Welcome To My World

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People draped in US and Ukrainian flags at a rally in New York

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has united the West, the conflict throwing its values into sharp focus. But when it comes to the next phase of the conflict, how long will that unity last? Here are five issues that could ultimately divide the Western alliance.

Evangelicals on all levels do not want people who are not one of them, to see THE REAL WORLD. It’s what Christians are all about.

Welcome To My World is going to be the title of my new book. Last night and this morning I read the opinions of fellow newspeople, that in the last several days – THINGS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY!

Who ever envisioned a New Cold War with Atomic Threats and Territorial Land Grab? I did! That Oregon’s newspapers ignore me – will be covered in my book! My call for a Unity of German People all over the world – is newsworthy! I stuck my neck out – AS A REAL REPORTER!

John Presco

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Highly-decorated Commander Fairbanks Jr., KBE, DSC, etc, after the war – and wife, Mary Lee

Ukraine war: The West is united for now – but what if it splits? – BBC News

Germany is sending 50 tanks to Ukraine to fight Russia and will train Ukrainian troops on German soil (yahoo.com)

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An anti-aircraft Gepard tank is seen during a German military exercise in Munster, Germany, on Monday, June 15, 2009.Joerg Sarbach/Associated Press
  • Germany announced it’s sending 50 anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine.
  • This will mark the first time Berlin has provided Kyiv with heavy weapons.
  • Russia’s unprovoked invasion has prompted historic policy shifts across the West.

Germany on Tuesday said it would train Ukrainian troops on German soil and send Kyiv 50 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks, marking a significant policy shift for Berlin.

“Yesterday we decided that Germany will make the delivery of ‘Gepard’ anti-aircraft tanks possible to Ukraine,” German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht announced in remarks at a US-hosted defense conference on Ukraine at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, per DW. Lambrecht also said that Germany was “working together with our American friends in training Ukrainian troops on artillery systems on German soil.”

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin applauded Germany over its “significant” decision to send tanks, stating, “Those systems will provide real capability for Ukraine,

War aims

Before the war, liberal democracies appeared at times uncertain of their focus and future. Some questioned their alliances, while others succumbed to nationalist sentiment. But the conflict has reminded the West of what it represents – freedom, sovereignty and the rule of law. This in turn has produced a united response to Russia’s aggression.

But despite all the diplomacy by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and others, this war may go on for some time. Might we be at the high watermark of consensus within the Western alliance? There are some tough choices ahead that may make it hard for Western powers to stay on the same diplomatic page.

Perhaps the most important tensions could come over the aims of the war. At the moment the West is united behind the defence of Ukraine. It is providing economic and military support to help the country resist.

But what is the longer-term aim? A cessation of hostilities, of course. But must Russia be defeated? Must Ukraine win? What would defeat and victory look like in practical terms? UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs last week: “We must simply do everything we can collectively to ensure that Vladimir Putin fails, and fails comprehensively.”

I Declare War On Russia

Posted on October 11, 2019 by Royal Rosamond Press

On October 10, 2019 at 8:00 P.M.  I John G. Presco, Republican Presidential Candidate declare war on Russia. For the reason the leader of Russia launched a cyber-attack on Citizens of the United States with intent to corrupt our two party system. and for the reason a foreign power tried to destroy the Democratic Party, and for the reason Russia and others CORRUPTED the Republican Party, founded by my kindred, and for the reason the President of the United States is unfit for office, then I am forced to defend my Nation and Democracy by a Declaration of War. So be it!

John G. Presco

President of Royal Rosamond Press

Articles of War: For the reason all members of the Republican Party have hindered the investigation into Russian Meddling, and for the reason, said elected officials have thwarted the investigation into the Ukraine Threat, then I hereby re-found the Jessie Scouts, who will show up at every Republican event, and demand the candidate take ‘The Iron-clad Oath’. The New Radical Republicans will also accompany the Jessie Scouts and they will ask many questions about Putin, and certain Ukraine subversives, till they are Red, White, and Blue in the face! Drive the Russian-Ukraine Corruption from the Republican Party! Expose the Foreign Devils! Crush the Red Cap Menace!

