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Raising Children: Roots and Wings

June 18, 2007 | By | No Comments


The Yankees, Arlington, Virginia

The Dude, first row on right.

The Baby Boo at his lower right

Your Business Blogger has never hit a home run. Oh, there have been some interesting paydays — No, I mean a baseball homerun.

I have had a horrific number of strike outs, on and off the field. And it hurts.

But, only one thing hurts more.

To watch your boy strike out.

The Dude was playing for the Yankees, the local little league. Saturday before last, his team was in the District playoffs for the championship. Charmaine and I and the Penta-posse were all in attendance.

Please forgive the day in the life reflection, but we have always thought that life should not be too easy for kids — that anything worth having has a fence around it. (Like a base ball diamond.) And they should learn to deal with overcoming obstacles.

So we are forever designing small age-appropriate challenges to stretch the young ones thinking, reasoning, and physical dexterity.

Alert Readers will remember that we allow our children restricted use of power tools to teach self-reliance. And to get some work done around here.

I wanted start early and teach our infant children about the harsh world outside their cribs… by placing barbed wire along the top rail. Charmaine did not think this amusing.


Courtesy: Rick Lee Photo
But even with out the barbed wire, the Penta-Posse has learned to exhibit grace under pressure. And, we pray, to develop character — to be useful citizens as John Adams said of his offspring.


The Dude swings for the fences So The Dude had struck out.

But like most things in life, it was not his last time at bat. He had another chance.

He came to the plate and confidently stood his ground in the batter’s box. Faced the pitch.

And swung and hit. Sending the ball over the fence ending the game.

A home run.

There is nothing better to have your son beat you at your own game.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Credit to Don Suber for citation for Rick Lee Photo.

See Rich Galen’s similar experience of having a son surpass.

Full Disclosure: No barbed wire is used in our Management Training classes. Unless requested.

Marine Corps Marathon, 2007

May 28, 2007 | By | No Comments


Marathoning in Style

in Richmond, Virginia.

Your Business Blogger and

Charmaine Have you ever watched a woman cry for five miles?

This is how Charmaine usually finishes. And Your (compassionate) Business Blogger is most concerned. Yes, the dehydration.

And the pictures.

Charlie, your mascara’s streaking.


The Dreamer and The Dude

Triathlon-ing in North CarolinaThis is The Dreamer’s first year being legal to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October. Charmaine was not about to let her train alone so we three registered and began Galloway’s regimen for running the 26.2 miles.

Please let us know if you are in the race also.


Reasoned Audacity at

The Country Music Marathon


Thank you (foot)notes:

Thank you for not asking our run times.

There are two types of marathoners: Competers and Completers.

We are in the former latter category.

Memorial Day: Arlington National Cemetery

May 24, 2007 | By | One Comment

A post from last year and the year before by Charmaine.

Every time we’ve made the left turn onto Eisenhower Drive, and passed through the imposing brick gates of Arlington National Cemetery, I’ve been overwhelmed with emotion. Family members of those buried at Arlington National Cemetery are given a special pass and may drive onto the Hallowed Grounds to visit the grave of their loved one. It’s an enormous honor which makes me feel humbled.


The Penta-Posse

at Arlington National Cemetery

My husband’s father served thirty years in the United States Navy, and died the year I married into the family, so I didn’t know him well. And the fact is, after a lifetime of nine-month Mediterranean tours, wars, and rumors of war, there is a lot my husband doesn’t know as well.

However, over the 15 years that we’ve been married, I have gotten to know my mother-in-law well. She doesn’t talk either about the sacrifices she made, but there is one story that she has told me several times.

Once, when my father-in-law was out on tour, and she was home with three small children, the car broke down and, of course, she had to take care of it. My husband marched up and said, “Don’t worry, Mom, I’ll fix it.” He was about five years old at the time.

My mother-in-law laughs. . . the little man, takin’ care of things. But it makes me cry.

We owe a lot to our military families.

When we visited Arlington this past week, we passed at least three funeral ceremonies on the way to Section 64. I lost track of the fresh graves and the still-standing tents, either just vacated by other grieving families, or awaiting the afternoon’s fresh, raw sorrow.

As we pulled up on Bradley Avenue, an Air Force honor guard was marching precisely back to their bus after a ceremony for an airman who had been a POW in Korea. While we searched for my father-in-law’s headstone, an empty horse-drawn caisson lumbered past, and settled briefly in the shade nearby, awaiting their next assignment. . .


We found my father-in-law’s headstone: The front has the Christian Cross with the old Chief’s Curriculum Vita. Chief Yoest cut high school to catch World War II. He retired with rows of ribbons and a “v” device, and pinned butterbars on his boy. He now has a grandson, The Dude, who bears his name and wants to be a Navy pilot.

