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MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine on FOX, Cavuto Obama and Wright: Do They Hate America?

March 14, 2008 | By | No Comments


Trinity United Church of Christ/Religion News Service

Sen. Barack Obama and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright God D@mn America,

God D@mn America,

God D@mn America…

The “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright cussing for the congregation.

Wright continues,

“We started the AIDS virus…

America is still the No. 1 killer in the world…

We supported Zionism shamelessly while ignoring the Palestinians”

Barack Hussein X. Obama tithed some $22,000 to Wright’s church to enable him to use other profanities such as “SH!T” from the preacher’s podium.


Elmer Gantry” Wright gives new meaning to “Bully Pulpit.”

Charmaine will have a one on one interview with Neil Cavuto to discuss the impact of Obama’s pastor’s statements and whether it will negatively impact Obama in the general election. Check local cable listing for Your World with Neil Cavuto.

Ronald Reagan said that personnel is policy. Obama is constantly telling us that he would surround himself with capable advisors. Because “Reverend” Wright has been one of them, the country should be worried.

Anyone who gets recruited for a top management job is hired for his wisdom and judgment. Obama admitted he’s not old enough to display any wisdom to compete with McCain. Now Obama is demonstrating he doesn’t have any judgment either.

Hit time is scheduled for 4:05 eastern. Please email us and let us know what you think. Your thoughts will be added to the comments section once our platform is repaired.



Charmaine at Princeton UniversityThank you (foot)notes:

See RONALD KESSLER’s article in The Wall Street Journal. At the jump, Mr. Obama consulted Mr. Wright before deciding to run for president. And now Obama doesn’t wear an American flag lapel pin. Mrs. Michelle X. Obama is not too happy with America either. Watch the video.

If Obama doesn’t win and McCain does, Wright’s first sermon might well be To H3LL With The Chief…

See A defense of Obama’s church and minister

Charmaine served as a senior advisor to the Huckabee for President campaign.

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Comparing Air Force and Naval Aviators

March 4, 2008 | By | No Comments


The Dude and Baby Boo circa 2005

USAF Academy The Dude wants to fly military war planes. Never too early to start planning. So which branch? Air Force or Navy?

John Howland who runs USNA-AT-Large has (very) Alert Readers who have written in with suggestions on just this topic. The following deserves a wide audience to aid the high schoolers — and younger — students in picking a military academy.

“Bill Taylor provides this handy guide for young Americans who have the choice –

Great comparison of USAF vs. USN Aviators. Pretty much fits my experience.

Regards, Bill

The piece is written by Bob Norris, a former Naval aviator who also did

a 3 year exchange tour flying the F-15 Eagle. He is now an accomplished

author of entertaining books about U.S. Naval Aviation including “Check

Six” and “Fly-Off”.

Check Six

Bob Norris

In response to a letter from an aspiring fighter pilot on which military

academy to attend, Bob replied with the following:

22 December 2005

Young Man,

Congratulations on your selection to both the Naval and Air

Force Academies. Your goal of becoming a fighter pilot is impressive and

a fine way to serve your country. As you requested, I’d be happy to

share some insight into which service would be the best choice.

Each service has a distinctly different culture. You need to ask

yourself “Which one am I more likely to thrive in?”


Baby Boo, Your Business Blogger, The Dude

P-51 Mustang, USAF Academy

USAF Snapshot: The USAF is exceptionally well organized and well

run. Their training programs are terrific. All pilots are groomed to

meet high standards for knowledge and professionalism. Their aircraft

are top-notch and extremely well maintained. Their facilities are

excellent. Their enlisted personnel are the brightest and the best

trained. The USAF is homogenous and macro.

No matter where you go, you’ll know what to expect,what is

expected of you, and you’ll be given the training & tools you need to

meet those expectations. You will never be put in a situation over your

head. Over a 20-year career, you will be home for most important family

events. Your Mom would want you to be an Air Force pilot…so would your

wife. Your Dad would want your sister to marry one.

