Hollywood Friday Photos — The Beautiful and the Damned

Anna May Wong (1905 – 1961) was the first American-Chinese movie star. Her long career spanned silent and sound movies, radio, stage and television.Her first film role was Toll of the Sea (1922) one of the first movies produced in color. Tragically, the Production Code instituted by the studios to protect against outside censorship, which forbade race-mixing, Wong was never cast as a leading opposite a Caucasian star. Thus, she was relegated to support roles and often as a stereotypical dragon lady. This wonderful photo is by artist Man Ray, real name Emmanuel Radnitzky.

Anna May Wong (1905 – 1961) was the first American-Chinese movie star. Her long career spanned silent and sound movies, radio, stage and television. Her first film role was in Toll of the Sea (1922) one of the first movies produced in Technicolor. Tragically, the Production Code instituted by the studios to protect against government censorship, upheld anti-miscegenation laws. Thus, Wong was never cast as a leading lady opposite a Caucasian star. Her greatest disappointment, and a notorious outrage, was when MGM refused to cast her as O-lan, the leading role in their adaptation of Pearl S. Buck’s huge best-seller, “The Good Earth.” Instead, the plum assignment went to the competent but dreary Luise Rainer. For most of her career, the enormously talented and beautiful Anna May was relegated to supporting roles and B movies, frequently as a stereotypical dragon lady. This evocative photo, which views Anna May’s silken, waterfall hair, as a distinct character, is by artist Man Ray, real name Emmanuel Radnitzky.


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A Beautiful Mind in Marin County

A spy for the Mossad has informed Seraphic Secret that the famously anonymous Bookworm looks exactly like Tueday Weld in “Sex Kittens Go to College.”

A spy for the Mossad has informed Seraphic Secret that the famously anonymous Bookworm looks exactly like Tueday Weld in “Sex Kittens Go to College.”

The other day, a friend from shul told me that he feels like giving up.

“Reading your blog post about the countless gender choices on Facebook,” said my friend, “made me realize that my grandchildren won’t be shocked at this craziness. To them, it will be normal. And that is sick. It feels like the radical left have won the culture wars and now we’re just fighting over meaningless scraps.”

“We can’t just give up,” I said.

But his despair left a profound impression on me.

Is it true that the radical left have already won? Does the rise of a Marxist community agitator to POTUS mean the end of the American Republic?

And then I sat down and read The Bookworm Returns: Life in Obama’s America, an eBook which should be mandatory reading for every American.

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Boys and Girls Together — But Not On Facebook


The goal of the postmodern Democrat party is to centralize and harness the power of the state, which is then used as a blunt instrument of intimidation to suppress liberty and bring about an imagined Socialist utopia.

Because Socialism always brings poverty, unemployment, misery and chaos wherever it rears its collective head, Democrats have re-branded Socialism with the feel-good label of Social Justice.

There is no such thing.

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The Cancer That Is ObamaCare


In today’s  WSJ editorial page, Stephen Blackwood details how ObamaCare made his mother’s excellent coverage illegal, even as she battles cancer.

When I read this story, I was gripped by rage and sadness. Our son, Ariel Chaim ZT’L, battled cancer for eight long years. Our insurance coverage was excellent. Only once did the insurance company balk at paying for a treatment. We hired a lawyer.  He wrote one letter. The insurance company reversed their decision.

Ariel passed away. But the expensive medical treatments he received, the fine and caring physicians and nurses, and his will to live, prolonged Ariel’s precious life far longer than was originally predicted.

Try writing a letter to the U.S. government.

ObamaCare is not working and cannot work. That is obvious. What will the Democrats do to contain the damage? Simple. They will declare ObamaCare a success. And then they will propose a single-payer system—AKA Socialism—in order to make ObamaCare even better.

When there are not enough doctors to treat patients the Democrats will temporarily but forever, suspend immigration laws in order to induce Voodoo healers from Haiti to take up the slack.

If you object you are a racist.

When the money runs out for ObamaCare, as it must because it’s a Ponzi scheme, the Democrats will raise taxes again and again and again.

