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Media Alert: Charmaine Quoted in National Journal, Internet Impact on the Supreme Court Nomination

May 14, 2009 | By | No Comments

Amy Harder, writing at the National Journal, interviewed Charmaine on the on-line battle on the up-coming Supreme Court Nomination. Also see nice quote from David All.

Online SCOTUS Rumble Sets Stage For Nomination Fight

Interest Groups And Media Observers Weigh In On What Influence The Internet Will Have On Upcoming High Court Battle, by Amy Harder, Thursday, May 14, 2009,

Americans United For Life says it has already seen an overwhelming response from its online supporters in discussions anticipating a nominee. “We had to upgrade the back end of our computer operation because we’ve seen such an outpouring of interest being more active on these issues,” said Charmaine Yoest, the anti-abortion group’s president. Her organization echoes a common concern on the right that Obama will nominate a judicial activist who will trigger a “dramatic shift in public understanding of the role of the courts,” Yoest said. “When you go down the path of accepting judicial activism as the norm, that dramatically increases the amount of power judges have.”

Yoest said her group will be ready to go right out of the gate once a nominee is announced. She said its “robust” online advocacy program, Facebook community and new IT system will mean “better, faster and cheaper” communication with supporters. “We’re ready whenever they bring it out,” she said. “There won’t be a huge delay.”

Charmaine predicts that the next Supreme Court Justice nominee will be a woman. a pro-choice, abortion advocate. See the AUL analysis here.

See Charmaine’s writing on “The Woman’s Chair.”

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Media Alert: Charmaine Quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Congressional Quarterly, Roll Call, United Press International, Chicago Tribune, HotAir

May 7, 2009 | By | No Comments

Washington Wire, Political Insight and Analysis From The Wall Street Journal’s Capital Bureau, Judicial Advocacy Groups Prepare for Supreme Court Battle, Susan Davis reports on politics,

Judicial advocacy groups are already drawing battle lines for a Supreme Court fight following news that Justice David Souter will retire at the end of the term.

Americans United for Life, a group that opposes abortion rights, said they will oppose any nominee who supports the Freedom of Choice Act to “elevate abortion to a fundamental right on the same place as the freedom of speech,” said president Dr. Charmaine Yoest. Adding: “Justice Souter’s retirement also represents a test for the Senate: will they uphold their duty to raise serious questions over a nominee’s judicial philosophy?”

Posturing on Supreme Court Pick Continues; No Selection Likely This Week

By Seth Stern, CQ Staff

Republicans warned Tuesday against rushing a Supreme Court nominee through the Senate, even as Democrats said no announcement of a successor to Justice David H. Souter would come this week.

In timing his first nomination to the nation’s highest court, President Obama is balancing competing political imperatives: He needs to wait long enough that key senators in both parties feel that he seriously entertained their suggestions and weighed their advice. But waiting too long would give his conservative critics the opportunity to mobilize and to attack potential candidates pre-emptively — making it more difficult for the Senate to confirm a new justice prior to the August recess….

Conservative activists urged Republicans not to allow Democrats to rush the process. Charmaine Yoest, [Ph.D.] president of Americans United for Life, urged Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the Judiciary Committee’s new ranking Republican, “to begin your role as ranking minority member by putting the brakes on rushing through a Supreme Court nominee.”

Political Fight Already Brewing Over Souter Retirement, By John Stanton, Roll Call Staff, Reports: Supreme Court Justice David Souter to Retire at End of Term

Battle lines over President Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee were quickly solidifying Friday morning, even as the White House and Capitol Hill continued to wait for the official word that Justice David Souter would retire this summer…

While politicians at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue may be waiting to comment until Obama receives a formal communication on Souter’s intentions, interest groups were wasting no time drawing lines in the sand over a looming Senate confirmation fight.

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, warned in a statement Friday morning that anti-abortion-rights organizations would vigorously oppose any nominee that interprets the Constitution to include protections for abortion.

“We will work to oppose any nominee for the Supreme Court who will read the Freedom of Choice Act into the Constitution in order to elevate abortion to a fundamental right on the same plane as the freedom of speech. In his search for a replacement for Justice Souter, President Obama should avoid a pro-abortion litmus test,” Yoest said.

