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Fall, a Poem by Helena Gilbert Yoest

November 5, 2009 | By | No Comments

Fall

Leaves fluttered eagerly to the ground.

Crickets faithfully kept up a steady stream of chirping as the dewed grass sparkled nonchalantly.

Rays of light burst through thinning clouds, while a sigh of wind stirred century old trees.

Jets cruised lazily, the lords of the sky.

Cars thundered past, awakening sleeping squirrels.

The air was tinted with the unique fragrance of decaying leaves.

Another gust of wind swirled towards the sky.

It was beautiful, and it felt right.

It was fall

The Salvation of Private Ryan, D-Day; 2009

June 6, 2009 | By | No Comments

Following is a movie review by Your Business Blogger(R) originally published by the Scripps Howard News Service. Get updates on Twitter.

WHY SAVING PRIVATE RYAN FALLS SHORT

By JOHN WESLEY YOEST JR.

“Please tell me I’ve been a good man,” Private Ryan tearfully begs his wife when, as an old man, he visits the grave of the man who died for him. “Tell me I’ve led a good life.”

Well frankly, Ryan, your life probably wasn’t all that special. At least not good enough for another man to die in your place. No man is “good enough,” no man is truly worthy of the ultimate sacrifice. In his heart, Ryan knows this. And so do we.

But as Hollywood prepares to honor the depictions of sacrifice in the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” it’s worth reflecting on true worth of that ultimate gesture. …

…There is an Unknown God that we all seek. Speilberg was on to truth in depicting Captain Miller as “the teacher,” a rabbi, a Christ-figure. In its final moments, the movie reveals its allegory of man’s yearning for Christ. Only in this context does “Saving Private Ryan” make sense. Private Ryan cheated death, but he didn’t cheat eternity. Was he good enough? No man is good enough.

In the end, Ryan falls to his knees before his savior’s grave feeling his unworthiness. Asking in anguish the movie’s central question: was I worthy? The only answer Speilberg leaves us with is a silently waving flag and Ryan’s hollow cry … I tried to be a good man! The difference between saying “I was a good man” and admitting, “I am not worthy” may seem slight. But traversing the chasm between the two provides the true liberation Ryan was seeking.

In Spielberg’s movie, Ryan is saved by Everyman. But the captain’s grave provided no ultimate answers. For salvation, Ryan should have kneeled before an empty grave.

Read the rest at the jump.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

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the Scripps Howard News Service

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Memorize the Presidents

February 3, 2009 | By | 4 Comments

Alert Readers know that Your Business Blogger(R) advises students and clients to memorize important presentations.

Brute memorization is mocked by educracrats, the union thugs well-meaning liberals who run public education.

Brute memorization is loved by home-schoolers, the brilliant parents and students who are get education right.

There are some facts that must be learned. Must be memorized.

Our Penta-Posse was home-schooled for a season. And have now moved into the public school system. (High school sports beckon.)

The idea for this YouTube comes from The Dude. His elementary school teacher once asked about the presidents and who followed whom. The Dude knew the answer, and volunteered a bit more.

“It seems that you know all the presidents,” says The Dude’s teacher. “Can you name them in order?”

“Sure,” says The Dude. “How do you want them? Forwards …or backwards?”

Learn how at the end.

Here are the presidents in order Washington to Obama:

And reverse order Obama to Washington:

Want to learn the State Capitals and the presidents in order? Then order States and Capitals and the Presidents by Jerry Lucas

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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.

The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey: An Introduction; FREE

January 28, 2009 | By | No Comments

oncken_one_minute_manager_meets_the_monkey.jpgBased on the book The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey by Kenneth H. Blanchard and William Oncken, Jr.

Save the Date: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009, at the Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia.

11am to 12:15

FREE*

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Space is limited and registration is required: email me to reserve your seat or for more information.

Jack Yoest,

Adjunct Professor, NVCC

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*Well, no, the class is not free.

It will be presented at no charge.

The cost is covered by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

What’s The Best Way To Find A Job?;

What’s Best To Do While Looking For A Job?

Managing Management Time(tm) Intro

Known as Monkey Management by Bill Oncken

Only Women Bleed

November 26, 2008 | By | One Comment

alice_cooper_head.jpgSo begins Chapter 1 of Joseph W. Dellapenna’s benchmark book on abortion, Dispelling Myths of Abortion History.

It belongs on every thinking thought leader’s desk.

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Dispelling the Myths

of Abortion HistoryGo Ask Alice.

During the early 1970′s Your Business Blogger(R) worked in show business and watched a number of acts.

As a security guard…

One of the most bizarre performances was a gentleman/group named Alice Cooper. Mascara and Monsters. Decapitations were the crowd pleasers — then as today.

marilyn_manson_crucifix_cross.jpgI think there was blood: real — imagined. As with Ozzie Osborne in Black Sabbath.

We have less of that today, I think. Less Blood on stage.

There is hope for civilization. Maybe.

Alice was the pre-curser to Marilyn Mason with the male-to-female make-up.

Alice Cooper was an act. Not so sure about Marilyn.

