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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.


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Reasoned Audacity Milestone: 300,000 visitors!

February 21, 2007 | By | 3 Comments

Thank you so much for reading Reasoned Audacity!

If you think you were our 300,000th visitor — see below, please comment. The first commenter will receive a copy of Charmaine’s book Mother in the Middle: Searching for Peace in the Mommy Wars, published by HarperCollins. If your comment is not the first, but is more clever than creditable, we might send you a book anyway.



Alert Readers will remember that Reasoned Audacity will be two years old in two days. We launched on 23 February 2005 writing about Tocqueville. And the freedom of association of blog writers and readers.

Thank you for reading at least one of our 1,197 posts.

We remain in your debt, Charmaine and Jack.


Bill Maher with Mother in the Middle.

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.

Carnival of Entrepreneurship Is Up

January 3, 2007 | By | No Comments

Ben Yoskovitz is performing host duties at StartUpSpark. Jack has an entry up with The Dude as the back story.


Salesmen are

always needed


customers are the

best promotersWhile visiting, be sure to read Wayne Huber on customer referrals.

Referral business is often called word of mouth advertising. More recently, the term viral marketing has been applied to the age old concept. In the end, it’s getting a happy customer to help you sell your products or services. In fact, it’s the cheapest sales force that a business can ever cultivate, as it’s almost free.

Surprisingly, referrals are one of the least used sales and marketing techniques around. Sure, you’ll hear many business owners ask their customers if any other people would be interested in the offered products and services. You might even have said the same tired old line yourself. It’s time to change your tune.

In the non-profit fund-raising business, we call this friend-raising. Be sure to read Wayne’s entire column.

Visit the Business, Technology and Knowledge Blog Carnival

December 26, 2006 | By | No Comments

Lucas McDonnell in the UK is hosting the Business, Technology and Knowledge Blog Carnival. Go visit.

And while you are there see Refer to This Rule When You Are About to Reduce Your Product Price by GAMEPRODUCER.NET, a Daily Game Development and Production Resource

Be slow, very slow to lower prices to pick up sales. If you must fiddle with your pricing, try raising the price until demand (really) drops off. Then you will at least know that there is some elasticity.


Courtesy: Gaping Void

Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger buys business cards from Hugh MacLeod who blogs at Gaping Void. And so should you. Unpaid referral.

WebLog Award Winner for Best Business Blog in the World

December 18, 2006 | By | One Comment


WebLog Award Results

Best Business Blogs The results are in and Club for Growth runs away with the top honor.

This is due in no small measure to my every-Tuesday-lunch-buddy Andrew Roth who runs Government Affairs for the Club for Growth, here in Your Nation’s Capital.

But if there was an award for Class Act, it would go to Tom Blumer at BizzyBlog.

He would be an accountant Your Business Blogger could trust.


Tom Blumer, CPA

And so should you.

Thank you (foot)notes:

See more on Andrew Roth and Tom Blumer at the jump

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What's the Difference Between Voting in the WebLog Awards and Voting as a Democrat?

December 15, 2006 | By | One Comment


Weblog Awards 2006
In the WebLog Awards, Anyone can vote as many times as one wants, but only once every 24 hours.

A Democrat can vote as many times as he wants, but only within 24 hours. Vote early and vote often.

Reasoned Audacity is one of the top ten finalists for Best Business Blog.

This is the last day for voting. Please visit The Weblog Awards 2006 at Best Business Blog and vote for Reasoned Audacity.

We will be in your debt.

Please also consider these other finalists:

Blue Star Chronicles

The Corner at NRO

Median Sib

Mary Katherine Ham

Nehring the Edge

Imago Dei

CDR Salamander

Media Blog on NRO

Evangelical Outpost


Democrats are welcome.

Thankyou (foot)notes,

The Vote Early and Vote Often tag line is often attributed to Chicago politics. See

Democrat Richard J. Daley, former Mayor of Chicago,

Gentlemen, get the thing straight once and for all — the policeman isn’t there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder.

We shall reach greater and greater platitudes of achievement.

Read the 10 Chicago Rules of Political Fund-Raising at the jump.

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Visit the New Carnival of Entrepreneurs

December 14, 2006 | By | No Comments


The Carnival of Entrepreneurs The new carnival is expertly hosted by Canadian Ben Yoskovitz. Go visit and learn.

Remember that carnival hosts work only for visits and links — the only currency in the blogosphere. Go visit Ben.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Also visit Ben Yoskovitz at Instigator Blog. Read more at the jump.

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Please Vote For Reasoned Audacity — Best Business Blog

December 7, 2006 | By | No Comments


Weblog Awards 2006

Reasoned Audacity is one of the top ten finalists for Best Business Blog.

Voting is now open. Please visit The Weblog Awards 2006 at Best Business Blog and vote for Reasoned Audacity.

We will be in your debt.

Please also consider these other finalists:

Blue Star Chronicles

The Corner at NRO

Median Sib

Mary Katherine Ham

Nehring the Edge

Imago Dei

CDR Salamander

Media Blog on NRO

Evangelical Outpost


Please remember to vote every 24 hours. Thank you!


Vote for Reasoned Audacity Weblog Award: Best Business Blog

December 6, 2006 | By | No Comments


Weblog Awards 2006
Charmaine and Your Business Blogger with the Penta-Posse at Reasoned Audacity have been nominated for Best Business Blog.

Voting begins Thursday 7 December. Please visit The Weblog Awards 2006 and vote for Reasoned Audacity.

We will be in your debt.