Who Do You Believe: Trump? or Comey?

Donald Trump broke his silence on James Comey’s testimony to the Senate this morning in a press conference. During his testimony Comey described his encounters with the President and accused him of lying and demanding loyalty. Trump had the opportunity to accept responsibility for his words, but instead he refuted the accusations and recounted the exchanges in a way that must implicate one of these two men as a liar. He stated, “No collusion. No obstruction. He’s a leaker.”  In his ad hominem attack, Mr. Trump created either incriminated himself or James Comey. There can be no middle ground; either Comey gave an accurate description of his encounter with Trump, or he lied. Unless any possible tapes of the conversation surface (which is unlikely), the public must decide whom they believe based on the personal character of these two individuals because they were the only witnesses present at the time of the encounters.

Herein lies the problem that Trump created for himself. Comey is a thoroughly vetted former FBI director who testified under oath. He has nothing to gain from giving a false testimony, and he has no history of lying. On the other hand, Trump has never been properly vetted. He never served publicly prior to his electoral win. Because of his myriad false statements, he would never even qualify to serve as an entry-level diplomat for the State Department. Trump will be remembered in history as one of Washington’s most consistent liars. Many independent fact-checkers such as Mother Jones, Politifact, and the Washington Post indicated that during the 2016 election season Trump made more false statements than any other candidate or politician in the United States. Trump has everything to lose if Comey’s story is correct. Trump is not a credible source of accurate information, and the information relayed during his press conference today should be disregarded.

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Phone Call to Congress: Impeach

This is a template phone call that I have made to my senators and representative every day for the last week.

“When President Trump took office this January there were those who thought that Democrats, the media, and other Americans would slow down their anti-Trump rhetoric in order to normalize and function within the government. Trump has passed and exceeded all expectations as a morally unfit, incompetent, and harmful President. Through his actions he has confirmed his opposition’s reluctance, and now it is time to proceed with impeachment and removal hearings.

“It would be easy to look away, both as a citizen and as a public official. Activism is a dirty business that leaves one susceptible to criticism. However, to quote the poet, Dante Alighieri, “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” We are in a time of moral crisis. Our president is under FBI investigation for breaking the law by conspiring with the President of Russia. He has abused his office by rigging the U.S. Election, using his office for personal profit, and endangering the United States disclosing and making susceptible confidential intelligence. I have not forgotten Michael Flynn, Devin Nunes, and Jared Kushner.

“We must join democrats and moderate republicans like John McCain who suggested that Trump’s union with Putin is a greater threat to the United States than even ISIS. It is obvious that our government will cease to function until Mr. Trump has been kicked out of office. These investigations, and this public outcry will never end, not until Trump has been held accountable for his wrongdoings.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” I do not think that the senator/representative is a bad person, but I want to understand his silence at a time when we Americans are in pain. It is time to put country over party and kick this corrupt, hateful, spiteful, and uninformed human being out of his office for good.”

I would like to encourage everyone to call their members of Congress to rouse them to steer the Congress (Particularly the House of Representatives) towards impeachment of the POTUS.

