Friday Photos: Welcome to the New La-La Land

“Paul Newman, Jim [Garner], and Steve and I went to the races at Riverside. On our way home, the men became annoyed because I had insisted on stopping at the next service station rest room. They had hoped to beat the traffic home. When they did stop I discovered to my dismay that there was a long line of women ahead of me. Unable to stand the delay any longer, I came up with a brilliant idea. I said to the girls standing there, ‘Hey, do you know there’s a car full of movie stars around the bend?’ 'Who?’ they cried in unison, 'Why, there’s Steve McQueen, there’s Paul Newman, and there’s James Garner!’ The girls looked at each other and ran like crazy, leaving me in sole possession of the facilities. I never did tell the fellas how a swarm of females suddenly discovered them!” -Neile Adams (Mrs. Steve McQueen)

“Paul Newman, Jim [Garner], and Steve and I went to the races at Riverside. On our way home, the men became annoyed because I had insisted on stopping at the next service station rest room. They had hoped to beat the traffic home. When they did stop I discovered to my dismay that there was a long line of women ahead of me. Unable to stand the delay any longer, I came up with a brilliant idea. I said to the girls standing there, ‘Hey, do you know there’s a car full of movie stars around the bend?’
‘Who?’ they cried in unison, ‘Why, there’s Steve McQueen, there’s Paul Newman, and there’s James Garner!’ The girls looked at each other and ran like crazy, leaving me in sole possession of the facilities. I never did tell the fellas how a swarm of females suddenly discovered them!”
-Neile Adams (Mrs. Steve McQueen)

Hollywood was once the dream capital of the world. Movies peddled glamour and fantasy. This was La-La Land where outrageous plots and larger than life characters allowed audiences to construct alternate realities — entertainment.

But La-La Land has relocated.

On Wednesday, President Obama delivered the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. The mission of the Coast Guard is to protect America’s coasts. But according to this Commander-in-Chief the real threat to America comes not from enemies attacking the homeland, but from so-called global freezing/global warming/climate change — whatever they’re calling the weather this week.

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Larry Elder to Deliver 2015 Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Ariel's high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

You are all invited to The Twelfth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 7, 2015, at 10 AM at the Young Israel of Century City, followed by brunch.

Young Israel of Century City
9317 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035

RSVP to Rebekah at the synagogue office: (310) 273-6954

For those unable to attend the lecture will be posted here at Seraphic Secret.

Karen and I are delighted to that our friend Larry Elder will deliver this year’s lecture titled: “The New Black Anti-Semitism.”

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Kuwaiti Muslim Discovers He’s a Jew

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Hillary and Bill Clinton run a money laundering operation disguised as a charity. Any good that’s done by the Clinton Foundation is purely accidental.

Obama’s surrender of Iraq to the IslamoNazis of Islamic State make him and the Democrat party enablers of mass murder, rape, torture, plunder, and a refugee crisis not seen since World War II. And it is now undeniable that Obama is allowing the IslamoNazis of Iran to become a nuclear power.

Pope Francis is a standard South American socialist who is betraying Israel. The Pope plans on recognizing a state of Palestine, a pathologically Jew-hating culture that refuses to recognize the Jewish state.  The Catholic Church’s history of theological Jew-hatred (repudiated in modern times) and its ugly history of official Jewish persecution should make any Pope acutely sensitive to its relationship to the Jewish state. But this Pope is indifferent to the existential dangers facing the Jewish nation. And if Pope Francis thinks that recognizing an IslamoNazi state will protect Christians in those Arab Muslim territories, well, he’s dangerously naive.

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Obama: The Anti-Israel President

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Ramadi has fallen to the IslamoNazis of Islamic State. Keep in mind that Ramadi was stable and secure when Obama came into office. But in his haste to scamper out of the Middle East, Obama has left a power vacuum that has been filled by the worst actors the Islamic world has to offer.

Under Obama, Syria has become a failed state, a Sunni/Shia slaughterhouse. Libya and Yemen are further examples of Obama’s failed foreign policy.

And of course there is Iran on its way to becoming a nuclear power — with Obama’s blessing.

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Jerusalem: 4000 Years of Jewish History

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Yesterday was Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, in which the unification of the city in 1967 is celebrated. Take a look at the history of  Jerusalem in this brief video. Empires rise and fall but the Jewish people continue to return to the promised land, and to their holy city.

