The Cynthia Shoe and Coin

DISCLAIMER! The Cynthia Shoe does not exist. I am not promoting Nike’s SWOOSH, or any products. I suggested benevolent politicians employ cryptocurrency to help the homeless – at the very moment the crypto marker – crashed! Phil Knight is using his shoes as a political platform, much like bus benches. He contributed to the campaigns of two Oregonians, thus, I have a right as a citizen who ran for Governor to remark on the Nike media. Consider messages on T-shirts and caps.

After I posted my rough draft, and watched the news, I heard Trump has a war chest of a hundred million dollars- and will be given much more! This is historic. Trump is not running with the blessing of the Republican Party, but with the blessing of millions of Christians. How many of Don’s millions is really a Church Tithe given in hopes the Christian Nationalist will control our Country, and not any party? Trump was supposed to have testified before the Jan.6th Committee, and refused. Time ran out for him to do so.

When Phil Knight contributed to the campaigns of Christine Drazan and Betsey Johnson – and not to the campaign of Tina Kotek – I wondered aloud if he had a religious motive. His wealth can have a powerful influence. Tina won. I have played with the idea of a Secular Tithe to counter the Church. Yesterday Nike offered one. I pounced at the offer to be a “Co-Creator”.

The name Cynthia may have been the nickname of Queen Elizabeth 1, the greatest Promoter and Protector of the Protestant religions – who may have employed Sir Wolf Lane as a pirate-promoter of the Prostestant religion – in the New World! I suggest you learn this history, because……..It’s back!


Introducing The Cindy Olympic Gold tennis shoe.

With every step you take, with every mile you run, you take a bite out of homelessness.

‘Our Starfish’ Will Leave The World Behind

Posted on July 31, 2022 by Royal Rosamond Press

The Royal Janitor

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On November 10, 2022 I reposted my idea for a Bohemian Service Bank – after wondering how many millions of dollars were spent and wasted on Political Candidates, who failed to win, and thus, let their investors down! What a shame!

Oregon had three women running for the office of Governor – and only one of them – WILL WIN! It’s like a COIN TOSS! There are only TWO SIDES to a coin. However, the wealthiest man IN OREGON gave MONEY to TWO CANDIDATES, and neglected the third candidate – WHO WON HERE IN OREGON!

DARN! All three candidates ran on the promise they WILL HELP the homeless! If only the homeless were promised a tenth of the campaign money – SPENT! Then, the poor, hungry, and shelterless folks would look forward to the next election – when the Hot Air Mills will be spinning away and GENERATING MORE REAL HELP! Gone are the empty political promises that can be construed – as taking advantage of the poor and homeless. I considered Bit Political Currency asa means where real voters can actually make money on Politicians! It’s a SURE THING, that someone, somewhere, is going to open their mouth, let out a bunch of hot air – doing everything possible to get YOUR VOTE – and as a bonus, A CONTRIBUTION! Can I guess that half of those contributions are going to be flushed down the toilet. Am I talking about betting at the Politician Track – where the homeless come away a SURE WINNER! YES I AM! Sounds like a Benevolent Political Lottery.

Two days later, the bottom falls out of the Bit Coin. I put my Bohemian Bank ideas on the back burner. THEN!…..last night I am reading an article about Nike getting into NFT and crypto currency – despite the crash! What is “Swoosh!” Is that the sound of Whylie Irving – back at work?

All my Idea Cylinders – FIRED UP! I had already suggested that Nike make a Ukraine Blue shoe to help the homeless Ukrainians. How about Nike make the Tina, Betsey, and Christine shoe. You can stamp their image on a simulated gold coin, and sew them onto the tongue. We had Penny Loafers where a penny was put in the shoe. This can be replicated across America. The buyer agrees to pay 10% more for a shoe – that comes with a coin – that are collectors items.


Two nights ago, I read poem ‘Cynthia’ written by Sir Walter Raleigh that is dedicated to his MUSE Queen Elizabeth 1, who may have encouraged Sir Francis Drake to explore the Pacific Coast. Drake may have come to Oregon where the descendants of Sir Ralph Lane ended up. Raleigh went in search of El Dorado in New Guiana. Raleigh is a candidate for the man who wrote Shakespeare’s plays.

I just discovered I am kin to the Bard via the Hart family. THE NAME CYNTHIA is another name for The Goddess Diana ‘The Huntress’.. Princess Diana Spencer was named after this goddess – for reasons the Spencer Family – honored her. Did they know about Raleigh’s poem? For this reason Cynthia, or Cindy, should be the name of the Benevolent Shoe that is a mate to the Good King Wenceslaus shoe. Why we are here, why can’t there be a Wenceslaus Tax on all campaign items and wear?

It’s time ALL VOTERS and THE POOR – to profit from the laborious work of our elected officials! The 2020 Elections – that some lawmakers say was fake – TEN BILLION DOLLARS was spent. With the Cynthia Dime Idea – ONE BILLION would go to the poor. If you put that Cindy into low-cost housing, then you have Real-estate Collateral that is good at all banks all over the world.

I suggest Governor Tina Kotek send a letter of gratitude to President Obama who campaigned for many Democrats. He – SAVED THE SENATE! I will send him an invitation to Tina’s Inaguration. When Obama won his first term, I composed a Victory Song and Victory Play. ‘In Oregon’.

Several months ago I was poised to have Victoria Rosamond Bond, and Miriam Starfish Christling come to Oregon to attend the Country Fair. Starfish already did a crazy dance at William Morse Square. I used two models for my Bond characters. Let’s invite them to……OREGON! They both think I’m crazy…..real, real gone…..IN OREGON!

Only this morning did I see, that Starfish is Airtimes, Diana, Cynthia… beloved muse, and wife of Victoria Bond! They are coming to…..OREGON!

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

“In Oregon!”

Chorus sings “In Or-ee-gon” with trumpets.

I’m real real gone
(chorus) in Or-ee-gon
I got hit by a bow and arrow
In Or-ee-gon
You got me down to the very marrow
In Or-ee-gon
You’re a friend of mine
In Or-ee-gon
And I’m real real gone

Well, I’m dancing
Dancing till my, till my body’s soaking wet
Till I’m completely wet with sweat
Once I’ve started I’m just real real gone, man
I got hit by a bow and arrow
Got me down to the very marrow
You’re a friend of mine, and I’m a
Real Or-gonian

Election merchandise on sale at a stall in Washington, U.S. October 22, 2020.

Election merchandise on sale at a stall in Washington, U.S. October 22, 2020.

Spending in the 2020 election was already on track to break a record. Now, the total is poised to be even bigger than the initially projected $10.8 billion

The Networking Service Industry Bank

Posted on November 10, 2022 by Royal Rosamond Press

In 2008 I invented The Bank of the Golden Rat and The Fool’s Gold Card which I copyright.

John Presco

Copyright 2008

Rosamond Press

Back in 2008 I came up with an idea for a service industry bank that is hit hard by the coronavirus. Kenny Reed was a partner. We put on a celebration of Obama getting elected at the One World Café. That is my sister’s painting ‘Lena and Her Sister’s on the wall.

I attended a black lives matter rally a couple of years ago. I invited my former neighbor to read at our poetry and jazz show in Springfield. I am wearing a shirt Kenny gave me for my birthday that says;



Nike As A Master Curator

It appears the goal is to slowly build an organic community which can be trained up in the skills needed to be a ‘co-creator’ of digital merch. Once that’s done, next year will see the first drop of a virtual collection created and curated by the community.


Out of that mass of miracles, my muse
Gathered those flowers, to her pure senses pleasing;
Out of her eyes, the store of joys, did choose
Equal delights, my sorrow’s counterpeising.

Her regal looks my vigorous sighs suppressed;
Small drops of joys sweeten’d great worlds of woes;
One gladsome day a thousand cares redressed;
Whom love defends, what fortune overthrows?

Introduction to The Ocean, to Cynthia

by Anniina Jokinen

“The Ocean’s Love to Cynthia,” or, “The Ocean, to Cynthia,” is a long elegy written to celebrate Queen Elizabeth I as Cynthia.1 Ralegh never published it, and no complete manuscript exists, but the complete poem, if indeed it ever reached completion, is thought to have contained nearly 15,000 lines of verse.2

It was thought to have been destroyed, when a manuscript of 568 verses was found with the Hatfield manuscripts, bearing the description “The twenty-first and last book of the Ocean, to Cynthia.”  The manuscript ends abruptly in the midst of the beginning of a final poem, the “22nd book, entreating of sorrow.” The fragment was first printed by J. Hannah in 1870.

Scholars have fruitlessly sought a composition date for the poem, and while little consensus exists, it is near certain that the composition took place before Elizabeth’s death in 1603. As Stebbing pointed out, “Ralegh would not have sat down in the reign of James to write love ditties to Elizabeth.”3   Perhaps the reason the manuscript ends so abruptly is exactly that — perhaps the Queen passed away before the poem was completed, and Ralegh saw no point to finishing it.,_Can_You_Spare_a_Dime%3F

Who Really Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays Sir Walter Raleigh

About the controversy over who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays, supporters and arguments for and against Sir Walter Raleigh.


SIR WALTER RALEIGH (c. 1552–1618)

Supporters: The case for Raleigh has been pressed mainly by Americans. Various groupist theories also include Raleigh in their syndicate authorship schemes.

Australian George S. Caldwell first claimed Raleigh’s sole authorship in 1877 with his pamphlet “Is Sir Walter Raleigh the Author of Shakespeare’s Plays and Sonnets?” Then American senator and historian Albert J. Beveridge, in what he later regretted as a youthful exuberance, supported Raleigh’s case in a speech presented in the mid-1890s. Later, Philadelphia author Henry Pemberton, Jr., became Raleigh’s main advocate, and his Shakspere and Sir Walter Raleigh (1914) is the definitive claim.

Who Was Raleigh? Author, adventurer, explorer, soldier, courtier, and ultimately tragic victim of international politics, Raleigh had a versatile career which made him an ideal candidate for the Shakespearean authorship. A favorite of Queen Elizabeth, he was eager to please, but also eager for reward.

“When will you cease to be a beggar, Raleigh?” the queen teased him.

“When you, madam, cease to be a benefactress,” he retorted. While Elizabeth liked sub-servience spiced with a hint of audacity, Raleigh’s individualism was usually carefully calculated. When Elizabeth died in 1603, his political enemies closed in, and Raleigh lived rather comfortably in his prison chambers in the Tower for 13 years. At age 65, he was released to lead one last expedition to Guiana, but he returned to England not with gold but with Spanish demands out for his head. King James I was glad to oblige. On the scaffold, Raleigh fingered the headsman’s ax and said: “This is sharp medicine, but it is a sure cure for all disease.”

Composition and lyrical interpretation[edit]

The song is about a man who has sought the American dream, but was foiled by the Great Depression. He is the universal everyman who holds various professions, being a farmer and a construction worker as well as a veteran of World War I: it is intended to embrace all listeners.[1][4] The man is someone “who kept faith in America, and now America has betrayed him”. After three years of the Depression, the man has lost his job and is reduced to begging for charity. He recognizes the man whose dime (equivalent to $1.62 in 2021) he is asking for.[7][8] The lyrics refer to “Yankee Doodle Dum”, a reference to patriotism, and the evocation of veterans also recalls the mid-1932 Bonus Army protests about military bonuses payable only after 21 years.[9][10] Harburg said in an interview: “the man is really saying: I made an investment in this country. Where the hell are my dividends? … [The song] doesn’t reduce him to a beggar. It makes him a dignified human being, asking questions—and a bit outraged, too, as he should be.”[1] This reflects the socialist or Marxist idea that workers deserve to enjoy the fruits of their labor, rather than have it be diverted by others.[1][6]

  • The 2020 election is set to finish with $14 billion in spending, smashing records as Trump and Biden battle for the White House.
  • The sum will be more than double of what was spent in the 2016 election.
  • By Election Day, the presidential campaign is expected to end up seeing $6.6 billion in total spending, while congressional races are anticipated to finish with just over $7 billion.
  • Democrats have nearly doubled the spending by Republican candidates up and down the ballot.

Nike Launches The .SWOOSH Web3 Platform Connecting Sport And The Blockchain

Nike Swoosh

Image source: Nike

Nike has today announced the introduction of .SWOOSH (and don’t forget the dot). It’s billed as a ‘web3-enabled platform’, but we’re not entirely sure what that means. According to the launch blurb, the platform will champion athletes and serve the future of sport, by creating a new community for virtual creations.

Visitors to will be able to collect and co-create virtual creations such as virtual shoes or jerseys. Presumably there will also be a chance to wear said virtual items in the virtual world such as games at some point, but the release is not too clear on that point.

