The Californian


“I see you are quite left-leaning. Please do not, in your urban world, be too hard on cattle producers, or, red-neck women. We are human too.”

Of all the bullshit lines I have heard in my life, this one by ballirena Rena Victoria Easton, will go down in infamy, for it is Twainish, Hartish, and thus, forgivable. It is a literary masterpiece, the epitone of the cultural warfare that has ravaged our Freedom Land. This war of words brought the Evangelical Cause to back Trump, who declared The Media the ‘Enemy of the People’ and brought this to light, this lewd suggestion from my competition. Did I tell you I am a newspaper man?

“Milo Yiannopoulos lost his keynote speaking slot at the Conservative Political Action Conference after tapes surfaced of the right wing provocateur and senior Breitbart editor advocating for sexual relationships between “younger boys and older men.”

Mark Twain hung around with Jessie Fremont who was the patron of Bret Harte, whom she got a job at the San Francisco Mint, where he – a Freemason – coined the term….


Both authors penned words for the  ‘Californian’ an early newspaper, which is the title of the Television Series I will be hawking in my next post, because, I found something material that I want, that I must have, besides the Love of Rena, who will be a star of this series. Here are Twain’s contributions to the Californian.

Rena did not give her phone number in he infamous letter, and I forgot to include mine, in my infamous letter. Otherwise, I might have got an angry call – during the witching hour – from La Belle Ballerina, demanding I erase all I have written about my Muse, and, will I please burn the image of her she gave me, or, The Montana Nazi Cattle Producers, will call on me – wearing sheets!

Movie Producers have long wondered if there will be a sequel to ‘Birth of a Nation’, and ‘Gone With The Wind’. When I got that call from Deputy Sheriff, Dan Mayland, that broke my heart, he assured me that Rena was not attacking this blog, Royal Rosamond Press. They were just trying to scare the B-Jesus out of me – terrorize me – the future California Secessionist, who is out to make the President of the United States – look bad!

I was aching to ask Rena if she would send me copies of all her half-naked photos so I could render masterful works of art from them. I thought about running this idea past Deputy Dan, who may have filed a fake stalking report, because he is… of them! My people, my producers, will be contacting him.

“She was very adamant about you not getting the impression she is trying to censor you.”

“Fine. Just fine! But, in God’s name, would you ask her to send me all the naked photos she’s got? Do it for Art, man. Do it for Art!”

This telephone conversation is a Classic, because Dan was relaying ‘The Last Message’ of the beautiful woman I love, and will always love, because she had the most beautiful back I ever beheld on a human being. It was this respect for the First Amendment, that made me suspect Rena had fallen in with a bunch of Evangelical neo-Nazi End Timers who befriended her at the church I contacted in my effort to FIND HER…….again!

“In 2013, a dispute at a ski club in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana, drew public attention to Spencer and his political views.[32]

The National Policy Institute think tank,, and Radix Journal all use the same mailing address in Whitefish, Montana[33]

“In 2013, a dispute at a ski club ” How perfect is this? What drama. The camera comes in close for a shot of Rena dismounting a ski-chair. She takes off her goggles, and exposes the steel-gray eyes of a Aryan Killer, who is titled ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ because she is the Black Widow of Montana. Many rich and powerful men have gone up the mountain with her, but, few have returned. Law Enforcement does nothing about it. All members of the snooping press are found in a back alley, beaten to a bloody pulp. This poem will open every episode.

“I see a lily on thy brow and a faded rose on thy cheek.” My mother, Rosemary, and her sister, Lilian, used to fight over who the actor, Errol Flynn, loved the most.

Last night I recalled looking at Rena’s bare back as we sat in the golden grass having our lunch. Below us was the sea, and, nearby grazed half a dozen sheep. I was drawn in to its perfect form. All of sudden, I realized I could not part with this back. I wanted it with me all my days. I let out some Soul Whimpering, then, suppressed a great heavy sob that caused Rena to turn, and ask with a scowl on her face;

“You’re not thinking of – OWNING ME – are you?”


Last night, I looked at the truth this was the first time I wanted to own another human being. Is this why people get married? Because my parents were hideous to one another, marriage was way down on the bottom of list of things I wanted to participate in. I began to get very stressed-out. This is when I discovered ambient Jungle Music soothed the savage breast of my childhood traumas, that perhaps this seventeen year old beauty could vanquish. But, she was dealing with a shit-load of evil she got from her parents, that eventually led her to join a church in Bozeman: And, no sooner did she mail off her wondrous Christmas Letter full of bright hope, then, THEY read the idea that I was the True Messiah, and the Jesus that millions of folks have fallen in love with, is a fake!

