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The Time Traveler’s Wife & Jeremiah & Longfellow

September 4, 2009 | By | No Comments

Charmaine_Yoest_aul_pub_shot_2009.jpgAmong pro-lifers the words of the ancient prophet Jeremiah have special meaning: ‘I knew you before I formed you in the womb.”

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

This tells us that our lives have a transcendent meaning, and sets a frame for all of our work on life. Those words rang in my memory after Jack and I recently went to see the hit summer movie, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

And while I certainly don’t endorse all of the movie’s values, I was drawn in by seeing a Hollywood movie where the title character is a wife.

(I should warn you though that my son, John, thought it was ‘the worst movie ever,” not enough explosions and car chases, I guess.)

Still, I thought the movie made a powerful pro-life statement. . . albeit entirely unintentional, I’m sure.

I’ll confess that I have always loved stories about time travel. I know I’m not the only one because it shows up so often as a plot device. Our fascination with breaking the confines of time reminds me of C.S. Lewis’ observation about the nature of man; he argues that there must be such a thing as “justice” because we feel so keenly outraged by “injustice”:

A man feels wet when he falls into water,

because man is not a water animal:

a fish would not feel wet.

-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

We feel wet in water . . . and we feel uncomfortable with the passage of time (“Look how you’ve grown!”) because we are eternal beings experiencing a temporal life.

I believe that’s why we are drawn to stories about time travel. . . and particularly those about a love that transcends time. Because it speaks to the deeper reality of eternity that we recognize with some part of our souls. “I knew you. . .

The Time Traveler’s Wife is billed as a love story, and it is. But in many ways, the love story at the heart of the tale is the bond between the couple and their daughter. The scene that stays with me is one where the wife, Clare, pregnant with their daughter, is taking a bath.

Her husband Henry suddenly returns from time-traveling where he has just been with their daughter, ten years in the future. Clare has suffered several miscarriages, so she worries about carrying the baby to term. . . Having now met their daughter, Henry can reassure her.

‘She’s beautiful, Clare,’ he tells her.

Surprised, Clare looks with wonder toward her very advanced pregnancy and says, “You’ve met her?”

They laugh together with joy, with the knowledge that the very same unborn baby with them that day lives in the future as the vibrant ten-year-old that Henry has just met. They knew their daughter, even before they’d met her in real time.

It’s fanciful. But it also reflects a truth about the unique, timeless, value of each life.

My father used to tell me that before my birth I was “a twinkle in my mother’s eye.”


Similarly, our son James, the youngest of our five children, sometimes asks where he was when he sees the pictures of our family before he was born. We tell him he was an angel in heaven watching and waiting his turn to join the family and increase the fun. The notion reassures him that he has always been a part of our family, unbounded by time and space.

This weekend we’ll be packing up the kids in the Suburban and heading south to North Carolina to visit Jack’s mom.

Helena, Sarah and James Yoest

I imagine many of you will be doing something similar.

As we turn our attention to family and friends this weekend, I wanted to take a minute just to thank you for standing with us and enabling us to defend life together.

First thing Tuesday we’ll be back in the fray as Congress returns and health care reform is at the top of the agenda. The President will be giving a major address on health care on Wednesday and the following week we’ll be meeting with his Domestic Policy Advisor at the White House to talk about the abortion mandate in health care. So we will be ready to run hard again next week and the AUL legal team will have new material for you on Tuesday. We’ll be back quickly to our usual policy focus.

But in the meantime, as we slow down for the Labor Day holiday, it’s worth taking a few minutes together to reflect on why we persevere in this fight. Even Hollywood tells the truth when they want to tell a good story. As Longfellow penned in his Psalm of Life:

Life is real! Life is earnest!

And the grave is not its goal;

Dust thou art, to dust returnest,

Was not spoken of the soul.

Life is real. And it’s worth defending.

Thank you for joining me in working to protect and defend life!

Yours For Life,

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

President & CEO

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Stop the Abortion Mandate: The Video

August 21, 2009 | By | No Comments

charmaine_stopabortionmandate_hotair_screenshot_aul.jpg “Let all the babies be born.

Then let us drown those we don’t like from the litter.

Let all the old folks die.

Who wants to feel their pain — they’re so old and bitter?”*

Apologies to G.K. Chesterton.

Charmaine Yoest, PH.D.

Screen Shot Courtesy Hot Air.

Obama is having trouble selling his socialized medicine.

Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood supports Obama’s health care government take over.

Americans United for Life Action does not.

Planned Parenthood has a money-making business model selling abortion. The Obama plan will demand abortion in health insurance plans and will provide tax dollars to provide for abortion on demand. Though all nine months — and beyond: See Obama and the death of a live birth.

Planned Parenthood will make more — lots more — money.

Your Business Blogger(R) loves business. But not this one.


Join Fight FOCA *”Let all the babies be born.

Then let us drown those we do not like.”

GK Chesterton, Babies and Distributism, GK’s Weekly, 11/12/32

Thank you (foot)notes:

Bait and switch healthcare – the Trojan Horse strategy,

Below is an open letter to those who support the life of the pre-born and stand against a mandate which would fund abortions from tax revenue. This letter is from Charmaine Yoest, P.H. D, President and CEO of Americans United for Life. She writes:

“We’ve got inside information: Yesterday a media-relations executive from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, giving a talk here in Washington on Planned Parenthood’s health care reform strategy, made a comment that revealed the impact we’ve been making in thwarting the abortion industry’s agenda. She lamented that because the “anti-choice” movement — meaning pro-lifers like you and me — had attracted so much attention to her organization’s efforts to mandate abortion funding in health care reform, Planned Parenthood was being forced onto the defensive.

Anti-Abortion Coalition Called Into Question, By Sara Jerome

Myths about abortion in “Health Care” debacle

Media Alert: Charmaine Quoted in The Washington Post Denial of Care for the Elderly

August 1, 2009 | By | No Comments

charmaine_obamacon_me_yoest.pngCharmaine was interviewed on Thursday afternoon by Ceci Connolly from The Washington Post.

The WaPo Reporter was working on the story hook of the fear of senior citizens have about the legislation [that] would require every Medicare recipient to “choose how they want to die…” in Talk Radio Campaign Frightening Seniors, Provision for End-of-Life Counseling Is Described by Right as ‘Death Care’

Charmaine said,

“The emphasis on cost containment means “you’ll end up with denial of care for the elderly,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, who also testified against the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.

Possible abortion coverage and end-of-life care in the health bill will be “a watershed battle for the life community.”

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Thank you (foot)notes:

The liberal MSNBC changes ‘Death Care’ to ‘Euthanasia.’

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‘Euthanasia’ claims stoke seniors’ fears on health care, in

The Seattle Times, A campaign on conservative talk radio — fueled unintentionally by President Obama’s calls to control exorbitant medical bills — has sparked fear among senior citizens that the health-care overhaul bill moving through Congress will lead to end-of-life “rationing” and even “euthanasia.”

Media Alert: Charmaine Debates Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss

July 29, 2009 | By | No Comments

There are many reasons not to condone women selling their bodies. There is one really ugly reason.

Please look carefully at the two women debating the wisdom of prostitution.

Heidi Fleiss is younger, yes younger, than Charmaine Yoest.

Prostitution does not seem to help appearances.

Charmaine_Heidi_Fleiss.jpg Back in 2005 Charmaine debated the Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss on MSNBC hosted by Rita Cosby.

They debated the buying and selling of a woman’s…time…?

Heidi was for.

Charmaine was against that kind of market transaction.

You Can Rent the woman on the Left.

You Can’t Touch the woman the Right.

The type of cash for favors reported at the notorious Moonlight Bunny Range where every girl has her price. YouTube of half-clad Bunnies follows:

Charmaine Yoest debates

Heidi Fleiss on Bunny Ranch

The Alert Reader will recall that the Bunny Range series was one of MSNBC’s most popular features. This may have been the high point for the now liberal cable outlet.

MSNBC has gone down (in viewship?)

(in politics?) since.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Since this report Heidi, The Hollywood Madam has signed a Hollywood movie deal for Five Million Dollars, and

Charmaine has been appointed as president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

Every girl has her price; every girl makes her own deal.

Rita Cosby Live and Direct transcript.

Also see Beauty is as Beauty Does.

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Video Credit: Peter Shinn and The Dude.

Media Alert: Sotomayor Fundamental Right to Abortion; Charmaine Yoest in Human Events

July 28, 2009 | By | No Comments

Charmaine’s Testimony

to the Judiciary CommitteeCharmaine has an article in Human Events,

Sotomayor: Fundamental Right To Abortion, Not to Bear Arms, by Charmaine Yoest, 07/28/2009

Of all the generalities and evasions that Judge Sonia Sotomayor offered the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing, surely the strangest was one she made when describing her role in the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Sotomayor was on the PRLDEF’s board of directors for twelve years during the 1980s and early 1990s, a period when the fund issued no less than six briefs to the Supreme Court in abortion cases. Those briefs argued, among other things, that abortion was a “fundamental right” and that, contrary to scientific evidence, “the belief that life begins at conception is religious.” In them, the PRLDEF called upon the high court to strike down every common-sense state law regulating abortion, including ones supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans — such as parental-notification and informed-consent laws….

Dr. Yoest was the principal pro-life leader asked to testify at the Sotomayor hearings. For more, see

Dr. Yoest is President & CEO of Americans United for Life and AUL Action.

Read the entire article here.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Panel to vote on Sotomayor, confirmation likely,

The anti-abortion rights group Americans United for Life has also weighed in against Sotomayor, writing to senators urging a “no” vote and announcing that it, too, would include her confirmation vote in its annual scorecard.

The group said it was concerned Sotomayor would “undermine any efforts by our elected representatives to pass even the most widely accepted regulations on abortion and circumvent the will of the people.”

Abortion unleashed in Obama healthcare; The current health care bill will expand abortion more than anything since the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. It will offer no freedom and little choice,

After the last election, the media wanted to write an obituary about the pro-life movement,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life, “but on Capitol Hill they’re getting a lot of questions about FOCA, and this event is being taken very seriously. This battle over health care may seem new in some ways, but it’s the latest fight over FOCA, dressed up differently.”

Abortion a hurdle in health plan, Opponents gear up to fight ‘any mandate’ to require procedure, by Sylvia A Smith, Washington editor

WASHINGTON – Any health insurance bill Washington comes up with must ban coverage of abortion, one of the most common surgical procedures in the U.S., a group of organizations that oppose abortion has told Congress and President Obama.

The groups said they will ratchet up a campaign to ensure the “abortion mandate” is stripped from the bill.

“Abortion is not health care and does not belong in health-care reform,” the president of Americans United for Life said in a letter to President Obama on Thursday.

Charmaine Yoest said her organization will oppose any bill that “fails to explicitly exclude both abortion funding and mandatory abortion coverage” and that doesn’t allow health care providers to refuse to perform abortions.

FREE Management Training: The One Minute (Small Business) Manager Meets The Monkey

July 25, 2009 | By | No Comments

You Are Invited to a FREE* Management Seminar.

The Manager’s Formula for Success

The One Minute (Small Business) Manager Meets the Monkey: An Introduction

How to Manage Your Staff and How to Manage Your Manager

Well-run organizations have managers and staff who work to control events, instead of events controlling them. They anticipate the future . . . adapt to the present . . . and learn from the past.

Who: Managers who need to get in control of events or to better influence results

What: An introduction to The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey

1. The Management Equation:

Vocational Time vs. Management Time

2. How Management Really Works:

The Molecule of Management

3. The Who and How of Promotions:

The Freedom Scale

When: Thursday, August 6, 2009, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Where: Northern Virginia Community College,

Alexandria Campus, campus map

The new Bisdorf Auditorium, room 196

3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 street map

Parking and Directions here.

Why: Improve managerial effectiveness and staff efficiency.

Cost: FREE* Registration is helpful click here. Space is limited.

The class will reference the work of Ken Blanchard and Bill Oncken in their book The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey.

Also cited will be the Harvard Business Review article, Managing Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey?, published in 1974, by Bill Oncken, Jr.. The article, an edited excerpt of the Managing Management Time™ seminar, has gone on to become one of the two most requested reprints in the history of the Review.

The training summarized in the article is sometimes called the “Monkey Management” seminar.

Jack Yoest, Adjunct Professor of Management and President of Management Training of DC, is a former Armored Cavalry Officer in Combat Arms.

His military leadership training and management experience guides his philosophy at the core of Managing Management Time™. He has managed software, health care and international human resource management companies.

His experience is in Military, Academia, Early-Stage, Non-Profits, Fortune 500 and Government.

Jack also served in the Governor’s Office of the Commonwealth Virginia as Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Resources where he acted as the Chief Technology Officer for the secretariat. He was responsible for the successful Year 2000 (Y2K) conversion for the 16,000-employee unit.

He was also a manager with a medical device start-up and helped move sales from zero to over $12 million, resulting in a buy-out by Johnson & Johnson. Jack has consulted in China and India.

Questions? email or call Jack at 202.215.2434 to save your spot.

Jack Yoest


Adjunct Professor

Your Business Blogger(R)


Thank you (foot)notes:

*FREE. The Alert Reader knows well that there is no free lunch. But some products or services can be rendered at NO CHARGE as a component of an organization’s marketing budget. The taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Virginia have provided the compensation for Your Business Professor at NOVA.

Who’s Got The Monkey? from the Harvard Business Review

Following is the PowerPoint for the lecture:

One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey.ppt

Suggested class reading:

Do You Have An Incompetent Manager? From The Washington Post

One Minute YouTube Introduction: The Manager’s Formula For Success.

The six part management training video.

Charmaine Quoted In USA TODAY, Politico & The Washington Post

July 24, 2009 | By | No Comments

USA TODAY interviews Charmaine in Abortion fight is ‘enduring divide,’ by Joan Biskupic,

“Judge Sotomayor represents the future of the Supreme Court,” says Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, which would like to win reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal nationwide. Yoest testified against Sotomayor, who would be President Obama’s first appointment and the first Hispanic justice.

As a lower court judge, Sotomayor never ruled on abortion rights and, like nominees before her, she declined to tell senators her position on the issue.

Yoest said activists against abortion are mobilizing tens of thousands of people to urge members of Congress to ensure that any new health care law excludes the abortion procedure, so insurance companies would not be required to pay for it and no government funds would go toward it. (Law dating to the 1970s prohibits the use of federal Medicaid funds for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or when the woman’s life is endangered.)

William Wan writes Abortion Foes Rally Online Against Health Care Reform in The Washington Post,

Abortion foes — including some leaders among religious conservatives — put on a massive webcast last night aimed at rallying anti-abortion forces against current health care reform bills in Congress…

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, equates the health care plan to “a stealth agenda to impose FOCA [the Freedom of Choice Act favoring abortion rights].”

Join Fight FOCA Ben Smith in Politico reports, Abortion and the public option.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Jill Stanek questions the objectivity of the abortion-friendly USA TODAY, “To relegate the debate over abortion as one of “religious differences” is to say it is esoteric and unsolvable.”

Pro-life webcast gathers 36,000.

Stop the Abortion Mandate!

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Kim Gandy from NOW Stepping Down See the Charmaine and Kim Smackdown

June 15, 2009 | By | No Comments

LifeNews reports that Kim Gandy is leaving the leadership of the National Organization for Women (NOW) to spend more time with her family. Maybe…

It is more likely that she will join the liberal feminists running the Obama administration.

gandy_yoest_six_panel_smack_down.JPG Charmaine has crossed paths with NOW’s Gandy a time or two. The most memorable was in November 2005. At the time Your Business Blogger(R) noted the altercation,

I was in the middle of drafting an article on the glass ceiling for women. And got a first person account instead.

Click on image to enlarge; Charmaine on Right in red.

Today I thought I’d give the little woman a respite from the laundry and the kids. “Go play in the Nation’s Capital,” I said to Charmaine this morning. “Have a fun lunch with the girls!”

Then on the radio I hear Rush talk about a smack down at the Supreme Court and see a photo of Charmaine in her red power suit at Rush Limbaugh EIB Extra… .

She had Kim Gandy in a half-nelson. Elbowing Gandy aside at a press conference.

I have sat through a number of cantankerous board meetings. Adversarial budget negotiations. Hardball sales presentations. Terminations. Giving and getting.

But no one actually got spanked.

I thought the gathering of girls today would be a powder puff tea party of cooperation. Sweetness and light and reason and ‘Please’ and ‘Thankyou.’

I was wrong. No one fights like a woman on a mission.

I’ll have to rewrite the glass ceiling article.

(It is a joy to marry over your head.)

Join Fight FOCA


Thank you (foot)notes:

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Press Release: AUL Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe Publishes new book.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, AUL President & CEO said, “Politics for the Greatest Good is a critical book for the pro-life movement at this time in history. This important focus on the achievable in political strategy…AUL Action

FOXBusiness reports, Americans United for Life Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe Publishes Politics for the Greatest Good is now available at bookstores and

Rights of Conscience for Pro-Life Supporters

June 15, 2009 | By | No Comments

Americans United for Life is a public interest law firm that works to protect life in law.

AUL also works to protect the freedom of conscience of health care providers.

And the freedom of conscience of school-age children.

Alert Readers will recall the trauma inflicted on The Diva caused by our union-backed local elementary school. Watch her tell her story of harassment in her own words:

Student harassed for Pro-Life T-Shirt See AUL’s overview and philosophy of Rights of Conscience,

Healthcare Rights of Conscience Overview

“Legal protection for healthcare freedom of conscience affirms the need to provide quality care to patients, but also acknowledges that certain demands of patients, usually for procedures that are life-destructive and not life-saving, must not be blindly accommodated to the detriment of the rights of healthcare providers. Individuals and institutions do not lose their right to exercise their moral and religious beliefs and consciences once they decide to enter the healthcare profession.

Those who oppose laws protecting freedom of conscience, primarily pro-abortion advocates and groups, increasingly couch their arguments with references to women’s right to healthcare access (including access to contraception) and seek to compel providers to act in violation of their consciences. However, the use of the term “access” is a red herring, as there is no real problem, when a conscientious objection is made, with a patient going to another (willing) healthcare provider for service.”

It is not certain that the Sotomayor “empathy” would extend to The Diva.


Join Fight FOCA See original post Pro-Life Student Forced to Remove T-Shirt

Thank you (foot)notes:

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Potomac Flacks: Producer for Lars Larson Named Communications, By Matt Mackowiak

Heather Smith has been hired as Director of Communications at Americans United for Life. Smith most recently was a producer for “The Lars Larson Show,” a nationally-syndicated radio program. (CQ’s “People on the Move” column)

No, Matt did not link to the AUL press release.

Americans United for Life Launches New Website:,

Americans United for Life will be alerting the public about the Pro-Abortion-Choice affinities of Sotomayor and the abortion agenda of president Obama. AUL has published a new website .

Pelican Project Pro-Life

Funding to Promote Abortion, By SBrinkmann,

Also responding to the vote was Charmaine Yost, Ph.D., president and CEO of Americans United for Life . “If this act becomes law, it will be a grave injustice to women around the world,” Yost said.


Americans United for Life Launches New Website:

June 12, 2009 | By | No Comments

Most people know very little about Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor. Americans United for Life will be alerting the public about the Pro-Abortion-Choice affinities of Sotomayor and the abortion agenda of president Obama.

AUL has published a new website

Click on the banner for outstanding research and analysis to learn about Sotomayor’s judicial activism and the personnel policies of president Obama.

Alert Readers know that Charmaine served in presidential personnel in the (real) West Wing of the White House in the Ronald Reagan Administration. The direction from The Gipper was to hire carefully. Personnel is Policy.

President Obama shares more that oratorical elegance with Reagan. Obama also knows that Personnel is Policy.

Sotomayor is the personification of Obama’s abortion policy.


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