Horn of Orange








Thomas Pynchon employs the cornet and the House of Orange to create his highly personalized alternative reality that many authors have enjoined. He says in ‘The Crying of Lot 49′ the postal horn is found in a cote of arms, but, does not name the family. He employs William of Orange whom my kindred were devoted to as Orangemen.


“In 1577, the northern provinces of the Low Countries, led by the Protestant noble William of Orange, had been struggling nine years for independence from Catholic Spain and a Catholic Holy Roman Emperor. In late December, Orange, de facto master of the Low Countries, entered Brussels in triumph, having been invited there by a Committee of Eighteen.”

“In 1825, in the village of Fenagh in county Leitrim in Ireland, a
gang of Catholic youths attacked the Rosamond home. The Rosamonds were
staunch Protestants. James, aged 20 (born 1805) and his brother Edward, aged 15, attempted to protect their mother. A shot was fired by Edward and a youth was dead. The boys fled to Canada. James went to Merrickville where he worked for James Merrick as a weaver. Edward, still fearing arrest, worked his way eventually to Memphis, Tennessee.”

Thomas Pynchon and I are in the Rosamond Family tree because we married the same woman. My Elizabeth and Jessie Benton Fremont were in San Francisco when the first Pony Express rider arrived. Another Jessie Benton was married to Mel Lyman who had a cult following. Mel and Tom are very much alike. The Lyman and Pynchon families are related to Princess Diana, and thus her two Windsor sons. Thomas’s reality has not escaped the common genealogy, nor real history that might be stranger than anything Pynchon could dream up.

Several authors have associated Pynchon’s writing with Dan Brown and Bageant and Leigh, the authors of ‘Holy Blood, Holy Grail’. Mary Magdalene is hired to jump modern day claims, Post Pynchon alternative approaches to fiction writing, a process that will not die with Thomas. Indeed, a gauntlet has been passed to me via the nuptial intercourse with Mary Ann Tharaldsen, who I titled a ‘Apocalyptic Artist’. Mary Ann may be the model for Opedia Maas, who is now in the Windsor family tree via her two ex-husbands.

One does not have to believe anything is true. However, no one can ignore the prophecy of an old black woman on Beacon Hill who in 1971 said;

“The head-takers are coming!”

With the rise if ISIS it is time to reveal what Mary Ann Tharaldsen’s attorney bid me to keep secret.

Pope Francis stopped short of calling for a Holy Crusade. What about the Protestants….the Orangemen? Where are the Knights Templar?

Jon Presco

Copyright 2014






At the end of the eighth century, Charlemagne recognized the importance of Orange, and entrusted its government to William au-Cornet, one of his men who had distinguished himself in the wars against the Saracens. To the same William the town owes its coat of arms, depicting a ‘horn’ (as in William au ‘Cornet’).

Between the twelfth and fourteenth century, Orange was ruled by several noble families; it was first incorporated in Venassin County, whose overlord was the troubadour Rimbaut of Orange, and then by the Baux and Chalons.

One of the incidents of our life at this time
was the inauguration of the Pony Ex-
press. The mail, always an important fac-
tor when one is so far from home, reached
us once a month by steamer during our early
California days. Later, the overland stage
was a great improvement and was looked
upon as quite modern — coming in even severe
weather, with wonderful regularity. The
Pony Express was the culmination of rapid-
ity, carrying only letter mail, at advanced
charges. We chanced to have gone in to San
Francisco for our mail on the day when the
first Pony Express arrived. The street had
been cleared for the arrival and the sidewalks
were packed with onlookers. We were asked
to drive on, when a voice from the crowd
called out, ** Let Mrs. Fremont’s carriage
stay, for the Colonel blazed that path long
before the day of the pony rider,” So we
remained until welcomed by cheering all
down the street, the first Pony Express gal-
loped up, and in the quick distribution our
letters were handed to us. It was near this
very spot that we were landed through the
surf upon our first arrival in California.

But the world-wide conspiracy angle we start to understand in these middle chapters is a parody of the make-believe investigative fiction that reached its apotheosis decades later in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Now why would he want to do that?


The cornet is a brass instrument very similar to the trumpet, distinguished by its conical bore, compact shape, and mellower tone quality. The most common cornet is a transposing instrument in B♭.

The name cornet derives from corne, meaning horn, itself from Latin cornus. While not musically related, instruments of the Zink family (which includes serpents) are named “cornetto- ” with a tonal or pitch related Latin word following the hyphen to describe the particular variant. The 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica referred to serpents as “old wooden cornets”.[4] The Roman/Etruscan cornu (or simply “horn”) is the lingual ancestor of these. It is a predecessor of the post horn from which the cornet evolved and was used like a bugle to signal orders on the battlefield.[3]

The area started as the County of Orange, a fief in the Holy Roman Empire, in its constituent Kingdom of Burgundy. It was awarded to William of Gellone, a grandson of Charles Martel and therefore a cousin of Charlemagne, around the year 800 for his services in the wars against the Moors and reconquering southern France and the Spanish March. His Occitan name is Guilhem. However, as a Frankish lord, he probably knew himself by the old Germanic version of Wilhelm. William was also count of Toulouse, duke of Aquitaine, and marquis of Septimania. The horn that came to symbolize Orange when heraldry came in vogue much later in the 12th century was a pun on his name in French, from the character his deeds inspired in the chanson de geste, the Chanson de Guillaume, “Guillaume au Court Nez” or “Guillaume au Cornet”.[3] The chanson appears to be based on William of Gellone’s battle at the Orbieu or Orbiel river near Carcassonne in 793 as well as his seizure of the town of Orange.[4]

Did Mary Magdalene travel to Provence, in France? Ralph Ellis follows the trail of mythology and reveals compelling circumstantial evidence that she did, and that her presence there has left its mark on the history of the region. In addition, Ralph suggests that the legacy of Mary Magdalene was bequeathed upon the city of Orange in southern France, the city that was central to the Royal Dutch House of Orange, and thus central to the entire Reformation and Enlightenment movement. The book then goes on to explore the Orange Enlightenment and the Age of Reason, the twin religious reforms that created the modern rational and technical world that we live in today.


Thomas Pynchon was born in 1937 in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, one of three children of Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Sr. (1907–1995) and Katherine Frances Bennett (1909–1996). His earliest American ancestor, William Pynchon, emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630, then became the founder of Springfield, Massachusetts in 1636, and thereafter a long line of Pynchon descendants found wealth and repute on American soil.

Pynchon’s family background and aspects of his ancestry have provided source material for his fictions, particularly in the Slothrop family histories related in the short story “The Secret Integration” (1964) and Gravity’s Rainbow (1973).

Anne Still (1572) m Robert Eyre (1569)
12 Catherine Eyre (1601-1667) m Rev Charles Chauncey (1592-1672) [Ref 2]
13 Rev Nathaniel Chauncey (1639) m Abigail Strong (c 1645), daughter of Elder John Strong [Ref 3 p 37]
14 Issac Chauncey (1674)
14 Catherine Chauncey (1676)




During a period in the early 1960s, Lyman lived in New York City, where he associated with other artists, filmmakers, musicians and writers. An example of which was his friendship with underground filmmaker Jonas Mekas, which led to the studios of Andy Warhol and Bruce Conner. The latter from whom he learned the art of filmmaking and made some films with. Several of Lyman’s films have recently been digitally restored and were presented to Jonas Mekas to be included in the permanent collection of the Anthology Film Archives.[citation needed]

It was his relationship with Judy which brought him to Boston in 1963. Again, Lyman became acquainted with many artists and musicians in the vibrant Boston scene, including Timothy Leary’s group of LSD enthusiasts, IFIF. Lyman was involved for a very short time and, against his wishes, so was Judy. Knowing LSD’s power, he felt she was not ready but, “the bastards at IFIF gave her acid… I told her not to take it. I knew her head couldn’t take it.” Lyman’s fears turned out to be justified and she left college and returned to her parents in Kansas.[6] Lyman was by all accounts very charismatic and later, after Judy had left, a community or family naturally tended to grow up around him. At some point thereafter Lyman began to realize himself as destined for a role as a spiritual force and leader.

In 1966, Lyman founded and headed The Lyman Family, also known as The Fort Hill Community, centered in a few houses in the Fort Hill section of Roxbury, then a poor neighborhood of Boston. The Fort Hill Community, to observers in the mid-to-late Sixties, combined some of the outward forms of an urban hippie commune with a neo-transcendentalist[7] socio-spiritual structure centered on Lyman, the friends he had attracted and the large body of his music and writings. Members of Lyman’s Community briefly included the young couple Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin, two non-actors who had been discovered and cast by Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni for the lead roles in his second English-language feature, the 1970 film Zabriskie Point.

Although Lyman and the Family shared some attributes with the hippies — prior experimenting with LSD and marijuana and Lyman’s cosmic millennialism — they were not actually hippies either in appearance (female members dressed conservatively and male members wore their hair relatively short by the standards of the era) or beliefs (while Lyman and other Family members had fathered children by different women, polyamory was eschewed in favor of serial monogamy).



Based on this form and other data received from Mr. Knapp, I was able to trace almost half of the novelist’s ancestry from readily available printed sources (I have made no attempt to trace the novelist’s mother). The immigrant Amy Wyllys and her husband John Pynchon, the Springfield leader and successor to his father William, themselves left a son, John Pynchon, Jr., who married Margaret Hubbard and in turn left a son William. This last married Catherine Brewer, daughter of Rev. Daniel Brewer and Catherine Chauncey, daughter of Nathaniel and Abigail (Strong) Chauncey and granddaughter of royally-descended (RD) immigrant Rev. Charles Chauncey, 2nd president of Harvard College (and Catherine Eyre), and of John and Abigail (Ford) Strong, these last ancestors of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and of Princes William and Henry. Joseph Pynchon, son of William and Catherine (Brewer) Pynchon, was a Yale graduate of 1757 and married Sarah Ruggles, daughter of Rev. Thomas Ruggles, Yale graduate of 1723, and Rebecca Hart, daughter (by Rebecca Hubbard) of Rev. John Hart, Yale graduate of 1703, son of Thomas and Ruth (Hawkins) Hart and grandson of another couple in the ancestry of the late Princess of Wales, Stephen Hart of Farmington and his unknown wife.


“Two of Pynchon’s Cornell friends, his future girlfriend Tharaldsen and her then-husband, David ­Seidler, had moved to Seattle and encouraged Pynchon to join them. Tharaldsen says Pynchon arrived “depressed—very down.” She worked for Boeing, and hooked him up with a job writing technical copy for their in-house guide, Bomarc Service News. The aerospace giant was just then developing the Minuteman, a nuclear-capable missile that likely inspired Pynchon, years later, to cast Germany’s World War II–era V-2 rocket as the screaming menace of Gravity’s Rainbow. (One of the joys of tracking Pynchon is tracing the far-flung interconnections in his work to unlikely real-world experiences—dating an NSA worker; seeing Charles de Gaulle in Mexico; fooling around on a primitive music synthesizer in 1972.)



Blobb inquired around about the Trystero organization, running into zipped mouths nearly every way he turned. But he was able to collect a few fragments. So, in the days following, was Oedipa. From obscure philatelic journals furnished her by Genghis Cohen, an ambiguous footnote in Motley’s Rise of the Dutch Republic, an 8o-year-old pamphlet on the roots of modern anarchism, a book of sermons by Blobb’s brother Augustine also among Bortz’s Wharfingeriana, along with Blobb’s original clues, Oedipa was able to fit together this account of how the organization began:

In 1577, the northern provinces of the Low Countries, led by the Protestant noble William of Orange, had been struggling nine years for independence from Catholic Spain and a Catholic Holy Roman Emperor. In late December, Orange, de facto master of the Low Countries, entered Brussels in triumph, having been invited there by a Committee of Eighteen. This was a junta of Calvinist fanatics who felt that the Estates-General, controlled by the privileged classes, no longer represented the skilled workers, had lost touch entirely with the people. The Committee set up a kind of Brussels Commune. They controlled the police, dictated all decisions of the Estates-General, and threw out many holders of high position in Brussels. Among these was Leonard I, Baron of Taxis, Gentleman of the Emperor’s Privy Chamber and Baron of Buysinghen, the hereditary Grand Master of the Post for the Low Countries, and executor of the Thurn and Taxis monopoly. He was replaced by one Jan Hinckart, Lord of Ohain, a loyal adherent of Orange. At this point the founding figure enters the scene: Hernando Joaquin de Tristero y Calavera, perhaps a madman, perhaps an honest rebel, according to some only a con artist. Tristero claimed to be Jan Hinckart’s cousin, from the Spanish and legitimate branch of the family, and true lord of Ohainrightful heir to everything Jan Hinckart then possessed, including his recent appointment as Grand Master.

