Why Throw Jesus Off Cliff?

It is obvious Pope Francis loathes everything our Fake President stands for. I am going to defend the poor, the sick, and hungry from the republican cuts. I have been chosen to be God’s champion by Bill Cornwell’s desire to throw me off a cliff. Bill runs RED HOT! There is a reddish tint to him.

Satan took the form of the Tea Party crazy who wanted me out of the picture so he could have my grandson to himself. Bill Cornwell could not sire a child. Note the bear bottles around the bottom of his shirt. I declared myself a Nazarite thirty years ago. I have been sober, hence. Bill wanted me to take another drink because my sober message was a great threat to him. He refused to take a blood-sugar test because Heather suspected he was a diabetic.

Jon ‘The Nazarite’

In the Hebrew Bible, a nazirite or nazarite is one who voluntarily took a vow described in Numbers 6:1–21. “Nazarite” comes from the Hebrew word נזיר nazir meaning “consecrated” or “separated”.[1] This vow required the person to:

  • Abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins, intoxicating liquors,[2] vinegar made from such substances,[3] and eating or drinking any substance that contains any trace of grapes.[4]

Throwing Jesus Off A Cliff

Jesus began a tax rebellion that led to the war with Rome. Jesus was very aware slave economics was destroying the Kingdon of God, and other civilizations that sought Liberty.

The American tax rebellion is funded by the rich so they can aim it at the poor – steer it away from themselves! The rich are expendable – too! They can be replaced.

Below is a post I made a year ago.

Jon

I have been asking folks why there was an attempt to throw Jesus off a cliff. There are three possible answers:

1. He was recognized as the Scapegoat worthy of human sacrifice.
2. He had promised to restore the Jubilee in the place of his birth and evict the false landlords from the property of his kinfolk who had become indentured slaves.
3. He promises to save the Gentiles and not the Jews.

“No prophet is accepted in his hometown… There were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet only one of them was cleansed-only Naaman the Syrian”. (Luke 4:24, 27).

In looking at the genealogy of my kindred, the Rougemonts, I discovered they were Knights Templar who owned the shroud of Turin. Eight years ago I found an article that said Rougemont Castle was bought by a consortium of un-named men. The Templars were alleged prophets – and bankers. I suspect Rougemont Castle was bought by world bankers who made Rougemont a capital of offshore banking.

There has been several attempt to throw my revelations off a cliff.

Jon Presco

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Total commercialization; everywhere perversities; rebellious youth
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When the millennium begins, which comes after the millennium
Will gold be in the blood
Who looks at the sky, there are dollars
Whoever steps into the temple, where traders meet
The lenders will be money changers and usurers.
But the fire will smolder
Each city will be a Sodom and Gomorrah
And the children will become a glowing clouds
They will lift the old flags.

Luke 4:21-30 provides us with a glimpse of the ramifications of Jesus’ homecoming to Nazareth. It all begins rather well earlier in the chapter, when Jesus–being filled with the Holy Spirit after his temptations in the wilderness–returns to Galilee and to his hometown of Nazareth. Once there he goes to the Synagogue on the Sabbath day (which, as Luke reminds us, was his custom). While there he exercises the right of every Jewish man to take part in the reading and interpretation of scripture (as an aside, the account given here of Synagogue worship is among the earliest accounts we have). He reads the following passage from Isaiah, saying:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

In Luke 4, Jesus visited his hometown of Nazareth. He had already achieved considerable local fame, owing to his extraordinary teaching and miracles (4:14). So, when the Sabbath came around, Jesus was invited to read the Scriptures in the synagogue. He selected a passage from chapter 61 of Isaiah, a text that announces the mission of the Messiah. After reading this passage, Jesus sat down, assuming the posture of a teacher. Then he said, “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day” (4:21).
At first the people in the synagogue were impressed by what Jesus said. But then he stirred the pot by predicting that he would not be accepted in Nazareth and by connecting his ministry to the actions of the prophets Elijah and Elisha, who healed Gentiles but not their fellow Jews. This angered the synagogue congregation, which drove Jesus to the edge of a hill so as to push him off. Somehow, he managed to escape.
Why did the people in Nazareth spurn Jesus? To put it simply, he failed to meet their expectations. When he refused to do what they wanted, they were quick to reject him. Plus, they were understandably fearful that his messianic message might bring Roman wrath down upon them. Better to get rid of Jesus than to let him mess up their lives!

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Christian Leaders on Budget Cuts

Christian Missionary work is being threatened. Trump is with the Pope. My grandson ate food stamp food. Then, he was put on the Drunken Nazi Plan. My daughter made a case I was a “insane parasite” and if I tried to defend myself from her accusation, then I did not deserve SSI because my desire to defend myself is proof I am sane. She pointed to my religious blogs as proof I was coo-coo. If Hillary had been elected, then, my Biblical knowledge would still be dismissed and used as evidence I am mad! Several experts have concluded Trump is insane – and a traitor!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pope-welcomes-trump-at-the-vatican-despite-past-disagreements/2017/05/24/9b3381c6-4056-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html?utm_term=.4c81d1a15fa1

Jon

“Jesus made it very clear we have a duty and obligation as Christians and as citizens of this country to take care of each other. Democrat, Republican, Independent — we should look after one another,” he said. “But I think a fundamental argument we’re having today is what’s the duty of the federal government. We’re all here on this committee making decisions about other people’s money.”

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Leading Christian leaders, including Bread for the World, today urged members of the House of Representatives to vote “No” on a proposed bill that will further cut SNAP (the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) by $40 billion over the next 10 years.

The proposed bill is expected to be brought to the full House for a vote this week. If passed, the bill would leave up to 4 million poor, childless adults hungry and 210,000 children without free school meals.  These cuts would be on top of substantial across-the-board cuts coming on November 1 due to the expiration of the 2009 Recovery Act.

In letters to their members of Congress, the Christian leaders expressed deep moral outrage over these proposed new cuts and their effects on the nation’s most vulnerable people. Copies of their letters are available online at www.circleofprotection.us.

The leaders are from the Circle of Protection, a coalition of more than 65 heads of denominations and religious agencies, plus more than 5,000 church pastors. They have been working for more than two years to resist federal budget cuts that undermine the lives, dignity, and rights of poor and vulnerable people.

Although SNAP benefits are modest, an average of less than $1.50 per person per meal, SNAP is the nation’s foremost tool against hunger and hardship, particularly during recessions and periods of high unemployment. Currently, 47 million Americans benefit from SNAP, but that number is expected to be greatly reduced once the economy recovers.  SNAP is designed to expand in periods of great need and contract when the economy is better.

