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MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine on CNN’s Headline News Public School Provides Pill at Puberty

October 16, 2007 | By | No Comments

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Schools want to separate children

from all parental supervision and control.

And to help those children demonstrating

risky behaviors. A child’s affinity for victory

and military hardware would be suspect… A publicly funded middle school in Maine will be providing the contraceptive pill to pre-teens.

Staff Writer Kelley Bouchard, at the Blethen Maine Newspapers, reports

“The proposal would build on the King Student Health Center’s

practice of providing condoms as part of its reproductive health

program since it opened in 2000, said Lisa Belanger, a nurse

practitioner who oversees the city’s student health centers.

If the committee approves the King proposal, it would be the

first middle school in Maine to make a full range of

contraception available to some students in grades 6 to 8, said

Nancy Birkhimer, director of teen health programs for the Maine

Department of Health and Human Services. Most middle

schoolers are ages 11-13″

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Charmaine will be debating a representative from SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, on the wisdom of having a doctor prescribe pills and administer services without direct parental knowledge.

Bouchard continues,

“Of 134 students who visited King’s health center during the

2006-07 school year, five students, or 4 percent, reported

having sexual intercourse, said Amanda Rowe, lead nurse in

Portland’s school health centers.

“This is a service that is totally needed,” Rowe said. “It’s about

very few kids, but they are kids who don’t have the same

opportunities and access as other students.”

The percentage of middle school students in Maine who

reported having sexual intercourse dropped from 23 percent in

1997 to 13 percent in 2005, according to the Maine Youth Risk

Behavior Survey.”

Charmaine will be on the side of the angels, as always. SIECUS, will be on, …well, the other side.

School bureaucrats have a clever way to get around parental notification, as the Blethen Maine Newspapers tell us,

“Contraception would be prescribed after a physical examination

by a physician or nurse practitioner, Belanger said.

Types of prescription birth control available through the health

centers include contraceptive pills, patches or injections, as well

as the morning-after pill. Diaphragms and IUDs are not usually

prescribed, she said.

Belanger said health center workers encourage students to tell

their parents about their health center experiences, but by law

they cannot compel students to do so or inform parents without

the student’s consent.”

Interview Scheduled for: 5pm ET hit-time

Topic: Birth Control for Middle Schoolers

NOTE: Live segment regarding Portland, ME school district giving contraceptives to middle schoolers.

A Maine middle school has decided that 11 year-olds should probably go on the pill.

Prescribe ‘the pill’ at middle school?

Student health officials say a broad contraceptive program is ‘totally needed.’

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Thank you (foot)notes:

SEICUS has helpful links such as National Transgender Advocacy Coalition and Renaissance Transgender Association, Inc.

Mission: to provide the best in comprehensive education and caring support to transgendered individuals and those close to them.

There is nothing in the proposal that would prohibit sex-change operations. They will certainly be available under Hillary Clinton.

After she surrenders to the jihadists.

Media Alert: Charmaine with Alan Colmes — another teacher undressed and Indoctrinate U

October 8, 2007 | By | 5 Comments

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Our Education. Their PoliticsYour Business Blogger and Charmaine recently attended a premier screening of the documentary Indoctrinate U at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The movie was part of the American Film Renaissance Festival.

The film is an explosive discourse on the absence of free speech and radical censorship on our nation’s college campuses.

It is a must see.

The movie is the brainchild of Evan Coyne Maloney. We caught up with Maloney at an after-movie bash at the Watergate. Maloney, who is a libertarian, tells us how got started on this issue, “When I was in college my opinion [news] paper was stolen and thrown out — I got death threats for opinions. Schools teach tolerance and diversity, but there is no tolerance of different ideas.”

But the educational nonsense does not begin in college. We see it nearly every day, now down to the elementary level.

Charmaine will be on the Alan Colmes radio show tonight to discuss a teacher who has quite a bit to show and tell.

Melinda England is a 28 year-old elementary school teacher who has, well, suggestive pictures on her MySpace. Alan Colmes thinks it is just peachy to let the wee ones have a peek-a-boo. Charmaine thinks some decorum might be in order. For the children at least.

Check local listings. Hit time is 10:15pm EST

See a lot of Melinda England here. Caution, not safe for work. Not safe for your kids.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

For more education naked nonsense see Higher Education: Exposed. Safe for work. This is art. I think.

Full Dislosure: Your Business Blogger is an Adjunct Professor of Management at the Northern Virginia Community College.

Gary Bauer on Liberal Democrat Treatment of Gates and Pace

September 27, 2007 | By | One Comment

Gary Bauer has an excellent analysis of how liberal Democrats behave in power. Their disrespectful behavior would not improve if another Clinton were in the White House.

Charmaine has given congressional testimony and Your Business Blogger has attended a number of congressional hearings. Hearings are usually conducted with decorum and respect and dignity. The high ceiling-ed hearing rooms are treated as sanctuaries; like churches. And people are mindful of being considerate and deferential.

But not these days.

Bauer, as usual, gets it right on yesterday’s hearings — and his message deserves a wide audience.

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

I spent most of the day on Capitol Hill yesterday, meeting with members of Congress and discussing important issues. The terrain is familiar to me, though it can be hostile at times. I have worked in this town for three decades, served eight years in the Reagan administration and have been through some tough hearings myself.

But yesterday something happened that I have never seen before, and even the Washington Post felt compelled to report the “theatrics” on page A2 today, noting, “the lid came off” of the liberals’ anger during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing.

Simply put, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Peter Pace were ambushed by radical activists and liberal Democrats on the committee. Senator Robert Byrd, chairman of the committee and the top recipient of campaign cash from MoveOn.org, whipped the audience into a frenzy. Here is an excerpt from the Washington Post:

“He [Byrd] invited the audience in the room to join him in heckling the witnesses [Secretary Gates and General Pace], creating a responsive Greek chorus.

“Byrd: Are we really seeking progress toward a stable, secure Iraq?

“Chorus: No!

“Byrd: Is our continuing occupation encouraging the Iraqi people to step up?

“Chorus: No!

“Byrd: Are Iraq’s leaders doing the hard work necessary?

“Chorus: No!

“Emboldened, two dozen hecklers in the audience from the antiwar group Code Pink continued to shout at the witnesses and wave signs for the better part of an hour. Finally, after Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) challenged Pace on his view that homosexuality is immoral, the hearing collapsed as the hecklers shouted down the nation’s top military officer.

“…When the proceedings resumed, minus two dozen pink-clad demonstrators, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) felt the need to ‘go on record with how disturbed I am about the conduct that occurred here. Such tension, such chaos, such disrespect.’”

What is described here is a mob scene in which top officials charged with the defense of our country were verbally harassed and insulted by arrogant politicians and a cadre of loud-mouthed radicals. Secretary Gates and General Pace were not there to offer testimony about the war. They were intentionally set up and they walked into a trap.

That kind of petty partisan behavior is disgraceful and unbecoming of the United States Senate. While I appreciate Senator Mikulski for speaking up, it’s no wonder that Congress’ approval rating has fallen to record lows lately.

By the way, when Senator Harkin decided to bring up the issue of open homosexuality in the military, General Pace reminded the senator that the U.S. Military Code of Justice prohibits homosexual activity — and adultery. To which Sen. Harkin retorted, “Well, then, maybe we should change that.”

Wow! I wonder what the good folks back in Iowa think of that idea. I hope they will keep it in mind next year when Harkin runs for reelection.

Global Warming = Higher Taxes

Liberals in the House of Representatives are putting the finishing touches

on a plan to combat global warming, and, of course, it involves higher

taxes. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce

Committee is being very blunt about the facts of the plan, saying, “I’m

trying to have everybody understand that this is going to cost and that

it’s going to have a measure of pain that you’re not going to like.”

