Woaaaah, hey there! Here is a chilling video of Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) giving himself an actual lobotomy in front of a C-SPAN camera, or maybe just suffering from severe constipation, or having an aneurysm, but in any case something pretty awful is going on with him because his eyes are so bulged out of his head they are about to knock his spectacles off and he is screaming, a lot. The cause, however, is less mysterious: a Rice University wildlife preservation historian spoke up to correct Young’s misstatement of his name during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing. HOW DARE HEEEEEE.
Young “informs” (spews words along with flecks of his own tongue at) this historian, Dr. Douglas Brinkley, that “I can call you anything I want if you sit in that chair,” because Young dreams at night that he is a powerful tyrant.
The context for this mysterious bout of apoplexy is that Republicans are again holding hearings to investigate opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, because in Young’s words, “the Arctic plain is really nothing” and it sucks and would be much more attractive if it looked like a giant piece of Swiss cheese stained with poop-colored streaks.
MinnPost reporter Don Shelby asked Brinkley, an award-winning author of many books on conservation, if he was at all surprised by Young’s insane behavior:
Brinkley told me he knew that Congressman Young, at another hearing, had waved a walrus penis bone at Mollie Beattie, the incoming chief of the Fish and Wildlife Service. Brinkley may have read the Rolling Stone article about Young that quotes the congressman as saying, “Environmentalists are a self-centered bunch of waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots.” The quote continues, “[They] are not Americans, never have been Americans and never will be Americans.”