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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 1/27/18 edition

January 27, 2018

Can we all agree, the resignation of the US Gymnastics committee should have happened months (if not years) ago?

Can we all agree, after hearing the horrific details of what went on in Larry Nassar’s medical office, the  young women have a right to ask “What took so long,” and why aren’t more people losing their jobs?

Some of Larry Nassar's victim's. Rachael Denhollander, Sterling Riethman, Kaylee Lorincz, Jeanette Antolin

Some of Larry Nassar’s victims. Rachael Denhollander, Sterling Riethman, Kaylee Lorincz, Jeanette Antolin.

Can we all agree, most environmentalists were pleasantly surprised when the EPA continued to restrict gold mining in Alaska only to be disappointed by the White House plans to speed up infrastructure approvals by making environmental rules tougher to enforce?

Can we all agree, despite what pollsters may think, the flu is the major topic on the minds of most Americans?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump was able to complete a successful trip to Davos, only because he stuck to the speech written for him and didn’t issue one tweet?

Can we all agree, despite what Mr. Trump said earlier in the week, no one knows what he really wants the final immigration bill to say?

Can we all agree, if The President is interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, perjury will be the first charge he faces?

Can we all agree, “gridlock” will be the political word of the year?

Can we all agree, whether they like it or not, the GOP will have to deal with reports that the President wanted to fire Mr. Mueller?

Can we all agree, depending on who you talk to, the economy is either good, or not as good as it should be?

Can we all agree, few people outside the beltway are paying attention to the political machinations of the House and Senate committees investigating Russian interference in our election?

Can we all agree, advancing the Doomsday Clock, may be an academic exercise, but it scares the hell out of everyone?

Can we all agree, imposing tariff’s on foreign washing machines and solar panels, just guarantees that prices will go up in both categories? Even for those products made in the US.

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump might be getting the hang of this appointment process? He only had one resignation this week and two of his nominees (the Fed Chairman and the HHS secretary) were actually approved easily. A third needed Mike Pence’s vote to break a tie?

Can we all agree, ratings for Stormy Daniels on the Kimmel show will easily beat the State of the Union or the Democrats’ rebuttal?

Can we all agree, $92 million to settle three years of harassment cases in one state (CA) is a problem?

Can we all agree, Mr Trump should have taken the gold toilet offered by the Guggenheim museum?

Can we all agree, it doesn’t seem like anyone in the Trump clan understands that they should not be commenting on anything political?

Can we all agree,  Congressman Patrick Meehan doesn’t even seem to know what sexual misconduct is?

Can we all agree, it’s quite an indictment of our political system, when a sitting senator agrees to run for re-election by saying,”This place sucks.”

Can we all agree, we have become so numb to school killings that two murders in a schoolyard hardly caused a ripple?

Can we all agree, the Oscar  committee has at least avoided any major controversies with this year’s nominees?

Can we all agree, it’s Saturday, and no one even remembers last weekend’s government shutdown – so it’s unlikely voters will remember in November? Unless, of course, we have another one next month.

Can we all agree, Democrats will be forced to accept citizenship for Dreamers in exchange for Trump’s wall?

Can we all agree, some folks might detect a pattern in the way the courts are throwing out voting districts created by partisan legislatures?

Can we all agree, the US is powerless to stop Turkey from attacking the Kurds in Northern Syria?

Can we all agree, it won’t take long for someone to figure out a way to outsmart the  cashierless Amazon Go stores?

Can we all agree, if any other Attorney General were so brazenly doing the President’s political dirty work, there would be demands for a Congressional investigation?

Can we all agree, some candidates never should have run for office?

and finally:

It’s one thing to stop illegal immigrants from entering the country, but quite another to gleefully empty emergency water bottles left by non-profit groups just trying to keep people alive.


There is hope that new battery technology will help store solar and wind power.

or what was that about a Nutella riot in France?


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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 1/20/18 edition

January 20, 2018

Can we all agree, the last thing The President and GOP wanted to see was the headline –  “Government shuts down on anniversary of Trump inauguration.”

Can we all agree, as much as the GOP would like to label this the ‘Schumer Shutdown,’ it is really the ‘sh…thole shutdown’ as Republicans embrace the President’s racist comments on immigration?

Can we all agree, it is unfortunate that today’s women’s marches around the country will get second billing to the government shutdown?

Protesters in New York today. (NYT photo)

Protesters in New York today. (NYT photo)

Can we all agree, there is more than enough blame on both sides, but the GOP will shoulder most of the responsibility since they control the Presidency and both legislative branches?

Can we all agree, the Pentagon’s decision to ignore climate change flies in the face of good sense and the facts?

Can we all agree, by declaring Mr. Trump healthy, the White House doctor has chosen his paycheck over his reputation?

Can we all agree, the President’s doctor is is just the latest in a long line of politicians who have decided that lying for Mr. Trump is the only way to survive?

Can we all agree, for any other President, stories of an affaire with a porn star, three months after your son was born, would prove disastrous?

Can we all agree, no one believes Mr. Trump’s performance on the mental health screening exam says anything about whether he is a danger to the country?

