As I said, facts aren’t copyrightable. The prevalence of that exact phrase doesn’t mean anything in regards to alleged copyright violations.
‘Straight From The Hip’ is a column in the San Diego Reader by Matthew Alice. That column doesn’t seem to rip off Cecil’s work in any way. (Matt’s column is longer and doesn’t include the ‘bullshit’ joke. It does include an analogy, however.)
I feel like a Devil’s Advocate here, but I honestly don’t think either of those cases really rise to the level of a reasonably actionable offense. The first is iffy, but the second is a clear-cut case of two different articles that happen to answer the same question with the same fact.