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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.

Seriously.

Stand for Life, 365!

January 22, 2007 | By | One Comment

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Cold. Tiring. Great Day.

Panzer Commander and The Dreamer are Live Blogging March for Life

January 22, 2007 | By | No Comments

The Dude and The Dreamer will be blogging live today from blogger’s row at the Family Research Council. They will be covering the annual March for Life today in the snows in Your Nation’s Capital.

Watch the live Webcast of the Blogs for Life Conference from FRC.

Blogs for Life is scheduled to coincide with the 34th annual March for Life, during which thousands of pro-life advocates gather in the Nation’s capitol to celebrate life and demand the reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

The schedule of speakers for the event includes:

9:00- Tony Perkins, FRC President

9:15- Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Shiavo

9:30- Jill Stanek, pro-life speaker

10:00- Peter Samuelson, President, Americans United for Life

10:30- Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)

11:00- Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

2:30- Ramesh Ponnuru, Senior Editor, National Review

4:00- David Prentice, Senior Fellow for Life Sciences, Family Research Council

See Panzer Commander.

The Dreamer blogs at A Different Kind of Drama and Black and Red Roses.

Ed Rollins Debates With Reasoned Audacity Tonight on CNN

November 14, 2006 | By | No Comments

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Ed Rollins Ed Rollins was the Karl Rove-like political advisor for Ronald Reagan in 1984. Ed Rollins is a genius who knows how to win and win big.

Tonight Ed Rollins and I will discuss the possible presidential run of Rudolph William Louis “Rudy” Giuliani III on Anderson Cooper on CNN . Hit time is 10:45pm Eastern Time.

So.

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Bare Knuckles and

Back Rooms

by Ed RollinsTo give you some idea of how the debate might go, Alert Readers will remember Rollins was the campaign manager for pro-choicers Christine Todd Whitman in 1993 and Ross Perot in 1992.

I look forward to learning what Rollins thinks about pro-choice Rudy Giuliani and his formation of an exploratory committee to test the waters on entering the 2008 Presidential Campaign.



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Although Ed Rollins and I both served in the Reagan Administration, we will have never met until tonight.


And be sure to check out the AndersonCooper360review Blog. Not bad analysis.

C-SPAN Slug Fest

August 28, 2006 | By | One Comment

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On the C-SPAN set Charmaine has been doing media interviews for a couple of decades on the “shouting shows.” Debating or interviewing Andrew Dice Clay, Jesse Jackson, Bill Mahr, Chris Matthews, Gloria Steinem, Patricia Ireland, Vanessa Redgrave, Dennis Weaver, Jason Alexander, David Crosby, Ray Ramono, Adam Goldberg, Victoria Jackson, Maury Povich, Christopher Titus, Mmi Rogers, Larry Flynt, Alexandra Wentworth, Joshusa Morrow, John Salley, John McLaughlin, Katie Couric, Naomie Wolf, Sean Hannity, James Carville, Michael Kinsley, Pat Buchannan, John Sununu, Bob Novak, Tucker Carlson, Ron Wydne, Bob Beckel, Lynne Cheney, Heather Wilson, Stephanie Coontz, MacNeil-Lehrer, Phil Donahue, Mo Rocca, Jesse Ventura, Jeff Greenfield, Montel Williams, Sam Donaldson and others.

But this debate on C-SPAN this Saturday was the worse. It was the first time a debating opponent accused her of witchcraft. And that Planned Parenthood receives no government funding (!).

Here’s the C-SPAN clip of Charmaine “debating” the local president of Planned Parenthood, Jatrice Martel Gaiter.

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Yes, they did spell Your Business Blogger’s last name wrong. Won’t be the last. But C-SPAN did spell “Jatrice Martel Gaiter,” correctly. Go figure.

Media Alert: Charmaine Returns To C-SPAN

August 25, 2006 | By | No Comments

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C-SPAN Charmaine will be on C-SPAN tomorrow Saturday at 0800hrs, that would be 8:00 am, EST civilian time. Debating the Plan B political play and other news stories of the day.

We all are going with the Penta-Posse to watch from the green room. And eat all their donuts.

C-SPAN Washington Journal video here.

Tune in or TiVo and let us know what you think.

Check local listing here.

The press release from Barr,

Plan B should not be used as routine contraception and does not protect against HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

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Barr’s release, continues:

FDA Grants OTC Status to Barr’s Plan B(R) Emergency Contraceptive

Historic Dual Status Decision Provides OTC Access to Those 18 Years of Age and Older; Remains Prescription for Women 17 and Younger

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: BRL) today said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) filed by Barr’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to market the Plan B(R) (levonorgestrel) emergency contraceptive Over-The-Counter (OTC) without a prescription. In approving the sNDA, FDA granted OTC status for consumers 18 years of age and older, while maintaining the prescription status for women 17 and younger. The Company’s Plan B OTC product and the prescription product will be marketed as a single package, which will allow for a prescription label to be adhered to the package when dispensed to women age 17 and younger. Because Plan B will still remain a prescription product for women 17 and younger, it will be sold in retail pharmacy outlets from behind the counter. Duramed plans to introduce the dual status Rx/OTC version of the product before the end of the calendar year.

More on Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc..

Media Alert: Charmaine Debating Plan B on MSNBC

August 24, 2006 | By | One Comment

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MSNBC

Interview Scheduled for: 12:45 PM ET

Topic: Plan B

Charmaine will be opposite Donna Crane from NARAL to debate the morning after pill.

