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10 Nov



Media Alert: Charmaine on The Live Desk on FOX

November 10, 2008 | By | 2 Comments

“The hospital can get me the operation now?” Charmaine asked.

“Sure,” I said. “Where do you think you are, England?”

Charmaine’s gall bladder removal was uneventful and, more important, immediate. There was no rationing of health care — which we will get under an ObamaNation Health Plan.

That was exactly one week ago — the latest surgical techniques have made recovery times shorter, less painful and less expensive. Good ol’ American know-how.

Alert Readers will recall that Your Business Blogger(R) ran a number of medical device start up companies where we risked investors’ investments to lower a patient’s hospital ‘length of stay’ or LOS.

And the products and services made the world a better place as we improved patient care in a cost effective manner.

We assumed a risk in hope of a big payday, a big reward. Obama will kill this golden goose of innovative entrepreneurship.

Charmaine will be discussing the future on The Live Desk panel this afternoon. The other panelists will be Doug Schoen and Alex Burns.

The topics will be:

obama_finger_insult.jpg1) Obama’s Administration – a recreation of the Clinton Administration? What’s in store for Obama and his new team? and

2) A discussion on how Sarah Palin handled the campaign.

Obama Congratulates McCain YouTube.

Hit time will be at 2:30pm eastern. Please tune or tivo and let us know what you think.

Background at the jump, Obama, Candidate of Change, Looks to Old Hands from Clinton Era By Catherine Dodge and Kristin Jensen,

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama, elected president as an agent of change, is building his new team with old hands from the Clinton administration.

His first appointment, chief of staff, went to Rahm Emanuel, an Illinois representative and veteran of the last Democratic White House. Leading Obama’s transition team is John Podesta, who was President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff.

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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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Media Alert: Charmaine on ABC World News Tonight — Christmas is Bad for Business: Seattle Removes Christmas Trees

December 11, 2006 | By | One Comment


ABC World News Tonight Charmaine will be interviewed on ABC about Seattle Airport’s take down of the 15 decorated evergreen trees (also known as Christmas Trees this time of year).

Hit time is tomorrow Tuesday the 12th tonight Monday. Tune in and get ready to get angry.

See the backstory at ABCNews.

The Washington Post has the AP story.

And please remember to vote for Reasoned Audacity for Best Business Blog.

We thank you for your vote!

Charmaine and Jack


Thank you (foot)notes:

Check local listing for ABC World News Tonight.

Montaigne's Advice from Hugh Hewitt via Mere Orthodoxy

October 30, 2006 | By | No Comments


Hugh Hewitt and Charmaine Yoest

May, 2006 GodBlogCon finished up this weekend with bloggers from coast to coast gathering for a good time and, perhaps, some learning.

Andrew McKnight from Mere Orthodoxy has this observation,

Somehow politics don’t depress Mr. Hewitt. He walks in a murky world, but to watch him you’d think he lives perpetually on a sunny hill. His advice to young would-be culture changers (like me!) was two-fold:

1) Take Montaigne’s advice, “Constant cheerfulness is a mark of a truly wise person” and

2) “Find the good, and praise it.”


Hugh Hewitt’s

Painting the Map Red We just finished Hewitt’s Painting the Map Red: The Fight to Create a Permanent Republican Majority

A cheerful book.

A must read.

A happy read.


And be sure to catch the Young Politics Carnival at good reads for any age.

16 Oct



Karin Agness President of Network of Enlightened Women and Mallard Fillmore

October 16, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

How does one know when one has arrived?

When you are the subject of a cartoon.


We were honored to have Karin Agness, President of NeW, as one of our panelists for the Center for Military Readiness Celebration last week.


Karin Agness at the Center for Military Readiness Briefing


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Thank you (foot)notes:

Karin L. Agness is the Founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), which helps female college students to confront radical feminists and liberals on fifteen college campuses. Ms. Agness is a Phi Beta Kappa member and student of law, University of Virginia. She has collaborated with the wife of Your Business Blogger, Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D..

Read Rebecca Hagelin’s take at TownHall.

Family Research Council Simulcast for October 15

October 13, 2006 | By | No Comments

UPDATE: Mitt Romney will be speaking at Liberty Sunday. Ann Romney was scheduled to introduce her husband who was to speak by tape. But today Mitt Romney changed his plans to speak in person at the Boston event. Tune in.


Tony Perkins Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council has sent out the following invitation to the FRC Simulcast Liberty Sunday: Defending Our First Freedom, this Sunday, October 15, 2006

Dear Friend,

Please join me and the Family Research Council (FRC) along with fellow believers from across our land as we host our 7th simulcast LIBERTY Sunday: Defending Our First Freedom.

FRC will air live this historic service nationwide from Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Boston on October 15, 2006.

As the…elections draw nearer, it is imperative that Christians increase their awareness of radical threats to religious liberty. We now face on the front-line the legalization of same-sex policies — an issue that slowly is creeping into the very fabric of our schools, our government, and our homes. Therefore, we …warn devout Christians everywhere of impending dangers that will affect their states if they do pray and act now!

It as vitally important for churches…to be involved in this event. FRC’s past simulcasts have drawn millions of viewers and this one will be aired to a potential viewing audience of 80 million people. Therefore, as a past participant in this pioneering event we are asking you to bring a strong delegation of vibrant Bible honoring believers to your church to host this historic service.

You are essential to the success of this endeavor to help preserve our religious liberties and ask for your support. We not only solicit your participation but your prayers also. Let us know you plan to participate by registering at the Liberty Sunday website.

The simulcast service will be aired beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information on how you can participate in this exciting event, go to the Liberty Sunday website.

Thank You & God Bess.


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Thank you (foot)notes:

Charmaine, the wife of Your Business Blogger, is the Vice President for Communications for the Family Research Council.

Liberty Sunday

October 13, 2006 | By | No Comments

Getting on the plane right now, learning to blog with my blackberry!

Headed to Boston for Liberty Sunday. Stay tuned!

You can watch online Sunday night at 7. Details at

22 Sep



FRC Action Briefing September 2006

September 22, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

FRC Action, the c4 component of The Family Research Council sponsored a briefing this weekend at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC. This is a cross post authored by Jack Yoest. Photo credits: Jack Yoest


Charmaine at the

podium for the

FRCAction Briefing


The 2,000 attendees at The Briefing


Radio Row


La Shawn Barber, Joe Carter and Jared Bridges


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Cross post from Jack Yoest and FRC: Family, Faith and Freedom

Be sure to visit La Shawn and get her take on the event.

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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Cross Post at Jack Yoest.


July 5, 2006 | By | No Comments


Charmaine, wife of Your Business Blogger will be speaking at the Political Plenary Panel,

A bi-partisan discussion on political conversation across the blogosphere, featuring answers to questions such as: What makes a political blog insightful and interesting, versus a dime-a-dozen rant? What role will political blogs play in the upcoming elections and future campaigns? Where can a blogger find insightful content from which to draw? How can a blogger facilitate legitimate political conversation on his or her political blog?

Charmaine will be joining:

Hugh Hewitt / Professor of Law, Author, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host


La Shawn Barber / Author and Writer

Blog: La Shawn Barber’s Corner

John Mark Reynolds / Director of the Torrey Honors Institute (Biola)

Blog: Middlebrow

James Kushiner / Publisher of Touchtone Magazine

Blog: Mere Comments

Joe Carter / Comm. Director at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity

Blog: Evangelical Outpost

Rob Asghar / Writer and Political Commentator

Blog: TheAmericaBug

Ryan Bolger / Assistant Professor of Church in Contemporary Culture (Fuller)

Blog: TheBolgBlog

Marvin Hutchens

Hutchens Blog

Rhett Smith

Andrew Jackson

Melinda Penner

STR Blog

Matthew Anderson

Mere Orthodoxy

Fred Sanders


Paul Spears


The GodBlogCon 2006 is hosted by the Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University. Register now!

Cross Post from Jack Yoest.