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Facing A Jewish Community In Denial: Vicki Polin

Some Jewish people do bad things, but not all bad things are done by Jews.

Nevertheless, we've had enough anti-Semitism lobbed against us that we're afraid.

So when Vicki Polin appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show (under the pseudonym "Rachel"), on May 1, 1989, her appearance upset the Jewish community greatly.

"Rachel" stated that she had survived Satanic ritual abuse, and worse, was part of a hidden Jewish network of cult members dedicated to this practice.

Polin and Oprah were was promptly lambasted by the Jewish community for facilitating anti-Semitism. On May 6, 1989, The New York Times reported the most controversial aspect of her remarks, which was that they linked ritual abuse to a secret network of Jewish families engaged in this cult:
"The woman told Ms. Winfrey that she had witnessed the ritual sacrifice of Jewish children and had been a victim of ritualistic abuse. The guest also said of such practices: ''There's other Jewish families across the country. It's not just my family.'"
The Jewish community was outraged, noted the report:
"The woman's comments provoked hundreds of angry phone calls and letters to Jewish and civil liberties groups, spokesmen for the groups said in interviews yesterday. 
Jewish leaders were quick to say that Vicki Polin was not a credible witness due to her mental illness, and to blame Oprah for giving nascent anti-Semitism a platform:
''We have grave concern about both the lack of judgment and the insensitive manipulation of this woman, who is clearly mentally ill, in a manner which can only inflame the basest prejudices of ignorant people,'' said Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington.
The "Ripoff Report" contained a number of these criticisms. It also contains a transcript of her appearance. The transcript is somewhat lengthy, but it is important as a text that researchers can use to compare accounts across various allegations by people who say that they are victims of the very same thing.

Polin's portion of the transcript is excerpted below. (Please note that some of the dialogue is left out so that you can focus specifically on her description of the abuse.) If you listen closely, it is very reminiscent of the trafficking victim "Kendall" who appeared recently on the Dr. Phil show:

"My family has an extensive family tree, and they keep track of who's been involved and who hasn't been involved, and it's gone back to like 1700....I was born into a family that believes in this....There's other Jewish families across the country. It's not just my own family." 
"I blocked out a lot of the memories I had because of my multiple personality disorder, but, yes. I mean, it's like if you grow up with something, you think it's normal. I always thought something."
"Well, there would be rituals in which babies would be sacrificed, and you would have to, you know..."  
"There were people who bred babies in our family. No one would know about it. A lot of people were overweight, so you couldn't tell if they were pregnant or not, or they would supposedly go away for awhile and then come back."
"The other thing I want to point out not all Jewish people sacrifice babies. I mean, it's not a very typical thing."  
"When I was very young, I was forced to participate in that-- in which I had to sacrifice an infant....For power."
"I was molested. I was raped several times."  
"What is-- I'm not exactly- -what her role is-- I haven't, you know, recovered all of my memories, but her family was extremely involved. You know, she brought me to it. Both of my parents brought me to it."  
"She's an upstanding citizen. Nobody would suspect her. Nobody would suspect anybody involved in it. There's police officers involved in it. There's, you know, doctors, lawyers, Indiana chiefs involved in it. I mean, it's not the person, you know, who looks scummy that's involved in it. It's someone who looks normal." 
"To the outside world, everything we did was proper and right, and then there were the nights that things changed, that things just got turned around. What was wrong was right, and what was right was wrong."
"Well, I said it was evil, and they said it was good. There's a book that I had just come across called [Lilith's Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural by Howard Schwartz, New York, Oxford University Press, 1988] which is a book of Jewish mysticism and supernatural, and there's a lot in that book that relates to what I endured when I was a child."  
"Most Jewish people do not do what my family did. I mean, I don't know very many other Jewish people who would do what I did."

Polin went on to found The Awareness Center, which remains online today and lists more than 500 alleged and actual sexual offenders in the Jewish community. It has a section on ritual abuse. She continues to promote awareness of child sexual abuse in her blogs for the Times of Israel.

Satanic ritual abuse is no longer Polin's focus, but her efforts did manage to pry open the lid of a verminous scandal among the Jewish community about the scope and scale of child sexual abuse among its religious leadership. Her efforts were supported by others, such as Gary Rosenblatt and Shmarya Rosenberg, worked tirelessly to expose it. The work continues with Jewish Community Watch, which hosts its own Wall of Shame to help people protect their children.