STATE SENATOR OFFICE LOCATION PHONE NUMBER
ALABAMA Sessions, Jeff Birmingham (205) 731-1500
ALABAMA Sessions, Jeff Huntsville (256) 533-0979
ALABAMA Sessions, Jeff Mobile (251) 414-3083
ALABAMA Sessions, Jeff Montgomery (334) 230-0698
ALABAMA Sessions, Jeff Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4124
ALABAMA Sessions, Jeff Wiregrass (334) 792-4924
ALABAMA Shelby, Richard Birmingham (205) 731-1384
ALABAMA Shelby, Richard Huntsville (256) 772-0460
ALABAMA Shelby, Richard Mobile (251) 694-4164
ALABAMA Shelby, Richard Montgomery (334) 223-7303
ALABAMA Shelby, Richard Tuscaloosa (205) 759-5047
ALABAMA Shelby, Richard Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5744
ALASKA Murkowski, Lisa Anchorage (907) 271-3735
ALASKA Murkowski, Lisa Fairbanks (907) 456-0233
ALASKA Murkowski, Lisa Juneau (907) 586-7277
ALASKA Murkowski, Lisa Kenai (907) 283-5808
ALASKA Murkowski, Lisa Ketchikan (907) 225-6880
ALASKA Murkowski, Lisa Mat-Su Valley (907) 376-7665
ALASKA Murkowski, Lisa Washington, D.C. (202) 224-6665
ALASKA Sullivan, Dan Anchorage (907) 271-5915
ALASKA Sullivan, Dan Fairbanks (907) 456-0261
ALASKA Sullivan, Dan Juneau (907) 586-7277
ALASKA Sullivan, Dan Kenai (907) 283-4000
ALASKA Sullivan, Dan Ketchikan (907) 225-6880
ALASKA Sullivan, Dan Mat-Su Valley (907) 357-9956
ALASKA Sullivan, Dan Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3004
ARIZONA Flake, Jeff Phoenix (602) 840-1891
ARIZONA Flake, Jeff Tucson (520) 575-8633
ARIZONA Flake, Jeff Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4521
ARIZONA McCain, John Phoenix (602) 952-2410
ARIZONA McCain, John Prescott (928) 445-0833
ARIZONA McCain, John Tucson (520) 670-6334
ARIZONA McCain, John Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2235
ARKANSAS Boozman, John El Dorado (870) 863-4641
ARKANSAS Boozman, John Fort Smith (479) 573-0189
ARKANSAS Boozman, John Jonesboro (870) 268-6925
ARKANSAS Boozman, John Little Rock (501) 372-7153
ARKANSAS Boozman, John Lowell (479) 725-0400
ARKANSAS Boozman, John Mountain Home (870) 424-0129
ARKANSAS Boozman, John Stuttgart (870) 672-6941
ARKANSAS Boozman, John Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4843
ARKANSAS Cotton, Tom El Dorado (870) 864-8582
ARKANSAS Cotton, Tom Jonesboro (870) 933-6223
ARKANSAS Cotton, Tom Little Rock (501) 223-9081
ARKANSAS Cotton, Tom Springdale (479) 751-0879
ARKANSAS Cotton, Tom Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2353
CALIFORNIA Feinstein, Dianne Fresno (559) 485-7430
CALIFORNIA Feinstein, Dianne Los Angeles (310) 914-7300
CALIFORNIA Feinstein, Dianne San Diego (619) 231-9712
CALIFORNIA Feinstein, Dianne San Francisco (415) 393-0707
CALIFORNIA Feinstein, Dianne Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3841
CALIFORNIA Harris, Kamala Fresno (916) 448-2787
CALIFORNIA Harris, Kamala Los Angeles (213) 894-5000
CALIFORNIA Harris, Kamala Sacramento (916) 448-2787
CALIFORNIA Harris, Kamala San Diego (619) 239-3884
CALIFORNIA Harris, Kamala San Francisco (213) 894-5000
CALIFORNIA Harris, Kamala Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3553
COLORADO Bennet, Michael Arkansas Valley (719) 542-7550
COLORADO Bennet, Michael Denver Metro (303) 455-7600
COLORADO Bennet, Michael Four Corners (970) 259-1710
COLORADO Bennet, Michael Northern Colorado (970) 224-2200
COLORADO Bennet, Michael Northwest/I-70W (970) 241-6631
COLORADO Bennet, Michael Pikes Peak (719) 328-1100
COLORADO Bennet, Michael San Luis Valley (719) 587-0096
COLORADO Bennet, Michael Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5852
COLORADO Gardner, Cory Colorado Springs (719) 632-6706
COLORADO Gardner, Cory Denver (303) 391-5777
COLORADO Gardner, Cory Fort Collins (970) 484-3502
COLORADO Gardner, Cory Grand Junction (970) 245-9553
COLORADO Gardner, Cory Greeley (970) 352-5546
COLORADO Gardner, Cory Pueblo (719) 543-1324
