A few years ago, David Horowitz and I sat down for lunch in Pico Kosher Deli, the best kosher deli in the known universe. I knew that David used to be a high-profile leftist who, somewhere along the line, reexamined his politics and his values and became a conservative. When I asked David what made him lose faith in liberalism, David pulled a classic silent movie double take, almost spilling his matzo ball soup.
“I was not a liberal,” said David.
“Um, but I thought…”
“I was a communist.”
Indeed, David Horowitz was deep red, an activist who, tragically, came to see the radical left for what it was: ardent true believers who will not hesitate to break a few eggs in order to make an omelette. The broken egg, in David’s case, was Betty Van Patter, a bookkeeper who, on David’s recommendation, worked for the Black Panthers. When she discovered irregularities in the Panther books, she was murdered.
David knows that the party of John F. Kennedy is dead. It is now the party of socialist progressives, the party of Barack Hussein Obama. And unless Republicans understand that they are engaged in a life and death struggle cultural and political, America will decline and collapse into one-party, Democrat-Socialist rule.
We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s.
For a complete listing of the greatest movies of the 20, 30s and 40s, click here.
Kirk Douglas, Ace in the Hole, 1951.
4. Ace in the Hole, 1951
A hand-embroidered motto, “Tell the Truth” sits as a dusty epitaph on the newsroom wall of an inconsequential Albuquerque newspaper where Kirk Douglas, a cynical New York reporter, hustles a job.
Sent out to cover a local rattle snake hunt, Douglas stumbles on a man trapped inside a cave, and turns it into a “human interest” story that explodes on the national scene and becomes — entertainment.
Karen and I went to the shooting range last Sunday. It was packed. Karen was extremely accurate with a Ruger Vaquero.
Obamacare and gun control are two sides of the same coin.
Both are simply means—as Rules for Radicals teaches—to a radical leftist end.
Obamacare is not about health. It’s a tactic to:
1) Redistribute wealth.
Commentary has just published a fascinating excerpt from Elliot Abrams’ new book, Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, a memoir of his service at the National Security Council from 2001 to 2009.
There are several valuable take-a-ways from this excerpt, but for Seraphic Secret, the most important is the author’s conclusion in which he states that:
“…there is no substitute for military strength and the will to use it. Think of how much more dangerous to the entire region the Syrian civil war would be today if Assad had a nuclear reactor, and even perhaps nuclear weapons, in hand. Israel was right to bomb that reactor before construction was completed, and President Bush was right to support its decision to do so. Israel was also right in rejecting fears that the incident would lead to a larger war and in believing that it, and the United States, would be better off after this assertion of leadership and determination. That lesson must be on the minds of Israeli, and American, leaders in 2013.”
Obama and his new Jeremiah Wright.
That Chuck Hagel seemed confused and ill-prepared, if not dim-witted, at his confirmation hearings last week, is stating the obvious.
That he is a man of the radical left is also obvious, from his refusal to classify various terrorist organizations—Hizbullah, the Revolutionary Guard of Iran—as terrorists, to his dopey, kumbaya approach to the genocidal-yearning Iran, should be enough to convince any fair-minded person that Hagel is somewhat to the left of Fidel Castro.
It should also be obvious to anyone with a functioning cortex that Hagel despises Israel/Jews.
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In the world according to liberals, the 70-year-old coach would be unarmed so the thugs could beat him to death, then rape and murder the female students.
Actually, stories like this take place every single day in America. But the media deliberately fail to report such incidents because:
1. Guns are evil — as are forks, which make you fat and give you heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, thus raising the cost of health care for everyone. Under Obamacare, fat people will be eliminated as too expensive.
2. Self-defense is politically incorrect. Better to die as part of a politically correct collective. In this way, Piers Morgan will sing your praises to his minuscule audience.
Gloria Swanson is ready for her close-up, Sunset Boulevard, 1950.
Call me lazy.
