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Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera: The Difference Uncovered

June 29, 2006 | By | 7 Comments

So I ask Charmaine, isn’t Britney Spears a God-fearing Jesus-loving celebrity superstar? Or is it Christina Aguilera?

“Britney Spears,” says Charmaine, who knows all things cultural. Charmaine has the female X-chromosome, which, as scientists have proven, is absorbed from the inner pages of People Magazine. “She is oh-so spiritual,” she says.

Not Christina Aguilera?

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“I don’t think so,” says Charmaine.

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Christina Aguilera

“Christina, Britney — How would you know the difference?” I ask.

Charmaine says, “Britney is pregnant…”

“…And bare(foot) — just the way I like ’em.”

Charmaine doesn’t laugh.

Britney, the church-going-girl might be making money, but she’s not making a difference.


Britney Spears’ Heart to Heart“So, there’s no ‘Christ’ in Christina?” I ask.

Charmaine still doesn’t laugh, “You’re still not funny.”

But she gives a thin smile.

I reply, even as my my extra Y-Chromosome rebels, “Yes dear.”

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Also see NSFW at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Britney linked by link in Human Events.

Higher Education Titillation.

Str1ppers in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Real Painted Ladies Gone Wild.

N*pples and Circumcision: The Chronicle of Higher Education Makes the Cut

Basil’s Blog has a picnic.

Visit Reasoned Audacity for the Uncensored version … oh…never mind. Why bother?

Mudville Gazette has Open Post.

Dr. Starling Hunter is hosting the Carnival of the Vanities. So go vist.

Pixar Cars from Disney on Route 66; a Puritan Message

June 17, 2006 | By | No Comments

John Calvin, the French theologian, once said that “self-denial is the sum total of the Christian life.” Which is why Hollywood doesn’t care for faith or self-sacrifice themes. And creative marketers are sometimes confused by timeless basics.

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The Penta-Posse

at the famous

Jack Rabbit Trading Post

on Rt. 66 But sometimes marketers and Hollywood lurch into Calvin’s truth.

The Puritanical is not tyrannical.

Two items:

1. Disney’s new movie “Cars” ended with the hero making (what for Hollywood is) the supreme sacrifice. And,

2. The movie took in $60 million on its opening weekend.

They are connected. By an old road.

Lisa Baertlein, from Reuters, reports, ‘Cars’ marks Disney-Pixar’s third biggest opening:

“Cars,” a heavily marketed film whose star is a talking race car named Lightning McQueen, is competing for the family audience with animal cartoon “Over the Hedge,” which had weekend receipts of over $10 million.

Chuck Viane, Disney’s president of distribution, expects “Cars” to cross the $100 million line sometime next weekend.

“Cars,” featuring the voices of Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt and racing icon Richard Petty, is the first Disney-Pixar collaboration since Disney acquired Pixar in January for $7.4 billion.

The feature, which is rated G for all ages, tells how Lightning McQueen learns valuable life lessons during a forced pit stop in a sleepy town. It is directed by John Lasseter, whose “Toy Story 2” opened at $57.4 million.

The sleepy town is located on the by-passed Route 66. John Steinbeck, in The Grapes of Wrath, blessed Route 66 as the “Mother Road.” As in apple pie and America. Alert Drivers west of Chicago will know the road and the story well. The 2400 mile road links The Windy City to LA.

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Get Your Kicks on

Route 66

TV from the 1960’sLast year Charmaine and Your Business Blogger took the Penta-Posse out west down parts of Route 66. Self Discovery, just like the early 60’s TV series Route 66. We didn’t take a Corvette — we took another Chevy, the monster Suburban.

Down parts of Route 66. A Car Guy’s Highway. It is the subtext of the “Cars” movie. An earlier time when America and Hollywood were proud to be great.

Today this greatness, this self-denial can only be marketed with a cartoon. But it’s a start.

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Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Studios

A scene from “Cars,” directed by John Lasseter,

which Pixar Animation Studios hopes

will be its seventh consecutive hit.

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See Route 66 News.

We took the Penta-Posse and other assorted family to see “Cars.” Tickets, popcorn, drinks, candy; a great time. Thank goodness financing was available. Heatsongs reminds us to stay well past the credits after the movie.

More history at the jump.

See Your Business Bloggers’ nostalgia for old Vettes, old times and getting kicks. On Route 66.

Seth Godin has ideas on entertainment marketing.

Mudville Gazette has Open Post.

Brand Autopsy has more on money in movies

Best of Me Symphony is up with self selected best posts over 60 days seasoned.

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Show Business: Lesson One

June 16, 2006 | By | No Comments

Every Friday, Your Business Blogger has an article up on Small Business Trends Radio. Here’s a preview of this week’s edition.