From 1578 until Alexander Farnese took Brussels back again for the Emperor in March, 1585, Tristero kept up what amounted to a guerrilla war against his cousinif Hinckart was his cousin. Being Spanish, he got little support. Most of the time, from one quarter or another, his life was in danger. Still, he tried four times to assassinate Orange’s postmaster, though without success.

Jan Hinckart was dispossessed by Farnese, and Leonard I, the Thurn and Taxis Grand Master, rein-stated. But it had been a time of great instability for the Thurn and Taxis monopoly. Leery of strong Protestant leanings in the Bohemian branch of the family, the Emperor, Rudolph II, had for a time withdrawn his patronage. The postal operation plunged deeply into the red.

It may have been some vision of the continent-wide power structure Hinckart could have taken over, now momentarily weakened and tottering, that inspired Tristero to set up his own system. He seems to have been highly unstable, apt at any time to appear at a public function and begin a speech. His constant theme, disinheritance. The postal monopoly belonged to Ohain by right of conquest, and Ohain belonged to Tristero by right of blood. He styled himself El Deshe-redado, The Disinherited, and fashioned a livery of black for his followers, black to symbolize the only thing that truly belonged to them in their exile: the night. Soon he had added to his iconography the muted post horn and a dead badger with its four feet in the air (some said that the name Taxis came from the Italian tasso, badger, referring to hats of badger fur the early Bergamascan couriers wore). He began a sub rosa campaign of obstruction, terror and depre

“The artist is anonymous,” Bortz said, “so is the poetaster who rewrote the play. Here Pasquale, remember, one of the bad guys? actually does marry his mother, and there’s a whole scene on their wedding night.” He changed slides. “You get the general idea, notice how often the figure of Death hovers in the background. The moral rage, it’s a throwback, it’s mediaeval. No Puritan ever got that violent. Except possibly the Scurvhamites. D’Amico thinks this edition was a Scurvhamite project.” “Scurvhamite?”

Robert Scurvham had founded, during the reign of Charles I, a sect of most pure Puritans. Their central hangup had to do with predestination. There were two kinds. Nothing for a Scurvhamite ever happened by accident, Creation was a vast, intricate machine. But one part of it, the Scurvhamite part, ran off the will of God, its prime mover. The rest ran off some opposite Principle, something blind, soulless; a brute automatism that led to eternal death. The idea was to woo converts into the Godly and purposeful sodality of the Scurvhamite. But somehow those few saved Scurvhamites found themselves looking out into the gaudy clockwork of the doomed with a certain sick and fascinated horror, and this was to prove fatal. One by one the glamorous prospect of annihilation coaxed them over, until there was no one left in the sect, not even Robert Scurvham, who, like a ship’s master, had been last to go.

    “What did Richard Wharfinger have to do with them?” asked Oedipa. “Why should they do a dirty version of his play?”

    “As a moral example. They were not fond of the theatre. It was their way of putting the play entirely away from them, into hell. What better way to damn it eternally than to change the actual words. Remember that Puritans were utterly devoted, like literary critics, to the Word.”

    “But the line about Trystero isn’t dirty.”

    He scratched his head. “It fits, surely? The ‘hallowed skein of stars’ is God’s will. But even that can’t ward, or guard, somebody who has an appointment with Trystero. I mean, say you only talked about crossing the lusts of Angelo, hell, there’d be any number of ways to get out of that. Leave the country. Angelo’s only a man. But the brute Other, that kept the non-Scurvhamite universe running like clockwork, that was something else again. Evidently they felt Trystero would symbolize the Other quite well.”

    She had nothing more then to put it off with. Again with the light, vertiginous sense of fluttering out over an abyss, she asked what she’d come there to ask. “What was Trystero?”dation along the Thurn and Taxis
mail routes.

The Naming of Oedipa Maas: Feminizing the Divine Pursuit of Knowledge in Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49
Emma V. Miller
Durham University

Oedipa’s pursuit of knowledge, and ultimately a final revelation or epiphany, can be compared to Mary Magdalene’s own passage towards very similar goals. Magdalene is particularly interesting from a feminist perspective because she is reputedly the first witness of the Resurrection, although she is not given the status of Christ’s male followers either within the New Testament or historically. She follows Christ, presumably to learn from Him, as he is reputed as a teacher throughout the New Testament – and repeatedly called “teacher” in some translations44 – and she pursues the knowledge he can impart in a predominantly male environment. This mirrors Oedipa’s journey through Lot 49 where the information she desires is nearly always to be sought from men, although the men in Oedipa’s world are shown to be considerably less capable than she is:
My shrink, pursued by Israelis, has gone mad; my husband, on LSD, gropes like a child further and further into the rooms and endless rooms of the elaborate candy house of himself and away, hopelessly away from what has passed, I was hoping forever, for love; my one extra marital fella has eloped with a depraved fifteen-year-old; my best guide back to the Trystero has taken a Brody. Where am I? (105)


Interpreting Other Names in Lot 49
Although the situations of Oedipa and Mary Magdalene are comparable, it is not until other aspects of Lot 49 are considered that the significance of the connection becomes clear to the plot. Tresemer and Cannon assert that Magdalene “is considered the ‘apostle of apostles,’ and is so called even by Saint Augustine,”54 and Leloup goes on to say that “because she was the first witness of the Resurrection, she was considered by the apostle John as the founder of Christianity, long before Paul and his vision on the road to Damascus.”55 Pierce Inverarity, the writer of the will Oedipa executes and her former lover, has been interpreted by Thomas Hill Schaub to be closely connected to St Peter, who along with St Paul, is traditionally credited as being the founder of the Christian Church.56 J. Kerry Grant writes of Schaub’s interpretation of the text:


Vera Meroving
The Merovingian Dynasty ruled over the Franks (the Germanic tribe which conquered Gaul after the fall of the Roman Empire) from A.D. 475 to 751. There are those who believe that [to quote Steve Mizrach from his summary of the thesis of Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln (1982)]
“Jesus and Mary Magdalene, legitimate nobility from the Judaic Houses of Benjamin and David, married and sired heirs. Jesus did not die on the cross but went either to England or India.The Magdalene’s heirs married into the Visigoth families of the time, and gave birth to the sacred Merovingian ruling family. The Visigoths of the area might have themselves been descended from the House of Benjamin, which had fled to the Arcadia region of Greece, and thence north into France, a thousand years earlier. The Merovingians were not wiped out by the Carolingian usurpers, and their lineage survives in some of the other royal families of Europe. [...] The Merovingians were “sacred kings” who reigned but did not rule, leaving the secular governing function to chancellors known as the Mayors of the Palace. It was the one of the Mayors, Pepin the Fat, who founded the dynasty that came to supplant them–the Carolingians.”
Interestingly, History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours (539-594 A.D.) lists Merovingian women’s names and includes the names Leibovera and Audovera.


To plunge down the rabbit hole of Pynchon’s fiction is to commence a journey into an alternate world, a world — somewhat like our own but, as Pynchon put it “Maybe it’s not the world, but with a minor adjustment or two it’s what the world might be.” It’s a world infused with magic and mystery, wonderfully labyrinthine, where “real” history and fiction intersect and dissolve into dream. “Shall I project a world?” wonders Oedipa Maas, the heroine in Pynchon’s second, and some say most accessible, novel, The Crying of Lot 49 (1966). Thomas Pynchon projects a world, and so does the reader. Onto Pynchon’s richly detailed and often ambiguous landscape the reader projects his/her own interpretation in order to bring the work “into pulsing stelliferous Meaning” (Lot 49, p.82). This provides, as another long-time fan expressed it, “the tremendous pleasure bestowed on the reader of being in on a joint venture of a sort.”



You might say it’s no fair to compare Dan Brown to Thomas Pynchon, and sure, it isn’t. But a sentence can do a lot of duty for your story, or not, whether you’re writing a smaller novel (and arguably Brown’s novel is hunting even bigger thematic game, in a sense, than Pynchon’s) or a major work.


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Post Office Pharmacy




What we Americans need in a U.S. Government Pharmacy run by the U.S. Post Office. We need our Post Office. One could pick up your prescriptions when one picks up their mail, or, sends a package. We need our Postman to deliver our medications to our door.

Doctors in the early America would ride a circuit delivering medication to patients. Was medication sent in the mail in 1776? Many disabled people and seniors rely on the Postman to get their meds.

Jon Presco

88 U.S. Representatives Urge USPS to Preserve Six Day Delivery of Mail-Service Pharmacy

Bipartisan Coalition Calls Home Delivery a Convenient, Cost Effective Option for TRICARE, Medicare, and Medicaid Beneficiaries

(Washington, DC) — In a letter to United States Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Donahoe, 88 members of the United States House of Representatives urged the Post Office to continue delivering medications to all Americans six days a week.

In the letter sent prior to today’s Senate Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee hearing, the 88 Representatives touted the benefits of mail-service pharmacies:

“In our home districts, Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, VA and other beneficiaries currently rely on low cost delivery of prescription drugs to their doorstep. Whether it is a homebound senior that cannot walk or drive to the pharmacy, or a Veteran who lives in a rural area with limited access to the prescription drugs they need, all of these home delivery beneficiaries cannot afford to go without their medications for days. Nor should they have to obtain their medications through more costly delivery methods, which would only draw business away from the USPS and threaten its long term financial stability.

“This growing population of home delivery prescription beneficiaries is not only good for the USPS and patients, but our government as a whole. According to the Department of Defense, the government saved $33 million in FY2010 alone through use of TRICARE’s Home Delivery Program. Home delivery is the most cost effective way of filling prescriptions for TRICARE beneficiaries, and saves Medicare and Medicaid money as well. This integral part of the USPS’s services should not be changed in your reform and restructuring of the federal postal service.”

“About 1-in-6 prescriptions that are home delivered arrive on Saturday. Consumers count on getting their prescriptions at the right time and often can’t wait an additional two days, or even three days in the case of federal holidays that fall on a Monday,” said Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt.

Ninety-day home delivery is popular with patients because it is less expensive and more convenient than waiting in line at the drugstore each month. With mail-service pharmacies, patients can get private counseling over the phone from trained pharmacists seven days a week, 24-hours a day.

According to a recent survey, eight-out-of-ten small businesses want to be able to continue offering discounts that encourage employees to use the more affordable mail-service pharmacy option and consumers who use home delivery are strongly satisfied with it. In addition to greater convenience, mail-service pharmacies can save Medicare seniors, employers, unions, government employee plans, consumers, and other commercial-sector payers $46.6 billion in prescription drug costs over the next ten years, according to a recent study. Compared to brick-and-mortar drugstores, mail-service pharmacies offer deeper discounts and reduced copays.

• Mail-service pharmacies save Medicare seniors, consumers and payers an average of 15% on 90-day prescriptions compared to 90-day prescriptions obtained at brick-and-mortar drugstores.

• Mail-service pharmacies save Medicare seniors, consumers and payers an average of $22 per 90-day prescription compared to the same prescription obtained at a drugstore.

