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Kelsey Grammer’s Right Network — Launched Today — Is Wrong For America

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The Right Network is a media attempt to give credibility to right-wing hate and fear-mongering, conservative bigotry, and Republican talking points.

Crescendoing in silence, the biggest launch of a new TV network that no one seems to have heard about, after a late premiere and zero buzz, The Right Network opened for business today. And flopped.

With philandering poster boy Kelsey Grammer as its mascot and money source, the Right Network, whose tagline is “All that’s right with the world,” is exactly what’s wrong with the world, and especially, wrong with America.

Grammer, in an introductory video, of course, with a Chuck Norris mention, cries out to say, “We give status quo a case of the flop-sweats. We offer a one-way ticket out of town, to pretension, posturing, Pelosi, and poppycock.”

Right…

In an AP press release, Grammer is quoted as saying he launched The Right network, “to stop allowing people who hate us to define us.”

Right…

The Right Network, apparently available on “on demand” only, and on just three carriers (Verizon FIOS, Sky Angel, and Blue Ridge,) reportedly had claimed to have the backing of media giant Comcast earlier this year when it announced its “summer” start-date. (Comcast immediately said, “No,” and says they have nothing to do with the start-up.) Already late out of the box, and without much fanfare or a large network to help it in its infancy, the only thing the Right Network has on its side is that it’s based in America’s new favorite past-time: division and hatred.

Perfect for Tea Party nobodies, The Right Network offers shows like, “Running,” which is,

“A reality series that follows first time candidates as they run for office. In this pilot episode, we meet John Dennis and Ari David as they run for Congress in California against incumbents Nancy Pelosi and Henry Waxman.”

Right…

Then there’s “Do As I Say,” billed as a documentary. “Hypocrites come in all shapes and sizes. And when it comes to politics, hypocrisy is just part of the game. But the press only tends to cover half the story.”

Right…

Multiculturalism: The New Tyranny,” and “Thank God for Market Capitalism,” are two of its website’s premiere “articles.”

“Multiculturalism, written by none other than National Review columnist neocon and fervent George W. Bush supporter, Victor Davis Hanson, begins with the premise that “Multiculturalism is now the final arbiter of all liberal sensitivity,” and asks the burning question, “What are the wages of this new tyranny of multiculturalism?”

I’ll let you give that one some thought. Oh, wait, um, well, there’s equality, tolerance, understanding, unity, education, sharing, efficiency, culture, growth… Oh, yes, all those things the Tea Party hates!

What’s truly amusing is that The Right Network thinks its core audience, presumably older, white Americans — yes, the Tea Party — will actually take time to read and comprehend the likes of Victor Davis Hanson. Fortunately, they’ve included plenty of fluff, like “Right2Laugh,” featuring the stand-up “comedy” of Evan Sayet — “Personally, I’m not as upset with Barack Obama as others are… Isn’t it possible he didn’t bow to the Saudi king, but the teleprompter fell over?”

Right…

Of course, The Right Network is on Twitter — with a whopping 1396 members as of this writing. But they can count Bush sycophant Karl Rove as among their first followers, but not former First Lady Laura Bush or her husband.

The one good thing I can think of about Grammer’s “Right Network?” His stance on marriage equality:

Am I pro-my friends who love each other getting married? Yes — gay, straight or otherwise.”

Expect The Right Network, if it survives, to become FOX News meets the Tea Party’s gardening club. Sidearms, Obama-hate, and ignorance, mandatory.

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‘Thinly-Veiled Incitement to Violence and Overt Racism’: Trump’s Truth Social Post Sparks Outrage

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Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” but on Friday night took his social media approach to his Truth Social website.

Trump accused Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of having a “death wish” after a government shutdown was averted.

“Must immediately seek help and advise (sic) from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!” he said of Elaine Chao, who served in his cabinet for four years as Secretary of Transportation.

Trump’s post generated outrage online.

“Nothing to see here,” conservative lawyer George Conway tweeted. “Just a former president of the United States seeking to incite violence against the minority leader of the United States Senate and launching a racist verbal attack on the leader’s wife.”

Former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu wrote, “Donald Trump using blatant racist tactics in his desperate attacks on McConnell by trying to ridicule Asian American former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s name calling her ‘Coco Chow’ — [McConnell] and [GOP] should call him out and reject his racist hate — will they do it?”

“Hardly shocking that Trump would threaten Mitch McConnell by capitalizing the words ‘death wish’ — dog whistle invitation to Trump’s extremist supporters — same Trump who believed his own VP Pence deserved to be lynched by the angry Jan. 6 mob Trump incited to violence,” Wu added.

Janai Nelson, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, wrote, “I double dare all major media outlets to call this what it is: thinly-veiled incitement to violence and overt racism.”

Podcaster Fred Wellman said, “Elaine Chao was Trump’s Secretary of Transportation for 4 years and he just called her the ridiculously racist nickname ‘Coco Chow.’ Yes…you are a racist if you still support this broken *sshole.”

Jonah Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, wrote, “Look, I think the gross bigotry, stupidity, dishonesty, and demagoguery of this is obvious on so many levels and I’m embarrassed for the country. But, because no one else will, I feel I have to point out he also misspelled advice.”

 

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Republicans suggest defunding Veteran Affairs even though it helps 9 million vets

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Republican legislators are starting to suggest defunding the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the office founded in 1989 to assist with veteran needs. The VA assists with getting veterans mental and physical healthcare, educational opportunities, community support, and other everyday housing and living needs.

An Arizona legislator, captured on video participating in a mock congressional hearing, said he supported shutting down the department.

“That’s sort of what I’m thinking because … I hear no good stories. I had zero in my district,” the legislator said in a video posted by the far-right watchdog group Patriot Takes. “So I guess it’s a matter of us leading the fight to defund it.”

A second video, posted by the same account, showed Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz advocating for defunding the VA while speaking at an event held by FreedomWorks, a conservative and libertarian advocacy group.

“This is my question to the group. Is it savable? Why not abolish the VA, take all of the money that we are otherwise spending and go to an any willing provider system inside of our communities?” Gaetz says in the video. “And then, if people get bad care, they can vote with their feet and you don’t have a two-tier system of healthcare in this country with our veterans and then with everyone else.”

Generally speaking, Republican policies favor the privatization of all government functions, thinking that a “small government,” “free-market,” “for-profit” privatization provided by a corporation can solve any market ill.

In reality, if entire communities are deprived of VA access, U.S. military veterans will be left largely on their own to get their life needs met after militaries service. Those who lack money or transportation won’t be able to “vote with their feet” and find a local care provider to handle their specific issues… they’ll either have to spend massive amounts to get such essential care or just go without.

In late July, 41 Senate Republicans voted against a bill aimed at protecting veterans exposed to toxic materials during their military service. The legislation would have expanded care to 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. It would have also added 23 toxic and burn pit exposure-related illnesses to the VA database, Newsweek reported.

After massive blowback, Senate Republicans re-voted on the bill and helped it pass.

Patriot Takes posted the video hoping that it would encourage veterans and military members to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections.

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Red states are lining up to stop Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan

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Six red states — Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Carolina — are suing the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden over Biden’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt for individuals making less than $125,000 a year.

The Biden administration based its plan on a 2003 law. According to the Justice Department, the law, initially meant to help military members, says that Biden can reduce or erase student loan debts during times of national emergency.

The red states’ lawsuit, filed Thursday in Missouri, said that Biden’s plan was “not remotely tailored to address the effects of the pandemic on federal student loan borrowers.” The lawsuit adds that, since Biden recently declared the COVID-19 pandemic as over, he can’t use it as a justification for his wide-scale debt relief plan, ABC News reported.

“It’s patently unfair to saddle hard-working Americans with the loan debt of those who chose to go to college,” Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said of her state’s lawsuit. “The Department of Education is required, under the law, to collect the balance due on loans. And President Biden does not have the authority to override that.”

The states argued that Biden’s plan inflicted a “number of ongoing financial harms” to student loan providers and also “will ultimately disrupt revenue to state coffers.” They also argued that Biden’s plan violates the Administrative Procedure Act, a law regulating how federal agencies ensure that presidential policies are well-reasoned and explained, the aforementioned publication reported.

Despite these claims, the White House has said it will continue with its plan, confident it can survive a court challenge.

“Republican officials from these six states are standing with special interests, and fighting to stop relief for borrowers buried under mountains of debt,” White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan said Thursday. “The president and his administration are lawfully giving working and middle class families breathing room as they recover from the pandemic and prepare to resume loan payments in January.”

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