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Its Friday, and you all know what that means:  bury the bad news where nobody will see it in the Saturday papers.

So, just wondering now, whether this guy would be guilty of "looting" had he been in New Orleans in August?

And it sure doesn't sound like this guy is suffering from kleptomania.  Oh well, at least he didn't SHOOT anybody.

http://www.abcnews.go.com/...

Originally posted to Thinking Republican on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:04 PM PST.

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  •  This prick did alot more damage than a little (4.00)
    shoplifting when he worked for W,  http://stevegilliard.blogspot.com/

    http://dumpjoe.com/

    by ctkeith on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:08:48 PM PST

  •  Yes, (none)
    I heard about this on NPR this evening. Lots of Repugs resigning all of a sudden.

    We are all wearing the blue dress now.

    by PLS on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:09:41 PM PST

    •  Playing cards (4.00)
      Someone should make a deck of cards showing each Republican associated with the Bush administration to be indicted.

      The Dukestir, Abramoff, Scanlon, Safavian, Libby, DeLay, Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin, Ohio Bush Pioneer Tom Noe, the phone jamming trio of GOP Executive Director Chuck McGee, Bush campaign New England Regional Director Allen Raymond, Northeast NRSC Field Director James Tobin... and that's the short list.

  •  What a crazy world (none)
    wasn't he a former aide?
  •  BREAKING: Bush WH Aide ARRESTED (3.00)
    It[']s Friday, and you all know what that means:  bury the bad news where nobody will see it in the Saturday papers.

    So, just wondering now, whether this guy would be guilty of "looting" had he been in New Orleans in August?

    And it sure doesn't sound like this guy is suffering from kleptomania.  Oh well, at least he didn't SHOOT anybody.

    Just wanted to see how this looked as a comment on an Open Thread.

  •  I live for the day (4.00)
    when we can be like "Yawn, another one?  How many are we up to now?"  Hell, that day could be just around the corner.

    Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper - Martin Espada

    by demkat620 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:14:41 PM PST

    •  I still have my Plame/TreasonGate (4.00)
      scorecard -- only Libby checked off for now, but it still sits on my desk. Everyday.
    •  no time to yawn (none)
      what we need to do is to find each and every instance where the hard-right blowhards made fun of Winona Ryder for stealing from Saks Fifth avenue.  I'm sure we'll find many.

      Then write little letters to them asking why not the same treatment for this guys transgressions


      Meet the New Pharisees, same as the Old Pharisees. - me

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 06:34:22 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  And another one bites the dust. (4.00)
    I wouldn't be surprised if half his cabinet resigns over the next couple of weekends.
    •  The crew jumping ship (4.00)
      one crewmate looking at the other crewmate saying outloud, "I'm not jumping, I'm going down with the ship", as they one after the other jump over, while the Captian is passout drunk on the back 40 .... err ahh bunk.
      ----------------------------------------------------

      I'd be curious to know if this clown did his little target scams on days he was to be working on Katrina relief.

      ----------------------------------------------------

      To be sure - this Administration is inclusive:

      • Torturers

      • Bigots

      • Petty theives

      • Mega theives

      • American Taliban
  •  Just Remember: This is intended to distract. (4.00)
    They pitched this one low and outside; he resigned a month ago, so don't go chasing it down too much -- what's the point?

    I posted the story, but knowing Karl Rove (and, yes, I DO know Karl Rove), this was intended to take the heat off the failure of the Dubai Port story --- the one his boss backed so much that he couldn't get by his own Congress.  It was time to change the subject on MSNBCCNNCBSNBCABC and this guy was expendable (er, expended already.)

    Bottom line, though is this: this president can't lead.  Can't lead his party, can't police his own mostly idiot staff.

    "The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves." - Eric Hoffer www.InTheArena.bravehost.com

    by Thinking Republican on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:26:34 PM PST

    •  Since you know Karl (none)
      could you tell me how a month old resignation could have been the begining of a strategy to deflect attention away from the Dubai abortion, when at the time, only a few insiders knew about the pregnancy and it took two more weeks before we realized the unholy nature of the union?

      To claim secular societies are rejecting God, is to concede that religious societies are rejecting reality.

      by Kudos on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:50:01 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I wouldn't be surprised (none)
        if this klepto has some dirt on Bush such that arresting him keeps him quiet.  But if some of the President's dirty laundry does get hung out to dry, make sure the messenger is dirtier than the laundry.  That's vintage Rove.  Also, since Rove knows all the shit, these dirty leaks allow him to keep the President on a tight leash.

        Thinking Republican is the only way to bring these bastards down.

        Great diary.