We do know that community members may also be able to unlock access to physical products or events, such as intimate conversations with athletes or designers. Ron Faris, general manager of Nike Virtual Studios, said:

We are shaping a marketplace of the future with an accessible platform for the web3-curious… In this new space, the .SWOOSH community and Nike can create, share, and benefit together.

.SWOOSH is currently in beta, but registrations are scheduled to launch later this month. It sounds as though the space will initially be by invitation only, open to ‘a community that is as diverse and equitable as possible’. Apparently, this means local communities that Nike already has a relationship with, and which are situated in a specially selected region, like the US, and particular countries in Europe.

Nike As A Master Curator

It appears the goal is to slowly build an organic community which can be trained up in the skills needed to be a ‘co-creator’ of digital merch. Once that’s done, next year will see the first drop of a virtual collection created and curated by the community.

The company even plans to hold a competition to find a community member who will win the opportunity to co-create virtual products with Nike. These lucky folk will then be able to share royalties on the products they co-create.

Seems like a cheap way to get some design help

The whole point of the exercise, according to Nike, is to democratize the web3 experience, so that ‘everyone can collect, create and own a piece of this new digital world.’ The whole thing sounds very exciting. In a breathless, TikTok dancing, NFT hyping, avatar spamming kind of way.

We can’t wait to see what exotic and creative productions emerge from the community over the coming months. For further details, the company suggests that people subscribe to the .SWOOSH blog on Medium.

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Real Gone In Oregon

Posted on December 29, 2012 by Royal Rosamond Press


Real Gone in Or-ee-gon

Inaugural Hello to Obama

Come break bread with Brother Obama at the New Day Bakery at 449 Blair Blvd. in Eugene Oregon
Hear première of Obama song by the Stone Cold Jazz Orchestra.
Warm up you dancing feet and tonsils with this altered tune

Chorus sings “In Or-ee-gon” with trumpets.

I’m real real gone
(chorus) in Or-ee-gon
I got hit by a bow and arrow
In Or-ee-gon
You got me down to the very marrow
In Or-ee-gon
You’re a friend of mine
In Or-ee-gon
And I’m real real gone

On the radio
Music coming and I hear
Sam Cooke’s voice
Well I know I don’t have any choice
That’s the way it is
And I’m real, real, real gone

I can’t stand up by myself
Don’t you know, baby, I need your help
You’re a friend of mine
And I’m real real gone, alright

Well, I’m dancing
Dancing till my, till my body’s soaking wet
Till I’m completely wet with sweat
Once I’ve started I’m just real real gone, man
I got hit by a bow and arrow
Got me down to the very marrow
You’re a friend of mine, and I’m a
Real Or-gonian

Well the music’s playing
On the radio
And the night is filled with space
When my fingertips touch your face
You’re a friend of mine
And I’m, I’m real real gone

Help me stand up
Help me stand up
All by myself
You’re a friend of mine
And I’m real, I’m real real

I got hit by a bow and arrow

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Oregon’s Hello to Obama

Posted on December 29, 2012 by Royal Rosamond Press


While in a nightclub of a friend, I suggested to Rick Cobian we produce a inaugural celebration. He and Kenny Reed had just done a song about Obama and had played it several times. “Hey Obama!” was the extent of the words. I gave Kenny these words and called around town to see if I could gather some performers on short notice. At the time, Kenny, Rick and I were partners in the Bohemian Bank, based upon my ideas to change the American economy that was based upon the ‘Get Hippie’ religion of the right-wing idealogues who have brought our government and our economy to a halt.

We chose the Bakery, and I brought the Rosamond print to put on the bare wall. That is Marilyn Reed singing chorus, and Izzy Whetstine the Prankster poet who also read at the Granary.

Jon Presco

Oregon’s Hello to Obama

A Inaugural Production


Jon Presco

Copyright 2009

Opening scene

A dark stage
A beam of light comes down upon Rick and Van.
A soft slow beat begins on the congas.
Van joins in.
Van: “Obama. Obama. Obama. Obama”
Van’s voice fades as does the spotlight.
A spot shines down center
Rick drums
Female dancer dressed like the Fool dances into the light.
She has bells on her ankles and on her neck and hat.
Other unseen drummers join in.
The Merry Jester does a furious, leaping solo dance.
Faster and faster she dances
And then collapses.

