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22 Jan



In the Bleak Midwinter

January 22, 2007 | By | 2 Comments


I’m not sure why I like this one so much. . . maybe it’s the trees.

Maybe because it’s not posed.

Maybe because they wanted to hold the signs so badly. . .

The Roe Effect

January 22, 2007 | By | No Comments

Ramesh Ponnuru gave a great speech today at FRC’s Blogs4Life. But he says he is skeptical about the Roe Effect.

credit: Panzer Commander

Me, I’m not so sure.

Family Policy Councils: The Real Grass Roots Needed for the Next Conservative President

January 9, 2007 | By | One Comment


Policy Review

November & December 1996In the mid-nineties, Charmaine wrote a column for Policy Review magazine. One of her articles reviewed the Family Policy Councils. The FPCs are state based non-profits considered faith-based, cultural and economic conservatives.

A conservative president usually needs Ohio to win. And the embrace of the Family Policy Councils.

These state-based organizations work somewhat with the Family Research Council in DC and Focus on the Family in Colorado.

Originally published in 1996; and even more important today.

State Groups That Fight for Mom and Dad

by Charmaine Crouse Yoest

Rudy Gonzalez, a “cowboy poet” with a handlebar mustache and a home-on-the-range accent, strummed his guitar, then launched into a joke. The crowd relaxed into laughter as he regaled them with tall tales and folk wisdom.

This is the Idaho Family Forum’s annual summer fundraiser, the Spud Bake, where this group of moms and dads marks the end of summer by eating baked potatoes. Lots of them. Followed by spud-shaped ice cream.

But cowboy poetry soon gave way to public policy. U.S. Senator Larry Craig rose to address the group, and the question-and-answer session that followed was brisk and well informed. The Idaho Family Forum (IFF) and its supporters are dedicated to changing cultural trends that are undermining the stability of families — from no-fault divorce to teen pregnancy to chronic welfare dependency.

Led by executive director Dennis Mansfield, a former businessman, the IFF is part of a growing national movement of independent, state-based policy organizations called Family Policy Councils (FPCs). There are now more than 30 such organizations across the country, loosely affiliated by shared goals, common strategies, and mutual support. In order to win the ears of lawmakers, the media, and academics, they prefer research over rallies and education over activism.

Continue reading at the jump


Thank you (foot)notes:

Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger served on the Board of Directors for The Family Foundation, a Family Policy Council in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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31 Jul



Media Alert: MSNBC FDA on Morning After Pill

July 31, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

I will be debating Jessica Arons, Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress. Today at 2:30 pm EST on MSNBC.

FDA Considers Morning-After Pill Sales, By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer, WASHINGTON

The government is considering allowing over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill, but only to women 18 and older. The surprise move Monday revives efforts to widen access to the emergency contraceptive almost a year after it was thought doomed.

The Food and Drug Administration notified manufacturer Barr Laboratories Inc. early Monday that it wanted to meet within seven days to iron out new steps the company must take in its three-year battle to sell the pill, called Plan B, without a prescription to at least some women.

It promises to be a great program.


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Two Women; One Point of View

June 29, 2006 | By | One Comment

Jack writes,

So I ask Charmaine, isn’t Britney Spears a God-fearing Jesus-loving celebrity superstar? Or is it Christina Aguilera?

“Britney Spears,” says Charmaine, who knows all things cultural. Charmaine has the female X-chromosome, which, as scientists have proven, is absorbed from the inner pages of People Magazine. “She is oh-so spiritual,” she says.

Not Christina Aguilera?


“I don’t think so,” says Charmaine.


Christina Aguilera

“Christina, Britney — How would you know the difference?” I ask.

Charmaine says, “Britney is pregnant…”

“…And bare(foot) — just the way I like ’em.”

Charmaine doesn’t laugh.

Britney, the church-going-girl might be making money, but she’s not making a difference.

“So, there’s no ‘Christ’ in Christina?” I ask.

Charmaine still doesn’t laugh, “You’re still not funny.”

But she gives a thin smile.

I reply, even as my my extra Y-Chromosome rebels, “Yes dear.”


Thank you (foot)notes:

Britney linked by link in Human Events.

Basil’s Blog has a picnic.

Cross Post from Jack Yoest.

Blogger Meet Up At March For Life

January 22, 2006 | By | No Comments

Cross Post from Jack Yoest


Blogs for LifeOver 50 bloggers have signed up. We will be live blogging the annual March for Life in Your Nation’s Capital, Monday 23 January 2006. See Blogs4Life.

The blogger event is co-sponsored by Tim from Pro-Life Blogs and Peter Shinn from March Together and Family Research Council.


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Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., will be assisting with logistics. She blogs at FRCBlog and Reasoned Audacity.

Jennifer O’Neill to Speak in Baltimore

September 14, 2005 | By | No Comments


Jennifer O’Neill

Jennifer O’Neill will present the keynote talk celebrating the 25th anniversary of the local Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Friday, October 7th 2005.

These centers are deserving of your pro bono time, talent and treasure. They get mine.

Contact me or the Greater Baltimore Crisis Pregnancy Center for more information.


Cross posted at Jack Yoest.