Wednesday, June 8, 2011

In the Absence of Substance

Douchebag Kevin D. Williamson:
I just had a delightful conversation with Orson Swindle, the former head of the Economic Development Administration mentioned in our editorial this morning:
But even former EDA chief Orson Swindle eventually came around to the point of view that the program is useless, or perhaps worse than useless, describing it as a “congressional cookie jar.”
Mr. Swindle is keen to point out that he did not “eventually come around to the view” that the EDA is a mess and a waste — he went in knowing that. A true-believing Reaganite, his desire was to kill the EDA, or, failing that, to get it on a very short leash.
Mr. Swindle is pictured below:

Nitwit Williamson kindly included a wikipedia link for ORSON FUCKING SWINDLE FOR GOD'S SAKE and there we find this:
In 1994 and in 1996 he was a Republican candidate for Congress in Hawaii's 1st Congressional District. In 1996 he held the incumbent, Democrat Neil Abercrombie, to 50% of the vote.
That's like winning!
Swindle is also on the board of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), an independent political advocacy group that seeks to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. Throughout its history, CAGW has been accused of fronting lobbying efforts of corporations to give them the appearance of "grassroots" support.[4] In part, this is because CAGW has accepted donations from Phillip Morris, the Olin Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, Microsoft, Merrill-Lynch, and Exxon-Mobil. CAGW also has ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.[5]


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

You have to admit that Mr. Swindle sports a fine mustache.

The Modesto Kid said...

Wait... So somebody's name is actually "Orson Swindle"?

Substance McGravitas said...

No, it can't be.

vacuumslayer said...

This is what happens when people consult The J K Rowling Book of Names when naming their babies.

Another Kiwi said...

Don't Birth registry people have senses of humour over there. Just one letter away from being Orsum Swindle.

Substance McGravitas said...

The JanusNode would come up with Orson Swindle after many trillions of tries...MACHINES CAN NEVER REPLACE ADDLED PARENTS!

Smut Clyde said...

Heh. My maternal grandmother ended up officially named [redacted] because the country postman was entrusted with the job of registering her birth when he get back to what we may laughingly call "civilisation"; but he was so pissed (what with helping celebrate the happy event) that they had to tie him onto his horse, and he completely forgot the intended name en route.

Why anyone would want to call their child "En Route" escapes me.

vacuumslayer said...

THAT is funny.