Signees of the letter include: Tammy Duckworth (IL-8), Elijah Cummings (MD-07), G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Stephen Lynch (MA-09), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Henry Waxman (CA-33), John Lewis (GA-5), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Kathy Castor (FL-14), Jim Langevin (RI-02), Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), Cedric Richmond (LA-02), Mark Pocan (WI-2), Bradley Schneider (IL-10), Dan Kildee (MI-5), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01), Janice Hahn (CA-44), Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Pete Gallego (TX-23), James McGovern (MA-02), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Ron Barber (AZ-02), Timothy Walz (MN-1), Lois Frankel (FL-22), Sam Farr (CA-20), Terri A. Sewell (AL-07), Joseph Kennedy (MA-04), Sander Levin (MI-9), Chelllie Pingree (ME-01), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Jared Polis (CO-02), Mark Takano (CA-41), Tony Cardenas (CA-29), Donna M Christensen (Virgin Islands), Raul Grijalva (AZ-3), Dave Loebsack (IA-2), Carol Shea Porter (NH-1), Juan Vargas (CA-51), Jared Huffman (CA-02), Mike Honda (CA-17), William Enyart (IL-12), Michael Michaud (ME-2), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Peter DeFazio (OR-4), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Tom Latham (IA-5), Lois Capps (CA-24), Keith Ellison (MN-05), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05), Albio Sires (NJ-8), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Michael G. Fitzpatrick (PA-08), C.W. Bill Young (FL-13), Scott Peters (CA-52), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Eni F. H. Faleomavaega (AS), Sanford Bishop (GA-2), Gene Green (TX-29), Mike Quigley (IL-5), Hank Johnson (GA-04), Nick Rahall (WV-03), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), John Shimkus (IL-15), Donald Payne (NJ-10), Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), Kevin Yoder (KS-03), Rich Nugent (FL-11), Jim McDermott (WA-07), John Carter (TX-31), Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Doris Matsui (CA-06), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), Linda Sanchez (CA-38), Donna Edwards (MD-04), Steve Cohen (TN-09), Dan Lipinski (IL-03), Ami Bera (CA-07), Adam Schiff (CA-28).

Buford Road Pharmacy Post Office provides the same great services as a regular United States Post Office with less of the waiting. Our Post Office is open 6 days a week and is open later than most other post offices. As more and more post offices close we felt the need to offer our customers a streamlined way of getting all the post office needs in one convenient location.



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The Western Hemisphere Union







The reason President Obama has no ISIS strategy, is because no one wants to be in his corner, and, world leaders want America to be the Killer Cop of the World – at the cost of trillions to America tax payers!

What I suggest is the formation of the Western Hemisphere Union (the WHO) where half the world is SAVED! The rest of it can go to hell!

What I suggest, is, the European Union and the US give Putin the Eukraine, Syria, and Iraq, as a gesture of goodwill. After all, Putin is a Christian, and, would not be very happy to share his new promised land with a terrorist caliphate. Once Putin has established Killer Jesusland – instead of us – then we deport all Muslims. Islam will be banned from the WHU because it is a highly toxic and violent religion. Their counterpart, the Evangelical Doomsday Redneck Lovers will be deported to Alaska, the make-believe land of the Confederate Davey Crockets. Here Sarah Palin is installed as President for Life. She will have no real power, but for the power given to her by the Doomsday Jesus.

The WHU will adopt the Happy Jesus, the “Don’t worry be happy!” nice guy, who will wear a tan suit just like the one Obama wore. The Vatican will sign off on this liberal kind of guy, this second coming of Saint Francis who hates war, especially foreign wars.

“Make love, not war!”

Long live the WHU!

Jon the Nazarite

Further, the United States should muster a broad coalition of friends and allies with a stake in regional stability to help contain and facilitate the defeat of this growing international threat. These countries could contribute to air operations, provide intelligence or Special Forces or, at a minimum, provide funds and material support for anti-ISIL forces. They could also help support countries such as Jordan and Turkey, who can help form a bulwark against growing instability. The United States must also lead efforts to isolate and marginalize ISIL by cutting off its sources of international financing and acting to shut down its access to global financial networks. And given this expanded military mission, the president should go to Congress for a new authorization for the use of force, focused directly on the ISIL threat while carefully circumscribing the use of U.S. forces on the ground.

After a summer in which Islamic State militants have rampaged through Iraq and Syria, declared an Islamic caliphate, recruited extremists from abroad and claimed credit for decapitating American journalist James Foley, President Obama vowed earlier this week that “justice will be done” to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL or simply the Islamic State—a group that Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey have called an “imminent threat” to the United States with an “apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision.”

But the president has long resisted getting “dragged back into another ground war in Iraq,” as he recently reiterated, and in a White House press conference on Thursday, he made clear he has not yet made up his mind about how exactly to counter the terrorist group, aside from dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to talk with other countries in the region and tasking Hagel and Dempsey to “prepare a range of options.” Asked whether he would get approval from Congress before potentially going into Syria, Obama said it would depend what kind of intervention, if any, the United States pursues: “We don’t have a strategy yet,” he admitted.

While the president deliberates, we at Politico Magazine decided to ask for some suggestions, and so went to some of the country’s top defense thinkers—hailing from the military brass to the Pentagon to Congress. Here’s what they think Obama’s strategy should look like.


Bomb the Islamic State

By Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap

Some evils in this world can only be stopped by force. ISIL is one of them.

ISIL might be adept at sadistically brutalizing the helpless, but if President Obama orders a robust and sustained American air campaign, the militants might well find themselves on the receiving end of military force so ferocious that it could unhinge their most hardened fighters.

Some pundits like to insist that airpower can’t do much, but they need to look harder at how ISIL’s style creates liabilities for itself. ISIL arrogantly eschews the furtive, hit-and-run tactics that other Iraqi (and Afghan) militants used to escape being bludgeoned by U.S. fighters and bombers. Rather, they like to collect themselves into brazenly visible groups and use their reputation for savagery to scatter their already terrorized opponents.

All of this actually makes them vulnerable to a determined American air campaign. Among other things, ISIL isn’t going to “scatter” or intimidate American airpower. What’s more, ISIL’s penchant for operating openly—as well as for seizing, occupying and trying to administer territory instead of hiding quietly among the civilian populace—presents targeting opportunities that other terrorists assiduously avoid.

If American airpower dominates the skies, no ISIL militant can count on seeing another sunrise. Some ISIL fighters might think they can endure airstrikes having undergone some desultory bombing by Syrian or Iraqi air forces, but that experience doesn’t give them even an inkling of the hell that the United States can unleash from the air.

All human beings have a primal fear of being relentlessly hunted by a ruthless predator against which they have no defense. And that is exactly the kind of psychological effect that today’s airpower can impose on ISIL. At a minimum, a muscular American air campaign can force the group to become so preoccupied with its own survival that its dream of establishing a terror caliphate is bound to suffer.

Airpower can also be applied without putting American “boots on the ground,” as the president has promised to avoid. Of course, ground-based spotters can help in certain, very specific circumstances, but U.S. airpower can conduct precision strikes deep into enemy-held territory without such assistance. Once an air campaign forces ISIL to give up operating openly and obliges them to disperse and hide, local ground forces can direct airstrikes that are very discreet and accurate.

Will using force against ISIL invite terror attacks in the United States? Certainly not to any greater degree than is already the case. If we want to have any real hope of preventing such attacks, ISIL needs to be struck—hard, and now.

Airpower or, indeed, any kind of military force isn’t the whole solution to the ideological threat ISIL poses. But it’s a grave mistake to underestimate what it can do—immediately—to halt ISIL’s barbarism and give real hope to the forces battling them.

Charles J. Dunlap, a retired Air Force major general, is professor and executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law.


Strike the Enemy, Arm the Rebels

Since he ran against Barack Obama in 2008 as the Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain has become the president’s fiercest critic on foreign policy. This is especially true when it comes to the rise of the Islamic State terrorist organization, what McCain has called “probably the greatest threat to the security of the United States since the end of the Cold War.”

McCain has been ahead of almost everyone else on Capitol Hill in calling for military assistance to the moderate rebel Free Syrian Army and, more recently, U.S. air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria. And within hours of Obama’s White House news conference Thursday—his first since returning from vacation—the Arizona senator blasted the president for appearing to hesitate yet again over how to respond to the threat from Islamic State. “I’m still recovering from watching it,” McCain said in a telephone interview with Politico Magazine, repeating one of Obama’s remarks in disbelief. “‘We don’t have a strategy yet?’ The president articulated a view of the world that is Orwellian. … There’s no recognition of what we’re facing there.” (In his news conference, Obama said he was still examining “a range of options” about what the United States could do to go after ISIL in Syria.)

McCain accused the Obama White House of inducing both Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey to “walk back” strident remarks they made about the Islamic State earlier in the week, in which they appeared to suggest that U.S. military action in Syria might be imminent. “His people, especially Dempsey and Hagel, got way out front there,” said McCain. “They painted a picture that requires action, and then within 24 hours you saw them both backtrack—what can only be described as a complete reversal.” (White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden responded: “The idea that the president, or anyone at the White House, pressured Secretary Hagel or Chairman Dempsey to walk back their comments is just plain false.” The Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, also said the allegation was “absolutely untrue.”)

McCain believes the United States should target the Islamic State from the air in both Iraq and Syria and arm the Kurdish pesh merga, though it should not go so far as to ally with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Their main operations are still conducted out of bases in Syria, so we have to go after them there,” he said of ISIL. “I would even establish that humanitarian zone we’ve talked about and I still support equipping the Free Syrian Army to the point where they can be major players.” —Michael Hirsh


Root Out Extremist Ideology

By Douglas Feith

The ISIL threat is pushing President Obama into military action. But the U.S. strategy should be more than force.

The most salient characteristic of the Islamic State is that it’s ideological. These aren’t people engaged in ordinary interest politics. They are religious extremists who, with extraordinary brutality, are trying to remake the world according to what they believe are the dictates of Islam. And if we’re going to stop them, to deal with them as an enemy and a “cancer,” as the president has said we have to do, we should try to understand what they believe—what ideas motivate them. To defeat them, we have to counter their ability to replenish and grow their force, to recruit and indoctrinate new members. In other words, we have to counter the appeal of their ideology.

The U.S. government is not good at understanding, much less battling against, the ideology of Islamist extremists. This was a problem even before the Obama administration, but it is certainly still a problem now. Soon after President Obama came into office, his counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, and now CIA director, gave a speech in which he explained how President Obama’s approach to fighting terrorists was different from President Bush’s:

Portraying this as a “global” war risks reinforcing the very image that al Qaeda seeks to project of itself—that it is a highly organized, global entity capable of replacing sovereign nations with a global caliphate. And nothing could be further from the truth. … Nor does President Obama see this challenge as a fight against “jihadists.” Describing terrorists in this way—using a legitimate term, “jihad,” meaning to purify oneself or to wage a holy struggle for a moral goal—risks giving these murderers the religious legitimacy they desperately seek but in no way deserve. Worse, it risks reinforcing the idea that the United States is somehow at war with Islam itself.

First of all, it’s bizarre for a U.S. official to opine on the legitimacy of a religious term like “jihad”—let alone to define it as a “holy struggle for moral good.” What Brennan was really doing was bending over backwards to say that our fight with these people is not ideological. Brennan insisted that “violent extremists” (not “jihadists”) are extreme not because of their beliefs but because they suffer from certain conditions—lack of political outlets and of jobs. Those conditions may make some people more receptive to terrorist recruitment, but the essence of the problem is the ideology. Outside the world of Islam, many millions of people are unfree and unemployed, but the problem of terrorist violence is nowhere near the magnitude of the problem in Muslim communities. President Obama has come around to calling ISIL “jihadists,” but he still relies on a CIA director—the man who runs the institution responsible for informing the government about what our enemies believe—who insists on dancing around the problem.

ISIL isn’t murdering the Yazidis or brutalizing Iraqi Christians because of some policy dispute with the United States. The things they do that appall us as inhumane are things that ISIL fighters believe are religious requirements for them. Their extremism is not rooted in frustration about a lack of democratic politics. The ISIL murderer who decapitated the journalist James Foley apparently came from Britain, after all. Nor is Islamist extremism necessarily rooted in poverty; remember that the captain of the Sept. 11 hijackers was an engineer. Ignoring ISIL’s Islamist ideology is like trying to understand the Cold War without reference to communism or World War II without reference to Nazism.

How does the U.S. government counter this ideology? Part of the answer is systematically supporting people within the Muslim community who will tell ISIL, “You claim to speak for Islam, but you don’t speak for me.” The U.S. government isn’t and shouldn’t be anti-Islam, but it should oppose the Islamist ideology that ISIL promotes in the name of Islam. ISIL is setting up a caliphate that it says is universal—it claims to speak for Islam. It’s important that Muslims say that that’s not true. Some have done so, but they’re not anywhere near as vocal as the extremists. If ISIL is not challenged persistently and effectively by other Muslims, then ISIL will be credible when it says it represents Islam. Muslims who oppose the Islamism of ISIL, whether in Iraq or Indonesia or Britain, need microphones, as it were. They need platforms and resources. And they need security.

Defeating ISIL on the battlefield can help discredit its ideology, just as defeating Germany in World War II hurt the prestige of Nazi ideology. But ISIL is working hard to attract new young men and women into their ranks. So as the United States is fighting ISIL militarily, U.S. officials should be implementing a strategy to counter the Islamists ideologically—to prevent people from becoming committed extremists and dangerous enemies to begin with.

