The First Native American Saint and The Falsehoods in the News Media

There are numerous reports out today that the Vatican will canonized the first-ever Native American. These reports have been reported by CNN as Pope names first Native American saint and Reuters via the Chicago Tribune as Vatican names seven saints including first Native American. The new saint referred in these erroneous articles is Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, known as Lily of the Mohawks. She lived in the late 1600s in and died at the young age of 24, during her life and times many Native Americans were ravaged by decease and war but she is not the first Native American to reach sainthood.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha is the second Native American saint. The first Native American to be named a saint by the Vatican was Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. Saint Juan Diego was canonized by Pope Juan Paul II in 2002. Saint Juan Diego was a Mexica living during the time of the Spanish conquest of the New World in what is now modern day Mexico City. Saint Juan Diego is the first Native American saint, and Saint Kateri Takakwitha is the second Native American to be honored as such.

The false aspects in the reporting of the canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha are so basic, and yet so widespread, that you have to question the basic research and journalism employed at CNN, Reuters, AFP and other news agencies that are reporting these falsehoods. If you can’t trust the news networks to report the basic facts on trivial events how can you trust them to report the truth on events that are more complicated and have a larger impact in society. Since this error is so widespread in so many reports from so many different networks it just proves that journalist, much like your basic bloggers, just cut and paste from press releases and copy edit link bait headlines.

While the New York Times, the paper of record, incorrectly reports that “Pope Benedict XVI canonized seven saints, including the first Native American” Wikipedia correctly states that Saint Kateri Tekakwitha “is the first Native American woman to be venerated in the Roman Catholic Church.”

Pope Canonizes Kateri Tekakwitha and Marianne Cope - NYTimes.com 10/21/12 10/07 AM

Pope Canonizes Kateri Tekakwitha

Retweet February 2010

Here I am reblogging some retweets for the past month that broken down by subject matter. Some of these tweets also cover events that occurred in February 2010. If you like to follow along, befriend xwoop and lolprez and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Superbowl

  • Carrie Underwood sounds awful, off key and off tune, sounds like she is yelling. What would Simon say? “Don’t quit your day job.”
  • Super Bowl Sunday is a secular holiday.
  • Colts touchdown!!!
  • Colts touchdown!!! Twitter just down!!!
  • Go Daddy #superbowelads so predictable, they are acted and written like bad pron.
  • For some today is the Super Bowl, for others the Super Bore, but for most the Brand Bowl.
  • Wow. Saints denied. The defensive levees broke.
  • Men’s manlyness is attacked in FloTV and Dodge #superbowelads.
  • Pinball Wizard? What is a pinball? Who are The Who? How about having an act that has had a hit this century?
  • Super Bowl half time show with The When, I mean, The Who… Who are you is a perfect song for them.
  • The Who. WHO DAT?
  • The Who. I would have asked The Why?
  • Saints iTouchdown!!! Now we got a game.
  • Colts score to take the lead. Great drive on the third quarter.
  • Google gag. What a lousy #superbowlad by Google. They should have made an ad addressing their search censorship and privacy issues.
  • Saints TD.
  • Saints Miracle Interception!!! Party on Buorbon St.
  • Mardi Gras in Miami. The Saints go marching on to a Super Bowl championship.

Politricks

  • The Tea Party is a Democratic National Committee ploy to divide and conquer the Republican Party.
  • It I’d said that the Greeks invented democracy, but maybe that is a Greek mythology.
  • Democracy or capitalism do not even attempt to close the divide between social classes.
  • Obama tries to make a comparison between star athletes’ pay and wall street bonuses, but he forgets we didn’t bailout the MLB or the NFL.
  • The end product of hope is disillusion.

Got Gov?

  • China exports iPods, France exports champagne, Italy exports leather goods, Israel exports Mossad Death Squads.
  • In Israel, winning hearts and mind involves ripping open your heart and blowing your mind, literally.
  • In Israel, political assassinations are part of the peace process.
  • Water boarding: baptism by simulated drowning.
  • We should be able to water board our public officials to answer our concerns.
  • It seems that University of California prefers out of state/foreign students, they should change their name of University of China.
  • The One Government wants to normalize the world’s religion into a single belief.

Econemy

  • It used to be that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, now the squeaky wheel gets replace.
  • No one ever gets rich by working hard, they get rich by having others working hard for them.
  • Fix it tickets won’t fix the economy.
  • Wall Street bonuses are not a way to retain employees, it is a pay off to keep the the wool over the public’s eyes.

