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03 Jun



The Camera Loves You, Baby! Here's Rule One

June 3, 2006 | By | 3 Comments

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players:…And one man in his time plays many parts, said Shakespeare.

Leaders, like the Alert Readers of this humble blog, have a part to play. Lines to read, marks to hit. Here’s your first lesson.


Naomi Judd, Bill Maher, Charmaine Simon Cowell, the acerbic judge on American Idol, knows how to pick talent.

When Simon evaluates the likeability of a performer, he looks not at the action on the stage. He looks at a feed on a monitor at his elbow. To see what the singer looks like on a flat screen. Two dimensional. To see what the camera angle captures.


Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul

The first rule in camera love:

Show Your Left Face.

The left side of the human face has the subliminal effect of being more likeable, more approachable.

See Naomi Judd with Bill Maher, above. Bill, as you notice, looks directly to the camera. Maher doesn’t have a good side. (Charmaine was pulled into the frame, the shutter snapped as she searched for the camera. Hazards of a fast moving show-bizie bash.)

Even Naomi’s drunk daughter, Wyonna, posed properly for her police mug shot.


Wyonna Judge

Facing Right

Showing Left

When facing the camera, look to the right and show your left side. It will be your best.


Looking Right:

Portrait of a Lady with an Ostrich-Feather Fan,


c. 1660; Oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC


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More on the Shakespeare quote at the jump. As You Like It.

And, more recently blogger Pamela Slim.

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Ramesh Ponnuru from National Review Speaks at the Harbour League

May 17, 2006 | By | No Comments


Ramesh Ponnuru

credit: Charmaine Yoest The Harbour League, based near Baltimore, Maryland, Presents:

The Party of Death


Ramesh Ponnuru

Ramesh Ponnuru is senior editor for National Review and has covered politics as a reporter for more than a decade. He has been a fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London and a media fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution

His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, the Washington Times, the Weekly Standard, and Financial Times.

He is also a frequent guest on television including appearances on FOX’s The Big Story with John Gibson, CNN’s Inside Politics, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, CSPAN’s Washington Journal and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

7:00pm — 8:00pm (Reception to follow)

Doors open at 6:30pm

The Cloisters

10440 Falls Road

Lutherville, Maryland


There is no charge for this event; however, RSVP is a must. Seating is limited and Harbour League members have priority seating.

RSVP for this Event here.


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Media Alert: Charmaine On NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

May 10, 2006 | By | One Comment

The LIttle Woman is debating the morning after Plan B abortion pill on NBC. ProLifeNews has the 2 1/2 minute video clip.

Be sure to visit March Together.


Karl Rove at the Salem Communcations Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

May 6, 2006 | By | No Comments


Hugh Hewilt, 3-Time Emmy Award Winner;

Charmaine Yoest

photo credit: Jack Yoest Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo. The fifth of May is our wedding anniversary. Chuck deFeo, Director of Online Strategy for Town Hall, Beyond the, with the Salem Web Network, asked us to join him with 300 of our closest friends in Your Nation’s Capital. Karl Rove would say a few words.

Which is odd since he didn’t know it was our anniversary. And no one mentioned it. The dinner was off the record, but I think I can report that Karl Rove was silent about Your Business Blogger and the Little Woman.

Other than forgetting our anniversay, Rove was quite engaging.


Charmaine, Mark Steyn making a point,

Michael Medved backgroundThere was a panel with Dennis Prager, Mark Steyn, Bill Bennett.

In the audience, asking questions, was Hugh Hewitt, James Dobson, Frank Gaffney, Mike Gallagher.

We picked up a copy of Hewitt’s new book, Paint the Map Red. The Entertainment Industry has the best SWAG.

Janet Parshall; Elaine Bennett of Best Friends; Michael Medved. Some of the brightest stars and thinkers in the business.

Ken Blackwell, the next president Governor, of Ohio spoke.

There were some very, very smart people in that room. I wasn’t one of them. I felt like a, well, journalist.

David Aikman moderated the panel. He spent two decades with Time magazine. He’s the former Beijing bureau chief. He is such an unTimely kind of guy. (David and Dennis Prager greeted each other speaking fluent Russian.) Anyway, he wrote Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power. David says that China is changing. They are beginning to understand the rule of law. Lex Rex. He says most of the young lawyers–lawyers! there are Christians. Go figure.

I read Aikman’s book. He starts his book with a lecture from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing in 2002. Aikman quotes a Chinese academic speaking to a group from the USA visiting China:

One of the things we were asked to look into was what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world…We studied everything we could from the historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective. At first, we thought it was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this.

The Chinese don’t doubt the source of our cultural heritage. Sadly, American liberals do.


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The National Day of Prayer was Thursday, May 4th. George Bush spoke.


