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



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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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?”


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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‘Boldly Ignorant’ Ted Cruz Slammed by Retired NYPD Detective for His Suggestions to Protect Kids



Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show,” a retired NYPD detective expressed disgust with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over his attempts to dismiss the idea of new gun laws to protect children in schools and instead is insisting America needs to turn schools into fortresses.

In interviews and appearing at the NRA convention this weekend in Houston, Cruz has vociferously disregarded the easy availability of high-powered weapons and instead focused on a door that was left open at the elementary school where the shooting occurred.

After host Phang shared a clip of the Texas Republican making his case, she asked former law enforcement detective Marq Claxton his thoughts on what Cruz was proposing.

Calling the controversial senator “boldly ignorant,” he proceeded to rip Cruz’s proposal apart.

“Marq, I was a prosecutor for half my career, I never prosecuted somebody for leaving a door open. How absurd is this proposal by Ted Cruz that the solution is to make sure that we don’t have too many doors at our schools?” host Phang asked.

“Ted Cruz’s statements were boldly ignorant and dismissive of the clear obvious danger that is faced by so many people in society because of the prevalence of violence and gun violence in particular,” he replied. “It really shows just how so many political electeds lack the fortitude to move forward and do the right thing: save lives.”

“Instead of sloganeering, Mr. Cruz and his other elected colleagues really should be working on legislation that provides, or minimizes the risk of damage, and could quite possibly and probably save lives,” he continued. “That is some additional gun restrictions, some background checks, there are other things that are out there that will undoubtedly be effective and save lives, and prevent these gun violence deaths.”

Watch the segment below or at this link.


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‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting



Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”

“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”

Critics aren’t buying his claims.

Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.

“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.

“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.

“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.

Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”

Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”

Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.

“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up  $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.

Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:

And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”

“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then.  He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”

“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”


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‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns



The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.

Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”

That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”

“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.

“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”

Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.

“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.

“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”


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