The Black Doll Revisited


A poll says Race Relations have gotten worse since President Obama took office. What is going on? This question is very topical as our Presidential Candidates are claiming they have the solution to improving relations between the races. Who is being more sincere?

On August 2, I received this message from the Director of Inspirational Gospel Sounds Choir.

“We strive to bring about unity among various racial and ethnic constituents of our community through the performance of African – American Gospel Music, sharing a message of Faith, Hope, and Charity.”


How can “the performance of African – American Gospel Music” bring ” more unity among all races and backgrounds.” Does Eugene’s Inspiration Sounds Gospel Choir really have the solution? The Lane Arts Council appears to be a BELIEVER, and have given ISGC taxpayer’s money to show how this is done. Perhaps the ISGC and LAC should be more charitable and pass on their beautiful  solution to the candidates of both parties. Unity and Charity begins at home. Surely Mrs. Vrzak wants to see Hillary and Donald kiss and make up – for the sake of Race Relations!

“The goal for this concert, which has received support through a grant from the Lane Arts Council, is “to bring a better understanding of gospel’s history, and therefore more unity among all races and backgrounds.”

Is the ISGC really a charitable organization, or, did they just claim them were so they can get funding from the LCA? I have a right to ask because my family is involved in the Real Arts, and made up much of Oregon’s History. Also, my newspaper, Royal Rosamond Press Co. was founded in order to ‘Protect the Arts’.


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The show at the Hult Center was co-produced by the NAACP. It’s President, Eric Richardson, acted as a Master of Ceremonies, along with my childhood sweetheart, Marilyn Reed. Mr. Richardson has spoken at functions and expressed his opinions on podiums provided by the Democratic Party. I have yet to find any history of his speaking before Republicans. This is key, because candidate, Donald Trump, claims he has the right message for black people, and says 95% of black voters will soon be in his camp – where they will be UNIFIED! Surely Ms. Vrzak is all for this? Whatever it takes!

Our Mission Statement is as follows, and We as a Non Profit Organization stand by our Mission Statement 100%. We strive to bring about unity among various racial and ethnic constituents of our community through the performance of African – American Gospel Music, sharing a message of Faith, Hope, and Charity. We present Gospel Music as a fine arts project. Inspirational Sounds Gospel Chor bringing the good news of Love and Grace to the World. We are a Community Choir of all religious backgrounds and ethnicity that comes together via Music Arts. We appreciate the work you have done for our choir thru photography and videos, but we DO NOT appreciate nor support you using us for your own personal agenda. Therefore, we ask the you cease and desist using our information and photos without our written permission. IT IS OUR RIGHT TO PROTECT OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS FROM BEING INVOLVED IN THIS KIND OF PUBLIC CONTROVERSY. THIS KIND OF THING GOES AGAINST OUR MISSION AND WE WILL PROTECT OUR MISSION STATEMENT BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY.”

Eric Richardson removed about thirty posts I put on his facebook, just when the world media is talking about how the United States needs to have a more open dialogue on Race Relations, and how to improve them, which, is the mission statement of the NAACP. How is it that Mrs. Vrzak’s threat and demand has ended by relationship with several black people, but, most importantly, ended my fifty-five year friendship with Marilyn Reed. Something, and someone – if not several people – had come between Marilyn and I. There is a tug-of-war over her – and the things I have written about US. I suspect when I posted some of OUR history on Kathy Vrzak’s facebook, she was aghast! She wanted OUR history for HER CAUSE – THEIR CAUSE! Why hold fundraisers when your best-selling book is flying off the shelf?

The tug-of-war war over my first girlfriend was on years before we met. After Marilyn’s sister’s engagements was ended because of her race, Shauna married a black man. Marilyn is caucasian, who had blonde hair. Shauna is half Filipino. She was conflicted over her mixed race – before Marilyn was born. Now committed to her black husband, she thrusts the black doll in her half-sister’s arms. Is Shauna suggesting she should have a baby by a black man? Is Shauna afraid Marilyn will marry a white man, who will look down on Shuana and her husband – and their mulatto children? Mrs. Vrzak is married to a white man. Eric Richardson’s parents are of a mixed race, and are radicals, like Shauna, who lived in Paris and knew very radical blacks.

When Marilyn went to live with her sister, she was afraid of the black radicals that filled Shaunas small apartment. Some of them put the make on M, who showed me a topless photo her friend Les McCann took of her when she turned fifteen. Les was married to a white woman. M told me mulatto people have very complex problems because they are captured between two worlds. I suspect these “friends” are conflicted, and, I am not one of them. I represent ‘The White Choice’ Marilyn Reed put behind her when she married Kenny Reed, who Eric Richardson sees as his mentor. Shauna is Kenny’s sister-in-law. Does Eric admire the Reeds?

Marilyn and I became lovers when we both were fifteen. She lay all this mixed-race dilemma on me. She took me to see the movie ‘Black Orpheus’. We were together almost two years. I did all I could to own acceptance, and help Marilyn with the huge problem her sister lay on her. Then there is her mother’s Religious Abuse I had to endure, and solve, if I wanted to keep seeing the Love of My Life. On top of this, I had the complex and critical relationship with my mother and older sister. I was overwhelmed. Then Marilyn gave me the book ‘The Last Temptation of Jesus Christ’ to read. I asked her where she got it. She told me the drug store on Santa Monica. I believed she got it from Shauna.

I can not recall if Marilyn’s mother found that book under M’s mattress, before she forced us to go to three Billy Graham meetings, or after. When I did not go down and be saved, Marie told Marilyn I could not see her anymore, and, if I tried, she would call the cops and have me arrested.  She was going to bust me – for religious reasons! How like Ms Vrzak!

When Marie lost contact with Shauna, she wrote Eldridge Cleaver a letter after seeing him on the Pat Robertson show. Cleaver had just converted to Christianity. In a week, Cleaver found Shauna in Paris where Angela Davis lived. Marilyn told me Shauna knew some Black Panthers who adopted Fela. Eric Richardson posted a notice on his facebook about Angela Davis coming to Oregon to give a lecture. How can Mrs. Vrzak judge me too controversial to share Choir info on my blog, my registered newspaper? What about Freedom of the Press?


Vrzak demanded I remove any mention of the Choir & Friends from this post that can not be as controversial as Vrzak claims, because the NAACP, the Democratic Party, and the Black Panthers are against RACISM. So is the ISGC, because racism defies “unity” of the races, and is divisive, just like Mrs. Vrzak, because she knew she had driven a wedge between Marilyn and I. What is her motive?

