Native Americans give no thanks for Columbus’ legacy of destruction and neither should we

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Screen shot from One Word – Episode 25: Christopher Columbus
CUT.com invited Native Americans to free-associate one word with Columbus. They got fabulous responses worked into a short video, which made me feel very thoughtful.

Although American schoolchildren do learn about the destruction Columbus brought to our land and the First Nation people who were already living here, we are also taught to idolize both the destroyer and the destruction Columbus initiated. Which means that from a very young age, our schools are teaching children to idolize cruelty, thievery, genocide and to value the monetization of natural resources. Resources which – when left intact or at least, used sustainably – remain treasures of Mother Earth with the power to nurture and allow us to live surrounded by beauty, in comfort. read more

Fact Checking: PunditFact

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We define a pundit as someone who offers analysis or opinions on the news, particularly politics and public policy. One can engage in punditry by writing, blogging or appearing on radio or TV. A pundit is not an elected official, not a declared candidate nor anyone in an official capacity with a political party, campaign or government. read more

Don’t let GOP lies confuse you – Obamacare is a good thing

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Twitter trolls are spreading lies about Obamacare and its relationship to Medicare and Seniors. You can combat their lies by getting the real facts and sharing them. Obamacare (aka Affordable Care Act) is a good thing, especially for seniors.

#1 Troll says “Egregious example f Obamacare Medicare cuts-hospital refusing 2 ADMIT seniors & OBSERVING them instead”

Truth: Hospitals have been taking advantage of lack of clarity in Medicare billing procedures to charge higher rates when possible. This is not a failing of the ACA and it is being addressed by Congress. read more

Don’t mess with Elizabeth Warren – she knows her stuff

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elizabeth warren courtesy of SalonRight wing talking heads with their propaganda spouts open full force, need to know that Elizabeth Warren can’t be bested when all you’ve got to lob at her are innuendo, lies and bluster. Why is that? Because Elizabeth Warren tells the truth. She’s extremely well-spoken, she knows how to knock a lie flat on its face. She possesses impeccable recall of true facts and real data. I happen to also love the way Warren smiles like nobody’s business after she drops a huge truth-bomb on a challenger, which makes propaganda spinners trying to shut her up look like silly prancing bullies in tutus. read more

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Why Obama’s challenging GOP positions

Obama 2012While the Republicans keep dishing out lies, Obama has to keep reminding people of the realities. Otherwise the liars win. After Ryan’s completely lying performance at RNC, the GOP rose in the polls. People haven’t known what to believe.

Fortunately, since President Obama is consistent, can back up his assertions with proof and encourages people to check out what he says, the public is slowly learning that it’s possible to trust what he says and conversely, much of what the Republicans say is suspect, if not downright BS. read more

Media Outlets Serving Up REAL, accurate News

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Here’s a running list of media and advocacy organizations that are courageously bringing you the hard-hitting truths you can’t see on TV and in most newspapers any more. It will receive additions – hopefully, many of them …

Please also take a look at companion piece on which organizations are serving up bad news, and what it is about their news that makes it bad.

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The Campaign for America’s Future is the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be. read more

“Don’t stop telling the truth”

Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s spiritual mentor, spoke about truth in his eulogy to judge R. Eugene Pincham this past Saturday. Beautiful words.

talking about Pincham’s integrity and honesty, Wright said, “You don’t change who you are because of where you are. You don’t stop telling the truth because it is not politically correct or it makes a racist uncomfortable . . .”

Jump to full Sun Times article here.