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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.

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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.

and:

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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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/30/17 edition

December 30, 2017

Can we all agree, it must  be frustrating, trying to send a consistent message when Mr. Trump is accessible to anyone dining at his resort or the boss invites a reporter over for an impromptu interview? They would probably rather he stick to golf.

Can we all agree the White House seems to know 2018 will be a disaster for Trump and the GOP?

Three months after Hurricane Maria, half of Puerto Rico is still without power, but no one seems to care. (NYT photo)

Three months after Hurricane Maria, half of Puerto Rico is still without power, but few seem to care. (NYT photo)

Can we all agree, it won’t be long before Mr. Trump tries to take credit for the drop in the New York City crime rate or the decrease in Chicago homicides in 2017?

Can we all agree, no one, Republican or Democrat, wanted to see Roy Moore’s court challenge to  Alabama election results, succeed?

Can we all agree, Apple owes the owners of older iPhones, more than an apology, for slowing down their devices – even it was to protect the battery?

Can we all agree, maybe the post office should charge more to Amazon for package delivery, but it’s not like Amazon has to stick with the Postal Service?

Can we all agree, Dr. Phil has betrayed the trust of his viewers by promoting drug rehab centers just because they advertise on his show?

Can we all agree, despite what police say, ‘swatting’ may have been the cause of a tragic Kansas shooting, but the police pulled the trigger?

Can we all agree, there is no doubt the Administration has guaranteed another oil well disaster by rejecting rules enacted after the Deepwater Horizon explosion?

Can we all agree, any other president would be in serious trouble if a state was without power 3 months after a hurricane?

Can we all agree, it doesn’t seem to bother anyone in California, that Mr. Trump is the first President in 50 years, not to visit us during his first calendar year in office. Even local GOP leaders do not want him to visit.

Can we all agree, even for Donald Trump, dismissing an advisory panel via a form letter, is just disrespectful?

Can we all agree, it’s sad that we have become so acclimated to Mr. Trump’s insults that we ignore his less-than-subtle digs at climate change while enraging  one-third of the country suffering with below normal temperatures?

Can we all agree, Facebook will continue to have problems until they develop a cohesive policy for dealing with unwanted users?

Can we all agree, the courts have, once again, been forced to step in to enforce legitimate public policy decisions made by previous administrations?

Can we all agree, with each new hack, reality gets more like the movies?

Can we all agree, attacking the credibility of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn could be problematic since Mr. Trump has spent the last  year praising him?

Can we all agree, The Internal Revenue Service has given the GOP another headache with their ruling on pre-paying 2018 state taxes before the end of 2017?

Can we all agree, it looks like the winner in the Virginia state election will be determined by the courts – which is only marginally better than drawing names from a hat?

Can we all agree, the expansion of Homeland Security’s role in fighting terrorism abroad will have some ominous and unintended implications?

Can we all agree, Sen. Orrin Hatch never read the scathing editorial accompanying his award at Utahn of the Year – and now he looks foolish? Maybe Mitt Romney should run for his seat.

Can we all agree, it’s no surprise the Department of Justice has been lax in its handling of sexual harassment complaints?

Can we all agree, the Russians will continue to test the West, until there is unified opposition – an unlikely prospect with Mr. Trump in the White House?

Can we all agree, it’s surprising Mr. Putin even cares about disrupting the opposition candidates, since he is almost guaranteed of winning next year’s election?

Can we all agree, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin deserved every pound of manure delivered to his front door?

Can we all agree, Democrats should be encouraged by the number of candidates filing to run for office at every level? At least some in the GOP seem to realize they have a problem.

Can we all agree, the rest of the world has moved on from Donald Trump by simply ignoring him? I just wish we could do the same.

Can we all agree, it was only a matter of time before the Bitcoin craze became a partisan issue?

Can we all agree, President Obama’s interview with Prince Harry, once again, makes many of us nostalgic for days gone by?

and finally:

Take a few minutes to watch some of the best moments from the last 12 months of Saturday Night Live.

or

Since California is often the leader in passing laws that other states follow, take a look at some of the new regulations going into effect in the Golden State on Monday – yes, it’s more than just legalized marijuana.

and

RIP Sue Grafton – along with Lynnfield’s own Robert Parker, she helped me wile away too many hours in airport lounges when I traveled for The AP.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/23/17 edition

December 23, 2017

Can we all agree, the tax reform bill signed this week by Mr. Trump will be a tough sell to the American public since so many politicians, who voted for it, stand to gain personally – and that doesn’t even include the President himself?

