Hollywood Star Ads: Buy Me, Be Me

Marilyn Monroe's cleavage for Jon-Joy cosmetics.

Marilyn Monroe’s cleavage for Jon-Joy cosmetics.

Ever since there were movie stars there have been star product endorsements.

Corporations and their advertising companies were quick to understand that those larger than life figures floating like angels on the silver screen were potent persuaders. Thus, the synergistic relationship between one product, the movie star, and a consumer product — cigarettes, perfume, makeup, whatever — was born, and continues with increasing power and sophistication to this very day.

The idea is simplicity itself: Buy me, be me.

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Hillary’s State Department Refused to Brand Boko Haram as Terrorists


Ready for Hillary.

That’s the not-so-catchy Hillary for POTUS rallying cry.

Regarding the Benghazi atrocity, Hillary in full hysteric mode, screeched: “What difference does it make?”

Well, it makes no difference if you—like your husband—regard truth as an malleable. It makes a difference because the families of those slain deserve to know why their loved ones were murdered, and why Obama has not unleashed the dogs of war against the Muslim terrorists who carried out the Benghazi attack. It makes a difference because government is accountable for their decisions, actions, or lack of action.

It makes a difference because Hillary claims to be a staunch defender of women. And yet Boko Haram, like all Islamist mobs, are medieval savages whose theology demands the subjugation of women.

And yet Hillary’s State Department, for two long years, refused to designate these genocidal yearning Muslims as terrorists.

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White House Benghazi E-mail Equivalent to Nixon Tapes


The scandals that characterize the Obama regime are unique in their mind-boggling numbers, and the manner in which the Pratetorian media have refused to report, much less investigate, the most corrupt administration in American history.

The Benghazi atrocity most certainly leads directly into the Oval Office. That’s why the Democrats are doing everything to avoid telling the truth. You can be sure if Benghazi happened under a Republican POTUS, he would have been impeached—and quite rightly—a long time ago.

Charles Krauthammer compares the latest email revelations to the Nixon tapes.

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Israel Independence Day 2014


The modern state of Israel celebrates its 66th anniversary today.

What are we feeling?

There is joy and there is hope. But there is also an inescapable feeling of dread. Israel has not known a moment without war, without the threat of genocide by Arab Nationalists, Arab Socialists, and IslamoNazis.

It is worth remembering that before the modern state of Israel was born, she pursued a two-state policy with her Arab neighbors. This offer of land and peace was roundly rejected by every Arab state. Instead, the Arab Muslim states declared war, a holy jihad against “the Jews.”

According to Islam, there is no room for Jews in the Middle East.

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The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War


This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre, which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.

—Cairo’s radio station “Voice of Thunder” in the tense weeks preceding the Six Day War.

Jewish history does not exist in the past. It is in the here and now. When yeshiva students study Torah—Written and Oral—the present tense is always used. Abraham leaves his father’s home. Moses receives the Torah on Sinai. Rabbi Akiba says. Thus, Jewish festivals are not celebrated just to remember, but to experience Judaism’s eternal covenant with HaShem.

And so it is with the wars that Jews have fought from time immemorial. Whether the enemy is Amalek, Philistine, Babylonian, Seleucid, Roman, Nazi, or today’s IslamoNazis, Judaism/Israel is locked in an eternal existential battle with genocidal enemies.

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John Wayne: American


Scott Eyman’s superb new biography, “John Wayne: The Life and Legend” is an exhaustive look at Wayne’s long life and career as Hollywood’s most iconic star.

Eyman points out time and again that Duke—no one called him John, Jack, or his birth name, Marion—was not just Hollywood’s greatest star, but a symbol of America and Americanism.

Born into poverty, Wayne worked hard all his life to achieve some measure of success. His Conservative politics were already formed at an early age, and he never veered from his core beliefs. In contrast to the Neanderthal image portrayed by the liberal press, Wayne was highly intelligent and articulate.

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Benghazi: Emails Show White House Lied

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was murderd by IslamoNazis in a coordinated attack. But Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the entire Democrat party would have you believe that the attack was a protect about a less than obscure video.

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was murderd by IslamoNazis in a coordinated terrorist attack. But Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the entire Democrat party would have you believe that the attack was a protest about a less than obscure video.

What are the priorities of the liberal media?

Donald Sterling’s nasty attitude is, apparently, the greatest crisis facing America.

But Obama’s bold-faced lies about the attack on the American consulate in Libya and the murders of four courageous Americans, U.S. Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens. Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty, is relegated to, well, nothingness.

The smoking gun has, at last been revealed. White House Emails reveal what we have long suspected: that Obama’s White House knowingly lied about the terrorist attack, blaming it on a dopey video that no one ever saw and no one has ever seen. The White House did this during Obama’s reelection campaign to give the impression that Obama’s policies in regards to the IslamoNazi threat, was successful.

