Hazy Scrabble Daze

Capturing Beauty

by

John Presco

Copyright 2021

Scrabble Stories

“Did someone say – “Scrabble”?

There is only one Z in a Scrabble game, unless you are playing with Mindy’s box. Then there are three. But, we were playing with my very old box I bought at Saint Vinny’s last week for $3.99. My neighbor knocked on door and invited me to play in front of her place. It was a hazy day. Mindy said she would bring down a card table and chairs and place them smack dab in the middle of People Action Point – the last place a practiced recluse wants to be. I had gone to Action Central for the Fourth of July party Mindy put on. I was surrounded by my neighbors and their children. I felt really spaced out from the people energy. All my interaction with my species went on in my head as I composed, put another five hundred words down on my blog. Then comes the cutting and pasting I like to do to give my reader more references and clues they can follow. I took the steak home Mindy cooked so I could collect myself, but went back for th fireworks where I ran from the cop who showed up. There was way took much sparkler action. Mindy overcooks – everything! This is why she has three scrabble sets. She should own a carnival. Management made her get rid of her three story Halloween Spookhouse.

I put my Scrabble set on the small table – and Mindy is all over it! She is blown away because it was a antique. This is the first time I opened the box! We both love Good Finds. We hit it off. I tell Mindy I am a bad speller, but not when I played with Mighty Mo – who was a great speller with a stellar mind. She made everyone play who came to her house. This was Sacred Family Ritual. When Mindy knocked on my door yesterday I knew it was her, She used Scrabble-Morse Knock……Do-you-want-to-play-Scrab-ble?

I knew this was going to be risky. I did not want to get Mindy mixed up with The Jesus-Wars at McKenzie. I had put an end to The God Squad meeting in the rec room. Jason had all his ex-felons in there. One was harassing my female friend.

“I did not read this sign when I came to apply ‘Welcome to Camp McKenzie – Home of Born-again Jesus-freaks!”

The New God Squad found this WANTED poster the Wiccan Anarchist, Alley Valkyrie posted after Mayor Kitty Piercy took it off her facebook. The Eugene Anarchist were trying to give me Big Time Writers Block. I got death threats and had the Springfield Police over. I called the FBI, several times. Mindy and I talked about writing a Scrabble story that turns into a Alfred Hitchcock or Stephen King novel. Little did she know. My neighbor got me composing about my mother, Rosemary, something that is very hard to do – because it was forbidden. Our mother make porno movies for the Mafia and dated Errol Flynn. She smoked and drank herself to death because – she was bored!

Mindy asked if I minded – she smoked. This was my first Scrabble game in ages. I came away smelling like cigarettes. I just had a creative conversation with a very interesting human. We talked about a group authorship and having Writer’s guild meetings in the rec room? How about Mindy start a Scrabble Facebook group that stresses FOLLOWING THE RULES? It seems all opposing sides don’t want rules. Finding permission from God and Jesus, to follow no secular rules, may put an end to Scrabble Games as we know it. Praying….for a Q and X, after you got a Z, may be the name of the new game

All four people in the pic below, are dead. Christine is wearing a Chinese hat. Perhaps Mindy can find some?

John Presco

“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. 

Smoking Cigarrettes With Raphael

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Elmer ‘Big Bones’ Remmer

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I met Elmer ‘Big Bones’ Remmer when I was fifteen. He and his wife (or girlfriend) looked like Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, they both having white hair. They walked into our home on San Sebastian Avenue, our benefactor wanting to meet the children of their employee. Rosemary ( a made woman?) was working for Rucker hydraulics in Emmeryville and met Remmer in the Oaks or Menlo Club located in mob-owned town. She started editing porno movies for Remmer, then starred in them. Many nights Rosemary did not get home till after her four children were asleep. We would find a doggy bag from a restaurant in the fridge. Vicki sees her three older siblings as her real parents.

Remmer was bigger then I thought. He is named along with Mickey Cohen and Frank Sinatra. He ran the Cal-Neva Lodge and took his case to the highest court in regards to his card rooms in Emmeryville and San Francisco. It looks like Remmer was trying to make gambling legal in all of California which would put the Mob out of business in Nevada. However, Remmer was the Mob.

There was a brawl and arrest in LA involving the actress, Vicki Raaf. Here, Hollywod make-believe, meets real reality!

Jon Presco

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“We’d be over at Christine’s after school.” Raphael says, “and sit around te kitchen table drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, and eating cinnamon toast. Because, you know, they never had any food in that house. So toast was about the best we could do. But at least we could hang out and smoke, and we sure couldn’t do that at my house. So Greg and Mark, and Chris and I hung out and talked about what seemed important to us.

“Greg had largely dropped out of school and had fashioned an outdoor studio in the backyard studio.” Raphael recalls. “He spent most of the time painting, working on these large somber things with a lot of texture and layers. But they didn’t have any people in them, just turmoil, like heavy dark seascapes – very dark and gloomy. Christine did a few drawings, probably more than we realized, but wasn’t doing any painting when I first knew her. Greg was the artist in the family, and had all his mom’s attention for that. Chris just tried to stay out of the way.”

Christine also tried to stay out of the way in public, but around the kitchen table, she brought the controversial style of both her mother and maternal grandmother to any discussion.”

Smoking Cigarettes With Raphael

by

John Presco

Raphael and I

smoking cigarettes

together in the dinette

This couquette

who spoke perfect French

had two wondrous dimples

above her derriere

The sign of Libra

the balancing of Love

promises

in days to come

when we were young

sprinkling cinnamon

on the popped toast

eating all the butter.

Sprinkle Sprinkle

Little Star

I couldn’t wait

till Christine came home

from school

I in need of some company

painting all mourning long

as a failure

at seventeen

Large canvases

wiped out

on the fumes

coming in the back door

just to say hello

I lied

Yes I noticed

the dimples at the corner

of your smile

and the twinkle

in your smoke-filled

eye

“Another cigarette

Mademoiselle?”

School girls

So innocent

I so jaded

from reading art books

in my high-school

drop-out world

that they promised me

would be a living hell

without them

my schoolmates

in the cafeteria line.

Not for me

the Good Grade

grab bag

of Total lies

What truths

do you own now

Mr. Wise Guy?

“Pas me

the pack of Marlboroughs!”

Mr. Fougette was a French chef

from a line of them

Christine discribed

the seven course meal

while I was hungry

Raphael testified

we Prescos

had no food.

most of the time

Just cinnamon toast

in the alclove

talking art

waiting for the toaster

to do its thing

Pass the butter

merci

Playing scrabble

with the sisterhood

by Rosemary’s

Reseda pool

Everyone of them

is gone

I left alone

to search for words

Christine on the cusp

of being famous

wearing a funny hat

Pass the tile box

please

Rosemary

have you marked

the X, Q,

and Z?

Cheating at Scrabble

Cheating at Art

I used to pen poems

to my finished work

I declining the guitar lessons

Bryan offered me

telling him I am creating spaces

with no expectations

no comericalisation

allowing un-known notes

to find each other

Scrape Scrape Scrape

the sound of cinnamon toast

and grumbling stomachs

as Raphael and I

looked so cool

smoking cigarettes

in our after-school

Bohemian Hot Spot.

All winter long

we passed the butter

and the time

Mark did not join us

that is a un-artistic lie

I was tempted by

this French maiden

to take her out back

to the little shack I made

the bed I raised

on stolen palletes.

I was her foreign ideal

I owned a European look

If I had seen Raphael

in the nude

we would have had children

and more smoking of ciggerettes

in the afterglow.