Write your Congressmen and Senators and demand they sign the Russian Free Zone document that will be sent to them! Patrol your local Internet.

SHOUT THEM DOWN!

John Presco

Presidential Candidate

New Republic of Fremont

Posted on June 25, 2016 by Royal Rosamond Press

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Yes Virginia……….there is a New France!

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I have used Virginia as a model for Things to Come. I have labeled INSANE and IRRELEVANT.  Today – I AM SPOT ON!

In 1969 I pinned a map of the United States and traced the National Hippie High with colorful pins. It was a half-joke. Today, an author has come out with a book that compliments this blog.

Before there was the European Onion, there was the Paneuropean Union. Virginia is kin to the founders. She is the epitome of the Brave New World Union, where people are uprooted, and chose to be SET ADRIFT in a sea of uncertainty, so they can own a SURE THING. Virginia turned her back on the splendid castles her kindred own/owned in France, and has made Liberal Eugene her home.

According to the author Collin Woodard, Virginia and I live in the Far West! Wrong! I live in Springtucky just across the river from Eugene. I was forced out of the Emerald Art Association because they hated my infamous idea for Springfield’s first entry into the Eugene Celebration Parade, that included a giant tug of war across the Mill Race, verses the Willamette River, that would have resulted in many deaths, which might become fashionable after Brexit.

On this day, July 3, 2015, I found the Cyber State of Fremont, the first step in Fremont becoming the 51st. State. On June 23, 2016 I founded the Samsonite Branch of the Republican Party. What I am suggesting, is, Oregon and Washington go Red by millions of Democrats registering as Republicans. Imagine Peter DeFazio going to Washington as the newest Republican – and most hated Republican – after Donald Trump! Let us be disruptive – from within! No more standing outside beating on The Wall.

INVADE! INVADE! INVADE!

Fifteen years ago Tony Cochran came knocking on my door. We became friends. He was bitter about being snubbed by the Republicans, put on the other side of the Red Wall – that Trump wants to make even higher – starting in Scotland, at his golf course! To watch him standing on his land congratulating the Scottish People for leaving the European Union, then mistakenly putting his Turnberry lighthouse in Florida, was a sign from God!

“Build the New Fremont, and they will come!”

The New Fremont will include Oregon, Washington, Ontario, and Quebec. Quebec has many French speakers and has threatened to become a sovereign nation. With Brexit, there might be a fresh attempt. What I envision, is a New North, a stronger Union of traditional Abolitionist Radical Republicans that will not just oppose our enemy, but do all it can to dismantle and destroy the Red State Bubba Confederacy – and the Texas Secessionists.

The New North will create a New Economy that will be the Vanguard in the New Liberal World Order that will forever promote the visions of young people. The Young Samsonites will harry the Old Fart, the Bigoted Law Makers of the Old Exclusiveness, who have joined forces with the Brexit Racists and New-Nazis, to make their Last Hurrah. They are determined to drag the world down with them, and must be cut-lose from the Union Ship of Fremont, like rotten blubber full of stale beer, and dressed in tattered Confederate flags that contain the Union Jack of BoJo.

Let us sail away from their ghastly farting, that turn brown the green grass of the world. Let us stretch our Hands Across the Water, and support the young people of Britain who are floundering in a sea of greasy fish & chips, wrapped in Yesterday’s Paper.

DOWN WITH OLD FARTS WEARING BLONDE WIGS!

Let there be a New Emancipation!

Jon Presco

Founder of the State of Fremont and the Samsonite Party

On this day, July 3, 2015, I found the Cyber State of Fremont, the first step in Fremont becoming the 51st. State.