COLORADO Gardner, Cory Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5941
COLORADO Gardner, Cory Yuma (970) 848-3095
CONNECTICUT Blumenthal, Richard Bridgeport (203) 330-0598
CONNECTICUT Blumenthal, Richard Hartford (860) 258-6940
CONNECTICUT Blumenthal, Richard Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2823
CONNECTICUT Murphy, Chris Hartford (860) 549-8463
CONNECTICUT Murphy, Chris Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4041
DELAWARE Carper, Tom Dover (302) 674-3308
DELAWARE Carper, Tom Georgetown (302) 856-7690
DELAWARE Carper, Tom Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2441
DELAWARE Carper, Tom Wilmington (302) 573-6291
DELAWARE Coons, Chris Dover (302) 736-5601
DELAWARE Coons, Chris Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5042
DELAWARE Coons, Chris Wilmington (302) 573-6345
FLORIDA Nelson, Bill Broward (954) 693-4851
FLORIDA Nelson, Bill Fort Myers (239) 334-7760
FLORIDA Nelson, Bill Jacksonville (904) 346-4500
FLORIDA Nelson, Bill Miami-Dade (305) 536-5999
FLORIDA Nelson, Bill Orlando (407) 872-7161
FLORIDA Nelson, Bill Tallahassee (850) 942-8415
FLORIDA Nelson, Bill Tampa (813) 225-7040
FLORIDA Nelson, Bill Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5274
FLORIDA Nelson, Bill West Palm Beach (561) 514-0189
FLORIDA Rubio, Marco Jacksonville (904) 398-8586
FLORIDA Rubio, Marco Miami (305) 418-8553
FLORIDA Rubio, Marco Naples (239) 213-1521
FLORIDA Rubio, Marco Orlando (407) 254-2573
FLORIDA Rubio, Marco Palm Beach (561) 775-3360
FLORIDA Rubio, Marco Pensacola (850) 433-2603
FLORIDA Rubio, Marco Tallahassee (850) 599-9100
FLORIDA Rubio, Marco Tampa (813) 287-5035
FLORIDA Rubio, Marco Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3041
GEORGIA Isakson, Johnny Atlanta (770) 661-0999
GEORGIA Isakson, Johnny Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3643
GEORGIA Perdue, David Atlanta (404) 865-0087
GEORGIA Perdue, David Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3521
HAWAII Hirono, Mazie Hawaii (808) 522-8970
HAWAII Hirono, Mazie Washington, D.C. (202) 224-6361
HAWAII Schatz, Brian Honolulu (808) 523-2061
HAWAII Schatz, Brian Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3934
IDAHO Crapo, Mike Eastern Idaho, North (208) 522-9779
IDAHO Crapo, Mike Eastern Idaho, South (208) 236-6775
IDAHO Crapo, Mike Idaho State (208) 334-1776
IDAHO Crapo, Mike North Idaho (208) 664-5490
IDAHO Crapo, Mike North-Central Idaho (208) 743-1492
IDAHO Crapo, Mike South-Central Idaho (208) 734-2515
IDAHO Crapo, Mike Washington, D.C. (202) 224-6142
IDAHO Risch, Jim Boise (208) 342-7985
IDAHO Risch, Jim Coeur D’Alene (208) 667-6130
IDAHO Risch, Jim Idaho Falls (208) 523-5541
IDAHO Risch, Jim Lewiston (208) 743-0792
IDAHO Risch, Jim Pocatello (208) 236-6817
IDAHO Risch, Jim Twin Falls (208) 734-6780
IDAHO Risch, Jim Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2752
ILLINOIS Duckworth, Tammy Chicago (312) 886-3506
ILLINOIS Duckworth, Tammy Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2854
ILLINOIS Durbin, Richard Carbondale (618) 351-1122
ILLINOIS Durbin, Richard Chicago (312) 353-4952
ILLINOIS Durbin, Richard Rock Island (309) 786-5173
ILLINOIS Durbin, Richard Springfield (217) 492-4062
ILLINOIS Durbin, Richard Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2152
INDIANA Donnelly, Joe Evansville (812) 425-5813
INDIANA Donnelly, Joe Fort Wayne (260) 420-4955
INDIANA Donnelly, Joe Hammond (219) 852-0089
INDIANA Donnelly, Joe Indianapolis (317) 226-5555
INDIANA Donnelly, Joe Jeffersonville (812) 284-2027
INDIANA Donnelly, Joe South Bend (574) 288-2780
INDIANA Donnelly, Joe Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4814
INDIANA Young, Todd Evansville
INDIANA Young, Todd Fort Wayne
INDIANA Young, Todd Indianapolis (317) 226-6700
INDIANA Young, Todd New Albany (812) 542-4820