Navy Snapshot: Aviators are part of the Navy, but so are Black

Shoes (surface warfare) and Bubble Heads (submariners). Furthermore, the

Navy is split into two distinctly different Fleets (West and East

Coast). The Navy is heterogeneous and micro. Your squadron is your home;

it may be great,average, or awful. A squadron can go from one extreme to

the other before you know it.

Fly Off

Bob Norris

You will spend months preparing for cruise and months on cruise.

The quality of the aircraft varies directly with the availability of

parts. Senior Navy enlisted are salt of the earth; you’ll be proud if

you earn their respect. Junior enlisted vary from terrific to the

troubled kid the judge made join the service. You will be given the

opportunity to lead these people during your career; you will be humbled

and get your hands dirty. The quality of your training will vary and

sometimes you will be over your head. You will miss many important

family events. There will be long stretches of tedious duty aboard ship.


The Chapel at the USAF Academy

Credit: The Diva

You will fly in very bad weather and/or at night and you will be scared

many times. You will fly with legends in the Navy and they will kick

your ass until you become a lethal force. And some days – when the

scheduling Gods have smiled upon you – your jet will catapult into a

glorious morning over a far-away sea and you will be drop-jawed that

someone would pay you to do it.

The hottest girl in the bar wants to meet the Naval Aviator.

That bar is in Singapore.

Bottom line, son, if you gotta ask…pack warm & good luck in



P.S.: Air Force pilots wear scarves and iron their flight suits.”


Thank you (foot)notes:


The Diva on the stick

MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine Presents at New America Foundation: The Politics of Parental Leave

November 21, 2007 | By | One Comment


Charmaine at the

New America Foundation Charmaine recently spoke at the New America Foundation on The Politics of Parental Leave. Her talk was based on her research at The University of Virginia. Her work was funded with a quarter million dollar grant from the Sloan Foundation.

Your Business Blogger found her findings most interesting. In particular, Charmaine discovered that when female academics take parental leave, women use the time off for parenting: to change diapers. Men took the time off to write a book; their wives still changed the diapers.

Who knew male academics were so…traditional?

Charmaine’s topic title was, The Politics of Parental Leave: Is Paid Parental Leave an Effective Means of Promoting Gender Equity in the Workplace? From the New America Foundation website by Paul Testa, Research Associate to the Health Policy Program,

“U.S. political candidates are beginning to produce work and family policy positions in response to what most Americans feel — that work and family balance is a major issue facing American families. Women in particular struggle with such balance and with achieving equality in the workplace. From the floors of Congress to the campaign trails Mandating paid parental leave has often been suggested as a possible solution to such struggles. But is this approach best for women as a whole?

To further this debate, Rev. David Gray, director of the Work Force and Family Program at New America Foundation welcomed Dr. Charmaine Yoest of the Family Research Council for a timely discussion of the politics of parental leave.

Dr. Yoest presented research from her time as the Project Director of the Family, Gender, and Tenure research project at the University of Virginia, which focused on the effectiveness of paid parental leave in academia.

…academia was “crucial case,” to assess whether paid parental leave could really level the playing field for women. “If there’s going to be any place in America where you’d expect paid leave to work, it would be in academia,” she said.

Dr. Yoest’s research centered on a survey of assistant professors with children under the age of two in tenure track positions at universities that offered paid leave policies. Her results questioned several of the traditional assumptions about paid parental leave.

Universities with paid parental leave policies did not have higher levels of female faculty and that paid parental leave policies were not associated with higher rates of promotion for women to more senior faculty positions.

In fact, Dr. Yoest argued paid leave policies may have been detrimental to leveling the playing field. The majority of leave-taking women felt they had less-time for research and writing when they returned and were more likely than their non-leave taking peers to consider dropping off the tenure track. The majority of leave-takers felt such policies made almost no difference in their efforts to receive tenure and some suggested there was a stigma associated with taking a paid leave.

Based on these findings, Dr. Yoest concluded that, “Paid leave may operate as a political fig leaf. The institutional results indicate that the policy by itself does not result in higher levels of achievement for women, making the use of political capital to establish the policy, a poor investment.”

[Her] provocative presentation was followed by lively round of question and answers.”

