Monthly Archives: October 2010

Friday Footwear: Spur of the Moment

You’ve got these perfectly okay pair of boots. They’re not exactly killer fashion items, but they’re not so bad that you wonder why oh why did I ever lay out good money for them, time to put in a call to Goodwill. They’re, y’know, okay. In fact, they have this tantalizing core of unfulfilled promise. […]

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Norma Shearer and the Beautiful Jew

Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer, 1924. In March 1923, future Hollywood star Norma Shearer and her mother Edith arrived in Los Angeles. Norma had just signed a five-year contract offered by Irving Thalberg, the boy wonder of Hollywood. In an unpublished memoir, Norma Shearer (1902-1983) vividly recalls her first day at MGM: We were sitting […]

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Obama’s Enemies: Most of America

This is the man who promised that under his watch there would be no red states, no blue states only the United States. This is the man who vowed to rid Washington of old style politics. This is the man who positioned himself as the great uniter. This is, insisted the dopey MSM, America’s first […]

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Under G-d, Not

Incumbent Congresswoman Betty McCollum, (Democrat, naturally, MN) leads the Pledge of Allegiance on the floor of the House of Representatives and omits the phrase “…under G-d.” She claims that she took a breath. But a look at the video makes it abundantly clear that McCollum deliberately pauses in order to skip “…under G-d.” She does […]

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They Came for Juan Williams, They’re Coming for You

This Islamist is not a radical. He is an NPR leftist. I’ve been calling it National Palestinian Radio for years. The firing of Juan Williams—with whom I usually disagree, but have always respected—by NPR is notable, not because a liberal has been thrown under the bus by leftists, this is par for the course for […]

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Friday Fotos: Ma’ayan at Play

At an orchard in New Jersey, Ma’ayan picks the perfect apple. Fun is jumping up and down and doing somersaults on a big bed. Ma’ayan Ariel is not auditioning for The Vampire Diaries, rather she’s baking a red cake with her mother. Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful […]

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Marilyn Monroe’s Message to Billy Wilder

In last week’s post about The Making of Some Like it Hot by Tony Curtis and Mark. A Vieira, I declared the book so good, so ripe with juicy anecdotes, that all I had to do was open the pages at random and we’d be sure to stumble on a gem. It worked then and […]

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War is Insanely Exciting

During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Amos, a close friend, a tank commander in the IDF, saw combat on the Golan. He fought ferociously for several days without sleep—hello dexedrine!—and only relinquished command when he could no longer see straight. Witnesses said that Amos was a hero, leading his small force against overwhelming numbers of […]

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The anti-Israel Democrats

I didn’t leave the Democrat Party. The Democrats abandoned me. The Democrats have evolved into a political movement that thrives on identity politics—a racist world view that sees only groups as opposed to individuals—a party that is, at the core, pacifist, a party whose Keynsian economic model is code for Socialism, a movement that believes […]

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Israel’s Necessary Bomb

European Jew-hatred, never far from the surface, flourishes under the guise of anti-Zionism. Comparing Jews to Hitler allows the Europeans to flee responsibility for the centuries of Jew-hatred that culminated in the Holocaust. Mark Helprin is one of America’s greatest novelists and writer of short stories. He’s also a veteran of the IDF, and a […]

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Friday Footwear: Totally Random Edition

Recently, Karen and I attended a wedding here in Los Angeles. For the life of me, I couldn’t find anything of interest to photograph. Every time I looked through the viewfinder I realized that the shot was tediously familiar—been-there, done-that. So I ended up taking portraits of yours truly and Karen, more specifically, our footwear. […]

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Marilyn Monroe Master Thief

Tony Curtis and costume designer Orry-Kelly prepare wardrobe for Some Like it Hot. The Making of Some Like it Hot by Tony Curtis and Mark A. Vieira is one of the most compulsively readable film books evuh. And believe me, yours truly has read many, in fact too many movie memoirs. I admit that I […]

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Muslim Brotherhood Declares War on America, America Yawns

But of course, as the Obama administration keeps assuring us, this has nothing to do with Islam. Which means that the Muslim Brotherhood and its millions of Muslim followers are not really Muslims and the Islamic jihad their announcing is not really an Islamic jihad. I don’t know about you, but I’m hugely relieved because […]

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Jews and Arabs Fade to Black

In the Arab Muslim world, Holocaust denial happily coexists with promises of another Holocaust. Seraphic Secret has long maintained that the Arab Israeli conflict has nothing to do with borders or so-called settlements. It is an existential conflict. The Arab Muslim world is a sewer of Jew-hatred that refuses to reconcile itself to a Jewish […]

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The New York Slimes Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs. Yesterday, The New York Times published a hit piece on Pamela Geller who is in the vanguard of activist, anti-Sharia bloggers. It’s an outrageous piece of propaganda disguised as objective journalism. Pamela has no need for Seraphic Secret to defend her brave and important work; she can take care of […]

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Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are ladylike and modest for Some Like it Hot. Samuel Goldwyn Studios, 1958. Hundreds of designers sent their latest looks down the runways of Milan, London and Paris for the Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear collections. These are the outfits that buyers are ordering for retail. We noticed lots of beautifully tailored […]

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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and the November Elections

H/T Bookworm Room I’m down with a pretty bad cold which is why I didn’t blog yesterday. Instead, I spent the day in bed where I had really weird dreams. Highly cinematic. Sort of like Vertigo meets Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. Don’t ask. I could barely eat, just gulped down a gallon or two of […]

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The Perfect Shot

One of the most effective warriors on the battlefield is the sniper. A talented shooter can, at great distances, take out selected targets, sow paralyzing fear into the enemy, and in some cases, halt the advance of an entire front. Using advanced sniper systems such as the Barrett .50, modern snipers can make lethal head […]

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Tony Curtis 1925 – 2010

No matter how famous he became, no matter how much money he earned, Tony Curtis was always Bernard Schwartz, an insecure and damaged Jewish kid from the Bronx. As the son of Hungarian-Jewish immigrants, Curtis didn’t speak English until he was five or six years old. His father was a tailor and the entire family […]

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    Young Israel of Century City
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    Fifteenth: June 10, 2018
    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

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    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

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    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

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    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

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    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

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    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

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    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

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    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

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    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

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    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

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    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

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