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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 9/10/16 edition

September 10, 2016

Can we all agree whatever kind of deal has been negotiated for cooperation in Syria means nothing unless the troops on the ground are forced to accept it?

Can we all agree it’s somewhat comforting to know the flow of new recruits to ISIS seems to be slowing? Does this mean they will just stay home and wreak havoc independently?

Can we all agree the most distressing story of the week might be the item detailing what wars to expect once ISIS is defeated?

Can we all agree no one  knows what North Korea really wants, except maybe to threaten the United States?

Can we all agree that insulting the leader of the free world is not exactly the way to introduce yourself before a meeting?

Can we all agree that every 9/11 anniversary seems to bring out the worst in average Americans and politicians?

Can we all agree no matter how strange we all thought this campaign season would be, we never thought we would see Larry King interviewing Donald Trump on Russian TV?

Can we all agree the Trump – Putin bromance is just weird? Except if your goal is to undermine the election process.

Can we all agree, no matter how many times Mr. Trump’s handlers try to rein him in, he is incapable of speaking the truth? Even during his first appearance ever in an African-American church.

Can we all agree, if it were not for Mr. Trump’s bluster, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson would have made the biggest misstep of the week when he had no idea what the Syrian city of Aleppo was? That’s not to mention his ignorance of Harriet Tubman.

Can we all agree the Clinton-Trump show on national security was a great preview of the presidential debates, which start later this month?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump always manages to grab the headlines, even when it’s for all the wrong reasons?

Can we all agree Matt Lauer did a terrible job moderating the event? Only Mr. Trump disagrees.

Can we all agree every time  the FBI director says there was no case against Hillary Clinton, he fans the flames against her?

Can we all agree it’s hard to believe that Trump’s bluster has managed to somehow cut into Hillary’s lead in the nationwide polls? But that doesn’t change the count in the Electoral College.

Can we all agree Mike Pence’s release of his tax return just emphasizes his running mate’s failure to release his?

Can we all agree Trump’s supporters don’t seem concerned that Mr. Trump was able to stop the Florida attorney general from joining a suit against Trump University, by giving her campaign a $25,000 contribution? Why is there no FBI investigation here?

Can we all agree there is no chance that the GOP will act on President Obama’s nomination of the first Muslim-American to a federal judgeship?

Can we all agree that Wells Fargo had a pretty bad week, as if recalling an ad campaign wasn’t bad enough, that had to pay $185 million for the misdeeds of their own employees? As a former customer, I would note, the unethical behavior had to be sanctioned from the top.

Can we all agree the Mexican minister who lost his job   for proposing that his boss invite Donal Trump, deserved his fate?

Can we all agree, the case against Roger Ailes must have been pretty substantial, if he settled the sexual harassment suit rather than see his actions revealed in court?

Can we all agree that there is probably no woman who drew more vitriol in death than Phyllis Schlafly, who passed away this week?

Can we all agree it’s refreshing to see a leader, Angelica Merkel, who refuses to give in, when a local election defeat suggests some people disagree with your policies?

Can we all agree Mother Teresa deserves to be a saint?

Can we all agree the people of Oklahoma are starting to have second thoughts about fracking now that they feeling earthquakes on a regular basis?

Can we all agree despite dire warnings about climate change  Giant Pandas and Yosemite National Park provided a bit of good news for the environment?

Can we all agree Apple is disrupting it’s own technology by introducing a new phone with no headphone jack? But that’s what we said when they introduced computers with no CD drive, too.

Can we all agree even if Pop Warner football manages to fend off lawsuits, they have a problem with parents who don’t want to have their children permanently damaged by playing tackle football at a young age?

Can we all agree the 7 police officers to be charged in the Oakland sex scandal, are just the tip of the iceberg?

Can we all agree, it’s one thing to have your phone recalled, but quite another to be told not to use it?

Can we all agree that standing in line (or on line if you’re in New York) now has a whole new level of sophistication.

And finally:

I don’t know about you but I have no desire to work anyplace where my ID badge allows the boss to listen to all my conversations.

and,

Next time you see a youngster playing basketball alone, think about this.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 8/13/16 edition

August 13, 2016

Can we all agree, that with Ledecky, Phelps and Biles leading the way, the US team’s performance has been nothing short of unbelievable?

Can we all agree, every Baby Boomer has noticed that the average age of Olympic athletes has been creeping up for the last few years, but now the athletic senior citizens are actually winning medals?

Can we all agree that the Simone Manuel story could be the best of the first week?

Can we all agree that Hope Solo, losing goalie for the ousted US women’s soccer team, would be better off keeping her mouth shut?

Can we all agree the nationalistic back-and-forth over drug use by Olympic athletes really masks the fact that the IOC has bungled the issue for years?

Simone Manuel looks at her time in the 100 meter freestyle event in Rio. (NY Times photo)

Simone Manuel looks at her time in the 100 meter freestyle event in Rio. (NY Times photo)

Can we all agree that NBC has sabotaged their own ratings, particularly on the West coast, by forcing viewers to watch taped events when we all know the results?

Can we all agree the more interesting stories, may have been the real-life look at what goes on that TV cameras don’t show, and some that come across in living green?

Can we all agree, if Donald Trump had not refused to release his tax returns, the details of Hillary Clinton’s return would have been much bigger news?

Can we all agree the top news story of the week should have been the Federal report on the inner workings of the Baltimore Police Department?

Can we all agree that if the new leadership at Fox News was supposed to mark a new beginning, the Murdochs have come up empty?

Can we all agree that, in case there was ever any doubt, Facebook’s decision to force ads on to user’s pages, removes all doubt about who their real customers are? (Hint, it’s not the 1.71 billion active monthly users.)

Can we all agree that if reincarnation is real it might be nice to come back as the Greenland Shark which can apparently live for over 500 years?

Can we all agree that Mr. Trump’s  explanation that he was being sarcastic when he called Mrs. Clinton and President Obama founders of ISIS, rings pretty hollow, especially to his supporters who tried to defend him for two days before he changed his tune?

Can we all agree his ISIS accusation may be a calculated attempt to take attention away from his horrifying statements on what ‘second amendment people’ should do about Hillary Clinton – even before she is elected?

Can we all agree, no one is surprised that the NRA continues to back Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree that Mr. Trump has totally lost any chance to criticize the latest batch of emails from Mrs. Clinton?

Can we all agree it’s distressing to know that gun control supporters in the US seem to have the same opinion of our gun laws as ISIS?

Can we all agree it’s pretty frustrating to debate Mr. Trump on policy, since most voters don’t understand the subtleties of statements on topics like economic theory?

Can we all agree that even Mr. Trump seems to believe he’s going to lose the election? Of course he thinks it’s rigged although polls show him losing swing states by double digits.

Can we all agree the GOP move away from Mr. Trump has turned into a stampede?

Can we all agree that every Democrat in the country is worried about the hacked DNC emails that will probably be released between now and the November election?

Can we all agree that the debate about who was sitting behind which candidate shows just how far the  presidential campaign has sunk?

Can we all agree we really didn’t need any more examples of how reckless our police departments are with their firearms, but we got two more this week?

Can we all agree, it’s tough to know what the DEA was trying to do in their announcement this week, declining to reclassify marijuana?

Delta passengers waiting for answers. (Reuters photo)

Delta passengers waiting for answers. (Reuters photo)

Can we all agree that when a simple power outage can cause the cancellation of over 3,000 flights, you really don’t understand the meaning of ‘backup’?

Can we all agree it’s hard to believe that the Japanese emperor needs permission to retire?

and finally:

Can we all agree, if this story doesn’t make you emotional, you can officially consider yourself jaded?

And, for all my journalism fans, two stories that might restore your faith in newspapers?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 8/6/16 edition

August 6, 2016

Can we all agree the opening ceremony at the Rio Olympics was pretty mesmerizing at times and quite the fashion show? The US has already won a gold medal.

Can we all agree NBC has made it easy to watch the Olympics almost any time of the day or night?

Part of the opening ceremonies in Rio (LA Times photo)

Part of the opening ceremonies in Rio (LA Times photo)

Can we all agree that it’s tough to complain about the economy when 255,000 jobs were added last month and the stock market hit a new high?

Can we all agree, we’re a bit conflicted about about possible stem cell research on animals with human genes?

Can we all agree that Miami tourism will take a hit now that the CDC has warned about traveling to the area because of the Zika virus?

Can we all agree we’ll keep flossing despite reports that it is not as effective as our dentists say it is?

Can we all agree it’s hard to figure out what changed between Monday and Friday that pushed Donald Trump to change his mind about endorsing Paul Ryan and John McCain and other GOP candidates?

Can we all agree  he was sending a message by making the announcement late on Friday when no one will notice?

Can we all agree it is indeed a strange day when Mr. Trump admits he was wrong?

Can we all agree that despite what President Obama and John Kerry say, perception is reality, when it comes to the $400 million sent to Iran as hostages were released?

Can we all agree that Khizr Khan’s may have delivered the least watched speech of the Democratic convention, but it is now the most well known? Mr. Trump’s Viet Nam deferments don’t help his cause.

Can we all agree that if you are running a campaign trying to appeal to the ‘average American’ it might be better if you didn’t have 11 billionaires on your economic team?

Can we all agree it’s good to have a scorecard to keep track of which Republicans are still backing Mr. Trump and which have had enough?

Can we all agree most Republicans will pay little attention to Mr. Obama’s suggestion that they abandon Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree that if you can believe the polls Hillary Clinton is already picking her transition team? She also won the endorsement of the former head of the CIA.

Can we all agree that Mr. Obama had the perfect comeback to Mr. Trump’s claim that the elections are rigged when he noted, “But they elected me?”

Can we all agree that Mr. Trump’s fundraising in July was pretty impressive, but the real test will be his August and September totals?

Can we all agree the GOP is in big trouble when a stronghold such as Orange County in California begins titling toward the Democrats?

Can we all agree that politics, combined with social media, encourages people to do some strange things?

Can we all agree the African National Congress probably deserved to lose the South African election this week?

Can we all agree the state sponsored drug violence in The Philippines is a stark contrast to President Obama’s commutations of 214 sentences?

Can we all agree that ISIS may be facing defeat on the battlefield but their terror network continues to make America very nervous?

Can we all agree the North Koreans must be feeling neglected again: they’ve decided to target Japan with a missile?

Can we all agree Pope Francis is, once again, making headlines for the right reasons by agreeing to study whether women can become deacons in the Catholic church?

Can we all agree, we’ve all heard enough evidence to know that the fraud trial against Trump University should go ahead?

Can we all agree the biggest non-story of the week might be Melania Trump’s immigration to the US?

Can we all agree the best story of the week may be the human chain formed by rescuers in Maryland after flooding trapped motorists?

Can we all agree it has taken the administration too long to take action in Lybia?

Can we all agree there is no chance any of us will jump out of an airplane without a parachute?

Can we all agree that it will be great to have Jon Stewart to watch, sort of, during the election season?

And finally:

Can we all agree it sometimes takes a real outsider to explain us to ourselves?

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

July 16, 2016

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Can we all agree the last thing the world needed was instability in the one country the borders the mideast and the West?

Can we all agree, even if Recep Tayyip Erdogan maintains his position, he will be fighting internal unrest, rather than ISIS?

Can we all agree ISIS has become a convenient rationale for everyone who feels murdering innocent civilians is the way to make a point?

Can we all agree, that for now, the West has no answers for individual attacks, but defeating ISIS in the mideast is the first step?

Can we all agree that while the world’s attention is focused on Turkey, Nice and Cleveland we seem to have forgotten about the tragedy that is now Syria?

Can we all agree that the candidate’s reaction to world events will go a long way in determining who gets elected in November?

Can we all agree, that after all the news this week, the big loser may be Donald Trump, whose VP announcement (via Twitter) almost got lost in all the other headlines? He’s trying again today.

Tragedy in Nice (NYT photo)

Tragedy in Nice (NYT photo)

Can we all agree that Governor Pence isn’t going to draw any additional voters to Mr. Trump and the way the decision was made typifies Trump’s presidential campaign?

Can we all agree that despite some last minute second thoughts, Mr. Trump was forced to make an announcement Friday morning by the reality of Indiana politics?

Can we all agree, the list of speakers for the GOP convention doesn’t make for ‘must watch TV.’

Can we all agree the real entertainment will be the stop-Trump delegates?

Can we all agree Newt Gingrich’s suggestion that all Muslim’s who believe in Sharia law should be deported, sounds like a desperate attempt to curry favor with Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, now that the redacted 28 pages of the 9-11 report have been released, there’s no news to report?

Can we all agree the story of Wayne Simmons, former Fox news analyst who claimed to be an CIA agent, and will now spend 33 months in jail, reflects poorly on the network and everyone else who hired him?

Can we all agree, even though NFL Quarterback Tom Brady has decided to accept his 4-game suspension, we haven’t heard the last of ‘deflategate.’

Can we all agree Britain’s new Prime Minister and foreign secretary probably thought they’d a have a little more time before they had to deal with an international crises – and now they have two, or three, or…?

Can we all agree Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lost some admirers when she apologized for criticizing Donald Trump? At least she didn’t apologize for what she said?

Can we all agree the NRA’s loud silence after the shootings in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas, continues to be deafening?

Can we all agree President Obama’s speech in Dallas was among the best he’s given? Too bad few people seem to be listening.

Can we all agree the conversation about race in America is long overdue?

Can we all agree, we’re all happy that David Brown is the Dallas police chief? He is the calm at the center of the storm.

Great Britain's new prime minister to be meets the Queen

Great Britain’s new prime minister to be meets the Queen.

Can we all agree Shetamia Taylor, the civilian shooting victim in Dallas, deserves a lot of credit for her comments while still being treated?

