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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 2/17/18 edition

February 17, 2018

Can we all agree, Donald Trump is the least empathetic president we have ever had, which is too bad since the families in Parkland, FL need his comfort?

Can we all agree, there is nothing Mr. Trump can do to comfort the grieving parents in Parkland,  unless he addresses gun ownership and the NRA?

Can we all agree, there may be some reason to hope politicians will at least listen to young people who are the future voters and simply  want to know why they continue to be slaughtered at school?

Students in Florida make their feelings known. Will the politicians listen?

Students in Florida make their feelings known. Will the politicians listen?

Can we all agree, the FBI made a serious error by not paying attention to warnings about Nikolas Cruz, but calls for the resignation of the FBI director are just political posturing?

Can we all agree, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments  have put an end to Mr. Trump’s claim that there was no Russian interference in the 2016 election? It also adds credibility to intelligence officials who know they will try again in 2018.

Can we all agree, the latest salacious stories about Mr. Trump’s multiple affaires probably will not change any opinions about him unless some criminal charges result?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump has no interest in seriously reforming the nation’s immigration system or protecting ‘Dreamers?’

Can we all agree, changes to the White House security process are aimed squarely at the Prsident’s son-in-law Jared Kushner?

Can we all agree, opponents of VA Secretary David Shulkin, probably will not be appeased by the resignation of his chief of staff?

Can we all agree, the Trump cabinet is the most ethically challenged group of individuals ever to serve in government?

Can we all agree, the new report detailing the causes of our air pollution may be a revelation to some, but experts have been warning about the dangers of everyday chemicals for years?

Can we all agree, new tariffs on steel imports will not revive the US steel industry?

Can we all agree, Mitt Romney may win the Utah senate seat, but it will do little to prevent the continued destruction wrought by Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, Rience Priebus’s revelations about what goes on in the Trump White House simply confirm what we all knew?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s condemnation of domestic violence rings very hollow given his past actions?

Can we all agree, many Democrats are hoping Jacob Zuma’s resignation in South Africa is repeated here?

Can we all agree, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren did her best to blunt the criticism she knows is coming from Mr. Trump – as soon as he figures out what she was talking about?

Can we all agree, the Germans may have hit on a great idea by  considering free public transportation?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear the drive to include a citizenship question on the census is just another Republican effort to prevent immigrants from being counted?

Can we all agree, in any other administration, that fact that US backed forces killed Russian mercenaries, would be a major international story?

Can we all agree, we all want to watch the Winter Olympics, but there are just too many events that do not interest Americans – especially if we are not favored to win?

At least one TV news show had a little problem with the location of the Winter Olympics.

At least one TV news show had a little problem with the location of the Winter Olympics.

Can we all agree, neither  cost estimates of $30 million nor opposition from abroad,  will do much to dissuade Mr. Trump from staging his military parade?

Can we all agree, anyone who has flown to Hawaii, understands the helpless feeling of the passengers on a United Airlines Flight when an airplane engine came apart over the Pacific Ocean?

Can we all agree, banning tackle football before high school will be a good first step, but the reality is that head trauma in high school and college is enough to do permanent damage?

Can we all agree, no one should plan dinner at Applebees?

Can we all agree, Trump’s food stamp program, providing pre-packaged food to food stamp recipients,  would be funny if he were not serious?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s infrastructure plan is just another bad idea that has mo chance of becoming law?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s budget plan is not worth the paper it was printed on?

Can we all agree, if the Obama portraits at the Smithsonian were designed to stir debate they have succeeded?

Can we all agree, paid sick leave may do a better job of preventing the spread of the flu than the vaccine which is only 36% effective?

and finally:

When you look at those roses your bought on Valentine’s Day  think about where they came from?

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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™ – 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™ – 6/17/17 edition

June 17, 2017

Can we all agree, we should all applaud the administration’s decision to allow the so-called ‘dreamers’ to stay in the United States without fear of deportation? Unfortunately their parents will still live in fear.

Can we all agree, Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods has nothing to do with organic food but everything to do with competing with Walmart?