The reverse of the stone is blank, awaiting the inscripton for Chief Yoest’s high school sweetheart, his wife, Jack’s mom, “Babcia” (Polish for Grandmother), who is still with us. In the end, they will be buried together, an honor she earned.

As we turned to go, the Diva took her jingle-bell necklace from around her neck, and left it on the headstone. A fitting tribute for a warrior.


Sailors, rest your oars.

We drove back down Bradley Avenue — past a fresh grave covered by a tarp. In front of us, sparkling in the bright sunlight of a gorgeous day, stretched row after row of white marble markers, orderly, peaceful, some weathered, others new and crisply chiseled . . .

I turned to the Penta-Posse. “I want you to look,” I said. “I want you to understand, that each one of these headstones represents someone who gave their life so that you could be free.”

They were quiet and solemn. The weight of it is beyond measure.

The Dreamer said, “Don’t cry, Mom.”

We made the right turn onto Eisenhower. We drove slowly toward the exit, passing the drive to the Tomb of the Unknowns to our left, until we came to a crosswalk thronged with tourists. The guard on duty motioned to the crowd to stop, and we drove through, passing through the gates, back to a busy day, leaving behind — the curious crowds, the chattering school children. . . and the silent stones.


More on Arlington National Cemetery at the jump.

Memorial Day fine time to visit historical sites.

Other Memorial Day Links from years past:

Blackfive with “Opening the Gates of Heaven.”

Intel Dump

Marine Corps Moms

LaShawn Barber’s Corner

See Traffic Jam

Jo’s Cafe has Specials.

Mudville Gazette has Open Post.

Michelle Malkin has Memorial Day Links.

Wiz Bang has links.

LaShawn has tributes.

California Conservative has Memorial Day Tribute.

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Bush at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

April 13, 2007 | By | 2 Comments


President Bush at the

National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

Credit: Peter Shinn

from Pro-Life News TV There is one thing the White House Press Corps never does.

Applaud the President.

Your Business Blogger is attending the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Your Nation’s Capital. And received White House Press Pool credentials.

So my fellow press jackals kindly let me know that it was very bad form for me to clap for the president. Whooping and cheering is frowned upon in the press gallery. We all must keep a professional, detached demeanor, you see.

And don’t even think about reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Plege was led by Marine Corporal Michael Blair. Got his body blown up by an IED in The War. He still hobbled up and stood tall for the 1600 attendees. I looked at Cpl Blair…then over at the press corps.

The White House Press Corps — I was reminded of a slander my old First Sergeant would often invoke: They all wouldn’t add up to a pimple on a corporal’s backside. Except Top didn’t say backside…

(‘Top’ is the term of endearment for the senior enlisted rank-holder in a company size Army unit.)

So I join my fellow Jesus-loving Christians, who are in the Catholic tradition. [Caution: Christian humor to follow.]

Catholics are easy to spot — they’re the one’s with tabbed Bibles…to make the individual books easy to find.

Protestants smugly don’t need the table of contents and page numbers; having grown up with ‘sword drills’ to find a particular Biblical passage. Although we Protesting Protestants could use the sacrament of confession…

…Or maybe just this Calvinist.

(I’ll match my humility against anyone’s.)

Anyway, Austin Ruse began the welcoming after the breakfast meal.

President Bush came to the podium punctual. On time: The Courtesy of Kings.

A war protester yelling something about stop the war was quickly and safely escorted from the ball room. It was not clear if she was addressing President Bush…or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. (Not present.)

The President starts by complimenting the Catholic crowd, “You make a Methodist feel at home.” Bush noted the wisdom of the planners that the breakfast bash, was “…on the Friday after Lent…[so you can now] eat the bacon…”

George Bush speaks about the sanctity of human life — he is at home in this pro-life crowd. Standing O’s.

Laura Bush did not attend.

In the gathering:

Wendy Wright, Concerned Women for America; Janice Crouse, Ph.D., Beverly LaHaye Institute.

Justice Alito, Bill Saunders, Board member of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

Reverend Thomas G. Bohlin, Vicar, Prelature of Opus Dei in the United States


Colleen O’Boyle, CRC; and

Diana Bannister, Shirley & Bannister

putting the PR in PRayer Jacqueline Halbig, Board member of the National Prayer Breakfast

Ken Blackwell, fellow at the Family Research Council, and Michael Steele.

The Breakfast is the kick-off for the day-long conference. The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast was created and influenced by Pope John Paul the Great for a “New Evangelization, new in ardor, methods and expression.”

Well Done, good and faithful servants.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Schedule at the jump.

All links are unpaid.

Be sure to watch Charmaine on Cavuto today between 4 and 5 on Fox in a debate on Imus. (Not present.)

UPDATE: 14 April, Kathryn Jean Lopez, from NRO was there, of course. K-Lo is every where. See The Guy Can Deliver, and Breakfast with the Catholics.

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Charmaine in the Daily Princetonian

April 11, 2007 | By | 3 Comments


Albert Einstein

Baby Boo, The Diva, The Dancer

living proof of The Roe Effect

at PrincetonCharmaine’s speech at Princeton was noted in that area’s newspaper of record the Daily Princetonian.

The reporter was remarkably fair and balanced working this liberal campus — even considering the biased title:

Anti-abortion speaker sparks heated debate

It might have been more accurate to report,

Pro-Life speaker sparks heated debate

Which proves we each have our biases. Our own world-views.

Angela Cai, Princetonian Senior Writer reports and quotes Charmaine,

“I believe Roe v. Wade is on its way to extinction … precisely because abortion harms women,” [Dr. Yoest] said.

Speaking to a large audience…, Yoest faced a crowd of students and community members anxious to argue with her during the question-and-answer session that followed the lecture.

She maintained that the United States is “on the road, long term” toward the overturning of Roe v. Wade. “There is an intellectual rot at the heart of that decision,” she said, noting that even many liberal scholars agree that there is no constitutional basis for the controversial 1973 Supreme Court ruling. She added that the case was an example of the inappropriate use of judicial power. [see the Alan Dershowitz quote on the slide presentation.]

Yoest argued that abortion’s consequences hit home on a more personal level for many women who undergo the procedure. “It’s very sad to me when you look at how many relationships break up after abortion when women say they had abortions to save their relationships,” Yoest said. She described what she called the problems of Post-Abortion Syndrome, which include effects such as “drug and alcohol abuse, personal relationship disorder, sexual dysfunction … and attempted suicide.”

Alert Reader Jill noted that the title of the speech changed. Originally advertised as “How Abortion Harms Women,” the more accurate and complete title is “The Politics of Abortion: Moving Toward a Post-Roe America.” So Charmaine changed the title to reflect the added, expanded content.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Mother May I be Born says,

While some in the audience nodded or facially expressed their approval of Charmaine Yoest’s anti-abortion message at Princeton University last night, others made it clear during questioning that Yoest spoke a foreign language which they had no desire to learn.

Do Elite Women Want to Breed?

Jessica at Bush v. Choice blogged.

See Charmaine’s PowerPoint presentation on the FRCBlog. Thanks to the technical influence of Managing Editor Joe Carter.

Easter: He Is Risen; Family, Faith & Freedom

April 7, 2007 | By | 2 Comments


Charmaine, Your Business Blogger

Penta-Posse at the Grand Canyon

Easter 2005 In this political season, every Presidential Candidate will be in church on Easter.

A photo op, if nothing else.

Two Easters back we traveled west on business and celebrated Easter in Arizona.

Your Business Blogger had the Family celebrate our Faith with tax supported Freedom at the government owned and operated Grand Canyon.

I remember asking the officiating pastor at Sunrise Service if liberals were attempting to shut down the event at Mather Point. Church/State and all that.

He said, “We’ve been having [Easter sunrise service] for decades. No one has bothered us.” Preaching on public land. Imagine.

Alert the (main stream) media. Call the ACLU.

The sponsoring church secures the permit and 1,600 people show up well before dawn. To watch the sun rise.

Which makes for the perfect photo op.

Be sure to visit Pro-Life News. To see this Faith in action.


Pro-Life News TV

See the press release at the jump.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Full Disclosure: Peter Shinn at Pro-Life News TV is the tech-guru for Your Business Blogger.

Easter at the Grand Canyon? Maybe not necessary…Finding God in a Technical Memo.

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MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine Speaking at Princeton University on Abortion

April 3, 2007 | By | 4 Comments


How Abortion Harms Women

Princeton University Charmaine and Your Business Blogger will be a-traveling with the Penta-Posse (minus The Dreamer at crew camp) to Princeton University over the spring break.

Charmaine will be giving a talk on abortion/women/work/life. Alert Readers will remember that she used to teach a course The Family and Politics at The University of Virginia.

From the Princeton Campus Announcements,


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

A lecture titled “How Abortion Harms Women” is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in 16 Robertson Hall.

The talk will be delivered by Charmaine Yoest, [Ph.D.] vice president for communications at the Family Research Council, a nonprofit lobbying organization that promotes socially conservative views.