Many of the organizations that belong to the Circle of Protection have also mobilized their members to urge their representatives to vote “No” on this new bill.  If the proposed bill passes, it will go to conference with the Senate version in an effort to compromise on a final farm bill.

Quotes from key Christian leaders appear below.  The letters are available at www.circleofprotection.us.

WASHINGTON — Republican and Democrats sparred this week on where Jesus Christ would stand on food stamps, a federal program that supported 47 million Americans last year.

On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee approved Republican legislation that would reform farm subsidies and trim the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by roughly $2.5 billion a year. Republicans want fewer Americans to qualify for food stamps simply because they receive benefits from another safety net program. Under the new legislation, more people would have to pass income and asset tests to be eligible for food stamps. Nearly 2 million fewer people would qualify.

Rep. Juan Vargas, a California Democrat and former member of the Jesuits, a Catholic religious order, said he favored a Democratic amendment to undo the cuts because Jesus made himself clear on feeding the poor.

“Jesus kinda fools around and gives you parables. He doesn’t oftentimes say exactly what he means,” Vargas said. “But in Matthew 25 he’s very, very clear. And he delineates what it takes to get into the kingdom of heaven very, very clearly. And he says how you treat the least among us, the least of our brothers, that’s how you treat him.”

In Matthew 25, Jesus describes those who will enter heaven as anyone who gave him food when he was hungry, invited him into their homes when he was a stranger, clothed him, cared for him while he was sick and visited him in prison. “The extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even the least of them, you did it to me,” Jesus says.

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said during the hearing that he, too, is a follower of Christ.

“I read this chapter of Matthew 25 to speak to me as an individual,” Conaway, a Southern Baptist, said. “I don’t read it to speak to the United States government. And so I would take a little bit of umbrage with you on that. Clearly, you and I are charged that we do those kinds of things but [our government is not] charged with that.”

Many religious groups lobby Congress on federal nutrition programs. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Jewish Federations of North America, and dozens of religious and secular organizations signed a letter to Congress last week urging members to oppose food stamp cuts. “If SNAP is weakened, our nation will see more hunger and food insecurity, worse health and educational outcomes, and higher health costs,” it said.

While religious leaders in the U.S. have thrown their weight behind food stamps and government assistance programs, Pope Francis also spoke more broadly Thursday on his views on “cult of money” in his first address at the Vatican global finance.

Addressing new ambassadors to the Vatican, Francis described the prevalence around the world of an “an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal,” resulting in people who “have to struggle to live and, frequently, to live in an undignified way.”

“In circumstances like these, solidarity, which is the treasure of the poor, is often considered counterproductive, opposed to the logic of finance and the economy. While the income of a minority is increasing exponentially, that of the majority is crumbling,” Francis said. “This imbalance results from ideologies which uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and thus deny the right of control to states, which are themselves charged with providing for the common good.”

Former Pope Benedict XVI had a similar view. In a Christmas address in 2011 that touched on Europe’s financial crisis, Benedict said that “solidarity, commitment to one’s neighbor and responsibility toward the poor and suffering are largely uncontroversial” but that the “motivation is often lacking … to make sacrifices.”

This week’s debate was not the first time lawmakers brought religion into disagreements over economic issues and helping the poor. Amid debates over the debt ceiling, federal budget cuts and the fiscal cliff over the last two years, dozens of prominent denominational and church leaders formed a coalition called the Circle of Protection, to lobby for the protection of assistance programs. In 2012, liberal Catholic groups in particular criticized former vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who prominently supported broad budget cuts to government assistance. A Catholic, he said his views came from the Catholic principle of subsidiarity, meaning that decisions should happen at the lowest level of government that can handle them most effectively — often individuals — instead of big bureaucracies.

But groups like the Circle of Protection don’t always sway Republican policy. During the food-stamp debate on Wednesday, other Republicans disagreed with Vargas’ position and his reading of the Bible.

“The Bible says lots of things,” Rep. Stephen Lee Fincher (R-Tenn.) said. He pointed to Matthew 26:11, which says “for you always have the poor with you,” then 2 Thessalonians 3:10, which says “for even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: If anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” Republicans have argued that programs like food stamps discourage work and make the safety net more of a hammock.

“Jesus made it very clear we have a duty and obligation as Christians and as citizens of this country to take care of each other. Democrat, Republican, Independent — we should look after one another,” he said. “But I think a fundamental argument we’re having today is what’s the duty of the federal government. We’re all here on this committee making decisions about other people’s money.”

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) cited Ephesians 2:8-9, which says, “for by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

“It always looks good when politicians can go say, we brought a bunch of money to this project here or that project there, standing next to this big, giant blown-up check somewhere and saying, ‘look what we did for you.’ That’s all someone else’s money,” LaMalfa said. “We should be doing this as individuals, helping the poor.”

Several Democrats noted that even with 47 million Americans benefiting from SNAP, some people are still hungry.

“Christians, Jews, Muslims, whatever — we’re failing our brothers and sisters here,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said.

Press release quotes from some of the letters:

Rev. Brian Adams, Minister for Economic Justice, Disciples Center for Public Witness:
“I far too regularly have to turn away people in need of help.  We can offer a few non-perishable goods, but far from enough to sustain the many people around us, and not the perishable goods they need to have a healthy diet.  If we as a nation seek to be founded in our Judeo-Christian influences, we cannot be faithful in doing so without, though laws and government, caring for the poor in our land.  When a country’s rules do not give the poor in their land what God intends, suffering is not far behind.”

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals:
“During the Great Recession, the number of Americans needing food aid has understandably increased.  Millions of families survived very hard times thanks in part to this assistance.  Children were protected from irreversible developmental damage.  Hunger-related health care costs were averted.  We support efforts to reduce our annual deficits and enact structural reforms to bring our revenues and expenses back into balance.  But we believe this can be done without further burdening our most vulnerable citizens, and without cutting appropriations for vital food assistance programs.”

The Most Reverend Stephen E. Blaire, Bishop of Stockton, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
“Adequate and nutritious food is a fundamental human right and a basic need that is integral to protecting the life and dignity of the human person.  How the House chooses to address our nation’s hunger and nutrition programs will have profound human and moral consequences.  This is a crucial time for our nation to place a circle of protection around programs that build a more just framework and put poor and hungry people first.”

Rev. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World and laureate, World Food Prize:
“These proposed cuts are a clear indication that some in Congress underestimate the hunger that is present in millions of American homes.  The amendment picks on the poorest people in the country.  This is morally and economically unacceptable especially as some areas continue to experience high unemployment.  Congress needs to focus on creating more jobs and not cut programs that stave off hunger for millions of people.”