Douglas J. Feith, who served as under secretary of defense for policy from 2001 to 2005, is director of the Center for National Security Strategies at Hudson Institute.


Get America’s Friends On Board

By Lt. Gen. David Barno

President Obama is facing perhaps the most severe foreign policy test of his presidency today in Iraq and Syria. After withdrawing all but a handful of U.S. forces and ending the war in Iraq in late 2011, he has not only authorized the use of U.S. airpower to strike ISIL forces in northern Iraq, but also reportedly sent manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft across the border into Syria. The ISIL threat now has the world’s attention.

How serious is that threat? And what can the president do to address it? U.S. and allied intelligence agencies are sounding alarm bells about the estimated 2,000 to 3,000 ISIL foreign fighters of Western origin, who pose a serious and growing threat. Some of these U.S. and European passport-holders will return to their homelands infused with a deadly combination of combat experience and ideological fervor that could be easily aimed at Western targets. This lethal mixture poses a new and particularly insidious threat that some are characterizing as the most dangerous terrorist menace since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

It is increasingly clear that ISIL must be stopped. Finding a way to do so without putting thousands of American marines and soldiers on the ground is Obama’s central dilemma. ISIL’s military wing is large, combat-experienced and armed with first-rate captured U.S. and Russian equipment. In recent months, the group has easily overwhelmed Iraqi security forces and dealt serious blows to the capable Kurdish pesh merga. Only the recent application of U.S. air strikes has enabled those forces to stem ISIL advances. It remains unclear whether this approach will prove enough.

It is time for the United States to roll out an aggressive regional strategy to contain, disrupt and ultimately enable the defeat of ISIL. Such a strategy must involve not only U.S. friends in Middle Eastern states, but also European and other international allies of the United States as well. The president should increase the levels of targeted air attacks in Iraq, employ unmanned lethal drones to attack ISIL in Syria and selectively employ Special Forces and covert intelligence teams to assess and facilitate targeting of key ISIL military capabilities.

Further, the United States should muster a broad coalition of friends and allies with a stake in regional stability to help contain and facilitate the defeat of this growing international threat. These countries could contribute to air operations, provide intelligence or Special Forces or, at a minimum, provide funds and material support for anti-ISIL forces. They could also help support countries such as Jordan and Turkey, who can help form a bulwark against growing instability. The United States must also lead efforts to isolate and marginalize ISIL by cutting off its sources of international financing and acting to shut down its access to global financial networks. And given this expanded military mission, the president should go to Congress for a new authorization for the use of force, focused directly on the ISIL threat while carefully circumscribing the use of U.S. forces on the ground.

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Armagedon – Now!




For over three years I have been telling my close friends I own no dream of the future.

“I see no beauty, there. There night not be a future.”

In June I set myself up to author the next Ring Trilogy. I then call for good knight to come to Rose Mountain. This morning I discovered that Armageddon means ‘Mountain of Assembly’.

It appears our President has been asking for the backing of many nations in the new Cold War, and War against ISIS. I suspect most refused because they want the U.S. to do all the fighting, pay the cost of war, and take the brunt of terrorists attacks.

We should unite with Canada, Mexico, all the Americas, and create a New United States of America. We then turn our backs on the rest of the world and defend one common border.

ISIS and Russia will then be due for a War of Wars after the fall of Turkey. Let Russia nuke ISIS.

Jon the Nazarite

In what sounded like a warning to the West against imposing further sanctions on Russia, Putin reminded the outside world that Russia is nuclear-armed and ready to defend itself.

“Thank God, I think no one is thinking of unleashing a large-scale conflict with Russia. I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers,” he said.

Alluding to Western countries, Putin added that “Russia’s partners … should understand it’s best not to mess with us.”

The ISIS laptop contains a 19-page document in Arabic on how to develop biological weapons and how to weaponize the bubonic plague from infected animals.

“The advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge,” the document states.
The document includes instructions for how to test the weaponized disease safely, before it is used in a terrorist attack. “When the microbe is injected in small mice, the symptoms of the disease should start to appear within 24 hours,” the document says.

The laptop also includes a 26-page fatwa, or Islamic ruling, on the usage of weapons of mass destruction. “If Muslims cannot defeat the kafir [unbelievers] in a different way, it is permissible to use weapons of mass destruction,” states the fatwa by Saudi jihadi cleric Nasir al-Fahd, who is currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. “Even if it kills all of them and wipes them and their descendants off the face of the Earth.”



Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.” (Malachi 4:5)

Other scholars, including C. C. Torrey, Kline and Jordan argue that the word is derived from the Hebrew moed (מועד), meaning “assembly”.  Thus, “Armageddon” would mean “Mountain of Assembly,” which Jordan says is “a reference to the assembly at Mount Sinai, and to its replacement, Mount Zion.”[10]


The traditional viewpoint interprets this bible prophecy to be symbolic of the progression of the world toward the “great day of God, the Almighty” in which the great looming mountain of Gods just and holy wrath is poured out against unrepentant sinners, led by satan, in a literal end of the world final confrontation. Armageddon is the symbolic name given to this event based on scripture references regarding divine obliteration of God’s enemies. The hermeneutical method supports this position by referencing Judges 4 and 5 where God miraculously destroys the enemy of His elect, Israel, at Megiddo.[citation needed]
Christian scholar William Hendriksen says:
“For this cause, Har Magedon is the symbol of every battle in which, when the need is greatest and believers are oppressed, the Lord suddenly reveals His power in the interest of His distressed people and defeats the enemy. When Sennacherib’s 185,000 are slain by the angle of Jehovah, that is a shadow of the final Har-Magedon. When God grants a little handful of Maccabees a glorious victory over an enemy which far outnumbers it, that is a type of Har-Magedon. But the real, the great, the final Har Magedon coincides with the time of satan’s little season. Then the world, under the leadership of Satan, anti-Christian government, and anti-Christian religion – the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet – is gathered against the Church for the final battle, and the need is greatest; when God’s children, oppressed on every side, cry for help; then suddenly, dramatically, Christ will appear on the clouds of glory to deliver his people, that is Har-Magedon.” [12]



“This is a blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It defies all diplomatic efforts for a peaceful solution,” Rasmussen said.

“Despite Moscow’s hollow denials, it is now clear that Russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border into eastern and southeastern Ukraine,” Rasmussen said. “This is not an isolated action, but part of a dangerous pattern over many months to destabilize Ukraine as a sovereign nation.”

He warned Russia that its military involvement on its neighbor’s territory “can only deepen the crisis in the region, which Russia itself has created and has continued to fuel.”

Foreign ministers of the 28-nation European Union met in Milan, Italy, on Friday and heard appeals from some member nations for tougher sanctions against Russia to punish its latest aggression against Ukraine.

Send troops into the Ukraine, a non American ally that can’t even fight on their own against the Russians? If you want to go down there, go ahead, but until he hits a NATO country, we should not.

“We are now in the midst of the second Russian invasion of Ukraine within a year,” said Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, referring to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March. Citing the reported intrusion of Russian tanks and troops and the seizure of Novoazovsk this week, Bildt said the European alliance must “call a spade a spade.”

At the youth camp on the shores of Lake Seliger, northwest of Moscow, Putin was filmed chatting with young Russians about the need to be “ready to repel any aggression towards Russia.”

Putin denied that Russia was involved in the fighting in eastern Ukraine that has taken 2,600 lives since April, calling Ukrainians and Russians “one people.”

“This is a blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It defies all diplomatic efforts for a peaceful solution.”
– NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Russia’s deployment of troops and armor to eastern Ukraine

His visit to the youth camp came a day after Russian tanks and troops thundered into eastern Ukraine along the Sea of Azov, opening a new front for the embattled separatists who were on the verge of losing their last two strongholds in Donetsk and Luhansk to resurgent Ukrainian government forces.

In what sounded like a warning to the West against imposing further sanctions on Russia, Putin reminded the outside world that Russia is nuclear-armed and ready to defend itself.

“Thank God, I think no one is thinking of unleashing a large-scale conflict with Russia. I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers,” he said.

Alluding to Western countries, Putin added that “Russia’s partners … should understand it’s best not to mess with us.”

He compared the Ukrainian government’s offensive to retake territory seized by pro-Russia separatists to the 2 1/2-year siege of Leningrad, where as many as a million people died, most of hunger and disease. Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, is Putin’s hometown and his older brother died during the strangling Nazi encirclement, which remains a powerful symbol of Russian defiance.

Earlier Friday, Putin appealed to the separatists in eastern Ukraine to open a “humanitarian corridor” for trapped Ukrainian fighters to evacuate — a gesture likely intended by Putin to don the mantle of peacemaker. An unknown number of Ukrainian volunteer fighters have reportedly been surrounded by separatists in the town of Ilovaisk, in the Donetsk region, for more than a week.

Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said his forces would comply with Putin’s request on condition that Ukrainian troops surrender their weapons.

Protesters in Kiev have been rallying outside of the presidential offices and the Defense Ministry demanding action to rescue the surrounded fighters.

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Jessie Fremont – The Yosemite Muse



There is a Bill seeking to rename Mammoth Peak after my kindred, Jessie Benton Fremont. Jessie was bumped from the trip her daughter took to Yosemite and Mariposa Grove. Elizabeth Fremont met Glen Clark who built a cabin for her and her girlfriends, the first structure in this National Park. This famous mother and daughter wrote of their journeys, and life in Bear Valley located thirty miles from Yosemite.

John and Jessie discussed their anti-slavery stance, they declining their kindred William Preston’s invitation to join the Democratic party. John was nominated to run for President as a member of the newly formed Republican party. For her efforts to make Oregon and California slave-free States, Jessie deserves a mountain named after her.

Jon Presco

“Some of the accusations made against my
father in the campaign of ’56 were ludicrous
in the extreme, too silly for serious considera-
tion. He was vehemently attacked for noth-
ing more than wearing a moustache and
beard; was called a French actor recently
from Paris ; a Catholic ; a foreigner straying
into our country, boldly making an attempt
to take hold of the reins of government and
lead it to destruction!


The Woman Who Inspired the Saving of Yosemite Valley & the Mariposa Grove

(Editor’s Note: In an earlier Sierra Heritage, we presented the story, First Woman in the White House, on Jessie Benton Fremont’s incredible effort to help her husband’s presidential campaign. For years, author Craig MacDonald has been investigating how and who Jessie brought together in the first effort to save Yosemite, before John Muir arrived on the scene. We present this story in honor of this remarkable woman, who passed away 110 years ago this year. You can read more about her husband, John Charles Fremont, on page 12 in Along the Route of Hwy 99.)

Jessie Benton Fremont fell in love with Yosemite the very first time she saw it in the late 1850s. She had recently moved to California from back East and was totally awestruck with the unparalleled beautiful grandeur of the place. But she also was gravely concerned by what was starting to happen to this most spectacular scenery.

The wife of explorer John Charles Fremont envisioned settlers homesteading, orchards being planted, cattle and sheep overgrazing, loggers sawing down giant sequoias and wildlife being killed for food, fun and fortune. Jessie was determined to preserve and protect Yosemite and she did something about it. She gathered friends and others together in her homes at Bear Valley, near Mariposa (1858-59), and Black Point (1860-61), overlooking the Golden Gate in San Francisco.

She and her guests regularly discussed how to save Yosemite at afternoon teas and Sunday dinners. Jessie wrote a friend describing her one-three hour teas as “delightful and chatty.” Everyone at her teas and dinners had something to contribute. Among her guests were writers like Bret Harte, Herman Melville, Richard Henry Dana, Jr. and famous New York editor Horace Greeley.

Other friends, who enjoyed her hospitality, took prominent roles in the first effort to save Yosemite, including orator/writer/minister Thomas Starr King, photographer Carleton Watkins, businessman Israel Ward Raymond and geologists Josiah D. Whitney and William Ashburner. Mountaineer Galen Clark also visited with her on occasion. Effervescent Jessie inspired and encouraged her distinguished pals to lobby Congress, the media and acquaintances on the immediate need to preserve Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, before it was too late.