Meanwhile, satanic ritual abuse is recognized by the U.S. federal government as a real phenomenon. The FBI published a 1992 guide to investigating it that you can still download online. And you can read about numerous cases of reported SRA on Wikipedia alone.

The more we learn about the characteristics of Satanic ritual abuse, the better able we will be to assess the credibility of alleged victims' accounts. But certainly clapping our hands over our ears is not a rational reaction.

Is it unpleasant stuff? Yes.

But just imagine the suffering of the victims, many of whose screams will never make it to daylight.


Copyright 2017 by Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Photo credit: Lachlan Hardy/Flickr.

8 Memoirs by Survivors of Satanic Ritual Abuse

A significant number of people have come forward to talk about their experiences with Satanic Ritual Abuse. 

See the books below, as well as the ongoing account of Becki Piercy; this account of ritual abuse in France; the story of Charlotte; the Dutroux case in Belgium; and the Fiona Bartlett story. Also see this clip of Vicki Polin, a Jewish survivor who described her terrifying experiences on Oprah (under a pseudonym).  

  • From the Trenches: A Victim and Therapist Talk about Mind Control and Ritual Abuse (Wendy Hoffman and Alison Miller, 2017; $24.49 on Kindle): "Though desiring retirement, psychologist Alison Miller offered help to the respected mind control and ritual abuse victim Wendy Hoffman. Through Wendy’s internal investigations, they discovered how Illuminati and Nazi programming works, its international goals, and new ways to uncover the hidden and to heal."
  • There is Freedom: Born Into Sex Slavery and Mind Control, Rescued By the Power of Papa God (Hope Beryl-Green, 2017; $4.99 on Kindle): "How God rescued a woman named Hope that was born into sex slavery. Born into the deep perversion of the elite pedophile and mind control world. Hope shares the introduction to her full story of the truth of this underground evil."
  • Only God Rescued Me: My Journey From Satanic Ritual Abuse (Lisa Meister, 2017; free with Kindle Unlimited or $3.99 to buy on Kindle): "Nine months later the flashbacks took an evil turn. There was excruciating body pain and images of graves, candles, crosses, and with robed and hooded people whose faces were hidden in the shadows. Lisa decided that it was time to investigate and prove to herself that she was completely crazy, her idea of a better outcome than believing something like that could happen to her.James and Lisa travelled back to her home town and had the unexpected outcome of finding enough reasons to accept that she was, indeed, a survivor of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA)."
  • Mother, Murder & Mayhem: My True Journey from Hell to Hope (C.C. Rose et al., series; most recent book published in 2017; free on Kindle unlimited, otherwise each book is $3.99 on Kindle): "This story contains graphic details of my real life story. I experienced domestic violence, sexual abuse, prostitution and ritual murder of children and adults." See all books in the series: Book OneBook TwoBook ThreeBook FourBook Five, and Book Six.
  • Rabbit Hole: A Satanic Ritual Abuse Survivor's Story (David Shurter, 2013; free on Amazon Kindle unlimited, otherwise $3.99 on Kindle): "From the nationwide satanic panic in the 1980s to local political cover-ups, shocking kidnappings, unsolved child murders, and scandalous pedophile rings, this book takes you behind the deceptive headlines and, finally, reveals what was going on in Omaha when all hell broke loose. Rich and well-connected members of Omaha’s elite carried out unspeakable acts of abuse and even murder on innocent children. David Shurter was one of those sexually abused survivors forever scarred by the horrible rites performed on him by his own parents and other followers of Satan."
  • Hell Minus One: My Story of Deliverance From Satanic Ritual Abuse and My Journey to Freedom (Anne Johnson Davis, 2013; free with Amazon Kindle unlimited, otherwise $8.99 on Kindle): "For years, Anne’s own mother and stepfather subjected her to satanic ritual abuse (SRA), a criminally inhumane and particularly depraved form of devil worship. Miraculously, she lived to tell her story—an inspiring story which proves that light overcomes darkness and our God-given ability to define our own lives is never lost. Detectives from the Utah Attorney General’s Office were astounded when Anne’s parents confessed their atrocities in detail."
  • Trance Formation of America: True Life Story of a Mind Control Slave (Cathy O'Brien, originally published in 1995. Free on Amazon Kindle unlimited. Also available on the Internet Archive for free.): "TRANCE Formation of America was released in 1995 after the 1947 National Security Act was invoked to censor this testimony from the US Congressional Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Oversight. Today TRANCE, now in its 16th English edition, is referenced in major universities and is in law libraries worldwide due to its continued relevance to global events. Knowledge is our first line of defense against mind control, and this book is indeed the truth that makes us free."
  • Secrets of the CIA's Global Sex Slave Industry (Sue Arrigo; 2007; free online): "Getting in the door means that you can't get out it again when the ceremony starts unless you are a very good spy. The ceremony will involve the human sacrifice of some person - often a toddler or young virgin. After that initiation in the fine art of human sacrifice the guest is expected to carry on that tradition of entrapping others just the same way. Failure to do so is associated with death and blackmail threats. Death can be the result of "accidents." Few people are sophisicated (sic) enough to know not to get into one of these traps or how to get out of them. They have families and they cave in to the pressure. It then perpetuates itself. They get a baby a month to ritually kill and entrap all the politicians and police chiefs that might try to stop their rise to fame. REVERSE CHRISTIANITY - THE RELIGION OF PRESIDENTS, POLITICIANS & DCI's (sic) They go on practicing Christianity by mouth by day, and satanism by night in their deeds. Some of them are mind controlled by the trauma and drugs at the initial ceremony and do not even know later that they are satanists (sic). Others do know."