In making his call for “shared pain,” Dingell is proposing – and you might

want to sit down for this – to hike gasoline taxes 50 cents a gallon;

phasing out the interest tax deduction for home mortgages; and a new tax on

carbon emissions of $50 per ton, which would increase the cost of

electricity, winter heating fuel, etc., etc.

I’ve been saying for some time now that this debate was headed in precisely

this direction. Regardless of the science or the value of being good

stewards of the environment, liberal Democrats are turning the policy

debate on its head and using it as a tool to accomplish their agenda of

bigger government, higher taxes and more control over your life.

Democrats Debate Values; Go Off The Deep End

An interesting question was posed to the Democrat candidates during last

night’s debate in New Hampshire. A member of the audience told the

candidates about a situation that occurred last year in Lexington,

Massachusetts, in which second grade students were read a “fairly tale”

about prince who could not find true love until he met another prince. The

book is called “King and King” and it is being used to indoctrinate young

children about same-sex “marriage.”

This concerned citizen asked each of the Democrat candidates, “Would you be

comfortable having this story read to your children as part of their school

curriculum?” Their responses were revealing.

Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards responded, “Yes, absolutely. I

want my children to understand everything about the difficulties that gay

and lesbian couples are faced with every day, the discrimination that

they’re faced with every single day of their lives.”

Barack Obama essentially agreed with Edwards, noting that children need to

understand that some people are different. Then it was Hillary’s turn.

“I really respect what both John and Barack said. With respect to your

individual children, that is such a matter of parental discretion,” Clinton

said.

Well, actually, it’s not. When the father of a child in the Lexington

class objected to what his son was being exposed to, he was told that

homosexual “marriage” was legal in Massachusetts. When he continued to

protest the school’s blatant disregard for parental rights, he was

arrested. Parents later sued the school district and a judge dismissed

their suit. So much for “parental discretion.”

I’m pleased to report that several Republican presidential candidates today

are noting just how extreme and out of touch the Democrats have become on

values issues. Earlier this year, the Democrats participated in the first-

ever “gay debate,” demonstrating the influence the militant homosexual

movement wields within the party of Clinton and Kennedy.

My friends, today’s news – liberal Democrats haranguing our military

leaders; trying to raise taxes through the roof; and forcing homosexuality

on our children – once again illustrates the stakes involved in the 2008

elections. I’ll be reporting even more in the days ahead. I hope you are

ready, and I hope you will support us!

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Thank you (foot)notes:

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Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger and Charmaine have worked for Gary Bauer in different capacities over the decades.

Our Brush With Larry Craig

September 1, 2007 | By | No Comments

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The Cowboy Poet and Larry Craig

Charmaine had just finished her book, Mother in the Middle: Searching for Peace in the Mommy Wars, so we put The (little) Dreamer in the car and went book-flogging across America.

Our travels took us to Boise, Idaho, in the flyover country of conservative book buyers. The local Family Policy Council invited us to their fund-raiser and Charmaine spoke behind headliner and popular Senator from Idaho, Larry Craig.

She wrote about the experience for Policy Review, formerly owned by The Heritage Foundation, and now under The Hoover Institute masthead. She begins,

Rudy Gonzalez, a “cowboy poet” with a handlebar mustache and a home-on-the-range accent, strummed his guitar, then launched into a joke. The crowd relaxed into laughter as he regaled them with tall tales and folk wisdom.

Reading Charmaine’s old article now seems like anything but a trailer for Brokeback Mountain.

This is the Idaho Family Forum’s annual summer fundraiser, the Spud Bake, where this group of moms and dads marks the end of summer by eating baked potatoes. Lots of them. Followed by spud-shaped ice cream.

But cowboy poetry soon gave way to public policy. U.S. Senator Larry Craig rose to address the group, and the question-and-answer session that followed was brisk and well informed. The Idaho Family Forum (IFF) and its supporters are dedicated to changing cultural trends that are undermining the stability of families — from no-fault divorce to teen pregnancy to chronic welfare dependency.

Larry Craig’s talk was red meat to this Red State.

His remarks were sincere, but looking back was he being, as we now say, authentic?

