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28 Aug



Half a Million!!!

August 28, 2007 | By | 3 Comments


Were you our 500,000th visitor??

If this was you, let us know in the comments — we’ll send you either a copy of my book, or one of the super-cool “I Think Therefore I Blog” t-shirts. Whichever you prefer.

Or if you are not sure if you were the one or not — give us a reason to name you the winner

Alert Readers might remember that we are suckers for a good story. . .

Thanks so much for reading Reasoned Audacity!

31 Jul



Marine Corps Marathon, Training Tips

July 31, 2007 | By | 2 Comments


Your Business Blogger and me

running the Richmond Marathon We are training for our third marathon. And this year The Dreamer will be able to join us.

She has done a triathlon, so she knows training and preparation and, well, pain, I think. A child’s pain, is always more painful to parent than child.

Which makes this marathon doubly painful. I got mine. I got hers.

Jack is a pain…sometimes. And sometimes not.

So we have the hurts and the runners’ high at the same time. Highs and Lows. Contradictions.

Except I’m not sure just how much pain she’s in. The Dreamer has not been running for a decade yet. (One track coach said she had natural talent. The only thing her parents could do was mess her up…) At the track, she laps her parents with ease.

So we don’t really know her pain level, but we do know ours. And knowing the pain will be a-coming, the hardest part is getting started. We are using the Jeff Galloway training program and he has advice for GETTING STARTED,

Those who run for 20 years or more tend to have the following things in common:

They enjoy most of the miles of almost every run.

They take extra days off from running to recover from aches, pains and burnout.

They don’t let goals (and training schedules) interfere with running enjoyment.

Or any of life’s enjoyments. With all of its contradictions:

Life is solidary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.


Life is Good.

On our New Balance we’ve had more of the latter than the former.


Thank you (foot)notes:

This is an unpaid advertisement/endorsement – From Running Getting Started by Jeff Galloway.

Nasty, Brutish and Short is not a law firm. But there is a very good blog Nasty, Brutish & Short, Penned by legal counsel, of course. Jack and I share a passion for ellipitcals with the lawyer at NBS. Both the trainers and reasoning, I guess.

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Sex Cults and Corrections

July 13, 2007 | By | One Comment

I was amused when the lefty blogosphere melted down over the Intelligent Design debate and started accusing me of believing in UFO’s. (Just for the record. . . I don’t.)

But I’m not so amused when they make cavalier assertions that “Charmaine Yoest said” and are so sloppy that their “proof” is a link to something that has nothing to do with me. And when they state in a morally superior tone and very dismissively that I said something that I never did. In the Internet Age, there is no excuse for not quoting someone accurately.

I work hard to make reasoned arguments about the issues I care about. So it really irritates me when those who disagree don’t bother to engage with what I really said and slander me by putting up false statements.

The latest accusation? Apparently now I supposedly believe in “sex cults.” Here’s what some woman calling herself “Bean” says about me:

Remember when the FDA was holding up approval of EC over-the-counter? People like the Family Resesarch Council (and in fact Ms. Yoest herself) were all worked up because they were worried that EC would encourage promiscuity among teens and other women, leading to sex cults. Seriously.

(I love it when anonymous people get snarky — I make statements under my own name.)

Seriously. Here’s the challenge: someone show me where I said anything, anywhere about “EC encouraging promiscuity” or “leading to sex cults.” Show me.

Well Ms. Anonymous Bean, to back up her (false) assertion provides two links. Great. I was intrigued. Perhaps I had forgotten losing my mind and making a public statement about sex cults. She had hyperlinked the word “Seriously” as if to say, “boy, do I have the goods.” So I clicked over.

Sure enough, there was a quote from me:

“It’s very clearly caught up in political dynamics and I would go so far as to say there is electoral politics involved here,” said [FRC’s Charmaine] Yoest.

Hey, I remember saying that!

But, um, where are the sex cults??

That appears to be further down in the article, quoting a woman named Dr. Janet Woodcock.

Excuse me, “Bean.” My name, let us recall, is Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

Then, continuing down the article, is another quote describing the lawsuit Family Research Council filed against the FDA challenging their decision to create the historically unprecedented system of selling Plan B over-the-counter to women over 18 and by prescription to those younger:

[The conservative groups’] lawsuit charges that the FDA had no authority to approve the same drug and labeling for simultaneous prescription-only and over-the-counter distribution and that the FDA cannot treat the drug differently based on the age of the buyer because “FDA lacks the authority to enforce Plan B’s age limitations.”

That does pretty much sum up one element of our lawsuit against the FDA. Again, I have to note, I’m not seeing where the sex cults come in.