Copyright 2017 by Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Tweet by Sarah Ruth Ashcraft here. Updated 2:15 p.m. EST to add the clip of Vicki Polin.

Do Not Stand Idly By

There is a famous quote from the Bible: "Do not stand idly by while your neighbor's blood is shed." (Leviticus 19:16) 

We are constantly confronted with this dilemma.

On my daily commute, walking from the train station to work, I see homeless people lining the streets begging for some help, any help.

They are often so tired and so cold that they can't even ask for money anymore so they simply hold up a sign.

They stand in front of upscale eateries like Starbucks and Pret a Manger,  where D.C. workers constantly stream in and out, paying upwards of $2.50 just for a cup of coffee.

It's morally wrong to see other people suffering and we do nothing about it. But we do that all the time, don't we?

Even in the Bible we see that brothers betray brothers who are in need.

We read tomorrow in synagogue about the story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his own jealous brothers. 

How do we understand such behavior?

When Simeon and Levi wanted to kill Joseph, why didn't Judah simply save him, instead of "compromising" so that instead he wound up a slave?

There are more sophisticated people than me, Bible scholars, who can probably answer that question in an erudite way.

But I look at it from a simpleton's point of view. I think that God was trying to teach us something about human nature, about how to operate in the real world.

Here's the major lesson of this episode, for me: When people are out to do some serious harm, simply standing there waving your hands is more likely to get you killed than to help the victim whatsoever.

So Judah didn't tell his brothers to "stop," knowing that they would not listen to him, and maybe would have turned on him as well.

Instead, he intervened in a way that would surely make a positive difference, even if it wasn't necessarily the most desirable alternative.

He put his focus on saving Joseph's life. And in the end, Joseph did indeed survive, and come back to thrive and even save the very brothers who had hurt him.

At work, every day, we often find our circumstances less than ideal. And we all know the story; no need to wade into the details of every single lack.

But the worst thing, the most demoralizing thing, about a job that isn't perfect is the sight of human beings treated disrespectfully.

When you embarrass another human being, when you bring them into shame, you are in fact killing them in a certain respect.

So, in my mind, there is a moral obligation "not to stand idly by" while the spirit of a coworker gets murdered.

This doesn't mean openly confronting every person who says insensitive, insulting, or even harassing things. Sometimes you simply cannot.

It does mean doing what you can to mitigate the situation, to restore a shred of respect to someone who's been broken down unfairly, through no fault of their own, just because they're out there trying to earn a day's bread.


All opinions my own. Public domain. CCO Creative Commons Photo via Pixabay.

Shabbos As A Spiritual House

If you know me, you know that I struggle with Shabbos and always have.

This past weekend I struggled less than usual and was able to relax, thank G-d.

I thought about the notion that Shabbos is faith. 

On the day of rest we are not passively resting -- this is the part that bothers me. I believe in action! I hate wasting time.

The truth is that on Shabbos, we spend the day actively building a spiritual house. What you might call a House of Faith.

All day Saturday, we aren't working.

We aren't fooling ourselves that the money comes from our hands, our brains, our giant ideas or our physical might.

The truth is that money comes from the Creator.

Every minute we abstain from doing work, we build a construction that is deeply tangible in its intangibility.

The work of the day is to see it in your mind's eye.

Working on Shabbos does not ever get you rewards.

It mires you down in the endless illusions and delusions of this world.

Faith, with appropriate action at the right time and place, and in the right way. 

God, please bless me to have faith. 


Copyright 2017 by Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Photo by lenalindell20 via Pixabay (Creative Commons CC0)

12 Questions for Hillary Clinton About Pizzagate

What is all the fuss about pizza? Who is this heckler, Howard Caplan, also known as "Pizzagate Howie?"

For those unfamiliar with the issue, Pizzagate started with John Podesta's leaked emails, which contained many references to pizza. Many of the references clearly have to do with food. Others are less so. 

For example, this one, dated September 2, 2014, is clearly not. Someone named Susan Sandler emails John Podesta to ask:
"The realtor found a handkerchief (I think it has a map that seems pizza-related. Is it yorus? (sic) They can send it if you want. I know you’re busy, so feel free not to respond if it’s not yours or you don’t want it." 
Podesta replies: 
"It's mine, but not worth worrying about."
President Obama is named in another email as having spent $65,000 on "pizza/dogs" which he transported from Chicago to the White House. However, the White House doesn't allow outside food for security reasons.

Even if security protocols were to allow such a thing, why would you spend so much money on such simple food? Why would you refer to "using the same channels?"
One is tempted to argue that the emails are "nothing," but then again there are some odd references to children, like this one, from an email dated October 8, 2015 from Tamera Luzzatto, addressed to John Podesta and more than a dozen others.  How is it that children ages 7-11 are described as being in a pool for "entertainment?"
"Bonnie will be Uber Service to transport Ruby, Emerson, and Maeve Luzzatto (11, 9, and almost 7) so you’ll have some further entertainment, and they will be in that pool for sure."
And then there is this email, from Tony Podesta to John Podesta, dated January 8, 2014
"I'm seated with the kids so little wired."
It would be unremarkable except for the fact that Tony Podesta's preferences in art are notorious for their pedophilic content:

(Others have reported on the fact that John and Tony Podesta also post art depicting cannibalism in their homes.) 

Of course, there is also this infamous February 4, 2011 Tweet by Andrew Breitbart, who died at an untimely age, along with his coroner:

“How prog-guru John Podesta isn't household name as world class underage sex slave op cover-upperer defending unspeakable dregs escapes me.”

Blogger "Protiguous" writes about "My Horrifying Experience With Cheese Pizza on Tor," July 19, 2014: 
"I stumble across a post that says something like "Hey guys, check out this cheese pizza!"....There are more people replying to the posts/threads like that. I in some posts, I see the words 'child', '13yo', and 'CP' in others. That's when it hits me.. CheesePizza == child porn. I realize in moments that "cheese pizza" has got to be slang for "child porn". WTF! I almost viewed some child porn. I felt sick. The thought that people get off on that stuff. The thought about how abused the children who have this sick perversion intertwined into theirs lives.. The bottom of my stomach sank. This is horrible. How can we stop these perverts."
Cheese pizza is an acknowledged street code for child pornography going back to at least 2010.

On October 23, 2017, the Associated Press reported that corrections officer Stephen Salamak was arrested after posting a Craigslist ad seeking "cheese pizza," a reference to child pornography.

But most people know about Pizzagate through James Alefantis' Instagram account, now offline, which is filled with sexualized images and words relating to children and/or pizza.  (The more graphic images are so disturbing, I have refrained here from posting them.)
As someone who has been following this issue from the beginning and who attended the March 25, 2017 "pizzagate" protest in Washington, DC, I think it is entirely appropriate for the public to be concerned about the behavior of some of the most powerful people on earth towards children -- including but not limited to powerful Democrats like Hillary Clinton. 

In fact, you can still see online my videos from that day. It was a day filled with prayer and pleas for justice: 
But the people who attended Clinton's event did not think that investigating child sex trafficking was legitimate if it had anything to do with Hillary. And so of course, Caplan was escorted out the door. 

To her credit, Hillary did spend a few moments commenting on the issue. Here is a summary of her key points, as reported in
  1. Pizzagate is a "made up" story.
  2. The perpetrators are "people on the right."
  3. The claim is that she and John Podesta "were running a child sex-trafficking ring in the basement of a pizzeria in Washington, D.C."
  4. Ordinary citizens believe that she and John Podesta are guilty of child sex trafficking either because they are "misguided souls" or because they were convinced by "right-wing blowhards."
  5. The pizza place in question has nothing to do with child sex trafficking.
  6. Protesters showed up to call attention to the child sex trafficking ring they thought was located in the basement of the pizzeria.
  7. The public got so whipped up over this hysteria that one man misguidedly tried to "go be a hero and rescue those children" by showing up at Comet with a loaded gun, terrifying everyone in the process and demonstrating the power of false accusations. 
One might argue that she wouldn't have dignified such "insanity" at the event if the crowd were not supportive. Indeed, they were, bolstered by:
  • A year of words and catchphrases repeated over and over again, in a deeply collusive mainstream media environment, designed to discredit the public's concerns without actually investigating them. See for example coverage by The New York Times, which from the outset deemed Pizzagate a "conspiracy theory." Note the word "debunked," as well, which was used from the beginning -- when in fact no such thing has occurred. 
  • A distorted version of the public's concerns, summarized as "child trafficking ring in the basement." As someone who has followed this from the start, I can report with confidence that nobody has ever made this claim.
  • Focus on a crime whose nature is highly suspicious: The gunman who went to Comet was supposedly there to rescue kids, but as National Public Radio reported, he shot "shot through the lock of a closet, damaging a computer." It was later reported that Comet was under investigation for online child pornography, a charge the DC Police Department at first confirmed and then denied, even hanging up the phone on reporter Liz Crokin. To date, Freedom of Information Act requests -- filed by Caplan (original deleted) and researcher Titus Frost -- regarding the incident have not thus far been fulfilled, as far as we know.
Even more to her credit, according to the article, Clinton told the audience to "let him (Caplan) talk" after the audience booed him. 

Sadly, he never got that chance. Therefore, here are my questions for her, questions which I think a journalist might ask. They may be useful to anyone who is interested in investigating further. (I posted these in a thread earlier today to Twitter as well):

1. How would you compare your record on child sex trafficking with President Donald J. Trump?

2. When you were at the State Department, did you make an active effort to stop child sex trafficking? Beyond the required annual Trafficking In Persons report?

3. When you were Secretary of State, did you block, impede, or otherwise stifle an investigation into one of your employees for pedophilia overseas? Did you threaten anyone?

4. Did you direct State Department employees to work with President Obama, the Department of Defense, and/or USAID to stop the “cultural practice” whereby Afghans rape young boys? Or did the US military have to listen to their screams and do nothing?

5. Did you enable, facilitate, or help in any way the trafficking of children to Saudi Arabia in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation?

6. Do you have personal knowledge of Saudi Arabia abducting US children for use as sex slaves? Under cover of custody cases?

7. Do you have knowledge of John Podesta and/or Tony Podesta “lobbying” or using PR and/or media influence tactics to shield Saudi Arabia’s reputation for coordinated sex crimes committed against children?

8. Have you personally ever used the services of a sex slave? (Note: the language here is NSFW.)

9) How many trips have you taken on Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking airplane? Why? What did you do on his island? 

“We know that both of them have been a major part and participant of what’s called The Lolita Express, which is a plane owned by Mr. Jeff Epstein, a wealthy multi-millionaire who flies down to the Bahamas and allows Bill Clinton and Hillary to engage in sex with minors.” - Former State Dept. official Steve Pieczenik

“Journalist Liz Crokin reports here that she feels that Hillary Clinton will eventually be indicted in connection with a sex video of herself, her assistant, Huma Abedin and an underage girl. The video was allegedly discovered on the computer of Human Abedin’s husband, Anthony Weiner. Crokin here tells of a folder on Weiner’s computer titled ‘Life Insurance,’  containing several sex videos.”

10) Are you aware of any criminal activity involving the trafficking of children by James Alefantis for others, whether using Comet Ping Ping or not?

11) Are you aware of child pornography on Comet Ping Pong’s hard drive, for sale or not? Are you aware that the Comet shooter shot at a closet containing a hard drive?

12) Child sex trafficking, online or off, is one of the worst violations of a child that I can imagine. You frequently talk about the importance of caring for women and children. Have you disavowed child sex trafficking? Used your power to help investigate? 

For interrupting Clinton's event, Howard Caplan was promptly labeled an "a--hole" and a "deranged #Pizzagate heckler" on social media, as Philly Voice reports.

If wanting answers to the real questions makes me an "a--hole" and "deranged," then those labels apply to me, too.

Copyright 2017 by Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. 

Updated December 4, 2017 to include:

Things you can’t bring into the White House

Robert David Steele comments

Anthony Weiner hard drive - discussion of possible contents 

Andrew Breitbart comment

Daily Beast coverage of the unexplained death of Breitbart’s autopsy technician: