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17 Nov



Charmaine on CNN Debating Condoms; Obama Will Export Abortion-Condom Funding Overseas

November 17, 2008 | By | 8 Comments

Warning: The Condom Commercial is for mature audiences.

In the 1990’s CNN had a terrific talking-heads-shouting-show called Crossfire. Regular Hosts included Michael Kinsley, liberal, then moved to Slate. Pat Buchanan, conservative, former GOP, now gone from the Republican Club but still Pro-Life.

The show ran five nights a week for 30 minutes. Hosts earned about $200K and were worth every dime.

Charmaine appeared in a number of segments. In this episode she debated Kristine Gebbie from the Clinton administration on the marketing and efficacy of condoms. Charmaine’s points are valid today — truth is, well, timeless. John Sununu is in the conservative chair, on the right, of course.

Oddly, liberals demand that conservatives use science in any debate — but whenever a conservative uses real science with real data, we are then accused of “imposing our values.” A liberal pivot.

The actual condom failure rate is some 20 percent. The cost of failure could be pregnancy. Could be death.

This is described by anti-science liberals as “fear based sex ed.”

So what will Obama do about abortion and condoms?

Even before Obama gets legislation from congress on abortion, Obama will, by Executive Order, repeal the The Mexico City Policy (1984) which,

Prohibits the use of federal funding for organizations and programs “which perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”

Media Alert: Obama may very well use the Clinton’s Dancing Condom Marketing Campaign. For the Domestic and International markets.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

CatholicCitizens writes,

For starters, we may expect removal of the present administration’s ban on destructive embryonic research, and rejection of the Mexico City accords which restrained abortion and eugenics.

Crossfire: The Condom Campaign first aired on January 4, 1994.

Bad for business: the prosecution of Abdul Rahman

March 28, 2006 | By | No Comments

Cross Post from Jack Yoest


Helena Yoest, [center, The Dreamer to right, Charmaine on right] bows her head in prayer before taking part in demonstration, to call for a stop to the prosecution of Abdul Rahman. Difficult to have a business conversation when heads are being sawed off as a matter of personal conviction. Uncertainty is bad for commerce.

So. In my dual goals of 1) World Peace and 2) Keeping the little woman out of Nordstrom’s, I dispatch Charmaine on a bit of civil(ized) disobedience. She takes two of my little women to attempt to cause havoc in Your Nation’s Capital. Protesting at the Afghan Embassy last Friday.

From the Agence France-Presse:

Helena Yoest, 9, bows her head in prayer before taking part in demonstration, in front of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, to call for a stop to the prosecution of Abdul Rahman.

Prayer in public. The Horror.


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Hugh Hewitt has more pictures.

Michelle Malkin has the story and an excellent round-up. She was there at the Embassy.

Charles Krauthammer on Ariel Sharon

January 6, 2006 | By | No Comments

He says that Sharon’s stroke is a “calamity.” That this “could prove to be one of the great disasters in the country’s nearly 60-year history.”

Via Memeorandum.

12 Sep



USS Pueblo Coming Home?

September 12, 2005 | By | 2 Comments


The USS Pueblo

is a popular tourist attraction

on the Taedong River in Pyongyang

North Korea

North Korea is trying to use the USS Pueblo to force Condi Rice to make nice.

Won’t happen.


Captured Crew Members

USS Pueblo, 1968

It isn’t ladylike, but Condi is smart enough to remember the strategic use of “The Hawaiian Good Luck Sign.”

This is an update from my post Indra Nooyi: Meet the USS Pueblo and Digitus Impudicus.

# # #

Outside the Beltway has the story at North Korea Offers.

A Salute to Open Post at Mudville Gazette

And thanks to Outside the Beltway’s postings at Traffic Jam.

Murdering a Suicide Bomber?

July 18, 2005 | By | One Comment


Read Michael Ledeen today on NRO — he questions whether the London bombings were really suicide attacks . . . and presents compelling evidence that the bombers themselves were actually murdered. Ledeen believes they were duped into believing that they were just couriers, and that the bombs were then exploded by remote control.

I know it’s a bit hard to work up sympathy for these men who murdered so many innocent people. But it does go to the utter inhumanity of the terrorist planners.

There is a reason for the development of Just War theory. Sometimes one does have to fight. But when a nation must fight for a just cause, one requirement is giving the men asked to lay down their lives every possible opportunity to survive. . .

Murdering your own in cold blood? Very good clue something is amiss.

This excursion into stating the obvious, was given in honor of Julianne “we are terrorists” Malveaux and Annie “martial law” Lammott. . .


Take a minute to stop by Mudville’s Open Post . . .

Drinking the Kool-Aid

July 15, 2005 | By | No Comments


Hasib Hussain

The London Bus Bomber

with the bomb on his back

Nasra Hassan is an international relief worker based in Vienna who has recently completed a book on suicide bombers, based on her interviews with some 250 people “involved in the most militant camps of the Palestinian cause: volunteers who had been unable to complete their suicide missions, the families of dead bombers, and the men who trained them.”

Reading her account today in the Times of how suicide bombers are recruited, trained and prepared for death — their victims and their own — is horrifying:

Just before the bomber sets out on his final journey, he performs a ritual ablution, puts on clean clothes, and tries to attend at least one communal prayer at a mosque. He says the traditional Islamic prayer that is customary before battle, and he asks Allah to forgive his sins and to bless his mission. He puts a Koran in his left breast pocket, above the heart, and he straps the explosives around his waist or picks up a briefcase or a bag containing the bomb. The planner bids him farewell with the words “May Allah be with you, may Allah give you success so that you achieve Paradise.”

The would-be martyr responds, “Inshallah, we will meet in Paradise.”

Hours later, as he presses the detonator, he says, “Allahu akbar” — “Allah is great. All praise to Him.”

Recommended by Stanley Kurtz at the Corner.

Christians in Sudan: Damare Garang

July 14, 2005 | By | No Comments


Damare Garang

Damare Garang is a 15-year-old Sudanese Christian. When Damare was seven years old, he was captured from his village by militant Islamists and sold into slavery. His master punished Damare for sneaking away to attend church:

The master found a large board, several rusty spikes and a hammer and dragged Damare out to the edge of his compound. He forced Damare’s legs over the board and drove the long nails through his knees and feet. Then he turned and walked away, leaving the boy laying in the field screaming from pain.

Find out how Damare was rescued, and about Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith — and what you can do about it — at

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04 Jul



Richard Branson Responds to the Corruption Question

July 4, 2005 | By | 7 Comments


On the plane with Richard Branson

Two things are abundantly clear in traveling with Richard Branson and the ONE campaign activists: first, they know they have to address the corruption question; and two, their responses to the question are pro forma because they view the issue of corruption (despite protestations to the contrary) as being somewhat peripheral.

Scott Johnson at Powerline writes about the Live8 phenomenon today and quotes his reader, Julian Biggs, who argues:

Time after time, the TV announcers [covering Live8] reminded us that things are “even worse in Africa than they were before Live Aid 20 years ago!” Clearly, none of them considered this might tell us something about the efficacy of Live Aid and its use of cash to solve problems caused by massive political corruption.

Good point. So why do Branson and Co. treat “massive political corruption” as peripheral?

Photo op on the tarmac at Heathrow: Bob Geldof, Djimon Hounsou, Richard Branson, Female British rocker, Natalie Imbruglia, Charles McCormack, President of Save the Children

In responding to a question about corruption at yesterday’s press conference, Branson said, with a clearly well-worn joke, that corruption was something like marital affairs — people like to blame men, but “it takes two to tango.”

Much overly hearty laughter at Sexual-Joke-Made-By-Rich-and-Famous-Man.

Foreign companies, he argued, should be penalized if they try to bribe lobal officials. BUT, he emphasized, “a lot of African companies are getting it together on corruption.” Nigeria for example. (Coincidentally, this week saw the launch of Virgin Nigeria, the newest Branson venture.) He argued that it is “quite easy” to blame a lack of investment in Africa on corruption, but that “as a business man, my belief is that corruption is on the decline.”

