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Can We All Agree™ – 10/21/17 edition

October 21, 2017

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

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

Downtown Sonoma, CA: Open for business and saying thanks

Downtown Sonoma, CA: Open for business and saying thanks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And finally;

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

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

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 11/5/16 edition

November 5, 2016

Can we all agree the World Series was a great diversion from the campaign? Maybe that’s why it had the highest TV ratings in 20 years.

Can we all agree both the Cubs and Indians deserved to win?

Fans outside Wrigley Field where the names of generations of Cubs faithful are listed. (AP photo)

Fans outside Wrigley Field where the names of generations of Cubs faithful are listed. (AP photo)

Can we all agree, like Red Sox fans in 2004, the most touching stories involved Cubs fans who were not alive to witness the historic win?

Can we all agree Bill Murray’s interview with Theo Epstein was a highlight of the post-win coverage:  not to mention the Budweiser ad featuring Harry Caray?

Can we all agree Chicago needed some good news given the record  number of murders that have occurred in the city this year?

Can we all agree the contrast in campaign style during the last week, mirrors the differences between the two presidential candidates?

Can we all agree it’s no surprise Mr. Trump’s income may not be all he says it is?

Can we all agree, even Mr. Trump probably thinks his latest newspaper endorsement is probably ill timed?

Can we all agree, reports about Mr. Tump’s ties to Russians who wanted to launder money through his projects, would doom most candidates, but not him?

Can we all agree that both sides are pulling out all the stops in the final week? Donald Trump brought out his wife and Hillary Clinton brought out the President: it was not a fair fight.

Can we all agree that, in one sense, this election will be like many others, since it all depends on voter turnout?

Can we all agree the strangest story of the week might be the link between the Trump campaign and a group of teenage hackers in Macedonia?

Can we all agree we owe the Washington Post a big thank you for compiling a list of the biggest lies of the campaign?

Can we all agree the one thing we are all happy about, is that there are only 3 days left to the campaign?

Can we all agree that based on his agency’s activity of the last 10 days, FBI director James Comey, has some real issues to deal with? I guess the question is, will he be around to deal with them?

Can we all agree the latest jobs report is good news for the Clinton campaign?

Can we all agree it would be hard to believe that two of Chris Christie’s top aides, who were were found guilty of conspiracy,  could have planned anything without his knowledge?

Can we all agree that Harvard did the right thing in canceling the men’s soccer team’s season, after their sexually explicit scouting report on the women’s team, came to light?

Can we all agree that Vladimir Putin has good reason to derail Mrs. Clinton’s campaign since, if she wins, he will have to deal with female leaders in Germany, England and the US ?

Can we all agree we’re a bit confused about the ‘controversy” between Beyonce and the CMAS?

Can we all agree, speaking of strange, that the leader of South Korea dependence on a mystic, conjures up memories of Nancy Reagan?

Can we all agree that conducting an opinion poll in North Korea can hardly be considered scientific?

Can we all agree Brexit just  got a lot more complicated this week, when the English courts said Parliament had to vote on the exit agreement?

Can we all agree the development of GMO’s was never about saving the world, but was more about making money?

Can we all agree when the Venezuelan president told city dwellers  to grow their own food, it sounded a lot like “let them eat cake.”

Can we all agree that Syrian President Assad is dealing with his own version of altered reality?

And finally, this week’s train wreck award goes to:

A Wisconsin high school that made up a story about students killed in a crash, to warn young people about the dangers of drunk driving,

or

The Bay Area Rapid Transit system which paid a janitor over $270,000 in pay and benefits for work in the last year.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 7/9/16 edition

July 9, 2016

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Can we all agree that the rest of the week’s news pales in comparison to the gun violence, but it should be noted?

Can we all agree that Serena Williams deserves her spot atop the list of best athletes of this generation?

Can we all agree, no-one on this side of the Atlantic really understands what’s going on in Britain?

Can we all agree that we are all sure that the woman the British choose to lead them, will need the fortitude of Margret Thatcher to lead them out of their mess?

Can we all agree that FBI chief James Comey, apparently wanted to clear Hillary Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing regarding her email server, but felt he had to be severely critical to placate the GOP?

Can we all agree the Republican hearings the day after the FBI announcement were a waste of time?

Can we all agree Donald Trump wasted a great opportunity to attack Hillary, by choosing instead to extoll the virtues of Saddam Hussein?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump has no knowledge of the US constitution?

