Friday Photos: Still Scattered

 

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We hope all our readers had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

Keeping to last week’s theme of eschewing a theme, Seraphic Secret is, one again, indulging in a collection of random photos that we like for various reasons.

We hope you do too.

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Thanksgiving 2014 — America: The Children of the Children of Israel

Studio photographers shot millions of still photos of their actors, often with holiday themes. This is the one of the few religiously inclined Thanksgiving stills I have come across. The actress is Barbara Kent, a minor star in the silent ear best known for starring opposite Harold Lloyd in “Welcome Danger” 1929. But her very best role was in a little known but quite wonderful silent film “Lonesome,” 1928.

Studio photographers shot millions of stills of contract actors, often with holiday themes. This is a charming Thanksgiving  photo. The actress is Barbara Kent, (b. Barbara Cloutman, 1907- 2011) a popular star in the silent era best known for twice starring opposite Harold Lloyd, “Welcome Danger” (1929), and then “Feet First,” (1930). But her very best role was in a little known but quite wonderful silent film “Lonesome,” (1928). Seraphic Secret wrote a memoriam for this lovely actress when she passed away. You can find it here.

As far as I know, there are only two countries in the world that were founded on the idea of hope.

America and Israel.

And what was the hope?

The hope of achieving religious freedom, and freedom from the tyranny of centralized government.

The Children of Israel, fleeing Egyptian slavery and religious persecution, settled the land of Israel over 3,000 years ago, thereby fulfilling G-d’s eternal covenant with the Jewish people.

The Pilgrims saw themselves as the children of the children of Israel, escaping a British Pharaoh and crossing a liquid desert.

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The Ferguson/Palestinian Narrative

Blame the Jews.

A Ferguson mob in downtown Seattle, WA., blames the Jews.

As Seraphic Secret noted yesterday, Jew-hating IslamoNazis have attached themselves to the Ferguson riots.

It is a telling moment as IslamoNazis co-opt Ferguson.

Ferguson rioters—lynch mob would be more accurate—have manufactured a narrative that is a complete lie. Just as the so-called Palestinians have manufactured an entire national narrative that is a complete fantasy.

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Ferguson: How to Burn, Allah, Burn

As Obama urged calm, his constituency destroyed private property.

As Obama urged calm, his constituency destroyed private property.

It is obvious that the riots in Ferguson were carefully orchestrated by a tawdry alliance of lefty radicals, anarchists, race-baiters, criminal opportunists, and foaming-at-the mouth malcontents. Police have been pelted with D batteries, which had been carefully stockpiled.

Some of the major agitators — AKA community organizers — in Ferguson are Muslim radicals who ID themselves as Palestinians. Most notable of these creatures is one Bassem Masri, a Jew-hating, pro Hamas IslamoNazi from St. Louis, whose specialty is inciting violence against the police.

The IslamoNazis are cultural imperialists who wed themselves to every radical cause in America and make it about their jihadist ideology. Basically, they are using the old Bolshevik playbook to foment unrest and violence at the grassroots level.

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Berkeley Hearts IslamoNazi Beheaders, But Really Hates Jewish State

This was released last week, but Seraphic Secret did not have a chance to post it until now.

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Friday Photos — Scattered Edition

BB thinks it over.

BB thinks it over.

Usually, we publish photos organized around a central theme.

Not today.

We’re feeling a bit scattered. We’re spooked by the Emperor Obama, by what’s happening to this country. And of course by the Arab Muslim war against the Jews. The Iranians are edging closer to becoming a nuclear power. We are watching various national and international calamities unfold in slow motion. We feel helpless. And there are days when we feel, yup, hopeless.

Anyhoo.

Here are a few photos that, we hope, will lift your mood.

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Book Review: Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist by Yossi Klein Halevi

Yossi Klein Halevi (left) with yours truly, Robert J. Avrech, at the bris of Ariel Chaim, my grandson, and Yossi’s great nephew.

