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Welcome to Post-Racial America! It's a magical place where the president calls black NFL players "sons of bitches" but actual Nazis "very fine people." It's also where a black job applicant is openly rejected because he's black and, well, did you notice how black he was?

Hoschton, Georgia, is 50 miles northeast of Atlanta. It's also 30 miles north of Athens, where we attended college and women of all colors rejected us based solely on the content of our character. Hoschton is 90 percent white, and the mayor is 100 percent racist. Theresa Kenerly reportedly told a member of the city council that she pulled Keith Henry's resume from consideration for city administrator "because he is black, and the city isn't ready for this." This was in March ... of 2019.

The state of Georgia was ready for a black woman governor if her opponent hadn't fixed the election. Kenerly thinks raggedy-ass Hoschton with its population of 1,870 can't cope with a black city administrator? Is it the town from Blazing Saddles?


Kenerly has her racism game down but she's less skilled at covering it up. She just went around confessing her grossness to people like she was under a truth spell. Hoschton's city code forbids racial discrimination, but during a closed-door council meeting, she explained why she was racially discriminating against Henry in a conspiratorial stage whisper. (That's what we call consciousness of guilt.) She cornered Councilwoman Hope Weeks after the meeting in the parking lot, when Weeks probably just wanted to go home and put her feet up.

WEEKS: She proceeded to tell me that the candidate was real good, but he was black and we don't have a big black population and she just didn't think Hoschton was ready for that.

As a black person, we don't want to advise racists on how best to discriminate against us, but seriously, there's no need to concede that the candidate you wish to unlawfully deny employment was "real good." Just claim you're "raising the bar" like the hoodie-wearing exec in an Amazon job interview.

Weeks and fellow council member Susan Powers escalated the matter to city attorney Thomas Mitchell. This was the right thing to do. It was also practical. Kenerly was so openly and unsubtly racist that a normal person might think she was wearing a wire: "Would you care to engage in criminal activity? Please state your answer clearly into my lapel flower."

Mitchell in turn made a ridiculous deal where the mayor attended the remaining interviews but wouldn't participate.

"[Kenerly] is not going to speak or ask questions," attorney Mitchell wrote.

The attorney also warned city officials to stop putting their concerns in writing.

"I do not think it in the best interests of the city (or the individual elected officials) to continue emailing in this manner," he wrote in a March 14 email.

Powers objected to this move because she believed the mayor had "corrupted" the entire process. Henry had already voluntarily withdrawn his candidacy by this point. When told about Kenerly's comments, Henry wasn't surprised on account of his being black and conscious. He did say he couldn't detect any bias from the mayor when speaking with her over the phone. But this is the South. A racist lady from Georgia is superficially nicer than a Seattle priest.

Kenerly originally pled confusion: "I can't say I said it or not said it" were actual words that came from her mouth. She later issued a statement that was equally evasive but longer.

KENERLY: i do not recall making the statement attributed to me regarding any applicant for the City Administrator position, and I deny that I made any statement that suggest (sic) prejudice.

The mayor does not recall that she was racist but she denies ever having been racist. Not sure that'll hold up in court. Fortunately, Councilman Jim Cleveland is going to help her out and implicate her some more.

CLEVELAND: I understood where she was coming from. I understand Theresa saying that, simply because we're not Atlanta. Things are different here than they are 50 miles down the road.

This isn't the Oregon Trail where half your family could die from cholera during just 50 miles of your trip. It's also not 1849. Yet Cleveland contends that Hoschton isn't up to speed on all the newfangled 21st Century racial sensibilities. He also decided to voluntarily share his "no-race-mixing" beliefs.

CLEVELAND: I'm a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don't do interracial marriage. That's the way I was brought up and that's the way I believe. I have black friends [WE DOUBT THAT], I hired black people. But when it comes to all this stuff you see on TV, when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that's just not the way a Christian is supposed to live.

Dude, Queen Elizabeth now has a black great-grandson. Get over yourself.

Kenerly claims she was "looking out" for Henry because there aren't many black people in Hoschton and ... Sweet Christ, did you even read the past few paragraphs? It's the land time and the Civil Rights Act forgot. Kenerly has shed high-octane white lady tears to save her career, but even Erick Erickson thinks she needs to resign. When The Resurgent has a similar editorial stance as The Root, you know you're in trouble. We'd suggest Kenerly go back to what she was doing before she was mayor, but according to LinkedIn, she was a real estate agent for 25 years. There's just no saving black people from her.

[AJC]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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