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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 3/19/16 edition

March 19, 2016

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Can we all agree, the European plan to deport 40,000 refugees in Greece back to Turkey for re-processing is simply cruel?

Can we all agree that. despite the partisan nature of the questioning at this week’s Congressional hearing on the Flint water disaster, the state’s Republican governor looked much worse than the EPA administrator? Although there was plenty of blame to go around.

Can we all agree the world is a bit safer today after the arrest of three terror suspects in Belgium yesterday?

Killer whales at SeaWorld

Killer whales at SeaWorld

Can we all agree SeaWorld didn’t have much choice about ending their killer whale program, given the public outcry and government opposition?

Can we all agree that we all owe Donald Trump a big ‘thank you’ for refusing to show up at next week’s GOP debate – possibly ending the the useless exercises for this primary season?

Can we all agree that the Senate finally did something right in allowing states to pass regulations on GMO labeling?

Can we all agree Hulk Hogan saved us all from endless postings of sex tapes that we never wanted to see anyway?

Can we all agree that watching Senate Republicans tie themselves into verbal knots explaining why they won’t vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee until after they see who wins the November election is truly entertaining? Sen.Orrin Hatch deserves an Oscar for his outstanding performance.

Can we all agree that Donald Trump has virtually guaranteed there will be some kind of violence if he does not get the GOP nomination?

Can we all agree that even Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters did not expect her to sweep all five primaries this week?

Can we all agree that Marco Rubio’s loss proves once again that it takes more than money to win in politics?

Can we all agree that shutting down a city’s municipal train system with just 24 hours notice is absurd on its face?

Can we all agree that watching FIFA claim that they are a victim of their own scandal, is like the young man who kills his parents and pleads for mercy because he’s an orphan?

Can we all agree that we are shocked the NFL casually admitted what doctors have been saying for years – that repeated blows to the head of football players cause the brain disease, CTE?

Can we all agree that The President’s decision not to allow oil drilling off the southeast coast may have been a flip-flop of the best kind?

Can we all agree that when the President leaves Cuba after his weekend visit, he needs to have something concrete in hand regarding human rights, or his trip will be wasted?

Can we all agree that Russia’s announcement of a troop withdrawal from Syria is really meaningless since they maintain  major sea and air bases in the country?

Can we all agree that the University of California seems to have a major sexual harassment problem on its hands. It was good to see Cal President Janet Napolitano try to get out in front of the story, finally.

Can we all agree that the last thing the newspaper world needed was a journalistic monopoly running from greater Los Angeles to the Mexican border?

Can we all agree that Brazil’s leaders have figured out a way to take a bad corruption scandal and make it worse?

and last but not least:

Can We all agree we are happy Twitter is maintaining their 140 character limit  forcing everyone to stay short and too the point?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 12/5/15 Edition

December 5, 2015

Can we all agree that it’s already clear that the shootings in San Bernardino will not move  Congress to take any action to control guns?

Can we all agree that it makes little difference to the victims that the FBI will investigate the shootings as terrorism?

Can we all agree that even modest changes, like those being proposed in California will have a tough time standing up to the NRA?

New York Daily News front page this week

New York Daily News front page this week

Can we all agree that no matter how many extra border checks we impose, as long as automatic weapons  and thousands of rounds of ammunition can be purchased legally, we will continue to have one resident murdered every 15 minutes in the US?

Can we all agree that, as Nicholas Kristof said in the New York Times, when it comes to gun control we’re not even trying?

Can we all agree that the sight of a Presidential candidate giving a speech from a gun range the day after a mass shooting is repugnant? What must be going through the minds of the victim’s families?

Can we all agree that it’s a bit startling to see the media being allowed to rummage through the  alleged murderer’s apartment just two days after the shooting?  Was it good journalism?

Can we all agree with the President that enough is enough?

Can we all agree that the addition of 211,000 new jobs is good news, despite what the GOP would have us believe?

Can we all agree that Lamar Smith’s antics as head of the House science committee would be amusing, if he wasn’t dealing with such a serious topic?

Can we all agree that the GOP would rather just embarrass the President than enact meaningful legislation that could help save the planet?

Can we all agree that despite all the speeches, it’s tough to figure out what’s really going on at the climate conference in Paris?

Can we all agree that some of the GOP speeches at the Republican Jewish Coalition were embarrassing? It might be Ben Carson’s swan song.

Can we all agree that allowing women into all combat roles was the logical conclusion to allowing them to serve in the military?

Can we all agree that the Secret Service is now officially a disaster?

Can we all agree that FIFA, soccer’s governing body, may be incapable of any meaningful reform?

Can we al agree that the NFL referees  have been just awful this year? There is no consistency, and phantom calls or clear rule misinterpretations are determining the outcome in too many games.

Rules for covering terrorism

Rules for covering terrorism

Can we all agree that it was surprising to see Congress actually pass a spending bill that will become law? They approved a $300 billion highway spending measure.

Can we all agree that with  a little over 8 weeks until the Iowa caucuses and the GOP race still being described as a free-for all, the party is officially in panic mode?

Can we all agree that Dr. and Mr. Zuckerburg’s decision to give away 99% of their Facebook stock  will probably anger their offspring years from now when they argue about the leftover $500 million?

Can we all agree that the prospect of “Yes, We Have no bananas,” on future breakfast tables is disquieting?

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Can We All Agree – 7/4/15 Edition

July 4, 2015

Can we all agree that John Adams had a pretty good idea when he suggested fireworks for our July Fourth Celebration?Unknown

Can we all agree that The President is having a great time now that his legacy has been assured?

Can we all agree that this week’s leap second was really enjoyable?

Can we all agree that, despite all the caveats by the economists, adding 223,000 new jobs is a big deal?

Can we all agree, that from a PR standpoint, Whole Foods admission that it overcharged NYC consumers for some items, was a great move?

Can we all agree that it would be nice to think that some of the  $18.7 billion BP will pay to settle charges connected with the 2010 oil spill, will actually make it to real people, but we’re doubtful?

Can we all agree that with Chris Christie joining the GOP race for President, the clown car, just got a LOT more crowded?

Can we ll agree that Jim Webb’s entrance on the Democratic side is beyond baffling?

Can we all agree that it may be a while before anyone knows whether the Supreme Court decision on how the EPA determines pollution rules makes any difference at all?

Can we all agree the Supreme Court ruling on redistricting would have been a disaster, if it had gone the other way?

Can we all agree that the President’s decision to expand overtime pay to working managers was long overdue?

Can we all agree that reports that USA products are competitive again may be the biggest economic news of the week?

Can we all agree that visiting the US embassy in Havana will be a pleasure, at last?

Can we all agree that the disaster that is Greece now has more to do with European politics than economics?

Can we all agree that the USA has more than enough motivation for tomorrow’s match against Japan?

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Can We All Agree – 6/20/15 Edition

June 20, 2015

Can we all agree that no President should have to address the issue of mass shootings 14 times in 7 years?

Can we all agree that allowing guns in churches, as the NRA suggests, is not the answer?

Can we all agree that as long as people insist on  honoring the Civil War with Confederate flags racism will live in the United States?

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Can we all agree it’s not a free speech issue?

Can we all agree that the Pope has every right to speak out on climate change, and should continue to push the issue?

Can we all agree that politicians who argue with the Pope are just upset because it’s, well, inconvenient?

Can we all agree the deaths of 6 young people in Berkeley, should never have happened?

Can we all agree that once again ‘the media’ has shot itself in the foot with it’s coverage of the Berkeley tragedy?

Can we all agree that Brian Williams belongs in TV’s minor league (MSNBC) for the rest of his career? Rachel Maddow is welcome to him.

Can we all agree that there is no reason not to regulate the fuel economy of trucks?

Can we all agree that, while it will be nice to see a woman on a $10 bill, the $20 bill dispensed by most automatic teller machines would have been more fitting tribute?

Can we all agree that the  prison escape in upstate New York, gets more and more bizarre each week?

Can we all agree that the California Labor Commission was right to rule that Uber drivers are employees?

Building Inspectors in Berkeley

Building Inspectors in Berkeley

Can we all agree that, while Disney deserves credit for rehiring 35 tech workers, the H1-B visa scandal is a dirty little secret that no-one in Silicon Valley wants to admit?

Can we all agree that the playing conditions at the Women’s World Cup are another sign of the corruption at FIFA?

Can we all agree that the Golden State Warriors’s NBA championship just might restore some dignity to the sport?

Can we all agree, that, with apologies to Steph Curry, we should all just pause a bit before calling them the ‘greatest team’ ever?

Can we all agree that the NHL champion  Chicago Blackhawks might fit the title of dynasty?

Can we all agree that while the St. Louis Cardinals apparently broke a law in hacking another team’s computer, no one seems to be as outraged as they were at the Patriots for ‘deflategate.?’ – which does not involve the FBI.

Can we all agree it’s nice to have ‘Jeb!’ officially in the race but it’s more entertaining to have Donald Trump?

Can we all agree that, without some last minute breakthrough, The EU will be minus one country within the year?

Can we all agree that stationing tanks and heavy artillery in Eastern Europe is a dangerous reminder of an earlier era we would all rather forget?

Can we all agree that it’s OK to be white and identify as Black, but It’s not OK to claim you are African-American when you are not?

lagotto Romagnolo

lagotto Romagnolo

and finally,

Can we all agree that the BIG story of the week is the AKC’s decision to admit three new breeds into their private club coronation ceremony in New York?

 

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Can We All Agree – 6/6/2015 edition

June 6, 2015

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Can we all agree that the Duggar family’s attempt to rescue the reputation of Josh Duggar is one of the more disgusting PR efforts ever seen?

Can we all agree that increases or decreases in postal rates have become almost invisible, except to commercial firms, thanks to Forever stamps?

Can we all agree that Serena Williams is a remarkable tennis player?

Serena Williams  Credit Ian Langsdon/European Pressphoto Agency

Serena Williams
Credit Ian Langsdon/European Pressphoto Agency

Can we all agree that adding 280,000 new jobs is pretty good for an economy that many would have us believe is still in the doldrums?

Can we all agree that the secret release of 8 out of the 10 men accused of complicity in the attack of Malala Yousafzai is a serious indictment of the Pakistani judicial system?

Can we all agree that when the Federal Government cannot protect the identity of 3 million employees we have a serious problem?

Can we all agree that despite EPA assurances, it’s tough not to see a link between contaminated groundwater and fracking?

Can we all agree that it will be a relief when all the candidates, both Democratic and Republican, have officially declared their intention and we can be rid of all these phony non-news events?

Can we all agree that we’re a bit confused about the need for ‘female Viagra?

Can we all agree that Sheryl Sandberg’s essay on grief was a moving piece of writing?

Can we all agree that Hillary’s proposal to reverse years of GOP attempts to restrict voting is breath of fresh  air?

Can we all agree that the only solution for FIFA corruption might be to junk the whole system and start over?

Can we all agree that despite the new restrictions on government gathering of information, not much will change?

Can we all agree that Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell deserve special condemnation for the Senate’s performance over the last week?

Can we all agree that Californian’s need to kick it up a notch to reach the 25% water reduction target the Governor has ordered –13.5% is just a start?

Can we all Caitlyn Jenner’s photo on the cover of Vanity Fair was pretty remarkable?

 

 

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Can We All Agree – 5/30/15 Edition

May 30, 2015

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Can we all agree that FIFA might be the most corrupt organization in sports?

Can we all agree that FIFA’s leader, Seth Blatter, may be the most sanctimonious president on the planet?

Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch

Can we all agree that it seems a bit odd that Europeans have no problem challenging Google or Facebook, but they refused to do anything about FIFA?

Can we all agree that every other official at FIFA, including it’s president, should be pretty nervous?

Can we all agree that we now know why Mr. Batter has not visited the US in quite a while? He would have been arrested.

Can we all agree that Loretta Lynch has made quite an entrance on to the world stage?

Enough already, on to other topics:

Can we all agree that the Warriors-Cavs NBA finals will be great to watch? I’m with Steph and his daughter, Riley, in 7.

Can we all agree that the latest revelations about former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, while shocking, are a bit perplexing, coming 40 years after the alleged incident – while he is no longer at the pinnacle of power?

Can we all agree that the life sentence handed down to the creator of the Silk Road website, was meant to send a message to everyone on the dark web?

Can we all agree that the Nebraska legislature’s decision to abolish the death penalty, over the governor’s veto – is pretty amazing?

Can we all agree that Rick Santorum and George Pataki just make two more passengers for the GOP presidential Clown Car? How many more do you figure will fit in?

Can we all agree that we can blame President Obama’s come from behind win over Hillary in 2008 for Martin O’Malley’s entrance into the Democratic primary?

Can we all agree that a future Supreme Court decision on the definition of a voter may alter the US election process forever?

Can we all agree that it’s pretty remarkable that the words being used to challenge the ACA are now being called mistakes, by the folks who wrote the legislation?

Can we all agree that the latest court decision delaying immigration reform, ignores the human toll being placed on 12 million residents of the United States?

Can we all agree that, while we are a nation of law, governing by court decision is not the way the founding fathers designed the system to work?Flooding

Can we all agree that most climate scientists are looking at  extreme flooding in Texas and unusually high temperatures in India and saying,”we told you so?”

Can we all agree that Ted Cruz’s condemnation of federal money for Hurricane Sandy, and about-face on aid for Texas flood victims shows him to be the duplicitous politician that he is?

 

 

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