When 007 Becomes Real

The signs – are here! Tine to go to war. This morning I read there is going to be a movie about Phil Knight titled ‘Air’. Yesterday I told Downtown Deb and Deadheads I am a Seer. Nike verses The Russian Blues
Posted on November 3, 2022 by Royal Rosamond Press

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The Royal Janitor

by

John Presco

Copyright 2022

Chapter Eight

Starfish’s Russian Blue

Victoria tried not to be distracted, but Miriam’s TISKING grew louder and louder.

“O.K. What is it – this time?”

“I’m reading about Phil Knight and how he is working behind the scene to make sure Tina Kotek is not elected. My father met Phil and a track meet. He is kin to Mark Hatfield. It looks like he wants to leave a BIG HISTORIC MARK on Oregon, for the sake of his wife and kids. Tina is married to a woman. She is one with us.”

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Brittney Griner – IsFree!

Posted onDecember 8, 2022byRoyal Rosamond Press

Great news!

https://abcnews.go.com/International/live-updates/brittney-griner-prisoner-swap/?id=94768055

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For two months Victoria Bond, and Miriam Christling have been stuck in midair on Flight 505. They wish Brittney Griner was on the plane with them. In spirit – she is!

They visited Griner is a Russian Prison. I CENSORED myself when I removed Starfish’s declaration she was going to smoke allot of pot when they land in Portland Oregon. This morning I saw a black Congress woman get cut-off when she began to lambasted the arrest, suggesting that was part of the agreement not to mention POT ARRESTS!

Governor Kotek should found a Pot Culture Symposium that would discuss how marijuana can defeat the enemies of THE FREE WORLD – and old idea! I own a theory that a hundred Oregonians Ginger’s on pot – can move mountains! Who would believe such a…

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Not Playing With Full Deck

The Battle For Democracy – begins!

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For several days now it is dawning on me some White Men – are still intimidated – because a Black Man was elected President of the United States. I am a bona fide historian of the Republican Party. I know some who are close to Trump has heard an insane rant aimed at demeaning President Obama – while exaggerating his self worth. How many Christians see Trump as – The Great White Hope?. Please come forth, and let’s talk about this Protestant’ Idolatry that spells doom for the Protestant Church – that employed the sex-shaming tactics of Paul The Eunuch. – who fills the New Testament with his outrageous Feeling of Inadequacy because he was not a Super Apostle. Paul’s sick narcissism led to the invention of The Virgin Mary, and virginity of Fathers and Nuns – WHO NEVER HAVE SEX – because Paul can’t have sex. The artist that…

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The War For Democracy – Begins!

I awoke at 5:00 this morning and counted The Signs to see if it was time for war. Everything was lining up. I got up, and turned on MSNBC. A Ukranian woman is talking – about going to war. She looks like Starfish. I did not get her name. When I got on my computer, and saw these tanks going across Kansas. Will they go pass Grand Island Nebraska?

John The Seer

Train spotted carrying dozens of tanks through Kansas as Biden pledges fighting vehicles to Ukraine

A freight train was seen carrying dozens of US tanks in Kansas the day before President Joe Biden announced they would send 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. Footage filmed on January 24 shows the tank-laden train approximately one mile west of Gorham on Highway 40 (Credits: Eddie Johnson / SWNS)

Read more: Russian warship carrying hypersonic missiles ‘sails towards US waters’

I awoke at 5:00 this morning and counted The Signs to see if it was time for war.

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BARR and British Intelligence

Classified docs on the loose: the political & national security costs ...

“Conservative pundit Sean Hannity claimed without evidence on Thursday that President Joe Biden and his son Hunter have “hired” Special Weapons and Tactics units to hunt down and destroy their political detractors.”

When did British Intelligence understand it was VERY WRONG for our Attorney General to be involved in FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE? Did they, and other agencies, understand the President of the United States CREATED his personal Spy Unit out of our Justice Department – with the Attorney General of the United States – as it’s head?

BARR…Bureau of Angry Right-wing Republicans

How many foreign agencies read this article published in 2019 about the President giving Barr carte blanche to LOOK AT ALL FOREIGN INTELLIGNCE? How alarmed were they about their TOP SECRETS being employed to DESTROY DEMOCRATS – especially the Former First Lady, and, Secretary of State – Hillary Clinton.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/23/politics/trump-intel-agencies/index.html

The Fox Fiction Network is already putting out LIES that the Democrats had Special Hit and Spy teams to counter the Barr-Durham report. The Justice Department and FBI need to RAID BARR’S HOME and look for Top Secret document!. Is it possible Trump and Barr contrived a Special Rule on handling our Nation’s Top Secret material, where they did not have to follow traditional procedure? Thus, there was NO RECORD of what was taken out of THE LOCKED BOX – and returned? Did Barr and Trump look at Top Secret material pertaining to Dutch and British Intelligence? This order lays the groundwork for a COUP, does it not? This is how Hitler rose to power – with the help of the SS. Sean Hannity is suggesting the Democrats have their own SS. This is very – JAMES BONDISH!

With Rep. Adam Schiff out of the way, the BARR propaganda campaign will construct more lies, leading up to the BARR LIE FEST. In my fictional approach, I have my British Spy, Victoria Rosemond Bond, looking at the construction of The Locked Box. Getting Top Secret Docs – out of the archives – is one matter. But – what about getting them – BACK IN THE BOX without detection?

One has to look at the real possibility Trump and BARR – had no intention of returning the docs – because they expected to find very damaging information on Top Democrat’s, and therefore declare Martial Law, and, declare the two party system – DEAD! Therefore, for the sake of the Nation, Trump will have to be our – DICTATOR. Did Barr understand this was the Master Plan, and, in affect he would be the head of the Powerful United States Gestapo? Consider the coup attempt in Brazil. Was British Intel looking there?

I will post on the Pelosi attack next. The attacker was trying to be a hero by ending ALL doubt who the bad guys are, and prove….THE DEMOCRATS STOLT THE ELECTION…..by torturing the Speaker of the House. I have to bring up the amazing truth, Democrats – WHO ARE THE REAL VICTIMS – have not been violent towards Republican Leaders. The attacker, and Sean Hannity – are provoking violence by the Democrats. Fox News News – needs to be sued for involving all American Citizens in mind-bending espionage games – that often lead violence. Sean Hannity – putting a FRESH target on the backs of the Pelosi family!

Never pull away from someone swinging something at you. You will not get away if you are old. Embrace the attacker and use you weight to take you both to the ground. Stay close.

The Republican’s tried to steal the elections. They are the party guilty of this!

The Republican’s tried to steal the elections. They are the party guilty of this!

The Republican’s tried to steal the elections. They are the party guilty of this!

John Presco

“Conservative pundit Sean Hannity claimed without evidence on Thursday that President Joe Biden and his son Hunter have “hired” Special Weapons and Tactics units to hunt down and destroy their political detractors.”

FBI Special Weapons and Tactics Teams are specialized part-time police tactical units (SWAT) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI maintains SWAT teams at each of its 56 field offices throughout the United States.[6] Each team is composed of a varying number of certified SWAT operators, dependent on office size and funding.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FBI_Special_Weapons_and_Tactics_Teams

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_law

Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of normal civil functions or suspension of civil law by a government, especially in response to an emergency where civil forces are overwhelmed, or in an occupied territory.[1][2]

President Donald Trump has ordered all major US intelligence agencies to assist Attorney General William Barr in his review of surveillance issues surrounding Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, delegating significant authority to Barr to declassify sensitive intelligence materials as the attorney general sees fit.

Bogus Intel. In an unbelievably ironic twist, Durham allegedly used dubious intel from the Dutch and sidestepped a federal judge’s objections to obtain emails from a U.S. citizen who worked at a pro-democracy organization founded by George Soros. Later the Trump administration would infuriate the Dutch by publicly revealing the intel.

Durham Investigated Trump?!? The most explosive revelation in the NYT piece is that Barr allegedly directed Durham to dramatically expand his brief beyond “investigating the investigators” by opening a financial crimes investigation in the fall of 2019 of President Donald Trump based on a tantalizing tip from Italian authorities. It’s unclear how and to what extent Durham investigated the tip. No charges ever resulted. While it’s unclear what exactly Durham did with the tip, the strong impression left by the story is that the Trump investigation was buried.

One key question for federal or congressional investigators is how highly classified information ended up in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago boxes.

One person familiar with the scramble to pack up Trump’s belongings suggested some of the documents Trump piled up in the White House residence may have inadvertently ended up at Mar-a-Lago. But multiple people close to the former president told the Post that “Trump was very secretive about the packing of boxes that were retrieved from Mar-a-Lago last month, and did not let other aides — including some of his most senior advisers — look at them.”

And “Trump has been loath to return the boxes of documents he took from the White House, despite repeated efforts by the National Archives to obtain them,” starting last summer, when archivists noticed some high-profile records were missing, The New York Times reports. Eventually, “officials at the National Archives threatened to send a letter to Congress or the Department of Justice if he continued to withhold the boxes,” and Trump started going through the files in December.

Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich told the Post that “a normal and routine process is being weaponized by anonymous, politically motivated government sources to peddle Fake News,” and the National Archives could “credibly dispute this false reporting” but isn’t.

The “top secret” document report comes atop other new revelations about Trump’s habitual mishandling of presidential records, including frequently tearing up documents, possibly trying to flush printed paper down the toilet, and using personal cellphones that avoided White House call logs.

Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law expert who literally wrote the book on the U.S. Constitution, calls the Times’ report “jaw-dropping.”

“When Durham unexpectedly found evidence of crimes committed BY rather than AGAINST Trump, he and Barr deliberately deceived the nation into thinking the opposite! This deep dive by the NYT is as jaw-dropping as anything I’ve read in the past decade,” Tribe says.

Law professor and former President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) Sherrilyn Ifill, one of TIME’s 2021 most influential people in the world, accused Barr of “gaslighting” the public.

“Every line of this article must be read,” Ifill implored. “Horrifying breaches of professional ethics, misuse of DOJ investigative resources, and deliberate lies to, and gaslighting of the public. A grotesque perversion of the appropriate role of Attorney General.”

Conservative pundit Sean Hannity claimed without evidence on Thursday that President Joe Biden and his son Hunter have “hired” Special Weapons and Tactics units to hunt down and destroy their political detractors.

First, Hannity and his guest alleged that the Bidens conducted nefarious business with China. They agreed that there were secret recordings of the two men kanoodling with foreign nationals, and determined that the Bidens acted illegally based on what was left “unsaid” in the supposed clandestine phone calls.

Next, Hannity stated in a fake Russian accent that Libya may have “real compromising materials” about Hunter. He then transitioned into the Biden-SWAT conspiracy theory.