“REEEEEEEENA! Your ex-boyfriend is the Anti-Christ, who thinks you are his Spirit Guide.”

The Mormon remedy I put forth, as you listen to the soothing sound of  a waterfall, is, that Rena and I are transported back in time. We are  Native Americans, and, we are living like Adam and Eve in the wilderness in 10 B.C……….when four disciples of Jesus come upon us natural born heathens, and avert their eyes, for…..we are naked.

“Please, beautiful creatures. Don’t run away. We want to introduce you to our Master ‘King Jesus’! He’s right over there!”

POOF! All gone, my heresy! I didn’t know! I am innocent! I am just a dumb brute – in love! Hit is maestro!


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My grandmother and grandfather were Californians. I titled my first essay ‘A Family of Foundlings. When I found Rena, she had been in California two days. Most Californians come from other states. When Mary Magdalene Rosamond came to California from Iowa, I suspect she was seventeen. I suspect Dead Mary came to visit her granddaughters as the Blue Angel. She looked in on the old crone who watched over the four Presco children.

Mary married Royal Rosamond in Ventura by the sea where they met. They had four beautiful daughters who would have examined Rena, if they met her. They would be in awe, at the sight of both of us, for we are their parents……reunited! We are carrying on ‘Their California Dream’. Here they are on Anacapa Island with a group of writers. Royal wrote for ‘Out West’ magazine, and was a member of the Mark Twain Society. He wrote a series ‘Humor In the United States. He had to know Lummis, the greatest promoter of California – after Jessie Benton Fremont.

I believe what alarmed Rena and her Nazi-Christians, was the idea that she could listen to ‘The Birth of Venus’ and born the child we did not have – by candlelight! A Foundling Child, if you will. This had to be pure evil to the dumb-racist at heart.

Here is my grandson, Tyler Hunt. The real evil ones took him out of my life, and put hi in the arms of brutes, drunks, and con-artists, in order to replicate what happened to my daughter. Are you getting to see the BIG PICTURE here? Folks all over the world have been jealous of Californians, none more so than the Christian-right. But, what is truly extraordinary, is that Rena is jealous of me. She became jealous OF US soon after we met her. Because of her abuse as a child, Rena suffers for painful low self-esteem.

I think many who came to the Land of Sunshine, were looking for a life without self-doubt. Did Mark Twain and Robert Lewis Stevenson own a load of doubt. And, thus, they picked up a pen, a quill, and upon an empty piece of paper a Fairytale People’s were born.

The proof is in the pudding. Did that loud-mouthed pussy-grabbing misogynist monster carry the state of Montana, he soliciting howls and grunts from the Cattle Producers – who take pride in demonizing Hollywood Producers, cuz, they don’t make enough Eastwood pictures to please all ten million of them rugged souls. Chill Wills where are you?

Did Rena confess to her Rapture Ready Group, that she put on the most impressive bikini made, and walked down the Venice Boardwalk, then, across the sand – to the sea? She was puzzled why she was not turning more heads. What she did not know, the Natives know how to get a good look – without being noticed!

She swore to hate us Californians. She made a vow – that one of us is going to pay! We had seen her kind before, as they did the John Wayne side-winder swagger to a certain drug store in Hollywood. Oh yeah! They were talking about her animal magnetism and her Black Panther gate. They had a fresh contract at the ready. Then, she was gone, in an old beater, heading back to Oakland.

When our hands touched as we lay on my friend’s floor. And when an incredible wave of energy went thru us, Rena Victoria Easton, became a Californian. Then, there was our kiss, that lit up……….The Cathedral of the Souls!

Mary Magdalene Rosamond, and Irene Victoria Easton, are Teutonic Beauties. From them are born ancient legends, and our best stories. Come to Rose Mountain where awaken the Bohemian Kings. A Bohemian Foundling Child will form the base for a New Nation, that will go back to being pixilated…the old fashioned way!

Here’s my message to you, Rena – and you can go tell Deputy Dan – you and your fake cattle producers………better stop fucking with our California Unicorns!

Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

In 1892, Lummis published Some Strange Corners of Our Country, recounting some of the areas and sights he had discovered. Between 1893 and 1894, Lummis spent 10 months traveling in Peru with Bandelier.

After the men’s return, Lummis and Eva returned to Los Angeles with their year-old daughter, Turbese. Unemployed, Lummis landed the position of editor of a regional magazine, Land of Sunshine. The magazine was renamed Out West[9] in 1901. He published works by famous authors such as John Muir and Jack London. Over his 11 years as editor, Lummis also wrote more than 500 pieces for the magazine, as well as a popular monthly commentary called “In the Lion’s Den”.



My grandfather was a Newspaperman – of sorts! He sold 400 copies of The Oklahoman, and 200 copies of the Oklahoma Times, at his newspaper stand in Oklahoma City. He tutored young people in poetry and had plans to build a Poet’s retreat on the Buffalo River.The Ozark Historian, Otto Rayburn, was supportive of this.

It is the objective of my newspaper to restore the dream of these two men who published their own magazine. Rayburn published ‘Arcadian Life’, and Royal’s Gem Publishing, published ‘Bright Stories’. Royal also published one novel under ‘R.R. Rosamond Publishing’ founded in 1931 in Ventura where it was printed.

Above you see letters sent to Royal, and two books he published. Rosamond’s poems are here, along with photos of his daughters, and his friends who were writers, camping on Santa Cruz Island.

Jon Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press Co.

Milo Yiannopoulos lost his keynote speaking slot at the Conservative Political Action Conference after tapes surfaced of the right wing provocateur and senior Breitbart editor advocating for sexual relationships between “younger boys and older men.”

“Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the group which sponsors CPAC, in a statement Monday afternoon. The group called Yiannopoulos to “further address these disturbing comments,” but defended its original decision to invite him as a nod to “the free speech issue on college campuses.”

Yiannopoulos, a senior editor at the conservative Breitbart News, is no stranger to controversy, but the CPAC’s recent embrace of the crusading anti-political correctness provocateur has been discomfiting to some conservatives. Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter after stirring up online harassment of Ghostbuster star Leslie Jones. And a planned Yiannopoulos event at the University of California, Berkeley was recently canceled when protests against him turned violent. The incident prompted Trump to threaten Berkeley with a loss of federal funds.

He said that for the country to make such an invitation was to “abandon all its principles,” and suggested that the move came because the government was desperate to make trade deals.

“We didn’t do this for Kennedy, we didn’t do this for Truman, we didn’t do this for Reagan, but for this man … we say, ‘Please come and we will lay on everything, because we are so desperate for your company,'” he said. “I think this country is greater than that.”

The Californian (1860s newspaper)

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The Californian was a San Francisco literary newspaper published weekly from May 28, 1864 until February 1, 1868.[1]


The Californian was started in May 1864 by publishers P.J. Thomas, A.A. Stickney and John Collner.[1] Charles Henry “Inigo” Webb was the first editor, and Fitz Hugh Ludlow was one of the first contributors. Bret Harte was an editor, and Mark Twain was hired at a salary of $50 per month. Harte contributed articles as well, and the periodical jumped to the fore among its competitors in the San Francisco Bay Area including the Golden Era.[2][3]

The paper was published in the “imperial size”, an industry term. It measured 22 inches across and thirty inches high with easy to read pages that ran three columns across.[4] According to Ben Tarnoff, “Readers expecting tales of honest miners, or lyrical tributes to California’s landscape, would be disappointed. Like Harte himself, the Californian took pleasure in puncturing cliches. It could be populist or aristocratic, radical or conservative–but always contrarian.”[4]

The publication featured poetry and condensed novels by Harte—these poked fun at the literary styling of authors such as Charles Dickens, Mary Elizabeth Braddon and James Fenimore Cooper.[4] Twain also contributed his condensed novels Whereas and Lucretia Smith’s Soldier. Several other San Franciscan poets contributed including Harte, Charles Warren Stoddard and Ina Coolbrith.[4]

After a period of rest at Lake Tahoe, Webb resumed editing duties in November 1864. He continued in this role until April 1865.[1]

Twain submitted “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” which was published in December 1865 (it had been originally published in the Saturday Press).[4] This story and others were later published in a book of the same title.[5][6] Webb had become both owner and editor of The Californian. By 1866, however, Webb disassociated from the publication and returned to the East Coast after his irreverent tone and burlesque style which frequently targeted California life and Californians did not endear him to his audience.[7] Writer and poet James F. Bowman then served as de facto editor.

