Saturday, October 31, 2015

Stephen Colbert takes Whoop Ass to 'The Donald' and Republicans

Well worth watching.  Reminds me of the Daily Show.

Bad Lip Reading: 1st Democratic Debate. Very Good

Why the GOP tax plans won't work.

The Republican presidential candidates were full of tax talk at this week’s debate. But none has a tax plan coherent enough to be the basis of a substantive discussion, let alone one that could meet the nation’s challenges.
Take, for example, the issue of how much revenue any plan would raise or lose. All of the Republican plans focus on tax cuts, so losses are all but inevitable. Quick-and-dirty calculations of proposals from Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz show red ink running into the trillions of dollars.
Yet the candidates assert, against historical evidence, that revenue losses from tax cuts will be offset by economic growth. Ted Cruz invoked the Reagan-era tax cuts as a model for success for his 10 percent flat-tax proposal. In fact, President Reagan raised taxes to close the budget deficit that opened up after he cut them in 1981. Ben Carson offered his muddled proposal for a tax equal to 15 percent of gross domestic product, saying it would be appealing to everyone once he “put all the facts down.”

Brazen Lies are now the driving force behind GOP messages. Paul Krugman

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman lit into the hopefuls in the GOP’s latest debate for embracing what he considers a “grifter ethos.”
As personified by Ben Carson, who brazenly lied about his connection to Mannatech during Wednesday’s debate, the GOP candidates are participating in a system “in which marketers use political affinity to sell get-rich-quick schemes, miracle cures.”
“Right-wing warnings of imminent hyperinflation, coupled with demands that we return to the gold standard,” are a staple of conservative media, and such statements go unchallenged by Republican hopefuls eager to court the conservative base.
Because, as Krugman wrote,
At a higher level still are operations that are in principle engaging in political activity, but mainly seem to be generating income for their organizers. Last week The Times published an investigative report on some political action committees raising money in the name of anti-establishment conservative causes. The report found that the bulk of the money these PACs raise ends up going to cover administrative costs and consultants’ fees, very little to their ostensible purpose. For example, only 14 percent of what the Tea Party Leadership Fund spends is “candidate focused.”

13 Most Haunted Hotels in the World

It is Halloween Today.  Where do you go to see a ghost?

NRA shoots and kills the truth about guns. (Only NRA talking points allowed)

Now that we're a year out from the general election, all the knives -- er, guns -- are coming out, and of course they're all holstered in lies.
A new video from the National Rifle Association's (NRA) executive vice president Wayne LaPierre claims that President Obama "has all the laws he needs to stop the bloodshed" of gun violence in big cities but chooses not to because he supposedly refuses to enforce federal gun laws.
In fact, the NRA has engaged in a decades-long campaign to hinder the efforts of the federal law enforcement agency charged with enforcing federal gun laws, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).
In an October 27 video released by NRA News, LaPierre claimed, "Under the existing federal gun laws, [Obama] could take every felon with a gun, drug dealer with a gun and criminal gangbanger with a gun off the streets tomorrow and lock them up for five years or more. But he won't do it, his Justice Department won't do it, and the media never asks why."
The video also featured LaPierre's continued apparent use of racially coded languageby contrasting "thugs like De'Eris Brown," "criminal gangbangers with illegal guns in Chicago," and "violent thugs" with "the good, honest Americans living out in farm towns in Nebraska or Oklahoma or working two jobs in inner-city Chicago or Baltimore." The video was introduced by LaPierre claiming "[n]othing illustrates America's breakdown like the way the president's hometown celebrates its holidays," before describing Chicago shootings as a "kind of third-world carnage."

Meat and Cancer: 5 Studies on Cancer Risk

After adjusting for age, sex, and a number of other factors they found that the more participants ate red and processed meat, the higher their colorectal cancer risk. They found the inverse for fish intake but no impact for poultry intake.
They calculated that the absolute risk of development of colorectal cancer within 10 years for a study subject aged 50 years was 1.71 percent for the highest category of red and processed meat intake (greater than 160 grams a day), and 1.28 percent for the lowest category of intake (less than 20 grams a day). For fish, they found the absolute risk to be 1.86 percent for subjects in the lowest category of fish intake (less than 10 grams a day) and 1.28 percent for subjects in the highest category of fish intake (more than 80 grams a day).
Note that the risks are the same for those who eat a small amount of meat and those who have the highest intake of fish.

America: Freedom? Why do we have more people in Prisons than any other Police State

Why Does America Have More Prisoners Than Any Police State?

America, supposedly the beacon of freedom and democracy, has become incarceration nation.

Why the GOP are helpless against the Right Wing Crazies they helped create.

Why the GOP Establishment Is Powerless Against the Ultra-Right’s Onslaught

Stick a fork in the GOP graybeards. The latest fracas over debate rules shows how they've completely lost control.

Mass Shootings: An idea to prevent Mass Shootings: Interesting Idea - Should have been done long ago.

After a mass shooting, the nation debates the merits of strengthening gun safety laws or improving the mental health system. But what if it were possible to teach people how to decrease their desire to kill? James Kimmel, Jr. — an author and psychiatry lecturer at Yale University — believes that by focusing on motive control, we can move beyond the usual political arguments about gun safety or mental health and actually prevent a shooter from pulling the trigger.
Kimmel claims that many people who commit acts of violence are trying to achieve justice for a past wrong and are driven by a craving for revenge that, he says, “operates in the same pleasure center of the mind that activate for narcotics addiction.” “We know with narcotics addicts, that many people do drugs and they’re able to pull away from them successfully, but here is a core group of people who are vulnerable,” Kimmel told ThinkProgress.
That vulnerable population now has a new resource: The site, launched by Kimmel earlier this month and modeled on suicide prevention holtlines, hopes to engage shooters in a moment of dialogue before they act. It urges revenge seekers to consider calling a hotline for help or, among other things, a therapeutic tool called the non-justice system.

Friday, October 30, 2015

25 Cancer Fighting Foods - better than Chemo or radiation some say

follow the link to get the whole list

  1. 6-Gingerol - Ginger
  2. Cyclopamine - Corn Lilly
  3. Delphinidin - Blueberry, raspberrry
  4. Flavonoids (Genistein) - Soy, red clover, coffee
  5. Gossypol - Cottonseed
  6. Guggulsterone - Commiphora (myrrh tree)
  7. Isothiocyanates - Cruciferous vegetables
  8. Linalool - Mint
  9. Lycopene - Grapefruit, tomato
  10. Parthenolide - Feverfew

Very Good: Edited Video of the 3rd GOP Debate

 If you watched the Republican debate Wednesday night, you got to see exactly how people running for the most powerful seat in the free world should definitely not act. The GOP and the candidates tried to put the blame for the plethora of cross-talk, insults and interruptions on CNBC and their moderating team, but truth be told it was they who couldn’t remain civil for more than a few moments at a time, with almost every candidate whining about the questions, the format or their lack of camera time.
It was a mess. A free-for-all of stupid that devolved into nothing of substance within minutes. CNBC actually helped matters by largely ignoring Donald Trump and giving more time to people who seemed like they had something worthwhile to say, which wasn’t very often.
Nobody really knows who “won” the debacle, because really the only winners were the people who opted to watch Survivor instead.

The Republican Debate was embarrassing on so many levels.

as we saw and heard on Wednesday night, government is absolutely awful. Government, they imply, having taken too much of your money, will now seek to acquire your guns and religious beliefs. The only thing that can save this great land is business. Oh sweet business, it will save us all.
The reflexive lionization of business by Republicans doesn’t get called out nearly enough by Democrats. There is a lengthy record of business screwing over customersemployees and the general public just in the past decade for the sole purpose of a strong quarterly earnings report. People have died and been grotesquely injured because of the relentless pursuit of ever more profit. Democrats don’t defend government and public institutions–which are by definition accountable to everyone–with anywhere close to the fervor of how the Republicans glorify business. The left needs to change this.

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Obamacare saved me from losing my farm

Nectar, Alabama, isn't a place you are likely to find a lot of Democrats, much less Obamacare enthusiasts.
The little town of 348 folks in Blount County is just northeast of Birmingham. They used to have a covered bridge there, but it burned down in 1993.
Hank managed to free himself and drive his stick shift vehicle to a neighbor's house. He was then able to be treated for his injuries thanks to -- you guessed it -- Obamacare.

GMO Soy causes health problems in animals: What does it do to people? No studies done on people

Genetically-Engineered Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find

This result is the strongest demonstration so far of altered growth and development in offspring of GE-fed mothers.

6 Surprising Health Benefits of Hemp seeds. (health research on POT needs to continue)

Among the many benefits of the legalization of marijuana would be eliminating any lingering confusion about the legality of its close relation (read, basically the same plant), hemp. While the possession of industrial hemp, also known by its botanical moniker, Cannabis sativa, has never been illegal, the growing of industrial hemp was illegal until the recent passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. The hemp that is mostly illegal, with the exception, at this writing, of four states and the District of Columbia, the kind of hemp you smoke, put in brownies, and usually have a good ol' time after imbibing, contains a high concentration (three percent or more) of THC, the ingredient that induces the familiar Rocky Mountain high. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Charter School Abuses: Little Kids suspended frequently and sent back to Public Schools? They use public money


Why Are Eva Moskowitz's Success Academy Charter Schools Suspending Students Left and Right?

One principal issued 44 out-of-school suspensions to her 203 kindergartners and first graders. Who does that benefit?

GOP Debate Prep: Trump got the BIG GREEN ROOM: Others got a toilet and a bench and were not happy.

They really needed the toilet - They Are So Full of Crap!

Then there was Chris Christie, whose small space was dominated by a toilet. So was Rand Paul’s
“This is ridiculous,” fumed Christie’s campaign manager, Ken McKay. “We’re in a restroom.”

11 Crazy Things at the GOP Debate

I did not see the debate and sure glad I didn't.

AP Fact Checking the GOP debate last night: Wrong, wrong and wrong.

Ben Carson pitched a tax plan with numbers that didn't add up. Donald Trump boasted that he's paying his own way in the campaign, but he isn't. Chris Christie accused the government of stealing Social Securitymoney that it has actually borrowed — and has been paying back with interest.
Even the price of hamburger got a bad rap in the latest Republican presidential debate, thanks to Ted Cruz.
A look at some of the claims Wednesday night and how they compare with the facts:

116 That give you CANCER. The full list.

The 116 Things That Can Give You Cancer – The Full List

Rocked by the news that processed meat could be terribly bad for you? Well, chimney sweeping, salted fish and fracking also appear on the list.

8 Lies from the GOP Debate Number 3

8 Lies, Distortions and Misrepresentations From the Third GOP Debate

The debates took place in an alternate reality, where facts are made up on the spot.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

10 of the Biggest Welfare Give Aways to RICHEST that will piss you off.

It is not the poor or middle class taking our tax money.

A few questions for those who think GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX. (What if you are wrong?)

If global warming is a hoax ...  FOLLOW THE LINK TO MORE QUESTIONS.
… then why was this September globally the hottest September on record by a substantial margin?
… then why were seven of the months in 2015 (so far!) the hottest of those months on record (February the hottest February on record, and so on)?
… then why is 2015 on track to be by far the hottest year on record?
… then why was the last warmest year on record just last year?
… then why are the 10 hottest years all since 1998?

House Science Committee meeting is worse than the Benghazi Committee

The ANTI-SCIENCE group is in charge of the US Science Committee in the Senate.  This is scary.  Paid for science results is what this group insists on.  The group wants the Big Oil Companies to be in charge of Science.  - very scary.

FOOD STAMPS help A LOT in bringing down Poverty Rates: New Study

from 2008 to 2011 in New York, the average poverty rate before taking these programs into account was 13.6 percent. According to the survey data, food stamps/welfare/housing assistance dropped that down to 10.8 percent. But according to the more accurate administrative data, those programs actually cut the rate to 8.3 percent. Using the right numbers, in other words, nearly doubles the poverty-fighting power of these programs. The differences for "deep poverty" — that is, the share of households living on 50 percent of the poverty line or less — are a bit smaller, but for "near poverty" (the share of households living on 150 percent of the poverty line or less) they're even bigger, as the above chart suggests.
The survey's shortcomings are even greater when you look at households headed by a single mother, a particularly vulnerable group with a poverty rate of 37.5 percent before these programs are taken into account. The survey data suggests that welfare/food stamps/housing assistance cut that down to 30.2 percent. The administrative data suggests they actually cut it to 19.2 percent.

Planned Parenthood: Woman runs off Protestors by yelling, "Thanks PP for fixing my Yeast Infections."

Portland, OR - This is great.  I will be back in Portland in 3 weeks.  I will be there to stay for a while.

Sarah Palin: GOP went crazy because of Palin: White House Chief of Staff talks

Former White House Chief of Staff points the finger of blame for the dysfunction in the GOP today right where it belongs. Directly at Sarah Palin.

ADHD and POT, Cannabis: Clinical Trial studies show it works better than medications presently used.


Move Over Big Pharma Amphetamines — Cannabis Successfully Treats ADHD in Clinical Trials

Prior to this study, there had been minimal clinical data on the subject, despite widespread anecdotal reports of relief from those suffering from ADHD.

Kochs created the TeaParty Monster - Now they hate the result


Charles Koch’s Frankenstein Problem: He Created the Tea Party Monster — and Now He’s Horrified With the Results

The Koch network gave rise to the rabid right. But now Charles Koch wails about a 'lack of substance and civility.'

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

FIGHTING POVERTY: Food Stamps have a BIGGER Impact on poverty reduction than thought. New Study

new study suggests that programs like food stamps and housing vouchers cut poverty by almost twice as much as we thought they did.
According to standard census numbers, the poverty rate in New York from 2008 to 2011 was 13.6 percent, before taking these programs into account. The programs the study examines — food stamps (a.k.a. SNAP), welfare (a.k.a. TANF), state-level general assistance programs, and housing aid — dropped that down to 10.8 percent. But the study suggests the real number was even lower: a mere 8.3 percent. If that's true, then the estimated poverty-fighting power of these programs has been dramatically understated for years.

People really don't like telling the census they get government help

The official data on poverty comes from the Current Population Survey's (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC), a yearly survey that reaches about 100,000 addresses and yields detailed information on household incomes, education levels, health insurance, and use of government assistance programs. 

Elizabeth Warren talking about Hillary Clinton in a 2004 interview - important information

Politics is a horrible business flush with money to change minds - and it does.  Big bucks buy what they want and will willingly screw us average folks.

Now if you will notice Warren really stresses how intelligent and formidable Hillary Clinton was back when she was First Lady. And she also kind of gives Hillary a pass, to some degree, for her vote later which ultimately undid all of the work she did previously.

As grownups of course we understand how politics works.

However we also know that the main criticism against Hillary is that her positions change with the polls, and that she is not a person of substance.

I do not agree with that completely, but I would be lying if I did not admit that it was reason for concern.

Now this does not mean that I will not vote for Hillary.

I will.

It also does not mean that I think she cannot win against any of the Republican choices.

She can. And most likely will.

More Women Police Officers reduces shootings by Police

There are not many women in the Police Forces though.  The Statistics are quite compelling.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Something to THINK about.

Women aren't citizens, just breeding stock - at least according to our conservative overlords....

President Obama talks about the ECONOMY and JOBS!! YES, he has improved things but we must still keep going.

The first 3 minutes is introduction but it is a great speech after the intro.  Thank You President Obama.

Hillary Clinton talking to Rachel Maddow

What did she do after the hearing?

The CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALIST Plot against the US Constitution.

Christian Fundamentalists’ Plot Against the Constitution: What Kim Davis’s Newly Unearthed Emails reveal

Kim Davis may be a footnote to history. But new revelations offer a frightening glimpse into fundamentalists' minds.

Ex-FOX host says Olbermann was right: FOX is a cult and O'Reilly lies

Former Fox News host Eric Burns on Sunday told CNN that revelations that Bill O’Reilly did not always tell the truth should not come as a surprise to anyone who watched the evidence Keith Olbermann presented when he worked as a host for MSNBC.
Burns, who hosted Fox’s media critic show Fox News Watch for a decade, explained to CNN’s Brian Stelter that O’Reilly had been “puffing up his credentials” and his ratings.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Elijah Cummins kicked GOP butt today in the Benghazi hearing. Hillary is our next President.

Thank you Republicans for allowing Hillary to show how great she is.  The Democrats as a whole kicked a lot of GOP butt.  Elijah Cummins was amazing.

Hillary's testimony in front of the Benghazi Committee: Hillary will be the next President after this performance

Which was backed up in the most blunt manner possible by Rep. Jason Chaffetz back in 2012: 

On Wednesday morning, CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked the Utah Republican if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security." 

"Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”

Which kind of makes me wonder how these Republicans have the cojones to grill Hillary on why there was not adequate security to protect Ambassador Stephens.

"Look in the mirror assholes!"

If Planned Parenthood is out of Business: Where do women get the help they need?

“ was created to show that women have real choices when it comes to health care,” the site says. “All across America, thousands of low-cost health centers offer women and their families high-quality health care.”
press release from the Alliance Defending Freedom claimed that the facilities listed on the map “typically offer the full range of women’s health services without all the scandal of Planned Parenthood.”
But in an investigation into the facilities, RH Reality Check has found that these “real choices” include hundreds of elementary, middle, and high schools; clinics that provide care for homeless people; nursing homes; pediatrics centers; and even the D.C. jail. RH Reality Check called and emailed hundreds of the facilities listed on the map, and discovered that many of their spokespeople were bewildered by the notion that women would be directed to their facilities for reproductive health services.
School officials, in particular, were confused that they would be asked to provide reproductive and sexual health services to the general population. The GetYourCare site explains that there are over 600 schools listed because they “have been identified as providing girls’ and women’s health care services at ‘school-based health centers’ on location. Thus, the school serves as a very real option for girls and young women in the area who need healthcare.”
In fact, virtually none of the 60 schools RH Reality Check contacted from the list said they provide health care to girls and women in the community.

Video of an Elementary Lock Down Drill - NRA says More Guns for anyone.

I have been in a place with an active shooting on the street in front of my school.  I was locked down for 3 hours.  This is the result of any kind of gun for anyone who wants one.


Gun Violence: The newest CHILDHOOD EPIDEMIC. (More Guns says the NRA)

I direct the intensive care unit at the only Level I pediatric trauma center on Chicago's South Side, where we treat children with all manner of illness. I felt well prepared to manage the full spectrum of diseases when I moved from Boston to Chicago in 2009, with one major exception.
During my first week in Chicago, I cared for as many children with gunshot wounds as I had seen over the course of two years in Boston. Last year alone, we treated 54 children with gunshots at my hospital, more than the deadliest school shooting in America's history.
Recently I admitted a teenager whose body was permanently destroyed by the effects of this affliction, after surviving the original injury. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down, with tubes protruding from his windpipe and stomach. He endured recurrent pneumonias, urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers and depression. At 15 years old and almost 6 feet tall, he weighed barely 110 pounds. His cheeks were gaunt, eyes dark and sunken, limbs thin and contracted. He looked nothing like the spry teen he once was, lean and fit and 50 pounds heavier, before he was shot in the back.

Creationism is not Science: It is Child Abuse

Intentionally teaching kids crazy information is wrong  The earth is Billions of years old, not 6000 years.

Faith, Jesus told his followers, is a personal matter. Religion, on the other hand — is big business. Yes, Christians, you’re instructed to share the Good News, but I don’t recall Christ ever saying, “or else.” Let’s leave the fanatical extremism of religion to the pros of ISIS (more accurately ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). If you’re uncomfortable with the analogy — that should be your first clue. If it made you feel militant, defensive or combative? Congratulations — you’re part of the problem.
One-by-one, Christians across this country are actively seeking out ways to climb up on the cross and sacrifice themselves on the altar of public piety (which is antithetical to Scripture). The Walmart fashion plate from Kentucky springs to mind — as do any of a dozen Republican politicians, such as the junior Senator from Texas, Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz. “Ted” believes people who trust science, “want to persecute anyone that has a good faith religious belief.” Wrong again, “Ted.”
This is America — where you’re free to believe anything you like. If you want to remain ignorant to what mankind has learned through scientific discovery (preferring to get your information from the 2nd century BCE) — then God bless. If you want to teach my childrenit’s okay to remain ignorant, telling them that apocryphal stories designed to placate the masses is “science”? — we’ve got a problem.

8 Year Old Girl Shot and Killed when gun dropped on floor when she was getting hair braided

Personally, I see guns everywhere is a problem.

8-year-old Georgia girl fatally shot when mom drops gun while braiding child’s hair

4 Year Old SHOT AND KILLED in road rage incident: Shooter took off


Texas: Gun falls out of purse: Another woman shot - Ho Hum, not killed

BEAUMONT (KBMT) -- Beaumont police officers are investigating an apparent accidental shooting Monday morning at the Christus Outpatient Pavilion located in the 700 block of 11th Street.
A witness told KCEN's sister station 12News that a woman was in the waiting room of a medical office.  When she reached into her purse to pull out some paperwork, a gun fell out of her purse causing it to discharge. The round went through a wall and hit another patient in the hip.
Bobby Pressley was in the waiting room when it happened.
"Everyone was sitting in the waiting room and there was a gun shot. A woman dropped her purse down on the counter and it shot through the wall and shot another lady," said Pressley.
A spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department told 12News that the injuries of the person whom was shot are not considered life threatening.  The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

British MP scolds Iraq Invasion Supporters about the resulting mess they created

Watch: Outraged British MP Shreds U.S. Republicans, Blasts Iraq War Lies (VIDEO)

Another 3 year old shoots herself: Ho Hum, Still alive - just another day

Courtesy of Newsweek 

The 3-year-old daughter of a Georgia sheriff's deputy accidentally shot herself in the leg in Dodge County, according to the local news channel WMGT. 

The little girl, who was not identified because of her age, is the daughter of Deputy Dorian Johnson and Lakeasha Smith. Dodge County Sheriff Lynn Sheffield told local media that while moving some furniture around in the family's home, Smith had removed the gun from a chest of drawers and put it on the bed. At the time, Smith believed the girl was in a different room, but it appears that the child crawled onto the bed, picked up the gun and shot herself in the right leg. 

Brutal Poverty in the South: A product of Globalization and sending good jobs overseas


Brutal Poverty in the U.S. South Is Caused by Globalization — and Statistics Don't Make it Better

Author Paul Theroux caused controversy with his indictment of corporate executives who abandon American communities for cheaper labor.

American Workers are rising up: Income Equality is the issue

Lost in the tumult of covering the 2016 presidential campaign trail is a striking reality that’s largely gone unacknowledged: the brewing revolt at the grassroots by working- and middle-class Americans who feel left behind by the system.
This discontent and its insecurities are fueling the surges of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, who offer different responses to it, and whose candidacies haven’t faded despite predictions from party insiders and many pundits. It’s also underscored by the fact that the GOP’s two leading candidates—Trump and Ben Carson—have never held elective office, unlike the senators and governors trailing them.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Margaret and Helen: Women have always had to work twice as hard to get half the respect

Women have always had to work twice as hard to get half the respect and for 99 years Planned Parenthood has stood by us. Today we stand by them.  #IStandWithPlannedParenthood 

Sea Ice in the Antarctic

I need to see more about this.  I think it is kind of interesting.  Seems to be the increased wave action.

Greg Abbott is an asshat: Margaret and Helen

Margaret,  I am madder than a wet hen and anyone looking for humor in this post probably isn’t going to find it.  The best thing that came out of writing this webpage blog was learning what the term Asshat means.  I wish we knew the person who first wrote that years ago because it has become one of my favorite words, and when it comes to Asshats there isn’t a better example than Texas Governor Greg Abbott.  If anyone out there still thinks there isn’t a Republican war on women, I suggest they look in the mirror to see what hat they are wearing as well.
Denying women access to family planning will increase the number of abortions.  Even an asshat knows that.  And Abbott knows that tens of thousands of women in Texas use Planned Parenthood for basic family planning and gynecological care.

US DOES NOT have the highest Tax Rate: Trump is a liar

The fantasyland of Trump and his apparently mindless supporters aside, in reality this statement couldn’t be further from the truth no matter how you measure it. A list compiled by the international tax advising firm KPMG found that the United States’ top income tax rate – 39.6% – ranks 33rd out of 112 countries surveyed. A different analysisranked the U.S. 38th out of 155 countries. As for the bottom income tax level, the United States’ minimum of 10% ranked 42nd out of 152 countries surveyed by Ernst & Young, an international accounting firm.
Despite these middle of the pack rankings – and the fact that after deductions the average American pays aneffective tax rate of only 9.5% – one could argue that such measures are inadequate because of some nations’ emphasis on corporate or payroll taxes rather than income taxes. No cigar for The Donald here either, though. In fact, the United States ranks even lower internationally on analyses that measure the overall tax burden. For example, in the measurement of tax revenue as a percentage of GDP – widely considered an effective measure by tax experts – the United States’ rate of 25% ranks it 27th out of 30 advanced economies studied by the OECD. In a World Bank ranking of taxation as a percentage of GDP, the U.S. ranked a far-from-the-highest 103rd out of 115 countries studied. Finally, when ranking by the measure of tax revenue per capita, the U.S. figure of $13,482 ranks us 16th out of 29 countries surveyed by the OECD.