Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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?

Update: More suggestions at IMAO.


  1. Just off the top of my head...

    Stock up on savings.

    Get a grip!

    Scope things out.

    Lame, I know. Probably a lot better ones, too, but it was a long night.

  2. [Comment left at 1:24 am removed for violation of Comment Policy. Commenter is welcome to contact me directly for appeal or additional information. - Basil]

  3. Basil, the dude is fried. Since when is "the n-word" (expressed as such) the most racist term that can be used about a black person?

    Seems to me that this is the common way to politely refer to it.

    And, in my experience, the "born again" Christian community has a much deeper understanding of the plight of the Jews than most others. And, they are far more supportive of the nation of Israel, too.

    Plus, I know you don't allow the "s-word," due to the fact that your readers are the straight-laced sensitive type. ;)

  4. [Comment left at 11:22 am removed for violation of Comment Policy. Commented is welcome to contact me directly for appeal or additional information. - Basil]

  5. Basil, I'm tempted to violate the first rule of blogging.

    DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS! But, I won't. Oh well, maybe I will...

    Unless something happened while I was napping, "freedom of speech" on blogs is NOT guaranteed by the US Constitution. I was always under the impression that it was at the discretion of the blog owner.

    Silly me.

    And, just one more crumb...Just because I am not a Jew does not mean that I can not understand their plight.

    I am not mentally retarded, yet I have a mildly retarded son, so I can understand his plight.

    I am not a woman, but I have a wife, a sister, and even a mother. Really. I can understand their plight. I can observe what they deal with, and put two and two together.

    I know this one Jew guy, too. So, I'm claiming to be an expert on all things!

  6. [Comment left at 5:36 pm removed for violation of Comment Policy. Commenter is welcome to contact me directly for appeal or additional information. - Basil]

  7. Hey Tyler, if it'll make you happy, I'll post a looooooooonnnnnnnnggggggg blog post about The Congresslady, and the others that got shot.

    I don't think ANYBODY has mentioned that yet. Not anywhere on the net have I read about them, or even looking at TV, or listening to the radio NOBODY has mentioned that some people actually got hurt.

    You're right. Basil sucks! He shoulda' been all over that story, letting us know that people got hurt...which we obviously did not know, because Basil (who sucks) did not blog about them. Basil truly sucks, because he was pointing out how some Alaskan broad got blamed for it, when she was thousands of miles away looking at Russia from her back porch.

    Tyler, you're pathetic. Truly pathetic.

    Once again, I have violated rule #1. Sorry, Basil.

  8. Andy, I wish trolls were something that could be handed off. I'd welcome your taking him.

    He knows that any comment he leaves here, no matter what he says -- good, bad, indifferent -- will be removed. He leaves them anyway. What's that about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results being the definition of insanity?

    And, despite knowing that any comment he leaves here will be removed, he still leaves them. He's obsessed.

    There is the chance he'll grow up one day and get a life, but I doubt it. He's obsessed with me. I am a handsome guy, after all.

    He's the way he is. Ignore him. Really.

  9. Okay Basil, I'll follow your instructions.

    I know it's a fool's errand. Oh, wait. I'm good at those.


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