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The Leadership Development Carnival is Up

July 7, 2008 | By | No Comments

The new Leadership Development Carnival #1 is up and running at Great Leadership, hosted by Dan McCarthy. The Carnival is a clearing house of leadership and leadership development advice and commentary from over 30 leadership pundits, including Your Business Blogger(R).

Carnivals serve a vital function in the blogosphere that is missing in most conventional blogs: Editorial oversight.

Dan McCarthy does this ably and without direct compensation. Bloggers work for links and traffic. Go visit.

Dan will be working as the editor of the Leadership Development Carnival every month. If you’d like to submit an article, use the carnival submission form.

My humble submission was The Four Speeches Every Speaker Delivers.

Most people fear public speaking more than death itself. The public-speakers’-adrenaline rush forces the talker to review his podium performance.

And while there at Great Leadership be sure to visit Keeping Your Study Skills Razor Sharp that I may have to steal borrow for my students.

Support Soren Dayton!

March 21, 2008 | By | No Comments


Is Obama Wright? – Pastor Jeremiah Wright & Senator Barack

forwarded by Soren DaytonFellow Blogger Soren Dayton forwarded an outstanding video that weaved Barack X. Obama’s words and actions and pictures.

We live in the sight and sound generation. Where our preferred medium of communications is the moving picture.

A recent human resource management survey revealed that some 80% of influencers and decision makers in hiring will view a video of a job applicant. If you are applying for a job — send a YouTube.

This is what Soren Dayton did. The video Soren Dayton forwarded is a type of job application for Obama and the presidency.

It is compelling! It is creative! It is brilliant!

Soren Dayton is fired. The McCain campaign threw Soren under the bus.

So Soren Dayton is out of the campaign gig. Which makes him available. Hire Dayton for your next project.

Dayton will get you noticed…

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Join the Support Soren Dayton! group on Facebook. Your Business Blogger(R) did. I’m member number 61, I believe.

Soren Dayton volunteered his time and good name to support John McCain’s candidacy for the Presidency. When he linked, via his Twitter account, to a hard-hitting video mashup against Barack Obama, the McCain campaign dumped Soren, and a national media conflagration ensued.

The purpose of this Facebook group is twofold:

1) To express support for Soren Dayton.

2) To let the McCain campaign know that we expect them to FIGHT, not roll over at the merest hint of controversy.

Soren Dayton Roundup.

Values Voter Summit September 12: Save The Date

March 19, 2008 | By | No Comments

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Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. addresses

the 2,600 attendees at last year’s Summit

Photo Credit: Peter Shinn Hold September 12 on your calendar for the Values Voter Summit in Your Nation’s Capital.

Called “the most exciting meeting there is in Washington” by author and radio host Bill Bennett, FRC Action’s 2007 Values Voter Summit (formerly “The Washington Briefing”) attracted over 400 national and international members of the media, a waiting list of speakers, and thousands of values voters representing nearly every state in the union and many foreign countries.

On September 12-14, 2008, 60 days before an historic election, FRC Action (a 501c4) will host its third annual Values Voter Summit at the Hilton Washington in downtown D.C., and you are invited.

As a participant in one of the conservative movement’s must-attend events of the year, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from some of America’s key leaders at a decisive moment in our nation’s history, including invited speakers such as Newt Gingrich (confirmed), Chuck Colson, Lou Dobbs, Bill Bennett (confirmed), Lt. Col. Oliver North, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Star Parker (confirmed), Justice Clarence Thomas, Patricia Heaton, Roger Hedgecock (confirmed), House and Senate leaders, and all the 2008 presidential nominees.

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Charmaine at the podium 2006 In addition to lively discussions on issues ranging from life, marriage, school choice, and radical Islam to judicial activism and religious liberty, attendees can take part in: celebrity book signings; breakout training sessions; Radio and Bloggers’ Row; special co-sponsored meals hosted by Focus on the Family Action, American Values, and Alliance Defense Fund; a unique student track (including a Friday night reception); and the Faith, Family, and Freedom Gala Dinner on Saturday evening.

The Values Voter Summit is quickly becoming one of Washington’s most anticipated weekends of the year. Packages start at just $95 for adults and $50 for students and pastors. Sign up now and enjoy a $25 early-bird discount! Registration opens online tomorrow, March 15, at www.valuesvotersummit.org. Call 1-877-372-2808 for more details.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

See Values Voter Summit 2007 and more.

The Faith by Charles Colson — Questions For The Book Blog Tour

March 3, 2008 | By | 2 Comments

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Chuck Colson Zondervan, the publisher of Chuck Colson’s latest book, The Faith, Given Once, For All has invited Reasoned Audacity to offer questions. Later this week, on Thursday, March 6th, Colson will be considering what Charmaine and Your Business Blogger have submitted. Please email us your thoughts — Colson will also review blog comments.

UPDATE: Here are questions and Colson’s responses — please email us with your impressions.

A few years you said that America is no longer a “Christian Nation.” Can you expand on this statement?

America is not a Christian nation in the sense that it is dominated by Christian values. It has become largely post-Christian. We still have a strong Christian heritage; in effect we live off of that in many respects, because it provides the moral undergirding that allows our free society to continue. In God & Government you’ll find I deal with this in some depth, as I do also in How Now Shall We Live? I didn’t in The Faith, simply because The Faith is really about the fundamental doctrines all true Christians share, not about whether America is succumbing to secularism.

Also, in The Faith, you identify secular atheism and militant Islamism as the two main threats to Christianity today. If you had to pick between them, which do you think presents the greater threat and why?

As to the two threats to Christianity today, the greatest and most immediate is militant Islam. Islamo-fascists want to destroy us, and have access to weapons of mass destruction. So fortifying us against the assault of extreme Islamists is critical. But it’s a hard choice, because secularism is rotting us out from within. I guess it’s simply a question of which is the more urgent.

Email your thoughts.

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A number of years ago Colson remarked that, “America is no longer a Christian nation.” I’ve asked Colson to expand on his observation.

Colson’s tag line is What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters. Colson reminds the Alert Reader that Christianity is a world-view that seeks out truth — and believes that truth is knowable. Colson gently takes on Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens and Chris Hedges and Barry Lynn. Colson uses winsome argument. With a subtlety that Your Business Blogger has yet to master…

Colson notes that a majority of Christians do not believe in absolute truth and 60% cannot name 5 of the 10 commandments.

Knowing Jesus is a start. But is this really enough? A baby Christian should grow in knowledge. Bill and HIllary Clinton and Barack Obama might very well be able to say “Jesus is Lord” and believe in their hearts that He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. The book of Romans would say that this is enough. Is Obama saved? If he passes St. Paul’s litmus test, he would be. But Colson explains,

“Christians must see that the faith is more than a religion or even a relationship with Jesus; the faith is a complete view of the world and humankind’s place in it. Christianity is a world view that speaks to every area of life, and its foundational doctrines define its content. If we don’t know what we believe — even what Christianity is — how can we live it and defend it?”

Italics in original.


Get The Faith

by Chuck ColsonMy second question for Colson would be, “Can a person be a mature Christian and permit abortion; to be pro-choice?” Is the Christian who believes in abortion “rights” practicing “Faith without works…”?

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“Be ye transformed by the removing of your minds…” goes the old Bible study joke. Colson writes that we indeed become new creatures, renewing the mind. Taking on new habits; discarding the bad. Colson is a living testimony to this transformation. But it’s not what many might think. My third question for Colson, “How on earth did you stop smoking cigarettes?”

Colson continues, “Christians do not impose; they propose a vision of a culture of life, to educate and persuade…” In academia and in business we call this continuous learning. Christians would call this growing in faith. To move from milk to meat. And Colson lives this out. At a mature age he changed his position on capital punishment after visiting mass-murderer John Wayne Gacy in prison. Colson also did a thorough study of C.S. Lewis’s essay “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment.” Colson’s book is worth reading if only to learn of a man’s journey to a compassionate defense of capital punishment. (Pages 189-190.) Any reader over 50 — or teenager, to state the obvious — will marvel at a man over 50, who can change his mind…

Colson closes his book on the spread of the good news in China. Rick Warren, who also wrote a blurb for Colson, once said that Christianity is being run out of Europe and Islam is rushing in to fill the vacuum. The religion of Marxism has been ruled out of China and Christianity is blossoming forth. China may very well become a “Christian Nation” as South Korea has become.

Colson points out that the variable for America’s success is Christianity. He quotes an American journalist who reported on the Chinese study of American financial prowess. “We have realized,” said the Chinese researcher, ” that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. That is why the West has been so powerful. The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics.”

Aslan’s On The Move. In China, anyway.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

In Colson’s footnotes he credits reporter Aikman for his writing, Jesus in Beijing. In consulting in China, Your Business Blogger was amazed to learn that the Christian society-change agents were…the lawyers. Imagine, lawyers who go to church. This is why there is hope for China.

And less for American politics. Obama said that,

“I think that it is a legal right that [homosexuals] should have that is recognized by the state. If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans.”

There is no mention of same-sex hook-ups in the Sermon on the Mount. The Book of Romans is hardly obscure. The passage Obama refers to is from the first chapter,

Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Obama gets the Bible wrong. He’s got lots of Christian company. He should read Colson’s book.

Other blogs on the tour:

March 3 – One Year Bible Blog

March 4 – Acton Institute PowerBlog

March 5 – The Dawn Treader

March 6 – Reasoned Audacity

March 7 – Challies.com (thank you to Tim for this book blog tour model)

March 10 – Adrian Warnock

March 11 – Tall Skinny Kiwi

March 12 – Mark D. Roberts

March 13 – Rebecca Writes

March 14 – Jolly Blogger

Please email your thoughts.

Reasoned Audacity Moves Into Year Four

March 1, 2008 | By | No Comments

Charmaine and Your Business Blogger celebrated the third birthday of our blog in February. We are honored by your visits and comments and links.

Friends used to ask us why we web-logged (before it was popular and accepted by normal people).

Our reasons were/are practical:

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Charmaine, Your Business Blogger

Penta-Posse at the Grand Canyon

Easter 20051. Catastrophe. A secure remote web-based storage for our articles and pictures. Everyone should have favorite family photos stored on a server in addition to an album. Store Christmas pictures (the kids grow up so fast). So the only thing you need to take with you out of a burning house are the kids. All of them…

2. Clients. All small businesses need a blog. To communicate with customers and to cultivate a network of friends and referrals. Cheap marketing. Don’t miss the next exciting management seminar!

3. Kids. What would Dad do? No, no, they don’t ask that now — this is for when we are gone. Search the blog, Penta-Posse. (Parents get smarter as children age.) Our biggest fear now-a-days is an electromagnetic pulse bomb (EMP) set off by terrorists as Frank Gaffney et al describes in War Footing that would wipe out our 2,000 posts. EMP a-coming if Oboma Obama elected.

4. Criticism. An honest critique and feedback is often helpful. The blogosphere is chock-o-block of Court Jesters and watch dogs.

5. Recruiting. Charmaine has found the best talent on the planet from Evangelical Outpost and TruePravda. And a pastor.

Charmaine observes that I learned my truncated style of writing while in the Army. Short sentences.

Short paragraphs.

As Don Suber instructs. Perfect for blogging.

Blogging has introduced us to bullies and saints.

Blogging has Charmaine getting the body count in London on 7.7, getting close to George Clooney and an occasional free movie.

Recent denial of service attacks have been a challenge to our web gurus who are distracted by (paying) clients. In-kind bartering has a down side — comments are down. Please email us.

Thank you Alert Readers all. We are in your debt…

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Thank you (foot)notes:

If you didn’t bookmark this saint, do it now. Everybody wants to help Save The Earth, but nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.

Bloggers: Looking for Money for College?

February 14, 2008 | By | No Comments

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The Penta-Posse

election nite 2004 Me too.

As the father of the five-person cohort called the Penta-Posse, Your Business Blogger is looking for angles for college admission and funding.

And not just Title IX…

Our friends at the Daniel Kovach Scholarship Foundation have an opportunity for cash. $2,000. Real money.

For political bloggers. If you are a college student, or have parents looking for help, go enter the 2nd Annual Political Blogging Scholarship.

And let us know how it works for you.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Thank you to Alert Reader Jennifer Rotman, Scholarship Coordinator, at College Scholarships.

Comments may not be enabled. Nasty DoS attack. Please email us with comments.

Update: Jill Miller Zimon, Freelance Writer, Editor and Blogger has more information and — as the main stream media like to say — original reporting,

Hi Jack -

I don’t know if you have ever spoken with Daniel, but here’s a post I wrote after interviewing him and one that links to a CNN article about him.

Thanks for posting about the blogging scholarship. An Ohio blogger I know used one (though I don’t think it was the same one) to cover New Hampshire primary prep last summer.

Best,

Jill

On The Plane With Mike Huckabee: Web Site Under Attack

January 18, 2008 | By | No Comments

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Mike Huckabee and staffers.

Charmaine in the black leather.

GOP presidential hopeful and former

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee talks with

advisors and campaign staff on board a plane

en route to South Carolina after the

New Hampshire primary in Manchester, N.H.,

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.

AP Photo Credit: Alex Brandon

Alert Readers have alerted Your Business Blogger that Reasoned Audacity was down.

I have assured our friends who support Romney that we were not forbidding access to them. But that we were under a denial of service attack. And it was not personal.

Unless the DOS was coming from the Romney campaign…

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See Charmaine in the red scarf.

Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, poses with a supporter as his wife Janet takes a picture during a campaign rally early in the day in Grinnell, Iowa Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008.

AP Photo Credit: Paul Sancya

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Charmaine and Mike Huckabee

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Thank you (foot)notes:

My web guru Peter Shinn, found and fixed my problem. He is a pro. You should retain him. He does good work.

But.

He is expensive.

Contact me if you’d like to reach him.

MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine Quoted in TMP Election Central

October 27, 2007 | By | 2 Comments

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Talking Points Memo Family Research Council Faults Brownback For Pro-Rudy Comments

By Greg Sargent – October 26, 2007, 6:53PM

“Today we’ve been chronicling the fallout from the surprising remarks made yesterday by conservative Senator Sam Brownback, who startled a lot of people in GOP primary politics by saying that he’d grown “more comfortable” with Rudy’s abortion views after meeting with him face to face.

The latest: A top official with the Family Research Council, a top social conservative group, expressed surprise and dismay at Brownback’s dalliance with Rudy in an interview with Election Central.

“The wording is curious,” said Charmaine Yoest, a vice president at FRC. “It goes beyond what I would have expected of him.”…”

Read the entire article here.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

And be sure to catch the comments on Greg Sargent’s piece.

UPDATE: see David Dayen’s The Third Party Question

The Washington Briefing 2007, Oct 19 – 21, Washington, DC

October 10, 2007 | By | 3 Comments

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Charmaine at the podium

addressing last year’s

crowd of 1,700 The Family Research Council is having their annual Briefing in Your Nation’s Capital.

This year will be interesting. All GOP presidential candidates will speak. Sen. Sam Brownback, Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Ron Paul, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Sen. John McCain, Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Tom Tancredo, Fred Thompson.

No Democratic candidate has accepted.

Liberals: won’t fight; won’t debate.

From FRCAction,

The Washington Briefing 2007: Values Voter Summit is cosponsored by American Values, Focus on the Family Action, Alliance Defense Fund and High Impact Leadership Coalition.

The Briefing will be held October 19-21 at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. A presidential straw poll, exhibit hall, radio row, book signings, bloggers’ row, and much more will be packed into this three-day conference. Saturday evening Dr. James Dobson will be honored at a gala dinner where he will receive FRC’s inaugural Vision and Leadership Award.

Members of the media must register for FRC media credentials prior to the event.

Contact J.P. Duffy at jpd@frc.org or fax, names, numbers and e-mails on company letterhead to 202.393.2134.

For more information regarding the log onto www.frcactionwashingtonbriefing.org or call the FRC Press Office at (866) FRC-NEWS.

More from FRC Action, the C(4)

In addition to the GOP presidential candidates, the speaker line-up includes Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, Chuck Colson, Gary Bauer, Bishop Harry Jackson, Alan Sears, Mark Levin, Roger Hedgecock, Rich Lowry, Paul Weyrich, Dr. Richard Land, John Fund, Ed Meese, Ben Stein, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Representatives Marsha Blackburn and Jean Schmidt, Star Parker, Phyllis Schlafly, Senator Rick Santorum, Michael Steele, Father Frank Pavone, Bill Bennett, and Judge Robert Bork.

Charmaine, as Vice President for Communications for FRC will be working The Political Blogosphere with Soren Dayton, Political Consultant; David All, The David All Group; Matthew Eppinette, Americans United for Life; Erick Erickson, RedState; Joe Carter, Director of Web Communications for FRC

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Thank you (foot)notes:

From last year: The Real Story: The Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC

The Family Research Council, FRC Action Briefing: Family, Faith and Freedom

FRC Action Briefing September 2006

People for the American Way weighs in FRC’s Perkins Suggests Romney Better Than Huckabee on Religious-Right Issues

For more info,

Attendees at the Summit will now have the chance to make their own assessments of the GOP contenders in person at the Summit. In addition, members of FRC Action (see the web site address that follows) can vote in the first-ever Values Voter Presidential Straw Poll, either online or in person on October 19 and 20.

For information or to register, go to www.thewashingtonbriefing.com or call toll-free at 1-888-372-2284.

Pam Spaudling’s take at Mark your calendars for the 2007 Values Voters Summit/Washington Briefing

A Buck For Huck has Washington Briefing