The Dark Tower of Cultural Unrest

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Chris Wandel called me two days ago. She heard there was trouble brewing my way, in Oregon. She heard this on Coast to Coast Radio. I told her it was PAID FOR trouble coming from the Koch Brothers who bought the Republican party so they can own a hammer to flatten all the Democrats. Since Obama got elected, twenty million folks have left the Christian church because they don’t quite buy it, that Jesus hates the Democrats. Meanwhile, ISIS roams free!

Ten years ago Christine and I came up with a motto that describes the Cultural Warfare taking place all over the world. We were commenting on the attempt by a crazed man to smash the Pieta with a hammer.

“If it’s not the Pieta, why bring a hammer!”

Hence, we has seen ISIS smashing statues all over the ancient world.

I love google, because sometimes you do a search and get a shock. I was looking for Tattoo Mike, the man who attacked the Scientology Celebrity Centre with two Samurai swords. I owned a bamboo shade Mike used to own. He was a friend of my Eugene friends. Marilyn helped his brother empty his home after he was shot dead. Her daughter’s boyfriend has a hundred e-mails from this terrorist who has a cult following. I was asked to author his story. When tattooed Mike Tyson popped up on my screen, I gasped.

I invited the Kurdish Warriors to come to Lonely Rose Mountain. Today I invite the world’s best Cultural Warriors to come to the Lone Cypress Tree in Pebble Beach because this is the epicenter of the Coming American Armageddon. What ISIS, and other religious nuts do not take into account, is that when Revelations was written, America was no yet discovered. The West has its own Deep Trouble Centre. Oops! Back to the drawing board.

When Hitler threatened Howard Young and members of the Rosemond family, he closed his prestigious gallery and came to America on a ship. He set up a new gallery in the Elysee Chateau, that Scientology now owns. Howard sold art to famous Hollywood stars who were the Icons of American Culture, and not religious cult figures. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor is in the Family Tree of Mel and Jessie Lyman, who established a modern-day cult around the tower on Fort Hill built to honor the Rebels who defeated civilized normal folks. Dame Liz renounced her American citizenship after becoming the greatest All American Beauty of all time. I would have preferred Gene Tierney have played Brown in National Velvet because she is perhaps the most beautiful woman that ever walked the earth – and she was insane.

It is Mad Gene in that Dark Tower of Cultural Madness that found a home in the United States that came under attack when Japanese businessman, Minoru Isutani, tried to purchase major golf courses and use them to launder Japanese gangster money. Consider Tom Cruise playing a American Samurai. In the tug-of-war over my daughter I was taken to a Scientology winery and shown the new Clear Stables being built in a huge barn. Consider the Battle for Lone Mountain, and the movie ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, World’.

Above is a photo of Kate Hepburn offering Jimmy Stewart a marijuana cigarette at the Chateau. Rosemary showed me a video of Christine presenting her portrait of Jimmy to this icon, with the Mayor of Carmel, Clint Eastwood, present.

My Deep Throat, ‘Spooky Noodles’, was laying some Celtic Tree shit on me this morning. After seventeen years we have never met in person. Sometimes I wonder if he is a leprechaun leading me to my pot of gold. We concluded all human stories revolve around a tree or a tower. And, here come a tsunami, a rogue wave.

Jon Presco

Coyright 2015



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On 21 May 1972, at 33 years of age (Jesus‘s traditional age at death), during the Pentecost, Toth, wielding a geologist’s hammer and shouting, “I am Jesus Christ — risen from the dead”,[4][5][6][7][1][8] attacked the Michelangelo‘s Pietà statue in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. With fifteen blows[6] he removed Mary’s arm at the elbow, knocked off a chunk of her nose, and chipped one of her eyelids. Toth was subdued by bystanders, including American sculptor Bob Cassilly, who was the first person to pull him away from the Pietà.[9] In view of his apparent insanity Toth was never charged with the crime. On 29 January 1973, he was committed to an Italian psychiatric hospital. He was released on 9 February 1975, and was immediately deported to Australia where he had studied prior to the attack; Australian authorities did not detain him. He resided in a nursing home in Strathfield, New South Wales until his death in 2012.