INDIANA Young, Todd Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5623
IOWA Ernst, Joni Cedar Rapids (319) 365-4504
IOWA Ernst, Joni Council Bluffs (712) 352-1167
IOWA Ernst, Joni Davenport (563) 322-0677
IOWA Ernst, Joni Des Moines (515) 284-4574
IOWA Ernst, Joni Sioux City (712) 252-1550
IOWA Ernst, Joni Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3254
IOWA Grassley, Chuck Cedar Rapids (319) 363-6832
IOWA Grassley, Chuck Council Bluffs (712) 322-7103
IOWA Grassley, Chuck Davenport (563) 322-4331
IOWA Grassley, Chuck Des Moines (515) 288-1145
IOWA Grassley, Chuck Sioux City (712) 233-1860
IOWA Grassley, Chuck Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3744
IOWA Grassley, Chuck Waterloo (319) 232-6657
KANSAS Moran, Jerry Hays (785) 628-6401
KANSAS Moran, Jerry Manhattan (785) 539-8973
KANSAS Moran, Jerry Olathe (913) 393-0711
KANSAS Moran, Jerry Pittsburg (620) 232-2286
KANSAS Moran, Jerry Washington, D.C. (202) 224-6521
KANSAS Moran, Jerry Wichita (316) 631-1410
KANSAS Roberts, Pat Dodge City (620) 227-2244
KANSAS Roberts, Pat Overland Park (913) 451-9343
KANSAS Roberts, Pat Topeka (785) 295-2745
KANSAS Roberts, Pat Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4774
KANSAS Roberts, Pat Wichita (316) 263-0416
KENTUCKY McConnell, Mitch Bowling Green (270) 781-1673
KENTUCKY McConnell, Mitch Ft. Wright (859) 578-0188
KENTUCKY McConnell, Mitch Lexington (859) 224-8286
KENTUCKY McConnell, Mitch London (606) 864-2026
KENTUCKY McConnell, Mitch Louisville (502) 582-6304
KENTUCKY McConnell, Mitch Paducah (270) 442-4554
KENTUCKY McConnell, Mitch Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2541
KENTUCKY Paul, Rand Bowling Green (270) 782-8303
KENTUCKY Paul, Rand Crescent Springs (859) 426-0165
KENTUCKY Paul, Rand Hopkinsville (270) 885-1212
KENTUCKY Paul, Rand Lexington (859) 219-2239
KENTUCKY Paul, Rand Louisville (502) 582-5341
KENTUCKY Paul, Rand Owensboro (270) 689-9085
KENTUCKY Paul, Rand Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4343
LOUSIANA Cassidy, Bill Alexandria (318) 448-7176
LOUSIANA Cassidy, Bill Baton Rouge (225) 929-7711
LOUSIANA Cassidy, Bill Lafayette (337) 261-1400
LOUSIANA Cassidy, Bill Lake Charles (337) 493-5398
LOUSIANA Cassidy, Bill Metairie (504) 838-0130
LOUSIANA Cassidy, Bill Monroe (318) 324-2111
LOUSIANA Cassidy, Bill Shreveport (318) 798-3215
LOUSIANA Cassidy, Bill Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5824
LOUSIANA Kennedy, John Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4623
MAINE Collins, Susan Augusta (207) 622-8414
MAINE Collins, Susan Bangor (207) 945-0417
MAINE Collins, Susan Biddeford (207) 283-1101
MAINE Collins, Susan Caribou (207) 493-7873
MAINE Collins, Susan Lewiston (207) 784-6969
MAINE Collins, Susan Portland (207) 780-3575
MAINE Collins, Susan Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2523
MAINE King, Angus Augusta (207) 622-8292
MAINE King, Angus Bangor (207) 945-8000
MAINE King, Angus Presque Isle (207) 764-5124
MAINE King, Angus Scarborough (207) 883-1588
MAINE King, Angus Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5344
MARYLAND Cardin, Ben Baltimore (410) 962-4436
MARYLAND Cardin, Ben Bowie (301) 860-0414
MARYLAND Cardin, Ben Cumberland (301) 777-2957
MARYLAND Cardin, Ben Rockville (301) 762-2974
MARYLAND Cardin, Ben Salisbury (410) 546-4250
MARYLAND Cardin, Ben Southern Maryland (202) 870-1164
MARYLAND Cardin, Ben Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4524
MARYLAND Van Hollen, Chris Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4654
MASSACHUSETTS Markey, Ed Boston (617) 565-8519
MASSACHUSETTS Markey, Ed Fall River (508) 677-0523
MASSACHUSETTS Markey, Ed Springfield (413) 785-4610
MASSACHUSETTS Markey, Ed Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2742
MASSACHUSETTS Warren, Elizabeth Boston (617) 565-3170