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Bill Archer, Left

Your Business Blogger, Charmaine and

The Dreamer

A few years ago, Your Business Blogger and Charmaine and the 18 month-old Dreamer kicked off a press conference for Congressman Bill Archer who was introducing tax cut legislation. As I droned waxed eloquent, the little Dreamer got distracted by the microphones. With their soft, inviting, spongy covers.

So she reached out and gave the mike cover a good squishy squeeze. And when she did…

Read the rest at Small Business Trends Radio, Show Prep for Your Big Show Biz Break.

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Small Business Trends is the creation of Anita Campbell.

Kill Big Bird, Buy a Raptor

June 14, 2006 | By | One Comment

There’s a war on. It’s been in all the papers. And we all have to pay for it. Sacrifice somewhere.

But not the liberals at National People’s Public Radio. They demand continued tax payer funding…for Big Bird.

When should entertainment have claim on the public purse?

Congress wants to reduce the NPR and PBS budget by $115 million. This is not as aggressive as the planned cuts hoped for last year that would have taken the welfare payment from $200,000,000 to a mere $100 million. Our friends on the left are Outraged! Outraged!

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Cartoon credit: Blue Girl’s “better half

Our lefty friends (no friends of the free market) have different takes. Over at Blue Girl in a Red State there seems to be some confusion between work and charity.

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For years now the Feminist Minority has feared for a free press:

Take Action for Independent Media

The U.S. House of Representatives is …considering …an appropriations bill which will make drastic cuts in the budgets of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) …

In their ongoing efforts to control the media, the right wing is using the Congressional appropriations process to decimate public radio and television. We could lose this critical independent voice and quality programming.

Take action today! Click here to urge your Representative to stand up for the independent media free from partisan and ideological control by voting for full funding for PBS and NPR.

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Charmaine, The Dreamer and

Your Business BloggerBig Bird can fly on its own. When The Dreamer was 18 months old we comforted her on camera when interviewed — by a stuffed animal we had paid for with real money. Plus tax. (Or more likely, a grandmother paid for with real money. . .) The Yellow Bird to the rescue!

A cool 100 million dollars. We could get one very nice, brand new F-22 Raptor. And the world would be a better place.

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Peggy Noonan says, news flash: PBS is liberal. . . and that Democrats may even admit as much. . . (though, obviously, not the Fem Minority who seems to think PBS/NPR is an “independent critical voice”).

Our leftist friends at The Washington Monthly are upset.

A civil hat tip to the liberal GrubbyKid.

See Mudville Gazette with the unsubsidized Open Post.

Right Wing Sparkle has more at PBS Funding: Is It Worth It?

Trey Jackson sick of taxes for Lefty Liberal Bile Hat tip to Trey for pointing us to Atlas Shrugs…

Atlas Shrugs can lift and move any debate especially on PBS

Ramesh Ponnuru from National Review Speaks at the Harbour League

May 17, 2006 | By | No Comments

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Ramesh Ponnuru

credit: Charmaine Yoest The Harbour League, based near Baltimore, Maryland, Presents:

The Party of Death

Featuring

Ramesh Ponnuru

Ramesh Ponnuru is senior editor for National Review and has covered politics as a reporter for more than a decade. He has been a fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London and a media fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution

His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, the Washington Times, the Weekly Standard, and Financial Times.

He is also a frequent guest on television including appearances on FOX’s The Big Story with John Gibson, CNN’s Inside Politics, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, CSPAN’s Washington Journal and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

7:00pm — 8:00pm (Reception to follow)

Doors open at 6:30pm

The Cloisters

10440 Falls Road

Lutherville, Maryland

Directions

There is no charge for this event; however, RSVP is a must. Seating is limited and Harbour League members have priority seating.

RSVP for this Event here.

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Job Interview: 3 Questions for Your Prospective Boss

May 9, 2006 | By | 4 Comments

In your job search you are prepared to answer many questions.

But there are questions you should be prepared to ask. Questions for your possible new boss. And not just the trite and true, “Tell Me How You Came To XYZ Corp.” My questions are to (dis)qualify him. You may not want to work for him. And if you really, really need the job, you at least won’t be blind-sided.

1) Love. Does he love me? I was humbled to have Jesse Brown, the former Veteran’s Administration Secretary for Bill Clinton, as a business partner.

“Does he love me?” was Jesse’s one rule for taking on a new client or a new job. “If the love’s there, all else will fall in.” Look for; get the feel for the love. Yes, yes, I know it’s an emotion. But so is misery. Look for the love.

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The Honorable

Jesse BrownJesse was an honorary campaign manager for the Al Gore presidential race. Which meant he was a $100K contributor. And could have any job he wanted. So I asked him why he gave the money, he wasn’t going to take a position in a new administration. “I wanted to help my friends get jobs.” He didn’t need anything for himself; he sincerely wanted to help others. Including me. And no, I was not about to take any Gore job. Please. But he could have made it happen.

