Monthly Archives: June 2012

Friday Photos: A Star Is Created

Stars are not born; they are created through a long and tortuous process of trial and error. When conjuring our favorite star we remember an iconic image that captures that personae. When we think of Jean Harlow we see her glowing platinum hair, a fetching body draped in silk, and a come hither look that […]

Posted in Ava Gardner, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, Rita Hayworth | Tagged , , | 10 Responses

Obamacare: The Lie Is The Truth

Seraphic Secret has repeatedly said that there are two inviolate laws of geopolitics. 1. Never invade Russia. 2. Obama is a liar. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_-qh9XDbgE[/youtube] As you can see Obama insisted that Obamacare is not a tax. But middle class Americans have just been hit with one of the largest tax hikes in American history. The Supreme […]

Posted in Obama Watch, Obamacare | Tagged , , | 11 Responses

Iran Blames Drug Addiction On Talmud

The chattering classes keep telling us that the Iranian regime is not anti-Semitic, only anti-Zionist. Of course anti-Zionism is Jew-hatred decked out in a more fashionable outfit. And this latest assault on Judaism and the Talmud, the Oral Law, is just another form of the blood libel. The Iranians are so consumed by Jew-hatred, and […]

Posted in Iran, Islamic Terror, Israel | Tagged , , | 6 Responses

Asma Assad Is Bloody Fashionable

You will recall that on February 25, 2011, the ultra chic, ultra progressive Vogue magazine published a fawning profile of Syrian first lady Asma Assad and her husband Bashar al-Assad. Not too long after Joan Juliet Buck’s story appeared Syria descended into open savagery and what do you know, the story was flushed from on-line […]

Posted in Obama Watch, Syria, Vogue Magazine | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Responses

The Brother From Planet Sharia

Useful idiot John Kerry lectures us that we shouldn’t prejudge the Muslim Brotherhood. President Obama called Mohamed Morsi to congratulate him. No doubt, Obama has warmer feelings towards Marsi and the Brotherhood than to Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud. In a way, Kerry’s statement and Obama’s obsequiousness  are even more alarming than Mohamed Morsi’s election as […]

Posted in Egypt, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Obama Watch | Tagged , | 7 Responses

Fast and Furious: Obama’s IslamoNazi Edition

Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi is the “spiritual leader” of the Muslim Brotherhood, and a “prominent Islamic scholar.” Here’s a sample of his spirituality and scholarship: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6lZJ-M9xbQ[/youtube] As Seraphic Secret has been saying from day one of the so-called Arab Spring, the Muslim Brotherhood will seize or get elected to power in Egypt—where the MB were just […]

Posted in Egypt, Gaza, Hamas, Islamic Terror, Libya, Muslim Brotherhood, Obama Watch, Palestinian Media Watch, Sharia, Syria, Tunisia | Tagged , , , , | 7 Responses

Friday Fashion: Being Gable

It’s often been said that every man wants to look like Cary Grant, while every man wants to be Clark Gable. A few months ago Seraphic Secret was screening one of our favorite Gable-Harlow movies, China Seas, (1935) the story of a brassy dame, a gruff sea captain and piracy on the high seas. For […]

Posted in Clark Gable, Friday Fashion, Hollywood, Jean Harlow, Men's Fashion | Tagged , , , | 14 Responses

Endless Love: Happy 35th Anniversary

I have been in love with my wife Karen since I was nine years old, which is to say for most of my life. We were married in 1977. Today is our 35th anniversary. I’m republishing the first and final chapter of my series How I Married Karen as a tribute to my wife without […]

Posted in Audrey Hepburn, Family, How I Married Karen, Love | Tagged , , , , | 16 Responses

Egypt: And Now It Begins

The mainstream media invented a feel-good narrative called The Arab Spring. In this soft-focus tale, a multitude of young, freedom-loving tweeters, fed up with the fossilized Arab regimes, were bravely ushering in Jeffersonian democracy. Seraphic Secret, along with other bloggers and writers who actually understand the Middle East, warned that the aspiring Arab Muslim democrats […]

Posted in Egypt, Hamas, Islamic Terror, Israel, Israel Defense Forces, Muslim Brotherhood | Tagged , , , | 7 Responses

Dream Lite, Dictator Lite

On Friday, President Obama announced his plan to halt deportations of illegal US residents who were brought to the country as children. The plan will be implemented via Executive Order. Can President Obama bypass Congress and issue an Executive Order for Amnesty? A constitutional law professor says, “No.” [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9isifcg9ik[/youtube] Of course, Obama is just trolling […]

