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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/30/17 edition

December 30, 2017

Can we all agree, it must  be frustrating, trying to send a consistent message when Mr. Trump is accessible to anyone dining at his resort or the boss invites a reporter over for an impromptu interview? They would probably rather he stick to golf.

Can we all agree the White House seems to know 2018 will be a disaster for Trump and the GOP?

Three months after Hurricane Maria, half of Puerto Rico is still without power, but no one seems to care. (NYT photo)

Three months after Hurricane Maria, half of Puerto Rico is still without power, but few seem to care. (NYT photo)

Can we all agree, it won’t be long before Mr. Trump tries to take credit for the drop in the New York City crime rate or the decrease in Chicago homicides in 2017?

Can we all agree, no one, Republican or Democrat, wanted to see Roy Moore’s court challenge to  Alabama election results, succeed?

Can we all agree, Apple owes the owners of older iPhones, more than an apology, for slowing down their devices – even it was to protect the battery?

Can we all agree, maybe the post office should charge more to Amazon for package delivery, but it’s not like Amazon has to stick with the Postal Service?

Can we all agree, Dr. Phil has betrayed the trust of his viewers by promoting drug rehab centers just because they advertise on his show?

Can we all agree, despite what police say, ‘swatting’ may have been the cause of a tragic Kansas shooting, but the police pulled the trigger?

Can we all agree, there is no doubt the Administration has guaranteed another oil well disaster by rejecting rules enacted after the Deepwater Horizon explosion?

Can we all agree, any other president would be in serious trouble if a state was without power 3 months after a hurricane?

Can we all agree, it doesn’t seem to bother anyone in California, that Mr. Trump is the first President in 50 years, not to visit us during his first calendar year in office. Even local GOP leaders do not want him to visit.

Can we all agree, even for Donald Trump, dismissing an advisory panel via a form letter, is just disrespectful?

Can we all agree, it’s sad that we have become so acclimated to Mr. Trump’s insults that we ignore his less-than-subtle digs at climate change while enraging  one-third of the country suffering with below normal temperatures?

Can we all agree, Facebook will continue to have problems until they develop a cohesive policy for dealing with unwanted users?

Can we all agree, the courts have, once again, been forced to step in to enforce legitimate public policy decisions made by previous administrations?

Can we all agree, with each new hack, reality gets more like the movies?

Can we all agree, attacking the credibility of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn could be problematic since Mr. Trump has spent the last  year praising him?

Can we all agree, The Internal Revenue Service has given the GOP another headache with their ruling on pre-paying 2018 state taxes before the end of 2017?

Can we all agree, it looks like the winner in the Virginia state election will be determined by the courts – which is only marginally better than drawing names from a hat?

Can we all agree, the expansion of Homeland Security’s role in fighting terrorism abroad will have some ominous and unintended implications?

Can we all agree, Sen. Orrin Hatch never read the scathing editorial accompanying his award at Utahn of the Year – and now he looks foolish? Maybe Mitt Romney should run for his seat.

Can we all agree, it’s no surprise the Department of Justice has been lax in its handling of sexual harassment complaints?

Can we all agree, the Russians will continue to test the West, until there is unified opposition – an unlikely prospect with Mr. Trump in the White House?

Can we all agree, it’s surprising Mr. Putin even cares about disrupting the opposition candidates, since he is almost guaranteed of winning next year’s election?

Can we all agree, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin deserved every pound of manure delivered to his front door?

Can we all agree, Democrats should be encouraged by the number of candidates filing to run for office at every level? At least some in the GOP seem to realize they have a problem.

Can we all agree, the rest of the world has moved on from Donald Trump by simply ignoring him? I just wish we could do the same.

Can we all agree, it was only a matter of time before the Bitcoin craze became a partisan issue?

Can we all agree, President Obama’s interview with Prince Harry, once again, makes many of us nostalgic for days gone by?

and finally:

Take a few minutes to watch some of the best moments from the last 12 months of Saturday Night Live.


Since California is often the leader in passing laws that other states follow, take a look at some of the new regulations going into effect in the Golden State on Monday – yes, it’s more than just legalized marijuana.


