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Can We All Agree – 11/21/15 edition

November 21, 2015

Can we all agree that an ISIS- Al Qaeda rivalry is not good news for anyone?

Can we all agree that we’re thrilled to know that despite the Paris attacks Boko Haram maintained their first place standing in the terrorist rankings by murdering the most people over the last year?

Can we all agree that the Mali attack shows just how vulnerable the world is to terrorism? As if we didn’t already know.

A Mali hostage is helped to safety. (Star-Tribune photo)

A Mali hostage is helped to safety. (Star-Tribune photo)

Can we all agree that the GOP has taken scare tactics to  new level as they debate restrictions on Syrian immigrants?

Can we all agree that the GOP candidates are even worse?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump has created a whole new category for himself?

Can we all agree that those supporting the effective end to any immigration seem to have forgotten how the Jews were not allowed to emigrate before WWII or how the Japanese were interned illegally in 1942?

Can we all agree that by their reasoning, since several of the Paris terrorists were French or Belgium citizens, we should no longer allow anyone from France or Belgium into the country either?

Can we all agree that there is a bit of inconsistency in  claiming to worry about the safety of Americans but refusing to stand up to the NRA and pass meaningful gun legislation?

Can we all agree that the folks in Sandy Hook, CT or Aurora, CO must be thrilled to know they will be safer because no Syrian refugees will be allowed to come to the United States.

Can we all agree that President Obama erred badly by just rejecting the the GOP bill without engaging in any meaningful negotiations to craft a bill he might have been able to support, or ignore?

Can we all agree that the GOP has managed to turn the immigration debate to their advantage?

Can we all agree that when the Paris attacks fade from voters’ memory by Christmas, they will be right back where they started?

Can we all agree that the CIA and FBI and trying to use the same scare tactics to force US companies to alter their encryption policies?

Can we all agree that the campus ‘free speech’ movement has now officially become counter productive as students try to use sit-ins and demonstrations to object to policies they simply do not agree with?

Can we all agree that it is remarkable that for the first time the number of Mexicans leaving the US has surpassed the number trying to get in? Guess we won’t need that wall after all.

Can we all agree that when California lawmakers  feel they must visit Hawaii for a conference to study the state’s problems they are just adding to their own poor image?

Can we all agree that, given this week’s news, no-one noticed that we have one less GOP Presidential candidate?

Can we all agree that when the newest Star Wars movie, which has not even been released, has already grossed $50 million in ticket sales, its safe to safe it’s going to be a hit – even if it’s a bad movie.

George Lucas and the poster for the newest Star Wars movie

George Lucas and the poster for the newest Star Wars movie sells $50million in advanced tickets, it just might be a hit?

Can we all agree that we’re starting to tire of all the El Nino stories? In the last month, it’s already rained more in California that it has for the last two years.

Can we all agree that CNN is being a bit self serving in suspending a news anchor for a tweet?

Can we all agree that convicted spy Jonathan Pollard should just be allowed to move to Israel?

Can we all agree that the debate over genetically modified food will heat up again now that the FDA has allowed genetically altered salmon to be sold?

Can we all agree that the Egyptian government seems to be the only body which refuses to admit that a bomb brought down the Russian airliner?

Can we all agree that the least newsworthy story of the week was the news that Charlie Sheen is HIV positive?

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Can We All Agree – 6/13/15 Edition

June 13, 2015

Can we all agree that even Joseph Heller could not have come up with a better name for the State Police officer heading the search for two escaped convicts in upstate New York: Major Guess?

Can we all agree that despite White House spin to the contrary, this week’s Democratic vote against the President’s trade plan, was a major defeat.

American Pharoah

American Pharoah

Can we all agree that even the casual fan was thrilled to see a Triple Crown winner?

Can we all agree that we haven’t heard the last of the Fast-Track trade authority?

Can we all agree that no matter whose side you are on, the campaign season is very entertaining? Where else would ‘Bro with no Ho’ become a catch phrase?

Can we all agree that the San Francisco City Councl decision to put warning labels on sugary soft drinks is a giant step in the right direction?

Can we all agree that the most popular word on the lips of every Californian is ‘El Nino.?

Can we all agree that those of us who lived through the Viet Nam War are a bit nervous to hear that 450 more ‘advisors’ are heading to Iraq?

Can we all agree that Hillary’s event in New York City this weekend is more about regaining momentum, than actual policy?

Can we all agree that while baseball will study fan safety, nothing of substance will come from the tragic injury to a Fenway Park fan when a broken bat flew into the stands.

Tonya Carpenter: injured at Fenway Park in Boston

Tonya Carpenter: injured at Fenway Park in Boston

Can we all agree that the death of the Iowa straw poll is good news for every Republican?

Can we all agree that despite major leadership changes at Twitter and News Corp. the general public will barely notice.

Can we all agree that the electoral defeat of Turkey’s leading party, could have far reaching consequences for world politics? Not that most Americans are even paying attention, since we seem to barely care that Greece may break up the EU.

Can we all agree that continuing revelations about the hack of government personnel files is making the US look totally unprepared for cyber warfare?

Can we all agree that the EU investigation into the Amazon pricing policy of e-books, should have been done long ago in the United States?

Can we all agree that once Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Scott Walker finally announce their candidacy for President in the coming weeks,we can get down to the ‘real’ campaign, and just maybe, we will start to see people leaving the race?

Can we all agree that ‘stress’  is really no excuse for pinning a teenager to the ground and waving a gun while trying to break up a pool party?

Can we all agree that every Baby Boomer recognized the name of Vincent Bugliosi, who passed away this week?

 

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