Greg Abbott Invents War on Christmas, Declares Victory

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This ungulate tried to steal Christmas. Greg Abbott stopped him.
Despite its vaguely official-sounding name, the Christmas Bureau of Austin & Travis County is not a branch of local government. It's a nonprofit charity, one that purports to help needy individuals and families during the holiday season.

That seems to be what the organization did from 1964, when it was founded, until 2010. That's when Shon Washington, a thrice-convicted thief, answered a Craigslist ad from the bureau seeking a handyman. Soon thereafter, he was named to the nonprofit's board of directors. When the group's president died unexpectedly in December 2011, he appointed himself president.

That gave Washington carte blanche to do what Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott claimed he'd been doing since he joined the bureau: funnel donated funds into his personal bank accounts.

Abbott sued Washington, along with his wife and three former officials with the organization and the Christmas Bureau itself, claiming they've been running a scam. The suit doesn't say exactly how much Washington et al are believed to have stolen; it merely points out that the charity bringing in more than $100,000 and had an end-of-year balance of $50,000 in its bank account. On November 28, the balance was down to $99. At least $30,000 went into an account Washington created for his personal use, the suit says.

"It appears at this time that the individual Defendants have almost completely drained the charity's bank accounts, and will continue to spend charitable funds as quickly as they are donated if accounts are not frozen immediately," the suit says.

It all seems like a fairly cut-and-dry case of theft and consumer fraud. That's how it's described in the AG's lawsuit. But in the wake of a decision Wednesday by a Travis County judge to freeze the Christmas Bureau's bank accounts and issue a temporary restraining order preventing Washington and the others from soliciting donations, Abbott upped the ante.

"Whether it's a grinch or a convicted felon, the State won't stand by while anyone steals Christmas away from deserving families in our community," Abbott crowed in a press release.

That's right. Greg Abbott just saved Christmas, not just from mushy liberals who insist on replacing the term with "holiday" but from actual thieves out to keep poor kids from celebrating the holiday. Just let the real Grinch try and poach gifts from under Texas' Christmas trees. Abbott will be on that.

Abbott hasn't announced his next move in his battle against anti-Christmas forces, but yesterday did bring the news that an Austin kindergarten teacher told her students that Santa's not real. Let's hope this Mrs. Fueller has steeled herself for the right hook of Texas justice, Greg Abbott-style.


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Katrina.Willson
Katrina.Willson

Can you imagine the terror and damage that 'ungulate' might have inflicted on poor, stupid Greg Abbott?

Thankfully, after he quaffed 40 ounces of gazelle urine to attract the unfortunate beast, Greg could rely on his thirteen year old daughter to summon the spirit of 'sweet baby Jesus' to help her shoot the animal with thirty rounds of armor-piercing ammo.

Can't you just see how proud Greg is?

Christians are so fond of and so good at killing shit, aren't they?

MisterMean
MisterMean

Greg Abbot:

"You can shine your shoes and where a suit

You can comb your hair and look quite cute

You can hide your face behind a smile

One thing you can't hide-is when your crippled inside"

quoted from John Lennon's song Crippled Inside.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

That sure is a cute dead animal. It would look great stuffed and hung at The Lodge.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

Sorry if this is repetitive.  I'm normally with you guys about Abbott, but this time I think you are WAY overacting.  You sound like those people who hear a public official say the work 'Christmas' and then start screaming "They're ramming Christianity down our throats!!"  

monstruss
monstruss

I'm about as "happy holidays" as they come, but I don't see how busting dickhead scam artists has anything to do with the WAR ON CHRISTMAS screeching you normally hear from the likes of Greg Abbott. I mean, I'm sure that's right around the corner, but in this instance I think you're looking for a fight that isn't there. 

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

On initial read, I couldn't find the downside behind the headlines, but you guys did your job and now I know! Keep up the good work!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Is he like, the CHRISTMAS HAMMER!?! He doesn't just jingle or jangle, He BITES!

....Oh...  Abbott... Nevermind.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@TheCredibleHulk - I bet the mans gun-nut daughter shoots donkeys.

gweneams
gweneams

@albert.finney000 I heard she shot a coyote while out jogging.  Wait, that was another person's cheerleading daughter.

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