Trump claimed that nuclear threats are being made by other countries “because they have no respect for our leadership,” appearing to reference Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies making threats about using nuclear weapons.

“World War III would be a catastrophe unlike any other. This would make World War I and World War II like very small battles,” Trump said.

To address this potential threat, Trump said he would “build a state of the art next generation missile defense shield, just as Israel is now protected by the Iron Dome.”

Israel’s Iron Dome was designed to intercept incoming missiles and is one of the most advanced defense systems in the world.

“America must have an impenetrable dome to protect our people,” Trump said.

“On one of Mr. Barr and Mr. Durham’s trips to Europe,” The Times reveals, “according to people familiar with the matter, Italian officials — while denying any role in setting off the Russia investigation — unexpectedly offered a potentially explosive tip linking Mr. Trump to certain suspected financial crimes.”

The Times adds that “Mr. Barr and Mr. Durham never disclosed that their inquiry expanded in the fall of 2019, based on a tip from Italian officials, to include a criminal investigation into suspicious financial dealings related to Mr. Trump.”

READ MORE: Bombshell NYT Report Reveals Bill Barr’s Special Counsel Opened ‘Secret’ Financial Crimes Probe Into Trump But Never Prosecuted

“Mr. Durham never filed charges, and it remains unclear what level of an investigation it was, what steps he took, what he learned and whether anyone at the White House ever found out. The extraordinary fact that Mr. Durham opened a criminal investigation that included scrutinizing Mr. Trump has remained secret.”

Until now.

Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law expert who literally wrote the book on the U.S. Constitution, calls the Times’ report “jaw-dropping.”

“When Durham unexpectedly found evidence of crimes committed BY rather than AGAINST Trump, he and Barr deliberately deceived the nation into thinking the opposite! This deep dive by the NYT is as jaw-dropping as anything I’ve read in the past decade,” Tribe says.

Law professor and former President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) Sherrilyn Ifill, one of TIME’s 2021 most influential people in the world, accused Barr of “gaslighting” the public.

READ MORE: ‘Moral Turpitude’: Trump Coup Memo Author John Eastman Now Facing 11 Counts of Alleged Ethics Violations – and Disbarment

“Every line of this article must be read,” Ifill implored. “Horrifying breaches of professional ethics, misuse of DOJ investigative resources, and deliberate lies to, and gaslighting of the public. A grotesque perversion of the appropriate role of Attorney General.”

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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, the well-known MSNBC legal contributor and professor of law, also calls it “jaw dropping.”

“Jaw dropping reporting. Lots here including an explanation of why Durham’s colleague resigned: under pressure from Barr to release an ‘interim’ report damaging Clinton & the FBI as the election drew near, Durham had a draft prepared that wasn’t factual,” she says.

Andrew Weissman, the former General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who spent 20 years at DOJ, including working under Special Counsel Robert Mueller, calls Barr “corrupt.”

“Can anyone really be surprised by this?” he asks. “Barr was just so corrupt and so corrupted the DOJ.”

MSNBC legal analyst Jill Wine-Banks, a former Watergate prosecutor and the first woman to serve as US General Counsel of the Army was troubled by the picture The Times painted of how close Barr and Durham were, when special counsels are supposed to have great autonomy and not be shaded by any Attorney General interference.

“Even more troubling than Barr and Durham frequently having drinks and discussing the investigation is the fact that the only crime they discovered on their foreign trip was Italian intel about crimes by Trump,” she says via Twitter. “I want to know the status of that investigation!”

READ MORE: Republicans Claiming ‘Censorship’ Threaten to Haul AT&T and DirecTV Into Congress for Dropping Far-Right Newsmax

Some legal experts lament that despite the bombshells in The Times’ report, it appears nothing will come of it – certainly nothing from the House Republicans.

Former Associate White House Counsel Ian Bassin sardonically asks, “Surely McCarthy and Jim Jordan’s new Select Committee on ‘the Weaponization of the Federal Government’ will focus on this story and the actions of Bill Barr, John Durham and Donald Trump. Surely, right? Right?”

Wine-Banks also points to House Republicans’ new committee investigating what they claim is “weaponization” of the federal government.

“Barr’s relationship with Durham, his pressure on him to reach a certain result and their failure to follow up on Trump’s crime revealed during the investigation is what weaponization of the DOJ looks like — not what Republicans want to investigate now.”

Pete Strzok, who spent 26 years at the FBI including as Deputy Assistant Director of the Bureau’s Counterintelligence Division, and led the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election, speaks from experience.

“I can see Barr allowing the stunning amount of craziness (a gentle choice of word) described in this article,” he writes. “But does anyone in the current OAG or ODAG care about this? Durham has reported to AG Garland for twenty two (22) months now.”

“This,” Weissman adds separately, pointing to The Times article, “is all about the Trump weaponization of the DOJ – but we know that the House Rs won’t give a damn about it.”

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President Donald Trump has ordered all major US intelligence agencies to assist Attorney General William Barr in his review of surveillance issues surrounding Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, delegating significant authority to Barr to declassify sensitive intelligence materials as the attorney general sees fit.

The formal memorandum released by the White House late Thursday evening directs the heads of each agency to “promptly provide” information as Barr requests.

The move represents a new step in expanding Barr’s powers as he embarks on a controversial review of the early counterintelligence work that kicked off the Russia investigation, which has loomed large over Trump’s first term in office. But the move could also serve as a prelude to a larger declassification effort Trump has floated since last fall as he’s battled his own intelligence agencies and accused former officials, without evidence, of conspiring against him.

“Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Trump on Friday insisted Barr’s review is being done in the name of transparency and said his decision to grant Barr substantial power is not about political payback, even as the President continued to call the investigation into him and his campaign an “attempted take down.”

“It’s not payback, I don’t care about payback,” Trump said. “This is about finding out what happened … We’re exposing everything.”

Trump defended his decision to grant Barr declassification authority, praising him as a “highly-respected man.”

READ: Trump orders intel agencies to assist Barr with review of Russia probe

In a statement Friday, the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said he is confident Barr will “protect highly-sensitive classified information that, if publicly released, would put our national security at risk.” The statement refers to “Russian interference” efforts in the 2016 election but does not mention alleged wrongdoing by US authorities.

While Trump had previously lamented the lack of investigation into the origins of how those associated with his presidential campaign came under investigation, Barr has taken up the President’s call to action.

As CNN has previously reported, Barr is working closely with the heads of the CIA, the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to review surveillance activities surrounding the 2016 presidential campaign. Barr is leading the review with US Attorney John Durham, a career federal prosecutor in Connecticut.

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is separately investigating how the FBI obtained surveillance orders to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Thursday’s move by Trump to delegate declassification authority to Barr may set the stage for him to make certain documents related to Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s work publicly available that would otherwise stay under wraps.

Barr has not provided any details on Horowitz’s conclusions, but he suggested during a congressional hearing last month that “spying did occur” – touching off a firestorm over his language and criticism for generally declining to further elaborate on such incendiary claims.

“We should be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale,” Barr told Fox News last week, adding that his questions haven’t been adequately answered thus far. “And so I’m not saying that happened, but I’m saying that we have to look at that.”

US officials say that while many interpreted Barr’s initial spying comments to be directed at the FBI, in reality, the core of his concern is the activities of other intelligence agencies at the start of the Russia probe.

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Hillary Demands British Intelligence

Is Hillary Clinton protecting foreign Intelligence from the incredible damage Trump and Barr did? Germany just took a giant step – back into world affairs in order to stop Putin’s aggression. https://rosamondpress.com/2019/11/12/wonder-woman-prophecies-revisited/.

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About time! Hillary Clinton should have demanded an investigation a week after she lost the election. What country needs to know? Both! Does she know about the Defense Staff? I doubt it!

I was going to post photos of the gutsy women in the State Department who have come forth. In the last three weeks I have looked deep into my feminine side after being excluded about the birth of my granddaughter. Victoria Bond, and Miriam Starfish – are me! I employed my muses Rena Easton and Lara Roozemond, but, they are not that gutsy. Either is Belle Burch. Trump is losing the backing of women, thanks to The News Cycle Savages on CNN and MSNBC.  Most women do know when men are lying. I do! Women play it too safe! Trump knows this. They are really into appearances. I delve into the reasons why in ‘The Royal Janitor’.

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Adam Schiff Did Not Weaponize God’s Justice System

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Jirayl Zorthian on his horse in the Doo-Dah Parade

“That means Barr could potentially reveal intelligence shared with the US by other countries related to Russian election meddling and, in the process, risk damaging those critical relationships with foreign partners. The United Kingdom and Australia are members of the critical so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance, rounded out by the United States, New Zealand and Canada.”

My Muse woke me early again, and set me to work on how Representative Adam Schiff could be rewarded for his Courageous Love of Democracy. I shoved aside the Presidential Medal. It was not enough. Becoming a Senator of California is what he says he wants, but, every time I see Adam, and hear his words, I know I am looking at a man who believes in God’s Justice, and His Love of Truth, is the Cornerstone of all Democracies.

I turned on MSNBC news (where I saw Adam several times) and there is Joe Scarborough at Auschwitz. I had read Adam represented Armenians, and Jirayl Zorthian came to mind. I googled Zorthian and saw something I failed to see….Zorthian was one of RITCHIE’S BOYS and worked in U.S. Intelligence. Zorthian walked out of Turkey with his family, and witnessed the Armenian Genocide. I now knew Adam wanted me to post on the plight of the Arminian People. This would be a reward. I got my reward in the discovery of King Applegate, a native Oregonian who went to the UofO!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_Applegate

“After the close of World War II, Applegate spent the next 15 years as an advisor to the government of Mexico who made him an “Honorary General”.[3]

Applegate was friends with actor John Wayne and in addition to teaching Wayne how to shoot, Applegate served as a technical advisor on the set of The Alamo. Applegate was said to be the source and inspiration for several of Ian Fleming‘s characters in the James Bond novels.[3][4]

For four years I have been wondering why I brought a British Intelligence officer and her bodyguard to Oregon. I have suggested many times ‘The Royal Janitor’ is already written, and my job is to find out, where. An hour ago I found an article about Barr written on 09/30/19 5:51 PM ET when Trump was still President. He had to have read it. Who else? Did Ginni Thomas read it, and John Easton? How many members of the Republican committee going after the Democrats, read it? The Barr Boys are shitting bricks over the New York Times article published yesterday. Not only is there proof of a cover-up…the Band of Brave Barr Boys entered the railroad crossing – and got t-boned by a freight train!

I met Zorthian and lived with his two daughters with my sister Christine. In my next installment of ‘The Royal Janitor’ I will have Starfish reveal her parents were disciples of Rex Applegate, and Professor Von Bundhorst is authoring a book about him. That Barr came in contact with Dutch Intelligence – is a gift from God!