The CIA station chief in Libya informed his superiors that there was no protest before the coordinated attack on the consulate in Benghazi in September 2012.

But Susan Rice was briefed and rehearsed on the false narrative by Ben Rhodes, an Obama hack. Susan Rice then told five different news organizations that the Benghazi attack started as a protest about a YouTube video.

Here’s a little drill that should help even the most partisan Democrat see this issue in another light: Imagine if the Benghazi atrocity happened under a Republican administration.

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Your Life is a Reality Show


A gold-digging tramp (with way too much plastic surgery) secretly records her billionaire boyfriend’s private phone conversation, and then releases his ugly comments to the press. The press, all aflutter in self-righteous indignation, colludes with the mistress and releases the contents of the private conversation.

What the billionaire said is irrelevant.

What is relevant is how his privacy was raped, first by a treacherous mistress, and then by a liberal media. A media, I might add, who just a few weeks ago were beating their breasts about the dangers to democracy posed by the NSAs search for terrorists.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day, The Devil’s Arithmetic

Brittany Murphy and Kirsten Dunst in “The Devil's Arithmetic.”

Brittany Murphy and Kirsten Dunst in “The Devil’s Arithmetic.”

In honor of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am posting my film, The Devil’s Arithmetic, starring Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy. The film is based on the book of the same name by Jane Yolen.

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Michael Medved to Deliver the 2014 Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Ariel's high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

You are all invited to The Eleventh Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 10 AM at the Young Israel of Century City, followed by brunch.

Young Israel of Century City
9317 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035

RSVP to Rebekah at the synagogue office: (310) 273-6954

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

Karen and I are delighted to that our friend Michael Medved will deliver this year’s lecture titled: Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

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Kerry Makes Peace in Middle East — Among PA, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad

Tweet sent out by PM Netanyahu.

Tweet sent out by PM Netanyahu.


It was inevitable.

Stepping into the snake pit that is the IslamoNazi war against Judaism/Israel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry managed a unique feat: He united three rival Islamist war criminal networks who despise each other: The PA, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad, an Iranian terror proxy.

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IRS Pays Bonuses to IRS Employees Who Owe Back Taxes

Obama’s government at work with your tax dollars.

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Young Israel Urges Jews Not To Walk Home Alone

My father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech z'l, a Jew with a gun, was particularly fond of my classic Yellow Boy rifle.

My father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech z’l, a proud Jew with a gun, was particularly fond of my 1866 Yellowboy Carbine.

In the wake of the Jew-hating shooting in Kansas, the National Council of Young Israel, an Orthodox network, is urging Jews, on the last days of Passover, not to walk home alone from synagogue.

With all due respect to Young Israel, that advice is just silly and only reinforces victimhood.

Do you honestly think that a Jew-hating murderer is going to be deterred by two or more unarmed Jews strolling to or from synagogue?

Hardly. In fact, the more unarmed Jews the better his chances of killing someone.

Seraphic Secret has a much better idea: Jews should exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Don’t be a defenseless target.

By the time the police arrive, their only job is to chalk white outlines in the street.

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From Somalia to Brandeis, The Road of Liberal Fascism


And if your son asks you in the future, saying, What are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, that the L-RD our G-d commanded you? You will say to your son, We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt; and the L-RD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. The L-RD gave signs and wonders, great and harmful, against Egypt, against Pharaoh, and against all his household, before our eyes: And he brought us out of there to bring us in, to give us the land that he promised our fathers.

—Deuteronomy 6:20-23

Tomorrow night the holiday of Passover begins.

Jews all over the world remember and reenact our bondage in Egypt. We celebrate G-d’s gift of freedom to the Jewish people. Tragically, too many Jews have inverted the meaning and practice of freedom. As George Orwell explained, the left believes that slavery is freedom, slavery to government and slavery to an evil ideology.

With the persecution of Brendan Eich of Mozilla for the thought-crime of supporting heterosexual marriage, to Brandeis University’s suppression of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s critique of totalitarian Islam, we are now, demonstrably, in the age of liberal fascism.

Here, the intolerant is not just tolerated but celebrated. In this world, the two-minutes of hate for the Jew Goldstein that was the daily bread of Orwell’s 1984, has been refined into a 24 hour cycle of hysterical news and social media where illiberal notions masquerade as freedom. This is an ideological zone where genuine advocates for women’s rights—Hirsi Ali and Phyllis Chesler to name but two—are demonized as Islamophobes, even as scar tissue hardens on the mutilated genitals of Muslim women. It is a world where those who are born Jewish worship at the alter of Ishtar, the postmodern democrat party.

The road from Somalia to Brandeis is an Islamist Cul-de-sac.

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In Memoriam: Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in Love Finds Andy Hardy, 1938.