Can we all agree Trump’s bid to unify the GOP in Washington behind him, was pretty much a failure?

Can we all agree Bernie Sanders didn’t have much luck either when he addressed his Democratic colleagues?

Can we all agree that Republican comparisons between the Clinton case and convicted general David Petraeus are absurd on their face?

Can we all agree that an economy that creates almost 300,000 jobs in a month is doing pretty well?

Can we all agree the British report criticizing the actions of former Prime Minister Tony Blair over the Iraq invasion, is really an indictment of George Bush?

Can we all agree the West has become desensitized to the violence, suicide bombers and murder in the Mid-East?

Can we all agree President Obama’s decision to leave 8500 troops in Afghanistan was really no big surprise?

Can we all agree that we want to believe the sexual harassment charges against Fox News president Roger Ailes?

Can we all agree that Americans take NASA’s remarkable achievements, like sending a satellite to orbit Jupiter, for granted?

Can we all agree Elie Wiesel deserves a permanent memorial for making sure ‘we never forget?’

Can we all agree who have no idea why the openly gay CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, would want to hold a fund raiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan?

Can we all agree that it’s a bit disheartening to know it took the state of California a month to count the ballots from last month’s primary? In case you missed it, Hillary won.

Can we all agree that Kevin Durant has now made the Warriors the most unloved team in the NBA?

and finally:

Can we all agree there is probably an easy way to find out why an unremarkable English village has sudden;y become a must-see stop for Chinese tourists? Just ask them…

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 7/2/16 edition

July 2, 2016

Can we all agree that whether it’s Orlando, Florida, Istanbul, Turkey or  Dhaka, Bangladesh, it’s vitally impossible for law enforcement agencies to protect every location on Earth from terrorist attacks?

Can we all agree that when the government releases information on civilians killed in drone strikes on the Friday before a long holiday weekend, they really don’t want the public to notice?

Attending to victims of the Istanbul Airport attack this week (Reuters photo)

Attending to victims of the Istanbul Airport attack this week (Reuters photo)

Can we all agree that when the husband of a spouse who is the subject of an FBI investigation, meets with the Attorney General, it doesn’t really matter what they actually discussed, they should never have met?

Can we all agree that even if one state, California, passes tough gun control measures, it will make little difference  unless there are more stringent national standards?

Can we all agree it’s good to know the Antarctic ozone hole has been reduced, but it’s tough to know what impact that has on global warming?

Can we all agree that until technology can account for the actions of stupid drivers, the notion that driverless cars will eliminate accidents is just absurd?

Can we all agree that most American are thrilled to see the turmoil that has become British politics after the Brexit vote, because it takes the spotlight off us and the antics of Donald Trump?

Can we all agree that either EU leaders will pay attention to the British vote and make some changes in their system, or they will have a tough time holding their union together?

Can we all agree the world could use a few more leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

Can we all agree we are amazed the Congress actually found time to come together and pass legislation to help  Puerto Rico escape from its debt crises?

Can we all agree, it would be nice if Congress could stop trying to make political points and actually fund Zika prevention programs?

Can we all agree there is no way to know if the expansion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences membership has had an impact, until the next time someone says, “The winner is…?”

Can we all agree that actor Jesse Williams did a pretty impressive job of outlining the problem, in his BET acceptance speech?

Can we all agree the Supreme Court may have turned the tide on abortion rights in this country, with their decision this week?

Can we all agree that the expansion of the Panama Canal is an engineering marvel, as long as you done’t look too closely at the environmental damage?

Can we all agree the purpose of the House Benghazi Committee investigation into Hillary Clinton’s activities never had anything to do with the safety of American diplomats?

Can we all agree there will never be another coach like Pat Summitt?

Can we all agree the brouhaha over the Marine Corps decision to change some job titles is the very definition of a tempest in a teapot?

and finally, we cannot ignore US politics:

Can we all agree Donald Trump has successfully scared the crap out of his own party by blasting free trade which has long been a cornerstone of GOP policy?

Can we all agree it’s starting to look like Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren might become a pretty impressive Democratic ticket?

Can we all agree the GOP convention in Cleveland may be the first time no politicians, other than the party nominee, gave a speech? No-one in the GOP apparently wants to attend.

Can we all agree we have to give Trump some points for resilience, no matter how many scandals or inconsistencies are uncovered he just makes believe they don’t exist and conjures up another lie to satisfy his supporters?

