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Do We Really Need Guns?

October 7, 2017

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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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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 5/20/18 edition

May 20, 2018

Can we all agree, the muted moral outrage at the shootings in a Texas school, guarantees the NRA doesn’t have to worry about any new gun control legislation – even though this year more students have died in schools than soldiers on the battlefield?

Can we all agree, even a Texas school that was prepared was no match for one determined student with a gun?

The new Duke and Duchess - a welcome respite from politics. (BBC photo)

The new Duke and Duchess – a welcome respite from politics. (BBC photo)

Can we all agree, yesterday’s royal wedding was great escapist entertainment?

Can we all agree, the new Duchess’s half family makes our own families seem almost normal?

Can we all agree, China’s commitment to ‘buy American’ with no specifics, is not a win for the administration?

Can we all agree, the latest theories about the fate of Malaysian Airlines flight 370, make a lot of sense?

Can we all agree, sports gambling has always been present, but it will now become accepted, thanks to the Supreme Court?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump seems to have agreed to help the Chinese tech firm ZTE, but has gotten little in return?

Can we all agree, one way or another, there will be more women in government after the midterm elections?

Can we all agree, the real news, after the tragic Cuban plane crash, is that 3 people actually survived?

Can we all agree, the Special Counsel’s investigation has really become a PR battle to wear down the American public?

Can we all agree, 400 consecutive months of warming temperatures is more than a trend – it’s a fact?

Can we all agree, with so much news this week, few have noticed that Congress has rejected Mr. Trump’s farm bill, his net neutrality plan, his budget blueprint and his House  committee’s bogus report on Russian interference in the 2016 election? The list doesn’t include the primary results on Tuesday)

Can we all agree, Nobel Peace Prize and Trump, should not appear in the same sentence?

Can we all agree, this week’s failure of the farm bill, just proves that the immigration debate will continue right up to the 2018 mid-term elections?

Can we all agree, the new director of the Veterans Administration will not last much longer than the last, unless he bends to the will of the President’s henchmen?

Can we all agree, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos would love to end his contract with the USPS and Mr. Trump is giving him the excuse he needs?

Can we all agree, the fact that the EPA is running its San Francisco regional office from Santa Barbara, speaks volumes about the department’s policies?

Can we all agree, after this video went viral, Mr. Trump probably wishes he never met Bill Gates?

Can we all agree, if the US birth rate continues to decline, we’ll be forced to open our borders?

Can we all agree, Gina Haspel, the new director of the CIA, will probably, do a good job, but that won’t please Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, the deaths of hundreds of Palestinians is just another sad chapter in the intractable story of the Mideast and will not change anything?

Can we all agree, EPA secretary Scott Pruitt, showed, once again, that he has no problem lying to Congress?

Can we all agree, the EPA continues to do more damage to the planet than any other White House policy?

Can we all agree, White House advisor John Bolton, probably should not have used the phrase ‘the Libya model’ in referring to North Korea since 8 years after US intervention Libya is now a failed state with no central administrative functions?

Can we all agree, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, had a pretty good response to Mr. Trump’s suggestion that she be charged with obstruction of justice? (Do we need to point out that he’s an expert in the topic)

Just for fun: write your own caption.

Just for fun: write your own caption.

Can we all agree, The New Yorker story on presidential Lawyer Michael Cohen,  paints a vivid portrait of someone with no scruples, trying to profit  from near-celebrity?

Can we all agree, if former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was so upset about the Trump Administration, he should not have stayed so long?

Can we all agree, if US health spending is rising faster than any other Western Country, shouldn’t our life expectancy be increasing at the same rate? (hint: It’s not.)

Can we all agree, Tom Wolfe was a great writer, who loved being controversial?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump didn’t have much choice about admitting that he paid to buy the silence of an adult film star?

Can we all agree, we’re all wondering what Mr. Trump said, if anything, to welcome Melania home from the hospital?

Can we all agree, the $500 million settlement Michigan State University signed with victims of Larry Nassar, will do little to rebuild the emotional damage he inflicted?

Can we all agree, the same can be said for the gynecologist at University of Southern California who is now suspected of inappropriate behavior?

and finally:

A heartwarming story about a baby rescued at birth and how he met his savior 20 years later.

 

 

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 5/6/18 edition

May 6, 2018

Can we all agree, everything you need to know about this week at the White House can be found in last night’s opening sequence for Saturday Night Live?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump is so desperate for approval, he doesn’t mind insulting two of our top allies to get applause at the NRA convention?