But Seraphic Secret has not updated our Greatest Movies list of each decade for far too long. We’ve covered silent films, the 1930s, and finally the 1940s. It’s time to head into the 50s.
This was an interesting decade. Hollywood’s studio system was a wheezing dinosaur. Television was thought to be killing the movies. And yet, as always, great screenwriters, actors, and directors pushed through the pervasive mediocrity and produced stunning masterpieces.
1. Sunset Boulevard, 1950.
Bill Holden was once asked what it took to be a star.
He answered, “It.”
“What’s it?” queried the puzzled interviewer.
“It is the lead role in Sunset Boulevard,” replied Holden.
Wide Angle Shots: American liberal-progressives move to disarm law-abiding American citizens. Barack Obama’s vision of a degraded American military gains traction among the elites. America supports the Muslim Brotherhood, a proudly Jew-hating, America-hating, genocidal-yearning gang of Islamic theocrat fascists.
Intertitle: Somebody has to take the lead in the fight against the rising tide of Islamism.
Medium Shots: French troops in Mali battle Salafists who leave a trail of murder, rape and fire. America retreats from Iraq, Afghanistan. The American Consulate in Benghazi burns. Four dead Americans in the ruins.
Close-Up: Chemical weapons ready for delivery.
Have you noticed all the mysterious explosions that happen with increasing frequency to the Iranian nuclear program? There’s also the oh-so-mysterious deaths of various scientists and military figures who are vital to the Iranian push towards a nuclear red line.
Just bad luck, I guess.
Or: Maybe the Iranians are a bunch of incompetents.
Or: Maybe somebody is sabotaging the program, knocking off Iranian assets, one at a time.
I dunno. It’s baffling.
Now, another big bang, that the mullahs are, of course, denying ever took place.
It would be a great temptation to use the role of women in the IDF as a template for America’s armed forces — which have been ordered to integrate women into combat units.
I think the comparison has notable weaknesses.
Israel is a tiny country, the size of New Jersey, with a tiny population. Surrounded by hundreds of millions hostile, if not genocidal, Muslims and Muslim states, Israeli female soldiers are an existential necessity. America is not routinely threatened with genocide. Nor do the American armed forces seem to be crying out for female combatants. The move appears more as a politically correct movement to turn a killing machine into yet another compliant branch of the egalitarian left.
The following is from the IDF blog.
A record number of 5 female pilots recently graduated from the IAF Flight Academy.
Take a look at what’s happening in Australia as the anti-gun fanatics move towards a complete weapons ban for private citizens.
It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that good citizens will hand over their weapons rather than stand in violation of the law and go to jail.
Criminals then take advantage of the unarmed citizens.
1. This is called cause and effect.
2. Anti-gun fanatics are cause and effect deniers.
I love the smell of guns in the morning.
It’s a whiff of freedom in Obamerica.
I’m in the Martin B. Retting Gun Shop, located in scenic Culver City. The store is jammed. When I lived in New York, Barneys used to have a one-day super sale. The line to get in was around the block. It was a fashionista frenzy. There is no frenzy in Martin B. Retting. Just a growing realization that the Second Amendment is under assault by the radical left. Barack Hussein Obama and his cult are making the most of the Newton atrocity to advance their statist agenda.
And, as far as I can tell, people here are buying AR15s—by the dozens.
Years ago, I spent a few weeks visiting Sing-Sing Prison conducting research for a TV series. It was a grueling and depressing experience. I interviewed drug dealers, murderers, rapists—human monsters one and all. Each night, I’d go to bed thankful for prisons and wishing for even more prisons to lock away the evil.
But, every once in a while, some small bit of black humor would emerge that spoke volumes.
There was one prisoner, a small-time thief, who told me that:
…prison was kind of a relief. Look, I get clothing, three squares a day, and a roof over my head. I get medical and dental free of charge. I can even go to a shrink, a social worker, whatever. I can take college courses if I want—all for free. Outside, I gotta hustle day and night for stuff like that.
