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Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Are republicans racist?

Two incidences within the last 24 hours assure most that at least in some form or fashion the 'redenck", "civil war" mentality is strong and bountiful in the good ole USA.

See CNN Video here on Montana "birther" stance.

GEN. Nathan Bedford Forrest

As if the "birther" campaign isn't enough, Mississippi wants to institute a license plate honoring Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest whom is at best, is or was the Aliester Crawley of his time. Gen. Forrest's war crimes at the "battle of Fort Pillow" are well documented.

Nathan B. Forrest also served as the first Grand "poobah" Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, a secret vigilante organization which launched a reign of terrorism against blacks and Republicans during Reconstruction in the South.

African-American leaders have reacted with shock at a plan to feature an early Ku Klux Klan leader on Mississippi license plates.

The proposal by the Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) asked that the state issue a series of license plates between now and 2015 to honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

A 2014 plate would feature Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who became an important leader of the Klan after the war.

Forrest was most known for directing a massacre of black Union soldiers who had already laid down their arms at Fort Pillow in April 1864.

"It is in connection with one of the most atrocious and cold-blooded massacres that ever disgraced civilized warfare that his name will for ever be inseparably associated," according to an obituary published in The New York Times at his death in 1877.

"The garrison was seized with a panic: the men threw down their arms and sought safety in flight toward the river, in the neighboring ravine, behind logs, bushes, trees, and in fact everywhere where there was a chance for concealment. It was in vain. The captured fort and its vicinity became a human shambles."
"The news of the massacre aroused the whole country to a paroxysm of horror and fury," the Times added.
"Forrest probably did not object to the violence, per se, as a means of restoring the pre-war hierarchy, but as a military man, he deplored the lack of discipline and structure that defined the growing KKK," according to a biography by PBS' Antiques Roadshow.
NAACP president Derrick Johnson reacted with surprise when first told about SCV plans to honor Forrest.

"Seriously?" he said. "Wow."

A Facebook page titled "Mississippians Against The Commemoration Of Grand Wizard Nathan Forrest" had 820 members at the time of publication.
"We are united in sending a message to the state government of Mississippi that WE WILL NOT STAND for the public glorification of one of the original leaders of the Ku Klux Klan," the page said.

Robert McElvaine, director of the history department at the private Millsaps College in Jackson and a member of the Facebook group, told The Associated Press that Forrest should should not be honored due to his role in the massacre.

"The idea of celebrating such a person, whatever his accomplishments in other areas may have been, seems like a very poor idea," he said.

Celebrating Forrest is not something that is unprecedented in the South. In 1998, a statue was erected of the Civil War leader in Nashville, Tennessee.
NFTOS occupies space and resides in the glorious state of Virginia. "having live here for over 35 years you see this "hillbilly" mentality constantly in the south" said Roger West, Editor-in-Chief of NFTOS.

Since African Americans started voting in the south - openly racist position are not rare to find, but here is what history tells us.

In 1948 Strom Thurmond running on a segregationist platform carried LA, MS, AL and SC.

In 1968 George Wallace carried AR, GA, LA, MS, AL, all of these states are about 1/3 black except AR which was at 15% .

Average Black Victims of Lynchings per year per 100,000 Blacks 1882-1930

Virginia 38.0
Mississippi 52.8
Georgia 41.8
Louisiana 43.7
Alabama 32.4
South Carolina 18.8
Florida 79.8
Tennessee 38.4
Arkansas 42.6
Kentucky 45.7
North Carolina 11.0
In a 50 year adult life time a black male in most of these states would have had a more than 2% probability of being Lynched.

It would appear with Montana, Mississippi, that "lynching's" still exist in some fashion in America circa 2011.

There is no "MOST" Racist state in our "Union".......... the most racist are the people of these United States.

All states have the same problem, and the amount of racism depends on what type of racism you are talking about, and so it appears that still today African Americans are still exposed to "racial lynching's".



Michelle Obama has fallen foul of the most vicious slight yet with her portrayed as an overweight, hamburger-munching glutton in a very personal cartoon attack.

The offensive caricature, which was posted on, is a dig at the U.S. First Lady's obesity campaign, which celebrated its one-year anniversary last week.

It comes as Barack Obama's wife pushes her campaign to improve workplace rules for breastfeeding to reduce the number of overweight children.

First Lady Being Slammed by Tea Bags
 Conservatives have hit out at the campaign by Mrs. Obama, calling her a hypocrite and suggesting it is not her place to tell Americans what they can and cannot eat.

In the cartoon, she is seen telling her husband: 'I've stepped up my efforts to control America's eating habits by telling restaurants to lower portion sizes and fat content.'

Sarah Palin criticized Mrs. Obama's campaign last year, saying: 'What (Michelle Obama) is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat.'

"No Sarah since most of our families and kids are lazy lard asses!"
Tea bags have hit an all time low with this smear attack on the first lady. Andy Breitbart and Co., and its dwelling of blogger trolls have had a myriad of less than ethical instances with the African Americans. Let us not forget the Shirley Sherrod instance, where lead buffoon Andrew Breitbart was caught doctoring videos and is now currently being sued by Sherrod for his less than ethical shenanigans.

Yes, Big government and the tea bag movement have supported African Americans, twice to be exact. We constantly hear Dana Loesch backing the "Pigford" issue. This along with the Sherrod facade would be the only times you will see or hear the radical tea associated with African Americans. And lets be clear, the Sherrod fiasco is not supporting the "African American movement"!

Loesch, Breitbart, and tea bags galore will tell you in blogosphere land that the cartoon attack on Michelle Obama rests on her hypocritical stance on healthy eating, as the Obama's ate fat and greasy foods during their super bowl party.

If this is not a pot and kettle moment, then I am not sure what is. If Dana and Andy practiced what they preached, then certainly they would be taken more seriously. Dana and Andy always look for the "double standard", or "oh "X" did this so its acceptable for "Y" to do the same. I say to Dana Loesch and Andy....."practice what your preach"!

The radical extreme rights stance has always been that they will not allow "big government" tell them how to operate anything, never mind tell them the type of foods that they should intake, and having it come from an "African American" woman......... well its insult to injury to the republicans.

Until Breitbart and Company dumps the grade school playground mentality, then and only then can we take them at their word and truly believe that they are not white trash racists.




For all you republicans whom are complaining about President Obama's budget, you now have your chance to put your economic wit to use and "balance the budget". Is it realistic to believe that the United States of America can or ever will balance the budget? Probably not.

Today, you’re in charge of the nation’s finances. Some of your options have more short-term savings and some have more long-term savings. When you have closed the budget gaps for both 2015 and 2030, you are done.

President Barack Obama's 2012 budget proposal aims to slash $1.1 trillion from the U.S. deficit over 10 years. It includes a range of domestic spending reductions. The president faces the twin tasks of bringing down the ballooning budget deficit while keeping the economy afloat.

The Congressional Budget Office expects the budget deficit to hit $1.5 trillion this year. Couple that with a national debt nearing its $14.3 trillion ceiling, and a stubbornly high unemployment rate, Obama has his work cut out for him.

However, Republicans retort that the plan does not go far enough, and that it still spends, taxes and borrows too much. They are promising a plan of their own that will go further.

Most families have mortgages and credit cards, and they rarely if ever balance their budget, so are we ever to expect our Government to balance the budget?

Give the budget puzzle a try, and if you balance the budget and are able to sustain the economy, then you get the nod for the 2012 Presidential run.