Much more after-glow

because

She had the most

perfect derirre

waiting for me

in our Little Bohemia

carved out of

that giant city

“Plus de toasts cinnomen?”

“Merci!”

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Prayer Group Member Arrested

(41) Phone Book War – YouTube

Note – Happy-to-see you pee-trail left by Kim’s dog. That was not my phonebook. This Christian was un-happy to see me – the day she moved in. She replaced my good friends who got married.

Terrell and Sarah

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Terrell and Sarah are getting married in three days. His old friends at McKenzie Meadows wish the Turners the very best! Thanks for being part of our family.

” Glenn Allen Brooks “boasted of his active participation” in the riot and “sent photos of his attendance” to a text chat group full of church prayer members, a criminal complaint says.

At Pastor Tony Spell’s Sunday sermon this week, he preached a different kind of message than usual to his congregants: Don’t trust Covid-19 vaccines.”I’ll just tell you today, if being anti-mask and anti-vaccine is anti-government, then I’m proud to be anti-government,” Spell, who has made a national name for himself protesting Covid-19 rules in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, told Life Tabernacle Church congregants.He goes on to falsely state: “If you have a 99.6% survival rate, why do you want somebody to contaminate your bloodstream with something that may or may not hurt you?”

Yesterday I played Scrabble with my neighbor – in full view of our other neighbors! How riske’ – for me, because I described myself as a RECLUSE to my new friend, who described me as a “good writer”, which means she reads Royal Rosamond, as does the Ton of Lard, and Scary Witch, two Christian neighbors of mine who squealed with joy as El Lardo released her dog on Clark, the cat we had grown to love around here. But, because I confronted El Lardo about the condition of my sister’s biography I leant her, she conspired to make my life a living hell with five fellow Christians who live in my stairwell.

My fellow Scrabble Player turned out to be a writer, who is experiencing Writer’s Block. Our game took a back seat to a discussion about WB, that I told her I wanted to help her with. This was quite a scene that went on for two hours, or longer. We sat face to face at a little folding table, having one of the most interesting conversations I think we both had – here! I suggested she read Spoon River Anthology, a book I read when I was fourteen that encouraged me to become more than a poet. I told my neighbor I have been rehearsing a eulogy for my friend Ed who died two weeks ago. I told her I might get bumped from this farewell to the dead, for fear of what I might say. I am still hurt over being banned from attending my friend Jonny’s funeral I suspect for religious reasons. His mother is a Christian Scientist, and Mark Gall is pro-Israel and has evangelical friends. There may have been Zionist Jews from Israel present. If so, was my ex-friend afraid we would engage in a international argument about radical Christians employing Jews in their End Time cult, like we see above? Many Jewish leaders hate their flag being put next to an image of Jesus. I did not invent this angst. I just report on it as is my right.

My fellow Scrabble Player invited several people to come join the game. I told her when I first moved in there was a ongoing poker game in the rec room, and we can revive it. One of the Players was Alberta Hurt. We became fast friends. She drove a white Jaguar and wore a white leather hat. Aunt Bertie was a devout Christian who once ran a Jesus Farm. She would call her neighbors and beg them to watch a discourse on Revelations. She wished we could live on a commune – and all get along! For a year she begged me to go to Cowboy Church with her. I finally did, and, it was hilarious. She wanted to sit up front, where a guest Christian Cowboy went to town with a white rag, he stomping and hooting for a full hour – three feet from me! I sensed he was going to close HIS SHOW by laying hands on me – and bidding me to testify! That’s when I raised my hand, and said;

“Excuse me Reverend, but we got to leave. The sun has gone down and I suffer from night blindness especially on a two lane highway! I get blinded by the headlights!”

Alberta was not a happy Camper Cowgirl on the drive home on 99. She told me she wanted to read her poem ‘Richly’ but that minister – would not shut up!

“Why didn’t you tell me you wanted to read a poem. I would have interrupted that Texan, stood up and said; “Enough from you. Let’s hear from a Christian who really knows her stuff!”

I took two videos that were like the movie The Misfits, and I said so. When Alberta’s son was shown my post on our Western, her crazy son called me, and in a froth demanded I remove that post. When I met this guy, he demanded I start listening to Rush Limbaugh. He was highly suggesting this was required of all his mother’s friends. I removed my post and trashed the youtube videos of us, one, where she read her poem in the parking lot.

When Alberta moved, the personification of Pure Evil – took her place! Kim Hafner blamed her mother’s religious fanaticism for her obesity. Yet, she employed religious abouse against me. She used the wanted poster the Anarchists Wiccans made of me, to turn our neighbors against me, so they could bounce their faith off me, in the same manner Trump egged on his Christian followers to attack the Capitol – and hang Mike Pence!

I have decided to do a public discourse on King David and The Crucifixion, that will be published as soon as my REVELATIONS are done. I believe Kim will find a way to contact Alberta’s son, so he will threaten me some more. Freedom of Religion and Press mean nothing to him. He aches to be on the side that is winning.

Four years ago Aunt Bertie drove me out to her grave plot and showed me the empty place next to her space.

“John. Why don’t you buy this plot so we can rest together!”

We talked to the Plot People and I was not able to swing it with my Trust. I tell you, we are a divided nation. It is several million Christians against all non-Christians and the United States Government. I will explain whey this is such a PAYOFF for Christians, and has been for over two thousand years.

After our un-finished game, I went home and had dinner. I then got my book and read the first poem ‘The Hill’ and was reminded of the poem in Bucket of Blood.

Hello Aunt Bertie! Goodbye! God recognizes you as one of His Own, His very Best who obeys His commandment……Love one another!

Hello again – Owen! My Scrabble Ally hoped our neighbor would join us in the rec room. Like Owen, he too is a beer-aholic. Owen drank himself to death in public view. Bertie took in his dog, Nacho. His daughter manages an appartment complex on Harlow.

Drinking, rioting, thinking neither of wife nor kin,
Nor gold, nor love, nor heaven?
Lo! he babbles of the fish-frys of long ago,
Of the horse-races of long ago at Clary’s Grove,
Of what Abe Lincoln said
One time at Springfield.

Springfield Johnny ‘Beat Poet’

(41) A Bucket of Blood – a Roger Corman film (opening credits) – YouTube

Springfield Witch Hunt | Rosamond Press

(41) A Bucket of Blood – a Roger Corman film (opening credits) – YouTube

Many Evangelicals say they won’t be vaccinated against Covid-19. Some experts say distrust and misinformation have played a role – CNN

Health experts in the US and beyond agree that Covid-19 vaccines continue to be safe and highly effective at preventing Covid-19 infection, which has killed more than 560,000 Americans and infected more than 31 million.

Fauci warns ‘things are going to get worse’ with COVID (msn.com)

Attack Of God’s Art Squad | Rosamond Press

Goon Squad Coming To Oakland | Rosamond Press

Spoon River Anthology – Wikipedia

As the country grapples with a surge in the delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci believes that lockdowns the country saw last year are likely to not return, though he warned “things will get worse” during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

New mask guidelines trigger backlash (msn.com)

A Trump supporter was arrested after a church prayer group member sent texts to the FBI that showed him inside the Capitol Building on Jan. 6 (msn.com)

  • Glenn Allen Brooks was arrested Friday for his alleged involvement with the Capitol riot on January 6.
  • Brooks texted selfies of himself inside the Capitol to a chat group full of church prayer members.
  • One of the group members then tipped off the FBI.
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The FBI arrested a California man after receiving a tip of his involvement in the January 6 Capitol riot from a church prayer group member.

Glenn Allen Brooks “boasted of his active participation” in the riot and “sent photos of his attendance” to a text chat group full of church prayer members, a criminal complaint says.

