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Congressman Tells BP Exec That Other Cultures Would Demand His Suicide 10

During a hearing before a subpanel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Cliff Stearns told BP America President Lamar McKay, "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." I'm sure Mr. McKay expected to get his fair share of grief at the hearing, but I bet he never thought it would be suggested that he commit ritual suicide.

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Congressman Tells BP Exec That Other Cultures Would Demand His Suicide

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  • Summary wrong (Score:3, Informative)

    by stomv ( 80392 ) on Friday June 18, 2010 @01:59PM (#32615808) Homepage

    that was Joseph Cao, a GOP rep from LA who's unlikely to win re-election.

    At least he didn't apologize to BP like that other Republican Joe from the Gulf Coast.

    • Yeah... I was wondering about that - seeing as I find it a little offensive to hear a white dude saying "we do things differently"...
    • > unlikely to win re-election
      Ooh, that would be unfortunate. After failing his supporters, he would no doubt dispatch himself as befits a Samurai.

  • To the congressman: I say there are several other cultures that would have them(congressmen) beheaded among other things for their lack of allegiance to the people which they supposedly represent!!!!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's always endlessly entertaining to me when I see politicians getting angry at executives in hearings after major screwups. Especially because they themselves created a system in which politicians are hilariously impotent when it comes to regulating big corporations. You can see the executives smiling and I imagine them thinking "Let's get this over with. Throw your hissy fit. Put up a good show for your constituents and I'm out of here, back to business as usual.".

  • Most are blinded by rage. Only open eyes can minimize the disaster. Where are the technical data? Where the analyses for the vain endeavors are? Where are the computer simulations, for predicting the success of possible trials? Where is a forum to target solutions?
  • Can we demand the entire US government to fall on their sword? After all BP's little environmental digression doesn't compare to fighting a pointless war killing hundreds of solders abroad while at home running an entire nation into bankruptcy. The government makes the BP America execs look like saints.
  • Nice to see that America’s elected officials can be culturally aware while remaining ignorant and ironic at the same time.

  • If showing near homicidal anger is what the teeth-gnashing American public wants, than that is what it will get. While I'm glad that Obama extracted a $20 billion escrow account out of BP, it's unfortunate that it requires the entire country to become this passionate and angry before any real progress occurs.

Statistics are no substitute for judgement. -- Henry Clay