The "T" Word

By Nathan Payne | pablosmoglives | 30 Sep 2023

"And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man
to enter into the kingdom of God."
Matthew 19:24


People have been tired of Bono since the 80s.  Because I like the music, through the 90s and maybe a few songs after that, I looked the other way for a long time.  I finally fell away, but in May I found myself revisiting footage from the 1993 Zoo TV concert in Sydney, Australia, and was blown away.  That tour raised the bar and broke the mold on every level.  U2 successfully earned their place in music history.  Their legacy could have been a palace.

But they turned it into an outhouse.

The "Macphisto" character was perhaps an interesting theatrical platform in the early 90s, outrageous and comical, but Bono never let it go.  Perhaps the character never let him go.  At this point, it's genuinely hard to say.  It's as hard to say as it is to watch.  As the most upvoted comment on the video below states, "U2/Bono showing their true colors!"

I didn't watch it, by the way.  I've seen late-period Macphisto pontificate from on high once before; it's more than enough.  The thumbnail says it all.  The character is nearly 30 years old at the time of the speech in the video above.  You'd think the guys who came up with Zoo TV would have been able to think of something else by now.

It's almost like they've been bought and paid for by somebody.  Hmmm, I wonder who.


I would mumble "Matthew 19:24" under my breath while pretending to cough, but it's pasted at the top of this article, so I don't have to.

It's a tired topic, and I don't want to spend any more time on it.  But I have to make an amusing observation based on Bono's recent comments about not being able to use the "T" word, meaning Trump.

"We don’t use the T word.  He has enough
headlines, that man.”


"He has enough headlines."  An indictment of the attention levels received by a former American president.  From... Bono.


Is Trump perfect?  No.  Is he "controlled opposition" whose "Operation Warp Speed" and would-be "blind spots" regarding failing to pardon Julian Assange while granting a pardon to other, more nepotistic members of society indicate a level of corruption that most Americans are unwilling to see?  Maybe.  Does David Knight have a point?  I really don't know.  But yeah.  He might.

I left the U.S. 2 weeks before the 2020 election, because the writing is on the wall and I don't believe it matters who's in office.  "Shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic," as they say.  The debacle and fraud surrounding that election surprised me anyway, even as it reminded me why I left, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't seriously consider returning to the U.S. to form another band and start playing again if Trump (or the fictional (impossible?) equivalent of what Trump supporters believe him to be) wasn't at least ABLE to hold the office of the presidency.  It would mean that there was at least a semblance of reason, mutual respect, and hope.  But a bunch of self-righteous people hung up on their own sex lives and manufactured racial tension, crying from liberal places like Cape Cod about the influx of illegal aliens?

Better late than never.  To be fair, these look like normal, middle-class Americans who really should have known better in the first place, but were probably intimidated away from considering the possibility that the sex lives of a bunch of pedophiles isn't the most important topic in the world. 

But what a sad, mirthless joke.

I saw a video in which people from Staten Island were outraged about the same issue.  Good for them.  Real New Yorkers are some of the most honest, true, and trustworthy people I've ever met.  Perhaps the golden age of being intimidated by worthless, angry women and self-righteous sexual degenerates is over.

Better late than never.

Anyway, from an old fan, Bono, who has nothing but admiration for your earlier work, and who is an unapologetic Trump supporter who doesn't actually think Trump can make a difference, and who left the U.S. because God told me to, perhaps because it's too late, we don't need to hear you (of all people) projecting your jealous greed for more headlines onto Donald Trump.  And what's up with this nonsense?


“America is the best idea.  It just hasn’t happened yet.
It’s the best song the world has never heard.  It doesn’t
exist yet.  But the people who are going to write America
into existence are way more inclusive than the ones who
signed the Declaration of Independence.  This thing called
America, we’re attracted to it on sort of mythological levels.
As Irish people, we’re fascinated by it."


What a load of bunk.  As an American person, I'm tired of listening to it.  I can't think of a more inclusive document THAN the Declaration of Independence.  What part of "all men are created equal" don't you understand?  The part where they didn't mention every imaginary dog kink to appease the salacious, insatiable nitwits banging on the door of Lot's house?  "All men" does, y'know, include worthless people too.

But since we apparently believe we can walk the line between Macphisto and God, somehow bridging the gap between people who both love and hate America, by saying "America is the best idea," while professing contempt for it with our actions, let's continue our search for "T" words that can not be named.

I can think of one.  From one popcorn philosopher to another, perhaps a one-eyed shill for the globalist crown would do well to consider it.  Self-awareness is a good thing.

That word, of course,

is TOOL.

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Nathan Payne
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