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Reasoned Audacity Named in Top 100 Christian Blogs

July 20, 2007 | By | No Comments


Joe Carter

blogger at The Evangelical Outpost Joe Carter has just release his EO 100. Reasoned Audacity is honored to be on the list.

Joe Carter writes,

“What are the best Christian blogs?”

Over the past four years, I’ve been asked a variation of that question dozens of times. When people hear that I myself am a “Godblogger”–a formerly derogatory term for a blogger who writes about religion or faith–they often inquire which ones I’d recommend.

Trying to answer such a query is like trying to recommend a church — there are too many factors involved to give a generic, one-size-fits-all response. Still, it is a worthy question and one which I’ve given a lot of thought. The following list–The EO 100–is my attempt at providing thorough response.



Thank you (foot)notes:

Evangelical Outpost is ranked 1,516 by Technorati. As of July 31, 2006 Technorati tracked 50 million blogs. EO is rated number 40 by The Truth Laid Bear.

The list at the jump.

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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.


Carnivals: Best (Self-Selected) Blogs for the Week

May 21, 2007 | By | No Comments

Start Up Spark has the Carnival of the Entrepreneurs #22.

See the 3rd edition of the Carnival of Wealth Building

Birth of Your Home Office, Blog Carnival #4 is at Home Office Women.

Verve Coaching, Revolutionary Thinking, Cutting-Edge Training, and Expert Advice for people and organizations, has the Carnival of Powerful Living – May 21st, 2007

Get some history at the 2nd Carnival of Principled Government, Axioms of a Free Society.

Carnivals: Editors’ Pick, Present and Review. For Free

May 15, 2007 | By | No Comments

Looking for a job? Vist College Students Advisor for a tutorial: Good News About Jumpstarting Your Job Search brought to you by the Carnival of the Job Search ~ 5th edition.

Carnival of the Capitalists is hosted this week by Gyaan Sutra. Must read for business leaders is Sunk costs: Know when to pull the plug, by Wayne Hurlbert;

When faced with a sunk cost situation, learn to identify it as an ongoing drain of company resources. If there is no possible remedy, cut the plan adrift, and start over with a new idea.

Your successful and creative company must understand sunk costs, and know when to pull the plug. Admit your mistakes, and move on to a different plan entirely. Your business success depends on it.

See Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office? Although I would like to see a bit more on negotiation skills for Women. At Carnival of Careers in Middle Age #2.

And drive on over to Ask Patty (about cars). Car Carnival. Cool. Read The Seven Biggest Driving Mistakes By Kristin Bailey Murphy

Max Blumenthal Gets A Lesson In Web Etiquette

May 4, 2007 | By | One Comment

GOP Presidential Debate Smackdown? Nope. The buzz is on Blumenthal.

Max meant to be snarky. But comes off stupid silly. Or worse: An amateur.

Blumenthal on the Huffington Post hotlinked to a picture on the Family Research Council web site. Max is ‘borrowing’ server space. Not really a big deal…just bad form.

Joe Carter and Jared Bridges at FRC caught it and substituted this come-back:


Dead Kitty: Blumenthal Poisons Cats

The Huffington Post lefties are slow learners. Liberals always are. So Max Blumenthal re-hot-links. And screws up yet again.

But cannot get ahead of Christian Soldiers Marching as to War. Or Blumenthal’s Comedy Club.


FRCBlog: Max Blumenthal’s Favorite Stops on the Interweb


Thank you (foot)notes:


Joe Carter, a former Marine,

said he started blogging as a way

to become an influential voice

for Christian values even though

he doesn’t have

Ivy League credentials.

(By Rich Lipski, The Washington Post) Joe Carter is the Editor at the FRCBlog and was recently highlighted in The Washington Post. He blogs at The Evangelical Outpost.

Jared Bridges is a contributor at FRCBlog and personally blogs at TruePravada.

The Carter/Bridges brilliance is noted in NewBusters Editors’ Pick May 4, 4007.

Brian Kaylor at For God’s Sake Shut Up! sees nothing funny. Pursuing a Ph.D. has that effect. His sense of humor should return after his dissertation defense.

Kevin Aylward at Wizbang has an update.

See ChristianityToday.

Blogroll the BlueyBlog: Max Blumenthal: Image Thief

HuffPo p0wn3d by! by Laura at Pursuing Holiness. Our kind of girl.

