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#CWAA: Can We All Agree – 6/24/2018 edition

June 24, 2018

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear the administration had never envisioned a scenario where migrant children would be reunited with their parents?

Can we all agree, whatever sympathy Melania Trump earned as the ‘suffering wife’ of her sex-obsessed husband, dissolved with her wardrobe choice?

Melania's fashion choice

Melania’s fashion choice

Can we all agree, the unnecessary trade war Mr. Trump started, will not end well, since other countries have figured out that if you call the President’s bluff, he will back down?

Can we all agree, legalized marijuana is a fact in the United States, despite Jeff Sessions objections – even the FDA agrees?

Can we all agree, the only people who don’t think Mr. Trump’s business dealings represent a conflict of interest are his most rabid supporters?

Can we all agree, progressives underestimated Mr. Trump’s supporters in 2016, but they won’t in 2018 or 2020?

Can we all agree, restaurant owners might be within their rights to refuse service to politicians they oppose, but it won’t be long before we have ratings such as ‘GOP friendly’ or ‘Democratic favorite.’

Can we all agree, this week’s Supreme Court decision, requiring warrants for cellphone location data, creates a problem for all those TV shows tracking criminals with cellphone data?

Can we all agree, we should not be immune from criticism from the United Nations, regarding poverty?

Can we all agree, it seems odd that it took Intel over a year to discover that their chief executive had a consensual relationship with another employee before he became CEO?

Can we all agree, the proposed government reorganization is pretty much ‘dead on arrival’ but it shows the skewed priorities of this administration?

Can we all agree, the plan comes just days after the Senate rejected the administrations proposed spending cuts  offered to soften the blow of the tax  bill?

Can we all agree, it would be great if we had a president young enough to have a child while in office – like New Zealand’s Prime Minister?

Can we all agree, The White House has no overriding philosophy other than undoing anything that has President Obama’s name on it – this week it was ocean protection?

Can we all agree, a drop in disability claims when the economy improves, suggests that maybe some workers were not as disabled as we thought?

Can we all agree, the United Nations’ Human Rights panel has problems, but withdrawing is not the way to promote change?

Can we all agree, it’s rather remarkable that no one batted an eye when a newspaper investigation showed a cabinet member may have profited financially from a decision his agency made?

Can we all agree, the administration clearly missed the State Department’s “Tips for Traveling with Children” when they developed their immigration plan?

Can we all agree,the Koch brothers care about only one thing, and will oppose anything – even public transportation plans – if they think it will cut into their profits.

Can we all agree, The President’s plan for a ‘Space Force’ sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon?

Can we all agree, it’s taken 18 months but some media outlets are finally rethinking the way they cover the administration’s propaganda and lies?

Can we all agree, we may not have always agreed with the late Charles Krauthammer, but he was a fine writer and consistent in his beliefs?

and finally:

We should all pause to mark the passing of Koko the gorilla.

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 6/17/18 edition

June 16, 2018

Can we all agree, using the children of immigrants and asylum seekers, as a bargaining chip is a great way to rationalize the practice, but it’s still cruel? And blaming Democrats is just false.

Can we all agree, using the bible to support an untenable political decision is just as jaw-dropping? Even conservative clerics know the Administration is wrong.

Can we all agree, former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, deserves to be in jail?

Happy Fathers; Day Dad

Happy Fathers’ Day Dad

Can we all agree, to understand where Mr. Trump stands on anything, you need to talk to the last person he spoke with, before he says or tweets anything?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty easy to see why Mr. Trump envies dictators, he thinks they enjoy absolute loyalty from their citizens who are afraid to speak out?

Can we all agree, it’s  clear Kim Jong-un was the winner of the summit with Mr. Trump, since he gave up nothing, but gained everything?

Can we all agree the video the Trump administration created to praise the North Korean leader, is just the sort of show Mr. Trump wants to see about himself?

Can we all agree, this week’s primary results, show how completely the GOP has become the Trump Party?