2) Strategy. What would you do if you hit the lottery? Or the IPO is successful, the rich uncle dies. What would your potential boss do if he had a sudden windfall of piles of cash? I asked that in a job interview and was surprised. The hiring manager leaned back, and with a far away look in his eye talked about opening up a marina. His big dream. His big dream was not in that building and I wasn’t a part of it. I didn’t feel the love.

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JJ Abrams with Tom Cruise

Credit: Stephen VaughanThe right answer is seen in JJ Abrams, the director of Mission Impossible III with Tom Cruise. He was recently asked what he did with all his money and about his work,

Next up for Abrams is a “Star Trek” movie, now in pre-production, which will unleash his inner geek as never before. He’ll also be working on “Lost,” trying to ensure the show doesn’t splinter into so many directions that it chokes on itself or stops moving.

There’s not a lot of talk from him about downtime.

Asked if he has any plans for his money, he seems confused.

“What money?”

You know, the money you get paid for all this incredibly lucrative work.

He thinks for a moment, then tilts his head and points to his locks.

“Hair care,” he says.

The reporter’s question was met with a joke. JJ Abrams really didn’t think about the money, didn’t think about the stuff it could buy. Or taking long vacations. He was consumed with his passion of making movies. The Love.

If you had the wealth of Solomon you should be doing exactly what you are doing now. The right answer from your potential manager is, “If I struck oil in my front yard, I’d still be doing what I’m doing now.” And he is really saying, “I love it here and so will you.”

3) Tactics. What classes are you taking now? Continuous learning is, well, continuous. Life-long-learning is the hallmark of leaders.

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Benjamin Franklin“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” said Benjamin Franklin. An outstanding prospective boss is reading a compelling book, just finished a seminar on international business etiquette, or studied parallels on initiative between business units and military units for a board presentation.

Education and continuous improvement is the one thing every boss should care about.

I was surprised to learn this.

Your Business Blogger once acted as the COO of a Fortune 350 size organization. In my first meeting with the human resource directors, I asked them what was the one thing our employees wanted.

I thought it would be more money. More time off. Vacations days. Sick leave. The typical union demands.

Nope. The nine HR professionals, who happened to all be women said, unanimously, education. More budget and time for improving knowlege, skills and abilities. More opportunities for studies and credentials. (Then they’d clamor for increased pay based on increased efficiency. Clever buggers.)

So we opened attendance for adult education programs at local universities and community colleges. And squeezed out budgets for fancy business consultants to teach advanced management skills. Everyone was happy. Our employee retention rate improved.

If your new manager doesn’t care about adult education for himself, he won’t care about it for you.

So you are now armed with three qualifying questions to test your next boss. Or try them on your current boss if you are looking for an excuse to leave. But get a new job first.

And let me know how it goes.

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Jesse Brown passed away almost 4 years ago. I still miss him. My inaugural post was dedicated to him.

Basil’s Blog has a Picnic.

Mudville Gazette has Open Post.

Karl Rove at the Salem Communcations Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

May 6, 2006 | By | No Comments

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Hugh Hewilt, 3-Time Emmy Award Winner;

Charmaine Yoest

photo credit: Jack Yoest Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo. The fifth of May is our wedding anniversary. Chuck deFeo, Director of Online Strategy for Town Hall, Beyond the News.com, with the Salem Web Network, asked us to join him with 300 of our closest friends in Your Nation’s Capital. Karl Rove would say a few words.

Which is odd since he didn’t know it was our anniversary. And no one mentioned it. The dinner was off the record, but I think I can report that Karl Rove was silent about Your Business Blogger and the Little Woman.

Other than forgetting our anniversay, Rove was quite engaging.

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Charmaine, Mark Steyn making a point,

Michael Medved backgroundThere was a panel with Dennis Prager, Mark Steyn, Bill Bennett.

In the audience, asking questions, was Hugh Hewitt, James Dobson, Frank Gaffney, Mike Gallagher.

We picked up a copy of Hewitt’s new book, Paint the Map Red. The Entertainment Industry has the best SWAG.

Janet Parshall; Elaine Bennett of Best Friends; Michael Medved. Some of the brightest stars and thinkers in the business.

Ken Blackwell, the next president Governor, of Ohio spoke.

There were some very, very smart people in that room. I wasn’t one of them. I felt like a, well, journalist.

David Aikman moderated the panel. He spent two decades with Time magazine. He’s the former Beijing bureau chief. He is such an unTimely kind of guy. (David and Dennis Prager greeted each other speaking fluent Russian.) Anyway, he wrote Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power. David says that China is changing. They are beginning to understand the rule of law. Lex Rex. He says most of the young lawyers–lawyers! there are Christians. Go figure.