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Friday Photos: Here, There, Everywhere

 

Ava Gardner on her glamorous image: “That ain’t me. I grew up one step up from a dirt farmer. I ironed, I picked cotton, I had one clean dress, and nobody paid one bit of attention to me.”

Ava Gardner on her glamorous image: “That ain’t me. I grew up one step up from a dirt farmer. I ironed, I picked cotton, I had one clean dress, and nobody paid one bit of attention to me.”

Chutzpah: George Stephanapoulos says there is no liberal bias in the media.

Enjoy the images.

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Larry Elder to Deliver Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture for 2015

Ariel's high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

You are all invited to The Twelfth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 7, 2015, at 10 AM at the Young Israel of Century City, followed by brunch.

Young Israel of Century City
9317 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035

RSVP to Rebekah at the synagogue office: (310) 273-6954

For those unable to attend the lecture will be posted here at Seraphic Secret.

Karen and I are delighted to that our friend Larry Elder will deliver this year’s lecture titled: “The New Black Anti-Semitism.”

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Obama’s Jews — Fox News

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Yesterday, President Obama was in full Marxist mode at a Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University.

Obama took pot shots at hedge fund manages because they make more money than kindergarten teachers.

Has it ever occurred to Obama that kindergarten teachers freely choose their profession? Just as hedge fund managers choose what they do.

Obama is so ignorant he doesn’t even know that hedge funds and their managers are in big trouble. It’s become common knowledge that simple index funds are a far better investment for capital. Hedge funds are wildly expensive and too often their exotic mathematical models are just dead wrong.

Anyhoo.

Obama never uses words like liberty, choice, family or faith. His world is divided into rich and poor, black and white. And he has contempt for anyone who refuses to see the world through his calcified 19th century Marxist model.

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Moderate Muslims Speak Up — And It’s Not Pretty

Is this normative or radical Islam?

Is this normative or radical Islam?

Theology does not interest me.

I never argue points of faith with anyone. Not with other Jews, nor with my many Christian friends.

I am, however, deeply interested and concerned about behavior. And when a particular theology demands murderous behavior, well, then we all need to be concerned.

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White Appreciation Day: Oh, the Horror!

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The owners of a Colorado barbecue restaurant are going to offer a discount to white customers for one day.

 

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Notice how the left is outraged when their own tactics are used against them. And, of course, they ready to pounce with lawsuits through unaccountable government agencies.

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Friday Photos: Everything But the Kitchen Sink

“I’VE WORKED WITH A LOT OF GREAT GLAMOROUS GIRLS IN MOVIES AND THE THEATER. AND I’LL ADMIT, I’VE OFTEN THOUGHT IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO BE A FEMME FATALE. BUT THEN I’D ALWAYS COME BACK TO THINKING THAT IF THEY ONLY HAD WHAT I’VE HAD - A FAMILY, REAL LOVE, AN ANCHOR - THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH HAPPIER DURING ALL THE HOURS WHEN THE MARQUEES AND THE FLOODLIGHTS ARE DARK.” Eve Arden

“I’ve worked with a lot of great glamorous girls in movies and the theater. And I’ll admit, I’ve often thought it would be wonderful to be a femme fatale. But then I’d always come back to thinking that if they only had what I’ve had — a family, real love, an anchor — they would have been so much happier during all the hours when the marquees and the floodlights are dark.”
— Eve Arden

Baltimore. Garland, Texas. Iran. Yemen. ObamaCare. Iraq. Syria. Shia. Sunni. Clinton Cash. IslamoNazis. IRS. Benghazi. Lois Lerner. Thug. Federal Deficit. Islamic State. Hillary. Server. Delete 30,000 emails. War on police. Minimum wage.  Mohammed cartoons. Racist. Transgender. Income inequality. BDS. Beheadings. Chemical weapons. Iranian nukes…

How about some pictures to help set aside—at least for a few precious minutes—the age of Obama.

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Larry Elder to Deliver Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture for 2015

Ariel's high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

You are all invited to The Twelfth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 7, 2015, at 10 AM at the Young Israel of Century City, followed by brunch.

Young Israel of Century City
9317 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035

RSVP to Rebekah at the synagogue office: (310) 273-6954

For those unable to attend the lecture will be posted here at Seraphic Secret.

Karen and I are delighted to that our friend Larry Elder will deliver this year’s lecture titled: “The New Black Anti-Semitism.”

Read More »

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The IDFs Secret Weapon: Autistic Intelligence Analysts

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My wife, Karen, is a brilliant and gifted psychologist. Over the years I have learned a great deal about autism, and in the process shed many misconceptions.

This entry from the IDF Blog highlights how the Jewish state gives responsibility to those on the spectrum with some of the most important and sensitive military intelligence.

The IDF is a multifaceted body, with various units and teams that are highly classified and specialized. One such example is a team within the Intelligence Corps’ Unit 9900: the soldiers that serve in the unique “Roim Rachok” (RR) Program – Hebrew for far beyond horizons. The soldiers are some of IDF’s most valued, and each and every one of them is on the autism spectrum.

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Raped Because She Dressed Provocatively

Pamela Geller speaking in Garland Texas moments before two IslamoNazis attempted mass murder on the participants of the Draw  Mohammed Contest.

Pamela Geller speaking in Garland Texas moments before two IslamoNazis attempted mass murder on the participants of the Draw Mohammed Contest.

The reason for the headline is because the liberal media have been assaulting Pamela Geller’s “Draw Mohammed Contest” as  “unnecessarily provocative and inflammatory.’

Do these good liberals also blame a rape victim because she dressed in a skirt that is too short, heels that are too high, or a blouse that is too sheer?

Do they say that “she was asking for it.”

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Indiana and the Gay Rights Lie

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Ben Shapiro does a fine job of explaining why the gay marriage movement has nothing to do with tolerance or equality, but is, in truth, an Orwellian assault on freedom of religion.

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Friday Photos: UnBaltimore Edition

“I’m not interested in money, I just want to be wonderful.”  -Marilyn Monroe Photo by Andre de Dienes, '50.

“I’m not interested in money, I just want to be wonderful.”
-Marilyn Monroe
Photo by Andre de Dienes, 1950.

The Baltimore neighborhood that saw the worst of the violence was already filled with many burned-out buildings and vacant lots that had not been rebuilt since the 1968 riots that followed the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Source via my friend Neo-Neocon

Nothing more to say but enjoy the photos.

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Slavery Democrat Style

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I have been knocked out by a sinus infection for the past two days, hence the light blogging.

Watching the images of the Baltimore riots makes me realize that another infection is raging across Democrat cities in America. It is the infection caused by iron-fisted, top-down government that dooms multiple generations of poor people to dependency upon ineffective government programs that promise utopia but deliver hell.

And what will the failed Democrat leaders of Baltimore demand in the aftermath of these riots?

More of the same.

More programs that fracture the black family. More programs that encourage black women to have babies out of wedlock. More programs that limit economic freedom. More programs that discourage free enterprise. More government programs that serve as nothing more than tools for the Democrat party to consolidate power.

This is slavery, Democrat style.

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Democrats Give Rioters Space to Destroy Baltimore

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I thought the first duty of government is to protect its citizens and their property.

But on Sunday Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told reporters that city officials gave the Baltimore rioters “space” to destroy property:

“While we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on. We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to deescalate, and that’s what you saw.”

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Israel, Natural Gas, and Power in the Middle East

Israel is building up its naval power in order to defend its natural gas reserves.

Israel is building up its naval power in order to defend its offshore installations.

This is a fascinating analysis of Israel’s new economic profile with the discovery and exploitation of two giant off-shore natural gas deposits that belong exclusively to the Jewish state.

Benyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime minister is known to joke about the fact that Moses led his people during forty years in the desert to the only place in the Middle East without oil (Marin Katusa, The Colder War, 2014). And, indeed, for the first sixty years of its existence, the lack of energy resources has been a major difficulty for Israel.

However, a profound change seems to be underway, since two giant off-shore natural gas deposits have been discovered in the Israeli exclusive economic zone in 2011. The Tamar and the Leviathan fields hold respectively 10 and between 19 and 22 trillion cubic feet of gas of estimated reserves, which could ensure decades of domestic consumption as well as exports (Katusa, ibid.)

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Friday Photos: Just Photos

Admit it, when you think of betty Grable you are thinking: legs. But Eugene-Robert Richee's 1930s portrait of Grable goes beyond the obvious.

Admit it, when you think Betty Grable you are thinking legs. But Eugene-Robert Richee’s 1930s portrait of Grable goes beyond the obvious.

No commentary today.

No rants about politics and culture.

I am drained.

Here are some random pictures that will, hopefully, enliven a darkling plain.

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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)
    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    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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