Can we all agree, as long as Americans are focused on immigration, trade wars, and fake summits, ethically challenged EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, will be able to roll back regulations protecting us from polluted air and water, and global warming will continue unabated?

Can we all agree, politicians are the only people who really care about the Inspector General’s report on former FBI Director James Comey?

Can we all agree, actor Robert Deniro has every right to criticize Mr. Trump, but his choice of language at the Tony Awards, just gives Mr. Trump  an opening to criticize him?

Can we all agree, when Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka, make $82 in profits from their businesses, while serving as advisors to the President, their should be a conflict of interest investigation?

Can we all agree, court approval of the ATT-Time Warner deal guarantees a spate of new mergers and acquisitions?

Can we all agree, the ballot measure to split the state of California into three parts will be fun to watch, but few state residents believe it will actually happen, ever?

Can we all agree, it’s difficult to imagine the Trump administration working well with Canada and Mexico on planning for the 2026 World Cup?

Can we all agree, stories about raccoons climbing buildings get more play because  we all crave  release from the constant stream on political babble?

Can we all agree, Americans have given themselves permission to stop caring about humanitarian crisis in places such as Yemen, which they could not find on a map?

Can we all agree, the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit against the Trump Foundation, presents a.pretty damning case against the President and his family?

Can we all agree, Harvard may wind up losing a lawsuit over their admission policies, but it will have little impact on most of us?

Can we all agree, few people will actually change their privacy settings to keep their personal information private, but we will all cheer Apple’s effort to keep our iPhones locked?

Can we all agree, Elon Musk may never connect San Francisco with Los Angeles with a high-speed underground tube system, but Chicago seems to think Musk can connect their airport to the central city with no problem?

Can we all agree, we’re all eager to see The Pope wearing his new space suit?

Can we all agree, the alcohol industry’s influence over a The National Institute of Health’s study of alcohol consumption, is symptomatic of the great majority of scientific studies?

Can we all agree, despite all the warnings about emails from fake Nigerian Princes, the scams continue to earn billions worldwide?

and finally:

What it’s really like for the 1500 children separated from their parents and locked inside a converted Walmart in Texas.

 

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 6/10/18 edition

June 10, 2018

Can we all agree, the only thing Donald Trump cares about is keeping the spotlight on himself – that’s the only reason he refused to sign the G-7 closing statement?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump has no unified policy goals, can’t handle criticism and can only respond with name calling?

German Prime Minister Angela Merkel explains it all to Mr. Trump.

German Prime Minister Angela Merkel explains it all to Mr. Trump.

Can we all agree, it was quite a week in sports: a new Stanley Cup owner,  repeat NBA champions and a Triple Crown winner?

Can we all agree, Melania’s ‘minor surgery’ suddenly got a lot more serious?

Can we all agree, The Pope seems to be the only world leader who can get the attention of the CEO’s who will ultimately change the world’s climate?

Can we all agree, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is using every charge he can muster to force Paul Manafort to flip on Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump delights in annoying Attorney General Jeff Sessions, by changing the nation’s marijuana policy with an off-hand comment?

Can we all agree, there will finally be a House vote on immigration policy?

Can we all agree,  suicides byAnthony Bourdain and Kate Spade will force the nation to focus on the increase in the county’s suicide rate?

Can we all agree, the most ominous part of the arrest of former Senate aide for spying was the seizing  of a reporter’s notes?

Can we all agree, by refusing to defend the Affordable Care Act’s very popular pre-existing condition provision, the AG has handed the Democrats a powerful campaign tool – even in red states?

Can we all agree, Muhammad Ali does not need a pardon – Mr. Trump is just pandering in a desperate attempt to win over African-American voters?

Can we all agree, separating families, whether they come here illegally or not, is just inhumane?

Can we all agree, Tuesday’s election results show that Democratic voters remain energized?

Can we all agree, the cancellation of the White House visit by the NFL Champion Philadelphia Eagles, probably ends the practice for all sports teams?

Can we all agree, Former President Bill Clinton, should just shut up?