Ambrose Bierce‘s first contribution to The Californian was in September 1867, a poem entitled “The Basilica”. He followed with his first non-fiction essay, “Female Suffrage”, in December.[8]

Charles Warren Stoddard was brought on board late in the life of The Californian. Stoddard expected to write articles, but instead kept the books and mailed subscriptions. Stoddard and Bierce became good friends.[9] In 1867, Stoddard wrote a book of poetry entitled Poems. Bowman wrote a grandiose review of Stoddard’s work in The Californian, then turned around and savaged both Stoddard and his earlier review, writing anonymously in the de Young paper Dramatic Chronicle.[9]

The paper was initially located at 728 Montgomery Street in San Francisco but by April 1865 was moved to an alley off of Montgomery Street.[4]

Branding Royal Rosamond Press

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Below is an article on how to brand your company or non-profit organization. This is made extremely easier if your kindred owned businesses with your company’s name. This morning I purchased a business card, and other items whereupon is the name


My grandfather was a Newspaperman – of sorts! He sold 400 copies of The Oklahoman, and 200 copies of the Oklahoma Times, at his newspaper stand in Oklahoma City. He tutored young people in poetry and had plans to build a Poet’s retreat on the Buffalo River.The Ozark Historian, Otto Rayburn, was supportive of this.

It is the objective of my newspaper to restore the dream of these two men who published their own magazine. Rayburn published ‘Arcadian Life’, and Royal’s Gem Publishing, published ‘Bright Stories’. Royal also published one novel under ‘R.R. Rosamond Publishing’ founded in 1931 in Ventura where it was published.

If any respectable gentleman or company owns, or is seeking to own a resort on the Buffalo River, and is seeking a name with great branding, let me know. I see;


Jon Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Copyright 2014

Message Board Post:

Otto Ernest Rayburn (1891-1960)

Otto Ernest Rayburn was a writer, magazine publisher, and collector of Arkansas and Ozark lore. Vance Randolph, in his introduction to Rayburn’s autobiography, Forty Years in the Ozarks (1957), defined Rayburn as a “dedicated regionalist” and added, “There is no denying that, in the period between 1925 and 1950, Rayburn did more to arouse popular interest in Ozark folklore than all of the professors put together.”

Otto Rayburn was born on May 6, 1891, in Hacklebarney settlement, Davis County, Iowa, to William Grant Rayburn, a farmer, and Sarah Jane Turpin Rayburn. The family soon moved to Woodson County, Kansas, where Rayburn grew up. In 1909-1910, he attended Marionville College in Marionville, Missouri. In the spring of 1917, Rayburn bought forty acres near Reeds Spring, Missouri. In June, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in France. He was discharged at Camp Funston, Kansas, in May 1919. For the next few years, he taught in Kansas and Arkansas schools.

In 1924, he became school superintendent for the Kingston Community Project of the Board of Missions of the Presbyterian Church. He regarded the six years he spent at Kingston (Madison County) as one of the most important epochs of his life. On September 26, 1925, Rayburn married Lutie Beatrice Day of Hopkins County, Texas, and brought her back to Kingston. They had two children. He was attracted to Kingston by its isolation, “a community that has a splendid highway in but no road out.”

In Kingston, he published his first magazine, Ozark Life: The Mirror of the Ozarks, beginning in June 1925, edited jointly with James T. (Ted) Richmond. The sixteen-page paper struck the tone that continued in virtually every periodical Rayburn ever undertook from then on, a tone that the late twentieth century calls boosterism or hype. Kingston is “Nature’s Beauty Shop,” and the King’s River valley is “one of the fairest dimples in the face of the smiling Ozarks.” He also wrote a column, “Ozark Folkways,” for the Sunday Arkansas Gazette for eight years beginning in 1927, as well as the column “Ozark News Nuggets” in the Sunday Tulsa Tribune.

Rayburn and Richmond sold the magazine in 1931. The same year, in Eminence, Missouri, Rayburn started The Arcadian, sometimes known as The Arcadian Magazine, with the subtitle, “A Journal of the Well-Flavored Earth.” Rayburn wrote much of the material himself, but he also published poetry, fiction, and commentary by other writers. The Arcadian Magazine ceased publication in mid-1932. Rayburn enrolled at East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce, Texas, and published another magazine, Arcadian Life, subtitled, “A Journal of Ozarkian Lore and Pastoral Living,” at Sulphur Springs (Washington County) and Commerce, Texas, from 1933 to 1936. During the summer of 1936, Rayburn received his World War I soldier’s bonus. He returned to Arkansas and discovered Caddo Gap (Montgomery County), a village in the Ouachita Mountains. He taught in the Caddo Gap school and had a writers’ workshop at the Shadow Haven Tourist Courts, owned by Ida Sublette Cobb, a poet and the mother of promin!
ent Republican politician Osro Cobb.

In 1940, Rayburn was commissioned by Duell, Sloan, and Pearce to write the American Folkways Series book on the Ozarks. Ozark Country came out in December 1941. His most successful extended piece, it went through four printings. In 1941, after Ozark Country was finished, he moved to the Rural Dale School in Saline County and in 1943 started another magazine, Ozark Guide. In 1945, he retired from teaching and moved to Eureka Springs (Carroll County), where he opened Rayburn’s Book House. In Eureka Springs, he gave guided tours, sold real estate, and managed the annual folk festival, in addition to publishing Ozark Guide. He published The Eureka Springs Story in 1954 and his autobiography in 1957.

Rayburn died on October 30, 1960, in Fayetteville (Washington County) after a short illness. An Arkansas Gazette editorial called to him a “Champion of the Ozarks” and noted that “His Ozark Folk Encyclopedia, a monumental collection. already has served useful purpose and will continue to do so.”

My uncle Vincent Rice became my art patron when I was sixteen. I had given him a seascape I had done, that he had framed and proudly hung over his mantle. Later, he would save a painting I did when I was thirteen, and frame it. I worked at Vinnie’s warehouse one summer, and he gave me his car, the 1957 Ford Fairlane in the photo above.

Vincent married Roy Reuben Rosamond’s oldest daughter, June. They had no children, and tried to make the Presco children their surrogate children, with little success. Vincent did his best to help us, he letting us live on the house on Glendon, for little, or, no rent. When he died, he left a good chunk of money to my siblings and I, and our cousin. I immediately made plans to acquire a scanner and new computer so I could publish historic letters and photographs on the internet.

Above are two photos that were on file at the University of Arkansas that I sent for. They appeared in the Otto Rayburn collection. Otto also was a good friend of my grandfather. Otto was a good friend of the artist, Thomas Hart Benton, the cousin of Garth Benton, who married Christine, Rosamond Presco, and born, Drew Benton. The Hand of Fate is at work here. Above are two letters from Rayburn that I will donate to the UofA. In 1998 I donated Rosamond’s ‘At Martha Healey’s Grave’ a small book I republished under my registered newspaper, Royal Rosamond Press Co.

The `Back to the Earth Movement’ was not invented by Hippie. In the 1930s many Americans were seeking a return to the Arcadian lifestyle
that was disappearing fast. My grandfather, Royal Rosamond, was at the vanguard of that movement, he leaving his beautiful wife and
four daughters to go live in the Ozarks where he was born where he would write four novels about the Billy Boys. He was good friends of
Otto Rayburn who bid him to find Californian poets who would contribute to his Magazine `Arcadian Life’.

The log cabin on the cover of this issue was built by Royal on his forty acres in Arkansas where he established a fishing retreat for
poets. Royal played the fiddle and collected quilts. He taught poetry in his attic studio in Oklahoma City where he died estranged
from his daughters. His wife, Mary Magdalene Rosamond, thought her husband quite the irresponsible Fool, and bid Royal not to come
home, she more capable then he of raising their children. One can say my grandfather dropped out of society. Five years ago I located
his unmarked grave and put a marker there. He was son of two roses, Rosamond, and Ida Louisiana Rose.

Lillian told me of the time she and her father went the dunes in Ventura where lived a colony of people in humble shacks. I am
wondering if this is not a splinter group of “The Dunites” that made a colony of Seekers in Oceana near San Louis Obispo. Royal called these people “his people” and visited them frequently. There was a Scotsman who played the fiddle for Lillian.

Professor Ernest Wood was a Theosophist working at the Theosophical Society in Madras, to whom Baba gave an explanation as to what he
meant by spirituality. Lillian said women from the Theosophical society befriended her mother Mary, and she thinks they contributed
to her independent nature.

It is important to understand we did not invent the core aspects of Hippiedom, so that we can establish a legitimate history that will
carry forth our best attributes. It is my plan to restructure the Family Creative Unity so it may last many lifetimes, and be enjoyed by all members of our family.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2011

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    The Art’s Council of Montana hosted Russian shows. Rick Pope, MT Artist
    Rick Pope began working at MSU in 1975. He received his BS from California State Polytechnic and his MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1991 he traveled to Jurmala, Latvia where he was invited to participate in an international ceramics symposium at the Dzintair Institute of Art.
    In 1991 he traveled to Jurmala, Latvia where he was invited to participate in an international ceramics symposium at the Dzintair Institute of Art. He has received numerous awards and grants, including grants from the Russian Artist’s Union and the Montana Arts Council.
    He has received numerous awards and grants, including grants from the Russian Artist’s Union and the Montana Arts Council. Rick’s work has been featured in more than 100 exhibitions and is included in many public and private collections including the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena; the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia and the private collection of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in Washington, DC.

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