Wednesday, November 29, 2006

I'm shocked, SHOCKED

With apologies to Claude Rains, we are "Shocked, shocked, to discover gambling going on in here!"

Your winnings, sir:

...[A] social work master’s student at Southern Connecticut State University, says he has proven what many progressives have probably suspected for years: a direct link between mental illness and support for President Bush.

...The thesis draws on a survey of 69 psychiatric outpatients in three Connecticut locations during the 2004 presidential election. Lohse’s study, backed by SCSU Psychology professor Jaak Rakfeldt and statistician Misty Ginacola, found a correlation between the severity of a person’s psychosis and their preferences for president: The more psychotic the voter, the more likely they were to vote for Bush.

The study was an advocacy project of sorts, designed to register mentally ill voters and encourage them to go to the polls, Lohse explains. The Bush trend was revealed later on.

Finally, as if that weren't enough:
“Bush supporters had significantly less knowledge about current issues, government and politics than those who supported Kerry,” the study says.

What can I say? It's nice when you have science to back up your hunches...


Anonymous said...

You said "Ginacola".

Anonymous said...

"It's nice when you have science to back up your hunches..."

What science? A college student writes a master thesis, and thats science? Anyone can write a thesis and make it support the conclusions they want.

His master's thesis is darn stupid.

69 psychiatric outpatients were his study group.

Someone in the social services ought to know a few things. First, that outpatients aren't psychotic, or they would be hospitalized. SECOND, they do not like change.

So, in his idiots charade, he could have easily concluded that all the years of training the patients have been fed in their outpatient health care programs, one of the main themes is big changes, in fact any changes are not good and make it difficult to maintain a "stable" condition.

Since he focused on asking in 2004, Bush was already POTUS, therefore, those who were 1. unstable or "psychotic" were merely following years of social workers counsel and making sure they did what they could to keep the presidency from changing. or 2. Found it easier to remember who Bush was with 4 years of possible tv radio and newspaper sightings, and weren't as capable in recalling Kerry or some other candidate.

Be aware, when patients are questioned by psychiatrists to see if they are psychotic and need admission to a mental hospital or not, one of the questions asked is almost ALWAYS " who is the President of the USA ".

One can easily surmise a patient feels as if they have passed the "test" if their answer to who they were voting for was the current POTUS.

So, in this short essay, I have utterly DESTROYED his master's thesis.