Yossi Klein Halevi (left) with yours truly, Robert J. Avrech, at the bris of Ariel Chaim, my grandson, and Yossi’s great nephew.

I was scared of Yossi Klein Halevi.

This was back in high school when Yossi and I were students — sorta — at Brooklyn Talmudic Academy. Sorta, because Yossi and I were two off the most indifferent students in that yeshiva’s history.

When I was scheduled to be in class I was, more often than not, sitting in a movie theater getting the education I really wanted. When Yossi was cutting class it was because  he was organizing a rally in support of Soviet Jews, or meeting clandestinely with Rabbi Meir Kahane and his Jewish Defense League (JDL).

It was rumored that JDL guys were purchasing arms and explosives.

They said the JDL was going to blow something up.

Eventually, they did.

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How To Gruber for the PalNazis and Other Lessons from the Media

Hamas tweeted this image in celebration of the Har Nof massacre.

Hamas tweeted this image in celebration of the Har Nof massacre.

The Har Nof atrocity reminds us, once again, that the foundational sensibility of the PalNazis is Islamic Jew-hatred.

Case in point: Mahmoud Abbas recently said that Jews “contaminate Jerusalem.”

Of course, the PalNazis justify this and other slaughters with the same empty tropes about “intolerable incitement” and, sigh, occupation. But we all know that these are just slogans, talking points for the ignorant, seething masses — and for the inbred, overeducated Western leftists who use anti-Zionism as an excuse for their Jew-hatred. These are the progressive elites who define anti-Semitism as follows: Hating Jews more than necessary.

In the streets of Gaza, the, ahem, peaceful PalNazis handed out sweets in celebration of the Har Nof massacre.

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PalNazis Slaughter Jews in Prayer, Obama Grubers For Islam

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As they hacked and stabbed the Jews, the two PalNazi attackers shouted, “Allahu akbar” — which means, correctly translated: “Our god is greater than your god.”

In shul — synagogue — the Jewish men, wrapped in tallis and tefillin, were in the midst of Shaharit, the morning prayer.

Among the prayers the martyred men recited is: “Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who gives strength to the weary.”

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PalNazi U. Honors Family Of Terrorist Who Murdered American Baby

The Nazis tried to hide their depravity. But the PalNazis publicize and glorify their crimes against the Jewish people.

Chaya Zissel was murdered by a PalNazi. The murderer was killed by Israeli police. But a PalNazi, ahem, University—students major in Advanced Jew-Killing—have bestowed an honor on the family of the murderer. Seraphic Secret fully expects Sweden to recognize this honor.

Chaya Zissel Braun was murdered by a PalNazi. The murderer was killed by Israeli police. But a PalNazi University—students major in Advanced Jew-Killing—have bestowed an honor on the family of the murderer. Seraphic Secret fully expects Sweden to recognize this honor.

PalNazi culture —as the link indicates, a huge number of PalNazis support the beheaders of Islamic State — is founded and nourished on Jew-hatred.

They justify their barbarism by claiming that Jews stole their land. But of course, anyone who knows anything about history understands that the Jews of Israel are the indigenous people of the land, and the Arab Muslims are theocratic imperialists.

Imagine if you will a member of the KKK ramming his truck into a crowd of black people in America and crushing an infant to death. Normal people would be outraged, disgusted, and demand the deaths penalty for the racist pig who committed such a heinous deed.

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Hollywood in Stitches, Part II

Vivien Leigh knits between takes on the set of “Waterloo Bridge” 1940.

Vivien Leigh knits between takes on the set of “Waterloo Bridge” 1940.

Part I is here.

“Hurry up and wait!”

Anyone who has worked on a major Hollywood production is familiar with this ironic command.

There is a tremendous amount of down time on a Hollywood film. It takes hours to set up lights, rig camera and sound, and make sure the sets and props are in place. Thus, actors spend a huge amount of time waiting, waiting, waiting for the the cameras to roll.