Marge Baker, executive vice president at People for the American Way, urged Obama to stick by his campaign pledge to tap nominees who bring a level of empathy for minorities, the poor and women.

UPI, Abortion key issue in replacing Souter,

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) — Abortion rights will occupy a prominent place in the political battle to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, say those on each side of the issue.

“Without a doubt, opponents of women’s freedom and privacy will use a vacancy on the court as an opportunity to further their attacks on nominees who have taken pro-choice positions, ” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group.

Difficulties encountered by several of President Barack Obama’s choices for federal posts prove anti-abortion groups retain the power to derail the president’s agenda, despite the Democratic majority in Congress, said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life.

“This new administration and the congressional majority may support radical abortion rights, but the American people as a whole do not,” Yoest said.

Supreme Court Justice David Souter: Lines drawn before anyone is chosen as a potential successor; Nominee prospects already shadowed by abortion debate, Chicago Tribune, By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau,

WASHINGTON — A full-scale battle on Capitol Hill over the next Supreme Court nominee could still be months away, but small skirmishes have been taking place all year…

Groups that oppose abortion rights have been testing their political viability since Obama took office, and they say the difficulties encountered by Johnsen and others show they retain the power to derail the Obama agenda, despite large Democratic majorities.

“This new administration and the congressional majority may support radical abortion rights, but the American people as a whole do not,” said Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life. “Canny political observers and politicians know this.”


Pro-life group to Leahy: Reject judicial activism in Souter replacement, by Ed Morrissey,

One of the organizers of the Justice Sunday rallies in 2005 has sent a letter to the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee demanding that Patrick Leahy ensure against confirming a judicial activist to replace David Souter. Dr. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life reminds Leahy that Americans around the country have put reasonable restrictions on abortion, and that any judge that would undo those through legislative fiat should not get sent to the highest court…

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity. Your Business Blogger(R) of Management Training of DC, LLC, is an adjunct professor of business at the Northern Community College and is a licensed agent for the William Oncken Corporation, presenters of Managing Management Time(TM) fondly known as Monkey Management.

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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

April 29, 2009 | By | No Comments

baby_battle_campaign.gif Where might pro-choice and pro-life activists agree?

Answer: Supporting pregnant women — mothers — who are in a crisis pregnancy.


The difference, of course, is that pro-lifers run homes for these moms.

Planned Parenthood does not.

(There is no profit in running homes for women in need…)

This work is left to the saints who run crisis pregnancy centers. Like The Paul Stefan Foundation . This group has a terrific fund raising Mother’s Day gift.

Go Donate to support this life saving work. We did.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Greg Mueller (703.373.0614);

PSF Kicks Off Mother’s Day Virtual Baby Bottle Campaign

Donate in your Mother’s Name and Send an E-Mother’s Day Card to your Mom letting her know you and she helped a pregnant woman in need.

Fredericksburg, VA – The Paul Stefan Foundation (PSF) today launched a virtual baby bottle campaign to raise money for homeless, abused and stranded pregnant women in need. The Foundation, which operates two homes for expectant mothers in central Virginia, takes in pregnant women and cares for them before, during and after their pregnancies. In just two years, the Foundation has taken in 36 women and babies.

“We have done a handful of baby bottle campaigns through churches, where you hand out baby bottles one week, people fill them with loose change, and bring them back a few weeks later. These have been tremendously successful in helping us raise the funds to care for and nurture these women and their babies. Now we are taking this baby bottle campaign to the Internet. Those folks contributing a minimum of $10 will be able to donate in their mother’s name and send Mom a Mother’s Day e-Card,” said Randy James, CEO of the Paul Stefan Foundation.

The Paul Stefan Foundation was the inspiration of a parish priest, Father Stefan Starzynski, who prayed for a mission associated with his parish, and the James family. The James’ unborn son was diagnosed with a birth defect of the lungs and died one hour after birth. Through the spiritual guidance and inspiration of Father Starzynski, their parish priest at the time, the James’ channeled their pain into forming and operating the Paul Stefan Homes for Expectant Mothers.