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in Love Finds Andy Hardy, 1938.

At five feet, two inches, he was the biggest star in the world.

Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.) was probably the most talented star Hollywood ever produced. His astonishing career started in the silent era as a child actor. Rooney made the transition to sound with ease, and his career saw work in radio, television and Broadway. Rooney popularity reached a fever pitch in the late 1930s and 1940s. Rooney did it all. As Puck in Max Reinhardt’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) the fifteen year-old Rooney dazzled with unrestrained energy. Of course, Rooney and Judy Garland  added to the American lexicon of optimism and generosity when they exclaimed, “Hey kids, lets put on a show!”

In Boys Town (1938) Rooney is a strutting, hard-shelled delinquent who ultimately reveals his vulnerabilities with choking sobs that are the template for the eternally mixed-up adolescent. Without Mickey Rooney there would have been no James Dean.

As Andy Hardy, Rooney, the small-town kid with a big heart would, at a strategic point in Act III, turn to his father, Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone)—a judge who was proud to judge others—and say: “Pop, can I talk to you, man-to-man?”

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Meet the Jewish-American Fascists of Brandeis

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Liberty’s Spirit has written an Open Letter to the Jewish-America Community: What Is Wrong With You?

This letter is wrenchingly on-target. In it, she decries the suicidal political correctness that animates the self-righteous Democrats who also happen to have been born Jewish.

No better example of this PC insanity can be found but at Brandeis University, an allegedly Jewish school—Yeshiva University is Jewish, Ner Yisroel is Jewish, Brandeis is a Democrat plantation—who have withdrawn an honorary degree offered to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, because she says uncomfortable truths about Islam. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a brilliant and articulate woman who was genitally mutilated by Muslims, who was persecuted by Muslims, and who lives under a permanent death threat by Muslims. Hirsi, the courageous author of  Infidel, was born and raised in an Islamic culture, and thus, presumably, knows something something about Islam.

But the spoiled Jewish brats at Brandeis know more about Islam than Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

They are also a bunch of progressive fascists.

Brandeis is not the problem. Brandeis is a symptom of everything that is wrong with an intellectually and spiritually bankrupt Jewish-American progressive movement.

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Homo Fascism and the Mozilla Moment


A few weeks ago, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson was mugged by Homo Fascists and their media lapdogs for stating what has been a truth for every civilization since the beginning of time.

Last week, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned under pressure, also for supporting traditional marriage.

Eich, a Silicon Valley techie, invented JavaScript, and helped start Mozilla which makes the Firefox Web browser.

Eich donated $1,000 to support Prop 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. At no point in Eich’s career has he been accused of bias against homosexuals. In addition he stated that he would not change Mozilla’s policy of of providing the same health benefits to homosexual couples as to heterosexual couples.

Thus, Eich was purged by the fascist left for thought crimes.

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Remembering Legendary Costume Designer Helen Rose

Costume designer Helen Rose.

Costume designer Helen Rose.

Helen Rose was one of Hollywood’s most important costume designers.

Seraphic Secret has authored several posts about Rose.  In June 2010, we wrote about Rose’s not-so-nice Jewish boyfriend. If you have not read this post, you should. The identity reveal at the end will take your breath away.

In another post, with the help of genealogist Kathy Soto, we unravel Rose’s Jewish roots. We also chronicle an episode of costume craziness between Rose and Jane Fonda.

In April 2011, we wrote about the stunning wedding gown Helen Rose designed for Grace Kelly.

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Mother Of Five: ObamaCare Jeopardizing My Family’s Financial Future

Poster for a 1925 film with a title that, tragically, resonates.

Poster for a 1925 film with a title that, tragically, resonates.


Barack Obama and the Democrat party authored ObamaCare and rammed it down America’s throat by means devious and immoral. This byzantine legislation was made into law because, according to the Democrats, there were 40 million uninsured Americans.

In truth, the number of uninsured Americans was, um, flexible. Sometimes it was 30 million, at other times it was 50 million. Obama and his Praetorian Guard media just threw out whatever number was convenient at the moment.

Ignored is the fact that millions of Americans choose to be uninsured for a variety of reasons. Some are young, and it does not pay to purchase insurance. Some live off the grid, utterly self-reliant. And of course, there are the stupid, the mentally ill, the alcoholics and drug addicts, and the chronically clueless. Tragic creatures who cannot navigate life’s countless complexities. But the point of the floating number was always to give the impression that heartless insurance companies play a Hobbesian game in pursuit of evil profit.

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Obama Says ObamaCare is a Raging Success, So It Must Be True… Or Something


America has a problem.

The problem is that the President of the United States is a pathological liar who presides over a gangster government.

His “mission accomplished” speech yesterday left yours truly, speechless.

Seraphic Secret’s close friend, Kishke, left this comment on yesterday’s post:

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