Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Cross Hairs" - Tempest in a Tea Party

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Tim Pawlenty jabs Sarah Palin over 'cross hairs'

The term "Cross hairs" is a bit of an anachronism, a throwback to the days when actual hairs were used as reticles in optics.

–noun Optics .
a network of fine lines, wires, or the like placed in the focus of the eyepiece of an optical instrument.

And, though they are found in rifle and pistol scopes, they are not exclusive to them. If you've ever seen a surveyor's transit, a similar reticle is used to take precise measurements. It is not synonymous in and of itself with assassination or death. And the difference between superimposing a reticle on a map as opposed to a target or a "bullseye" (as Democrats and liberals have done in the not too recent past) is negligible. A tempest in a tea pot. Hypocrisy of the first order.

Why are we not surprised?

Update: It seems that Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos fame, who asked why Palin scrubbed the "surveyor's mark map from her website if she was not ashamed of it, has been scrubbing his own comments. Specifically, one about a t-shirt showing Palin's face in crosshairs that are "not a surveyor's mark".

They should be ashamed of themselves, if only the Left were capable of shame.

Update II: A larger version of this can be seen at Free Republic
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H/T Memeorandum\

Cross posted at LCR.

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