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Be Very Careful Before You Click on This Link

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 8:39 pm

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]

This is video from Real Clear Politics and they don’t have any easy way to embed it, so I will give you a link in a moment. But I have to warn you, they use the c-word. Dare I say it?  In this political climate, who knows what the effect will be if I say it, right?

Okay, I will say it. Crosshairs. But don’t take that as me demanding that you be violent. Besides, they had to say it. You see a previous correspondent had said the word — and then, in this clip, the host apologizes for that scary language.

So I am about to give you the link.  Now, be very careful.  If you are prone to violence don’t view it.  And if you do, make sure you don’t mistake this for a command to go on a killing spree.

Okay, ready?  Click on the picture to watch the video. I’ll wait for you to return.


Are you back?  It’s pretty scary, huh?  I am holding my knees and rocking back and forth from fear.  Gosh, I hope none of our readers go and start hurting people as a result.


For those new to this site, let me note that everything above is mockery.

Jesus wept, did liberals all make a New Year’s resolution to act like complete morons this year?

Well, thankfully Mayor Koch has decided to break that resolution, here.  And let’s face it, stupidity this deep cries out for a palate cleanser like the one Mr. Koch thankfully delivers.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: As much as I like what Mayor Koch had to say, I think the superior palate cleanser is this story about John King, the CNN dude you just watched in that video, from November (h/t Hot Air):

CNN anchor John King’s “magic wall” sent him over the edge when his beloved touch screen jammed.

The DC-based anchor had a meltdown while anchoring his 7 p.m. show, “John King USA,” from CNN’s New York studio just days before the midterm elections.

After a slew of technical and editorial errors, King lost his cool when his signature and somewhat overworked touch screen malfunctioned.

“I wish I brought a gun to work,” King yelled at studio operators on Oct. 29, according to several CNN sources.

Uh, John? Screaming about bringing a gun to work? That doesn’t live up to our standards.

Yeah, we’re trying to get away from that.

23 Responses to “Be Very Careful Before You Click on This Link”

  1. OMG. the comments posted about the video are great!!

    elissa (2e9154)

  2. What I want to know is: did John King decide to act like an idiot all on his own, or did some higher up at CNN make him look like a idiot. Truly, the mind boggles.

    elissa (2e9154)

  3. elissa

    good point. it could be designed to harm him as a property before he came to fox.

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  4. What’s sad is that someone out there might really think this is going to help.

    With delusional and disturbed angry people who are potentially going to embark on a murderous rampage, this really is not going to help at all. It might just inspire the Fuller-types out there, who need disturbed proof that Palin is killing people, but in the long run, it’s just an escape from reality. John King and pals are avoiding the real issue here, with their Oprah-like fixation on something that isn’t a problem at all.

    The real message here is that there was something really awful and irresponsible about the Tea Party’s little map. It’s just a dumb effort, akin to a 6 year old’s attempt to guilt a peer.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  5. I have an important update.

    Patterico (c218bd)

  6. LOL at the update. What a douchebag. Why Fox keeps pulling these people is beyond me. I guess just to be antagonistic, or attract a few new eyeballs? I think it hurts their brand.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  7. Heh. Nice update, Patterico. Makes me wonder how many of them are sweating bullets (oops!) and hoping no upstart blogger digs up their own dangerous statements of violent imagery. Should be a fun few days as people begin to root around…

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  8. Oh, I should credit Hot Air, which found that. brb

    Patterico (c218bd)

  9. Live by the word police–die by the word police.

    elissa (2e9154)

  10. I think John Roberts is the one going to Fox, yeah no big prize either,

    narciso (6075d0)

  11. As time goes on we may see more respectable MSM members having behaved in a similar manner as John King (see the update). It’s one thing to have the Olbermanns and Schultzs and Mathews of the world behave badly – we expect that of them and would be shocked if they didn’t – but to see the more respected faction falling over themselves apologizing and doing penance because their less than civil moments of hypocrisy have been dug up, well that will be most amusing.

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  12. Intentionalism?

