The last thing I have to say about last Tuesday

The week is ending, and I have a Harry Potter book to pick up, consume at record pace, and review. However, in the interest of all honesty and fairness, I wanted to go ahead and link my public crow consumption here.

Congratulations, Congressman Broun.

113 comments

  1. Donkey Kong says:

    Great article. I concur. I’ve been really impressed with how the Whitehead supporters have embraced Broun as Congressman. Either way, we have a conservative Republican in Congress. Broun made the bolder claims, and appears to be more staunchly conservative, and I really hope he lives up to this. If he does, our whole state will benefit greatly from his statesmanship.

  2. profg says:

    Jeff, I make typos etc. — but seriously, dude, you need to proofread your stuff before you put it up on your blog. It was painful to read for that reason alone.

    BG

  3. Holly says:

    Yep, for tonight, I’m going to be all about the Boy Wizarding Wonder. Are you going to a midnight party? I am. πŸ™‚

  4. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Bill, wow. Thanks for the catch — I copied the edited version from the Word doc sent back by the Human Events editors, and the struck-through phrases and embedded corrections and changes clearly all transferred over. Lesson for me — the real version is now there.

    Let me know if it’s less painful to read now.

    Thanks for the heads-up.

    Jeff

  5. Jeff Emanuel says:

    And it’s not a blog, it’s a website! πŸ˜‰

    I tore up the blogger template and, using blogspot, rewrote the CSS as an interactive website, not a blog. The embedded “blog” can be accessed by clicking the “blog” tab at top.

    Yeah, I’m too cheap (actually, too poor, as I’m pouring all my cash into rent and returning to Iraq) to pay a designer and get a better platform than blogger, for now, but I do hope that the site functions as a website much more than as simply a blog.

  6. profg says:

    Jeff, much better. πŸ™‚

    Except… the very first word seems to be missing its very first letter… but it’s all uphill after that!

    And you need to face the facts — you’re a blogger, through and through. Help is available, though.

    “Hi, I’m Jeff, and I’m a blogger.”

    “Hi, Jeff.”

    BG

  7. debbie0040 says:

    Jeff, your column is being ciruculated around by the Fair Tax people.

    BTW, it was a good column. Most readers are not perfectionists and have other things to do in their life beside proof reading every little thing.

  8. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Haha. Thanks, Debbie, I appreciate it.

    Bill did have a good point about the posting on my site, though, and I’ll be the first to admit (okay, maybe second behind my girlfriend πŸ˜‰ ), that I’m not a mistake-free person πŸ™‚

  9. SpaceyG says:

    HP Spoiler: An earnest teen breaks wand with special effects while trying to stop oppressive adults from oppressing him/her. Magic is involved. Laura Mallory will not read this one too, but continue manufacturing her special brand of morality hysterics for benefit of local TV news cameras, continuing to embarass 99.5% of the rational Georgia population.

  10. profg says:

    Debbie, I don’t think you read the original version. I wasn’t “proof reading every little thing,” I was desperately trying to get through the article, but had to re-read sentence after sentence in order to do so.

    And Jeff, after your corrections, it really was a good column. Debbie was correcct in that, although I have to say that most readers have other things to do in their life besides nitpicking every little post. πŸ™‚

    BG

  11. Icarus says:

    How long before PeachPundit reaches its logical conclusion with GOPeach endorsing Laura Mallory for Governor?

  12. Holly says:

    Thoughts on who I should dress up as? Yep, I think I need to totally nerd out tonight. Last book and all.

  13. GOPeach says:

    Oooooh Icarcus – That’s a great idea! πŸ™‚

    Jeff – You dun good, Baby. Peach really liked that article. You’re not just good looking – you’re real smart too.

    Now… about Harry Potter books….
    where do I even begin???? LOL

  14. Donkey Kong says:

    You people are pathetic. Harry Potter? PLEASE. I’ll stick to my copy of “Witness” by Whitaker Chambers, which, btw, is the best book I’ve ever read.

  15. GOPeach says:

    Seriously …

    I’m all for reading…

    I just wish the public schools would include in their summer elementary grades reading list:

    1. Mein Kampf
    2. Comunist Manifesto
    3.Luciferian Witchcraft

    Then the little tykes can have a deeper understanding of a godless society and join the
    Church of Liberalism and Tolerance!