If you object you are a charter member of the despised one-percent — and a racist.

If you die because of ObamaCare, you can take comfort in the knowledge that you are dying in order to smooth out income inequality, and for the greater good of the Democrat party.

And by dying in a timely fashion you get to prove that you are not a racist.

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Hollywood Friday Photos — Just Because

Brigitte Bardot is either thinking deep thoughts or having a migraine.

This might be my favorite photo of Brigitte Bardot.  I’m pretty sure it’s a still from Contempt directed by the tedious and talentless Marxist Jean Luc Godard. Either BB is wondering how she got roped into a dopey art film, or she’s having a migraine.

This week Seraphic Secret has been preoccupied with, um, stuff. Hence, no time to post about the latest ObamaCare outrage, our government of the pen and by the phone, and of course, John Kerry’s startling and touching discovery of his Jewish ancestry.


It is Friday. Time to take a vacation from the weight of history.

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Jew-Hating US Church Goes Progressively Medieval

Painting of blood libel in Sandomierz Cathedral

Painting of blood libel in Sandomierz Cathedral

The Jew-hating agenda of Presbyterian Church USA is cloaked in liberal/progressive/leftist/Democrat sloganeering — in other words, Orwellian Newspeak. The PCUSA utilizes the fashionable squawk of social justice, but mixes it with the blood-soaked theology of supersessionism.

The church’s published work, “Zionism Unsettled,” is a poisonous document that argues for delegitimizing Israel. The subtext of this study guide — a media presentation with all the intellectual posturing and iniquity of the Nuremberg Laws — is an attack on Judaism and Torah whose underpinning is the medieval blood libel.

Make no mistake about it: PCUSA has adopted Jew-hatred as official social and theological doctrine.

The following article was written by my two close friends, Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein.

Presbyterian churches are teaching that their Jewish neighbors are inherently racist and prone to abusing the rights of others.

That’s the key message of PCUSA’s new congregational study guide, “Zionism Unsettled.” Released by its Israel-Palestine Mission Network, the guide “explores the theological and ethical exceptionalism of Jewish and Christian Zionism, which have been sheltered from open debate despite the intolerable human rights abuses rooted in their core beliefs.”

To be clear, this is no mere attack on Israeli policies, but rather on the very legitimacy of the Zionist enterprise.

PCUSA has theologically resurrected the UN’s infamous 1975 “Zionism is Racism” resolution (later rescinded). It puts all on notice that lovers of Zion — Jews and Christians alike — are bigots.

To be clear, this is no mere attack on Israeli policies, but rather on the very legitimacy of the Zionist enterprise.
PCUSA’s depiction of Zionism as a sin fills a niche in the global political campaign casting Israel as an illegitimate colonial/historic mistake. It also means that a major (albeit ageing and shrinking) mainline Protestant denomination declares the majority of Jews to be a bunch of morally decadent untermenschen, worthy of condemnation and disparagement. Will the faithful now be taught that Jews are people like us, just a little less so?

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Penn & Teller: Gun Control is … Expletive Deleted

Gloria Grahame exercises her Second Amendment rights.

Gloria Grahame exercises her Second Amendment rights.

Democrats insist that murdering children in the womb is legal and moral because it’s a matter of privacy.

And yet Democrats also insist that it’s my responsibility to pay for this mass murder — mostly of black babies, which constitutes not just a war on babies, but a race war.

So: abortion is private, but not really.

Democrats inform us that this inverted logic is in the Constitution.

I can’t find it. Anywhere.

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Classic Hollywood Passport Photos

Here's Anna May Wong in the 1930s, in a studio publicity still.

Anna May Wong in a studio publicity still from the 1930s.

If you want to torture yourself, take a look at your passport.

Chances are you look pretty awful. With flat lighting, a grim full frontal pose, and that look of bafflement, your photo probably looks like a mug shot.

Are glamorous Hollywood stars just like us when they submit to the artless lens of the passport photographer?

You be the judge.