Yoest also is project director of the Family, Gender and Tenure Project at the University of Virginia, a nationwide study focused on parental leave policy.

She is the author (with Deborah Shaw Lewis) of “Mother in the Middle” and is working on a new book, “A G.I. Bill for Moms: Mothers, the Market and the American Way.”

The talk is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

The event is free and is open to the public. Come by and join us and let us know what you think.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Special thank you to Andy McCarthy at The Corner at NRO for “How Abortion Harms Women” — a forum sponsored … by Princeton! Andy says that he has,

…duked it out before (in an exchange at Commentary on international law) with Anne-Marie Slaughter, the Dean at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is, though, a fair-minded liberal in the great but dying academic tradition of allowing all thoughtful voices — including, yes, conservative voices — to be heard on campus.

Thank you also to Tiger Hawk for the announcement and poster pic.

See also Princeton to allow Charmaine Yoest to speak about abortion! at RealChoice: The reality of “choice” in America. In a breathtaking, courageous example of fostering real diversity of thought…

And note Abortion foe to lecture at Princeton University from The Princeton Packet.

MEDIA EVENT: Ken Blackwell Speaks at FRC; You Are Invited

April 2, 2007 | By | No Comments


Ken Blackwell Ken Blackwell recently joined the Family Research Council. He will be introduced by Tony Perkins.

Plan on coming to see Charmaine also. And the Penta-Posse and Your Business Blogger.

Ken Blackwell will give a talk on Lessons of 2006: Moving Forward to 2008.

A must see,

if you’re in DC.


J.P. Duffy or Maria Donovan, (866) FRC-NEWS

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, 3 April, at 5:30 pm, Family Research Council and the Board of Directors, will host a reception in honor of Mr. Ken Blackwell, a former Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission. Mr. Blackwell is joining the Family Research Council as the Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, where he will focus on issues such as family economics, tax reform, and education. The evening reception will include remarks by Mr. Blackwell on the 2008 presidential election as well as an opportunity for media interviews.

When: Tuesday, April 3, 2007

5:30 pm

Where: Family Research Council

801 G Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

Please RSVP: 1.800.225.4008, they need to get a headcount for the (free) hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Business attire is preferred.

Ken Blackwell’s appointment at FRC was noted by the Associated Press, where he is quoted,

“They (FRC) asked me to sort of build up the economic and fiscal dimension and show how that is an important part of what they do and what they find to be important. One of the areas where Buckeye and FRC share a public policy interest is in the area of advancing school choice and parental empowerment. It’s 21st century civil rights,” Blackwell said.

Blackwell, a former state treasurer, is well-suited to discuss economic issues, but his position against abortion and on other issues will allow him to speak to many constituencies, FRC President Tony Perkins said.

“Ken is well rounded as a former (Cincinnati) mayor, secretary of state, gubernatorial candidate. He has a well-rounded conservative portfolio,” Perkins said. “He has consistent conservative positions and he has not been bashful.”

Please come and welcome Ken Blackwell.


Thank you (foot)notes:

And be sure to see Charmaine on Anderson Cooper 360 tonight, Monday, at 10:00pm Eastern. She will be debating Intelligent Design, Creationism and Evolution in the classroom.

MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine on NBC, Childless-Childfree Couples

March 28, 2007 | By | 7 Comments


Charmaine on NBC

Charmaine will be appearing in a taped segment on couples without children.

She will be discussing the trend of couples who choose not to have children: Choosing to be Child-Free.


Childfree(vs. Couples who want children but can’t: Un-Chosen Child-Less.)

Interview scheduled hit time during the 6pm EST hour. Taped for the NBC Nightly News by the local NBC affiliate, so we don’t know where all it will air, or even exactly when.

Please tune in and let us know what you think.


Thank you (foot)notes:


Childless by ChoiceIf children were brought into the world by an act of pure reason alone, would the human race continue to exist?

Would a man rather have so much sympathy with the coming generation, as to spare it the burden of existence?

Or at any rate not take it upon himself to impose that burden upon it in cold blood.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)…As Alert Readers might guess…

from “Sufferings of the World” (1851)

Charmaine takes on National Organization for Women and the Feminist Majority

March 2, 2007 | By | One Comment


Charmaine, on the right (!) at American University

“What about the baby?” asked The Dreamer.

Charmaine and our first born, The Dreamer, ventured to an academic venue to answer “What is Feminism?”

Charmaine was joined on the panel by Carrie Lukas, from the Independent Women’s Forum.

The Dreamer was aghast at the harsh feminist literature on abortion.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Full Disclosure: Charmaine served as an Advisor to the Independent Women’s Forum.

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