  16. Holly says:

    Peach, I worked for a Southern Baptist Church. We’re all aware that there are some SBC churches that have come out as anti-HP. However, if you read the book for what it is – a fantasy story in which good triumphs over evil – without obsessively searching for deeper, dark-seeded meanings, then what you have is a great story for children and adults alike.

  17. Donkey Kong says:

    Peach,

    I’m all for reading those too, just not in elementary schools. I do think we need to study Communist political tactics, though, because they were dang well effective. They just had some of the worst policy I’ve seen. But, man, they were incredibly effective for how bad their ideals were.

  18. GOPeach says:

    Holly-

    I know the soft sell approach all too well.

    It reminds me of the story of a dad who walked in the room when his kids were watching a sex scene in a “good movie”….

    ” Kids!”, he shouts.
    “What the hell are you watching?”
    “Oh dad… it’s just one little tiny bad part.”

    Soooo the dad pops a big bag of popcorn and spits in it before serving it to the his kids…

    ” Dad… why did you do that????”
    “It’s just a little tiny bad thing. Don’t let that stop you”, he said. πŸ™‚

  19. GOPeach says:

    DK –

    I totally agree with you.
    I have studied Mein Kampf and Comunist Manifesto for years..

    That’s how I can smell a rat in politics.
    If it looks like a rat and smells like a rat…
    it’s a ____.

    I see these ploys in politics way too often.
    And that is freaky.

  20. Amelia Brown says:

    Hey GOPeach…
    Just curious…but do you think a dad who is concerned about his kid watching a sex scene would walk in and start cussing, to ask “what the HELL are you watching?”

  21. GOPeach says:

    Amelia –

    YES! Because it’s SHOCKING!!
    Ever seen dad’s get so freaked out at their kids that they forget they are kids and speak bluntly to them???

  22. Amelia Brown says:

    okay–so what you’re saying is it’s okay for his little slip of the tongue–and not for their slip of a little bad scene?
    hmmm…let’s apply this to the last time I read a Harry Potter book, I dont remember reading much cussing, much less any steamy sex scenes…so, what you’re saying is, it’s okay if a parent portrays bad character to their kids, but it shouldnt come from a fantasy novel, correct?

  23. GOPeach says:

    Amelia-

    bad character

    ” What the hell” is not bad character! lol…
    Lord have mercy!

    A sex scene in a movie is “hell”, so when a dad says ” What the hell….”, then he means, ” What the hell!!!??? literally!

  24. GOPeach says:

    Okay- it looks like I need to explain what exactly I have against Harry Potter.

    J. K. Rowling’s first book- “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” introduces Harry as an orphaned baby who along with his parents–a wizard and a witch–were attacked by an evil wizard, Lord Voldemort.

    Although Harry’s parents died in the attack, Harry survives and becomes an instant legend in the world of witchcraft.

    Rescued by the “good wizard forces,” Harry lives with his cruel aunt and uncle, both of whom are described as “Muggles” – someone of low intelligence, idiotic, and harsh.

    Throughout the book, anyone who does not believe in witchcraft is described as being “muggles.”

    I find it quite amazing how Potter readers view ANYONE who opposes a Rowling’s book as being a “muggle” also.

    So in essence – I suppose I am a “muggle” right? Now who is the easily influenced by the status quo, establishment, crowd? The mindless masses are so driven by the marketing machine to be the first one to get an iPhone or a Potter book because that is how one become “cool” and up on things. Gag me with a blue tooth.

    I am mocked for homeschooling my children and giving them a classical eduaction reading LIBRARY BOOKS ( used) which I purchase with my property taxes as opposed to paying retail for a hot off the press book on witchcraft with no cussing and steamy sex sceens.

    Lovely logic folks! Lovely!

  25. Romegaguy says:

    I would think that you would like Potter. I mean you both like to call people names if they dont agree with you and you both live in fantasy land.

  26. drjay says:

    i don’t recall any cussing or steamy sex scenes in any of the harry potter books…and i don’t really think muggle is a term of derision as much as a word to separate magic folk from non magic folk…now mudblood is an insult akin to some of the ethnic slurs that are generally frowned upon by polite society.

  27. GOPeach says:

    Even more troubling, Harry Potter teaches children to be disrespectful, to lie, to break rules, and to disobey authority figuresunder the age of 18!!!

    It reports that each month an average of 100 inquiries come from children who want to become witches.

    Soooo like I said – I have worked with kids like this and it is very real! Parents need to explain to kids this is a FICTION book… but we know parents are no where to be found most the time ..