“Caring for and nurturing these women and their babies has been a tremendously moving experience. There are so many women out there, pregnant, and looking for a place to turn and find support, care and love. We also hope that this campaign helps to alert pregnant women in need that they can turn to us for help,” said Evelyn James, Director of PSF Homes.

For more information about the Paul Stefan Foundation and its Homes for Expectant Mother’s go to

Gregory R. Mueller

CRC Public Relations

2760 Eisenhower Ave, 4th Floor

Alexandria, VA 22314


Americans United for Life Hires New Staff Counsel

March 4, 2009 | By | No Comments

Jessica_J_Sage_Esq.jpg AUL has made a terrific new hire,

Jessica J. Sage joined Americans United for Life (AUL) as as staff counsel in March 2009. Her responsibilities include assisting the Vice President of Legal Affairs with all aspects of AUL’s legal program including legislative drafting and consulting and the development of new life-affirming legislation related to abortion and end-of-life issues.

Jessica J. Sage, Esq

Jessica drafts amicus curiae briefs on behalf of AUL and its clients to educate federal and state courts across the nation on pro-life issues. Jessica also contributes to AUL’s annual publication Defending Life: Proven Strategies for a Pro-Life America.

“We are extremely gratified that an attorney of Jessica’s caliber and commitment is joining our already exceptional legal team,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, AUL President & CEO.

Americans United for Life is the country’s oldest pro-life organization.

Charmaine Quoted in AP, Americans United for Life Action Opposes Sebelius

March 2, 2009 | By | No Comments

sebelius_dress.jpgCharmaine at AUL was interviewed by the Associated Press by phone while we were in Laguna Niguel over the weekend.

Sebelius, credit: Tony’s Kansas City

JOHN HANN writes, Abortion foes vow to fight a Sebelius nomination,

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — National anti-abortion groups promise a vigorous fight if President Barack Obama nominates Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as U.S. health and human services secretary….

“It’s not just that she has a pro-abortion rights viewpoint,” said Charmaine Yoest, president and chief executive officer of Americans United for Life Action. “It’s her very close association with one of the most infamous abortionists in this country.”…

Abortion foes said Friday an important issue is a reception Sebelius once had with a late-term abortion provider who’s now facing criminal charges.

Administration officials disputed the idea that abortion is an issue as to whether Obama nominates Sebelius. She is considered a leading candidate for the HHS job, although the White House has said others are being considered.

Abortion opponents acknowledged Friday that they’ll probably be uncomfortable with nearly anyone Obama nominates, but they’re particularly upset by the prospect of Sebelius.

A major reason is an event in April 2007 at the governor’s residence with Dr. George Tiller and his Wichita clinic’s staff. Abortion foes eventually obtained photos from the reception and posted them last year on the Internet.

Charmaine’s reports that Sebelius opposes and has voted against Parental Notification and safe, clinical standards for abortion offices. See the Americans United for Life Action blog,

The need for this critical legislation was predicated, in large part, on evidence of shocking conditions in Kansas abortion clinics.

For example, two inspections of the same Topeka abortion clinic discovered fetal remains stored in the same refrigerator as food;

a dead rodent in the clinic hallway;

overflowing, uncovered disposal bins containing medical waste;

unlabeled, pre-drawn syringes with controlled substances in an unlocked refrigerator;

improperly labeled and expired medicines; carpeted floor in the surgical procedure room; and visible dirt and general disarray throughout the clinic.

Dr. Krishna Rajanna, who operated the unsanitary clinic, also consistently violated the practice guidelines for conscious sedation.

These unsanitary medical practices would close a restaurant, let alone an abortion office. Other issues that disqualify Sebelius,

On balance, Gov. Sebelius’ record demonstrates that she is unfit to serve as HHS Secretary and should not be in a position to make such important policy determinations including:

* Whether to rescind, modify, or retain HHS rules requiring that recipients of certain federal funding certify their compliance with existing federal law supporting healthcare fights of conscience;

* Whether to expand the over-the-counter availability of abortifacients such as “Plan B” (so-called “emergency contraception”) to allow minors to obtain these controversial and dangerous drugs without a prescription or doctor’s involvement; and

* Whether to rescind approval for or, at a minimum, review the safety and efficacy of RU-486 (“the abortion pill”) which has killed at least 7 women in the U.S. since it was approved by the FDA in September 2000.

Alert Readers know that Your Business Blogger(R) worked in a restaurant as a teenager. My boss was always worried that the Health Department Inspector might find some random rat dropping. My restaurant manager would have nothing to fear if Sebelius was the governor. Sebelius is not qualified to oversee a food service business. And she is not qualified to run Health and Human Resources.


Charmaine on Huckabee The Video

February 18, 2009 | By | 2 Comments

Charmaine appeared on Mike Huckabee’s Huckabee cable show on FOX this past Saturday and Sunday.

She debated the Octo-mom issue.

Please let us know what you think.


Thank you (foot)notes,

See Americans United for Life.

Visit Pro-Life Choices Network letter on FOCA.

Congressman John P. Murtha (D-PA) to Oppose FOCA on Vivficat.

Renewing My Faith, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 writes,

I was really disappointed that Charmaine was not able to touch more on the important topics such as:

1. These Dr. are operating as self-regulated with no laws preventing them from what they are doing. The need to have public policy stating what is ethical for Dr. to perform.

2. Are these Dr. doing harm to the patient by implanting 8 embryos?…

Brook B asks good questions. Her interview was taped and was much, much longer but was edited down for the show. Many of the issues were covered in the original debate.

Your Business Blogger(R) is confident that the debate that Brook is looking for will be seen on Larry King Live tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 on CNN. Charmaine is schedule to appear and will continue the conversation.

Media Alert: Charmaine on Huckabee

February 13, 2009 | By | 2 Comments

huckabee_charmaine_december_07.jpgCharmaine will be appearing with Mike Huckabee on Huckabee on FOX.

She will be debating the issues spawned by the octo-birthing 33 year old Jolie-wannabee, octuplet mom Nadya Suleman.

Her bills are paid for by the taxpayers.

She might bankrupt her home state of California all by herself…and her 14 [bad word removed by editortrix] fatherless children.

Charmaine Yoest and Mike Huckabee, Dec 2007


George Weigel gave a lecture the other night in Your Nation’s Capital. His theme was about the cultural shift in the recent election. It was not so much that Obama had won, but who, or, rather ‘what’ the real winner was.

The real winner of the presidential election was…the 1960′s.

George Weigel recounts that the 60′s as the winner actually began when convicted felon Bill Clinton was able to remain in the office of the president. The liberals and the elites and the academics and Hollywood and mainstream media would rather have a sexual harasser remain in office than restrain — in any fashion — the libertine sexual freedom born in the 60′s generation.

Obama embodies that leftist sexual license, George Weigel writes,

My reading of Senator Obama’s record is that he is a genuine leftist: not a pragmatic liberal, like Clinton, but a true man of the left, in the European sense of the term. And that’s probably why he’s so popular in European circles.

On abortion, though, he is not simply a leftist, but a radical: in the Illinois state legislature, he led the fight against a partial-birth abortion ban, and against a law that would have given legal protection to infants who survive a late-term abortion.

From the latter, one would have to include that Senator Obama thinks a women has a right, not only to an abortion, but to a dead baby.

This is a position far, far to the left of the American mainstream. Obama’s instincts in foreign affairs are also leftist: he does not seem to understand that there are people who hate the West and who are determined to do it harm for their own reasons, not because of anything the West has putatively done for them.

The 1960′s won. It will take some time for the adults to take back power.


The sexual revolution separated sex from procreation.

And today the sexual revolution has separated procreation from sex.

The Octo-mom wanted children. Lots of them. But a husband; a father for her children wasn’t happening. No need. Like feminists the world over, she needed a man like a fish needs a bicycle.

Why a man? When the taxpayer will send home the bacon and pay the rent.

Tune in and let us know what you think. Hit time is 8pm eastern on FOX.


Thank you (foot)notes,

Charmaine served as Senior Advisor traveling with the Huckabee for president campaign.

Read more on Wiegel’s Cube and Cathedral.

Pro-Life State Rankings by Americans United for Life

February 9, 2009 | By | One Comment

Americans United for Life has released a state-by-state review of local abortion laws. The ranking is based on a numerical evaluation-criteria. See State by State Legal Guide to Abortion, Bioethics and the End of Life.

The Best States

1. Pennsylvania

2. Louisiana

3. South Dakota

4. Oklahoma

5. Mississippi

6. Texas

7. North Dakota

8. Nebraska

9. Arkansas

10. Indiana

The Worst States

50. California

49. Hawaii

48. Vermont

47. New Jersey

46. Connecticut

45. Nevada

44. Oregon

43. New York

42. Washington

41. Illinois

And please sign the FightFOCA petition!

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Thank you (foot)notes:

The KansasJackass loves abortion and Planned Parenthood.

Also see LifeNews reports, Missouri Bill Introduced for Ultrasound, Better Informed Consent Before Abortion

See 12 States Weigh Ultrasound Abortion Bills, by Christianity Today.

Is The State You Live In For Or Against Life?

See Craig’s Cogitations.

Is your state for or against life?

Read the outstanding writing by Meredith Turney at California Ranks DEAD Last.

SwampFox discusses FOCA

Jeremy Alford blogs How pro-life is Louisiana?

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, AUL president, says the ranking offers every reason for optimism for conservatives in Louisiana, especially with the election of Democratic President Barack Obama, who is pro-choice. “Since the election, we have seen a huge outpouring of grassroots support for our work opposing the radically pro-abortion Freedom of Choice Act as well as hundreds of inquiries about life-affirming legislation,” Youest says.

Life as it Happens has more on Obama and FOCA.

Kyrie Eleison gives a link.

The Spin Cipher has Freedom of Choice for who?

Cellar dweller has California at bottom of list in pro-life group’s ranking of states.

Charmaine Quoted in The Wall Street Journal; Planned Parenthood Forbids the Science of the Sonogram

January 23, 2009 | By | 4 Comments

cecile_richards_obama.jpgWhile we were marching in yesterday’s March for Life, Charmaine was interviewed by the WSJ on the Obama Abortion Bail Out executive order.

Cecile Richards, from Planned Parenthood and Obama

The reporter, LAURA MECKLER, asked about the current Mexico City Accord which prohibits USA taxpayers funding education on “reproductive freedom” to other countries. (The Alert Reader knows well that reproductive freedom/education is code for abortion.) The reporter also asked about Obama’s “sensitivity” on not signing the abortion bailout on the anniversary of Roe v Wade; 22 January — a day Pro-Lifers yearly recognize as the day the Supreme Court legalized abortion in all 57 50 states. Abortion is now legal through all nine months of pregnancy.

Meckler wrote,

…[A]bortion opponents were not mollified. Charmaine Yoest, [Ph.D.] president of Americans United for Life, thinks the change in policy amounts to U.S. tax dollars funding abortion and sees no positive outcome. But she called the delayed timing “a politically savvy move” by the White House.

Meckler also interviewed Cecile Richards,

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which offers abortion and family planning, says she doesn’t care when President Obama changes the policy, as long as it is changed. “He has clearly stated his opposition to the global gag rule and his intention to overturn it,” she said.

Cecile Richards makes money selling and preforming abortions. If women and other countries cannot afford an abortion. The American tax payer will now pay for them in a Planned Parenthood office.


There is one gag rule that Cecile Richards demands that Obama not change: No pregnant woman should see a sonogram of her baby.

85 percent of women who see the first picture of the child, do not have an abortion.

Planned Parenthood cannot have the science of the sonogram help women to choose.


Over 530,000 have signed the Americans United for Life petition to Fight FOCA. Be sure to sign up!

Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine spend time yesterday talking with Lila Rose who regularly captures on video Planned Parenthood covering up rapes. See

Planned Parenthood Rape Cover-up: Is a Sting Operation Ethical?

Will Pro-Lifers Quit? Father Neuhaus Eulogized; Charmaine Quoted in Christianity Today

January 13, 2009 | By | No Comments

obama_new_yorker_cover.jpgThe church was full to overflowing. Even visiting priests had to stand in the aisle.

I’m sure this exceeded the Fire Marshal’s Max Occupancy. But no NYFDer was going to stop this Mass demonstration.

Father Richard John Neuhaus was buried today. We were reminded of his final writings on abortion. That we would never tire nor grow weary in defending Life.

Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine talked about the funeral on the train back to DC. Pleased and humbled and encouraged by what Father Richard accomplished.

We were resolved to do two things to help carry on his work:

1) Continue to fight the good fight for the sanctity of Life. And,

2) Have more dinner parties.

We will pass on the cigars.


The abortion debate will have some challenges during the Obama administration.

Sarah Pulliam writes in Christianity Today, Battle Fatigue

Abortion opponents head into Obama presidency after big losses

“The first thing I’d do as President,” Barack Obama told Planned Parenthood in 2007, “is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” The bill would remove almost all state and federal restrictions on abortion. But observers wonder if the anti-abortion movement has enough life in it to successfully fight the legislation or similar measures…

Signs of fatigue aside, observers agree that abortion will remain a major political issue.

“People are still energized and ready to fight a radical agenda on abortion as it comes down the pipe,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life.

[She should have said ‘pike’ not ‘pipe.’ She has a delightful way of mixing the metaphor: Belly up to the plate; Step up to the bar, Easy as cake, It’s a piece of pie. She is a fun woman to live with…]

Polls and other research suggest that younger evangelicals are more supportive of abortion restrictions than older evangelicals are. A 2007 study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life showed that 70 percent of younger white evangelicals favor “making it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion,” compared with 55 percent of older white evangelicals.

The Pro-Life Movement as the Politics of the 1960s by Richard John Neuhaus

Copyright (c) 2009 First Things (January 2009).

Whatever else it is, the pro-life movement of the last thirty-plus years is one of the most massive and sustained expressions of citizen participation in the history of the United States. Since the 1960s, citizen participation and the remoralizing of politics have been central goals of the left. Is it not odd, then, that the pro-life movement is viewed as a right-wing cause?…

These are the issues addressed in a remarkable new book out this month from Princeton University Press, The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right, by Jon Shields, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College…

The pro-life movement is a movement for change, indeed for what some view as the radical change of eliminating the unlimited abortion license. “Meanwhile,” writes Shields, “the pro-choice movement is a conservative movement defending the status quo. Pro-choicers have little to gain from engaging their opponents and from the deliberative norms that facilitate persuasion.”

…the abortion battle is over abortion and whether the unborn child counts as a human person, but where one comes out on that question is, I believe, powerfully influenced by a host of other beliefs and attitudes aptly summarized in the pro-life language of a culture of death versus a culture of life. There are two cultures, one focused on rights and laws and the other on rights and wrongs; one focused on maximizing individual self-expression and the other on reinforcing community and responsibility….

“One of the great political ironies of the past few decades,” writes Shields, “is that the Christian Right has been much more successful than its political rivals at fulfilling New Left hopes for American democracy. Far more than any movement since the early campaign for civil rights, the Christian Right has helped revive participatory democracy in America by overcoming citizens’ alienation from politics.” As one has all too many occasions to observe, history has many ironies in the fire. To the 1960s proponents of participatory democracy, the maxim applies: Be careful what you hope for. To those flirting with despair in the face of an Obama presidency, the advice is offered: You might want to get a copy of The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right by Jon Shields. And all of us would do well to ponder the wisdom in the observation that there are no permanently lost causes because there are no permanently won causes.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

We had dinner last night at the Algonquin Hotel, birthplace of the New Yorker. Where writers and what-not would gather at the The Roundtable in the 1920′s and 30′s. We sat at The Roundtable and learned about the literary giants who walked those floors and sat at these places. We stared at the large wooden table and marveled and mumbled something about history to the waiter.

“The Table? Nevermind. It’s a replica. Dunno where the real one is,” he said. “New owners did something with it…”

The table was a fake. Made us think about all those authentic pro-choicers at the New Yorker.

Read more from First Things at the jump.

Vital Signs also recommends First Things.

Also see Wake for Father Richard John Neuhaus.

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