Alice and Marilyn are no mere metrosexual girlie-boys without manhood like Obama.

They are the real thing.

They are what Hollywood calls this gender-free entertainment: Authentic.

The sex-less who deal in pain. In angst. In the blood.

Wait a minute…maybe Alice and Marilyn and Obama are the same.

Except these girls can’t have abortions.

Hollywood becomes Washington.

Well, maybe not Alice Cooper: He is Pro-Life.

Only Women Bleed Lyrics at the jump,

Join Fight FOCA

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Alice Cooper, Only Women Bleed

An Alert Reader writes into Stop the ACLU,

“If you’re listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you’re a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we’re morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal.”

Vincent Fournier aka Alice Cooper

Follow Jack on Twitter @JackYoest and Charmaine @CharmaineYoest

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The Obama Cult Song

October 2, 2008 | By | 3 Comments

The following video clip is based on the actual Obama-cult song recorded by (non-aborted) children who were manipulated into supporting a presidential candidate…and, of course, a clip from the famous movie “Cabaret.”

This might be a more accurate representation than the letter sent to the Americans United for Life office in Chicago this week. From the Party of Death.

Eyeblast at the jump.

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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.

Management Training at Leadership Institute

September 1, 2008 | By | No Comments

Your Business Blogger(R) just returned from meeting a number of conservative friends in Minneapolis-St. Paul in preparation for the GOP convention. It was exciting to talk with the good-guys from across the country especially during the Palin pick for VP.

I ran into my good friend Morton Blackwell who has run conservative politics in Virginia for decades and heads up the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia.

Recently, I was honored to give a brief presentation on management to LI. The overview requested was on Managing Management Time(TM) created and developed by The William Oncken Corporation.

LI also asked about some time management techiques and I certainly obliged.

But.

But Alert Readers will know that Managing Management Time(tm) is a philosophy created to teach managers to be more effective; to control events. MMT is NOT a time management course.

The briefing is divided into four short segments.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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Thankyou foot(notes):

Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger(R) is a licensed agent for The William Oncken Corporation.

Charmaine and I spent last week in Minneapolis and we just put her back on a plane this afternoon to attend the GOP convention. See her quotes in The Wall Street Journal. She is the president and CEO of Americans United for Life and former senior advisor to the Huckabee for president campaign.

The DNC Convention, Day 1: Did It Sell?

August 26, 2008 | By | One Comment

mary_jo_kopechne.jpgYour Business Blogger(R) once asked writer and reporter Richard Miniter about the sales process. He described sales as The Transference of Emotion.

Nothing was transferred last night.

The political confab is designed to sell both a tangible and an intangible: A Person and his Ideas.

Neither was sold on Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention.

Mary Jo Kopechne, Born: July 26, 1940;

Died: July 18,1969

Charmaine is currently in Minneapolis and I will be joining her soon for a series of meetings.

One of our favorite constant questions is, “Will it sell?”

In any human transaction, someone is selling and someone is buying. The Democrats did not have much of a pitch last night.

The were attempting to sell Michelle Obama. But I kept thinking of another Democratic woman.

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The video brought a flood of tears to all eyes who watched it. The Democrats were swooning, estatic, drowning in thier adulation.

But not conservatives. We cried for other reasons.

mary_jo_kopechne_drowning.jpgThe Ted Kennedy video was horrifying. The opening scene was of water lapping up on a quiet shore. I kept looking for a half submerged car — at least there wasn’t a bridge in the picture. He kept talking about his connection to the water.

The Democrats have all the resources of the best minds in Hollywood and the mainstream media — and this is the best they could do? Goodness.

The footage of a smiling Ted Kennedy sailing his 80 foot something sailing yacht made me think of all the maintenance that somebody does to keep that old boat barnacle-free (no, no, not Teddy).

Work not done by the Kennedys. Elitists don’t polish brass.

The Democratic marketing machine did not deliver its intended message. This is the party of abortion, of darkness, of death.

The Democrats, as Romesh Punnuru writes, are The Party of Death.

Mary Jo Kopechne, Requiscat in Pace

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Thankyou (foot)notes,

Alert Readers wll recall that Your Business Blogger(R) teaches sales training — but still learned something from the former Wall Street Journal reporter Richard Miniter.

Proving that it is possible to learn something, even from a journalist…

Senior Editor, National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru will be the keynoter at the Americans United for Life gala on October 9th in Chicago. We will celebrate Life.

From NNB,

Near midnight on Chappaquiddick Island, a possibly drunk and definitely married Senator Ted Kennedy takes a right turn instead of a left. His car winds up skidding off Dike Bridge and is quickly submerged upside-down in salty Poucha Pond.

His passenger, RFK office secretary Mary Jo Kopechne, is knocked into the back seat. Kennedy swims to safety, whereupon he fails to rescue his companion or even simply report the incident to authorities until the following morning.

Because no autopsy is ever performed on Kopechne’s body (her body had been promptly whisked out of state) it is uncertain how long it took her to drown, if she wasn’t killed on impact. Likewise, it is never established whether Kopechne was pregnant or exhibited signs of recent sexual activity.

