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Rediscovering Camelot: As Kennedy Anniversary Approaches, Art Expert Reveals New Theory PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 12:30

Planning already is underway to mark the 50th anniversaryof the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 2013. Commemorative events in Dallas and in churches across the country are being organized. TV host Bill O’Reilly is set to release a new book, “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot,” this fall, and a feature movie, “The Kennedy Detail,” is planned for release next fall.

“As people ponder the legacy of President Kennedy and his ‘Camelot,’ it’s a good time to revisit the original Camelot of King Arthur legend, and I have compelling new evidence about where it may have been located,” says art expert Terry Stanfill, author of Realms of Gold: Ritual to Romance (, a novel of ancient history and modern romance that posits her new theory about Camelot.

“The Arthurian legend is so ancient, and yet it has been one of the most enduring interests in Western civilization,” she says. “It’s exciting to think that after all of these centuries, we have a strong case for a real Camelot.”

Educated in Medieval history, Stanfill has traveled extensively through Asia and Europe, particularly France and Italy, and researched the art and artifacts. She offers this primer on King Arthur, including her own surprising theory about the true location of the original Camelot:

• The legend
Arthur as king was first mentioned in “The History of the Kings of Britain” by Geoffrey of Monmouth, 1100-1155. A generation later, Chrétien de Troyes, a French bard and poet, began to weave stories about King Arthur's court, introducing the characters Lancelot, Guinevere and Perceval. He was the first to mention Camelot, King Arthur’s home, describing it as "a place by a river, surrounded by forests and plains beyond."

• The reality
Toward the end of the Roman Empire, circa 450 AD, Arthur Riothamus, King of the Britons, was hired by the Romans to fight off invading Goths and Visigoths. There is documentation from multiple sources that Arthur spent a lot of time in Burgundy, France. He died after a battle near Bourges and was taken by his men to Avallon in France, a town that had existed for centuries. This is fact, not fiction.

• Avalon
While many people believe the mystical Avalon of Arthurian legend was in England, perhaps near Glastonbury, there is no record of a place called Avalon in that country.The Avallon region of France, however, has long existed. It was and still is known for its fruit trees and vines, much like the lush island of legend.

• Camelot
While many presume Camelot was in England, the extraordinary discovery in 2007 of the remains of an ancient community on Mont Lassois in France makes Stanfill wonder if this was actually the true Camelot. The community is near Avallon, and among the buildings unearthed there appear to be the remnants of a palace, including a great hall, where there is evidence of feasting.

“When Chrétien de Troyes wrote of Camelot, this place may have been held in the memory of the locals as a place where peace, prosperity and the good life held a long reign,” Stanfill says. “His vision was a nostalgic tribute to a distant, golden age of tranquility that was on this hilltop.”

Stage director Manfred Flynn Kuhnert, an Arthurian legend aficionado and teaching fellow at Harvard College, says Stanfill offers the most compelling evidence he’s heard for the historical existence of Camelot and its location in France.

“The citadel of Latisco on Mont Lassois -- a site of palatial buildings unprecedented in the Celtic world – is not far from Avallon,” Kuhnert says. “Arthur Riothamus’ time in Burgundy is documented, and we know that the first person to write about Arthur was the bard Chrétien, who lived in the area.

“This place is exactly as he described it: ‘on a hill, a place by a river, surrounded by forests, with plains beyond.’ Terry Stanfill may well have it right.”

About Terry Stanfill

Terry Stanfill holds a degree in English literature with a minor in medieval history. She is an Overseer of the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. An enthusiastic preservationist, she was decorated by the president of Italy with the Ordine al Merito, Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana, and more recently as Commendatore, for her fundraising efforts for the restoration of San Pietro di Castello, the ancient cathedral of Venice. She is a former international representative for Christie’s auction house and former director of Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif. “Realms of Gold: Ritual to Romance” is her third novel. Her first two are “The Blood Remembers” and “A Tale of the Fortuny Gown.” Stanfill is married to Dennis Stanfill, former CEO of 20th Century Fox and MGM Studios.

