After posting this blog, I discovered it’s a done deal. Baron Ed Ray of Corvallis, took it upon himself to rename buildings that were named after Freemasons who founded OSU. This is why there was a Masonic parade back when. Smiling Ed, knew this, because Wikipedia says so. Do Ed’s Scholarly Gang of Six believe it is gauche to look at Wikipedia, because they believe it is historic fiction? I better slap a Copyright on this before Dan Drown get’s wind of another money-maker.
There used to be articles that wondered if Senator Thomas Hart was a Freemason. His kin, Brigadier General Thomas Benton, was the grandmaster of the Iowa Lodge. In order to keep the British from owning the Oregon Territory, Benton and his son-in-law, encouraged Missourians to migrate to Oregon. Many of them were Scot-Irish. The Willamette Valley is full of red-headed freckled people. I make a point to talk to them. These are the people Baron Ed says he is honoring by naming Benton Hall, Community Hall. Ed said the mere citizens of Corvallis would get to vote on all this. He lied! The common token white folks – go nameless! Their great-grandfather’s champion, is placed in a new fangled contraption, a Revised Historic Pillory of Shame. Benton will undergo a Eternal Shaming. The Political Correct Ones will line up with their families to see the display.
“I helped do this!”
Ninety million folks all over the world list genealogy as their favorite hobby. Ray has tortured the memory of my kin, and hung his scalp in the community lodge. He invites his adopted tribe to come behold his trophies. Our Founding Fathers owned slaves, and did not free them, or give women the right to vote in the Constitution they wrote. Jessie Benton Fremont was shunned by all her southern kin when she came out against slavery. Her mother – was the South! Take a peek at her family tree. It is full of Patriots and Politicians who fought with Native Americans – and won! These Southerners help beat the Nazis. When did women – win the right to vote? The Fremonts championed the suffragettes. They helped defeat the Confederacy.
So, Ray, did not make Winners of those – who dragged Senator Benton out of that tower. He handed them a fake victory, a bleached diploma. The Freemasons have been persecuted in America. But, they will rise again in my new novel ‘The Merovingian Ghost and Banshees of Benton Hall’. It will be a hit movie. Folks will come from far and wide;
“Look! There’s Benton Hall!”
“That_____Ray, wouldn’t let them film here!”
Sorry to tell you, Ray, young people don’t give a shit about history. I think you made this whole crisis up in hope they will look at your Pillory’s of Historic Shame!
You see, Jessie Benton descends from the Stewart family, as did Princess Diana. Do you see anyone shaming the shit out of William and Harry for their close kin taking the whole of India as slaves? The Stewarts are in my family tree! The Fremonts kept the British from taking over the Western United State. India fell to the Redcoats in 1858
The history of the British Raj refers to the period of British rule on the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947. The system of governance was instituted in 1858 when the rule of the East India Company was transferred to the Crown in the person of Queen Victoria (who in 1876 was proclaimed Empress of India). It lasted until 1947, when the British provinces of India were partitioned into two sovereign dominion states: the Dominion of India and the Dominion of Pakistan, leaving the princely states to choose between them. The two new dominions later became the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (the eastern half of which, still later, became the People’s Republic of Bangladesh). The province of Burma in the eastern region of the Indian Empire had been made a separate colony in 1937 and became independent in 1948.
“Cue the Banshees!”
In my letter to Baron Ray, I will demand that Benton’s kin be heard from. As the Benton Historian, I want equal representation. If Good Ol White Ed, is not favorable to this, then I demand he turn over all my family documents, books, paintings, and history OHU owns. I will found a Benton-Fremont Museum here in Springfield with historic material that rightfully belongs to me. The Politically Correct don’t need – the real deal anymore! They can play Lord of the Flies without this valuable history – from afar.
I just found the sorry-ass fact that the work of my kindred artist, Thomas Hart Benton, is being forged. Benton is a Historic Artist and Muralist.
