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F-18 Hornet Trouble

June 21, 2008 | By | No Comments

dude_baby_boo_airforce_academy_yoest.pngFollowing is from a Naval Aviator. The Dude, pictured on left with Baby Boo a few years ago at the Air Force Academy, loves jets and jet noise and wants to fly.

Charmaine is not so sure.

The Air Force crashes about 75 jets in routine training accidents apart from the war zones. The Navy budgets two jet losses per carrier per deployment.

Producing a number of widows, orphans and grieving families.

Even training is dangerous.

Our cousin Will was an F-18 pilot after graduating from Harvard.

He assures us that Naval Aviation is safe.

Except when it isn’t.

Subject: Oyster Here . . I Think We Need To Rig The Barricade [ To Catch This Thing ] !

Here’s a personal story of an F-18 pilot’s . . at o’dark thirty . . with the carrier’s barrier in place. The barricade’s an impressive 20 foot high stiff net, that can be stretched across the deck to ‘ capture ‘ birds during extreme emergencies.

” Oyster, here. This note is to share with you the exciting night I had the other month. So There I was .

. . manned up with pins pulled on the hot seat for a 2030 night launch on the Hornet about 500 miles north of Hawaii. I taxied off toward the carrier’s island where I did a 180 and got spotted on Cat number 1. They lowered my launch bar into position and the take-off routine began. On the run-up, all systems appeared to be ‘ in the green.’

After waiting the requisite 5 seconds to make sure all my flight controls were OK, I turned on the exterior lights, then shifted my eyes to the catwalk to watch the deck edge dude move his head while clearing me, left and right.

With the back of my helmet, I touched the head rest for…what was coming.

The Hornet cat shot is pretty impressive. Particularly at night. As the cat fired, I clicked in both afterburners…and I am along for the ride. But just prior to the end of the stroke there’s a huge flash with a simultaneous B-O-O-M ! …

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This article has been circulating on the web. Credit to John Howland’s USNA-At-Large.

Be sure to read Your Business Blogger(R) getting bested by his pre-teen Diva. And no, this is not a case study for women in combat. Read The FireDrill: Practice Success to Avoid Failure,

Your (Army) Business Blogger[R] had no business in the cockpit. My instructor was a Vietnam vet with MigKlr license plates on his truck.

He said the F-14 was a “Man’s Plane.” He sounded sexist. He explained that the old-generation hydraulics required real strength — after a couple of hours, even the manliest studs needed two hands on the stick.

No place for girls.

Or so I thought.

But I was wrong, again.

I bring the Five-kid Penta-Posse to Oceana Naval Air Station to show them how macho military men (like their father) defeated Communism.

We get invited to some F-14 training. I climb in the simulator. No photography is permitted. And a good thing, too…

Alert Readers know that the F-14 is now retired.

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Charmaine’s Presentation to the EPC, June 18, 2008 & USS Bonefish

June 19, 2008 | By | No Comments

Two items for June 18th:

1) It is a day of remembrance in Your Business Blogger(R)’s household, and

2) Charmaine gave speech.

Charmaine’s talk was on the impact that women can have in our culture.

See her From Femme to Fatale.ppt Power point presentation.

MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine to speak at the EPC 28th Assembly


Charmaine’s talk reminded us of the eternal values. Life and Death; this side of eternity and beyond.

At a recent funeral — they seem to come faster and faster as we get older and older — we talked about burials. Cremation, well, lights our fire and speeds up that dust-to-dust transition.

Charmaine asked what we plan to do with the ashes, where on earth to put them. We talk about the extended family’s burial plots.

“Where do you want to get buried?” She asks.

“37º18′N, 137º55′E,” I say.


“The Sea of Japan,” I remind her. Women!

“What’s there?” she wonders.



June 18th is the day we remember the loss of USS Bonefish.

My father, then only a teen-ager from Jersey, left high school, went to war and was assigned to the submarine, USS Bonefish. Just before the final mission of the Bonefish, my father walked off the gangplank – transferred to another assignment. Another man took his place.

On its eighth mission, on June 18, 1945, the Bonefish was lost fighting the enemy in the Sea of Japan, with the loss of all 53 officers and men. It was the last U.S. submarine sunk in World War II…

The article was first published by a number of outlets including the Virginian-Pilot in my hometown.


MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine on CNN: Homosexual Marriage, The Video

June 19, 2008 | By | No Comments


Charmaine recently appeared on CNN with a sound bite on the recent court actions in California. The video clip is here.

Charmaine, the Vice President for Communications at FRC, appeared on CNN’s Situation Room June 16, 2008 to discuss the granting of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California.

This is not good for civilization.

The liberals with an anti-family world view are over reaching in this political season.

Charmaine above on an earlier cable appearance on homosexual “marriage.”

Save the Date: September 27, 2008; Women in Leadership

June 14, 2008 | By | No Comments

The Women in Leadership & Philanthropy program, is hosting a conference at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

You are invited.

huckabee_charmaine_december_07.jpgCharmaine will be speaking from her experience as a senior adviser to the Huckabee for President campaign.

