Firefighters Appalled at 9/11 Billboards

Firefighters are asking for offensive billboards in the Orlando area, that promote a web site selling a CD, to be taken down. The billboards blame the 9/11 attacks on Democrats while the inane song advertised doesn’t even mention the attacks. Instead, you get little bon mots like this:

Mike Meehan himself — this explains a lot.

The Democrat secular progressive move,
political correctness is killing us too.
They want to take the money from the hard workin’ man,
and give it to the lazy folks that don’t give a damn.

And this:

Republicans, we’re not perfect but we know the truth
We uphold the Constitution and the Golden Rule.
We believe a man’s freedom is a God given right,
the USA is the beacon to the whole world in sight.

Just flows, doesn’t it? The songwriter/billboard leaser, Mike Meehan, doesn’t get why people, including fellow Republicans, would be upset over his masterpiece.

“It’s just a silly little billboard,” he said.

The one that features smoke coming out of the building where more than 2,700 people died?

“Well, maybe not silly,” Meehan responded. “But I never thought it would go this far.”

But the International Association of Firefighters doesn’t see it the same way as Meehan and said so in a press release.

Firefighters: “The individual who designed and paid for these billboards deserves scorn. The company that agreed to run them should be ashamed.”

“There’s a big difference between honoring and remembering the fallen – fire fighters and civilians – and shamelessly plastering the image of the burning Twin Towers on a purely political billboard with an offensive statement currying favor for or against a political party. It is offensive to those who died on 9/11. It’s offensive to their families. It’s offensive to those of us in the fire service.

“Debilitating illnesses have stricken fire fighters and others among the 40,000 people – police, building trades, sanitation workers, victims, witnesses and others – who inhaled Ground Zero’s toxic soup of 400 chemicals. Thousands of New York fire fighters have suffered enormously and labor just to breathe. They are living victims who battle violent symptoms of respiratory illness each day.

“A study in 2006 found that more than 12,000 of our members in the International Association of Fire Fighters who work in New York lost 12 years’ worth of lung function in a year following the attacks.

“The individual who designed and paid for these billboards deserves scorn. The company that agreed to run them should be ashamed.”

If you would like to second that emotion, send an email to Mike Meehan at and Beech Outdoor Advertising via


  • Paul
    July 22, 2008 - 1:35 am | Permalink

    Your Mike Meehan caption really made me laugh!

  • DJK
    July 22, 2008 - 7:55 am | Permalink

    We just need Ron Paul. That is all.

  • Mark Ames
    July 22, 2008 - 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Is it just me or did the International Association of Firefighters’s three full paragraphs about respiratory disease seem tangential?

    Sure, they can claim that a tragedy is being exploited by an opportunist taking the event out of context, but then they take HIM out of content to rant about thier damaged lungs.

    Inability to keep one’s statments in context is a sign of mental illness. But then what can you expect from people who put on Nomex hoods and run into falling buildings?

  • July 22, 2008 - 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Yes Mark, it’s just you. The firefighters were making the point that suffering continues, it didn’t end on Sept. 12. I’m sure you would quietly accept being lied to by your own government and told the air you were breathing was safe when they knew otherwise but the firefighters “rant about their damaged lungs” instead. Can you hear yourself at all? You are right about something else. Anyone who would brave a burning building to save the likes of people like you must be crazy. Maybe in your case, they’ll make an exception to their pledge to help.

  • August 14, 2008 - 9:03 am | Permalink

    Sadly, this is just another example of how Republicans have been exploiting 9/11 since the day it happened.

    -Dan Cheek

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