RIP Sue Grafton – along with Lynnfield’s own Robert Parker, she helped me wile away too many hours in airport lounges when I traveled for The AP.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 8/26/17 edition

August 26, 2017

Can we all agree, Donald Trump has perfected the art of making unpopular announcements on Friday afternoon. This week it’s banning transgender soldiers  and pardoning former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Can we all agree the country is watching the administration’s response to Hurricane Harvey – worried that politics will get in the way?

Can we all agree, presidential advisor Gary Cohn will be out of a job soon, now that he has publicly criticized his boss?

Can we all agree, the Pentagon deserves some credit for allowing California National Guard troops to keep the bonus money they were given by the government?

Can we all agree, imposing more sanctions on the Venezuelan government, just allows President Nicolás Maduro to position himself as a patriotic leader battling an imperialistic northern neighbor?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump has managed to give himself an excuse in case his Afghan policy fails, by saying his decision “was not his original” idea? But, you have to wonder, has he ever had an ‘original’ idea?

Can we all agree the Bay Area is breathing a long sigh of relief that right-wing rallies scheduled for today and tomorrow, were cancelled by organizers – leaving the stage to counter protestors?

Can we all agree, it is unbelieveable that the Navy has now lost 17 sailors in non-combat situations over the last two months and our Commander and Chief has not made one comment?

Can we all agree, if the Secret Service had run out of money in the first six months of any other administration there would be a Congressional outcry and investigation?

Can we all agree, Boston anti-racism protestors showed the world how to make a point and protect free-speech, by being peaceful and non-confrontational?

Can we all agree, now that Steve Bannon  and Sebastian Gorka, have left the White House, only one openly racist official remains?

Can we all agree, with all the craziness going on in the world it’s hard to get worked up about French President Emmanuel Macron’s $30,000 makeup scandal?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to understand that attacking the senators you need to pass your agenda is really not the way to get anything done in Washington?

Can we all agree, threatening to shut down the government over a wall that no one wants, is just another empty rhetorical device to rally your supporters?

Can we all agree, watching Mr. Trump this week was like watching a sociopath with bipolar disorder? A truly dangerous combination?

Can we all agree, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has done a masterful job of issuing an energy report which simply ignores the facts, to promote an agenda?

Can we all agree,  the resignation of science envoy, and Cal professor, Daniel Kammen, was a work of art?

Can we all agree, the Girl Scouts have already won their battle with the Boy Scouts?

Can we all agree, the Interior Department’s decision to shrink some landmarks, instead of eliminating them, will not keep them out of court?

Can we all agree, the single winner of this week’s near-record Powerball drawing, will keep us all buying tickets for a very long time?

Can we all agree, even if the prices at the soon-to-be-Amazon-owned Whole Foods, are lowered even slightly next week, Jeff Bezos has already won the PR battle for new shoppers?

Can we all agree, Janet Yellen has apparently decided she does not want to head of the Federal Reserve Board any longer? Speaking the truth to Trump, is not the way to get re-appointed.?

Can we all agree, with the addition of interfaith religious leaders,  rabbis, and swing-state Republicans it’s tough to figure out who is left to support the President?

Can we all agree, anyone who was disappointed that they couldn’t hold an event at Mr. Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort can have their pick of dates now?

Can we all agree, it’s too bad the courts can’t impose a financial penalty on legislators who create discriminatory congressional districts?

Can we all agree, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s wife just doesn’t understand what it means to be married to a politician?

Can we all agree, newsroom editors at the Wall Street Journal showed their true pro-Trump colors this week?

Can we all agree, our President can’t even seem to watch an eclipse without creating controversy?

Can we all agree, its heartening to see that, despite Mr. Trump’d best efforts, Robert Mueller’s investigation, just keeps rolling along?

Can we all agree, the ‘Black Man for Trump’ looked like a sketch from Saturday Night Live?

Can we all agree, Jerry Lewis and Dick Gregory had very different  styles but they were both defining figures of American comedy?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 4/30/17 edition

April 30, 2017

Can we all agree, inviting a murderer, such as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, to the White House is an endorsement of his actions, and is repulsive?

Can we all agree, after 100 days in office Donald Trump still thinks he’s on the campaign trail?

Can we all agree the enthusiasm of the crowds protesting Mr. Trump’s policies does not seem to be waning?

Can we all agree the White House correspondents’ dinner is irrelevant to most Americans, and that’s the way it should be?

Can we all agree it’s tough to figure out how Mr. Trump is consolidating power, since he hasn’t really accomplished anything in his first 100 days?