Getting up, she shades her eyes and looks right then left, then, behind her
“Where did everybody go?” she asks.
“Am I all alone?”
The Jester wanders off, calling out;
“Hello! Is anybody there?
Olly olly oxen free!”
Doesn’t anyone want to play?
“Olly olly oxen free!”
Her voice fades away.

(The phrase can also be used to coordinate hidden players in the game “kick the can”, where a group of children hide within a given radius and a “seeker” is left to guard a can filled with rocks. The seeker has to try to find the “hiders” without allowing them to sneak in and kick the can.)

Right of center stage, Niesha begins a Cello solo
The background grow light – a deep thalo blue
There is a street light, a flame that grow bright.
There is a sign on the post;
A spotlight from above
A black saxophonist wanders in to join Niesha in a Ode to Expatriates.
The Fool joins in with a ballet
Spotlight and flame fade.

Middle Stage
Theme: A Nation within a Nation
Native American drummers in a circle are silhouetted against gold sun (big O)
They sing
Native American Dancers come to center stage from right and left.
After a minute the Fool joins their dance.
The dancers file off stage, leaving seated drummers

A strobe light begins stage left, followed by colorful laser rays.
Behind the shadowy Street Drummers is a colorful Peace banner
Spotlight on Eugene street drummer who begin drumming.
Some folks are beating on bottles
WOOdstock !
A black brother stands up and sings
“O say can you see
some change a’comin?”

Brother drummers answer;

“Yea man
It’s a O Bama Nation”

Black brother;

“You don’t need no ticket
Just get Onboard “

“Peace Brother!”
Brothers give new peace sign of the O and begin African beat

From stage left come Caroline’s African dance troop.
The Merry Jester joins in.

Quiet. Darkness.

Stage Right

A spotlight brightens slowly on a flag with a circle of fifty stars in the filed of blue.
Above the flag are the words “Oh say can you see.” Below flag, these words; “A Big Change a comin?”

Kenny is on a raised stage with Jazz group and horn players.
Kenny begins his Obama song.
After singing it once through, he sings

“Aloha Amego Obama
Ola Obama Aloha
Gi odi, Oh moho, Samba, Fofo, Amego, Obama
Ly ho yat, Haa he, Samba,
Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama!

I say
Hi-de Hi-de Hi (Jazz band waves hand)
What you say?
We say
How-de howdy-de O (audience makes sign of O)

(Choir shuffles in from right, clapping hands)

Obama! Obama! Obama!
Choir sings choice words from Kenny’s song.
Choir claps hands and sways.
Street drummers join in.
Native America dancers enter stage right.
African dancers enter stage left.
Bagpipers and drummers enter center stage.
Natives sing.
Merry Jester cartwheels across the stage
And takes baton from Conductor and leads
The Crescendo!
Samba Ja comes down center isle and on stage

Aloha. Amego, Obama
Ola Obama Ola
Obama! Obama! Obama!

Kenny Reed;
“I say
Hi-de Hi-de Hi (Jazz band waves hand)
What you say?
We say
How-de how-de O (audience makes sign of O)

Obama! Obama! Obama!

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Starfish Drinks Zig Zag Beer

Posted on August 20, 2018 by Royal Rosamond Press

I debated about Miriam Starfish using force to put down Maximorphius, the cook and owner of ‘The Bum’s Rush’ bistro in Eugene. My subconscious altered the name of Max’s Tavern, which is around the corner from The Bum’s Rush. Miriam Starfish almost skewers Professor John Bond, a name that is a conjunction of John Dee and James Bond, I just discovered. She has a love-hate relationship with John (played by me) who give a lecture on the Habsburg painting and – the Division of the Roses! What!!!!!!! I have yet to write that lecture – that is now the key to my book!

The Bum’s Rush is now going to have a house band ‘The Scunnered’. They are Scottish Wanna-bes who dress like Scottish Pirates. Their chief is McHook. In truth they are Russian Army officers trying to kidnap Phil Knight and replace his tennis shoes on the world market with a Russian brand. Bad Boys will be Bad Boys, but, their mission is changed after coming in contact with Victoria Bond.

Myriam Starfish goes berserk after drinking one bottle of Zig-Zag Beer. After the lecture she got her hair done on 13th. John Bond had altered her life, but, did not want him to know it. She never had a mentor before. She wanted to get rid of her old fashioned look. She felt she had graduated. She wanted to put her savage ways behind her.

My first message and lesson to Yulia Rose got me banned from her Instagram.