And then, just when I was getting ready to click away from this ridiculously sloppy website in disgust, I see the first commenter weighs in, once again putting words in my mouth — and simultaneously misrepresenting both me and the organization I work for:

It’s not just Plan B. Charmaine Yoest was the FRC’s pointwoman on keeping girls from getting the HPV vaccine lest it encourage promiscuity.

Sigh. This time it’s a woman named Julia who needs a little help with her fact-checking. I was not FRC’s “pointwoman” on the HPV vaccine. We do have someone who speaks on that issue quite a bit; it’s usually not me. And we are not opposed to the vaccine — in fact, if Julia had done her homework she would have found that we have supported the vaccine; we just opposed making it mandatory since HPV is not spread through casual contact.

Sex cults. Oh please.


The Ann Coulter Comment on John Edwards

March 3, 2007 | By | One Comment

So. I was in the room when Ann made her comment about John Edwards:

I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot,’ so I – so kind of an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards.

(Video here.)

But I didn’t hear it. I think a lot of people missed it because no one around me, in the back at the press table, reacted visibly.

We were all startled by the fact that she cut her talk off so abruptly. I thought it was strange that she talked so briefly.

And stranger still that she went to questions and the microphones weren’t even set up. So there were these awkward moments while she was waiting for questions and no one was lined up for questions. She laughed nervously and clearly working to stay in control of the situation, told people to just shout out questions. Which, of course, the crowd packed with college-aged boys was happy to do.

Knowing now what it is that she had just said, retrospectively, she seemed to have been rattled.

Meanwhile, back in the exhibit hall, crowds were wrapped around the room waiting to have her sign her books. It looked a little like a camp-out before a rock concert, with kids sitting on the floor, some of them waiting for hours. Jack says bloggers are reporting this morning, however, that she left with scores of people still standing in line. (Link to follow when I find it.)

Yeah, What She Said: Ann Coulter Handicaps the Race

March 3, 2007 | By | No Comments

Backstage at CPAC
While she stopped short of endorsing Romney per se, Ann Coulter did say that “Romney is probably our best candidate.”

But her most pithy remark came related to Giuliani when she observed that:

If we get to the point in this country where both candidates for President are for abortion, then we can just hang it up as a country.

Well said, Ann.

Rudy the Rockstar

March 3, 2007 | By | No Comments

Catching up from yesterday at CPAC — here’s the Rudy as Rockstar pics:


And the lines that went on and on and on. In all fairness, however, we discovered that these lines were quasi-permanent throughout the afternoon as the day wore on with people waiting to see Romney and Ann Coulter as well:


For example, you’ll see the Tancredo signs in this line for Rudy’s speech.

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Captain Ed with the Get: Sam Brownback Interview

March 3, 2007 | By | No Comments


Why Captain Ed is one of the best. . . Ed Morrisey on the job interviewing Sam Brownback at CPAC.

Mitt and My Boy

March 2, 2007 | By | One Comment


The Dude was with us at CPAC today as the youngest blogger on the scene. He snagged an interview with Mitt Romney. . . and gives us Mitt’s take on bloggers vs. the mainstream media here.

UPDATE: Here’s the Dude blogging down the row from Captain Ed and Michelle Malkin.


R to L: The Dude from Panzer Commander, John Tabin from The American Spectator, Michelle Malkin, Ed Morrissey at Captain’s Quarters.

Brownback at CPAC

March 2, 2007 | By | No Comments

Sam Brownback now speaking and he is getting a warm reception too. (Though there are no crowds around the monitors in the exhibit hall.)


It turns out that the line to get in the ballroom stretches down around, and around and around all the way down several hallways back to the exhibit hall. It’s incredible.

Brownback began saying he was planning to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the White House. . . (seems to be losing a little steam as he repeats it.)


Then early he said he wants to be the “The Family President” and work to rebuild the American family.

Later he held up two huge volumes of the IRS code (flash bulbs going off) and said it “deserves to be taken behind the barn and killed with a dull axe.”

Giuliani Getting Rock Star Welcome

March 2, 2007 | By | One Comment

Cross-post from FRC Blog:

He’s speaking now to a standing-room only crowd in the Regency Ballroom here at the Omni-Shoreham. I’m in the exhibit hall where there are at least 3 big-screen televisions with crowds jammed around them watching intently.

He’s getting a rock stars reception.

He started off slow and seemed nervous. And also almost immediately launched into the “What I Learned From Ronald Reagan” schtick.

He’s concluding now . . . without having said one word about social issues.