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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Rep. Joseph Barton (R-TX)

June 18th, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

Oh, how that sneaky Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) toys with our emotions! We never know how we’re gonna feel about him (okay, pretty sure we love the guy–but he sure can bum us out) on any given day. He’s always so full of surprises!

Earlier this week, during BP America President Lamar McKay‘s public shaming congressional testimony regarding the Gulf oil spill, Cao said what we’re sure lots of people are thinking, but would never say aloud:

From HuffPo:

“Mr. Stearn asked Mr. McKay to resign. In the Asian culture we do things differently. During the Samurai days, we would just give you a knife and ask you to commit Hari-Kari [sic]. My constituents are still debating on what they want me to ask you to do, but that being said, the cleaning up process has been a disgrace and the claims process has been dismal…”

Of course the comments were extreme and Cao has since stated that they were meant only to convey his level of frustration with BP, but dayum! We couldn’t have scripted his words better if we tried ( okay, we did try, but it wasn’t any better).


Rep. Joseph Barton (R-TX), on the other hand, did the opposite this week. When it was his turn to speak during BP CEO Tony Hayward’s public shaming congressional testimony, he said what nobody else would say aloud, and uh, NOBODY ELSE WAS THINKING:

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Threatening The Livelihood Of Vietnamese American Fishermen: Another Thing That Sucks About The Spill

May 6th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

Oil from the offshore rig that exploded and sank last month in the Gulf of Mexico (pictured above), killing 11 people, continues to spill into the waters I grew up swimming in. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that 210,000 gallons of oil are leaking into the water A DAY, and PBS.org came up with this handy little ticker to show you just how much oil that is:

The Exxon Valdez oil spill, which is considered one of the worst environmental disasters caused by humans EVAR, released about 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaskan waters in 1989, but this Gulf Coast spill–which is nowhere near contained–is expected to Continue reading Threatening The Livelihood Of Vietnamese American Fishermen: Another Thing That Sucks About The Spill

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