Can we all agree, the nation is more concerned about the flu epidemic than the government shutdown?

Can we all agree, the White House has no idea how to respond to the Olympic detente between the two Koreas?

Can we all agree, the International Olympic Committee has made a mockery of its ban on Russian athletes?

Can we all agree, Former FBI director James Comey, must have chosen the name for the course he will now teach at the College of William and Mary?

Can we all agree, the immigration service’s planned raids of California businesses will add another black eye their already well earned reputation for callousness?

Can we all agree, it’s the same level of enmity shown by the Justice Department’s decision to bypass appeals courts and ask the Supreme Court to dismantle President Obama’s DACA order?

Can we all agree, White House Chief of staff John Kelly seems to be the only man who can tell the truth and keep his job?

Can we all agree, Apple’s decision to reinvest foreign capital in this country is a direct result of the President’s criticism, but you have to wonder if Amazon will choose Toronto for a new headquarters just to annoy Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, asking Facebook users to rate news sites will be useless in stopping fake news stories?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to read the stories of the 12 California children held captive by their own parents without wondering how no one noticed anything was wrong?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to believe Mr. Trump has only been in office for one year?

Can we all agree, the Pope is having a tough time on his trip to South America?

Can we all agree, the heinous crimes of former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar have not received enough coverage?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to rationalize leaving illegal congressional districts in place, because it would be inconvenient to redraw them  before the next election?

Can we all agree, Republican National Committee’s “Fake News’ awards, just call attention to the over 2,000 lies and misstatements of the President  during his first year in office?

Can we all agree, The House inquiry into Russian interference in our elections is now being used by the GOP to simply punish Mr. Trump’s enemies?

Can we all agree, Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain sound a lot like Democrats as they blast the President?

Can we all agree, blaming the opioid crises on the expansion of Medicare can only occur if you ignore the facts?

Can we all agree, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, doesn’t care that his advisory panel quit?

Can we all agree, it’s 10 months until the mid-term elections, but the GOP just has to look at early election returns too see what’s coming?

Can we all agree, The President doesn’t even appear care about paying tribute to Martin Luther King?

Can we all agree, the fake missile alert in Hawaii shows what a fine line we tread between war and peace?

and finally:

A first tweet, for the ages.

Would you be this calm calling 9-1-1 with a truck crushing your legs?

R.I.P. Keith Jackson the voice of college sports for a generation.



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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 1/13/18 edition

January 13, 2018

Can we all agree, we should all be talking about the terrible loss of life in the California mudslides, rather than the uneducated rants of our President?

Can we all agree, it’s rather remarkable that over 60 people have died in California from fires and mudslides and we have heard very little from the highest levels of government? That would not be the case if we were a red state.

Can we all agree,  there is no excuse for Mr. Trump’s racist language, period.

Can we all agree, no one wants to listen to a president who speaks like he was in a bar. And no, he’s not just saying what everyone was thinking?

Mudslides in Montecito, CA (LA Times photo)

Mudslides in Montecito, CA (LA Times photo)

Can we all agree, those who do not condemn his language deserve just as much criticism? Words matter.

Can we all agree, after 17 years, there is no reason to kick out Salvadoran immigrants unless you are just trying to alienate all Latino-Americans?

Can we all agree, Thursday was a rather remarkable day, even for this administration?

Can we all agree, that what was lost in all the talk about ‘shit hole countries’ was the fate of immigrants already in this country and millions more who still see us as the land of opportunity?

Can we all agree, it’s remarkable that the public would doubt the word of a respected physician, because he was forced to give the Prsident a routine physical?

Can we all agree, the cynics among us are probably surprised the taxpayers have only paid $300,000 to settle congressional harassment complaints over the last 14 years?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump can set all the deadlines he wants for Iran, but he will continue to extend the Obama Administrations nuclear deal?

Can we all agree, as soon as the Winter Olympics are over, the war of words between the US and North Korea will resume, despite what the President thinks about his relationship with Kim Jong Un?

Can we all agree, we’re not surprised Mr. Trump had an affaire with a porn star, we’re surprised he paid to have it covered up?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump should have paid to have the Russian dossier hidden?

Can we all agree, Facebook’s new news feed changes are just a return to what we all thought it was supposed to be doing anyway?

Can we all agree, mental health professionals who say they cannot offer a diagnosis of the President are just worried about lawsuits? But the issue will not go away for the foreseeable future?

Can we all agree, the President’s excuse for canceling his trip to London is, well, trumped up?

Can we all agree, the Democrats on Capitol Hill are finally starting to push back against the GOP stalling tactics. in the investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to realize he has no  choice, if special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to talk with him?

Can we all agree, the highlight of Monday’s college football national championship game was Mr. Trump’s non-singing of the national anthem?

Can we all agree, granting Julian Assange Ecuadorean citizenship, probably isn’t going to end his stay at that country’s London embassy?

Can we all agree, no one is going to trust a government application to make sure the right amount of taxes are withheld from their paycheck?

Can we all agree, Trump doesn’t seem to realize his erratic behavior is losing the support of the folks who put him in office?

Can we all agree, the US ambassador to The Netherlands is probably hoping his boss hasn’t noticed what a poor job he’s been doing?

Can we all agree, Walmart did a masterful job in diverting attention from their store closings, by announcing a pay raise at the same time?

Can we all agree, if the Attorney General is spending all his time just trying to please his President, he’s probably not doing a very good job?

Can we all agree, we should not have a former drug company executive running the Department of Health and Human Services?

Can we all agree, Trump has nothing to gain and everything to lose by traveling to Davos Switzerland to hang out with a lot of folks who are much smarter than he is?

Can we all agree, GOP House members look like they are deserting a sinking ship as they retire from Congress? Good thing Joe Arpaio, and his criminal record,  are running for Senate.

Can we all agree, requiring medicare recipients to work to receive benefits. plays into GOP beliefs that recipients are lazy, but it will have little impact?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s endorsement of earmarks, proves he has no intention of draining any swamps?

Can we all agree, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu now has something else in common with Mr. Trump: an immature, self indulgent son?

Can we all agree, by excluding Florida from the off-shore oil drilling plans, Mr. Trump has effectively killed his whole proposal?

Can we all agree the nuclear and coal industries will not be revived in this, or any other, administration?

Can we all agree Oprah Winfrey’s week had a spectacular high at the Golden Globes and a tragic low as her home was inundated by mud, but it was great week if you are a candidate for President?

Can we all agree, Tonya Harding does not deserve an apology from anyone?

and finally:

If you’ve been wondering why the ‘Do Not Call’ list doesn’t work, here’s your answer.


We can all dream a bit.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 1/6/18 edition

January 6, 2018

Can we all agree, anyone who needs to tell the world they are “a very stable genius” is not?

Can we all agree, Democrats think they will finally have a smoking gun to impeach Mr. Trump, if they just adopt the Watergate era mantra and ‘follow the money?’

Can we all agree, $18 billion for a wall no one wants will be tough pill for  Congress to swallow while trying to avoid a government shutdown and allowing “Dreamers” to stay in the country?

The Northeast digs out. (Boston Globe photo)

The Northeast digs out. (Boston Globe photo)

Can we all agree, The GOP is trying to distract the public’s attention from the Mueller investigation by reviving an investigation of the Clinton Foundation and seeking an indictment against the folks who collected the Russian dossier on the President? I doubt it will work.

Can we all agree, residents in the Northeast are more concerned about the snow and cold, than anything going on in Washington?

Can we all agree, Michael Wolf’f’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” is just the first of many ‘tell-all’ books about the current administration– given the way they have burned through staffers in their first year?

Can we all agree, Mr. Wolff was quite magnanimous in thanking Mr. Trump for the extra press, but we wonder if his ‘box of chocolates’ comment was a reference to Forrest Gump?

Can we all agree, Mr. Bannon might make up with Mr. Trump, but he may have permanently  lost the support of his right-wing base?

Can we all agree, Attorney General Jeff Sessions badly underestimated the support the marijuana industry has in many states?

Can we all agree, the chances of increased oil drilling off the US coast is slim and none, given the reaction of GOP governors and congressmen?

Can we all agree, Trump has no use for s state’s rights unless they suit his purposes?

Can we all agree, with Silicon Valley aligned against the FCC, it could be a while before ‘net neutrality’ actually ends – if ever?

Can we all agree, despite adding 148,000 new jobs, and Dow Jones closing above 25,000 most Americans have not seen much improvement in their standard of living?

Can we all agree, Intel may face a raft of lawsuits because of the flaw in their computer chips, but most Americans have no idea what they need to do?

Can we all agree,  replacing the  artificial coloring in Dunkin Donuts will not make them healthy?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump thinks that weilding US assistance as a lever to force countries to do what we want is the only way to conduct foreign policy?

Can we all agree, North Korea has won the latest round of verbal sparring by separating the US from South Korea?

Can we all agree, trying to figure out what’s going on in Iran is just impossible?

Can we all agree, the cynical actions taken by the administration and the EPA, while most Americans were celebrating the holidays, are the hallmark of an administration which has no moral compass?

Can we all agree, Orin Hatch’s departure from the Senate might add another Trump critic to the Senate, but it’s doubtful it will change the vote totals? But Doug Jones’ election will force changes.

Can we all agree, Judge Roy Moore’s supporters have taken politics to a new low by setting fire to the home of a woman who accused him of impropriety?

Can we all agree, the more Mr. Trump tweets the more trouble he creates for himself?

Can we all agree, this administration  cannot even organize our annual census without creating controversy?

Can we all agree, the voter fraud panel should never have been created and referring their responsibilities to Homeland Security is absurd?

Can we all agree, appointing the wife of a powerful Congressman to a government job is a bribe? The same could be said by foreign government’s treatment of Trump’s projects around the world.

Can we all agree, talk of controversy with the New England Patriots football organization, may cheer the haters around the country, but it won’t prevent the team from another trip to the Superbowl

and finally:

If you really want an explanation of what might happen in the Mueller investigation, listen to this segment 0f Fresh Air on NPR.


If you’re heading to NYC in the Spring to visit the Metropolitan Museum, be aware that it might cost you $25 per person unless you can prove you live in New York.


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