Stormy Daniels on SNL

Stormy Daniels on SNL

Can we all agree, Rudy Giuliani, will be out as Mr. Tump’s lawyer, before he can get his ‘facts’ straight?

Can we all agree, any sane leader would want the country to be focused on job growth and the economy, but the White House makes that impossible?

Can we all agree, all the talk about people fleeing California,seems to be contradicted by the state’s new ranking as the world’s sixth largest economy?

Can we all agree, it will take years before the Swedish Academy regains enough credibility to award another prize for literature?

Can we all agree, Speaker Paul Ryan deserves no credit for reinstating the House Chaplain, who never should have been fired in the first place?

Can we all agree, Governor Scott Walker’s attempts to bribe Wisconsin voters, sounds like the kind of stunt we read about in some ‘shit-hole’ African country?

Can we all agree, John Kelly is only delaying his departure from the White House to make sure it doesn’t seem like the press is correct?

Can we all agree, EPA secretary Scott Pruitt, has created an agency run by lobbyists for the gas and coal industry and he thinks that’s what Americans want?

Can we all agree, the way the Washington Redskins football team treats its cheerleaders, is a microcosm of how women are treated in business?

Can we all agree, Iowa only passed a new abortion ban so that it would  wind up at the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade?

Can we all agree, Israel’s only goal in releasing intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program, is to justify Mr. Trump’s upcoming decision abrogating the treaty?

Can we all agree, conservative attempts to intimidate Special Counsel Robert Mueller, are continually undercut by Trump’s own actions?

Can we all agree, House conservatives who drew up articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein don’t realize how out of step they are?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump will never sit for a voluntary interview with Mr. Mueller and the legal battle over the upcoming subpoena will drag the investigation well past the midterm elections?

Can we all agree, since it appears clear that Mr. Trump’s own attorney leaked the questions the president might be asked by the special counsel, it’s tough to figure out why Mr. Trump is upset?

Can we all agree, the best story of the week was the settlement between two black entrepreneurs and Starbucks. They sought nothing for themselves, but secured funding for a business development program.

Can we all agree, many Democrats would rather see Nancy Pelosi exit center stage, but she doesn’t seem to be hurting the party’s fund raising?

Can we all agree, no one seems to be able to figure out why the government allowed the caravan of asylum seekers to enter the United States, after the administration spent so much time ridiculing the immigrants?

Can we all agree, Texas and 6 other states suing to end the DACA program, will be the biggest losers when they are seen as unfriendly to migrants?

Can we all agree, there is no stranger story than the raid on the offices of Mr. Trump’s former doctor, who now admits the candidate dictated his pre-election report on his own health?

Can we all agree, the NY condo tower that won the right to remove the Trump name from signage, will not be the last building to eliminate any public connection to The President?

Can we all agree, if a sitting Republican senator feels the only way he can win an election is to criticize his party’s lone legislative achievement (the tax cut) what does that say about the legislation?

Can we all agree, the departure of the leader of the department of Immigration and Enforcement will have little impact on the misguided anti-immigrant policies of the administration?

 

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 3/31/18 edition

March 31, 2018

Can we all agree, despite a ‘major’ policy speech, one cabinet change, heightened tensions with Russia  and a continuing stream of untrue tweets this seemed like a vacation week in the news business?

Can we all agree, it’s unlikely that, if Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg appears before Congress, he will be able to improve his firm’s image?

Can we all agree, the most useful Facebook related stories have been those explaining how to access your own data and detailing how to delete your account?

Can we all agree, the most frightening story of the week is the ransomware attack that continues to paralyze the city of Atlanta?

Can we all agree, the courts will have the final say on whether citizenship is an appropriate non-political question for the 2020 census?

Can we all agree, the anti-semitism that lives in Europe,  has a strong following in this country?

Can we all agree, we are headed for an educational crises, unless we start to pay teachers a living wage?

Can we all agree, the students from Parkland, Florida have brought out the worst in politicians, such as Rick Santorum, and commentators, such as Laura Ingraham?

Can we all agree, one of the more powerful moments in last weekend’s anti-gun rallies was the more than 6 minutes of silence led by Parkland student Emma Gonzalez?

Can we all agree, Malala Yousafzai’s’s return home to Pakistan, and Slovakia’s rejection of authoritarianism gives the world hope that change is possible?