MASSACHUSETTS Warren, Elizabeth Springfield (413) 788-2690
MASSACHUSETTS Warren, Elizabeth Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4543
MICHIGAN Peters, Gary Detroit (313) 226-6020
MICHIGAN Peters, Gary Grand Rapids (616) 233-9150
MICHIGAN Peters, Gary Lansing (517) 377-1508
MICHIGAN Peters, Gary Marquette (906) 226-4554
MICHIGAN Peters, Gary Rochester (248) 608-8040
MICHIGAN Peters, Gary Saginaw (989) 754-0112
MICHIGAN Peters, Gary Traverse City (231) 947-7773
MICHIGAN Peters, Gary Washington, D.C. (202) 224-6221
MICHIGAN Stabenow, Debbie Flint/Saginaw Bay (810) 720-4172
MICHIGAN Stabenow, Debbie Mid-Michigan (517) 203-1760
MICHIGAN Stabenow, Debbie Northern Michigan (231) 929-1031
MICHIGAN Stabenow, Debbie Southeast Michigan (313) 961-4330
MICHIGAN Stabenow, Debbie Upper Peninsula (906) 228-8756
MICHIGAN Stabenow, Debbie Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4822
MICHIGAN Stabenow, Debbie West Michigan (616) 975-0052
MINNESOTA Franken, Al Duluth (218) 722-2390
MINNESOTA Franken, Al Moorhead (218) 284-8721
MINNESOTA Franken, Al Rochester (507) 288-2003
MINNESOTA Franken, Al Saint Paul (651) 221-1016
MINNESOTA Franken, Al Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5641
MINNESOTA Klobuchar, Amy Metro (612) 727-5220
MINNESOTA Klobuchar, Amy Northeastern (218) 741-9690
MINNESOTA Klobuchar, Amy Northwestern & Central (218) 287-2219
MINNESOTA Klobuchar, Amy Southern (507) 288-5321
MINNESOTA Klobuchar, Amy Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3244
MISSISSIPPI Cochran, Thad Gulf Coast (228) 867-9710
MISSISSIPPI Cochran, Thad Jackson (601) 965-4459
MISSISSIPPI Cochran, Thad Oxford (662) 236-1018
MISSISSIPPI Cochran, Thad Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5054
MISSISSIPPI Wicker, Roger Gulfport (228) 871-7017
MISSISSIPPI Wicker, Roger Hernando (662) 429-1002
MISSISSIPPI Wicker, Roger Jackson (601) 965-4644
MISSISSIPPI Wicker, Roger Tupelo (662) 844-5010
MISSISSIPPI Wicker, Roger Washington, D.C. (202) 224-6253
MISSOURI Blunt, Roy Cape Girardeau (573) 334-7044
MISSOURI Blunt, Roy Columbia (573) 442-8151
MISSOURI Blunt, Roy Kansas City (816) 471-7141
MISSOURI Blunt, Roy Springfield (417) 877-7814
MISSOURI Blunt, Roy St. Louis/Clayton (314) 725-4484
MISSOURI Blunt, Roy Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5721
MISSOURI McCaskill, Claire Cape Girardeau (573) 651-0964
MISSOURI McCaskill, Claire Columbia (573) 442-7130
MISSOURI McCaskill, Claire Kansas City (816) 421-1639
MISSOURI McCaskill, Claire Springfield (417) 868-8745
MISSOURI McCaskill, Claire St. Louis (314) 367-1364
MISSOURI McCaskill, Claire Washington, D.C. (202) 224-6154
MONTANA Daines, Steve Billings (406) 245-6822
MONTANA Daines, Steve Bozeman (406) 587-3446
MONTANA Daines, Steve Great Falls (406) 453-0148
MONTANA Daines, Steve Hardin (406) 665-4126
MONTANA Daines, Steve Helena (406) 443-3189
MONTANA Daines, Steve Kalispell (406) 257-3765
MONTANA Daines, Steve Missoula (406) 549-8198
MONTANA Daines, Steve Sidney (406) 482-9010
MONTANA Daines, Steve Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2651
MONTANA Tester, Jon Billings (406) 252-0550
MONTANA Tester, Jon Bozeman (406) 586-4450
MONTANA Tester, Jon Butte (406) 723-3277
MONTANA Tester, Jon Glendive (406) 365-2391
MONTANA Tester, Jon Great Falls (406) 452-9585
MONTANA Tester, Jon Helena (406) 449-5401
MONTANA Tester, Jon Kalispell (406) 257-3360
MONTANA Tester, Jon Missoula (406) 728-3003
MONTANA Tester, Jon Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2644
NEBRASKA Fischer, Deb Kearney (308) 234-2361
NEBRASKA Fischer, Deb Lincoln (402) 441-4600
NEBRASKA Fischer, Deb Norfolk (402) 200-8816
NEBRASKA Fischer, Deb Omaha (402) 391-3411
NEBRASKA Fischer, Deb Scottsbluff (308) 630-2329
NEBRASKA Fischer, Deb Washington, D.C. (202) 224-6551
NEBRASKA Sasse, Ben Kearney (308) 233-3677
NEBRASKA Sasse, Ben Lincoln (402) 476-1400
NEBRASKA Sasse, Ben Omaha (402) 550-8040
NEBRASKA Sasse, Ben Scottsbluff (308) 632-6032
NEBRASKA Sasse, Ben Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4224
NEVADA Cortez Masto, Catherine Las Vegas (702) 388-5020
NEVADA Cortez Masto, Catherine Reno (775) 686-5750
NEVADA Cortez Masto, Catherine Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3542
NEVADA Heller, Dean Las Vegas (702) 388-6605
NEVADA Heller, Dean Reno (775) 686-5770
NEVADA Heller, Dean Washington, D.C. (202) 224-6244
NEW HAMPSHIRE Hassan, Maggie Manchester (603) 622-2204
NEW HAMPSHIRE Hassan, Maggie Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3324
NEW HAMPSHIRE Shaheen, Jeanne Berlin (603) 752-6300
NEW HAMPSHIRE Shaheen, Jeanne Claremont (603) 542-4872
NEW HAMPSHIRE Shaheen, Jeanne Dover (603) 750-3004
NEW HAMPSHIRE Shaheen, Jeanne Keene (603) 358-6604
NEW HAMPSHIRE Shaheen, Jeanne Manchester (603) 647-7500
NEW HAMPSHIRE Shaheen, Jeanne Nashua (603) 883-0196
NEW HAMPSHIRE Shaheen, Jeanne Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2841
NEW JERSEY Booker, Cory Camden (856) 338-8922
NEW JERSEY Booker, Cory Newark (973) 639-8700
NEW JERSEY Booker, Cory Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3224
NEW JERSEY Menendez, Bob Barrington (856) 757-5353
NEW JERSEY Menendez, Bob Newark (973) 645-3030
NEW JERSEY Menendez, Bob Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4744
NEW MEXICO Heinrich, Martin Albuquerque (505) 346-6601
NEW MEXICO Heinrich, Martin Farmington (505) 325-5030
NEW MEXICO Heinrich, Martin Las Cruces (575) 523-6561
NEW MEXICO Heinrich, Martin Roswell (575) 622-7113
NEW MEXICO Heinrich, Martin Santa Fe (505) 988-6647
NEW MEXICO Heinrich, Martin Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5521
NEW MEXICO Udall, Tom Albuquerque (505) 346-6791
NEW MEXICO Udall, Tom Carlsbad (575) 234-0366
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NEW MEXICO Udall, Tom Las Cruces (575) 526-5475
NEW MEXICO Udall, Tom Santa Fe (505) 988-6511
NEW MEXICO Udall, Tom Washington, D.C. (202) 224-6621
NEW YORK Gillibrand, Kirsten Albany (518) 431-0120
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NEW YORK Gillibrand, Kirsten Rochester (585) 263-6250
NEW YORK Gillibrand, Kirsten Syracuse (315) 448-0470
NEW YORK Gillibrand, Kirsten Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4451
NEW YORK Schumer, Chuck Albany (518) 431-4070
NEW YORK Schumer, Chuck Binghamton (607) 772-6792
NEW YORK Schumer, Chuck Buffalo (716) 846-4111
NEW YORK Schumer, Chuck Melville (631) 753-0978
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NEW YORK Schumer, Chuck Peekskill (914) 734-1532
NEW YORK Schumer, Chuck Rochester (585) 263-5866
NEW YORK Schumer, Chuck Syracuse (315) 423-5471
NEW YORK Schumer, Chuck Washington, D.C. (202) 224-6542
NORTH CAROLINA Burr, Richard Asheville (828) 350-2437
NORTH CAROLINA Burr, Richard Gastonia (704) 833-0854
NORTH CAROLINA Burr, Richard Rocky Mount (252) 977-9522
NORTH CAROLINA Burr, Richard Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3154
NORTH CAROLINA Burr, Richard Wilmington (910) 251-1058
NORTH CAROLINA Burr, Richard Winston-Salem (336) 631-5125
NORTH CAROLINA Tillis, Thom Charlotte (704) 509-9087
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NORTH CAROLINA Tillis, Thom Hendersonville (828) 693-8750
NORTH CAROLINA Tillis, Thom High Point (336) 885-0685
NORTH CAROLINA Tillis, Thom Raleigh (919) 856-4630
NORTH CAROLINA Tillis, Thom Washington, D.C. (202) 224-6342
NORTH DAKOTA Heitkamp, Heidi Bismarck (701) 258-4648
NORTH DAKOTA Heitkamp, Heidi Dickinson (701) 225-0974
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NORTH DAKOTA Hoeven, John Bismarck (701) 250-4618
NORTH DAKOTA Hoeven, John Fargo (701) 239-5389
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Poem: Peach Peach Let’s Impeach