    …The reason we have government STATE schools like Hogwarts Harry Potter’s premier boarding school for witchcraft and wizards…..equipped with a broom and magic wand, Harry receives lessons in chanting, spells, curses, potions, magic, transfiguration, and the dark forces.

    FYI – Witchcraft is a religion!
    And… I thought we were not to teach religion in State schools.

  28. rugby_fan says:

    GOPeach;

    “Muggle” is someone who does not have magical abilities, ex; a regular human.

    Harry Potter may teach children disobedience (“under the age of 18!!!” no less) but more than anything else, the books teach that good always triumphs and its better to be on the virtuous side of things.

    As for your claim that Witchcraft is a religion, this is only partly true. But, in the context of the books, there is no religiosity in what the children do at school.

    The books do not suggest or persuade in anyway that the readers should believe in, or practice witchcraft.

    Nice attempts at making judgments on books you haven’t read though.

    And I do strongly suggest you pick up the books. I have no doubt you will be entertained and that’s it. The same way the millions of other readers have felt.

    Oh, and one final point. The British version (actually, I think the rest of the English speaking world) titles the first book–more to your liking–“the Philosopher’s Stone”.

  29. GOPeach says:

    Rugby –

    In book 1 –

    A “muggle” is one who is narrow minded – not open to sorcery and NORMAL!

    I am well aware of the whole little spin on “good wins over evil” propaganda. The thing that is really deeply diturbing Is evil ( witchcraft) is called good!

    This is where we will always disagree on Potter’s ploy to sell witchcraft to children as a “power” over people in authority.

    Soooo why are we discussing Potter on a Political Blog??? That’s simple!

    Because most people call evil good and good evil! — FYI – When this happens – It FICTION and FANTASY! Like in politics.

  30. GOPeach says:

    I read the first book after having counseled several children in my practice. It didn’t take long to access the reason why these kids were confused and were unable to see right from wrong. Ms. Joanne ( Rowling) had done a great job of teaching them that witchcraft was innocent and fun… and those who did not “practice it” were mean and stupid.

    I think Harry Potter should be for adults and not children… just look at the adults on this blog who bolted to the bookstore to pay FULL-BLOWN retail for it…. ( the excuse being… I am getting this for my kids)… yeah right –

    Parents should never let a child with emotional issues read this CRAP!

  31. Donkey Kong says:

    GOPeach, I think I’ve met you before. What are your views on gun control? Do you think that we should be able to own aircraft and tanks if we want to?

  32. rugby_fan says:

    GOPeach;

    You clearly read too much into (created a meaning to suit your beliefs) what a “muggle” is.

    And tell me honestly, how many of your clients were genuinely psychologically confused about ab0ut what is right and wrong from the books? Zero?

    What is evil is clearly stated in the books (maybe you missed this) as being wanton murder, theft, disobeying the law &c..

    If you had any semblance of real psychological training you would understand that the children brought to you in this state had much deeper and severe issues than and needed to go to more qualified (and sane) help.

    A simple children’s novel, and countless other innocuous things would have easily caused these traumas.

    Or their parents are overprotective zealots who misinterpret their children’s feelings. I’m guessing it was the latter, not the former with the kids who were brought to you.

    As with the adults who paid full retail price, they are idiots. Every retailer that I know of is offering discounts of at least 20% in the first few weeks of sale.

    And most adults probably are buying the books for their children. I’m not aware of any six year old who has a reliable source of income named something other than “mom” or “dad”, do you?

  33. Romegaguy says:

    Instead of fiction like HP (which I will admit I havent read yet) GOPeach would rather kids read fiction that poses as reality where the world was once covered by water and pretends dinosaurs never existed

  34. Romegaguy says:

    and a giant fish can swallow people and the acids in their stomach wont harm you. Must be magic

  35. GOPeach says:

    Aactually Jeff, Rugby, Rome – I have avoided quoting the Bible on this thread on purpose – I keep hoping we can reach a verdict apart from God but….

    I have given my personal experiences with helping children over the years ( phychology), the use of critical thinking skills (philosophy), and the difference between buying books retail and using a library card ( economics)…. still not one person sees the harm in Potter hooplah –

    Clearly – I have no other choice now than to opne up the Bible which I am sure you do not believe it the truth either … but you are all conservatives and Christians aren’t you???

    GALATIANS 5-
    19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious : sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and ,witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.

    Leviticus 19:31
    31 ” ‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.

    * We are to look to God as our counsel ONLY – not witchcraft!