John Presco

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Auschwitz 78th anniversary comes as Russia’s war in Ukraine shatters peace in Europe again© AP

ASSOCIATED PRESS

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau are gathering Friday to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German death camp in the final months of World War II, amid the horror of war again shattering peace in Europe.

Trump orders intel agencies to assist Barr with review of Russia probe

For now, those allies are trying to stay out of the fray, arguing it’s a domestic issue. But the President has granted Barr – not the intelligence community – sweeping powers to decide what intelligence can be declassified.

That means Barr could potentially reveal intelligence shared with the US by other countries related to Russian election meddling and, in the process, risk damaging those critical relationships with foreign partners.

The United Kingdom and Australia are members of the critical so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance, rounded out by the United States, New Zealand and Canada.

Both have so far publicly stayed quiet, emphasizing their friendships with the US but national security officials in those countries are watching and waiting, following closely while refraining from criticizing a process that could call into question their intelligence gathering and reveal their methods and sources.

“If the review were to declassify sensitive intelligence – especially if doing so compromised the safety of sources – that would cause very grave concern,” a former senior British ambassador told CNN. “It could even affect the readiness of close allies like Britain to continue sharing the most sensitive material with the US.”

The memos, which were provided to the CIAby Dutch intelligence partners, suggested that Benardo had emailed Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) to discuss a promise from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to obstruct probes into the 2016 hack of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails. Both Benardo and Wasserman Schultz deny such a conversation ever took place. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jirayr_Zorthian

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applegate_Trail

Barr sought help from foreign intelligence officials for inquiry of Mueller probe’s origins

BY JUSTINE COLEMAN – 09/30/19 5:51 PM ET

SHARETWEET

Attorney General William Barr has requested assistance from foreign intelligence officials as part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) inquiry into U.S. intelligence agencies’ probes of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the DOJ confirmed on Monday.

In private meetings, Barr personally sought help from these officials for an inquiry President Trump wanted to discredit the U.S. intelligence community’s handling of the Russian probe, The Washington Post reported.

{mosads}The Justice Department confirmed Barr’s outreach, saying in a statement that U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is leading the DOJ’s inquiry, is “gathering information from numerous sources including a number of foreign countries.”

“At Attorney General Barr’s request, the President has contacted other countries to ask them to introduce the Attorney General and Mr. Durham to appropriate officials,” DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said. The Justice Department sought to emphasize that the outreach is unrelated to Russian meddling itself.

Barr and Durham reportedly met with senior Italian government officials, the Post reported. Sources told the paper that they asked for assistance in the inquiry and that this was not Barr’s first in-person meeting with Italian intelligence officials. 

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said the department asked the president to make connections between it and foreign officers to move forward with the inquiry and that “he did so, that’s all.”

“I’m old enough to remember when Democrats actually wanted to find out what happened in the 2016 election,” Gidley said in a statement. “The Democrats clearly don’t want the truth to come out anymore as it might hurt them politically, but this call relates to a DOJ inquiry publicly announced months ago to uncover exactly what happened.”

Following the release of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report earlier this summer, the White House has sought to pivot to investigating the origins of that probe, with Trump making unsubstantiated allegations that the Obama administration spied on his campaign.

Trump’s supporters have long called for an investigation into the beginnings of the U.S. intelligence community’s investigation into Russian interference. The president and his administration have continued to speak out against those who investigated his connections with Russia, saying they should be charged.

The Post report came hours after another news story that Barr also asked the president to request that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison look into the origins of the Mueller investigation.

The reports come amid the ongoing fallout over the president’s controversial call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump asked him to “look into” former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 White House candidate, as well as Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

Current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials were concerned about Barr’s direct involvement in the allegations against the intelligence community, the Post reported.

David Laufman, a former Justice Department official initially involved with the Russia investigation, told the Post it was “fairly unorthodox for the attorney general personally to be flying around the world as a point person to further evidence-gathering for a specific Justice Department investigation.”

Updated at 6:31 p.m.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes

ARMENIAN ISSUES

On President Biden’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide: 

“For Armenian-Americans and everyone who believes in human rights and the truth, the recognition of the Armenian Genocide marks a historic milestone. The President of the United States has at long last recognized the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians for what it was – the first genocide of the 20th century. In so doing, he has cast aside decades of shameful silence and half-truths, and the broken promises of so many of his predecessors and spoken truth to power.   

“The President, the Congress, and the American people now speak with one voice: We will never again be silenced, and we will never forget.”

– Rep. Adam Schiff

Rep. Adam Schiff has long represented the largest Armenian diasporas in the country and serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Armenian Caucus. For decades, he has fought side-by-side with his Armenian American constituents for the recognition of their history, as survivors of the first genocide of the 20th century, and for the protection of their future and the futures of their families and loved ones working for freedom abroad.

https://schiff.house.gov/issues/armenian-issues

Early life[edit]

Born of Armenian parents on April 14, 1911, in Kütahya, Western AnatoliaOttoman Empire, Zorthian escaped through Europe with the remnants of his family to escape the Armenian Genocide, and arrived in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1923. He earned a Master of Fine Arts at Yale University (where he had a “full college scholarship to the Yale School of fine arts”)[1] and studied art in Italy in the 1930s. Returning to the United States during the Great Depression, he painted several massive murals, including 11 for the Tennessee State Capitol in 1938 which earned him the honorary title of “Colonel“. In 1940, he painted the mural at the United States Post Office in St. Johnsville, New York, titled “Early St. Johnsville Pioneers.”[2]

World War II[edit]

During World War II, he served stateside in army intelligence and painted what he came to consider his masterpiece—a mural he titled The Phantasmagoria of Military Intelligence Training. His training at Camp Ritchie makes him one of many Ritchie Boys. His first marriage, to shaving cream heiress Betty Williams, ended in divorce but he gained the first acres of the Altadena ranch where he lived from 1945 until his death.

Applegate was born on June 21, 1914 in Oregon. He was a descendant of Charles Applegate, who blazed the Oregon Trail in 1843 with his brothers Jesse and Lindsay and established the Applegate Trail. Applegate began hunting and shooting at a young age and learned marksmanship from his uncle Gus Peret who was a famed exhibition shooter and professional hunter at the time. Applegate graduated from the University of Oregon with a Business Degree in 1940 and went on to take a commission in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant. His first billet was with the 209th Military Police Company as a lung ailment kept him from holding a combat position.[1][2]

World War II

In 1941 Applegate was developing armed and unarmed close quarter combat courses for the US Army when he was recruited by Wild Bill Donovan for the OSS, specifically to build and run what was called “The School for Spies and Assassins”, the location of which is now Camp David.[2] Donovan had Applegate learn all that he could about armed and unarmed fighting from William E. Fairbairn to form a brutal and effective system. He was the close-combat coordinator for all clandestine missions and this role brought him into contact with other fighters and martial artists of the time period such as a Finnish soldier who killed 21 Russians with a knife and the founder of the British SASDavid Stirling.[3]

At one point during the war, he served as the personal bodyguard to President Franklin D Roosevelt.[1][2]

Special Counsel Robert Durham, appointed by then-Attorney General Bill Barr, uncovered possible financial crimes by Donald Trump but made no attempt to prosecute them, The New York Times reveals in massive, bombshell report published Thursday after a months-long investigation.

“Mr. Barr and Mr. Durham never disclosed that their inquiry expanded in the fall of 2019, based on a tip from Italian officials, to include a criminal investigation into suspicious financial dealings related to Mr. Trump. The specifics of the tip and how they handled the investigation remain unclear, but Mr. Durham brought no charges over it,” The Times’ Charlie Savage, Adam Goldman, and Katie Benner report.

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Durham was tasked by Barr in 2019 with overseeing a DOJ investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia Investigation, particularly the credibility of intelligence reports upon which the investigation was based. According to the Times, at one point in the investigation Durham seized on dubious Russian intelligence memos in order to target Leonard Benardo, the executive vice president of Soros’ Open Society Foundations. 

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The memos, which were provided to the CIAby Dutch intelligence partners, suggested that Benardo had emailed Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) to discuss a promise from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to obstruct probes into the 2016 hack of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails. Both Benardo and Wasserman Schultz deny such a conversation ever took place. 

According to interviews conducted by the Times, despite significant factual inconsistencies in the memos being raised by investigators, the special counsel reportedly went to great lengths to obtain information on the contents of Benardo’s emails. When a Judge struck down a request from his office to access the information, citing a lack of evidence compelling enough to overwrite privacy laws, Durham reportedly attempted to circumvent her decision through a grand jury. While the Times was unable to ascertain if Benardo was subpoenaed by Durham, he did voluntarily provide the special counsel with the requested information. 

The matter proved fruitless. 

Circumventing judicial rulings in an attempt to establish a connection between the Clinton email investigation and George Soros isn’t the only potential ethical breach uncovered by the Times. Barr and Durham quietly expanded — then dropped — an investigation into potentially criminal “suspicious financial dealings related to Mr. Trump” in 2019. The Times also confirmed that several sudden resignations from members of the investigative teams stemmed from ethics concerns regarding flimsy criminal indictments.  

Barr was installed as attorney general shortly after Trump fired his then AG Jeff Sessions, ostensibly for failing to act on his complaints regarding Special Counsel Robert Muller’s investigation into his relationship with Russia. 

Durham’s three-and-a-half year probe has shown itself to be primarily a giant waste of time and resources. It’s the exact type of partisan witch hunt one might think a House committee on the “Weaponization of the Federal Government” might want to investigate, but Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who will run the subcommittee is unlikely to bring it to the table. Jordan, a devout Trump loyalist, repeatedly lauded the Durham investigation, and publicly affirmed his belief that the probe would result in criminal penalties for those under Barr and Durham’s scrutiny.

Jordan told Fox Newsost Sean Hannity on Tuesday that as Judiciary Committee Chair he will continue to probe allegations of corruption in the Justice Department and FBI as related to the Russia probe. “The highest levels of the FBI are now functioning in a political fashion,” he said.

US intelligence partners wary of Barr’s Russia review

 

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Key allies who share intelligence with the United States could soon be dragged into the middle of Attorney General Bill Barr’s politically-charged Justice Department review of how the Russia investigation began.

President Donald Trump has said he wants Barr to look into the role key intelligence partners, including the United Kingdom and Australia, played in the origins of Russia probe. He has said he could raise the issue with the British Prime Minister Theresa May during his state visit next week and suggested he may ask her about his accusation that Britain spied on his 2016 presidential campaign.

In describing the scope of Barr’s mission to declassify and study the pre-election Obama-era intelligence, among several other topics, Trump told reporters, “I hope he looks at the UK and I hope he looks at Australia and I hope he looks at Ukraine.”

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For now, those allies are trying to stay out of the fray, arguing it’s a domestic issue. But the President has granted Barr – not the intelligence community – sweeping powers to decide what intelligence can be declassified.

That means Barr could potentially reveal intelligence shared with the US by other countries related to Russian election meddling and, in the process, risk damaging those critical relationships with foreign partners.

The United Kingdom and Australia are members of the critical so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance, rounded out by the United States, New Zealand and Canada.

Both have so far publicly stayed quiet, emphasizing their friendships with the US but national security officials in those countries are watching and waiting, following closely while refraining from criticizing a process that could call into question their intelligence gathering and reveal their methods and sources.

“If the review were to declassify sensitive intelligence – especially if doing so compromised the safety of sources – that would cause very grave concern,” a former senior British ambassador told CNN. “It could even affect the readiness of close allies like Britain to continue sharing the most sensitive material with the US.”

“This is a matter for the US authorities,” a senior British official in London added, while the embassy in Washington declined to comment.

One official from a Five Eyes partner said that a balance needs to be struck between the review of intelligence and national security matters with the need to protect classified information.

Australian officials declined to comment but Foreign Minister Marise Payne told a radio interviewer on Monday they don’t want to “engage in a public commentary that might entirely risk that we seem to prejudice the ongoing examination of these matters in the US.”

There is increased wariness because of the President’s signature unpredictability but Barr is seen as a steady hand and intelligence partners are comforted by their lengthy friendships with their American counterparts.

In Britain’s case, the drama surrounding Brexit also means they are keen not to rock the boat.

“For Brexit and other reasons, the British government is keen to stay closely aligned with the Trump administration, despite significant differences on climate, trade, and foreign policy,” the former British ambassador said. “The UK will probably not want to say much in public about the Barr review of inter-agency links.”

Trump might bring up Five Eyes spying with May

Until now, the Barr review hasn’t gotten much public attention in the UK, with recent headlines dominated by the dramas surrounding Brexit, May’s resignation and European Parliament elections. But the British press’ attention will soon turn back to the Trump and the tension in the “special relationship” with the President’s state visit to the UK next week.

Asked whether he would raise the possibility of Five Eyes countries spying on his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump told reporters on Friday he could do so with outgoing Prime Minister May.

“There’s word and rumor that the FBI and others were involved, CIA were involved, with the UK, having to do with the Russian hoax,” Trump told reporters on Friday. “And I may very well talk to her about that, yes.”

Despite the public disagreement between Trump and the US intelligence community over whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election, the top US intelligence chief said the Barr will get “all the appropriate information” for the review of intelligence into Russia’s election attacks.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in March 2018.

Director of National Intelligence: Russian interference in US political system ongoing

But Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned Barr against being too public with what he declassifies.

“I am confident that the Attorney General will work with the IC in accordance with the long-established standards to protect highly-sensitive classified information that, if publicly released, would put our national security at risk,” Coats said in a statement.

When asked if the Department of Justice has provided any assurances regarding the protection of intelligence provided by foreign partners, an ODNI spokesperson referred CNN to Coats’ statement from last week.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

Foreign intelligence and the 2016 election

It was the Australians who tipped off the FBI that Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos knew about the Russians having damaging emails that could influence the election, months before that information became public.

The Australians knew because Papadopoulos bragged about it to the Australian ambassador to the UK in May 2016, and they brought the tip to the FBI’s attention in July 2016, after WikiLeaks started releasing hacked Democratic emails.

According to the Mueller report, which never identified Australia by name, “the FBI opened its investigation of potential coordination between Russia and the Trump Campaign a few days later based on the information.”

This came soon after British and European intelligence agencies told their US counterparts about communications they intercepted between Trump associates, Russian officials and other Russian individuals during the campaign.

Since Trump won the election, British and American intelligence officials have insisted they continue to work together as closely as ever, despite the tumult at tops of their leadership. But Trump’s disregard for the intelligence community has strained ties with some of its strongest partners.

Yet at the same time, Trump has repeatedly perpetuated baseless accusations of spying against critical allies. Specifically, Trump has repeatedly alleged – without any evidence – that the Obama administration wiretapped him during the 2016 presidential campaign with the help of a British spy agency.

A former senior US official pointed to the President sharing highly classified intelligence about ISIS obtained from Israel with Russia’s foreign minister and US ambassador during an Oval Office meeting in May 2017 as an example of Trump’s casual attitude when it comes to protecting sensitive information.

“Going all the way back to that point we’ve seen strains in the intelligence sharing relationship we have within the Five Eyes community,” the former official said. “I have not seen these types of strains in our relationship since the immediate aftermath of the [2013] Edward Snowden revelations.”

That added pressure is particularly problematic when the intelligence concerns Russia, as it does in the Barr review, the former official added. “Intelligence related to Russian activities and influence around the world is through not only our own collection but comparing what we gather with what our other Five Eyes partners are gathering.”

On Capitol Hill, Democrats have blasted the President’s decision to declassify the pre-election intelligence.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff accused Trump of “conspiring to weaponize” classified information while Senate Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Mark Warner told CNN that the move “has the potential to jeopardize” key relationships with foreign partners.

“Trust and confidentiality are essential aspects of our partnerships with foreign intelligence services – and the President’s bizarre decision to allow the Attorney General to selectively and unilaterally declassify information certainly has the potential to jeopardize those relationships,” Warner said.

CNN’s Marshall Cohen and Laura Jarrett contributed reporting

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Suing Governor DeSantis

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Here is the message I sent to Governor Tina Kotek.

Dear Governor Kotek; There is a pending class action lawsuit against Governor DeSantis, that I want to be part of. I suggest the State of Oregon also join this suit because there is a racist history between the University of Oregon football team, and the University of Florida, that would not allow to black players to play a bowl game on their Florida campus. DeSantis is trying to defund all college lessons that look like Woke. What I see is people joining teams they believe represent them. This is dangerous. Five black police officers were arrest today for beating a black man to death. Did they see themselves as a team – against the world? The NCAA may be the most successfully integrated institution – in the world. Perhaps Phil Knight can help bring about true equity?

The University of Florida however had a strict policy in place, no black athletes allowed. The Gators refused to play the game if Oregon was to field any black players, forcing Bobby Robinson and Charles Williams to skip their final game for the University of Oregon being left back at home. The Eugene community and UO administration were outraged, yet relented and reluctantly agreed to the callous request.”

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“Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump and attorney Craig Whisenhunt will join students and elected officials to announce their intent to file a lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the State of Florida for rejecting the Advanced Placement African American Studies course from being taught in Florida high schools. Attorney Crump will be joined by three AP honors high school students who will serve as the lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit against DeSantis.”

Last week, DeSantis’ administration rejected the College Board’s African American Studies course because, as they stated: “We want education, not indoctrination.” The Florida governor said the course violates legislation called the Stop WOKE Act which he approved last year.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asked state universities last December to disclose information on campus programs related to diversity, equity and inclusion and critical race theory amid a court battle over the controversial Stop WOKE Act.

The State University System of Florida and Florida College System administrators had to detail “the expenditure of state resources on programs and initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion, and critical race theory within our state colleges and universities,” according to a Dec. 28 memo from Office of Policy and Budget Director Chris Spencer obtained by ABC News.

DeSantis instructed the schools to submit the information no later than Jan. 13, ABC reported.

Some universities in the state have spent millions of dollars on DEI programming, according to the information they submitted to the governor’s office, which the News Service of Florida reviewed.

The University of Florida, the state’s flagship university, listed 43 staff positions connected to DEI and reported expenditures totaling $5.3 million on “diversity-related programs and expenses,” the news service reported. The state provided close to $3.4 million of those funds.

The university’s Office of the Chief Diversity Officer alone included four staff jobs and cost $1,085,485, of which approximately $785,000 came from the state, according to the New Service of Florida.

The University of South Florida reported about $1.2 million in diversity and inclusion office expenditures and credited state funds with over half that amount.

The University Central Florida allocated nearly $4.5 million for diversity-related expenditures, with more than half coming from the state, according to the news service.

Florida A&M University nearly matched that amount in diversity expenditures, with reports of $4.4 million on DEI efforts, including nearly $4.2 million from the state. FAMU is a historically black university, according to its website.

Exactly what programs and activities universities reported ran the gamut, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported: “Florida A&M included its Centers for Disability Access and Resources and for Environmental Equity and Justice, and did not mention any courses. The University of West Florida was more specific in its response, even reporting the $4,800 it spent on phones and office supplies to support its diversity programs and the $100 it spent on World Religion Day.”

The United Faculty of Florida union opposed the DeSantis administration’s Dec. 28 order, the News Service of Florida reported.

“Once again, Governor DeSantis has shown that he would rather outlaw ideas he disagrees with than disprove them. Our belief is that all ideas, regardless of their ideological basis and irrespective of whether we agree with them, deserve the protections of the First Amendment,” union President Andrew Gothard said in a statement to the news service when the administration publicized its request on Jan. 4.

MORE: DeSantis’ next target? Public universities facilitating sex-reassignment treatments

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The University of Oregon may not have been the very first school to openly embrace student-athletes regardless of ethnicity, but starting in 1926 it emerged as one of the leaders in the path towards equality. While some parts of the country lagged far behind marred in racism and unfair stereotypes about what black athletes could and could not do, African-Americans and other minorities were welcomed to come participate on an even level of competition at Oregon as student-athletes, bucking pre-Civil Rights Movement socio-economic trends. That proud aspect associated today with Oregon, of embracing equality and the spirit of individuality, was a path set in motion long ago thanks in large part to Bobby Robinson and Charles Williams.

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Officers who were terminated after their involvement in a traffic stop that ended with the death of Tyre Nichols, in a combination of undated photographs in Memphis, Tenn.

Officers who were terminated after their involvement in a traffic stop that ended with the death of Tyre Nichols, in a combination of undated photographs in Memphis, Tenn.

The five Memphis police officers who were fired in connection with the death of Tyre Nichols after a traffic stop on Jan. 7 have each been charged with murder and are in custody Thursday, according to Shelby County, Tennessee, jail records.

Memphis police identified the officers last week as Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith. All five have been booked into jail.

There has been no official announcement of charges against the officers, but jail records for the officers show they’ve each been booked on several felonies, including second-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.

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From its inception until 1958, only white students were allowed to attend.[46] In 1958, George H. Starke became the first Black student.[47]

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The Buckman Act was discontinued after World War II, when the GI Bill provided a college education for returning U.S. military veterans, the overwhelming majority of them male. It was replaced by a Board of Regents. Single-gender provisions of the Buckman Act at the University of Florida (UF) and the Florida State College for Women (FSCW) were officially eliminated in 1947. FSCW returned to coeducational status as Florida State University, while UF became coeducational for the first time. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes, the future Florida A&M University, taught both genders from its founding. Civil rights efforts and federal legislation in the early 1960s also led to all three institutions becoming racially integrated during that decade, although FAMU remains a historically black university, with over 87% of its student body African-American as of 2014.