Posted in 2012 Election, Obama Watch | Tagged , , | 9 Responses

Friday Fashion: The Female Animal

In last week’s Friday Fashion post we observed that designers frequently clothe women utilizing fur, feathers and animal patterns. For as long as fashion has existed, animal metaphors have been an indispensible part of the designer’s lexicon. Hollywood, during its golden age, a leading arbiter of taste, heightened and refined the animal analogy with brilliant […]

Posted in Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, Constance Bennett, Friday Fashion, Gene Tierney, Irene Dunne, Jean Harlow, Joan Bennett, Lupe Velez, Marlene Dietrich, Martha Hyer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Responses

Telling the Truth in Hollywood

A less than glamorous job, most successful screenwriters are solitary individuals who work quietly and diligently at their craft. But screenwriter Peter Viertel (1920 – 2007) lived the jet-set life that is the glittering exception. Born in Dresden to an artistic and assimilated Jewish family, mother Salka was a screenwriter who was Greta Garbo’s best […]

Posted in Hollywood, Peter Viertel, Screenwriting, Wisdom of Hollywood Screenwriters | Tagged , , , , , , , | 24 Responses

YAMAS – Israel’s Special Counter Terrorist Unit

Yamas (Hebrew: יחידת המסתערבים‎, Yehidat HaMista’arvim) is an undercover special operations unit attached to the Israeli Border Police (Magav). YAMAS is one of the most elite counter-terror units in the world. The primary work of Yamas is intelligence gathering and surveillance in order to target and eliminate mortal threats. The host of the show, Chris […]

Posted in Counterterrorism, Israel, Israel Defense Forces, War, Weapons | Tagged , , , | 6 Responses

Western Education: Breeding Ground for Mass Murderers

Seraphic Secret would like to add a brief follow-up to yesterday’s post about the non-apologies of Barbara Walters, Anna Wintour and Joan Juliet Buck for their enabling of the murderous Assad regime of Syria. There is one theme that constantly appears when western progressives make excuses for their support and friendships with barbarians: “They were  […]

Posted in Syria, Vogue Magazine | Tagged , , , , , , | 15 Responses

Vogue Magazine: Fashionable Excuses

In March 2011, Vogue magazine ran a gushing profile of Syria’s totalitarian first couple Asma Assad and her husband Bashar al-Assad. Syria, we noted, is a military dictatorship that routinely tortures and murders its own citizens. It is also an openly Jew-hating state that has vowed on numerous occasions to annihilate Israel. For Joan Juliet […]

Posted in New York Times, Syria, Vogue Magazine | Tagged , , | 28 Responses

Obama Spins Like an Iranian Centrifuge

The Obama White House has been leaking like the Titanic recently. And oddly enough every single leak goes to a single theme: Obama is a steely-eyed warrior who kills jihadists and sets up brilliant cyberwarfare hits. “In Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power,” David Sanger, reports that it was […]

Posted in 2012 Election, Internet, Iran, Islamic Terror, Israel, Israel Defense Forces, Obama Watch | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Responses

Friday Fashion: The Female Animal

For as long as fashion has existed, animal metaphors have been an indispensible part of the designers language. Hollywood, during its golden age, a leading arbiter of taste, heightened and refined the animal metaphor with brilliant costume designers turning ravishing movie stars into expressions of animal desire.

Posted in Friday Fashion, Friday Footwear, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Myrna Loy, Silent Movies, Travis Banton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Responses

Movie Posters: Hollywood’s Golden Age

Early film posters featured bold, colorful graphics. In the early years studios did not place the actor’s names on movie posters for fear of rising salary demands. But by the 1910’s, producers realized that stars sell tickets and posters prominently displayed actor’s names.

Posted in Hollywood, Movie Posters | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Bobby Kennedy: America’s First Victim of Palestinian Terrorism

I am a Jew from Brooklyn, New York. Thus, like virtually all baby boom Jews, I was reared as a lever-pulling Democrat. We were told that Democrats were for the poor and Israel and Republicans were rich people who hated Jews. It was that simple, that simple-minded. I don’t think I met a Republican until […]

Posted in Islamic Terror, Israel, Jerusalem | Tagged , , , , , | 19 Responses

Let’s Ban Fat People

  The progressive playbook goes like this: create a national emergency and then fix it through government intervention. In my lifetime the left has brought us: 1. Global Overpopulation — Solution: abortion and higher taxes for couples who choose to have more than one child. 2. Global Freezing — Solution: higher taxes that fund Byzantine […]

Posted in High Speed Rail, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Responses
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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    NOTE: Click on video titles inside the thumbnail images, below, to open that video in YouTube

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

    Blog Post | Audio: (94 MB)
    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70 MB)
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

    Blog Post | Audio: (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: (70MB)
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