John Presco a.k.a The Smiling Prophet of Lane County’
President: Royal Rosamond Press
“In the book’s last chapter, Adams writes of assessing the legitimacy of Benton pieces for the likes of Christie’s and others—and concluding at least half were forgeries. (When Benton died in 1975, there were no experts or catalogues of his art, providing a window for forgeries to flood the market.)”
Corvallis area Freemasons played a leading role in developing the early school. Several of the university’s largest buildings are named after these early founders. The school offered its first college-level curriculum in 1865, under the administration of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
When I discovered I was kin to Senator Thomas Hart Benton, I exclaimed. this does not look good. Then I realized Benton shaped and dictated the course of American History. What would the United States look like if he did not exist, and thus there was room for other benevolent and merciful outcomes. Thomas was the anti-thesis of my liberal Hippie ideals, and thus I was given a unique opportunity to do good works by dipping my brush in the Pallet of Hell, the bloody colors of racism, that I embraced when I was young due to how my parents raised me. The ideal belief that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, took on a very real earthly meaning. There exist a ticket to heaven, and a ticket to hell. We are given a choice, to go, and sin no more. Here is the root of Judaism. There was an Exodus, and, the Laws of Moses, which teaches how the Children of God, can miss the mark.
Beginning this academic year, we will develop public educational materials that will share the histories of these three buildings and their previous namesakes. These public displays will be within each of these buildings. As well, we will provide similar information within Gill Coliseum and Arnold Dining Center – two buildings whose names last fall I announced would not change. In the years ahead, OSU will document and display the history of all university buildings within each respective building, on the university website and within a mobile app.
The research team also relied on secondary sources, accounts written by historians. They avoided non-scholarly secondary sources such as anonymous or crowd-sourced websites, blogs, or nonscholarly history books without thorough citations. They depended, instead, on scholarly books with extensive citations. The researchers also tried to address apocryphal or unsubstantiated information circulating about each namesake. Finally, the research team extensively documented their own research with detailed footnotes. The team strongly encourages readers to examine the footnotes carefully for more information about the historical sources on which the reports are based.
The types of interpretations historians make, and the kinds of primary sources they look at, also depend on the time period in which they conduct their research. For instance, at the turn of the twentieth century, during the height of Jim Crow, few professional historians examined primary sources produced by African Americans or accorded African Americans much role in U.S. history. This changed during the civil rights movements of the 1950s and 60s. Scholars began to seek out accounts by African Americans and to argue that black civil rights activists were critical to remaking national politics. All historical scholarship is, then, a product of its time. Our interpretations of historical figures change over time as community values and ideals change. Historical scholarship is generally not aimed at evaluating whether a historical figure was mostly “good” or mostly “bad.” Rather, historians seek to contextualize individuals’ lives, to determine what views they held, why they held them, where they fit in the broader societies in which they lived, and what repercussions these views had for their communities (past and present). In seeking to contextualize the views and actions of historic building namesakes, the historical researchers attempted to address the following questions identified by the Building and Place Names Evaluation Workgroup:
Oregon State University President Ed Ray announced Monday new names for three campus buildings after deciding the previous namesakes had racist legacies.
“The names of buildings and places play a very important role in our university.” Ray said. “They speak to the history of OSU, the university’s values and mission, and our efforts to create an inclusive community for all. Names also recognize and honor the positive contributions of those associated with the university.”
Benton Hall will now be known as Community Hall. Benton Hall had been named in honor of the citizens of Benton County who raised money for its construction in the 1880s. Benton County got its name from U.S. Sen. Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri.
This fall, the university plans to develop public displays within each of the buildings to share the histories of the three structures and their previous names. The university plans to provide similar information inside Gill Coliseum and Arnold Dining Center, two other buildings that were under consideration for name changes.
“As I have said before, we must acknowledge our past, avoid hypocrisy and recognize the history of those who established this extraordinary university,” Ray said.