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The University of the State of Florida served as the institution for white men; the State Normal School for Colored Students (the future Florida A&M University) served African Americans, and the Florida Female College (the future Florida State University) served white women.[4] A fourth school provided specialized training and education for the deaf and blind (the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind).

Trayvon Has Run His Race

Posted on April 12, 2012 by Royal Rosamond Press

When I first saw photographs of Trayvon, and heard how he was gunned down for what looks like racial reasons, I thought about the two black football players for the Oregon Webfoots (later the Ducks) who were not allowed to go to Florida and compete against the Florida Gators, for fear they would be dragged off the team bus, and shot, or lynched, by the Klu Klux Klan.

Bobby Robinson and Charles Williams were the star quarterback and running back, yet they did not lead their team on the gridiron due to blatant racism that right-wing Republicans claim does not exist in America, especially in the Trayvon murder.

It was my Radical Republican kindred who took an interest in ending slavery in America, and going South after the Civil War, in order to put black men in Congressional offices – employing force! The Klan targeted the Radical Republicans, as well as blacks who were being empowered by the ideas and language of Radical Republicans, as well as words they found in the Bible – that was all about God’s Social Justice!

I was very moved when I watched the folks that were close to Trayvon speak about the arrest. They spoke from a place universal to all men, of all creeds – everywhere! The Abolitionist Language that God gifted to Moses, says this very loud and clear; “The least amongst you will later be first!” This is to say, if the first can not carry God’s Message, He will choose the least to lift up His Burden!

Owning Liberty – is a burden! No easy task! Why is this so? The answer is simple, God Himself maketh a universal lunaguage that fills those who seek liberty and freedom from oppression, with a divine light – and a Godly Eloquence! All those who shared the podium with Trayvon’s parents, spoke eloqunetly of God’s Justice. It is what WE all need, and want! Let us meet God halfway in the Wilderness, and repent of our sin of inequality.

Above is a photograph of my ex-neighbor, Terrell Turner, who played for the Oregon Ducks, and took them to the Rose Bowl – twice! He helped get our mutual neighbor up a flight of stairs. I called up KVAL news in order to give the Ducks some good press, for a change. The local news spoke of two Good samaritans who were Ducks, and black. At the top of the stairs behind Turner, I had a conversation with LaGarrett Blount who had helped carry a mattress up to my apartment, after beholding this 63 year old man, struggling. We talked about his famous hurdle. After the Boise incident I heard LaGarrett and other Ducks using the N word in regards to the incident where Blount struck a player who was leading a charge in order to taunt Blount, because of an exchange on twitter.

“Were there racial slurs before the game?” I asked Blount, who nodded his head in the affirmative.

Whe my minister in Blue River drove me from his church, I baptized myself and declared I was an Nazarite. On the computer I looked for other Nazarites, and found the Shembe Zulu Nazarite in South Africa. I wrote the late Shembe a letter and told him I would like to be a member of his church. He did not respond, perhaps he believing I was joking – after all, this is a tribal thing! That was 1987, and hence I have watched videos of white South African women taking part in the Nazarite rituals.

The Holy Spirit of God’s Divine Justice, is where you find it! As a believer who found God’s Justice when I died, I can attest to the Truth, Trayvon did as well. He ran his race. He competed in the greatest contest known to humankind. We Nazarite Zulu salute this man who stands on hallowed ground. Trayvon plays on a field of dreams, deferred, but, for just a little while!

Amen!

Jon Presco

Oh, there were racial slurs and negative epithets depicting the duo to be sure, common of the era in a time when the Ku Klux Klan was prevalent in the state of Oregon. However the vast majority of students and fans embraced the talented Robinson and Williams, praising them for their efforts on the field and the classy manner with which they took their adverse conditions in stride.

It was in Florida where a sad reality check of the times emerged, as black players that had been accepted on the west coast found things to be far different in the south, where deep-seeded institutionalized bigotry was status quo. Robinson and Williams had carried the team for three years with their stellar play, vital pieces in Coach McEwan’s attack, particularly with Kitzmiller now out of commission they were to play prominent roles in the game against Florida.
The University of Florida however had a strict policy in place, no black athletes allowed. The Gators refused to play the game if Oregon was to field any black players, forcing Bobby Robinson and Charles Williams to skip their final game for the University of Oregon being left back at home. The Eugene community and UO administration were outraged, yet relented and reluctantly agreed to the callous request..

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. —  On Saturday morning, John Presco could hear the fear in his neighbor’s voice as she left a message on his answering machine.
“Hello John,” said Sandy Maricle. “This is Sandy. Are you home?”
Maricle needed someone to drive her to the hospital.
“I’m in really severe pain in my leg and back,” said Maricle.
With her sciatic nerve throbbing, Maricle barely made it to the car.
“She scooted down on her butt, all the time her face is in agony,” Presco said.
A few hours later, she was released from the hospital — but had no way to get from the car to her second-story apartment.
That all changed when her neighbor, University of Oregon defensive end Terrell Turner showed up, picked Maricle up and carried her up the stairs.
“It was a God-send,” Presco said.
“I was relieved,” Maricle said. “It was like an angel.”
“He was so kind and gentle and just the perfect good Samaritan,” Maricle said.
It’s not the first time this Duck has done a good deed. A few weeks ago, another neighbor needed help carrying a TV up three flights of stairs.
“We got it all the way up so thank God,” Turner said.
Turner said the acts of kindness are inspired by his passion for his family in California.
“I’m just making sure I can help out as if my mom was around to help,” Turner said.
Now, he’s helping his extended family here in Oregon.
“I think a lot of him,” Maricle said.

Oregon’s first black student-athletes: leading the charge towards victory and equality
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Eugene, Oregon, despite its predominantly white demographic, has long been a place proud of its diversity and equality. “Keep Eugene Weird” is the popular common slogan used today, though a place where people are allowed to be themselves judged by their actions not the color of their skin or other unfortunate societal misconceptions and stereotypes of the past shouldn’t be a weird concept but a welcome one. Though not without its occasional unfortunate checkered marks in the history books, Eugene has overwhelmingly been a welcoming place for people of all backgrounds to gather uninhibited by their differences.

Bobby Robinson and Charles Williams, the first two black athletes at the University of Oregon
So too is this true in the history of University of Oregon athletics, where from an early era long before it was deemed popular did the Webfoots feature black athletes. With February being Black History Month, it seems proper to focus on the trailblazers at Oregon; Robert Robinson and Charles Williams, the first two African-American athletes to compete at the University of Oregon.

As organized collegiate and professional sports began to emerge in the later half of the 19th century, black athletes were involved from early on. The first professional black baseball player was Moses Fleetwood Walker in 1884, 63 years before Jackie Robinson broke the 20th century color barrier. Charles W. Follis, better known as “The Black Cyclone,” was the first African-American professional football player, a key cog with the Shelby Blues from 1902-1906 of the Ohio League.

When the NFL was established in 1920, nine black players appeared on rosters, including Frederick Douglass Pollard. “Fritz” Pollard is in both the College Football Hall of Fame and NFL Hall of Fame for his efforts, both on the field and in overcoming adversity. Pollard was the first black head coach in professional football, leading the Akron Pros in 1921 as a player/coach. After him there would not be another black head coach until Art Shell was hired by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. Pollard also holds the distinction of being the first black athlete to play in the Rose Bowl, when his Brown University team lost to Washington State in 1916, only the second Rose Bowl game ever held (then known as the ‘East-West Tournament Game’).

In fact, black athletes’ involvement in college football stretches back even further, predating the professional sports pioneers. In 1892 William H. Lewis became the first black college football player named to the All-American team, a standout at Harvard. That same year, the first game was played between two black colleges, a 5-0 victory by Biddle College (now known as Johnson C. Smith University) over Livingstone College. However, college and professional sports remained predominantly white, societal injustices and pressures of the day often unfairly barring them from regular participation.

While many African-Americans had been active contributors to athletics in the 19th century, something changed in the early stages of the 20th as many sports barred blacks from participation, while other organized sports simply frowned upon it. By 1934 there were no black athletes left in the NFL, nor would any return until 1946 when the Rams, desiring to leave Cleveland for the sunny confines of Los Angeles, signed an agreement to play their games in the Coliseum, grudgingly accepting a clause in the contract stipulating that the team MUST be integrated if they are to call Los Angeles home. Thus with the signing of Kenny Washington and Woody Strode, both UCLA players, the barrier had been broken in the NFL, a year before Jackie Robinson did the same in baseball.

College football did not experience the same kind of outright banishment that professional sports did, however it was not exempt from blatant racism either. Black collegiate athletes were the exception, not the norm. Alabama was the last holdout, not permitting a single black scholarship student-athlete until 1970 when Bear Bryant signed Wilbur Jackson. Within three years, one third of the Crimson Tide’s football roster was comprised of black athletes.

Head Coach John McEwan led Oregon from 1926-1929
While the University of Oregon was not the first school to feature black student-athletes, in the greater scheme of things amidst the unfortunate inequality that permeated the nation prior to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Oregon was far ahead of the curve.

In 1926 two Portland, OR residents came to Eugene for their academic and athletic pursuits, Robert “Bobby” Robinson and Charles Williams. They were recruited by new Oregon head coach John J. McEwan, an All-American in 1914 at Army, the school where he later coached 1923-25.

At the time freshmen were not allowed to play on the varsity team, so McEwan would have to wait a year for Robinson and Williams to shine on the field, the first two black athletes at the University of Oregon.

Charles Williams was one of the first black student-athletes at Oregon
Robinson was a multi-sport star at Jefferson High School in Portland, a gifted halfback on the gridiron and pole-vaulter on the track, as well as baseball and basketball. Williams meanwhile was a bruising runner in his own right coming from Washington High School in Portland. Both were high school friends and rivals, both selected First Team All-City their senior years, and both packing the stands at Multnomah Field on gamedays with eager fans fanatically following their athletic performances.

Together, the two of them would help Coach McEwan usher in a new era at Oregon, both in success on the field and in a far more important way off of it, paving the path for other minority student-athletes to compete at the University of Oregon.

It was not without its difficulties though, as both Robinson and Williams were initially barred from living in campus dorms, having to find housing in off-campus apartments during their freshman year. Their white teammates signed a petition and submitted it to the school under protest demanding that their fellow players be allowed to live on campus in the dormitories alongside their peers. By their sophomore year the university relented, allowing Robinson and Williams to reside in Friendly Hall, albeit separated from others and permitted to enter the building only through their own designated entrance. On road trips too they were segregated from the rest of the team, not permitted to stay in the team hotel, though Williams later confirmed that despite the separate living quarters both managed to mingle with their fellow students and teammates just fine. Often on road trips after check-in at a hotel their white teammates would sneak them into the hotel anyway to stay with the rest of their fellow Webfoots.