Can we all agree, TV executives will not be the only ones watching to see if Rosanne’s TV show can maintain it’s appeal after the first few episodes?

Can we all agree, the anti-science approach of the EPA, will not serve them well, when they have to justify to the courts, why they are repealing fuel economy standards?

Can we all agree the EPA ‘talking points’ on climate change have no basis in fact?

Can we all agree, cancer warning labels on coffee are not the big issue being decided in a California courtroom: It’s the potential financial penalties?

Can we all agree, President Trump had no factual basis for his attack on Amazon? He’s just upset at Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post.

Can we all agree, it seems likely that the courts will bail out the politicians and prevent the government from deporting the so called ‘Dreamers.’

Can we all agree, European leaders were probably shocked when Mr. Trump went along with their plan to expel Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a Russian citizen in England?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear the President feels rewarding his doctor for lying to the American people, is more important than picking a competent administrator to run the Veterans Administration?

Can we all agree, offering pardons to targets in the Special Counsel’s investigation, is patently illegal, and suggests the President is really having trouble building a competent legal team?

Can we all agree, given Mr. Trump’s pension for tweeting, it is odd that he has said nothing about Stormy Daniels?

Can we all agree, it’s possible Mr. Trump’s businesses will be his undoing?

Can we all agree, the Parkland students have succeeded in putting pressure on GOP politicians and have now gotten a second Republican governor to sign restrictions on gun purchases?

Can we all agree, the secret summit between the leaders of China and North Korea suggests the US can easily be out maneuvered in their upcoming negotiations?

Can we all agree, even science says that something can be done about gun violence?

Can we all agree, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, doesn’t seem to understand that perception is reality when it comes to ethics?

Can we all agree, American’s reaction to the Parkland, FL shooting, and the death of a black man in Sacramento, CA show the racial divide that continues to exist in this country?

Can we all agree, even Trump supporters are tired of the President’s meandering, off-topic, stream of consciousness speeches?

Can we all agree, rumors that Paul Ryan plans to resign as House Speaker, are just wishful thinking by GOP conservatives?

and finally:

This beer league goalie lived every fan’s dream: 14 minutes (and 1 second) of fame.

 

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 3/24/18 edition

March 24, 2018

Can we all agree, today’s protests against gun violence in schools are already creating some change: the DOJ will ban bump stocks  the new budget bill allows research on gun violence and Citigroup is taking a stance on guns?

Can we all agree, when  President Trump threatened to veto (and then signed)  the last minute budget deal, it was just to keep the focus on him? He lost the battle – he really didn’t have any choice – Congress had left town.

'March for Our Lives' protestors in Washington DC, Saturday (NYT photo)

‘March for Our Lives’ protestors in Washington DC, Saturday (NYT photo)

Can we all agree, the Saudi Crown Prince get what he wanted in his visit to the US – positive PR and billions in new weapons?

Can we all agree, the administration’s efforts to curb nutritional labeling, as part of NAFTA negotiations, does not bode well for the continuing obesity epidemic in the US?

Can we all agree, the widening plastic garbage patch in the Pacific, should alarm us all, but since we don’t see it every day, or even while we’re 0n vacation in Hawaii, everyone ignores it?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s ‘edict’ on transgender troops is so confusing it is really meaningless?

Can we all agree, anyone who is shocked that Facebook, whose business plan is based on selling personal information, was used by political campaigns, is just naive?

Can we all agree, anyone who thinks there will be substantive changes to the Facebook business model, is just fooling themselves? Even if you mange to delete your account.

Can we all agree, we will all get to judge, whether the driverless car was at fault in the fatal traffic accident in Arizona?

Can we all agree, the verbal war of words between Mr. Trump and Joe Biden would be hilarious, if they were just schoolyard antagonists, but, like everything else, it has no place in politics?

Can we all agree, we can try to ignore the latest staff changes at the White House, but the elevation of John Bolton, the architect of the war in Iraq, is truly frightening?

Can we all agree, Sacramento protestors, need to keep the pressure on police to explain how an unarmed man, carrying a cellphone, can be shot 20 times in bis own back yard?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s trade war with China will turn out to be just a lot of hot air, just like his tariff’s on steel and aluminum?

Can we all agree, changing lawyers will not help Mr. Trump’s defense against Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

Can we all agree, aides might think the President was ignoring warnings not to congratulate Vladimir Putin, but they should know, he is incapable of reading anything in his briefing books?