Rev. Lisa R. Harris, Coordinator, American Baptist Home Mission Societies:
“Far too many Americans rely on SNAP today, but high participation is not from a surge of laziness.  Over 30 percent of SNAP households are working households.  The real problem is the economy and the fact that too many jobs don’t pay enough for parents to be able to put food on the table and provide for their children.  11.5 million people remain unemployed, and 4.2 million people have been looking for work over 26 weeks.”

Rev. Carlos Malave, Executive Director, Christian Churches Together in the USA:
“The Bible calls us to care for our neighbor and remember ‘the least of these.’ The cuts included in the bill violate this principle.  SNAP is one of the country’s most important anti-hunger programs, and this bill could leave up to six million people without vital food assistance.”

Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, General Secretary, American Baptist Churches USA:
“Cutting SNAP and taking away vital nutrition assistance from children, seniors, low-wage workers, and persons with disabilities will not address the larger economic trends or create more jobs with adequate wages.  Instead, this type of bill will punish those struggling to get by.”

Dr. Ann Scholz, Associate Director for Social Mission, LCWR:
“It is not just a bad idea, it is morally indefensible.  Our faith calls us to respect the dignity of each and every person and to give particular care to those most in need.  The proposed cuts to SNAP violate these principles.  SNAP was the primary prevention against hunger for children and families during the recession.  Such devastating cuts are simply inexcusable.  We must make good on the promise that this country, if you are willing to work, you won’t have to see your children go to bed hungry.”

Peter Vander Meulen, Coordinator, Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice:
“We are called, as Christians, to protect the most vulnerable.  It is with this commitment in mind that we urge you to protect millions who so desperately depend on SNAP.  In the US, 11.5 million people remain unemployed, and many who are employed receive low paying wages not sufficient enough to feed their children.”

Jim Wallis, President, Sojourners:
“These immoral cuts are incongruent with the shared values of our nation. They demonstrate the triumph of political ideology and self-interest over sound public policy and concern for the general welfare. Actions like these foster cynicism and distrust of government in the everyday Americans who struggle to meet their families’ basic needs and create a better life for their children.”

The Circle of Protection is composed of more than 65 heads of denominations, relief and development agencies, and other Christian organizations. For more information, please visit www.circleofprotection.us.

SOURCE Bread for the World

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/clinton-trump-budget-shows-unimaginable-cruelty/ar-BBBt8gY?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

The former Democratic presidential nominee, who recently declared herself part of the Trump resistance, lashed out at the Republican president’s spending plan in aggressive terms after being honored in New York City by the Children’s Health Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps provide health care to poor and homeless children.

“This administration and Republicans in Congress are mounting an onslaught against the needs of children and people with disabilities, women and seniors,” Clinton charged.

She said the budget, which was released earlier in the day, “shows an unimaginable level of cruelty and lack of imagination and disdain for the struggles of millions of Americans, including millions of children.”

She added, “None of us can remain silent in the face of these attacks.”

Trump’s budget calls for a drastic rollback of programs for the poor and disabled along with a robust hike for the military and border security. The plan, which won’t become law without Congress’ approval, is laced with $3.6 trillion in cuts to domestic agencies, food stamps, Medicaid, highway funding, crop insurance and medical research, among others.

“It hurts the well-being of children,” Clinton said. “It’s time to send a resounding message that we will not stand for this attack on the most vulnerable among us.”

Earlier in the month, Clinton launched a new political organization designed to push back against Trump’s agenda. She said the group would “encourage people to get involved, organize and even run for office.”

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/03/16/more-than-100-christian-leaders-urge-congress-to-reject-trumps-proposed-deep-cuts-to-foreign-aid/

Today, there are 65 million displaced people, the most since World War II, and 795 million people still go to bed hungry every night,” the letter said. “Matthew 25 tells us when we serve the least of these, we are serving the Lord. As people of faith, we cannot turn our back on those in desperate need.”

“We are grateful,” it continued, “for America’s global development and diplomacy programs that have been instrumental in saving lives, safeguarding religious liberties, and keeping America safe and secure.”

“[The cuts] should come as a surprise to no one who watched the campaign,” he said. “The president said, specifically, hundreds of times, you covered him, ‘I’m going to spend less money on people overseas and more money on people back home,’ and that’s exactly what we’re doing with this budget.”

But many Christian leaders are not happy with the proposal.

The letter’s signatories include leaders such as Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York; Christian singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith; Dr. Ronnie Floyd, immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention; the Rev. Johnnie Moore, humanitarian and author of the book, “Defying ISIS;” and Rich Stearns, president of World Vision USA.

“America is blessed with fertile land, abundant natural resources, a strong economy and faithful citizens who value religious freedom,” they wrote. “But beyond our borders, many countries experience unparalleled suffering and loss of life due to extreme poverty, disease, natural disasters and conflict.”

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170328006247/en/Christian-Leaders-Speak-Budget-Cuts-Poor-March

Christian Leaders to Speak Out on Budget Cuts Against the Poor During March 29 Capitol Hill Press Conference and Vigil

March 28, 2017 01:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Wednesday, March 29, a diverse group of Christian leaders will join in a press conference and prayer vigil on the Capitol grounds to protest proposed legislation that would disproportionally harm poor and vulnerable people. The leaders are members of the Circle of Protection, a broad coalition from all the families of U.S. Christianity who have come together around the biblical mandate to protect the poor.

In addition to ongoing concern about cuts to Medicaid, the administration’s budget blueprint proposes cuts to a wide array of domestic anti-poverty programs, including nutrition, housing, heating, and community development. The budget also aims to slash foreign aid at a time of worsening famine. The Circle of Protection, which believes that budgets are moral documents, opposes these cuts and will make their voices known to congressional leadership.

Participants in the event include Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Rev. David Beckmann of Bread for the World, and dozens of other key faith leaders – including heads of communions.

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Welfare For Cowboys

I will be writing the Governor of Montana to look into the relationship Rena Easton has with Dan Mayland.

Jon ‘The Nazarite’

http://www.alternet.org/economy/exposing-americas-billionaire-welfare-ranchers

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170328006247/en/Christian-Leaders-Speak-Budget-Cuts-Poor-March

Christian Leaders to Speak Out on Budget Cuts Against the Poor During March 29 Capitol Hill Press Conference and Vigil

March 28, 2017 01:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Wednesday, March 29, a diverse group of Christian leaders will join in a press conference and prayer vigil on the Capitol grounds to protest proposed legislation that would disproportionally harm poor and vulnerable people. The leaders are members of the Circle of Protection, a broad coalition from all the families of U.S. Christianity who have come together around the biblical mandate to protect the poor.

