August 10, 2010

Otter Crash Kills Five, Including Former Senator

Via Fox News:

Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, one of the longest-serving senators in U.S. history and a tireless advocate for his state, was killed in a plane crash southwest of Anchorage Monday.

A spokesman for the family, former chief of staff Mitch Rose, confirmed to Fox News that Stevens was among the five dead. He was 86. Colleagues of the veteran lawmaker, who had waited all day to learn of Stevens' condition, mourned his loss and described him as an Alaskan "hero."

Hero to some, example of entrenched corruption to others, Stevens was the third prominent and controversial old guard Senator to die in recent memory, with Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Robert Byrd (D-WV) also passing away within the past year.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 10, 2010 05:21 PM

Yep, sorry I can't grieve for the death of the old school, corruption entrenched liars and theives. Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd and now ole' Stevens. I hate that my heart has become so hardened as I know someone must have loved them but I deeply resent what they have done to this country, thus me and my loved ones. So, good bye to another contemptable pol, and may God sort'em out.No tears here.

Posted by: bad-daddy at August 10, 2010 05:31 PM

bad-daddy, with contempt for them all, I agree whole-heartedly. The remainder, I fear, may take a little more effort to remove to their rightful resting places.

Posted by: twolaneflash at August 10, 2010 08:01 PM

Well they have to go, one way or the other.
All of the self serving old corruptocrats like this dude need to go. Assuming room temp is as good a way as any.

Posted by: maxx at August 10, 2010 09:42 PM

Disclaimer: I am an Alaskan.
He brought billions of dollars here (Alaska) that were taken from others (non-Alaskans) in taxes. He was, no doubt, part of the problem.
However, he was out of office. I would, perhaps, feel differently about him if he was still serving. If a serving government official dies, and that death helps the nation by ridding us of the problem, that is good.
Stevens' death, however, helped nothing. His damage doing days were over. He was just an old frail man.


Posted by: Justin at August 11, 2010 01:57 AM

They happen in threes. No sorrow for a corrupt old man who had nothing but his own interests at heart.

Posted by: Old Retired Petty Officer at August 11, 2010 02:11 AM

Being out of office makes little difference. They still have influence and use it. In my experiences, the absolute worse are the mid to lower level beuracrats that use their limited influence to try and position themselves for whatever gain or just to watch you hurt. Thes are as bad as the politicians.

Posted by: David at August 11, 2010 09:33 AM

a corrupt old man

The evidence of his being "corrupt" would be what, exactly?

The Stupid Party really surpassed themselves with Stevens. Yeah, it ended up giving the Democrats sixty votes in the Senate, but the important thing for Republican voters was making a grand and really STUPID gesture.

Posted by: flenser at August 11, 2010 10:41 AM

"but the important thing for Republican voters was making a grand and really STUPID gesture"
Yes, we did that in 2008, and got Dumbo as a result. We will correct our error in November, and again in 2012.

Posted by: Robert at August 12, 2010 06:11 AM