March 21, 2005

More Adventures in Headline Writing

Gun battle in Baghdad 'kills 24'

My, my, what will Kiefer Sutherland do for work now? But why would the BBC put quotation marks around "kills 24"? Is it because all 24 were, ahem, "freedom fighters"?

A gun battle between Iraqi insurgents and US troops near Baghdad has left 24 rebels dead, the US military says.

DOWNDATE: AP says it was 26. Fortunately, all were still "freedom fighters".

DOUBLE DOWNDATE (In an NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Tournament Dickie V. Hand Waving Style): The Liberators are on a 26-0 run, baby, answering every threat, denying the passing lanes with their pressure defense, scoring at will, taking it to Iraq and slamming it home with authority. Dipsy-do, dunkaroo, it's awesome baby!

Posted by Charles Austin at March 21, 2005 06:09 PM

And the freshmen off the bench are contributing as well.

"Late Monday, attackers in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, ambushed a convoy carrying security forces officials, including top police chief Brig. Gen. Abu Al-Waled, sparking a gunbattle in front of a main mosque. Police killed 17 militants and captured 14, said Col. Wathiq Ali, deputy police commander.

Ali said no security forces were injured in the clash, which saw guerillas carrying mortar launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikov rifles."

Posted by: chthus at 12:12 PM

I don't know about anyone else, but I always want to take Dickie V. out and slap him around. He is quite possibly the most annoying sports commentator out there--one reason I seldom watch sports on network TV. The other reason is that I'd rather watch soccer (and rugby whenever possible) on Fox/Sky sports.

Posted by: irish19 at 12:20 PM

note the link listed by chtus: on second page:

"Gunbattles broke out Tuesday in the streets of the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, where militants riding in three cars opened fire on people shopping along a main thoroughfare, Interior Ministry officials said.

Shopkeepers and residents returned fire, killing three assailants. A man, woman and child were injured in the fight and taken to a local hospital. "

While this is bad, the response by the residents is heartening.

Query: Hey, where are the "human shields" who wanted to go to Iraq before the invasion? There are still people/infastructure that is being targeted! Remember "human shields" - your commitment was to the Iraqi people, and they still need you!!

Posted by: Californio at 03:32 PM

Sounds like the shopkeepers and residents would be very receptive to including a right to bear arms in their new constitution.

Posted by: Jon at 11:07 AM