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Congressman Suggests Ritual Suicide to BP Executive

At yesterday’s House Energy and Commerce committee hearings with the executives of BP, Exxon, Shell, ConocoPhillips, and Chevron, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) suggested Lamar McKay should commit ritual suicide instead of resigning.

Cao is Vietnamese-American who represents New Orleans and many Louisianans feeling pain from the oil disaster, including a big percentage of Vietnamese and Asian fishermen idled by the oil. At the start of his questioning of the oil execs, Cao said:

The oil disaster has caused great economic impact to my district. Hundreds of businesses have closed, thousands are out of work. Mr Stearns [Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-FL] asked Mr. McKay to work. Well, in the Asian culture we do things differently. During the Samurai days, we would give you a knife and ask you to commit harakiri.

Watch Rep. Cao suggest ritual suicide to BP America’s executive, via FDL TV.

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Congressman Suggests Ritual Suicide to BP Executive

At yesterday’s House Energy and Commerce committee hearings with the executives of BP, Exxon, Shell, ConocoPhillips, and Chevron, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) suggested Lamar McKay should commit ritual suicide instead of resigning.

Cao is Vietnamese-American who represents New Orleans and many Louisianans feeling pain from the oil disaster, including a big percentage of Vietnamese and Asian fishermen idled by the oil. At the start of his questioning of the oil execs, Cao said:

The oil disaster has caused great economic impact to my district. Hundreds of businesses have closed, thousands are out of work. Mr Stearns [Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-FL] asked Mr. McKay to resign. Well, in the Asian culture we do things differently. During the Samurai days, we would give you a knife and ask you to commit harakiri.

Watch Rep. Cao suggest ritual suicide to BP America’s executive, via FDL TV:

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