And see what Joe Carter did with:

Michelle Malkin

Little Green Footballs

National Review Online


Human Events’ Right Angle

Bluey Blog




Pursuing Holiness

WORLD magazine’s blog


in A Lesson in Web Etiquette for the Huffington Post (Part II)

Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.Proverbs 26:11

Wizbangblog is on the story with analysis,

That’s not ignorance of how the web works, no that’s willfully dishonest bandwidth theft on the part of Mr. Blumenthal.

Visit The Carnivals

April 30, 2007 | By | No Comments

Evil HR Lady has answers for human resource management,


Mistakes can lead to success…


“Why am I evil? Well, I’m not, but that’s the perception of all of us in HR. Need to fire someone? Come to HR. Need to explain to someone why, even after working their rear end off all year, that their annual increase is 2.7%? Come to HR. Need to come up with new mountains of paperwork? Come to HR. So, come join me on the Evil Side. Oh, and send me your HR questions.”

See her edits and editorials at Carnival of Human Resources #5, and be sure to read Delegation as a Leadership Style, From Susan M. Heathfield, and her Tips for Effective Delegation. With good advice. If every manager delegated properly and treated his desk like a pyramid, Your Business Blogger would have fewer clients.

Or maybe all managers should be sociopaths.

See The Carnival of Australia and learn what ANZAC Day is. Aussies are allies.

And bookmark The Integrative Stream, who is hosting the Carnival of the Capitalists. (I will ‘roll ‘em, as soon as the Panzer Commander unlocks by blogroll…) William Crawford has,

been a software developer, a manager, a Chief Technology Officer and an author of books about enterprise computing. In 2006-2007, I spent a year working on Healthcare Information Technology policy issues at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, in the Office of Policy at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the largest healthcare payor in the world.

Right now I’m focused on industry liaision activities for the Harvard Medical School Center for Biomedical Informatiocs, and am an MBA candidate at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. I’m also an SM candidate in the MIT Biomedical Enterprise Program, which focuses on bringing together management and scientific professionals to create innovative biomedical businesses. You can never have too many graduate degrees.

And while at the Carnival visit Wayne Hurlbert, who reminds us in Preventing mistakes: Creativity to the rescue

“All business owners and managers make mistakes. In fact, if no mistakes are made, nothing is being done in the business at all. Literally.

Fear that one’s mistakes leads to immediate dismissal simply locks down the company. No one will suggest any new ideas, and will revert to covering the backs and keeping their heads down. Entrepreneurs should welcome innovation and fresh, creative ideas. Forward thinkers and innovators should be rewarded and encouraged to seek new solutions to the organization’s problems. Mistakes will be made. The key is to keep the errors small, and to learn from the experience.”

Wayne gets it right, as usual. Benefit from his wisdom, which is interesting, since he makes few mistakes. Read him.

I usually recognize a mistake… the second time I make it.

Rolling Stone Quotes Yoest, Carville; New Media in Presidential Politics

April 16, 2007 | By | 7 Comments


Rolling Stone

always provocative Rolling Stone has an excellent analysis on the God-fearing voter effect on presidential politics.

Evangelicals in Exile; The Christian right is reeling from its biggest electoral defeat in a quarter century – and now they’re talking about abandoning the GOP byline ROBERT DREYFUSS,

“To ensure that Republicans get the message in 2008, the religious right is redoubling its efforts to mobilize its political machine — including tens of thousands of churches, hundreds of radio stations and two national television networks.”

The liberal thinking is that the Jesus-God-fearing voter votes as one. One candidate; one block.

O that we would. 30% of Evangelicals voted for Clinton. Gary Bauer at one time encouraged John McCain. Liberal democratTIC candidates still get some Catholics.

Robert Dreyfuss continues,

The Family Research Council, a leading lobby for the Christian right, is planning a huge expansion on the Internet, including videos and podcasts, to reach millions in next year’s election. “We want to be sure that the lessons of the last election have been learned, and that the Republicans understand that we are not a lock for the GOP,” says Charmaine Yoest, the council’s vice president of communications. “When you’re looking at razor-thin margins, you better pay attention to your base.”

New Media is key. A percentage point or less, will win. Jim Ceaser, who sat on Charmaine’s dissertation committee, made this clear in his book The Perfect Tie (list price: $69.00).

The other James, Carville, agrees,

“It’s not like you have to win ‘em,” says James Carville, the Democratic strategist who engineered Bill Clinton’s rise to power. “You just have to do better. Even if you go up five points, it’s a big deal.”

