Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Life before snowmaking

Tom... I never asserted you said anything at all. Hence the "if" qualifier. Looks like you're the one in need of re-reading.

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Brian Kotowski 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Life before snowmaking

My mom was the 4th (or possibly even 5th) generation of her family to have been born and raised in Hawaii. I've spent a great deal of time there. While I do not present myself as an expert, I am more intimately familiar with the islands and its people than your average hoppa-haole. I'm too lazy to verify Mark's allegation that someone claimed today's Hawaiians are oppressed. If that assertion was in fact made, whoever made it doesn't know what they're talking about.

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Brian Kotowski 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Life before snowmaking

My mom was the 4th (or possibly even 5th) generation of her family to have been born and raised in Hawaii. I've spent a great deal of time there. While I do not present myself as an expert, I am more intimately familiar with the islands and its people than your average hoppa-haole. I'm too lazy to verify Mark's allegation that someone claimed today's Hawaiians are oppressed. If that assertion was in fact made, whoever made it doesn't know what they're talking about.

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Brian Kotowski 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Life before snowmaking

Tolerance. "I will hurt you." Forgiveness. "Anytime, anywhere." Acceptance. "You wouldn't last 15 seconds" (or was it only 5? I forget).

I see your point, Pat. Calling out the trolls keeps people away. It's the liberal Kumbaya, interspersed with threats of bodily harm, that keeps 'em coming back.

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Brian Kotowski 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Life before snowmaking

"You've done nothing when you've bested a fool."

~ Texas Ranger La Boeuf to Mattie Ross, re: the drunken Rooster Cogburn in Charles Portis' True Grit.

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Brian Kotowski 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Life before snowmaking

Mark & Dan K

A friendly recommendation: don't feed the trolls. Especially the disabled ones. Waging a battle of wits against an unarmed man is hardly fair.

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Brian Kotowski 8 months, 3 weeks ago on Life before snowmaking

I was only able to take about 20 minutes of Avatar. It's something I might have enjoyed when I was 12. And on crack.

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Brian Kotowski 8 months, 3 weeks ago on Life before snowmaking

Open carry is legal in Oregon. So while their show of force is provocative (stupidly so, in my opinion), it's not illegal. So yes: McVeigh was a terrorist, the Oregon malcontents are not. Your efforts to equate their protest with mass-murder makes it difficult to take you seriously.

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Brian Kotowski 8 months, 3 weeks ago on Life before snowmaking

Mark

The civil rights protesters of the 60s never assembled in large numbers, never demonstrated nor occupied public places as an armed force. That's why you never saw them shooting at the Democrat-authorized authorities who turned the hoses and German Shepherds on them. I have, in my opinion, been screwed by regulatory agencies in the past. Regardless of how pissed off I was, I didn't stroll into the Routt County Building Department with the AR slung over my shoulder and the Ruger on my hip.

The Bundys have some legitimate gripes. Their show of force guarantees they will be written off by the country at large (perception is reality), and taken less than seriously by even right-wingers like me and Glenn Beck. Their error is tactical, as much as anything.

To clarify: I don't characterize the Oregon crew as terrorists. You may have conflated my position with Pat's standard-issue leftist demagoguery.

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