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Presidential Debate: Bob Schieffer,Americans Want to Hear a Question About Abortion

October 15, 2008 | By | 4 Comments

charmaine_yoest_pew_2006_2.jpgAUL Action to Bob Schieffer: Americans Want to Hear a Question About Abortion

Last update: 10:21 a.m. EDT Oct. 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, Oct 15, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ –

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. president and CEO

AUL Action

As CBS News’ Bob Schieffer prepares to moderate Wednesday night’s final presidential candidate debate, AUL Action President Dr. Charmaine Yoest released the following letter.

Dear Mr. Schieffer,

As you prepare for Wednesday night’s final presidential debate, I know that you will be working to raise questions on domestic issues that are of interest to a wide range of Americans. I encourage you to ask each candidate about his views on abortion — something that has not been done at either of the previous debates.

Many Americans are single-issue voters when it comes to abortion, and many more view a candidate’s position on abortion as one of a handful of issues on which they select a candidate.

While each candidate’s position on Roe v. Wade is well known, it remains unknown what restrictions on abortion each candidate would support in order to achieve the widely agreed upon goal of reducing abortion.

And that is the question I encourage you to ask: What restrictions on abortion would you support in order to achieve the widely agreed upon goal of reducing the number of abortions in our country?

Possible follow up questions include:

— A recent study by Dr. Michael New (University of Alabama) found that parental involvement laws reduce abortion by 13-31%.

Do you support the right of parents to be involved in the medical decisions of their minor daughters when abortion is being considered?

– Do you support taxpayer funding for elective abortions?

– Do you support laws that mandate abortion clinics meet minimum health and safety standards commonly applied to other types of medical practices?

– Do you support laws requiring abortions be performed by licensed physicians?

Particularly given that Wednesday night’s debate was scheduled to focus on domestic policy, the American voters need to hear each candidate respond to at least one question that addresses the topic of abortion, which is one of the central policy questions of our day.

I wish you all the best as you prepare for and moderate the debate.


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

President & CEO

AUL Action

About AUL Action,

AUL Action is the legislative arm of Americans United for Life (AUL). The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971. In addition, AUL has been involved in every pro-life case before the Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade.

SOURCE Americans United For Life

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Americans United for Life Annual Gala, 2008, PowerPoint

October 11, 2008 | By | No Comments

defending_life_aul.jpgLast Thursday AUL held their annual fund raising event at the Palmer House in Chicago.

The Henry J. Hyde Defender of Life Award was presented to Jessica Shanahan, president for New Yorkers for Parental Rights. (Obama has promised that Parental Rights would be the first right to be outlawed under his administration.)

Ramesh Ponnuru from National Review gave the keynote. Key Takeaway: “What mother wants to introduce her son, The Abortionist…?”

Abortion is on the decline because of the work of AUL and the public’s awareness that that abortion kills a baby.

Charmaine gave a spell-binding presentation. (Biased Opinion, Your Business Blogger(R).) PowerPoint and her notes here: AUL gala 10-9-08.ppt.

James M. Kushiner, the Executive Editor at Touchstone Magazine attended and blogged. Read his outstanding commentary at Obama Lied Fewer Died. Good Read.

Not everyone wants babies to live. See Leslie Bradshaw’s list. AUL made it. This is proof of a pro-live organization’s effectiveness.

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Mark Warner Says Pro-Lifers Threatening To What It Means To Be An American

October 6, 2008 | By | No Comments

The liberal Mark Warner is running against conservative Jim Gilmore for Senate in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Mark Warner says that the “Right to Lifers” and the National Rifle Association and Homeschoolers and the Christian Coalition is,

“Threatening to what it means to be an American”

Why do these liberals hate normal people?

Warner and Obama believe in abortion on demand through nine or ten months.

Warner and Obama do not believe in the right to bear arms.

Warner and Obama do not believe parents should educate their children.

Warner and Obama believe in homosexual marriage.

Warner and Obama believe in our surrender in the wars.

Warner and Obama believe in raising our taxes.

This is normal?

Listen to the short audio clip of Mark Warner, his voice dripping with disdain, on our conservative values,

gilmore_roxane_jim_charmaine_jack_yoest.jpgFull Disclosure: Your Business Blogger(R) served as Assistant Secretary in Health and Human Resources in governor James Gilmore’s administration.