“You are much more beautiful with your mouth, shut. Don’t overdo that cutesy bee-stung lip thing. It looks like your catching flies! You’re a woman, not a toddler.”

The Templar Bohemian Bank

Posted on December 29, 2012 by Royal Rosamond Press


Before the Tea Party was born, I born the Bohemian Bank and adobted Our Lady Liberty as our guide.

of the Templar Bohemians

With the bailout of world banks by common taxpayers, there arises a need to redefine banking as we have known it. Foreclosure signs growing like weeds in neighborhoods across America, are a blight on the common man’s dream. Discussions are taking place amongst our politicians as to how the banking industry can pay back the collective generosity of the American People. Barack Obama, who may be the next President of the United States, is talking about rebuilding the American economy from the ground up, a trickle-up system, as opposed to the trickle-down economy that favored the wealthy, but now lie in ruin, all but rendered useless for us all.

There is talk about a revised Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps agency that President Franklin D. Roosevelt established during the Great Depression that put Americans back to work. These agencies were funded by the tax dollars, the same tax dollars that are being used to help banks get back on their feet. It can be said the people of the United States are un-willing partners with the banks in what some are calling Socialism. Indeed, the Free Enterprise system has experienced a massive failure, and may not survive as we know it – if it survives! Will banks become extinct?

I believe some important aspects of banking can continue to exist if they take steps to become a integral partner and member of certain communities that are identified as being havens to artists, musicians, and other creative people seeking alternative solutions and lifestyles. Bankers, city managers, redevelopers, and private entrepreneurs have been looking at Bohemians as key to recovering blighted neighborhoods from urban decay that will be accelerated if we have a lasting recession or depression.

Some banks have a honorable history of supporting the arts, and making loans to civic minded people who want to sustain a Bohemian lifestyle that has given much flavor to metropolitan areas across America. These areas were often founded by artists looking for studio space and places of residence they can afford as they develop their craft.

Some Politicians have looked to the artists as a Trojan Horse, they at the vanguard of downtown developments. Bohemian activities have attracted banking institutions and wealthy investors, some who are looking to take advantage of these creative endeavors, they desirous to move in wealthy Bohemians wanna-bes in order to realize fantastic profits via high rents as soon as the real artists are moved out.

The solution is for Artists and Bohemians to be The Bank, and employ the institution of banking to their advantage. The traditional banker role as a middleman can be reinvented, replaced by Hands on Banking that takes on new responsibilities such as maintaining acceptable levels of employment during hard times. These new banks must be willing and able to put employment and job creation before profits, because citizens with no money do not take part in what civilization has to offer. Depressions and Dark Ages go hand in hand.

Bankers and city planners have looked to Bohemian to create a public draw to cultural events, music cafes, boutiques, and art galleries. Without this draw there is no capital.

A study is needed to see how much capital Bohemians manage to raise, and from what sources. How many people are employed in their projects? What about the materials they purchase from other retail businesses? Do they have elaborate networks and a deep labor pools that tap into a wide range of skills?

Experience tells me Bohemians are vital to the economy of many cities. How much more vital would they be if they had a bank that was a real partner, a real friend who helped supply capital to the epicenter of these enterprises and activities that attract participation on many levels. What would these Bohemian neighborhoods look like without this participation?

The Bank of the Templar Bohemians t is not looking to transform Bohemianville, but to preserve it, forever seeking to keep it an integral sanctuary for its citizens. Many Banks have thrown their integrity and reputation out the window – along with billions of dollars that was entrusted to them.

Owning a good reputation was once vital to the banking business. Rebuilding this reputation from the ground up will entail gaining the trust of a group of people who traditionally don’t trust institutions, and often seek an alternative to just about every institution known to man.

The BTB will be an alternative bank and a real pioneer forever seeking to invest in the visions of creative people who have a long and illustrious history of survivability. If traditional banks could live and prosper as long.

A Networking Bank

The Bank of the Templar Bohemians is a hands on networking bank. We are a community bank that not only lends our money, but our expertise in order to insure your enterprise will be successful.

Whether you are a baker looking to open a Bohemian coffee and pastry shop, or an artist asking for a loan to build a studio, or, open a gallery, our creative loan officers will put at your disposal a team of experts to make sure your dream is realized.