Can we all agree, the alleged moderate senators who caved in to GOP pressure got very little for their votes?

Can we all agree, the Catholic church might have been better served if Cardinal Bernard Law had been interred quietly without the Pope in attendance – given the outrage he continues to engender in Boston?

Comparing Presidential coins. Which would you want? (Washington Post photo)

Comparing Presidential coins. Which would you want as a keepsake? (Washington Post photo)

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s nomination of unqualified  candidates for  Federal judgeships has already undermined the integrity of the courts?

Can we all agree, the latest court ruling against the administration’s travel ban, will have little impact as long as the ban continues while the case moves through the court system?

Can we all agree, there has to be a better way to settle the Virginia state house election than just pulling a name out of a hat?

Can we all agree, the GOP is facing a daunting task in the 2018 elections and their internal war is not going to help?

Can we all agree, based on this list of contenders, Democrats will back just about anyone for 2020?

Can we all agree, the Thomas fire in Southern California has reached an unwelcome milestone as the largest fire in the state’s history – although most of the evacuations have been cancelled?

Can we all agree, The President and the Republicans, can’t seem to grasp the message Americans are sending by enrolling for the ACA in record numbers?

Can we all agree, Al Franken may be leaving the Senate in early January, but it’s doubtful his voice will be silenced?

Can we all agree, Democrats deserve the criticism they will get for adjourning while continuing to allow the ‘Dreamer’ status to remain unresolved?

Can we all agree, Congress deserves no praise for passing a spending bill that, in reality, accomplishes the only thing they are supposed to do – keep the government running?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump may have dodged one lawsuit over the emoluments clause, but there are more on the way?

Can we all agree, separating parents from children of immigrants crossing US borders illegally, is just cruel and should not be tolerated?

Can we all agree, until the North Koreans find a way to circumvent them, the latest round of UN sanctions sounds like the world is finally getting serious about stopping that country’s nuclear program?

Can we all agree, Catalonians may never get a separate country, but they are making the Spanish government very nervous?

Can we all agree, steel industry workers are finding out the hard way, that Mr. Trump cannot fulfill his campaign promises?

Can we all agree, it’s clear the Dutch were not ready for an American politician as US ambassador – they expected he would at least tell the truth?

Can we all agree, the latest Presidential coin is not a souvenir: it’s a campaign prop?

Can we all agree, the founder of Papa Johns Pizza has discovered what happens when free speech meets free enterprise?

Can we all agree, every sports fan has a favorite memory of broadcast legend Dick Enberg?

Can we all agree, the United Nations sent a pretty clear message to the US when they ignored the President’s threats,  and blasted his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital?

Can we all agree, now that the opioid crises is being blamed for a decrease in life expectancy, the drug companies need to be held accountable?

Can we all agree, the administration has discovered that words matter?

Can we all agree, it sure looks like the Democrats are making plans for an impeachment after the 2018 election?2fd4debe44acc8635f804d4c05f9a1e0-3870-3311-70-8-31e0532b50fc40f0bb0280fc8840c610_p

Can we all agree, just when you thought Vice President Mike Pence could not embarrass himself any more, he gives new meaning to the word sycophant?

Can we all agree, the Polish government has taken a dangerous turn to the right in reforming their judiciary?

Can we all agree, any other Republican President who was losing Fox News viewers would be considering resignation?

Can we all agree, few people believe Mr. Trump, when he says he will not fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller  especially since his legal team continues to criticize Mueller’s office?

Can we all agree, travel over the holiday is getting a bit dicey with power problems in the Atlanta airport and  food service workers on strike in the Chicago airport?

Can we all agree the California cell phone advisory probably won’t change the way people use their cell phones?

and finally:

A five-year-old catches up to the Grinch.

and

The World Chess Championship logo could change the sport’s image forever.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/16/17 edition

December 16, 2017

Can we all agree, the Republicans will probably get their victory by passing a tax bill, but it’s doubtful the measure will get any more popular once the average taxpayer finds out what’s in it?

Can we all agree, the elimination of net neutrality will mean two things: lawsuits, and eventually, higher internet access fees for all of us?