Mario Majorski

Though he may be hard to recognize when he’s not brandishing two samurai swords, this is Mario Majorski, the man who hopped out of a red convertible and attempted to cut a swath through the Scientology Celebrity Centre yesterday in Los Angeles. TMZ has the mugshot from one of Majorski’s earlier arrests in Oregon, and more information is coming to light about Majorski’s complicated relationship with the religion, which he was once a member of:

Majorski was a church member and student at UCLA in 1993 when he and a classmate sued a psychiatry professor and the university. The professor, Louis West, now deceased, was an expert on brainwashing and an outspoken critic of Scientology, which he dismissed as a “pyramid scheme.” Suits filed in state and federal court accused West of activities, including speeches to anti-cult groups, that transgressed the separation of church and state and interfered with Majorski’s practice of religion. Both suits were dismissed, and court records indicate that Majorski’s role was largely limited to providing his name as a plaintiff.

We talked about how the newspapers in Ireland have relentlessly focused on the finances of Scientology’s mission there in recent years because, well, it’s the only place in the world where newspapers can get reliable and regularly disclosed financial information about the church.

Like in the UK, Scientology is not recognized officially as a church in Ireland. But Ireland takes things a step further and requires Scientology’s Dublin mission to submit its revenue figures annually to the nation’s Companies Registration Office. Members of the public can then search those records and access them for a small fee. (And people have done just that.)

What began as a paper dispute over the language in a claim for an old gold mine in the hills of southwestern Oregon has lurched into what the antigovernment “Patriots” arriving on scene seemingly hope will be an armed confrontation with federal authorities.

Most of those arriving at the scene of the dispute over the Sugar Pine Mine near tiny Merlin, Ore., and nearby towns such as Grants Pass and Medford, believe they are engaging in a stand against a tyrannical federal government and the Bureau of Land Management – the second chapter in a fight that began a year ago with the Bundy Ranch standoff.

Fifty-year-old f Tokyo is president of Cosmo World, which manufactures equipment and has invested in several other courses in the United States and Europe.

Cosmo World, based in Beverly Hills, signed a deal in June to have Caesar’s World Inc. of Las Vegas manage a non-casino luxury hotel that will anchor a $600-million, 1,300-acre planned community there. It will include a 27-hole golf course.

‘New Allaiance’ Cited

The Japanese company is also developing the Los Angeles International Golf Club in the San Fernando Valley and is a partner in a $200 million golf resort along the Kona Coast in Hawaii.

Officials of the Pebble Beach Company said they expect no changes in the management of the resort area.

Tom Oliver, president of Pebble Beach, said company officials were looking forward to the ”new alliance” with Ben Hogan Properties.

The lone cypress tree on the property being bought has been photographed by such masters as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Recently, the Pebble Beach Company was embroiled in a dispute with professional photographers when the company barred commercial use of photos of the tree.

Cosmo World Corp. is part of the business empire of Japanese multimillionaire Minoru Isutani, whose best-known U.S. commercial venture has been his purchase in 1990 of the Pebble Beach golf courses near Carmel for $900 million.

Isutani’s ownership of the Pebble Beach property has been dogged by controversy as he has tried to increasingly privatize the famous golf clubs.

He also drew controversy with his abortive attempt to buy a stake in a small gambling operation in Las Vegas, a move that sparked published reports alleging that Isutani, 51, was linked to Japanese organized crime.

Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Coronado) and Helen Bentley (R-Md.) had requested in July that the Department of Justice investigate the alleged ties.

A month later, Assistant Atty. Gen. W. Lee Rawls replied in a letter, saying that the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco “are aware of the allegations. . . .”

“As you know,” Rawls said, “the Department of Justice vigorously pursues any allegation regarding the infiltration of legitimate businesses by alleged organized crime figures.”

An FBI spokeswoman in San Francisco said the agency would neither confirm nor deny that Isutani was being investigated.

Isutani could not be reached for comment. In a San Francisco Examiner interview last month, Isutani said he was interviewed by FBI agents in Tokyo in mid-1991 but said that “nothing was found” and that “I am clear of the allegations.”

In Los Angeles, Isutani is trying to gain environmental clearance and land-use permits from the city to build a private golf course in Big Tujunga Wash, an environmentally sensitive area in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

Isutani’s major golf holdings are in Japan. He also owns electronics and sporting goods manufacturing companies, including the Ben Hogan Co.

In 1988, Isutani applied for a Nevada gaming license to become a 50% partner in the Barcelona Hotel in Las Vegas. His application exposed him to an extensive background investigation by the state’s gaming authorities.

Thomas Roche, one of three members of the Neveda Gaming Control Board, said recently that the investigation explored the possibility that Isutani was involved with Japanese gangland figures based on two assumptions: that golf courses in Japan have a reputation of ties to organized crime and that Japanese golf course owners sometimes engage in the practice of over-selling memberships.

