Monthly Archives: January 2012

Nuclear Iran: Don’t Trust The Europeans To Get It Right

This is an incredibly powerful video of the brilliant and erudite British Conservative Douglas Murray speaking at Cambridge about a nuclear Iran.  It’s eleven minutes long and builds to an incredible pitch of logic and emotion. Stay with it. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dBzslDdQ_g[/youtube] Allow me to underline several of Murray’s most important points:

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Entertainment Palestinian Style: PA Airs Show Praising ‘Hero’ Murderers Of Fogel Family

Last night, while Karen and I were suffering through another wretched episode of Season Two of Downton Abbey—how the mighty have fallen and fallen and fallen—the Palestinians were having a fabulous time watching their hit TV show in which the slaughter of Jews is celebrated as family entertainment, albeit without Downton Abbey’s still-great costumes. I […]

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How To Speak To Muslims

Mordechai Kedar, formerly of the Intelligence Division of the IDF speaks Arabic fluently. Further, he understands that the Judeo Christian civilization and the world of Islam might as well be on different planets. Dr. Kedar speaks forcefully to the Arab-Muslim world without apology or appeasement. When he’s featured on Arab media, he leaves the Muslim […]

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Friday Fashion: Real Men Wear Pink

The Talmud (Shabbat 113a) tells us that Rabbi Yochanan called his clothing, “The things that honor me.” Seraphic Secret believes that what we wear tells the world who we are and how we wish to be treated. If you dress like a slob and then get annoyed when people treat you like a slob, well, […]

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The Wisdom of Hollywood Screenwriters

From where do we draw wisdom? First and foremost, Seraphic Secret relies on the Torah—written and oral—on the lessons of 3,000 years of Jewish history, and on the common sense advice of my wife Karen. And then there are the movies, a moral landscape of immeasurable power where searing images and razor-sharp dialogue deliver lessons […]

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Obama’s Devils

Last night President Obama delivered the first major speech of his reelection campaign. There is no state of the union. As always, there is only the narcissist-in-charge and his free-spending empress—Michelle was wearing a $2,400 Barbara Tfank dress. Within Obama’s relentless demagoguery about fairness there is an ugly Stalinist theme of class warfare. Stalin played this […]

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Taliban Release Horrific Snuff Video, World Yawns

When a few Marines urinated on the bodies of dead Taliban terrorists in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, the outcry from the the chattering classes was immediate and very loud. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta condemned the battlefield action as “utterly deplorable.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed “total dismay.” That two senior American government […]

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PA Mufti Calls for the Killing of Jews

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/35139757[/vimeo]   The more things change, the more they stay the same. The original mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini, was an admirer and ally of Hitler and Mussolini. He helped recruit Muslims for the Waffen-SS. This practitioner of the religion of peace was a mafia-like thug who slaughtered his numerous Arab enemies even […]

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Friday Fashion: Hollywood Males It In

The operative word is effortless. In truth, Chaplin’s style was only achieved through the superlative tailoring of the English Savile Row firm, Anderson & Sheppard. As the new book, Anderson & Sheppard: A Style is Born, edited by Graydon Carter and Cullen Murphy, makes clear, the venerable British tailors  shunned actors and other show-biz types […]

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Nuns in Hollywood

Hollywood has always been fascinated by trashy vamps and holy nuns. Obviously, these polar opposites provoke strong reactions in audiences. Actresses are invariably drawn to playing these roles for both trade in extremes of  sexuality: promiscuity and celibacy, great showcases for any thespian. Over the past few months, just by chance, I’ve screened several movies […]

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“If Iran Goes Nuclear There Won’t Be a Debt To Worry About!”

This past Shabbat, Rev. Dr. DeeDee M. Coleman and Bishop Kenneth Ulmer were guest speakers at my synagogue, the Young Israel of Century City. Articulate and impressive religious and political thinkers, these Christian leaders are in the forefront of a new movement in some black churches—black churches are the engine of black politics—to forge ties […]

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The Jews Gave Me Wonderful Medical Care Because They Are Evil

The hydra head of Jew-hatred appears in an article by  Ilse van Heusden, a Dutch woman who gave birth to a healthy boy in Israel. She points out that her medical care was excellent. In fact, too excellent, proof positive that Israel is a rascist society. To be pregnant in Israel is comparable to a […]

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Israel-Iran: The Shadow War

As the 2012 presidential election draws near, Barack Obama has abandoned his failed presidency in favor of doing what he does best: running for office. More than anything, Obama fears an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Such a strike would probably raise the price of oil and initiate all sorts of military and diplomatic […]

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Friday Fashion: Hollywood on Parade

Seraphic Secret was glancing through the latest issue of the “National Enquirer” the other day—how else am I going to learn about what’s going on in Hollywood?—and was horrified to discover that this tabloid has a rather unhealthy fixation on celebrity photos that focus on cellulite, disheveled stars in flip-flops  taking out the garbage, and […]

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Clark Gable: A Child… A Bull… No Filth

John Lee Mahin (1902-1984) was one of the greatest screenwriters. His credits include some of Hollywood’s most enduring classics: Scarface (1932), Red Dust (1932), Bombshell (1933), China Seas (1935), Wife Versus Secretary (1936), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) with uncredited contributions to, among others, A Star is Born (1937),  Test Pilot (1938), Gone With […]

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Iran: The Shadow War

As the Iranians race to acquire nuclear weapons, a shadow war is being waged against the totalitarian Islamic regime. Of course, the Iranians are fighting back. They arrested Arizona-born Amir Mirzai Hekmati,a former Marine of Persian descent, on charges of—what else?—spying for the CIA. Hekmati has been condemned to death. This the method used by […]

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Egypt: One Nation for a New Holocaust

The Arab Spring in all its glory. From MEMRI, video of a huge banner at an Egyptian soccer game that reads, “One Nation for a New Holocaust.” [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkNZjDM_FQI[/youtube] Will the New York Times report this yearning for genocide upon the Jewish people? Of course not. They are too deeply invested in a false narrative that posits […]

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The Economic Wisdom of Barack Obama

This comes as something of a relief because we thought the first person Obama called for economic advice was Hugo Chavez. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quag9dp1Nn4[/youtube] Want to know how Obama spends his day as Commander-in-Chief? Here’s the White House schedule for today January 9, 2012,  for El Presidente. 10:45 am — Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 11:20 am […]

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Friday Fashion: Turban Time in Hollywood

  When asked to define the essence of Hollywood glamour, the multi-talented director Edmund Goulding replied: “It’s the magnetism that changes the current of every movie fan’s life and persuades a girl that she must have a dress like the one Joan Crawford wore in her last picture. It’s the mesmerism that induces a boy […]

Posted in Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Esther Ralston, Friday Fashion, Hollywood, Hollywood Hats, Marilyn Monroe | Tagged , , , , | 14 Responses

Raoul Walsh: Man + Woman = Movie

In a long and exhausting story conference at the dawn of my screenwriting career, as Brian De Palma and I wrestled with the Byzantine plot of Body Double (1984) I asked Brian what on earth was the motivation for our main character’s line of action. “There are only two valid dramatic motivations for anything,” said […]

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