        •  mmm, i doubt that (none)
          However much i loathe Rove, i don't think he knew about Allen's little problem until he was busted.

          But, on the subject of spin, notice this line from WAPO's article:

          At the time of his resignation, Allen denied reports that he was leaving to protest military guidelines that required chaplains to perform only nondenominational services.

          A little leak on the qt {wink} to get the talking points out. I wonder who made the calls to Novak & O'Reilly.

          But someone spilled to Slate. Did they really think they could kep this quiet?

          Oh, yeah—they're History's actors.

          -7.00,-7.74 "He is a bad version of us! No more money for him."

          by subtropolis on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 01:12:51 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  You've seen this site right? (none)
        Some of the people here go after the most idiotic of things...it's like their dazzled by the flashing lights while someone else is pickpocketing them.  TR was wise to warn against researching this one too much.

        So many people complain, always talk about change yo but what's your contribution to life?-J5

        by fabooj on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:18:23 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  It won't get buried (4.00)
    I recall clearly a few people commenting on the unusual nature of this annoucement Scotty made on Feb. 9:
    MR. McCLELLAN: Good afternoon, everyone. I've got a couple of announcements to make, and then some brief remarks, and then I'll be glad to go to your questions.

    First of all, I have a statement from the President. "Claude Allen has been a trusted adviser since 2001. As Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, he worked to improve the health and welfare of all Americans. During the past year he has served as my top domestic policy advisor at the White House and has 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. Laura and I wish Claude and his family all the best."

    And just a personal note, for all of us who have worked here closely with Claude, we have the highest respect for him, and we will certainly miss him. And we wish him all the best.

    I'm sure someone who thought the sudden departure was strange will connect the dots - and prompt Scotty to not comment on on-going investigations.

    I was just at the Target store in gaithersburg 2 hours ago. Weird.

    To claim secular societies are rejecting God, is to concede that religious societies are rejecting reality.

    by Kudos on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:28:35 PM PST

    •  YOU LEFT OUT THE BEST PART: (4.00)
      The president went on to say,

      "The best thing about Claude, though, was that he was able to get me and all his other friends here at the White House some incredibly cool new stereo equipment, sporting goods, plasma TV's, and gold jewelry.  And he did all that without asking for anything in return.  In fact, whenever we would say, 'Claude, let me return the favor', he would wince, as if the word 'return' somehow bothered him.  And that's the best thing about Claude: he never asked for anything in return."

      No, he always asked for refunds.

      "The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves." - Eric Hoffer www.InTheArena.bravehost.com

      by Thinking Republican on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:39:09 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  nice home there Claude (none)
        Live simply so that others may simply live.........

        A neighbor reached by phone on Friday night said that Mr. Allen belonged to the Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md., and moved into the neighborhood along with several other members of the church. County records show that Mr. Allen bought his home in October 2005 for $958,300, along with his wife, Jannese.

        Wonder how much he paid for the wife?  ba-dump-bump


        Meet the New Pharisees, same as the Old Pharisees. - me

        by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 07:05:14 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  This is shocking! (none)
      Is Scotty trying to claim that Bush didn't know the real reason why Allen was leaving?

      So Bush actually has the "highest respect" for a thief who costs everyone by perpetuating his scam.

      I guess it takes one to know one.

      I am officially thoroughly jaded.

      A vote for the Democrats is a vote for Democracy. A vote for the Republicans is a vote for Empire.

      by Bionic on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:57:17 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Rush, Bennett, North, Bush etc.. (4.00)
        As we all know, certified self-rightous Republicans must display one or more personality flaws. Then, through sin, the self-rightousness is infused with the moral authority of redemption.

        To claim secular societies are rejecting God, is to concede that religious societies are rejecting reality.

        by Kudos on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:47:36 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Still, Shoplifting at Target is banal (none)
          It doesn't have the pinache of a self-control guru on a million dolllar gambling binch, or guy who thinks "25 to life" the best kind of rehab program, but he'll give the 30-day one a shot (with one half his brain tied behind his back).

          To claim secular societies are rejecting God, is to concede that religious societies are rejecting reality.

          by Kudos on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:10:58 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  In Bush's Defense (4.00)
        He's had a lot of things to not know abour recently. If you want to not be in trouble - you have to be a stickler for no details.

        To claim secular societies are rejecting God, is to concede that religious societies are rejecting reality.

        by Kudos on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 11:19:43 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Was he one of the guys (none)
    who was solicting child prostitutes in SE Asia.

    Whatever happened with that anyway?

    Was it all tinfoil?

    Lou Dobbs is the straight dope. Volvo Liberal is the clown.

    by DLC Overlord on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:35:59 PM PST

    •  Neil Bush (none)
      I believe that that was the president's brother, Neil "I bilked the U.S. taxpayer out of $1.4 billions of dollars in the S&L Scandal" Bush.

      "We need a war to show 'em that we can do it whenever we say we need a war." -- Fischerspooner

      by bink on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 04:26:11 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Hip boots won't help (4.00)
    I'm going to L.L.Beans and get a pair of waders. This shit is gettin' too fuckin' deep.
    It's a sewer that even Norton wouldn't want to work on.
  •  Shit. He was an up or down vote from being a (4.00)
    Appeals Court judge.

    ... we now know a lot of things, most of which, we already knew... (-dash888)

    by Tirge Caps on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:50:26 PM PST

    •  that was (none)
      my first reaction .I knew a little about this sorry Negro ,about being Jesse Helms' bitch and all but to make him a federal appeals court judge ? What is Bush on ? The fact that i dislike Bush is one thing ,but that he is the most incompetent president in the basic goverment functions is just appalling. As for this guy ,wasn't his salary enough..i mean he's a lawyer right .He must have been able to get a b.s job with fundie law firms somewhere.

      A hungry man is a angry man.

      by blacklib on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:55:57 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  What state are you in? (none)

         I'm interested in your take (besides what you've already written) on African American Quislings such as Allan (Rice, Thomas, JC Watts, etc.).

         Of course the comeback is, "How dare you contend that black Americans are only 'allowed' to be Democrats or liberals!"  And act all self-righteous and such.  And, of course, my comback to that is:  "No, just given the virulently racist core of today's (as opposed to, say, 1963's) Republican Party, I'm just rather incredulous than any person of color could or would associate with the GOP, except as a Quisling."

         But I'm a WASP.  I'd like to read more about your take on this phenomenon.  Is it just greed?  Is it just some kind of mental illness?  Is it just denial?  Is it just self-hatred (or hatred of one's own race)?  Some combination of all?

         And, of course, I could, certainly see and understand (sort of) African-American Republicans doing sort of Republican advocacy and Party Loyalty stuff IF their take was something like:  


        "We believe in self-reliance, governmental accountability, and fiscal discipline (all your standard, hypocritical GOP blabbering points -- who's to say that only whites ought to be susceptible to buying into this claptrap!?); but we also intend to work within our party to purge it of the legacy of racism and intolerance that, sadly, it has embraced since at least the early Nixon years . . ."  

         Now at least such a person would be one with whom I could disagree (on the initial points:  Republicans no more believe in 'self-reliance' and the like than the 'libs' they so ferociously dump-on 24-7), but respect -- for at least acknowledging and working to fix the racism that is both the foundation of, and cancer within, today's GOP.

         So, where are you on this?  Thanks.  A diary from you on this issue would be great, I think.

         BenGoshi
        _________________

         

        We're working on many levels here. Ken Kesey

        by BenGoshi on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 03:57:32 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  "Up or down vote"? (none)
      This illustrates some of the good that can come from the Senate being able to stall forever on a nominee who just doesn't smell right.

      We're all pretty crazy some way or other; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is just a setting on my dryer.

      by david78209 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:58:15 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  two fer one Fridays (4.00)
    this week its Allen and Norton. Let's see, if we toss two crooks a week, that means 8 a month, etcc.....

    We need to change Rum and Coke Fridays to Rogue and Crook Fridays.

    An election does not make a democracy.

    by seesdifferent on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:50:40 PM PST

  •  Figures. He's a Dookie (4.00)
    Here's the comment he made for the Dook Law magazine:

    "My Duke training...helped me come to this job with a sense of confidence that I have the skills necessary to do the job, even though the merchandise changes every single day."

    OK. So I took a liberty there.

    •  LOL! (none)
      Back in my med school days, I spent time in the ER with a resident who went to med school at Bowman-Gray (I think it's part of Wake Forest University, right?). That's how he spelled "Duke." LOL!

      I'm of the "FARK school" of Dook, as well. Those who frequent fark.com know of the website owner's view of the school. :)

      Ari

      "...the United States is looking forward to eating Indian mangoes." - George W. Bush

      by Ari Mistral on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:58:08 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Important Safety Tip (4.00)
    When we hear the statement; "I want to spend more time with the family" it most likely translates into:

    I had an affair

    Committed a felony

    Had sex with a minor

    On my fifth DUI

    I am getting ready to be indicted

    Money Laundering

    Found Jesus and had sex with a minor

    Shot a 78 man in the face

    "The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart." Dorothy Day -6.25 -5.85

    by pmob5977 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:04:54 PM PST

  •  Schadenfreude is too weak a word (4.00)
    to describe what I feel about this rightwing religious louse getting caught. I just love seeing them fall and expose their hypocrisy.
    I was in a store recently and overheard a woman on her cell phone saying: "Well, Thomas, I have a life and you don't. And I have Christ, you asshole."
    I laughed out loud and in her face. She turned beet red and I enjoyed every second of it. Double damn these people.