In addition to ongoing concern about cuts to Medicaid, the administration’s budget blueprint proposes cuts to a wide array of domestic anti-poverty programs, including nutrition, housing, heating, and community development. The budget also aims to slash foreign aid at a time of worsening famine. The Circle of Protection, which believes that budgets are moral documents, opposes these cuts and will make their voices known to congressional leadership.

Participants in the event include Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Rev. David Beckmann of Bread for the World, and dozens of other key faith leaders – including heads of communions.

7 kinds of government subsidies those angry ranchers get that you don’t

One of the central complaints of the cracker terrorists currently holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is about “government overreach.”

That phrase is commonly used on the right — applied to everything from income tax to background checks for gun sales — and it’s unavoidable if you follow the Republican presidential primary. Ben Carson, for example, wrote that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — a government agency that helps protect people from banks, debt collectors, payday lenders, and other predatory financial institutions — is “the ultimate example of regulatory overreach, a nanny state mechanism asserting its control over everyday Americans that they did not want, did not ask for and do not need.” Ted Cruz also has a problem with government overreach, which, he says, includes dozens of programs like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Oddly, neither Carson nor Cruz think that forcing a woman seeking an abortion to listen to her fetus’ heartbeat counts as overreach, but that’s because they like the idea. Basically, “overreach” just means anything the government does that these guys don’t like.

The rogue ranchers in Oregon misuse the term in the same way. The Bundy family, which is spearheading this little terrorist sit-in, is pissed off that the government won’t let them graze their cattle on public lands for free because of this perceived “overreach.” They’re also mad that Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond were sentenced to five years in prison for violating the law by setting fire to federal lands; that’s overreach too. When, however, government action benefits them, the armed cowboys don’t see any overreach at all.

In fact, the Bundys and Hammonds have been generously subsidized by the Big Government they claim to oppose. Here are just a few examples of welfare programs these families and other ranchers receive:

  • The Hammonds, whose arson conviction inspired the action in Malheur, received almost $300,000 in federal disaster payments and subsidies from the mid-90s to 2012.
  • The Hammonds benefited from a government program that kills predators so they won’t attack ranchers’ and farmers’ livestock, Reveal reports. Specifically, the U.S. government shot five coyotes from the air for the Hammonds between 2009 and 2011, which, according to one expert’s estimate, would have cost taxpayers about $8,000. In fact, USDA Wildlife Services — an opaque and ironically named agency — spends $100 million annually to kill millions of animals, much of that in support of ranching and agricultural interests.
  • The Bundys graze cattle on federal land, a privilege for which the government charges a dirt-cheap price. Federal grazing fees were just $1.35 for a cow and calf per month in 2012, while the going rate on private land was about $20 — that’s a 93 percent discount for ranchers using federal land, as FiveThirtyEight points out. (And even that wasn’t good enough for the Bundys; family patriarch Cliven Bundy has grazed his cattle on federal land without a permit since 1993, and refused to pay more than $1 million in fines and fees, which led to his infamous standoff last year.)
  • Half of the grazing fees that ranchers pay the federal government come right back to benefit the ranchers. As U.S. News reported last year, “50 percent of grazing fees collected by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service (or $10 million, whichever is greater) go to a range betterment fund in the Treasury. According to the bureau, these so-called ‘Range Improvement Funds’ are used ‘solely for labor, materials, and final survey and design of projects,’ presumably benefiting ranchers.”
  • Ranchers can cash in on a federal drought disaster relief program. In a particularly ironic case last year, some Nevada ranchers illegally grazed their cattle on public land that been closed to protect it during the ongoing Western drought, denying that the drought existed at all. But it turns out that two of the families leading that rebellion had received $2.2 million in federal drought relief funds the previous year.

All of these subsidies to ranchers also cost the environment. The Center for Biological Diversity sums up the ecological costs of cattle grazing: “By destroying vegetation, damaging wildlife habitats and disrupting natural processes, livestock grazing wreaks ecological havoc on riparian areas, rivers, deserts, grasslands and forests alike — causing significant harm to species and the ecosystems on which they depend.”

Clearly, the vigilante ranchers — and Republican presidential hopefuls — are only concerned about “government overreach” when they see it as a threat to their own agendas. When it’s lining their pockets? Well, that’s just good government.

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Did Bill and Heather Want Me Dead?

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Six months after our family reunion in Bullhead City, Bill Cornwell calls me on the phone and accuses me of traumatizing my daughter by calling Heather too many times – after she does not pick up for me!

“She agreed to by my Trustee, Bill, I need her to purchase some things – for me.”

Bill Cornwell was furious I and my grandson had a good talk in the car – after he told me he faked being carsick. He wanted me to give Tyler the cold shoulder and not talk to him. This is a drunken baby lunatic like Trump who Bill reminds me of. He convinced Heather I was a parasite on society. I believe he wanted to throw me in the Grand Canyon to get my money, and get me out of the way.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/analysis-trump-to-poor-americans-get-to-work-or-lose-your-benefits/ar-BBBqccT?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/clinton-trump-budget-shows-unimaginable-cruelty/ar-BBBt8gY?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

The former Democratic presidential nominee, who recently declared herself part of the Trump resistance, lashed out at the Republican president’s spending plan in aggressive terms after being honored in New York City by the Children’s Health Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps provide health care to poor and homeless children.

“This administration and Republicans in Congress are mounting an onslaught against the needs of children and people with disabilities, women and seniors,” Clinton charged.

She said the budget, which was released earlier in the day, “shows an unimaginable level of cruelty and lack of imagination and disdain for the struggles of millions of Americans, including millions of children.”

She added, “None of us can remain silent in the face of these attacks.”

Trump’s budget calls for a drastic rollback of programs for the poor and disabled along with a robust hike for the military and border security. The plan, which won’t become law without Congress’ approval, is laced with $3.6 trillion in cuts to domestic agencies, food stamps, Medicaid, highway funding, crop insurance and medical research, among others.

“It hurts the well-being of children,” Clinton said. “It’s time to send a resounding message that we will not stand for this attack on the most vulnerable among us.”

Earlier in the month, Clinton launched a new political organization designed to push back against Trump’s agenda. She said the group would “encourage people to get involved, organize and even run for office.”

Bill knew this was the truth, and I knew it really irked him, because after my grandson, Tyler Hunt, got car sick, and Heather took him into the desert to throw-up, Bill said this to me from the driver’s seat;

“You know, Tyler is just faking being sick in order to get attention from his mother. I’m trying to break him of this habit by ignoring him.”

When I was looking at videos I shot two years ago, I noticed I had caught Tyler really being sick. It was Bill’s Dream to drive on Route 66, and being a race car drive, he was really burning up the road on tight curves. No being able to see the road because the high seat-backs, make me noxious. I was not enjoying the feeling of the rear end, sliding, nor was Tyler. I wish I had got my camera out when we stopped, and not after Bill maligned my grandson’s character, he basically saying he was a fraud.

