Are college students re-thinking their plans to go to colleges in states legislating extremist morality?

It has always been the case that some students with the most to lose in states with extreme right-wing regimes — students who are LGBT, Black, Latino, women in general — have likely chosen not to go to places like Alabama, Mississippi and the like because they are afraid of what might happen to them in that kind of atmosphere.

(Sports scholarships and winning records can blunt some, but not all, of that in recruiting incoming elite athletes. But we know some of those upper tier athletes choose to go to schools in states that align more with their progressive values.)

I wonder how many high-value students, academically and athletically, have decided against going to school in my own home state of Nebraska because right-wing goon and presumed Opus Dei idiot Pete Ricketts has been governor?

Anyway, Reuters has an article that broaches these subjects:

With its excellent academic and music programs, Oberlin College in Ohio seemed like a perfect fit for Nina Huang, a California high school student who plays flute and piano and hopes to eventually study medicine or law.

But Huang, 16, said she crossed the college off her application list after Ohio enacted a near-total ban on abortion last month. She now plans to cast a wider net for schools in states with less restrictive laws.

“I don’t want to go to school in a state where there is an abortion ban,” she said.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide has some students rethinking their higher education plans as states rush to ban or curtail abortion, according to interviews with 20 students and college advisers across the country.

While it has long been the case that some students hesitated to attend schools in places with different political leanings than their own, recent moves by conservative states on issues such as abortion and LGBTQ+ rights have deepened the country’s polarization.

For some students, the restrictions raise fears that they won’t be able to get an abortion if they need one or that they will face discrimination for gender differences. Others said they worried about facing racial prejudice or being politically ostracized.

“I’m only in high school right now, and I’m still finding out who I am,” said Samira Murad, 17, who will be a senior this fall at Stuyvesant High School in New York. “I don’t want to move somewhere I can’t be myself because of laws put in place.”

I think the GOP is mistaken if they don’t think young people think about these issues. And the Democrats are stupid if the Biden administration doesn’t do something, even if it’s partially symbolic, to show that President Biden and the people who work for him are as panicked about the future as young people are today.

Oberlin College could lose out at students worried about Ohio’s turn the the extreme right politically choose to get their education in another, less-restrictive, state.

Mary Trump calls Susan Sarandon “a moron”

That is the bestest headline I’ve written in a while.

It’s funny because it’s true!

Here’s what Trump said on the Meidas Touch podcast video:

“She’s a complete idiot. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about, and if anybody can say with a straight face that the Democrats are the problem, I don’t know what to tell them,” Trump said while appearing on the MeidasTouch Podcast on Thursday.

“She was pretty decent in a couple of movies a couple of decades ago, but politically she’s a moron,” Trump said.

“I cannot even tell you how much it enrages me,” Trump said on the MeidasTouch Podcast. “She’s an idiot, but she thinks she’s some wise shaman or something.”

Trump said the actress was a victim of the “Dunning-Kruger effect” — a cognitive bias in which people with low ability overestimate their capabilities.

“If we can just make it as simple as possible — a vote for Republicans is a vote for fascism,” Trump said.

The most useless fights I get into online are the people who come after me for criticizing Sarandon or Jill Stein.

I’m not saying that people who support either woman are bad. I’m saying if your radical brain cannot make room for the possibility, however slight, that another thinking person can logically disagree with Stein/Sarandon views and tactics, then you have a problem.

As in, a problem equal to the rabid cognitive deficiencies that the worst Trumpers have. Only on the Left.

Mary Trump