The BTB will bring private entrepreneurs and investors together with a network of artist and craftspeople in order to sustain and invest in alternative manufacturing and the Craft Culture. Restaurants and coffee houses play a big role in the Bohemian scene. The food services industry is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, providing 12.5 million jobs. With many of America’s manufacturing jobs being outsourced in order to exploit cheap labor overseas, it is vital that banks and investors provide capital to those who believe in Made in America and are willing to pay higher prices for quality goods.

My Bank will issue a debit card that will give a %10 percent discount at establishments that cater to a network of creative crafts people, artists, and musicians. The Strength Card is designed to keep and circulate money within the network and thus sustain creative souls that should to be considered our National Treasures.

Richard Florida has conducted research and written two books on the benefits of the Bohemian sub-culture to our National Economy. The Rise of the Creative Class’ is a Guide Book to the Guild I will be forming.

Americans need to be educated on the benefits of supporting homegrown cottage industries, rather then the plastic cut-rate products made overseas that fill our garages, and leave us in credit card debt for a decade. The Bank of the Templar Bohemian intends to lead the way in establishing a New American Pertinence, a New Renaissance if you will that casts off our title of Mindless Mass Consumer, and bid us to live our lives within our means – with dignity. This New Dignity should begin at the bottom, amongst the least and the disenfranchised, for I believe they will inherit the earth.

The Bohemian Templar Bank will be a completely transparent Bank whose aim is to rebuild the Financial Structure of this Nation, and others Nations, from the ground up. I propose Debt Forgiveness of many of the World’s Poor. At BTB there will be no Banking without Representation. There will be Government oversight.

My great, great Granfather’s ship, the S.S. Constitution, is docked near the sight of the Boston Tea Party. It is time for a New Jubilee Revolution!

John G. Presco

Founder of the Bank of the Templar Bohemian

The Strength card was originally named Fortitude, and accompanies two of the other cardinal virtues in the Major Arcana: temperance and Justice. The meaning of Fortitude was different from the interpretation of the card: it meant moderation in attitudes toward pain and danger, with neither being avoided at all costs, nor actively wanted

In The Hermit card, the 9th card of the Tarot, the teachers of the Ageless Wisdom are providing us with a future view of the outcome of our soul’s successful struggle to reach the highest level of earthly/spiritual enlightenment possible… an attainment that is attributable to and obtainable through continued discipline, diligence and dedication to the laws of Divine living.

The Rougemonts have been involved in Banking for many years if you count the financial activities of the Knight Templars. The Rougemont Bankers of Paris may have inspired Karl Marx and Engles to found a Communist Empire upon the idea that the world was controlled by Jewish Bankers. Abraham Denis Alfred de Rougemont was a Jew who lived in the Franche-Comte and has been allied with all the great banking houses, including Hottinger who was a Huguenot. Rudolphe Hottinger is is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Denis de Rougemont Foundation. The Hottingers gave their estate over to the American Ambulence Service during WW1. From this family comes the most famous artist in America, though few will recognize his name. Frederick Auguste Bartholdi made the Statue of Liberty. He also carved the great lion of Belfort which is near Rougemont. The Prince of Monaco is given the title Count of Belfort and Rosemont.
In my next chapter ‘The Lady and the Lion’, which I will publish in a couple of days, I will bring the Benton, Preston, Rougemont, and Witherspoon genealogy together in one place, a city called “beautiful mountain”. Lady Liberty was a possible target on 911. But, she was saved by brave Americans who found inner strength to overcome their oppressors.It is time to wake the sleeping lion and raise high the Shekinah so we can behold our unity of purpose and our National resolve.

BARTHOLDI, Frederic Auguste, French sculptor, born in Cohnar, Alsace, 2 April 1834. He studied painting with Ary Scheffer in Paris, but afterward turned his attention to sculpture, which has since exclusively occupied him. Among his works are “Francesca da Rimini” (1852); “Monument to Martin Schongauer” (1863); “Le Vigneron” (1870); and “Vercingetorix” (1872).

His statue of “Lafayette arriving in America” was executed in 1872, and in 1876 was placed in Union square, New York. He was one of the French commissioners in 1876 to the Philadelphia centennial exhibition, and there exhibited bronze statues of “The Young Vine-Grower;” “Genie F ican Union” was established. Among its members were Laboulaye, De Remusat, Waddington, Henri Martin, De Lesseps, De Rochambeau, Lafayette, and Bartholdi.