The New America Foundation has professionally included a video of her 60 minute talk and an audio and her Powerpoint on their site.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Also see You Are Invited: The Politics of Parental Leave at the New America Foundation

And Charmaine’s next talk, MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine at the New America Foundation debating America’s Changing Social Contract

The Effect of Parental Leave Policies

Maternity leave creates workplace debate

What Are the Benefits of Longer Maternity Leave?

House leaders seek to expand staff’s parental leave, By Karissa Marcum, Chris Good contributed to this article.

Jesse Brown: Mentor and The Man Who Said No To Bill Clinton

August 14, 2007 | By | 2 Comments


Jesse Brown My friend and mentor Jesse Brown died on 15 August 2002.

I’m not sure I thanked him enough while he lived.

So I acknowledge him every August since he passed.

He died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. But, for the Hand of Divine Providence, he should have died decades earlier in Vietnam.

He survived and devoted his life to service to others and mentoring goofs like Your Business Blogger. And also accomplished much more in the federal government.

The combat wounded Marine was able to do two things few bureaucrats have been able to do:

Close a government facility, and

Say No to President Clinton.

Jesse Brown managed something many government watchdogs felt impossible: He worked with veterans’ lobbies and closed out-dated or non-performing Veterans’ Administration medical facilities. These days when a government building or base needs to be closed, a special commission is set up to spread the guilt and minimize finger pointing.

Jesse Brown closed government buildings. Unbelievable. And he was a Democrat.

But an even bigger achievement was his ability to refuse Bill Clinton. Over lunch he told me the story of how he tactfully, adroitly rebuffed the chief of staff and the president’s “requests” to cut the VA budget. Jesse Brown did not succumb to Clinton’s charms and other lies challenges.

As Jesse Brown tells the story, the chief of staff, Leon Panetta, I believe, instructed Jesse to offer a cut in his budget and take the political heat, sparing the president. Brown declined.

Panetta puts Clinton on the phone to work his charm…

[Your Business Blogger once worked with a beautiful young woman from Arkansas — a rock-ribbed conservative — who met Bill Clinton. “It was the strangest thing,” she said. “He ignored the whole rest of the room, looked deep into my eyes and asked for my vote.”

Your Business Blogger didn’t move. It wasn’t too hard to see where this was going. “What did you say?” I asked.

She said, “I told him ‘yes.’ It was like he hypnotized me. I said yes…”

She wouldn’t be the last.]

…Panetta knowing that no one could resist Bill Clinton; no one could say ‘no.’

So Bill and Jesse have an extended conversation and Clinton oozes all all-round the topic — but never makes a direct statement; never a directive. Bill was simply smarmy and Jesse was un-seduced.

“Great talking with you Jesse,” said Clinton.

“Great talking with you Mr. President,” said Brown. And White House Signal signed off.

Jesse Brown was only 58 when he died.

He was wounded by enemy sniper fire in Vietnam leaving his right arm and hand partially paralyzed. This never slowed him down. People who knew Jesse always extended a left hand for a hand shake in greeting. His right wasn’t serviceable.

I once asked him when he was at the pinnacle of his career what drove him to work so hard. Money, I thought; status, celebrity? No. “I just want to help my friends,” he said.

His passion for service helped him become the Veteran’s Affairs Secretary for Bill Clinton.

And yet he helped me, a nobody who worked for a Republican, a Republican governor.

Jesse is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, not far from my dad. Two warriors to whom I owe so much.

Semper Fidelis.


Three Duties of a Mentor

In Memoriam: Jesse Brown

Job Interview: 3 Questions for Your Prospective Boss

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31 Jul



Marine Corps Marathon, Training Tips

July 31, 2007 | By | 2 Comments


Your Business Blogger and me

running the Richmond Marathon We are training for our third marathon. And this year The Dreamer will be able to join us.

She has done a triathlon, so she knows training and preparation and, well, pain, I think. A child’s pain, is always more painful to parent than child.

Which makes this marathon doubly painful. I got mine. I got hers.

Jack is a pain…sometimes. And sometimes not.

So we have the hurts and the runners’ high at the same time. Highs and Lows. Contradictions.