See Sandler Sales Technique: Selling Tangible and Intangibles.

Update: 26 August 2009, Ted Kennedy dies. Perhaps Mary Jo can now Rest In Peace. From Myrna Blyth, NRO,

This week we may hear a little about the 35th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk, but there is another anniversary that has already gone unnoticed. On July 18, 1969, a couple of nights before Armstrong took that “giant step for mankind,” Ted Kennedy took a turn onto a narrow bridge in Chappaquiddick. The passenger in his car that night was Mary Jo Kopechne, a pretty, blond Capitol Hill secretary, just about to celebrate her 29th birthday. The two events are inextricably linked in my mind because my husband, who was a correspondent for a British newspaper, instead of reporting on our glorious odyssey into space, ended up at police headquarters on Martha’s Vineyard covering that sordid story.

Obama vs McCain Live-Birth Abortion Matrix

July 3, 2008 | By | 8 Comments

“Let all the babies be born. Then let us drown those we do not like.”

Babies and Distributism, GK’s Weekly, 11/12/32

Where do Obama and McCain stand on abortion and ‘live birth’ abortion?

Position/

Candidate……..Sonogram of baby……Picture of baby

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Pro-Life ………………….Live ……………….Live


Pro-Choice ……………..Die ………………..Live


McCain …………………..Live ……………….Live


Obama …………………..Die ………………..Die

The Obama Abortion Live-Birth Matrix


Obama is the full-service abortion candidate.

Abortion from conception to birth

Abortion at partial birth

Abortion after birth

Obama aggressively demands that some babies born alive be left to die. Obama does not support any Born Alive Infant Legislation. Amanda B. Carpenter writes in Human Events, Obama More Pro-Choice Than NARAL where Obama spoke out against the legislation similar to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act,

Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.) portrays himself as a thoughtful Democrat who carefully considers both sides of controversial issues, but his radical stance on abortion puts him further left on that issue than even NARAL Pro-Choice America.


In 2002, as an Illinois legislator, Obama voted against the Induced Infant Liability Act, which would have protected babies that survived late-term abortions. That same year a similar federal law, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, was signed by President Bush. Only 15 members of the U.S. House opposed it, and it passed the Senate unanimously on a voice vote.


Both the Illinois and the federal bill sought equal treatment for babies who survived premature inducement for the purpose of abortion and wanted babies who were born prematurely and given live-saving medical attention.

Here is what Obama has said about abortion and judges he would appoint,

Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, it’s never been more important to protect a woman’s right to choose. Last year, the Supreme Court decided by a vote of 5-4 to uphold the Federal Abortion Ban, and in doing so undermined an important principle of Roe v. Wade: that we must always protect women’s health.

With one more vacancy on the Supreme Court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a women’s fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe v. Wade. The next president may be asked to nominate that Supreme Court justice. That is what is at stake in this election.


Throughout my career, I’ve been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.


When South Dakota passed a law banning all abortions in a direct effort to have Roe overruled, I was the only candidate for President to raise money to help the citizens of South Dakota repeal that law.


When anti-choice protesters blocked the opening of an Illinois Planned Parenthood clinic in a community where affordable health care is in short supply, I was the only candidate for President who spoke out against it. And I will continue to defend this right by passing the Freedom of Choice Act as president.”

Obama is not the candidate of change.

Charmaine says, “It’s all about women’s perceived power — the power a woman has over her fate, her future, her convenience.”

The mother-feminist even wants control of life and death: The ultimate power.

The power-hungry feminist does not choose life for her baby. The pro-choice, abortion-option movement is the desire to have the power of life and death.”

Obama believes that feminist power over the baby is more important than the life of the baby.

Obama claims to support a woman’s health, but what he is demanding is the woman’s power over life and death.

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

Thank you (foot)notes,

Gary Bauer pointed us to the Barack Obama speech.

Tom McMahon may not the originator of the 2 X 2 matrix, but no one does them better. Enjoy his intellectual property at the 4-Blockworld. Free! It takes hard work to make complicated subjects so simple. Bookmark him.

Tom provides us perhaps the real reason women will vote for John McCain: Who can keep us safe in our current war?

A New Report Indicates Voters Most Interested in Barack Obama’s Position on Abortion

The Internet traffic monitoring firm HitWise indicates abortion is now the number one political issue voters are looking for when they conduct a search on Obama’s campaign web site.

Obama Should Embrace His [Pro-Life] Muslim Heritage,

As a great leader, Mr. Obama should take a principled stand on the issue of Muslims and Islamophobia. While anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. is substantial, it is not an insurmountable challenge.

The vast majority of Americans are sincere and open-minded; anti-Muslim sentiments are a product of fear and lack of understanding. These sentiments can be overcome.

From an article in the The Wall Street Journal by Mr. Junaid M. Afeef, director of public and government Affairs at the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.

Be sure to follow Jill Stanek and see the pictures. Stanek, a nurse, has written extensively on Infant Born Alive abuses-deaths.

Also see www.Twitter.com/365days4choice