Propagandon’t

  • The government website recovery.gov might as well be renamed to propaganda.gov.
  • Ma Zhaoxu, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, said “There are no dissidents in China.” I guess they must have killed them all.
  • Freedom is gained through the bang of revolution and lost through the whimper of torture, oppression, and tyranny in the name of the homeland.
  • In the future, we will have vaccines for boredom.
  • Curing people of illness and disease is not a profitable and sustainable business model for pharmaceuticals.

Randumb

  • No. 2 Pencil: Instead of learning how to think, students tend to learn how to remember factoids.
  • Multiple Choice: Instead of learning the material, students tend to learn how to guess.
  • Tiger Woods saying “Elin never hit me that night or any other night” is as true as Bill Clinton saying he didn’t have relations with that woman.
  • Tiger Woods sounded like a robot reading his prepared and rehearsed public apology, he probably does it like a robot too.
  • Tiger Woods wants to change his name to escape all the attention, he is considering Tiger Morningwood.
  • Every single scientific innovation has brought us that much closer to complete and total annihilation.
  • There is a thin line between suck and blow.
  • Forget 49ers and 76ers, I’m a 69er!
  • Sour grapes make bad wine.
  • Working on the menial, thinking of the grandeur, dreaming of the eternal.
  • When people say they are looking forward to making $$, they really mean looking forward to spending $$.
  • There are some parks that walking at night is not a walk on the park.
  • I need someone thinking on their toes rather than standing on their head.
  • Opportunities are magnetized, you should not fight their polarity.
  • Getting mad is like taking one step back.
  • Do you earn, find, or hustle success? I bend, flatten, and distribute success.
  • What you think and what you know are not the same thing.
  • The universe is flexible, so much so that it routinely bends light, time, and space.
  • Reality is relative.
  • Nature favors survivors.
  • Positivity is it’s own reward.
  • People are often reactionary, and usually to other people.
  • crazy idea + watershed moment + great effort = breakthrough
  • Time adds up to more than just a period of time.
  • Let time be your ally, don’t fight against time, .
  • Being too early is just as bad, if not worse, as being too late.
  • Marriage makes a men mediocre.
  • Your marriage vowels should not include legalese.
  • The reason you can’t buy love is because people want to haggle like they are buying a car.
  • The roar of a dandy lion is a whisper in the wind.
  • Not all questions are meant to be answered, some are meant to be reflected upon.
  • What is unobtainable is no reason to stop trying.
  • People say stupid things but what is really stupid is to accept what people day without consideration.
  • Next to smoking crack nothing kills more brain cells than going shopping.
  • For some bitching is living.
  • Feelings are not based on facts.

Overheard

  • OH: John Mayer is so bluesy for someone so pale.
  • OH: you a fake ass bitch, fake as gold plates jewelry, fake as cubic zirconium, fake as $20 rolex, fake as imitation crab meat, …
  • OH: I’m the DJ to your soundtrack.

Google’s Super Bowl XLIV Commercial

Google ran an ad on Super Bowl XLIV for their search engine. The ad told a romantic story with a series of search queries but it was not as iconic as Apple’s 1984 Super Bowl ad but to privacy advocates it reminds them of Big Brother.

Google ran an advertisement during Super Bowl XLIV between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. Google ran the Search Stories: Parisian Love on national television during the Super Bowl broadcast. The video received over a millions views on YouTube as of this writing. The ad is part of Google’s Search Stories campaign. You can view other views of the Search Stories campaign on the Google’s searchstories user account on YouTube.

The Parisian Love ad starts off with Google’s iconic search box. Over a series of search queries entered into the search box, the ad pieces together the love story between an American student studying abroad in France with a local Parisian girl. The queries speak volumes of this intimate courtship, but fails to bring up the privacy concerns voiced by privacy advocates.

The first query in the ad reads “study abroad paris france.” The following query reveals that the student is new to the City of Lights, the query reads “cafe near the louve” and this demonstrates how Google search corrects the spelling of the Louvre. The ad also demonstrates Google’s translation feature where you type a expression in a foreign language and have Google translate it into another. Another query, “chocolate shops paris france,” demonstrates Google’s local feature which lists business names, addresses, and phone numbers that match your search query. Another great Google feature in the Super Bowl ad is how if you enter a flight number Google will return the flight status on the search page. The last search query in the ad is “How to assemble a crib.”

The Google Super Bowl ad has inspired a series of parody ads, such as one titled Is Tiger Feeling Lucky Today? which plays makes fun of Tiger Wood’s infidelities. It is important to note that Google does store search queries and can easily piece together the search stories of your life, whether you are searching for a new job or long lost friend.