That’s easy, in the “friends” book, film, and wishful thinking, all the dilema of Mixed Race Relationships, is dissolved, when alas Marilyn ‘The Little Blonde White Girl’ makes her final choice. She has been tempted too long. She chooses her black husband, Kenny Reed, over her first boyfriend, who is white. Kenny is the Black Jesus, and I am the White Devil in their book. The Last Temptation of Mrs. Reed & Friends has been overcome by ‘The Friend’s of  ‘The Collective Mission of Love and Grace’.

Get those bank accounts ready, because – this Charity of going Pro! They do not want me, or anyone else, to believe I am one of them, and we are on the same mission. I am not THEIR EQUAL. Alas, the tables have been turned! This is RACISM – folks!

I look at the photo of Marilyn and see a little girl who is being severely abused by her adult sister who bought into her mother’s religious addiction, fell in love with a famous minister’s son – who cast her out of their holy circle! Shauna can’t get back at those white people, so, she works out her agenda, her mental illness out on a innocent child – who does her best to heal these rents in our culture – and her family! Here is your Jesus Christ!

Shauna put her cross to bare in her sister’s care, because it was to much for her. The news bemoans Clinton and Trump are not worthy to carry this cross. But, here I am to testify, my beloved Marilyn has carried it to the – bitter end! This bitter game is – done!

Shauna knew her all-white sister had a social advantage over her, in every way. And thus, gave her a handicap to hold. Children are not capable of grasping complex racial issues, and coping with Religious Addicts!

I have come to take Marilyn down from – THEIR CROSS!

Jon Presco

Copyright 2016

Krysta Albert – Racist Republican

“Back in December, after Natriana Shorter, who is African-American, won the crown for Miss Oregon, Albert commented on a KEZI news story that, “I know this is going to sound racist and it’s not my intention. But I can’t help but think it’s awfully strange that a woman of color would represent [the] state of Oregon. The state that has one of the smallest amount of minorities of any race compared to other states. And yes, she is very beautiful.”

I tried to stop Krysta Albert from taking over our Eugene Celebration because I knew she was a Republican, and, this celebration was a Liberal Event. We used to have Old Hippies, Old Lawn & Grass Gnomes around, who would nix these attempts to vanquish our Peace &Fun Movement. but, they seem to have been snoozing, or, they are all dead. Hey, wait a minute! I’m an old hippie! And I’m strange? Sure, I’m strange.

Marilyn Reed did a shoot at Malibu Beach with her friend, Steven Silverstein, a famous fashion photographer who captured the most beautiful women in the world with his lens, including Carla Bruni who was the First Lady of France.

Marilyn got to know Steven through his father, a fashion designer. Marilyn was studying to be a fashion designer. She made the dress my ex-wife wore at our wedding. This was her ‘Train’ series, she inspired from those old movies of beautiful dames on a train. Debbie Boone wore the same dress on an album cover.

Soon after we met, Marilyn showed me a photo her friend Les McCann had taken of her when she was fifteen. I was alarmed, but, was assured Les was an artist, and his wife, Charlotte, was present. Les met Charlotte in France. She was a blonde cabaret singer. She taught Marilyn French when she would stay at the McCann house during summer vacation. At twelve, Marilyn was modeling.

Her sister Shanna was married to Les’ drummer, Ron Jefferson. Shanna later lived in France, and then Martinique, with Carlos Moore who wrote the definitive biography of Fela whose life in now depicted in a musical Off Broadway.

Marilyn was my first Muse. Days after we first kissed, we sought out a place where I could draw her and drink coffee. I considered myself a New Beat. We found a Tea House in West Los Angeles that later became a famous Folk Music spot where my friend, Bryan McClean learned to perform.

People were jealous of Marilyn and I – before we met! She tried to pass a note to me that fell into the wrong hands. In looking for the source of Rosamond’s beautiful women, then one must look for the hidden one, the lost one, the captured and concealed one. Sleeping Beauty was named ‘Rosamond’.

My famous sister had a mysterious imitator named Sara Moon. No one could find out who this artist was. There is a famous photographer named Sarah Moon, who Silverstein gives credit to for his success.

The muralist, and my late brother-in-law, Garth Benton, says Christine put images she found in fashion magazines in a projector and broadcast them onto an empty canvas. Here is the Genesis of the Rose of the World who looked through the lens of male photographers in order to capture her beautiful women. That Sara Moon turned out to be an old Iranian man, is fascinating. What is in a name?

If you take SARAH MOON you can make the name HRASAMOON, or, RASHAMOON.

I have taken the liberty to rename Marilyn, employing her father’s surname de Godfroi. This is a Huguenot name. Reed is “red” as in rouge.

Marilyn has made clothes with my sister and mother. My grandmother, Mary Magdalene Rosamond, made and sold hats in order to raise her four beautiful daughters. Some Hippies made their own clothes.

Marilyn was a good friend of Jayne Marie Mansfield, whose mother was a famous Hollywood Bombshell. After we broke up, Marilyn said to France with the son of the Hollywood movie producer, Joe Pasternik. A photo of Marilyn on the boat is seen above, as well as a photo of Jayne that appeared in playboy.

When I beheld the Hippie Commune with bedroom, I was in one of Marilyn’s bedrooms. There were Bohemian clothes in the closet, and an altar. Marilyn is a Bhudist and has a small altar room at the top of her stairs. Marilyn is the real deal, a Living Museum, too. The historic love we have for one another, needs to be captured and preserved. We are elusive butterflies.

Marilyn made the clothes we see in the top photo that I did a portrait of. If you would like to commission Marilyn to make your historic art-ware, then e-mail me at

Jon Presco

Copyright 2013

Free Tickets available!


Author, scholar Angela Davis talks at Pacific

Angela Yvonne Davis became famous in 1970 when four people died in a California courthouse shootout involving guns registered in her name.

Davis had been recently fired as a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, due to her Communist Party membership and inflammatory language. Now she was suddenly a fugitive and on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list.

Captured and imprisoned two months later, tens of thousands of people from around the world called for her release on bail. After spending 18 months in prison, Davis — an African American — was eventually found not guilty of all charges by an all-white jury.

Davis eventually returned to teaching at the University of California and in 1994 was given the distinguished honor of an appointment to its Presidential Chair in African American and Feminist Studies.

Now 70, Davis is a passionate voice for the abolition of prisons. Her drive for equality of all people began when she was a child, with a trajectory that has expanded but never wavered.

A professor emerita at the University of California, Davis was born in 1944 in Birmingham, Ala., and attended high school in New York City as part of a Quaker program to move students from segregated schools in the south to integrated schools in the north.