Or does Craig’s resignation announcement today indicate something more. That his “wide stance” — a sort of big tent across men’s room stalls for anonymous homosexual sex — now means that one cannot be homosexual and conservative?

(Many of our Log Cabin Republican homosexual friends vote pro-life. Believing that if science ever finds that “gay gene” that mothers will root out gays in the womb and abort to eliminate this “orientation” from that family blood-line.)

Nope. Larry Craig was cheating on his wife.

Once in the Army, Your Business Blogger had a battalion commander, a Lieutenant Colonel Paul Funk, who gave poor marks to a Major who had a weakness for women; his wife not included. We young lieutenants were a bit perplexed: this Major, a Vietnam Vet was being penalized for personal behavior that had nothing to do with his job. How judgmental! How intolerant!

The word got around, as information does in any organization, that LTC Funk did not consider any lines between the personal and the public and the private.

He said, “If a man cannot be loyal to his wife, how do I know he’ll be loyal to me?”

The same if true of politicians. Maybe even more so. If a Congressman or Senator cheats on his wife, it is a matter of when, not if, he will cheat his constituents.

Larry Craig took the correct action by leaving the Senate.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

LTC Funk continued with his medieval sense of duty and chivalry and honor. He was rewarded, and advanced to become a Lieutenant General and hero of the First Gulf war. I understand he retired quietly back to his hometown of Roundup, Montana. I’ve been blessed with a number of talented bosses and he was one of the best.

Read Charmaine’s original article Family Policy Councils: The Real Grass Roots Needed for the Next Conservative President

Editor’s Choice: Must Reads

August 3, 2007 | By | No Comments

Worthwhile Reads:

If this is our new guide, we’re lost by Gina Dalfonzo with excellent commentary on Dr. Drew Pinsky.

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Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt Learn about FUD: fear, uncertainty and doubt, at Why Sell Is Still a Four Letter Word by Charles H. Green — brought to us at no charge by Carnival of Sales & Management Success, hosted by Brad Trnavsky

Leading by Example in a World of Copy Cats By Michelle Cramer via Carnival of Leadership Development hosted by The Engaging Brand blog with Anna Farmery, Business Coach and Speaker

And be sure to visit the Carnival of Image & Influence | Vol. 2 hosted by Steve Silvers. He graciously points to my article What is the best tactic to get a referral?

But Steve minimized the best referral in one of the better posts lately — which would be his. See references to Steve Silvers’ quotes in Forbes and from an article in the Associated Press, 2 Wal-Mart Critics Leave Group, By MARCUS KABEL,

Corporate reputation expert Steven Silvers said the move may signal that the union campaigns are reaching an end, with little new ground to cover after criticizing Wal-Mart for two years.

“At some point an activist group has to ask itself if it’s preaching to the choir,” said Silvers, from the Denver-based consulting company GBSM Inc.

“What they’re doing is going from rhetoric to relevance,” Silvers said. He said Blank and Kofinis can have more impact on Wal-Mart from the national platform of the presidential race.

Steve would be a blogger with reach.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

STEVEN SILVERS is a Principal at GBSM, Inc., 600 17th Street, Suite 2020 South in Denver, CO 80202. Go visit www.gbsm.com

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MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine Quoted in The Washington Post on Teen Sex

July 23, 2007 | By | No Comments

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Charmaine at Princeton University

April, 2007

Photo by Wes Shim Charmaine is quoted in Teen Sex Rates Stop Falling, Data Show, By Rob Stein, a Washington Post Staff Writer on Sunday, July 22, 2007; Page A01. Stein begins,

“The long decline in sexual activity among U.S. teenagers, hailed as one of the nation’s most important social and public health successes, appears to have stalled.


After decreasing steadily and significantly for more than a decade, the percentage of teenagers having intercourse began to plateau in 2001 and has failed to budge since then, despite the intensified focus in recent years on encouraging sexual abstinence, according to new analyses of data from a large federal survey.”

Charmaine’s quote is not on A-1 at the beginning of the story, but on the continuation deep in A-16 something. But Stein did quote her accurately, and yes, fairly,

“Teenagers today live in an MTV-driven culture and are bombarded by sexual messages that say it is normative for them to get involved sexually,” said Charmaine Yoest of the Family Research Council. “We need a message that sexual experimentation as a teenager is unhealthy.”

The number one reason that teens have sex is not the need for intimacy, or the fun, or the good time, or the passion.

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Tobacco Free Kids It’s peer pressure.

The belief that every one is doing it.

And not everyone is. Just like smoking.

Proper parental supervision is more healthy than the teen’s peers.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Abstinence programs should be encouraged in the same manner as teen smoking campaigns. See Tobacco Free Kids. For more information on Teens and smoking, please contact our good friend, Danny McGoldrick, Vice President, Research at TobaccoFreeKids.

See more on the marketing — watch for negatives: The Marketing Bimbos.

The Dreamer Goes To Peru…Without Her Mao Bag.

July 21, 2007 | By | 6 Comments

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Boo, The Diva and The Dancer

with Your Business Blogger’s

Mao Man Bag (for diapers) I asked the woman why she wanted to work for us.

“The Terrorists are trying to kill me.”

I knew this was not to be an ordinary job interview.

Charmaine and I were hiring a housekeeper in the early 90′s, and Mrs. C was referred to us, because she was well qualified. She used to own a day-care business.

In Peru.

And her husband was a manager for a manufacturer for a US based company. The rebel communists, the Sendero Luminoso — or Shining Path — had picked up the local company organization chart and began picking off the managers in quick order.

A well executed plan.

Like a good org chart shaped like a pyramid, the terrorists started at the bottom and were working their way up the corporate ladder fast.

The hierarchy of the career path was easy to follow for the Shining Path. The communists are nothing if not consistent. Just as they were in Stalin’s day, the communist’s were executing the managers, killing their way up the org chart.

Mr. C thoughtfully decided to leave the company, wanting to spend more time with the family…in another country.

So Mrs. C packed up her two girls and hubby and moved to America and was given earned asylum. I admired her resilience. Her ingenuity. Her gumption.

Her green card.

Filled with compassion, as is my nature, I hired her and her valid status.

We learned a bit about Peru and the kind of terrorism that kills immediately and immediate family. The terrorists, with the accent on the last syllable. We learned that the people of Peru loved freedom, hated communism.

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Cameron Diaz

with Mao bag in PeruSo we were surprised that the well-briefed commie babe Cameron Diaz would go to Machu Picchu, Peru with her trendy, yet practical, Mao Bag with bold Red Star and well-placed slogan Serve the People in the ever- popular military drab olive green.

Peruvians did not appreciate her “style.”

The nation of Peru is still healing from the almost 70,000 murdered by the Shining Path. Not quite the head count of Stalin or Mao, but still a not-too-shabby benchmark in the Commie Accounting.

Cameron Diaz did apologize for her thoughtlessness.

But it is not just the thoughtless commies in Hollywood who are insulting the people of Peru. Our very own (elected) commies Democrats in Congress are insulting Peru.

Democrats are insulting the government of Peru by modifying trade deals. Not content with attempting to run our lives here in the States, the Dems are micro-managing in Peru. And are screwing up a good trade deal.

But Your Business Blogger wants to assure our friends in Peru that the American People are not represented (so to say) by the Democrats in our Congress. That our government really wants free trade and free people to do business.

So we put The Dreamer, our first born, on Copa Airlines this morning out of Dulles Airport with a suitcase full of new shoes for children in Lima.

The Peruvians fought communism and are now fighting Democrats, the least we can do is support these freedom fighters.

The Dreamer, being brighter than Cameron Diaz, did not take her Mao bag to Peru. She is taking our good will and a big heart and a suitcase full of shoes.

To make a difference one child to one child.

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The Penta-Posse minus The Dreamer

at a Potomac Nationals minor league game in

Northern Virginia. We won beating the Salem Avalanche,

farm team for the Houston Astros.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

The Dreamer blogs at A Different Kind of Drama. Visit for another shot of the Mao bag.

Last year, when our church went to share Jesus with the people of Peru, they found many children arriving to Bible studies in bare feet. . . this year, our group from McLean Bible Church will arrive with over 500 pairs of shoes so that they can practice “Feet-First” evangelism.

Your Business Blogger bought the Mao bag on a trip to China. It was, I believe the only item in the entire country that was not violating American intellectual property.

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MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine on FOX on Abortion; see clip on Falwell Effect on MSNBC

May 18, 2007 | By | 11 Comments

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Charmaine on an earlier

FOX appearance Data is showing that the public is most uncomfortable with abortion.

Charmaine will be discussing the trend — as Naomi Wolf said, “The fetus beat us.

Hit time is 12:30 pm Saturday 19 May 2007 on FOX.

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The Fetus

Beat us.

The proof. Charmaine appeared with Tucker Carlson to morn the loss of a pro-life leader, Rev. Jerry Falwell.

Watch the short segment here. Please forgive the extra click to the Family Research Council.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Our friend, John Aravosis called Falwell a “hateful pig.

MEDIA APPEARANCE: Charmaine on FOX: Imus’ Future in Radio?

May 17, 2007 | By | No Comments

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Don Imus on MSNBCThe folks at FOX did a much better job at moderating the presidential debate than Chris Matthews from MSNBC and The Politico. A silly questioned missed by Chris would could have been, “Should IMUS be allowed on the airways?

A silly question. But the only silly question Chris didn’t ask.

And Charmaine is not afraid to address.

Watch the short clip and give us your take. Please forgive the extra click to the Family Research Council site.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., Vice President for Communications at Family Research Council, appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on April 13, 2007 to discuss a Don Imus radio future.

Charmaine has never appeared on Imus. She never received an invitation. I’m glad we were not tempted.

From King Jimmie, There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able…1 Corinthians 10:13

How To Handle Criticism and Run for Public Office: Mike Jingozian Hires Private Investigator on Your Business Blogger

May 10, 2007 | By | 8 Comments

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Mike Jingozian

founder of AngelVision

announces political ambitions “You will hear more about my political plans in the months ahead. For now, I wish you peace and harmony. Be well, Jingo.”

A number of Alert Readers have been following our case study of AngelVision. The founder, Mike “Jingo” Jingozian has been most unhappy with Your Business Blogger’s analysis and has hired (at least two) lawyers and a private investigator in response to the critique and the comments.

(A private investigator??!! I’m honored.)

Jingo will be running for an elected or appointed public office — but has taken some time off the campaign trail and his business to address Reasoned Audacity’s review of the unusual AngelVision management style.

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Jingozium Erratum

Your Business Blogger at

Oxford’s circular library

May 1995Over the next few weeks we will discuss the challenges of crisis management in dealing with the blogosphere.

AngelVision continues to be an outstanding case study — on a “distinctive” reaction to public criticism.

Meanwhile Jingo should consider CampaignSiteBuilder.com to help him launch his political career. (See compensated link on sidebar.)

Continue reading at the jump. Hint: Don’t hire expensive private investigators to spy on bloggers.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Be sure to visit AngelVision and take the Jingo on-line poll on what to do with Your Business Blogger. Here’s how I voted:

Number three: Don’t be a wimp! Kick some @ss! Sue the b@stard out of principle! [Expletives modified]

The vote results will surprise you.

(Charmaine voted for “ignore him.” She’s no fun.)

Here’s my advice and bumper sticker for his political world view.

UPDATE: 16 May 2007, Mike Jingozian claims that Your Business Blogger is a Washington government insider. Very flattering, but I must not be much of a political insider because I just now noticed that Jingo Jingozian is really, really running for public office. No, not town council. Not for congress. Nope. Jingo is going the Full Monty. Mike Jingozian is running for President. Goodness.

Blue state Oregon is now in play for the GOP.

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