The plan of Bartholdi having been approved, more than 1,000,000 francs were raised by subscription throughout France for the building of the statue. On 4 July 1880, it was formally delivered to the American minister in Paris, the event being celebrated by a great banquet. Meanwhile the United States had set apart Bedlow’s island as a site for the monument, and funds were collected throughout this country for the building of the pedestal, about $300,000 being raised.

In October 1886, the structure was presented to the nation as the joint gift of the French and American people. This statue is 151 feet and 1 inch high, and the top of the torch will be at an elevation of 305 feet 11 inches from mean low-water mark. It is the largest work of its kind that has ever been completed. The famous “Colossus of Rhodes,” according to the proportions which the legends attribute to it, was but a miniature in comparison.

The “Lion of Belfort,” a colossal statue, erected in commemoration of the siege sustained by that city during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-‘1, was made by Bartholdi and exhibited in plaster at the salon of 1878. His “Gribeauval,” exhibited in the same year, is the property of the French nation, from whom he has received the cross of the legion of honor. See” Bartholdi and the Great Statue” (New York, 1886unebre;” “Peace;” and “Genius in the Grasp of Misery,” for which he received a bronze medal.

“Liberty enlightening the World,” the colossal statue on Bedlow’s [now Liberty] Island, in New York harbor, is his work. Soon after the establishment of the present form of government in France, the project of building some suitable memorial to show the fraternal feeling existing between the two great republics was suggested, and in 1874 the “French-Amer).

Jon Presco

Copyright 2009

enis de Rougemont was given the title “Prince of the European
Cultural Community”. He was good friends with the artists, Marcel
Duchamp, Max Ernst, and Andre Breton. Born September 8,1906 in Couvet
(Neuchatel) of a French family installed in Switzerland since the
14th. century. In 1784 this family received recognition of nobility
to King Frederic of Prussia.

During the Nazi occupation Denis took refuge in America where he
discussed with Count Coudenhove-Kalergi, and Albert Einstein, a
United Europe. De Rougemont is considered one of the fathers of
European Federalism. In 1950, De Rougemont became the director of
European Cultural Studies, and was President of the European
Ecological Association. In 1951 he founded the Association of
Festival of European Music. One can say Rougemont was the Merlin who
reborn the culture that Hitler all but destroyed.

Denis has authored several books and essays. His ‘Love in the Western
World’ has proved very valuable in my study of the Knights Templars,
the Grail Romances, and the Cathars. Denis has put forth a theory
that Courtly Love and Mystical Poetry has its roots in the
Albigensian hersey that parallels the formation of the Troubadors who
were also considered heretics. Like the Templars and Cathars, the
Troubadors were accused of practicing Manichaism. Rougemont traces
this poetry to the ninth century when a fusion of Iranian Manichaism,
Neo-Platonism, and Mohammedism mysticism came together, mixing
eroticism with religious poetry.
Mystics of Persian Manichaism had a fable about a lovely maiden who
awaits the true believer on the far side of the Bridge of Sinvat, and
says “I am thyself.” She is the Lady of Thoughts and represents what
Rougemont titles “the narcissism of passion.” She represents the
spiritutal and angelical part of man – his true self. In this she is
the Rosa Mundi.

In the ‘Lovers Familiar’ there exists a ‘Castle of the Soul which has
several floors and compartments. In one there is found a feminine
being called ‘The Veiled Idea’. She is the holder of secrets and
giver of magic.
Other allegorical characters in this castle include Beauty, Desire,
and Dread, the Well-Informed, the Tester, the Well-Known, all who
recall the Roman de la Rose, and the legend of the Sleeping Beauty
Princess named Rosamond.

This Castle may have been a model for the bower King Henry made for
Fair Rosamond who no doubt came in contact with Manichaism through
his wife Eleanor of Aquataine whose father was King of Troubdors. Did
the Knights Templars around Henry also worship the Lady of Thoughts?
Eleanor and her daughter, Mary, had a court of Troubadors and thus
they practiced Courty Love that spoke about forbidden amor employing
Mystic Poetry. Mary would commission Chreiten de Troyes to write his
Grail Romances. Mary’s son, Thibaut ‘King of Navarre’ is said to have
brought back the Apothecary Rose from Damscus, also known as the Rose
of Provins. This rose is associated with Fair Rosamond. The Rosamond
name has been traced to Rougemont Switzerland.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2003

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