Dear Senator Lankford: You Scammed Us

Dear Senator Lankford,

Never in my life have I felt so ashamed of my government. Your motion on the morning of December 2, 2017 represents what I hate in our government. You shortchanged your country in exchange for an oily cookie from the Koch brothers and other campaign financiers. This bill goes against the recommendation of every credible economist in the United States, and more importantly “We” the People.

Mitch McConnell ramrodded this repulsive bill through, not because it would do the middle class any good, but because he found a razor-thin opening to shove it through. To do this McConnell paid off a number of senators, and one of those senators was you. Your moral compass is as wide as your public acceptance on climate change. You threw America under the bus because your master threw you a petroleum-laced doggie biscuit, and you keeled.

You passed a budget that will create a $1.6 trillion debt over ten years, and you justify it because the increased rate of economy will pay for it. That is like throwing your family off the edge of a cliff in an airplane suggesting that its wings will lift up the plane, but it turns out that airplane that you provided for them was a beat-up old Volkswagen Bus. The most optimistic economists predict that at best the increased economy will only make up $600 billion, leaving middle-class tax payers to account for $1 trillion of the debt that you created.

When Republicans realize that economic growth will not make up for the difference they will pick the pockets of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, CHIP, and education. In other words, they will raid the most vulnerable in our nation. Mahatma Ghandi is attributed to saying, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” In four years middle class tax breaks will end while corporate tax breaks will last forever. You will have disparaged the poor, the vulnerable, and the needy.

On your website and your email footer you write, “In God We Trust.” How dare you profane the name of the almighty? You are by no means a Christian man. 1 John 3:17 teaches, “Rich people who see a brother or sister in need, yet close their hearts against them, cannot claim that they love God.” When we were in need you turned your head the other way. Matthew 25:35-36 reads, “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in. Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” Your tax bill will compromise our nation’s infrastructure to take care of those who suffer in order to pad the pockets of the most wealthy. Christ did not think so highly of rich people, but you do. Matthew 19:24 reads, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” No human whose hands have touched that bill could ever consider him or herself a Christian, for they love riches of the rich more than they love their country.

You do not represent me, and you do not represent the State of Oklahoma. You represent corporate interests, and for that you no longer deserve the hallowed seat which you actively defile. “Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). The Republicans patched together the worst bill that has been passed in my lifetime. You pretended to be the voice of nuance, but at the end you supported it. You refused to stand up to your party leaders and the President who is a criminal who seeks to use his office to increase his net worth. Dante wrote, “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” When your country needed you the most you threw in the towel, and I will not forgive you for it until you yield your position to someone who is willing to stand up for Americans. There is no place for you in Washington.

Brian D. King

 

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Spatchcock Turkey and Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish

  • 1 12 oz. bag of cranberries
  • 1 ½ oranges peeled and seeded
  • ½ C. guava jelly
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar (or desired amount)

Pulse ingredients in blender. Serve or Freeze.

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This is the best cranberry relish that I’ve ever tasted. I was never a fan, but I have consistently made it out of tradition’s sake. This year I changed my recipe and made some a few days early. Notice how my ziplock freezer bag is so small. My kids ate up all my cranberry relish, so I actually might have to make some more. If you love ginger or orange peel in your relish, feel free to add some in.

Spatchcock Turkey and Broth – Start the Day Before

The day before Thanksgiving take your turkey out of its bag. Remove giblets and turkey neck and stick them in a crockpot for later. Take a pair of garden shears or a sharp serrated knife and remove the spinal column of your turkey. Make cuts in the collar bones. Flatten Turkey pushing down with your arms. If you didn’t properly cut the collar bone than you may hear it snap.

Pat dry the skin of the turkey with a paper towel. Spray it down with cooking spray (like ®Pam). Salt the surface, and then place in the refrigerator overnight uncovered. The skin of your turkey should harden through the night which will make it crispier. The next day cook it at 450⁰ F for about 80 minutes (cook times will vary on size of your turkey and oven temperature. Be sure that the thickest part of your turkey breast reads 165⁰ F).

Cut the spinal column in half so it will fit in the crock pot. Place any other scraps, giblets, and the turkey neck into the crock pot. Fill with water so it just covers the contents. Set on low for thirteen hours. When complete, strain, salt, and use turkey broth for gray and stuffing.

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I cut the spinal column in half so it will fit in the pot.
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Let Spatchcock Turkey sit in the refrigerator open overnight. I also injected it with butter.
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A good broth requires at least 11 hours in a crock pot. This contains a turkey neck, spinal column, and giblets.
 

 

 

Pray for the Silent Caucus

Congressional Republicans have had seven years to write a healthcare bill upon which they could all agree. If they had any clue as to how to write a healthcare bill, then by now it would have already been passed and signed. They are unable to write an adequate healthcare bill for the same reason that vegans are unable to write a good meatloaf recipe, it is just not what they do. Government health infrastructure goes against their principles. Continue reading “Pray for the Silent Caucus”

Do We Need an Oklahoma Salute?

Heritage Elementary School Board:

My name is Brian King. I was primarily raised in Maryland, but as an adult I have lived in Utah, Arizona, Wisconsin, Vermont, Texas, and now Oklahoma. My wife and I purchased a home in Tahlequah, and we now consider ourselves Oklahomans. I have previously shared my reservations about Heritage Elementary School’s tradition of standing for the Oklahoma Salute every morning, and was asked by Principal Davenport to share my view on this matter with the board. Continue reading “Do We Need an Oklahoma Salute?”

We Are All Chefs in Washington

A friend of mine recently stated public disdain for the influx of political stories and posts in the media and social media. I also long for the days that the police beat filled my 10 o’clock news and pictures of my friends’ food overwhelmed my social media feed.  America has been swamped by Trump stories for over two years, and I would love for it to end. However, I find some bit of solace that stories of White House and its Administration still resonate with the public. Never in my lifetime has the public been so engrossed in politics. Continue reading “We Are All Chefs in Washington”