Can we all agree Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton was the perfect example of a tree falling in the forest and not making a sound?

Can we all agree the international court decision on who owns the South China Sea, probably won’t have any impact who who controls that waterway?

Can we all agree, the fact that they have closed the D.B. Cooper investigation without making  an arrest, brings a smile?

Can we all agree that it is a shame the GMO labeling bill which the President will apparently sign, allows firms to hide the contents of their products behind QRE codes that require a smartphone to read?

and finally:

Can we all agree that the Pokemon Go craze will end as soon as advertisers figure out how to ruin it?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 2/21/16 edition

February 21, 2016

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Justice Scalia's funeral, Saturday (Washington Post Photo)

Justice Scalia’s funeral, Saturday (Washington Post Photo)

Can we all agree that Hillary supporters are pleased, but not as pleased as they would be if she won in Nevada by say, 30%.

Can we all agree that everyone except the GOP establishment, considers Trump the front runner?

Can we all agree that Jeb Bush was a terrible candidate and really cannot blame anyone but himself?

Can we all agree the only one who thinks Ben Carson has any business staying in the race, is Dr. Ben? Is Kasich next to go?

Can we all agree that, as the media write off Ted Cruz because he lost the Evangelical vote, you have to wonder if it was the candidate or the dirty tricks campaign, that turned off voters?

Can we all agree the GOP response to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia would have embarrassed him?

Can we all agree he would have favored a strict adherence to the words of the constitution as it is written?

Can we all agree that the conspiracy theories now making the rounds on the internet are just mind boggling?

Can we all agree that however things turn out, the battle for the Supreme Court will be the epic struggle of the decade?

Can we all agree that even Mitch McConnell might admit that he made a tactical mistake in opposing a nominee for the court, even before most people knew Justice Scalia had died?

Can we all agree that had it not been for the passing of Justice Scalia, the President’s trip to Cuba next month would have been the biggest story of the week?

Can we all agree the real truth about what’s really going on in the battle against ISIS lies somewhere between here and there?

Can we all agree that we lost two literary giants this week in Harper Lee and Umberto Eco?

Can we all agree that the ‘tech bro’ in San Francisco who complained about having to deal with the city’s chronic homeless problem, is just a graphic encapsulation of  the battle our politicians face every day?

Can we all agree, now that the Aliso gas field leak has been sealed the only thing remaining, is to figure out how many lawsuits the gas company will face?

Can we all agree that no-one could have predicted that  the GOP presidential primary could turn on a debate between a candidate and the Pope?

Mayor's response to Jeb Bush

Mayor’s response to Jeb Bush – America

Can we all agree, speaking of politics, Jeb Bush may have had the worst week in Washington?

Can we all agree that New York Mayor Debiasio’s response to Mr. Bush’s tweet of his engraved gun, was just perfect?

Can we all agree that the fight between Apple CEO Tim Cook and the FBI has now become a PR battle, although it looks destined to wind up in the Supreme Court?

Can we all agree that China’s placement of missiles on a disputed island in the South China Sea seems an odd provocation, given the timing? Maybe they hoped no-one would notice.

Can we all agree that while we may be happy that OPEC members have agreed on output targets, it was more to calm markets than to actually effect output?

Can we all agree that the EU didn’t have much choice but to give in to David Cameron’s demands in hope of keeping them attached, however tenuously to the continent?

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Can We All Agree?

October 23, 2014

The first in a series, I hope, of  semi-regular observations on the week’s news:

Can we all agree that the Senate is just too close to call. Even Politico, which is decidedly right leaning, says so.
Can we admit that the country was just a tad nuts about Ebola, thank you Fox News and one poorly run hospital in Texas.
Can we all agree that there will never be another newspaper editor that anyone will remember after Ben Bradlee.
Can we agree that when three suburban Denver teens, steal money from their parents to join ISIS, we have a problem.
Can we agree that when terrorism strikes a nation, long known as the friendliest country on Earth, we’ve reached a new low.
Can we agree that, like inter-racial marriage, gay marriage is here to stay. I don’t think we need a countdown to 50.
Can we agree that when the airbags of almost 5 million cars may be faulty, someone screwed up, big time.
Can we agree that Gov. Gerry Brown has about a 110% shot of being elected.  But those ballot questions are anyone’s guess.
Plus YCMTU (you can’t make this up)
     Michigan Bans Tesla sales – like they are a threat to GM,
    The Swedes look for a Russian sub-The hunt for Reds inOctober,
    SF’s Golden Gate Bridge Authority  wants to charge you to walk to Marin and back,- great way to attract tourists,
    Pistorius facing 10 months in jail – he only killed one person
and last but not least
    Drunk Russian snowplow driver kills the head of French oil company – only in Russia

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