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NRA Shrinking Bittersweet[edit]

While I'm glad to see this horrible organization decline, I feel like it's because they've already accomplished their goals, guns aren't going to be regulated more strictly for the foreseeable future and the courts have the most expansive interpretation of gun rights in US history. School shootings, which rightfully used to cause a lot of emotional outpouring and were often one of the few events to renew the conversation on gun control, yet now, they remain tragic for a week before the news cycle abandons them. It's not even a fringe opinion among the right anymore to claim mass shootings are just false flags. The NRA doesn't need to exist because they won.-Ryan1257 (talk) 19:48, 7 January 2024 (UTC)

North Korea[edit]

Don't like that one. Reunification was one of the main things that could still be agreed on even with the poor state of diplomacy with NK. Chillpilled (talk) 08:15, 16 January 2024 (UTC)

Just fuck that country. I don't know what its governmen's values are, but they seem to be a bunch of people who want to be stuck in 1900s. I swear, their conservative authoritarianism is due to their culture than communism. 🇷🇸 Serbian Arbiter (What would you have your arbiter do?) 01:10, 19 January 2024 (UTC)

Libs of Tiktok (Chaya)[edit]

I'm now curious. Did Chaya even attend a public school, or did she go to one of those Chabadnik private religious schools where they often don't even meet math/science instruction standards? To be fair I may have heard something about such schools giving better education to girls than boys, which would be quirky. Chillpilled (talk) 13:07, 24 January 2024 (UTC)

Giving her that job seems like a blatant case of state-sponsored Wingnut welfare.-Ryan1257 (talk) 15:16, 24 January 2024 (UTC)
I don't think her full background has been revealed, but given all we know (RaichikWikipedia last name, Orthodox Jew) I would say the chances are pretty high that Chaya never attended public school and instead attended Chabad orthodox instruction. There's a fair bit of MAGA Orthodox Jews out there these days [1]. That Oklahoma appointment is definitely appeal to celebrity type wingnut welfare, something that will help continue the trend of Oklahoma's schools being ranked as the worst in the country.
Now, to me, the MAGA-Orthodox Jew alignment is honestly quite puzzling to me given the quite virulent antisemitism in multiple corners of MAGA. It's like the virulent homophobia shared between MAGA and the Orthodox blinds them to the parallels between ye olde fascism and ye new Ruscism, I guess. (That and the unhinged, often incoherent cherry-picked anger in Chaya's case matching with the unhinged, often incoherent cherry-picked Fox News style anger of MAGA. What does Orthodox Judaism have to say about that sort of temper?) BobJohnson (talk) 16:12, 24 January 2024 (UTC)
Chabad is a special type of Orthodox, specifically they're a type of ultra-Orthodox (or Haredi). They're known for their outreach centers which are all over the world, and that's probably their biggest link to the wider Jewish community. Theology-wise, they have some strange quirks. In terms of Holocaust theology I think they're some of the ones who argue the Jews deserved it because God ultimately did it and God is flawless. I am not kidding here, things really get sort of dicey when theologians start dissecting the Holocaust (one of the stranger escape hatches here I've seen is claiming Hitler was an Amalekite or something). I do want to be clear I'm not calling Chabad antisemitic or Nazis (as some people do claim) but I do think their theology on the subject was kind of an absurdity. Edit, based on their own word they hold another position on Holocaust theology so I may have been incorrect. There are others who out of extreme deference to God have an unusual position.
Then you've got the people who think the Lubavitch rabbi was the messiah. And with the recent bizarre tunnel story, you had the internet antisemites hop on it with conspiracy theories; meanwhile Chabad are in fact the international Right's biggest foothold of sorts among religious Jewry. As to how that alignment with right-wing culture warriors squares with Jewish religious ethics, it doesn't. But they continue on anyway. Chaya to me represents people willing to sacrifice Jewish religious values for political partisanship, to advance hatred in the world. But that's just playing catch-up with the Christians who were already doing the same thing, isn't it? And then you do have evangelical Christians and Chabadniks who are going to be left-wing despite all of this; but we can try to dissect a little bit where the relative sympathy for the right-wing comes from. It's perhaps not totally out of nowhere. Chillpilled (talk) 16:25, 24 January 2024 (UTC)

Iowa[edit]

This sort of leads me to wonder how state-level civil rights law ended up covering gender identity in Iowa of all the places, in the first place. I don't think it's gone blue since even before gay marriage was federally legalized. Chillpilled (talk) 23:55, 1 February 2024 (UTC)

Midwestern states in general were once more "swingy" and regularly voted in Democratic politicians, regardless of whether or not they had a big urban city. Democrats held the governorship and the legislature in Iowa in 2007, so they were able to add in that clause then. [2] One of the key elements of the current "realignment" is the urban-rural dynamic. States whose largest cities are only modestly sized and have heavy rural populations, like Iowa, have gone heavier Republican as a result. (You can see the same thing happen with Indiana - Indianapolis is hardly a Minneapolis, Chicago, or Detroit.) BobJohnson (talk) 00:23, 2 February 2024 (UTC)
Oh, I see I skimmed past that one. Still a bit surprised that was put through as early as 2007. Chillpilled (talk) 00:38, 2 February 2024 (UTC)

Putin Says a Biden Presidency is better than a trump one[edit]

I read how we considered putin saying Biden Would be better than Trump a stopped Clock. BULL F"""""" S""". It's obvious that he's trying to trick people into voting for the cheeto nazi. You can see in these two articles at least https: [3] [4] . He may be evil but he's not stupid. & that was not a stopped clock. Yacob01 (talk) 14:29, 20 Febuary 2024 (AEST)

Who knows, maybe he really does mean it. It is true Trump is very erratic, which Putin said in this interview. Thinking away from the Ukraine war, Trump did take out Soleimani, a top general for Iran which is somewhat Russia-aligned. Which was a very bold move, and could have easily started a war. Chillpilled (talk) 14:00, 20 February 2024 (UTC)