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Americans United for Life Quoted in Washington Times

February 23, 2009 | By | One Comment

Alert Readers have noted that Charmaine did not make a number of points about the Octo-mom on Huckabee.

The segment was edited down for time. But Charmaine at AUL and some media outlets are reporting about the need for regulation of fertility clinics and Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART).

Cheryl Wetzstein writes

WETZSTEIN: Fertility industry in need of rules in the Washington Times,

Lawmakers in a hurry might want to consider model ART legislation from the pro-life Americans United for Life (AUL).

The bill recommends limiting the transfer of embryos to two at a time and encourages using frozen embryos before creating new ones, AUL official Mailee Smith said. It also would require comprehensive informed consent, so women can understand the range of health risks associated with multiple births, she said.

Charmaine was scheduled to appear on Larry King Live to continue the fertility debate, but was canceled.

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Thank you (foot)notes,

See more of AUL‘s incremental abortion strategy in, MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH New trend: Ultrasounds before abortion 12 states may require doctors to offer image of baby prior to terminating life, By Chelsea Schilling, © 2009 WorldNetDaily. For example, in,

Missouri: Physicians and other “professionals” performing abortions must provide information about free ultrasound services, allow the woman access to an ultrasound and provide her with a chance to listen to the heartbeat of her unborn baby.

Currently, a patient must be informed of risks of abortions 24 hours before terminating her pregnancy. Doctors must have written parental consent or a court order to perform abortions on minors.

According to Americans United for Life, the state’s General Assembly “has found that the life of each human being begins at conception.” The state prohibits partial-birth abortion throughout pregnancy.

Most fertility clinics break the rules.

Getting Business Done: A Code for Virginians

December 12, 2008 | By | No Comments

seal_of_virginia.png The Commonwealth of Virginia is a terrific state to do business.

Alert Readers and my students well know the bias of Your Business Blogger(R) has toward Virginia — a talented labor pool, low taxes, and a right to work state (re: employees don’t have to join a union).

Virginia has had a business friendly culture since the county’s founding. A few decades ago the beliefs were memorialized.

Sic Semper Tryannis

Thus Always to Tyrants

A Code for Virginians

Developed by a special committee of the Virginian State Chamber of Commerce and adopted by the membership in annual session at Roanoke on April 9, 1942

Preamble

Virginia was the scene of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. In its colonial legislative halls the fundamental principles of a new democracy were developed. Here the pattern of a government for a free people was evolved.

Patrick Henry sounded the keynote of the Revolutionary War. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Deceleration of Independence. George Washington led the army that made the formation of the United States a possibility. James Madison fathered the Constitution. George Mason’s Virginia Bill of Rights. Here in Virginia was launched the struggle for freedom that gave birth to a new government conceived and fostered by the sons of its soil.

It is fitting, then, that we who enjoy and seek to preserve the benefits that our forefathers provided for us, should reaffirm our faith in the principles upon which this nation was founded. We should pledge our support and dedicate ourselves, our institutions, our organizations, and our individual businesses to the principles whose adoption has brought our nation and our people to be the exemplars and leaders of the civilized world.

Since a system of free enterprise is not based upon any fundamental human right, the obligation rests upon our conduct of business that under this system the public welfare is best served.

To Virginians and Virginia institutions has come the opportunity to raise anew the battle cry of freedom, to crystallize into fulfilling action the tenets that have made of this a promised land. They who gave to us this priceless heritage will not sleep if we who now enjoy it let it slip from our grasp.

[Free enterprise may not be based on an enumerated right, but capitalism is Biblically based. The Commandment Thou shall not steal is a protection for private property and that property can only change hands — legally — with a willing buyer and seller.]

That we may express our faith in and pledge our support of our system of private enterprise the following code has been adopted by the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce to be displayed by all its members and proclaimed to the people pf this state and nation.

1. Business in all its forms, in all its activities, must command the respect, confidence, and support of the public and its own personnel. to this end it must keep its own house in order. only through the adoption and self-enforcement of ethical standards of conduct can business justify the right to freedom of action. By this means business can minimize the need of governmental regulation.

[Any human behavior needs to be protected from evil. Many cultures use government. We are blessed with self-government with self-regulation...enforced not with brute government, but with 'intermediating institutions' -- associations between citizens and government.]

2. The privilege of doing business in Virginia is freely acquired. It is a license to serve which imposes obligations upon business to deal fairly, openly, and honestly with the public, the employee, the investor, and the government.

[Virginia has low taxes and low barriers to entry to open a business.]

3. Laws regarding business should be based on the principle of guaranteeing freedom of action to all. They should prevent the abuse of power. Fulfillment of the statutes in spirit as well as in letter in an obligation of business.

[President Jefferson said that the purpose of government is to restrain evil -- not to do good.]

4. The freedom enjoyed by individuals in a democracy imposes commensurate obligations, applying equally to those engaged in business, professional, and governmental activity. All business enterprises, enjoying rights guaranteed to persons, must recognize the same obligation as are required of the individual.

5. The foundations of our established form of government rest upon the preservation of the fundamental, inalienable rights of the individual expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of the United States of America. These rights can best be preserved under a system of free enterprise.

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Planned Parenthood Rape Cover-up: Is a Sting Operation Ethical?

December 6, 2008 | By | 2 Comments

Planned Parenthood has covered up another rape. Or did they?


Indiana Planned Parenthood Covers Up Sexual Abuse of 13-year Old

Planned Parenthood

Rape cover upLifeNews reports,

Lila Rose, a UCLA student journalist and president of right-to-life advocacy group Live Action, posing as a 13-year-old seeking abortion. In an appointment with a Planned Parenthood nurse, Rose says she has been impregnated by a 31-year-old man, a clear case of child molestation punishable as a felony under Indiana state law.

On tape, the nurse acknowledges her responsibility to report the abuse, but assures Rose she will not. The nurse says, “I am supposed to report to Child Protective Services,” but tells Rose, “Okay, I didn’t hear the age [of the 31-year-old]. I don’t want to know the age.”

She then instructs Rose how to obtain a secret abortion by crossing state lines to avoid Indiana’s parental consent law.

The nurse also coaches Rose to cover for the 31-year-old man by saying he is only 14. She says, “You’ve seen him around, you know he’s 14, he’s in your grade and whatever. You know what I mean.”

The diminutive and talented Lila Rose can act like and pass for a 13 year-old and appeared on Hannity and Colmes Friday December 5th.

The liberal Alan Colmes went after Lila for misleading Planned Parenthood and “filing a false report” and taking up “valuable staff time” for a problem that did not exist.

Did Lila Rose cross an ethical line in a sting operation on Planned Parenthood?

No.

Your Business Blogger(R) teaches business ethics at the local college. The bright line in ethics is Quo Bono? Who Benefits?

Is there unjust enrichment?

Lila did not enrich herself by exposing a malicious, felonious intent of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.

Even though posed Lila as a 13 year-old, is this action actionable? Is it a lie?

I would submit that Lila’s act was a misdirection that all businesses should welcome and use.

Decades ago Your Business Blogger(R) worked as a sales rep for a manufacturer producing a private label product for a national retailer. It was a part of my job description to regularly “shop” my client to test their salesman’s product knowledge, sales techniques, in store displays and product availability.

I reported my findings to the store manager and my boss.

I did indeed take up “valuable staff time” as Colmes would charge in a sting operation. Managers would recognize this exercise as the ‘control’ part of managing. To learn what the store is doing right.

Or, in the case of Planned Parenthood, what the business is doing wrong.

Planned Parenthood should thank Lila Rose for acting as a “mystery shopper” providing valuable feedback on the conduct of the Planned Parenthood abortion operations.


Join Fight FOCA

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Planned Parenthood does not have the integrity to process the 360 millions of our tax dollars. Planned Parenthood should be defunded.

And Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards (with her million dollar salary), and the so called ‘Freedom of Choice Act’ FOCA should be stopped. Join FightFOCA.com

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just”-Thomas Jefferson. See Values Voter.

Charles Lewis, at National Post has Obama bill could fan flames of abortion debate.

Bio Medicine has Americans United for Life Urges State Legislatures to Oppose Federal Power Grab: Provides Model Resolution Denouncing Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)

‘Freedom of Choice’ Act Promotes Extreme Abortion Agenda

CNS News, Faith-Based Hospitals Could Close If Obama Signs Freedom of Choice Act

Gilmore/McCain vs Warner/Obama — Using a Computer

October 27, 2008 | By | 4 Comments

After I hit the send button a friend alerted me that I had just made the biggest blunder of my career.

yoest_gilmore.jpgAbout a decade ago Your Business Blogger(R) was helping a good friend and fellow board member of the Family Foundation in Virginia, Ruble Hord, make a run for the House of Delegates.

The Yoests and Jim Gilmore

I emailed an invitation to an event to 200 of our closest friends to help raise funds for his effort for conservative values in central Virginia.

But I made a mistake. A whopper. I embarrassed my boss, hurt the candidate, and got a sarcastic write up by Tyler Whitley in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

(My complete humiliation was averted in that the RTD didn’t run a picture, as they would with most Republican criminals…)

My mistake?

I used the wrong computer. A government computer, owned by the tax payers of The Commonwealth.

I goofed. I forgot where I was, working day and night, non-stop, intense pressure, new on the job, etc and etc and whining etc

The Governor through his chief of staff wrote me a scathing letter of reprimand that left burn scars to this day (seen and unseen). His deputy hand delivered the letter and carried out the, um, verbal corrective interview.

Even though said deputy and I are friends today — it was not a pretty sight back then.

All this happened in a few hours. Tyler Whitley published his article the next day.

The only thing that kept me from being terminated (serving at The Pleasure of the Governor) was my instant remorse to the CEO’s quick action.

Such an “oversight” eg stoopidity, on my part did not need to be evaded or minimized. I was wrong. I violated the public trust.

And the boss made sure that I knew it.

Fortunately, it was only a one day story, but it felt much, much worse.

The Governor who issued the stern, public and immediate reprimand was James Gilmore.

Now running for Senator in Virginia.

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This is the difference between the liberal/socialists Obama/Warner and the conservative/capitalists McCain/Gilmore.

When Gilmore saw one of his people using government property to advance a political agenda he did not cover up, did not stonewall, did not deflect. He did the right thing, even if it meant a public flogging of a brilliant staffer political appointee.

Note what the liberal/socialist’s team of the Obama/Warner ticket does when government property is used to malign “Joe the Plumber.”

Nothing.

Nothing.

There will be no investigation, no checking the facts, no public apology. No media spotlight either, but that’s outside the scope of this post.

A Gilmore conservative staffer used a government computer and was publicly displayed in the light.

A Warner/Obama liberal staffer used a government computer and is quietly hidden in the dark.

Vote for Jim Gilmore for honest, open government. He lives out public service transparency.

I’m proof.

MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine with Glenn Beck on CNN Headline News: More Cohabitation?

June 9, 2008 | By | 2 Comments

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Charmaine giving a lecture

at Princeton Nothing good comes out of a “shack job” as Dr. Laura often says.

Charmaine will be on Glenn Beck tonight to debate recent trends in co-habitation.

See

More view cohabitation as acceptable choice, By Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY

An analysis of cohabitation, marriage and divorce data from 13 countries, including the USA, shows that living together has become so mainstream that growing numbers of Americans view it as an alternative to marriage.

The National Marriage Project study of a sampling of Western European and Scandinavian nations, Australia, Canada and New Zealand found that cohabitation elsewhere is far more common and indeed viewed as an option to matrimony.

The study found that anywhere from 15% to 30% of all couples identified themselves as living together, compared with about 10% right now in the USA.

The guys get the sex, the girls get the heart-break, the kids get Prozac and few couples stay together for long.

“Just like marriage,” some would say. “After all, half of all marriages fail.”

Wrong.

This is my favorite wrong statistic. Half of all marriages do not fail.

The 50% failure rate goes like this: In any one year there are about 2 million marriages and about 1 million divorces.

So: half of all marriages fail, right?

Nope.

The caveat needed to be emphasized is: “In any one year.”

To get the numbers right, the stats should evaluate couples ever married. Not those marriages/divorces in a single year. One person can have multiple, multiple marriages.

This is the media run a-muck attempting to screw-up the culture.

For example, only marriages are counted, not the people in them. Charmaine and I have one marriage, Elizabeth Taylor has eight of them and she finally gave up, I think. Her last relationship with a Jason Winters was merely a shack job. Hollywood.

Not good for the couple. Not good for any children. Sharon Jayson continues,

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Glenn Beck on CNN

The National Marriage Project report also cites findings from earlier studies showing that children of cohabiting couples are more likely to experience emotional problems, alcoholism and drug abuse.

But Raley says the research leaves unanswered questions.

“Many cohabiting couples use cohabitation to weather economic uncertainty or uncertainty about a relationship,” she says. “We can’t tell if the negative outcome for the child is due to the cohabitation or to the economic uncertainty or maybe the relationship uncertainty. That’s a limitation of the data.”

Guys: go get married. Make an honest woman out of her. For the children. For your health.

Hit time is 7 and 9 pm on CNN’s Headline News. Email and let us know what you think.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

The Baptists get it right, of course: More view cohabitation as acceptable choice.

See the Legal Theory Blog with Leckey on Cohabitation. Read how a professor can use the higher educational word “discursive” not once, not twice, but three — THREE times in a single paragraph. “Diachronic” is used but once (in that same paragraph.) No network is going to ask that Ph.D. to debate on air, thank goodness…

Charmaine makes it look easy.

Your Business Blogger(R) also blogs at Management Training of DC, LLC.

Mark D. Siljander Is My Friend

March 27, 2008 | By | One Comment

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Mark Siljander and

Your Business Blogger(R) And I’m not alone.

“You know about that cliche: Want a friend in Washington, DC, get a dog?” Mark asks me.

“Yep, Truman, I think…”

“Not true,” says Mark, laughing.

“Johnson?”

“No, no, the cliche is wrong.” He’s upbeat. A former public servant, currently indicted, unworried, unhurried.

Another congressman, Asa Hutchinson emailed us, “I consider myself an informal advisor and friend” of Siljander.

He still has friends. In this town! Alert the media…

Well, maybe not that.

Mark has been unjustly targeted and will be cleared. But this is when — with most indicted congressmen — friends who were actually “friends” and don’t recall knowing le accuséd.

This is a case study on having friends. (Mark does have the added benefit of being innocent…)

“No one has left me,” says Mark. “Except the media, thank goodness.”

The helicopters, the satellite dishes, the circus have stopped blocking his drive way.

His friends stayed with Mark. Clients, however, have become a bit skittish. It is business, you see.

So his business has stopped, the bills have not. And the kids refuse to stop eating.

So what has caused all the ruckus? The government is confused over the source of funding for Mark’s research. (Yes, yes, confused government is redundant.) Alert Readers can read the product of the work.

Get Mark’s new book is A Deadly Misunderstanding, published by HarperCollins.

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