The gaming board’s investigation ended in 1990, when Isutani voluntarily withdrew his license application for business reasons. At the time, no evidence had been found that Isutani had mob ties or was involved in business improprieties, Roche said.

Isutani’s second controversial venture in the United States involved his purchase of the 5,300-acre Pebble Beach site. Shortly after the purchase, he unveiled a plan to sharply reduce public access to the courses, from 25% of the play time to 13%.

According to a state attorney general’s estimate, Isutani planned to sell 2,000 memberships to the private courses for $750,000 each; Isutani’s attorneys, however, said the memberships were to have been sold for about $150,000.

I often ask myself whether I really do worship the same God of white religious conservatives. On this Holy Week, when I reflect on the Christian story of Christ crucified, it is a story to me of a man who came, radically served his community, challenged the unjust show of state power, embraced children, working-class men and promiscuous women and sexual minorities (eunuchs). Of the many things Jesus preached about, he never found time to even mention gay people, let alone condemn them. His message of radical inclusivity was so threatening that the state lynched him for fear that he was fomenting a cultural and political rebellion. They viewed such acts as criminal acts and they treated Jesus as a criminal. And all who followed him were marked for death.

This is why I identify with the story of Jesus. And frankly, it is the only story there really is. This white, blond-haired, blue-eyed, gun-toting, Bible-quoting Jesus of the religious right is a god of their own making. I call this god, the god of white supremacy and patriarchy. There is nothing about their god that speaks to me as a Black woman of working-class background living in a country where police routinely murder black men and beat the hell out of black women, where the rich get richer while politicians find ever more reasons to extract from the poor, and where the lives the church imagines for women still center around marriage and motherhood, and no sex if you’re single.

This God isn’t the God that I serve. There is nothing holy, loving, righteous, inclusive, liberatory or theologically sound about him. He might be “biblical” but he’s also an asshole.

The Jesus I know, love, talk about and choose to retain was a radical, freedom-loving, justice-seeking, potentially queer (because he was either asexual or a priest married to a prostitute), feminist healer, unimpressed by scripture-quoters and religious law-keepers,  seduced neither by power nor evil.

That’s the story I choose to reflect on this Holy Week. The Christian lawmakers seeking to use the law to discriminate against gay people are indicative of every violent, unrighteous, immoral impulse that organized religion continues to represent in this country. I have said elsewhere recently that it is a problem to treat racism as if it will simply go extinct. But as I watch the religious right engineer pain and obstacles for queer people in America’s heartland, I find myself wishing that this particularly violent and vicious breed of Christianity would die off.

I cannot stand in a church and worship on Sunday alongside those who on the very next Monday co-sign every kind of legislation that devalues the lives of Black people, women and gay people. I am a firm believer that our theology implicates our politics. If your politics are rooted in the contemporary anti-Black, misogynist, homophobic conservatism, then we are not serving the same God. Period.

And more of us who love Jesus, despite our ambivalence about Christianity, the Church or organized religion, need to stand up and begin to do some reclamation of our own.

I am heartened to say that there is a generation of young people of faith rising up, spurred on by the Ferguson events of last summer. A group of young seminarians at Union Theology Seminary in New York City have been at the fore of effort to #ReclaimHolyWeek. I spoke with one of the organizers, Candace Simpson, who told me that, “#ReclaimHolyWeek is a way for us to challenge and disrupt the sanitized stories we share during Holy Week. We refuse to pretend as though the main story of Jesus’ resurrection was that he ‘died for our sins.’ We need to be better in discussing the ways Jesus represented a threat to his empire, that his teachings disrupt power structures. We pretend that we would be mourning at his tomb, but it is clear in the ways we blame victims of the system that we are not as moral as we pretend to be.” They will spend this week protesting various forms of state-sanctioned violence against Black and Brown people.

What this vocal contingent of the religious right is seeking to restore is not religious freedom but a sense of safety in expressing and imposing dangerous, retrograde and discriminatory ideas in the name of religion. I continue to support the free and unimpeded expression of religion. And I am hopeful that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s call for “clarification of the law” amid a massive backlash will actually force the Legislature to explicitly ban discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. Then perhaps the law could do what some legal scholars claim it was meant to do, namely, protect freedom of religious expression for religious minorities in the U.S.

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1 Response to The Dark Tower of Cultural Unrest

  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    The Bundy Boys have brought their guns and taken over a part of the State my kinfolk captured for the United States of America, and not a bunch of brown-turd colored neo-Confederates dress dressed like cowboys. I just posted on Renabelle and High Noon. I saw these bad boys coming. Admit it! You’all know I am a true prophet.

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