I read Aikman’s book. He starts his book with a lecture from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing in 2002. Aikman quotes a Chinese academic speaking to a group from the USA visiting China:

One of the things we were asked to look into was what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world…We studied everything we could from the historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective. At first, we thought it was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this.

The Chinese don’t doubt the source of our cultural heritage. Sadly, American liberals do.

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The National Day of Prayer was Thursday, May 4th. George Bush spoke.

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Ed Atsinger

Salem President

and CEOSalem Communications Corporation, NASDAQ SALM,

… is the leading provider of radio programming, online resources and magazines targeted to the Christian and family themes audience. …Salem Communications currently owns and operates 95 radio stations nation-wide, with 60 stations located in the top 25 most populated U.S. markets. …Religious formats constitute the third largest radio format in the United States. Currently, over 2,000 radio stations are identified as having primarily a religious format. Approximately 52% of Americans been identified as listeners to religious formatted radio.

Read more on Salem’s Editorial Board: Hugh Hewitt, Terry Eastland, Janet Parshall, Albert Mohler, Jr., Michael Medved, Phillip Johnson and David Aikman.

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Hollywood Military Movies: Ryan vs Jarhead

May 4, 2006 | By | One Comment

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The Saving of Private Ryan Movies about the American Soldier in this generation always regress to anti-war screeds.

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Jarhead

the movie Charmaine and I rented Jarhead the other night. Slow moving movie. She mumbled, “Boring. I thought liberals could make movies…” then dozed off. Mercifully.

Jarhead missed the mark. Off target. Unless you wanted to bone up on Marine mast*rb*tion. Combat Jacks. Hollywood style.

Saving Private Ryan was only marginally better. Following is a review by Your Business Blogger originally published by the Scripps Howard News Service

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 more at the jump.

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Dog tags with P38

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Originally published by

the Scripps Howard News ServiceAlso titled The Salvation of Private Ryan by The Virginian Pilot.

Rule of Reason has more at the capitalist movie critic.

BlogCritic has an excellent review of Jarhead.

Mudville has Open Post.

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A Marine vs Morgan Fairchild

May 3, 2006 | By | No Comments

Charmaine has proof that men think differently than women. Or that Your Business Blogger is different. And a story on how an old teacher can make a old soldier do strange things. A cross post from Reasoned Audacity:

Jack has a hilarious post up entitled “Walking the Red Carpet in 7 Easy Steps.” I love the part where he points out the two tennis poles growing out of his and Chris Buckley’s heads. . .

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Morgan Fairchild

My favorite story from the event comes from one of the pre-dinner parties. At one point I was standing next to a beautiful woman who turned, put out her hand and said, “Hi, I’m Morgan Fairchild.” Very friendly. I think I’m going to have to forgive her for being a Democrat.

We started to chat when I felt Jack pulling my elbow. “Come on. Quick,” he whispered.

I wondered what could possibly be pulling us away from chatting with. . .Morgan Fairchild. But ever the dutiful wife, I hurried away with him. . .

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Lt. Gen. Bernard Trainor

“Hurry,” Jack says, a star-struck sound in his voice: “We’ve got to meet Bernie Trainor.”

Kid. You. Not.

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Charmaine really thought this was funny. And certainly odd. But she understands the military mind…

Here is the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say. I had a Marine instructor at The Armor School, back in the days of the horse cavalry, whose name was Trainor. A mere Captain at the time who always won all the teaching awards. For good reason: I can still detail the functions of a coincidence range finder. I wanted to learn if the two Trainor’s were related or even the same man. They weren’t.

So I passed up Morgan for a Marine. A good teacher can have this kind of effect. Crazy devotion.

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Pin-Up Grrrls at The Chronicle of Higher Education

May 1, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

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Pin-up Grrrs

Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture The Grey Lady of the Academy isn’t gray but does have ladies.

Or at least girls. I mean, grrrls. New, creative writing. So hip! So groovey! Valley Girl spelling for the dirty old male professors. Tired of Playboy and Hustler. Moving up to cultural raunch.

But there is more to the pictures than mere prurient interest. There’s a book. By an academic. A Bitch, Ph.D. wannabe, Maria Elena Buszek. Her scholarly book has 464 pages. (Whatever.) And 103 photographs. (Now you’re talking.) Including 9 pictures, NINE! IN COLOR!! (Hot D*M!)

The book is described as a,

brilliantly vibrant debut book, [where] Maria Elena Buszek gives a lucid, rich, and thorough account of … history in which women employ the power of erotic imagery to celebrate themselves.

So. Patriots celebrate the 4th of July. Catholics celebrate Mass. Feminists celebrate… themselves.

Truth from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Your tuition dollars at work.

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