L to R: Roxane and Jim Gilmore; Charmaine and Jack Yoest


“I was told that if I voted for Barry Goldwater that there would be war in Southeast Asia.

And sure enough, I voted for Barry Goldwater and there was war in Southeast Asia,” went the popular joke after Democrat Lyndon Johnson was elected president.

We are now told that if we vote for John McCain we will have endless war in Iraq. I will vote for John McCain…and if Obama steals the election — we will, indeed, have endless war in Iraq…

Jesse Jackson Kissed My Wife, Media Appearance: Education Choice With School Vouchers

October 6, 2008 | By | No Comments

charmaine_screenshot_jesse.JPGYears ago, Charmaine appeared on CNN — Jesse Jackson’s Both Sides with Mary Hartwood Futrell. And Wade Horn, at the time with Children’s Bureau, HHS.

L to R: Futrell, Jackson, Horn, Yoest

Jesse Jackson kissed Charmaine’s hand; a gallant gesture. Who knew he was such a gentleman?

If the Alert Voter wishes to learn what Obama would do in Education; K to 12, we can see that Obama would do exactly what Jackson would do.

They both would follow the teachers’ union.

When Your Business Blogger(R) was moving kith and kin back to Ol’ Virginnie, we decided on a particular High School.

But we had to live in a particular neighborhood. I could not send my kids to the school of my choice and live where I wanted to live. The Teachers’ Union dictated where I would live, if I wanted that school.

I could not choose my school.

Sounds like something out of Soviet Russia…

Conservatives simply want to send their children where they want. We pay the taxes, but we cannot decide.

Liberals will send their (unaborted) children to where ever the Teachers’ Union so directs.

No wonder Michelle Obama is not proud of her country…or maybe she is.

Jesse Jackson’s Both Sides is no longer on the air. This edition was originally broadcast in 1992. Education Choice for our children has not changed much.

McCain wants school choice. Obama does not.

McCain wants change. Obama does not.

Watch the show here:

Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger(R) has an undergraduate degree in Education and is currently an adjunct professor of management in the Northern Virginia Community College.

UPDATE: Alert Readers will recall that Jesse Jackson was once Pro-Life.

Charmaine reminds me that Jackson actually kissed her on the cheek. Which is less intimate that a kiss on the hand. For Hollywood. I guess…

Five Steps to Professional Management

October 4, 2008 | By | 2 Comments

jack_yoest_pub_shot_2007.jpgSolutions to Your Management Problems

Managers work to control events, instead of events controlling them. They anticipate the future . . . adapt to the present. . . and learn from the past.

* * * The Managing Management Time™ class trains managers

how to apply this philosophy to their own leadership challenges * * *

Are you running out of time…while your staff runs out of work? If your management skills need to be sharpened, join us at the Northern Virginia Community College, Arlington.

Who: Managers who need to get in control of events or to better influence results

What: An introduction to Managing Management Time

1. Vocational vs Management Time

2. Molecule of Management

3. Followership and Leadership

4. Management and Sales

5. Development of Direct Reports

When: Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 4:00 to 5:30pm

Where: NVCC, Room 304, 4600 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22203

Behind Holiday Inn. See Map.

Why: Improve managerial effectiveness

Cost: No Charge. Registration is required. Parking is limited.

Since 1960, over one million people have been trained in our practice of management. The MMT class teaches you, the manager, to leverage your management time, and the time of your team, to get more done.

Harvard Business Review published Managing Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey? in 1974, by Bill Oncken, Jr.. The article, an edited excerpt of the MMT seminar, has gone on to become one of the two most requested reprints in the history of the Review. The training summarized in the article is sometimes called the “Monkey Management” seminar.

Jack Yoest, Adjunct Professor of Management and President of Management Training of DC, is a former Armored Cavalry Officer in Combat Arms. His military leadership training and experience guides his management philosophy at the core of Managing Management Time™. He has managed software, health care and international human resource management companies.