Branson emphasized that investing in Africa “makes good business sense. It’s not a charity.”

Later, as we walked toward boarding the flight to Heathrow, I asked him if Africa was going to be a focus of his business expansion beyond his investment in Virgin Nigeria. “Yes.” (He stood in line with everyone else to board the plane, greeting all comers very congenially.)

There was one person who seemed to take the corruption issue more seriously: Djimon Hounsou, the Oscar-nominated actor from Amistad and Gladiator, was the first one to raise the issue of corruption, even before the question from the floor. Perhaps not coincidentally, he was also one of the very few actual Africans present. He is originally from Benin, which is in West Africa. He argued that in order to combat corruption, elections in Africa need to be monitored, and the use of aid monies must also be monitored.


On the tarmac at Heathrow

Tomorrow, I’ll be attending a briefing on “What the G8 Must Do on Debt” hosted by the Jubilee Campaign. (As well as trying to avoid rioting anarchists.) This reflects the One Campaign’s call for debt cancellation. Anyone have questions they’d like to have asked? Shoot them to me!


Challies asks, “What to change the world? Go to church.” Not Live 8.

Junkyardblog has Madonna and the digitus impudicus at Fooling. Thanks to PyroManiac and Challies

USS Neverdock asks,“Looking for justice”, “start a revolution”, “create good government”, are these people seriously talking about, dare I say it, regime change?in Africa, Are You Listening?

WILLisms says, “I have no doubt that Bono is sincere in his concern for Africa, but, watching Live 8, the effort really just missed the point. Millenium Challenge Accounts are what the world needs to get on board with, not awareness for the sake of awareness.” Read more at Certified Classy #5

Digitus says in Recent Articles about Live8 performers that “They were there to reach down and help us help the poor, but meanwhile, backstage they while snarfing up the lobster, caviar, and $14,000 gift bags given for free to the A-listers like Madonna…”

John Detained by Police Here in Edinburgh

July 4, 2005 | By | One Comment

My new blogging buddy, John Aravosis, who is staying in a different hotel than I am, was caught in the riots earlier this evening here in Edinburgh and detained by the police. . .

My family is very pleased that I wasn’t nearby, but (since he is okay), I am planning to give John grief for landing in the middle of the action without me.

More seriously, this level of rioting when the summit doesn’t even begin until Wednesday doesn’t bode well for this city. Pictures on the local news of children sobbing in the streets are heart-breaking.

Riding into the city on the bus this afternoon, we passed a Starbucks with enormous glass windows in the downtown area, and Greg Beals, a globe-trotting journalist on assignment here with NY Newsday, predicted it would be smashed by week’s end . . .


Enjoy the Covered Dish over at Basil’s Blog

Wizbang asks Will Live Aid End Poverty?

Read David Adesnik (Oxford and UVA) on Oxblog and the Starbucks irony at Letter From a Victim of Starbucks. Frothy.

Two Different Welcomes: Bobbleheads and Cute Kids

July 4, 2005 | By | No Comments

When we touched down in Edinburgh earlier this afternoon, two very different welcomes greeted us: Bobbleheads and Cutie Pies.


Okay, so the whole kids with flags waving thing was totally staged. But it was adorable — who can resist those rosy Scottish cheeks and the hand-drawn “Welcome to Edinburgh” sign?

Inside the terminal, however, the welcome was a snarky one. The Bobbleheads awaited.

No one ever explained exactly what the Bobbleheads were about — maybe it was all just for laughs? Kind of Disney-esque? John and I stood surveying the scene and debated as travellers vied to get their picture taken with the Bobs. Could have been. . .


But when I arrived at Allison House, there they were, featured in the local paper — the very same Bobbleheads marching carrying a “Make Poverty History” sign. Something of local celebrities apparently.

Was it meant to be all in fun? Nah.


The Bobbleheads’ shoes . . .very European.


Villainous Company says that Live8 is, “a fundraiser in which not one thin dime is going directly to the intended recipients” in The Song Remains the Shame.

In the Agora points us to organizations needing donations through The ONE Campaign.

The Great Separation reminds us that American Out Gives Europe 15 to 1.