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Weekly Wrap: Bait and Switch

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

'Bout spit up my ginger ale Monday night when I saw an ad from Hillary Clinton taking on Donald Trump for his arm-flapping imitation of a disabled reporter -- Trump claims he didn't remember the reporter and was just lampooning his excitedness, not his illness. 

The Hillary ad's mom said, "It's not uncommon for autistic kids to flap their hands," showing a teenage boy doing just that. "When I saw that [Trump], that was completely disqualifying. I'm a Republican, but this election is so much more than party. My son Max can't live in Trump world, so I'm crossing Party Lines and voting for Hillary. I don't always agree with her, but she's reasonable, she's smart, people can work with her to solve problems. I want to be able to tell kids that I did the right thing when it really mattered."

Oh gosh, well, where to start. Many AOA readers will regard the idea that Hillary is looking out for autistic kids as a canard, to use one of my favorite words for a lie, a fable, a hoary bit of nonsense. Without her resolute "sky is blue" defense of vaccines and her government-heavy intervention in children's health in the 1990s -- progressives always know what's best, and especially love hepping de chewdwen -- we might not have an epidemic to begin with, or at least we might have stopped it earlier, which would have really helped kids. Right now about a trillion dollars would be a nice round figure for the kind of help that's needed.

So yes, galling. But somehow I find even more annoying the elision of the reporter's disability, a joint abnormality, with autism. I mean, the mom didn't exactly say it was the same thing, and the point was kind of the same, but the idea was clearly left that Trump was mocking a child with autism. Which, again, is kind of maddening as his view that vaccines cause autism is exactly correct, and Hillary's claim that they don't is exactly wrong.

Is it any wonder we're going half mad this election season, or half of us are going mad and the other half are just mad, or whatever? Don't take advantage of autism, OK?


Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.


Bob Moffit

Dan .. I have read the following statement .. from two different sources .. claiming it to be from Dr Andrew Wakefield:

"To me, this is a one issue election .. use your vote extremely carefully. There is one person, whatever else you may think about him, who has expressed the fact that he knowns vaccines cause autism, that vaccine damage is real ... and this is an issue that will never .. in his mind lead to mandatory vaccinations .... and I had the privilege of meeting him the other day to discuss this precise issue & he is on our side. Whatever else you may thing, I want you to bear that in mind. I'm not going to tell you how to vote .. but I will say that we will not get a second chance, with Hillary Clinton getting in ... if she gets in .. there will be mandatory adult and childhood vaccinations around the entire country"

Has ANYONE from AoA or the Canary Party "confirmed" these comments as being Dr Wakefield's?

If so .. I think it would be worth knowing what Dr. Wakefield thinks would be best for our long suffering community.

Dan Burns

A poem for weary warriors:

Say not the struggle nought availeth,
The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, nor faileth,
And as things have been they remain.

If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars;
It may be, in yon smoke concealed,
Your comrades chase e'en now the fliers,
And, but for you, possess the field.

For while the tired waves, vainly breaking
Seem here no painful inch to gain,
Far back through creeks and inlets making,
Comes silent, flooding in, the main.

And not by eastern windows only,
When daylight comes, comes in the light,
In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly,
But westward, look, the land is bright.



Sadly, it doesn't matter who sits in the oval office - even Trump will cave to the pressure of Big Pharma & Big Money.


It is a mad, mad world.

Yeah I am mad at how "mad" some people that appear to have good brains are when it comes to choosing who they will allow to rule them. Please don't vote Hillary in.

Open borders for the whole Western Hemisphere
Is it not enough they have my mild autism son working for 10 dollars and hour 10 hours a day, except on Saturday and Sunday when he works 8 hours; or not working at all. Or charging a lot but not as much as his sister for his health care every month .

Hillary said that Obama care made sure that women were not charged more than men, on the last debate? That is a law?

Shocked at that statement! Shocked! Confused!

I was shocked at that statement! I need explanations, some one explain to me how come My daughter is being charged 250 dollars more than my son each month. Not that I want to mess with that - I am glad my son really does have affordable health insurance.



He got scammed by his doctor into getting an over night EEG in a hospital for 5,000 dollars which is our deductible. 2100 for the room and 2,900 for the EEG machine which I already paid the medical equipment place 300 dollars to rent it.

IS that how they equal it all out?

It is a mad, mad, mad world.

Patience (Eileen Nicole) Simon

Hillary clearly has minimal education in science. Her opinion on vaccines is authoritative, not based on credible scientific evidence.

Autism researchers should be expected to understand neurological disorders. Autism experts should understand that hand-flapping is the result of impaired function of the basal ganglia. The basal ganglia are subcortical components of the motor-control system, affected in an array of neurological conditions including autism.

How discouraging to listen in on the IACC conference call on Question 3: What caused this to happen? They are afraid to discuss causes of brain damage. This would affirm that since the mid-1980s medical procedures must be investigated as dangerous.

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