Alert Readers will recall Charmaine also served in the Reagan Administration as a White House (unmolested) intern .

She also served in the Office of Presidential Personnel under Bob Tuttle, current Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s.

The Women in Politics panel is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, from 9:30 to10:45 a.m., at the Darden School’s Abbott Auditorium.

From UVA,

…[S]peakers on this panel: UVa. alums

Charmaine Yoest [Ph.D.] (Family Research Council, former adviser to Mike Huckabee) [confirmed]

Cheryl Mills (advisor to Hillary Clinton) [confirmed],

and Janet Napolitano (Governor of Arizona) [awaiting confirmation].

We may also ask [other] alums… The panel will be moderated by Vesla Weaver, assistant professor of politics and a UVA alum as well.

At this point, our conception of the Women in Politics panel is:

More than ever before, women – Republicans, Democrats and Independents – are making a difference in the American political arena and U.Va. alumnae are among those leading the way. Please join us for a panel discussion of the contemporary role of women in American politics.

Potential topics include the 2008 presidential election, the historic role of Senator Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and the short list of women who may be considered as vice presidential nominees in both major political parties.

For more information on the conference, please visit the conference Web site.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Tips for visiting Mr. Jefferson’s University. While at UVA, never say ‘campus.’ Say ‘grounds.’

Address Ph.D.’s not as ‘Dr.’ but as ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’ in keeping with our third president’s sense of fraternite and Voltaire and all things French. Egalite run amuck.

See Christopher Hitchens on Thomas Jefferson.

Work and Family: One Size Does Not Fit All

Your Business Blogger(R) of Management Training of DC, LLC, is an adjunct professor of management at NOVA and a licensed agent for the William Oncken Corporation.

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Crew Nationals Oakridge Tennessee, Video; Father’s Day & Al Gore

June 14, 2008 | By | No Comments

Al Gore, Jr played high school basketball. Al Gore, Sr was a Senator, a very important man in Your Nation’s Capital. Gore Sr never watched his son play. Never watched a game. Never. Dad was too busy.

But there is a highway named after Gore, Sr. And Junior got a Nobel Peace Prize.

Every dad does it different, I guess. And the kids turn out different…


The Dreamer rowing stroke:

closest rower to the coxswain Alert Readers will remember Your (insufferable) Business Blogger driving 20+ hours to watch a five minute boat race.

The Nationals competition was held in Oakridge, Tennessee, Al Gore’s home state.

Yorktown High School from Arlington, Virginia had a very respectable showing. We didn’t win, but we did watch.

It was important: We Were There.

Business consultant guru, In Search of Excellence, Tom Peters writes and lectures that for important meetings people show up. In Real Life, IRL.

If it’s big: be there. In person. Live. Not just in spirit, in the flesh.

Important events: Births, Deaths, Marriages…Kids’ competition.


The Dreamer, winner of Most Valuable Rower The Crew Team had their awards banquet and The Dreamer was recognized.

We are so proud of her. It’s a Happy Father’s Day indeed.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Yorktown Crew 2007 – 2008Alert Readers will recall that Al Gore, Jr., did not carry Tennessee when he ran for president. I would submit that his home state voters didn’t want him as president, because his dad didn’t watch him play a basketball game: His dad really didn’t care; his voters really didn’t care either.

Real men know that it is not all about them, “it’s about the children” as our liberal friends constantly remind us.

Dads must be crazy — crazy about his kids.

Al Gore, Sr. was a very smart, very accomplished man. And he wasn’t crazy.

Maybe the country would be better off if he was.

See: Teamwork & Rowing: 2008 National Scholastic Championship, Oak Ridge, TN

Your Business Blogger(R) of Management Training of DC, LLC, is a licensed agent for the William Oncken Corporation presenters of Managing Management Time(TM) fondly known as Monkey Management.

UPDATE: Yorktown Crew 2008 Spring Sports Night Awards

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

June 9, 2008 | By | 2 Comments


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.


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.”


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?


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,


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.


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.

Defending The Family 2008 & Beyond

June 5, 2008 | By | No Comments

Charmaine will be in New Hampshire tomorrow, Friday the 6th to give a talk to strengthen the conservative, pro-life movement.

See the Family Forum Flyer,

Learn how to recapture Traditional American


WHAT: A grassroots training seminar designed to educate and equip citizens to promote traditional family values in your community. Learn practical how-tos for effective communication and creating and managing your message to be persuasive in the public debate!

WHERE: Thomas More College

Merrimack, NH

Charmaine will be speaking on the power of words to frame a debate. She noticed that Your Business Blogger(R) has a line drawing of the HMS Victory over his desk; a profile of the body of the ship that Lord Nelson made famous in the sea battle at Trafalgar against the French; against Napoleon. The English won, as usual.

VICTORY. There is no ship in the Royal Navy named “Success.” And this is where President Bush gets the Global War on Terror wrong: Men don’t die in combat for “Success in Iraq.” They will sacrifice and die for “Victory.”