Can we all agree, it’s unfortunate that the heroic action of a resource officer in a Maryland school, will now be politicized in our gun debate?

Can we all agree, we are all numb to new revelations of Trump trysts, but they make for great TV?

Can we all agree, it would be easy to discount another celebrity running for office, but we already made that mistake more than once?

Can we all agree, seeing Tiger Woods on a PGA leaderboard,will invigorate the sport – at least until he retires to the senior tour?

Can we all agree, Saturday Night Live remains must-see TV for political junkies?

Can we all agree, getting tough on drug dealers will not solve an opioid epidemic that starts in doctor’s offices?

Can we all agree, throwing your wife under the bus, to defend your poor judgement, like HUD Secretary Ben Carson did this week, is not the way to foster a great marriage?

Can we all agree, no  one can really figure out if Cambridge Analytics even knew what to do with all the data they stole from Facebook?

The Pacific garbage patch

The Pacific garbage patch

Can we all agree, even $10,000 travel vouchers , will not improve United Airlines image?

Can we all agree, the least we should expect from the White House are press releases without misspellings and typos? But I guess that’s too much to ask of this administration.

Can we all agree, The Pope seems to having a tough month, almost as bad as the former president of Peru?

Can we all agree, the 2018 campaign for Congress has not even hit full steam and the 2020 campaign for President has already started in New Hampshire?

and finally:

If you are over 40, IBM is no longer the right place for you.

 

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 3/10/18 edition

March 10, 2018

Can we all agree, the only person who shed a tear for Martin Shkreli, when he was sentenced to 7 years in jail, was martin Shkreli?

Can we all agree, we’re all happy President Obama will get a Netflix show, but worried it will just be a series of dry legal lectures, that only a law professor could love?

Can we all agree, isolation may be one way to deal with the 2016 election, but there are many more Americans, like Democrats in Texas, who  have chosen resistance?

Can we all agree, when Governor Rick Scott signed gun control legislation,  he might have been the first GOP politician to figure out the people of Florida have more votes than the NRA?

Can we all agree, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a long time supporter of state’s rights, revealed himself as they ultimate hypocrite when he sued California for enacting  sanctuary laws that conflict with federal law?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s decision to meet with the President of North Korea was designed by the President for one thing: to keep the spotlight on him?

Can we all agree, no one would be surprised if former basketball star Dennis Rodman was chosen to mediate the talks? After all he’s one of only two people who has met both men.

Can we all agree, the new chief of the Department of Health and Human Services shocked everyone by rejecting Idaho’s attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act?

Can we all agree, Democrats have already won this coming Tuesday’s the special election in Pennsylvania by forcing the GOP to spend $16 million on what should have been an easy GOP win?

Can we all agree, the biggest losers in the power struggle at the Veteran’s Administration will be veterans, who cannot get the care they have been promised?

Can we all agree, the administration’s meeting with video game manufacturers, was designed to get the public spotlight off guns and congressional inaction?

Can we all agree, Republicans may not get behind the call for more mental hospitals, since they know it was Ronald Reagan who was largely responsible for closing many of the facilities?

Can we all agree, the creation 0f 313,000 new jobs, with little increase in wages, is the continuation of a trend that began 8 years ago?

Can we all agree, the world wants to see Stormy Daniels get her day in court?

Can we all agree, Trump’s tariffs will have foreign governments lined up to ask for exemptions while Americans pay more for everything?

Can we all agree, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin seems to realize the United States has given China a HUGE present by refusing to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership?

Can we all agree, after 10 years of economic turmoil, it’s great to see the Greek economy reviving?

Can we all agree, it’s a bit redundant to say the Italian elections have created turmoil? Since WWII, Italian politics is the definition of turmoil.

Can we all agree, we need Angela Merkel to lead Europe, as a steadying force against Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, Jared Kushner was exactly the wrong person to send to Mexico, to make peace with that country’s president, who just cancelled a trip to Washington because of his treatment by Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, it’s about time we put to rest all this stories about the fate of Amelia Earhart?

Can we all agree, the Texas Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke will easily be the most entertaining contest in this election cycle?

Can we all agree, only Donald Trump would dare to claim the record turnover in his administration was simply an attempt to get ‘the most qualified people’ to serve in his administration?

