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The Gift That Keeps on Giving--II
Opinion Journal ^ | 12/3/04 | James Taranto

Posted on 12/03/2004 11:10:41 AM PST by JennysCool

Yeah, we know, but we just can't resist: "Twenty John Kerry supporters met for their first group therapy session in South Florida Thursday, screaming epithets at President Bush as they shared their emotions with licensed mental health counselors," reports the Boca Raton (Fla.) News, which simply owns this story. "The first of several free noontime therapy sessions at the American Health Association in Boca Raton was designed to treat what mental health counselors have dubbed Post Election Selection Trauma (PEST)."

The News's reporter wasn't allowed to attend the meeting but received an "anonymous transcript." Here are some choice quotes:

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: jamestaranto; pest
PEST is right.
1 posted on 12/03/2004 11:10:42 AM PST by JennysCool
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To: JennysCool


Do they have milk and cookies and nap time after their sessions?


2 posted on 12/03/2004 11:11:49 AM PST by msnimje
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To: JennysCool

Combine P.E.S.T. with assisted suicide and we have a winner!


3 posted on 12/03/2004 11:13:12 AM PST by ORECON (Condi Rice/Ann Coulter - 2008)
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To: JennysCool

My favorite quote was:

"In psychology, we call it 'learned helplessness.' After you zap a caged dog twice, he stops moving because he knows there is no place to go. That's what happened with these Kerry voters. They've been zapped so many times that they're on the verge of giving up on politics."

Please, give up politics, your vote doesn't matter. In fact, move to Canada...


4 posted on 12/03/2004 11:14:18 AM PST by TexasAg1996
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They've been zapped so many times that they're on the verge of giving up on politics.

Oh, we should be so lucky!

5 posted on 12/03/2004 11:15:14 AM PST by TenaciousZ
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To: JennysCool
"The first of several free noontime therapy sessions at the American Health Association in Boca Raton was designed to treat what mental health counselors have dubbed Post Election Selection Trauma (PEST)."

Ahh... how appropriate, Boca Raton translates from Spanish to English as "Mouth of a Rat".

6 posted on 12/03/2004 11:16:54 AM PST by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: TexasAg1996
"If I had a cardboard cutout of President Bush, and these people wanted to throw darts at it, I would let them do it," Robert J. Gordon, AHA executive director, told the Boca News after the session. "It's no joke. People with PEST were traumatized by the election. If you even mention religion, their faces turn blister-red as they shout at Bush."

Just like movie vampires encountering holy water. Amazing!

7 posted on 12/03/2004 11:17:26 AM PST by JennysCool (A plan is not a litany of complaints)
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To: JennysCool

At least we know there will never be a book called "What went wrong with the Democratic Party?" It's pretty obvious what went wrong--their party became populated by feminized men and angry women.


8 posted on 12/03/2004 11:19:30 AM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: TexasAg1996
Please, give up politics, your vote doesn't matter. In fact, move to Canada...

As long as they give up their citizenship . . . I don't want them being able to vote in our elections!

9 posted on 12/03/2004 11:19:39 AM PST by gop_gene
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To: JennysCool

Any competent psychiatrist would have detected that these pests had pre-existing mental disorders prior to November 2,2004.

Wot a case for medical mal-practice!


10 posted on 12/03/2004 11:21:08 AM PST by sodpoodle (sparrows are underrated)
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To: JennysCool

Hmmm... how do you spell Demofascist Freakin' Idiots ???


11 posted on 12/03/2004 11:22:23 AM PST by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!!)
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To: msnimje
Do they have milk kool-aid and cookies and nap time after their sessions?
12 posted on 12/03/2004 11:24:19 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: JennysCool
Laura Ingraham reported last night that many libs she knows can't find a therapist. They're all booked up.
13 posted on 12/03/2004 11:25:18 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (This space for rant)
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To: JennysCool

-"If I had a cardboard cutout of President Bush, and these people wanted to throw darts at it, I would let them do it," Robert J. Gordon, AHA executive director, told the Boca News after the session. "It's no joke. People with PEST were traumatized by the election. If you even mention religion, their faces turn blister-red as they shout at Bush."-

What kind of a therapist is he? Instead of treating the problem, he addresses only the symptoms? Bush isn't the problem, pal - your patients are looney tunes in search of an object!!


14 posted on 12/03/2004 11:26:01 AM PST by AmericanChef
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To: ORECON

"Combine P.E.S.T. with assisted suicide and we have a winner!"

How about PESTICIDE


15 posted on 12/03/2004 11:42:30 AM PST by truthandlogic
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To: truthandlogic

You win!


16 posted on 12/03/2004 11:43:39 AM PST by sodpoodle (sparrows are underrated)
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To: ORECON
Combine P.E.S.T. with assisted suicide and we have a winner!

So something like Assisted Suicide Supporting Post Election Selection Trauma (A.S.S.P.E.S.T.) - is that what you were going for? :-)

17 posted on 12/03/2004 11:48:57 AM PST by SlayerOfBunnies
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To: JennysCool

"In psychology, we call it 'learned helplessness.' After you zap a caged dog twice, he stops moving because he knows there is no place to go. That's what happened with these Kerry voters. They've been zapped so many times that they're on the verge of giving up on politics."

Obviously dogs are smarter than Kerry voters.


18 posted on 12/03/2004 11:55:43 AM PST by lotusblos
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"These people talk about the 2000 election being stolen," Gordon said. "They talk about Theresa LePore and the Ohio recount. They feel it's the 'Right House,' not the White House. They feel the world is not safe with George W. Bush as president. They spewed out a lot of anger. They are angry at the Democratic Party for being aimless and leaderless. They have a right to these feelings."

NOW we're getting somewhere!! These folks have no one to blame but the DNC. Any political organization that puts up their most radical, foaming-at-the-mouth, member and expects him to win is looney tunes.

These people should be pissed at the incompetence of the DNC, not at President Bush.

19 posted on 12/03/2004 12:05:57 PM PST by upchuck (My "just in time" supply chain for taglines is busted. Come back tomorrow.)
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To: upchuck

As an afterthought to my post above, follow the OJ link above and scroll down to the section titled, "Have You Stopped Beating Your Base Yet?" Precisely!!


20 posted on 12/03/2004 12:11:33 PM PST by upchuck (My "just in time" supply chain for taglines is busted. Come back tomorrow.)
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To: JennysCool
By the third session, we'll be doing some meditation exercises to aid some of their symptoms. We may use visualization and some techniques designed for bipolar disease and other mental disorders. That might help them adjust to reality."

I wonder if they have considered fact therapy. The people I know who are rabid Kerry supporters are generally fact-deprived. They actually believe the crap spewed by Michael Moore and the like. They believe things that have no basis in facts.

But on second thought, it would probably not work. I have had little success trying to dispell their mistaken notions. If they want to believe that Bush is worse than Hitler and is coming to take their children to die for oil, they will believe those things.

21 posted on 12/03/2004 1:45:46 PM PST by knuthom
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In 2000, it was "We're too stupid to vote correctly."

In 2004, it is "We're too mentally unstable to deal with the loss."

22 posted on 12/03/2004 8:27:26 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Why can't you be like Endicott?)
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To: JennysCool
I had said in jest just before the election that if President Bush wins expect sales of perscription anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications to zoom through the roof. It appears that it's no longer a joke.
23 posted on 12/03/2004 9:40:47 PM PST by RayChuang88
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