The Republican Party is disintegrating as I predicted. Seven years ago I became a Republican so that my family history could help in the reconstruction of the Grand Party founded by my kindred, John Fremont, who married Jessie Benton, whose father Senator Thomas Hart Benton, was the proprietor of the Oregon Territory. Fremont played a big role in Oregon and California becoming a State. Fremont means ‘Guardian of Liberty’.

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Trudeau says Canada will continue to build relations with both the U.K. and EU as they forge their own new relationship.

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Several diverse political groups coalesced in the late 1960s in the formation of the Parti Québécois, a provincial political party. Since 1968 the party has appealed for constitutional negotiations on the matter of provincial sovereignty, in addition to holding two provincial referendums on the matter. The first, which occurred in 1980, asked whether Quebecers wished to open constitutional negotiations with the federal government (and other provinces) for the intended purpose of establishing a “sovereignty-association” pact between the province of Quebec and the rest of Canada. Approximately 60% of Quebec’s voting public rejected the idea put forth by Parti Québécois leader René Lévesque

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New France

A pocket of liberalism nestled in the Deep South, its people are consensus driven, tolerant, and comfortable with government involvement in the economy. Woodard says New France is among the most liberal places in North America. New France is focused around New Orleans in Louisiana as well as the Canadian province of Quebec.

In his fourth book, “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America,” award-winning authorColin Woodard identifies 11 distinct cultures that have historically divided the US.

“The country has been arguing about a lot of fundamental things lately including state roles and individual liberty,” Woodard, a Maine native who won the 2012 George Polk Award for investigative reporting, told Business Insider.

“[But] in order to have any productive conversation on these issues,” he added, “you need to know where you come from. Once you know where you are coming from it will help move the conversation forward.”

Here’s how Woodard describes each nation:

Yankeedom

Encompassing the entire Northeast north of New York City and spreading through Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, Yankeedom values education, intellectual achievement, communal empowerment, and citizen participation in government as a shield against tyranny. Yankees are comfortable with government regulation. Woodard notes that Yankees have a “Utopian streak.” The area was settled by radical Calvinists.

New Netherland

A highly commercial culture, New Netherland is “materialistic, with a profound tolerance for ethnic and religious diversity and an unflinching commitment to the freedom of inquiry and conscience,” according to Woodard. It is a natural ally with Yankeedom and encompasses New York City and northern New Jersey. The area was settled by the Dutch.

new york cityNew York City is located in Woodward’s New Netherland.Flickr / Andrés Nieto Porras

The Midlands

Settled by English Quakers, The Midlands are a welcoming middle-class society that spawned the culture of the “American Heartland.” Political opinion is moderate, and government regulation is frowned upon. Woodard calls the ethnically diverse Midlands “America’s great swing region.” Within the Midlands are parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.

Tidewater

Tidewater was built by the young English gentry in the area around the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina. Starting as a feudal society that embraced slavery, the region places a high value on respect for authority and tradition. Woodard notes that Tidewater is in decline, partly because “it has been eaten away by the expanding federal halos around D.C. and Norfolk.”

Greater Appalachia

Colonized by settlers from the war-ravaged borderlands of Northern Ireland, northern England, and the Scottish lowlands, Greater Appalachia is stereotyped as the land of hillbillies and rednecks. Woodard says Appalachia values personal sovereignty and individual liberty and is “intensely suspicious of lowland aristocrats and Yankee social engineers alike.” It sides with the Deep South to counter the influence of federal government. Within Greater Appalachia are parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Indiana, Illinois, and Texas.

LouisvilleLouisville, Kentucky, is located in Woodward’s Greater Appalachia.Flickr / Peter Dedina

Deep South

The Deep South was established by English slave lords from Barbados and was styled as a West Indies-style slave society, Woodard notes. It has a very rigid social structure and fights against government regulation that threatens individual liberty. Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina are all part of the Deep South.

