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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 7/15/17 edition

July 15, 2017

Can we all agree, there are many Americans (about 65%) who agree with JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon’s assessment of the current political climate?

Can we all agree, expanding the powers  of the Department of Homeland Security to speed up deportations, will not make our country safer?

Can we all agree, it appears Republican governors may have the final say on the fate of the GOP healthcare bill?Photos from 2017 roses

Can we all agree, a Federal judge in Hawaii made the right choice when he expanded the President’s  immigration order to include grandparents and other family members?

Can we all agree, the inclusion of a suspected Russian spy in the meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. makes a mockery of the  excuses he wants us to believe?

Can we all agree it’s Ok for a father to defend his son, but when neither of them have a moral compass it really doesn’t have much impact? Especially since political operatives on both sides of the aisle say that even taking the meeting with wrong.

Can we all agree, the only reason Mr. Trump went to France was to see a military parade?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s off-the-record then on-the-record comments aboard Air Force One on his way to Europe, prove once again how ill-informed he is on a wide range of issues?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump doesn’t even realize when he’s being sexist – like when he commented on the figure of France’s Frst Lady Brigitte Macron?

Can we all agree, this administration has no concept of basic privacy norms – the actions of the bogus election commission just proves the point?

Can we all agree, it looks doubtful the Republicans can pass their healthcare bill – but many pundits  said that about the same measure when it was being considered by the House?

Can we all agree, 37-year old Venus Williams is just remarkable despite her loss today?

Can we all agree, if statistical analysis is correct, there were three planes full of passengers who were 11 seconds from disaster at San Francisco Airport this week?

Can we all agree, Chistopher Wray said all the right things at his Senate confirmation hearing, but he didn’t really face the same issues as his predecessor – FBI chief James Comey?

Can we all agree, very few Republicans fear Mr. Trump’s wrath if they do not pass a healthcare bill?

Can we all agree, President Obama would have faced merciless crticism if pastors were seen “laying on of hands” while in the Oval Office, but for Mr. Trump it just generates shrugs?

Can we all agree, we’ve entered a new medical era if the FDA approves gene therapy?

Can we all agree, when Joe Scarborough announced he was leaving the GOP, it sounded a lot like President Lyndon Johnson’s alleged comments when Walter Cronkite voiced disapproval of the Vietnam War?

Can we all agree, the International Olympic Committee really didn’t have too much choice in awarding the next two Olympics to Paris and Los Angeles,  since no one else wanted them?

Can we all agree, Idaho’s new law, which strengthens enforcement of non-compete clauses,  will make it harder for them to attract new tech workers to the state?

Can we all agree, stories of Mr. Trump fuming as his administration crumbles are becoming all too common?

Can we all agree, Senate President Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay the annual recess by two weeks, is an admission that the GOP simply cannot govern?

Can we all agree, we’re all getting used to Mr. Trump’s shifting position on a wide range of issues, but his latest admission that his wall with Mexico can be shorter and transparent is  a non-starter?

Can we all agree the Articles of Impeachment filed by a California Congressman, are a pretty good publicity stunt?

Can we all agree, ISIS may have been pushed out of Mosul but it will be decades before the city returns to anything approaching normal?

Can we all agree, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau deserve credit for at least temporarily trying to reinstate class action lawsuits, to level the playing field between big banks and the average consumer?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s plan to form a cyber-security task force with the Russians was the dumbest idea any president has proposed since World War II? It just shows how easy our President is to manipulate.

and:

If you want a look at how the rest of the world sees our President, take a look at this Australian reporter’s take on Mr. Trump?

or:

If you want your faith in humanity restored read this story about the rescue of 6 swimmers from a Florida riptide.

and finally:

As you sit home in your pajamas contemplating another pastry, take a look at what some folks go through in the name of sport.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 5/20/17 edition

May 20, 2017

Can we all agree if there’s one person who should be able to recognize,  a nut job it’s Donald Trump? Unfortunately, James Comey is not one.

