Friday, December 7, 2007

Billy Joel apparently doesn't read the news.

Lyrics here.

I understand the right to free speech, I really do. But when a major musical figure calls our troops "just as good as dead"...?

Update: as some asshole pointed out in the comments, I misquoted the sagacious words of high school drop-out Billy Joel. He did not exactly call our troops "as good as dead." Still, those words - along with ones like "ain't never coming home" - used in reference to our brave men and women fighting overseas, are to put it mildly, demoralizing.


Anonymous said...

The actual quote is "I'm just as good as dead'. Don't take lyrics out of context to try to prove a point.

Less said...


"It is better to stay silent and be thought an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

Same goes for the teacher who actually praised the Columbine shooters.

Can he say it? Yes.

Should they have arrested him? No.

Should he be fired? Yeah, you bet...

Breda said...

anonymous, you fucking jerk - Don't scold me on my own blog, especially when you don't have balls enough to post your name.

Using the words "just as good as dead" in reference to any American soldier, in any context, is beyond contempt.

GeorgeH said...

Demoralize the troops?

I doubt we have anyone in the Middle East old enough to know who he was.

Sebastian said...

I was just going to say, does anyone under 30 give a shit about anything Bill Joel says? :)

phlegmfatale said...

You know, when a friend at American Airlines Center in Dallas offered me free tickets to BJ's tuesday night show here, I knew deep down that there was good reason not to go see that dickhead. Jerk.

DirtCrashr said...

Did anonymous come from
64.178.120.# (D&E Communications)
ISP D&E Communications
Continent : North America
Country : United States (Facts)
State : Pennsylvania
City : Lewisburg/

Perhaps? A young and confused person.

Breda said...

crashr - yup. that's the one.

Steelghost said...


"And I just got your letter
And this is what I read you said

I'm fading from your memory
so I'm just as good as dead "

Sounds exactly like someone is calling our troops as good as dead which is the point you were making, isn't it? So Anon is just flat wrong. I am wrong alot, so I appreciated when someone corrects me, especially if they can do it politely. Which is something I'm working on.