A member of the group – who was not identified in the complaint – provided that information to the FBI, leading to Brooks’ arrest on Thursday.https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533

Brooks on the day of the riot texted the group “a selfie photo of himself inside the Capitol,” the complaint, dated July 27, says. Weeks later, the unnamed group member passed it along to officials investigating the insurrection.

The FBI charged Brooks with “entering and remaining and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds” and “disorderly conduct and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.”

So far, at least 599 people have been charged in relation to the Capitol riot.

The Capitol riot left five people, including one police officer, dead. Members of the Proud Boys, which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, were reportedly present.

Organizers were emboldened by former President Donald Trump’s urges to protest the results of the 2020 election with him, despite Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory. While members of Congress were meeting inside the Capitol building day to certify the results and verify Biden’s presidency, supporters organized an attempted coup and stormed the Capitol building.

Earlier this year in February, insurrectionists scrambled to delete photos and social media posts proving their participation in the Capitol riot. Several broke their cellphones, scrubbed their social media accounts, and tried to wipe hard drives that might contain photos and other proof of their involvement.

Others, however, boasted of their involvement, making it easier for the FBI to catch and charge them.

White evangelical protestants are the most likely to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine out of all major religious groups in the US, with around 24 percent saying they won’t take the shot. 

New research from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) shows vaccine uptake and hesitancy differs among religious groups across America, with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) second least likely to get vaccinated, with 19 percent of this group saying no to the shot, according to the survey.

Meanwhile, Jewish people are most likely of all religious groups to get the jab with 85 percent willing to get vaccinated, 8 percent describing themselves as hesitant and just 7 percent refusing to take it.

Covid US: Around 24% of white evangelical protestants say they won’t get vaccinated | Daily Mail Online

he name of God was everywhere during Wednesday’s insurrection against the American government. The mob carried signs and flag declaring jesus saves! and god, guns & guts made america, let’s keep all three. Some were participants in the Jericho March, a gathering of Christians to “pray, march, fast, and rally for election integrity.” After calling on God to “save the republic” during rallies at state capitols and in D.C. over the past two months, the marchers returned to Washington with flourish. On the National Mall, one man waved the flag of Israel above a sign begging passersby to say yes to jesus. “Shout if you love Jesus!” someone yelled, and the crowd cheered. “Shout if you love Trump!” The crowd cheered louder. The group’s name is drawn from the biblical story of Jericho, “a city of false gods and corruption,” the march’s website says. Just as God instructed Joshua to march around Jericho seven times with priests blowing trumpets, Christians gathered in D.C., blowing shofars, the ram’s horn typically used in Jewish worship, to banish the “darkness of election fraud” and ensure that “the walls of corruption crumble.”

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The Jericho March is evidence that Donald Trump has bent elements of American Christianity to his will, and that many Christians have obligingly remade their faith in his image. Defiant masses literally broke down the walls of government, some believing they were marching under Jesus’s banner to implement God’s will to keep Trump in the White House. The group’s co-founders are essentially unknown in the organized Christian world. Robert Weaver, an evangelical Oklahoma insurance salesman, was nominated by Trump to lead the Indian Health Service but withdrew after The Wall Street Journal reported that he misrepresented his qualifications. Arina Grossu, who is Catholic, recently worked as a contract communications adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services. (Weaver and Grossu declined to comment. “Jericho March denounces any and all acts of violence and destruction, including any that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021,” a PR spokesperson for the March wrote to me in an email after the publication of this article.) Still, they will have far more influence in shaping the reputation of Christianity for the outside world than many denominational giants: They helped stage a stunning effort to circumvent the 2020 election, all in the name of their faith. White evangelicals, in particular, overwhelmingly supported Trump in 2016 and 2020. Some of these supporters participated in the attack on the Capitol on Wednesday. But many in the country hold all Trump voters responsible—especially those who lent him the moral authority of their faith.

“The Hill”
Where are Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom and Charley,
The weak of will, the strong of arm, the clown, the boozer, the fighter?
All, all are sleeping on the hill.
One passed in a fever,
One was burned in a mine,
One was killed in a brawl,
One died in a jail,
One fell from a bridge toiling for children and wife—
All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill.
Where are Ella, Kate, Mag, Lizzie and Edith,
The tender heart, the simple soul, the loud, the proud, the happy one?—
All, all are sleeping on the hill.
One died in shameful child-birth,
One of a thwarted love,
One at the hands of a brute in a brothel,
One of a broken pride, in the search for heart’s desire;
One after life in far-away London and Paris
Was brought to her little space by Ella and Kate and Mag—
All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill.
Where are Uncle Isaac and Aunt Emily,
And old Towny Kincaid and Sevigne Houghton,
And Major Walker who had talked
With venerable men of the revolution?—
All, all are sleeping on the hill.
They brought them dead sons from the war,
And daughters whom life had crushed,
And their children fatherless, crying—
All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill.
Where is Old Fiddler Jones
Who played with life all his ninety years,
Braving the sleet with bared breast,
Drinking, rioting, thinking neither of wife nor kin,
Nor gold, nor love, nor heaven?
Lo! he babbles of the fish-frys of long ago,
Of the horse-races of long ago at Clary’s Grove,
Of what Abe Lincoln said
One time at Springfield.[2]

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The Bohemian Garage of God

As I render my Twelve Canvases of Revelations, Dvroak’s New World Symphony will be blaring from loud speakers! Why not a live performance complete with Native Americans, and Zulu Nazarite Warriors? I will revive The Jesse Scouts and Fremont’s bodyguard so the original Republican Party can be restored. I am going to write the British Embassy and tell them Rena is living as a destitute. She will be seventy in April. She is – THE ONE WHO FOUND ME! She leads me back to – my people! This is the greatest Muse Story in all of history!

John ‘Bohemian Artist of Revelations’

Antonín Dvořák – Wikipedia

Alphonse Mucha – Wikipedia

(40) Alphonse Mucha – Slav Epic – YouTube

Antonín Leopold Dvořák (/d(ə)ˈvɔːrʒɑːk, -ʒæk/d(ə-)VOR-zha(h)kCzech: [ˈantoɲiːn ˈlɛopold ˈdvor̝aːk] (listen); 8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) was a Czech composer, one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition. Following the Romantic-era nationalist example of his predecessor Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed rhythms and other aspects of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia.

(40) Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” / Karajan · Berliner Philharmoniker – YouTube

(40) Dvořák: Symphony No.9 In E Minor, Op.95, B. 178 “From the New World” – 1. Adagio – Allegro molto – YouTube

(40) Dance ceremony at Shembe gathering – YouTube

Dvořák was interested in Native American music and the African-American spirituals he heard in North America. While director of the National Conservatory he encountered an African-American student, Harry T. Burleigh, who sang traditional spirituals to him. Burleigh, later a composer himself, said that Dvořák had absorbed their ‘spirit’ before writing his own melodies.[6] Dvořák stated:

I am convinced that the future music of this country must be founded on what are called Negro melodies. These can be the foundation of a serious and original school of composition, to be developed in the United States. These beautiful and varied themes are the product of the soil. They are the folk songs of America and your composers must turn to them.[7]

The symphony was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, and premiered on 16 December 1893, at Carnegie Hall conducted by Anton Seidl. A day earlier, in an article published in the New York Herald on 15 December 1893, Dvořák further explained how Native American music influenced his symphony:

I have not actually used any of the [Native American] melodies. I have simply written original themes embodying the peculiarities of the Indian music, and, using these themes as subjects, have developed them with all the resources of modern rhythms, counterpoint, and orchestral colour.[8]

