What I’ve seen of tonight’s debate is not so inspiring.  But Rudy Giuliani hit a home run on the “unintentional comedy” scale with his remarks on welfare:

“I moved 600,000 people off of welfare during my time as mayor, most of them to jobs.”

Which begs the question:  what happened to the rest of those people?

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  1. Pet peeve of mine: Asking a question after using the phrase “begs the question.” If you beg the question, you do not ask one. To beg the question is, roughly, to assume what needs to be proven. However, you could raise a question, or pose a question, or prompt a question, etc.

    Back to my regularly scheduled lurking.


  2. Matthew Lee Anderson November 29, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Ack. Mistake noted. Thanks for pointing it out…….


  3. As part of my profession, I work with this population of children. I would agree that this is an often overlooked aspect in working with individuals with autism. There is emphasis on building social relationships. However, it is mainly centered on acquiring and maintaining friendships and not romantic relationships. It could be because there are so many challenges in the social arena for this population that this aspect is simply overlooked or lower on the priority list.


    1. CT – I worked in a special ed classroom for a year and 1/3 of our students were on the spectrum, including three with really severe autism. It was a middle-school class so we didn’t have to deal with these particular issues, but it really is amazing how autism affects pretty much every part of your life. I hadn’t really understood that until I worked at the school.


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