Can we all agree, we really didn’t need a survey to tell us ‘fake news’ travels faster than real news?

Can we all agree, everyone believes the Russian KGB was behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in London?

Can we all agree, President Trump needs to be held accountable for reversing his decision, and allowing Americans to hunt elephants and lions? I guess his sons really want trophy heads or their man caves.

Can we all agree, every new revelation about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, makes it clear he is building a conspiracy case against the President and his family?

Can we all agree, many more Americans appear transfixed by the latest episode of ‘The Bachelor’ than the latest episode of  ‘The President and the Porn Star?’

Can we all agree, the real tragedy of the opioid crises is that it was totally unnecessary since the drugs don’t work any better than other treatments?

Can we all agree, Republicans will regret ignoring the  improper activities of the Trump White House, when they try to press charges against Democrats in future administrations?

Can we all agree, Sam Nunberg didn’t deserve his 15 minutes of drunken fame?

Can we all agree, drivers will continue to voice their opposition to driverless cars, by targeting the vehicles?

Can we all agree, Michelle Obama might be the only First Lady to  dance with a two-year-old who admired her portrait?

Can we all agree,  Jerry Brown’s dream of the nation’s first bullet train, is dying a slow and agonizing death, in California’s Central Valley?

and finally:

Conservative Washington Post Columnist Jennifer Rubin has figured out the Democrat’s non-impeachment strategy.

And, where were you when you heard the news that Roger Bannister ran a sub-four-minute mile?

 

 

 

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

March 3, 2018

Can we all agree, we’d love to be among the 2600 commoners invited to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding?

Can we all agree, we’re all starting to get a bit tired of Donald Trump’s management by chaos?

Can we all agree, no one believes Communications Director Hope Hicks, the latest departure, left the administration of her own volition? It was because she admitted she lied for the President.

Can we all agree, it is remarkable that a Presidential press secretary needs to clarify her boss’s remarks by saying “he said a lot of stuff this week that he really didn’t mean.”

Students in Parkland Florida, return to class this week. (NYTimes photo)

Students in Parkland Florida, return to class this week. (NYTimes photo)

Can we all agree, everyone knew Mr. Trump had no intention of pushing Congress to enact any serious gun-ownership reform?

Can we all agree,  Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was right to fight back against ICE. which resembles the  Nazi SS as they ’round up’ law-abiding immigrants?

Can we all agree, trade wars are not good, and there are no winners, only losers?

Can we all agree, if a Democratic President had made the same statements that Mr. Trump made about seizing guns, conservatives would be calling for impeachment?

Can we all agree, everyone suspects Mr. Trump submitted his own fake nomination for a Nobel Prize?

Can we all agree, Jared Kushner’s business dealings in the White House have compromised our government and his role?

Can we all agree, the Trump brand continues to take a beating overseas?

Can we all agree, since it’s clear Congress will take no action on gun control, it’s good, businesses such as Walmart, Dicks, REI and Kroger will reflect public opinion? But will it make a difference?

Can we all agree, the US Park Service is bowing to political pressure in preventing the “March for Our Lives’ from using the National Mall for its march?

Can we all agree, since Vladimir Putin is guaranteed re-election you have to wonder who he  is trying to impress  by announcing a new weapons systrem, just before his own election?

Can we all agree, most of the increased profits generated by the GOP tax bill, are going to share buy-backs to benefit shareholders and are not trickling down to employees?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to predict who will be the next top administration official to leave, since Mr. Trump  apparently has no use for his Attorney General, Chief of Staff, National Security Advisor or chief economic advisor?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s dispute with with AG Jeff sessions, may be the most significant, since it’s caught the attention of Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

Can we all agree, it’s clear the only people who will work for this President are racists, who cannot find work elsewhere?

Can we all agree, the head of the US Olympic Committee should have resigned years ago?

Can we all agree, the disappearance of the Atlantic right whale is an uncovered disaster?

Can we all agree, HUD Secretary Ben Carson will have a tough time ‘canceling’ his order for a custom-made $31,000 dining room set?

Can we all agree, Delta Airlines should be applauded for standing up to the blackmail tactics of the state of Georgia?

Can we all agree, EPA chief Scott Pruitt is going to be traveling a lot less, now that he has to face coach passengers when he leaves Washington?

Can we all agree, very few people knew anything about pharmacy ‘gag orders’ – preventing pharmacists from telling consumer about cheaper drug options – until now?

