Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dennis D. Brust: President deserves a chance

Shaun King – the white BLM leader who pretends to be black – clearly has no use for the fancy book-learnin' his white oppressors are so fond of. From his Twitter account:

A few serious, but wild questions.
1. Could the people of the United States somehow hold a vote now, or in the next year, to oust Donald Trump? Like a recall of some sort.
2. What other ways exist for the American people to legally oust an unethical President? Impeachment only?
We have long since crossed a point where @RealDonaldTrump is so dishonest, so unethical, that it is truly dangerous for our democracy.
In laymen’s terms, what would it take for the USA to pass a constitutional amendment for a Presidential Recall like CA has for governor?

Um, read the Constitution and figure it out, partner. The peaceful transition of power that took place a month or so ago is explicitly spelled out there. In "laymen's terms", we all get to live with El Presidente for the next 4 years, regardless of how whiny & butt hurt you are.


Brian Kotowski 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dennis D. Brust: President deserves a chance

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Major Case on Transgender Rights

According to this analysis, the school doesn't have to let students use facilities that do not correspond to their actual (as opposed to imagined) gender:

Although [Grimm] had prevailed in the 4th Circuit and a federal district court had issued an injunction that would allow [her]* to use the boys’ bathrooms until the case could be resolved on the merits, the Supreme Court over the summer put the injunction on hold. . .[T]oday’s ruling means that the school need not provide [Grimm] access to the boys’ bathroom. The court of appeals’ decision has been vacated by the Supreme Court, so there is no ruling on which the district court would base an injunction.

Whichever way the 4th Circuit rules, the loser will probably try to get it back in front of SCOTUS. But not until El Presidente has made at least one appointment to the bench.

*The original text refers to the plaintiff as "him." Sorry, darling. Until you undergo some radical surgical alterations, you're not a dude.


Brian Kotowski 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dennis D. Brust: President deserves a chance

I'm old enough to remember when Preezy promised there was no way to drill our way thru any energy challenges we may face.

American Shale Ready to Take On Petrostates

"The U.S. shale boom is back and better than ever. After weathering a collapse in crude prices that saw the value of a barrel of oil drop from more than $110 in June 2014 down below $30 in January 2016, American fracking firms (the ones that survived, that is) are looking fit once again. As Bloomberg reports, these companies are already taking advantage of a petrostate production cut that ceded valuable market share and pushed oil prices back above $50 per barrel. . . .

So now, nearly three years after a global glut sent oil prices into a tailspin and American oil producers to their nearest lenders, U.S. oil production is once again floating above 9 million bpd. And as positive as this is for both the American economy and our country’s energy security, it’s a major threat to oil-soaked states both inside and out of OPEC. Those petrostates banded together late last year to finally agree on a production cut, and they managed to induce a price rebound of roughly $10 per barrel as a result. Now, however, their worst fears are being realized: U.S. shale producers are seizing the opportunity and bringing rigs out of retirement."

I'm starting to wonder if that Barry fella didn't know what he was talking about. Or maybe he did, and chose to prioritize AlGore/lefty/Armageddon scare tactics instead.


Brian Kotowski 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dennis D. Brust: President deserves a chance

Income tax distributions in 2015 (the most recent year for which I could find the stats):

$0 - 24,200 account for 4.5% of total US income, pay -2.2% of federal income tax.

$24,200 - $47,300 account for 9.3% of total US income, pay -1% of federal income tax.

$47,300 - $79,500 account for 14.8% of total US income, pay 5.9% of federal income tax.

$79,500 - $134,300 account for 20% of total US income, pay 13.4% of federal income tax.

Above $134,300 account for 51.3% of total US income, pay 83.9% of federal income tax.

Those percentages as derived from the various income levels have been essentially static for 50 years. I've always been baffled how that's insufficiently progressive for the "progressives" among us.


Brian Kotowski 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dennis D. Brust: President deserves a chance

tone noun (MOOD)

[ U ] the mood or general feeling of something: The tone of his remarks was confident and reassuring.

literature [ U ] The tone of a piece of writing expresses the writer's attitude toward the subject or the reader: The angry tone of this essay reveals her feelings about the war.

Don't quit your day job, Debbie. Ye gods.


Brian Kotowski 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dennis D. Brust: President deserves a chance

Nancy Spillane's childish diatribe is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook, a.k.a. Liberal Smear 101. Don't like what the other side is doing? Ascribe the most malevolent motivations possible, and shriek about impending Armageddon. To wit: reducing regulatory burdens = Environmental Destruction! Obamacare repeal = Heath Care Destruction! Bruce Jenner can't dangle his jingle bells in the ladies' can = LGBTQ Destruction! blah blah blah, ad infinitum, ad naseum. From the same seething cesspool of derision and contempt that enabled Preezy & the Plagiarist In Chief to so easily insult millions of conservative Americans (like me) as teabaggers and terrorists.

I suspect this is the same Nancy Spillane who recently signed onto this togetherness pap, wherein we were lectured to embrace "...questions and concerns instead of insults and easy dismissals."

A month into El Presidente's term, and it's abundantly clear that Ms. Spillane & her ilk are deploying the dismissals thick and fast. The tone deafness is breathtaking.

You want more Trump, gang? Stick to the template laid out by Spillane & Co. That's how you get more Trump.


Brian Kotowski 1 month, 4 weeks ago on Letter to the editor: We're all in this together

Curiously, I can't seem to recall any of the liberal signatories to this letter raising so much as an eyebrow while Preezy and the Dems ran the show and slung their insults. Personally, I found Preezy's labeling of tea partiers (like me) "tea baggers" more than a little tiresome. The Plagiarist In Chief's designation of conservatives (like me) "terrorists" even more so. One hardly knows where to begin with the former Speaker of the House; but the stupefying arrogance of "we have to pass it to see what's in it" isn't a bad place to start; ditto the former Senate Majority Leader, who likened those of us who dared to oppose Obamacare to pre-civil war slave owners; that those of us who presumed to disagree with the President about anything were racists.

"Let us learn from each other without name-calling."

Fair enough. But these ladies will need to convince me that they find rhetoric emanating from the left over the last decade to be at least as egregious as anything being said in the here and now, before a tea-bagging terrorist like me will be able to take them seriously.

Until then, I'm rolling my eyes. Because that how bitter clingers like me roll.


Brian Kotowski 2 months ago on New immigration policies frighten Steamboat's undocumented residents

Starbucks' brand perception has plummeted since it announced plan to hire refugees

"...The coffee giant's consumer perception levels have fallen by two-thirds since late January, according to YouGov BrandIndex...

...YouGov says that there's reason to believe backlash will impact the chain's bottom line. Two days before Starbucks' announcement, 30% of consumers said they'd consider buying from Starbucks the next time they were craving coffee, the highest proportion in nearly a year. Now, the percentage is down to 24%, according to YouGov..."

I've always been baffled why anyone would drink their over-roasted overpriced crap in the 1st place.


Brian Kotowski 2 months ago on New immigration policies frighten Steamboat's undocumented residents

Immigration and his big, beautiful wall is arguably what got Trump elected. Those opposed to enforcement are in the minority, at least for the time being.

Hispanics back Trump deportations, ending 'sanctuary cities'

"The numbers might even be better for Trump since more weight was given in the poll to Democrats, 36 percent to 33 percent Republican.

On cutting off federal grants to sanctuary cities, 46 percent of Hispanic voters agreed, 43 percent opposed. Overall, the margin was 59 percent support to 29 percent oppose."