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August 24, 2006 – Thursday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2006 CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Bethanie Swendsen, (866) FRC-NEWS

Washington, D.C. – Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Barr Laboratory’s application for over-the-counter status of the drug Plan B for women over the age of 18. Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

“I am greatly troubled that the FDA has sacrificed women’s health in the name of politics. Just days after Barr Laboratories admitted its inability to enforce dual-status sale of the drug, the FDA has gone beyond its rule-making authority by granting Barr’s request.

“An agency charged with protecting the health interests of the country, must be held to high standards of accountability. Congress must respond to this outrageous action by the FDA.

“Family Research Council is pursuing legal and legislative options against the FDA for its deliberate disregard for women’s health and the law.”

To schedule an interview with someone at Family Research Council please contact the FRC press office at (866)- FRC-NEWS

Media Alert: Plan B Debate on ABC News Now

August 24, 2006 | By | One Comment

Cross post from Jack Yoest at Media Alert.

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Charmaine will be on ABC News Now at 12 noon EST talking again about Plan B.

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You can watch streaming video live online here. Subscription based.

Charmaine’s boss, Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council says,

Today President Bush threw his support behind Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach’s plan to approve Plan B for over-the-counter (OTC) sale to women 18 and older, while keeping it prescription (Rx) for teen girls. The FDA lacks the legal authority to approve “dual status” marketing of the same dosage of a drug, and they lack the authority to enforce an age-restriction. How will the FDA ensure that Barr Laboratories confines OTC sale of Plan B to women 18 and older? Indeed, the CEO of Barr has already told the press that it can’t be held responsible for pharmacists who do sell Plan B to younger teens.

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Media Alert: Charmaine On ABC News Now Debating Plan B

August 24, 2006 | By | No Comments

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Charmaine will be on ABC News Now at 12 noon EST talking again about Plan B.

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You can watch streaming video live online here. Subscription based — but ABC is running a free trial.

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council says,

Today President Bush threw his support behind Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach’s plan to approve Plan B for over-the-counter (OTC) sale to women 18 and older, while keeping it prescription (Rx) for teen girls. The FDA lacks the legal authority to approve “dual status” marketing of the same dosage of a drug, and they lack the authority to enforce an age-restriction. How will the FDA ensure that Barr Laboratories confines OTC sale of Plan B to women 18 and older? Indeed, the CEO of Barr has already told the press that it can’t be held responsible for pharmacists who do sell Plan B to younger teens.

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Andrew von Eschenbach: Democrat Contributor

August 15, 2006 | By | No Comments

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Andrew von Eschenbach

acting FDA Commissioner Dr. von Eschenbach is a nice guy. He really, really cares about people. Cares about suffering. Ridding the world of misery. He’s such a contradiction: compassion from a Bush appointee? How, do you wonder, could a guy like this ever be a conservative?

Well…he’s not.

Von Eschenbach and his wife Madelyn gave $1,000 to SHEILA JACKSON LEE FOR CONGRESS in 2000, the 18th in Houston. Alert Texans will know that Missouri City, where von E hails, is a suburb of Houston.

von E is in trouble, as he should be, over his friends and the acid affects of Plan B.

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NOW President Kim Gandy joined

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)

and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.)

at a May 12 news conference

criticizing the FDA’s decision to

block easier access to

emergency contraception.

Photo by Lisa BennettJackson Lee is one of the most liberal democrats on the planet, or Texas, whichever is larger, and the von Eschenbach’s love her. Four figure’s worth. SHEILA JACKSON LEE FOR CONGRESS: Abortion, Acid, Amnesty: a Jimmy Carter do-over in a do-rag. (If do-rag is politically incorrect, would somebody please tell Your Business Blogger? Charmaine is out of town.) (But the kids got fed.) (I think.)

So there is little inconsistency in von E’s position on providing powerful drugs over the counter to little girls. von E is in complete agreement with abortion money maker Planned Parenthood. Normally a physician with four kids doesn’t hang (politically) with abortion providers. But von E swings both ways contributing to both political parties. He’s got all the angles covered. A terrific politician. Who serves at the Pleasure of the President and supports abortion Democrats. And Plan B.

Tony Perkins, at the Family Research Council says,

Barr Laboratories is moving toward a compromise with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a “dual track” distribution of the so-called Plan B “emergency contraceptive.” Barr has modified its push for over-the-counter (OTC) sales to females age 16 and over and now will limit sales to females 18 and over.

But Plan B is a powerful PILL. And the Pill requires a doctor’s prescription. Plan B wouldn’t. Perkins continues,

Barr is in the drug business so its position is understandable. What’s not understandable is why acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, a Bush appointee, would go along with Barr’s plan. There are problems with this “compromise”: the health affects of these mega doses of birth control are unknown, and a dual track for distribution is unprecedented and unenforceable. Does anyone think that Planned Parenthood, which distributes Plan B, would conscientiously require prescriptions before giving it to minors?

Don’t count on the wisdom of Planned Parenthood. Even though they get hundreds of millions of your tax dollars.

Tony Perkins reminds us that,

This clearly is inconsistent with the Bush administration’s effort to advance a Culture of Life. We continue to oppose OTC distribution of Plan B–and we oppose the confirmation of Dr. von Eschenbach as FDA Commissioner.

Ronald Reagan suggested that Personnel is Policy. A policy lesson lost on this administration.

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Full Disclosure: Charmaine Yoest, Ph,D. is the Vice President of Communications for the Family Research Council and blogs at Reasoned Audacity and FRCBlog. She is the wife of Your Business Blogger.

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