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By Michael J. Smith on Wednesday July 25, 2007 12:29 AM

Bono, HUD Secretary to share stage

U2 front man Bono is everywhere these days.... the rock star plans to attend the Mortgage Bankers Association's convention in Boston this fall....

Bono -- perhaps best known these days for browbeating world leaders into doing something about poverty and AIDS in Africa -- won't be performing at the MBA convention. He'll be delivering a sermon... I mean the keynote address.

Hmmm... suppose he'll touch on the problems in subprime lending? Or just deliver a standard "call to action" pitch to enlist support for his "One Campaign to Make Poverty History"? It's easy to make fun of Bono's sunglasses, but the guy IS practically a saint.

Saint is maybe a little strong, but the guy has definitely become a kind of clergyman. "Sermon" is exactly correct. He's in effect the secular chaplain to a parish of world-plunderers who are willing to sit relatively still for a hour or so under a tepid shower of pious generalities, for the sake of feeling cleansed and shriven afterwards.

The other thing that's a little strong is that line about "browbeating world leaders into doing something about poverty and AIDS in Africa." What exactly has yer man browbeaten these unspecified "world leaders" into doing?

Comments (3)


is for the best world
that can possibly exist
by what .....resignation ???
retains its mighty aweful trans nats

hence if you won't try to beat em
you become a second best solution
u become their " secular chaplain "
and subject their agents
spear carriers
wives and children
" a tepid shower of pious generalities..."


a better head writes

"revolution is a change which breaks the old order to its very foundations,
and not one that cautiously, slowly and gradually remodels it, taking care to break as little as possible "

and this he writes
as he urges on a turn to ...reform

no petty rad raver he

This is sad. This is really frickin' sad.

Here we are at a time when we could really use John Lennon and a much-younger Bob Dylan, and who have we got?

Susan Sarandon and Bono.

Somebody, please kill me now.

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