Jack also served in the Governor’s Office of the Commonwealth Virginia as Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Resources where he acted as the Chief Technology Officer for the secretariat. He was responsible for the successful Year 2000 (Y2K) conversion for the 16,000-employee unit. He was also a manager with a medical device start-up and helped move sales from zero to over $12 million, resulting in a buy-out by Johnson & Johnson. Jack has consulted in China and India.

Questions?, replacewithjackemail, or call Jack at 202.215.2434 to save your spot.

Class reading at the jump.

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The Party of Death by Ramesh Ponnuru

September 30, 2008 | By | 5 Comments

One Democratic operative warned, “We can’t just be the party of death.”

The Party of Death does not care for The Party of Death.

The Party of DeathRamesh begins his book,

The party of death started with abortion, but its sickle has gone from threatening the unborn, to the elderly, to the disabled; it has swept from the maternity ward to the cloning laboratory to a generalized disregard for ‘inconvenient’ human life.

Matthew Eppinette at AUL reports,

A good indicator of how the pro-life position is winning is the extreme rhetoric people use in opposing it. The more ground the pro-life position gains, the more extreme the rhetoric we hear form those who oppose us. Hate mail is a good case in point.

Ponnuru writes,

Everything you think you know about Roe v. Wade is a lie…

Pull out quotes from The Party of Death at the jump.


Thank you (foot)notes,

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

H!tler, hate-mail, and hapless history.

AUL Naxi party.pngOctober 9th – 2008Americans United for Life is celebrating their annual gala in Chicago. Ramesh Ponnuru, the Senior Editor for National Review and author of The Party of Death is the keynoter.

Pictured is one of the less clever but presentable pieces of hate mail received by AUL.

Roll over for enlargement.

The Alert Reader will note a photo of Charmaine at UVA and Ramesh Ponnuru and various symbols of Germany’s National Socialism.

(There are two “N” words that are not used in polite company. One is a slander for African-Americans; the other is a four letter word for National Socialism.) (The Party of Death uses this four letter word repeatedly. The Party of Death is not polite company…)

If you are anywhere near Chicago-land on 9 October [2008] come hear Ramesh speak. Register here.

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Invitation and Media Alert: Your Business Blogger(R) on Solutions to Your Management Problems

September 26, 2008 | By | No Comments

jack_yoest_pub_shot_2007.jpgTwo Items for Your Consideration:

1) An Invitation

2) An Article

Your Business Blogger(R)

An Invitation for managers (with direct reports, the power to hire and fire, and a budget) Wednesday, October 8th from 4 to 5:30 pm in Northern Virginia near the Ballston Metro. A brief overview on Solutions to Your Management Problems. No Charge. Email me if you’d like more detail — click here.

Your Business Blogger(R) was interviewed for an article on dealing with — and managing — Bad Bosses. It is scheduled to run this Sunday, 28 September in The Washington Post, Sunday Source section.

Let me know what you think and do make plans to attend the class.

And remember, If you are near Charlottesville, Virginia tomorrow, Saturday September 27th, Charmaine is speaking at the University of Virginia on women in leadership.

UPDATE: The article is up. Please take a look and link to the article in WaPo and I will owe you.

Media Alert: Charmaine Quoted on the Google Abortion Decision

September 19, 2008 | By | No Comments


Charmaine has been quoted by a number of outlets on Google’s recent policy decision to accept ads from pro-life supporters

ABC News Google OKs Religious Groups’ Abortion Ads

Google Agrees to Place ‘Factual’ Abortion Ads; Groups on Both Sides Question What That Means


Sept. 18, 2008–

As part of an out-of-court settlement with a British Christian organization, Google agreed Wednesday to display anti-abortion ads purchased by religious groups.

In April, The Christian Institute took legal action against the Internet search giant when Google did not approve an abortion-related ad with the text:

UK Abortion law

Key views and news on abortion law from The Christian Institute

At the time, Google said its policy did not permit the advertisement of Web sites that contain “abortion and religion-related content.”

Arguing that it was being treated differently because of its religious beliefs, the institute filed a lawsuit against Google under the U.K. Equality Act 2006, a law that prohibits religious discrimination.

Instead of continuing to fight the case in the court, Google reviewed its abortion ads policy and agreed to revise its policy….

Stateside, religious and anti-abortion rights groups are hailing Google’s decision as a victory for both free speech and people of faith.