    Joy McCann/Miss Attila (3aa071)

  13. This is absolute proof that our society is in deep, deep danger of being completely irrelevant.

    When the gate keepers, the seekers of truth do their best to alter the english language for political points, it can no longer be taken seriously.Not that they could have been taken seriously for the last two decades but drivel like this makes it plain to see to the most “attention deficit disordered” people amongst us.
    It just screams laughable surrealism, thats what I do with idiots like on the clip, just point and laugh and shake my head in disbelief.


    Drider (5ef5c6)

  14. For those new to this site, let me note that everything above is mockery.


    CAin’t BE.

    There is no mockery here!

    No violent thoughts, imagery, or other mean and spiteful concepts or notions anyone would ever, ever have, not even in a high dudgeon of indescribable pique! (Oh, wait… I just described it, didn’t I? Ehhhh… Never mind that part!).

    No one here would ever suggest, with even the slightest nuance, that the Democrats and Leftists in the Media are disgusting, vile, and reprehensible trolls consistently spewing forth the most blatantly evil and pernicious lies in the history of American Political Discourse.

    No, no one here would ever, ever want to, or even think of wanting to, or, for that matter, spend even a moment contemplating such a notion, were someone else to present said notion to them.

    I mean, that would be tantamount to inviting a lunatic serial killer to take on The Right as a cause, and clearly that’s to be expected when expressing such ideas.

    So let this be said:

    We do not mock them. We do not deride, vilify, or otherwise Think Ill of anyone on the left, at any time of the day or night.

    I wish to make this all very clear:

    We will not mock them, in a huff

    We will not mock them! Loud enough?

    We will not mock them in the day

    We will not mock them by the quay

    We would not, could not, in a blog

    We would not, could not, use a dog

    We will not mock their GW crocks

    We will not mock their Healthcare balks

    We would not, could not, on the town

    We would not, could not, call them “clown”

    We will not mock them, not on Fox

    We will not mock them, Iowahawks!!

    We would not, could not, in Town Hall videos

    We would not, could not, with Rather’s mimeos

    We will not mock them here nor there

    We will not mock them anywhere!

    IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society (c9dcd8)

  15. Also, there is a bit from Monty Python which I think can be slightly modified to apply:


    Democrats — An Apology:
    We would like to apologize for the way in which Democrats have been
    represented in this blog. It was never our intention to imply that
    Democrats are weak-kneed political time-servers who are concerned more
    with their personal vendettas and private power struggles than the problems
    of government. Nor to suggest that they sacrifice their credibility by
    denying free debate on vital matters in the mistaken impression that Party
    unity comes before the well-being of the people they supposedly represent.
    Neither to imply at any stage that they are squabbling little toadies
    without an ounce of concern for the vital social issues of today. Nor
    indeed do we intend that readers should consider them as crabby, ulcerous
    little self-seeking vermin with furry legs and an excessive addiction to
    alcohol and certain explicit sexual practices which some people might find

    We are sorry if this impression has come across.
    – ‘Monty Python’ –

    IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society (c9dcd8)

  16. Live by the word police–die by the word police.

    Not, unfortunately, when you own the word police.

    Then peeps got to hire their own private security force.


    IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society (c9dcd8)

  17. Here’s something you might want to try for embedding video from tricky sources. There’s a WordPress plugin as well, but this link seems to do a better job. It doesn’t work on all video, but there are well over 150 different content providers that have partnered with them to provide embedding code.

    Walt Gilbert (9f130b)

  18. Aaron, I noticed that you used the word “don’t” in your intro to the video. I suppose your intentions were good but you might just take a little more care in using this pejorative and domineering word. I know the list of unlawful words is rapidly growing longer, but we will just have to deal with it by being a bit more general in our prose.

    Fred Beloit (3f1b2d)

  19. /www,the target fliers/

    narciso (6075d0)

  20. Strange that a network which formerly featured a show called “Cross Fire” is so worried about the term “crosshairs.”

    Bru (1814d4)

  21. I guess in the next election they will have to stop using the term “horse race” because it may cause some people to go to the race track and lose the family fortune.

    … Ed Rendell says … “they just don’t get it”

    Neo (03e5c2)

  22. More like “splitting hairs”.

    Icy Texan (ec15e0)

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