    2 Kings 21:6
    6 He sacrificed his own son in [a] the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger.

  36. GOPeach says:

    *Clearly – I have no other choice now than to open up the Bible which I am sure you do not believe is the truth either …

  37. GOPeach says:

    2 Kings 23:24

    Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the mediums and spiritists, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem. This he did to fulfill the requirements of the law written in the book that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the temple of the LORD.

  38. GOPeach says:

    Every aspect of the occult (practices of “witchcraft” “sorcery” , “conjuring spells” is an “abomination”

    Leviticus 20:6 – The person who turns after mediums and familiar spiritssorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

    Acts 13:8-10 – Paul rebuked Elymas the sorcerer , saying: “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?”

  39. GOPeach says:

    Fiction and Fantasy can either bring honor to God or not…

    When we see what the Bible says- we might get a good idea about what GOD thinks about RIGHTEOUSNESS and not Peach! πŸ™‚

    But then again …. the Godless Church of Liberalism doen’t care what The Bible says.

  40. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Peach, again – as a Christian, you have no idea how much offense I take at you calling yourself Christian and referencing the Bible. I’d personally rather hear Romegaguy call it fiction than you reference it and claim that you represent what it teaches.

  41. GOPeach says:

    YES!!!! Jeff I was JUST thinking of THAT example –

    Exodus 7:11,22; 8:7 Pharoah’s magicians sought to duplicate the MIRACLE of Moses throwing his staff down it became a serpent .

    The Egyptians wizards thought that MAGIC was the same as a MIRACLE …. until THE ONE MIRACLE serpent … ate the TWO MAGIC serpents …

    GOD is NOT mocked!

  42. Jeff Emanuel says:

    GOPeach, IMO you need to see a counselor (or a surgeon) about getting that growth of self-righteousness removed.

    It’s reached a dangerously critical mass.

  43. rugby_fan says:

    GOPeach;

    Apparently you have no concept of an exorcism.

    Now, I can still continue this debate without the use of the Bible (or your bastardization of it), would you care to do so?

  44. GOPeach says:

    No Jeff —

    Avoiding fictional stories is one of the most dangerous things Christian parents can do to their children.

    There are GREAT fiction books which do not include witchcraft. Right????

    Okay for kids, I suggest:

    The Sugar Creek Gang Series
    Troublesome Creek Series
    House of Winslow Series
    To Love Anew, Sydney Cove Series
    Red River of the North Series
    Candlewood Trilogy Series
    Singing River Series
    Heirs of Acadia Series
    Sunrise Series
    The Borrowed House
    The Ides of April
    Big Sky Dreams Series

    Teens – Adult:
    The Mask of Ollock
    Rexcalibur
    Pilgrim’s Progress
    Hind’s Feet in High Places
    Prata’s Dream of Fire
    Wolf Time
    Erlings Word
    Beowulf
    Dante’s Inferno
    Paradise Lost
    Paradise Regained

    For adults:

    International Intrigue Trilogy – by Oliver
    Line of Duty, Code Talker, The Penny…

    I can go on and on…

    GREAT FICTION … that is exciting and fun-
    Good triumphs over evil.

  45. GOPeach says:

    Jeff & Rugby ….

    You ARE BOTH TOTALLY MISSING THE POINT!!!!!

    In Harry Potter —-
    Evil ( witchcraft ) is concidered to be GOOD in a warm an fuzzy kinda feel sorry for an ophan boy way….

    The VOID in society is the LACK of good adventurous books for BOYS ( of all ages) and about BOYS….

    If you want to READ witchcraft books- ROCK ON!

    As for me and my house… we will PASS!

  46. GOPeach says:

    Rugby –

    You have some serious unresolved issues-
    Perhaps you need to play more tu rugby sweetie.
    You seem a bit tense… I know …. it’s been raining all day and you’ve been stuck inside.

    Maybe a little exercise – raise those endorphines! πŸ™‚

  47. Romegaguy says:

    I am just stirring the cauldron… = )

    Going back to the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe… Would you say the wardrobe that the children walked through was magical?

    And while quoting some scripture here is one
    Matthew 6:5-6: “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men….when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret….”

  48. GOPeach says:

    Rugby –

    I know the difference, Darlin —
    I just know lot’s of little tykes who not so CONCRETE in their thinking.

    Seems more and more kids are “Mosiac – Random” thinkers…. lacking in ABSOLUTES!

  49. drjay says:

    i’ll admit its been a long time since i read the cliff notes for beowolf but isn’t it about a pagan king that kills a dragon w/ a magical sword??

    how is that all that different from potter??

  50. Donkey Kong says:

    GOPeach,

    The problem is not as much reading HP as it is the parents helping their children understand the truth. If the children are grounded in Scripture, and the parents help them understand HP for what it is–fiction–then they won’t have a problem. Agree?

    Now for you adults that are addicted to HP… πŸ˜‰

  51. GOPeach says:

    drjay-

    I suugest you ditch Cliff Notes and pic up a copy of Norton’s Anthology. Much better study resource-

    Beowulf is the oldest epic poem we have in the English( Old Anglo Saxon) language ( 1,200 years old)-

    It is about a conflict of 2 Scandinavian tribes -The Danes and the Geats, who lived on the Danish Island of Zealand in Southern Sweded.-

    It’s has a lot of accurate history in it as it was the time just prior to the Germans invading England.

    Anyway – Beowulf was a Geat warrior who battled Grendel ( a descendant of Cain – a giant before the flood in the Bible) … not a dragon –

    Now Grendel is a metaphor of the “giants” in or lives from the past…. We must slay them in order to conquer and move forward..

    I LOVE Beowulf because he is a Warrior Poet –
    like Braveheart.

    Donkey-

    Yes! I agree. πŸ™‚

  52. Donkey Kong says:

    Peachy,

    I am a huge Metallica fan (dang libs), huge Live fan (dang libs), and I’m better off for it. πŸ™‚

  53. GOPeach says:

    I just hate that she dresses up like a witch and everything πŸ™‚ …. I LOVE her writing and voice.

    My grand daughter says… ” She sounds like a sheep.” L a a a a a a n d Slide …. LOL

  54. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Ah yes, all those affairs — I can see why, Peach.

    Then again, that mound of self-righteousness may have grown so high at this point that you can’t even read this, so it’s probably a moot point.

    Have to love the ridiculously, blatantly selective outrage of the folks who grab the mantle of “Christianity” and bastardize it. You, Laura Mallory, and RR should hang out in your own secret little Clubhouse for Selectively Outraged and Eternally Self-Righteous Windbags.

    See? You made me sound like Bill Simon. Dang you, Peach!

  55. Donkey Kong says:

    I do hate Lars Ulrich, Metallica’s drummer, though.

    Lol Creed? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease.

    Not a Stevie Nicks fan, but hey different strokes for different folks.

  56. Donkey Kong says:

    GOLeach,

    I’m impressed with the band choice, though STILL not with the spelling capability.

  57. GOPeach says:

    *Donkey …

    I am sitting out by the pool – trying to read PP on ths beautiful day… watching my grand kids have great time –

    Judge Peach getting a kick at this thread!!!

    From Beowulf to Breaking Benjamin… LOL πŸ™‚

  58. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Yes, Peach, and a lot of good it did. Oh, yeah, she was sleeping with Fleetwood while she was with Buckingham…. whoops.

    I used to be a YoungLife member when I was in HS. In fact, I played the guitar for the singing part at the beginning.

    If I’d known you were a fan back then, I’d’ve quit as soon as possible, if not sooner.

  59. Donkey Kong says:

    I never joined YoungLife in high school. They were all Auburn fans, and I just couldn’t take it.

  60. GOPeach says:

    Rugby & Jeff –

    You both say that I have “bastardized Christianity , with no explaination as to what you actually mean and how that actually happens- so from now on… if you can’t back up your outlandish statements, then I suggest you refrain from such nonsense.

  61. GOPeach says:

    Jeff –

    I have a different view of Stevie Nicks meeting Lindsey Buckingham at a YoungLife group…

    I see that she was on a quest, got side tracked and can always come back. I have seen a recent interviews where she feels all alone now – no husband, no children, no dad….. She is seeking.

    I do not throw people away when that make mistakes. I am a big fan of GRACE!

    Stevie Nicks broke the glass ceiling for female rockers and that was not easy… I admire people who set the pace for others to follow.

    That’s what you call ” SIGNIFICANCE”!

  62. drjay says:

    wow, that’s way more contemplation on stevie nicks than i would have ever expected to see here–or well, anywhere frankly…

  63. GOPeach says:

    drjay-

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ LOL LOL LOL

    I am still laughing over this comment…
    it’s like a “pregnat pause”…

    Crickets chirping in the back ground sorta thing… LOL LOL

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