Branstad/Reynolds Announce New Program to Provide Affordable Housing to Persons with Disabilities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Jared   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 12:07

Community-Based Revolving Loan Fund to Support Affordable Housing and Supportive Services for Iowans with Disabilities 

(DES MOINES) – The Branstad/Reynolds Administration today announced a new program that will further the availability of affordable housing for Iowans with disabilities. The Community-Based Revolving Loan Fund program will provide affordable financing for the construction or rehabilitation of supportive housing for individuals with significant barriers to accessing traditional rental opportunities. The program is jointly administered by the Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Community-Based Revolving Loan Fund applicants must receive approval on proposed service plans from the Iowa Department of Human Services before submitting a non-competitive application to the Iowa Finance Authority for affordable construction loans offered at zero to one percent interest, ranging from $50,000-$500,000, subject to availability.

“This new program will provide the affordable financing that developers need to construct specialized affordable housing and supportive services to meet the needs of some of Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Branstad. “Affordable housing for all Iowans is central to vibrant communities and a thriving economy and I look forward to seeing the results of this program in action.”

“I’m pleased that the affordable housing need for Iowans with disabilities will be supported by this program,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds.  “The innovative affordable financing provided through this program will ultimately translate to housing barriers being broken down and Iowans with disabilities being able to thrive in an environment of their choice.”   


“The Iowa Finance Authority is proud to offer this program to fulfill an important housing need in partnership with the Iowa Department of Human Services,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison. “We look forward to seeing the far-reaching benefits of this program in Iowa communities for generations to come.”  


“The new Community-Based Revolving Loan Fund will provide eligible Iowans with important community-based housing, a vital benefit that is good for Iowans and our communities,” said Iowa Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer.  



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Morthland to Return to Office after Surgery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Rich Morthland   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:53

Moline, IL… State Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) will return to his office tomorrow morning for the first time following a knee surgery stemming from an injury on his farm last Thursday. There, he will be available to the media from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Since the accident, my goal has been to get back to the office and back to work as soon as possible,” said Morthland. “I want to thank everyone for the well wishes; my rehabilitation is moving forward extremely well.”

Morthland will also host a Veterans’ Services Forum on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. for veterans and their families to discuss the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs’ effort to modernize services to better serve veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more information please call 309-762-3008, or stop by the district office at 4416 River Drive, Moline, Illinois, 61265.


U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force Search for Convicted Sex Offender PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Powell   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:27

Des Moines, Iowa – The U.S. Marshals Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is requesting the public’s assistance in the search for convicted sex offender Courtney Cortez Chestnut, 29, of Des Moines.  Chestnut is wanted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for failure to register as a sex offender (2nd offense) and escape.

Courtney Cortez CHESTNUT.jpg

Chestnut is a black male with brown eyes and black hair.  He is approximately 6’02” tall, and weighs 195 pounds.  He has tattoos on both arms and may be wearing a thin mustache and beard.  Chestnut is believed to frequent the South Side, Drake, and Merle Hay neighborhoods in Des Moines.

The public should not attempt to detain Courtney Chestnut themselves.  Chestnut has a history of assault, sexual assault, and drug abuse.  Anyone with information on Courtney Cortez Chestnut’s whereabouts should contact U.S. Marshals at (515) 284-6240 or 1-877-WANTED2 (926-8332), Polk County Crime Stoppers at (515) 223-1400, or local law enforcement.  Callers can remain confidential.

Since passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA) in 2006, U.S. Marshals have assisted state and local law enforcement agencies with locating and apprehending convicted sex offenders who fail to register or update their registration with the state sex offender registries (SORs). Under the AWA, failure to register as a sex offender or update a sex offender registration may be charged as a federal offense if the offender is found to have crossed state lines without notifying state SOR officials within the required time period.

The Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is a cooperative effort of the U.S. Marshals, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at:


The opposite of Progress is Congress PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Harris   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:22
Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:  "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a  law that  says that any time there is a deficit of more than 3% of  GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election."

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!  Why?  Simple!  The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.


Congressional Reform Act of 2012

1. No Tenure / No Pension.  A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

2.  Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.  All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress         participates with the American people. It may not be used for any otherpurpose.

3. Congress  can purchase their own retirement plan,  just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are  void effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with  Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive  the message.  Don't you think it's time?


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