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Media Alert: Charmaine to Appear on FOXfor Special Needs Children

October 24, 2008 | By | No Comments

baby_within_its_mother.jpgFOX reporter Molly Henneberg is doing a story on Sarah Palin’s speech on Special Needs Children for Special Report tonight Friday, 24 October. Hit time is 6pm.

A baby within its mother

Charmaine will be discussing Sarah Palin’s passion on this Pro-Life issue. From RealClearPolitics,

One of the most wonderful experiences in this campaign has been to see all the families of children with special needs who come out to rallies and events just like this. We have a bond there. We know that children with special needs inspire a special love. You bring your sons and daughters with you, because you are proud of them, as I am of my son.

My little fella sleeps during most of these rallies, even when they get pretty rowdy. He would be amazed to know how many folks come out to see him instead of me.

When I learned that Trig would have special needs, honestly, I had to prepare my heart. At first I was scared, and Todd and I had to ask for strength and understanding. I did a lot of praying for that understanding, and strength, and to see purpose.

And what’s been confirmed in me is every child has something to contribute to the world, if we give them that chance. You know that there are the world’s standards of perfection, and then there are God’s, and these are the final measure. Every child is beautiful before God, and dear to Him for their own sake. And the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are most vulnerable.

As for our baby boy, Trig, for Todd and me he is only more precious because he is vulnerable. In some ways, I think we stand to learn more from him than he does from us. When we hold Trig and care for him, we don’t feel scared anymore. We feel blessed…

John McCain and I have a vision in which every child is loved and cherished, and that is the spirit I want to bring to Washington.

Every Child. Born and Unborn. Please watch and let us know what you think.

Media Alert: Focus on the Family’s Citizen Link Interviews Charmaine;Michelle Bachmann’s Run for Congress

October 24, 2008 | By | No Comments

dobsons_yoest_white_house_cor_dinner_05.jpgCharmaine was interviewed by Family News in Focus (called “FiNIF”) a short radio program produced by James Dobson’s Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs. It will run on Monday, 27 October, 2008.

The Yoests and

The Dobsons

A print version of the conversation is available on Citizen Link

Life Advocates Challenge Obama over Pro-Abortion Priorities

Americans United for Life Action is calling on Sen. Barack Obama to explain why he opposes parental-involvement laws, which are designed to protect girls from sexual predators.

The letter to Obama recounts the true story of a 14-year-old Cincinnati girl who was impregnated by her 21-year-old soccer coach. The coach, who signed in place of her parents for her to have an abortion, is in jail.

Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of AUL Action, said the story underscores the need for parental-involvement laws.

Yet, according to a promise made to Planned Parenthood, the first thing Obama would do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act — a sweeping piece of legislation that could wipe away every federal, state and local law limiting or regulating abortion.

“I’d like to know why it he supports such radical legislation that would make it impossible for us to put any limitations whatsoever on abortion,” Yoest said.

– Family News in Focus


charmaine_roger_hedgecock_michele_backmann_Rmn_gop_convention_2008.pngPro-Life Michelle Bachmann is running for re-election to Congress in a close race. We spoke to Michelle during the GOP convention in Minnesota. She believes in limited government, low taxes, winning the war and the sanctity of life.

Charmaine on Roger Hedgecock’s radio program with Michelle Bachmann

She is authentic. And not liked by the liberals in media and in congress. See her short clip on condemning Planned Parenthood on the floor of Congress.Michelle, like Sarah Palin is real. They each have five children. Adding up the Bachmanns, the Palins and our Penta-Posse, we could fix Social Security all by our selves…

Not counting Michelle and her husband Marcus’s 23 foster children.

That is public service. That is love.

Charmaine_David_gregory_nbc_gop_convention_2008.png Charmaine spars with David Gregory at the GOP convention.

Also check out this clip at Concerned Women for America:

Your Business Blogger(R) teaches sales and marketing at the Northern Virginia Community College. The CWA clip is a world class example that appeals to this sight and sound generation.

Obama Bigots Vandalize McCain Yard Signs

October 23, 2008 | By | 3 Comments

Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine came home late yesterday and installed a McCain Campaign sign near our house.

“It won’t last the night,” I predicted to the wife.

“Nonsense,” she says, “Not in this neighborhood.”

obama_mccain_sign_vandal.pngIt is a polite, liberal part of Arlington, Virginia. Full of Bush-haters, anti-war, big-government tax and spend socialists. Nice people, as Democrats go.

Our friends.

Note wire where McCain sign once was.

But there were Brown Shirts among us.

The McCain sign didn’t last the night.

About the only time Charmaine has been wrong. It doesn’t happen much.

obama_mccain_sign_vandal_yoest_repair.png Your Business Blogger(R) repairing McCain Campaign sign.

Photo Credit: The Dreamer

The Alert Reader will notice the Obama signage untouched.

Maybe Republicans are the polite party. The party of life

And Democrats are the party of death. The party of the Brown Shirts.


Charmaine and I had lunch yesterday with Karl Rove and a few friends to support the work of the Susan B. Anthony List. Rove is a pro.

He reminds us that this is a close race — two points — and the good-guys will prevail, barely.

If we can keep our hopes up. As well as our signs.

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.

Media Alert: Charmaine On Google Ads and Abortion; Christian Institute U.K.

October 18, 2008 | By | No Comments

In media interviews, is it harder to be the host or the talent — the guest? Charmaine has had both duties on both sides of the microphone.

Alert Readers will recall that Charmaine’s first interviewer gig was substitute-guest hosting for Blanquita Cullum, BQ in the Richmond radio market. (“Talk Show Host” has now become an invective used by the liberals…who can’t get an audience.)

Charmaine tells Your Business Blogger(R) that being the host was the harder job. “You’ve got to know the content, the guests, and the hardest for me: the technology and timing.” To break in on a speaking guest for a commercial break.

She is having a conversation with Mike Judge from the Christian Institute U.K. in May of this year. Mike attempted to place pro-life ads on Google and was denied. Google took ads from pro-abortion groups but not pro-lifers.

Also see Charmaine’s old FRC office (with Ronald Reagan’s picture in the background). She is now the president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

The case was resolved in September 2008, Google settles abortion ad case

Free Speech exists in Britain for now, less so here.

Camera work and production by Kevin McCullough MuscleHead Revolution.

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Presidential Debate: Bob Schieffer,Americans Want to Hear a Question About Abortion

October 15, 2008 | By | 4 Comments

charmaine_yoest_pew_2006_2.jpgAUL Action to Bob Schieffer: Americans Want to Hear a Question About Abortion

Last update: 10:21 a.m. EDT Oct. 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, Oct 15, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ –

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. president and CEO

AUL Action

As CBS News’ Bob Schieffer prepares to moderate Wednesday night’s final presidential candidate debate, AUL Action President Dr. Charmaine Yoest released the following letter.

Dear Mr. Schieffer,

As you prepare for Wednesday night’s final presidential debate, I know that you will be working to raise questions on domestic issues that are of interest to a wide range of Americans. I encourage you to ask each candidate about his views on abortion — something that has not been done at either of the previous debates.

Many Americans are single-issue voters when it comes to abortion, and many more view a candidate’s position on abortion as one of a handful of issues on which they select a candidate.

While each candidate’s position on Roe v. Wade is well known, it remains unknown what restrictions on abortion each candidate would support in order to achieve the widely agreed upon goal of reducing abortion.

And that is the question I encourage you to ask: What restrictions on abortion would you support in order to achieve the widely agreed upon goal of reducing the number of abortions in our country?

Possible follow up questions include:

— A recent study by Dr. Michael New (University of Alabama) found that parental involvement laws reduce abortion by 13-31%.

Do you support the right of parents to be involved in the medical decisions of their minor daughters when abortion is being considered?

– Do you support taxpayer funding for elective abortions?

– Do you support laws that mandate abortion clinics meet minimum health and safety standards commonly applied to other types of medical practices?

– Do you support laws requiring abortions be performed by licensed physicians?

Particularly given that Wednesday night’s debate was scheduled to focus on domestic policy, the American voters need to hear each candidate respond to at least one question that addresses the topic of abortion, which is one of the central policy questions of our day.

I wish you all the best as you prepare for and moderate the debate.


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

President & CEO

AUL Action

About AUL Action,

AUL Action is the legislative arm of Americans United for Life (AUL). The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971. In addition, AUL has been involved in every pro-life case before the Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade.

SOURCE Americans United For Life

Copyright (C) 2008 PR Newswire. All rights reserved

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Military Salute: Obama vs McCain

October 14, 2008 | By | 5 Comments

Obama will not salute our flag Your Business Blogger(R) did a tour of duty in combat arms.

One of the first tasks to learn on assuming a military position was

(as Bill Clinton was slow to learn) the military salute.

Another Democrat, Obama

and the war hero,

the war injured McCain

have one thing in common with the military.

If either is elected, neither will salute.

Obama: Because he won’t.

McCain: Because he can’t.


Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine attended a gala tribune to Paul Weyrich, one of the founders of the Heritage Foundation and founder of Free Congress Foundation, recently in Your Nation’s Capital.

It was a delight to be in a very large room with with people with big ideas. Each who loves his country.

One of the Hosts, Colin Hanna, from Let Freedom Ring, was about to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and reminded us of legislation allowing veterans to render a hand salute, even if out of uniform, even if separated from active service.

The law was made possible by Senator Jim Inhoufe of Oklahoma — a Republican, of course.

A conservative, of course. Who loves Jesus. Clinging to his religion and his guns…

So the next time you are at a ball game look for veterans during the National Anthem.

They’ll be the ones saluting.

Inhofe Legislation Allows Veterans to Salute the Flag

By Ryan Cassin,

Thursday July 26, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the

passage by unanimous consent of his bill (S.1877) clarifying U.S. law to allow veterans

and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag.

Current law (US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and servicemen not in

uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether they can or

should salute the flag.

“The salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in one’s military service,” Senator Inhofe said.

“Veterans and service members continue representing the military services even when not in uniform.

“Unfortunately, current U.S. law leaves confusion as to whether veterans and service members out of uniform can or should salute the flag. My legislation will clarify this regulation, allowing veterans and servicemen alike to salute the flag, whether they are in uniform or not.

“I look forward to seeing those who have served saluting proudly at baseball games, parades, and formal events. I believe this is an appropriate way to honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in the United States who have served in the military and remain as role models to others citizens.

Those who are currently serving or have served in the military have earned this right, and their recognition will be an inspiration to others.”


Gold Star Moms

Visit a cranky vet

Respect for the Flag

Alert Readers have also noticed that Barack Obama has no American Flag on his campaign aircraft. It is not known if he will remove the flag from Air Force One, if he is elected…

Barack Obama also demonstrates that it is impossible for him to support the troops. He took millions from Bill Ayers, the domestic terrorist who attempted to blow up the Pentagon.

How can Obama support the troops and support a terrorist who tried to kill the troops? Obama is not qualified to be commander in chief.

From NRO,

“There’s reason to doubt that oft-repeated pledge of ‘supporting the troops’ when you’ve worked for a man who tried to kill the troops.”

reagan_salutes.jpgUPDATE on new regs at the jump.

UPDATE: 23 Dec 2008, New York Times, Obama Tries Out His Salute, By Jeff Zeleny,

KAILUA, Hawaii – He’s not the commander in chief yet, but was President-elect Barack Obama briefly practicing his salute on Sunday?

On the first morning of his vacation here, Mr. Obama arrived at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii for his daily workout. As he walked out of the Semper Fit Center, his gray T-shirt soaked in sweat, he lifted his right hand and gave a quick salute to two Marines in fatigues who were standing in the distance.

[Reagan knew how to salute; it was within his experience.

The Cubscout is saluting.

Expect homosexuals in both the military and the Boyscouts

under Obama.]

The brief moment was not captured by cameras. Photographs and video were not permitted to be taken on the military base, according to campaign aides.

Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, opened their day with a 45-minute workout inside a large gymnasium at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, which is located on the Mokapu Penninsula on the windward side of Oahu, about 30 minutes outside Honolulu. It is sunny and warm here, a world away, at least in terms of the weather, from Chicago.


Saul Alinsky was Obama’s mentor who taught Rules for Radicals and how to be community activists. One of Alinsky’s rules was that the activists’ tactics had to be within the experience of the participants. Obama, like most liberals, doesn’t care for the military: it is outside his experience.

Alert Readers well know that Reagan served in uniform, like most patriots, in WWII.

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Americans United for Life Annual Gala, 2008, PowerPoint

October 11, 2008 | By | No Comments

defending_life_aul.jpgLast Thursday AUL held their annual fund raising event at the Palmer House in Chicago.

The Henry J. Hyde Defender of Life Award was presented to Jessica Shanahan, president for New Yorkers for Parental Rights. (Obama has promised that Parental Rights would be the first right to be outlawed under his administration.)

Ramesh Ponnuru from National Review gave the keynote. Key Takeaway: “What mother wants to introduce her son, The Abortionist…?”

Abortion is on the decline because of the work of AUL and the public’s awareness that that abortion kills a baby.

Charmaine gave a spell-binding presentation. (Biased Opinion, Your Business Blogger(R).) PowerPoint and her notes here: AUL gala 10-9-08.ppt.

James M. Kushiner, the Executive Editor at Touchstone Magazine attended and blogged. Read his outstanding commentary at Obama Lied Fewer Died. Good Read.

Not everyone wants babies to live. See Leslie Bradshaw’s list. AUL made it. This is proof of a pro-live organization’s effectiveness.

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Abortion, Barack Obama & Bill Maher;Charmaine on Politically Incorrect

October 10, 2008 | By | 2 Comments

Bill Maher doesn’t care much for babies. And less for marriage.

Charmaine on PI

with (the liberal) Bishop Spong.

Part One, circa 2002 Charmaine made over a dozen appearances on his old Politically Incorrect show.

So all our paths have crossed a time or two in the Green Room in his LA studio.

Usually after Your Business Blogger® just changed a stinky diaper on one of the infant Penta-Posse .

I probably did not make a compelling case for fatherhood…


Charmaine did work on Bill Maher’s eternal perspective.

At one point Maher asked us, not rhetorically, “So what is death; a dirt nap?”

Maher sums up neatly the atheist’s worldview: there is no God, no Heaven.

No Hell.

At death, it all ends on this celestial sphere. A dirt nap in a grave.

Dinesh D’Souza addresses atheism in his New York Times best seller, What’s So Great About Christianity?,

From page 274,

What’s So Great

About Christianity?“If sex is unhooked from the old moral restraints [marriage], there are going to be unwanted pregnancies [babies]. Here we get to atheism’s second sacrament, which is abortion. [The first sacrament is orgasm.] The real horror of abortion is not that a woman kills an unborn child


that a woman kills her own unborn child. [Emphasis mine.]

The guilt in doing this, for all morally healthy persons, can only be tremendous.

So it is necessary for atheism to pave the way for abortion with a clear conscience.

The first step is to get rid of God, because then there is no spirit of the dead child to disturb the conscience, no hell to pay for violating the commandment against the deliberate taking of life.”

Politically Incorrect,

Part 2One pregnancy in five ends in a miscarriage.

Charmaine and I had one. We still dream of that baby. Now safe on the other side.

The death still hurts and time does heal. But how much more would the hurt be if the mother was responsible for the loss of the baby?

How much more the pain if the mother murdered her baby?

The guilt these women feel must be horrendous.

Can Obama feel no pain?

I will take their heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh.