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Values Voter Summit September 12: Save The Date

March 19, 2008 | By | No Comments


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. addresses

the 2,600 attendees at last year’s Summit

Photo Credit: Peter Shinn Hold September 12 on your calendar for the Values Voter Summit in Your Nation’s Capital.

Called “the most exciting meeting there is in Washington” by author and radio host Bill Bennett, FRC Action’s 2007 Values Voter Summit (formerly “The Washington Briefing”) attracted over 400 national and international members of the media, a waiting list of speakers, and thousands of values voters representing nearly every state in the union and many foreign countries.

On September 12-14, 2008, 60 days before an historic election, FRC Action (a 501c4) will host its third annual Values Voter Summit at the Hilton Washington in downtown D.C., and you are invited.

As a participant in one of the conservative movement’s must-attend events of the year, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from some of America’s key leaders at a decisive moment in our nation’s history, including invited speakers such as Newt Gingrich (confirmed), Chuck Colson, Lou Dobbs, Bill Bennett (confirmed), Lt. Col. Oliver North, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Star Parker (confirmed), Justice Clarence Thomas, Patricia Heaton, Roger Hedgecock (confirmed), House and Senate leaders, and all the 2008 presidential nominees.


Charmaine at the podium 2006 In addition to lively discussions on issues ranging from life, marriage, school choice, and radical Islam to judicial activism and religious liberty, attendees can take part in: celebrity book signings; breakout training sessions; Radio and Bloggers’ Row; special co-sponsored meals hosted by Focus on the Family Action, American Values, and Alliance Defense Fund; a unique student track (including a Friday night reception); and the Faith, Family, and Freedom Gala Dinner on Saturday evening.

The Values Voter Summit is quickly becoming one of Washington’s most anticipated weekends of the year. Packages start at just $95 for adults and $50 for students and pastors. Sign up now and enjoy a $25 early-bird discount! Registration opens online tomorrow, March 15, at Call 1-877-372-2808 for more details.


Thank you (foot)notes:

See Values Voter Summit 2007 and more.

Merry Christmas 2007 (in March 2008)

March 18, 2008 | By | One Comment

The Superbowl is the Christmas card deadline for most folks sending out a yearly update(!). Not here. Tax Day is a dual deadline for us this year: cards and forms. Alert Readers will recall that the Huckabee campaign provided a delightful distraction for Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine and the Penta-Posse this past season. Merry Christmas!


See Christmas Past and what to take from a burning building.

Charmaine in NRO: Huckabee and McCain — The Enthusiasm Gap

March 6, 2008 | By | No Comments


Governor Huckabee and Charmaine

In the background, Princella Smith and The Diva Charmaine has an article on National Review Online discussing the Huckabee campaign and an opportunity for McCain. Sign of the Times: The GOP should not underestimate the political significance of Mike Huckabee.

Pull-out quotes,

“Mike Huckabee offered a voice for a significant portion of the electorate that feels disenfranchised.

Unfortunately for the GOP, the synonym for this group is “their base.” “

Want to count votes? Count the kids — the leading indicator.

“Prior to the Iowa caucus, my own children worked next to a young girl whose mom flew her up from Texas to the Des Moines HQ, just to work the phones.”

The Dude and The Diva on the phone bank

in Des Moines, Iowa As the liberals say, it’s all for the children…

“The Republicans are going to have to find a way to address this Enthusiasm Gap. But to the extent that the GOP establishment recognizes that Huckabee was at the forefront of a political phenomenon occurring under their noses — has a previous campaign ever achieved so much with so little? — they appear to be responding by maligning it rather than attempting to mobilize it.”


The Penta-Posse at the

victory party in IowaTimeCharmaine closed with,

“This campaign, [McCain] said, would be about “Big Things.” What are the Big Things? Terrorism, tax cuts, judges and doubling back in the end to winning the war.

This is precisely the driver behind the political phenomenon of Mike Huckabee’s remarkable run: he understood — and was willing to stand up and say in the face of ridicule — that life, marriage, and the cultural concerns of everyday moms and dads are some of the Biggest Things of all.”

But it looks like McCain may be working on this. The Wall Street Journal reports in Now McCain Looks to the Fall,

“Sen. McCain will need to shore up the Republican base, including evangelical conservatives in the South and elsewhere who have been slow to warm to his candidacy.

“We’ve got to energize the party,” he told reporters yesterday. “We win elections by getting people to volunteer, to get on the phones, to call their friends, to register voters…I understand how hard this campaign is going to be.” “

Pundits can predict McCain will win in November when the kids are on the McCain for President phone bank — just as was done for Huckabee.


The Dude at the Victory party in Iowa

Photo Credit: Brooks Kraft from Time


Thank you (foot)notes:

Comment section is still down. Please email us with your thoughts.

Read the entire article here.

Read more analysis at Northern Gleaner with The GOP’s Biggest Problem – The Enthusiasm Gap

The Mike Huckabee Presidential Campaign Ends

March 5, 2008 | By | No Comments


Governor Huckabee and Charmaine

In the background, Princella Smith and our Diva-girl Watching the Huckabee concession speech and leaving the race Tuesday night made for an emotional evening in the Yoest household.

Charmaine sent short emails to the Huckabee team — their responses were each measured and even-tempered, almost upbeat, having fought the good fight.

Today’s Washington Update, from FRCAction notes:

Despite his exit, no one can deny how influential Mike Huckabee was in championing values issues in this crucial race. While yesterday was clearly a victory for McCain, the Arizona senator acknowledged that his work is just beginning.

To succeed in his bid for the White House, McCain must consolidate his support among conservatives, including social conservatives, which will not happen just because he is the Republican nominee.

In the wake of the Republican scandals that began to surface in 2006 and the failure to advance most of the social conservative agenda, unqualified support for the GOP has diminished.


David Huckabee and Charmaine

A poll released last month by George Barna revealed that if the election were held then, only 45 percent of Evangelicals would vote for a Republican candidate.

That number is down from 85 percent of Evangelicals who voted for George W. Bush in 2004.

John McCain will have to convince social conservatives that their issues matter and that he can talk about them as a candidate and act upon them as president.

Conservatives/evangelicals still have questions about McCain’s stand on the major issues of family values, immigration, campaign finance and women in combat. But McCain is our guy.

Obama-Clinton is not.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Read Mike and Janet Huckabee’s email at the jump.

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You Are Invited: Solutions To Your Management Problems in Baltimore

February 28, 2008 | By | No Comments


Your Business Blogger at the

Stern School of Business, NYU Solutions To Your Management Problems,

Invitation to The Harbour League Seminar-fund raiser for 26 March 2008.

You Are Invited!

60 second script.

This is Jack Yoest Your Business Blogger with Solutions to your Management Problems.

I want to invite you to a short seminar – that you won’t want to miss.

In this short two hour meeting I will talk about what management is – and what it is not.

Here are corrections to common management myths:

Management is not barking out orders.

Management by walking around — is not management.

Management does not empower subordinates.

A Hands – on Manager is not a manager.

In our class I want to emphasis three tactics that will help change your practice of management

1 — Discipline – As a former Armored Cavalry officer I like the Army’s definition – and it’s not what you think.

2 — Selling – If you’ve ever carried a bag like I did as a sales guy – you know that in every transaction – especially in office politics — someone is selling, someone is buying – and managers always get this wrong.

And finally 3rd – Stop it – Every client I’ve ever worked with – every project I’ve ever managed – we’re working too hard because we’re working on the wrong things.

Don’t make these mistakes.

Go to for details and registration


Democrats and Abortion: Obama and the Blood

February 9, 2008 | By | No Comments


Gianna Jessen

Abortion Survivor

Marathon Runner Years ago, Your Business Blogger was clipping the finger nails of the infant Dude. My fine motor skills and eye sight were not quite what they once were and I clipped deep and The Dude bled red bad.

Everyone present cried.

Nothing hurts more than baby blood.

But this blood may not bother everyone.

Trick Question: To a Democrat, What is botched abortion?

Answer: A Live Birth

This is a world-wide problem. See Alive and Kicking Campaign: Run, Gianna Run!,

Every year in Britain, 50 babies are born-alive — after an abortion attempt.

Babies born alive. Don’t you just hate medical malpractice? The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is mounting an investigation into this horrible rash of babies born alive — according to their standards an abortionist is supposed to be sure they stop the baby’s heart with a direct injection of potassium chloride.

The problem? “In practice, few doctors are willing or able to perform the delicate procedure,” says Britain’s Sunday Times.

But in the virtuous US of A Congress addressed this abortion loophole and crafted the Born Alive Infants Protection Act,

“The law guarantees that every infant born alive enjoys full legal rights under federal law, regardless of his or her stage of development or whether the live birth occurred during an abortion.”

Who could possible vote against saving a baby. A baby born alive?

Barack Obama. Democrat.


Thank you (foot)notes:

My grandparents immigrated from Poland in the ‘teens. Mom, or as Babcia as she is now known to her grand-kids, would occasionally let loose a Polish cuss word, Scha-clef.

A horrible, terrible word.

It means, Dog’s Blood.

The British with the King’s Language, also use bloody words. As in Bloody Fool. This is actually a blasphemy referring to the Blood of The Christ. Should not be used in polite company (or in a respectable blog…).

Alert Readers remember the Roman governor Pontius Pilot publicly washing his hands of the blood of The Innocent Man.

And we will also remember Lady Macbeth’s problem with blood that would not wash, “Out, out d@mn spot…”

There is power in the blood.

Text of the federal Born-Alive Infants Protection law (Public Law 107-207)

See Heart of Darkness at The Caferteria Is Closed.

Barack Obama has baby blood on his hands. And he doesn’t hurt.

CPAC: What Counts More, Issues or Attributes?

February 8, 2008 | By | No Comments





Here in Your Nation’s Capital, at CPAC this week conversation has centered on our Presidential candidates — and the acceptability of their positions.

Mike Huckabee and John McCain are said to be imperfect candidates because there are some disputes with one position or another.

But if they are “not conservatives” as some would say, then why are conservatives voting for them? And not a Romney or a Thompson?

Back in Iowa, Your Business Blogger asked Frank Luntz about his book on Words That Work, and what he thought was going on with the electorate.

He said that voters seem to be interested, “less in issues — but in the attributes of the candidates — are they believable?” Are they likable?

This seems to at least partially explain the success of Huckabee and McCain — there may not be perfection on issues, but people like and trust and believe these candidates: the attributes of the candidates are more important; in some ways even more than the positions on issues.

This also explains the success of Obama. Who has a rather thin record of achievement . . . but has an infatuated following. No one can point to what Obama has done, but he’s done it with panache.


Little Miss Attila, Charmaine and

Baby Boo at CPAC


Thank you (foot)notes:

Charmaine has served as an adviser to the Mike Huckabee campaign. Huckabee will be speaking at CPAC tomorrow, Saturday, at 9am. Be there!

Mike Huckabee Focuses on Florida, Ed Rollins: A Class Act

January 21, 2008 | By | 3 Comments


Charmaine, right at her Little Rock office

The Face That Launched Me A 1,000 miles.

Chip Saltsman’s office is next door on right. Saturday nite Huckabee came in three points down in South Carolina. So close — a mere field goal. But still a loss.

Charmaine’s leave of absence had come to an end. This meant one thing to Your Business Blogger’s household:

Road Trip.

We started packing up the Penta-Posse after Huckabee’s Saturday evening concession speech and set the alarm for 0:darn-thirty, military time and left Virginia for Little Rock on Sunday morning. We arrived at Charmaine’s office some 16 hours later late last night.

Nobody got hurt. (This trip anyway.) (We’ve got the best kids on the planet.)

We knew that the campaign would fly Charmaine home, but we thought we could drive home and visit kin along the way. A little delayed Christmas and New Year’s — Charmaine worked through both this year. We would also be implementing a lesson from World War II and Vietnam:

To Decompress.

After WWII the returning troops returned via slow ship transport with their buddies and slowly adjusted from combat to the idea of civilian life and regular sleep, regular food. And adjust to the idea that nobody was gunning for you.

Much like a presidential campaign…

Vietnam vets had no such decompression. They went from battlefield to seat 3B to USA tarmac in 24 hours. No wonder a few had such difficulty with re-entry. There was no time to cry.

We wanted to drive some 2,000 miles to learn from the wars. And learn from the war.

While I was a-driving cross country with the Hucka-Truck full of MacDonald’s wrappers, Charmaine was eating steak with Ed Rollins, Chairman; Jim Pinkerton, Senior Adviser and David Polyansky the Chief Operating Officer. They were saying goodbye.

Ed picked up the check. He’s a class act.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Ed bought the steaks instead of watching some football game. Where the NY Giants beat the Packers 23 to 20 in overtime. Ed has his office in New York. He gave up watching the playoff game to huddle-adieu. Ed knows how to coach a team…

Mike Huckabee is preparing for the next debate on Thursday in Florida. We will continue to cheer him on in any way possible.

We look forward to rejoining our Cherrydale Baptist bible study!

On The Campaign Trail With Huckabee: The Dude’s Big Break

January 17, 2008 | By | 2 Comments


The Dude’s broken wrist

on the campaign (ski) trail Your Business Blogger has the rambunctious Penta-Posse on the road supporting Huckabee for President. Alert Readers ask,

“How do you do it?”

The one word answer,


And I would follow-up: “Nobody gets hurt.”

I can’t say that any more.

On the way home from New Hampshire I steered the Hucka-Truck with the Penta-Posse for a day of night skiing at Pat’s Peak.

Charmaine suggested that taking five children out on the slopes is a formula for trouble.

Skisbootsglovesgoggleshelmetspolescoats X 5 + Your Business Blogger = Charmaine is right again.

So. Under close parental supervision — meaning within cell phone range — The Dude and The Diva were doing a Double Black Diamond double time.

Their first run down the Diamond was slow, deliberate and measured in keeping with our family motto of Safety First.

Their second run was faster. The Dude took a jump, grabbed some air, ate some snow.

That was the only thing he ate that night. He took the pain like a trooper. Better than me.

I wonder about the coming physical therapy though…


The Dude before his big break at the Victory party in Iowa

Photo Credit: Brooks Kraft from Time


Thank you (foot)notes:

Jeffrey Lovallo, MD, installed the cast. The Dude got the cast in black. In memory of the diamonds. No complications and the cast should be off in six weeks.

Dr. Lovallo,

is currently an upper extremity consultant to the Washington Redskins and the DC United professional soccer team. He is a consultant for DePuy Medical, the leading total shoulder joint replacement company in the US. As a total shoulder arthroplasty consultant for DePuy, he has produced a state of the art video on total shoulder replacement.

I asked if he could help us get The Dude on the field as a walk-on for the Redskins. He mentions some nonsense about how the NFL has rules on eligibility: a junior in college. But he says there might be an exception for homeschoolers…

On The Road With the Mike Huckabee Presidential Campaign in Iowa

December 31, 2007 | By | 3 Comments

What is the one thing that Presidential Campaigns have in common with military campaigns?

Nobody sleeps.

Not even Fred Thompson, truth be told.

Last week Your Business Blogger was curious about Iowa in the winter. We had been in the state in the summer when the temperature hit 100 degrees. Now the temperature is in single digits. A top coat in Washington, DC is a fashion statement.

In Iowa in Winter coats are survival equipment.

So we load up the Penta-Posse in the monster SUV at O:Dark-thirty for the drive from Little Rock to Des Moines.

Coats alone take up half the truck. (We hope to do some skiing.) Before we depart, I yell out for a Kid Count. The responses are muffled from the kids under coats.

We stop at MacDonald’s to get super-sized with biscuits, coffee, bacon, eggs, cheese, sausage and hash browns in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We consumed breakfast on the road after the meal consumed a week’s pay. I’m considering direct deposit. Or maybe get a job at Hamburger University near Chicago.

It was a long drive. Alert Readers will note that there is no direct Inter-State highway connection between the two state capitals. Governor Huckabee was criticized for his road building initiatives, but we did drive on improved hard surface roads. Thank goodness. Publicly-funded public works at their best.

Full Disclosure: Charmaine, the wife of my life is advising the Huckabee bid with campaign veterans Chip Saltsman and Ed Rollins.

Charmaine was doing a bit of flying but decided to ride to spend quality and quantity time with the wee-ones before the Iowa Caucus. She also wanted to get some work done on the trip up, perhaps.

But she got distracted in the middle of a press release composition, where Your Business Blogger almost lost his composure.

The Darling Baby Boo got ill and lost more than his composure.


In the working of governments there is accepted practice of keeping the drafts of proposals and ideas and the log-rolling-record of the bargaining to get deals done, off the public record. At the state level, these trial balloons are called the “Governor’s Working Papers.” All political parties respect the practice. The papers are confidential.

The papers reflect the “Sausage Making” as Bismark said.

But I’m not sure it was not only the making of law he was referring to.

When the Baby Boo got sick, he threw up his sausage all over the governor’s briefing papers.

I don’t think this is what Bismark was talking about.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Huckabee will be conducting a press conference at high noon today. Must view.