While studying in Paris in 1963, Davis learned the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham had been bombed and that one of the four girls killed was a family friend, Carole Robertson, and that another, Cynthia Wesley, lived behind her family’s home.

While French newspapers noted the violence against African Americans in the U.S., Algeria was fighting for independence from France.

This culmination deepened Davis’ passion for civil rights, which was sparked by her mother, also an activist.

With societal contradictions on both sides of the Atlantic, Davis developed a strong interest in philosophy and continued her academic pursuits in Paris while enrolled at Brandeis University.

She later earned a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of California and doctorate from Humboldt University in Berlin.

Davis went on to become a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex, freeing up more resources for education. She continues to lecture throughout the world.

She is the author of nine books, including “Angela Davis: An Autobiography;” “Women, Race, and Class;” “Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday;” “Are Prisons Obsolete?;” and “The Meaning of Freedom.”

Davis will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Pacific University’s Stoller Center. Her business manager speculated she would “most likely be talking about the connection between slavery and the prison industrial complex.”

The event is sponsored by the Center for Peace & Spirituality, the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Office of Diversity, the Office for Student Academic Inclusion and Success and Student Activity funds.

It is free and open to the public but tickets are required. A limited number of tickets are available online at

This article is adapted from Alice Kaplan’s Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, which has just been published by the University of Chicago Press.

Angela Davis first arrived in Paris in the summer of 1962. She lived with two other American women in a chambre de bonne, six flights up, with a skylight view of the elevators ferrying tourists up and down the Eiffel Tower. The following summer Davis returned to Paris on a formal, yearlong academic program. It was the golden age of study abroad that began in the aftermath of World War II and continued for three decades, sending thousands of American students into French homes and universities.

There’s barely a book or article about Angela Davis that doesn’t mention that she majored in French and studied at the Sorbonne. But that period of education and adventure is always overshadowed by the dramas to come: Davis’s association with the Black Panthers; her dismissal from UCLA’s faculty in 1969 for being a member of the Communist Party; her appearance in 1970 on the FBI’s list of ten most wanted fugitives; her acquittal in the kidnapping and murder of a California judge; her research on the prison-industrial complex.


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Letter to Marilyn Reed


To: Marilyn Reed

President: Inspirational Sounds Gospel Choir

From: John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press Co.

Dear Mrs. Reed

Since I have not heard from you since the Director of your gospel choir sent me that threatening letter that amounts to cyber-bulling, I must assume you approved of her playing hardball with me, versus having you ask me to remove material from my blog, politely. Surely you would have some interest in saving a friendship that spans fifty-five years. Why didn’t Kathy Vrzak respect our long friendship? Did she want to put an end to it, if so, why?

Yesterday, my phone rang three times and caller ID said the call was from you. I picked up and said Hello, but, there was no answer. I was prepared to ask what Marilyn I was conversing with, because I best not talk to the President of Inspirational Gospel Sounds Choir due to Vrzak’s legal threat. But, how could I be talking to a friend? Surely you heard, or read, there was a huge conflict brewing. Couldn’t you act on your own? Did you try to convince Vrzak this was a terrible approach that put you in an awful position? Are you bound by a contract?

“The goal for this concert, which has received support through a grant from the Lane Arts Council, is “to bring a better understanding of gospel’s history, and therefore more unity among all races and backgrounds.”

Morris and Mary White Ovington

I have every right to question your motives. You were fully aware of the legal threats I received when I refused to sign the Exclusive Rights Contract Tom Snyder sent me that would have forbid me to write and publish my memoirs of Christine. Here is what the author of  our family history said to me;

“Three attorneys wanted to play hardball with you. But, I convinced them to let me try using honey, first”

Snyder never met Christine or knew any members of my family. He was a hired ghost writer who is threatening to turn lose un-named attorneys on me. To hide the fact he and other outsiders ripped off my family, he writes this, after demonizing Christine. Why didn’t the “Gallery employees” call the cops?

Before the servise, Vicki had taken the trouble to go through Christine’s
bedroom, putting her jewelry and intimate belongings out of sight. As matters
turned out, it did little good, for the funeral was not long over before family
members and others were ravaging Christine’s house, taking whatever could be
carted away. The artist’scloset, a veritable mother lode – took the worst
beating. World-class spender that Christine had been, much of the clothing had
never been worn. So whatever still bore price tags was hauled off to be
exchanged for money. Jewelry disappeared, as well as other personal belongings.
Gallery employees and close friends of the family, along with Vicki, were doing
their best to staunch the flow – the estate had not yet been inventoried – but
to no avail.”

Kathy Vrzak CHOSE to play hardball with me as a tactic in order to deprive me of my rights. You had been slowly isolating me. We were no longer confidants. You put me down every chance you got. You talked about copyrights, and said you and your sister were authoring a biography. Then, when pressed, you said this was not true. Is she in the country legally? Didn’t she sell her house in Martinique? You leave me – guessing! I can prove a case of Conspiracy. I don’t think you will have Landmark and the NAACP in your corner anymore – bullying me!

I have written you out of my Will where you and Nisha receive my Intellectual Property and Copyrights. For being kind and generous, you give me painful questions in return. How dare you! I insist you remove all my contributions, my photos and videos, from your facebook. These images are copyrighted, and will be used in the film I am making.

Marilyn Reed – Out Of My Will


  1. Kathy considered if our friendship would be compromised
  2. Kathy knew it would not be jeopardized from information she got from you.
  3. You instigated a showdown for reasons yet to be determined
  4. You had no concern if this showdown was injurious to our long friendship
  5. You are supportive of Kathy Vrzak’s threats to protect her “friends” at all costs.
  6. You have no desire to save our long friendship because you no longer considered me a freid – before Mrs. Vrzak made her threats and attacked me and my newspaper.
  7. Attacking my newspaper was in anticipation of what I would discover and read about the choir and their covert agenda and secret activities.

Because you have no interest in continuing our friendship, then I must treat you as the Hostile President of your choir who does not have my best interests at heart. There has to exist a motive for the aggression of the choir leadership. Why didn’t Kathy ask you to politely ask me to remove choir material?  I am compelled to make a report to your board of directors. Would you please provide me the means to contact them?

Here are some of the main concerns I have;

  1. Because you and members of your family are members of Landmark, you operate by Landmark rules that are not accessable to the public, because you and other members paid for these secrets rules.
  2. I do not believe Lane Arts Council should fund any group that has the word “Gospel” in their name.

A civil conspiracy or collusion is an agreement between two or more parties to deprive a third party of legal rights or deceive a third party to obtain an illegal objective.[1] A conspiracy may also refer to a group of people who make an agreement to form a partnership in which each member becomes the agent or partner of every other member and engage in planning or agreeing to commit some act. It is not necessary that the conspirators be involved in all stages of planning or be aware of all details. Any voluntary agreement and some overt act by one conspirator in furtherance of the plan are the main elements necessary to prove a conspiracy. A conspiracy may exist whether legal means are used to accomplish illegal results, or illegal means used to accomplish something legal.[2] “Even when no crime is involved, a civil action for conspiracy may be brought by the persons who were damaged.”[1]

In the law of tort, the legal elements necessary to establish a civil conspiracy are substantially the same as for establishing a criminal conspiracy, i.e. there is an agreement between two or more natural persons to break the law at some time in the future or to achieve a lawful aim by unlawful means. The criminal law often requires one of the conspirators to take an overt step to accomplish the illegal act to demonstrate the reality of their intention to break the law, whereas in a civil conspiracy, an overt act towards accomplishing the wrongful goal may not be required. Etymologically, the term comes from Latin con- “with, together”, and spirare “to breathe”.


Kathy Vrzak gives the impression a Mission Statement is a legislated law with code number, and thus she has the right to enforce her law by any means possible.  This is harassment! A mission statement is supplied to an organisation that gives grants to groups based upon their mission statement. There can be no protection of any mission statement from an outsider. Indeed, groups are required to answer to members of the board who oversee mission statements.

No one has the right to protect anyone from anything, unless you are law enforcement. Kathy extends her bogus and intimidating protection to non-members she titles “friends”. The long arm of Kathy’s Mission Laws – ARE A FRAUD!  They are Jim Crow in nature. They are invented – and only meant for me and my registered newspaper in Lane County. For this reason I restored the blog that offended the Fake Lawmaker, and will now go to the board, and to Lane Arts Council, to lodge a complaint. Ms. Vrzak’s threat, and scare tactic – is involving choir members in a controversy.


What is truly astounding, is, an actor appeared on stage playing the part of Bayard Rustin, who was a Communist who got orders from Stalin, and fought against racism as practiced by Krysta Albert. Bayard was in the middle of every major controversy the world has known in the last hundred years. Kathy’s grant does not give her the right to pick and choose who gets to speak out in a controversial manner, and who does not. The Lane Arts Council supplied the Choir money to present Rustin’s extremely radical ideas to the citizens of Eugene – while I am being oppressed.

Eric Richardson, chairman of the Eugene-Springfield chapter of the NAACP, will be the master of ceremonies, with appearances by Habib Iddrisu and Friends of the UO School of Music and Dance, praise dancer Shakela Fortson, Stone Cold Jazz, and God in Charge, a Portland children’s gospel rap group.

Civil rights activist Montrell Goss also is on the program, as is Eugene actor and director Stanley Coleman, who will create a portrayal of civil rights activist Bayard Ruskin.”

What Kathy did make me aware of, is, I was no longer considered a “friend”. Jerry had asked me to come down to Lamb Cottage and video his group on the day of FOE celebration. Did he have contact with Krysta Albert in the last two weeks?

My attorney will gleefully take a poll of choir members, and their friends, to see who objects to Krysta Albert calling a black woman a “nigger”. Our star witness will be Natriana Shorter, who got slimed by Albert, and is the centerpiece of the blog that did not attack the choir’s mission statement – in any manner!

All the people that Vrzak protects in a fraudulent manner, are named in the Register Guard article, alongside Rustin. These folks are in the public domain, as is radical anarchist, Alley Valkyrie, who attacked me and my newspaper by making a false report on a fake ‘Eugene Abuser’ site that was founded by a woman out to get her ex-boyfriend.

I have been concerned about going downtown, or, places nearby, due to these threats that the President of the Choir was aware of. This pledge to defend “friends” by any means possible, reminded me of Kathy’s pledge. I never met Valkyrie who had been arrested with Belle Burch four days before I was approached filming musicians in Ken Kesey Square. A SLEEPS attorney was there. She had encouraged her “friends” to break the law, something Bayard Rustin would encourage – and did encourage! Some laws are meant to be broken is a stance the Choir now takes? Who chooses what laws are no good – the Director of a Gospel Choir – who may be receiving tips from her higher power, who points to this one, and then, to that one?

Threat From Alley Valkyrie

“I’m going to make this very simple for you. I don’t know if you know who I am, but I sure as hell know who you are, and when you fuck with my friends, you fuck with me. Stop writing about Belle or I am going to make your life very difficult. I mean it. If I see one more word about her on your blog, your FB, or anywhere else, I will make sure that you experience all the fear and discomfort that she is experiencing right now. And no, this isn’t a physical threat, so don’t try to play victim. Frankly, I encourage you to contact EPD, as they already know all about you. I will not do anything illegal, but mark my word you will regret it if you write one more word about her. I will make sure that the entire community knows exactly how much of a sick fuck you are. Your picture, your name, and “samples” of your writing will be posted on every bulletin board in town. There will not be a single person in the Eugene/Springfield area who won’t know that you’re a sick stalker who won’t leave a stalker who won’t leave a young girl alone. Cut it out. Now. This is your first, last, and only warning.”

The use of the word “friends” by both radical women is aimed at making me afraid. Rustin supports Stalin who crushed freedom of the press. The big question is, did Kathy Vrzak want me to be afraid of a group of black people, like most white people, are? Did she want to push me around and force me to do her bidding because I might fear the legal branch of the NAACP – and Eric Richardson? Is Kathy Vrzak employing funded groups snd indviduals – TO BULLY ME!

Trump asked a Russian leader to hack into the e-mails of his political opponent. Many are wondering if he is insane, and a Traitor!  Kathy Vrzak and ‘Friends’ avoided the controversy over Soromundi being banned from the Northwood Christian Church because they were Lesbians. Where was Eric Richardson’s legal team? Why not send in Montrell Goss. How about, giving Putin a call? Maybe he is a secret admirer if Bayard Rustin and would be happy to put the screws on me! They say he got religion.

FAKE! Eugene Abuser Site

Jon Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press Co.

Krysta Albert – Racist Republican

Our Mission Statement is as follows, and We as a Non Profit Organization stand by our Mission Statement 100%. We strive to bring about unity among various racial and ethnic constituents of our community through the performance of African – American Gospel Music, sharing a message of Faith, Hope, and Charity.We present Gospel Music as a fine arts project. Inspirational Sounds Gospel Chior bringing the good news of Love and Grace to the World. We are a Community Choir of all religious backgrounds and ethnicity that comes together via Music Arts. We appreciate the work you have done for our choir thru photography and videos, but we DO NOT apprciate nor support you using us for your own personal agenda. Therefore, we ask the you cease and desist using our information and photos without our written permission. IT IS OUR RIGHT TO PROTECT OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS FROM BEING INVOLVED IN THIS KIND OF PUBLIC CONTROVERSY. THIS KIND OF THING GOES AGAINST OUR MISSION AND WE WILL PROTECT OUR MISSION STATEMENT BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY.

The goal for this concert, which has received support through a grant from the Lane Arts Council, is “to bring a better understanding of gospel’s history, and therefore more unity among all races and backgrounds.”

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Free State of Jones

I posted this on Marilyn Reed’s facebook.


Free_State_of_Jones_posterfree-state2free-state4There is a movie coming out about the Free State of Jones.

With two rat terriers trotting at his heels, and a long wooden staff in his hand, J.R. Gavin leads me through the woods to one of the old swamp hide-outs. A tall white man with a deep Southern drawl, Gavin has a stern presence, gracious manners and intense brooding eyes. At first I mistook him for a preacher, but he’s a retired electronic engineer who writes self-published novels about the rapture and apocalypse. One of them is titled Sal Batree, after the place he wants to show me.

I’m here in Jones County, Mississippi, to breathe in the historical vapors left by Newton Knight, a poor white farmer who led an extraordinary rebellion during the Civil War. With a company of like-minded white men in southeast Mississippi, he did what many Southerners now regard as unthinkable…

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U.S. Military Founds ‘Unhappy Land’



An hour ago I was unfriended by a Vietnam Vet who was glorifying his peers, wiping the slate clean, getting ready for Von Trump’s Round Up of illegal non-citizens, and herding them into Mexico so he can build The Great Wall of Trump. Below are the posts that got me banned.

Here is Governor Reagan’s declaration of war on Happy Hippy Land, he declaring them filthy un-American Traitors because he and Sweet Nancy want to live in the White House. This is followed by amazing footage of the U.S. Military Invasion of California employing the California National Guard. Their orders are to create Un-Hippie Land. To see the Forum coffee shop behind military barbed wire, is shocking! This is what Trump Von Wall has in store for America in order to make us great again – NOT!

That might be Further under those Happy Hippies holding a sign that says…

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Experimental Muses


I talked to Christine Wandel in the Village last night and told her I had been communicating with Bob Hamilton. She was pleased to hear this. I asked what Bob’s relationship with the Loading Zone was.

“Bob would come over and give us the latest batch of LSD he helped make.” Chris said.

“Here, try this. This is Windowpane, this is Orange Sunshine. Whatever! We were guinea pigs. He experimented on us. You remind me. Bob took me to Europe. Being Gay, he wanted to get to know what women were about. We stayed in the same hotel room as we we traveled about France and Italy.”

“Did you have sex?” I wondered.

“Of course not. He was Gay!”

Bob made LSD with his childhood friend, Tim Scully – and Stanley Augustus Owsley – who my childhood friend, Nancy Hamren, dated in 1965. I saw Owsley a dozen times. I was Carroll’s lover. She Nancy’s roommate on Pine Street. We partied with two members of the Jefferson Airplane who were doing the two Swedish stewardesses next door, when they were in town. We traded LSD like candy. It was 1965 and still legal. I now had a revelation.

“Chris. We are there. There is no one above us. We had the Right Stuff. We took all the first risks. We walked in space – without a spacesuit. The psychedelic spacesuit was designed around us., made just for us. We were, and still are, a Scientific Experiment. We were barely out of teens when we took giant leaps for mankind.”

I then explained to Chris why the LSD manufacturers were interested in adopting the Loading Zone as – their band. They had been at the first Trips Festival and the BEAF event on College avenue that was the first launch – our Psychedelic Sputnik.

“How we turned out, and the fact you, Peter, Bob, and I are still communicating, tells me it is not over. The Grateful Dead and the Loading Zone were fueled by the Muses of LSD. We are truly historic!”

In May Bob told me about the gallery he and John wanted to open. His Berkeley home is full of Gay Art. Bob was at the vanguard of the Gay Movement in the Bay Area. I metioned a law suit to recover my families creative legacy taken over by outsiders who were handed out amazing history by powerful attorneys.

Because I have not heard from Marilyn Reed in two weeks ever sense Kathy Vrzak sent me her rude and threatening Cease and Desist message, I have to conclude she is behind this aggressive approach, is not longer my friend, and is wanting to go around my Copyrights, and put our history, and our people, in her pile. This is a power play! To employ the threat of legal action, while I am asking my old friend if her knows a good attorney, is historic. Marilyn was fully aware of the costty legal troubles my family has suffered since the death of my late sister, the world famous artist known as Rosamond.

Christine Rosamond Benton dated Bryan Maclean of the group ‘Love’ which was the first racicaly mixed Rock band in history. The Loading Zone would follow suit when they brought aboard Linda Tillery. The Tower of Power grew out of the Zone, another racially mixed group. You can consider these bands, experimental. We did more than experiment with LSD. We expeirmented with new social and sexual ways of being.

Chris and I also talked about Mike Ritter who was the Sound Man for the Zone. He and Bob experimented with new sound systems. Don Buchla performed at the Open Theatre with the Loading Zone. Here is the blueprint.  Here is the testimonial of Alessandra Hart who co-founded BEAF:

“A small group of our friends decided to create the Berkeley Experimental Arts Foundation and we rented a space on College Avenue in Berkeley which we made into a theater, calling it Open Theater & Gallery. Pop Art was just coming in, Andy Warhol was experimenting with it on the East Coast. We opened with a pop art exhibit and a theater piece my husband, Roland Jacopetti, wrote.”

Christine Wandel was Peter Shapiro’s Lover in 1964 when he was with ‘The Marbles’. In the same year she met Keith Purvis, who was Christine Rosamond’s Lover, and Nancy Hamren’s lover in 1965. Kieth lived with me in the Village in 1963 when we were seventeen. I married Thomas Pynchon’s ex-wife. Tom is a famous experimental author. Marilyn Reed and I were lovers in 1963. She saw the paintings I did, and read the poems I wrote. She is trying to write me out of the picture. Thanks to Christine, she has failed.  The Grand Experiment goes forward – to our graves! OUR GROUP – is infamous!

On this day, August 21, 2016, I declare Christine Wandel our National Treasure. She was, and still is ‘The Vanguard’. She is a Spacewalker from the Planet Earth. How we leave this planet, for good, is part of the long study and research. Christine is to be protected at all costs! She should be treated with – complete respect!

Jon Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press Co.

Copyright 2016

May 20 at 10:36 AM

I cannot help you with an attorney as I do not know one. If I did, I would, of course.

BTW, “good attorney” seems an oxymoron?  I like their creed, innocent until proven broke.

Robert Hamilton
University of CA, Berkeley

Marvell NanoLab Equipment Manager

On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 10:14 AM, John Ambrose <> wrote:

Bob, when you told me you wanted to open a gallery, I thought about helping make it one of the most integral galleries in the world – after my attorney wins our case against Art Forgery in my family. The revelations about the Panama Papers, threatens to destroy the integrity of Art. The Gay Community was used in a deceptive manner. I am not asking for for anything, but do you know a good attorney? If I win my case I will be in need of a place to reestablish the Rosamond Legacy, where it will do the most good. My health is still in peril. The two Heirs and my daughter, are not integral people. They are not happy with Pierrot, the alleged “caretaker”.

May 19 at 12:53 PM

On acid: I had wandered away on my own from the group. I went to Muir Woods with Mike Ritter and Jeff ??. We split up. As the acid took effect time began to regress. Eventually, I could not understand why I wore clothes they seems quite foreign. I decided unpleasantness was caused by wandering away from Eden. These began to disappear as I regressed in age; unpleasant things were an illusion caused by me drifting away and loosing my compass from Eden and I was attempting to find my way back.

Back is a good operative word for soon there after I found myself in the back of a squad car. I spent the night in jail. I hired Carl Chessman’s attorney, George T. Davis. For $500 he got me off by taking the judge to lunch. I am guessing he split it with him. Lobster tails were cheaper than.

Robert Hamilton
University of CA, Berkeley

Marvell NanoLab Equipment Manager

While Bryan Maclean and Love were living in a castle in LA, I and the Loading Zone were living in a ten bedroom Victorian in West Oakland. The photo above was taken at the front door of that huge old house. Peter Shapiro and I were roommates in a Victorian in Alameda California later on, that was around the same size as the Oakland house. We had the ground floor. That is I on the front stoop.


The last time I saw Robert Hamilton, he took me out back and showed me his new greenhouse wherein he raised orchids. Bob loved a challenge. There was no doing things the easy way. My friend was brought up to be an heir of Berkeley’s scientific community. He is at home in any lab. When I visited him at the glass blowing lab at Corey Hall, it was like being in his living room. There was a lens grinding machine. I never called in advance. I would just show up, and I had Bob’s full attention. This beautiful man was my patron. Ten hours after we met, he has taken me to the Berkeley Arts Supply Store, and told his friend to supply me with all the tools of my craft – I would possibly need. He was my equipment manager. He had asked me what I wanted.

“I want to be an artist again!”

In an hour, I am going to give Bob a call. I am going to inform him he is partially responsible for creating an artistic dynasty. He is the Genesis of my creative story that perhaps has Bob in the role of God, another name with three letters in it. Bob is one of my friends who make-up the protagonists, Berkeley Bill Bolagard, in my science fiction novel ‘The Gideon Computer’. It was my trips to Corey Hall that inspired me to depict Bill as a bright student who majored in Mechanical Engineering, but, growing bored, he majored in Art. His training would lead to his great escape from the Gideon Institute, a massive private prison system just outside Salinas.

Robert is an Artful Dodger. His big brain allowed him to see the big picture that he soon mastered. His greenhouse, and love of orchids, is a ruse. It is the entrance to his escape tunnel. Here is found the lost perfection of paradise and the forbidden flower that opens the third eye to the soul of creation.

“Is there anyone who is more conversed in Odontoglossums (regardless of what some might call them) ” could be a line out of the next Men in Black movie, where the twin brother of Gentle Rosenburg disguises his work with alien genetics out in  his bug-free greenhouse. To be befriended by the Science Guy, was a real blessing. Bob changed my world-view and pallet forever. I hung on his every word. Vincent had Theo. I had Bob, who introduced me to Maybeck, who looked over my shoulder as I painted his door, green.

Who are they really “The Mafia-style gowning service.”?

Robert is also the Russian scientist and astronaut, Ivan, in my second science fiction novel, Elfin. All my novels are unfinished. They are experiments with reality. I am compiling a mountain of evidence in my blog Royal Rosamond Press Co. which is vital in sustaining the ‘The Last Bohemian’ who wants to leave an important legacy behind, the evidence of a un-finished experiment, so it can be solved by a brighter being – yet to be born.

Robert took me to the nearby machine shop and showed me where he hung the large canvas I gave him,  The Tree of Life. I had painted it in the house on 13th. where I lived with the Loading Zone. Members of other bands who played at the Fillmore would wander in and watch me paint with brushes Bob had bought me.

When I lived with Peter Shapiro, (who became a good friend of Bob’s brother, Tim) I did a painting of my muse, Rena Christiansen. Her image was rendered on the linen canvas Bob purchased. When my sister saw a photograph of this work, she became inspired. She took up art, and in a year she was one of the highest money-making artists in the world. She would marry Garth Benton, who was the cousin of the famous artist, Thomas Hart Benton.

This is almost like growing orchids. And if you knew the whole story, you would be amazed! We are the creative product of a great experiment. In this light, nothing went wrong, or could go wrong. We changed the world. To behold these images of Bob’s World, is to arrive near the end of my book. We have entered the Gideon Institute.

“All’s well, that ends well!”

However, will there ever be a scientific investigation into whether of not there exist Life After Death? In this respects Scientists are cowards, they not so much leaving it up The Church to come up with an answer, but, the poor, half crazed artist, who guesses what reality is most of the time. And every now and then, their guess is a good one.


We artists are the Fall-guy, the scapegoat, when reality goes wrong, and the Human Experiment comes to not. Note the energy around me. How did that get there? Robert was a witness to this energy – at its peak! So was my beautiful muse! We were like Adam and Eve. We camped all over Northern California. People were in awe of us. We were alone in the Great Greenhouse, the artist and his muse.

“I want to be an artist again.”

Jon Presco

The New Pre-Raphaelite Family


Robert Hamilton & John Leathers Robert Hamilton, born in Berkeley, CA in 1946. Raised and educated throughout the Berkeley school systems including UC Berkeley, with a significant interest in chemistry and physics. His career plans changed when he decided to become a scientific glassblower specializing in electron tubes, lasers and optics. In 1985 he became the equipment and facilities manager of University of CA – Berkeley Microfabrication laboratory and now manages the equipment of the newer Nanofabrication lab, a lab that serves 450 researchers. In addition to orchid growing, he enjoys classical piano studies.







Here is the testimonial of Alessandra Hart who co-founded BEAF:

“A small group of our friends decided to create the Berkeley Experimental Arts Foundation and we rented a space on College Avenue in Berkeley which we made into a theater, calling it Open Theater & Gallery. Pop Art was just coming in, Andy Warhol was experimenting with it on the East Coast. We opened with a pop art exhibit and a theater piece my husband, Roland Jacopetti, wrote.”

The Loading Zone played at the event these artists and filmmakers put on at the Open Theatre. Here is the missing link between artists and Psychedelic Music that was an intended to be a sideshow to a multimedia happening aimed at expanding your mind, with, or without LSD. We are talking about ART, that would soon be pushed aside, put on the back-burner while The People got it, that they were Art Pieces, living sculptures on a new and very fluid stage. The Muse was everywhere, and in, everyone. No one wanted to look at art anymore and grove on the artist, his or her………..TRIP! Five hundred people were now living galleries with ten million paintings flashing inside their minds every second. There were light shows, but, who gave a rat’s ass? Artists were being – humored!

Psychedelic Filmmaker, Ben Van Meter, is accused on the Village Voice of being on a – ego trip! Huh? I love seeing that world I took part in through the eyes of a fellow artist. We exist in real life, and not up on that Music Stage that keeps cranking out musical notes like bubbles in hope the players can get lucky and strike it rich.

Two days ago Peter Shapiro called me. We talked about the time he put on a happening in the backyard on Miles. He and Tim O’Connor wanted to celebrate my marriage to Mary Ann Tharaldsen. Peter invited Swami X to bless us, even conduct a second Hippie Wedding, but, he was a no-show.
Instead we got our Jewish neighbor, who we placed on a platform in between the Japanese arch I built in the center of an octagonal garden.

Peter told all his friends to bring a loaf of cheap whitebread as an offering to the Swami. Many brought flowers and placed them around Swami Swartz who did a great job doing a Swami-Rabbi with Vaudville Jesus routine. When we lined up to get our share of the loaves and a blessing, Swami Swartz bid us to kneel, hold out our hand, and then slap five pieces of Wonderbread into our palms.

In the background we had five beautiful young women doing Tai Chi in their white outfits. Their shadows were cast upon the doors of the old garage while multicolor dots of wonder opened new levels of wedded bliss and awareness.

When Stefen Eins came to the rescue of the Queen of the Wends, a creative hand was stretched across America. Chris was backstage for all the Zone’s events. For several months Stefan and I have talked about doing a Broadway Musical based upon the music of Love, and an aging Woodstock Nation. But, with the discoveries I have made in the last several days, we are looking at THE GENESIS of Psychedelic Rock Be-ins that connect to Warhol’s Factory and filmmakers.

What is truly astounding, Alessandra Hart, read from Revelations during these Mind Alterations. Consider the apocalyptic art of my ex-wife who was married to Thomas Pynchon, whose movie is due out in December. Pynchon is a One Man Band who might want to consider giving proceeds from ‘Inherent Vice’ to Bruce Baille so he can preserve this important film history.

Jon Presco

“I also borrowed a white noise machine, which was supposed to help you meditate and get into other brain wave patterns. We also had taped layers of music, playing simultaneously, and added voice readings from the Book of Revelations from the Bible. It was a multimedia event. We called it “Revelations.”

The Open Theater in Berkeley is most famous for debuting Big Brother and The Holding Company, and for being one of the incubators of the Trips Festival, which we have covered elsewhere. Indeed, another blogger discovered a listing in the Oakland Tribune Theater section that listed one of (if not the) first advertisements for “Psychedelic Music” at the Open Theater. Following the lead of this blogger, I reviewed the Theater Sections of The Oakland Tribune for 1965 and 1966, and managed to piece together the brief, but interesting history of the organization. I apologize in advance for any serious Theater scholars who have stumbled across this, as my focus is more on the musical side of the venture.

The Oakland Tribune first mentions the Open Theater on July 21, 1965. Founders Ben and Rain Jacopetti had formed a group called the Berkeley Experimental Arts Foundation “for the presentation and study of new art forms and trends”. After opening on September 30, 1965, the Open Theater began presenting shows every weekend, and sometimes on weekdays as well. The first listing above (under the heading Little Theaters, from the Sunday, November 7, 1965 Tribune) was typical of their Fall 1965 offerings. There was new theater on Fridays and Saturdays, and on Sunday they had “Sunday Meeting,” a spontaneous meeting. Sometimes music was advertised, as presented by either Ian Underwood or The Jazz Mice, Underwood’s trio.

It was the Sunday Happenings that seemed to be one of the precursors to The Trips Festival. According to Charles Perry’s 1984 book Haight Ashbury: A History, there was apparently multi-media performances, with lights and nudity (too much nudity for San Francisco’s Broadway), music by Underwood and others, an Art Gallery featuring contemporary art, and so on. The bass player for the Jazz Mice was artist Tom Glass, known also as Ned Lamont, and a painting of a huge comic book-style painting of his graced the lobby.

In January, the open theater begins to shift somewhat more towards music. The second (split-up) entry is from the Sunday, January 9, 1966 edition of Oakland Tribune. The Sunday night happening is followed by an apparently musical performance by Day Wellington and The Poor Losers. The next weekend is January 14 and 15, when The Loading Zone and Big Brother make their debuts, in evenings of “rock and roll and theatrical improvisation”.

The weekend of January 21-22-23 was the Trips Festival, in which the Open Theater participated. They surely contributed some multi-media, and Ian Underwood’s Jazz Mice played the first night. On the Saturday night (January 22), Underwood and others presented an avant garde musical performance. The last day of the Trips Festival, however, the Open Theater has its Sunday Meeting as usual, although perhaps some of the regular participants may have been a little worse for wear.

The last clipping is from the Sunday January 23 edition of the Tribune, noting the Happening, and also upcoming musical events. They are

Thursday January 27, 1966
Ramon Charles McDarmaid and Don Buchla, Movies by Bruce Baille
Don Buchla had constructed the Thunder Machine for Ken Kesey’s Pranksters, a sort of electronic percussion device.

Friday, January 28, 1966
Performances by Congress of Wonders and Ned’s Mob, introducing new material.
Congress of Wonders were a comedy trio, also regulars at the Open Theater, who did hip comedy and performance art (they later released a few albums). Ned’s Mob are unknown to me.

Saturday, January 29, 1966
Rock and Roll dance featuring The Loading Zone
This would have been The Loading Zone’s third performance, to our knowledge, the first two having been two weeks earlier at the Open Theater (Jan 14) and then at the Trips Festival (either Jan 21 or 22). The Loading Zone was based in Oakland.

The Open Theater continued to present performances through early March. They presented a John Cage piece on February 4 and 5 (reviewed by the Tribune) and a few other shows. Ian Underwood was now mentioned as the Musical Director, and per the March 12, 1966 Tribune it appears that Ben and Rain Jacopetti had left, and the Open Theater was under new management. However, by the end of March the Open Theater had closed. Ian Underwood said the Theater group was looking for a different space, but it was not to be.

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I Have Renewed Relationship With My Daughter


Heather Hanson and I have been communicating. She can admit she was wrong about embracing right-wing politics. Trump’s hateful campaign has opened her eyes. She also has a better understanding of how complex things became after Stacey Pierrot gave an open invitation for all who knew my famous sister, to come forth and be in Rosamond’s biography. Then there was talk about a movie and series. I can barely grasp the ins and outs of it. We concluded it best we keep our relationship out of my blog, saving our happy ending for our biography!

Jon Presco

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Black Arthurian Knights?



There is evidence there were black knights sitting at the round table. I have already considered the possibility the first Nazarites were black, and the wanton destruction of Carthage by Roman slave masters, suggests there was an enlightened democracy there that was destroyed and erased because enlightened back people were the leaders and easily recognized in what amounted to a world-wide race war. That this possibility is made manifest and duplicated in the Americas, needs an unbiased study by a group of scholars.

I have spent 30 years searching for the Nazarites and restoring much of the Bible – both books! I have recovered several Lost Roads. Have I found the Grail? Yes! I can write another book – from here! My cup runneth over! I am overwhelmed and would like twelve authors to help me. We can write the script of tomorrow – right now!  We have been ruled over by a virus put in human history that has made us a slaves to the past. I have located it.

The key is Mary White Ovington’s admiration of William Morris and Jack London. Morris worked on the Union Murals that brought King Arthur’s Court alive among a collection of English Literature. This may be the world’s first computer that promoted socialist ideals in a pre-Christian setting. Jesus and Christianity are subjects as well as stories from the Torah, but, they are giving permission for modern man to take the next step into the light. Socialism failed, and was crushed. With the coming of Bernie Sanders, and the true Computer Age, socialism is going to be given another shot.

I believe the NAACP will undergo an amazing transformation, being, young black people can directly esteem themselves and own identities that have been reserved for Celtic Peoples. I would like to see Eric Richardson hold Round Table meetings, and help create a New Frontier, where black people captain star ships.

Authors, Jack London, George Serling, and Joaquin Miller were members of the Bohemian Club that was founded by Journalists. Here is the second computer. These three men founded Bohemian Salons that the Beats and Ken Kesey tapped into. For this reason, Eugene Oregon can be a Mecca for Writers of the New Frontier. The English Language is going to be the predominant language of the world. Arthurian legend is a powerful influence. Denis de Rougemont, a co-founder of the European Union, was inspired by the tale of Tristan and Isolde, the same way Mary White was inspired by Morris.

A Father of European Union

Something truly extraordinary happened yesterday. Donald Trump conceded he and future Republicans can not win the White House again without the Black Vote. Experts concluded this after Obama won the White House, and is the main reason I changed parties, and claimed the party founded by my kindred. There needs to be a Round Table study on how Democrats turned Republican, can affect primary elections, and the tone of the appeal for votes by Republican candidates. What I am saying The Hate Approach has failed. Getting white people to hate black people is a losing strategy – forever! How we celebrate our Victories is so key.

Another key is, President Obama singed a bill that ended Federal involvement in the private prison system that I predicted was coming in my science fiction novel ‘The Gideon Computer’ began in 1986, two years after 1984. So much has been set free. We are at the dawn of a new Renaissance. Obama will go down as one of the greatest Presidents of ALL TIME, because he successfully borrowed the ‘Rope a Dope’ from Mohammed Ali. Alas, here is the Muslim Connection.

“All’s well, that ends well!”

Jon Presco

Influenced by the ideas of William Morris, Ovington joined the Socialist Party of America in 1905, where she met people including A. Philip Randolph, Floyd Dell, Max Eastman and Jack London, who argued that racial problems were as much a matter of class as of race. She wrote for radical journals and newspapers such as The Masses, New York Evening Post and the New York Call. She also worked with Ray Stannard Baker and influenced the content of his book, Following the Color Line, published in 1908.

In 1857, Rossetti and a small group of artists that included William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones were working in Oxford, painting the Union Murals.  One night, they attended a show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.  Seated in the gallery below were Jane Burden and her sister.  Rossetti, struck byJane’s appearance, asked her right away to pose for the murals.  She did not show up, probably being wary of Rossetti’s proposal.  After later seeing Burne-Jones by chance,  she agreed to model and a  Pre-Raphaelite star was born.

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Picture the knights of the round table. They’re probably tall and strong, wearing armor and drinking out of chalices. And they’re probably all white. And while most of that picture is relatively accurate, the whiteness is not. Meet Sir Morien, the black knight of the round table.

The blog MedievalPoC points out that Morien has been largely forgotten or white-washed in modern depictions of the round table. But early texts describe him pretty clearly as not-white. The blog quotes from the translated saga of Morien:

He was all black, even as I tell ye: his head, his body, and his hands were all black, saving only his teeth. His shield and his armour were even those of a Moor, and black as a raven…

Had they not heard him call upon God no man had dared face him, deeming that he was the devil or one of his fellows out of hell, for that his steed was so great, and he was taller even than Sir Lancelot, and black withal, as I said afore…

When the Moor heard these words he laughed with heart and mouth (his teeth were white as chalk, otherwise was he altogether black)…

Morien isn’t even the only knight who isn’t white in the Arthurian folklore

Donald Trump‘s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said the Republican presidential candidate‘s apology last night at his campaign rally in North Carolina was a decision he came to himself.

“It was not me, that’s all Donald Trump,” Conway said in an interview with David Muir on “Good Morning America” Friday.

In a rare moment for the candidate, Trump admitted regret over some of the things he’s said on the campaign trail.

“Sometimes, in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and believe it or not I regret it,” Trump said. “I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain.”

“He was talking about anyone who feels offended by anything he said,” Conway elaborated today. “He took extra time yesterday going over that speech with a pen so that was a decision he made. Those are his words.”

Publicly disputing with a Gold Star family of a fallen Muslim soldier, making controversial remarks about Sen. John McCain and Fox News host Megyn Kelly and mocking a reporter with a disability are just a few of the incidents where Trump has gotten himself in hot water.

Trump’s public heated back-and-forth arguments with Khizr Khan, the father of fallen soldier Capt. Humayun Khan who died defending his unit from a suicide bomber in Iraq, particularly drew questions about his demeanor.

Chivalric Romance – With Grail

Rose-Marie and Gismonda

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