Offering prayers at this week's Congressional baseball game. (Roll Call Photo)

Offering prayers at this week’s Congressional baseball game. (Roll Call Photo)

Can we all agree, Senator Mitch McConnell obviously learned a lot from House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was able to get a healthcare bill passed by keeping it secret until the last minute?

Can we all agree, the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller got a lot more serious this week with the news that Mr. Trump may face charges that he impeded a federal investigation in firing FBI director James Comey?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump continues to make his own situation worse with his tweets and rants?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump is governing ‘like the leader of 35% of the country‘?

Can we all agree, it would be nice to think the shooting of a Congressman, practicing for a charity baseball game could bring the political parties together for more than one day, but it’s doubtful given the rhetoric?

Can we all agree, news that Fox News is dropping its trademark “fair and balanced” slogan, has allowed everyone to admit that it was really just a marketing tool and never true?

Can we all agree, the only person who thinks Mr. Trump’s most recent financial statement clarifies anything, is Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, news that Mr. Trump’s attorney and the Vice President have both hired attorneys could set off hiring frenzy by White House staffers who know Mr. Trump’s lawyer is not defending them?

Can we all agree, Trump supporters would probably not  have objected to the revival of Shakespeare’ s Julius Caesar if the lead character was a woman in pant suit?

Can we all agree, the tragic fire in London may be a bigger test for Prime minister Theresa May, than either of the two recent terrorist attacks?

Can we all agree, those of us who are not sailors have a hard time figuring out how two ships can collide 12 miles from shore?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump conveniently forgot to tell his adoring supporters in Miami that the rollback of travel to Cuba could take three years?

Can we all agree, the manslaughter conviction of a young woman, over the carbon monoxide suicide of her boyfriend hung on just three words -“get back in?”

Can we all agree, the acquittal of a Minnesota police officer in the shooting death of a motorist suggests that there will always be some doubt about what really happens when African-American motorists are stopped by police?

Can we all agree, lottery players in Illinois may be the group that forces a state budget compromise when they find out they can no longer buy Powerball and Megamillion tickets?

Can we all agree, the City of Los Angeles deserved to lose a huge gamble this week, when a sanitation worker won a $17.4 million lawsuit against his supervisors who harassed him into disability by falsely claiming he was gay?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear there are very few world leaders who have much respect for Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear the lawsuits brought against 12 Turkish body guards accused of assault, when they attacked protesters in New York, is pretty meaningless, since the men are out of the country and probably are not planning a return trip?

Can we all agree, the Senate surprised everyone this week by voting to impose more sanctions on Iran and Russia and restricting the President’s power to make changes?

Can we all agree, Kamala Harris’ standing as a Democratic star of the future was cemented this week by her prosecutorial performance against Attorney General Jeff Sessions?

Can we all agree, Australia finally made the right move by paying $53 million dollars and closing their prison-like facilities holding refugees awaiting approval to enter the country?

Can we all agree, the Democrat’s lawsuit against Mr. Trump didn’t get much press coverage, given the other events of the week, but it could be the key to the eventual release of Mr. Trump’s tax returns?

Can we all agree, despite the Republican’s best effort to lob softball questions, AG Jeff Session’s showed that he is unqualified to be the top law enforcement official in the country?

Can we all agree, it’s tragic that a now brain-damaged American has become a pawn in the egomaniacal three way chess match between former basketball player Dennis Rodman and the leaders of North Korea and the the United States?

Can we all agree, this week’s first full cabinet meeting was a sickening display of orchestrated ego-stroking?

Can we all agree, it was great to see Melania and Baron move into the White House? But the real question is will Mr. Trump let her leave the building?:

and finally this week’s good reads:

Ann Killions column on Warrior coach Steve Kerr’s reaction to his team’s NBA championship.

and

The Washington Post’s Fact Checking video on all Mr. Trump’s flip flops since the day, exactly two years ago, when he came down the escalator at Trump Tower to declare his candidacy.

 

 

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 4/22/17 edition

April 22, 2017

Can we all agree the so-called ‘Dreamers’ will take little solace in Donald Trump’s assurances that they have nothing to worry about, as long as Jeff Sessions is the attorney general and is issuing threats to sanctuary cities?

Can we all agree Exxon-Mobile must have thought their request for a waiver from sanctions, allowing them to drill in the Black Sea, was going to be approved by the Trump administration, or they would have withdrawn it months ago?

California's drought may be over, but the desert is in full bloom. (photos courtesy of Dr. Gail Dubinsky)

California’s drought may be over, but the desert is in full bloom. (photos courtesy of Dr. Gail Dubinsky)

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Photos from Joshua Tree National Park, near Palm Springs, CA.

 

Can we all agree, the media is finally starting to learn most of Mr. Trump’s tweets are just attempts to get attention when he thinks the world is ignoring him?

Can we all agree today’s March for Science is not politicizing science, that was done years ago, when George W. Bush denied climate change?

Can we all agree English Prime Minister Theresa May obviously was not paying close attention to the  results last time an early election was called?

Can we all agree, tomorrow’s election in France will have an even larger impact on the future of the EU, than the Brexit vote?

Can we all agree conservatives across the country welcome the prospect of a violent confrontation when Ann Coulter speaks at Berkeley on May 2?

Can we all agree, like most irrational acts, there is no logic to explain the suicide of ex-football star Aaron Hernandez?IMG_1258

Can we all agree Sarah Palin, showed the world how little respect she has for the President when she decided the ‘tramp look’ was the best choice for her White House visit? That doesn’t even take into account the questionable friends she decided to bring along?

Can we all agree the world, even Republicans, will hang on every word President Obama says when he speaks  Monday in Chicago?

Can we all agree Mr. Sessions comments about the court in Hawaii, which ruled against Mr. Trump’s immigration plan, show an amazing lack of understanding of the Constitution he is supposed to uphold?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s insistence on pushing health care reform indicates how desperate he is to avoid looking irrelevant and improve his abysmal ratings? The fact that the new plan is laughable is almost beside the point.

Can we all agree it doesn’t look like tax reform will get done either, unless Mr. Trump releases his tax returns? Even Sean Spicer’s twisted logic will not overcome Democratic opposition.

Can we all agree there is no doubt the White House will find that China is illegally manipulating the steel market, so Mr. Trump can act tough, and do absolutely nothing?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump must think we are all idiots when he calls on businesses to hire American workers while Trump ties and shirts continue to be manufactured outside the US?

Can we all agree, he is right about one thing, the H-1B visa system needs to be reformed?

Can we all agree Rep. Jason Chaffetz may have felt he had no option but to leave the House and his post as head of the Oversight Committee, but anyone who thinks a new chairman will investigate the  ethics violations of the new administration, is just naive?

Can we all agree the link between Ivanka Trump’s trademark approvals in China and her meeting with the Chinese president is among the first things that need to be investigated?

Can we all agree, Henry Kissinger’s comments in ‘Time’ magazine on Jared Kushner’s leadership skills don’t even rise to the level of ‘damning with faint praise?’

Can we all agree Starbucks’ new coffee drink is a novelty created just for social media and publicity? Do we really need to ingest more chemicals?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s desire to be liked by business leaders is the driving force behind his policy decisions?

Can we all agree, a White House which has no idea which way a carrier group is headed sounds a lot like the ‘Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight.’

Can we all agree it was only a matter of time before we made the Arctic Ocean a garbage dump, just like the Pacific ?

Can we all agree the Venezuelan government is failing in it’s efforts to make  it look like the riots on the streets of Caracas were instigated by the United States?

Can we all agree one thing the leaders of the United States, Russia, Egypt and Turkey all have in common are  their outsized egos?

Can we all agree Emirates Airlines decision to cut back flights to the United States was largely symbolic to send a message to the Trump administration about its immigration policies?

Can we all agree few people have much sympathy for Bill O’Reilly, especially since he’s getting $25 million as a buyout?

Can we all agree it’s pretty clear Gisele Bundchen was behind Tom Brady’s decision not to atted the White House ceremony honoring her husband’s Super Bowl victory?

Can we all agree the near-victory of Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District has the GOP very worried about the mid-term elections ?

Can we all agree Homeland Secretary John Kelly, really needs to develop a thicker skin if he expects to stay in office much longer?

And finally:

This week’s good read is a touching tribute to one of the victims of sexual abuse scandal in the Boston archdiocese.

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