Can we all agree, of all the stories detailing Mr. Trump’s first 100 days, the most telling maybe be the listing of those who didn’t even make it past three months on the job?

It's already a spectacular year in my rose garden. This is Miami Moon and below is Memorial Day

It’s already a spectacular year in my rose garden. This is Miami Moon and below is Memorial Day

Can we all agree Kelly Anne Conway’s return to the airways to present an alternative view of the administration’s first 100 days was a disaster, like all her other appearances?

Can we all agree the EPA can spin it any way they want, but eliminating web pages of government data  is censorship?

Can we all agree the only branch of government that gotten less done in the last 100 days was Congress?DSC_0030

Can we all agree it’s nice to see one branch of government standing up to Mr. Trump, although the President clearly has no idea what really happened to his plan to cut off funds to sanctuary cities?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump just keeps embarrassing House Speaker Paul Ryan, by insisting they vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, when they simply do not have the votes?

Honey Perfume

Honey Perfume

Can we all agree it’s tough to take the Republicans seriously when they spend 8 years of the Obama administration complaining about the deficit, but greet a plan to increase the deficit exponentially, with open arms?

Can we all agree, speaking of the tax plan, does anyone doubt the biggest beneficiary will be Mr, Trump and his businesses?

Can we all agree an avocado shortage is probably only worrisome to Californians?

Can we all agree tourists visiting California already  had sticker shock when they saw our gas prices, they will probably find another state to visit when our gas tax rises on November 1?

Can we all agree, when half of the ‘bad hombres’ deported by ICE, either had no record or only had traffic violations, it makes a mockery of the entire process?

Can we all agree The Pope is making a rather large statement by visiting Cairo and eschewing some significant security precautions? By the way did you see his Ted talk?

Can we all agree the economy’s rather tepid growth in January may not be Mr. Trump’s fault but it doesn’t exactly reflect confidence in his administration?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s latest interview certainly suggests he doesn’t like his job because it’s too hard?

Can we all agree it’s tough to judge where we stand with North Korea when their missile test fails while Mr. Trump insists we could still wind up in a major conflict?

Can we all agree, we’re all dying to know how much United Airlines paid to settle their dispute with the passenger dragged off one of their planes a few weeks ago? But it’s nice to know we can get $10,000 next time we’re bumped?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s methods for making major decisions, such as repealing NAFTA, are driving world leaders crazy?

Can we all agree the Democrats push to force a vote on releasing Mr. Trump’s taxes, again, sounds a lot like GOP efforts to repeal The ACA during the Obama administration?

Can we all agree Michael Flynn former NSA director, had no business being in any government job?

Can we all agree the most impactful decision of the week may be the FCC deciding that internet access should not be regulated as a utility?

Can we all agree the on-again, off-again Berkeley speech by conservative columnist Ann Coulter was really just a PR battle?

Can we all agree the US needs more national monuments not fewer? Here are some that you may want to visit pretty soon?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump can sign all the executive orders he wants to expand oil production, but as long as the price of a barrel of oil stays low no new wells will be drilled?

Can we all agree that Wells Fargo shareholders should be ashamed of themselves for re-elcting the board of directors that failed to stop the abuses at the bank?

Can we all agree that Ivanka Trump’s new foundation sounds a lot like the Clinton Foundation?

Can we all agree, now that the final cabinet member has been approved, Mr. Trump has another long list of appointees to make before his government can really be effective in a meaningful way?

Can we all agree Rex Tillerson may be the most ineffective Secretary of State most American have ever seen?

Can we all agree, it appears the State Department didn’t think anyone would notice a promotional piece for Mr. Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort on the official government website.

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s latest attempt to curry favor with the nation’s Jewish population is just another cynical act?

Can we all agree there’s no reason Bill O’Reilly can’t tell us ‘what really happened’ at Fox News ?

Can we all agree we’re all still a bit nervous about the upcoming French presidential vote, given what happened here?

Can we all agree the best commentary on Mr. Obama’s return to the world stage might be this short piece by columnist Andy Borowitz?

and finally:

Can we all agree this might be the best home plate slide in baseball history.


While I liked ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ my favorite Jonathan Demme film will always be ‘Something Wild.’

If humans were indeed established on this continent 130,000 years ago, it’s nice to see they had the good sense to settle in SanDiego where the weather is nice year-round.

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