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Kudlow & Company; Media Alert Charmaine Discusses the Morning After Pill

July 31, 2006 | By | No Comments

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Kudlow & Company Charmaine will be on Kudlow today talking about the morning after pill. Hit time is 5:50 on CNBC

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Mr. Kudlow is seen by millions as the host of the primetime CNBC show “KUDLOW & COMPANY.” Larry is also Economics Commentator for CNBC and is a Contributing Editor, Columnist and Economics Editor for National Review. A nationally syndicated columnist, he is the author of “American Abundance: The New Economic and Moral Prosperity.” Recently, he was named a Distinguished Scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Kudlow was also a member of the Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Committee.

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Media Alert: MSNBC FDA on Morning After Pill

July 31, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

I will be debating Jessica Arons, Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress. Today at 2:30 pm EST on MSNBC.

FDA Considers Morning-After Pill Sales, By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer, WASHINGTON

The government is considering allowing over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill, but only to women 18 and older. The surprise move Monday revives efforts to widen access to the emergency contraceptive almost a year after it was thought doomed.

The Food and Drug Administration notified manufacturer Barr Laboratories Inc. early Monday that it wanted to meet within seven days to iron out new steps the company must take in its three-year battle to sell the pill, called Plan B, without a prescription to at least some women.

It promises to be a great program.

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Media Alert: Charmaine On MSNBC Debating: FDA on Morning After Pill

July 31, 2006 | By | One Comment

Charmaine will be debating Jessica Arons, Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress. Today at 2:30 pm EST on MSNBC.

FDA Considers Morning-After Pill Sales, By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer, WASHINGTON

The government is considering allowing over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill, but only to women 18 and older. The surprise move Monday revives efforts to widen access to the emergency contraceptive almost a year after it was thought doomed.

The Food and Drug Administration notified manufacturer Barr Laboratories Inc. early Monday that it wanted to meet within seven days to iron out new steps the company must take in its three-year battle to sell the pill, called Plan B, without a prescription to at least some women.

Be sure to watch for a terrific presentation. And let us know what you think!

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Girls win — Boys lose: Webster Smith, Coast Guard Academy Cadet Convicted

July 29, 2006 | By | One Comment

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The Guardian,

Your Business Blogger

and Charmaine Disney’s soon-to- be-released movie, The Guardian, starring Kevin Costner, tells the Coast Guard’s story. Semper Paratus

The Coast Guard is Always Ready. But sometimes the Coast Guard must make hard choices. The conflict setup of the The Guardian action-movie is:

When a Coast Guard rescuer has to decide between two people in extreme distress, which one does he choose?

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Webster Smith, Center

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AP Photo The Coast Guard has itself been under distress. The service academies have precise rules as a condition of employment and as the price of admission for the free university education. Among them:

Don’t have sex in the dorms.

If you are looking for a Charlotte Simmons campus, go civilian. The feminists and the academies are battling in the courts arguing over the breaking of rules and rape.

In the recent Webster Smith trial the Coast Guard recently had to choose between,

He said, and,

She said

The Coast Guard picked, “She Said.”

Webster Smith was convicted guilty of indecent assault, extortion, sodomy, failure to obey an order and absent without leave. This is the first student court-marshal in the Coast Guard academy’s 130 year history.

The Free Republic says:

With no DNA or forensic evidence in the case, prosecutors relied on the testimony of Smith’s on-again, off-again girlfriend to carry the rape case. (Emphasis mine.)

She testified that she drank two bottles of wine at a party in Annapolis, Md., last summer and couldn’t remember having sex with Smith.

Smith said that she drank far less that night and that the sex was consensual. He was acquitted on charges stemming from her accusations.

Both were a-boozing. She’s now an officer. He gets six months.

Hell hath no fury like a woman women scorned.

All this started with the girls getting mad. And then getting even.

The time line starts with Webster canoodeling with (at least!) four Coast Guard female cadets. This is against the rules for boys and girls alike. Webster should have gotten gigged or gotten demerits or something; So should the girl(s). But no.

About a year ago, the girlfriends began to find out about each other.

Real sexual assault must be addressed. Monsters who rape must be quarentined from civil society. I’m just not sure Webster is such a monster. Webster Smith is a cad(et) to be punished. But it is not clear that he is a rapist.

The story begins:

Webster “rapes” girlfriend #1.

The next night, after the “rape” of #1, #1 girl goes with Smith to a concert, then she spends the night together with Smith in a hotel room.

They exchange affectionate e-mails.

They have dinner.

#1 gets pregnant. Smith and his mother and #1 girlfriend talk about getting married.

They don’t get married.

Webster Smith is brought up on rape charges and all the other lawless canoodeling activity.

At his trial, girlfriend #2 testifies that she and Smith also had sex. A number of times.

The sex with girlfriend #2 took place in her dorm room. She opened the door and let him in. A number of times.

Girlfriend #2 says all this sex was “unwelcomed.” A number of times.

Girlfriend #2 joins Webster in a series of naked photographs; Paris Hilton special. (The Chronicle of Higher Education has the options, I believe.)

Girlfriend #2 is also now a Coast Guard officer. (It is not known if she is posing… for recruitment posters.)

#2 girlfriend gave testimony about oral sex with Smith. #2 said she had to debase herself with lots of sex, and porno-photography because Smith had a “secret” and would tell on her.

The secret would jeopardize her career.

#2 girlfriend sold sex for silence. To keep her “secret” safe.

Smith is befuddled. He knows of no “secret.” He really doesn’t know what she’s talking about. She implies that Smith does know. Or should know.

(Every married man reading this is nodding: has been there, ignored that.)

Somewhere in all this Webster’s baby is aborted.

Smith must register as a sex offender in Texas and will not graduate from the Coast Guard Academy.

The conflict, the lesson of The Guardian, of whom to choose, whom to believe, is simple.

Always rescue the damsel in distress. And,

What “She Said” is always true.

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Webster’s “rapes” were not as bad as Professor Igor’s 80 “rapes” of a woman. The service academies are looking more like civilian academies all the time.

Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger has the honor of serving as the Vice President for the Center for Military Readiness.

For an outstanding analysis about the service academy rape cases visit countervailing force.

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Is John McCain Courting the Religious Right?

July 19, 2006 | By | No Comments

Your Business Blogger was strolling through Washington, DC and decided to step into an old building to escape the July heat. The Dirksen beckoned. If it’s named after a Republican, then it’s got to be cold.

So I wander into Room 106 and eavesdrop on a confirmation hearing. John Warner from Virginia chaired. He is a real gentleman. Handling the hearing and the nominees with grace and diplomacy. I almost forgot he voted against impeaching Clinton.

Anyway, I happen see my old friend Anita Blair being questioned, and I mean questioned by Senator Levin. And she did outstanding. She’ll make a great Assistant Secretary for the Air Force.

But what I was interested in was listening to the crowd talk about another John, another member of this committee: John McCain. One observer near me in the peanut gallery said that, “McCain was sucking up to the religious right wing-nuts.”

That’d be me.

And he continued, “I hate that.”

Goodness, Liberals are capable of ‘hate.’ Alert the media.

However, is McCain really sucking up to the religious right? I wish he would.

But I think not. For two reasons.

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on left: Bauer, Falwell, McCain on far right

at Liberty University

#1. Charmaine and I saw McCain at the graduation ceremony at Liberty University recently and watched McCain up close. Our good friend, Gary Bauer was also giving a speech and praised McCain no less that three times from the pulpit. Gary is a long-time McCain supporter and looked like an excellent candidate for Secretary of Education in a McCain Administration. (Well, actually, I would be honored to work for Gary in any capacity, but I digress.)

McCain glowed and smiled at Gary’s compliments. But McCain turned dark when Bauer talked about gay marriage or abortion. McCain would fidget, pick lint off his pant legs and stare off in another direction when abortion and babies were mentioned. McCain is a master politician, but not a master of body language.

At Liberty, Falwell did the courting, not McCain.

#2. John McCain was on the invited list for the Family Research Council’s annual briefing coming in September. McCain is “unavailable.” A very polite Code word. (But Ann Coulter and Newt Gingrich are coming!)

