It must be great being a pessimist. When you always expect the worst, surprises are usually pleasant ones. Little wonder then that pessimism is so popular.

There is one endeavour however, where pessimism is just not an option and that is when you are fighting.

Years ago, when I was infinitely more stupid than I am now, I used to occasionally climb into a ring with a dedicated martial arts expert who was determined to pound my face to a pulp. Looking back, it was one of the craziest things I ever did whilst sober.

                       An optimistic Harry at the Ferntree Gully Hotel in Melbourne in 1989 

If you are going to indulge in such a pastime, it pays to have a really great trainer and I was lucky enough to have one of the best. My trainer was a huge West Indian guy called Lincoln. It wasn’t Lincoln’s size that was so impressive however, it was his incredible aptitude for strategy.

Of the many things he pounded into me, one stands out above all others. “If you climb into that ring with any doubts at all” he told me (between blows), “I guarantee that you will lose.”

I have come to realise since, that this advice doesn't just apply to Thai boxing. It applies to every kind of fighting. Once you are convinced that you are going to win, the only consideration becomes, “how am I going to do it?”

That isn’t to say that boundless optimism will get you over the line every time. The Light Brigade found that out to their dismay on a particularly disappointing Wednesday afternoon in the Crimea.

While optimism isn’t necessarily a guarantee of success however, pessimism leads to defeat every time.

A stark example of this was provided for us in Mohammed’s day. A group of Jews lived in an Arabian town called Fadak. When their neighbours in Khybar were overrun by Mohammed’s army, they became so pessimistic that they threw in the towel before the bell had even rung.

Whether or not they might have been a match for Mohammed’s forces is something we will never know. What we do know, is that they submitted to the Islamic semi slavery of dhimmitude without so much as a whimper.

By comparison, some twenty centuries before the opening of the first green grocers shop, a group of 300 Greek optimists wedged themselves into a narrow coastal pass at Thermopylae. 

From there, they stared down an army of a million Iranians who were determined to barge their way into Greece, without so much as a fake Syrian passport between them.

Sadly, they were not eventually successful in holding back the invading forces, (thanks largely to a local traitor whose descendants went on to run the ABC, allegedly). Their incredible resolve however, is thought to have been a contributing factor to the pessimism of the Iranians from that time on. The unfortunate invaders eventually turned tail and tried to retreat home.

Sadly, in a shocking breach of their human rights, the Spartans flat out refused to pack them enough food for the return journey. Consequently, most of the invaders starved to death on the way back leaving the Western world safe from attack for centuries.

When I first started my own personal war, I was actually quite jealous of the Spartans. What wouldn’t I have given for another 299 mates backing me up. Why couldn’t I be facing just a million berserk Middle Easterners instead of 1.2 billion? Wouldn’t it be great to have just one traitor in my camp, instead of an entire Parliament full of them?

Despite this, once I understood what I was up against, I never for a moment doubted that I would beat them. This was not just because of Lincoln’s advice. It was because I could see their weakness and knew that once we understood what we were fighting, that they would have no chance.

Now, with hundreds of thousands of optimistic Australians standing shoulder to shoulder with me, how can I possibly doubt our victory? Every day brings more support, with Bob Katter the latest (but surely not the last) politician to join the growing number on our side.

I understand of course, that not everyone can share my optimism. We are all different people with different personalities. If you can’t help but feel pessimistic about the outcome of this fight, I get that.

I would ask just one thing of you however. Pessimism is contagious so please don’t share it around. Don’t share it at the pub where you could affect dozens of people. Especially, please don’t share it online where you could affect millions.

You can fake anything online, including optimism. By doing so, you might convince many others that we can win. Heck, you might even convince yourself and if pessimists challenge you online, send them this article.

One thing I am sure of is that once we are all convinced of success, this fight will take on a whole new dimension. When that happens, we will find out how much resolve our enemy really has. 

Frankly, I think that will turn out to be quite a surprise, even for an optimist like me.

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Cosmik Debris
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Cosmik Debris

IF (!!!???!!?) Germany is to pay penance and must take in 6 million for those exterminated during WW2, then surely they should be Semitic?

Pablo
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Pablo

oongah. When you have seen what I have with my own eyes, you would be looking over your shoulder too. and yes I have donated blood on numerous occasions. To be truthful, it is not what is behind me that scares me, Like all Australians, it should be what is in front of us that is going to be the biggest challenge of our Lives, and that of our children.

alistair50
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alistair50

Lot to be said for the Christian Ethic Donna . I’m sitting here in my electric lounge chair on a beautiful sunny day on the Peninsula with Archie , Joffas brother , asleep on the corner of my rug at my feet. Lovley . !!

alistair50
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alistair50

Has Bill been flashing his Nasty again ?

alistair50
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alistair50

Thinking of changing to BILLY WMLC . Naaaa ! Probably a bit too in for a dig .

alistair50
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alistair50

Just another one for the list of why Melbourne is the Worlds Most Livable City.

Rule7.62
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Rule7.62

When I was a teenager and had just started work the oldest bloke in the office was a bit of a drinker. He purchased a raffle ticket in the pub and won a duck. It was alive. He didn’t want a living duck so he raffled it off. True story.

bobbyfoo
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bobbyfoo

If more moslems were like Susan Carland and less like Wally Weed they would get on better in Australia.

Happy42
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Happy42

ejada, you say: “What Hitler was actually up to was not widely known or completely understood by the citizens.” If you can stand to see a differing opinion, read ‘Hitler’s Willing Executioners’ by Daniel Goldhagen. He paints a very different picture, citing one example (with photographs) where a policeman too his bride – on their honeymoon(!) – to Poland so she could see him at ‘work’, carrying out mass executions. The bride was a bit of a dish, and the photos show her standing by in fashionable clothing and chatting as hubby and his men are piling up the bodies.… Read more »

pelican
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pelican

yes..by definition..

1946Hunter
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1946Hunter

Winston “I can;t IE……I adore him”.

Get yourself a dog. Much more intelligent.

pelican
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pelican

Tricky..I’m with you on your POS peter van Insolence..aside from that..he has the IQ of a retarded flea..

Letthemeatcake
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Letthemeatcake

Winston, if the Germans are supposed to feel guilty over the Jews, how does your friend justify Merkel importing millions of people who would very much like to wipe the Jews off the face of the planet? Seems to be some cognitive dissonance going on there.

johnsamson
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johnsamson

Our fight against Islam, homosexuality, socialism, multiculturalism, deviants taking over schools ‘safe ‘schools’ and all the mess we’re in today is all because we made the wrong turn back here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8GgrUposII

ejada
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ejada

That is extremely idiotic thinking. Hitler and his goons were responsible for the Holocaust. Not your average German. What Hitler was actually up to was not widely known or completely understood by the citizens. We should not punish an entire nation for the actions of a powerful, intimidating minority. Your friend needs to think what will happen to the world if Europe is over-run by Islam and Sharia Law. Europe as we know it would be destroyed. Many artifacts would be demolished and millions of people enslaved. Do we really want to see that happen? I don’t.

bobbyfoo
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bobbyfoo

The CFMEU runs Miss Piggy. The bikie gangs run the CFMEU. The bikie gangs run Miss Piggy.

craigh
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craigh

It does seem like reverse mass migration that happened because of the Germans and WW2 when displaced Europeans migrated all over the world.

cinerama
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cinerama

pablo, good answer.

JCM
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JCM

and stop all overseas junkets

Minkers
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Minkers

Heaven preserve us!

shango
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shango

A slice of night life, driving through the suburbs of Detroit:
https://twitter.com/hautedamn/status/766442356233019392

Letthemeatcake
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Letthemeatcake

The power and evil that is the Soros/Democrat/Twitter alliance.
“DCLeaks Website Down, Twitter Suspended After Releasing Soros Docs.”
http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/27/dcleaks-has-website-shut-down-twitter-suspended-after-releasing-soros-docs/

ApplePie
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ApplePie

All “Very dark greys”?

pelican
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pelican

Hypocrite Mohammed ‘Mike’ Baird, wants to sell our public assets to the Chinese ..he also wants to ban greyhound racing for Aussies because Humanitarian Mike thinks its ‘cruel’…Baird doesnt give a toss what the Chinese do to dogs however (and countless other endangered species) https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-yulin-dog-meat-eating-festival ‘This brutal “festival” involves what some call savouring the “delights” of dog meat hotpot, lychees, and strong liquor — which will increase the abduction of strays and pets and also increase the torturous & inhumane prisons of dog meat farms – places where man’s best friends are raised for such purposes — thousands of dogs… Read more »

ApplePie
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ApplePie

If a new cult appeared today with the rules and objectives of Islam it would be outlawed.

emkay
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emkay

I bloody hope so, and with any luck it will spread down here

_dodo_
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_dodo_

Saddler is a Soros plant.

Minkers
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Minkers

If we pulled out of the U.N., scrapped foreign aid and sold off the ABC and SBS we’d certainly balance the budget. Are you listening, Morrison ?

1rdoval@gmail.com
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1rdoval@gmail.com

Great idea. While we’re at it perhaps enshrine the name ‘Wallabies’ so that no other second rate rugby team can steal it.

pelican
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pelican

dusty..oh yeah..of course..sorry about that …ah, confusion dusty…lol

vecchio
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vecchio

Why do they bother?

EnochPowell
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EnochPowell

Say a BIG NO to poofter marriage. Give us what we voted for you lying bastards. Another reason I’ll never vote labor or liberal ever again.

Letthemeatcake
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Letthemeatcake

The Turd returned funding to Islamic schools that had their funding stripped after millions were embezzled.

Letthemeatcake
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Letthemeatcake

Merkel and Saddler sitting in a tree K.I.S.S.I.N.G.

MaclomTrudbull
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MaclomTrudbull

Comment in the Cairns Post in response to Sam Dastary on the NT election:Two things Sam, Abbott had his chances and he blew it on numerous fronts, he’s not good P.M. material as much as you would love to see his whimpy face again. The other thing is clearly an ALP government next election at the federal level after the NT result yesterday. It won’t be much of a majority and you’ll have Pauline to keep you honest but you’re right about Turnbull, he will lose government, hold Wentworth and resign from parliament immediately and be back at Goldman Sachs.… Read more »

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Close All Mosques, Ban Koran; Poll-Leading Dutch ‘Freedom’ Party Unveils De-Islamization Manifesto

Geert Wilders, head of the right-wing Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), launched a new manifesto that calls for the “de-Islamization” of the Netherlands” as he leads in the polls to become the next prime minister. Titled, “The Netherlands is ours again,” Wilders calls for, among other things, the closure of all mosques and Islamic schools, a ban on the Koran and on “Islamic headscarves” in public, and “no more immigrants from Islamic countries.”

GOOD MAN GEERT WILDERS !

disgusted1
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disgusted1

There’s a difference between expecting people to return to their country’s and forcing them, most aren’t going home at all she’s delusional Germany will have to kick them out but they wont be able cause of a perceived trampling of their human rights, it’s a bullshit comment to stop people voting her out, look at it logically would you rather live in a peaceful quiet well built place with sewage, roads, infrastructure, free education, free money and free housing supplied for you and your 5 kids? Please provide examples of any western country that’s taken in non white people where… Read more »

Pablo
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Pablo

Annie Mac…. They would already have a list of Viruses that will affect different groups, including us. Certain races are already predisposed medically to certain issues with food groups. Big Pharma exploits this knowledge to promote products, they are a world unto themselves by sheer financial pull to do what they wish.

Ducktracy
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Ducktracy

CCTV captures a violent brawl erupting on a Melbourne street
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dllx9zUxOzU

ApplePie
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ApplePie

What they need to do is a percentage cut across the board – nothing excluded. That would result in a fairly low percentage cut.

paisley
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paisley

A few days ago I posted the following after the Greens said they will not support a plebiscite into gay marriage. Now Shorten according to The Age today is against a plebiscite, because Labor are of the opinion that the public would reject the proposal. This also shows that they are all commies by stating the public don’t know as much as these idiots do, and their doctrine is the only way. They are a real bunch of self centred bastards. paisley Fri 26 Aug 2016 02:50:58 pm “A plebiscite will be harmful, it’ll be divisive it’ll be expensive, and… Read more »

PattayaPete
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PattayaPete

Yet you wrote about it,

ApplePie
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ApplePie

Just sounds like common sense to me.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Joe Biden Humiliated In Turkish “Appeasement” As Erdogan Bombs US Allies In Syria

The Obama administration has once again revealed the true extent of its hypocricy, as it turns a blind eye toward the trampling of human rights in Turkey, while screaming bloody murder when something similar takes place in any other part of the world. Meanwhile, Turkey’s humiliation of its “partner”, the US, will continue, and much to the amusement of Vladimir Putin, there is absolutely nothing Obama will do about it.

Zero Hedge

PattayaPete
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PattayaPete

Who gives a fuck Dusty? The ragheads are also supplied by the US. They kicked raghead arse. 1956, 1967, 1973 (eventually). And so what if they wish to keep their country mostly Jewish? They still allow many Arabs and muslims into the country, and others, and they have Arabs and muslims in the Knesset. They are the only civilised country in that region, the ME, all the others are degenerate, backward countries, but that is why the UN and others hate them so.

AnnieMac
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AnnieMac

Hope they get a virus to get rid of mossies!

AnnieMac
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AnnieMac

Put it to the people, because changing the Act affects us all…and the answer will be NO.

AnnieMac
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AnnieMac

Troop…my brother did that too, at a very young age. His excuse was…”Well,, they offered it to me.”

LxL
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LxL

I used to be an optimist but I got tired of ever being wrong.

AussiePatriot
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AussiePatriot

I notice that two NSW nationals have been demoted for crossing the floor, objecting to the Greyhound fiasco. It now appears as if you are not allowed to vote in the interests of the electorate who in turn voted you in to safeguard their wishes.