In this phone conversation Bill accuses me of ruing Tyler’s vacation by getting “tired”. This Big Baby is referring to me tiring in the cave he insister we stop in on the way to the Grand Canyon – because of the altitude! Bill rushed ahead, leaving me behind. Tyler turned and said;

“Wait for Papa!”

You can see how fare behind I was in this video. Bill was furious when I came up to this dude who was allegedly ready to propose to my daughter after knowing here – and Tyler – for only two months. He really digs my daughter, but, is having doubts about her son, because, Tyler has behavior issues. Bill of course, does not. So, to make this relationship work, Heather has given her sexy funfilled drunken lover carte blanche to make over my grandson in his image, so he will not long be a malingerer – like his grandfather! It must be something in my genes, that escpaped desvistating my daughter’s life, but, lay this six year old boy – low!

Bill Cornwell is a professional Child Handler like his father the ex-cop and Military Drill Sargent who name I failed to record. This Big Bullish Man is a real G.I. doll and a Tea Party Crazy, who flew to Texas to meet his future daughter-in-law, and her son! Of course he was impressed with Heather, the professionally trained Starlette, but, was not impressed with this six year old boy who was not brought up right. I mean, look at the good job he did on Little Billy!

Bill made my daughter late in getting to the Las Vegas Airport. He had to attend his pit bosses wedding that came up after my sister, Vicki, paid for Heather and Tyler’s fare. She had never met Tyler. Heather’s aunt Linda, her lover, were too alcoholic to pick us up. Vicki had to get up early for her twelve hour day, and was pissed when she had to wait two hours. I would not let my sister get in the long line of cars at the MGM where Bill was going to go on a two day drunken bachelor party thingy-wingy, which they made some movies about! He later let me know he had to walk two blocks.

When Heather and I went to pick him up at the Greyhound, we were twenty minutes late. Bill was struggling to get in some shade because it was 110%. Bill was really hung-over and needed a greasy slice of pizza that helps his stomach ache, coats it with grease In the store, I saw Billy Boy trying on cowboy hats, because he got a little burn waiting for us. I bought Vicki a new wooden toilet seat, because the one in the guest bathroom was broken.

I was hoping Billy Baby would get a clue and buy Vicki something to make up for the inconvenience he caused her. Heather’s job was to take care of her Lover Boy, and did not get aunt Vicki anything, either. For the next four days, I saw my daughter buy Bill Beer Boy, one cold one after another to be sure he stayed hydrated! These were not cheap beers! If I was still a drinking man I would have bought Billy the cheapest beer in the cooler, you know, Brown beer, with the duck hunter on the can! And, if he whined at me, I would have kicked his ass!

When Bill started reciting the history of the Vincent Rice Trust, where members of my family were left about a half million dollars, he told me I was being stingy with that money I got from the government. When I tried to tell him I could not spend that money the way he wanted, because a Special Needs Trust was set up for me, he called me a liar. I demanded he put Heather on the phone.

“Did you tell Bill all about my personal finances?”
“Yes!” she spat.
“Why?”
“Because we love each other, and we took an oath to tell each other everything.”

Heather told me Billy Beer gave her a job just after they met, which entailed she being the chief fundraiser for his racing career. Heather did not tell me er and her Bubba Redneck Boy were going to talk about going into the Bar&Grill business with aunt Linda and Flip, who died of acute alcoholism a year later.

Above is a photo of Billy and his Play Bar his daddy bought him so he would stay at home and not waste all his money on the high cost of booze in a bar. Note the nautical theme. This is Billy the Pirate with some mother’s child dressed in a sailor suit. Bill almost had a son before Heather and Tyler came along. Now that he had a woman to cook for him, Little Baby Dearest would not be eating steak at the Steak & Brew, laying out his paycheck, and washing it down with six pack at $8 bucks a pop!

Being she was my Trustee&Daugter, Heather felt she should give me some warning about what trouble was coming my way, lest I screech at her, ask why she did not let me know Billy would be competing with me for all the attention, and for my grandson. In a called she said;

“I’ve decided to downgrade my expectations. I no longer want to be a famous singer. I just want to sing at little clubs.”

Heather did not tell me Bill talked her into hitting up her rich aunt for money to open a Bar& Grill. You see, Bill Cornwell does not have a steady job. He is a handy man who talked someone into drive their race car, because that is Bill’s dream, to be a race car driver. Bill has never won a race!

Jon Presco

 

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Dayrl Bulkley – Kidnapper!

Six years ago, my family became one of the first victims of Tea Party Crazies sick need to hurt the poor and disabled. Tom Cornwell flew from Texas to meet my daughter and grandson, who his son, Bill, was considering marrying. Bill could not get anyone pregnant, and his father was wanting a grandson. They wanted mine. The began to dehumanize me, render me a sub-human without feelings. Heather told me Bill refused to help his mother who was confined to a wheelchair due to obesity.

 

Yesterday, I used a friends cellphone to look at my daughter’s facebook so I could see what members pf my family she is conversing with. In particular I wanted to see if my cousin Daryl Bulkley was going behind my back to make an unhealthy bond wit my offspring – after I told her not to. My dagther owes me a fromible apology. As long as Daryle and others don’t think so, then this apology will never arrive, and, I will never see my grandson again. Tyler Hunt, is a minor. When Heather Hanson was seventeen, her mother and her family disappeared my daughter – which is illegal in California! The big questione here is, how many members of my family believe I deserved to lose my child – and my grandshild? What is my crime? What did I do?

Well, for one thing, I failed to Worship and Adore my vain self-centered daughter as if she was born of the Virgin Mary. I could not see the messages that were posted, but, I did click on the “comments” of yet another photograph of the Anointed One. Dayrl asks Heather if she is saving the best of these images of herself, because she wants to announce;

“I have 29 albums!”………..of you!

Boy, does this Old Hag know the way to a vain woman’s heart! How many albums does she have of her daughter, her only child? Is she beautiful like my daughter? What comes to mind, is, Daryl is writing  a book about our family, behind my back, and, my daughter is the Star, and I am the Villain. Patrice Hanson is a Stage Mother, a tiresome promoter of our daughter I alas got to meet when she was sixteen. Heather raises herself the only way she knows how. She’s still looking for that Big Pay Day that was promised her. This is Child Abuse!

I never met Daryl, but before my daughter came into my life, she did not like what I wrote. She suggested, I am insane. Heather and Bill Cornwell, declared me thus. Bill’s father wanted my grandson, because Bill could not get a woman pregnant, like Randy.  Dayrl is wooing and grooming my daughter. Why?  Dayrl was a good girl in school and got good grades. Her military branch of the family were always conducting Sanity Hearings, especially of the children. Is Dayrl a Lesbian? Did she suggest Heather is in her Will?