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Peach Peach let’s Impeach

Let’s Impeach the Leech

Screech ‘til we Impeach the Leech

 

Bleach Bleach Clorox Bleach

Reach Reach Reach that Bleach

Bleach our guilt so I Beseech

 

Speech Speech give a Speech

Preach Preach Overreach

He Overreached so we Impeach

 

Each Peach now Outreach

Teach Speech now Outreach

Teach our children how to Preach

– BD King ©2017

Poem: I Thirst

I’d thirst for home that’s gone astray
I’d thirst for land, and soil and clay
I’d thirst for freedom if I could
I’d thirst for rights misunderstood

I’ve taken free-will’s toxic sips
For sludge has pressed upon my lips
The drug now flows into my veins
For now I’m subject to its chains

The mother who has given life
Now guts my stomach with her knife
She skims my cream to fill her hoard
She takes my milk and cuts my chord

I am now left with what to drink?
Brown water and a well of ink
A sapless tree now left to wilt
Not given water only silt

I’d thirst for justice for our throng
I’d thirst to rectify this wrong
I’d thirst for one, I’d thirst for all
To save us from this arid pall

I’d thirst while in pursuit of mirth
I’d thirst for life and for rebirth
The only thirst for which I yearn
I thirst for water in my urn

Brian D. King

Originally published at Water River Life Giver:

©2017

http://waterriverlifegiver.org/poetry/i-thirst/#more-151

 

Protect Bears Ears Letter

Dear Department of the Interior:

My name is Brian King. My ancestors trekked from New England and settled the land we know as Utah at a time when Mexico claimed its ownership. When the land was annexed into the Union my family became Utah’s first politicians. Once labeled by some as desolate wasteland, the United States government overlooked the territory surveying the land westward towards California and Oregon. Utah was not admitted into the United States until forty-six years after the Pacific-Coast states, because the government needed to discover the precious minerals in the rocky desert before they realized its worth.

One-hundred-twenty-one years have passed since Utah received statehood, and Republican politicians tied to big businesses have reopened an old conversation that a majority of Utahans have thought was settled. What is the monetary worth of land within the State of Utah? Republicans wish to destroy National Monuments in order to sell them to developers in order to extract minerals for profit. A majority of Utahan constituents (even Republican constituents) do not want this. We, as a state, have evolved, because we do not want our land to devolve into a fractured state devastated by geological extraction.