With the discovery of an eighth planet, the Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets.

With the discovery of an eighth planet, the Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets.

Can we all agree, Doug Jones’s win in Alabama is a great victory for Democrats, but his chances of winning re-election in 2020 are slim

Can we all agree, prohibiting a public health agency (CDC) from using words such as ‘transgender’ or ‘diversity’ should not be tolerated in a Democratic society?

Can we all agree, the biggest winner when Senator Jones takes office, might be Maine Senator Susan Collins, especially if she decides to become an independent?

Can we all agree, every time we think Mr. Trump  can’t descend to a new level of depravity, he horrifies us – like this week’s comments about NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand?

Can we all agree, the president’s claims that the FBI reputation is in tatters is simply wrong?

Can we all agree, the rest of the country may not understand the impact of the San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, but the city’s transformation under his watch has been dramatic?

Can we all agree, every time Mr. Trump attacks the credibility of the women accusing him of sexual harassment, he strengthens their case?

Can we all agree, the White House has set records for the number of judicial appointments confirmed by the Senate, but the quality of the nominees leaves serious questions about their ability to do the job?

Can we all agree, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson needs to resign – sooner rather than later?

Can we all agree, the administration’s attempts to build a coalition against Iran bears an eery resemblance to Colin Powell’s demonstration of Saddam Hussein’s missiles?

Can we all agree, Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law, is preparing for the worst?

Can we all agree, the GOP campaign to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller, will have little impact, once more indictments are issued?

Can we all agree, the world is moving ahead to combat climate change while the US prefers to suffer the consequences in silence?

Can we all agree, the administration’s vetting of candidates for top level jobs, continues to result in embarrassing nominees?

Can we all agree, Disney’s purchase of Fox Studios could make for some interesting combinations – such as Bart Simpson in the next Toy Story movie?

Can we all agree, Republicans seem oblivious to the plight of children losing health care, despite bipartisan agreement that the program should be funded?

Can we all agree, we need scorecards, to keep track of the regulations and presidential edicts, which have been blocked by the courts?

Can we all agree, last weekend’s Saturday Night Live opening skit was among their best?

Can we all agree, It’s been an interesting week in science from Jurassic Park-like discoveries, to strange visitors from beyond our solar systems to a planetary system similar to ours?

Can we all agree, this is probably the only administration, that could make the departure of a low-level executive, into a reality TV show?

Can we all agree, The USA Today editorial on Donald Trump should be required reading for everyone?

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/9/17 edition

December 9, 2017

Can we all agree, Sen. Al Franken has discovered that the court of public opinion does not believe in innocent until proven guilty?

Can we all agree, the incredible actions of Rep. Trent Franks and Judge Alex Kozinski, give new meaning to the phrase ‘you can’t make this up.’

Can we all agree, this still does not make it easier to understand how a child molester might win a senate seat in Alabama and a sexual predator was elected President?

Can we all agree, it’s one thing to support a child molester running for the senate, but quite another to actively campaign for him?

Fire burn outside Los Angeles.

Fires burn outside Los Angeles.

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump does not worry about Palestinian protests as long as he can keep his campaign contributors happy?

Can we all agree, Dina Powell’s departure from he White House post may not be controversial, but it certainly seems odd that it came just a day after her major policy initiative was announced?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s visit tonight to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is an insult to every black American?

Can we all agree, the impressive jobs numbers have nothing to do with anything The President has done in the last year?

Can we all agree, just weeks after declining to provide more fire aid to Northern California, Mr. Trump seems content to sit and watch as Southern California burnsClick here for a look at the LA Fire from the air.

Can we all agree, the administration seems indifferent to new projections of the actual number of deaths in Puerto Rico?

Can we all agree, if Mr. Trump had not monopolized every news cycle, Americans might know the Brexit negotiations took a major step this week or that a German political crises has been averted or that 15 UN peacekeepers were killed in the Congo?

Can we all agree, Maine Senator Susan Collins, gave away her vote on the GOP tax bill and probably will get nothing in return?

Can we all agree, it seems rather pointless to approve a two week extension of government spending when we will just repeat the same exercise in brinksmanship, just before Christmas?

Can we all agree, the Aussies deserve credit for approving same-sex marriage the way it should be done, by an act of the legislature?

