The parties have laid out their cases.
JB Doubtless contends that Bruce Dickinson is a left-wing moonbat. His evidence?
Third-party hearsay stating that Bruce was always "banging America's troops" - the declarant being a guy who is a crony of Sharon Osbourne, and had no objections to playing "War Pigs" in front of some bizarre MoveOn.org-like Bushitler imagery. And this hearsay is also quite inconsistent with BD's past statements and behavior. JB offers no corroborating evidence.
Bruce made no comments insulting our troops on stage.
Nobody else involved in Ozfest said Bruce made comments insulting our toops.
Who ya' gonna believe?
JB also claims that some of BD's other remarks made from the stage demonstrate that he is anti-American. What JB doesn't tell you is that BD has never liked touring in America -NOT because he hates the country, but because he doesn't like a lot of American venues and he is often disappointed in Americans' lack of enthusiasm when Iron Maiden plays some of their lesser known songs. In fact, Bruce doesn't particularly like touring anywhere.
That doesn't make him any more anti-American than my loathing of British cuisine makes me anti-British.
The only other evidence JB can offer is that Bruce waved the Union Jack during the performance of the song "The Trooper" at the infamous San Bernardino concert.
This is truly stupid.
That has been part of IM's act for 20 years.
And "The Trooper" is about the Crimean War.
Maybe it makes sense to wave an American flag during a song about the Crimean War in JBs world, but the rest of us know better.
One final thought: JB is a country music fan. Now maybe it provdes comfort for some to tailor their musical tastes to the politics of the artists, in a quest to demonstrate some sort of philosophical purity. But I think a lot of people would agree with me when I say this:
If someone held a gun to my head and demanded I either a) vote for John Kerry for President; or b) listen to country music for the rest of my life, I would be inclined to think very hard about voting for Kerry before I let the guy blow my brains out.
And so the matter is submitted to you, dear jury. Do the right thing.