Sunday, November 27, 2011

Alaska Congressman Don Young Bitch-Slaps Uppity Rice University Historian Douglas Brinkley During ANWR Hearings

Update November 27th: Post updated to include link to Dermot Cole's transcript of the exchange.

On Friday November 18th, 2011, Alaska Congressman Don Young just signed, sealed, and delivered my vote in 2012, only I didn't realize it until I personally reviewed the video of his now-viral confrontation with Rice University Professor Douglas Brinkley. The dustup took place during hearings conducted by the House Natural Resources Committee, during which the Alaskan Energy for American Jobs Act was on the agenda for discussion, and was prompted by Brinkley's testimony that Congress should urge Prsident Obama to make the ANWR coastal plain a national monument. Congressman Young maintains that monument status for ANWR would violate the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). This incident triggered 463 comments to the Anchorage Daily News story.

It was after that testimony that Don Young staged his imitation of Mt. Redoubt. A four-minute video is presented below in order to show the context; the fireworks took place only during the first minute:

Congressman Young told Brinkley his testimony was "garbage" and mistakenly called him "Dr. Rice". That prompted Brinkley to interrupt with a correction, saying "It's Dr. Brinkley; Rice is a university. I know you went to Yuba College and couldn't graduate" (which was false; Young did graduate). Young then responded "I'll call you anything I want to call you when you sit in that chair. You just be quiet. You be quiet!" Brinkley then fired back "You don't own me. I pay your salary".

One of the other committee members was more diplomatic, but also took Brinkley to task for his arrogance and disrespect. Dermot Cole published a more extensive written transcript in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. More information on the hearing HERE.

While Brinkley did eventually simmer down, he continued his war of words with Congressman Young elsewhere. He told a television station in Houston, where Rice is located, that his students applauded when he walked into class, and claimed that while he's received hundreds of supportive e-mails, he's not gotten a single negative response. A Minneapolis online news site, the left-wing Minnesota Post, also quoted Brinkley as calling Young a "menacing blowhard" and a "low-grade Joseph McCarthy".

For his part, Congressman Young ultimately blew off Brinkley as a publicity whore who merely wants to create a stir and sell books. Two of Brinkley's more prominent books are "Wilderness Warrior", which describes Theodore Roosevelt's environmental policies, and "The Quiet World", which traces the history of Alaska's wilderness. Congressman Young's spokesman also said "While reaction from the Lower 48 has been mixed, much of the feedback our office is receiving from Alaskans has been supportive of Congressman Young. In fact, many have simply been saying 'Go get 'em Don,'"

Not that we obsess with what the Lower 48 thinks. If they were smart, they'd be agitating to get more of their natural gas from Alaska instead of allowing the energy companies to rape and pillage their lands through the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which has been linked to contamination of water supplies in New York and Pennsylvania and earthquake swarms in Arkansas and Oklahoma. But as long as fracking produces a glut of natural gas in the Lower 48, the financial incentive for the producers to exploit Alaska's natural gas just doesn't exist.

The real beauty of this confrontation is that someone of prominence finally, after all these years, had the balls to tell academia just where to stick it. For forty years, academia has been a growing cancer upon our society. Colleges have promoted binge drinking, serial fucking, feminism, anti-racist witch-hunting, the enshrinement of homosexuality, anti-Christian bigotry, and anti-White bigotry under the guise of affirmative action and false doctrines like white privilege. Academia has treated middle America with nothing but intellectual arrogance, contempt, patronization, and disrespect, particularly when it comes to issues like climate change. Academia has presented science as inerrant, thus transforming it into a de facto religion from which no deviation is tolerated. Note that it is academia's ATTITUDE rather than content that really stirs us up; the academic community needs to learn a bit of diplomacy if they desire it in return.

Douglas Brinkley didn't really get all that he deserved at that hearing. He should have gotten a lot more. But at least Don Young was willing to step up to the plate and tell this arrogant punk where to go. For that, he's earned my vote for 2012.


  1. Where was Mr Young during the majority of the meeting?

  2. yes, by all means, college is a total waste of time and effort, as is all education. The problem with these educated people is that they can see right through to the huge wad of money in Don Young's pocket. Money he MUST accumulate to pay his astronomical legal expenses. Oh, but people are just picking on Don, that's why he has those legal expenses. He IS an honest man, and he DOES have Alaska's best interests foremost in his mind. Well, foremost after those legal expenses I mean...

  3. Anonymous 10:30 A.M: Don Young reportedly was late because he was casting a vote.

  4. Jimho: Don Young's legal expenses were necessitated by a prolonged DOJ investigation against him. In August 2011, DOJ announced that they decided not to seek an indictment, and dropped their investigation.

    It is well-known from the Ted Stevens case, the Edgar Steele case, and the Schaeffer Cox-related cases that the DOJ will indict a ham sandwich if it is within reach.