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. I have never seen so many amateur lawyers, political scientists, and activists who are taking well-informed positions on American politics. Recently U.S. Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned, which made the national headlines. Can you name any of President Obama’s press secretaries (OK, I can, but I am a polysci nerd). Spicer’s name was even suggested for ABC’s next season of the hit show Dancing with the Stars.  We live in an age where many Americans can rattle off the names of many U.S. Cabinet positions such as Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson, Steve Mnuchin, Betsy DeVos, and Ben Carson.


Never in recent history has the public placed the President and the U.S. Cabinet under such close watch. It makes sense. Imagine a night at your favorite restaurant to find out that management had changed. Although management had changed many times over the years that you frequented the establishment, it had previously never affected your experience. However, this change was different, because you learned that the new manager was a self-absorbed petty Machiavellian twelve-year-old with a quick temper and no training in cooking or managing restaurants. You then found out that all of the assistant chefs that he hired were equally unqualified, and had a history of stealing food and contaminating food products. If in the restaurant there rested a glass window between your table and the kitchen, would you take a few minutes to keep an eye on and scrutinize the chefs? Especially if you noticed that the owner started to swing around knives above his head and around the restaurant tables just for fun? I sympathize for my friend and for everyone else who tires of the national headlines and social media posts from Washington. My advice to you is to hang on a little longer, because it is for the greater good. We are all learning to be chefs; that is what democracy is about, and we are the ones who need to keep our restaurant accountable for what happens in the kitchen.

Water Water Not in Sight


Water water, not in sight

Hotter hotter, is the night

Fire fire, strike a light

Mire mire, what a fright

Thirsty thirsty, is my soul

Thirsty thirsty, head to toe

Airborne airborne, is a plague

Forlorn forlorn, not so vague

Oily oily, are the seas

Soily soily, past my knees

Filthy filthy, are the skies

Filthy filthy, are your lies

©2017 BD King

They Found Offense

On Monday, June 19, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court rolled back a long-standing Patent and Trademark Office regulation that prohibits disparaging trademarks. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of The Slants, a band whose name disparages Chinese and Asian people.  The ruling will affect the status of the Washington Redskins, whose trademark was revoked in 2014 for disparaging Native Americans.


The ruling places the responsibility on minorities for being offended. Justice Samuel Alito stated, “Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.” Similarly, Justice Anthony Kennedy added, “A law that can be directed against speech found offensive by some…”  [italics added]. Both justices side with free speech because offense was “found” by someone.


In regards to the Washington Redskins mascot controversy, should we be asking ourselves whether offense was “found?” Or, should we be asking whether the name is threatening or disparaging? There is no question that the Patent and Trademark Office has historically curtailed free speech, but sometimes limitations on some speech promotes other freedoms such as life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. For example, yelling the word “bomb” on a plane is an accepted restriction of free speech because it promotes safety to those travels by plane. Should majority populations allow minorities the same luxury of civil liberties that they allow themselves by restricting some free speech?


It is my opinion that the Washington Redskins mascot is not merely a case where a few people “found offense,” but it is a case where industry has promoted a threatening trademark. The Redskin mascot is an assault on indigeneity. It is a reminder of America’s genocidal past that brought the fall of many indigenous people and nations. The term streamlines an artificial identity that was crafted by white artists and businesspeople to define native people. To me, the Redskin mascot assures white Americans that “Indians” are people of the past; yet, over 5 million Native Americans live today. They do not often wear feather headdresses or buckskin leather, but the clothes of ordinary Americans, such as blue jeans, suits and ties, dresses, and even yoga pants. For many Native Americans, the term redskin does not refer to the copper-toned skin that Europeans navigators initially observed in the New World, but rather it is a reference to the bloody scalps of their dead ancestors that were collected by regional municipalities as a bounty in order to cleanse any indigenous claim to the land.

What if the Supreme Court ruled on a majority-disparaging trademark? Would the justices have reached the same outcome? What if the trademark in question was the Jacksonville Jew Killers, the Bakersville Blonde ‘Nads (with graphic anatomical images), or the North Dakota Norse on a Noose? Would these trademarks have been protected under free speech? The responsibility of offense should not rest on those who are disparaged and threatened. This Supreme Court ruling will yield unequal consequences for minority people.


Chances are that consumers will never have the opportunity to purchase season tickets to the Nashville Nazis because the U.S. market is tied to supply and demand, and disparaging a majority group is not a feasible market strategy. In 2017 there is still a market for minority-disparaging trademarks, and these brands will only cause peripheral complaints, which are easy to label as minority whining because they “found offense.” Supply-and-demand has never been tied to morality. The slavery, murder, and genocide of indigenous people (and other minorities) have all at one point been legalized in the United States under the guise of profit.  The Supreme Court will not change its position until Americans revisit their values. Do we accept an environment where some Americans are disparaged and threatened? If Americans change their mindset and substitute profit with empathy, this ruling will change in time.


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.


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.

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
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ALASKA Sullivan, Dan Mat-Su Valley (907) 357-9956
ALASKA Sullivan, Dan Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3004
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COLORADO Gardner, Cory Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5941
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CONNECTICUT Murphy, Chris Hartford (860) 549-8463
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FLORIDA Nelson, Bill West Palm Beach (561) 514-0189
FLORIDA Rubio, Marco Jacksonville (904) 398-8586
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FLORIDA Rubio, Marco Tampa (813) 287-5035
FLORIDA Rubio, Marco Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3041
GEORGIA Isakson, Johnny Atlanta (770) 661-0999
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INDIANA Donnelly, Joe Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4814
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INDIANA Young, Todd Indianapolis (317) 226-6700
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IOWA Ernst, Joni Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3254
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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
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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
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KENTUCKY Paul, Rand Bowling Green (270) 782-8303
KENTUCKY Paul, Rand Crescent Springs (859) 426-0165
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KENTUCKY Paul, Rand Owensboro (270) 689-9085
KENTUCKY Paul, Rand Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4343
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LOUSIANA Cassidy, Bill Shreveport (318) 798-3215
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LOUSIANA Kennedy, John Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4623
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MAINE King, Angus Augusta (207) 622-8292
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MAINE King, Angus Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5344
MARYLAND Cardin, Ben Baltimore (410) 962-4436
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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
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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
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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
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MINNESOTA Franken, Al Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5641
MINNESOTA Klobuchar, Amy Metro (612) 727-5220
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Poem: Peach Peach Let’s Impeach


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: