Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 4 years, 5 months ago on If the presidential election was today, who would you vote for?

I always wonder what people think they're accomplishing by voting for 3rd-party Presidential candidates. 3rd party candidacies have never even come close to winning the White house.


Brian Kotowski 4 years, 5 months ago on Craig minors arrested Wednesday night for destruction of mailboxes

This site has a nice selection of curbside mailboxes:

Of the 10 displayed on the first page, the average price = $200 x the 29 they destroyed = $5800. I hope the judge isn't shy about imposing a 'worthless punk' fee over and above the restitution & court costs they'll have to pay. I'd love to see the final tally in the neighborhood of ten grand. Better hope Mickey D's is willing to hire reprobates to sling hash, you little a$$wipes.


Brian Kotowski 4 years, 5 months ago on Craig minors arrested Wednesday night for destruction of mailboxes

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - “I lie, I steal, I sell drugs, I don’t follow the law. ” That’s the sign one 14-year-old was forced to wear out in public Tuesday.

Stunningly, someone called the cops to complain.


Brian Kotowski 4 years, 5 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.


Brian Kotowski 4 years, 5 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.


Brian Kotowski 4 years, 6 months ago on 'Toward the Mountains': Cultural fusion, community focus of Hawaiian bakery coming to Craig


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!


Brian Kotowski 4 years, 6 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!


Brian Kotowski 4 years, 6 months ago on Patrick Germond: Dear Mr. President


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

Total U.S. exports per month: 96,933. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

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.


Brian Kotowski 4 years, 7 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.