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Can We All Agree™ – 10/28/17 edition

October 28, 2017

Can we all agree, the chances of the Spanish government allowing the Catalonia region to become independent are about the same this week as they were last week: zero?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump declared an opioid emergency, but did the least amount possible to fight the epidemic?

Can we all agree, Republicans still have few clues about what will be in their tax cut package, but they still want to give the 1% a nice Christmas present?

Can we all agree, PGE, the utility that many blame for the recent fires in Northern California, may be slow to maintain their equipment, but they are pretty fast at lobbying to make sure ratepayers, and not stockholders,  pay for their mistakes?

Can we all agree, the immigration service may have the law on their side, but when they arrest disabled 10-year-olds after surgery, they look like uncaring thugs?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump may think he is a beloved figure in the GOP, but the all-out civil war taking place in his party tells a whole different story?

Can we all agree, the FCC’s decision to loosen ownership rules on media outlets, means there will be fewer local news programs and more homogenized and probably biased news sources?

Can we all agree, the administrations mixed signals of California Governor Jerry Brown’s water tunnel project, is just one more example of a dysfunctional and poorly run, White House?

Can we all agree, having a national organization, such as the NAACP, warning an entire ethnic group about using your company, American Airlines,  is bad news and even worse PR?

Can we all agree, retiring Senators Jeff Flake and Robert Corker could now be the deciding votes on the Republicans tax cut plan, so maybe it would be good to stop insulting them?

Can we all agree, everyone has a favorite Fats Domino song?

Can we all agree, after listening to 8 years of conservatives warning about a budget deficit, their silence now is pretty deafening?

Can we all agree, there may be one call for jurors that everyone in Chicago might want to attend, since President Obama plans to answer the call?

Can we all agree, it’s getting tough to figure out  if no one or everyone wants credit for financing the dossier on Donald Trump’s activity in Russia?

Can we all agree, if big business wants an edge against consumers, Republicans will vote for it, no questions asked?

Can we all agree, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, has some explaining to do about the two-man firm from his home town, which ‘won’ a $300 million contract to restore some electrical service in Puerto Rico?

Can we all agree, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos knows she will not be welcomed at the nation’s public schools, so she is avoiding them?

Can we all agree, going to CVS to get health insurance will take some getting used to?

Can we all agree, conspiracy theorists will have at least another 6 months  to offer more half baked theories about the facts surrounding the Kennedy assassination?

Can we all agree, there needs to be a serious investigation into the deaths of four US solders in Niger, now that we know they were apparently alive when French helicopters rescued their comrades?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to complain too much about government figures showing good news for the economy? So why do we need a tax cut?

Can we all agree, the courts did not have much choice but to allow an undocumented teen in detention to have an abortion?

Can we all agree, the decision by Republicans to open investigations into 7-year old decisions of the Obama administration makes them look like political tools of the administration?

Can we all agree, it’s fair to say Chinese President Xi Jingling may be the most important world leader now that Mr. Trump has abdicated the position?

Can we all agree, all 238 communities bidding for the new Amazon headquarters think they have the best proposal?

Can we all agree Melania Trump’s statement on bullying, annotated with tweets  from her husband, was just embarrassing?

and finally:

A rescue story: After five months adrift in the Pacific.

 

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Can We All Agree™ – 10/21/17 edition

October 21, 2017

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s ability to create controversy out of routine presidential tasks, such as calling the families of fallen soldiers, is unmatched in the nation’s history?

Can we all agree,  he managed to make a liar and racist out of a four-star Marine general?

Downtown Sonoma, CA: Open for business and saying thanks

Downtown Sonoma, CA: Open for business and saying thanks

Can we all agree, the administration’s attempt to force changes to the bipartisan Senate agreement to fund healthcare subsidies, is a last-ditch effort to make it seem like the President is in charge?

Can we all agree, Speaker Paul Ryan’s attempts to roast Mr. Trump would be funny if they weren’t true?

Can we all agree, if it weren’t for the racist in the White House, we could all ignore Richard Spencer and he would crawl back into his cave?

Can we all agree, if the Pentagon cannot figure out what happened in Niger, it might be time for a Congressional inquiry?

Can we all agree, few Senators actually know what was in the budget passed this week and even fewer know what will be in the tax plan that will follow?

Can we all agree, it took two former Presidents to remind us how a President is supposed to act? Who thought we would long for the days of George Bush?

Can we all agree, ISIS may have been pushed out of its self-declared capital, but that doesn’t diminish their threat?

Can we all agree the Scott Pruitt EPA is putting us all in danger?

Can we all agree,  Jeff Sessions is a poor excuse for an Attorney General?

Can we all agree, every time a moderate Republican leaves Congress the chances for bipartisan compromise lessen?

Can we all agree, the North Carolina Republicans are making a mockery out of governance?

Can we all agree, The NFL did not really have a choice when they decided they could not penalize players who declined to stand during the National Anthem?

Can we all agree,  any report linking increased spousal abuse to the NAFTA agreement, doesn’t deserve consideration in serious trade negotiations?

Can we all agree, federal judges and Trump’s tweets  will force the President to either widen his travel ban until it’s unworkable or abandon the idea altogether?

Can we all agree, after nine months in office the administration still has no idea how to vet candidates for important posts?

Can we all agree, watching Sen. Mitch McConnell pose for photos with Mr. Trump was beyond painful?

Can we all agree, calling the White House an “Adult Day Care Center” was pretty much stating the obvious?

Can we all agree, we may not understand the science, but neutron stars colliding to create gravitational waves, sounds like a big deal?

Can we all agree, North Korea seems to have figured out they can accomplish more with cyber attacks than with nuclear attacks?

Can we all agree, California Governor Jerry Brown may have saved himself some legal headaches by vetoing a bill requiring candidates to release tax returns, but most of the state’s Democartic voters wanted him to sign the measure?

Can we all agree, the #MeToo campaign just shows that Harvey Weinstein’s conduct has become institutionalized in the US?

Can we all agree, Theresa May, might not be around for the final Brexit agreement?

Can we all agree, the best story of the week was the  conspiracy theory about the Melania Trump “stand in?”

Can we all agree, Spain will never allow Catalonia to become a separate country?

And finally;

This week’s good read – how low our society has sunk.

and a tale of heroism during the fires that ravaged California last week.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 10/14/17 edition

October 14, 2017

Can we all agree, most of us will never know the fear faced by Northern California residents, forced to evacuate by a week of uncontrolled wild fires?

Can we all agree, long after the fires are over the stories of bravery love and compassion will stand out?

Can we all agree, it will be interesting to see if The President dares to tour Northern California after the fires are contained? Hint: I doubt he  would  be welcomed.

Fire Damage in Santa Rosa, CA. (Press Democrat photo)

Fire Damage in Santa Rosa, CA. (Press Democrat photo)

Can we all agree, you could argue, the human race is being punished for its own ignorance with, 10 hurricanes in 10 weeks, firestorms and now plague?

Can we all agree, nothing Chief of Staff John Kelly can say will take the sting out of Mr. Trump’s warning to Puerto Rico? And his public relations videos will not help  as the Republicans try to convince Latino voters that they even care.

Can we all agree, Trump’s war on the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with helping Americans but is a reflection of his administration’s goal to erase anything Barack Obama accomplished?

A bit of whimsey in Downtown Sonoma.

A bit of whimsey in Downtown Sonoma. General Vallejo gets some love.

Can we all agree, there is significant evidence that Trump knows the effort to end the ACA may fail and that it’s just a negotiation tactic with congress?

Can we all agree, it’s the same  strategy he’s using to trade a border wall for new DACA regulations?

Can we all agree, Trump’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal is a similar negotiating ploy that will not work?

Can we all agree, the GOP is facing a crises that no one, except maybe Hillary Clinton, could have predicted last November?

Can we all agree, the unification of Hamas and Fatah was a necessary first step toward some kind of peace with Israel?

Can we all agree, only a group of angry Trump supporters, would try to waste taxpayer money by impeaching California Governor Jerry Brown, who has just a year left in office?

Can we all agree, California Senator Diane Feinstein, is out of step with many of her constituents and could lose a Democratic primary to a younger and stronger Democratic candidate?

Can we all agree, the return of a Canadian/American family from 5 years of captivity has more twists and turns than the average spy novel?

Can we all agree, its not whether Hollywood has a ‘casting couch’ problem, but what they will do about it?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump has no idea how the First Amendment, or the FCC really work?

Can we all agree, the Dutch just know how to entertain and criticize simultaneously? Eminem, well, he knows how to criticize. But these middle school students top them all.

Can we all agree, Facebook’s Mark Zukerberg, really needs someone on his staff to tell him when he has stupid idea?

Can we all agree, the idea that a black man, who was attacked by a gang of thugs in Charlottesville, is now being charged with a crime, is a bit hard to understand?

Can we all agree, the failure of the US mens team to qualify for the World Cup,  means a big financial hit fior Fox Sports who paid millions for the TV rights in the US?

Can we all agree the Mensa sponsored I.Q. face-off between the Secretary of State and The President would be ‘must see’ TV?

Can we all agree, Trump has beaten the NFL in the PR battle over players taking a knee during the national anthem? It’s also a convenient way for Trump to avoid another embarrassing photo op with a sports champion.

Can we all agree, Catalonia has lost its battle for independence, now that its leader can’t seem to figure out what he wants?

Can we all agree, if Melania Trump had just ignored Ivanka Trump no one would have questioned who was the First Lady?

Can we all agree, the only thing that Mr. Trump’s dispute with Senator Robert Corker shows is that even the GOP knows Mr. Trump is unstable?

Can we all agree, Vice President Mike Pence’s stunt – protesting pro football protests – just shows how morally bankrupt the administration is?

Can we all agree, EPA chief Mike Pruitt created a clear and present danger by rejecting the Obama administration’s clean air regulations?

Can we all agree, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has the biggest ego outside the White House?

and finally:

There are some spots in Northern California to escape the air pollution.

And more NFL players warn parents about letting their children play football.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 10/7/17 edition

October 7, 2017

Can we all agree, the NRA has given Republicans permission to consider gun restrictions? I guess we should all feel grateful.

Can we all agree, the response from a majority of Americans is closer to  that of late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel?

Can we all agree, while most politicians only feel pressure to act when there is a mass shooting the real issue is guns and suicide?

Les Vegas memorial (LV Review Journal photo)

Les Vegas memorial
(LV Review Journal photo)

Can we all agree, Rex Tillerson will not be our Secretary of State much longer?

Can we all agree, now that Mr. Trump has apparently decided to abrogate the nuclear deal with Iran we will have to rely on European leaders to make the world safer?

Can we all agree Lin-Manuel Miranda has a way with words?

Can we all agree the Narcissist in Chief must have been feeling ignored, so he reached out to Democrats, seeking a new health care compromise? Will Chuck and Nancy give him another victory?

Can we all agree, between their lies about their own tax plan and the Bannon revolt, the GOP has some serious issues to confront in the coming year?

Can we all agree, it’s heartening to know that the courts are fighting back against Mr, Trump, his EPA chief Scott Pruitt and the rest of the lobbyists who run the department?

Can we all agree, the battle over birth control and the ACA has nothing to do with religion or abortion?

Can we all agree, no one really understands all the fuss about Harvey Weinstein’s bad behavior? I’m neither shocked nor surprised.

Can we all agree, The House of Representative budget bill is totally irrelevant except that it allows the Senate to possibly pass the measure and the tax plan with majority votes – which they don’t have yet?

Can we all agree, now that California will be a Sanctuary State in 2018, a lot more folks will encounter ICE agents at their front door?

Can we all agree, Americans, and Donald Trump , won’t figure out how much Hurricane Maria has destroyed in Puerto Rico, until we start to have drug shortages on the mainland?

Can we all agree, no-one seems to care that a Senate report confirms that the Russians hacked the 2016 election and continues to disrupt our electoral process?

Can we all agree, we all knew politicians were hypocritical but it was nice that Rep. Tim Murphy reminded us how duplicitous they really are?

Can we all agree, The Captains of American industry muster have been very proud when a former member of their club (Equifax)  was able to blame all his problems on a single employee?

Can we all agree, we’re glad the death rate from breast cancer is declining, but it would be even better is they could figure out the cause of the disease?

Can we all agree, Both Democrats and Republicans are to blame for gerrymandering but leaving it up the the Supreme Court will leave both sides unhappy?

Can we all agree, the aviation industry should be embarrassed by the Australian government’s final report on the fate of Malaysian Airlines flight 370?

Can we all agree, Tom Petty left us way too soon?

Can we all agree, It’s about time that a major US car maker realized electric cars are here to stay?

Can we all agree, we’re wondering if Monte Hall is offering someone a deal, right now?

Can we all agree, the only reason Mr. Trump hasn’t made a comment about the Catalonia independence vote, is that he has no idea where it is?

Can we all agree, we’ve all become immune to news of new data breaches and who has access to our personal information?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump has been surprisingly silent on the death of 4 soldiers in Niger?

and finally:

This week’s good read: The death of a man wrongly convicted and betrayed by the system

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Do We Really Need Guns?

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Several neighbors on my street own guns. The subject comes up once in a while, when there is some kind of crime in our small town

It doesn’t happen very often, but I’m sure this weekend when we’re all out gardening or chatting over the back fence the topic will be mentioned since it’s the first full weekend since the carnage in Las Vegas.

My niece, who is still in her 20’s, owns 2 rifles which are locked in a gun safe until she takes them out for target shooting at a range near her home. I was surprised, and slightly dismayed, when I learned of her interest, but her parents approve so I keep my mouth shut -mostly.

At one time, my wife even suggested I get a gun. After police combed our neighborhood searching for an armed robber who decided the best spot to hide was in a neighbor’s back yard.

I declined, and will continue to decline as long as I live. I can see no point to them. I have no interest in shooting at a target or a deer. Although, they roam our neighborhood with impunity, eating anything that grows. As an avid gardener I consider them rats with long legs. But that’s a different issue.

I cannot foresee an instance where I would use a gun against someone who was threatening me or my family. I can only see that it would make the situation worse.

My dad was a WWII veteran and shot a gun many times, I’m sure, but we never had them around the house and in all my years I don’t remember the topic ever coming up for discussion. After all, he suffered from what we now call PTSD, and I doubt he had any interest in firing a rifle again.

And yes, I firmly believe the second amendment has been poorly interpreted and our Founding Fathers never meant that we should all have automatic weapons in our homes.

Over 60% of the gun deaths in this country are suicides and I can see no reason to make suicide easier.

I’m not saying suicide would be impossible without guns. Heavens knows when my wife’s best friend decided five years ago, to end her life with pills, there was nothing we could do, no matter how much we pleaded with her.

But I’d like to think that my neighbor two doors away, who I had a standing Wednesday lunch date with for the last two years, would still be alive, if he had not been able to take out a gun and blow his brains out early one Monday morning  three weeks ago.

Perhaps, without the NRA, my neighbor and I could have lunch again this week.

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