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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 3/5/16 edition

March 5, 2016

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Can we all agree the GOP debate this week might have been the low point in 240 years of American politics?

Can we all agree the performances by all the candidates should appall every American?

Tourists in Yosemite National Park (Eric Riess photo)

Tourists in Yosemite National Park where the names of popular landmarks were changed this week. (Eric Riess photo)

Can we all agree that the debate  has done nothing to slow Mr. Trump who seems destined to dominate the airwaves right through November?

Can we all agree Ben Carson’s departure from the race was as mystifying as his entrance?

Can we all agree that we’re not sure what emotion comes after ‘full panic’ or ‘desperation,’ but the GOP leadership is certainly there?

Can we all agree the GOP leadership doesn’t seem to have much in common with Trump supporters?

Can we all agree that no one really knows how the FBI’s email server investigation of Hillary Clinton will turn out, but it continues to give the GOP hope?

Can we all agree that Trump’s march to the GOP nomination is having an impact on the President’s strategy for naming a new Supreme Court Justice?

Can we all agree that, legal arguments aside, the FBI looks pretty incompetent in dealing with the software on the iPhone they want Apple to unlock ?

Can we all agree Chris Rock did a pretty good job addressing and defusing  the racial issues at this year’s Oscars?

Can we all agree the while it will be tough to measure the impact of United Nations sanctions on North Korea, it was encouraging to see China and the United States agreeing on something?

Can we all agree it’s nice to have Scott Kelly back on Earth after 340 days in space?

Can we all agree the geeks who attend the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival must be freaking out now that the President and First Lady have agreed to speak at the event?

Can we all agree we are a bit mystified how a judge can claim that he can teach 3-year-olds immigration law, so the government doesn’t have to provide them with an attorney?

Can we all agree, despite what some politicians say, the economy must be in pretty good shape if it created 242,000 new jobs last month?

Can we all agree we are slightly incredulous that a retiring police detective just ‘dropped off’ a knife he had kept, knowing that it came from the property where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered 22 years ago?

Can we ll agree that abortion rights activists were cheered yesterday when Justices blocked a Louisiana law with provisions similar to the Texas law argued earlier in the week?

Can we all agree we were saddened at the end of an era this week as we watched the names change in Yosemite National Park?

Can we all agree that it’s nice to hear that monarch butterflies and manatees appear to be making a comeback?

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 12/19/15 Edition

December 19, 2015

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Can we all agree that Paul Ryan is off to pretty good start as House Speaker, since he’s been able to actually pass a budget bill?

Can we all agree that regardless of who’s right, the DNC looks like they are taking sides in the Democratic primary battle?

Can we all agree that the new Star Wars movie was destined to make box office history weeks before it opened?images

Can we all agree that after favorable reviews in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, LA Times, Chicago Tribune,, SF Chronicle and virtually every other media outlet, the Star Wars movie will set attendance standards that may never be broken?

Can we all agree that the most troubling story of the week might be a reporter’s account of attending a Donald Trump rally?

Can we all agree that a proposed FDA age limit on the use of tanning booths will be an enormous waste of time? No-one should use them.

Can we all agree that we didn’t need scientists to tell us this was the hottest year on record?

Can we all agree that we’re not sure if  UN approval of the Syrian ‘peace process’ will make any difference, but it’s good PR?

Can we all agree that it’s only a matter of time before the GOP jumps on the anti-Chinese immigration bandwagon, now that statistics show more immigrants from that country are coming to California than from Mexico?

Can we all agree that Cubans may be getting more than they bargained for, once regularly scheduled flights from the US begin?

Can we all agree that having  Mr. Putin endorse your candidacy may not be the best thing for your campaign?

Can we all agree that very few folks are shedding a tear for Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical exec who was arrested on fraud charges this week?

Can we all agree that we are at least relieved that there has not been more violence in Baltimore in the wake of the hung jury after the first trial in the Freddie Gray murder case?

Can we all agree that scheduling a Democratic debate on Saturday night has made it all but irrelevant – just like the DNC wanted?

Can we all agree that just four days after the most recent GOP debate no-one even remembers who won or lost?

Can we all agree that the stark contrast between the New York and Los Angeles school systems to a bomb-threat letter is a function of the distance from the most recent terrorist attack?

Can we all agree that the most gut wrenching story of the week was the City of Flint Michigan declaring a state of emergency over the lead poisoning of its children from the city’s own drinking water?