We don’t have “Success in Jesus.” We have Victory.

The wordsmith knows the difference. (And the Christian…)

Charmaine will also speak on Bimbos. If you are anywhere in the Northeast, go visit and sey hey to Charmaine.


Thank you (foot)notes:

“Bimbos” as we are using it, is the intellectual property of Merrie Spaeth. Another brilliant women who knows the power of words. And like Charmaine, she worked for Ronald Reagan, of course.

Spaeth reminds professionals and public speakers to always recite the positive and to never repeat the negative accusation — usually advanced by a commie reporter. Public affairs should only be handled by professionals.

When I say ‘public affairs’ I am not speaking of Bill Clinton’s weaknesses…

See Indra Nooyi: $5 Million Gets You Bimbos . . . and Boycotts. . .

Most Americans think the country is on the wrong track. Representatives like Heather Wilson may have been a part of the deterioration of the GOP branding and why citizens are dismayed: Republicans are not behaving like Conservatives. Wilson she wanted women in combat. She advanced abortion. This is not a conservative. Wilson just lost her primary race. Thank goodness.

Watch Charmaine’s debate with Heather Wilson(R) from New Mexico a few years ago on women in combat. Ignore the Army women exposing their breasts.

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

June 5, 2008 | By | No Comments

The number one reason teenage girls have sex is not the pleasure, but the peeps. Peer pressure is the largest motivator.

Charmaine reminds us of this fact and was quoted by The Washington Post in Decline in Teen Sex Levels Off, Survey Shows,

…the onslaught of movies, books, advertising and cultural messages…glamorize sex.

“The No. 1 movie that all teenage girls want to see right now is ‘Sex and the City,’ ” said Charmaine Yoest, a spokesman for the Family Research Council. “Our culture continues to tell them the way to be cool is to dress provocatively and to consider nonmarital sexual activity to be normative.”

The WP reporter Rob Stein implies that more condoms and “comprehensive sex ed” will fix all,

New data from a large government survey show that by every measure, a decade-long decline in sexual activity among high school students leveled off between 2001 and 2007, and that the rise in condom use by teens flattened out in 2003.

Moreover, the survey found disturbing hints that teen sexual activity may have begun creeping up and that condom use among high school students might be edging downward…

Condom failure rates are seldom mentioned in any reporting. In these times, a failure may result in more than a pregnancy.

See What course for schools on distributing prophylactics?

Watch Charmaine debate condoms for college kids on NBC back in 2006. The debate hasn’t changed much…


Thank you (foot)notes:

The article was picked up by newspapers across the country. The comments are encouraging.

For example, Tulsa World and DallasNews.

The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL)/Women’s Studies girls at Feministing are not happy. At all.

See Top 10 Facts on Teen Sex.

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., was named one of the Evangelical Women of the Year 2005.

Your Business Blogger(R) of Management Training of DC, LLC, is a licensed agent for the William Oncken Corporation — presenters of Managing Management Time(TM) fondly known as Monkey Management.

Virginia GOP Convention 2008

May 29, 2008 | By | No Comments


Virginia GOP Convention

2008, Richmond, VA Your Business Blogger(R) is honored to be a delegate to the Commonwealth of Virginia GOP Convention.

We will be driving down this weekend with a partial Penta-Posse to vote for the future leadership of the Commonwealth and the Nation. The Convention will be a terrific education.

I hope to get the kids into a smoke-free/smoked-filled-back-room deal-doings. Everyone loves kids.

Except the baby-killing Obama. No, no — Barack X. Obama has never performed an actual abortion.

That I know of.

He just votes for letting babies born alive … to die. Obama opposed the Born Alive Infants Act. Not even Hillary Clinton did that. Not Ted Kennedy.

Goodness, not even the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) lobbied against the Born Alive Infants Act.

Obama against

Babies born alive

Warning: explicit images

thank you Catholic Fire


Thank you (foot)notes:

Nobody hangs up when a kid callsJeff Frederick is out-polling John Hager for Republican Party of Virginia chairman on the Family Foundation Blog.

Can Pro-Choice Gilmore win? Here’s how.

See The Convention Is Almost Here.

Watch The Diva and The Dude work the phone bank in the Des Moines Presidential primary,

Dick Cheney is the headliner for the dinner on Friday nite.

Where are the strongest grass roots? It’s not with the Obamanation.

Your Business Blogger(R) of Management Training of DC, LLC, is a licensed agent for the William Oncken Corporation; presenters of Managing Management Time(TM) fondly known as Monkey Management.

No School: Coke-Mentos Explosive Rockets

May 26, 2008 | By | No Comments

The Dreamer writes, The Dude, a dominant male homo-sapien, attempts to explode a bottle of diet coke with mentos. Commentaries by The Dreamer and The Diva. Grip by The Baby Boo.

This is a typical Penta-Posse activity when not in the class room and distracted by getting a conventional education.

Proving that the public schools are good for something…

No animals were harmed in the making of this film.

Happy Memorial Day!

The frustrated attempt: