Posted in Politics, Wingnuts on November 21, 2011 |
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What happens mix an extremist GOP congressman with a famed historian who was friends with Hunter Thompson? This:
Douglas Brinkley is an acclaimed historian, his recent works ranging from an account (“The Great Deluge”) of Hurricane Katrina to a biography (“The Wilderness Warrior”) of Theodore Roosevelt.
Douglas Brinkley. That’s Dr. Brinkley to you, asshole.
The Rice University professor is also a man unwilling to be intimidated by a blustering congressman.
Brinkley went before the House Natural Resources Committee on Friday to advocate national monument status for mountains, tundra, rivers and coasts of Alaska’s vast Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
He incurred the wrath of Alaska’s Congressman-for-life Don Young, who has fought nearly 40 years to cut down his state’s national forests, build open pit mines and drill for oil in the Arctic Refuge.
Young referred to Brinkley as “Dr. Rice” and sneered that his testimony was “garbage.” (Known for outbursts, the congressman once brandished a walrus penis at the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.)
“It’s Dr. Brinkley, Rice is a university, and I know you went to Yuba Community College and couldn’t graduate . . .” Brinkley shot back.
A fiery Young then interrupted Brinkley, saying: “‘I’ll call you anything I want to call you when you sit in that (witness) chair. You just be quiet.”
Brinkley gets extra points for being hot. Don Young, not so much.
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Too little, too late:
UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi on Monday apologized to students and faculty after campus police officers pepper-sprayed a group of student protesters, an incident that has cast the university in the national spotlight.
“I am here to apologize,” Katehi told hundreds of students and faculty who gathered for a rally on the campus quad. “I feel horrible for what happened on Friday.”
Campus police sprayed a group of students who were sitting down and protesting peacefully as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Eleven students were treated for the effects of pepper spray, including two who were taken to an area hospital, where they were treated and released.
“I don’t want to be chancellor of the university we had on Friday,” Katehi told the crowd. “Our university has to be better than it is. And we need all of the community to come together to do that. We need to work together. … I know you may not believe anything that I’m telling you today, and you don’t have to. It is my responsibility to earn your trust.”
Katehi left the podium to chants of “Resign, Resign!” and “Not Enough!”
I love the part of part about “earn your trust.”
You had a chance to earn their trust, Madame Chancellor, by not going with your first authoritarian instincts regarding a police action against defenseless college students.
You might fit in running a small dictatorship somewhere, but not a sprawling university wherein the essence of its mission are free speech and inquiry.
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Under normal circumstances I’d feel bad for the employees losing their jobs because of their asshole bosses, but given the way so many of those employees acted toward the people whose lives they were ruining through questionable foreclosure practices, I’ll guess a lot of them richly deserve the angst they are feeling about now:
The Steven J. Baum law firm, the awful New York foreclosure mill whose employees threw that homeless-themed Halloween party, is closing down just a month after pictures of the party were published by the New York Times. Bwahahahahahahahahaha.
Sweet, life-sustaining schadenfreude. After the Times published those pictures of Baum employees gleefully mocking down-on-their-luck homeowners at a super fun Halloween party, mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cut Baum off. Last week, Steven J. Baum himself sent Joe Nocera, the Times columnist who first published the pictures, a pathetic email claiming that Nocera’s column destroyed his firm: “There is blood on your hands for this one, Joe… I will never, ever forgive you for this.”
Read the rest of the Gawker post here. Read the Buffalo Business Journal article here, and Nocera’s latest column here.
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