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In Memoriam: Shirley Temple Black, 1928 – 2014

Shirley Temple arriving at her first main premiere for the film "Wee Willie Winkie" in Hollywood. 1937. Photo by AFP

Shirley Temple arriving at the premiere of her film “Wee Willie Winkie” in Hollywood, 1937. Photo by AFP

Shirley Temple Black passed away yesterday. She was 85. At the height of her career in the 1930s, she was the most popular actress in Hollywood with more drawing power than Clark Gable and Greta Garbo combined.

As a child star during the Depression, the little girl with the 56 perfect corkscrew curls projected determination and optimism to a dispirited nation. In many of her movies, she was a feisty orphan who taught men how to be better men. When her career ended, she was but 22 years old. As for the millions she earned, her father squandered everything. Rather than retreat, like so many stars, into a shell of bitter nostalgia, Shirley Temple moved ahead and forged a new life for herself and her family. She was a great actress and American, a prominent conservative Republican, and a thoroughly decent woman.

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Obama Goes Full French as Jews Flee France

Bo and Sunny Obama, all decked in diamond necklaces. Doesn't that make you proud to be an American?

Believe it or not, the White House actually released this photo of Bo and Sunny Obama, all decked out in diamond necklaces. This public display of vulgar decadence is revolting when you consider that 20% of Americans are on food stamps.


To some, the very word conjures images of romance: Maurice Chevalier, the Eiffel Tower, damp cobblestones under pale moonlight, elegant women sipping wine, and goofy black berets.

Me, I think of Vichy France. I think of the gendarmes enthusiastically rounding up French Jews, herding them into cattle cars, and shipping them to the crematoria of Auschwitz. All accomplished without the aid of a single German soldier. Even the SS were shocked at how efficiently and ruthlessly the French collaborated in the genocide of the Jewish people.

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Democrats — Burning Down America



Conservatives believe that Democrats are delusional utopians.

Democrats believe that conservatives are evil.

My wife, Karen, and I were raised as lever-pulling New York Democrats. Why were we Democrats for so many years? Well, because our parents were Democrats. Why were our parents Democrats? Because, they told us, Democrats were for the little guy and Republicans were for the wealthy.

Believe it or not, that was the whole ideology.

Dumb. I know. But there you are.

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: To Kill a Mockingbird

Robert Duvall as Boo Radley and Mary Badham as Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962.

Robert Duvall as Boo Radley, and Mary Badham as Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962.

We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962

From the brilliant opening credits, designed by Stephen Frankfurt, accompanied by Elmer Bernstein’s heartfelt score, this lovely film evokes the innocence and terrors of childhood.

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Mona Liza — an Arab Christian and Israeli Soldier — Would Sacrifice Her Life for Israel

The Democrat party, via ObamaCare, is shredding the greatest health care system the world has ever known. In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Obama revealed himself as a serial liar and immature kvetch who blames Fox News for his countless failures. Meanwhile, John Kerry, Obama’s secretary of state, whose primary talent is marrying immensely wealthy women, is threatening the Jewish state with boycotts and violence unless Israel knuckles under to his terrorist buddies.

Basically, the news is all bad.

But several readers sent me this story and video clip which offers hope in a seemingly hopeless world.

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Obama’s War Against One Percent and Jews

President of the United States Barack Obama with his friend and confidant, Al Sharpton, the butcher of Crown Heights and Harlem.

President of the United States Barack Obama with his friend and confidant, Al Sharpton, the butcher of Crown Heights and Harlem.

Jews are hated because we are: capitalists, communists, anarchists, Christ-killers, rootless cosmopolitans, land-grabbing imperialists… whatever fits the moment.

In truth, Jews are hated because we brought monotheism to the world and insisted, through the Written and Oral Torah, that human beings are agents of morality who are free to choose between good and evil.

This makes it difficult for those who insist that morality, that truth itself, is relative. It’s much easier to blame and then kill the Jews for well, anything that’s wrong with society — or, better yet, in your loser-life.

Unemployed? The Jews took your job. Rent too high? Blame the Jewish landlord. Wait — your landlord isn’t Jewish? Well, then, he’s controlled and manipulated by the international Zionist conspiracy.

You see how it works.

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Obama’s Perversion of Religious Liberty and Persecution of Religious People

My paternal grandfather, Rabbi Shmuel Avrech

My grandfather, Rabbi Shmuel Avrech

Freedom of religion. We take it for granted.

This past Friday evening, Karen lit candles, ushering in Shabbat.. Openly wearing my kippah,, I walked to shul and prayed with scores of friends and neighbors. After prayers, Karen and I sat down to a joyous dinner where we sang Shabbat songs and expressed gratitude to G-d for all he has given us.

Karen and I did all this without fear.

My grandfather, Rabbi Shmuel Avrech, lived in fear as a pious Jew in the Pale of Settlement. Would the flickering Shabbat candles invite a rock or a Molotov cocktail thrown through his window? Perhaps the sight of my grandfather and other Torah-observant Jews would enrage neighbors who would shriek “Christ-killer,” and the state-incited/sanctioned pogrom would follow.

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Scarlett Johansson Defies the Jew-Haters

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

It is rare for a Hollywood star to act with courage, especially when it comes to supporting Israel.

Let’s face it: Except for Friends of Abe, Hollywood is a deeply conformist community that marches in left-leaning lock-step. Postmodern liberal ideology views Israel as an evil colonial empire.

Never mind that Israel is a minuscule country that has been under genocidal attack by billions of Arab Muslim imperialists for its entire existence.  The left sees what it wants to see regardless of pesky reality. If the members of the BDS movement really cared about the oppression of Palestinians, they would shout at the top of their lungs about the Palestinians who are starving to death in Syria. But of course, because Israel is not involved, the BDS movement ignores widespread Syrian atrocities.

The BDS movement does not care about Palestinians.

The BDS movement and its grubby cheerleaders on the left — including the willfully blind Peter Beinart — care only about destroying Israel.

Scarlett Johansson might be an accidental heroine in this Sodastream drama, but she has stood up to the bullies of the left, defied the Jew-haters of the BDS movement, and earned Seraphic Secret’s respect for her uncommon decency.

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Why the Jews?

God Bless Hitler Muslims

At David Horowitz’s restoration weekend, Caroline Glick explains the roots of genocidal Jew hatred, and why this oldest of hatreds has never taken root in America.

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LBJ Outlines Progressive Democrat Election Strategy

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Multiple Israeli Moves Against Iran, Borat Say: “High-Five!”

To transport material to their Central Asian allies, Kazakstan and Azerbaijan, Israel has to fly. Take note of Iran's geography in relation to Israel's new regional allies.

To transport material to their Central Asian allies, Kazakstan and Azerbaijan, Israel has to fly. Note Iran’s geography in relation to Israel’s new regional allies. This is a an elegant logistical solution to a stubborn geographical problem.

Central Asia.

We think of the nations in this volatile sphere as set-ups for the vulgar, tasteless and wildly funny Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen’s clueless fictional character from the glorious nation of Kazakhstan. But gaze at the map. Geography is destiny.

Israel now has access to military bases in two strategic Central Asian Muslim states. Azerbaijan, mostly Shia, shares a vital border with Iran. Kazakhstan does not share a border with Iran, but this Sunni Muslim state sits tantalizingly close to Iran, to heavily fortified nuclear installations.

As a friend in the IAF quipped: “We’ve got the mullahs surrounded.”

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Hey Kids, Instead of Obama’s Long-Winded Speech… Meet John Doe

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Tonight, Obama will be delivering another, no doubt, long-winded hymn to self and the Democrat-Socialist Party of America.

For the countless failures and scandals of his administration, Obama will, of course, blame George Bush, Republicans, Trotsky, saboteurs, Jewish settlers, Fox News, the Tea Party, and, sigh, racism.

Seraphic Secret is not even going to bother tuning in. Really, why bother? Obama is, if anything, predictable.

Instead, we’re going to kick back and watch screenwriter Robert Riskin and director Frank Capra’s Meet John Doe (’41).

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