In the same article, Dvořák stated that he regarded the symphony’s second movement as a “sketch or study for a later work, either a cantata or opera … which will be based upon Longfellow‘s Hiawatha[9] (Dvořák never actually wrote such a piece).[9] He also wrote that the third movement scherzo was “suggested by the scene at the feast in Hiawatha where the Indians dance”.[9]

In 1893, a newspaper interview quoted Dvořák as saying “I found that the music of the negroes and of the Indians was practically identical”, and that “the music of the two races bore a remarkable similarity to the music of Scotland“.[10][11] Most historians agree that Dvořák is referring to the pentatonic scale, which is typical of each of these musical traditions.[12]

Church of the Brethren (Czech Republic) – Wikipedia

Church of the Brethren (CzechCírkev bratrská) is an evangelical free church in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It was formed in 1882 as the Free Reformed Church by merging the Czech Free Evangelical Church based in Bystré near Náchod, and the Free Reformed Church, which was formed by American Congregationalist missionaries in Prague.[1] In the Czech Republic, the church reports having over 11,000 in almost 80 congregations.[2] In Slovakia, it is organized in 22 congregations.[3] The church is member of International Federation of Free Evangelical Churches and the ecumenical councils of churches in their respective countries.[4][5]

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John C. Fremont, Pathfinder (nebraskastudies.org)

Section II of the seven-map set depicts “the Great Platte River Road” from present-day Grand Island to beyond what’s now North Platte. Even more fascinating than the thin line of river and surrounding topography, are the comments printed on the map. For example, he remarks, “Timber is extremely scarce, except on the islands. Some driftwood and buffalo excrement makes the fuel, as that of camels does in the deserts of Arabia.”

Fremont Body Guard | Ohio Civil War Central

 The organization was known as the Fremont Body Guard as it was assigned to General John C. Fremont’s command in Missouri. On October 25, 1861, the organization participated in the First Battle of Springfield, Missouri. At this engagement, 150 members of the Fremont Body Guard, under the command of Major Charles Zagonyi, routed two thousand Confederate soldiers. With sabers drawn, the Northern soldiers charged across the battlefield, screaming “Fremont and Union!,” “Old Kentucky forever!,” “Hurrah for Cincinnati!,” and “Remember the Queen City, boys!” The Fremont Body Guard had fifty-two men and an additional four officers killed or wounded at the battle, while the Confederates had 107 men killed and approximately thirty soldiers captured.

The Civil War Muse – John Charles Fremont

In the 1860s, many Czechs primarily from Bohemia and Moravia immigrated to Nebraska. Edward Rosewater and John Rosicky, early Omaha newspaper editors originally from Bohemia, encouraged countrymen to come by extolling promises of free land in frontier Nebraska.[2] By 1880 Czechs were the most concentrated ethnic group in the city.[3]

Czech population in Omaha[4]
YearNumber
1880900
18902,675
19303,964

In 1893, the internationally known Czech composer Antonín Dvořák visited the city and performed there, attracting attendees from miles around. His extended visit to the United States inspired Dvořák to write his 9th Symphony: From The New World, also known as the New World Symphony. It was based on his impressions of the region and inspired by his fascination with birdsong, ragtime music by African-American musician and composer Scott Joplin, band music, and folksongs.[5]

Komenský Clubs were founded in Nebraska, including in Omaha, Lincoln and other cities where there were numerous Czech immigrants. When the Bohemian National Alliance was formed in 1914, its midwestern district was headquartered in Omaha. Czechs in the city helped promote Bohemian independence after World War I. The nation of Czechoslovakia was created in the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.[6] By 1920 an estimated 3,500 immigrants lived in Bohemian Town.[7]

Notable Czechs from Omaha[edit]

One of the most famous sons of Little Bohemia was Roman Hruska, elected to the US Senate from Nebraska in the mid-20th century. He was fiercely proud of his Czech heritage. Another notable Czech from Omaha who achieved political office was Thomas Capek, a lawyer and a member of the Nebraska State Legislature in the early 1900s.[8]

Notable athletes included Tom “Train Wreck” Novak, a great football player at the University of Nebraska,[9] and The Dusek Family who were famous in the early days of professional wrestling.[10]

Edward Rosewater was a Jewish Czech immigrant who came to Omaha in 1863. In 1871 he established the Omaha Bee. The same year he founded the first Czech newspaper in Omaha, the Pokrok Západu, which means “Progress of the West”.[5] Rosewater associated with Czechs in the community through politics.

Jan Rosický (1845-1910) was the publisher and founder of Západní Česko-Bratrská Jednota, or ZČBJ, a Czech-language newspaper that was printed in Omaha and circulated across the US and in Bohemia. Rosický is credited with encouraging thousands of Czechs to move to the United States, and a monument in his honor located on the grounds of the Czech National Cemetery in Omaha is inscribed with the following (translated from Czech to English):”To an unforgettable brother, Czech patriot, and leader of his people. Erected by the Western Bohemian Benevolent Association and grateful fellow countrymen. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”[11]

Legacy[edit]

Notre Dame Academy and Convent, November 2010

Czechs from Omaha helped gain legislative approval to found the Czech Language Program at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, instituted in 1907. Additionally, a Czech heritage course was created at the College of St. Mary in Omaha.[12] These programs have served as centers for teaching Czech language, literature and culture for nearly a century.

Nuns of Czech descent raised funds to build and staff the Notre Dame Academy and Convent at 3501 State Street to provide outreach to the area’s Czech community. Czech immigrants and descendants also founded the Sokol South Omaha Czechoslovak Museum at 2021 U Street in South Omaha, and the Bohemian National Cemetery at 5201 Center Street. Other cemeteries with mostly Czech burials or large Czech sections are Calvary Cemetery, Holy Sepulchar Cemetery, and Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery.[13]

Little Bohemia[edit]

Bohemian Cafe, November 2011Main article: Little Bohemia (Omaha, Nebraska)

The major Bohemian landmark in the city was the ethnic enclave established by Czechs that was centered on a commercial area along South 13th and South 14th Streets, and William Street.[14] This enclave, called Little Bohemia, was bounded by South 10th Street on the east, South 16th Street on the west, Pierce Street on the north, and Martha Street on the south. It included the Prague HotelSokol Auditorium and Bohemian Cafe, all important fixtures in the community.

Another important neighborhood was located around Brown Park.[15]

Foreign Born Czech Population in Nebraska 1870 – 1950 – pictures

Ancestors

Historical census data identify several distinct areas containing dominant ethnic populations throughout the United States, and an analysis of contemsporary populations identify Nebraska as home of the highest concentration of persons claiming Czech ancestry in the nation. Czechs homesteading in Nebraska left a culturally unique imprint on the physical and social landscape that remains today and a journey into the enclaves reveal these customs.

In a region of the United States where small towns are experiencing tremendous population loss, the cohesiveness and pride in Czech communities counters this trend. Very few small towns in Nebraska are able to support either a bakery or meat market, yet both are found in the towns of Wilber and Clarkson. In recent years, it has become popular for small towns containing an ethnic majority to attempt to capitalize on their heritage by promoting their culture to tourists. Many of these towns celebrate a “veneer” heritage, meaning that only one weekend a year is devoted to their heritage. This is not the case in many Nebraska Czech communities, where a few customs, distinctively Czech, have been retained and are a part of daily life.

Immigration

Czechs who settled in Nebraska during the latter half of the nineteenth century hailed from areas of central Europe known as Bohemia and Moravia, today regions of the Czech Republic, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Economic depression, as well as political and religious oppression by the Catholic Church, drove thousands to emigrate from their homelands in search of freedom. Exact numbers of Czech immigrants is difficult to assess before 1870, as this was the first United States census including Bohemia as a place of origin. Extracting figures from the Census of 1910 is very difficult, as Bohemians were counted as being members of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and between 1920 and 1980 the term “Czechoslovakian” was used, which included persons of both the Czech and Slovak ethnic groups. When the Velvet Revolution peacefully overtook the Socialist government in 1989 and the Czech Republic became officially organized in 1992, Czechs had finally gained political control over their homeland.

The Homestead Act of 1854 beckoned both Moravians and Bohemians, more of the former, to settle in Nebraska and soon thereafter was home to more foreign-born Czech farmers than any state in the Union . Original Czech settlers arrived to Nebraska via Wisconsin, and once they became established, sent for family and friends in the homeland to join them on the prairie. By 1870, several distinct Bohemian enclaves had been established in eastern Nebraska’s Douglas, Saunders and Saline Counties (Fig. 1). In the following decades, thousands of Czech immigrants settled in Nebraska, and in 1900 ranked third behind Germans and Swedes as the most numerous foreign-born immigrant group in the state. Areas of Czech settlement in 1900 included the core of primary settlement in east central Nebraska to communities in the north and settlements in the central part of the state (Fig. 2). As quota laws slowed the wave of immigration during the second decade of the twentieth century, the influx of foreign-born Czechs all but ceased, thus putting to an end the brief period in history which Bohemians settled in Nebraska. These pioneers and their traditions represent the seed of a culture that continues to flourish today.

Contemporary Czech Communities

Vast changes in Nebraska’s population occurred during the twentieth century, the depopulation of rural counties having arguably the most significant impact. Most small towns, which the state is largely composed of, saw their population peak in 1920, as the Great Depression and drought that ensued drove many from farms and small communities to larger cities in search of employment. Farm mechanization and decreasing commodity prices, which led to farm abandonment and consolidation, played a significant role in the depopulation of rural Nebraska. Despite this, Czech enclaves established in the 1870’s survived and reflect the group’s resilience and successful adaptation to an unfamiliar and unpredictable environment. The twenty-first decennial census of 1990 identifies five counties, all in the eastern portion of the state, where over 25% of the inhabitants claim Czech ancestry. Colfax and Butler Counties, where 44% and 42% of the citizens claim this ancestry respectively, exhibit unbelievably high numbers, numbers comparable only to German-Russians in south central North Dakota and Germans everywhere else on the plains (Fig. 4). These percentages are largely due to rural isolation and contribute to the retention of Czech culture.

In order to gain a more precise understanding of where Czech settlements in southeast Nebraska are located, data were examined for each town, identified as a “place” by the census. This process, which identifies “places” where 15% of the residents claimed Czech ancestry, clearly distinguishes the locations of Czech ethnic islands in this part of Nebraska (Fig. 5). It is within these communities that the remainder of this study is focused.

Cultural Imprints on the Landscape

While passing through these communities, a person may see business and street signs that identify the ancestry of the local population. However, the roots of the Czech culture go much deeper than this.

Churches and Cemeteries

The steeples of churches in Czech communities, often featuring . turrets at the base of the steeple reflecting a style common in the homeland, rival the water tower and grain elevator for dominance of the skyline. Many Catholic churches in Czech communities are named after Czech saints, St. Wenceslaus being the most common (Figure 11). Czech-American cemeteries are similar regardless of religious affiliation.kostel

Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Plasi, Saunders County

To enter most cemeteries one must pass through an aged but maintained decorative iron gate (Figure 6). The use of family plots, with a central tombstone surrounded by vaults capping the graves of family members, is very common and is distinct from other ethnic cemeteries in Nebraska. Until the 1920’s most graves were inscribed in Czech. This practice ceased due to a loss of language retention and pro-American/anti-immigration sentiment in the United States at the time.cemetary gate

Czech National Cemetery, near Bruno, Butler County

Ethnic Architecture

Buildings with a familiar style to those in the homeland were constructed in the strikingly different landscape in which the Czechs settled. Most identifiable is the baroque style, which is most commonly found on buildings that served a public function in the past or remain to do so today (Figure 7, Exeter warehouse). Other subtle styles or patterns, such as L-shaped homes and white or beige colored exteriors may be common in Czech communities but are not culturally distinct.budovaAbandoned building in Dorchester, Saline County

Community Halls

The desire to congregate was great with all parties who settled on the vast and empty plains, the Czechs being no different. Organizations such as Sokols and the Zapadni Cesko-Bratrska Jedota (ZCBJ) were formed, and when funds were available a building was constructed (Figure 11). These halls hosted various community activities, from plays to dinners, and although many local chapters of the organizations have folded, their building remains. The majority of the halls have a brick exterior, are two stories in height and feature a short rectangular-shaped false façade on the front (Figure 8, Crete sokol). Other halls may have a one story wooden exterior that has been painted white (Figure 9, Tabor ZCBJ). While some of these community halls may remain in use for gymnastic classes, high school reunions, wedding receptions, dinner parties and dances, others have been abandoned, only to remain as a testament to the organization, its members, and a community proud to call the building its own.kommunitaThe recently renovated community hall in Abie

Cuisine

Ethnic cuisine has played a significant role in the preservation of the Czech heritage. Local grocery stores maintain a steady supply of fruit fillings for kolache, a wide selection of pork products, many varieties of kraut and caraway seed, used to bake bread, in bulk. Duck is popular during the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season, and when describing its price reduction at various times throughout the year and the crowds that follow, a grocery store employee claimed, “It’s crazy.” With the evolution of the grocery store expanding selection to offer food of all types, stores dedicated solely to the production of meats and baked goods are becoming rare, especially in small towns. It is then remarkable to see bakeries and meat markets that offer Czech delicacies and standard American products operating in towns such as Milligan (population 350), Brainard (pop. 350), Clarkson (pop. 700) and Wilber, the state and national Czech Capital (pop. 1,500). The fact that these businesses are able to be successful in such small villages attests to the resident’s love for specialized meat and baked goods. Included in Figure 11 are locations of bakeries producing kolache and other Czech goods and meat markets which produce meats such as jaternice and jelita. Another trait of Czech communities are the Friday “fish frys”, offering walleye, perch, cod and halibut at local taverns and restaurants. The roots of this tradition originated with the Catholic observation of Lent, as one could not consume red meat on Friday. When this tradition became a customary weekly event throughout the year is unknown, but the Friday fish fry remains a distinct quality of Nebraska’s Czech enclaves with a Catholic population.

Music

The admiration of polka music in Czech enclaves is undeniable. Polka music is heard from loudspeakers on Wilber’s streets, jukeboxes in taverns and live at Friday fish frys, wedding receptions, weekly dances and town festivals (Figure 10). There are currently six radio stations, all in eastern Nebraska, which feature a daily or weekly dose of the beloved music that serves a vital role in the preservation of Czech culture (Figure 11).akordeon

An accordion jam at the South Central Nebraska Czech Festival in Hastings

Language

The preservation of a culture’s language can be vital to the preservation to the culture itself. The low retention of the Czech language in Nebraska’s Czech communities reflect other rural ethnic enclaves in the United States. Granted, Czech may still be heard on the streets and in businesses, but it will not be long before the language will only be heard in local nursing homes, as only people in their sixties and older are able to speak fluently. Members of younger generations may only know phrases, if any Czech at all. Although this is somewhat of a hinderance, the decreasing number of persons fluent in Czech does not take away the proud heritage and active preservation in Nebraska’s Czech enclaves.

Conclusion

The twentieth century saw vast changes in American culture. A decline of Old World traditions was caused by the evolution of technology, which provided a means of mass communication and transportation. The World Wars encouraged the abandonment of ethnic traditions and the “Americanization” of the population also contributed to the loss of ethnic heritage.

Aspects of the culture such as language are diminishing with the passing of the generations; Czech is commonly heard at nursing homes such as the Wilber Care Center , where second and third generations of Czech-Americans reside. However, the percentage of persons able to speak Czech drops significantly by the fifth generation, as is the case with most ethnic groups.

Although much has been lost, some culturally distinct aspects remain on the landscape in Czech communities. In a sense, the rural isolation of these communities in the southeast Nebraska has contributed to the preservation of the culture. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, Czech cuisine and music traditions remain strong while the community buildings that were constructed nearly 100 years ago (a long time for America ) continue to be utilized. In conclusion, the Czech community in Nebraska remains strong.

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The Restored Rose of Bohemia

I found the Rose Lineage and Rose Sword. Rena and I are destined to get married in Lincoln Nebraska – and wear crowns!

Jehan

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I have been elected!

Thirty years ago I read the Bible for the first time. I was forty-two. What I saw, was John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Disciples had opened the Judaic Religion – to everyone! Saul-Paul closed The First Church, and shut out the Jews. Therefore, I declare the Catholic and Protestant Churches – dead! Only the Moravian Church – survives! This Church is open to everyone!

John Rose ‘The Hidden Seed of Bohemia’

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Rose of Bohemia, style in Prague and roots in Vienna

Rose of Bohemia, by Chr. Vetter, 1668

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I Was Born to Render Revelations

The Garage of God

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John Presco

It was my famous sister, Christine ‘Rose of the World’ who suggested I was the reincartion of Leonardo Davinci. She was sixteen. She would watch me paint. I could do a seascape in two hours. The one I did while living with The Loading Zone was like – Revelations! I was born to render large canvases depicting The Son of David on The Cross. I knew when I BEGAN these twelve paintings, the world would have a good chance of coming to an end.

When I went to visit Rena in Nebraska in 1970 I told her I wanted to set up a studio in a barn painted white. I had a vision. After we parted, and when I fell asleep, I traveled in time. That TIME has come. Jehan of Rose Street is about The End Times. This is why James Bond is there. I suggest Netflix get on this, and broadcast True Prophecy. I will publish my Rose Book about the King David connection, and charge $250,000 dollars for each Revelation painting.

I am going to write my Congressman, Peter DeFazio, and have Congress purchase these amazing works – and move them into the secret bunker. The garage seen above – is perfect! With my finding of the Grail and Rose Sword, never before in Western History has an artist and theologian, had the full Vision. It is all coming together! The Two Witnesses came to me. God chose me to render His Revelations – again!

I’m going to ask Hunter Biden to assist me in this Great Work! I see myself in a old rocking chair in front of The Garage of God, giving a discourses. I can play the slide guitar and do the Hambone. Then, it’s back to doing…..God’s Work!

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Rena Easton mistook me for a City Slicker because she is extremely quaint. I rescued her from a Devil Worshipper, and her grandmother in Grand Island thanked me.

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The Rise of The Two Witnesses

Posted on January 22, 2021 by Royal Rosamond Press

With the light apparition in my painting ‘The Guardians of The Voice’ I have been led to look at the Two Witnesses in Revelations who may have been the men in white at Jesus’ tomb. Owning a near-death experience, I will go into a realm few can follow.

Seer John

The Resurrection of the Two Witnesses

In the previous article we saw God’s two anointed witnesses: the Word of God and the Spirit of God, be totally disrespected by the spirit of hypocrisy. This type of total disrespect will kill the ability of any true conviction upon sinners. Consequently sinners will have no fear to become religious hypocrites who call themselves “Christian”.

But now we see that God ended this day of hypocritical darkness. Spiritually this period of time of disrespect towards the Word and the Spirit lasted three and a half days. But now the day of God’s wrath and judgement upon hypocrisy had come!

“And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.” ~ Revelation 11:11

This event parallels the opening of the sixth seal, shown earlier in Revelation 6:12-17 where the final part reads:

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” ~ Revelation 6:17

So how did it happen that the two witnesses were brought to life in the hearts of people?

First a true ministry stood up and began to declare the full truth of the gospel: including the message that there is still only one church! Their message declared an end to hypocrisy and an end to man rule in the church. The spiritual New Jerusalem was preached with walls of salvation. And the gates of righteous judgement were established to keep hypocrisy out. Within this city is only sin-free holiness because of the very presence of Almighty God in their midst.

Heavenly Jerusalem

People began to repent of their separate Protestant and Catholic identities at the call:

“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:2-4

As people came out, a spiritual cloud of witnesses was formed (see Hebrews 12:1) and the two anointed witnesses began to be highly honored and to rise above the confusion of spiritual Sodom and Egypt (see Revelation 11:8) where they had been left dead.

“And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.” ~ Revelation 11:12

Word & Spirit Resurrected to Heavenly Places

This is exactly what Jesus told the hypocritical Chief Priest (one of his enemies) before his crucifixion.

“…Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” ~ Matthew 26:64

The cloud of witnesses is referred to in a number of places in scripture. Also in many places in scripture the witness of God’s mighty power is often shown within the context of powerful storm clouds.

It is all showing the difference it makes when God’s Word is fully respected and obeyed, and his Holy Spirit is powerfully working true righteousness among his people.

At this time many people got delivered from the bondage of false Christianity and “came out of Babylon” to stand separate and completely for the full gospel truth.

Consequently, at that time a significant part of false Christianity fell away from a false profession and fully died out to the self-life so that they could fully consecrate to the Lord.

“And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.” Revelation 11:13

The spiritual earthquakes God sends are not intended to physically kill anyone. They are intended to wake up people to their need to repent of all sin and to fully consecrate their lives to God. When people do this, they die to their own way, so that they might live a new resurrected life in Christ Jesus.

  • “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” ~ Romans 6:1-4
  • “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

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The Masque of The Pale Horse

Am I…..The End Time Elijah…..as prophesized by Herbert Armstrong?

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11Now I saw heaven opened, and behold,a white horse. And He who sat on himwascalledFaithful and True, andin righteousness He judges and makes war.12His eyeswerelike a flame of fire, and on His headweremany crowns.He[a]had a name written that no one knew except Himself.13Hewasclothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is calledThe Word of God.14And the armies in heaven,clothed in[b]fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.15Nowout of His mouth goes a[c]sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. AndHe Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.16AndHe has on

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Christian Killers Back Covid19

“It’s one of the scariest and most disheartening parts of this, that so many people think that when you put on a mask, it is the mark of the beast or signals that you don’t have faith.”

Christian leaders are encouraging their flocks not to get vaccinated in order to punish Biden and the Democrats for winning a fair election. Christians ARE SPREADING DEATH because they get BIG BONERS mistrusting Secular Stuff – like the Cornwells – and my ugly neighbors. Mistrust is next to Holiness with these lunatics. Christians get their kicks out of making people afraid. They want the world to end for non-believers while they get raptured. They will get Covid19 – AND DIE!

” “One of the defining cultural marks (of evangelicalism),” he said, “is a tendency to be on guard against secular institutions.”

How many evangelicals will get evicted now that the moratorium on evictions has ended. Bill Cornwell called me a “parasite” and my daughter – agreed. Is she up for eviction?

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There’s another segment of the evangelical community that opposes vaccination for more specific reasons: Fear that the vaccine is the dreaded “mark of the beast,” a key to an end-times theology known as premillennial dispensationalism, popular with many but not all evangelicals. It is important to note that not all evangelicals who refuse vaccination do so for fear of receiving the mark of the beast, although some clearly do.

The rise of the Delta variant in West Virginia and the fear of inadequately containing it makes West Virginia’s governor uneasy.

During a coronavirus briefing on Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice said the thought of the Delta variant rising in the state makes him want to “pee and throw up.” according to West Virginia Metro News.

He said he felt disturbed when his top health officials briefed him on the virus in West Virginia. When he met with the state’s COVID-19 coordinator and the head of state’s governmental response team, he asked to be excused from their meeting to make a trip to the bathroom.

“Because the information is not pleasing that’s coming to you,” he said around one hour and 22 minutes into the livestreamed briefing. “It’s tough stuff.”

West Virginia in recent weeks has been seeing a spike in confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which officials attributed to the Delta variant.

It is well-documented by now that white evangelical Christians are among the largest groups resisting vaccination against COVID-19. But the reason for this might not actually be rooted in vaccine denial, according a new analysis in The Atlantic.

“The pattern of resistance to the coronavirus vaccines looks less like COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and more like COVID-19 denialism,” wrote Robert David Sullivan in the journal. “While a significant chunk of Americans profess to be uneasy about getting shots to prevent COVID-19, most come from the swath of the population that has tended to downplay the disease’s severity and to resist other measures to fight it, rather than the swaths that have resisted vaccines for other diseases.”

Other analysts point to the concurrent effect of white evangelical Christians not trusting the media and other secular institutions.

Both of these theories would explain why evangelical Christians — who typically stake their faith on a literal interpretation of the Bible — don’t see being vaccinated as a way to follow Jesus’ admonition to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

In response to a recent BNG article on new PRRI data that shows 46% of white evangelicals do not see vaccination as a way of loving their neighbors, one BNG reader wrote with an explanation.

“The primary reason I reject the vaccine is due to the general mistrust of the media and government institutions that are pushing vaccination so hard.”

“The primary reason I reject the vaccine is due to the general mistrust of the media and government institutions that are pushing vaccination so hard, even to hinting at the probability the vaccine could become mandatory,” the reader wrote. “If the vaccine is really effective, it will protect those who submit to it. Rejecting the vaccine doesn’t endanger the beloved vaccinated neighbor, provided he doesn’t neglect to get the increasing number of boosters required to ensure its efficacy, But that’s on the neighbor, not the one rejecting the vaccine.”

A tendency exploited

This sentiment resonates with interpretive comments by Curtis Chang, professor at Duke Divinity School and creator of the Christians and the Vaccine project. Chang previously served as pastor of an evangelical church in California.

He recently appeared on the NPR program 1a, on a segment about Christians and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Curtis Chang

“One of the defining cultural marks (of evangelicalism),” he said, “is a tendency to be on guard against secular institutions. It’s a tendency. … What has changed dramatically in the last five to 10 years is that tendency has gotten weaponized into outright distrust of practically every major secular institution. … That has come from external actors seeking to exploit this tendency among evangelicals.”

This has put pastors of evangelical congregations in a tough spot during the pandemic, Chang added. “Pastors are being undermined.”

That mistrust of the vaccine and denial of the severity of the pandemic have been fueled by several sources, but he explained that QAnon and anti-vaxxers are “intentionally targeting the Christian community” with misinformation.

He cited a national survey that found 95% of evangelical pastors said they intend to get the vaccine, compared to 50% of the people in the pews. “That’s a massive gap,” he said.

The mark of the beast?

There’s another segment of the evangelical community that opposes vaccination for more specific reasons: Fear that the vaccine is the dreaded “mark of the beast,” a key to an end-times theology known as premillennial dispensationalism, popular with many but not all evangelicals. It is important to note that not all evangelicals who refuse vaccination do so for fear of receiving the mark of the beast, although some clearly do.

In February, the Washington Post reported on this trend. The story begins: “In an insular world on the social media app TikTok, young Christians act out biblically inspired scenes in which they are forced to take a vaccine for the coronavirus, only to end up splattered in fake blood and on the brink of death.”

Technology reporter Elizabeth Dwoskin, author of the Post story, then explains: “Along with hundreds of thousands of other vaccine-questioning posts by social media users all over the world, they’re demonstrating the ways in which health misinformation is targeting Christians, some reaching sizable audiences.”

Evangelical leaders unheeded

This is happening despite the fact that prominent evangelical leaders including evangelist Franklin Graham and SBC ethics leader Russell Moore have publicly called for Christians to be vaccinated. Graham faced a tremendous backlash from some of his followers.

Evangelist Franklin Graham and SBC ethics leader Russell Moore have publicly called for Christians to be vaccinated.

The Charlotte Observer reported on two public criticisms in particular:

  • “STOP. It is NOT your job as a pastor to try and talk people into taking a vaccine that is considered experimental.”
  • “I WILL NOT GET THE VACCINE!!! God knew when I was conceived when and how I was to die.”

Emily Smith

Emily Smith, a Baylor University epidemiologist who has been featured several times in BNG articles about the pandemic, told the Washington Post that she is concerned about the apparent acceleration of misinformation and distrust of the vaccine in some Christian circles.

“In the summertime, I thought, these are just fringe beliefs. But the further we got into the pandemic, I realized, these are very widely held, and I was surprised by how many Christians and churches subscribe to this,” she told the Post. Her own Facebook posts under the banner Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist have sparked harsh responses and even threats.

“It’s one of the scariest and most disheartening parts of this, that so many people think that when you put on a mask, it is the mark of the beast or signals that you don’t have faith or God isn’t in control,” she said.

Joel Rainey

Joel Rainey, lead pastor at Covenant Church, an evangelical congregation in Shepherdstown, W.Va., also appeared on the NPR program 1a along with Chang. He explained how as a pastor he tried to get ahead of his congregation by providing accurate information about the virus and the vaccine and the Scriptures.

Rainey said he was prompted to do so by health care providers in his congregation who convinced him to let them speak along with him. Their argument: “Our folks can hear from people they know and have come to trust.” And that largely appears to have worked, he said.

He predicts that his congregation’s rate of vaccination now mirrors the state of West Virginia, which ranks among the highest in the world.

Young evangelicals

There’s another problem nationally, though, and that is young adults — particularly young evangelicals — who are more likely to be vaccine deniers or vaccine hesitant.

The Atlantic reports again: “Young conservatives are the great outlier. According to Kaiser Family Foundation polling, 13% of Americans say they definitely won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine, but that includes 18% of people ages 30 to 49, and a whopping 29% of Republicans. Hesitancy is particularly high among people who live in rural areas and white evangelicals — for whom increased church attendance correlates with increased hesitancy, according to a survey from the Public Religion Research Institute.”

“Young conservatives are the great outlier.”

The magazine cites research by Civiqs polling that monitors real-time data on vaccine acceptance by age group and other factors. As of April 28, this tracker showed an 18-point gap between 18-to-49-year-olds and those 65 and older on whether they will be vaccinated, not accounting for religious belief.

“People in this age bracket are also less likely to die or get very sick from COVID-19 than others,” The Atlantic noted. “But the gap in skepticism surpasses mere degree and extends into type. No wonder vaccine hesitators are particularly repelled by Anthony Fauci, who has become the public face of efforts to fight the pandemic.”

Why are white Catholics more vaccinated?

And there’s one other oddity about faith and the vaccine that emerged from the latest survey by PRRI and Interfaith Youth Core: White Catholics of all ages are among the most likely of all faith groups to be vaccinated other than Jews. About two-thirds of white U.S. Catholics have received a COVID vaccine or plan to get one.

