Tony Stewart Killed A Guy?

11 Aug

Oh, hey, I’m back in town. 

Did I miss anything

38 Responses to “Tony Stewart Killed A Guy?”

  1. UncleBluck August 11, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    Kind of a disingenuous title ….don’t you think? It was an accident…..

    • Alan Bedenko August 11, 2014 at 7:44 am #

      So, if you accidentally strike and kill a guy, you didn’t kill a guy?

      • Farmerjohn August 11, 2014 at 8:36 am #

        So if you accidentally killed a guy, you’d want the headlines to read “Alan Bedenko Killed a Guy”? You’d want the public, who gets 95% of their daily news by reading titles, to think you killed someone on purpose?

      • jerkwagon420 August 11, 2014 at 9:14 am #

        From a publishing point of view “Tony Stewart killed a guy” is the way to go. Who wants to click on an accidental killing if you can click on a story about a NASCAR hothead who could have beat someone’s melon in with a jack handle. It’s not like the guy doesn’t have a pre-existing air of potential trouble swirling around him.

      • Alan Bedenko August 11, 2014 at 10:20 am #

        Where on Earth do you find the inference of intent from “kill”? He committed a homicide – he killed a guy.

        Apparently, however, there is no criminal culpability. It doesn’t change the fact of what happened.

      • Bernard Lomax August 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

        I’m curious as to what you think of the lack of criminal culpability.

        I know you don’t do criminal law so you probably aren’t the best qualified to comment on it, but shouldn’t that sheriff have at least arrested the Stewart and let the district attorney decide on charges? He revs his engine right as he mows over the guy in the video. I don’t think it’s murder 1, but there’s enough to at least start talking manslaughter based on what I’ve seen, right? Doesn’t that sheriff have an obligation to make that arrest and let the DA or jury decide if it rose to the level of a crime?

      • Alan Bedenko August 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

        Lots of tragic accidents are prosecuted as crimes. I heard the Sheriff say there was no criminal intent. OK, take that as given, what about a criminal degree of recklessness or negligence? I agree that something stinks about the way in which this was handled.

      • Mr. Warmth August 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

        Even though NY doesn’t have this law (yet), one could say Tony Stewart stood his ground….by breaking the fuck out of a guy’s neck with his car.

  2. Michael Rebmann August 11, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Unless you say “Tony Stewart Accidentally killed a guy”, people could draw the wrong conclusion.

    • Alan Bedenko August 11, 2014 at 10:19 am #

      So, he didn’t kill a guy?

      • Michael Rebmann August 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

        Sensationalism vs. accuracy? Personally, I think the caption borders on libel. You may not have crossed the line, but you’re right on top of it. That is why adverbs exist, to convey an accurate thought.

      • Alan Bedenko August 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

        1. It’s a headline, not a caption.
        2. It’s a statement of fact that happens to enjoy the privilege of also being true – that “Tony Stewart killed a guy” is indisputable.

      • Michael Rebmann August 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

        The NY Times apparently gave more thought to the story – ”

        A Nascar Star’s Deadly Run-In on a Dirt Track”.

      • Mr. Warmth August 11, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

        The New York Times also employs a complete tool in Ross Douhat Your point?

      • Alan Bedenko August 12, 2014 at 10:03 am #


    • Bernard Lomax August 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      No, he really couldn’t say ‘accidentally’ killed a guy because we don’t know he killed a guy accidentally. We only know he killed a guy.

      The accidental part is a conclusion you’ve jumped to.

  3. Sean Danvers August 11, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Now now, the car actually killed the dude. Specifically the tire. Even more specifically the mass and momentum of the vehicle, and the momentary forces at play when Stewart aimed for the JO who was walking across a frigging active race track to make some kind of point.

    Upon further review, gross stupidity on the part of all those involved killed a guy.

  4. rhmaccallum August 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    To clarify for you Alan and boil all the fat off it, yes…he killed him deader than a popcorn fart.

  5. Ralph Phillips August 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Alan, you’ve been rather silent about the whole Morelandgate thing. Are you wearing a Cuomomuzzle?

      • wnyresident August 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

        Why are you not hammering the issue as you occasionally do other topics? Forgive me if my grammar is wrong or I have a typo.

      • Mr. Warmth August 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

        Hey, hockey puck….we all eagerly await your blog, where you can “hammer” whatever issue floats your boat while you get 1% of Alan’s traffic.

      • Michael Rebmann August 11, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

        Ahhhh, it’s all about traffic. Got it.

      • Mr. Warmth August 11, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

        Traffic….something most of the clowns here wouldn’t know anything about other than glomming off Alan’s pageviews

      • Michael Rebmann August 12, 2014 at 10:00 am #

        By that logic, you must be a huge fan of Alex Jones. He certainly has the page views.

      • Mr. Warmth August 12, 2014 at 10:45 am #

        Alex Jones? Don’t know him. Tom Jones – now there’s a man. Hung like a Shetland pony, I heard.

      • Ralph Phillips August 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm #


      • Jaquandor (Kelly Sedinger) August 12, 2014 at 7:41 am #

        Maybe Alan’s on Cuomo’s payroll. Or maybe Cuomo has naked photos of Alan as he sits down to dinner at Mighty Taco with Satan. Or maybe…just maybe…Alan’s been out of town on vacation and has had better things to do with his time than write about NYS politics during his quality time with his family.

      • wnyresident August 12, 2014 at 9:24 am #

        You almost had me at “Alan was on vacation” but he still had time to hammer Andrew if he wanted to. He had time to pen 5 other posts in since the his mention about the corruption issue with Andrew Cuomo who was fully endorsed by the Erie County Democratic Party. Good going guys.

        Forgive me if my grammar is wrong or I have a typo.

      • Alan Bedenko August 12, 2014 at 10:02 am #

        I left for vacation on July 31st. The post was written on July 25th. There have been no significant changes or developments in the Moreland Commission scandal during that period of time. What, precisely, would you have me right about?

      • wnyresident August 12, 2014 at 11:33 am #

        You should follow how you have been hammering Kathy. I know you have it in you to pick and probe with this corruption case.

        I am no expert on grammar but I think it is “write” not “right”. 😉

      • Alan Bedenko August 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

        If you go to, it filters out only my posts. I didn’t write anything after August 1st (a post I wrote on the 31st for later publication). As I said, there had been no significant changes to the Moreland situation between the 25th and 31st.

  6. Mr. Warmth August 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    So, to clarify, it was Tony Stewart’s car that killed Kevin Ward Jr. Not poor Tony Stewart who was an innocent bystander in the driver’s seat, hitting the throttle just before running over Mr. Ward. Bad sprint car, bad!

    Just like it was that cop’s gun in Missouri that killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, not the cop himself. He can’t blamed for his gun going BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM into an unarmed teenager with his hands raised. Bad gun!

    • Farmerjohn August 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

      True, but if we had reasonable restrictions on guns in this country the gun never would have shot the kid.

      • Mr. Warmth August 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

        The only reasonable restriction in this case is not to have a trigger-happy maniac on the police force wielding lethal force

  7. UncleBluck August 12, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    Alan..I think you should check up on what all the other racers and experts are saying….they all say it was an accident with no intent to harm…..your title/caption or whatever was extremely disingenuous….

    • Alan Bedenko August 12, 2014 at 10:01 am #

      Tony. Stewart. Killed. A. Guy.

      The fact that it may have been an accident, or that there was apparently “no intent to harm” – (something that we usually leave up to a jury, incidentally), does not at all change the truth or accuracy of those 5 words.

      • UncleBluck August 13, 2014 at 10:51 am #

        You really don’t like admitting when you are wrong, do you? The car he was racing in has no starter or ignition which requires that the engines be revved occasionally in order to keep running. In addition these cars have rather large wings on top that block side & angled view (remember he is coming into a turn when the accident occurs), and of course there is the fact that the deceased broke a cardinal rule by exiting the car and walking into the oncoming traffic. So yes Tony Stewart killed a guy that walk in front of his race car….doesn’t change what you were trying to infer…….you attorneys wonder why the general public hold you “in such high regard”……

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