    Pre-empt Vergangenheitsbewältigung!

    by Petrasays on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:05:13 PM PST

    •  heh! (4.00)
      "I have christ, you asshole."

      I'm gonna get a t-shirt that says that.

      "The future will be a struggle between huge competing systems of psychopathology." - J. G. Ballard

      by RabidNation on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:18:39 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  in her defense (none)
      she may have been slapping down some fundy, holier-than-thou asshole. As in, "And quit your preaching to me—i have religion, asshole."

      Or something like that. It strikes me that the phrase is the perfect retort to the Dobsonites.

      Well, except i'm atheist. But you get the idea. i'm sure.

      -7.00,-7.74 "He is a bad version of us! No more money for him."

      by subtropolis on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 01:25:29 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Claude Allen is a Jesse man (4.00)

    I hope everyone here knows that Allen got his start with Jesse Helms. He was Helms's flack during the 1984 Senate campaign. It's interesting how many of the wingers out there got their start with Helms.

    Allen serves as yet another example of how high you can rise among the Republicans by knowing little more than how to applaud at the right time. And to think that he almost got to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

  •  Sorry. (4.00)
    This isn't a diary.  It's a proposal for a link.

    "... Just so long as I'm the dictator." - GWB, 12/18/00

    by Bob Love on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:26:39 PM PST

  •  Wow... (none)
    I know this store:

    Target in Gaithersburg taking items off the shelf that he then took the return desk. He had a receipt for the merchandise, was given a refund and left.

    I didn't know that was even an option. I always thought you had to buy the stuff in order to return it.

    "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

    by kredwyn on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:28:41 PM PST

    •  Return fraud is big business! (none)
      I once knew a store security guy who told me all about it

      people print up their own receipts...

      since they never leave a store with stolen stuff they don't get charged with theft

      the fake receipts usually aren't noticed right away

      been a while since I talked to this guy..but apparently some people make a TON of money doing this

    •  it's written poorly (none)
      He would buy the thing, take it home or whereever, and return some time later, pick up another whatever, and return with the second one for the refund. So – free stuff.

      I wonder what the Taliban would do with a guy like that.

      -7.00,-7.74 "He is a bad version of us! No more money for him."

      by subtropolis on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:22:11 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  WaPo (none)
      sure left out the juicy stuff. Figures

      -8.63 -7.28 When Bush is in your face, may the wind be at your back.

      by OneCrankyDom on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:32:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  oh, i don't know about that (none)
        It's got a bit of a punchier finish than the ABC version:

        "… he earned a reputation as a staunch conservative; once he kept Medicaid funds from an impoverished rape victim who wanted an abortion."

        -7.00,-7.74 "He is a bad version of us! No more money for him."

        by subtropolis on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:37:08 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  plus this: (none)
          Burnett said Montgomery police contacted the White House to verify Allen's identity after the Jan. 2 incident. He said that was the extent of their communication with the administration. He said he could not immediately determine the date of that contact, or whether police informed the White House that Allen had been charged Jan. 2 and was still under investigation.

          Well, I for one would love to know exactly what the president knew, and when he knew it.....


          Meet the New Pharisees, same as the Old Pharisees. - me

          by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 07:19:36 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  he's "a good and compassionate man" (none)
      with a little bit of a problem. Perhaps he was feeling pressured to be a good little consumer and it all just got carried away. Or it was all just a big {{sniff}} misunderstanding.

      Too fucking bad. How's your "I'm a War President" credibility polling there, jackass?

      -7.00,-7.74 "He is a bad version of us! No more money for him."

      by subtropolis on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:30:19 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  well (none)
        so far what we have is an allegation that he ran this scheme 25 times from 10-29-05 until 1-2-06, when he was finally caught, totaling over $5,000.  Plus, from The Times:

        County records show that Mr. Allen bought his home in October 2005 for $958,300

        Then he resigns to "spend more time with the family" on Feb. 9th.

        So, caught on Jan 2, the local police won't say when the White House was informed of the alleged crimes, resigns on Feb. 9, arrested on March 9th?  Then won't make a statement, and allows his lawyer to claim that it was a "series of misunderstandings."

        25 "misunderstandings."

        So, the Born-Again-Christian-Conservative modus operandi seems to be.....

        1. Break the law
        2. Cover it up as long as possible
        3. Deny when caught
        4. Hire expensive lawyer to try to get off
        5. Go to prison, or get pardoned.

        After the conviction, we'll hear his statement that he's sorry (like Duke Cunningham), but couldn't he just say that NOW and save everyone a lot of time and money?


        Meet the New Pharisees, same as the Old Pharisees. - me

        by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 07:39:05 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Low men in cheap suits... (none)
    Just because Jesus hung out with thieves, so to speak, doesn't make you holy if you are one.

    Chief Domestic fuckin Policy Advisor? Sneaking around Target to commit small swindles? My aching ass, but this administration is purely pathetic. It takes a good person to know one. How the hell could Cheney/Bush help hiring bums and assholes?

    Just go away, all of you, just go away.

    To not question your government is unpatriotic. - Chuck Hagel, Rep.

    by perro amarillo on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:39:26 PM PST

  •  Connects to Katrina response (4.00)
    From Hullabaloo
    (September 12, 2005 -- 02:10 AM EDT)

    According to Scott McClellan's August 31st gaggle, in the early days of Katrina, the White House Katrina task force was being run by Claude Allen.

    Very odd. In the worst natural disaster in American history the Bush administration's response was assigned to a shoplifting religious extremist and a crony from the arabian horseshow association while the head of homeland security flew off to give a speech. The president and John McCain laughed and ate cake. This is Republican governance.

    The Place of Dead Roads
    "The City of Louisiana has dodged the bullet with Hurricane Corrina."

    by Dr Benway on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:51:42 PM PST

    •  This November (none)
      Let's make sure most understand it was a GOP Congress that failed in its oversight role. I think most people can see at this point, running a country like ours is not an easy task. The president needs a Congress that will keep him from trusting all these idiots and low people that surround him. God knows he doesn't have the common sense to see this for himself.

      The Place of Dead Roads
      "The City of Louisiana has dodged the bullet with Hurricane Corrina."

      by Dr Benway on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:56:59 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  More details on Katrina task force (none)
      from the McClellan Aug. 31 press briefing:

      Let's see. Just so that you all know, I think a couple of things that might be of interest to you all, just so you can know what the federal government is doing and how we're responding. In terms of the operational aspects, I think you should look at it this way: Secretary Chertoff is in charge of overseeing the operational side of things from Washington, D.C. Under Secretary Brown is in charge of overseeing the operational aspects from the region. And then you have the White House task force, which is really more of a -- it's really a coordinating body, and it's not an operational body. And that's being overseen by Claude Allen, who is head of the Domestic Policy Council.

      And the President, this afternoon, when we get back, as you are aware, will be chairing a meeting of that task force. He will receive a more specific update on some of these areas that I just mentioned. At the end of that, we will have pool coverage.

  •  Yo! Judiciary Committee! (none)
    Let's reconsider how much deference to give this Administration's nominees, shall we?

    And about that advice and consent on judicial nominees thing?  Let's take it a little more seriously, o.k.?  

    With a leeetle bit of scrutiny (due diligence?), we can probably keep folks of this ilk from getting on the federal bench.

    Yeesh!

    It takes a big man to admit when he's wrong. 'Nuf said.

    by MaryCh on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:01:07 PM PST

    •  Urk, ahem, (none)
      Ready, fire, aim.  

      That is, I'm glad to hear he was kept off the bench by the Ds.  Post failure to get a judgeship he does look even worse though, heh?

      slink, slank, slunk.

      It takes a big man to admit when he's wrong. 'Nuf said.

      by MaryCh on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:07:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Did those gifts arrive by way of the return desk? (4.00)
    This is from the newsletter of Allen's church - the church that's run by anti-dating advocate Joshua Harris (yes, there is such a thing). The article is supposedly about Allen's alleged "moral conscience," which to them is demonstrated by his irrational opposition to research involving cloned human embryos. Uh-huh.

    While conducting this interview via cellular phone, he was shopping for 14 anniversary presents for his wife, Jann -- one for each of their 14 years of marriage.
    •  Oh, this is fun. (4.00)
      From his church link

      Despite his busy life, Claude calls his schedule "the Lord's time." While conducting this interview via cellular phone, he was shopping for 14 anniversary presents for his wife, Jann -- one for each of their 14 years of marriage. "I couldn't do what I do without the wife that I have. She's been such a gift to me."

      One way Claude tries to live by the Lord's time is to honor the Sabbath whenever possible and spend time at home with Jann and their three young children. "God didn't call me to the job, he called me to serve him," he says. "The job shouldn't overwhelm God's priorities."

      From WAPO:

      He came to the attention of Montgomery police after a manager at a Gaithersburg Target store called the department about an incident Jan. 2.

      Jan 2 was a Sunday.

      What better way to honor the Sabbath than by shoplifting at Target?

      President Bush's top domestic policy adviser

      I abhor these people.

      •  Dates and Raisins (none)
        The number 2 in January on my 2006 calendar is under the letter "M" - so I figure it was a Monday.
      •  Err.. (none)
        It would be might funny indeed, but you entered your date in the old calendar field on that page. The old calendar was abandoned in 1752. The actual Jan 2 this year was a Monday. That is the bottom section of that page. Sorry.
        •  You are right - I was wrong. (none)
          I remembered as a Sunday, but, did attempt to look it up in the calendar - didn't see the old one (didn't know there was an old one).

          My bad. Mea culpa.

          My revulsion and abhorrence for these holier-than-thou, lying, stealing "Christians" remains.  

      •  This made me think (none)
        of the Robert Courtney case.  Hardly on the same scale, of course.  Courtney was sentenced to thirty years for diliberately diluting cancer drugs and pocketing the money.  He made millions off of the scam, which went on for years before he was caught.  Turns out he pledged a million dollars to his church's new building fund.

        "Silflay hraka u embleer rah!" --Bigwig

        by Reepicheep on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 11:47:57 PM PST

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        •  I saw Courtney on the news. (none)
          It was portrayed as oh, so terribly tragic, a Christian so devoted to good deeds, brought down by his zealous pursuit of the greater good:

          In February 2002, Kansas City, Mo., pharmacist Robert Courtney pleaded guilty to 20 federal counts of diluting chemotherapy drugs, which he then sold to customers for extra profit. Courtney, who was facing up to 196 years in prison, instead accepted a plea agreement and avoided a trial. He confessed that he had been diluting drugs since 1992, affecting as many as 4,200 patients and 98,000 prescriptions. In December 2002, Courtney was sentenced to 30 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $10,452,109.67 to his victims, plus a fine of $25,000.

          link

          Do you have to be a quote-Christian-unquote to be so fucked up to screw with cancer patients, for profit?  

          Having lost friends to cancer, having a friend who is going through the trauma of chemo now, I can't tell you how ungodly that strikes me.  My friend is optimistic based on her doctors' assurances that if she does her drug regimen (which is onerous), she'll be fine.  

          What sort of monster would screw with life-and-death trust that way?  

          •  It is sick. (none)
            We had recently lost an old friend of the family to breast cancer when that story came out.  It was an evil thing to do.  Of course, evil people often use the trappings of religion as a cover.  The BTK killer was quite well regarded in his church.  Ted Bundy volunteered at a suicide hotline.  But I think it still suprises people.  "Not only are you evil, but you don't even have the decency to live in a bat-infested tower strewn with the dry bones of your victims, chanting unholy things over your cauldron every midnight.  How were we supposed to identify you?"

            "Silflay hraka u embleer rah!" --Bigwig

            by Reepicheep on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 09:43:51 AM PST

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      •  Gotta love this line (none)
        "I couldn't do what I do without the wife that I have. She's been such a gift to me."

        Do you think he tried to return "that" gift?  Well, then again, after 14 years, would he still have the receipt?

        "The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart." Dorothy Day -6.25 -5.85

        by pmob5977 on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 06:20:28 AM PST

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  •  Typical... (none)
    of these Bush people... not one single solitary ethical bone to share among all of em.

    These people really are the scum of this country.

    They should be shoveling fast food... and what... since they're rich and/or know the right (white) people...

    they're the masters of the universe.

    Republicans are trash.

  •  from the ville of the Freep: (none)
    It can't be a good thing when a guy you nominated to a court of appeals is accused of essentially shoplifting.

    -----------------------
    Anti-theft-in-the-White-House Sarcasm Torpedo ARMED. FIRE!!

    Hillary?

    -----------------------
    Allen was the No. 2 official in the Health and Human Services Department

    With a background like this, he was groomed for petty theft.

    -----------------------
    Kleptomania, it sounds like.
    -----------------------

    Actually, in reading the details about this, I think Kleptomania may be correct.  Stealing for the thrill of it?  But, even $161,000/year doesn't mean he wasn't over-extended.......


    Meet the New Pharisees, same as the Old Pharisees. - me

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:09:54 PM PST

    •  or.............. (none)
      clandestinely buying things for a mistress?

      hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


      Meet the New Pharisees, same as the Old Pharisees. - me

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:12:02 PM PST

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    •  Race Card Monte to come (none)
      Be prepared. They will play the race card by accussing us of playing the race card. How? Liberals assume the allegation are true because Allen is black.

      Fools! The allegations are true because he's a Republican, so make it a black thing FREEPER! You can't help yourself.

      To claim secular societies are rejecting God, is to concede that religious societies are rejecting reality.

      by Kudos on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:42:55 PM PST

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    •  It truly makes no sense. (none)
      He must have just assumed he could get away with anything.  Otherwise why gamble away a lucrative career for such a relatively petty sum?  But then it makes no sense that a black man would work for a bunch of racists either, so who knows how this guy's mind works?

      "Silflay hraka u embleer rah!" --Bigwig

      by Reepicheep on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 11:27:17 PM PST

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  •  The only good Repub ...... (none)
    is an incarcerated Repub.

    Throw 'em all in jail where they belong.  PLEASE.

    "Letting a Republican govern is like letting a pedophile babysit"

    by Nordic on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:16:24 PM PST

    •  No, you're wrong (none)
      about him.  The rest of them are scumbags, but Claude Allen's a genius.

      Remember that bit Eddie Murphy did on Saturday Night Live?  The one where he dressed up as a white man, clenched up his butt cheeks and got on the bus?  When the last black person got off the bus, all the remaining white people started serving cocktails and handing each other free shit.

      I'll bet that Claude remembered that sketch, and that it made quite an impression on him.  So much so that he can't resist clenching his butt cheeks, striding into Target (sans white face, since he wears it on the inside), marching up to the return desk and demanding a refund with all that Republican arrogance. And after wagging his finger he gets to walk out with his free shit!  It's like he gets to be The Man and cheat The Man all at the same time.  He gets to let them eat cake and have his cake and eat it too.  Now that's original, and I think he deserves a little credit (if you pardon the pun).

  •  The Washington Post (4.00)
    finally gets one right?

    The Washington Post labeled him the embodiment of "conservative values."

    ah, but is "theft" a "value"?


    Meet the New Pharisees, same as the Old Pharisees. - me

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:21:29 PM PST

  •  I knew that guy in college, what an asshole!!! (none)
    Claude Allen went to UNC and was one of the most conservative "Uncle Clarance Thomas" of his time, he even went to work for Jessie Helms when all of his black friends told him he was nuts.....and a sell out.

    I always found him to be someone who was more of a buffone.....like Armstrong Williams and such a sell out and a "rabid" self loathing Black man! Sad but true........guys like him hate being black and will kiss any ass to get ahead. I do not feel sorry for him, not one iota! What a dumbass.....and hypocrite!

    John Kerry had it right about everyone one of the Bushies....in and around this adminstration:

    "These guys are biggest bunch of lying crooks I have ever seen" John Kerry

    by alnc on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:59:01 PM PST

    •  so what about the color of his skin (none)
      He's an asshole, period. Every race has got 'em.

      -7.00,-7.74 "He is a bad version of us! No more money for him."

      by subtropolis on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:46:37 AM PST

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      •  Claude Allen (none)
        is a toad that is a self loathing guy that joined in with Jessie Helms and was against anything that would assist or support African Americans....like himself. He turned his back on the place that he came from and supported someone that did everything he could to keep those not on his reservation (Helms) down. This guy gets no sympathy from me and since he casted his lot with Jessie Helms of all people, a out and out racist.....that makes him an idiot and a tool. His color makes him even more of a fool, thank you, for his support of Helms and racist policies. If you don't know that you should know that!!!

        "These guys are biggest bunch of lying crooks I have ever seen" John Kerry

        by alnc on Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 12:07:15 AM PST

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        •  sigh (none)
          I know all about it, thank you. My point is that he's simply an asshole, just like Bolton or Gonzales. I don't give a damn about their background. They're assholes. If it's important to you, then so be it. Have at it.

          -7.00,-7.74 "He is a bad version of us! No more money for him."

          by subtropolis on Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 07:50:36 AM PST

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  •  beard for a wife? (none)
    Allen is married with 3 children.  Follow this 2003 link about Allen and scroll down to the first comment:

    I happen to have gone to high school with both claude and his brother and upon reading the words he uttered concerning "queers" I find this very odd when in high school he was the "Queen of the Queers" and it is very easy to verify. I'll bet like most republicans, he is a closet homosexual and his family is just for show. Another Clarence Thomas? Good bet he can be used by the republicans for their plans while getting back at all of his detractors.

    Posted by: XAVIER at July 12, 2003 11:53 AM

    The Friday night news dump ain't gonna help this guy much.

    Halliburton: the bucks stop there.

    by YankInUK on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 11:04:06 PM PST

    •  Yeah, he's a fucking queer (none)
      Classic, right?  I'm a f*ggot so I'll suck Bush's cock and no one will notice.  Of course, just about everyone in the Republican party is a Bush cocksucker, ... but most of them are just pussies.  This guy's definitely a closet case.

      And he has no excuse.  I mean, Winona was home-schooled in a commune, poor thing.  But this guy?

  •  Never a dull moment (none)
    What is it with these guys?  There is never enough money for these guys.  Criminals, every single mfing one of them.  It never stops with these people.  You think they can go no lower, then they open up the basement door.  
  •  Allen breaks silence: (none)
    I'm sorry Mr. Presidnet, but it's Clinton's fault I did this.

    Why is that some Democrats seem to think losing will make them look tougher than will winning? ~Atrios

    by GOTV on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 11:25:20 PM PST

  •  George and Claude (4.00)
    Probably discussing the latest deals at Target

    USA Today 1/25/2005
  •  You know whats realy shocking (none)
    Some purchases were as little as $2.50.

    When you consider how fucking long it takes to wait in line and actully get a refund, this works out to a Republican actully working for minimum wage.

    "Just when they think they know the answer, I change the question!" -Roddy Piper

    by McGirk SF on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00:50 AM PST

  •  target? (none)
    What, was Walmart closed or something?

    Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something. -- Thomas A. Edison

    by tvb on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:15:15 AM PST

  •  Claude Allen meet... (none)
    George Allen. Who did Claude serve under in VA? That's right, the other Allen..or was it Gilmore? either way, hilarious..could be he worked in both

    http://www.usdoj.gov/...

    For even more fun just Google Claude Allen. Hardly a bad word to be found except for this

    http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/...

    which is very snarky until you get to the last comment.

    And lets remember. It was the spineless Dems who blocked his lifetime nominaton to the appeals court. Imagine what he could have gotten away with under those robes?

    "Words will not ever be able to express my sorrow and my profound regret for all my actions and mistakes," Jack (cry me a river) Abramoff

    by philinmaine on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 01:45:46 AM PST

    •  So the Dems filibustered Allen's judgeship? (none)
      By the way, another nominee to the Fourth Circuit that the Dems blocked is William Haynes, general counsel at DOD, and involved in the torture memo scandal.
  •  What Did The President Know.... (none)
    ...And WHEN did he know it?

    The timing of the resignation -- barely a month before the arrest -- makes me wonder if somebody in Justice or some other police agency got wind of this guy's coming downfall and either tipped him off to it or tipped off the White House that his arrest was coming.

    Interfering with a criminal investigation is, at the least, obstructing governmental administration; it could even be obstruction of justice.

    I note that there's no reference to return fraud since his resignation.  He wasn't caught doing something recent; he was nailed for earlier frauds.  So, its pretty damn peculiar he got to walk away --- either on a tip to him or because the White House knew this was coming.

    "The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves." - Eric Hoffer www.InTheArena.bravehost.com

    by Thinking Republican on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 03:10:37 AM PST

    •  Allen quite his WH job Feb. 9, was arrested (none)
      last week some time.  (Interesting that somebody was able to delay the reporting of it to a Saturday.) Richard Safavian, on the other hand, quit his WH job on a Friday and was indicted the next Monday.
  •  Political Epitaph (none)
    A pious man who sought redemption.
  •  Redemption for Claude... (none)
    Here's how Claude Allen can move on. First, he gives a Rev Jimmy Stewart-type "confession" on national TV...."Lord, I have sinned against you"...It should be really emotional. Apologize to friends for betraying them and promise to take whatever punishment that is meeted out. Next he disappears for a few months and then reappears as a born-again Christian. He might want to write a self-serving memoir while he is out of sight. I know a number of publishers who would jump at the opportunity to publish this kind of book. At this stage he will be ready to cash-in in a big way. And the possibilities are endles. He can hit the speakers circuit for $20,000 to $40,000 a speach. He can become a special commentator for Fox Cable News. Eventually, he might want to get back into politics as a consultant. Of course, the first thing he should do is hire himself a PR consultant.
  •  Compassionate Conservative (none)
    "... he earned a reputation as a staunch conservative; once he kept Medicaid funds from an impoverished rape victim who wanted an abortion."- WAPO

    The White House was informed of his arrest on Jan 2.
    Chimpy still considers him a saint?  This is another Katrina Levees moment if the cards are played right.

    "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face -- forever." G.Orwell

    by FuddGate on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 04:17:50 AM PST

  •  Thanks. At the end of the article, (none)
    this Political Headlines box
    Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low
    Interior Secretary Gale Norton steps down
    Republicans Look to Their 2008 Hopefuls
    was gravy on the rice.
  •  Excuse Me (none)
    but did I accidently step into the "free" republic by mistake?  

    Some of the posts in this diary really belong there.

  •  No one could have anticipated (none)
    ...that Target would have a working security camera system.

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