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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 3/10/18 edition

March 10, 2018

Can we all agree, the only person who shed a tear for Martin Shkreli, when he was sentenced to 7 years in jail, was martin Shkreli?

Can we all agree, we’re all happy President Obama will get a Netflix show, but worried it will just be a series of dry legal lectures, that only a law professor could love?

Can we all agree, isolation may be one way to deal with the 2016 election, but there are many more Americans, like Democrats in Texas, who  have chosen resistance?

Can we all agree, when Governor Rick Scott signed gun control legislation,  he might have been the first GOP politician to figure out the people of Florida have more votes than the NRA?

Can we all agree, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a long time supporter of state’s rights, revealed himself as they ultimate hypocrite when he sued California for enacting  sanctuary laws that conflict with federal law?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s decision to meet with the President of North Korea was designed by the President for one thing: to keep the spotlight on him?

Can we all agree, no one would be surprised if former basketball star Dennis Rodman was chosen to mediate the talks? After all he’s one of only two people who has met both men.

Can we all agree, the new chief of the Department of Health and Human Services shocked everyone by rejecting Idaho’s attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act?

Can we all agree, Democrats have already won this coming Tuesday’s the special election in Pennsylvania by forcing the GOP to spend $16 million on what should have been an easy GOP win?

Can we all agree, the biggest losers in the power struggle at the Veteran’s Administration will be veterans, who cannot get the care they have been promised?

Can we all agree, the administration’s meeting with video game manufacturers, was designed to get the public spotlight off guns and congressional inaction?

Can we all agree, Republicans may not get behind the call for more mental hospitals, since they know it was Ronald Reagan who was largely responsible for closing many of the facilities?

Can we all agree, the creation 0f 313,000 new jobs, with little increase in wages, is the continuation of a trend that began 8 years ago?

Can we all agree, the world wants to see Stormy Daniels get her day in court?

Can we all agree, Trump’s tariffs will have foreign governments lined up to ask for exemptions while Americans pay more for everything?

Can we all agree, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin seems to realize the United States has given China a HUGE present by refusing to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership?

Can we all agree, after 10 years of economic turmoil, it’s great to see the Greek economy reviving?

Can we all agree, it’s a bit redundant to say the Italian elections have created turmoil? Since WWII, Italian politics is the definition of turmoil.

Can we all agree, we need Angela Merkel to lead Europe, as a steadying force against Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, Jared Kushner was exactly the wrong person to send to Mexico, to make peace with that country’s president, who just cancelled a trip to Washington because of his treatment by Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, it’s about time we put to rest all this stories about the fate of Amelia Earhart?

Can we all agree, the Texas Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke will easily be the most entertaining contest in this election cycle?

Can we all agree, only Donald Trump would dare to claim the record turnover in his administration was simply an attempt to get ‘the most qualified people’ to serve in his administration?

Can we all agree, we really didn’t need a survey to tell us ‘fake news’ travels faster than real news?

Can we all agree, everyone believes the Russian KGB was behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in London?

Can we all agree, President Trump needs to be held accountable for reversing his decision, and allowing Americans to hunt elephants and lions? I guess his sons really want trophy heads or their man caves.

Can we all agree, every new revelation about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, makes it clear he is building a conspiracy case against the President and his family?

Can we all agree, many more Americans appear transfixed by the latest episode of ‘The Bachelor’ than the latest episode of  ‘The President and the Porn Star?’

Can we all agree, the real tragedy of the opioid crises is that it was totally unnecessary since the drugs don’t work any better than other treatments?

Can we all agree, Republicans will regret ignoring the  improper activities of the Trump White House, when they try to press charges against Democrats in future administrations?

Can we all agree, Sam Nunberg didn’t deserve his 15 minutes of drunken fame?

Can we all agree, drivers will continue to voice their opposition to driverless cars, by targeting the vehicles?

Can we all agree, Michelle Obama might be the only First Lady to  dance with a two-year-old who admired her portrait?

Can we all agree,  Jerry Brown’s dream of the nation’s first bullet train, is dying a slow and agonizing death, in California’s Central Valley?

and finally:

Conservative Washington Post Columnist Jennifer Rubin has figured out the Democrat’s non-impeachment strategy.

And, where were you when you heard the news that Roger Bannister ran a sub-four-minute mile?




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On the Road Again

September 3, 2014

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My wife and I just got back from a road trip to Sun Valley, ID. For more on that, see my previous post. Among other things, we took in the annual Wagon Days celebration in Ketchum- complete with the  jerk line mule team.

With ore wagons

The mule team with ore wagons

This was our first drive through this part of the world and I can’t help making a number of observations.

If ever there was a place where there is no ‘there, there’ this is it. The fact that Burning Man is held 75 miles north tells you how far off the beaten path Black Rock Desert is.

The five hours from Reno to Elko has a number of exits with town names, but you couldn’t see much more than a few trailers by the side of the road.

The exception was Imlay, home of the Thunder Mountain Monument – a unique home constructed of debris from the local junkyard, and concrete.

The major industry in Northern NV appears to be power production and mining. Where else do you see road signs promoting Barrick Gold.

It was still nice to see my tax dollars at work repairing overpasses at 5,000 feet with lanes closed and minor backups. I found some of the downhill sections of the high desert a bit intimidating and I couldn’t figure out why until I noticed there were no guard rails. Nothing to keep sleepy motorists from simply driving off the road and down 1,000 foot embankments. We did see one car which did just that.

Parts of Route 80 in California are similar. I assume it’s to leave room for snow plowing, but still, it is odd.

Speaking of Route 80. Let me suggest that you don’t drive West on Labor Day. You’ll be joined by about 15,000 folks leaving Burning Man, along with the usual Labor Day traffic. Since many of these weekend Burners have never driven a trailer or camper before (much less a motor home) their skill at navigating Donner Pass was negligible. The result was a backup from Truckee to Nevada City, even though there wasn’t a serious accident in sight.

Two other stops to avoid during that period are the truck stop in Fernly, NV which must be the only gas station on the way out of  Gerlach, and the new Whole Foods in Reno. Every other car we saw was covered in the signature desert dust of Black Rock and filled with hungry shoppers snapping up food for the trip home to the Bay Area.

If you ever decide to make the 11-hour drive to Sun Valley, let me add one word of caution on road signs. I have a particular pet peeve with signage that isn’t clear to someone who hasn’t driven the road before. A case in point is SR93 in Twin Falls – a lovely new bypass that takes travelers outside of the downtown area, though a number of mall zones, that US suburbs have made famous.

Problem is,  unless you spot a single small sign pointing out a left turn, to continue on SR93 you will wind up far from you eventual destination. I guess the folks in Twin Falls just like to have lost motorists driving around aimlessly.

My favorite road sign of the whole trip was just outside of Elko, proudly proclaiming an exit for Beverly Hills. I’m sure Rodeo Drive was just off the exit ramp.

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