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The Thanatos Syndrome: A Book Prediction On Obama Denial of Care

August 21, 2009 | By | No Comments

A must-read book suggestion for our deadly times: The Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy. It has been a long-time favorite of ours.

It will soon be everyone’s favorite.

From a few years ago…

Winston Churchill said that if a book is not worth reading twice, it’s not worth reading once. Charmaine has a book suggestion that deserves double coverage.

Cross Posted at Reasoned Audacity by Charmaine:

I love nothing better as a Christmas present than a good book. (Unless, of course, the present sparkles.) After all the paper has been ripped apart, discarded, and finally cleaned up. . . to sit down with a cup of tea, ignore the kids (who are fighting, hopefully, playing happily with new toys) and lose yourself in another world. . .That’s Christmas cheer for me.

If that’s you, or someone you love, then National Review has the list for you! Kathryn put up today NRO’s annual Christmas book-buying guide.


There are some terrific suggestions from Ralph McInerny, Michael Novak, Victor Davis Hanson, Mary Ann Glendon, and, well, me.

My own suggestion is The Thanatos Syndrome, by Walker Percy. First, it’s just a great story. But with Percy, there’s always two more layers. He’s such an unusual craftsman with words, that it’s a joy to read him, technically — to sit back and just watch the words march across the page. It’s almost like watching Percy play.

More importantly, however, I called this novel “subversive” because it’s not until the end of the book that the full import of the story becomes clear. He subtly pulls the reader along for a ride, then weaves a pro-life message into the book’s wackiness.

I was bemused at the end — I remember turning to Jack and saying, “Wow, how did he do that?” The book won a National Book Award!

Did I mention the underlying pro-life message??

What a hoot.

I think this Christmas, I’ll reread it.

* * *

Now it’s your turn. What else should I be reading this Christmas??

Cross-posted at Zeitgeist.


From Ralph C. Wood,

…Percy likens late 20th-century American life to the Weimar Republic. He finds harrowing parallels between our own behaviorists and the German scientists who practiced eugenics while quoting Rilke and Goethe and Schiller.

Our culture shares with theirs, Percy suggests. a mere utilitarian regard for human life.

The logical conclusion of that view is that those who are “useless” to themselves or the world — unwanted infants, nursing home residents and victims of severe mongolism, epilepsy, encephalitis, arteriosclerosis, progressive neurological disease and hopeless schizophrenia — ought to be “compassionately” eliminated.

In the absence of a “life with dignity,” reasons one of Percy’s humanist technicians, those who make no ‘contribution” to society should all be accorded their right to a “death with dignity.”

The sickness-unto-death that first manifested itself at Verdun and the Somme did not end with Dachau and Hiroshima; it has penetrated to the very core of American culture.

Percy gives our spiritual disease terrifying expression by having a team of well-meaning humanists enact their own deceptively decent form of demonry.

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What Did Not Happen in 2008?

January 2, 2009 | By | No Comments


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?


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?


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.



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.

17 Nov



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

November 17, 2008 | By | 8 Comments

Warning: The Condom Commercial is for mature audiences.

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

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

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

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

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

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

So what will Obama do about abortion and condoms?

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

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

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

Watch the video and let us know what you think.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

CatholicCitizens writes,

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

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

Charmaine Speaks at UVa; Jonah Goldberg Speaks at Emory. Who Knew?

October 22, 2008 | By | No Comments

charmaine_speaking_ceadarville.GIFCharmaine and Jonah at National Review both had speaking gigs at major schools.

Q: Who Knew?

A: No one.

Charmaine lecturing on campus

I drove the wife and The Dreamer, The Dude, The Diva, The Dancer, and Baby Boo* down to Mr. Jefferson’s University so Charmaine could speak on women in leadership at Darden, UVa’s business school. The first thing we see are well-armed police.

Uniformed dark blue. Unsmiling.

I ask the sergeant about his job and the small gaggle of 150 women, “Crowd control?”

He looks me over. I’m holding a four-year old’s hand: I am not a threat.

I am the conservative.

The cop’s face moves a millimeter into what passes for a smile. His head shakes a millimeter into what passes for no.

His eyes return to the assembly. He’s looking for trouble.

I speak to one of the organizers about the number of attendees, the marketing of the event…the security. (Your Business Blogger(R) cares about such things; teaching Business at the Northern Virginia Community College. Where James Carville also taught.)

The event planner whispers, “We didn’t publicize the event…we weren’t sure who would come…”

Even though Charmaine spent ten years at UVA, earned her Ph.D. and taught (Politics and the Family) the organizers were fearful. Charmaine, a woman and a conservative who worked for Huckabee, Pro-Life, now a president and CEO of a law firm, might cause two horrors on the Campus Grounds:

1) A violent campus protest, or, worse,

2) A good conservative turn out.

goldbergs.jpgThe police were out in force to keep pie throwing liberals away from the conservative speaker.

Or keep a woman from making a citizen’s arrest.

Or having a Democrat scratch KKK on our monster SUV, the Huck-a-Truck.

Jonah Goldberg

and wife Jessica Gavora

The police were there to protect us from the Brown Shirts with the party of death.

The police are on the side of law and order…so far.

We have been lucky with Charmaine’s public speaking in academia.


In a fashion, conservative Jonah has been lucky too. His speaking event at Emory was not publicized on the school website. He was not assaulted. He was ignored.

When he would rather have had a riot, I guess. (We guys like to think like this…)

A riot of ideas, please. But conservatives cannot get real “balance” in the academic setting. Goldberg writes,

It’s particularly odd because the majority of the time I speak on a college campus — even when debating a liberal — I’m told that I’m the first conservative they’ve had there for a while and that I was brought in for “balance.”

You’d think if that were the case, the various administrations would at least want some credit for providing equal time.

Even though, even a brief perusal of almost any college or university’s events calendar will quickly show that they could have the entire masthead of National Review speak month after month and it still wouldn’t equal balance…but the idea that simply inviting one or two objectively conservative speakers every couple years provides ideological balance is just absurd.

The joke is even bigger when you discover as I have at numerous schools that many professors tell their students they shouldn’t go hear conservative speakers.

Jonah Goldberg gets this right: students should get both sides of any debate.

That would be, well, Fair and Balanced…


* Alert Readers know our five children are also known as the Penta-Posse.

Bush Hoax Resignation Speech

June 25, 2008 | By | 4 Comments

The following has been circulating on the web and deserves a wide audience. Please comment if the author is known. The writer should be acknowledged and acclaimed.


The following ‘speech’ was written recently by an ordinary Maineiac [a resident of the People's Republic of Maine ]. While satirical in nature, all satire must have a basis in fact to be effective. This is an excellent piece by a person who does not write for a living.

The speech George W. Bush might give:

Normally, I start these things out by saying ‘My Fellow Americans.’

Not doing it this time. If the polls are any indication, I don’t know who more than half of you are anymore. I do know something terrible has happened, and that many of you are really not fellow Americans any longer.

I’ll cut right to the chase here: I quit. Now before anyone gets all in a lather about me quitting to avoid impeachment, or to avoid prosecution or something, let me assure you: There’s been no breaking of laws or impeachable offenses in this office.

The reason I’m quitting is simple. I’m fed up with you people. I’m fed up because you have no understanding of what’s really going on in the world. Or of what’s going on in this once-great nation of ours. And the majority of you are too d@mned lazy to do your homework and figure it out.

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California is in Play for the Republicans Herb London, Ph.D.

May 14, 2008 | By | No Comments

America’s Secular Challenge

Stacey Herb London Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine and The Dude had dinner last night with Herb London and Grover Norquist, Board Members of The Harbour League.

Dr. Herb London (yes, the dad of Stacey London) (no, she wasn’t there) states that John McCain can win California. I ask him why.

“Obama can’t get the Hispanic vote in California and McCain can,” says London, who runs the Hudson Institute.

London believes that McCain is going to win big because there are still enough good Americans “in the heartland who share McCain’s values.” McCain holds for “American Exceptionalism” — as so do most Americans, London says.

London, a Professor Emeritus at NYU and author of 21 books, says that he was once asked to write an essay on the most significant event of the last 1,000 years.

He wrote that the most significant event was not the internet or some war or penicillin or the creation of nation states.

It was the creation of America — with our creed that states that the “citizens’ rights are endowed by their Creator,” unlike other ‘democracies’ in the world.

Pro-Life McCain will win because he loves America and loves life and the voters believe him. Barack X. Obama may love America but most voters don’t believe him. And liberals don’t care if he loves America or not…

McCain believes that America is exceptional. And he has the scars to prove it.


Thank you (foot)notes:

See How Voting for McCain is Like Getting a Root Canal.

The Harbour League is the ‘go to’ conservative organization in Maryland. Go visit.

Even though Stacey London, from What Not To Wear on The Learning Chanel, didn’t attend, her mom was also at The Harbour League. She is a class act. The London’s are great Americans. Buy their books.

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform; hosts a weekly Wednesday meeting in Your Nation’s Capital for conservative thinkers. It is invitation only.

Huckabee Draws Big Crowds In Texas

February 21, 2008 | By | No Comments

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee continues to play to packed houses. At last night’s rally in Plano, Texas, the campaign staff were forecasting some 500. Not a bad crowd.

2,000 cheering voters showed up. I Like Mike.

The race is far from over. John Culberson, congressman from Houston, recently endorsed Huckabee. Culberson’s district borders Tom DeLay’s old district — who also endorsed Huckabee.

John predicts that Houston will go for Huckabee. And as Houston goes, so goes Texas.

Representative Culberson made his decision after hearing Huckabee at CPAC and talking with him afterwards.

John McCain’s race to 1,191 delegates is not a given.

Charmaine Quoted in God-O-Meter

February 20, 2008 | By | No Comments

It is an unwritten rule that media outlets, friendly or not, will use the most unflattering picture-portrait in the universe.

Note UPDATE at end.

If an editor must choose between the subject in, say, post-marathon svelve-ness — or a picture after an all-nighter finishing a tedious chapter on statistics after two years of desertion writing.

And after having that baby…

The editor will, of course, pick the poorest. This is editorial bias.

So if an editor can choose between this,


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. or this.

The Alert Reader knows which way the call is going to go.

Charmaine is less bothered by this than Your Business Blogger.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Dan Gigoff writes,

Yoest returned to FRC last month, when Huckabee’s cash flow got too tight, but she had this interesting insight in what keeps Huckabee going in the face of very long odds:

“It fits with a worldview that sees life as being dependent on God’s will… and a Christian following God’s will means taking the next step that’s in front of you.

That’s where I think he’s coming from to a large degree.

It’s entirely consistent to say, “I’m going to play that out—it’s not over till it’s over.”

…There’s a route to a brokered convention. It may not be pretty, but it’s possible.”

Update/Correction: Dan Gilgoff, the Politics Editor at Beliefnet, Inc. substituted a newer picture as requested. He was very gracious. Alert the Media.

Beliefnet, Inc tag line: Inspiration. Spirituality. Faith. Award-Winning Content. – Winner, 2007 National Magazine, Award for General Excellence Online. Largest Spirituality & Inspiration Website with 3.2MM site visitors and 11.0 MM newsletter subscribers.

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MEDIA ALERT: Your Business Blogger in Business & Media Institute: CNN Reveals New Definition of Recession

November 26, 2007 | By | No Comments

Your Business Blogger was visiting mom over Thanksgiving. I told her about the good work by the good guys at the Business & Media Institute.

I explained to her about the bias that the media injects into business reporting: talking down the economy, business men are evil monsters and Republicans don’t care about the little guy (customers).

“For example,” I begin, reverting to consultant/professor mode, “the economy is on fire–”

“What?” mom interjects.

“The economy…” I stop. It is a smart son that does not lecture his mother. “Mom, do you think we are in a recession?”

“Yes!” she cries. “People are unemployed, inflation has everything so expensive and people are losing their homes!”

Oh no. CNN got to her.

Read my article over at Business & Media Institute, CNN’s ‘Recession Watch’ Continues, with New Definition of Recession: Morning show focuses on negative Christmas shopping predictions as indicator of economic health, despite strong job growth. And read how CNN got it wrong.

The Alert Reader will note that Black Friday sales are up 8 percent over same day last year. That is explosive growth — ignored or minimized by the main stream media.

The main stream media will do anything to talk down the economy to try to get Hillary elected.

From BMI,

According to the White House Fact Sheet for October, statistics that CNN …should have considered:

Real GDP grew at a strong 3.9 percent in the third quarter of 2007

October 2007 marked the 50th consecutive month of job growth.

The economy has six years of uninterrupted growth.

Real after-tax per capita personal income has risen by 12.7 percent, an average of $3,800 over the last seven years.

Mom did not believe the numbers. She believes what she sees on TV. Too much CNN. Not enough FOX.

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.