Friday Photos: Drowning in Obama’s Oceania

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This past week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest admitted that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism who kill Americans. But, he continued, it would be unrealistic to expect the Iranian regime to give up terrorism.

This statement was in defense of Obama’s continuing appeasement of the IslamoNazis of Iran.

In the past, when Americans were murdered by foreign tyrants, American leaders would react with anger and horror. They would move to isolate such totalitarian states. They would try and overthrow these wicked regimes.

But Barack Obama believes that America is the original sin of global instability. If only America would surrender her hegemonic role, then the global community would sort itself out, and America could build a socialist paradise at home.

Of course, the Obama doctrine has set the Middle East on fire. With America’s withdrawal, the Westphalian model of nation states is giving way to classic Islamist imperialism. Death cults, tribalism, and religious sectarianism  are quickly erasing national borders, and birthing vast lawless regions where mass murder is the norm, and where hundreds of thousands of non-Muslims are under threat of Islamic genocide.

The only nation state in the region of which Obama clearly disapproves is Israel, the Jewish state, where democracy flourishes, where religious minorities have full equal rights, where homosexuals live openly and without fear, and where women are free of persecution.

But for Barack Obama, Israel is the problem, whereas Iran and Cuba are the solution.

Welcome to the moral inversions of Oceania.

A few pictures to deflect the gathering darkness.

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Death March to Dachau

Sol Teichman survived the Holocaust and came to America as a penniless immigrant not knowing a word of English. In 1951, Sol was drafted into the Army where he served in Germany and then France.

Sol Teichman survived the Holocaust and came to America as a penniless immigrant not knowing a word of English. In 1951, during the Korean War, Sol was drafted into the United States Army. He served in Germany and then France.

One of my closest friends here in Los Angeles is Mr. Sol Teichman, a prominent citizen, businessman, philanthropist, and a Holocaust survivor.

Born on September 9, 1927, in the Hungarian town of Munkacs, Sol’s family were prominent and prosperous grain, bean and walnut merchants. The family lived in a lovely home in a quiet cul-de-sac and were known in the tight-knit Jewish community for their piety, charity, and close ties to the Belzer and Munkacs Hasidic dynasties.

Of course, the Nazi death grip descended on the Jews of Hungary, and by 1943, the Teichman home and business had been confiscated. The Jews of Munkacs were cruelly herded into a ghetto and then shipped in cattle cars to Auschwitz.

Sol, 17 years old, and his brother Steve, 14, survived the death camp, only to be sent on a death march to Dachau in August 1944.

Here is an excerpt from Sol’s privately printed memoir, The Long Journey Home, which I coauthored with Mr. Teichman, in which he describes hell on earth.

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Nuclear Iran: 28 Lies by Barack Obama

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The man is a pathological liar.

And like all radical leftists, he hates the Jewish State.

Here, 28 times, Obama vows that he will not allow Iran to go nuclear.

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Iran Vows to Annihilate Black People

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The headline is fictional.

But imagine if the IslamoNazis of Iran repeatedly vowed to rid the world of the cancer of black people.

Would Barack Obama continue to engage such a regime in nuclear negotiations? Would he seek to legitimize such a genocidal-yearning regime with endless appeasement and slavish private letters to their supreme leader?

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Friday Photos: In Every Generation

Bookstore in Jewish Quarter, Paris ca. 1920

Bookstore in Jewish Quarter, Paris ca. 1920

On Passover, Jews around the world recite a passage from the Haggadah that strikes a note both poignant and defiant.

In every generation they [our enemies] rise up against us to destroy us, but the Holy One Blessed Be He saves us from their hands.

But Judaism does not place faith in faith alone. Man is born with free will and G-d expects us to exercise that free will in order to do what is right.

Jewish law holds—as does common sense—that it is incumbent to strike preemptively at your enemies before they attack you. Because Jewish history shows with Newtonian certainty that when people threaten to kill Jews — they mean it.

Our IslamoNazi enemies in Tehran have made it quite clear that they intend to annihilate the Jewish State. Barack Obama has, at the same time, made it even more clear, that he couldn’t care less about Israel or the Jewish people. To this doctrinaire Marxist who has made common cause with Jew-haters for his entire academic and political career, Israel is just an annoying and illegitimate neocolonial outpost in the Middle East.

In every generation they rise up.

The surprise is that the American people and 74% of American Jews rose up and freely elected one of our bitterest foes.

A few photos to enjoy over the next few days.

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ObamaLand: Where Vocabulary Replaces Reality

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This is a statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the proposed framework for a deal with Iran.

Reasonable people ask: If this framework for a deal with America and Iran is so bad, why on earth is Obama pursuing it with such fanatic zeal?

To answer this question, one has to understand that this non-deal-deal is not about Iran as a nuclear weapon nation. In fact, Obama has, through the framework, already conceded Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. That’s why Iran’s ICBMs are not even mentioned in the framework. ICBMs are expressly for delivering nuclear warheads to their targets.

