Cold, cold, cold

Before children, I was very skinny — and cold a lot of the time.  Post children, I gained a few pounds, something I found hard to reconcile with my lifelong self image, but I did enjoy the unexpected benefit of being warm for the first time.

Now I’ve got the worst of both worlds.  With all the martial arts, I’ve traded padding for muscle so, though toned, I don’t look skinny, but I’ve still managed to lose my insulation, so I’m cold again.  Brrr….

On a different topic, I had a lovely get together with a group of conservative women today.  We’re looking at ways to organize locally and nationally, since we all perceive a leadership vacuum in the Republican party.  That was the big part.  The little part was the sheer pleasure of being in a room of intelligent, kind kindred spirits.  My body was cold, but it warmed my soul.  I also have a lot of ideas circulating in my brain for a couple of blog posts, but haven’t yet been able to consolidate them into coherent form.

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Before children, I was very skinny — and cold a lot of the time.

    Given your height, I think it would be more accurate to call you “small” rather than skinny. Skinny has the connotation that someone is like a stick, thin but tall. But you are just small, or “petite” ; )

    With all the martial arts, I’ve traded padding for muscle so, though toned, I don’t look skinny, but I’ve still managed to lose my insulation, so I’m cold again.

    You need to tell those muscles to start flexing and producing heat. That’ll heat up your core regions, except for the extremities like ears, nose, fingers, and what not.

    The way you warm up is to do a few lower body or upper body exercises. Hindu squats or one legged squats are a great tool in this goal. Your quads are large muscle groups and so will generate quite a bit of heat. And simply moving your body up and down and balancing it will increase your metabolism, and thus shore up some of the heat lost.

    Now, if you are just sitting at one spot, then ya, you would get cold.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    The little part was the sheer pleasure of being in a room of intelligent, kind kindred spirits. My body was cold, but it warmed my soul.

    Well, there is your problem right there, Book. All of the oxygen and blood sugar was going into your brain to have intelligent conversation, rather than into your muscles to build up heat. That is why you were so cold. And the fact that when talking, you are usually standing or sitting in one spot, wouldn’t have helped matters.

  • Danny Lemieux

    I think you and your friends should contact the Gov. of Alaska.

  • Deana

    Oh Bookworm, I’m so jealous of you getting to spend time with other conservative women.

    I just had dinner with several other women, all liberals, and although we did not talk politics much, the inauguration and President Bush did come up.

    Inauguration? All flowers, goodness and light. It was agreed that no arrests, protests, or even a harsh word was spoken by anyone at the inauguration.

    Bush? The women physically shuddered. He was horrible. And one related how she heard a shopkeeper refer to him as a m—–f—er. Ha-ha-ha! So funny . . .

    I kept quiet – tonight was not the night to get into an argument and I dearly love these women. But it makes me want to scream – the assumption that everyone feels exactly the same way and the harshness that they do not hesitate to use when discussing President Bush.

    My favorite part? Later this evening, we got to talking about books and one of the women mentioned that she was reading Kabul Beauty School – the true story of an American woman who went to Afghanistan and opened a beauty school. Someone mentioned it had been written recently “after the Taliban.” You know – the Taliban just “magically” went away – no reference on who did it, why, nothing. These women’s lives got better but America is terrible for having gone in there and Bush is the devil.

    I don’t get it.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    I don’t get it.

    It is how they can live their lives believing the things that they do. If we tried doing something like that, we would be forever tormented by the fact that 2 plus 2 does not equal 50 billion US dollars, but to them, they can use doublethink and mental compartmentalizations to acquire a “out of mind, out of sight” SOP.

    If you still can’t figure out how they think, then you must study the Fake Liberal beast in more detail, Deana. Treat it as a scholarly project, to research and figure out what makes them tick, both as members of a group as well as specific individuals.

    I noticed that you didn’t give out any differences or individual quirks among the women. That’s a sign that you are seeing them more as a single monolith rather than as individuals. While it is true that they are a monolith, don’t get me wrong, but they are also individuals and individuals have individual weaknesses and individual behavioral patterns. Study those patterns. It is not like they will refuse to talk about Obama and politics, neh? So you might as well entertain yourself on this field anthropological expedition amongst the wild beats and native tribes.

    As concrete examples, I would have been asking myself why that woman was reading Kabul Beauty School. Why she found it interesting. Where she heard it from. What her prejudices were. What’s her social status among the clique. Is she at the bottom, a follower, or at the top, a leader and mover?

    Btw, when ya’ll were talking about books, did you mention David Weber’s Off Armageddon Reef? ; ) You could have advertised it as anti-religious, thus suckering them into reading some prime time conservative philosophy imprinted in a fictional and thus (non-Leftist talking point) safe setting.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Inauguration? All flowers, goodness and light. It was agreed that no arrests, protests, or even a harsh word was spoken by anyone at the inauguration.

    Did you see how much trash those Democrat “environmentalists” left behind? How they simply destroyed the pristine cleanness of our national parks and monuments?