Can we all agree, nuns at the Vatican have a right to be upset at the way they are being treated

Can we all agree, while Democrats have made some state elections gains, this month’s Congressional race in Pennsylvania, will be the next real test of how the electorate feels about the job Mr. Trump and the GOP are doing?

Can we all agree, trying to prevent the release of a video of your public speaking engagement, only guarantees the public will find out – just ask Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin?

Can we all agree, the President of Mexico never should have planned to visit the White House?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s pilot should not be running the FAA?

Can we all agree, there is no way Melania Trump earned the so called “Einstein visa’ designed for people of exceptional ability?

Can we all agree, the tough talk of Donald Trump running in to a school to confront a gunman is ludicrous, coming from a man who avoided the draft by claiming he had bone spurs?

Can we all agree, President Trump’s  “hallucination tour” visit to California later this month will be  be a real circus?

Can we all agree, Representative Don Young, should not be serving in Congress?

Can we all agree, Oklahoma is paying the price for believing the oil and gas industry assurances that fracking is perfectly safe?

Can we all agree, Russia has already succeeded in sowing doubt about the security of our election system?

Can we all agree, young immigrants may be happy they will not be deported starting Monday, but what they really want is some definitive action by Congress and Mr. Trump?

and finally:

If you want to hear an exceptional athlete who will be famous well beyond his playing days, read this item about former Cal student Jaylen Brown.

or

You can read what President Obama had to say about sports in America, at the same conference this week at Harvard.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 2/24/18 edition

February 24, 2018

Can we all agree, by proposing to ban the sale of AR-15 assault rifles to minors, Florioda governor, and Senate candidate,  Rick Scott is doing the minimum he can,  without totally alienating the NRA?

Can we all agree, President Trump has already flip-flopped once, and now apparently feels introducing more guns, by arming teachers, will gain him the most points with the NRA?

Can we all agree, it will take a lot more businesses cutting ties with the NRA, before the organization changes its position on gun control, but there has to be a starting point?

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Gigi Marvin celebrates this week’s win by the women’s hockey team at the Winter Olympics. (NYT Photo)

Can we all agree, every grieving family in Florida wonders tonight, if their son or daughter would still be alive if a deputy had found the courage to go in to the Parkland school, or if the FBI had acted on the phone tip saying the Nikolas Cruz was ‘going to explode’?

Can we all agree, the drip, drip, drip of indictments and guilty pleas from Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigation seems to suggest that the noose may be tightening around the Trump family?

Can we all agree, the Conservative Political Action Convention is still fighting the 2016 campaign?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s analogy about immigrants and snakes is simply wrong?

Can we all agree, when a world leader such as Justin Trudeau, can have a disastrous foreign trip, and get worse headlines than Donald Trump Jr. someone should be fired?

Can we all agree, GOP donor Sheldon Adelson just wants to have naming rights  for the new US embassy in Jerusalem?

Can we all agree, it seems a bit suspicious that while Russian and Chinese ships were both filmed helping North Koreans avoid sanctions, no Russian ships were named in the latest round of sanctions?

Can we all agree, supporters of the ‘March for Our Lives’  protest in Washington may have set an unrealistic goal of attracting 500,000 people?

Can we all agree, California politicians have finally figured out how to deal with Trump’s threats,  – just ignore him?

Can we all agree, the tide has already turned in the gun debate and supporters of gun control will be lucky even to see more money for gun-violence studies?

Can we all agree, with all the schedule maneuvering the networks did to get major events shown live in the US, you have to wonder who thought televising the gold medal women’s hockey game at 2:00 a.m. Eastern time was a good idea?

Can we all agree, the gold medal by the men’s curling team, will finally spark some interest in a sport that gets no respect?

Can we all agree, it’s nice to see a major company, like KFC, at least has a sense of humor, as it deals with a chicken shortage in the UK?

Can we all agree, even the latest  climate skeptic being named by Mr. Trump would have to agree that Arctic temperatures 45 degrees above average is not normal and the world is not doing enough to avoid disaster?

Can we all agree, Melania Trump’s parents benefitted by the chain migration rule the President wants to eliminate?

Can we all agree, Jared Kushner’s nightstand will have less reading material on it, if chief of staff John Kelly decides a security clearance is necessary to read classified reports?

Can we all agree, on reflection, it seems pretty obvious why fewer people are working...the Baby Boomers are retiring – although it took the economists a while to figure it out, because it doesn’t fit the conservative narrative?