Can we all agree, elimination of the Miss American swimsuit competition may have been the politically correct move, but if will not help the pageant’s TV ratings?

Can we all agree, while reporters focus on EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s ethical lapses, he is working to allow chemical companies to poison us?

Can we all agree, Facebook continues to get bad press for selling information to anyone who wants it, but Americans don’t seem to care?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump knows he will be charged with a crime in Mr. Mueller’s Russia investigation why else would he protest so much?

and finally:

I can’t imagine what it must have been like for Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer to write this.

 

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 6/3/18 edition

June 2, 2018

Can we all agree, lawyers are paid to tell the opposition, their client can’t be prosecuted, it’s up to the courts to decide, even if the client is The President?

Can we all agree, despite the headlines, most us of are skeptical that Mr. Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un will take place – especially if we have to pay his hotel bill?

Can we all agree, EPA chief Scott Pruitt  may be the most ethically challenged cabinet secretary this country has ever seen?

Why does anyone need a personal flame thrower?

Why does anyone need a personal flame thrower?

Can we all agree, with his pardon this week, The President is making it clear a criminal conviction will be erased as long as you support him?

Can we all agree, supporting aging and inefficient power plants is not the way to help the economy or the environment?

Can we all agree, only time will tell if our robust economy can survive the administration’s new trade war with countries that used to be our strongest allies?

Can we all agree, Kim Kardashian visiting the White House to discuss prison reform, should be a contradiction in so many ways, but in the Trump world, it’s just normal?

Can we all agree, the world does not need Elon Musk’s personal flame throwers?

Can we all agree, when any group, like the congregation at this church in Oakland, CA.,  decides they are safer not calling police for help, it supports the thesis that our system is  racist?

Can we all agree, most of us already assume that our phone calls and texts are being monitored, so if spies are also listening in, it doesn’t make much difference?

Can we all agree, Virginia’s decision to expand medicare, after the GOP almost lost control of their state legislature, shows that at least some politicians pay attention to voters?

Can we all agree, Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee both had bad weeks, but equating their transgressions is your typical apples and oranges: one was vulgar, the other was racist?

Can we all agree, the best quote of the week came from the makers on Ambien, after Ms Barr blamed her tweet on the medication?

Can we all agree, the resignation of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, shows that the “Trump strategy”  or continual denials, despite the facts, will only go so far?

Can we all agree, the documentary featuring Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, should be seen by everyone?

Can we all agree, the real death toll in Puerto Rico  from Hurricane Maria (well over 4,500) should be an embarrassment to every American, including Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, if the administration refuses to consider immigration reform, and reign in the efforts of ICE, the issue will continue to spur Democratic voters in the November elections?

Can we all agree, most of us don’t even recognize some of the words used in this year’s national spelling bee?

Can we all agree, 3251 false claims or outright lies  by the President in 500 days is a record we hope will never be broken?

Can we all agree, we barely blinked this week when the Federal Reserve suggested rolling back some of the rules designed to prevent a repeat of the banking crises of 2008?

Can we all agree, a video game which features gunmen shooting up a school, should never have made it past the initial pitch stage?

Can we all agree, House Republicans, deserve credit for their inventive rationales, in deciding not to seek re-election?

Can we all agree, an immigrant in France, who won his own citizenship for scaling a building to rescue a child, seems to fly in the face of what the anti-immigration forces want us all to believe

Can we all agree, Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff seem to have a lot in common?

Can we all agree, it’s incredible that Italy seems to think Trumpism is working so well here they should give it a try and  the EU?

Can we all agree, if you can’t convince a GOP Congressman that your attacks on the special counsel are warranted, you should probably give up?

Can we all agree,  this video by the the alleged Parkland, FL shooter is chilling?

Can we all agree, It seems  pretty clear the administration never really wanted a new NAFTA agreement?

Can we all agree, $16.7million to clean the Trump swamp and send him back to Mar-a-lago is a small price to pay?

and finally:

For the last 18 months, every writer, English teacher and journalist has wanted to red-line a Trump letter, like this teacher did.

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