Can we all agree that Journalistic integrity took a another body blow this week when it was revealed that billionaire Sheldon Adelson was the new owner of The Las Vegas Review Journal? Of course, the New York Times’ major error didn’t help either.

Can we all agree that the French citizenry struck a blow for tolerance when they voted against the far-right politics of Marine Le Pen? Could it happen here?

Can we all agree that we wish the Bill Cosby story would just disappear? I guess you could say the same for the Pete Rose saga.

Aaron Miller after meeting LeBron James (Boston Globe photo)

Aaron Miller after meeting LeBron James (Boston Globe photo)

Can we all agree that the strangest story of the week may be the Texas man who is suing Ford after he saw the truck he traded in, with his business logo still visible on the side, being used by ISIS in Syria?

Can we all agree that it’s a bit disconcerting when a hospital system, such as Kaiser, decides to open a medical school to teach their own brand of medical care?

Can we all agree that this week’s feel good story has to be Aaron Miller’s encounter with basketball start LeBron James?

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Can We All Agree – Debate Edition

September 19, 2015

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The GOP lineup

The GOP lineup– with Jeb Bush on his toes

Can we all agree that three hours was just too long for a debate – whether you’re wearing wing tips or high heels?

Can we all agree that CNN strategy to encourage ‘debate’ between the candidates was a disaster?

Can we all agree that it pains many Americans (including me)  to admit that Fox did a better job as a debate host?

Can we all agree that it’s tough to take any of the GOP candidates seriously until they really focus on addressing major issues such as immigration, climate change, income inequality or a host of others?

Can we all agree that if there was a ‘winner’ it was probably Carley Fiorina?

Can we all agree that the other 10 candidates were determined not to let Mr. Trump control the debate? They failed, but at least they were ready.

Can we all agree that Ms Fiorina will now face new scrutiny over her tenure at Hewlett Packard?

Can we all agree that this debate may signal the high point for the Trump campaign as he begins a long slow decline in the polls?

Can we all agree that at least three of the folks in the two debates will be gone before the October 28th debate in Colorado? Or is that just wishful thinking?

Can we all agree that with five more debates planned, the GOP is in serious danger of creating election fatigue?

Can we all agree, that real facts were is short supply? The fact checkers have had a field day with almost every candidate?

Can we all agree that Jimmy Fallon’s interview with Hillary would have been much better if it wasn’t quite so self serving?

Can we all agree that for Twitter fans, the highlight of the evening might have been Bernie Sanders snarky debate commentary?

 

 

 

 

 

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Can We All Agree – 8/8/15 edition

August 8, 2015

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Can we all agree that the GOP debate was the top  news and entertainment show this week?

Can we all agree that who won and who lost is probably dependent of who you were backing before the debate took place?

Can we all agree that, to our amazement, the biggest winner was not any of the 10 candidates but the three people asking the questions? They stayed away from some important topics, but at least they didn’t just lob softballs all night.

Can we all agree that Donald Trump doesn’t seem to care who he insults?

Can we all agree that the JV-debate beforehand was a waste of time?

Can we all agree that the divisions in the GOP were on full display?

Can we all agree that Jeb Bush was probably the real loser since he did little to separate himself from the rest of the pack? The fact that he looked stiff and unprepared did not help either.

Can we all agree that it’s a shame that we will not have a chance to get Jon Stewart’s take on the GOP show?

Can we all agree that we owe a debt of thanks to Mr. Stewart for showing us all how to be political cynics?

Can we all agree that it’s amazing there could be a two-hour debate without one word on income inequality, race relations, Citizens United or climate change? Just ask Bernie Sanders.

Can we all agree that despite the GOP predictions that we are headed in the wrong direction, an additional 215,000 jobs in one month is a pretty good direction?

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Can we all agree that the timing of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s announcement that he would oppose the Iran nuclear treaty was deliberate, probably in the hope that no-one would notice?

Can we all agree that the battle over the Iran treaty is far from over?

Can we all agree that the funding battle over Planned Parenthood may be the biggest red herring ever concocted by the GOP?

Can we all agree that it’s about time the administration took on the coal lobby over power plant emissions?

Can we all agree that there will be no winners in the ‘Deflategate’ controversy and that both sides have an interest in paying attention to the judge, and settling the case – quickly?

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