Sunday, March 12, 2006


The Bush administration just can't seem to stay out of the news lately, and none of it is good.

This time, it's Bush Appointee Arch-Conservative Claude Allen, his former Chief Domestic Policy Adviser.

Allen had been described as "a notorious homophobe, a ferocious enemy of abortion and an opponent of safe-sex education who for years has been one of the AIDS community's principal enemies."

Allens appoinement was a huge victory for the social reactionaries of the Christian right. "Allen had previously been a top aide at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

He was placed there by Karl Rove as a watchdog on then - HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, who had an exaggerated reputation as a "moderate" and who wasn't entirely trusted by Rove to carry out - by administrative order - the social agenda of the Christian right, a key part of Rove's successful plan to mobilize millions of Christer voters for Bush's re-election."


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A former adviser to President Bush was arrested this week in Maryland and charged with swindling two department stores out of more than $5,000 in a refund scam.

Montgomery County police said Claude Allen, 45, was arrested Thursday and charged with carrying out a felony theft scheme at Target and Hecht's stores. He was released on his own recognizance. Conviction on the charges can result in a 15-year prison sentence.

Authorities accuse Allen of going to stores on more than 25 occasions and buying items, taking them to his car and then returning to the store with his receipt where he would carry out the alleged scam. "He would select the same items he had just purchased, and then return them for a refund.

Allen is known to have conducted approximately 25 of these types of refunds, having the money credited to his credit cards," a statement from Montgomery County police said. The items ranged from a Bose theater system to a photo printer to clothing to small items valued at $2.50, police said.

Allen resigned without explanation in early February as Bush's top domestic political adviser.

Allen had long been a darling among the conservative right -- and Bush had even nominated him to be a federal appeals court judge in 2003, but Democrats blocked the move.

In announcing Allen's resignation, Bush called him a "trusted adviser" who helped "develop policies that will strengthen our nation's families, schools and communities." "Claude is a good and compassionate man, and he has my deep respect and my gratitude. I thank him for his many years of principled and dedicated service to our country," Bush said in a statement issued on February 9.


Blogzie said...

Oh my.

It's never, ever going to stop.

Please make it stop DonDon.

Oh and while you're at it, could you please dry me off with a big fluffy towel?

Thanks. You're a doll.


Okay. My Word Verification was CKFCK. Calvin Klein Fuck. A friend in NYC told me once that when CK One first came out, every gay bar in the city just reeked of it. The smell of it still makes him sick to this day.

Just thought I'd share that. But I'm really not sure why.

nancy =) said...

no it's never going to stop ms. b but you've got to admit these things are now just keeps getting better...

great post dondon...


allan said...

this is politically interesting blog... i will come back for more...