Can we all agree, the Russians are not the only ones who can use social media to inflame debate, and shutting down US born bots on Twitter is just the first step in making the internet a more open reflection of society?

Can we all agree, it’s tough to see a US President feign empathy with grieving parents one day and then read openly false conspiracy theories about classmates of slain students the next?

Can we all agree, the Trump administration simply has no regard for ethics either personally or in the awarding of no-bid contracts?

Can we all agree, Americans have a low opinion of most politicians because some just say stupid things such as “most shooters are Democrats.” 

Can we all agree, Florida voters will forget Senator Marco Rubio’s performance this week, if he runs for re-election in 5 years?

Can we all agree, the rest of the GOP will feel the heat in the upcoming special elections and the mid-terms?

Can we all agree, if Beto O’Rourke can force the GOP to spend money defending Senator Ted Cruz, his long-shot bid would be worth the effort?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s attempts to blame Mr. Obama for allowing Russian meddling, conveniently ignores the role Senator Mitch McConnell played?

Can we all agree, a return to paper ballots may be the answer to our election mess but it won’t change how a foreign country can mold public opinion?

Can we all agree, the new court-drawn Pennsylvania House districts may change that state’s politics and determine who controls congress after the 2018 elections?

Can we all agree, it’s one thing to have an affaire, but why would the governor of Missouri take nude pictures of his partner and think they wouldn’t cause problems later?

Can we all agree, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu may be the only Democratically elected leader in more trouble than Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree Billy Graham’s crusades marked the rebirth of the evangelical movement, but to many Jews he was just another anti-semite?

Can we all agree, given a choice between robots and immigrants, we’d all take the immigrants over the robots?

Can we all agree, this new AI drone technology  will be put to use in all the wrong ways before long?

Can we all agree, Lebron James spoke for every athlete when he answered Laura Ingraham.

Can we all agree, it’s about time Neanderthals got credit for the cave art they created 45,000 years ago?

and finally;

Next time you’re looking for a cruise make sure these folks are not on board.

and

If you wan to ad-lib the national anthem, don’t do it on national TV.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 11/25/17 edition

November 25, 2017

Can we all agree, the long-term implications of the FCC reversal of net-neutraily laws and media ownership may have a bigger impact on society than anything else the Administration does in the next year?

Can we all agree, no one knows what former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is up to, but if it comes down to a choice between saving his son and saving his former boss, we’d all bet that he wants to keep his son out of jail?

Can we all agree, Donald Trump Jr.’s. bravado suggests that he’s really worried about where Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is headed?

How many turkeys can you fit in one photograph? (NYT photo)

How many turkeys can you fit in one photograph? (NYT photo)

Can we all agree,  Speaker Paul Ryan’s sexual harassment video, now required for everyone in the House, is an embarrassing joke?

Can we all agree, purging the list of citizens with outstanding warrants, from the FBI’s  gun-purchase database, is just one more sign that the NRA is in control of the nation’s gun-policy?

Can we all agree, we are all thankful Mr. Trump took time out from his busy holiday golfing schedule, to tell us how thankful we should be that he’s in the White House?

Can we all agree, the latest battle over who will head the consumer protection bureau is sure to wind up in court?

Can we all agree, sexual harassment is wrong in any form, but there is a continuum and Rep. Joe Barton deserves to be at the higher end, not for exposing himself online, but for threatening the woman he emailed his naked image to?

Can we all agree, our President is already at a 12 on that 1-10 scale?

Can we all agree, it appears that Vladimir Putin and Roy Moore have something in common – they would never lie to Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, the longer the public has to study the GOP tax plan, the more it looks like US businesses are getting a tax break financed by the poor and middle class?

Can we all agree, in a capitalistic system, the most effective way to make our views known is through the economic choices we make – a lesson the Trump hotel empire is learning the hard way?

Can we all agree, while the proposed  fees for our national parks may be out of line, the National Park system has long been the biggest bargain in America – particularly for senior citizens?

Can we all agree, Bashar Assad owes Vladimir Putin more than a hug?

Can we all agree, Charles Manson’s death is good news, despite what the Alt-right says?

Can we all agree, the world is praising the conviction of Ratko Mladic, but a few years in prison is really a pretty light penalty for the supposedly-ill, 74-year-old ‘Butcher of Bosnia?

