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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 3/26/16 edition

March 26, 2016

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Can we all agree that the Indiana abortion bill, the North Carolina discrimination bill and proposed religious discrimination bill in Georgia, are three reasons the GOP refuses to take a vote on Mr. Obama’s Supreme Court nomination.

The President dances up a storm in Argentina

The President dances up a storm in Argentina

Can we all agree that it’s great to have a President and First Lady who can hold their own on the dance floor? Could you picture George Bush (either one) even trying?

Can we all agree that if perception is reality, the California drought is over in the minds of most Californians?

Can we all agree that every week death seems to be chipping away  cultural foundation of the Baby Boomer generation?

Can we all agree that it’s hard to believe that 40 years after a landmark sexual harassment suit was brought against UC Berkeley, the school is still dealing with the issue?

Can we all agree that the real goal of the House panel seeking the names of fetal researchers is pretty obvious?

Can we all agree the state of the European Intelligence community makes it pretty obvious a unified Europe is a long way off? How long until another city is added to the list of successful ISIS targets?

Can we all agree that  the Brussels attack suggests the war against ISIS will not end quickly, but at least we seem to be making progress on the ground?

Can we all agree the primary campaign has produced new scenes of dysfunction that we never thought we’d see?  Who predicted any of the following from this week: Bush endorses Cruz, Paul Ryan tries to clean up the campaign, or Trump and Cruz defend the their wives and morals?

Can we all agree the the latest report on the lengths the NFL would reach to prove concussions and repeated hits to the head are not a problem, in simply mind boggling?

Can we all agree that the conviction of Radovan Karadzic is a milestone for the International Criminal Tribunal, but it will not end the violence in the Balkans?

Can we all agree it’s nice to have another report telling us who screwed up the water in Flint, but it would even better to have an overall plan to fix it?

Can we all agree that the real takeaway from this week’s primaries was the disaster that is the voting system promulgated by the GOP?

Can we all agree that Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz have proven once again how their views on Muslims diverge from the mainstream in this country?

Can we all agree that at least 50% of the country agrees with Mr. Obama’s handling of his job despite what the Republicans think?CeSKD1nVAAATRaW

Can we all agree that one thing we all have in common is embarrassment over the state of the GOP?

Can we all agree that most Americans think The President’s trip to Cuba was well-timed and on the money? There are already reports of soaring prices for the few hotels rooms available – capitalism wins again.

Can we all agree there is no place for sexism in tennis?

Can we all agree that when your hosts (AIPAC) have to apologize for your speech (Mr. Trump), you probably didn’t make a good impression?

Can we all agree that revelations that mind-based therapies can help people with back pain, may be new to some people, but many therapists, (such as my wife) have been recommending it for years?

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 3/19/16 edition

March 19, 2016

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Can we all agree, the European plan to deport 40,000 refugees in Greece back to Turkey for re-processing is simply cruel?

Can we all agree that. despite the partisan nature of the questioning at this week’s Congressional hearing on the Flint water disaster, the state’s Republican governor looked much worse than the EPA administrator? Although there was plenty of blame to go around.

Can we all agree the world is a bit safer today after the arrest of three terror suspects in Belgium yesterday?

Killer whales at SeaWorld

Killer whales at SeaWorld

Can we all agree SeaWorld didn’t have much choice about ending their killer whale program, given the public outcry and government opposition?

Can we all agree that we all owe Donald Trump a big ‘thank you’ for refusing to show up at next week’s GOP debate – possibly ending the the useless exercises for this primary season?

Can we all agree that the Senate finally did something right in allowing states to pass regulations on GMO labeling?

Can we all agree Hulk Hogan saved us all from endless postings of sex tapes that we never wanted to see anyway?

Can we all agree that watching Senate Republicans tie themselves into verbal knots explaining why they won’t vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee until after they see who wins the November election is truly entertaining? Sen.Orrin Hatch deserves an Oscar for his outstanding performance.

Can we all agree that Donald Trump has virtually guaranteed there will be some kind of violence if he does not get the GOP nomination?

Can we all agree that even Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters did not expect her to sweep all five primaries this week?

Can we all agree that Marco Rubio’s loss proves once again that it takes more than money to win in politics?

Can we all agree that shutting down a city’s municipal train system with just 24 hours notice is absurd on its face?

Can we all agree that watching FIFA claim that they are a victim of their own scandal, is like the young man who kills his parents and pleads for mercy because he’s an orphan?

Can we all agree that we are shocked the NFL casually admitted what doctors have been saying for years – that repeated blows to the head of football players cause the brain disease, CTE?

Can we all agree that The President’s decision not to allow oil drilling off the southeast coast may have been a flip-flop of the best kind?

Can we all agree that when the President leaves Cuba after his weekend visit, he needs to have something concrete in hand regarding human rights, or his trip will be wasted?

Can we all agree that Russia’s announcement of a troop withdrawal from Syria is really meaningless since they maintain  major sea and air bases in the country?

Can we all agree that the University of California seems to have a major sexual harassment problem on its hands. It was good to see Cal President Janet Napolitano try to get out in front of the story, finally.

Can we all agree that the last thing the newspaper world needed was a journalistic monopoly running from greater Los Angeles to the Mexican border?

Can we all agree that Brazil’s leaders have figured out a way to take a bad corruption scandal and make it worse?

and last but not least:

Can We all agree we are happy Twitter is maintaining their 140 character limit  forcing everyone to stay short and too the point?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 3/12/16 edition

March 12, 2016

Can we all agree that the world owed George Martin more than it could have ever repaid for his work in bringing the Beatles music to us all?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump’s non-repudiation repudiation of the violence at his campaign events will just encourage more violence?

Can we all agree that President’s list of finalists for the Supreme Court is pretty much as expected?

Can we all agree the GOP debate this week was a lot more civil, but facts were few and far between?

Malia Obama at this week's state dinner (pool photo)

Malia Obama at this week’s state dinner (pool photo)

Can we all agree that, all things considered, we would have much rather watched the state dinner and fashion show for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?

Can we all agree we have not heard the last of the Yosemite trademark case?

Can we all agree that the latest astronomical discovery is yuuuge?

Can we all agree that given their vote totals, neither Ms Fiorina’s nor Mr.Carson’s endorsement will change the GOP primary race that much?

Can we all agree that Hillary Clinton may win the Democratic nomination, but other than the second debate she has not inspired confidence, she can beat a Republican opponent?

Can we all agree that Bernie Sander’s win in Michigan may be the kick in the pantsuit that she needs to end the complacency among her staff and her supporters?

Can we all agree she seems to have convinced Michael Bloomberg that she can win?

Can we all agree that while some Latinos may be registering to vote, just to oppose Donald Trump, we’re not sure it’s the movement some newspapers are writing about?

Can we all agree that when the two top officials of a non-profit fundraising group  are fired after a blistering audit report, it makes you think twice about  donations to any group?

Can we all agree that when the dean of one of the nation’s leading law schools is forced to resign for sexually harassing his executive assistant we are a long way from equality in the workplace?

Can we all agree that Fukushima will stand forever alongside Three Mile Island and Chernobyl as a warning that we may never be able to create safe nuclear power plants?

Can we all agree that just when we thought the Europeans were making progress in their handling of refugees, more countries closing their borders did not help?

Can we all agree that while she may have been the power behind the throne, Nancy Reagan has made sure that her legacy is one of true love?

Can we all @gree that, love it or hate it, Ray Tomlinson’s contribution to our lives will not be forgotten?

Can we all agree that Erin Andrews’ court victory this week is hardly something to celebrate?

Can we all agree that despite assurances from Brazil, we’re all a bit nervous about the summer olympics in Rio later this year?

Can we all agree that San Jose hotels are understandably upset that the Super Bowl was not the bonanza they expected? Expect no such complaints from San Francisco.

Can we all agree that no-one is really surprised that another Russian athlete was caught cheating? Even if she’s an attractive, blond tennis player.

and finally:

Can we all agree that Google’s latest hire really makes you question their ‘do no harm’ mantra?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 3/5/16 edition

March 5, 2016

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Can we all agree the GOP debate this week might have been the low point in 240 years of American politics?

Can we all agree the performances by all the candidates should appall every American?

Tourists in Yosemite National Park (Eric Riess photo)

Tourists in Yosemite National Park where the names of popular landmarks were changed this week. (Eric Riess photo)

Can we all agree that the debate  has done nothing to slow Mr. Trump who seems destined to dominate the airwaves right through November?

Can we all agree Ben Carson’s departure from the race was as mystifying as his entrance?

Can we all agree that we’re not sure what emotion comes after ‘full panic’ or ‘desperation,’ but the GOP leadership is certainly there?

Can we all agree the GOP leadership doesn’t seem to have much in common with Trump supporters?

Can we all agree that no one really knows how the FBI’s email server investigation of Hillary Clinton will turn out, but it continues to give the GOP hope?

Can we all agree that Trump’s march to the GOP nomination is having an impact on the President’s strategy for naming a new Supreme Court Justice?

Can we all agree that, legal arguments aside, the FBI looks pretty incompetent in dealing with the software on the iPhone they want Apple to unlock ?

Can we all agree Chris Rock did a pretty good job addressing and defusing  the racial issues at this year’s Oscars?

Can we all agree the while it will be tough to measure the impact of United Nations sanctions on North Korea, it was encouraging to see China and the United States agreeing on something?

Can we all agree it’s nice to have Scott Kelly back on Earth after 340 days in space?

Can we all agree the geeks who attend the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival must be freaking out now that the President and First Lady have agreed to speak at the event?

Can we all agree we are a bit mystified how a judge can claim that he can teach 3-year-olds immigration law, so the government doesn’t have to provide them with an attorney?

Can we all agree, despite what some politicians say, the economy must be in pretty good shape if it created 242,000 new jobs last month?

Can we all agree we are slightly incredulous that a retiring police detective just ‘dropped off’ a knife he had kept, knowing that it came from the property where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered 22 years ago?

Can we ll agree that abortion rights activists were cheered yesterday when Justices blocked a Louisiana law with provisions similar to the Texas law argued earlier in the week?

Can we all agree we were saddened at the end of an era this week as we watched the names change in Yosemite National Park?

Can we all agree that it’s nice to hear that monarch butterflies and manatees appear to be making a comeback?

 

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