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2013-01-11 10:54:39 AM

brantgoose: Congratulations, male heterosexual and lesbian Farkers! Miss Americas are now even more unlikely to acknowledge your existence!

I bet some of you think all pretty women are autistic.


Most autistic people have some talent, so no.
 
2013-01-11 10:55:08 AM

mytdawg: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i47.tinypic.com image 639x342]

Which one's autistic?

Everybody on the other side of that screen there.


Now that's a funny combo of comments.
 
2013-01-11 10:55:39 AM
entretenimento.r7.com
 
2013-01-11 10:55:43 AM
No Madonna "Borderline" references?
 
2013-01-11 10:56:01 AM

rubi_con_man: This just in :

Men generally have only a marginal interest about the internal beings that inhabit the boob-and-vagina life support systems they use for masturbation.


alright, I seriously LoL'd at that one. Now what do I tell all the old women I work with what I was laughing at?
 
2013-01-11 10:59:12 AM
first? y'all slippin'

i524.photobucket.com

www.buddytv.com

i.ytimg.com

i41.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-11 10:59:19 AM

blatz514: [entretenimento.r7.com image 850x1276]


Now her eyes are hazel.
 
2013-01-11 10:59:45 AM
I saw here this morning on GMA. My wife and I were like, "whoah!"

We have a friend with a daughter about the same age, and she has the exact same speech impedement. This also made us a little surprised. We always knew that this particular girl has some learning issues. But no one ever took it as far as "autism".

I can only assume after seeing that report this morning that there are some REALLY light levels of autism. The only thing severe about her is her looks.
 
2013-01-11 10:59:53 AM

OregonVet: cretinbob: Meh. Wake me up when the first Tourettes contestant is on.

"I believe in FU*KING GOTDAMN SH*T!! BASTARD!! World Peace."


Hey stop quoting me! :P

/Totally would say that
//$%$#^$%^#%$#% ASSTACOS!
 
2013-01-11 11:00:00 AM

ModernPrimitive01: rubi_con_man: This just in :

Men generally have only a marginal interest about the internal beings that inhabit the boob-and-vagina life support systems they use for masturbation.

alright, I seriously LoL'd at that one. Now what do I tell all the old women I work with what I was laughing at?


wayne brady
 
2013-01-11 11:03:23 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i47.tinypic.com image 639x342]

Which one's autistic?


The one on the right.

The one on the left is just a farking idiot.
 
2013-01-11 11:04:25 AM

Boxcutta: Trying to find an article on Fox News that doesn't have Republican talking points or isn't about pretty white ladies has become akin to Where's Waldo.


Except Waldo is in the picture.
 
2013-01-11 11:04:36 AM
i'd hit it.
 
2013-01-11 11:07:04 AM

Deep Contact: blatz514: [entretenimento.r7.com image 850x1276]

Now her eyes are hazel.


Hey, when I hovered over that pic it said it was her.  Anyway, hot chick in a bikini trumps all anyway.
 
2013-01-11 11:07:07 AM

Bladel: "For the longest time I just really wanted to know what was wrong with me," she said. "When I was finally diagnosed I felt like it came too late."
As a parent of a kid who required hundreds of hours of speech therapy just to be able to finish a sentence, people like this really piss me off.


Why? Because nobody else can suffer because they didn't have the same exact hardships your son did?

I have a friend who says "oh, I don't want to complain to you, you have worse problems than I do." And I always say, "and how does that invalidate your problems? You're still hurting and need to vent...."   Same thing here.
 
2013-01-11 11:07:19 AM

BarkingUnicorn: First story I read about her said she had "borderline Asperger's syndrome." But Fox, of course, had to amp it up a bit.


Asperger's being borderline autism itself, and this girl being borderline Asperger's means this girl is probably slightly weird and/or slow. Non-issue for everyone but Fox news. Also, as others have mentioned, Asperger's isn't considered an entity anymore by the new DSM revisions.
 
2013-01-11 11:07:29 AM

doubled99: mesmer242
Pageants, and the training that goes into them, sounds pretty much like the perfect way to get someone who doesn't understand personal interactions to learn a formula for dealing with people.

doubled99: The pageant is for pretty girls. Technically, a brain dead woman could win.

You're thinking of Miss USA. Pretty is the only requirement for Trump's system. Miss America requires a "platform", aka some kind of cause, as well as a stage talent, which means most of the girls at Miss America have spent hundreds of hours involved in community service, in addition to the practice it requires to perform a talent in front of hundreds of people.

Did you type that with a straight face?


I totally did. I saw one of the physically ugliest girls I've ever met in my entire life win a local Miss America pageant. And she won different locals almost every year due simply to her dedication to her platform (she was also a really nice person, but I know no one here cares about that). Trust me when I say that the hot, brainless ones find it much easier to switch to Miss USA and win if they're in it for the publicity. Trump, for all his myriad of faults, is much better at publicity than the Miss America Org.

For the record, I never did very well in either system, and I make no claims at ever being hot or talented. But the interview process even at a Miss America local pageant was pretty much a job interview and the judges treat it as such. You don't get to the national level without being able to fire most of your brain cells and putting in a lot of hours of community service, talent practice, and exercise.
 
2013-01-11 11:07:45 AM

TheSlothAlive: [s14.postimage.org image 498x353]


Link
 
2013-01-11 11:08:14 AM
She's autistic?
Not compared to the autistic folks I have come into contact with she isn't.
She seemed very normal to me.
misdiagnosed maybe?
 
2013-01-11 11:08:20 AM
Yeah.

Everybody is going to think she is this big hero after she goes and shoots up a school.
 
2013-01-11 11:09:12 AM

computerguyUT: I'd skip Judge Wapner at 9 to hit the hell out of that....


I would totally finish all over her tits just in time for Wapner.

\definitely in time for Wapner
 
2013-01-11 11:09:57 AM

durbnpoisn: We have a friend with a daughter about the same age, and she has the exact same speech impedement. This also made us a little surprised. We always knew that this particular girl has some learning issues. But no one ever took it as far as "autism".

I can only assume after seeing that report this morning that there are some REALLY light levels of autism. The only thing severe about her is her looks.


The more otherwise intelligent a person is, the more the person tends to come across as either odd or just rude rather than autistic or anything else specific, since most of the mind is functioning perfectly normally, one subsystem just isn't wired up in the usual way. Others habituate to the person's acting fairly normally when going about routine tasks and don't notice large-scale patterns in unusual behavior. Young HFA/Asperger's women also appear to be much more prone to simply being quiet and lonely rather than loud and brash as young men are.
 
2013-01-11 11:10:23 AM

pute kisses like a man: dletter: Bladel: BarkingUnicorn: First story I read about her said she had "borderline Asperger's syndrome."  But Fox, of course, had to amp it up a bit.


"For the longest time I just really wanted to know what was wrong with me," she said. "When I was finally diagnosed I felt like it came too late."
As a parent of a kid who required hundreds of hours of speech therapy just to be able to finish a sentence, people like this really piss me off.

I understand what you are saying, but, at least from what I am aware, "Autism" has become a very "vague" term now for a wide range of conditions (as they call it, the "spectrum").  I'm sure for someone who has a child with a much more dramatic form, it is hard seeing someone like her who is fairly well spoken talk about her "struggles", but, at least technically, she probably still has "it".  It is probably more that at this point maybe they need to have some more specific terms (and I'm sure they do, they just don't get talked about publicly much, everyone just says "Autism").

getting mad at people who have it less bad is like getting mad at cancer survivors because someone in your family died of cancer (or just suffered a lot more)


But pillorying every drinker is still great if one of your family died to a drunk, right?
 
2013-01-11 11:10:49 AM
Autistic? More like asstastic, amirite?
 
2013-01-11 11:10:53 AM
i.imgur.com

Oh, so because she's Autistic it automatically goes in the Geek tab, too? Why don't you go fark yourself modmins, this is exactly the kind of prejudice she seeks to fight against.
 
2013-01-11 11:11:00 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i47.tinypic.com image 639x342]

Which one's autistic?


The one with the dark brown snatch.
 
2013-01-11 11:11:33 AM

Boxcutta: Trying to find an article on Fox News that doesn't have Republican talking points or isn't about pretty white ladies has become akin to Where's Waldo.


Oh just stop. OK, yeah, we get it. Fox is Teh Ebil. Just stop.
 
2013-01-11 11:12:33 AM
Don't get too excited. She's from Montana.
 
2013-01-11 11:13:44 AM

bittermang: [i.imgur.com image 850x234]

Oh, so because she's Autistic it automatically goes in the Geek tab, too? Why don't you go fark yourself modmins, this is exactly the kind of prejudice she seeks to fight against.


Welcome to FARK.
 
2013-01-11 11:14:21 AM
Is autistic the same as retarded? And is it legal to screw retards?
 
2013-01-11 11:14:44 AM
Is she really autistic, or is she just an asshole?
 
