June 16, 2010

Looks like Louisiana Rep. Ana "Joseph" Cao had some harsher words for BP America President Lamar McKay during Congressional hearings today than President Obama did during his speech.

Joseph Cao Tells BP Exec: In Samurai Days, You'd Kill Yourself:

BP America President Lamar McKay probably expected to hear some harsh words from lawmakers today during his congressional testimony about the Gulf oil spill, but he probably didn't expect to hear one congressman suggest that other cultures would ask him to kill himself.

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) today called for McKay to resign. But during today's hearing before a subpanel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, the Vietnamese-American Republican who represents New Orleans, suggested a harsher form of punishment.

"Mr. Stearns asked Mr. McKay to resign," Cao said. "Well, in the Asian culture we do things differently. During the Samurai days, we just give you a knife and ask you to commit harakiri."

Harakiri is a form of ritual suicide that was practiced by samurais who committed serious offenses.

Cao said that the oil spill has wreaked economic havoc in his district, closing hundreds of businesses and leaving thousands without work. He called the clean up process a "disgrace" and said the claims process has been "dismal." Read on...

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