Except I’m not sure just how much pain she’s in. The Dreamer has not been running for a decade yet. (One track coach said she had natural talent. The only thing her parents could do was mess her up…) At the track, she laps her parents with ease.

So we don’t really know her pain level, but we do know ours. And knowing the pain will be a-coming, the hardest part is getting started. We are using the Jeff Galloway training program and he has advice for GETTING STARTED,

Those who run for 20 years or more tend to have the following things in common:

They enjoy most of the miles of almost every run.

They take extra days off from running to recover from aches, pains and burnout.

They don’t let goals (and training schedules) interfere with running enjoyment.

Or any of life’s enjoyments. With all of its contradictions:

Life is solidary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.


Life is Good.

On our New Balance we’ve had more of the latter than the former.


Thank you (foot)notes:

This is an unpaid advertisement/endorsement – From Running Getting Started by Jeff Galloway.

Nasty, Brutish and Short is not a law firm. But there is a very good blog Nasty, Brutish & Short, Penned by legal counsel, of course. Jack and I share a passion for ellipitcals with the lawyer at NBS. Both the trainers and reasoning, I guess.

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

July 23, 2007 | By | No Comments


Charmaine at Princeton University

April, 2007

Photo by Wes Shim Charmaine is quoted in Teen Sex Rates Stop Falling, Data Show, By Rob Stein, a Washington Post Staff Writer on Sunday, July 22, 2007; Page A01. Stein begins,

“The long decline in sexual activity among U.S. teenagers, hailed as one of the nation’s most important social and public health successes, appears to have stalled.

After decreasing steadily and significantly for more than a decade, the percentage of teenagers having intercourse began to plateau in 2001 and has failed to budge since then, despite the intensified focus in recent years on encouraging sexual abstinence, according to new analyses of data from a large federal survey.”

Charmaine’s quote is not on A-1 at the beginning of the story, but on the continuation deep in A-16 something. But Stein did quote her accurately, and yes, fairly,

“Teenagers today live in an MTV-driven culture and are bombarded by sexual messages that say it is normative for them to get involved sexually,” said Charmaine Yoest of the Family Research Council. “We need a message that sexual experimentation as a teenager is unhealthy.”

The number one reason that teens have sex is not the need for intimacy, or the fun, or the good time, or the passion.


Tobacco Free Kids It’s peer pressure.

The belief that every one is doing it.

And not everyone is. Just like smoking.

Proper parental supervision is more healthy than the teen’s peers.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Abstinence programs should be encouraged in the same manner as teen smoking campaigns. See Tobacco Free Kids. For more information on Teens and smoking, please contact our good friend, Danny McGoldrick, Vice President, Research at TobaccoFreeKids.

See more on the marketing — watch for negatives: The Marketing Bimbos.

Unlimited Youth Football in Northern Virgina

July 16, 2007 | By | 2 Comments


Northern Virginia

Unlimited Youth

Football Association Alert Readers know that we’ve moved around a bit.

Which means new schools, piano teachers, friends, coaches.

The Penta Posse has taken each uprooting and replanting as normal.

As we constantly remind them: We are not normal…

Anyway, The Dude has always been lucky to find the best coaches in sports.


The Hurricanes Maryland state champions Our luck continues in our move back to Virginia from Maryland. After some checking around, we learned that there is no local Pop Warner football league in Northern Virginia.

But we may have found something better for our boy.

The Northern Virginia Unlimited Youth Football Association is just what The Dude was looking for. The league’s motto is,

“Let the Big Guys Play!”

The program is designed for 6th-8th Graders Only (11-14 Years of Age), and most important:

No Weight Limit, No Experience Needed

The NOVA UYFA tag line continues,

“Prepare Yourself For High School Level – Come Experience The Fun!”

If you are looking for an advanced level of football for high school prep. Contact Joe or leave me a comment.

Or come to the FREE conditioning camp:

July 16th is the start of our Conditioning Camp.

Time: 6pm to 7:15pm

Place: White Oak Elementary School

The minimum weight is 130 pounds, so players are big. And serious.

Email me for questions.


The Son of Thunder

October 2005

“The Equipment Manager”


Thank you (foot)notes:

One of the challenges that this league is facing is a government bureaucracy. Your Business Blogger has wrestled a bit with bureaucracies and managing bureaucrats and working with bureaucracies well understands the challenges. The local government employee/zealots have made it difficult for the budget-conscience league to market to the general population. The most common marketing effort for the local sports teams is to place temporary roadside signage.

But the local governing jurisdictions are hammering the leagues with litter-laws, and other special big-government applications.

Joe Whibley, the Executive Director of NOVA UYFA says word of mouth works to identify football players.

“We are always looking for more players to join,” and Joe asks that we all help, “advertising…spreading the word…and recruiting for us.”

The counties are not yet silencing blogs as a media outlet. This is an unpaid endorsement for the Northern Virginia

Unlimited Youth Football Association.

See What Is The Best Predictor of Successful Leadership? See Management Training.

NOVA UYFA is Endorsed by the Northern VA High School Coaches Association

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USS Bonefish Lost: A Remembrance 18 June

June 13, 2007 | By | 3 Comments


A homecoming at a Navy pier

Norfolk, Virginia, undated Homecomings are exciting. And none more so as when a ship returns to port. To family.

But not all boats return.

The picture at left was taken by a shipboard Navy photographer capturing the emotion of waiting wives and children. Mom is seen at the lower right.


Every year around father’s day, our household remembers how very lucky we are. To celebrate dads and sacrifice. And the boys who never became dads.

This piece was originally published by The Virginian Pilot and the Courier Post.


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.


USS Bonefish,

Returning from her 4th patrol.

Sailors, rest your oars.

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. Dad eventually went back to high school and married my mother.

The other man is “on eternal patrol,” as the veterans say.

A half-century later, after fighting in and surviving two wars, my father was buried in Arlington Cemetery. He had the chance to raise a family and devote 30 years to the armed services, and pin second lieutenant bars on my shoulders.

He didn’t talk much about the Bonefish or the man who replaced him.

Still, I imagine in some Navy Valhalla my dad and this other sailor linked up together and asked the Creator, “Why?”

“Why him? Why me?”


John Sr. with John Jr.

War forces these questions on us, and they echo for generations. My father had me, and I now have a 4-year-old son, John, who carries his grandfather’s name and his love of battle and discipline.


John III with

John Jr. (Jack) John, like all children, often asks, “Why?” Like all fathers, I struggle to answer. But there are questions mere human reason cannot fathom.

Why was my father not on that submarine that fateful day?

And the answer does not come. Only that John now lives. With a purpose and a destiny still unknown.

When my wife was pregnant with our first child, someone asked her, “What is your greatest fear?” She answered that it was losing her husband; she feared the possibility of facing the awesome responsibility of motherhood alone.

But now, several children later, as I reflect on that same question, my fear is not of losing her, or even one of our daughters. I fear losing my son. In my masculine pride, I believe I can protect my wife and girls, but in my heart lurks the dread possibility that I must one day send my son to war.

My boy loves my cavalry saber and my dad’s medals. Wearing a military uniform and military service runs in our family. My son’s bloodline is traced through the Civil War and the Revolutionary War to William Penn to Charlemagne of ninth century France. His great-grandfather helped build Virginia Military Institute.

I pray the time never comes, but if it does, I expect that he will fight for God and country like his fathers before him.

Buried at sea, there are no headstones. I cannot mark the grave of the man who took my father’s place, so I mark the date. I pay silent homage in remembrance of June 18, 1945, when the sea smashed through the bulkheads and turned a warship into a coffin.

There have been many such coffins, and if history is any teacher there are many yet to come.

When I think of future wars, I pray that a doomed high-tech Bonefish will not carry my John. The fear of this nearly unendurable loss humbles me. That young man who walked on the Bonefish to take my father’s place was another man’s son. Another man’s dreams lost at sea.

War turns civilization on its head. In peace, sons bury fathers. In war, fathers bury sons.

It is a weighty debt. A debt of honor due. I expect to instill in my son a sense of history, of purpose, of his mission. That his body is not entirely his own, that he has a high calling.

I hope that I can teach him the lessons of his forefathers, those men now called the Greatest Generation.