2013-01-11 11:14:48 AM
Quote from random internet guy: "I'd suck a fart out of her ass, and hold it like a bong hit."
 
2013-01-11 11:15:31 AM

ackb4r: Is she really autistic, or is she just an asshole?


It's like that old game on MTV...Dead or Canadian?
 
2013-01-11 11:15:54 AM

Krieghund: chrylis: The Angry Hand of God: I am growing so tired about hearing about people with autism, ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, etc. Can't people just stop making up names for these so-called "conditions," and take some responsibility? I get it, you are socially awkward. When I was a kid, that would just mean that you gotten beat up here and there, but you would just go home as the beaten up weird kid, not some completely dysfunctional, Ritalin popping mess with some poorly diagnosed trendy "disease" caused by getting too many vaccinations.

Opinions, Farkers? Occasionally worthwhile and just being an especially obnoxious troll today, or ignore-bait?

I don't get why people ignore trolls. They're half the reason I read Fark.

I have no idea about this guy's other work, he hasn't rated as particularly funny or obnoxious with me. Maybe his other stuff is less obvious. Then again, it would have to be.


As usual, it would have benefited from a little more irrational anger, a non-sequitur reference or two, and a misspelling. But it was fairly standard work, overall.
 
2013-01-11 11:16:10 AM
Having listened to previous Miss America contestants talk, I have to say I doubt the validity that this is the first autistic Miss America contestant.
 
2013-01-11 11:16:12 AM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Boxcutta: Trying to find an article on Fox News that doesn't have Republican talking points or isn't about pretty white ladies has become akin to Where's Waldo.

Oh just stop. OK, yeah, we get it. Fox is Teh Ebil. Just stop.


t1.gstatic.com
 
2013-01-11 11:20:30 AM

Krieghund: chrylis: The Angry Hand of God: I am growing so tired about hearing about people with autism, ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, etc. Can't people just stop making up names for these so-called "conditions," and take some responsibility? I get it, you are socially awkward. When I was a kid, that would just mean that you gotten beat up here and there, but you would just go home as the beaten up weird kid, not some completely dysfunctional, Ritalin popping mess with some poorly diagnosed trendy "disease" caused by getting too many vaccinations.

Opinions, Farkers? Occasionally worthwhile and just being an especially obnoxious troll today, or ignore-bait?

I don't get why people ignore trolls. They're half the reason I read Fark.

I have no idea about this guy's other work, he hasn't rated as particularly funny or obnoxious with me. Maybe his other stuff is less obvious. Then again, it would have to be.


I did like how he got the bit about vaccinations in there. That shows he can spread it out a little and drag some people in that might not otherwise get involved. Work in progress maybe?
 
2013-01-11 11:20:51 AM
"For my special talent, I will now recite the origin stories for my top 54 favorite Pokemons."
 
2013-01-11 11:21:17 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i47.tinypic.com image 639x342]

Which one's autistic?


Hotty on left: Penis goes where? Hotty on the right: Exactly.
 
2013-01-11 11:22:22 AM

insano: Asperger's being borderline autism itself, and this girl being borderline Asperger's means this girl is probably slightly weird and/or slow. Non-issue for everyone but Fox news. Also, as others have mentioned, Asperger's isn't considered an entity anymore by the new DSM revisions.


Aspbergers was always kind of like wearing a picture of a fake Rolex on your wrist. It's good that it is no longer a thing.
 
2013-01-11 11:26:31 AM

BarkingUnicorn: First story I read about her said she had "borderline Asperger's syndrome."  But Fox, of course, had to amp it up a bit.


Krieghund: Happy Hours: clydedog: Borderline means not on the spectrum. So this headline should be: "slightly weird, socially awkward girl is pageant contestant". BFD.

I'm not a medical professional but I thought borderline meant right on the cusp of making a definitive diagnosis meaning at this point it's sort of a matter of opinion.
It's not like autism is a binary condition like pregnancy.
I don't know if doctors use a system of scoring to determine it, but if she's only 1% away from being autistic on the scale I'd say that's within a margin of error.

IIRC, you had to have 3 of 5 criteria to be diagnosed as autistic, but that's all changing now, with the new DSM.

You could have really bad problems in 2 categories, but not be autistic, but someone with less severe problems in 3 categories would be.

clydedog was just making a joke. I'm sure he isn't actually that ignorant.


I was referring to BU's comment. the word "borderline" isn't even used in subby's article. Who knows how the definition of "borderline" was parsed in whatever article BU is mentioning? In light of which, I can take "Borderline Aspberger's Syndrome" to mean "almost having aspies", which is just being unfortunately weird, in my book. Lighten up, dudes.
 
2013-01-11 11:28:56 AM

MagSeven: More like "aw-yeah tism"! Am I right? This guy knows what I'm talkin' about!


Laughed at that more than I should have. Well done!
 
2013-01-11 11:30:28 AM

drew is pedal: Is autistic the same as retarded? And is it legal to screw retards?


They are not the same thing at all.

As far as the second point goes... Here is a funny story for you...

There was a class of special needs kids in my high school. Two of them were pretty severe but functional Down's Syndrome kids. One day the got caught having sex in the middle of the annex gym*.
It was empty other than them at the time. One of the teachers walked in and caught them by surprise.

*They called it an annex because it was considered to be a temporary addition to the school. It did have a gym.
 
2013-01-11 11:34:25 AM
If you don't hear her say 'potato' it doesn't count.
 
2013-01-11 11:37:43 AM
Yeah, Autism and Bipolar are the new A.D.D. Let's overdiagnose so we can spoon-feed pills to more kids.
 
2013-01-11 11:41:04 AM
entretenimento.r7.com

Awkward proportions and spine alignment, no feet, all she needs is thigh pouches and she could be a Rob Liefeld creation.
 
2013-01-11 11:41:48 AM
I'd love to escort her to K-Mart on any given Tuesday ...
 
2013-01-11 11:44:41 AM
I'd mess with her chromosomes.
 
2013-01-11 11:46:47 AM

sprawl15: She has joined the pageant as part of an effort by Miss America Corp. to improve the quality of the answers given during the question portion of the competition.


I could see that. I routinely invite people with autism and similar to dinner parties when I want the conversation to be more interesting.

I work with several kids and adults who are best described as 'on the spectrum,' which ranges from an adult savant who does not speak but can program like a fiend to a little girl with borderline Asperger's who is normal apart from some communication issues and sounding like a TED talk trapped in a kid's body. (One of her favorite subjects is aviation and I've seen her talk with adult pilots and tell them a few things they didn't know, simply because that hyper-detailed knowledge about a fixated subject is so strong with Aspies.) I'm also married to a guy whose official diagnosis is mild Asperger's, but who's come along so much with therapy that unless you really knew what you were looking at, you'd just assume "yep, that's an engineer all right," and my little godson is what's called an A-G, which is Autistic and Gifted.

He did have to have significant therapy as a little bitty kid, didn't speak until age four and a half and still has some serious sound and light-related triggers, but now that he's got his communication basics more or less under control and has a school and folks that understand him, he's the kind of kid who puts on his best suit and attends a Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson lecture like a miniature grad-student. We routinely give him college textbooks as rewards for good behavior or doing all his chores, he's actually succeeded in training his pet pigeon, Mrs. Tesla, to do a few magician-type tricks, and he's possibly the smartest child I've ever met, even if he does have some little quirks like needing to wear earplugs in loud grocery stores or being very attached to a few select items, like his four-color pen, flashlight and TI-83 graphing calculator. (I have literally seen him manage an overstimulation-triggered meltdown by finding a quiet corner and programming on his calculator until the shakes go away.)

More diagnosed ASD sufferers, Aspies in particular, than not are gifted, but some doctors think that it isn't because autistic people are more likely to be gifted, but because the gifted ones are more likely to seek diagnosis. An Aspie of ordinary intelligence, for example, might easily fall through the system cracks as a 'discipline problem,' but the schools are really trying to catch problems and fix 'em as best they can. The thing that I like is how a person with one of the milder flavors of what we currently call an Autism-Spectrum Disorder, once the office or the class or the teacher is used to how they work, they really do bring a lot to the table.

My little godson is barely nine and with my husband has already developed an improvement to aircraft engines that a professor friend believes can be patented, flashed the ECU in his mother's car for greater fuel efficiency and persuaded our local school board not to cut the science fair by offering an improved fundraising plan and examples of how science has affected his own life. (Public speaking is actually something he handles fairly well, because his lack of social awareness precludes stage fright.) He's got a strangeness about him, but once you're past that, he's really an asset to a team and a good kid to have in your life -even if he will persist in beating Aunt Spidey at every computer game ever.

TL;DR: I know a lot of people with autism, and I could see a company involving them for the sake of improving conversation at an event.
 
2013-01-11 11:50:51 AM

scottydoesntknow: She looks a hell of a lot like Michelle Trachtenberg


Came here to say this.
 
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