Donald J. Trump is not a white supremacist nor a racist! One rabbi’s Hot take on a hot topic

To borrow a well-beloved phrase from POTUS 44, Barack Obama: Let me be clear, I am Jewish, an ordained rabbi, and have studied about "white supremacy", Nazis, racism (which aside from its ubiquity in human history, began under that name as a "proudly [pseudo] scientific" [bad science based on false premises], which also brought in the equally false premise that Jews were either a race or derived from a race, "The Semitic race", thereby nurturing a "(pseudo) scientific" basis for Jew hatred (which has had many different reasons from pre-Christian antiquity to today - for more on this, see Dennis Prager & Rabbi Joseph Telushkin's great and very short and readable book, "Why the Jews: The Reasons for Anti-Semitism").

I did not like Donald Trump before 2017 due to my own prejudices, my distaste for some of his "rudeness" during the debates,plus all the hatred in the media, which made him even worse than he ever was or could be.

But I voted for him, because it's a binary choice and Hillary Clinton was a far worse choice.

All the time I *didn't* like him, including during those debates and recordings of his rallies during 2016, I heard him say many things that offended my prejudiced sensibilities. I could list them, but I won't, because it was stupid of me. And that's somewhat of a different subject for a different time.

And since he was elected, I have heard almost every one of his major speeches, and follow him on Twitter. I have listened to interviews, press conferences, helicopter talks, and more of his rallies.

I'm someone trained and was made somewhat (over-) sensitive to "White Supremacy" in all its forms. Always when such an extreme form of racism is espoused, anti-Semitism is part of the rhetoric.

Donald J. Trump has never said anything that is even remotely "White Supremacist". And this doesn't even include his love for our ally, Israel, the only Jewish State, his having a Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Does anyone really believe the Jewish State of Israel would name streets and a town after Donald Trump, if he was a white supremacist?!?

Now, I'm not a "person of color" (a term which is so close to the now obsolete term "colored person" that I am loathe to use it, and apparently many people for whom it is used feel the same way), so while I haven't heard or detected other forms of bigotry in the POTUS's rhetoric, even though studies of racism was also part of my training, perhaps I could miss the hateful rhetoric, when aimed at other ethnicities.

But there are millions of black, brown and people of other ethnic groups who agree with me. There are plenty of them who can and do speak for themselves.

I never heard him say anything that sounds racist (with the caveat stated above).

Now, there are a lot of people, millions maybe - maybe even millions more, who disagree. I believe a very small number of those, demagogues, and political manipulators, don't believe their own disagreement. They use it to attack for purposes of political power and to create a mob-mentality, in which they have been very successful.

But just because a lot of people, even a majority believe something, it doesn't mean it's true.

Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister, said this:

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."

You can substitute "The State" in the above, with MSM, and much of the elite information/entertainment/news/political industry and it works.

I believe that this what is happening. There are some in the Democratic Party and MSM who know this libel and slander of Donald Trump is a lie.

And because he can be both rude and obnoxious, even offensive, they know it's easier to sell the lie.

Then they depend on many gullible people, who already hate the POTUS and/or need enemies and/or victimhood to keep their political enthusiasm alive, to help repeat and spread the lie.

This is what we are seeing. The Russian hoax didn't work quite as well as this one. Partially, because that one depended more on some kind of "evidence", of which there was none.

This kind of lie, the lie of "racist" and "white supremacist" is easier to spread with less evidence. It's easier to make up the "evidence", and then keep repeating that. People's imagination then do the rest. For example, a post by someone on Facebook, tagging and challenging me as to how can I not see that the POTUS inspired the El Paso murderer, since the POTUS "constantly" uses the term "Latino invasion".

There are many problems with this post. But there's one big problem:

He never has. But articles and pundits who want to "prove" the same conclusion, she erroneously stated (helped by the false premise of the POTUS saying "Latino invasion" that she made up, or someone told her and she believed), do use the POTUS using the word "invasion" for the large mixed group of people coming in illegally on our Southern border to show how "obviously" since this is so similar to the murderer's phrase "Hispanic invasion", the POTUS helped "motivate" or "inspire" the murderer.

Now, I confess a bias here: if there are hundreds of thousands of people coming in through the Southern border, illegally, I also call that an "invasion" (thankfully, mostly not an armed one).

Both the POTUS and everyone else who has used this rhetoric, has also included the facts, that there are people caught after they enter illegally that include many people from many countries from all over the world. It is also often stated that while there are dangerous criminals among these people,not all of them are *dangerous* criminals.

But all of them *are* doing something criminal by not entering our country legally!

So, with editing, showing things out of context, "proper" commentary, and repetition, it's easy to construct a narrative that can be the perfect "big lie", which works well for mob mentality and manipulation.

In my considered opinion that's what is happening with the lie about President Trump being racist and even worse, a white supremacist.

Don't believe it.

"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."

-- Abraham Lincoln

Return to Batman: The Brave & The Bold

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Return to Batman: The Brave & The Bold

While nothing can ever touch Batman: the Animated Series, this is a legitimate version of Batman and lots of fun. There are often nods of and echoes to Batman's lighter side, such as the Batman camp TV series from 1966 (and some of sillier Batman & Detective Comics from 1950's and 60's), as well as Batman's darker side, from his beginnings in the 1940's to even hints of things like Frank Miller's Dark Knight (a lot less of that, as this show was meant to be kid-friendly, even though there's plenty there for adult comic book geeks.

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Logan: A Tale of Disillusionment and Redemption

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Logan: A Tale of Disillusionment and Redemption

The tone of this movie, is darker and very different from all of the other X-Men movies, including the two other Wolverine movies. As I said, this is almost like a film noir. Yes, there is action and some of that very brutal (which also makes it somewhat different from all of the other X-Men movies). But the center of the film is on the people, the characters, and their relationships. It also deals with issues like Alzheimer's, aging, and caring for the aged, losing one's vision (both literally and figuratively), and family.

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The Modern Prince of Analog Synths

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The Modern Prince of Analog Synths

This guy, Tatsuya Takehshi, is "The Man", in terms of re-opening "The Gate" (pun intended. Synth nerds will get it) of analog synths to the average gal & guy (his first one for Korg, the Monotron, of which I've purchased four, and given two of those as gifts, cost less than most concert tickets!).

His making these analog synthesizers both affordable and hackable: Korg began making the schematics online, *and* actually labeling modifiable patch-points on the circuit boards! Unheard of in the modern commercial electronic instruments marketplace before this. Now, many (including industry leader, Moog!) have done this.

He recently stepped down from his position heading up the development team for these everyman's synths, and into the role of advisor only.

He created a huge legacy and big shoes for his successor to fill.

His work changed my life and re-immersed me into the addictive world of analog synthesis, for which I'm eternally grateful to him. 

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

One of the best. Story of an already flawed and troubled cop going bad. The incredible Dana Andrews, along with the Ben Hecht-polished script, Preminger's long takes, and cinematographerJoseph LaShelle, Cyril Mockridge's score (but see below re the use of the ubiquitous Fox "Street Scene" theme, composed by Randy Newman's Uncle Alfred - who also composed the 20th Century Fox fanfare) really sells this.

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Herzog, Wrath of BlueRay

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Herzog, Wrath of BlueRay

There are so many fascinating details about this movie, which I'm learning about on the disc. For example, it was a dangerous movie to shoot, and even Herzog marvels on one of the two commentaries, that he was able to do it at all. He calls it "a miracle" and "a mystery".

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Suicide Squad: Pleased this Comic Book Fan

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Suicide Squad: Pleased this Comic Book Fan

It's very flawed, but enjoyable. But not for the squeamish nor for people turned off by gun-fu. There are a *lot* rounds fired in this film. It's a bit gratuitous, but due to the nature of the characters and the setting, it didn't bother me.

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Rewatching Angels with Dirty Faces

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Rewatching Angels with Dirty Faces

Yeah, AwDF is corny, but also classy, beautifully shot by Sol Polito and directed by Michael Curtiz (The Adventures of Robin Hood, White Christmas, Captain Blood, Casablanca ), with some great performances from  Cagney, Bogie, The Dead End Kids, Ann Sheridan and Pat O'Brien.  Also awesome musical score from the legendary Max Steiner (King Kong, Casablanca and Gone With the Wind among many others).

