A Historian Stands Up to One of the Imperial Dwarves of the Koch Party

Yes, there’s a school in Houston that might sneak into the BCS picture – and it ain’t Rice.  On the other hand, it wasn’t a U of H prof who rhetorically decapitated one of the oil and gas industry’s congressional munchkins and then shit down his neck.

From the Houston Chronk (which, surprisingly, currently has this as its bleeding lead):

A Rice University [History] professor didn’t shy away from telling an Alaska Republican who he worked for — the taxpayer.

During a hearing on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Rep. Don Young called Rice University professor Douglas Brinkley’s testimony “garbage,” but Young mistakenly called the professor “Dr. Rice.”

“It’s Dr. Brinkley, Rice University is a university,” Brinkley said. “I know you went to Yuba (Community) College…”

Young, who was visibly angry, countered by saying, “I’ll call you anything I want to call you when you in that chair. You just be quiet.”

Brinkley, of course, didn’t take those comments lightly.

“You don’t own me,” the professor said. “I pay your salary. I work for the private sector and you work for the taxpayer.”

But, of course, there are always the dung-gatherers of the future standing by ably to defend their oppressors:

Brinkley was in their house, he was on their turf, he needed to be respectful and obey their rules.

I found Brinkley’s bio, still do not understand what makes him an expert on ANWR. He’s written a lot of books on WW II.

How did he end up in front of this committee ?

Gee, “Dollar,” why don’t you ask the Republican chairman of the committee appointed by the Republican leadership of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives?

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