    The Left are big on peace, green Gaia, and all that crap but they really don’t walk the talk, now do they.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar
  • suek

    This wasn’t on topic to begin with, but it may have become so!

    http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2009/01/announcing-international-free-press.html

  • Deana

    Y –

    That’s interesting. I hadn’t thought about that before but I DO think of the left as a monolith. I mean, of course they are individuals but they always seem to engage in synchronized group thought, which in my mind equals monolith.

    I am honing my ability to talk to people about political differences though. I’m working on it all the time. You have to be able to be ok with being laughed at. Tonight, I was talking to a friend of mine about the economy and I mentioned a piece I saw on the Neil Cavuto show and she snorted at the mention of his name. I guess he isn’t an “approved” news source. But that’s ok. I know I’m nowhere near being at the point where I can detach myself well enough to engage as calmly as I’d like, particularly in groups (I do have a temper with some of these topics!). But I would be able to do that better one-on-one with certain people and just probe to see how it is they come to their beliefs. I find that fascinating.

    For example: I have a friend who is CONVINCED that al-Qaeda was terrified that Obama would win the presidency because it would make their recruitment efforts that much harder. He does not seem bothered in the least that those on the verge of joining a murderous group are attracted to Obama. Again, I just don’t get it. But it makes for a fascinating discussion!

    Deana

    And yes – I’ve placed Off Armageddon Reef on my reading list. I looked it up on amazon and it looks good!

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    But I would be able to do that better one-on-one with certain people and just probe to see how it is they come to their beliefs. I find that fascinating.

    I find that I am better at ferreting out people’s ideological secrets in a group vs a one on one. It is not like here on the internet, where you can endlessly argue with one person in a 1v1 format for nigh on forever. Even though there may be one of you and 10 others on the other side, you can always choose to make it a 1v1 format. In a real conversation, that’s impossible. People will jump in, cross conversations will be held, and all other kinds of things.

    This means that if I want to drop a subject or focus, I can let these group distractions cover for me. If I want to emphasize a subject or topic, I can start pulling the heart strings of the group and counting on group think and a desire to “not step out of the group” to enforce my objectives. It also helps that many people are distracted in groups, for they are forming their thoughts in relation to one subject over another and trying to communicate it to another person. This either means that they are distracted and easily side swiped or if they are in a Leftist pack, you can more easily see the social dynamics at work by reading people’s facial and body languages when certain topics come up. Certain topics like say… Cavuto.

    For example: I have a friend who is CONVINCED that al-Qaeda was terrified that Obama would win the presidency because it would make their recruitment efforts that much harder.

    I think the fact that AQ used up tons of manpower in Afghanistan and primarily Iraq were the primary contributions to why AQ had not the time nor resources to stage successful attacks on the US. Some cells inside the US did try to stage attacks, but they were caught. And why were they caught? Because they were conglomerating into groups buying up “stuff” that the FBI had kept their eyes on. They weren’t suicide bombers who could bring in explosives over from Mexico through the illegal smuggling tunnels, find a bus, and then detonate themselves. Those suicide bombers were expended in Iraq, against our military and against the local Iraqi civilians.

    But, of course, you should never simply “tell” the Leftists that. You want to remain stealthed and not bring up their mental defenses. These are insights not worthy of people who simply want to feel protected rather than be protected.

    Tonight, I was talking to a friend of mine about the economy and I mentioned a piece I saw on the Neil Cavuto show and she snorted at the mention of his name. I guess he isn’t an “approved” news source.

    That was when your friend brought up his mental barriers. After that, no information was being processed. It was all going through the filter of “Faux News”.

    Instead, don’t source your views. Base them as your own. Instead of saying “this and this guy told me so”, say instead “this is true because I lived it”. The Left has to pay more attention to personal anecdotes because… what else are they going to find valid? Dead Old White man histories? Pssh.

    Avoid the landmines, avoid bringing up their mental barriers. You’ll find an easier time subverting their beliefs and achieving your objectives that way.

    Also, it is not a sin to be passionate, Deana. You just have to do so in a way that takes advantage of the Leftist Gramscii programming of your friends. If their big thing is corrupt corporations, then vehemently lead the charge against the corrupt corporations. And then mention, off hand, that you also wish Obama would punish the bought politicians of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which are still in Congress. And the probable response is “those Republicans haven’t been kicked out of power yet?” And then, you present this surprised reaction on your face and say “what Republicans? They are Democrats Chris Dodd and Barney Frank. Set the trap, bait the trap, sit back and watch as they fall into the trap, Deana. It must be they who first mentions the political party affiliation, because you need them to climb out on a limb and then slice their support away as they fall down.

    And if none of them have the initiative to take the bait, if none of them will ask about corrupt Republicans, then you have to bait the trap more. Mention, in a scathing tone, how you remember the public criticism against lobbyists under Bush and 2000-2004 Congressional antics.

    Take the oblique attack. Never let the foe know your real beliefs, Deana, for then he can plan counter-attacks against your positions. Tactics in political arguments? Yes. Are these Leftists going to be able to compete against you once you bring to them Clausewitz, Sherman, Sun Tzu, and Counter-insurgency? Of course not. They don’t know how to fight, not even ideologically. Most of them simply do as they are told: believe what they are told.

    Even if their IQ is higher than yours, Deana, you are still smarter than them. Why? Because you don’t have to waste your brain power holding 50 mutually contradictory beliefs in your head all at once, while endlessly coming up with rationalizations and justifications for why those 50 things are really perfectly consistent with each other.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    I wouldn’t place my trust on the Amazon reviews

    More than 60% (and I’m being generous here) of those people don’t have our level of understanding concerning politics or war. That, by itself, is no handicap except when you are dealing with a true master like Weber.

    That link will give you the real goods and priority right there.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    I also read OAR and the sequel, By Schism Rent Asunder, more than 3 times. 6 times for OAR and around 3 to 4 for BSRA.

    Most books I read once and that’s it. But when it comes to particular subjects like military history, current political climates, human psychology, and general strategic level warfare, I can’t get enough.

    Also, if ever John Ringo decides to go into the script writing business for movies, he would make killer entertainment. His books are almost made to be put into action films. Ringo’s books usually have no exposition and plenty of action. And he also likes to write in the opposite of what most people would expect to happen.

  • Deana

    Hi Y –

    Normally I don’t source my views because of the exact reason you said. I could say that the sun is hot because everyone, including those on Fox, said so and these people would insist that it isn’t just because it was reported on Fox.

    But that is good advice nonetheless. One of my pet peeves is the claim that Bush was racist and “didn’t care” about New Orleans so he did nothing in response to Katrina. I actually had worked in the office at DHS that handed out millions and millions and millions of dollars to LA, New Orleans and Baton Rouge for building and supporting emergency response capabilities and, with my background in emergency management (EM), I knew that the core, bedrock principle in EM is that state and local organizations have the most power, capability, and flexibility in dealing with emergencies. They are charged with the responsibility of developing the systems and capabilities necessary to respond to those emergencies.

    Everyone knows that the city and state governments down there were corrupt and horribly managed and we watched what that corruption and mismanagement led to. But were the city and state officials held responsible? No. It was all Bush’s fault even though by law he had relative little power to do anything. Besides, if folks just stopped and thought for a minute, they would realize that making the feds responsible for primary response capability just doesn’t make sense.

    So when this topic comes up, I talk about it. I don’t mention Bush’s name, party names, nothing. I tell people how state and locals are the entities responsible for emergency response capabilities, that they receive millions of dollars to help support those efforts and that numerous states and urban areas have been very responsible with those monies and created power response systems. I ask, “Why did some states and local areas do and create X with their money and New Orleans and Baton Rouge and Louisiana didn’t?” – just put it right back on them. They usually have nothing to say when I’m done.

    I admit that this is such a teensy part of the problem but I feel duty bound to fight this idiocy that is on the rampage in this country. I don’t have the knowledge to fight it on multiple fronts but I am trying on the areas I do know and can speak on with confidence.

    Since I finished nursing school and have experience working in an ER, I really enjoy talking to people about what is really going on in our health care system, particularly the ER. So many folks are so sure that we need universal health care and when I tell them that we already have it and paint the picture of what the average day is like in the ER and why you have to wait for six hours in the waiting room before you even get into the ER, they tend to be shocked into silence.

    I think (or hope) that perhaps they realize that what they are seeing on the news isn’t exactly the whole picture . . .

    Deana

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Keep on fighting the good fight, Deana. If this country is ever going to recover, it will be because of people like you.

    The military actually has a name for this situation. They call it a Forlorn Hope. It hasn’t yet gotten to SunTzu’s “On Death Ground” but it is getting close and will get even closer depending on enemy attacks on America.

    The 300 were a forlorn hope. The passengers of Flight 93 were a forlorn hope. We ride a tradition that consists of great men and women, Deana. We have nothing to be ashamed of. No need to bend our knee to the likes of Obama or the Democrats. They can use legal threats, coerce us with government power, and loot this country until it is bankrupt but we can hold our heads high. Pity those like McCain that believe they can get a better deal by compromising with thieves and supporters of mass murder. The quislings will get no long term benefit from the Dems nor us.

    But that is good advice nonetheless. One of my pet peeves is the claim that Bush was racist and “didn’t care” about New Orleans so he did nothing in response to Katrina.

    An alternative would be challenging them by accusing them of supporting martial law and having US military controlling streets and water hosing black people like in the 60s. They think Bush is bad? Okay, let’s just take that to the logical conclusion, which also, conveniently, busts down their “claim” that “Bush should have done something” for NO. The only thing Bush would have done (could have done) was to send in the National Guard or Marines, arrest the mayor and governor of Louisiana, and hold them for charges of negligence and aiding felons.

    The fact that we would have liked to see this, the fact that this directly contradicts the people’s claim that “Bush should have done something in NO”, is just icing on the cake.