Can we all agree, The House-Senate conference committee is making a bad tax bill worse by acceding to the demands of Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, comparing intra-state drivers licenses to intra-state gun permits is the ultimate apples to oranges challenge?

Can we all agree, downsizing two Utah monuments sacrifices the benefits of many Americans to the needs of a few, for no good reason?

Can we all agree, any rational resident of the planet would pay attention to the latest climate change warning: unfortunate that excludes EPA director Scott Pruitt?

Can we all agree, the Republicans can attack Special Counsel Robert Mueller all they want, the voters understand politics?

Can we all agree, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year is pretty much a direct slap in the face to President Trump?

Can we all agree, John Oliver’s interview with Dustin Hoffman is a milestone?

Can we all agree, there’s at least one conspiracy theory progressive Democrats can get behind?

Can we all agree, despite Mr. Trump’s lies, his real estate business stands to win big under the new tax plan?

Can we all agree, the Russians deserved to be barred from the Winter Olympics period, with no special exceptions?

Can we all agree, the President’s lawyers are trying to tell us that he is above the law – but no one needs a legal expert to tell them that’s laughable?

Can we all agree, former campaign manager Paul Manafort deserves to have his bail revoked just for being stupid?

Can we all agree, the Supreme Court’s  approval of the administration’s travel ban may be temporary?

Can we all agree, the constant drip of story, after story after story about links between the Trump administration and the Russians ,will eventually bury the White House?

Can we all agree, it seems pretty obvious that with the appointment of his top aide to his former job, Chief of Staff John Kelley will continue to run the Department of Homeland Security?

and finally, two good reads:

One from WWII in honor of Pearl Harbor Day, and the other, a story unique to our times when a fake restaurant can become a destination.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/2/17 edition

December 2, 2017

Can we all agree, after a year of trying to stop the investigation into Russian influence in our election, we now know why the President was so worried?

Can we all agree, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has now reached the White House’s inner circle?

Some Sounds of Silence for your enjoyment

Can we all agree, if the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is indicted, can there be any doubt that The President knew what was going on?

Can we all agree, Michael Flynn’s guilty plea to a single charge, suggests he has a lot to offer Mr. Mueller?

Can we all agree, the Senate tax bill that passed last night, may be a hollow victory and the public really does not care?

Can we all agree, there will be winners and losers, but the long term implications are unknown, even to the GOP?

Can we all agree, passing major legislation which includes handwritten notes in the margin is no way to run a government? We’ve been arguing over commas in the Constitution for over 200 years.

The actual tax bill passed in the Senate. (NYT photo)

The actual tax bill passed in the Senate. (NYT photo)

Can we all agree, the public will be more concerned when the government shuts down, as the President apparently wants?

Can we all agree, Kate Steinle’s family may be paying the price for Donald Trump’s decision to make her death at the hands of an illegal immigrant, a campaign issue?

Can we all agree, it’s a bit incredulous that the Charlottesville police did not expect any violence at a white supremicist rally in their city?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear blue states, like California, are not going to get much help from the White House when disasters strike?

Can we all agree, taxpayers should not be footing the bill for sexual harassment settlements by members of Congress?

Can we all agree, if the GOP thinks tax cuts for the wealthy, combined with cuts to entitlement programs such are Medicare and Social Security, will win them an election, they are delusional?

Can we all agree, if Sen. Al Franken is forced to resign  the President should too?

Can we all agree, we all wish we had four houses to put up for bail so that we would not have to be confined while awaiting trial?

Can we all agree, with their missile launch this week, North Korea has called Mr. Trump’s bluff?

Can we all agree, any woman can tell you the list of sexual harassers will get longer before the activity ends? Matt Lauer and Russell Simmonds are this weeks’ high profile additions. The jury is still out on Garrison Keillor.

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump does not even understand why the world is troubled when he retweets a false and misleading video from a fringe anti-Muslim group. If I were in England I wouldn’t want him to visit either.

Can we all agree, the answer to the opioid crises is not more DEA agents?

Can we all agree, the White House can deny it all they want but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is effectively a dead man walking?

Can we all agree, between his lies and altered reality the President has a very tenuous grasp of the job he is supposed to be doing?

Can we all agree, no one is surprised a Trump appointee ruled in the President’s favor giving him control over the consumer finance board?

Can we all agree, the Russian teams should be banned from the Winter Olympics in February?

Can we all agree, Project Veritas has no place in US politics, even if the Koch brothers are backers?

Can we all agree, The President is so obsessed with Elizabeth Warren, he doesn’t mind insulting military veterans?

Jim Nabors, left, and Frank Sutton, on the TV series “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” (AP photo)

Jim Nabors, left, and Frank Sutton, on the TV series “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” (AP photo)

Can we all agree, we need the British Royal Family and a wedding, to take our minds off our own government?

Can we all agree, Ivanka Trump seems clueless about the incongruous image of her promoting women’s rights while in India where her goods are made in sweat shops?

and finally:

RIP Jim Nabors

 

 

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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™ – 11/18/17 edition

November 18, 2017

Can we all agree, most Americans will figure  out about a year from now, that tax reform was not a middle class tax break, when they start to consider year-end moves to lessen their tax burden, and find out there’s nothing they can do?

Endangered species, at home and abroad?

Endangered species, at home and abroad?

Can we all agree, it’s starting to look like the House vote may be another exercise in futility?

Can we all agree, until The President changed course, there was something poetically correct about allowing big-game hunters to import the head of an animal which symbolizes the Republican party?

Can we all agree the House and Senate, long known as a misogynistic boys club,  might change now?

Can we all agree, Franken deserves the scorn he’s attracting, but at least he issued a quick apology? I don’t hear any other expressions of regret – quite the opposite in fact in Ohio.

Can we all agree, the administration has more sympathy for wild animals than it does for immigrants?

Can we all agree the issue probably had something to do with the nation’s two most prominent hunters – the Presidents’s sons?

Can we all agree, the drip, drip, drip of news about Russian meetings, and lies on government disclosure forms, is leading most Americans to conclude that there was some coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government?

Can we all agree, joking about the situation doesn’t help the administration’s effort?

Can we all agree, we are supposed to believe the Russians interfered in the Brexit vote and the Spanish election, but ignored our election campaign?

Can we all agree, Brett Joseph, a 36-year-old who has never practiced as lawyer, should stick to his day job as an author, and decline his nomination to the Federal Court

Can we all agree, the 210,000 barrell leak from the Keystone Pipeline, should end the Nebraska debate about whether the line should be extended? It should also end drilling in the Arctic wilderness, but it won’t.

Can we all agree, the more appointments Mr. Trump makes the more resignations and conflicts of interest appear?

Can we all agree, the IRS’s enforcement of the Affordable Care Act Mandate is either designed to put pressure on Congress to repeal the measure, or a sign that the administration has no clue what’s going on? I vote for the latter.

Can we all agree, Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief at the mistrial of Sen. Robert Menendez?

Can we all agree, the real heroes of this week’s mass shooting in Northern California, are the teachers and administrators who ‘locked down’ their school, to prevent the shooter from entering?

Can we all agree, it’s rather transparent that the President  comments on tragedies in red states, and ignores similar incidents in blue states?

Can we all agree, Europeans should be alarmed at the radioactive Russian cloud covering parts of the continent?

Can we all agree, there is something wrong when a business can provide millions to build a museum, but doesn’t want to cover some health care for its employees.

Can we all agree, if you need to hold a press conference to tell the world  how successful you have been, you probably weren’t?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s biggest achievement in China was probably helping to get three shoplifters released from prison, to please UCLA basketball fans?

Can we all agree, we will all pay for the changes at the consumer finance bureau?

Can we all agree, the coup in Zimbabwe had more to do with the president’s wife than Mr. Mugabe?

Can we all agree, CEO’s and millionaires across the country  have called the President’s bluff on his tax reform plan?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to believe the administration has not even expressed sympathy for the 500 people who died in this week’s earthquake in Iran?

Can we all agree, you have to wonder about politicians who decline to provide benefits to their constituents, just to score political points?

Can we all agree, Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants us to believe there could not have been any coordination with Russia, because he thinks the Trump campaign was too disorganized and stupid?

Can we all agree, the continuing pressure to appoint a special; counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton,  shows  Mr. Trump’s lack of understanding about how government works?

Can we all agree, it’s not very reassuring that even GOP lawmakers are worried about Mr. Trump’s control of the nuclear launch codes?

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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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