In the top photo we see Leah, Heather’s ex-best friend whose mother practiced tough love. They made a plan on the train to have Leah come live with me, but, this ugly girl flipped out and was threatening to beat on her friend. She is crazy, like Bill Cornwell, and, Ryan Hunt, who refused to marry Heather, and sired two more sons by another woman he refused to marry.

What Daryl is doing, is preventing Heather and I from making amends – after she admits she did severe things wrong that ended our relationship. In this respect Daryl Bulkley has helped kidnap my grandson, who I have not seen is six years. All her life Heather was told how beautiful and talented she was, many seducers were outsiders. Rex, Patrice’s live in lover, took a stack of videos at talent contests. Having her father see her as beautiful and talented, was not important as it was my late sister seeing Heather, so, she could further her career. What career? Heather is not that pretty, or talented. Daryl is contributing to Heather’s severe mental illness.

I have no criminal record. I have never hurt anyone. I have thirty years sobriety. The real history and truth, is, my family keeps taking from me everything they can get. Why? In 1992 I began a sober autobiography titled ‘Bonds With Angels’ in hope all members of my family would get into AA so we could be on the same page. Christine drowned on her first sober birthday. Her autobiography was disappeared because family drunks were threatened. I suspect drunken Bill Cornwell wanted to throw me into the Grand Canyon. He and Heather called me a “parasite” because I get food stamps and SSI. I’m sure my religious views on this got me labeled “insane”.

https://rosamondpress.com/2017/05/24/did-bill-and-heather-want-me-dead/

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170328006247/en/Christian-Leaders-Speak-Budget-Cuts-Poor-March

When Heather and her family came in my life, MORE alcoholics were threatened! They just wanted to get some of Christine’s money. They deserved it, even though they knew Heather was my child, and not Randy Delpianos. I told my daughter OUR MIRACLE was our book. When my uncle left me and ten members of my family, a half million dollars, Heather plotted with her raging alcoholic lover, on how family money could back their Bar&Grill. After calling me a “parasite” I ended my relationship with all the Hansons. I forbid Dayrl to see my daughter. She ignored me, and I have not seen, or heard from grandson in over six years. Right after he was born I slipped Christine’s AA Coin into William Stuttmeister’s crypt. Christine and my Sober and Sane Story will help thousands!

What is Dayrl going to do with her 29 albums when she dies? I will be throwing out all my family photos – just before I die! Heather does not want them. The outsiders that took over Christine’s artistic legacy did not want our family photos – that I rescued! Patrice wanted Tom Snyder to write my family story which he did. The Mommy&Daughter team tried to get me to join Scientology and be a feather in their cap. Drunken aunt Linda wanted Heather to grab all our money and bring it home to the Destructive Hansons in order to enhance their lifestyle. Snyder accused my family of looting Christine’s house. The kidnapping of my daughter, goes on, and on! I have never been allowed to adore my only child without my kindred – gaming me!

Giving my daughter power over her father gave many of my kin a big thrill and sick opportunity to deal with the abuse they receive from their Dead Daddies. Dayrl asked me if Mark Presco was sane, and why can’t he write our biography, anyone but me! She did not want me to write anything bad about anyone, which is to say she wanted our book to be about here, how good and sane she is, the deserved matriarch who followed all the rules. How boring! What’s to write about? What did she achieve?

Mark told me he read the rough draft of Tom Snyder’s terrible book. I asked him why he didn’t contribute. He said;

“I couldn’t think of anything nice to say about her!”

But, he enjoyed full bragging rights, when Christine’s mother, father, and mentor, did not.

My daughter could have been my muse and inspired me to paint again. But, I have been the family Scapegoat all my life. I am not allowed to do well. Heather called me a “parasite” after she came to won $400,000 dollars of Rosamond prints, she can not sell, because Real People saw right through the bullshit the outsiders put forth, that destroyed the estate.

Here is a photo of my girlfriend, Cindy Black, with ‘Garden Child’. She spent the night after the funeral. She will testify no looting took place. She and her father were Johnny Carson’s make-up artist. The Blakes lived next door to Lillian and Dick Molnar.  They were like family. Most of my family never met Dayrl, who had some gripe about her mother being ostracized when I was a mere child. But, alas, someone is paying for this crime!

What my family did to two creative children, with the help of the ghost writers the outsiders employed to make our story, theirs, is pure evil. They launched an Art Forgery scheme that I nipped in the bud. Where is the outrage of Family Elder, Dayrl, the Old Hag who captured Beauty.

Bill was born on my father’s birthday, and Heather, my mother’s. Bill took Tyler and I on a harrowing ride to the Grand Canyon, that reminded me of the ones Vic took me on. Bill is furious because the captives in the backseat are showing each other un-equivocal love. Bill is a narcissistic grandstander. He saw himself, my daughter, and my grandson standing by themselves looking down at the Grand Canyon. He did not want me in the picture. He was in a jealous rage. This is why he grabbed Tyler just after we parked the car. He went looking for arrowheads after I told him they were all around on the ground.

Bill was working on his presentation to members of my family knowing we had just got Uncle Vinnie’s legacy. He wanted to open ‘Bill’s Bar&Grill’ because he is unemployable. He is an alcoholic. Note his shirt with the bar bottles around the bottom of it. My family was chosen by Heather to make all Bill’s dreams come true. They are no longer together. I will make sure this pic get’s in Daryl’s scrapbook, and she owns it for an eternity.

https://rosamondpress.com/2017/04/01/the-disgruntled-first-biographer/

https://rosamondpress.com/2017/03/26/rosemary-and-lillian-are-not-looters/

Jon Presco ‘The Nazarite’

Copyright 2017

In the Hebrew Bible, a nazirite or nazarite is one who voluntarily took a vow described in Numbers 6:1–21. “Nazarite” comes from the Hebrew word נזיר nazir meaning “consecrated” or “separated”.[1] This vow required the person to:

  • Abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins, intoxicating liquors,[2] vinegar made from such substances,[3] and eating or drinking any substance that contains any trace of grapes.[4]

 

https://rosamondpress.com/2012/05/16/owning-beauty/

https://rosamondpress.com/2017/05/09/my-daughters-aunt-wanted-blood-test/

https://rosamondpress.com/2017/01/09/descent-into-scientology-hell/

https://rosamondpress.com/2016/12/29/heather-hanson-scientologist/

https://rosamondpress.com/2012/05/16/owning-beauty/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creativity_and_mental_illness

An Ohio dad has asked to be let out of jail so he can attend the funeral of his daughter, whom he’s accused of shooting to death on Sunday.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dad-requests-pass-jail-attend-funeral-daughter-shot-death-article-1.1581591

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Six months after our family reunion in Bullhead City, Bill Cornwell calls me on the phone and accuses me of traumatizing my daughter by calling Heather too many times – after she does not pick up for me!

“She agreed to by my Trustee, Bill, I need her to purchase some things – for me.”

Bill knew this was the truth, and I knew it really irked him, because after my grandson, Tyler Hunt, got car sick, and Heather took him into the desert to throw-up, Bill said this to me from the driver’s seat;

“You know, Tyler is just faking being sick in order to get attention from his mother. I’m trying to break him of this habit by ignoring him.”

When I was looking at videos I shot two years ago, I noticed I had caught Tyler really being sick. It was Bill’s Dream to drive on Route 66, and being a race car drive, he was really burning up the road on tight curves. No being able to see the road because the high seat-backs, make me noxious. I was not enjoying the feeling of the rear end, sliding, nor was Tyler. I wish I had got my camera out when we stopped, and not after Bill maligned my grandson’s character, he basically saying he was a fraud.

In this phone conversation Bill accuses me of ruing Tyler’s vacation by getting “tired”. This Big Baby is referring to me tiring in the cave he insister we stop in on the way to the Grand Canyon – because of the altitude! Bill rushed ahead, leaving me behind. Tyler turned and said;

“Wait for Papa!”

You can see how fare behind I was in this video. Bill was furious when I came up to this dude who was allegedly ready to propose to my daughter after knowing here – and Tyler – for only two months. He really digs my daughter, but, is having doubts about her son, because, Tyler has behavior issues. Bill of course, does not. So, to make this relationship work, Heather has given her sexy funfilled drunken lover carte blanche to make over my grandson in his image, so he will not long be a malingerer – like his grandfather! It must be something in my genes, that escpaped desvistating my daughter’s life, but, lay this six year old boy – low!

Bill Cornwell is a professional Child Handler like his father the ex-cop and Military Drill Sargent who name I failed to record. This Big Bullish Man is a real G.I. doll and a Tea Party Crazy, who flew to Texas to meet his future daughter-in-law, and her son! Of course he was impressed with Heather, the professionally trained Starlette, but, was not impressed with this six year old boy who was not brought up right. I mean, look at the good job he did on Little Billy!

Bill made my daughter late in getting to the Las Vegas Airport. He had to attend his pit bosses wedding that came up after my sister, Vicki, paid for Heather and Tyler’s fare. She had never met Tyler. Heather’s aunt Linda, her lover, were too alcoholic to pick us up. Vicki had to get up early for her twelve hour day, and was pissed when she had to wait two hours. I would not let my sister get in the long line of cars at the MGM where Bill was going to go on a two day drunken bachelor party thingy-wingy, which they made some movies about! He later let me know he had to walk two blocks.

When Heather and I went to pick him up at the Greyhound, we were twenty minutes late. Bill was struggling to get in some shade because it was 110%. Bill was really hung-over and needed a greasy slice of pizza that helps his stomach ache, coats it with grease In the store, I saw Billy Boy trying on cowboy hats, because he got a little burn waiting for us. I bought Vicki a new wooden toilet seat, because the one in the guest bathroom was broken.

I was hoping Billy Baby would get a clue and buy Vicki something to make up for the inconvenience he caused her. Heather’s job was to take care of her Lover Boy, and did not get aunt Vicki anything, either. For the next four days, I saw my daughter buy Bill Beer Boy, one cold one after another to be sure he stayed hydrated! These were not cheap beers! If I was still a drinking man I would have bought Billy the cheapest beer in the cooler, you know, Brown beer, with the duck hunter on the can! And, if he whined at me, I would have kicked his ass!

When Bill started reciting the history of the Vincent Rice Trust, where members of my family were left about a half million dollars, he told me I was being stingy with that money I got from the government. When I tried to tell him I could not spend that money the way he wanted, because a Special Needs Trust was set up for me, he called me a liar. I demanded he put Heather on the phone.

“Did you tell Bill all about my personal finances?”
“Yes!” she spat.
“Why?”
“Because we love each other, and we took an oath to tell each other everything.”

Heather told me Billy Beer gave her a job just after they met, which entailed she being the chief fundraiser for his racing career. Heather did not tell me er and her Bubba Redneck Boy were going to talk about going into the Bar&Grill business with aunt Linda and Flip, who died of acute alcoholism a year later.

Above is a photo of Billy and his Play Bar his daddy bought him so he would stay at home and not waste all his money on the high cost of booze in a bar. Note the nautical theme. This is Billy the Pirate with some mother’s child dressed in a sailor suit. Bill almost had a son before Heather and Tyler came along. Now that he had a woman to cook for him, Little Baby Dearest would not be eating steak at the Steak & Brew, laying out his paycheck, and washing it down with six pack at $8 bucks a pop!

Being she was my Trustee&Daugter, Heather felt she should give me some warning about what trouble was coming my way, lest I screech at her, ask why she did not let me know Billy would be competing with me for all the attention, and for my grandson. In a called she said;

“I’ve decided to downgrade my expectations. I no longer want to be a famous singer. I just want to sing at little clubs.”

Heather did not tell me Bill talked her into hitting up her rich aunt for money to open a Bar& Grill. You see, Bill Cornwell does not have a steady job. He is a handy man who talked someone into drive their race car, because that is Bill’s dream, to be a race car driver. Bill has never won a race!

Jon Presco

 

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Rob Quist of Montana

 

I have seen the future! Yeeeeeehaaaaw! I too have been cyber-bullied! I will write to Rob Quist, and the Governor of Montana, about my grandfather and the artistic legacy I carry on. The vision of the Art Festival coming to Bozeman, has come true!  Rob was the head of the Montana Arts Council for eleven years. He wants artists to come live in his State. My videos are works of art.

Jon Presco

https://rosamondpress.com/2014/01/15/artauds-homage-to-van-gough/

https://rosamondpress.com/2014/01/16/america-the-beautiful-and-the-lonely/

https://rosamondpress.com/2014/02/12/helen-of-high-noon/

 

Democrat Rob Quist, 69, is a bluegrass and country singer-songwriter, a former member of the Montana Arts council, and a small business owner. A Bernie Sanders-esque populist candidate who frequently performs at an Idaho nudist resort, Quist toured the country with the Mission Mountain Wood Band before moving to a horse ranch in rural northwest Montana.

