Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 2 years, 8 months ago on Craig minors arrested Wednesday night for destruction of mailboxes

My dad was a small town cop in the 60s. One night, the hellion son of one of the town's wealthier residents tied one on and boosted a car. Junior used the vehicle to take out all the mailboxes, fire hydrants, and dumpsters he could, before crashing the car thru a storefront.

Late that night, Junior's daddy showed up, laid a $100 bill on the desk, and asked my dad & his partner for the key to Junior's cell. After assuring Senior that Junior wouldn't be going anywhere, my dad & his partner agreed.

Senior let himself into the cell and beat the living snot out of his kid. They never had any more issues with Junior, after that.

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Brian Kotowski 2 years, 8 months ago on Editorial: In pursuit of truth

Good on the CDP for indicting the media's role in fanning the flames. I can't stomach those talking head shouting matches on cable "news."

I'm skeptical, however, that those who deliberately seek out sources of information from across the ideological divide will experience any appreciable shift in their own opinions. As a conservative, Democratic Underground and Daily Kos are regular visits for me. They haven't managed to convince me that I'm wrong about anything.

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Brian Kotowski 2 years, 9 months ago on 'Toward the Mountains': Cultural fusion, community focus of Hawaiian bakery coming to Craig

Rebelgirl:

It's an expression that pisses off a lot of Hawaiians. My mother was born & raised there. I've spent a great deal of time on the islands. Wanna pick a fight? Tell a Hawaiian he ain't "stateside."

And if Mr. Quintero wants to guarantee my patronage, he should sell some poke. Yum!

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Brian Kotowski 2 years, 9 months ago on Proposed literacy act sparks debate about holding back struggling readers

So the legislature is going to throw money at it. I'm sure it's a miracle that any of our ancestors managed to conquer the orthography and survive. And God forbid that parents should take any responsibility. My own ancestors, on both sides of the family, were immigrants who had to learn English as a second language. Miraculous, I tell ya!

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Brian Kotowski 2 years, 9 months ago on Patrick Germond: Dear Mr. President

Airborne:

The export numbers you cite are a little disingenuous. They are a function of what we refine, not the result of what we extract. We are able to use our refining capacity to churn out the finished products that countries like Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Guatemala, Canada, France, Argentina, & Turkey can't produce on their own. Crude is the grist for that mill, and the import v. export numbers on that score are undeniable:

Total U.S. imports per month: 343,152. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration http://205.254.135.7/dnav/pet/pet_move_impcus_a2_nus_ep00_im0_mbbl_m.htm

Total U.S. exports per month: 96,933. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration http://205.254.135.7/dnav/pet/pet_move_exp_dc_NUS-Z00_mbbl_m.htm

After flushing billions down solar-energy snowjobs, smothering offshore exploration, preaching the purchase of electric clown cars that nobody wants, 86ing the Keystone pipeline, and reducing oil lease approval to a snail's pace, the Dept of Energy is relentlessly moving closer toward a goal set by the administration at its inception: In 2008, Energy-Secretary-in-waiting Steven Chu said that what Americans pay for gasoline should be inflated "to the levels in Europe.”

France: $5.54. Germany: $5.57. UK: $5.79. Sweden: $5.80. Belgium: $5.91. Italy: $5.96. Netherlands: $6.48.

Way to go, Mr. Secretary. With just a little more effort, you and your boss's vision may soon be realized for all of us.

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Brian Kotowski 2 years, 10 months ago on Opinion: Let he without sin cast the first stone

Interesting how Memnoch127 & I can cite data from the same 2002 DOJ study, and only one of us is peddling "lies." Instructive, I think, that he's the one cowering behind a veil of anonymity; that the high school girl whose essay provokes the discussion has bigger cojones than he does.

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Brian Kotowski 2 years, 10 months ago on Opinion: Let he without sin cast the first stone

Brittany:

Your compassion and idealism are compelling. And, with all due respect, more than a little naïve. There are reasons that societies throughout history have shunned and despised those found guilty of crimes like those Dale Mathew Waite was convicted of – both before and after they have “paid their debt.”

According to a Department Of Justice study, sex offenders are four times more likely to commit another sex crime after their release than non-sex offenders.

  • An estimated 24% of those serving time for rape and 19% of those serving time for sexual assault had been on probation or parole at the time of the offense for which they were in State prison.

*The median age of the victims of imprisoned sexual assaulters was less than 13 years old; the median age of rape victims was about 22 years.

*Of released sex offenders who allegedly committed another sex crime, 40% perpetrated the new offense within a year or less from their prison discharge.

*Approximately 4,300 child molesters were released from prisons in 15 States in 1994. An estimated 3.3% of these 4,300 were rearrested for another sex crime against a child within 3 years of release from prison.

*Among child molesters released from prison in 1994, 60% had been in prison for molesting a child 13 years old or younger. (Excerpts from the DOJ study, cut & pasted from Wikipedia)

You've asserted a couple of things I couldn't agree more strongly with:

  1. That Dale Mathew Waite has "made some unforgiveable choices", and
  2. "..we [can't] become our own vigilantes.."

As to the first point, while Dale Mathew Waite has "paid his debt", I choose not to forgive him. Your characterization of his "unforgivable choices" couldn't be more appropriate. As to the second, you're quite right: we don't need vigilantes. We are obliged to be VIGILANT regarding a convicted criminal who has exhibited a decades-long pattern of reprehensible behavior. If that vigilance makes him uncomfortable or unhappy, he has only to consult a mirror for the reasons why.

I'll reserve my sympathy and compassion for his victims.

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Brian Kotowski 2 years, 10 months ago on Convicted sex offender sentenced to 15 years to life in prison

Once he's in one of those DOC snakepits, I hope they let him mingle with the general population. Maintenance of GenPop may cost more than a bullet, but those boys have a way of meting out, shall we say, more commensurate justice to abusers of children. A bullet is more than this maggot deserves.

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