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Stop the Abortion Business Bailout; Planned Parenthood vs Americans United for Life

January 27, 2009 | By | One Comment

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Cecile Richards and Obama

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood sent me her January direct mail piece. Long copy, hair-on-fire prose, multiple choice graduated dollar ‘ask’, closing with a final “Please act as quickly as possibly” PS appeal.

A very good letter. About what this professor/student would expect from a billion dollar enterprise. The best your tax dollars could buy.*

In the body of the letter Cecile Richards demonized her pro-life opposition.

That would be Americans United for Life.

Alert Readers know that the legal eagles at AUL have been working for decades crafting model legislation to protect women and their babies. AUL works with state and local lawmakers to build in safeguards for women and their children considering abortions.

This state-by-state incremental approach has wide, deep and popular support. These incremental laws are changing the culture and attitudes. Everyone — including pro-choice supporters — wants to know if their minor girls are seeking an abortion.

No one wants an abortion performed by a social worker instead of a skilled physician.

This incremental tactic is working for AUL and against Planned Parenthood.

Cecile Richards writes,

[W]e must push back against [those] who are working state by state to win legislation…We must prevent states from passing laws…that’s not how this country works.

Yes, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, this is exactly how our country works best. The People have demanded that locally elected lawmakers work to protect Life.

Just as laws had to be changed to eliminate slavery– Laws are being changed today to eliminate abortion on demand.

Even as Planned Parenthood needs abortion to generate revenue.

AUL is helping to reduce abortion and to reduce Planned Parenthood’s abortion bucks.

Cecile Richard’s fund raising letter is attempting to maintain the revenue streams from each of it’s 880 abortion offices.

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Charmaine has sent the following email to some 250,000 of her closest friends.

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In this letter: A report on the March for Life . . . the petition count has crossed 500,000 signatures! . . . an update on FOCA and what to expect next — “FOCA-by-Stealth.”

Dear AUL Supporter,

Surrounded by over 300,000 fellow pro-lifers — many of you! — on Thursday AUL Action staff and our families marched up Constitution Avenue here in Washington DC, from the base of Capitol Hill to the steps of the Supreme Court. There were so many thousands of people thronging the streets that at times we couldn’t move. My eight-year-old daughter, Sarah, marched next to me, and I explained to her that we were headed to the Supreme Court so that the judges would know we believe abortion is wrong.

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“Mommy,” she asked, “how many people will it take to overturn Roe v. Wade?”

How many people indeed. My thoughts immediately went to you — the hundreds of thousands of you who have signed the FightFOCA petition — who have taken a public stand to say: our voices will not be silenced.

The day before the March for Life the petition count reached HALF A MILLION signatures!

As I write today, the number has jumped to over 585,000. That’s partly because many people saw FightFOCA signs at the March.

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But it’s also because so many of you responded to our call to spread the word to your churches on Sanctity of Life Sunday — the flyers were downloaded over 20,000 times! Thank you!

The success of this petition is because of YOU. The message has spread through email and through blogs and through Facebook and through word-of-mouth. Your efforts.

In fact, we have been so successful that now Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, and others are saying that they aren’t going to try to pass the Freedom of Choice Act, (FOCA).

Don’t believe it for a second.

If your opponent gives up the frontal attack . . . you better start watching your flank.

We are now seeing the abortion forces waging an incremental battle — working to pass what we have termed “FOCA-by-Stealth.”

They think that if they take FOCA and repackage it and pass it in pieces and under different names . . . that we won’t notice.

But with apologies to Shakespeare, FOCA by any other name, smells just as bad. And as they pass the Stealth FOCA’s, more babies will be killed and more women victimized by the abortion-on-demand regime.

Case in point: I’m sure you’ve heard that the day after the March, President Obama used an executive order to overturn the long-standing ban on funding organizations that promote and perform abortions overseas. The media portrayed him as sensitive to pro-lifers because he waited till after the March — in fact, he released the order at 5:00 on Friday — a textbook stealth move to keep the story under the media radar.

And now they’ve added subsidies for the abortion industry into the economic stimulus package. No surprise: Cecile Richards used to be the Deputy Chief of Staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. So it’s no wonder we saw Pelosi on the Sunday shows arguing that more tax dollars for Planned Parenthood — and fewer children — helps the economy. Incredible.

Friends, this is just the beginning. We have a lot of work in front of us.

Please keep encouraging your friends to sign the FightFOCA petition.

We will be using those signatures on Capitol Hill in the days ahead to argue against FOCA and ANY and EVERY piece of legislation that promotes abortion.

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The FightFOCA petition says to Planned Parenthood and their Congressional allies: we will not be silenced.

The week before the March, my husband, Jack and I had the honor of attending the funeral of the pro-life hero, Father Richard John Neuhaus.

We were all reminded that in one of his last speeches, Father Neuhaus encouraged the pro-life movement by saying, “Do not grow weary.”

How many people will it take to overturn Roe? It takes you.

Thanks for your work and being a part of this movement.

Yours for Life,

Charmaine

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

President & CEO

AUL Action The Legislative Arm of Americans United for Life

FightFOCA.com

FightFOCA@FightFOCA.com

P.S. — PS: More pictures from the March are posted on my Facebook page . . .

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*Planned Parenthood receives over 300 million of your tax dollars each year.

CBN reports, Abortion Policy Sets ‘Disappointing Tone’

Visit Fight FOCA – Barack Obama’s plan to eliminate restriction on abortion nationwide

The Spin Cipher has more on FOCA.

See Abortion News Today

Read The Catholic Review

Kara from Texas gets it right — see My 3 Son’s

Catholic Dad ask a question

Is Anybody There? wonders about Obama.

Jeff Leach has reactions from both sides.

See Traditional Catholic Reflections

Charmaine on the Obama Abortion Business Bail Out; Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times

January 24, 2009 | By | 3 Comments

baby_boo_march_for_life_2009.jpg Charmaine was busy with media interviews while she marched in the March for Life.

(This was quite an act: no child was left behind…) Obama is beginning to fulfill his campaign promises to bail out the abortion business.

Baby Boo working the crowd at the March for Life

If you support abortion or not, you are now going to pay for abortion…the world over.

Your Business Blogger(R) does not care for the government bail out of any business. Especially not the abortion business.

Obama lifts restrictions on abortion funding, 24 Jan 2009, Source: Reuters

By Jeff Mason and Deborah Charles (Additional reporting by Ed Stoddard)

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday lifted restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, reversing a policy of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush…

“When we wake up every morning to a deepening financial crisis, it is an insult to the American people to bail out the abortion industry,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life.

“Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar company and they do not need additional resources to burden the American taxpayer.”…

The United States spends more than $400 million on overseas family planning assistance each year.

Jon Ward writes in The Washington Times, Obama changes policy on abortion, Saturday, January 24, 2009

“What a terrible way to begin a new administration: with an abortion business bailout that will exploit women in developing countries for political ends,” said Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life Action.

Mr. Obama’s promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would repeal all state and local restrictions on abortion, such as parental notification laws and measures allowing physicians to deny abortions based on their own faith convictions, came under fire Thursday from congressional Republicans.

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LAURA MECKLER reports in The Wall Street Journal, Obama Intends to Lift Family-Planning ‘Gag Rule’; Move Would Restore Funds to International Groups Involved With Abortion; Timing Shows Sensitivity to Foes of Roe v. Wade,

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, thinks the change in policy amounts to U.S. tax dollars funding abortion and sees no positive outcome.

LifeNews.com Editor, Steven Ertelt, reports

Pro-Life Advocates: Obama Has Already Betrayed Promise to Reduce Abortions January 23, 2009,

Charmaine Yoest, [Ph.D.] the president of Americans United for Life, also responded to the news.

“What a terrible way to begin a new administration: with an abortion business bailout that will exploit women in developing countries for political ends,” she told LifeNews.com.

