Thanks to president Trump, the phrase “Fake News” has become part of our everyday vocabulary. Is it something new? Is it something pseudo journalists have cooked up, a current conspiracy, to dupe the public? Are we more gullible now than we were in previous times? Strangely, no. The idea of fake news has been around for centuries.

138 years ago one Canadian priest by the name of Fr. Charles Chiniquay, tried his best to promote an outrageous fake news story. He had been a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, who when he was a lawyer, had successfully defended him in a liable suit in Chicago Illinois. In 1858 Fr. Chiniquay left the Catholic Church and joined the Presbyterian Church. After Lincoln was assassinated, he believed and stated that Jesuit priests and the Vatican were the masterminds behind Lincoln’s assassination. Of course facts in stories in credible newspapers debunked this but I’m sure this “plot” appeared true to anyone who had a dislike for Catholicism!

That story has mostly been buried by the passage of time. But just think about the more “recent” assassination of JFK. All the “fake” facts that still float around, all the fake plots that were behind Lee Harvey Oswald’s motivations, live on decades later.

And for how many decades have we had the National Inquirer and newspapers of that ilk, print fake news too outrageous for a sane person to believe? Yet people do think those stories are true. So fake news has been around ever since humankind could talk, ever since the vice of gossip reared its ugly head. It’s just that “Fake News” is a more catchy name for it! I think CBS News This Morning has a great tagline for its show: “More Real News”…as if anyone can tell the difference at 5 am in the morning!

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Posted: April 20, 2017 in Quotes
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“Politics is war by other means.” – Anonymous

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Posted: April 11, 2017 in Quotes
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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” – Margaret Mead

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Posted: March 22, 2017 in Quotes
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“Make today so awesome that yesterday gets jealous.” – Posted on sign in front of Garwood NJ EMS building

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Posted: March 16, 2017 in Quotes
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“Outfit yourself for the reality you want – not the one you’re in.” – from The Dreamers photo shoot in W magazine, March 2017

“Blood Brothers” is a Native American term meaning two men, through the commingling of their blood in a ceremony, swear allegiance to each other. They are brothers not by birth but by choice. Recently, in the midst of all the rhetoric spoken about uniting this country, we hear the phrases “we all bleed red” or “we all bleed the same blood”.  This is the same sentiment spoken by Chief Standing Bear, 138 years ago, when the US government forced the Ponca tribe to uproot and move from their homelands. Standing Bear, in defense of his desire not to have his tribe relocated, went to court and said these words as part of his speech: “That hand is not the color of yours. But if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. I am a man. The same God made both of us.” (emphasis mine) Sound familiar….?

This quote seems very apropos even though it was spoken fifty years ago:

“I’m not the least fearful of any foreign enemy so long as we have within ourselves not hate but human understanding, not passion and prejudice but reason and tolerance, and not ignorance but knowledge and the willingness to use that knowledge.” – Governor John Connolly in 1966