America magazine, a Catholic publication, reported on the new polling data with an attempt at interpretation but no clear answers: “It is unclear whether the high vaccination rate is a matter of faith — Pope Francis has urged Catholics worldwide to get vaccinated against COVID — or of demographics.”

One possible explanation for the difference is education levels. National polling finds that those with four-year college degrees are more likely than others to say they’ll be vaccinated.

“It is worth noting that, according to a 2016 survey by PRRI, white Catholics are more highly educated than most other religious groups (39% said they were college graduates, compared with 25% of white evangelical Protestants and 12% of Hispanic Catholics),” America reported.

Yet as with others, not all Catholics are motivated by the argument that they should be vaccinated as a way to love their neighbors.

“White Catholics were not especially likely to cite love of neighbor as a reason for getting vaccinated,” the magazine said. “Only 57% of white Catholics agreed with the PRRI statement, not much different than the 55% among Hispanic Catholics or 55% among white mainline Protestants.”

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My Daughter Backed Insurrectionists

Bill Cornwell and his Tea Party father were into taking back America – before Trump got elected. They started with taking my daughter and grandson from me. As my trustee, she allowed Bill to call me and say;

“You are about to lose your grandson!”

Patrice Hanson and her sister, Linda Cornwell, backed this drunken loud mouth slob who said he knew I was writing a book about Heather and I. We are not done.

John Presco

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Bond of Nebraska

It has become clear to me I am an enlightened being who has given up hope of having enlightened offspring – on my side. I was the enlightened being in my natal family, and both my sisters borrowed my light. They are gone. My dark brother is hiding from his light-brother lest I see there no longer is a comparison, a contest. Both my Bond books are prophetic. With Biden saying the Red States must end their divisive ways, and get vaccinated for their own good – at least – my Bond of Nebraska has come true. These Reds want to be martyrs, and take down the Blues with them. They are aiding and abetting our enemies.

I look like a Brit in the pic above. I like to think Ian Easton and I would have gotten along. I have to an admit…..I am a agent. I am not just a author of a Bond novel – or two.

Republicans Are Wiping Themselves Out As Delta Variant Surges In Red Areas And GOP (politicususa.com) 

Republicans Are Stopping Biden By Not Getting Vaccinated. They Are Wiping Themselves Out

The Republican refusal to get vaccinated is not going to politically stop President Biden or put Donald Trump back into office. If anything, an ongoing pandemic crisis will give Biden even more motivation to push for the implementation of his agenda.

‘Obey the Rules’: China Warns U.K. After Royal Navy Enters Waters (msn.com)

“Earlier in July, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace inflamed existing tensions between the U.K. and China by insisting the Royal Navy would sail wherever international law permitted. The navy is permanently deploying two warships to the region after its new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and escort ships sail to Japan through the disputed Asian waters. “

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James of Nebraka

A Novel

by

John Presco

Relative of Ian Fleming Creator of James Bond

Copyright 2020

James went downstairs from the observation car, grabbed his bag from the storage compartment, and tapped his decorative cane rapidly as if this would cause the door to open so he could get off what a fellow passenger called;

“The Red Death Ride. That’s what we call it. We know this may be our last Cornhusker game. If we die in the new stadium they can’t fill, like in the good old days, that is a true blessing. We don’t want to die isolated in our beds, or, taken prisoner if a doomed nursing home!”

Mr. Bond let out a long breath as if he held it all the way from Chicago where he landed. He wanted to come back to America. He came to Lincoln in in 1970 to get his…

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Bond Bashing Galore!

I should have been posting on this blog examples of the thinking on a James Bond group that inspired me to invent a Provincial Midwest Bond who takes a nice old couple shopping for Amish furniture to go in the house M16 has bought them after Jehan wrote the British Embassy in Lincoln.

“Dear Sirs; I just discovered my old muse has moved back to Nebraska and is living in a small trailer in the parking lot of the church she attends. Parishioners are keeping her alive with donated food, that for the most part, consist of Tomato Soup and Garbanzo Beans. She is too stoic, to complain. She was married to Commodore Sir Ian Easton of the British Defense Staff. She gets his Naval pension of $76 dollars a month. This is an outrage.”

When these names were typed in, a large file came up – including pics of the nude shoot Rena did in the woods for the Oktoberfest held at the University of Oregon. Her mound of Venus got allot of attention, and she became the secret pin-up girl for allot of secret agents. As it turned out, Sir Easton was a spy and was on a very secret mission when he expired. His secret dossier – is missing. James Bond is sent to the rescue. He is on a fishing expedition. When he takes Rena and Jehan to the Amish furniture store, he is asked to put out his cigarette.

“No. I won’t put it out. I need to smoke while I’m concentrating. What pattern would you choose for the recliners?”

Security is called. A scuffle breaks out. Bond calls the British Embassy and a Special Foreign Entitlement is rushed over. This angers the other shoppes, some wearing red MAGA caps.

“Who do you think you are?”

“Bond…..James Bond!”

Jehan of Rose Street | Rosamond Press

After my last post about the Art Empire of Elisa Stephens, it should be clear to Robert Brevoort Buck, the A-Team he blessed is the old A-Team that drove the Rosamond Dynasty into the ditch, and, the Pierrot Family really LOWBALLED the whole operation. WE CAN start over again. Put me at the helm! Give me a bundle of Art Money!

John Presco

EXTRA! I just posted this on my 007 group.

Wonderful stuff. I have taken the liberty, as an American, to lift some of the Bond Bashing stuff and paste it on my blog. I am kin to Ian Fleming and have two Bond books going at the same time. I created a more provincial Midwest Bond who has taken an old couple shopping for Amish furniture. When he discovers he is expected to assemble said furniture, he draws his gun on the two delivery guys, two startled students on break from the University of Nebraska.

Ben Kingsley in aeroplane scene from Sexy Beast as Don Logan – “Its the one with the ginger hair” – YouTube

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Why do you all want a load of depressing Bond films, Moore said himself that Bond films are supposed to pack humour and uplift you not depress you like the new ones.

It’s really crazy how much hate is thrown at Craig! Not to mention the big hard on for Timmy Dalton the absolute worst Bond ever!

I’ve been a member of this group now a few months and have to say after tonight I’m disappointed in alot of its members.Being a Bond group you’d think the majority of members would be a bit more mature to others in the group especially when someone posts its got to the point their leaving. Some of the comments left on the group members post were utter childish and showed no respect for a fellow fan. Is that really the kind of group this is? Maybe next time instead of leaving a nasty comment, stop and think and perhaps scroll on. Its a more mature thing to do.

  • Is this about the guy who left because not everyone shared his opinion on Craig? If so absolutely ridiculous. If you don’t like debate or different opinions, stay off Facebook1
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    • Yet, a post like this demonstrates a profound disconnect and ignorance of human nature.These sort of soapbox posts do little to correct human behavior.Your time would have been better spent crafting a post about 007.

The grass IS greener!
The Craig bashing in the comments on a particular post are the final straw and I’m done with this group.

Everyone has their own favourite Bond. Stop asking who’s the best . Many say Connery , and many say Moore . Others say Craig. Bond fans have their own favourite 007.2

Craig didn’t so much “rejuvenate” it as he did reWRITE it. Bond is no longer the suave charming sophisticated Brit. He’s now an angry hooligan. But modern audiences love

Craig made Bond more nuanced and complex therefore a much better character study. For those who want a simple cartoon character who does the exact same thing every film there are several Disney movies for that. In the early Bond movies, 007 did make lots of mistakes and Craig has gone back to that welcome spirit. I enjoy not knowing what’s going to happen instead of yawning through the preposterous Bond films of the previous 3 decades.

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