Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“It’s no use talking to me about art, I make pictures to pay the rent.“
—John Ford

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Israel Takes it to Iran in Syria

J.E. Dyer’s annotated map depicting Israeli strikes against Iranian assets in Syria.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s relationship with Vladimir Putin is unusually complex.

However, within the layers of political and military considerations is, on Putin’s side, a little known personal connection. When Putin was a child he had a grade school teacher who made a huge impression on him. She took an interest in little Putin and encouraged him in positive ways. The teacher was Jewish. Putin never forgot her kindness. In fact, Putin purchased a lovely apartment in Tel Aviv as a gift to his old teacher. Perhaps, just perhaps, this relationship has made the Russian tyrant more receptive to the security needs of the Jewish state.

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California.

I have been following her work for a while and a few years ago Karen and I attended one of her lectures. She is smart, blessedly undramatic, and extremely knowledgable about military matters and the geopolitics of the Mideast.

Her analysis of the latest Israeli raid into Syria is superb.

Iranian forces in southern Syria launched 20 rockets at Israel in the Golan Heights on the night of 9 May (10 May in Israel).  Now Israel appears to have launched a counter operation, whose goal is probably to significantly disable Iranian capabilities in Syria.  The scope of the targeting, just in the first few hours, indicates a broad-scale, preemptive interdiction.

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Bring Iran’s Economy to its Knees

Trump signs the end of Obama’s Iranian appeasement deal.

Will sanctions alone bring down the IslamoNazis of Iran?

I doubt it.

But it’s worth trying.

And then, when sanctions fail, Israel should attack with their extremely capable air force and flatten all Iranian nuclear sites.

Remember, Israel eliminated the nuclear programs of Iraq and Syria. Of course, the international community wagged their collective finger and clucked their thick tongues about Israeli aggression. But is there anyone sane who is not relieved that Syria and Iraq are not nuclear powers today?

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Walt Disney: American Dreamer

Walt Disney was the twentieth century’s prime example of American ingenuity. How did he do it? In this video, Glenn Beck, best-selling author and host of The Glenn Beck Program, explains how Disney became a household name, and how he proved that in America, the only limit to your ambition is your own imagination.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Photo by Eve Arnold, 1959.
“Alcoholism is an occupational hazard of being an actor, of being a widow, and of being alone. And I’m all three.”
—Joan Crawford

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Obama Spokesman Blames (Who Else?) The Jooz!

Obama with Tommy Vietor.

“After years of bashing US intelligence agencies for getting Iraq WMD wrong, Trump is now cooking up intel with the Israelis to push us closer to a conflict with Iran,” tweeted Obama’s former National Security Council spokesperson Tommy Vietor.  According to the limo driver turned foreign policy expert turned podcaster the U.S.-Israeli cooking of intel was “a scandal hiding in plain sight.”

Does Vietor offer any evidence that the US and Israel fabricated the Iranian nuclear docs?

Of course not.

The documents have already been authenticated by the CIA.

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Bibi Drops a Bomb on Iranian IslamoNazis

I’m not terribly blown away by the revelation that the IslamoNazis in Iran have been lying to the world about their nuclear program. The mullahs in Iran are following the standard Islamic playbook of Taqiyya, which holds that lying to infidels in the name of Islam is perfectly okay.

The only people who ever believed the Iranian lies are the cynical Europeans who seek economic ties with the mullahs, and the deeply naive Barack Obama and his supporters. It should be noted that both the Europeans and the Obama bros have no love for the Jewish state.

We should also keep in mind that in 2015 John Kerry stated that the U.S. had “absolute knowledge” about the regime’s past nuclear efforts. Kerry’s statement unmasks the limits of American intelligence, if not the limits of Kerry’s intelligence.

In contrast, Israel has the best intelligence—human and electronic—in the Middle East. Think of it, Israel and her assets lifted half a ton of Iranian documents out of an Iranian warehouse and then somehow transported this valuable trove back to Israel. We can assume that Mossad then reeled in all their assets, burned them, for fear of exposing them to arrest, torture, and eventually public hanging.

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Control the Words, Control the Culture

The culture war is first and foremost a war of words – and the left is winning. The consequences can be seen everywhere: in politics, in education, in media. In this video, Michael Knowles, host of the Michael Knowles Show, explains why we should not cede another syllable

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“When I cry, do you want the tears to run all the way or shall I stop halfway down?”
— Margaret O’Brien

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Jackie Danicki to Deliver 15th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Ariel Chaim Avrech, ZT’L

You are all invited to the Fifteenth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 10, 2018, at 10 AM, followed by brunch.

Location: Young Israel of Century City

9317 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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

Karen and I are delighted to announce that our good friend Jackie Danicki will deliver this year’s lecture:

“Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

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What’s a Greater Leap of Faith: God or the Multiverse?

What’s a greater leap of faith: God or the Multiverse? What’s the multiverse? Brian Keating, Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego, explains in this video.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“It seems the brighter you are, the deeper the hole you get into.”
—Tuesday Weld

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Israel at 70: Flourishing Against All Odds

Institute for Contemporary Affairs

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Cops Are the Good Guys

Are cops perfect? Of course not. And no one should expect them to be. But every single day, under the most difficult conditions, the police protect us from the bad guys. In other words, they do their job and they do it well. Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke makes it very clear: cops are not the problem.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“They say the movies should be more like life; I think life should be more like the movies.”
—Myrna Loy

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Jackie Danicki to Deliver the Fifteenth Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Ariel Chaim Avrech, ZT’L

You are all invited to the Fifteenth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 10, 2018, at 10 AM, followed by brunch.

Location: Young Israel of Century City

9317 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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

Karen and I are delighted to announce that our good friend Jackie Danicki will deliver this year’s lecture:

“Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

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As the Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Richer

The rich are getting richer, and the poor are… also getting richer. What’s driving this wealth creation process? In this video, Daniel Hannan explains why it is capitalism — and capitalism alone — that has led to the unprecedented
enrichment that is the central fact of Western life.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Question: What, finally, does the cinema mean to you?
Akira Kurosawa: It’s simple: take myself, subtract movies, and the result is zero.

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Books On My Night Table

Three fine books I highly recommend.

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Eye for an Eye: One of the Greatest Ideas in History

Nowadays, many people, particularly those living in Western civilization, no longer regard their society as morally superior to any other. In this video, Dennis Prager lays out how this view does not spring from intellectual rigor, but from intellectual laziness.

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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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