It is my prayer that instilling this sense of mission will drive out the distractions, temptations and destructions of his growing generation. That drugs will not cloud his ambition. That he will see the hand of divine providence moving in his life.

That he will know he has so much to be thankful for. Like his fathers before him.

I pray he will be grateful, like his grandfather. It is my charge to tell my son that another man took his grandfather’s place. My son has the duty, and like me, the obligation to his family and to that other man, to live with a sense of purpose and awe.

To live with a sense of respect to the tomb of that other young submariner.

This June 18, I want to salute the man who died for me and the men who died for us all. I want my son to know his debt of honor. And, God willing, my son will bury me.

John Wesley Yoest, Jr., of Richmond, is [the former] assistant secretary for the Department of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Since this was first published a few years ago, Your Business Blogger has been honored to hear from other veterans who served on the Bonefish and naval historians. There were actually 85 men lost aboard the Bonefish and another boat holds the distinction of last sub lost in the war.

Charmaine blogged on the Bonefish June years past.


James and Jack And, since this article was written, we’ve added John’s brother James to the family — here he is in the same sailor suit that dad sewed by hand while at sea decades and decades ago. Sons (and grandsons) of thunder.

See here for our visit to Arlington Cemetery.

Alert reader Greg Gray reminds us that,

“In peace, sons bury fathers. In war, fathers bury sons.”

That comes from Herodotus 1:87. But it’s still a wonderful point. Also relevant to today is Pericles’ oration in Thucydides’ Peloponnesian Wars.

Published: June 18, 1999

Section: LOCAL, page B11

Type of story: OPINION


© 1999- Landmark Communications Inc.

Description of illustration(s):

Art by Margaret Scott


See Five Days in May: USS Scorpion Lost another boat that did not come home.

Be sure to visit Ron Newton with A Noble Generation Of Workers Matured The Hard Way.

Tony Soprano: Conflict Resolution? Or How the Sopranos is Like a Spreadsheet

June 11, 2007 | By | One Comment


Tony Soprano HBO Your Business Blogger and Charmaine are not happy with the ending of the Sopranos series last night.

For the same reason that most entertainment today fails to entertain: Because of a failure…

No, not to communicate. But,

The failure to resolve the conflict of the protagonist.

What happened to Tony’s current conflict? Resolved or on-going? On-going as life goes on?

Every play, book, comic book, movie must have an ending and not, well, just end. Movies and real life, as our show bizie friends tell us, are not quite the same — except when they are. On-going.

But who wants to watch a non-ending ending in a movie? We get enough of that in-real-life. We all are living the non-ending. (Except that in-real-life dying part…)

An ending can be simple — but it should not simply end. This makes customers mad.

Or was the going to black Tony getting whacked? That would be an ending, but who knows? It is an unanswered question open to interpretation.

Interpretation. My favorite mentor, Dr. Dad, (without whom my MBA would have been impossible) says that financial spread sheets always raise more questions than they answer. It takes a seasoned boss to exercise wisdom and judgment to question the answers in the numbers. And this is real work.

I didn’t want to work when watching the Sopranos’ finale.

It was like watching a spreadsheet. No answers.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Are movies supposed to be like life? Or, are movies more like business marketing?

See what Captain Ed thinks.

The Anchoress does not mind the ambiguity.

MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine Returns to CNN and Glenn Beck: Virginia Tech Murders

April 20, 2007 | By | One Comment


Glenn Beck

on CNN

Charmaine will be coming back again this week on the Glenn Beck Show on CNN to discuss the cultural implications of the shooting at Virginia Tech.

The Killer Was Evil. He Made an Evil Choice.

Liberals do not want to hear any debate on Good and Evil. Because Liberals cannot, of course, name Evil.

Because they would then have to acknowledge Good.

Because liberals cannot acknowledge our Creator from which all Good flows.

Hit times are thrice tonight, Friday: 7, 9 and 12 midnite Eastern on your CNN Headline News cable outlet.


Charmaine on remote on the DC set

for Glenn Beck who is taped in NYC

Photo Credit: The Dude Please tune in and let us know what you think.

And listen to a conservative Political Scientist who can name Evil.