Dreyfuss quotes Charmaine, who gets it right (of course…)

The swing certainly got the attention of the Christian right. “Man, a couple of points difference — that’s what the political consultants get paid the big bucks to deliver,” says Yoest of the Family Research Council. “In a divided electorate, that’s significant.”

Dreyfuss warns,


Rolling Stone

The group fired an early shot across the GOP’s bow in January, when it delivered a videotaped response to President Bush’s State of the Union speech. “The president failed to draw a line in the sand on behalf of life,” charged Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council.


Dreyfuss quotes Perkins,

“What will become of the culture of life, of the defense of marriage?” The council displayed a chart [above] on which it noted the number of times the president mentioned the Christian right’s core issues: marriage, 0; abortion, 0; stem cells, 0; cloning, 0; abstinence, 0; and values, 0.

Be sure to bookmark and track Family Research Council’s New Media advances at the FRCBlog. (Unpaid link.)


Thank you (foot)notes:

See Charmaine’s work at The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: Religious Voters and the Midterm Elections

Also mentioned in the Rolling Stone article were,

Communications expert Genevieve Wood from Heritage, Dick Armey, James Dobson, David Kuo, Ted Haggard, Phill Kline, Curtis Gans, Don Wildmon.

Get (warring) religion on Rein’s Religion Blog.

Media Alert: The Dude on WRKO Boston’s Talk Station

March 17, 2007 | By | No Comments

The Dude will be on Gregg Jackson’s show Sunday night, March 18th. Gregg and The Dude met while The Dude was blogging the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).


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


On March 2nd The Dude was the youngest blogger on the scene. He secured an interview with Mitt Romney and gives us Mitt’s take on bloggers vs. the mainstream media here. The Dude is pictured above proudly wearing his hat.

The Dude was working the exhibits at the CPAC trade show — he knows how to work a trade show — and introduced himself to Gregg Jackson.


CPAC 2007 Hit time Sunday is 9:40 pm Eastern. Listen in and let us know how he did.


WRKO Talk Radio



Thank you (foot)notes:

Gregg Jackson is the Co-Host of Pundit Review Radio on WRKO Boston’s Talk Station He is also a contributing editor at, a 2005 and 2006 Weblog Award finalist in the Best Media/Journalist Blog category.

Jackson is author of Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies: Issue By Issue Responses to the Most Common Claims of the Left from A to Z. More at the jump.

Alert Readers know that The Dude is is no stranger to show business. See his First Show Biz Break.

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And The Winner Is…

February 28, 2007 | By | 2 Comments


Mother in the Middle gid — who blogs at

Forget the Academy Awards, gid really has the talent and entertainment. And is a class act to boot.

gid won our contest and will be receiving a copy of Mother in the Middle.

Your Business Blogger and Charmaine were interested in the winner who was from Monchengladbach, Germany.

But we were going to exercise some geographic license in favor of a salon-worthy retort.

TheGidcumbs came thru.

Here is their winning response to our search for visitor number 300,000:

Okay, how about this. I live in Chattanooga, TN. One of the sister cities of Chattanooga is Hamm, Germany. Monchengladbach in only a 140Km drive from Hamm.

I think that makes the book rightfully mine. :-)

Indeed it does. An autographed copy is on the way.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Reasoned Audacity: An Official Blogger at CPAC 2007

February 28, 2007 | By | No Comments


CPAC 2007 Charmaine and Your Business Blogger will be joining 24 of some of the best bloggers on the planet for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

With Vice President Dick Cheney – Sean Hannity – Senator Mitch McConnell – Ann Coulter – Michelle Malkin – David Horowitz – Congressman Mike Pence – Newt Gingrich – Phyllis Schlafly – Wayne LaPierre

Celebrated tomorrow thru the weekend in Your Nation’s Capital.

Rob Bluey graciously reminded us that the following 25 blogs received secured credentials and will get a coveted T1 line. The good-guys at Creative Response Concepts are sponsoring the Bloggers’ Row this year.

Visit these guys for the latest in conservative thought and action and analysis.

And for original content that Alerts Readers will not get in The Washington Post or The New York Times.

Ace of Spades HQ

Alarming News

American Mind

American Spectator

Ankle Biting Pundits

Captain’s Quarters

Hot Air

Human Events

Fausta’s Blog

Little Miss Attila

Michelle Malkin

Musclehead Revolution

National Journal


NOVA TownHall

Outside the Beltway


Reasoned Audacity

Red State



Spot On

The Conservative Voice


Thank you (foot)notes:

These are unpaid links.