El Norte

Composed of the borderlands of the Spanish-American empire, El Norte is “a place apart” from the rest of America, according to Woodard. Hispanic culture dominates in the area, and the region values independence, self-sufficiency, and hard work above all else. Parts of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California are in El Norte.

The Left Coast

Colonized by New Englanders and Appalachian Midwesterners, the Left Coast is a hybrid of “Yankee utopianism and Appalachian self-expression and exploration,” Woodard says, adding that it is the staunchest ally of Yankeedom. Coastal California, Oregon, and Washington are in the Left Coast.

San Francisco City and HomesSan Francisco is a natural fit for Woodward’s Left Coast.Shutterstock / prochasson frederic

The Far West

The conservative west. Developed through large investment in industry, yet where inhabitants continue to “resent” the Eastern interests that initially controlled that investment. Among Far West states are Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. 

New France

A pocket of liberalism nestled in the Deep South, its people are consensus driven, tolerant, and comfortable with government involvement in the economy. Woodard says New France is among the most liberal places in North America. New France is focused around New Orleans in Louisiana as well as the Canadian province of Quebec.

First Nation

Made up of Native Americans, the First Nation’s members enjoy tribal sovereignty in the US. Woodard says the territory of the First Nations is huge, but its population is under 300,000, most of whose people live in the northern reaches of Canada.

Woodard says that among these 11 nations, Yankeedom and the Deep South exert the most influence and are constantly competing with each other for the hearts and minds of the other nations.

“We are trapped in brinkmanship because there is not a lot of wiggle room between Yankee and Southern Culture,” Woodard says. “Those two nations would never see eye to eye on anything besides an external threat.”

On Thursday night, the votes poured in: After months of debate, the United Kingdom officially voted to leave the European Union in a referendum nicknamed “Brexit.”

Shortly after the results were made public, Prime Minister David Cameron announcedthat he would leave office in October. Global stocks tanked, and the British poundcrashed to a 31-year low. World leaders from the U.S. to Japan to Germany spoke outabout the far-reaching effects the referendum would have.

The scale of this reaction was predictable — after all, the U.K. joined the EU’s predecessor, the EEC (European Economic Community), back in 1973 and has been one of its most influential members for decades. As the (now formerly!) fifth-largest economy in the world, even moderate changes in Britain’s political stance affect global markets.

So why did the U.K. vote for something so politically and economically disruptive? Some say race has a lot to do with it — specifically, the racial tension that has resulted from the U.K.’s recently welcoming in record numbers of immigrants. In 2015,630,000 foreign national migrants came to the U.K. from both inside and outside the EU. This year, the U.K. has ushered in an additional 333,000.

The campaign to get the U.K. to leave the EU (also known as the “Leave” campaign) was spearheaded by the right-wing, populist UK Independence Party, or UKIP. The party, led by Member in the European Parliament Nigel Farage, says that the EU “means the end of the UK as an independent, self-governing nation with its own government and its own borders.”

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European Soccer Tackles Racism But Slips On A Banana Peel

For months, UKIP has fought for the United Kingdom’s independence from the EU — some say bycapitalizing on racially charged animus toward immigrants. In the Washington Post, writer Anyusha Rose points to the Leave campaign as evidence that in the U.K., “racism is no longer racism — it’s legitimate opinion.”

Areeq Chowdhury, a British writer and the founder of WebRoots Democracysaid last week that it’s “important we remember that this is a referendum that has only been made possible due to a long, hard-fought campaign by those on the far-right and political movements ridden with allegations of bigotry, xenophobia, and racism.” Hecontinues:

“Nigel Farage — the UKIP leader who once said that his party ‘would never win the nigger vote,’ refers to Chinese takeaways as ‘a chinky,’ and said people would feel ‘concerned‘ to live next to Romanians — is the man who should take a significant chunk of the credit for us having this referendum. It was his party’s success in the European Parliament elections, as well as defections which he brokered from the Conservative Party, which has led us to this point today.”

Zack Beauchamp over at Vox writes that the UKIP has spent the past 10 years “focusing, obsessively, on the threat from immigrants, from both inside the EU and out.”

That work seems to have been fruitful. Beauchamp says, “Over the course of the past 20 years, the percentage of Britons ranking ‘immigration/race relations’ as among the country’s most important issues has gone from near zero percent to about 45 percent. Seventy-seven percent of Brits today believe that immigration levels should be reduced.”

Many politicians say anti-immigration sentiment shouldn’t necessarily be cast as racism — they argue that immigrants take jobs from native-born British citizens, that immigration drives down wages for everyone, and that the desire to keep jobs abundant and wages high is a goal that millions share, across racial and political lines.

And Timothy B. Lee, at Vox, argues that there are compelling reasons that British voters might have decided to leave the EU besides immigration — including the weakness of the euro and the EU’s entrenched corporate interests. Still, concern about the rate of immigration is central to Lee’s list.

But James Bloodworth, writing for International Business Times, says the issue can’t be explained in purely economic terms. Even as the number of migrants arriving in the U.K. rose to a record 333,000 in May of this year, immigrants have been an overallboon to the British economy. Bloodworth explains:

“Hostility to immigration — and by extension hostility to Europe — is driven by cultural concerns as much as by economic worries. That’s certainly what the University of Oxford’s Migration Observatory has been saying in recent years. It has pointed out on a number of occasions that cultural concerns better explain negative attitudes towards migration than a person’s economic position. In essence it is about whether England feels like England.”

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, cautions against casting everyone who backed the Leave movement as a bigot but also writes about the danger of painting immigrants as monsters and villains:

“Leave has been busy threatening us with another monster: a tsunami of faceless foreigners heading for our shores, among them rapists and terrorists.

“It is dishonourable to suggest, as many have, that Leavers are all racists and bigots: they aren’t and it is shameful to suggest that they are. Nevertheless, it is equally nonsensical to pretend that racists and bigots aren’t flocking to the ‘Leave’ cause, or that they aren’t, in some instances, directing it. For some of us, that fact alone is enough to give us pause. The picture of Nigel Farage standing in front of a poster showing a winding line of Syrian refugees captioned ‘Breaking Point’ is, as countless people have already pointed out, an almost exact duplicate of propaganda used by the Nazis.”

Some British politicians are trying to soften the blow. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, wrote a message on his Facebook page telling EU residents living in London that they are welcome and that the city is grateful for them.

Lauren Hansen, a writer at The Week, wrote, “Mayor Khan’s comments are especially poignant in this post-Brexit world as the continent’s largest city grapples with the tension between an anti-immigration sentiment and the diversity that makes London, and cities like it, thrive both economically and culturally.”

U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says Britain should leave the European Union. Key themes in his campaign, including sharp criticism of the country's immigration policies, are similar to Donald Trump's positions in the U.S. presidential race.

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Britain’s ‘Brexit’ Vote Has Echoes Of The U.S. Presidential Race

Of course, it would be remiss not to mention the parallels that many are drawing between the Brexit movement and Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Trump has publicly supported Britain’s vote to leave the EU, and folks told NPR’s Frank Langfitt that “similar issues — globalization and economics — are driving the Brexit and U.S. presidential campaigns.”

In an article called “What Do The Brexit Movement And Donald Trump Have In Common?” the New Yorker‘s John Cassidy wrote:

“Certainly, a parallel factor in both men’s rise is racism, or, more specifically, nativism. Trump has presented a nightmarish vision of America overrun by Mexican felons and Muslim terrorists. UKIP printed up campaign posters that showed thousands of dark-colored refugees lining up to enter Slovenia, which is part of the E.U., next to the words ‘breaking point: The EU has failed us all.’ ”

In the months to come, the U.S. will have the advantage of seeing how this vote plays out in the U.K. before voting in its own presidential elections in November.

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