Utah has steered away from mining as a primary revenue source because it hurts Utah’s waterways, air, and land. Since 1996 Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante were promoted to National Monuments to protect the land and to preserve Utah’s natural beauty. Mr. Trump has escalated an executive order out of spite in retaliation to President Barack Obama’s designation of the Bears Ears, Gold Butte, and Katahdin Woods and Waters as National Monuments under the Antiquities Act.

My fear is that this entire inquiry is fraught in order to give the appearance of a nuanced investigation. If my comment is by any means considered by the Interior Department, or Mr. Trump, than he should know that he would be revoking the status of these National Monuments without the consensus of the people. He would rape, pillage, and destroy our land, break treaties with Native Americans, and personally profit at the expense of our precious land. These monuments are national treasures. One day, every member of the Trump administration and member of the Department of Interior will fall the way of the earth, but their legacies, and the land will remain. However, the condition of this administration’s legacy, and the condition of the land under his protection will only be determined in time.

Risotto Alla Masala

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As my family and I prepared to move out of state I searched my cabinets to clear out my junk. Whenever I move I try not to buy food, but instead, I am attempt to make whatever I can from whatever I can find in our pantry and fridge. My son discovered some limp celery this morning, so I threw it in a crock-pot with a few onions thinking that I could do something with it later. I was expecting to make some soup, but by the afternoon I had discovered my Arborio rice in the cupboard, so I decided to make risotto instead.

 

I reached into my spice rack to grab my saffron when I discovered that the container was depleted. Saffron is a Mediterranean delicacy that derives from the crocus flower. Cultivators individually extract the stigmas off of the flowers, which is a task that can only be performed by hand, thus saffron is very expensive.

 

I had no interest in driving to the grocery store to purchase an eight dollar thimble of saffron, however, by the time I had made my upsetting discovery I had already started to heat up my olive oil on a saucepan. A few years back I made risotto ai porcini without saffron, and the experience almost made me lose my meal. I learned never to make that mistake again. Then an idea popped into my head, like a light bulb. I decided to use what I did have, Indian spices. I’d make a risotto alla masala.

 

I went through my spice rack and grabbed random stuff and threw it in a pot. The result was fabulous. The aroma permeated the kitchen, attracting my children who quickly discovered the cause of their olfactory elation. My kids eagerly consumed the creation, and my wife called me a genius, so I figured I would share the recipe.

 

My measurements are simply estimates based on what I think I did. You can tweak your recipe however, you’d like. This recipe is vegetarian and was completely vegan until I threw some delicious cheese and butter in at the end. I suppose if your body or feelings are sensitive to dairy, you could easily take them out.

 

Enjoy my Italian-Indian Fusion recipe that I call:

 

Risotta alla Masala

 

3 – Garlic Cloves

¼ C. – EV Olive Oil

1 C. – Dry White Wine

1 ¼ C. – Arborio Rice

1 Tsp. – Freshly diced Ginger

1 – Large Red Potato (or two medium potatoes)

 

¼ Tsp. – Paprika

¼ Tsp. – Cayenne Pepper

Pinch – Red Pepper Flakes

½ Tsp. – Cardamom

½ Tsp. – Coriander

¼ Tsp. – Nutmeg

¾ Tsp. – Cumin

½ Tsp. – Black Pepper

Salt – (I made my vegetable stock from scratch, so I needed more. If you are going to use vegetable broth cubes, you’ll have to play around with the quantity)

7 C. – Vegetable Broth

2 C. – Freshly cut green beans  (or Frozen, but not canned)

 

¼ C. – Fresh Cilantro

4 Oz. – Butter

½ C. – Parmiggiano Reggiano

 

Preheat saucepan to medium. Sauté garlic. Add garlic, Arborio rice, ginger, and thinly diced red potato and cook for five minutes or until rice is golden. Add dry white wine and cook down until most of the wine is absorbed.

 

Lower your heat to medium-low. Add spices and vegetable broth. Ladle one cup of broth at a time until the broth is absorbed. Around your fourth or fifth ladle, add green beans that have been washed and cut into one-inch bits.  The whole time you must be stirring constantly as you would any other risotto. When the broth is completely absorbed the rice should be plump. If it is not, you can add one extra cup of water extra and boil it down into the rice. Don’t burn the risotto.

 

When the rice is moist, soft, and delicious, turn off the pan off. Add the cilantro, butter, and parmiggiano reggiano.  Stir. Serve immediately.