14. Frank M says:

    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?

  15. Burmashave says:

    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)



  16. Aaron Worthing says:

    i think truthfully this has gotten so ridiculous its hard to even mock it.

  17. toubabou says:

    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…

  18. Iowa Jim says:

    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

  19. ussjimmycarter says:

    No more bullet points in Power Point documents!

  20. NO_MO_BAMA says:

    bullets are made from lead! -just say no to leader!!

    44. the act of aiming a gun ahead of a moving target

  21. FormerHostage says:

    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.

  22. Burmashave says:

    How could we forget:


  23. BlakCrow says:

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

  24. The Mulatto Maker says:

    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.

  25. The Mulatto Maker says:

    Eliminate all references to fire. Actually, fire itself is dangerous and scary, we should probably stop using it for anything.

  26. The Mulatto Maker says:

    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.

  27. The Mulatto Maker says:

    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.]

  28. Elle T. says:

    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.]

  29. Son of Bob says:

    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.

  30. EdThePastor says:

    “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…

  31. Jimmy says:

    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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