“We should not export the tragedy of abortion to other nations, and we certainly shouldn’t do so via the hard-earned dollars of American taxpayers,” she said.

Denise Burke, [Americans United for Life] Vice President of Legal Affairs said the move also creates foreign policy headaches because it has the U.S. funding pro-abortion groups that are actively lobbying other nations to reverse their long-standing pro-life laws.

“Pro-abortion organizations like the International Planned Parenthood Federation are actively working to impose radically pro-abortion laws on developing nations, showing no regard for the will of the people in these countries,” she said. “This move is a significant step backwards in respecting the sovereignty of nations, in empowering women, and in protecting unborn.”

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Thank you (foot)notes,

Notae Zuinglii, Bible and Theology writes, Legitimizing Murder

Yes we can, use your money to fund abortions

“The time has come to set aside childish things.” Barak H. Obama 1/20/09

See Mike’s Noise, We Surrender! “Bailout” plan is now law

Visit Tradition Catholic Reflections

President Bush writes,

In 2002, I was honored to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to children who survive an abortion attempt.

Born Alive protection is opposed by Obama.

Republican Leader John Boehner is blogging. Read his post at Americans United for Life Action, Mr. President: Reconsider FOCA

January 22, 2009

A Guest Post by Republican Leader John Boehner

Yesterday, on the eve of the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision, 105 Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he reconsider his support for overturning pro-life laws–even laws enacted by the States. Specifically we asked the President to withdraw his pledge to sign the so-named Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would in one tragic act overturn virtually all pro-life laws nationwide, and to refuse to support policies that incrementally enact the FOCA agenda by rescinding or weakening existing pro-life laws….

Charmaine Quoted in The Wall Street Journal; Planned Parenthood Forbids the Science of the Sonogram

January 23, 2009 | By | 4 Comments

cecile_richards_obama.jpgWhile we were marching in yesterday’s March for Life, Charmaine was interviewed by the WSJ on the Obama Abortion Bail Out executive order.

Cecile Richards, from Planned Parenthood and Obama

The reporter, LAURA MECKLER, asked about the current Mexico City Accord which prohibits USA taxpayers funding education on “reproductive freedom” to other countries. (The Alert Reader knows well that reproductive freedom/education is code for abortion.) The reporter also asked about Obama’s “sensitivity” on not signing the abortion bailout on the anniversary of Roe v Wade; 22 January — a day Pro-Lifers yearly recognize as the day the Supreme Court legalized abortion in all 57 50 states. Abortion is now legal through all nine months of pregnancy.

Meckler wrote,

…[A]bortion opponents were not mollified. Charmaine Yoest, [Ph.D.] president of Americans United for Life, thinks the change in policy amounts to U.S. tax dollars funding abortion and sees no positive outcome. But she called the delayed timing “a politically savvy move” by the White House.

Meckler also interviewed Cecile Richards,

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which offers abortion and family planning, says she doesn’t care when President Obama changes the policy, as long as it is changed. “He has clearly stated his opposition to the global gag rule and his intention to overturn it,” she said.

Cecile Richards makes money selling and preforming abortions. If women and other countries cannot afford an abortion. The American tax payer will now pay for them in a Planned Parenthood office.

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There is one gag rule that Cecile Richards demands that Obama not change: No pregnant woman should see a sonogram of her baby.

85 percent of women who see the first picture of the child, do not have an abortion.

Planned Parenthood cannot have the science of the sonogram help women to choose.

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Over 530,000 have signed the Americans United for Life petition to Fight FOCA. Be sure to sign up!

Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine spend time yesterday talking with Lila Rose who regularly captures on video Planned Parenthood covering up rapes. See

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

What Did Not Happen in 2008?

January 2, 2009 | By | No Comments

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King Kong in New York CityFrom time to time, Your Business Blogger(R) works out of a client’s offices at the edifice at 350 Fifth Avenue in NYC.

Also known as The Empire State Building.

It is still standing.

So what didn’t happen on New Year’s Eve?

What did not happen in 2008?

Nothing.

Enemy Jihadists didn’t blow anything up on USA soil. And they didn’t touch Times Square packed with people at midnite 31 December.

President George Bush has been keeping all Americans safe since 9.11.

Even Michael Moore.

Even Jeremiah Wright.

We have been safe for some 2,800 days. Will this continue?

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Vice President Elect Joe Biden has promised us that we will be attacked when Barack Obama is president. Americans will be killed by jihadist terrorists.

This is a campaign promise of the Obama administration. One that Obama is sure to keep.

Alert Readers know that our household lives down wind in the blast zone of Your Nation’s Capital. A dirty bomb in DC is a bit of a concern for us.

If you voted for Obama, you voted for changing the landscape in Washington, DC.

Literally.

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Be sure to thank Bush for keeping us safe.

9.11 How Would Liberals Have Protected Us?

We have not been attacked since 9.11.01. It is nearly impossible, in war, in politics, to make nothing happen.

So the liberals are right when they say to George Bush,

“Thanks for nothing…”

September 11, 2001 Remembered: What Were the Feminists doing on Sept 10, 2001?

See Nine Possibilities Heading Into 2009

Visit Bush Kept Us Safe Since 9.11.

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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.

Watch the video and let us know what you think.


Join Fight FOCA

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Sign up on FightFOCA. Your Business Blogger(R) did.

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.

Meet Dr. Herb London Tuesday, May 13th: America’s Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion

May 12, 2008 | By | No Comments

Eli Gold, from The Harbour League writes,

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Dr. Herb London

As you are aware by now, on this Tuesday May 13th the Harbour League will be hosting a talk by the Hudson Institute president and THL board member, Dr. Herb London. In consideration of the attendance of our entire board of trustees, the event will take place at: The Cloisters, 10440 Falls Road in Lutherville, Maryland and not at the Harbour League’s office.

The evening will begin at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)with a talk given by Dr. Herb London entitled, “America’s Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion”. Dr. London will suggest that the rise of secularism in the United States is a flaccid response to the challenge presented by the fanaticism of radical Islam. In the so-called war of ideas we are handicapped in our ability to thwart the inroads of fanaticism by a reflexive belief in relativism, one dimension of secular humanism.

The rise of secular humanism not only challenges the traditional antecedent of the nation, it is an ineffective response to the challenge of Islam. The result? If you don’t know what you believe in, you are unable to defend what is worthwhile. Something that, if understood, can change Maryland for the better.

Following the talk and question and answer session, there will be a dessert reception that will give you a chance to talk with any member of member of the board regarding the movement.

To RSVP to this for this event or to the dinner prior to the talk please visit www.TheHarbourLeague.org or call 410-753-4560.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Harbour League

2800 Quarry Lake Drive, Suite 140

Baltimore, MD 21209

410 753-4560

410 415-0800

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Herb London’s daughter, Stacey London, will NOT be present (I don’t think). Although he might answer questions…

Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine and The Dude will be attending.

More on Dr. London at the jump.

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McDonald’s: Funding Homosexual Activism

May 6, 2008 | By | 6 Comments

McDonald’s is funding homosexual activism–and I’m NOT lovin’ it!

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Charmaine and the Penta-Posse

at a McDonald’s

somewhere in Middle America

circa 2005 Buying a McDonald’s hamburger now promotes the homosexual lifestyle. Here’s a sample open letter to the McDonald’s leadership, supplied by the Family Research Council,

Dear Chairman McKenna,

We are writing to request that you end your “Corporate Partnership” with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and refrain from making corporate contributions to this or other homosexual organizations.

[If individual members of the board of McDonald's wishes to give to any charity, have it your way, so to say -- but a corporation should not

use earnings for charity. Charity is a test of the individual heart -- not corporate or government largess.]

We also request that you adopt a policy which would prevent your corporate officers from using the McDonald’s corporate name to lend legitimacy to work they may do for such organizations. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce exists to generate business for companies that are owned by homosexuals. While we do not object to McDonald’s doing business with any suppliers who can provide a quality product or service at a good price, we also do not understand why anyone would engage in affirmative steps to seek out suppliers based on their sexual behavior, or assist in promoting businesses for that reason.

[Your Business Blogger(R) has spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in McDonald's PlayPlaces. I'm not sure I've ever seen a homosexual in a McDonald's. The demographics do not fit the fast food market segment.

No. The homosexuals do not want to eat at McDonald's any more than they really want to serve in the military. Homosexuals are on a marketing campaign for normalcy. And they are looking for a stamp of approval in basic cultural institutions: Ronald McDonald, marriage and the military.]

However, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce does not exist just to promote the economic interests of their members. They also promote an extensive political agenda, including explicit support for legislation and litigation that would:

* Undermine the unique treatment granted to marriage between one man and one woman under the law

* Treat homosexual and “transgender” behavior on the same basis as race under federal civil rights laws

* Label disapproval of homosexual behavior a form of “hate” under so-called “hate crime” laws.

[Parents should ask if McDonald's will embrace open unisex restrooms where transgenders and transvestites and cross-dressers can have proximity to the wee ones.]

The NGLCC promotes a controversial social and political agenda that is offensive to tens of millions of your customers. A corporation like McDonald’s, which prides itself on providing a family-friendly product in a family-friendly environment, should not be associated with any narrow political agenda. Thank you for considering my views.

Let the homosexuals dine on fast food at Starbucks. With the rest of the liberals.

Nope. The next time I need to take the Penta-Posse out for fast food — Lord, the money we spend — we will not go to McDonald’s. And neither should you.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Market Research for McDonald’s

Your Business Blogger(R) has enjoyed eating at McDonald’s the world over. I’m not sure of the support for homosexuals in, say, China. See China’s New Statue for Brotherhood and World Peace. And learn where the ad, I’m Lovin’ It was developed.

U.S. Fourth Fleet Re-Establishment

April 26, 2008 | By | No Comments

A product of…

Navy Office of Information

www.navy.mil

703.697.5342

April 24, 2008

U.S. Fourth Fleet Re-Establishment

“Re-establishing the Fourth Fleet recognizes the immense importance of maritime security in the southern part of the Western Hemisphere and signals our support and interest in the civil and military maritime services in Central and South America. Our Maritime Strategy raises the importance of working with international partners as the basis of global maritime security. This change increases our emphasis in the region on employing naval forces to build confidence and trust among nations through collective maritime security efforts that focus on common threats and mutual interests.”

– Adm. Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations

After extensive consideration and consultation, the Secretary of the Navy and the CNO have concluded that there are clear and compelling reasons to re-establish Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet Headquarters as dual-hatted with Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command.

Conducting the Maritime Strategy in a dynamic maritime region

A Fourth Fleet headquarters would be more effective in conducting the full spectrum of Maritime Strategy missions which promote and strengthen coalition building, develop partner nation capabilities and deter aggression.

• The command will provide enhanced support to U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Operational and Contingency Plans, which are primarily maritime missions.

• As we have seen in other areas of the world, forward presence of naval forces provides regional stability and understanding of our local partners. The nation has vital interests in this dynamic region and economic stability is an imperative.

Ensuring optimal support to SOUTHCOM

Re-establishing a fleet-level staff will ensure optimal support to U.S. Southern Command through:

• Improved alignment for implementation of the Maritime Headquarters with Maritime Operation Center (MHQ/MOC) to enhance operational collaboration and exchange of information with regional maritime partners to improve regional maritime security activities.

• Operational compatibility with other Fleets including force management and resource allocation.

Demonstrating commitment to the SOUTHCOM region

SOUTHCOM is a maritime theater with more than 30 countries and about 15.6 million square miles of water.

• Designation as a numbered U.S. Navy fleet signals to civil and military maritime services in Central and South America our recognition of the importance of maritime security in the southern Western Hemisphere.

• Recent deployments to the region in 2007 include USNS Comfort, the USS Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, HSV Swift Global Fleet Station pilot, and Partnership of the Americas (POA).

• Current and upcoming deployments include humanitarian assistance/disaster response deployment Continuing Promise and the ongoing POA 2008 which includes the annual multinational exercise UNITAS, hosted this year by Brazil and Peru; and FA PANAMAX, hosted each year by Panama.

Key Messages

Facts & Figures

• A Fourth Fleet headquarters will be more effective in conducting the full spectrum of operations to promote and strengthen coalition building, develop partner nation capabilities and deter aggression.

• The United States has vital national interests in this dynamic region of the world. Regional economic stability is a must.

• Re-establishing the Fourth Fleet elevates the attention this area will receive.

• Approximately 40% of U.S. trade and 50% of oil imports are within this hemisphere, including more than 33% of U.S. energy imports.

• Approximately 50% of Latin American exports go to the United States.

• The command will initially be in Mayport, Fla. and use existing infrastructure and personnel.

• Fourth Fleet will not control ships in Mayport.

Thank you (foot)note to John Howland.

Absolut Ad: Obama’s Map for America?

April 5, 2008 | By | No Comments

Obama talks about Change. He talks about avoiding conflict and leaving lands where some people may not want us there.

If there is a fight for a country, Obama will surrender.

On all fronts.

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Obama can then take the Stars off the American Flag he won’t salute; the Flag pin he won’t wear.

Obama’s only Absolut .

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Thank you (foot)notes:

mymanmitt has alternatives to Absolut Vodka.

Before Obama surrenders, maybe we can get a refund on the Gadsden Purchase?,

In return for this vast territory, the United States gave [Mexico] $15,000,000 and assumed responsibility for paying $3,000,000 in claims of American citizens against the Mexican Government. A large body of public opinion in the United States had opposed the war against Mexico and felt that the Southern republic had been treated badly. The territory desired by Gadsden and his group was then a sort of no man’s land, experiencing frequent Indian raids. The United States wanted to make certain “boundary adjustments”; Mexico needed money and wanted a settlement of her Indian claims against the United States; and Gadsden and his friends wanted a route for their railroad. In 1852 Gadsden agreed to pay Santa Anna $10,000,000 for a strip of territory south of the Gila River and lying in what is now southwestern New Mexico and southern Arizona. Many Americans were not especially proud of the Guadalupe-Hidalgo Treaty and considered the price of the Gadsden Purchase as “conscience money.” The Gadsden Purchase has an area of 45,535 square miles and is almost as large as Pennsylvania.

Mexico reconquers California? Absolut drinks to that!,

The latest advertising campaign in Mexico from Swedish vodka maker Absolut promises to push all the right buttons south of the U.S. border, but it could ruffle a few feathers in El Norte.

The billboard and press campaign, created by advertising agency TeranTBWA and now running in Mexico, is a colorful map depicting what the Americas might look like in an “Absolut” — i.e., perfect — world.

The U.S.-Mexico border lies where it was before the Mexican-American war of 1848 when California, as we now know it, was Mexican territory and known as Alta California.

Following the war, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo saw the Mexican territories of Alta California and Santa Fé de Nuevo México ceded to the United States to become modern-day California, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Arizona. (Texas actually split from Mexico several years earlier to form a breakaway republic, and was voluntarily annexed by the United States in 1846.)

The campaign taps into the national pride of Mexicans, according to Favio Ucedo, creative director of leading Latino advertising agency Grupo Gallegos in the U.S.

Full Disclosure: Charmaine, the wife of Your Business Blogger(R), served as Senior Advisor to the Huckabee for President Campaign.

UPDATE: Read a first-hand account of John McCain on the campaign trail in Pensacola, Fl, Service to America Tour, courtesy, John Howland, USNA-AT-Large, at the jump.

Terry Pruitt, former military, has more on rendering a salute and respect for the Flag at Obama Seems to Get It Wrong.

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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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