I am experimenting with a new form of Historical Fiction in my novel ‘Bohemians’. One reason I befriended Belle Burch, was, she had a smartphone in her hand and two balls. She was a young playful female. I found out later – she reads! She was majoring in literature at Lane College, named after Joseph Lane, the racist Confederate leader who I am related to. Lane is kin to Senator Thomas Hart Benton, who was severely scolded by a crack team of Oregon Historians, and thus his name will be removed from Benton Hall located on the grounds of Oregon State. I am still composing my letter to the head of this Institution of Higher Learning suggested they rename this building after Harry Lane. A month ago I discovered I am kin to Robert E. Lee, and so are the Bentons. (Gulp!) Am I a endangered species? Am I the only worthy Angry White Man?
I am still trying to grasp the truth that never before in history has a team of historians ruled it is best REMOVE HISTORIC WORDS AND NAMES from the history – of anything! Tearing down a statue of a Confederate, is a different matter, because it is a WORK OF ART. We all know artists are degenerates. No need to hold another tribunal to prove this. Were descendants of the sculptures consulted? The famous artis Thomas Hart Benton has his murals in many public buildings. How far should the BENTON PURGING go? Are they – Jews? Did anyone check?
In real history it is usually the job of religious zealots (ISIS) and crazy dictators to burn or bury the history that offends them. None of the Gang of Six appeared offended. They were just, doing their job, just following orders! Did these historians bother to see if Benton had any family historians already compiling the history of a KNOWN RACIST, that was UNKNOWN, until a group of students went on a hunt. I think it is fair these Historical Benton Judges do a in-depth study of these people. What makes them tick? Where is the input of Benton’s Advocate? Black bloc? Neo-Confederate-Nazis, anyone? Did Oregon State – cave?
I am hatching a HISTORICAL FICTION PLOT, concerning the cornerstone the Freemasons put at the base of BENTON TOWER. I must thank Oregon State for taking an interest in my kin, and compiling so much historic information on him, even though it resembles a huge pile of wood stacked – with a witch of top! Thank you! Victor Hugo, and his hunchback, thank you! Benton Hall is now a sanctuary of information. The Masons are pleased! Those scholars fell into their trap?
What Belle Burch and her idol, Alley Valkyrie, invented, is, PULP POLITICS. I was in stiches the other night when Rachel Maddow delivered a silique about the National Inquirer blackmailing of the richest man in the world, and the promotion of the Saudis involved in beheading a reporter. These are Scoundrels our President embraces. At the end of her INQUIREY, she makes a great barfing sound! This should be made into a musical, titled ‘Rachel’. How about ‘Pulp Politics’?
Then, there is this gem written by paid writers.
Alley Valkyrie posted most of her ‘Dillussional Writing’ statement on Mayor Kitty Piercy’s facebook where many citizens of Eugene could see her name. When it was taken down, she found this fake Eugene abuser site, and posted FOR BELLE, anonymously. If folks saw it was HER, they would be dismissive – once more – because Valkyrie was on the news all the time, and is a POLITCAL ANIMAL! This constitutes the most egregious case of betraying your radical political principles. She did not know I was a friend of the Eugene Anarchists.
Alley is a writer with her own blog. Most people can see her concern is not for Belle, but for destroying my reputation as a newspaper reporter. She attacks my newspaper. Some sane folks pointed out this might incite violence against Belle, who became afraid when I refused to cave to THEIR THREATS, which I consider great literature. Theses words by Alley, are the words right out of a Black Mask magazine! Did Alley plagiarize Alexander Dumas, she under the delusion she is one of the Three Musketeers?
“This is your first, your last, and your only warning!”
Radical attorneys ate still analyzing Alley’s groundbreaking un-threat?
“This isn’t a physical threat”
So, it is a mental threat? What is the proper word blackmail, extortion?
I am the poorest newspaperman in the world. I have run Royal Rosamond Press for twelve years on $750 dollars a month.
“The Amazon founder, who at last count was worth $136 billion, suggested that he would spare no expense in taking the fight to the tabloid publisher. Leading the investigation was Gavin de Becker, Mr. Bezos’ longtime security chief, whom Mr. Bezos said he had instructed “to proceed with whatever budget he needed to pursue the facts in this matter.”
“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.”
Alley Valkerie on facebook message.
“Please, go ahead and blog my threat.
You have no fucking idea what you’re getting yourself into
You also have no idea how many people are already on to you, and how many people have my back. We also have six other mutual friends who are going to learn about your behavior ASAP
And just so you know as well: if you write anything about me that could be construed as defamatory, you will be hearing from my lawyers ASAP.”
“Something unusual happened to me yesterday. Actually, for me it wasn’t just unusual — it was a first. I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing,” Bezos wrote. “Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten.”
This man’s name is John Gregory Presco, DOB 10/8/1946. He lives in Springfield, Oregon.
He frequents Eugene, especially the Whiteaker neighborhood, and regularly shows up at activist events. He is a stalker, a harasser, and an obsessed delusional sicko. He targeted a friend of mine and has been writing about her obsessively, and when I confronted him about his behavior, he decided to target me as well.
If you need a concrete example of his behavior and why I am posting this, his delusional writings can be found at https://rosamondpress.wordpress.com
If you see him in your neighborhood, on the street, or anywhere, call him out. Expose him. Make it known that you will not accept and tolerate someone who harasses and obsesses over young women in our community. This man is a very sick individual. Anyone who deliberately makes women feel unsafe should not be tolerated in this or any community.”
I love the idea and image of sample of this blog being posted on telephone poles all over the place. Will this be a – Juried Selection?
Gautier de Costes de la Calprenède and Sir Walter Scott are examples of writers of Historical Fiction, and Romantic Fiction. Both invoked the name of Fair Rosamond. I told Belle she was going to be my model for my version of Rosamond. She agreed to come over and model. The rest is history – of sorts!
I believe Belle and I knew each other in a past life. We lived in Berlin. I would do anything to get her to notice me. But, she is absorbed in the Revolution.
“Look Gretal. I received a Mensur scar – for you!”
“Oh God! Seriously! I’m authoring a Freedom Poem. When will you grow up Victor, and stop trying to put your penis in me! And stop saying I am beautiful. It is counterrevolutionary!
In the wake of the Charleston church shooting in 2015, efforts were made across the country to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces and rename streets honoring notable figures from the Confederacy. While often successful, these efforts faced a backlash from people concerned about protecting their Confederate heritage. The August 11–12 rally was organized to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue honoring the Confederate general in what was then known as Emancipation Park (renamed from Lee Park in June 2016, and again to Market Street Park in 2018). The event was organized by Jason Kessler who had taken up the cause in March 2016 when Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy held a press conference to call for removal of the statue. Kessler, who refers to Bellamy as “anti-white”, exposed a series of offensive tweets made by Bellamy several years earlier and unsuccessfully tried to remove him from office. Bellamy did however step down from his post on the Virginia Board of Education, and apologized for the offensive tweets.
Pulp Politics argues that the stories of American politics have found their most vivid expression in campaign advertising. It is the central argument of this book that adopting the readily identifiable audiovisual conventions of popular culture is particularly attractive to candidates and communicators, and that analysts can benefit from a closer study of the audiovisual narratives of campaign advertising than scholars have engaged in. This edition features an entirely new chapter that addresses political advertising in a time of terror and includes discussion of more recent developments in political campaign communication such as blogs and viral videos.
About the Author:
Glenn W. Richardson Jr. is associate professor of political science at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Gauthier de Costes, seigneur de la Calprenède (1609 or 1610 – 1663) was a French novelist and dramatist. He was born at the Château of Tolgou in Salignac-Eyvigues (Dordogne). After studying at Toulouse, he came to Paris and entered the regiment of the guards, becoming in 1650 gentleman-in-ordinary of the royal household. He died in 1663 in consequence of a kick from his horse.
La Calprenède was the author of several long heroic romances ridiculed by Boileau. They are: Cassandre (5 vols., 1642–1650); Cléopâtre (1648); Faramond (1661); and Les Nouvelles, ou les Divertissements de la princesse Alcidiane (1661) published under his wife’s name, but generally attributed to him.
Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past. Although the term is commonly used as a synonym for the historical novel, it can also be applied to other types of narrative, including theatre, opera, cinema and television, as well as video games and graphic novels.
An essential element of historical fiction is that it is set in the past and pays attention to the manners, social conditions and other details of the period depicted. Authors also frequently choose to explore notable historical figures in these settings, allowing readers to better understand how these individuals might have responded to their environments. Some subgenres such as alternate history and historical fantasy insert speculative or ahistorical elements into a novel.
Works of historical fiction are sometimes criticized for lack of authenticity because of readerly or genre expectations for accurate period details. This tension between historical authenticity, or historicity, and fiction frequently becomes a point of comment for readers and popular critics, while scholarly criticism frequently goes beyond this commentary, investigating the genre for its other thematic and critical interests.
Historical fiction, as a contemporary Western literary genre, has its foundations in the early 19th century works of Sir Walter Scott and his contemporaries in other national literatures such as the Frenchman Honoré de Balzac, the American James Fenimore Cooper, and a later Russian, Leo Tolstoy. However, the melding of “historical” and “fiction” in individual works of literature has a long tradition in most cultures; both western traditions (as early as Ancient Greek and Roman literature) as well as Eastern, in the form of oral and folk traditions (see mythology and folklore), which produced epics, novels, plays and other fictional works describing history for contemporary audiences.
A common sight in malls, in pizza parlors, in Starbucks, and wherever else American teens hang out: three or four kids, hooded, gathered around a table, leaning over like monks or druids, their eyes fastened to the smartphones held in front of them. The phones, converging at the center of the table, come close to touching. The teens are making a communion of a sort. Looking at them, you can envy their happiness. You can also find yourself wishing them immersed in a different kind of happiness—in a superb book or a series of books, in the reading obsession itself! You should probably keep on wishing.
It’s very likely that teen-agers, attached to screens of one sort or another, read more _words _than they ever have in the past. But they often read scraps, excerpts, articles, parts of articles, messages, pieces of information from everywhere and from nowhere. It’s likely that they are reading fewer books. Yes, millions of kids have read Harry Potter, “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Hunger Games,” and other fantasy and dystopian fictions; also vampire romance, graphic novels (some very good), young-adult novels (ditto), and convulsively exciting street lit. Yet what happens as they move toward adolescence? When they become twelve or thirteen, kids often stop reading seriously. The boys veer off into sports or computer games, the girls into friendship in all its wrenching mysteries and satisfactions of favor and exclusion. Much of their social life, for boys as well as girls, is now conducted on smartphones, where teen-agers don’t have to confront one another. The terror of eye contact! Sherry Turkle, in her recent book “Reclaiming Conversation,” has written about the loss of self that this avoidance creates and also of the peculiar boredom paradoxically produced by the act of constantly fleeing boredom.
Gautier de Costes de la Calprenède makes a panegyric pronouncement when he compares the beauty of Elizabeth Monck, Duchess of Albermarle, to Fair Rosamond. Did Gautier know Elizabeth descends from Rosamond via the Talbots? Handel wrote an opera about Faramond and Rosamunde the queen of the Sicambri who lived in the Netherlands. A modern opera was composed about Elizabeth. With the Roman de Rou, and the claim Faramond was a Grail King who married Rosamunde “The mother of all the kings of France” one can coclude when it comes to the Grail Myth ‘The Rose of the World’ is at the epicenter of the Round Table and holds the Genetic Key to many Grail Legends.
Elizabeth Monck lived in the New World, Jamaica, thus one can make a panegyric pronouncement that the Holy Grail has come to America in regards to the world famous artist ‘Rosamond’ and her kindred, the movie legend, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor.
“That which I was obliged to tell you of the beauty of Rosamond, in
recounting to you what fashion she appeared to the eyes of my master,
hindered me from extending something upon that of Albisinda: but I
may tell you with truth, that if Rosamond were not in the world,
perhaps there would be nothing more beautiful then that Princess; and
that next to Rosamond, she has those particular charms, which nothing
can withstand: she has without doubt has less splendor and Majesty
than the Princess of the Cimbrians.”