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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 4/1/17 edition

April 1, 2017

Can we all agree, this Holocaust survivor in Sacramento, had the perfect retort to the head of the immigration service who was trying to defend the new immigration policies?

Can we all agree it’s remarkable, that we have an Attorney General who doesn’t seem to know federal law very well?

Can we all agree Mississippi State showed why we love college sports, when they upset The University of Connecticut, ending the team’s 111-game winning streak?

First rose of the season in my garden: Sombreuil

First rose of the season in my garden: Sombreuil

Can we all agree, there is no law against being rich, but the wealth, and lack of ethics in our new leadership team, puts to rest the notion that Donald Trump is draining any swamps in Washington?

Can we all agree the White House Press Secretary is desperately trying to divert attention from the Russian scandal that has now fully engulfed the White House?

Can we all agree, despite Senate promises of a full investigation of the White House ties to Russia, most Americans want a truly independent probe?

Can we all agree the startling rise in opioid deaths is a national health crises that needs to be addressed, before it becomes a ‘fact of life’ like the murder rate from guns?

Can we all agree it’s pretty clear the wrong person is running the Food and Drug Administration, when he has to recuse himself from decisions involving over 20 health care firms, because he has a conflict of interest?

Can we all agree Elon Musk’s reusable rocket technology is pretty remarkable?

Can we all agree, if news reports are to be believed, Rex Tillerson, our Secretary of State, seems lost, and that’s just what Mr. Trump wants?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s trade policy seems to change direction like the wind? On the eve of the Chinese President’s visit to Mar A Lago, he’s threatening a trade war, while he backs off his campaign promise to rip up  NAFTA?

Can we all agree the Democrats are committed to making the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court difficult, as retribution for Mitch McConnell’s handling of the Merrick Garland nomination?

Can we all agree Venezuela has descended into chaos? Too bad the refugees trying to escape will not be welcomed here.

Can we all agree the Russians protesting the dictatorship of Vladimir Putin have no chance of forcing any changes?

Can we all agree it’s tough to take the continuing California drought warnings too seriously with the Sierra snowpack at 167% of normal?

Can we all agree, no Bay Area resident would disagree with polls showing many millennials want to leave because of high costs and traffic congestion?

Can we all agree there is no reason why Michael Flynn should be given immunity from prosecution, especially since no one expects he would tell the truth anyway?

Can we all agree, it’s good to see the suit against Trump University might allow defrauded students to get back almost 90% of what they paid, but we were kind of rooting for the plaintiff who wanted more, including an apology from Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree the North Carolina Legislature seems to have fooled everyone into thinking they actually changed their bathroom law?

Can we all agree  California Rep. Devin Nunes was a willing dupe in the White House’s plan to plant evidence supporting Mr. Trump’s wiretapping claims?

Can we all agree Chelsea Clinton needs to get used to people who doubt her claims that she will not run for office, especially when she continues to make public political statements?

Can we all agree public opinion on the change in internet privacy restrictions is really a generational divide with Baby Boomers worried about their data and younger people assuming everything they do on line is public anyway?

Can we all agree, as the battle over the Affordable Care Act continues Health Secretary Thomas Price will slowly chip away at coverage, while more GOP governors seem to have realized the ACA might help residents in their states?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s attempts to threaten the Freedom Caucus for their failure to support health care reform, just shows his political inexperience? Even the Democrats are laughing.

Can we all agree that the prison sentences handed out to aides of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie send a clear message to politicians everywhere (including the White House) about what the public finds acceptable?

Can we all agree, it makes no difference whether Ivanka Trump is paid or not, she should not be advising the President and running her company at the same time?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty funny seeing Mr. Trump using Bill Clinton’s defense trying to avoid a sexual assault lawsuit while he’s President?

Can we all agree, the thought of Mr. Trump throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day was too precious? Almost as fanciful as the thought of a second Trump hotel in Washington.

Can we all agree the women’s USA Hockey team struck a blow for equality this week?

Can we all agree, Maxine Waters and April Ryan did much the same in their own ways?

Can we all agree it doesn’t look like England’s exit from the EU will be as smooth as Theresa May had hoped?

Can we all agree Hong Kong has now officially lost it’s battle to remain a democracy?

Can we all agree that Mr. Trump’s moves to undo Mr. Obama’s clean air plan will do nothing to bring back coal jobs, do nothing to make America great again, give the rest of the world an excuse to follow suit and do nothing but allow our climate to change permanently?

and finally:

If you are really depressed about Alec Baldwin’s decision to cut back on his appearances on SNL, take a look at this compilation of the past year’s political sketches.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 10/29/16 edition

October 29, 2016

Can we all agree the Republican glee 0ver the re-opening on the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s email server may be short lived?

Can we all agree FBI director James Comey has gone from independent investigator to political hack?

Can we all agree the candidate’s reactions were predictable, but Rush Limbaugh was pretty creative?

FBI Director James Comey (Washington Post Photo)

FBI Director James Comey (Washington Post Photo)

Can we all agree Mrs. Clinton would have preferred stories from Wikileaks on her husband’s foundation over the FBI email probe?

Can we all agree that, until the email announcement, the week was filled with lists from Mr. Trump: potential conspirators, potential defendants, potential doners, and insults.

Can we all agree that we really don’t know if the FBI has found anything?

Can we all agree it’s probably not good for Mrs. Clinton that stories about potential cabinet choices have started to filter into the news?

Can we all agree Mrs. Clinton’s fundraising advantage will mean little if Mr. Trump continues to get free media via the news?

Can we all agree, it’s a bit ironic that the GOP, which is based on the principle of smaller government, is now controlled by a group of people who have been left behind economically, and want the government to bail them out?

Can we all agree it was hard to believe we were watching Fox News when Megan Kelly interviewed Newt Gingrich this week?

Can we all agree the best news of the week is the continued expansion of the nation’s GDP?

Can we all agree we are incredulous at the not-guilty verdict handed down in the Oregon wildlife refuge case?

Can we all agree the verdicts will probably be much different when the cases against Indian protestors in South Dakota  are heard? Justice is apparently not blind any more.

Can we all agree the GOP has already undermined what little credibility they had left by promising continued inquiries if Mrs. Clinton wins the election?

Can we all agree, the idea that The Senate would simply refuse to consider any nominee for the Supreme Court for the next four years is just absurd –  except that it seems perfectly rational to Ted Cruz?

Can we all agree that it is sad we have to rely on the Supreme Court to decide social issues?

Can we all agree,  Justice Clarence Thomas is probably not a big fan of Mr. Trump now that the candidate’s actions have encouraged victims of sexual assault to come forward??

Can we all agree that anything the government can do to cut down on those fake IRS robo-calls is welcomed?

Can we all agree the FDA’s decision to test a lung cancer drug developed in Cuba is surprising, but the war on cancer can’t afford to snub any potential cures just because they were not developed in the US?

Can we all agree no-one is surprised that ISIS fighters are using civilians as human shields as they defend the City of Mosul?

Can we all agree the FCC’s decision to give us more control over personal data is the right move, although we’ll probably give it away when we routinely agree to the next service contract we approve with our internet providers?

Can we all agree it’s too bad it took election politics to get the  Pentagon to suspend their demands that National Guard veterans repay bonuses? But what will happen to those who already struggled to repay the debt they didn’t know they had?

Can we all agree that every time we visit a pharmacy to pick up a prescription we should remember how much lobbying went in to keeping the price high?

Can we all agree removing the Calais camp, known as ‘The Jungle’ will not solve the EU’s migrant crises?

Can we all agree it’s about time someone looked at the effect of a soccer ball on player’s heads?

Can we all agree we should be encouraging people to vote, not thinking up ways to prevent it?

Can we all agree there might be a connection between the spate of early retirements from the NFL and the drop in TV ratings?

Can we all agree that even though premiums for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act are increasing most policy holders still think it’s a good deal?

And finally:

Make sure you watch Tom Hanks on last week’s Saturday Night Live Black Jeopardy skit.

It’s about time Marlowe got some credit for helping out Shakespeare.

And next time you’re at the beach, toss a message in a bottle into the water and wait 20 years to see what happens.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 5/21/16 edition

May 21, 2016

Can we all agree Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech at the University of California should be a must read for all new graduates?

Sheryl Sandberg speaks to Cal graduates. (SF Chronicle Photo)

Sheryl Sandberg speaks to Cal graduates. (SF Chronicle Photo)

Can we all agree that only Donald Trump could make a plane crash a political event?

Can we all agree Donald Trump didn’t really have to say anything to win over the NRA, but that didn’t stop him?

Can we all agree that 5 months before the election and two months before the party conventions, is way too early to predict who has been damaged more by the primary campaigns?

Can we all agree that Bernie Sanders is sounding a lot like Donald Trump, after his supporters disrupted the Nevada delegate selection process?

Can we all agree that Trump’s proposed nominees to the Supreme Court are nothing more than a show to placate conservative republicans?

Can we all agree those same conservatives must be really important if they have Mark Zuckerberg looking for their approval?

Can we all agree that Megyn Kelly’s interview with Donald Trump did more damage to her reputation than to his?

Can we all agree that Google’s flypaper patent to prevent injuries to pedestrians from their self-driving car, may be be the strangest idea of the week?

Can we all agree the Oklahoma governor deserves tremendous credit for vetoing a bill that would make any abortion procedure a felony?

