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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Actors, Alfred Hitchcock, Art, Art Deco, Automobiles, Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Hollywood, Irene Dunne, Marie Windsor, Movie Posters, Painting, Photography, Photography, Signs, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Responses

David O. Selznick Pitches a Movie in Israel

In 1958, producer David O. Selznick had an idea for a Biblical epic. He explained to screenwriter Edward Anhalt, “I want to combine Mary the sister of Lazarus, the adulteress Jesus saved from the stoning, the whore who washed His feet, and the Mary Magdalene who was the first to see Him resurrected, into one […]

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The American Trinity: The Three Values That Make America Great

 Nearly every country on Earth is defined by race or ethnicity. Not America. What makes the United States different? Dennis Prager outlines the values that have allowed the American people to flourish and, unlike immigrants almost everywhere else, transformed those who arrived from across the globe into full Americans—regardless of where they were born.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Ansel Adams, Art, Art Deco, Automobiles, Design, Dovima, Elvis Presley, Fashion, Friday Fotos, Gary Cooper, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Judaica, Judaism, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Responses

Hidden Hollywood: Jorjett Strumme, Ten Years With Elizabeth Taylor

Jorjett Strumme had a fascinating life and career in Hollywood. I first met Jorjett when I discovered that she worked as an assistant to the great costume designer Helen Rose from 1981-1985, which I wrote about here. Jorjett went on to work with costume designer Nolan Miller from 1982-1985. And then, Jorjett was Personal Assistant […]

Posted in Costume Design, Elizabeth Taylor, Glamour, Helen Rose, Hidden Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Jorjett Strumme | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Responses

What’s Wrong with Government-Run Healthcare?

If you get sick or suffer a serious injury, you not only want medical care, you want quality medical care. What’s the best way to get it? Through a government-run program like Medicare for All or through our current free market system? Stanford policy expert Lanhee Chen has the answer in this video from Prager […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Agnes Moorehead, Anna May Wong, Art, Art Deco, Brigitte Bardot, Constance Bennett, Costume Design, Dorothy McGuire, Edith Head, Edward Steichen, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Ingrid Bergman, Irving Penn, Israel, Jerusalem, Kees Van Dongen, Movie Posters, Movies, Norman Parkinson, Photography, Picasso, Quotes, Richard Avedon, Rick McGinnis, Shirley MacLaine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Responses

Barack Obama Flashback

It seems that the Democrat Socialists need a reality check from their Dear Leader. “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” – President Obama to House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, January 23, 2009.

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Goodbye, Columbus Day

Even though it remains a national holiday, many cities no longer celebrate Columbus Day. They celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead. What’s behind the switch? Contrary to what you might think, it’s not about paying homage to America’s original inhabitants. Steven Crowder, host of Louder with Crowder, explains.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Greta Garbo, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Lauren Bacall, Movie Posters, Movies, Myrna Loy, Olivia De Havilland, Painting, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Responses

Why Do Wages Rise?

Many people believe the only path to higher wages is to put in more work hours, but there are actually many economic factors that go into deciding the number on each worker’s paycheck. Watch this short video to learn more!

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Succot 2018: Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

…On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Festival of Sukkot, seven days for the L-RD… on the eighth day, there shall be a holy convocation for you. -Leviticus 23:34 Tonight begins the last days of the Succot holiday, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. We will be offline until Wednesday. We wish all […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Alfred Hitchcock, Art, Automobiles, Brigitte Bardot, Cary Grant, Charles Laughton, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Movie Posters, Movies, Myrna Loy, Painting, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions, Tuesday Weld, Vintage Cars | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Responses

Who Is Karl Marx?

When writing The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx thought he was providing a road to utopia, but everywhere his ideas were tried, they resulted in catastrophe and mass murder. In this video, Paul Kengor, Professor of Political Science at Grove City College, illuminates the life of the mild-mannered 19th Century German whose ideas led to the […]

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Succot 2018

As Jews all over the world make last minute preparations for the holiday of Sukkot, which begins this evening, here are a few wonderfully evocative pictures of Jews celebrating this joyous holiday in Israel — and a rare photo of Jews in Samarkand. You will dwell in booths for seven days; all natives of Israel […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Art Deco, Brigitte Bardot, Design, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jean Seberg, Joan Bennett, Judaica, Judaism, María Félix, Movie Posters, Movies, Painting, Tippi Hedren, True Hollywood Confessions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Responses

What is Hezbollah?

When listing the world’s most notorious terrorist organizations, why is it that Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Boko Haram so quickly spring to mind, while Hezbollah is frequently forgotten? In this video, Tony Badran, Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains how the backing of Iran has served to legitimize Hezbollah on the world […]

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Yom Kippur 2018

…In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and you shall not do any work … For on that day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all your sins before the L-RD. —Leviticus 16:29-30

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Friend Ari Fuld Z’L Murdered by IslamoNazi

Yesterday, Ari Fuld, 45, beloved husband and father to four children, was murdered by an IslamoNazi. Though stabbed in the back, Ari courageously drew his weapon, pursued his attacker, and managed to shoot and wound the cowardly IslamoNazi before collapsing from his wounds. (CCTV of the incident here) Ari was rushed to Shaarei Tzedek hospital […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Brigitte Bardot, Burt Reynolds, Costume Design, Design, Dovima, Greta Garbo, Hollywood, Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Irving Penn, James Mason, Jean Seberg, Judaica, Judaism, Kim Novak, Movie Posters, Movies, Painting, Photography, True Hollywood Confessions, Vintage Cars | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Responses
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