Change was afoot at the UO, not only in accepting black athletes, but also in name. Oregon had long been nicknamed “The Webfoots,” but a student vote would give way in 1927 to a new identity: the Oregon Ducks, selected over other choices such as “Timberwolves” and “Fighting Lumberjacks.” Change too occurred in appearance, as the blue and occasionally purple colors that often adorned Oregon’s uniforms were dropped in favor of green and yellow attire. Around campus a handful of students were creating the first ever student-made full length film thanks to some cameras on loan from Hollywood, a silent movie titled “Ed’s Coeds.”

However, success on the field did not immediately follow. The first two seasons were not kind to Coach McEwan, as the glory days of years past under Coaches Hugo Bezdek and Shy Huntington had led into rough times for the Webfoots. Unable to hang onto their prominent position of west coast powerhouse after Huntington resigned, Oregon was not drawing quality talent to the program the way they once had. Since Huntington’s departure after the 1923 season, Oregon had faded into down years under coaches Joe Maddock and R.S. Smith (Smith had previously coached Oregon in 1904 as well) managing to muster only a 7-11-5 record.

Robert “Bobby” Robinson in 1927, Oregon’s first black quarterback
Handed a relatively bare cupboard, Coach McEwan did something revolutionary for the time, going even beyond having black athletes on the roster. With Robinson and Williams on the team ready for the 1927 season, McEwan chose to place both at quarterback, putting the ball in the hands of his gifted athletes. In fact Williams and Robinson were used all over the field to maximize their talents. Robinson played quarterback, halfback, receiver, defensive back, and returned punts and kickoffs. Williams played fullback, halfback, quarterback, and defensive back.

Not only were Robinson and Williams the first African-American student-athletes at the University of Oregon, but excluding black colleges, Robinson and Williams may in fact have been the first African-Americans to ever play quarterback at a major college, though a lack of substantial records prevents 100% confirmation of this. It would be decades until the concept of a black athlete playing quarterback would be considered acceptable, the ignorant stereotypes associated with the intangibles of the position, thought to be too complex for black athletes to handle, were thankfully shattered with record-setting hall of fame careers by legends like Warren Moon and Randall Cunningham in the 1980s and 90s.

Coach McEwan wanted to win, and had proven himself a winner at Army before joining Oregon. He was determined to do so by any means necessary, regardless of any social stigmas associated with placing black players at the forefront of his teams leading the charge in a prominent position like quarterback. The best way to success in McEwan’s mind was to put the ball every play in the hands of his best athletes, and in 1927 clearly Robinson and Williams were the cream of the crop.

Robert “Bobby” Robinson, Oregon’s first multi-sport black athlete
1927 started off well enough with the Portland duo on the field with the varsity team for the first time. Wins over Linfield and Pacific had the Oregon Webfoots/Ducks thinking that the tide of recent losing had turned, but a 0-0 tie to Idaho followed by four straight losses to end the season dashed those hopes. Despite the 2-4-1 season, Robinson and Williams shined in their roles of team leaders, regardless of their ethnicity and the opinions of some biased outside observers.

1928 brought a remarkable turnaround and return to national attention for Oregon, led by a new addition from far off Harrisburg, PA, John Kitzmiller, who earned the nickname “The Flying Dutchman.” Kitzmiller would take over the reigns at quarterback that season, moving Robinson full-time into the backfield alongside Williams, though due to political pressure they rarely lined up on the field at the same time.

John Kitzmiller became a 2nd team All-American at Oregon
With the 1-2 combo of Williams and Robinson as ball carriers and the direction of Kitzmiller, Oregon put together a 9-2 campaign, succumbing only to Stanford and Cal. It was the first time in school history that nine wins had been reached, a feat that would not be surpassed until Oregon racked up 10 victories in 2000.

The Ducks ended the 1928 season with two victories in Hawaii, first against a non-collegiate all-star team on Christmas Day, followed up a week later by a win over Hawaii, 6-0. The triumphant win in the tropics earned Oregon the title “Champion of the mid-Pacific,” a moniker given the team during the national radio broadcast of the game, a rare live event for the era.

With Kitzmiller leading the way and the talented Robinson/Williams duo pounding the rock, Oregon had amassed more points in their 45-0 opening day victory over Pacific than they had accumulated all of the previous year. However some in the community had objections to both Robinson and Williams being on the field at the same time, and Coach McEwan often had to grudgingly adhere to pressure from the administration to abide by these unfortunate requests.

Oh, there were racial slurs and negative epithets depicting the duo to be sure, common of the era in a time when the Ku Klux Klan was prevalent in the state of Oregon. However the vast majority of students and fans embraced the talented Robinson and Williams, praising them for their efforts on the field and the classy manner with which they took their adverse conditions in stride.

While Kitzmiller had become the face of the program’s return to relevance, it was Robinson and Williams at the forefront of the fireworks. In the fourth game of the 1929 season while hosting Washington, exactly 65 years and two days before Kenny Wheaton made his legendary interception against the hated Huskies, Bobby Robinson made a nearly identical play, intercepting a pass at the goal line and returning it down the sideline for what would have been an easy touchdown unopposed…had Washington player Larry Westweller not come off the bench onto the field to tackle Robinson as he streaked down the sideline. Referees awarded Robinson a touchdown anyway, and the Ducks cruised to a 27-0 victory.

Bobby Robinson was an instant do-everything star for the Oregon Ducks
Expectations were very high for the 1929 campaign at Oregon with the trio of Robinson/Williams/Kitzmiller, many thought that the Ducks could win the Pacific Coast Conference title earning a trip to the Rose Bowl. Alas they could not get past Stanford, racking up a 6-1 conference record heading into the last three games of the season vs. Hawaii, St. Mary’s, and Florida. Worse still, Kitzmiller had broken his leg the week prior vs. Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State), though the Ducks had managed to end their 3-game losing streak to the hated OAC with a 16-10 victory in the Civil War.

With Kitzmiller out for the rest of the season, it fell back to Bobby Robinson and Charles Williams to pick up the slack, leading the team through the final three games. A 7-0 victory over Hawaii at home had the team at 7-1 thanks to an impressive defensive effort, but the good times would not last. Oregon suffered a 31-6 loss to St. Mary’s, a powerhouse at the time given the nickname “the Notre Dame of the west,” though the 6-points scored by Oregon were the only points given up all season by St. Mary’s. Licking their wounds, Oregon traveled cross-country by train for the final game of the season to play the Florida Gators in Miami. It was there that the season would end on both a sad and shameful note.

It was in Florida where a sad reality check of the times emerged, as black players that had been accepted on the west coast found things to be far different in the south, where deep-seeded institutionalized bigotry was status quo. Robinson and Williams had carried the team for three years with their stellar play, vital pieces in Coach McEwan’s attack, particularly with Kitzmiller now out of commission they were to play prominent roles in the game against Florida.

The University of Florida however had a strict policy in place, no black athletes allowed. The Gators refused to play the game if Oregon was to field any black players, forcing Bobby Robinson and Charles Williams to skip their final game for the University of Oregon being left back at home. The Eugene community and UO administration were outraged, yet relented and reluctantly agreed to the callous request.

Without Robinson and Williams, Oregon was inept against the Gators, losing 20-6, leaving Oregon without a post-season bowl to attend. The Florida heat may have had something to do with Oregon’s sub-par performance as well as the absence of Robinson and Williams, as many of the Oregon players chose to play the game with their jerseys off amidst the humidity of the deep south.

Coach John McEwan called Charles Williams “the toughest man I ever met…”
Not only would the Florida loss be the end of Robinson and Williams’ playing careers at Oregon, but it also marked the end of McEwan’s tenure. Following multiple clashes over forced restrictions on playing time for Robinson and Williams, with a year left on his contract the University of Oregon bought out the remainder of his deal, choosing to bring in C.W. Spears from Minnesota.

Under Spears in 1930 Kitzmiller would earn 2nd team All-American status and tackle George Christensen would be named a 1st team All-American, only the second Oregon player to earn such distinction. Kitzmiller was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

Following the 1929 season, Bobby Robinson was named third team all-Pacific Coast Conference halfback. While Bobby Robinson’s football days were done, he continued to compete in track & field and other sports, including a first place tie for the conference championship in the pole vault. He had a stellar career competing in track & field in Canada, before eventually settling in Los Angeles where he became a social activist in his later years. Charles Williams meanwhile returned to Portland where he married, and worked in a warehouse.

Bobby Robinson was also a standout pole-vaulter at Oregon
Whatever feats of athletic prowess Robert “Bobby” Robinson and Charles Williams accomplished on the field, it was just as important to the future of the University of Oregon how they carried themselves off of it. Coach McEwan referred to Charles Williams as “the toughest man I ever met,” for his strength on and off the field amidst adverse times. Their efforts at Oregon paved the way so that others too may follow, unimpeded by societal barricades aimed at keeping minorities from being on a level playing field with their white counterparts.

Bobby Robinson at a 1930 golf tournament. From left to right: Wally Boyle, unidentified, Art Schoeni, Bobby Robinson, Faulkner Short.
Their efforts paved the way for other black athletes to shine at the University of Oregon.

Joe Lillard, 3-sport star at Oregon, seen here playing for the Chicago Cardinals
In 1931 Oregon was led by “The Midnight Express,” a trio of runningbacks that included Joe Lillard, one of the last black players in the NFL prior to the 1946 Rams, contributing for two seasons with the Chicago Cardinals prior to the ban on African-American players following the 1933 season. Lillard also played on the Oregon basketball and baseball teams.

In the 1940s Bob Reynolds played for Oregon in 1942, before leaving to fight in World War II, and upon the end of the war returned to Eugene to continue his football career for the ‘45 and ‘46 seasons. His nephew Walt S. Reynolds would also attend Oregon, playing three sports as a Duck; first as Dan Fouts backup QB on the 1969 freshmen team, then a 4-year letterman at Oregon as a guard for the basketball team and playing two seasons of baseball.

Bob Reynolds was a standout RB at Oregon in 1942, and again after WWII in 1945, 46
In 1948 and 1949, Woodley Lewis, a transfer from Los Angeles City College, would shine as Oregon’s star halfback. In 1949 the Ducks would play in the Cotton Bowl, with Woodley Lewis named team MVP.

Woodley Lewis, the first black athlete selected in the NFL draft
In 1950, Lewis became the first African-American selected in the NFL draft. Lewis remains Oregon’s single-season and career record-holder in kickoff return average (43.2 and 34.1 yards per attempt respectively), and holds the records for the longest punt and kickoff returns in school history.