Can we all agree revelations that the probe into Russian influence in our election, has now reached the White House, is only a surprise to one person?

The President and Melania Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia. (NYT photo)

The President and Melania Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia. (NYT photo)

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s Thursday characterization of the investigation as a ‘witch hunt’ ring a bit hollow this weekend? Especially since it appears he knew Michael Flynn was under investigation before he was appointed to a top White House post.

Can we all agree Robert Mueller’s appointment to lead the Russian influence investigation seems to have bi-partisan support, but is worrying to observers who are more concerned with fact finding than criminal prosecution?

Can we all agree, many Baby Boomers will have a sense of deja vu when Mr. Comey testifies before Congress, as we remember the start of the Watergate hearings, which began this past week in 1973?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s arrival in Saudi Arabia has the nation on edge, as we wait to see how he will embarrass us on the world stage?

Can we all agree, only Mr. Trump can ban Muslims from entering the US and then flip-flop by claiming to be their strongest supporters when he visits their countries?

Can we all agree the victory by ‘moderates’ in the Iranian election proves there may be some semblance of Democracy in that ancient civilization?

Can we all agree Trump has managed, once again, to prove President Obama  right, when he signed the nuclear deal with Iran?

Can we all agree instability in Brazil, destabilizes all of South America?

Can we all agree the removal of Confederate statues in New Orleans may mark the end of an era for some, but it’s really only another step along the long road to racial equality?

Can we all agree as soon as the GOP figures out the Trump Presidency cannot be saved they will push to have him removed as soon as possible  to avert the disaster that will be the 2018 elections?

Can we all agree the fact that security guards working for a foreign country can attack US citizens exercising their rights to free speech, without a word of condemnation for our own government is unbelievable?

Can we all agree Mr. Comey and Hillary Clinton appear to have at least one thing in common – a desire to avoid a Trump hug?

Can we all agree, news that foreign diplomats are providing special favors to Ivanka Trump in an attempt to reach her father, are exactly why she should not be an advisor?

Can we all agree. internet providers are reacting cautiously to the FCC’s decision to relax net neutrality regulations because they know the rules can be overturned by the next administration?

Can we all agree Emmanuel Macron is disappointing those on the left with his conservative cabinet appointments in France?

Can we all agree the choreographed praise for the late Roger Ailes cannot overcome the more popular characterization of him as a sexual predator responsible for perverting US journalism and giving us Donald Trump?

Can we all agree one response to changes Education Secretary Betsy Devoss seeks, might be to make every public school a charter school?

Can we all agree, news that at least one high-level GOP congressman thinks Trump and one other politician may be on the Putin payroll, should be a major story, but these days its barely a ripple?’

Can we all agree it’s easy to see why Mr. Trump finds such comfort in meeting with foreign dictators since he longs for the kind of power they wield – such as arresting journalists?

Can we all agree, It would be nice to think the EPA will pay attention to the outpouring of public support for enviromentail regulations, but it’s doubtful Scott Pruitt will even care?

Can we all agree the most entertaining story of the week was either Mr. Putin’s offer to supply his own account of the Russian Foreign Minister’s meeting with Mr. Trump or the details of how the session was arranged?

Can we all agree when they write the eventual history of the Trump administration, the last two weeks will be a major focus?

Can we all agree, you know health care is an issue when it reaches the Miss USA Pageant?

Can we all agree the world is eager to believe this week’s cyber- attack on the world’s computers, came from North Korea?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s incompetence is making it possible for North Korea to continue nuclear and missile testing?

And finally:

Can we all agree New York Times writer David Brooks had a great week of columns, including this quote:

“We’ve got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar.”

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 1/28/17 edition

January 28, 2017

Can we all agree: Happy 99th birthday to my Aunt Sylvia.

Can we all agree, with one stroke of the pen Donald Trump’s has made a mockery of both the Statue of Liberty and the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion? It didn’t take long for someone to challenge the new rule.