Quist narrowly defeated former U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis at the party’s convention in March in four ballots. His past financials are under scrutiny, as he underreported his personal income by $57,000 on federal financial disclosures, according to the AP. He also defaulted on a loan, failed to pay a contractor he hired and had multiple delinquent tax payments, according to the AP.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/montanas-special-election/story?id=47533835

 

Robert “Rob” Quist (born January 5, 1948) is an American singer, guitarist, banjo player, award-winning songwriter, and politician. His songs have been recorded by artists Michael Martin Murphey and Loretta Lynn among others. He is known as a Musical and Cultural Ambassador for the state of Montana and was appointed to the Montana Arts Council by Governor Brian Schweitzer. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan.[1] He is the Democratic nominee for Montana’s House seat in the 2017 special election.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born January 5, 1948 in Cut Bank, Montana, Quist began playing banjo and singing at a young age. As a high school senior he led the Cut Bank Wolves to the 1966 Class B Boys State basketball championship under coach Willie Degroot before playing basketball at the University of Montana and joining the Jubileers singing group. While in the Jubileers he met Steve Riddle, and the two decided to form a band which eventually evolved into the Mission Mountain Wood Band.

Early career[edit]

The Mission Mountain Wood Band were primarily responsible for bringing Woodstock-style happenings to Montana. The group toured nationally and appeared with many notable acts of the era. They were featured in TV spots for Hee Haw and the ABC Cheryl Ladd Special. After the band broke up in 1982, Quist joined with fellow members Terry Robinson and Kurt Bergeron to form the Montana Band, which continued to tour relentlessly and took first prize in the Willie Nelson country challenge. Quist took some time off the road to focus on songwriting.

Solo career[edit]

Quist performing in 2014

Quist formed a backup band called Great Northern and now tours and performs as “Rob Quist and Great Northern.” He periodically reunites with the surviving members of the Mission Mountain Wood Band for a small number of concerts.

Rob Quist and Great Northern have performed his original music with the North Dakota State Symphony, the Fairbanks Alaska Symphony, the Glacier Orchestra as well as the Billings, Butte, Helena and Missoula Symphonies. He has written and recorded national television and radio ads for Levis 501 Jeans, AMTRAK’s Empire Builder and Original Coors. His original song, “Blue Jean Love Affair” was heard in the Top 20 Country Music Markets.[3]

During a stint in Nashville, Quist forged a songwriting partnership and enduring friendship with Michael Martin Murphey. Their partnership culminated in their song “Close to the Land” which became the theme song for the American Public Television program “America’s Heartland.” The song went on to win Song of the Year at the Texas Music Awards. His original song “America…Pass It On” and video featuring Jack Gladstone won a Finalist Award at the International Wildlife Film Festival for National Geographic, and is receiving airplay on Public Television and is currently featured at many Interpretive Centers throughout the United States. He has released 15 CDs of mostly original music about the lives and history of the people of Montana and the West, placing his songs on Billboard and Independent Charts. Quist received airplay in Great Britain, Belgium, Italy, Japan and Switzerland. He has shared the stage with many musical giants such as Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Heart, The Allman Brothers, and Jay Leno, and others.

Quist has been featured on CBS National News in a segment called “Country Comes to New York”; he was a guest artist on the Riders in the Sky national radio show “Riders Radio Theater” as well as Montana Public Television. He composed original music for the Montana Repertory Theatre Production “Voice of The Prairie” and currently writes original songs for a new production about rodeo in present-day Montana, tentatively titled “Cowboy Up.”

Quist was one of the first honorees to be inducted into the University of Montana School of Fine Art’s “Hall of Honors”, saluted as “a celebrated Montana musician and composer who has captured the spirit of the West in his music, an evocative and versatile artist whose gift of song has touched the hearts and souls of his countrymen, an eloquent proponent of the history and beauty of the West whose legacy in song will be embraced by generations to follow.”

Politics[edit]

Quist at a campaign rally

On January 4, 2017, Quist announced he would seek the Democratic nomination for the special election that was anticipated to fill the Congressional seat held by Ryan Zinke, as Zinke was expected to be nominated to be Secretary of the Interior. Quist was endorsed early on by former Governor Brian Schweitzer, and was selected as the Party’s nominee on March 5.[4][5] Quist stated, “I was approached by people who I really respect and they asked me to run. And my first thought was ‘Wait a minute, I’m not a politician.’ Their response was, ‘exactly.’” Quist cited as qualifications his work with the state government, lifelong experience traveling in and around Montana, and his upbringing in a ranching family.[6] Independent Senator and 2016 Democratic Party presidential primary candidate Bernie Sanders endorsed Quist in the race and campaigned for him.[7]

The special election was announced by Governor Steve Bullock on March 1 and set for May 25, the minimum 85 days required after Zinke’s confirmation.

Political positions[edit]

Politico described Quist’s policies as “an economic fairness platform” and “a commitment to Montana’s particular brand of prairie populism.”[8] According to the Washington Post, the Quist campaign opted not to turn the special election into a referendum on Trump’s alleged scandals, but to focus on “policy decisions by the president and congressional Republicans.”[9]

Quist supports the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and thinks the country should eventually move to a single-payer healthcare system.[10][11] Quist opposes the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House Republican bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).[12] Quist said that AHCA “will raise healthcare costs for working Montanans”, which is consistent with an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.[12] Quist has described AHCA as a “tax cut for millionaires”.[13]

Quist has criticized inequality in the United States, and argued that tax breaks for the rich exacerbates the inequality.[14] He has called for tax cuts for the working class.[15] He opposes a provision of AHCA that would give tax breaks to insurance executives.[11]

He opposes the privatization of federal lands, military intervention and regime change, as well as any form of religious ban or registry.[16][14] Quist has called for transferring money from the federal military budget “towards health care or Social Security”.[17] Quist supports a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.[18] He has called for investments in clean coal technology, as well as energy from wind, solar, biomass and geothermal sources.[19]

Quist accepts the scientific consensus on climate change and supports actions to mitigate climate change, saying climate change “could have a serious impact on our farms, ranches, and our economy.”[19] Quist supports the legalization of marijuana, saying “the war on drugs has been an abject failure.”[20]

Quist supports access to birth control, preventive screenings and abortion rights.[16] Quist has argued that “the assault on women’s reproductive rights” must come to an end.[

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Rena and Julie Bell

Rena could have modeled for the artist, Julie Bell. When I took a train to see Rena in Nebraska, I told her about my vision. I would move there and find an old farm house and barn that would become my studio. We would live together. She would be my model and muse. Later, I did two paintings of Rena. We would have been hot! I needed to improve. I had stopped painting for four years. Julie’s work is very skilled.

Jon Presco

Artist Julie Bell poses in front of her painting “The Order of Wolves” during the American Wildlife Art preview party on Saturday September 28, 2013 at the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, PA (Lisa Lake for the AAM)

 

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