Esther Island, Alaska - (Disaster Press): For a Corrupt Bastards Club grandee to lose one pleasure boat in the balmy waters off Alaska is perhaps an understandable misfortune.
For disaster to occur a second time may be a sign that the hand of Destiny is steering the CBC ever forward to meet its inevitable Day of Judgement.
As omens go yesterday's torching and sinking of Alaskan Senator John Cowdery's 40ft pleasure boat Johnita was pretty portentous.
Six years ago the Anchorage Senator's Johnita II also sank mysteriously while moored at Whittier Dock.
Cowdery and crew were unhurt in Thursday's incident after being rescued just moments before the fuel-laden craft exploded and sank to the bottom of the sea.
Earlier this year Alaskan TV news coverage ran a story naming Cowdery as the top FBI suspect featured in the corruption plea bargain evidence of VECO ex-CEO Bill Allen.
Allen's deposition named Senators "A" and "B" in the charging documents in the major bribery, corruption, embezzlement and extortion case involving Alaskan local politicians as well as Senators on Capitol Hill.
Cowdery's attorney Kevin Fitzgerald went on record as saying that he was convinced that "Senator A" was his client, the current Anchorage Senator.
And while Cowdery hasn't yet been arrested in the continuing FBI investigation of the Corrupt Bastards Club it is worth remembering what happened to CBC grandee Bruce Weyhrauch in April this year:
Weyrauch mysteriously fell off his own pleasurecraft on 24 April and spent a freezing night outside with the mosquitos after swimming ashore to Juneau.
Ten days later the Feds nabbed him and charged him in their corruption/graft probe.
Shortly afterwards a CBC-laden pleasure steamer The Empress of the North ran aground in waters nearby to Weyhrauch's own mishap and 200 passengers had to be evacuated.
"We expect a major follow-up incident following Senator Cowdery's boat sinking," Anchorage harbormasters said today.