Every morning when I take my 5 a.m. walk, I clamp on my headphones and listen to a podcast of Mark Levin’s radio show. He’s the only man who properly articulates Seraphic Secret’s frustration and rage at this Obamaland to which we are subject. Obamaland, argues Levin, is well on its way to becoming a post-constitutional country ruled by crypto-Marxists and race-hustling opportunists.
Levin does not spare his own party withering criticism. The Constitutional scholar and best-selling author has only contempt for the current Republican leadership and its apparatus. He calls for a new Conservative alignment with fresh new Republican leaders.
Mark Levin does not minimize the multiple dangers to this republic. Nor does he shrink from warning of the rise of a new American tyranny. But he does offer remedies which begin with a resolution to fight for liberty.
I don’t think Obama knows exactly what he’s going to go for in his second term,” Levin said, “as he will look for opportunities to exploit as events unfold. That said, I am sure they’ve drawn up a partial a list, and we already know that it includes, but is not limited to, gun control; attacks on the First Amendment such as religious liberty; amnesty for illegal aliens; union expansion; institutionalizing Obamacare; institutionalizing voter corruption; de-industrialization via the EPA; destroying the capitalist-based economy via tax increases, smothering regulations, massive deficit spending, and endless borrowing; and hollowing out our military; etc.
Alfred Hitchcock’s movies have been the subject of intense scrutiny for decades. Understandably, we who love Hitchcock, focus on his unique cinematic language, the almost shamanistic ability to move the audience into shifting and complex points of view, and his mastery of suspense.
Less known are the propaganda films he volunteered to work on during World War II.
And perhaps the least known but most important allied film on which Hitchcock labored was never finished, and unceremoniously filed into the Imperial War Museum under the archival title number: “F3080.”
Pastor John Hagee, Christian Zionist.
The response to yesterday’s post was both surprising and gratifying. The comments by our readers are so insightful, so profoundly moving that Seraphic Secret is using today’s post to answer all the lovely comments.
We have reached a unique moment in history. And by we, I mean Torah Jews — Jews who observe the rules of kashrut, keep the Sabbath and endeavor to fulfill the 613 Mitzvahs contained in the Torah.
In the past, Christianity was overwhelmingly hostile to Judaism. This hostility expressed itself in myriad social and religious forms. Europe, for Jews, was frequently a slaughterhouse. Sometimes, it was convert or die. At other times, it was just plain die.
Adam Corolla has a wonderful and important new video for Prager University about the amazing, and oh-so-necessary human capacity for change.
First the video, and then a personal confession.
Once upon a time I used to believe some pretty foolish things. Jewish, lower-middle class, born and bred in Brooklyn, my family were (and many still are) doctrinaire Democrats.
I was taught that Republicans were for rich people and Democrats for the poor. I was convinced that Republicans were—every last one of them—anti-Semitic to the core.
Naturally, it was an article of faith in my family that FDR saved the United States from robber barons, and the best friend Jews ever had. Never mind that FDR’s New Deal only prolonged the Depression. Never mind that FDR refused to open America’s shores to desperate Jewish refugees. Never mind that FDR pledged to Ibn Saud that he would never support a Jewish state in the Middle East. The FDR cult of personality—a substitution for religion and G-d— still holds firm in the minds of ossified Jewish Democrats.
Imagine how the mainstream media would salivate and then pounce if Benjamin Netanyahu ever called Arabs apes and pigs?
As American social policy falls deeper under the Obama Democrat-Socialist juggernaut of massive taxes, fiscal suicide, and shrinking liberties, the mainstream media—which covers for Obama instead of covering Obama—has also adopted the radical leftist Jew-hating ideology of the European press. Which, briefly summarized, means:
1. Demonizing Israel.
2. Mainstreaming Islamism.
3. Not reporting the racist, genocidal-yearning Jew-hatred of caliphate Islamists. Men such as the current President of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi.
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