“We really applaud Google for making the right decision and standing by freedom of speech. It really was outrageous to censor The Christian Institute,” Charmaine Yoest, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit, anti-abortion organization Americans United for Life (AUL), told

Yoest said AUL had not attempted to purchase abortion-related ads on Google. But she said she had observed discrimination when attempting to purchase ads for print campaigns.

“They raise the rates — that’s usually the kind of discrimination [we see],” she added.

NewsMax, Google Reverses Field, To Accept Pro-life Ads

Thursday, September 18, 2008 12:05 PM

By: Jim Meyers

Facing a legal challenge, the Internet search giant Google has relented and agreed to accept pro-life ads for the first time.

In April, The Christian Institute — a British organization — took legal action when Google did not approve an anti-abortion ad.

Google said at the time that its policy did not allow ads for Web sites containing “abortion and religion-related content.”

Also see It Wasn’t Easy…BUT Google Agrees to Pro-Life Ads

Conservatives vs Liberals: A Case Study

September 8, 2008 | By | No Comments

A good friend sent this along and boy is it surprising…not because of the content, but because of the source.

It came from a professor in the academy.

Which proves that not all academics are leftists.

Father/Daughter Talk

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so

many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat,

and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to

support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch

Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she

had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that

her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he

thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher

taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The

self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth

and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing

in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA,

and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was

taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left

her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even

have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends

because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, ‘How is your friend Audrey

doing?’ She replied, ‘Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are

easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular

on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the

parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because

she’s too hung over.’

Her wise father asked his daughter, ‘Why don’t you go to the

Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who

only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that

would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily

fired back, ‘That’s a crazy idea, and how would that be fair! I’ve

worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard

work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I

worked my tail off!’

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, ‘Welcome to the

Republican party.’

If anyone has a better explanation of the difference between

Republican and Democrat I’m all ears.


Thank you (foot)notes,

Here are some instructions that Your Business Blogger(R) would have — not with daughter Dreamer, but with the knuckle heads wandering thru our front yard…Mr. Yoest’s 10 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughters

Why Didn’t Hillary Clinton Get the Dem VP Nomination?

September 4, 2008 | By | 10 Comments


In the Yoest household kitchen Answer: She’s not married to Todd Palin.

On CNN yesterday Charmaine reinforced the point that women can succeed in any position at any level, if she has a deep support system. Beyond the government safety net.

The best support system is to marry a guy who will embrace the family mission, the family business. A husband who is not distracted by interns at 2am.

And will lift up his wife when her time comes…

And I’m not just talking pregnancy.


About half of all women who enter into a Ph.D. program do not finish. When Charmaine was working on her disertation at the University of Virginia, Your Business Blogger(R), MBA, and Charmaine’s parents, Mom, Ph.D; Dad, Ph.D; Brother, Ph.D. and Penta-Posse gathered together and strategized on the path to make sure that Charmaine was in the half that got ‘hooded.’

The extended family decided to invest in Charmaine.

Money was key but not the entire issue. Wisdom and logistical support were the real needs of house hold and five little ones.

Extended family and a hubby who will sacrifice for the family mission is the solution to whatever success the family, the mother, the mission will achieve.

Todd Palin is my kind of guy. Like me, he married way over his head and is not afraid to let the world know.

We are both married to CEO’s who advance the family mission. Our extended families have made sacrifices and investments to advance very talented women, very talented wives.

If more feminists had devoted husbands, maybe they’d enjoy more success. As well as the other benefits of marital bliss (re Five Children…).

And this is the real reason the liberals hate Sarah Palin. She is normal.


Thank you (foot)notes:


Fish on a bicycle by Ray Troll Feminist icon Gloria Steinem can be blamed for a lot problems these days in verbiage and communication in the battle of men vs women.

But not this phrase.

Gloria Steinem writes to Time Magazine,

“In your note on my new and happy marital partnership with David Bale, you credit me with the witticism A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. In fact, Irina Dunn, a distinguished Australian educator, journalist and politician, coined the phrase back in 1970 when she was a student at the University of Sydney.”

Credit should go to Irina Dunn, graffiti artist and Australian Senator from the Nuclear Disarmament Party.

And made popular more by U2.