Jessie loved working behind the scenes, never desiring any credit for her role in orchestrating the first effort to save Yosemite. She preferred bringing people together, introducing them and planting her brilliant ideas in the minds of influential men. An excited Thomas Starr King wrote Randolph Ryers, on October 29, 1860: “I am going to dine today at Mrs. Fremont’s (Black Point) with Colonel Baker, the new Republican Senator from Oregon.” Baker was a good friend of Abraham Lincoln and helped spread the gospel for saving Yosemite Valley. He was just one of the politicians she invited to her friendly gatherings.

“Jessie’s role was that of a catalyst and muse, prodding and encouraging (them) to write and speak,” wrote John Henneberger of the National Park Service.

Her houseguests appreciated her advice and passion. Jessie knew what she was talking about. She was taught how to bring “the right” people together and lobby Congress and even Presidents by her father, Thomas Hart Benton, once the most powerful U.S. Senator in Washington.

AFTER we left Washington, we went to
Siasconset by the Sea, where we spent
the following summer. While there my father
was asked to permit the use of his name for
nomination as the presidential candidate on
the Democratic ticket. On account of his well
known aversion to slavery, it was suggested
that the party platform would permit alter-
nate states to come into the Union as slave
and free states, but my father would sign no
plank that did not make for absolute freedom.
A cousin of ours, William Preston of Ken-
tucky, afterwards Minister to Spain, urged
my father to be the standard bearer of the
Democratic party.

** Come with us; we are going to win,”
he urged, but my father would not forsake
principle for political honors, and he re-
mained firm in his decision.

After my father had given his answer, he
and my mother walked the bluff overlooking
the ocean, discussing the matter far into the
night, realizing all that it meant to them.
They knew that the slavery issue would soon



divide the country, and with that great issue
must come the parting of the ways for them —
the severance of close family ties and friend-
ships, for those sacred ties were severed as
hearts were broken, thick and fast, during the
dark days that followed, there being no com-
promise between North and South.

In speaking of that night in later years, I
have heard my mother say that the lighthouse
lighted up the bluff as they looked into the
dark future, while the silvery light of the
moon danced upon the ocean. ^^ The beacon
light blazed out,” said mother, ^* a warning
to the mariners, to save them from the rocks
ahead, but for us, alas! it lighted all our
hopes, strewing the shore with the wreck of
the loves and friendships of our past lives.”

Someone once said that my father should
have been called Moses, instead of John, for
like the biblical character, he was led up to
the hilltop and permitted to view the prom-
ised land below, though he never was per-
mitted to enter. He must have though of this
when he refused to lend his name for nomina-
tion as standard bearer of the Democratic
party in the campaign of ’56.

Our ride up to the Grove was over a pine-
needle covered trail, through a flower
scented forest of trees near the Sequoias.
The trees would be considered big elsewhere,
but there in close proximity to the largest
trees in the world, they were little noticed.

We made our camp in the grove near
Clark’s cabin, on the banks of the Merced
Eiver. “While we had heard about the great
trees, as we rode among them we realized
that we had no conception of their majestic
grandeur until we had seen them, as indeed
no one can appreciate them without seeing
them in their glory.

Clark guided us through the grove, de-
lighted with our awe and admiration of
them, for G-alen Clark, the keeper of the
grove, was also the discoverer of the trees and
died among them only a few short years ago.

Part of the grove had been accidentally
burned and after our ride through it, we
reached camp black as the actors in any min-
strel show could ever hope to be; so we de-
cided on a bath in the Merced, its glacier-
like waters eliciting many a piercing scream
at the first plunge.

That night our camp mattresses were made
of a thick pile of soft hemlock twigs, a deep


layer of hay spread over the twigs, and
blankets stretched upon them. At the sug-
gestion of Mr. Clark, we set fire to a fallen
pine tree, to make a night lamp for the
ladies, as Clark gaily put it, and the great
tree burned until morning dawned.

Our New York friend said it was too beau-
tiful to sleep, and as she had a well-trained
voice, she entertained us with strains from the
operas mother most liked, the rest of the
party joining in the choruses.

Very many years after, when Galen Clark
was in his extreme old age — he lived to be
more than ninety-six — he was passing
through Los Angeles and called to see my
mother, telling her that that musical night
was among his most cherished memories of
his life in the Mariposas.












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Mr. McCLINTOCK. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the
bill (H.R. 1192) to redesignate Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park
as “Mount Jessie Benton Fremont”.
The Clerk read the title of the bill.
The text of the bill is as follows:

H.R. 1192

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,


Congress finds that Jessie Benton Fremont–
(1) was the daughter of United States Senator Thomas Hart
Benton of Missouri, a leading proponent of the concept of
Manifest Destiny that advocated for the Nation to expand its
borders westward;
(2) became fluent in French and Spanish, was a gifted
writer, and was at ease in any political discussion;
(3) married John C. Fremont, who was assigned to explore
the West;
(4) transformed John C. Fremont’s descriptions from his
treks into prose that was used by pioneers to guide their
route West;
(5) traveled to California in 1849 to join her husband at
their Mariposa ranch, where gold had been discovered;
(6) became involved in John C. Fremont’s 1856 campaign for
Presidency, which proposed the abolition of slavery, a notion
that Jessie Benton Fremont also supported;
(7) moved to Bear Valley, California, with her husband John
C. Fremont in 1858 and thereafter realized the need to
preserve the land that would become Yosemite National Park
for future generations;
(8) entertained men such as Horace Greeley, Thomas Starr
King, and United States Senator Edward Baker of Oregon, and
urged them to begin a process that ultimately led to the
establishment of Yosemite National Park;
(9) influenced President Abraham Lincoln to sign the Act
entitled “An Act authorizing a Grant to the State of
California of the `Yo-Semite Valley’ and of the Land
embracing the `Mariposa Big Tree Grove’ ”, approved June 30,
1864 (commonly known as the Yosemite Grant), the first
instance of land being set aside specifically for its
preservation and public use by a national government; and
(10) set the foundation for the creation of national parks
and California State parks through her advocacy for and
influence on the Yosemite Grant.


(a) In General.–The peak known as “Mammoth Peak” in
Yosemite National Park (located at NPS coordinates 37.855 N,
-119.264 W) shall be redesignated as “Mount Jessie Benton
Fremont” and may be known informally as “Mt. Jessie” in
honor of the contributions of Jessie Benton Fremont to the
approval of the Yosemite Grant.
(b) References.–Any reference in a law, map, regulation,
document, record, or other paper of the United States to the
peak described in subsection (a) shall be considered to be a
reference to “Mount Jessie Benton Fremont”.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from
California (Mr. McClintock) and the gentleman from Maryland (Mr.
Cummings) each will control 20 minutes.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Maryland.

General Leave

Mr. McCLINTOCK. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members
may have 5 legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and
include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the
gentleman from California?
There was no objection.
Mr. McCLINTOCK. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may
Mr. Speaker, H.R. 1192 would redesignate Mammoth Peak in Yosemite
National Park as Mount Jessie Benton Fremont.
The bill is brought to us by a group of local park enthusiasts and
historians, with the support of the El Dorado County Historical
Society. Its purpose is to recognize this pioneer who played a
significant role in establishing Yosemite National Park.
Jessie Benton Fremont was the daughter of U.S. Senator Thomas Hart
Benton, a prominent Democrat who was a leading proponent of the
Nation’s westward expansion. In 1841, she married John C. Fremont, a
prominent Republican, an American military officer, explorer, and–
later–a Presidential candidate.
She traveled to California in 1849 and, soon thereafter, became one
of the most influential advocates for establishing Yosemite National
When we think of Yosemite, we think of John Muir. Ironically, John
Muir’s first visit to the park didn’t occur until 4 years after the
park was established. It only came to his attention, as it came to the
attention of so many, because Jessie Benton Fremont saw the beauty of
the valley, she appreciated its importance, and she began a passionate
crusade to preserve it for the American people to enjoy.
Jessie Benton Fremont was herself a gifted writer, and she used her
skill to transform her husband’s travel and exploration into popular
narratives that were used by pioneers to guide their route west.
After she came to California in 1849, Yosemite became her passion.
She published many accounts of the valley and

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hosted scores of dignitaries to see its wonders.
It was her deep love of Yosemite, coupled with her ceaseless
agitation, her boundless energy, and her political connections in both
parties that set in motion and drove the events that led to Congress
passing, and President Abraham Lincoln signing, the Yosemite Grant Act
150 years ago.
Remember, she did all of this in an age when women were expected to
be seen and not heard. She set an example of leadership that gave
inspiration and guidance to the next generation that ultimately
produced the movement toward women’s suffrage.
The Yosemite Grant Act was revolutionary in its day. It was the first
time in the Nation’s history that land had been set aside, in the words
of the Act, “on the express condition that the premises shall be held
for public use, resort, and recreation . . . for all time.”
Now, this act led ultimately to the creation of the National Park
Service in 1916 and to the preservation of so many other landscapes for
the American people to enjoy for their use and resort and recreation.
The Norman and Plantagenet kings of old set aside vast tracts of land
as their exclusive preserve, in which only a select few, with their
blessing, could enjoy. The Yosemite grant was the very opposite of
that. It set aside the most beautiful land in the Nation entirely for
the people.
The current name of the peak, Mammoth Peak, has absolutely no
historical significance. The name was originally conferred on that peak
because it was big. That is it.
Furthermore, this naming will eliminate a constant source of
confusion with Mammoth Mountain, a place that we have all heard of.
That is the major ski resort just a few hours outside of Yosemite
National Park. The Mammoth Peak we are referring to is inside Yosemite,
and if you find that confusing, well, so too do many tourists.
The fine point of the matter comes down to this: other persons who
had lesser or comparable roles in establishing Yosemite are all
commemorated by attaching their names to prominent features of the
park–Horace Greeley, Carlton Watkins, Thomas Starr King, and U.S.
Senators John Conness and Edward Baker.
The name of the dynamic force that moved all of those people, Jessie
Benton Fremont, is nowhere to be found on the names of features within
the park. This is a century-and-a-half oversight that we can correct
today by passing H.R. 1192.
Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.
Mr. CUMMINGS. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
Mr. Speaker, H.R. 1192 would designate Mammoth Peak in Yosemite
National Park as Mount Jessie Benton Fremont to honor Jessie Fremont’s
role in the early preservation of the Yosemite Valley.
Jessie Fremont was enchanted by the beauty of Yosemite Valley and
lobbied for its protection. Her efforts led to the passage of the
Yosemite Grant Act and, ultimately, the creation of the Yosemite
National Park.
Not only did she work to permanently protect the Yosemite Valley,
many Americans of her time became familiar with the vast unexplored
West from her recounting of her husband’s early explorations of the
American West with scout Kit Carson.
I would like to thank my colleague, Mr. McClintock, for recognizing
the contributions of American conservationists such as Jessie Fremont.
She not only is an important figure in the conservation movement in
this country, she is an important figure in women’s history as well.
Her accomplishments came at a time when women faced severe
discrimination, making her achievements even more remarkable, and so I
urge all of my colleagues to vote in favor of this legislation.
Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.
Mr. McCLINTOCK. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Maryland for
his kind words and yield back the balance of my time.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the
gentleman from California (Mr. McClintock) that the House suspend the
rules and pass the bill, H.R. 1192.
So (two-thirds being in the affirmative) the rules were suspended and
the bill was passed.
A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

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The Spindle and Distaff of the Templar Shroud






“U.S. authorities warn that IS poses the greatest threat in years with its “apocalyptic” vision.”

How many of my readers thought I had really flipped when I saw the awakening of a apocalyptic nightmare in the artwork of my ex-wife, Mary Ann Tharaldsen?

Pope Francis has called for a new crusade, but stops short of bidding Christians to take up arms. Instead, he called upon the secular United Nations to intervene on the behalf of religious people.

For over a month, I have been seeking a way to found a secular state, or cyber-nation, that would be a sanctuary to secular peoples such as my Jewish mathematician friends. I call upon Francis to call for a world-wide truce, and bid all Christian sects to end their long holy crusade against secular non-believers that are being targeted by ISIS. I am poised to found a new Knight Templar Order that will be secular in nature, but will contain a religious branch.

I am going to do a mock-up of a modern day secular I-Ching based upon the novels of Thomas Pynchon, where the literary genius crowd can consult the Pyhng-Ching using 49 of the 50 yarrow sticks in order to grasp what kind of secular day they can look forward to, or, own another clue who Tom was, and where he is at. He is the Liberal Confucius of our day.

ISIS has called my President a “crusader” who is spreading Freemasonry. The Templars have been associated with the Masons. This suggests ISIS was born on the World Wide Web spun by a rose-colored spider up in her high tower. Since June 30th, when I posted my apocolyptic vision, the whole world has had to bring out its weaving spider in order to repair the rents made my ISIS. They have put the world on the defense, which gives them the upper hand. This is why God born prophets to be warning sirens. The Benton family were Freemasons.


When the Pope called for the last crusade, there was no democracy in the world. The Papacy controlled the royalty of the world, and defended the divine right of kings. The Protestant religion did not exist. My ancestors were there at its inception. Pope Adrien came up with his own Reformation, and rescued the Knights of Saint John from Malta. Adrien also had Rosemondt found the Pope’s college for poor students.

The Rosamonds were in Basle when the weavers had their reformation that called for the world’s first democracy. This is key, for ISIS is first a threat to Democracy, then Religion. Sectarian Warfare has torn the world apart. Consider Ghandi and India and the rise of the neo-Confederate evangelical Red State Doomsayers who took over our Congress claiming their brand of Jesus founded a Democracy. Prove it!

But for John the Baptist, when Jesus rose from the water of his baptism, not one believer did he behold, Everyman was his potential friend. Jesus has evolved in to a simple Man of Democracy. What banner does he wave?
God has His own banner. It is not red, white, and blue!

The Catholic Church has engaged in forceful conversions, and ISIS is a Deadly Ghost from that Papal history. Denis de Rougemont co-founded the United Nations, and may be kin to the Rougemont Knights Templar who I proved owned the Shroud of Turin. For this reason I claim rightful ownership of the Linen Shroud in the name of my Rosamond Family Weavers who belonged to the Linen Weavers Guilds of Basle, and fought in the American Revolution under the “Don’t Tread On Me” flag in South Carolina.

I declare the image on this linen to be a Democratic Man born in America in 1776, and was crucified for wanting to free the slaves and for wanting women to won the right to vote. He is our Democratic Liberator and Gonfalon. As I see it, President Barack Obama, has come to the aid of those in dire stress, employing our Democratic Armed Forces against real Evil.

Our President is much more than a Crusader. The long silenced voices of the Knights Templar of Fontenette, salute our Commander in Chief.



In an apparent reference to the United States, Francis said “one nation alone cannot judge” the best means of stopping groups like ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State. Those decisions should be made collectively by the United Nations, the pontiff said.




The Ark upon the mountain
The Dove and Branch upon the sea
The hammers of iniquity
beat upon my forgotten tomb
I am awake upon the turbulant waters
My enemies cast lots
and blame me for their sins
while God’s friends
read me on the Day of Atonement
so all will be saved
so all will be united in peace
The sun went down on me
so long ago
The vine that grew over my head
has wilted in the desert of forgetfulness
But, there on a mountian
a purple haze
a rosy afterglow
in a King’s rosegarden atop a mount
that bid noble knights to climb hither
that beckon knights to sever a thread
and once again
be brave


“Senior Pentagon officials described the Islamic State (Isis) militant group as an “apocalyptic” organization that posed an “imminent threat” on Thursday, yet the highest-ranking officer in the US military said that in the short term, it was sufficient for the United States to “contain” the group that has reshaped the map of Iraq and Syria.”

I wrote about Thomas Pynchon’s apocalyptic visions. In the painting he refers to, I see the eight beauties weaving the Holy Shroud of Turin.


European leaders face calls to take direct action against the Islamic State including in Syria after the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, but politicians are reluctant to take the lead after previous missteps in the region.

Bennett Rosamond and I look alike. At the Mill I asked our guide, Bill, about a “weaver’s needle”. He showed me an object that could not have been what the Rougemonts wore on Crusade. We talked to five elderly women in the weaving room, and they concluded the needle was a spindle. I found myself in a living Fairy Tale, and Templar Legend.
On the floor of the mill was wool. We were given a sample to touch. The woman next to me asked if we could keep it, and gave half to me. See photo above of my piece of yarn.

Here is a post made October 3, 2011

The Rosenmund cote of arms contains a cross. Only a family that went on crusade can put a cross on their shield. This cross is made up of a weaving hook, according to the Rosamond family genealogists, and was worn as a tunic pin by the Rougemont Crusaders. What this cross is, is a spindle. The Knights Templar of Fontenotte had a spindle on the marker outside their chapel where in the place of roses, they have two camels that represent the Outremer, the Kingdom of God that was lost to Islam. It is time to awaken that kingdom from a long sleep.

The Templar cross is a spindle viewed from the top. We see it laid down on the monument. This is my revelation after attending a weavers convention at the Lane County fairgrounds where I saw a spindle that looked like a cross. I talked to an expert who was present, and he said this cross design had been around before the Crusades. This is evidence my Rosamond/Rougemont ancestors were Knights Templar.

Grimms named Briar Rose, Rosamond. She is pricked by a spindle and falls asleep. Her father’s kingdom falls asleep with her.

My grandfather, Royal Rosamond,was born of two roses, William Thomas Rosamond, and Ida Louisiana Rose. My mother was Rosemary Rosamond. Her mother was Mary Magdalene Rosamond. My late sister was Christine Rosamond Benton.

Gottschalk Rosemont gifted the Vatican with a large building that contained the weavers guilds of the Netherlands. This became Leuvain College where his grandson was master. Gottschalk Rosemont was the master of Falcom Art College, and wrote a book ‘Confessionals’ that he signed with the image of a rose, that is the same rose the Royal Family of Holland wear, but, in full bloom. This is the emblem of the Swan Brethren.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2011

Above is the Rosamond cote of arms that has a cross made of a weavers needle on a mount with two flowers. You can not have a cross in your cote of arms unless your kindred went on crusade. Did the Lords of Rougemont and Florimont go on Crusade? I believe they went as Knights Templar.

The Rosamond family were weavers for countless generations. Surely we took interest in the story of Sleeping Beauty. Perhaps, it is a family yarn whose woof and weave connects us to the bloodline of the Swan Knight? Hans Ulrich Rosemond was a weaver. Ulrich means “wolf ruler’, and Hans is John.

A month into World War Two, German troops entered the city of Louvain and utterly destroyed it because freedom fighter were allegedly sniping at the Kaizer’s men. Atrocities were committed. Nuns were stripped naked in search of weapons. Citizens were herded off to concecration camps. Louvain College was burned to the ground along with four Art Colleges. One of them was the Falcon Art College of which my ancestor Godeschald Rosemondt was the Master. Was his artwork lost in the flames?
Above is a photo of Rosemondt’s book that he signs with a Rose and Mont. There is a Habsburg cote of arms and a emplem for the Falcon College. The Rosemondts were members of the Swan Brethren who wore a pen of a closed rose surrounded by thorns.

Here is the story of the Sleeping Beauty Princess named Rosamond and a beautiful city full of Artists and Thinkers that is destroyed because of the Kulturekumpf (cutlure war) The Kaizer is waging against Catholics. Louvain is a famous Cathlic University that was established in a Weaver’s Hall donated by another Godeschalk Rosemondt. Losing a Weaver’s Rebellion, many weaver families fled to England.

I just found out about the destruction of Louvain this morning. I believe much of the Rosemondt Family history was lost. I believe I was born to raise it from the ashes. I am The Rose of the World.
The cote of arms of Louvain depicts a open book with empty pages. Consider the Faun showing Ofelia the book of the Crossroads – the Rose Crossroads. The Louvain atrocity preceeds the atrocities of Franco against the Freedom Fighters of Spain, and the Jews of Germany. Louvain was a portal into the future, a bell that sounded a warning.

A Seer said I go each knight to a place the Rosicrucians discovered called ‘The Catherdral of the Souls’ where I have a reserved seat at a great wooden table. There is a hood figure standing behind because I am……..The One.

Awake and rise my dear Roses! Arise!

Jon Presco

Copyright 2014

“Peter Rosemond further reported information from the Records Office in Basle that “before Basle the family resided in Holland up to 1338, and it is said they descended from the estate Rosemont, near Belfort, in France, where also the village Rougemont is found.”

A family coat-of-arms was registered in Basle about 1537 when the first Hans became a resident there. A reproduction of this coat-of-arms in the writer’s possession shows a weaver’s crook conspicuously, and it will be remembered that in Ireland our people were linen weavers and farmers, and that Edward, the elder, was a weaver in this country. Peter Rosemond had seen in print the letters from Erasmus to Gotschalk Rosemondt. He noticed that a seal used by a Rosemont in Holland, bearing a jumping fox,
was like an emblem he had noticed in a wall of the house Rebleuten-
Zunft in Basle. This seal dated back to 1430, whereas the coat-of-
arms above mentioned dates from 1534, it seems.

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People operating in their own consensual reality are a lot more dangerous.
ISIS accuses the Kurds (?) of being agents of the Freemasons turning to the Black of Washington or the Slave of Washington.
“So the dog of the Romans thrusted his air force into a new dilemma; and entered into a military pact with the agents of yesterday, the Kurds, to commit the same stupidity that he has not awakened to, even until now!” ISIS rants.
Apparently Obama is the dog of the Romans. Also a Freemason? And a Crusader. Lots of hats for a guy who mostly plays golf.
ISIS denies what the “satellite channels of lies” say that it was forced to retreat. Then it concedes that it carried out some “tactical withdrawals” which is proper milprop speak for retreat.

The former Labour leader – now a Middle East peace envoy – said failure to act now could lead to a terror attack in the UK. His comments led to an avalanche of criticisms.
Former deputy PM John Prescott accused Mr Blair of trying to take the West ‘back to the Crusades’.
And Clare Short, who also served in Mr Blair’s Cabinet, branded him a ‘complete American neocon’, adding: ‘More bombing will not solve it, it will just exacerbate it.’
Miss Short, who resigned over the decision to go to war, said Mr Blair had been ‘absolutely, consistently wrong, wrong, wrong’ on the issue of Iraq.
Mr Prescott, Mr Blair’s deputy at the time of the war, accused his political ally of trying to take the West ‘back to the Crusades’.
‘He says he’s disappointed with what has happened in Iraq… but he wants to invade somewhere else now,’ he told Sky News.

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The gonfalon, gonfalone (from the early Italian confalone), or “gonfanon” (from French heraldry) is a type of heraldic flag or banner, often pointed, swallow-tailed, or with several streamers, and suspended from a crossbar in an identical manner to the ancient Roman vexillum. It was first adopted by Italian medieval communes, and later, by local Guilds, Corporations and Districts.




Such a captive maiden, having plenty of time to think, soon realizes that her tower, its height and architecture, are like her ego only incidental: that what really keeps her where she is is magic, anonymous and malignant, visited on her from outside and for no reason at all. Having no apparatus except gut fear and female cunning to examine this formless magic, to understand how it works, how to measure its field strength, count its lines of force, she may fall back on superstition, or take up a useful hobby like embroidery, or go mad, or marry a disk jockey. If the tower is everywhere and the knight of deliverance no proof against its magic, what else?”
― Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49


52The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”…

The shroud is a herringbone twill with a 3:1 weave, of probably 1st century Syrian design. The flax fibrils contain entwisted cotton fibrils from a previous work of the loom. The cotton is Gossypium herbaceum, a Middle Eastern species not found in Europe


The release of a video this week showing Foley’s beheading by a black-clad Islamic State (IS) militant with a British accent has emerged as a possible game-changer in the fight against the jihadist group.

U.S. authorities warn that IS poses the greatest threat in years with its “apocalyptic” vision, and a YouGov poll published in Britain on Friday showed support for joining U.S. air strikes against the militants in Iraq rising six points to 43 percent.

Political leaders in Britain, France and Germany have so far ruled out joining military action in Iraq but reiterated their commitment to supporting Kurdish rebels fighting IS, which split from al Qaeda in a row over strategy.

An IFOP poll released on Thursday showed the majority of French people, 52 percent, approved of arming Iraqi Kurdish forces to tackle IS, which now controls one third of Iraq, and whose numbers have been bolstered by radicalized Muslims from Europe.

European leaders are expected to face greater pressure for involvement at a NATO meeting in Wales next month. Some politicians say it is time to take the fight to Syria, where the group has its power base, and even work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite condemnation of his regime.

“Sometimes you have to deal with somebody who’s nasty in order to deal with people who are even nastier,” Malcolm Rifkind, chairman of the British parliament’s intelligence and security committee and a former foreign secretary, told Reuters.

“If the Americans are as serious as they say they are about eliminating (IS) in Syria as well as in Iraq, you cannot do that by air strikes alone … you need boots on the ground.”

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, suggested on Thursday that IS would remain a danger until it could no longer count on safe havens in Syria.

Pope Francis has written to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, about the tough the situation in Iraq and called to fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) that controlling large territories in north of Iraq and Syria. The letter was sent to Ban Ki Moon at August 9, and released during last Wednesday (Aug 13) and was published by Rightwing News

The letter condemns the violence in Iraq, and calls to the international community to act swiftly and decisively in order to stop the humanitarian disaster currently taking place in the country.

The letter as it was published by Rightwing News:

“It is with a heavy and anguished heart that I have been following the dramatic events of these past few days in Northern Iraq where Christians and other religious minorities have been forced to flee from their homes and witness the destruction of their places of worship and religious patrimony. Moved by their plight, I have asked His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, who served as the Representative of my predecessors, Pope St John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, to the people in Iraq, to manifest my spiritual closeness and to express my concern, and that of the entire Catholic Church, for the intolerable suffering of those who only wish to live in peace, harmony and freedom in the land of their forefathers.

In the same spirit, I write to you, Mr Secretary-General, and place before you the tears, the suffering and the heartfelt cries of despair of Christians and other religious minorities of the beloved land of Iraq. In renewing my urgent appeal to the international community to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway, I encourage all the competent organs of the United Nations, in particular those responsible for security, peace, humanitarian law and assistance to refugees, to continue their efforts in accordance with the Preamble and relevant Articles of the United Nations Charter.

The violent attacks that are sweeping across Northern Iraq cannot but awaken the consciences of all men and women of goodwill to concrete acts of solidarity by protecting those affected or threatened by violence and assuring the necessary and urgent assistance for the many displaced people as well as their safe return to their cities and their homes. The tragic experiences of the Twentieth Century, and the most basic understanding of human dignity, compels the international community, particularly through the norms and mechanisms of international law, to do all that it can to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities.

Confident that my appeal, which I unite with those of the Oriental Patriarchs and other religious leaders, will meet with a positive reply, I take this opportunity to renew to your Excellency the assurances of my highest consideration”.

It seems that the Catholic Church supporting war. Also, the Pope and the Church have understood that sometimes, peaceful methods are not useful against extreme terror organization like ISIS. More over, other terror organizations such as Hizballah, announced that if ISIS will attack them in Lebanon or Syria, they will declare war against them. Lebanese, Syrian and Iraqi armies already fighting against the extremists.


British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius flatly ruled out any dialogue with Assad on Friday or sending troops, saying the best path was for an international coalition to work with the Iraqi government.

“We may very well find that on some occasions we are fighting the same people as he is but that doesn’t make us his ally and … it wouldn’t be practical, sensible or helpful to even think about going down that route,” Hammond told BBC Radio.

“We’re going to do it as part of an international coalition led by the United States, working with the Iraqis because the problem has to be tackled first of all in Iraq.”

With an election less than nine months away, the British government is well aware of public opposition to Britain’s role in invading Iraq with the United States in 2003 and last year it failed to get backing for military strikes on Syria.

The United States and Britain pulled out of striking Assad last year just hours before French planes had been due to take off. Paris will therefore want to ensure any coalition for action is committed before throwing its weight behind it.

“If we want to face the Islamic State, we have to face it in Iraq, but we can’t ignore the question in Syria. I don’t have the solution today, but the problem needs to be looked at from scratch,” Fabius said on Friday.

A French diplomatic source said a conference of regional states and major powers to find ways to tackle IS, including in Syria, would be held in Paris before the United Nations General Assembly in September.

“The Americans have come out strongly saying that (IS) can only be resolved by dealing with them in Syria too,” he told Reuters. “We have to see what they have in mind. What is certain is that the alternative is neither Assad nor the IS.”

Highlighting growing European consensus, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said the fight against Islamic State could be successful only if the militants were confronted in Syria as well as Iraq.

“Solutions for Iraq won’t be sustainable if we don’t also find a solution in Syria,” he told reporters in The Hague.

The German government dropped its self-imposed post-War ban on sending weapons into conflicts this week by deciding to join Britain and France in arming Iraqi Kurdish forces, although it is still unclear what exactly Germany will contribute.

Germany has shied away from direct involvement in military conflicts since World War Two, and the move was opposed by two-thirds of German voters, according to a poll on Friday.

With fears that the rise to power of IS has gone unchecked, growing numbers of politicians and combat experts are calling for stronger action.

British opposition Labour lawmaker Ann Clwyd, who was Britain’s special envoy to Iraq on human rights between 2003 and 2010, said she would support joining U.S. air strikes and sending combat troops if necessary. “While no one wants anyone to go to war if it can be avoided, when it can’t be avoided we should be facing up to it,” Clwyd told Reuters.

But for any concerted action it is likely there will be efforts to bring Russia and China into the fold through an international mandate, especially for any strikes on IS in Syria where the two countries blocked efforts to hit Assad last year.

“Even if you are targeting barbarians like the Islamic State, there is the problem of international law,” said Didier Billion, deputy director at the Paris-based Institute for International and Strategic Relations. “There would need to be a U.N. mandate to bomb the Islamic State to bring this conflict back into the international fold.”

(Additional reporting by Belinda Goldsmith, Sarah Young, Michael Holden in London, Marine Pennetier in Paris, Erik Kirschbaum in Berlin, Editing by David Stamp)

And forth she calls this trustye knighte,
In an unhappy houre;
Who with his clue of twined thread,
Came from this famous bower.
And when that they had wounded him,
The queene this thread did gette,
And went where Ladye Rosamonde
Was like an angell sette.





These graves are right along a paved road in the woods (I mean, the stones are right along the road). This cemetery is in bad shape. No one is taking care of it. It is over grown in weeds, trees and with poison oak and ivy everywhere. David, Mark and I ventured out into the cemetery a little ways. Couldn’t go to each stone because the poison oak & ivy is soooo thick. There aren’t many stones. Some graves are marked with field stones and doesn’t have any writing on them, and some of the field stones looked as those they had been chiseled on but you couldn’t read it. There are Mays buried there and one stone was a Williams. Stones are in bad shape, you can hardly read them. They have black mildew, moss or what ever from the trees, all over them. There is one stone laying on the ground in perfect condition. No mildew or anything on it. You can read it clearly. It is the marker of Lucrete Mays born Dec 14, 1797 died Feb 14, 1845. Y’all, this is probably Sarah “Sally” Mays Rosamond’s mother. What do you think?1812

The Rosemondts were Swan Brethren. Only members of the Dutch Royal Family can be members today. They wear a broach that depicts a closed rose with the word SICUT that is from the Torah.
2:2. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
Sicut lilium inter spinas sic amica mea inter filias


Rabbi Hezekiah opened, ‘Like a rose among thorns, so is my darling among the maidens’ (Song of Songs 2:2). Who is Rosa Mystica? Our Lady of Israel (Kneset Yisrael/ Matronita/ Sabbath Queen). For there is a Rose and then there is Rosa Mystica. Just as a rose among the thorns is coloured red and white, so Our Lady of Israel includes judgement and mercy. Just as a Rose has 13 petals, so Our Lady of Israel has 13 attributes of mercy surrounding her on every side. Similarly from the moment Elohim (God) is mentioned (in Genesis 1) he generates 13 words to surround Our Lady (in Eternity) and protect her. Then Elohim is mentioned again. Why again? To produce 5 sturdy leaves surrounding Rosa Mystica. These 5 are called Salvation (Yeshuot/Yeshuah), they are 5 gates. Concerning this mystery (raza) it is written: I shall raise the Cup of Salvation (Psalm 116:13). This is the cup of Blessing, which should rest on 5 fingers and no more – like the Rose sitting on 5 sturdy leaves, paradigm of 5 fingers. This Rosa Mystica is the Cup of Blessing” Zohar 1:1a.

The Zohar is a book that records many of the Jewish mystical insights and traditions that I believe have their source in the mystical teachings of the early Jewish Christians that founded the Church. These mystical teachings were passed on in secrecy in the Jewish community by certain schools of mystics. They were veiled in order to preserve these mysteries and disguise their Jewish Christian meaning.
The beginning of the Zohar reveals that the book is concerned with the mysteries connected with Rosa Mystica and her Son. Rosa Mystica is Our Lady also called Kneset Yisrael, Matronita and Sabbath Queen. This spouse of the Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) mirrors the mysteries of the Godhead as the Moon mirrors the Sun. She is the Woman (Isha) clothed with the Sun standing on the Moon.




Above is an illustration from ‘Eliduc and Guilliadun’ by Marie of France. ‘Guildeluec Reviving Guilliadun’, may be the inspiration of Grimm’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ who he named Rosamond. This led me to suspect that Marie of France is Joan Clifford, who was the paramour of King Henry de Anjou, Fair Rosamond.
For the last two days I have been searching the web for any connection between Marie of France, Fair Rosamond, and sleeping Beauty. In ‘Eliduc and Guilliadun’ there is a sleeping maiden who is revived by a red flower retrieved from the mouth of a weasel who found it in a deep forest. This is a resurrection from a death-like sleep, a coma, via a red flower that represents the blood of Christ.
In Marie’s ‘The Lay Of Yonec’ there is a beauty captured in a tower visited by a prince who changes into a hawk. The jealous husband puts barbs of steel around the window, that like the thorns of a rose, mortally wound the hawk-prince. Beauty follows the drops of her lovers red blood into a maze, a bower, replicating the legend of Fair Rosamond who was found in a labyrinth by a jealous queen via a red thread. Marie was a Arthurian Author who was influenced by Wace whose Roman de Rou is a Grail Legend.
Above we see Marie and Wace presenting their Grail Manuscripts to King Henry de Anjou.

“Suddenly it ran out of the chapel into the forest grass. There it picked a deep red flower with its teeth, then carried it quickly back and placed it in the mouth of the weasel the servant had killed. Instantly the animal came back to life. The wife had watched all this, and how she cried out to the servant.
“Catch it! Throw, boy! Don’t let it escape!”
He hurled his stick and hit the weasel. The blossom fell from between its teeth. Eliduc’s wife went and picked it up, then returned and placed the exquisite red flower in Guilliadun’s mouth. For a second or two nothing happened, but then the girl stirred, sighed, and opened her eyes (10).
“Good lord,” she murmured, “how long I’ve slept!”


There the damsel might have speech of none, except at the bidding of the ancient dame. More than seven years passed in this fashion. The lady had no children for her solace, and she never went forth from the castle to greet her kinsfolk and her friends.
Her loveliness began to fail, for she gave no thought to her person. Indeed at times she hated the very shadow of that beauty which had spoiled all her life.
Straightway he contrived a cunning gin for the slaying of this bird. He caused four blades of steel to be fashioned, with 148 point and edge sharper than the keenest razor. These he fastened firmly together, and set them securely within that window, by which the tercel would come to his lady.
Tenderly she called him to her side. Without any long tarrying the bird came flying at her will. He flew in at the open window, and was entangled amongst the blades of steel. One blade pierced his body so deeply, that the red blood gushed from the wound. When the falcon knew that his hurt was to death, he forced himself to pass the barrier, and coming before his lady fell upon her bed, so that the sheets were dabbled with his blood.
When the lady made her perilous leap she was clad only in her shift. Dressed in this fashion she set herself to follow the knight by the drops of blood which dripped from his wound. She went along the road that he had gone before, till she lighted on a little lodge. This lodge had but one door, and it was stained with blood.
But when the lady entered in the third chamber she saw a stately bed, that well she knew to be her friend’s. This bed was of inwrought gold, and was spread with silken cloths beyond price. The furniture was worth the ransom of a city, and waxen torches in sconces of silver lighted the chamber, burning night and day.
In the Roman de Brut by Wace, Brutus of Troy falls asleep before a statue of the goddess Diana in her abandoned temple and has a dream of the island he is destined to settle. This land is Britian.
Guildeluec stooped to pick up the fallen blossom. For a moment she hesitated, for her love for the knight was very great. Then she bent forward, and laid the stem of the flower between the rosy lips of the entranced Guilliadun. Immediately there were signs of life. The girl stirred, a blush came into her cheeks, and her lips parted. When her eyes opened, Guildeluec sighed and said, “Truly, never was there seen so fair a creature.”
Guildeluec soon explained to the awakened princess where she was, and received her fervent thanks for delivery from so strange a spell. With many tears, Guilliadun confessed to her unknown friend her love for the knight Eliduc, and the way she had followed him from her father’s court. Guildeluec heard her[315] [316]tale in silence, and when it was at an end, led her away from the hermitage to the palace, where the queen took the princess under her charge, and in the evening presented her with much pomp to the members of her court. When Eliduc saw Guilliadun alive and well, richly clad and lovelier than before, his heart rejoiced, but he turned away from her. Then came forward Guildeluec, who, with the queen’s permission, released him from his pledge to her, and gave him back his ring, saying she had determined to retire to a convent and devote her days to holy works.

Hughes de Rougemont of Villersexel was a Grand Master of the Knight Templars. Who is he?

Jon Presco

Copyright 2013


By this Charter, Ponce de Moysia, prior of Gigny, together with John of Chalon, count of Burgundy, soul, Lord of Coligny and of Andelot and Hugues de Rougemont, Grand Ma tre of the Temple, gave its seal authenticity to a famous donation. This was the one that Manasses of Coligny, brother of soul, made to the order of the Temple by receive Knight of the suzerainty of Montagna, Broissia, Eperigna (closed at Montfleur) and Holy Fountain (La Balme of Epy). This Charter, which also contains the name of the property, is one of the oldest written in French language. It mentions a large number of sites across the country and is of interest in more than one respect. Since this donation, the village of Montagna was nicknamed the Templar by distinction of Montagna-le-renewed, near Saint-Amour.
Excerpts from the history of the Canton of Saint-Julien sur Suran in Franche-Comté, book of Marius de VEYRE, corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences, Belles Lettres and Arts de Lyon (1965).

Hugues de Payens: the birth of the Templars: the memory regainedBy Thierry Leroy (Champagne historian

Humbert de Rougemont owned the Shroud of Turin
(Images: Montfort Castle home to Humbert and Margaret de


“June 1418: The widowed Margaret de Charny marries Humbert of
Villersexel, Count de la Roche, Lord of St.Hippolyte sur Doubs.”

Humbert de Villersexel is Humbert de Rougemont.


“1208 – Pons de la Roche presents to Amadeus de Tramelay, Archbishop
of Besançon, the Shroud that his son Othon de la Roche, Latin Duke
of Athens, had sent him from Constantinople.”

Aymon 2 de Rougemont was the Seigneur of Villersexel. He married
Guillemette de Ray, the daughter of Othon 2 de la Roche.

Othon 1 de la Roche (-before 1161) had a son named Pons de la Roche
the Seigneur de Ray. He first married Marguerite Tilchatel who may
be a Rougemont who came to own Til-Chatel. Guillaume, Gui, Humbert4,
Gui 2, and Thibaut 6 were Seigneurs of Til-Chatel. Othon then
married Pontia de Rougemont/de Dramelay the daughter of Thiebaud 2
de Rougemont. They has three children. Humbert, Thiebaud, and
Sibylle de la Roche. This union makes the Shroud the Rougemont
family icon, or relic.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2006

It has long been suspected the Knights Templars came to own the
Shroud of Turin, some scholars suggesting it is the Holy Graal
itself. Here is evidence this was the case.

Jeane de Vergy, the grandniece of Othon de la Roche, son of Pons de
la Roche, presented the shroud to Amadeus de Tramelay, Archbishop of
Besancon, and Latin Duke of Athens. Tramelay is also spelled
Dramelay, as in the case of Bernard Dramelay/Tramelay, the fourth
Grand Master of the Knights Templar. Fromond Dramelay married
N.Rougemont, and from them descend the de la Roches, they the Lords
of Neufchatel. You can follow the Rougemont line to Aumiry de
Rochefoucauld who was the Grand Master of the Templars in Paris.



The fifth son of Guy II of Rougemont and Guillemette de Coublant,
was lord of Pichanges. In December 1265, having
recalled the donations made to the temple by Aimon IV and Guy II, he
gave to the Templars, with the agreement of his elder brother, Jean,
Lord of Rougemont, the right of pasturage on his lands of Pichanges
and Spoy. He died in 1271 and was buried before the altar in the
chapel of Fontenotte and conferring his Templar rank of Preceptor


Humbert of Villersexel

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Humbert of Villersexel (1385-1437) County of la Roche, Lord of Villersexel, Maîche, ORB and Saint Hippolyte.

1 Biography
1.1 Shroud of Turin
2 . See also
3 External links
Humbert of Villersexel, from the House of Faucogney, was born in 1385, son of the count of La Roche Henri de Villersexel and Guillemette of Vergy (daughter of Jean II de Vergy’s House of Vergy)
In 1398, he married his first wife Marguerite of Montfaucon, (circa 1388-1410), ORB Lady, daughter of the count de Monbéliard Henri de Montbéliard, Montfaucon family.
In 1418, he married his second wife Marguerite de Charny (daughter of Lord Geoffroy II of Charny and widow by first marriage of Jean de Beauffremont (Maison de Bauffremont) killed at the battle of Agincourt in 1415. They have no children.
Humbert disappears in June 1437 at the age of 62 years, last count of the Roche.
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At the beginning of the XVe century, bands of brigands, large companies, then ravaging the France. Fearing for the preservation of the shroud, the canons of Lirey, who have inherited the relic, the Entrust 6 June 1418 Marguerite de Charny, granddaughter of Geoffroy de Charny, and her husband, Humbert of Villersexel.
In 1418, Humbert of Villersexel, count of the Roche and husband of Marguerite de Charny, plaça again the shroud in his castle of Montfort to protect it from looters and the hundred years warbands. It the then moved to Saint-Hippolyte (Doubs), another of his fiefs. At his death in 1438, the canons of Lirey appealed in court to force his wife to return the relic, but the Parliament of Dole and the Court of Besançon gave reason to the latter, who traveled in different places with the shroud, namely Cork, Geneva, Annecy, Paris, France, Nice.
On 13 September 1452, it exchanges the relic with Anne of Lusignan, wife of Duke Louis Ier of Savoy, against the castle of Varambon.

Humbert III de Rougemont, squire , lord of Rougemont and Autoreille cited in charters of Charity and Grace Dieu ( Besancon ) in 1230 , 1233 and 1239 .
Mariage et succession : Marriage and succession:
Il épouse Elvis/Aleydis (de Durnay ?) de qui il a : He married Elvis / Aleydis (of Durnay?) Who has:
Thiébaud IV qui suit, Thiébaud IV below,
Hugues, il épouse Alix de Ray, Hugues, he married Alix de Ray,
Odon ou Eudes, (? – 23 juin 1301), archevêque de Besançon de 1269 à 1301 . Odo or Eudes (? – 23 June 1301), Archbishop of Besançon from 1269 to 1301 . Inhumé devant le grand autel de l’ abbaye Notre-Dame de Bellevaux , Buried before the high altar of the Abbey of Our Lady of Bellevaux ,
Isabelle, elle épouse Jean de la Roche , Isabelle, she married Jean de la Roche ,
Clémence, elle épouse Ponce/Pons de la Roche-Chambornay. Clemence, she married Ponce / Pons de la Roche-Chambornay.

( Humbert de ROUGEMONT ) ( Humbert of ROUGEMONT )
Titres: Seigneur de Rougemont en Franche-Comté Titles: Lord of Rougemont in Franche-Comté

Né vers 1260 julien Born about 1260 Julian
Décédé Deceased
Parents Parents
Thibaud III de ROUGEMONT , Seigneur de Rougemont en Franche-Comté , Vicomte de Besançon , né vers 1230 julien, décédé après 1265 julien Thibaud III of Rougemont , Rougemont Lord of Franche-Comté , Besançon Viscount , born about 1230 Julian, died after 1265 Julian
Marié avec Married
Comtesse de BELMONT Countess of Belmont
Union(s), enfant(s) , les petits enfants et les arrière-petits-enfants Union (s), child (ren), grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Marié après 1306 julien avec Isabelle de ROCHEFORT , née vers 1280 julien, décédée Julian married after 1306 with Isabelle de Rochefort , born about 1280 Julian, died
Marié avec Agnès de DURNAY , née vers 1270 julien, décédée en 1306 julien à l’âge de peut-être 36 ans (Parents : Married Agnes DURNAY , born about 1270 Julian, Julian died in 1306 at the age of maybe 36 years (Parents: Gérard II DE DURNAY , Seigneur de Durnes ca 1245-1275 & Gerard DURNAY II , Lord of Durnes ca 1245-1275 & Marguerite DE JOUX ca 1245- ) dont Marguerite JOUX ca 1245 -), whose
Thibaud IV de ROUGEMONT 1269- Thibaud IV ROUGEMONT 1269 -
Marguerite de ROUGEMONT ca 1290-1350 mariée vers 1310 julien avec Etienne III , Baron d’Oiselet ca 1290-1335 dont Daisy ROUGEMONT ca 1290-1350 married around 1310 with Julian Stephen III , Baron Oiselet which ca 1290-1335
Jean I , Baron d’Oiselet †1372 marié avant 1335 julien avec Isabelle de VILLERSEXEL †1368 dont : John I , Baron Oiselet † 1372 married before 1335 Julian with Isabella VILLERSEXEL † 1368 including:
Etienne IV , Baron d’Oiselet 1338-1402 Stephen IV , Baron Oiselet 1338-1402
Jeanne d’OISELET †1400 Jeanne birdie † 1400
Jean II d’OISELET 1335-1355 John II birdie 1335-1355
Élisabeth d’OISELET ca 1325- mariée avec Gauthier de CHAUVIREY , Chevalier 1327/- dont : Elizabeth of birdie ca 1325 – married Gauthier Chauvirey , Knight 1327 / – including:
Odette de CHAUVIREY , Dame de Chauvirey-le-Vieil †ca 1345 Odette Chauvirey , Lady Chauvirey-the-Old † ca 1345
Odon ou Eudes de ROUGEMONT /1299-1341 Odo or Eudes de Rougemont / 1299-1341
Fratrie Siblings
Isabelle de ROUGEMONT ca 1225- Mariée vers 1243 avec Robert Ier de CHOISEUL ca 1223- Isabelle de Rougemont ca 1225 – Married about 1243 with Robert I of CHOISEUL ca 1223 -
Humbert III de ROUGEMONT , Seigneur de Rougemont en Franche-Comté ca 1260- Marié après 1306 julien avec Isabelle de ROCHEFORT ca 1280- Humbert III of Rougemont, Rougemont Lord of Franche-Comté ca 1260 – after 1306 Married with Julian Isabelle de Rochefort ca 1280 -
Humbert III de ROUGEMONT, Seigneur de Rougemont en Franche-Comté ca 1260- Marié avec Agnès de DURNAY ca 1270-1306 Humbert III of Rougemont, Rougemont Lord of Franche-Comté ca 1260 – Married Agnes DURNAY ca 1270-1306



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A Kingdom and Democracy in a Attic

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Yesterday we learned our heroic President sent special forces into Syria to try and rescue the journalist that was beheaded, and other that were being held for ransom. My great grandfather commanded the U.S.S. Constitution that lay cannon fire on a barbarous caliph who held Americans and Europeans for ransom. “Before Islamic extremists brutally beheaded an American journalist on camera, they demanded $132 million in ransom from his family and his employer.
Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists began sending the serious messages to James Foley’s family and the GlobalPost last fall, Philip Balboni, the news agency’s head, told CNN.
At first the infrequent messages made political and financial demands. Then, last week, the fighters sent an hateful email saying Foley would be killed.

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“The invasion of Algiers began on 5 July 1830 with a naval bombardment by a fleet under Admiral Duperré, and a landing by troops under Louis Auguste Victor de Ghaisne, comte de Bourmont. The French quickly defeated the troops of Hussein Dey, the Ottoman ruler, but native resistance was widespread.”

Before Virgina’s ancestor Comte de Bourmont (along with Admiral Duperre) made war against the Muslim Pirates in Algiers in 1830 – in 1803 my great grandfather helped Captain the U.S.S. Constitution against the Barbary Pirates in Tripoli. Captain Isaac Hull helped put Marines ashore in order to put an end to the seizing of American ships and holding Americans hostage for ransom. This is the same motive for France invading Algiers. Hull softened up the Muslim Deys for Bourmont – who had to know American forces went before him. However, de Bourmont was for a French Monarchy, as opposed to…

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