Many others would follow, as by the 50s seeing black athletes donning the yellow and green of Oregon was common. Willie West and Alden Kimbrough among others would help lead the efforts of the scrappy 1957-58 Oregon Ducks as they fought valiantly with #1-ranked Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, losing 10-7.

A decade later Bobby Moore (now Ahmad Rashad) would become a star at Oregon, eventually becoming the third overall selection in the NFL draft in 1973. In 1979-80, quarterback Reggie Ogburn would be the one-man human highlight reel, leading Oregon in passing and rushing both seasons.

The University of Oregon may not have been the very first school to openly embrace student-athletes regardless of ethnicity, but starting in 1926 it emerged as one of the leaders in the path towards equality. While some parts of the country lagged far behind marred in racism and unfair stereotypes about what black athletes could and could not do, African-Americans and other minorities were welcomed to come participate on an even level of competition at Oregon as student-athletes, bucking pre-Civil Rights Movement socio-economic trends. That proud aspect associated today with Oregon, of embracing equality and the spirit of individuality, was a path set in motion long ago thanks in large part to Bobby Robinson and Charles Williams.

Today University of Oregon athletics feature student-athletes of all discernible backgrounds. Athletes come from all over the globe to train in Tracktown U.S.A., to compete at Hayward Field in the Prefontaine Classic and other events, while the athletic program benefits from the talents of athletes of all ethnicities, creeds, and other differences once thought unacceptable to be mixed on campuses across the country.

At the University of Oregon, truly the only colors that matter today are green and yellow…and black, and steel matte, and grellow; and whatever other fluorescent rainbow uniform combinations may be unleashed in the future. Oregon is a place of innovation and forward-thinking, spurred by the sense of family within the program and universal acceptance in the community. For the present and future grand accomplishments to come at the U of O, we all owe a debt of gratitude to those who have come before, in particular the incredible talents and groundbreaking courage displayed by Bobby Robinson and Charles Williams.

Photos provided courtesy of University of Oregon Knight Library special collections

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The Locked Box of The Art Buddies

A bust of Abe Lincoln is carried out of the White House grounds. (C-SPAN)

A bust of Abe Lincoln is carried out of the White House grounds. (C-SPAN)

The Royal Janitor

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John Presco

Chapter: The Locked Art Buddy Box

After enjoying the fine spaghetti dinner the Kraut made our intrepid spies, Victory and Miriam now involved The Bundster in one of their Clue Sessions.

“How Top Secret documents got out of the offices of the President and Vice President is a typical Locked Box exercise for Spies.” said Victoria.

“The Four Ws apply!” Offered Starfish.

“WHO had access to these files and – WHEN?” Victoria said. “If you are Putin, you WANT WHAT is being secured”

“WHERE are the documents kept? WHY are they not kept there -all the time? WHEN are these documents -moved?” Starfish offered.

WHEN is the door/lid to the Locked Box – opened?” asked Professor von Bundhorst.

To be continued

Hours after the news broke on Tuesday, Trump urged people to leave Pence alone in a Truth Social post.

“Mike Pence is an innocent man. He never did anything knowingly dishonest in his life. Leave him alone!!!” the former president wrote.

CNN first reported that one of Pence’s lawyers discovered roughly a dozen documents with classified markings at the former vice president’s home in Carmel, Indiana, after Pence himself had said he had no such records in his possession.

My Art Letter To Trump

Posted on March 29, 2022 by Royal Rosamond Press

Dear Art Buddy “No!No!No!

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Royal Rosamond Press

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To: President Trump

Dear Art Buddy

I used to hate George W’s guts until I saw his artwork, that is not that good. However, George is very happy. George and I can talk. Painting makes him happy. The easiest way to make a lot of friends, is take up art. His bathtub with toes, is a great piece. He took a risk. He has Art Buddies all over the world, now! He has real power! Everyone loves W. This is not the case, if you submerge a image of Jesus in your own urine. This piece caused Jessie Helms to go after the NEA which your gang is doing. All Artists are going to made to suffer because of one female artist. This is……..Nazi-ish.

I can’t do this! I can’t remain positive! To hear Spicer go into another tirade about how cruel the Press is, while at the same time your business freaks prepare to end funding for the Arts, and Alternative Radio and Television, is my ongoing fight that has consumed my whole life. The art of Jacob Epstein has been attacked, along with ‘Piss Christ’. The bust of Winston Churchill was done by an artist who is accused of being obscene! This will not do! First you attack a ‘Golf Buddy’ fight over the work of a ‘Art Buddy’ and now you launch a propaganda campaign against the ‘Press Buddy’. A writer writes about you, and your goons throw him off your golf course.

Get rid of that Pipsqueak, Spicer. He can’t hang with us Bohemians. He’s not Moulin Rouge material. He reminds me of Joe Friday’s sidekick. Not cool! Talk to W. He had a thing for Putin, too. Treat him to a round. Ask him in the locker room if those are Putin’s legs. Get back to your tolerant self. I don’t want to scold you again!

P.S. I hear Putin has really taken a liking to Sean. Is this true?

P.S.S. Just found out the bust of King thingy-wingy was a fraud. This Art Thing can be your downfall. You’re in the middle of a landmine, and don’t know it. I am a Patriot. I am for hire. You’re becoming sensitive in a bad way. You and Spicer are too thin-skinned. We artists hear “no” all the time. Vincent got a big “NO” – and sliced off his ear. He had guts, while Spicer hides, you, and himself behind that bust of Churchill as you both lash out at the press for what amounts to an optical illusion. We artists are master of illusion. So, quit your whining! It is obvious to me you are a frustrated artist. You need an empty canvas, and twenty pounds of clay!

Trump Traitors Looted Our Art

Posted on January 9, 2023 by Royal Rosamond Press

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A bust of President Abraham Lincoln in seen in President Barack Obama’s Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009.

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A bust of Abe Lincoln is carried out of the White House grounds. (C-SPAN)

A bust of Abe Lincoln is carried out of the White House grounds. (C-SPAN)

Stolen Works of Art Database

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/politics/white-house-missing-lincoln-bust

I am about to make a report to Interpol about the missing bust of Abraham Lincoln done by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. There is a photograph of it being taken from the White House – along with Top Secret documents! I would value this famous work at around $100,000 dollars, thus this is – GRAND THEFT!

I beseech the Senate to launch an investigation. My kin, Howard Young – the uncle of Liz Taylor – was a good friend of Eisenhower, and dealt in his art, as well as the art of Augustus John – who is kin to Ian Fleming! I am asking Rep. Adam Schiff to assist me in this investigation.

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/obamas-oval-office/

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/photos-show-white-house-being-cleared-out

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9149991/Flying-coop-White-House-staff-haul-away-reams-documents-art-stuffed-BIRD.html

https://www.interpol.int/Crimes/Cultural-heritage-crime/Stolen-Works-of-Art-Database

The fact that an item is not included in this database does not mean that it is not stolen.

An object may have been stolen, but is not included in the database for one of the following reasons:

  • It has not yet been reported as stolen to the police;
  • The theft report has not yet been received at INTERPOL through official channels;
  • The object has not yet been entered into the database;
  • Searches for the object are being carried out at national level only;
  • The object has been looted from an archaeological site and is not known to the police.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (/ˌseɪntˈɡɔːdənz/; March 1, 1848 – August 3, 1907) was an American sculptor of the Beaux-Arts generation who embodied the ideals of the American Renaissance.[2] From a French-Irish family, Saint-Gaudens was raised in New York City, he traveled to Europe for further training and artistic study. After he returned to New York, he achieved major critical success for his monuments commemorating heroes of the American Civil War, many of which still stand. Saint-Gaudens created works such as the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Boston CommonAbraham Lincoln: The Man, and grand equestrian monuments to Civil War generalsGeneral John Logan Memorial in Chicago’s Grant Park[3] and William Tecumseh Sherman at the corner of New York’s Central Park. In addition, he created the popular historicist representation of The Puritan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus_Saint-Gaudens

President Eisenhower – Artist

Posted on July 11, 2020 by Royal Rosamond Press

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McCarthy Blocks Giant Weenie

Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, is urging fellow Republicans to block the import of the Giant Penis Celebration from entering and contaminating America – just when it is about to be made great again with THEIR GIANT SALES TAX. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, says this tax is another case of the rich – socking it to the poor! Kevin claims The Steel Penis Parade will give women the urge to have more sex, and thus, more abortions. Governor De Santos hates the penis, saying it is more Woke BS aimed at turning men into homosexuals.

“Festivals in Japan are opportunities for local people to exchange the strictures of daily life for drinking, dancing and generally cutting loose. At the Kanamara Matsuri, or the Festival of the Steel Phallus, it’s sexual repression that gets set aside for one joyful day of cross-dressing, penis-shaped lollipops and, of course, a few giant phalluses.”

DeSantos loves the sales tax idea, being it will get at the Social Security Money of Florida’s Seniors – without taking away their Social Security! That would be cruel, a real STIFFING of those who have worked hard all their lives!

STOP THE STEEL!

John

“Hold on,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts wrote on Twitter yesterday. “House Republicans want a national 30% sales tax on everything from groceries to gasoline? They want to raise taxes on working-class [and] middle-class families while slashing them for millionaires [and] billionaires? Are they TRYING to show exactly how out of touch they are?”

The Democratic senator’s line has the benefit of being true. Replacing existing federal taxes with a national sales tax would be profoundly regressive, slashing the tax burden for the wealthy, and imposing brutal new hardships on Americans who have the least.

The Biden White House issued a statement this week that added, “Non-partisan experts across the ideological spectrum agree this proposal would raise taxes for middle-class Americans and slash them for the wealthy, while President George W. Bush’s Treasury Department analyzed a similar proposal and found it would raise taxes by thousands of dollars each year for typical middle-class families; the burden would likely be especially great for seniors and families with children. Meanwhile, people earning millions of dollars a year would see tax cuts of $100,000 or more.”

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Election Denier McCarthy Backs Russia

"Speaker McCarthy Accused of 'Political Vengeance' After Excluding ...

Today, the real, lawfully elected President of the United States, pledged support for Ukraine – and fellow members of NATO – by promising 31 Abrams tanks are on their way to defeat Putin’s Terrorist Army.. It is THIS MILITARY UNITY that the Dictator-Terrorist hates. I was born in 1946, and was fourteen when President Kennedy sent our Navy to stop Russia from putting more nuclear missiles in Cuba. That Germany also pledged their Leopard tanks for use by the Ukrainians – freeing up more Leopards in other Nations – is a show of force by Unified Democracies – not seen since World War 2.!

Meanwhile, back in our Republicans controlled Congress, Red State Chief of Election Deniers, McCarthy, sent a message of Total Loyalty to the old team of Putin and Trump – by dismissing Representative Adam Schiff, Eric Swawel, from the Intelligence Committee. This caused Putin to stomp his feet – with joy! Hope springs eternal for Mad Men who work hard to eliminate Democracy at home – and in the world! As I type, Foreign Intelligence is going over the words of our President, and our Speaker of the House, to DETERMINE if they can count on us. Is THE END of Putin’s aggression – near? Or, has McCarthy prolonged this evil war on unarmed citizens?

I have been supportive of Adam Schiff who has let me post on his Facebook without censorship. I will be painting a portrait of Putin’s seething hatred of this Congressman from my home State of California. I have employed my book ‘The Royal Janitor’ as a legitimate Propaganda Tool. I will show how McCarthy, and other Election Deniers, are employing propaganda in order to do away with our Democracy. Congressman Victoria Spartz cited ‘Due Process’ .

https://news.yahoo.com/gop-rep-victoria-spartz-blasts-203318239.html

The Accused are being accused of being modern day Joseph McCarthy, who saw disloyal Communist lurking everywhere. This was proven not to be the case. NOT SO WITH TRUMP, who told his followers the Democrats’ are going to rig the coming elections. Imagine if Richard Nixon – and President Eisenhower – said this about the Democrats, who put John F. Kennedy in the White House/ Then there is Trump’s demand Georgia produce more votes. THEN – PUTIN INVADED UKRAINE! Do Republican election Deniers – care? What if Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn, announced he believes Khrushchev is a nice guy – and ally?

We and the Free world imposed sanctions on Putin and Russia. Has the Election Denier Speaker of the Republican House – forgotten? When you take away the fluff, huff&puff of McCarthy you get a treasoness delcaration!

“I see no fault with the alliance between Putin and Trump – and never have!”

Never forget – Killer Putin WANTED IT TO BE TRUE – the Democrats stole the election! Russia’s Generals wanted Republican Election Deniers to prove Democrats are thieves and liars. How does the German Rose of California see it?

John Presco

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_Select_Committee_on_Intelligence

“In order to maintain a standard worthy of this committee’s responsibilities, I am hereby rejecting the appointments of Representative Adam Schiff and Representative Eric Swalwell to serve on the Intelligence Committee,” he wrote in a letter to Jeffries on Tuesday.

The move was no surprise. 

Republicans have been up in arms over the issue since 2021, when Democrats staged votes to remove GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.) from their committees following revelations that they had promoted violence against some of their Democratic colleagues. The eviction votes came after McCarthy declined to punish either lawmaker internally within the GOP conference, which is typically where such disciplinary actions are meted out.

https://history.house.gov/Historical-Highlights/1851-1900/Speaker-of-the-House-Sam-Rayburn-of-Texas/

The trio of House Democrats — Reps. Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell and Ilhan Omar — booted from a pair of high-profile committees by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy have decried the Republican leader’s actions as “political vengeance.”

“It’s disappointing but not surprising that Kevin McCarthy has capitulated to the right wing of his caucus, undermining the integrity of the Congress, and harming our national security in the process,” Schiff​, Swalwell and Omar said in a joint statement.  

“He struck a corrupt bargain in his desperate, and nearly failed, attempt to win the Speakership, a bargain that required political vengeance against the three of us,” the three said, referring to the tense negotiations that led to McCarthy being elected speaker on the 15th ballot earlier this month.  

McCarthy (R-Calif.) formally announced late Tuesday that Schiff and Swalwell, both of California, would not be on the House Intelligence Committee, rejecting Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ plea over the weekend to reappoint them to the prominent panel. 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/stuart-varney-on-speaker-mccarthys-bold-action-to-kick-schiff-swalwell-omar-off-committees/ar-AA16JIDE

STUART VARNEY: For years, Congressman Adam Schiff pushed the Russia hoax. He was everywhere on network television, promoting the infamous Steele dossier. Schiff knew it was a pack of lies, but still presented it as fact. And he was on the House Intelligence Committee!

For years Congressman Eric Swalwell hung out with Fang Fang, a Chinese spy. She helped him raise money for his election and placed an intern in his office. Even after this was all revealed, he was still placed on the House Intelligence Committee.

And then there is Rep. Ilhan Omar. She is vigorously anti-Israel. Her venom borders on anti-Semitism. She told CNN she had no regrets comparing America and Israel to terrorist groups like the Taliban! She was on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/speaker-mccarthy-is-totally-justified-in-keeping-schiff-and-swalwell-off-intelligence-committee/ar-AA16JKE5

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/democrats-pulled-from-house-panels-blast-mccarthy-for-political-vengeance/ar-AA16J8Vq

“We remain united and determined as ever in our conviction and our cause. These tanks are further evidence of our enduring unflagging commitment to Ukraine and our confidence in the skill of the Ukrainian forces. As I told President Zelenskyy when he was here — today is his birthday, by the way, in December, we’re with you for as long as it takes, Mr. President.”

Biden approves sending 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine

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In a major increase of U.S. support to Ukraine, President Joe Biden has signed off on sending 31 M1 Abrams tanks to the war-torn country as concerns mount over a new Russian offensive this spring.

“Secretary Austin has recommended this step because it will enhance the Ukraine’s capacity to defend its territory and achieve its strategic objectives,” Biden said during remarks in the White House’s Roosevelt Room flanked by the Defense Secretary and Sec. of State Antony Blinken, as Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has put out a direct appeal for more tanks with a harsh winter and the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion approaching.

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“We remain united and determined as ever in our conviction and our cause. These tanks are further evidence of our enduring unflagging commitment to Ukraine and our confidence in the skill of the Ukrainian forces. As I told President Zelenskyy when he was here — today is his birthday, by the way, in December, we’re with you for as long as it takes, Mr. President.”

Thirty-one tanks is a specific number, a U.S. official told reporters in a conference call earlier Wednesday, as it constitutes one Ukrainian tank battalion. “So we are specifically meeting that requirement.”

The U.S. announcement about its tank commitment comes the same day Germany has also pledged to send Ukraine 14 of its own Leopard 2 tanks.MORE: US considering sending dozens of Abrams tanks to Ukraine, officials say

Political gymnastics have muddled Ukraine’s plea for more tanks as Russia prepares for a spring offensive, with Germany reportedly hesitant to send Leopard 2s until the U.S. promised to send Abrams tanks — vehicles which Pentagon officials have publicly said weren’t suited for the fight.

On Wednesday, Biden said that the U.S. is also pledging to train Ukrainians so they are prepared to integrate the Abram tanks into their defenses.

“The Abrams tanks are the most capable tanks in the world. They’re also extremely complex to operate and maintain, so we’re also giving Ukraine the parts and equipment necessary to effectively sustain these tanks on the battlefield. And we’ll begin, we’ll begin to train the Ukrainian troops on these issues of sustainment, logistics and maintenance as soon as possible.”

Biden administration officials had confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday that they were considering sending the Abrams tanks to Ukraine under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. That means the U.S. will arrange for the contracting of the tanks with their manufacturer, which could mean the vehicles will not be able to be fielded for quite some time — possibly more than a year. On Wednesday, Biden confirmed the extended timeline, which his officials said could take “months, as opposed to weeks.

“Delivering these tanks to the field is going to take time,” Biden said.

President Joe Biden and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy speak in the Oval Office of the White House, Dec. 21, 2022.© Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Early Wednesday, Germany confirmed it will supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks and approve requests by dozens of other countries to do the same. The U.K. has also committed 12 of its own Challenger 2 battle tanks, and Poland has asked Germany for permission to send the Leopards it has in stock. The president said he spoke this morning with President Macron of France, Chancellor Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Meloni of Italy, and UK Prime Minister Sunak to discuss the war.

“I’m grateful to Chancellor Scholz for providing German Leopard 2 tanks and will lead an effort to organize the European contribution of two tank battalions for Ukraine,” Biden said on Wednesday. “Germany has really stepped up. The chancellor has been a strong, strong voice for unity, a close friend and for the level of effort we’re gonna continue.”

Asked about the timing of this decision and whether Germany “forced you to change your mind” about sending tanks, which the Pentagon was initially against, Biden defended the move as a coordinated decision.

“Germany didn’t force me to change your mind. We wanted to make sure we were all together. That’s what we were going to do all along and that’s what we’re doing right now.”

Still, this falls far short of the 300 battle tanks that Zelenskyy has said he needs for the war.

U.S. officials argued that this new shipment of tanks highlights the unity among all allies working to support Ukraine, minimizing the disagreement between the U.S. and Germany on the usefulness of the Abrams vehicles.MORE: $2.5 billion more U.S. military aid headed to Ukraine, but no tanks

Zelenskyy reacted to the tank commitments in a new SkyNews interview.

“I would like to say thank you to Germany, to Britain and to the United States that they made this decision,” he said.

Russia reacts: ‘Burn up … like any other’

The Kremlin has downplayed the new supply of tanks, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying in his daily briefing on Wednesday that “to supply U.S.-made Abrams tanks to Ukraine won’t work, as its initiators overestimate the potential of Ukrainian servicemen.”

“I am sure that many specialists overestimate the absurdity of this idea. Simply because it’s a rather bad plan in its technological aspects and, most importantly, there is an obvious overestimation of the potential it could add to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This is yet another profound misconception,” he added.

“We have repeatedly said that these tanks will burn up just like any other,” Peskov said.

Biden reiterated on Wednesday the United States’ commitment to countering Russian aggression on Ukrainian land.

“Today’s announcement builds on the hard work and commitment from countries around the world led by the United States of America to help Ukraine defend its sovereignty and its territorial integrity. That’s what this is about. Helping Ukraine to defend and protect Ukrainian land. It is not an offensive threat to Russia,” Biden said.

More international commitments coming, official says

Biden planned to call German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak together later this morning, an official said on Wednesday.

“We do expect other nations to announce contributions of additional armored capability, including some that will be readily available for use on the battlefield in the coming weeks,” an official said.

Ukraine wants American and German advanced tanks quickly, as they’re more advanced than Russia’s own.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the US Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 21, 2022.© Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images, FILE

“Hundreds of thanks are not hundreds of tanks,” Zelenskyy said last week. “All of us can use thousands of words in discussions, but I cannot put words instead of the guns that are needed against Russian artillery or instead of the anti-aircraft missiles that are needed to protect people from Russian air strikes.”

The Biden administration last week had announced another huge military aid package for Ukraine — including close to 150 more armored vehicles — but not the Ukraine-requested tanks.

ABC News’ Libby Cathey, Shannon K. Crawford, Luis Martinez, Matt Seyler and Joseph Simonetti contributed to this report.

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