John McCain is not courting, nor counting on, true-blue red conservatives.

He should. If he wants the nomination.

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The Abortion Debate

July 16, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

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Peter Shinn

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Reasoned Audacity Peter Shinn is one of Your Business Blogger’s favorite web tech guys. And he’s active in the Pro-Life peaceful protest vanguard.

Work appointments with Peter have to be scheduled around his picketing of local abortion buildings and the Supreme Court.

The guy likes reasoned argument and confrontation. And subtle nuance. Like me.

Argument and confrontation is what Peter recently got with his abortion blog post. Peter used an old Onion article as a starting point on debating abortion. He generated a lively exchange and got 250,000 hits this week. He also got listed in Wkipedia from the Onion exercise.

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The Onion Charmaine’s non-profit has had the honor of being profiled in The Onion. Seth Godin says this mocking is actually a good thing.

Except when mocking religion. Especially the liberal religion and its holy sacrament of abortion. Islamo-fascists and liberals become, as Michelle Malkin says, “Unhinged” when questioned. And generated some very, very nasty, ill bred language in Peter Shinn’s comments.

It could have been worse: Peter could have been handling out Jesus pamphlets to Muslims.

On June 28, a Muslim mob in the town of Izom in the Nigerian state of Niger overwhelmed police and clubbed a woman to death for participating in street evangelism. News reports claim that the woman was between eighteen and twenty years of age.

According to reports, the unidentified woman met with a group of Muslim youth outside of the Jumat Mosque in Izom and shared the Gospel with them and gave them some tracts to read. When Muslim leaders learned what she had been doing, they were outraged and claimed that she had insulted Islam and Mohammed and should be killed. Hundreds of Muslims began looking for the woman. When they found her, they began to beat her but police took her into protective custody. The mob threatened to destroy the police station if she was not turned over to them. As police attempted to smuggle her out a back door, their actions were discovered. The police fled and the woman was clubbed and stoned to death.

The Jesus loving Nigerian took a very unpopular position. Nobody likes martyrs, that’s why they kill so many of them.

But she is making an eternal difference.

And Peter is making a difference. I am proud to have him as a friend.

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Blockquote comes from Stacy L. Harp, who points us to The Voice of the Martyrs The following comes from today’s Persecution & Prayer alert from The Voice of the Martyrs Canada. As you read through this very sad story, may I ask you to take time today to pray for the situation…

From Wikipedia,

Peter Shinn of Monthly March For Life [8], a pro-life blog, wrote a response in 2006 to an Onion article published in 1999, I’m Totally Psyched About This Abortion! [9] The Onion article (written by a fictional “Caroline Weber”) satirizes the notion that any woman would enjoy the painful abortion process. After Peter Shinn received a deluge of comments pointing out that The Onion is satire and “Caroline Weber” is fictitious, he wrote several responses in defense of his original post, [[10]] and [[11]]. He has since hidden the thousands of comments made on his blog,[[12]] but they can still be found via direct link on some weblogs.[[13]]

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Cross Post from Jack Yoest with The Abortion

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Peter Shinn, The Onion, The Abortion

July 14, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

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Peter Shinn

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Reasoned Audacity Peter Shinn is one of Your Business Blogger’s favorite web tech guys. And he’s active in the Pro-Life peaceful protest vanguard.

Work appointments with Peter have to be scheduled around his picketing of local abortion buildings and the Supreme Court. The “clinics” easy to find; they’re the buildings with dumpsters filled with dead babies. Where do they bury them, anyway?

The guy likes reasoned argument and confrontation. And subtle nuance. Like me.

Argument and confrontation is what Peter recently got with his abortion blog post. Peter used an old Onion article as a starting point on debating abortion. He generated a lively exchange and got 250,000 hits this week. He also got listed in Wkipedia from the Onion exercise.

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The Onion Charmaine’s non-profit has had the honor of being profiled in The Onion. Seth Godin says this mocking is actually a good thing.

Except when mocking religion. Especially the liberal religion and its holy sacrament of abortion. Islamo-fascists and liberals become, as Michelle Malkin says, “Unhinged” when questioned. And generated some very, very nasty, ill bred language in Peter Shinn’s comments.

It could have been worse: Peter could have been handling out Jesus pamphlets to Muslims.

On June 28, a Muslim mob in the town of Izom in the Nigerian state of Niger overwhelmed police and clubbed a woman to death for participating in street evangelism. News reports claim that the woman was between eighteen and twenty years of age.

According to reports, the unidentified woman met with a group of Muslim youth outside of the Jumat Mosque in Izom and shared the Gospel with them and gave them some tracts to read. When Muslim leaders learned what she had been doing, they were outraged and claimed that she had insulted Islam and Mohammed and should be killed. Hundreds of Muslims began looking for the woman. When they found her, they began to beat her but police took her into protective custody. The mob threatened to destroy the police station if she was not turned over to them. As police attempted to smuggle her out a back door, their actions were discovered. The police fled and the woman was clubbed and stoned to death.

The Jesus loving Nigerian took a very unpopular position. Nobody likes martyrs, that’s why they kill so many of them.

But she is making an eternal difference.

And Peter is making a difference. I am proud to have him as a friend.

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Blockquote comes from Stacy L. Harp, who points us to The Voice of the Martyrs The following comes from today’s Persecution & Prayer alert from The Voice of the Martyrs Canada. As you read through this very sad story, may I ask you to take time today to pray for the situation…

From Wikipedia,

Peter Shinn of Monthly March For Life [8], a pro-life blog, wrote a response in 2006 to an Onion article published in 1999, I’m Totally Psyched About This Abortion! [9] The Onion article (written by a fictional “Caroline Weber”) satirizes the notion that any woman would enjoy the painful abortion process. After Peter Shinn received a deluge of comments pointing out that The Onion is satire and “Caroline Weber” is fictitious, he wrote several responses in defense of his original post, [[10]] and [[11]]. He has since hidden the thousands of comments made on his blog,[[12]] but they can still be found via direct link on some weblogs.[[13]]

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Al D'Amato, Leadership and the Courts

May 29, 2006 | By | No Comments

A few years ago Your Business Blogger would occasionally share an elevator with then Senator Al D’Amato (R-NY) where he had a hide-a-way of some sort. He was Senator from 1981 to 1999 until losing to Charles Schumer. D’Amato was personable, for a New Yorker, I suppose.

Al was willing to work the small things, like most of our legislators. But not the big things. Big things expected of leaders.

Senator Al D’Amato (R-NY) had such attention to detail to the everyday needs of his voters that he earned the not unkind moniker: Senator Pothole.

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Senator Al D’Amato

Power, Pasta and Politics

While the Congress has devolved into a low-level constituent service provider, the Courts have evolved into legislative law givers. Our elected officials will fulfill our every request — save make a difficult decision.

They are all Senator Pothole now.

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Fixing Potholes

Need a road repair on your street? Can Do — call your Senator. Vote on abortion? Can’t be done.

Fix immigration or fight a war? Not today. Congress does potholes and potshots.

Professor of Law, Lino A. Graglia wrote in the Wall Street Journal, that our very system of government has been changed by activist judges. While our legislators are busy with pork-barrel politics, our judges are running the country:

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Lino Graglia

The battles in Congress over the appointment of even lower court federal judges reveal a recognition that federal judges are now…our real law makers. . .

The problem is that the Supreme Court justices have made the due process and equal protection clauses empty vessels into which they can pour any meaning.

This converts the clauses into simple transferences of policymaking power from elected legislators to the justices…

And it’s not clear the legislators want policymaking power back.

Political Scientist, Hadley Arkes suggests in his book, Natural Rights and the Right to Choose, that coddling the voters will ensure re-election. Making hard voting decisions will alienate some and might cost a election. Congress would rather the Courts make controversial decisions and take the heat — judges have tenure, anyway, so who cares? Congress would rather just stay out of the kitchen.

Potholes, yes. Abortion, no.

D’Amato is capable of some big decisions. He dumped his first wife — the mother of his four children.

He is a managing director of Computer Associates and doesn’t appear yucking it up on Imus anymore. In business he’s got real decisions to make these days.

Real leaders make the tough calls.

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A Wise Old Man: Henry Hyde

April 29, 2006 | By | No Comments

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Henry Hyde “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is asked of children. And adults.

As for Your Business Blogger? When I grow up? I want to be a Wise Old Man.

Just like Henry Hyde. (He’s made fewer mistakes than me.)

Charmaine and Your Business Blogger saw Congressman Hyde again at a DC event this week at the Willard. He was being honored by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).

Hyde, the 82-year old Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is a warhorse who sometimes bucked his own party.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council wrote,

When he first introduced his amendment to cut off federal funding of almost all abortions in the immediate aftermath of Roe v. Wade, it seemed to many people in the political world that abortion was “settled law.” Both Houses of Congress were firmly in the hands of liberals who supported abortion. Even the Republican Ford administration had decided that the federal government should pay for abortions–because the Supreme Court had ruled them legal.

Henry Hyde would rather be right than be popular.

Maybe life isn’t like high school.

Henry Hyde does what we all want to do: Make a difference.

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Is America Trending Pro-Life? Why Should a Marketer Care?

April 26, 2006 | By | 3 Comments

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Real Women’s Voices The Roe Effect.

Babies. Lots of them. And business is noticing.

If your job is strategic planning, you should know where Charmaine is today, instead of lounging in Nordstrom’s.

My Helpmeet and her cohort are making news; making a market. And creating a trend line. With who has children and who does not.

James Taranto in 2003 coined a theory called the Roe Effect in The Wall Street Journal where pro-abortion women were more likely to abort their children than pro-life women and so pro-lifers were more likely to have more children.

The Wall Street Journal plotted out this graph in Best of the Web in ’03, explaining,

Not all women, after all, are equally likely to have abortions.

It also seems reasonable to assume that parents have some influence on their children, so that if liberal women are having abortions, the next generation will be more conservative than it otherwise would be.

The next big thing will be little bundles of joy by a particular market segment: Conservative, Church going, Traditionalist, Republican.

This strategic trend will also have political muscle. These consumers are voters.

Today, I sent off the Little Woman with two of our girls for a real ‘take your daughters to work’ experience. To join lobbyists on Capital Hill.

Charmaine, The Dreamer and The Diva have appointments in Senator Hillary Clinton’s office this afternoon. We’ll let you know what happens.

The Dreamer is equipped with a camera.

From the Susan B. Anthony List:

WHY IS AMERICA TRENDING PRO-LIFE?

A Panel Discussion at the National Press Club with release of

NEW POLL on Americans’ views regarding Roe vs. Wade

WASHINGTON – Ten years ago, Congress was on the brink of passing the Freedom of Choice Act. Today, from parental notification to informed consent laws, state after state is passing more restrictions on abortions. Some suggest the watershed moment for pro-life forces was the introduction of the Partial-birth Abortion Ban. Others point to the growth of pregnancy resource centers and the improvement of medical technology, such as 4-D ultrasounds. Whatever the cause, the case can be made that America is trending in the pro-life direction. An expert panel will discuss this phenomenon and its implications for the 2006 elections and beyond. A new poll regarding Americans’ views on Roe vs. Wade will also be released.

WHAT: PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING:

Kate O’Beirne – Author, “Women Who Make the World Worse”

Ramesh Ponnuru – Author, “The Party of Death”

Kristin Day – President, Democrats for Life

Karen Smith – the polling company,inc/WomanTrend

Moderator: Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List

Finally, a warning. If your strategic planner is a woman, or if your chief marketing officer is a woman, she will not know, nor care about these demographic shifts. She might very be an abortion advocate, with a particular bias and blindness.

So test her. Ask her what the Roe Effect is and how this will affect business for the next decade.

Continue reading at the jump.

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Wall Street Journal blockquote BY JAMES TARANTO, Friday, January 17, 2003 1:47 p.m. EST citing Sex and the GOP

More at the jump.

See Uncorrelated for more analysis.

See Daily Pundit on Roe Effect Multiplier.

Visit ProLife Blogs for the Party of Death.

Basil’s blog has a Picnic.

Jo’s Cafe has Specials.

Mudville Gazette has Open Post.

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