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A Welcome Shot of 80's Horror Sci-Fi with a Spielberg Sparkle

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A Welcome Shot of 80's Horror Sci-Fi with a Spielberg Sparkle

 I put this spanking brand new Netflix Original series in my Watch List as soon as I watched the two trailers early last week, and I think they were only released last month. I mean, they had me at Winona Ryder, but the trailer seemed to promise something creepily scary. Horror, but of the more subtle variety.

That promise seemed to harken back to things like the Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone but with an over-arching show length story arc, with a strong Dean Koontz or Stephen King science fiction/horror feel, and yet also a kind of Steven Spielberg glow or ambience. Or at least a sparkle.

Also has a whiff of shows like the X-Files, or Eerie, Indiana (maybe more of the latter).

As soon as it dropped, the entire series was in my queue and I just watched the cold opening of episode 1, until the opening theme finished. And a great theme it is too. It also harkens back to themes of yesteryear, but more like 70's through 80's electronica - think Tangerine Dream or Jean Michel Jarre.

Which is appropriate, because the show is a "period piece", set in the 1980's. And I think it's the early 80's. We see someone use a dial phone! And something about that just feels so long ago and far away now.

And so far, it is keeping the promise of the trailers.

I'm going back to watch more of this first episode, which has been calling to me since the entire first season dropped on Friday.

Stay tuned: to be continued...

More About Dread and Mystery Than Jump Scares

More About Dread and Mystery Than Jump Scares

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Netflix & AMC SHOW "The Killing": A Deceptive Theme of Deception.

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Netflix & AMC SHOW "The Killing": A Deceptive Theme of Deception.

The Killing on Netflix: Deceptive Theme About Deception

This show has such a tortured production and "broadcast" history. I *almost* shy from watching it for fear of the massive disappointment so many critics and viewers reported.

But I think that I won't be due to the almost certain persistence of what is to me, the most important element of this show:

 

Not the plot.

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Gore, Grace, Horror & Hope: The Poetry of Netflix's Daredevil

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Gore, Grace, Horror & Hope: The Poetry of Netflix's Daredevil

But here's what I'll say about the second series of Marvel & Netflix's Daredevil so far (basically spoiler free. No plot giveaways here, anyway): As hard an R as the Deadpool movie is, this is even more so. What humor is to Deadpool (with a little horror thrown in), horror is to this 2nd season of Daredevil (with a little humor thrown in).

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D & D: Daredevil and Deadpool

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D & D: Daredevil and Deadpool

Daredevil & his armorer, Melvin Potter (no relation to a certain boy wizard), among the interesting and secondary characters and relationships in this series.

Daredevil & his armorer, Melvin Potter (no relation to a certain boy wizard), among the interesting and secondary characters and relationships in this series.

D's  guys (see what I did there?) Daredevil and Deadpool are two of my favorite characters in media right now.

And interestingly, I come at them from two very different directions:  Daredevil is a character I have been following since I was a kid. And I have loved the character in many different incarnations, written and drawn by many different hands, over a period of almost 50 years. 

Deadpool, is a character I just discovered by watching the new movie, released only about a month ago. For various reasons, I never read any of the comic books featuring this character until after I already saw the movie three times. 

But both of these D's, have crushed it recently: Daredevil, in the first season on Netflix last year, and now again in the second season which just dropped today. And Deadpool, released in movie theaters just a little over a month ago today. 

The differences in the approaches to these characters in the two different mediums could not be greater. Where Daredevil is dark and gritty, rooted in very realistic world, yet with shades of film noir, Deadpool's world and characters are absurd, Fantastical, Bigger than life, almost like a cartoon.

Yet, these two characters and the two works that feature them, have more in common than merely their red suits.

The thing that stands out for me right now, which they definitely share in common, is the sheer chutzpah, the nerve of the filmmakers (and in the case of Daredevil, the production company and means of presentation, Netflix itself) in bringing these creations to life. 

In so many ways, the odds of either of these creations coming to life at all, let alone as artistically and brilliantly as they have, were weighed heavily against them. 

Yet, both the Daredevil series on Netflix, and the recent Deadpool movie, not only exist now, but they both are crushing it in every way possible: artistically, financially, critically, and what maybe even more surprising, in the way they're pleasing the diehard fans of these characters in their source material (i.e. the comic books). 

I'll have more to say on this in future posts, and I will review the Daredevil series and the Deadpool movie on the review page, and in The Rabbi Geek Show podcast. 

Stay tuned and don't touch that dial!

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