Anchorage, Alaska - (Ass Mess): Years of well-buried collusion, corruption, graft, embezzlement, bribery, witness-subornment and machiavellian shenanignas worthy of the Borgias are coming to light in the frozen wastes of oil-rich Alaska following a FBI investigation into the Corrupt Bastards Club.
Decades of cover-ups are now thawing as veteran Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens undergoes the ignominy of being raided by the Feds and having his graft-enriched family home trawled for the secrets of oil industry-sponsored wealth.
It started ominuosly enough in April this year: An Alaskan former state legislator, Bruce Weyhrauch, fell mysteriously from his boat one day and had to swim ashore before spending a freezing night in the company of mosquitos on the icy Juneau beach ahead of being rescued later next day.
Just over a week later Weyhrauch and two other Alaskan politicians, Pete Kott and Vic Kohring were arrested and arraigned on May 4 after an extensive FBI probe about accepting bribery and extortion-related charges connected to the patronage they received from big oil graft specialist VECO.
A few days later their co-accused, VECO Corporation founder and CEO Bill Allen and Vice President for Community & Government Affairs Rick Smith were indicted and did a plea bargain to charges of bribery and conspiracy to impede the Internal Revenue Service.
And since then the furor has snowballed as Former state representative Tom Anderson was convicted earlier last month on seven counts of bribery, conspiracy and graft-related charges.
This week's FBI raid on the Stevens home has been followed rapidly by a spotlight shift to Senator Lisa Murkowski's own ethical standards and her ties to VECO.
Murkowski profited handsomely from rock-bottom priced land purchases and her actions have been described as "100% in keeping with the operating ethos of the Corrupt Bastards Club".
Murkowski's father Frank, a former Alaskan senator himself, was Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee between 1995 and 2001, during which time he did his utmost to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
He has never been indicted for Corrupt Bastards Club activities.
But one FBI source said today:
"Soon as we nail Stevens, and his son Ben, Frank Murkowski will be dead meat!"