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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 4/30/16 edition

April 30, 2016

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Can we all agree that, effectively, the primary season ended this week when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton posted lopsided wins?

Can we all agree the GOP has a tough demographic battle ahead, unless they change some of their basic party policies?

Can we all agree Trump cannot win a gender battle against Hillary?

Can we all agree that combining California’s liberal reputation with Donald Trump will make the month before the California primary a real circus?

Former Speaker John Boehner at Stanford this week,   (Stanford Daily Photo)

Former Speaker John Boehner at Stanford this week, (Stanford Daily Photo)

Can we all agree that former Speaker John Boehner looked and sounded absolutely thrilled with an opportunity to blast Ted Cruz?

Can we all agree Ted Cruz’s stunt, naming Carley Fiorina as his VP choice, backfired badly because it makes no sense, just like his announced deal with John Kasich to split up the remaining primary states?

Can we all agree Trump’s foreign policy speech this week did not change many minds, supporters thought it was great and opponents say he still has no idea how the world really works?

Can we all agree the bombing of a Doctor’s Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan needs an independent investigation rather than a Pentagon report?

Can we all agree the occupation of Iraq’s parliament proves what most Americans now believe: maybe they needed to have a dictator in charge?

Can we all agree the voter I.D. requirements making their way through the courts do nothing but suppress voting when we should be encouraging everyone to get to the polls?

Can we all agree the GOP message has gotten lost in a torrent of bad headlines from the Koch’s supporting Hillary, to California fundraisers having trouble raising money?

Can we all agree that, if experts are correct,  we may be seeing a major change in teen attitudes toward sex?

Can we all agree when your attorney calls you a ‘little jerk,‘ you have some serious issues to overcome, even if you are a terrorist?

Can we all agree it’s pretty amazing that Dennis Hastert’s past, as a child molester,  did not catch up with him sooner?

Can we all agree that while most of the stock market seem panicked by Apple’s recent sales report, it might be wise to wait a bit before selling all your stock?

Can we all agree, speaking of Apple., the FBI iPhone hack may not be a real bargain, if it won’t work with the next generation iPhone, due out in the Fall?

Can we all agree that sending more combat troops to Syria reminds too many baby boomers of our slow descent into the Viet Nam War?

Can we all agree that the economy might not be in the best shape but it’s still pretty far from the disaster some politicians claim?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

And finally:

Can we all agree the court decision reinstating Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension had little to do with the original allegations, but was simply a verdict concerning labor law?

 

 

 

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CWAA Can We All Agree – 4/23/17 edition

April 23, 2016

Can we all agree that Prince and David Bowie were pop music icons who will be missed by everyone – even folks who were not fans?

Prince in concert

Prince in concert

Can we all agree that the Democratic nominee for President will be Hillary Clinton?

Can we all agree she still has an image problem to correct before November?

Can we all agree that no one believes Donald Trump’s new campaign manager when he says the candidate is really more presidential behind closed doors?

Can we all agree, the GOP convention may be the best political TV in many years?

Can we all agree that despite protestations by North Carolina’s governor that he will not change their so called ‘bathroom law,’ the mounting PR nightmare along with court cases, may force the issue?

Can we all agree that if the FBI had been smarter and hired a $125 million hacker first we could have avoided two weeks of endless pontification over privacy and public safety?

Can we all agree that the dramatic  rise is suicide rates in the United States may be the first visible evidence of what income inequality is doing to the country?

Can we all agree that every climate change denier should be given a free tour of the Great Barrier reef to see what they are causing?

Can we all agree that the Earth Day signing of the climate change treaty is just a start and may be too little, too late?

Can we all agree that it is unacceptable that over half the country is still breathing polluted air?

Queen Elizabeth with her grand children and great grandchildren.

Queen Elizabeth with her grand-children and great-grandchildren.

Can we all agree it’s really pretty amazing that Queen Elizabeth is the only English monarch most Americans have ever known? Happy birthday Your Majesty.

Can we all agree that if the UK’s Science minister were any kind of a fun bloke, he would let the nation’s new research vessel keep the name given to it through an internet vote? Long live Boaty McBoat face!

Can we all agree that while Harriet Tubman is an excellent choice for the $20 bill, replacing an impeached slave-owning president, most Americans have no idea who she is?

Can we all agree that this may be the first time a Broadway show played a role in currency policy?

Can we all agree we were heartened to hear that three people had been charged in the Flint water crises, but know that many more deserve to be punished for the harm they caused to that city’s children?

Can we all agree that Curt Schilling may have been a great pitcher, and a pretty fair TV broadcaster, but he doesn’t understand that free speech doesn’t mean you should blurt out everything that floats through your brain? Professionally, I would say he has no emotional intelligence.

Can we all agree that the same could probably be said for Kelly Ripa, but at least she had the sense to keep her mouthy shut?

Can we all agree that we all loved actress Doris Roberts, because she said what we all wanted to say at some family gathering?

Can we all agree it will be interesting to see how many Volkswagen diesel owners decide to keep their cars, rather than let VW buy them back?

Can we all agree the there is always at least one triumphant story to emerge from the Boston Marathon?

Can we all agree that Islamophobia is reaching new heights when a single word can get you thrown off an airplane?

Can we all agree that judicial approval of the NFL’s concussion settlement won’t keep the issue out of the public consciousness when football season starts this fall?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 4/16/16 edition

April 16, 2016

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Can we all agree that Pope Francis has, once again, shown that his actions speak much louder than anything he could possibly say to the nations of Western Europe?

Can we all agree Bernie Sanders’ sarcasm did not play well at this week’s Democratic debate with Hillary Clinton?

Can we all agree that while the Warriors 73-win NBA record is more impressive, Kobe Bryant’s final game was better TV?

Kobe Bryant (USA Today photo)

Kobe Bryant (USA Today photo)

Can we all agree that while most Americans have no idea why Tax Day was moved to Monday, we’ll take the extra weekend?

Can we all agree that Brazil has picked the wrong time to devolve into political chaos?

Can we all agree that the proposed desert concert including Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters  would be a site to behold? Average age of attendees might be over 60, but it would be a great time.

Can we all agree, the thought of getting a refund from a hospital is pretty remarkable?

Can we all agree that the resignation of the University of California provost is just the first domino to fall in the wake of sexual harassment investigations going on at the school?

Can we all agree, the George Lucas Museum has become a public relations nightmare for both cities where it was supposed to be built?

Can we all agree North Korea’s attempts to develop a missile capable of hitting the US would be pretty funny, if they weren’t talking about a nuclear warhead?

Can we all agree that Microsoft’s lawsuit, asking the government to allow them to notify people whose phone records are being sought, seems pretty reasonable?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump’s speech on Joe Paterno was  this week’s political highlight? Although the fact that his own children will not be able to vote for him was an honorable mention.

Can we all agree that UC Davis’s attempts to scrub mentions of their pepper spray incident from the internet, reveals a real disagreement about priorities?

Can we all agree that Russian jets buzzing US warships makes no sense no matter how you view it?

Can we all agree that Justin Trudeau continues to be a great example of leadership?

Can we all agree the Chicago Police Department appears to have some serious issues to confront?

Can we all agree the spread of the Zika virus creates a true dilemma for any woman who wants to have a baby?

Can we all agree that we were all surprised this week by two court decisions – one  giving the so called affluenza teen a two-year prison term and another granting a pardon to Manson family member Lesley Van Houten?

Can we all agree, speaking of justice, that California politicians gave the legal system a huge black eye by paroling a prominent politician’s son?

Can we all agree we never knew banks had living wills and that they might endanger the economy?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump will have to win the GOP nomination on the first ballot or his bid will end in Cleveland?

Can we all agree, no-one is surprised to find out the government just paid someone to hack into an iPhone? We would all love to know what they paid.

Can we all agree that the GOP’s activist government style seems to create a headline every day. This week was Kentucky and Tennessee.

Can we all agree Florida Governor Rick Scott would have been better off ignoring a heckler rather than taking out an attack ad to respond?imrs.php

Can we all agree that no-one seems to believe Paul Ryan when he says he would not accept the GOP nomination for President?

Can we all agree that with the new forever stamps, most people never noticed the cost of sending a first class letter dropped by 2 cents? Of course, no one under 30 even sends a real letter anyway.

Can we all agree that John Kerry’s visit to the Hiroshima memorial will do little to dampen the GOP criticism of the President when he visits, as expected, later this year?

Can we all agree we are happy to know the wild tiger population is on the rise?

And finally:

Can we all agree it’s nice that chip technology on credit cards has made them safer, but it has done nothing to speed up the checkout line at the local supermarket?

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 4/10/16 edition

April 10, 2016

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Can we all agree, if  Bruce Springsteen cancels a concert in your state (North Carolina), you’ve lost the support of a good portion of the country?

Can we all agree the plethora of laws legalizing discrimination will impact the GOP presidential campaign?

Can we all agree that the campaign by Indiana women opposed to new anti-abortion regulations is pretty creative?

Can we all agree The Pope has, once again, won admiration by simply addressing major issues that affect everyone?

University of Connecticut women celebrate their third straight NCAA title.   (NCAA photo)

University of Connecticut women celebrate their third straight NCAA title. (NCAA photo)

Can we all agree that new rules for financial planners codified what most people thought was supposed to be happening?

Can we all agree that both the University of Connecticut and Villanova basketball teams deserve accolades for their NCAA championships?

Can we all agree that the Villanova/UNC title contest may be the best NCAA championship contest of all time?

Can we all agree that it would be great if San Francisco’s  move to mandate paid parental would start a nationwide trend?

Can we all agree the Panama Papers are threatening to remake the political map in Democratic nations all over the world? Nations where dictators have total control of their media don’t seem to have any problem with the revelations.

Can we all agree that most of us never knew there was a question about the meaning of  ‘one man, one vote’ but we’re glad the Supreme Court clarified it ?

Can we all agree it’s painful to watch boatloads of migrants being sent back from the EU to Turkey?

Can we all agree that The NRA’s effort to redo Grimm’s Fairy tales by arming everyone with guns, is another sad commentary on our gun culture?

Can we all agree that Bill Clinton seems bit off his game as he campaigns for Hillary?

Can we all agree, speaking of a bit off, that Bernie Sanders sounds  off base trying to claim Hillary is unqualified because of votes she made as a Senator?

Can we all agree that, if there was any doubt about who President Obama backs, it looked pretty obvious after his comments this weekend on Fox News.

Can we all agree that the Democratic primary system looks like it was designed to benefit the candidate supported by the establishment? No matter how many victories Sanders notches, he doesn’t seem to make up much delegate ground.

Can we all agree that Bernie Sanders trip to Rome for a conference, in the middle of a campaign, seems bit strange?

Can we all agree that Ted Cruz is getting a good taste of New York values as he campaigns in the city?

Can we all agree that Bernie Sanders will probably have a lot of explaining to do at next week’s debate, after his Daily News interview revealed some holes in his plans for the country?

Can we all agree that Donald Blankenship got off easy with a year in prison and a fine after lax safety standards led to the death of 29 miners at one of his coal mines?

Can we all agree that no matter how much hype a state primary generates, no one even remembers who won, three days later?

 

 

 

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 4/3/16 edition

April 3, 2016

Can we all agree that Villanova-UNC should be a fitting NCAA championship game Monday night?

USA Today photo

USA Today photo

Can we all agree that it’s good news the economy added 215,000 new jobs last month? Someone please tell the GOP and Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree that it’s somehow comforting to know that self-driving cars apparently will not be common until the condition of US roadways improves significantly? Maybe that will get them fixed.

Can we all agree, speaking of cars, putting $1,000 down for a $35,000 Tesla which may not be available for two years puts a bit too much faith in Elon Musk? That didn’t stop 133,000 fanatics though.

Can we all agree it was great to see the ‘Stones’ play Havana? Relations can now be considered normal.

Can we all agree that increases in the minimum wage in California and New York are welcome, but could be entirely eaten up by inflation, by the time they are fully implemented?

Can we all agree the women’s soccer stars who have kept their sport alive while the men continue to be international also-rans, deserve higher pay than the men?

Can we all agree that Alabama’s Republican Governor deserves to lose his job over his sex scandal?

Can we all agree that the FDA’s action this week, increasing the ability of women to end their pregnancies on their own, may do more to insure adequate access, than anything activists might do?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump has, once again, shown how improbably uninformed he is on topics ranging  from abortion to nuclear missiles? Quite an accomplishment.

Ron Wood and Keith Richards in Havana (AP Photo)

Ron Wood and Keith Richards in Havana (AP Photo)

Can we all agree all three of the remaining  candidates, Kasich, Cruz and Trump sound increasingly desperate and the GOP is now officially the party of the walking dead?

Can we all agree that the actions of one of our smallest states will have a big impact on food labeling?

Can we all agree, that since US politicians continue to deny global warming, despite the most recent revelations about the Antarctic ice sheet, our only choice is to head to higher ground?

Can we all agree it was nice to have the GOP candidates get together this week and not debate? Did we ever believe Mr, Trump intended to support the GOP nominee if it was not him?

Can we all agree it might be a bit unsettling to see your pilot arrested and taken off your plane, just minutes before your were scheduled to take off?

Can we all agree that continuing revelations about the activity of terrorists in the EU might make Americans think twice about their summer travel plans to Europe?

Can we all agree that the media overreacted, just a tad, when news broke that an Egyptian plane had been hijacked?

Can we all agree that the actions of those state legislatures controlled by the Republicans, are starting to worry the party faithful – one state at a time?

Can we all agree it was good news that at least one governor (in Georgia) stood up to the crazies?

Can we all agree that when man-made earthquakes have become a natural phenomenon, we’ve all lost sight of the dangers of fracking?

Can we all agree that, while most of the attention was focused on the Republicans this week, Susan Sarandon may have hit on the biggest problem facing the Democratic front runner? I guess her performances in ‘Bull Durham’ and ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ qualify her a political pundit.

Can we all agree that when anyone on your campaign staff is charged with a crime, you really should tell them to find some other line of work? Let’s go to the video tape…

Can we all agree that it may not take many more 4-4 Supreme Court votes before Mitch McConnell’s coalition against Judge Merrick B. Garland starts to show cracks? Although it would be great to know what threat he’s using to keep them in line.

and finally:

Can we all agree that it’s tough for some of us to understand why people want to create a second or third virtual reality when the reality we all live, is a pretty good show?

 

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