This is about Richard Nixon and his American-Chinese rapprochement.

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Obama and the Hebrew Language

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First of all there is no agreement between Iran and the Obama administration. There is a framework for a deal. Whatever that means. And apparently Iran and Obama already disagree on the nature of the framework.

But let’s dispense with fine and not-so-fine print. Let’s cut to the proverbial chase.

The current framework for an agreement permits continued nuclear research at facilities built in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which Iran signed in 1970 but has violated repeatedly since at least the early 2000s.

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Friday Photos: Passover, Time to Remember the Future

The world knows her as Lizabeth Scott, (1922 - 2015) the husky-voiced femme fatale and noir babe. But she was born Emma Matzo of Scranton Pa. Her best film is “Dead Reckoning” ('47).

Movie lovers know her as Lizabeth Scott, (1922 – 2015) the husky-voiced femme fatale and noir babe of the 40s and 50s. But she was born Emma Matzo of Scranton Pa. Her best film is “Dead Reckoning” (’47).

Jewish holidays do not simply recall the past. Jewish holidays are cautionary tales for all time. They remind us that Jewish history repeats itself with terrible constancy.

The Jewish people introduced ethical monotheism to the world — and for this gift the world has never forgiven us.

Thus, we are despised and demonized.

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Obama’s New World Order

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Even as team Obama blows past another deadline in the endless and fantasy-laden negotiations with the IslamoNazis of Iran, the supreme leader informed the world that “destroying Israel is nonnegotiable.”

But of course, Obama will continue appeasing the IslamoNazis because he doesn’t care about or for Israel, and because he has an agenda. This agenda has nothing to do with America’s security, nothing to do with the security concerns of the Sunni states, and especially nothing to do with the existential concerns of the six million Jews who live in Israel.

Barack Obama wants what Barack Obama wants because he is a radical leftist, because he is a clinical narcissist, because he is a postmodern Democrat. Which is to say he lives in a world where words mean whatever you want them to mean at any given moment—as long as they serve your ideological ends.

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Obama: The New Pharaoh

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In the Passover seder we recite the following quote from the Torah:

And there arose a new king over Egypt who did not know Joseph. (Exodus 1.8)

The sages tell us that the new Pharaoh did not want to know Joseph, did not want to acknowledge the Jewish slave who rose to become Viceroy of Egypt, the wise Israelite who rescued Egypt from famine.

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Defecting Iranian Journalist: U.S. at Nuclear Talks ‘To Speak on Iran’s Behalf’

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It should be clear to anyone who is paying attention that Barack Obama is on a carefully orchestrated jihad against the Jewish State.

Obama’s radical leftist, anti-Semitic world view is now in full flower now. Denis McDonough, Obama’s chief of staff, blasted Israel at the anti-Semitic J Street confab, stating that“an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.”

This is a Hamas/Hizbullah talking point.

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Friday Photos: Announcing a New Jewish Holiday Edition

Eleanor Parker was a brilliant actress who played comedy as well as drama. Her voice was husky, and she used it like a musical instrument. Raised a Protestant, she converted to Judaism. Her daughter spent a Summer working on a kibbutz, married an Israeli, and settled in Israel.

Eleanor Parker (’22 – ’13) was a brilliant actress who played comedy as deftly as she played drama. Her voice was film noir husky, and she used it like a musical instrument. Raised a Protestant, she converted to Judaism. “I think we’re all Jews at heart,” she told columnist Kay Gardella. “I wanted to convert for a long time.” Her daughter spent a summer working on a kibbutz, married an Israeli, and settled in Israel permanently. Parker’s best films are: Caged (’50) Detective Story (’51) Scaramouche (’52) Interrupted Melody (’55), and The King and Four Queens (’56).

Jewish humor is filled with self-deprecating observations. We poke fun at our peculiar foibles, and frequently address our greatest anxieties — intermarriage, Jew-hatred, weight-gain — with a take-no-prisoners attitude.

If you want to know how Jews are really feeling about something or someone, pay attention to the jokes Jews tell each other.

A few days ago, Karen and I attended a lovely wedding in Pacific Palisades.

During the smorgasbord, a friend approached, made the obligatory l’chaim and asked:

“On which Jewish holiday did Barack Obama die?”

“Obama’s not dead.”

“The day Obama dies is going to become a Jewish holiday.”

Here’s the second punch line: the guy who told me the joke is one of the few Orthodox Jewish Democrats — most Torah Jews are Conservative Republicans — with whom I’m acquainted. But he is, in his own words, “Doing teshuvah, for helping elect a straight-up Jew-hater.”

Here’s an array of fun pictures to help us get through the weekend.

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Reading Lunch Under the California Sun

BB's life was a mess. It's hard to believe that she's now 80 years old. Great photos.

BB’s life was a mess. It’s hard to believe that she’s now 80 years old. Great photos.

I usually read several few books at a time. I think I have a touch of ADD. Or maybe I’m just intellectually restless.

Because we live in Los Angeles where the sun shines almost every day of the week, I often sit in Casa Avrech’s patio eating lunch and reading.

Here’s a sample of the books I’m working on — and the lunches I eat.

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Magda Goebbels: Downfall Beyond Imagination

Corinna Harfouch as Magda Goebbels as she poisons one of her six children in “Downfall.”

Corinna Harfouch as Magda Goebbels as she poisons one of her six children in “Downfall.”

Over the past few years, YouTube viewers are regularly entertained by a short portion of the German movie Downfall (’04).

Using a single clip from the film, these ubiquitous and frequently clever shorts show Hitler ranting at his generals as Russian troops encircle Berlin and seek out the bunker. The thousand year Reich has lasted but twelve years.

The YouTube videos substitute English subtitles that have no relation to the German dialogue being spoken in the film.

The comedy lies in the juxtaposition of Hitler shrieking in German about Jews, troop movements, traitors, and Germany’s destiny. And yet the subtitles have Hitler going postal over  Obamacare or Benjamin Netanyahu — whatever subject is the target du jour.

For those who have seen the entire film, it is anything but funny. Instead, it is a powerful drama, multi-dimensional portraits of human monsters, some of whom are more monstrous than others.

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Obama’s Jihad Against Israel

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Obama’s inner Jew-hatred is finally bubbling to the surface for all to see. He’s just using Bibi’s overwhelming victory as a convenient pretext to abandon Israel and realign with the IslamoNazis of Iran.

Bret Stephens writes about The Orwellian Obama’s Presidency in this morning’s WSJ:

The humiliating denouement to America’s involvement in Yemen came over the weekend, when U.S. Special Forces were forced to evacuate a base from which they had operated against the local branch of al Qaeda. This is the same branch that claimed responsibility for the January attack on Charlie Hebdo and has long been considered to pose the most direct threat to Europe and the United States.

So who should Barack Obama be declaring war on in the Middle East other than the state of Israel?

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How Important Are Shared Memories?

Both Karen and I attended Yeshiva Flatbush elementary school.

Both Karen and I attended Yeshiva Flatbush elementary school.

More than anything, I look forward to Friday night Shabbat dinner.

Frequently, Karen and I are invited to friend’s homes where we and other guests talk, eat, and sing sweet Shabbat songs. But when I’m alone with Karen on Friday night, there is a certain magic that happens — and I never know what form that magic is going to take.

This past Friday night, Karen and I discussed the book covers our teachers in Yeshiva Flatbush elementary school insisted we use.

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Friday Photos: The No Men Edition

In one of our favorite movies, Gun Crazy ('50) John Dahl strives to please the femme fatale Peggy Cummins.

In one of our favorite movies, “Gun Crazy” (’50) John Dahl strives to please the femme fatale Peggy Cummins.

In Pierke Avot (Ethic of the Fathers) Hillel teaches: “In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.”

Bibi Netanyahu won a resounding victory over the Israeli left and Barack Obama by paying heed to the great sage Hillel’s teaching. Bibi is a man in a world that is awash in eunuchs.

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Margaret in Hollywood

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Back in the days when Shakespeare still meant something to a lot of people, I wanted to be a great dramatic actress. Before I knew it I was in Hollywood . . .

Thus begins Darcy O’Brien’s novel “Margaret in Hollywood (1992), the story of Margaret Spencer, an early child star of vaudeville and a rising Shakespearean actress, and her reluctant journey to Hollywood in 1927.

Darcy O’Brien (1939–1998) was the son of Hollywood stars George O’Brien and Marguerite Churchill. His first novel, the splendid “A Way of Life Like Any Other” (reviewed here), was an autobiographical work that told of a Hollywood prince’s childhood that started out magical and then, as his parents’ careers crashed and burned, turned tragically marginal.

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Bibi Defeats Barack

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The Israeli election of 2015 is a crushing defeat for Barack Obama and the appeasers of the left.

Despite the dozens of Obama’s Democrat operatives who flooded Israel in the past few months, despite the unprecedented vilification Benjamin Netanyahu has suffered at the hands of the mainstream American and Israeli media (save for Sheldon Adelson’s daily Israel Hayom), despite the leftist alliance with the Joint (Arab) List whose declared goal is to dismantle the Jewish state, and despite the laundered money that Obama’s State Department funneled into the coffers of leftist Israeli political operatives, Netanyahu and Likud won a historic victory.

How did the polls get it so wrong?

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Obama Declines to Renew Emergency Oil Supply Pact With Israel

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Yes, Obama is that spiteful against the Jewish State.

In September 1975, when Israel and Egypt were negotiating Israel’s withdrawal from Sinai, the status of the Sinai oil fields was a central issue.

Israel had been getting oil from these fields after taking over the Sinai in the aftermath of the Six Day War in which Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Jordan attempted to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

The U.S. gave Israel oil guarantees that allowed Israel to withdraw securely from the Sinai, and sign a peace agreement with Egypt.

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