In the past, especially in the 1930s, scores of Hollywood actresses took up knitting to help pass the countless hours between takes.

Several years ago, at a swanky Hollywood party, I met the wealthy widow of a prominent producer who had been active during Hollywood’s Golden Age. After draining a few glasses of champagne the elderly lady talked about, well, the good ol’ days. When I expressed my admiration for classic Hollywood movies she told me that at the tender age of 15, she was one of Busby Berkeley’s chorus girls.

“We didn’t really dance, y’know, just walked up and down those darn stairs and tried not to break our necks, while Buzz whipped the camera around on a huge crane.”

After a few more glasses of champagne the lovely ex-chorus girl explained that setting up Buzz’s excruciatingly complicated shots took so long that the chorus girls nearly went crazy with boredom.

“Some girls drank bootleg and flirted outrageously with front office wolves,” she said. “Other girls quietly knitted.”

“Which one were you?”

“Honey, I figured it out very quickly: Men had a good time with the girls who drank gin — but they married the girls who knitted.”

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Heroic IslamoNazi Jew-Killers and Their Enablers

Victims of what official Palestinian Authority media organs call "heroic operations": Left, Dalia Lemkus, 26, run over and then stabbed to death by a terrorist on Nov. 10. Right: Three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, murdered on Oct. 23 when a terrorist rammed a car into her stroller. Several other victims were killed or injured in these attacks.

Victims of what official Palestinian Authority media organs call “heroic operations”: Left, Dalia Lemkus, 26, run over and then stabbed to death by a terrorist on Nov. 10. Right: Three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, murdered on Oct. 23 when a terrorist rammed his car into her stroller. Several other victims were killed or injured in these attacks.

The IslamoNazis who call themselves Palestinians are not members of a nationality. They are members of a profession.

This profession is, first and foremost, the pathological hatred of Jews. It matters not if Jews live in Israel, Brooklyn, Stockholm, Paris or London. Jew-hatred is the common core of the IslamoNazis.

For the moment, these barbarians justify their savagery by blaming a so-called occupation. But anyone who has been paying attention remembers when this genocidal Jew-hatred was directed at Israel before the 1967 war, the so-called occupation and even well before 1948. It has been going on for more than a century.

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Veteran’s Day, 2014: My Favorite Veteran, Rabbi Abraham Avrech z’l

My father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech. An Army Chaplain in the 42nd Rainbow Division, my father served this great nation through World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam. Retired as a full Colonel, my father often speaks of his Chaplaincy as the most important and fulfilling of his long and distinguished Rabbinic career.

My father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech. An Army Chaplain in the 42nd Rainbow Division, my father served this great nation through World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam. Retired as a full Colonel, my father often spoke of his Chaplaincy as the most important and fulfilling of his long and distinguished Rabbinic career.

My father, Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech passed away on the holiday of Purim, March 14, 2014. This is the first Veteran’s Day without my father’s physical presence in this world.

He is gone, but like all veteran’s certainly not forgotten.

Take a moment to ponder the enormous sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes and their families.

Millions and millions of people all over the world are forever in their debt.

Keep in mind that the U.S.military has freed more people on this earth from tyranny and evil than any other force. Certainly, American servicemen have done more for the cause of freedom and democracy than any so-called peace movement.

Whenever I see the brain-dead bumper sticker, “War is not the Answer,” I cringe, for war is frequently the only answer, the only moral response to evil.

Because if the forces of good do not defeat evil, evil prevails.

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Obamacare Architect Brags “Stupidity of American Voter Critical in Passing Obamacare”

They lied to us for our own good.

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I wish we could say that we are shocked by Jonathan Gruber’s confession/boast about the Democrat party’s contempt for the American people, and the totalitarian ideology that animates postmodern liberalism.

But this is exactly what we and other Conservatives have been warning about for years. To Gruber and the Democrat party, their utopian dreams justify, well, any and every lie and abuse of power.

It makes no difference to Gruber & Co. that most Americans will suffer horribly under Obamacare. Their radical delusions — cloaked as virtue — have replaced reality.

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: Bye Bye Birdie

Ann-Margret performs the title song, Bye Bye Birdie.

Ann-Margret performs the title song, Bye Bye Birdie.

We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here.

8. Bye Bye Birdie, 1963

From the opening shot, as Ann-Margret (b. Ann-Margret Olsson) bops, bounces, and belts out the title song — on a treadmill, no less — this film belongs to the twenty-one-year-old Swedish-born beauty.

Bye Bye Birdie (originally a stage hit) is based on the national hysteria that hit when Elvis Presley was drafted into the army in 1957. But the film is also a commentary on the emerging youth culture that found its voice in rock and roll, whose deliciously wicked bad boys displaced the clean-cut romantic crooners who had dominated radio and film since the 1920s.

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2014 Elections — The Thrill is Gone Obama

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In a speech at Northwestern University last month, Barack Obama said: “I am not on the ballot this fall…. But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”

Obama’s bottomless vanity, his clinical narcissism, compelled him to tell the truth.

Of course, when the polls saw the coming bloodbath the Democrats would suffer in the 2014 midterm elections, Obama quickly and characteristically played the victim, shifting the blame to an electoral map that was stacked against him.

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Mayor of Houston Withdraws Unconstitutional Subpoenas

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It’s not often we report good news.

Last week, Seraphic Secret reported on the totalitarian mayor of Houston’s immoral and blatantly unconstitutional attack on the First Amendment.

Naturally, radical leftists scurried to her defense with the fiction that this was really about illegal signatures on a petition. But when you read the NRO article below, you understand that Mayor Parker’s subpoenas were a Soviet style move to undermine freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and  due process.

Postmodern Democrats believe fervently in freedom of religion, but only when it comes to Islam.

These same red-hot defenders of the Constitution speak up for freedom of speech, but only when a Republican is in the White House and dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

When Democrats are in power, dissent and criticism magically morph into hate speech.

My friend Bookworm Room, one of the greatest bloggers in the known universe, and a superb lawyer, brought the following article to my attention.

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Hamas Chief’s Sister Being Treated for Cancer in Israel by the Sons of Apes and Pigs

Marzouk R) embraces a Hamas terrorist.

Marzouk (R) embraces a Hamas terrorist.

The Vice Chairman of the Hamas politburo is Moussa Abu Marzouk.

He is an Islamist terrorist who advocates the destruction of Israel and the murder of every Jew on the face of the earth. The Hamas charter, which Mazouk swears by, defines Jews (quoting the Koran) as “sons of apes and pigs.

He is, by definition, a theocratic fascist, an Islamist supremacist, a racist Jew-hater, and a war criminal.

Mazourka’s sister has cancer.

Where is she being treated?

In Israel.

And she is being treated, no doubt, for free.

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Hollywood — Play Ball!

Buster Keaton was a fanatic baseball player. When he had his own production company, he frequently hired staff based on their talent as basebalk  players.

Buster Keaton was a fanatic baseball player. When he had his own production company, he frequently hired staff based on their batting and fielding abilities.

Ever since Hollywood invented itself as a universal dream factory, movies about baseball were viewed as the perfect landscape in which to explore themes of loyalty, ambition, competition, and of course, love.

More than any other sports genre, baseball movies have dominated the silver screen.

And of course, Hollywood publicity departments frequently used baseball to promote and sell their stars.

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Obama Was Warned About ISIS — Did Nothing — Then Lied

Former ambassador to Iraq, James Jeffrey, explains how the genocidal Islamic State emerged with nary a whimper of protest from the Obama administration.

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  • Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: "Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: "The War Against Judaism on the University Campus." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: "The Mainstream Media's Betrayal of Israel." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: "What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: "Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: "Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?" Blog Post | Audio (mp3 64MB)
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    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: "What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 70MB)
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