Can we all agree that extending overtime pay to workers making $47,600 will give a number of folks an immediate pay boost?

Can we all agree there may not be anything more terrifying than killer bees in your back yard?

Can we all agree the latest Olympic doping scandal is just one more reason to avoid this summer’s Olympic Games?

Can we all agree that 7 consecutive months of the warmest weather on record equals global warming?

Can we all agree the failure of Burlington College in Vermont reflects very poorly of the leadership of its former president Jane Sanders, wife of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders?

Can we all agree the Supreme Court has now become a mediation service, because it can’t decide cases with only 8 justices?

Can we all agree that spending $7 million to investigate what happened in Benghazi is a tremendous waste of taxpayer money?

Can we all agree that, except for a few feature films, there is probably no reason for anyone over the age of 14 to go to the movies this summer?

Can we all agree the latest report on genetically modified foods is irrelevant to the debate over whether they should be labelled?  Even the report writers admit it.

Can we all agree the Senate bill allowing people to sue the Saudi government over the 9/11 attacks is another example of pandering to conspiracy theorists?

Can we all agree the FDA’s new label requirements will only work if people read them?

Can we all agree it’s not surprising Congress has once again tied itself into knots over a measure to protect LGBT rights?

Can we all agree that it’s tough to figure out how the United States Attorney General has any standing to sue the Russians over their illegal doping of Olympic athletes?

Is California water crises over?

Is the California water crises over?

Can we all agree that while California has suspended state-wide water restrictions, most Californians will continue to conserve water?

Can we all agree Congress probably has no idea what will happen when they pass a new act to reform the nation’s toxic chemical regulations?

Can we all agree the last thing this country needs is a cheese glut?

and finally:

Can we all agree Mr. Ed’s sidekick will be remembered fondly by all his baby boomer fans? “Willllburrrrr?”

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 5/7/16 edition

May 7, 2016

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Can we all agree it would be interesting to see if Donald Trump would bar the new Muslim  mayor of London from entering the United Staters?

Can we all agree this week’s turn of events in the GOP is  just stunning? Trump wins Indiana, Cruz and Kasich drop out and the party establishment goes nuts.

Can we all agree that Trump’s chances in the general election depend on how many party loyalists vote for Hillary, or just don’t vote at all?

Fort McMurray Fire approaches a Canadian highway (Canada Press Photo)

Fort McMurray Fire approaches a Canadian highway (Canada Press Photo)

Can we all agree that, once again, the media listened to too many ‘experts,’ and were never able to provide an accurate picture of what was going on with GOP voters? But then people blame the media every four years, anyway.

Can we all agree the parade of GOP leaders who will not support Trump, combined with talk of a third party movement shows how desperate the party has become?

Can we all agree that the Democrat’s biggest worry may be overconfidence?

Can we all agree that it has taken President Obama way too long to visit the disaster that is the Flint, MI water crises?

Can we all agree that it is hard to comprehend the number of Canadiens who have been forced to evacuate because of the Fort McMurray wild fire?

Can we all agree we are surprised but not shocked that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US?

Can we all agree that the FDA needed to do something to regulate e-cigarettes before states such as California created a patchwork of regulations like we already have on cigarette sales?

Can we all agree as North Carolina and the Federal Government battle over the state’s so called, bathroom law, the real losers will be the citizens of the state?

Can we all agree the announcement on new national monuments to the gay-rights movement seemed timed to counter to rising tide of anti-gay sentiment in the US?

Can we all agree that the San Diego judge handling the class action lawsuit against Trump University must have been  counting on a Trump loss in the presidential election when he scheduled the trial for November 28?

Can we all agree this video taken from a camera attached to a rocket launched into space is just mesmerizing?

Can we all agree that 160,000 new jobs may not be what economists expected, but it’s better than a loss of jobs or declining wages?

Can we all agree the best we can say about the first Communist Party Congress in North Korea in 35 years is “who cares.?”

Can we all agree the same could be said for the Sport Illustrated plan to feature a nude photo of Kaitlin Jenner on its cover?

Can we all agree it will be great to see Jon Stewart back on TV around the election, even if it’s just short videos?

Can we all agree cease-fire agreements in Syria seem almost meaningless?

Can we all agree California will join the list of states which have legalized marijuana after the votes are counted in November?Unknown

Can we all agree comedian Larry Wilmore crossed a line with his remarks at last Saturday’s Correspondent’s Dinner? But the President was very funny.

Can we all agree, now that Malia Obama has decided to take a year off before attending Harvard, everyone will follow suit?

And finally:

Can we all agree they best story of the week was the Leicester City soccer club winning the English Premier League title?  One commentator likened it to a Triple-A baseball team  winning the World Series.

 

 

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