KABUL (Reuters) - President Barking Mad YoMama, slipping in like a thief in the night, told thought weary Americans that George W. Bush was his grand daddy. He then went on to say, in typical Bush Cowboy fashion that the goal of crushing the al-Qaida network was "now within our reach."
Barking Mad went on to say, "Our goal is to destroy al-Qaida, and we are on a path to do exactly that."
In response, Al's network flipped YoMama the bird & then blew up some shit, killing 6.
In other news, Spitt Slobney, the other right wing presidential candidate, confined himself to smooching huge amounts of fire fighter butt crack while vacuously smiling like a life size Howdy Doody doll.
Normally I would avoid the random blah blah blah of our resident LEADER, primarily because rhetorical screwings leave me a tad bit pessimistic, and more pessimism would just be overkill.
Today I learned that "pessimism" is apparently the new optimism.
According to Leslie Brokaw, writing on the MIT Sloan Management Review's Improvisations blog who said,
"Many people put themselves into one of two camps: optimists or pessimists, people who tend to approach the world in either a consistently upbeat or a mostly skeptical manner. But researchers are now looking at the ways people mix and match their approaches, calling this 'strategic optimism and pessimism.'"
Edward Chang, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan who runs an Optimism-Pessimism Lab, explains further: "many of us use these mind-sets in a flexible way and this flexibility has a lot of advantages."
Quite frankly, after 50 years of strategic pessimism, I should be particularly ripe for some "strategic optimism" & the attendant success it will bring.
Leslie has clarified things a bit:
"Surprisingly, [pessimism] can be most helpful at the moments when we might seem to have the least to feel pessimistic about. When we’ve been successful before and have a realistic expectation of being successful again, we may be lulled into laziness and overconfidence. Pessimism can give us the push that we need to try our best."
I suppose that my 50 years of complete & abject failure just ruins my chances.