Ed Atsinger

Salem President

and CEOSalem Communications Corporation, NASDAQ SALM,

… is the leading provider of radio programming, online resources and magazines targeted to the Christian and family themes audience. …Salem Communications currently owns and operates 95 radio stations nation-wide, with 60 stations located in the top 25 most populated U.S. markets. …Religious formats constitute the third largest radio format in the United States. Currently, over 2,000 radio stations are identified as having primarily a religious format. Approximately 52% of Americans been identified as listeners to religious formatted radio.

Read more on Salem’s Editorial Board: Hugh Hewitt, Terry Eastland, Janet Parshall, Albert Mohler, Jr., Michael Medved, Phillip Johnson and David Aikman.

Basil’s Blog has a Picnic.

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Media Alert: Charmaine Returns To ABC World News Now

April 5, 2006 | By | No Comments


Charmaine will be on ABC News Now at 5:30 EST talking again about the down-and-very-dirty on the internet and web cams and Homeland Security.


This is a follow-up to the X-cubed debate Charmaine did a few days ago.

You can watch streaming video live online here.


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Media Alert: Charmaine On ABC News Now Debating X Cubed

April 3, 2006 | By | No Comments


Charmaine will be on ABC News Now at 5:30 EST talking with Sam Donaldson about the nasty stuff your spam filter would catch.

If you know what I mean and I think you do.

You can watch streaming video live online here.

Tune in and do comment on content and style.


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31 Mar



Ted Turner is the Big Winner…

March 31, 2006 | By | 2 Comments


Brent Bozell

MRC’s Founder…at the Media Research Center’s DisHonor Awards. Your Business Blogger and Charmaine attended last night’s fund raising dinner with 960 of our closest DC friends.

Typical rubber chicken talk-a-thon? Nope. Steak at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Humor and hand-held noise makers. Real Laughter.

Brent Bozell, with his master of ceremonies, Peabody Awarding winning Cal Thomas, had terrific material to work with.

Poking fun at the liberal media bias. With actual footage of the nincompoopheads that bring us the news. The Goliaths.

The Army of Davids was in the audience.


Media Research CenterThere were multiple categories. Nominees included Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Nina Totenberg, Jack Cafferty, Keith Obermann, Nancy Giles, Rick Kaplan, David Gergen, Ted Turner, Harry Smith, Mary Mapes, Kathy Griffin, Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell.

Oddly, none of the nominees were in attendance.

The presenters included Tony Blankley, Larry Kudlow, Mark Levin, Brent Bozell.

The winners were Chris Mathews, Rosie O’Donnell, Ted Turner.


The West’s Last ChanceHigh class swell swag was to be had. Courtesy MRC: copies of Tony Blankley’s new book.*

Ted Turner’s award winning interview was his political analysis. Critical of the USA, and fawning of North Korea and Kim Jong-il. Oppression, torture, starvation north of the 38th parallel? He didn’t see any. “I saw thin people…riding bikes,” lectured Turner.

Odd to hear an American hating southern accent. Well, his and Jimmy Carter’s.

Conservatives have a liberal sense of humor. Mark Levin said, “…Rosie O’Donnell went to charm school…on a football scholarship.”

Tony Blankley mused that CNN’s AAron Burr Brown believes all conservative policies and programs are delivered from “the anus of satan.”

Larry Kudlow comma Capitalist, as he always introduces himself on CNBC, rolled the Chris Matthews clip. This is where the host of Harball says, “We’ve got to get out of our American skin…the North Vietnamese were …objectively the good guys…” in the Vietnam War. This is what passes for journalism. And is failing.

Stan Evans bemoaned the lack of liberal’s grammar. “Brokeback Mountain?…It’s not Brokeback — it’s BROKENback Mountain…”

See the video at the Media Research Center.

The evening closed with A Tribute to the American Military. Some cried. Out loud.

Brent Bozell is a class act. Who loves America.


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* I picked up a few extra copies of the Blankley book. Leave me a comment on liberal bias and the benefit of blog reading and I’ll mail you a FREE copy. Include mailing address, will not be published. While supplies last.

The DisHonors Awards have been held since 1999. More at the jump.

Soldier’s Angel has more on the media bias.

Visit Pundit Review for real analysis.

Full Disclosure: Brent Brozell has said nice things about Your Business Blogger’s wife and one of her appearances on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect.

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Your Business Blogger Interviewed by Small Business Trends

March 25, 2006 | By | No Comments

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SMB Trendwire

We talk about the

Top 10 Mistakes Business Owners Make and What to Do About Them

Let me know what you think.


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Small Business Trends is hosted by Anita Campbell. Visit for the best business in small businesses.

Media Alert: Charmaine on CNBC

March 24, 2006 | By | No Comments

cross post from Reasoned Audacity

I’ll be on CNBC tonight, “On the Money” talking about Senator Baucus’ proposal to establish a XXX domain for porn. It’s a bad idea. Hit time is 7:30.

Saturday UPDATE:


Stacy has the video.

As usual, they invite me to talk about porn, then, while I’m talking they run pictures. . . of porn. Don’t run this while your kids are around. I took the Dude with me to the studio for the taping and wished he hadn’t seen the segment.