Can we all agree, you can’t help but wonder if anyone creating our nation’s new immigration policy has ever been to Ellis Island or read the inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty?

Can we all agree, the Federal Courts may be trying to stymie Mr Trump, but AG Jeff Sessions is finding new ways to overturn our system of justice?

Can we all agree, Uber has a long way to go before, it regains the public’s trust?

Can we all agree, the 2020 censes already appears to be a disaster?

Can we all agree, there are some folks who hope the US follows the lead of Zimbabwe in transitioning to a new government?

Can we all agree, Donald Trump has made it almost impossible for the Justice Department to win its anti-trust case against the ATT-Time Warner merger?

Can we all agree, journalists need to stop covering the President’s continuing tweet tirade against sports personalities?

Can we all agree, Nebraska regulators seem to figured out a way to approve the Keystone Pipeline project and stop it at the same time?

Can we all agree, there is something truly American in the latest scheme to prove the earth is flat?

 

and finally:

The story of a man freed after serving 29 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

or

More lives destroyed by our nation’s fixation with guns.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 11/11/17 edition

November 11, 2017

Can we all agree, President Trump’s preference to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin rather than the overwhelming evidence collected by US intelligence services, shows him to be a gullible rube?

Can we all agree, establishment Republicans want Roy Moore out of the Alabama senate race, so they do not have to deal with his extreme religious views, even if it means a Democrat wins the seat?

Can we all agree the Asian trade deal signed this week shows how Mr. Trump has made the United States irrelevant?

Can we all agree, sexual harassment charges are starting to pile up so fast, they make you wonder where our society was headed?

Can we all agree, Tuesday’s election results sent a pretty clear message to Donald Trump and the GOP?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump knows exactly the wrong thing to say when his candidate loses?

Can we all agree, the big winners Tuesday were women and medicaid expansion?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump and the GOP suffered their second loss when signups for the Affordable Care Act set new records in the first week the insurance markets were open?

Can we all agree, the Justice Department realized they didn’t have a legal leg to stand on when they attempted to force AT&T to get rid of CNN it order to complete its merger with Time Warner?

Can we all agree, the Senate tax plan contains just enough goodies to make it palatable to many in the middle class, while rewarding the 1% and business interests?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s voter fraud panel is so dysfunctionally political he may have no choice but to disband it?

Can we all agree, the questions about what happened when 4 US soldiers were killed in Niger, just keep mounting?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to believe Mr. Trump’s bodyguard was telling the truth about what happened when his boss visited Moscow in 2013?

Can we all agree, no one really knows what’s going on between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon and it’s not reassuring to know that Jared Kushner is right in the middle of it?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s trip to Asia has been all pomp and little substance?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear that even a massacre in a Texas church isn’t enough to get Congress to take action on anything that might be construed as gun control?

Can we all agree, the Texas massacre is not about mental health, it’s about guns?

Can we all agree the EPA is now simply a tool of the gas and coal industry with little input from actual scientists?

Can we all agree, if the EPA trend is allowed to continue the US will start to look like New Delhi?

Can we all agree, this week’s Democratic victories will  encourage more Republican House members to call it quirts?

Can we all agree, California Congressman Ted Lieu spoke for many Americans frustrated with the grip the NRA has on Washington?

Can we all agree, the ‘New York Times’ series on money laundering has gotten buried by usual avalanche of other news, but the reports of how big corporations and colleges are hiding their assets deserves closer attention?

Can we all agree, the administration can only be described as heartless as they attempt to restructure the nation’s immigration policies?

Can we all agree, the continuing story of Senator Rand Paul and the neighbor who allegedly attacked him gets more bizarre by the day?

Can we all agree, Democratic operative Donna Brazile’s new book sounds more like a self serving apology than a tell-all memoir?

Can we all agree, it doesn’t sound like Mr. Trump will be invited to any of those former president group photos we used to enjoy seeing?

Can we all agree, no football fan will be sorry to see Thursday Night football ended?

Can we all agree, even if the NFL starts  giving players the money they are owed as part of the landmark concussion settlement, the headlines linking football and traumatic brain injury will not stop?Dad Army

Can we all agree, the Ball family may ruin UCLA basketball?

and finally:

A Washington post columnist suggests the
way to honor our veterans would be to listen to their stories. I offer the Witness to War website, and hope you will search for Newton Riess to hear one man’s heroic tale. We miss you dad, today and always.

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