Can we all agree the Republican party may  be just as appalled at Donald Trump as the rest of us, but they have no idea what to do about it?

Can we all agree, watching Mr. Trump’s press conference with British leader Theresa May did nothing to bolster our confidence that he has a clue about international relations, beyond his own personal businesses?

Can we all agree, the GOP seems to have a sudden case of budget amnesia about the $10 trillion budget deficit they are about to create?

Can we all agree the first lawsuit against the Trump administration, is just the first attempt to make his tax returns public, and may be the first step toward impeachment? Expect many more.

Can we all agree the signs held by protestors at the Women’s March last weekend may have been the best part of the event?

Can we all agree the fact that the protest so enraged the President that he continues to lie about the size of the crowd, just makes it more satisfying?

Can we all agree the women’s march was the most impressive protest we’ve seen since the 60’s?

Can we all agree, it will be tough to maintain the movement’s momentum since there is no real leader, but as long as Mr. Trump continues to alienate the majority that opposed his election,  it will have legs, as they say.

Can we all agree California Governor Jerry Brown will not be the last public official to oppose Mr. Trump on climate change and sanctuary cities.

Can we all agree the idea of building a wall on the Mexican border was great for the campaign trail but it has nothing to do with border security.

Can we all agree putting pressure on department heads and forcing resignations is not the best way to run the government?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s open lies are just one more symptom of his personality disorder?

Can we all agree the Mexican President was right to cancel his visit to the US?

Can we all agree it’s tough to have a war with the media if they don’t fight back? But I doubt they will just ‘shut up.’

Can we all agree that backing torture as an interrogation technique puts our country in the same classification as the dictators and despots we have fought for decades?

Can we all agree the Dutch takedown of Mr. Trump is among the funniest to pop up on the internet?

Can we all agree, no-one is surprised James Comey will be retained as FBI chief, now that he’s a trusted campaign aide?

Can we all agree, the thought of an American president sending troops to a major city, reminds us of the desegregation era we all thought had ended?

Can we all agree, the President’s preoccupation with non-existent voter fraud just undermines our Democracy?

Can we all agree, attempts to gag every federal employee will not be successful and this administration will face withering internal criticism from leaks? The fact that the employees will have the First Amendment on their side will make it tougher for Mr. Trump to defend his position.

Can we all agree the Keystone Pipeline is not the path to energy independence?

Can we all agree, it will be interesting to see which Democrat calls Mr. Trump a liar as he is addressing them in February?

Can we all agree, the British parliament, should admit they have made a mistake and refuse to approve whatever Brexit plan Theresa May submits to them?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump obviously gave Israel at least tacit approval to expand their West Bank settlements?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to realize that the Holocaust Memorial is meant to honor the millions of Jews exterminated by the Nazis?

Can we all agree there is no doubt Mr. Trump has no idea what abandoning the TPP will do to relations in the Far East?

Can we all agree most other politicians would have offered at least some kind words of support for tornado victims, but apparently Mr. Trump, didn’t notice the event?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump must be happy Alec Baldwin gave him a week off from SNL?

Can we all agree, it’s a bit late for the New York Times to decide they’ve been too leniet with their coverage of Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree that Syria is now just a Russian outpost in the Middle East?

Can we all agree it may not be too long before our Congress starts to look like the one in Turkey?

Can we all agree, rumors that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is contemplating a political career is just one more example of the strange, strange world created by Mr. Trump?

And this week’s good read involves a Trump supporter and a $450 tip.

and finally – a farewell to Mary Tyler Moore, who was so much more than just another TV star.

 

 

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 12/10/16 edition

December 10, 2016

Can we all agree the question is not whether the Russians tried to influence our election, but rather, what  Donald Trump promised them in exchange?

Can we all agree investigating the Russians may the first time the President and GOP have agreed on anything in 8 years?

Can we all agree any country who thinks it’s OK to force athletes to take illegal drugs, just to win Olympic medals is capable of most anything?

Can we all agree that starting January 20th, the White House will  be a satellite office of Goldman Sachs?

John Glenn and his wife, Anna

John Glenn and his wife, Anna

Can we all agree that we want to believe there is a connection between people who voted for Trump and the rates of drug and alcohol addiction, especially since heroin deaths have now surpassed gun deaths in the US?

Can we all agree we’re thankful we’re not in the middle of an impeachment controversy like South Korea? Oh wait, that will start January 21st, 2017.

Can we all agree Sen. John Glenn, who died this week, was a true American hero but his wife’s story is remarkable?

Can we all agree no-one should be allowed talk on their phone while flying…period? It was a bad idea when it was proposed 2 years ago, and it’s a bad idea now.

Can we all agree we have no reason to believe Mr. Trump has sold all his stock?

Can we all agree that each new cabinet pick by  Mr. Tump is like the old radio show “Can You Top This?”  We will have an EPA chief who denies climate change, a Homeland Security chief who believes in fake news,  a pro-wrestling billionaire to run the Small Business Administration, a housing chief  who doesn’t understand why people need public assistance, and a labor secretary who opposes raising the minimum wage and thinks it’s fine to use sex to sell hamburgers? And that’s just this week’s picks.

Can we all agree, it might be good that our average life expectancy has decreased? Who really wants to be around to see the impact of Trump’s 4-years of chaos.

Can we all agree, it’s nice to know that at least the Pope understands the value of real news – even if large segments of the US apparently don’t?

Can we all agree it’s great Mr. Trump will continue to be executive producer of his TV show? Maybe he’ll forget that he’s President.

Can we all agree it’s good to know Mr. Trump will take office with the lowest approval rating in the last 30 years?

Can we all agree that Mr. Trump does not understand how he damages the office, when he picks a twitter fight with an individual or rants about an issuelike a new Air Force One –  without all the facts?

Can we all agree GOP leaders, especially House Speaker Paul Ryan need to grow some backbone, and start speaking out, about Mr. Trump’s actions?

Can we all agree that, like everyone else, Al Gore, swallowed Mr. Trump’s bogus promises hook-line and sinker?

Can we all agree that among the real losers in our preoccupation with Mr. Trump are the people of Aleppo, Syria, who are being forced to flee their homes and no-one seems to care – except John Kerry?

Can we all agree the departing GOP Governor of North Carolina showed us all how not to concede an election?

Can we all agree we are not surprised there is waste in the Pentagon budget, but it’s incredible h0w much it costs to cover it up?

Can we all agree it’s pretty surprising that the Oakland building where 36 people died last weekend had never been inspected by the City?

Can we all agree West Virginia coal minors will be the first to test Mr. Trump’s ability to keep his promises when they face losing their health benefits in April, now that a short-term spending package was approved?

Can we all agree its heartening to know there are some heavy hitters who realize our gun laws need to be changed?

Can we all agree that blue collar workers who supported Mr. Trump and hospital administrators who objected to government regulation, will be the hardest hit when the GOP tries to repeal the Affordable Care Act?

Can we all agree the South Carolina jury’s failure to convict a police office of murder, just proves that it’s impossible for black Americans to get justice in some parts of the country?

Can we all agree, it’s tough to take any solace from the fact that a right-wing candidate was defeated in Austria? The results in Italy have more to do with internal politics than a right wing uprising.

Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin. Which is which?

Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin. Which is which?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump has made Saturday Night Live ‘must see TV’ once again?

Can we all agree it’s hard to believe the Pentagon really wants to have our fighter planes made in India?

Can we all agree that, despite all the explanations, it’s doubtful Mr. Trump knew what he was doing when he called the president of Taiwan?

and finally:

If you’re not depressed enough about the future of the environment, pity the soon-to-be extinct giraffe or take a look at how big banks are helping to destroy the planet.

or

Take a look at this week’s good read to mark the day that still ‘lives in infamy’ for many people.

plus:

Read the story of co-joined twins who were separated by doctors at Stanford Medical Center.

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