Michael Phelps heads to his fifth Olympics. (NPR photo)

Michael Phelps heads to his fifth Olympics. (NPR photo)

Can we all agree that whether Trump chooses Chris Christie or Newt Gingrich to be his running mate, it will make little difference in the election’s outcome?

And finally, really:

Can we all agree it’s tough not to root for Michael Phelps to win a few more Olympic medals?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 6/25/16 edition

June 25, 2016

Can we all agree, the long term impact of the Brexit vote is probably somewhere between the doom and gloom of the economists and the euphoric reaction of Donald Trump?

Can we all agree that only Mr. Trump could put it in context by telling us how good it will be for his Scottish golf course?

Can we all agree with the members of the major EU members: If the separation must happen it should be done quickly?

Can we all agree that it probably won’t have much impact on the election in the United States? There’s a big difference between leaving a political union and electing a racist egomaniac – more likely it will serve as a warning to Americans.

Bedlam in the US House. (AP photo)

Bedlam in the US House. (AP photo)

Can we all agree House Speaker Paul Ryan is probably wondering what he has to do toy get some headlines for any of his GOP platform plans?

Can we all agree the Democrat’s sit-in was the best social media  event of the political season?

Can we all agree the Democrats may not have won any votes on gun control measures but they have succeeded in framing the conversation and putting pressure on the GOP?

Can we all agree that Connecticut’s law limiting gun possession may become the template for other states now that the Supreme Court has upheld it?

Can we all agree the battle over California’s gun-control ballot measure will add some interest to the fall election?

Can we all agree this week’s New Yorker article may be the definitive look at guns in America? And if you don’t have time to read it catch Terry Gross’s interview with the author.

Can we all agree that George Lucas will have to make some changes in his approach if he wants to build a museum for his Star Wars art? Two cities have now rejected his initial plans.

Can we all agree the last thing the Brazil Olympics needed was a suspension of their drug testing laboratory?

Can we all agree it seems the list of athletes who will not be going to the Rio Olympics may be longer the list of who will be attending?

Can we all agree The GOP glee over the Supreme Court’s non-decision on the President’s immigration plan will be short lived if it costs them the Senate and the Presidency this fall?

Can we all agree that Bernie Sanders has pretty much lost all the leverage he thought he had over Hillary Clinton and the platform committee?

Can we all agree VW’s rumored $10b settlement with owners of diesel cars may be a bargain if it at least puts the issue to bed?

Can we all agree the wildfire burning east of Los Angeles could be the most serious fire no-one is paying attention to?

Can we all agree the owners of Justin Wines may have done everything growers should not do when they want to expand their vineyards?

Can we all agree it’s good to know the Marines finally got it right when they tracked down the real participants in the famous flag raising photo of Iwo Jima?

Can we all agree that, as far as the  Baltimore police are concerned, a ‘not guilty’ verdict does not mean the officers did not bear some responsibility for what happened to Freddie Gray.

Can we all agree we’re not  sure what the Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action really means?

Can we all agree the pilots of the plane which rescued two ill workers from the South Pole are worthy heroes of the week?

Can we all agree it will take public pressure to regulate the fracking industry now that the Supreme Court has delayed the EPA plan to regulate the use of public lands?

Can we all agree that, while it’s hard to believe, Mr. Trump hit a new low this week  in his pandering speech to Evangelicals ?

Can we all agree that the closing of the investigation into the 1964 murder of three Civil Rights workers is a sad end to an embarrassing chapter of American History?

Lebron James: NBA finals MVP but he won't be going to Rio Olympics.

Lebron James: NBA finals MVP but he won’t be going to Rio Olympics.

Can we all agree most of us never dreamed we would hear that the energy produced by California’s sooner-to-be-closed Diablo Canyon Nuclear plant could be replaced by alternative energy sources?

Can we all agree LeBron James deserved the MVP trophy in this year’s NBA finals series?

Can we all agree the USGA deserves all the scorn they have received for their mind-boggling decision in last weekend’s US Open Championship?

Can we all agree that Hillary Clinton is learning what GOP rivals learned the hard way: No matter what you say or do it’s difficult to keep Mr. Trump out of the headlines even if it’s because of  lies, bizarre interviews or  incompetence?

Can we all agree that Venezuela should now be considered a failed state?

and finally:

Can we all agree the courage of the rape victim in this story is remarkable?

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