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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 5/20/18 edition

May 20, 2018

Can we all agree, the muted moral outrage at the shootings in a Texas school, guarantees the NRA doesn’t have to worry about any new gun control legislation – even though this year more students have died in schools than soldiers on the battlefield?

Can we all agree, even a Texas school that was prepared was no match for one determined student with a gun?

The new Duke and Duchess - a welcome respite from politics. (BBC photo)

The new Duke and Duchess – a welcome respite from politics. (BBC photo)

Can we all agree, yesterday’s royal wedding was great escapist entertainment?

Can we all agree, the new Duchess’s half family makes our own families seem almost normal?

Can we all agree, China’s commitment to ‘buy American’ with no specifics, is not a win for the administration?

Can we all agree, the latest theories about the fate of Malaysian Airlines flight 370, make a lot of sense?

Can we all agree, sports gambling has always been present, but it will now become accepted, thanks to the Supreme Court?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump seems to have agreed to help the Chinese tech firm ZTE, but has gotten little in return?

Can we all agree, one way or another, there will be more women in government after the midterm elections?

Can we all agree, the real news, after the tragic Cuban plane crash, is that 3 people actually survived?

Can we all agree, the Special Counsel’s investigation has really become a PR battle to wear down the American public?

Can we all agree, 400 consecutive months of warming temperatures is more than a trend – it’s a fact?

Can we all agree, with so much news this week, few have noticed that Congress has rejected Mr. Trump’s farm bill, his net neutrality plan, his budget blueprint and his House  committee’s bogus report on Russian interference in the 2016 election? The list doesn’t include the primary results on Tuesday)

Can we all agree, Nobel Peace Prize and Trump, should not appear in the same sentence?

Can we all agree, this week’s failure of the farm bill, just proves that the immigration debate will continue right up to the 2018 mid-term elections?

Can we all agree, the new director of the Veterans Administration will not last much longer than the last, unless he bends to the will of the President’s henchmen?

Can we all agree, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos would love to end his contract with the USPS and Mr. Trump is giving him the excuse he needs?

Can we all agree, the fact that the EPA is running its San Francisco regional office from Santa Barbara, speaks volumes about the department’s policies?

Can we all agree, after this video went viral, Mr. Trump probably wishes he never met Bill Gates?

Can we all agree, if the US birth rate continues to decline, we’ll be forced to open our borders?

Can we all agree, Gina Haspel, the new director of the CIA, will probably, do a good job, but that won’t please Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, the deaths of hundreds of Palestinians is just another sad chapter in the intractable story of the Mideast and will not change anything?

Can we all agree, EPA secretary Scott Pruitt, showed, once again, that he has no problem lying to Congress?

Can we all agree, the EPA continues to do more damage to the planet than any other White House policy?

Can we all agree, White House advisor John Bolton, probably should not have used the phrase ‘the Libya model’ in referring to North Korea since 8 years after US intervention Libya is now a failed state with no central administrative functions?

Can we all agree, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, had a pretty good response to Mr. Trump’s suggestion that she be charged with obstruction of justice? (Do we need to point out that he’s an expert in the topic)

Just for fun: write your own caption.

Just for fun: write your own caption.

Can we all agree, The New Yorker story on presidential Lawyer Michael Cohen,  paints a vivid portrait of someone with no scruples, trying to profit  from near-celebrity?

Can we all agree, if former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was so upset about the Trump Administration, he should not have stayed so long?

Can we all agree, if US health spending is rising faster than any other Western Country, shouldn’t our life expectancy be increasing at the same rate? (hint: It’s not.)

Can we all agree, Tom Wolfe was a great writer, who loved being controversial?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump didn’t have much choice about admitting that he paid to buy the silence of an adult film star?

Can we all agree, we’re all wondering what Mr. Trump said, if anything, to welcome Melania home from the hospital?

Can we all agree, the $500 million settlement Michigan State University signed with victims of Larry Nassar, will do little to rebuild the emotional damage he inflicted?

Can we all agree, the same can be said for the gynecologist at University of Southern California who is now suspected of inappropriate behavior?

and finally:

A heartwarming story about a baby rescued at birth and how he met his savior 20 years later.

 

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/16/17 edition

December 16, 2017

Can we all agree, the Republicans will probably get their victory by passing a tax bill, but it’s doubtful the measure will get any more popular once the average taxpayer finds out what’s in it?

Can we all agree, the elimination of net neutrality will mean two things: lawsuits, and eventually, higher internet access fees for all of us?

With the discovery of an eighth planet, the Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets.

With the discovery of an eighth planet, the Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets.

Can we all agree, Doug Jones’s win in Alabama is a great victory for Democrats, but his chances of winning re-election in 2020 are slim

Can we all agree, prohibiting a public health agency (CDC) from using words such as ‘transgender’ or ‘diversity’ should not be tolerated in a Democratic society?

Can we all agree, the biggest winner when Senator Jones takes office, might be Maine Senator Susan Collins, especially if she decides to become an independent?

Can we all agree, every time we think Mr. Trump  can’t descend to a new level of depravity, he horrifies us – like this week’s comments about NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand?

Can we all agree, the president’s claims that the FBI reputation is in tatters is simply wrong?

Can we all agree, the rest of the country may not understand the impact of the San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, but the city’s transformation under his watch has been dramatic?

Can we all agree, every time Mr. Trump attacks the credibility of the women accusing him of sexual harassment, he strengthens their case?

Can we all agree, the White House has set records for the number of judicial appointments confirmed by the Senate, but the quality of the nominees leaves serious questions about their ability to do the job?

Can we all agree, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson needs to resign – sooner rather than later?

Can we all agree, the administration’s attempts to build a coalition against Iran bears an eery resemblance to Colin Powell’s demonstration of Saddam Hussein’s missiles?

Can we all agree, Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law, is preparing for the worst?

Can we all agree, the GOP campaign to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller, will have little impact, once more indictments are issued?

Can we all agree, the world is moving ahead to combat climate change while the US prefers to suffer the consequences in silence?

Can we all agree, the administration’s vetting of candidates for top level jobs, continues to result in embarrassing nominees?

Can we all agree, Disney’s purchase of Fox Studios could make for some interesting combinations – such as Bart Simpson in the next Toy Story movie?

Can we all agree, Republicans seem oblivious to the plight of children losing health care, despite bipartisan agreement that the program should be funded?

Can we all agree, we need scorecards, to keep track of the regulations and presidential edicts, which have been blocked by the courts?

Can we all agree, last weekend’s Saturday Night Live opening skit was among their best?

Can we all agree, It’s been an interesting week in science from Jurassic Park-like discoveries, to strange visitors from beyond our solar systems to a planetary system similar to ours?

Can we all agree, this is probably the only administration, that could make the departure of a low-level executive, into a reality TV show?

Can we all agree, The USA Today editorial on Donald Trump should be required reading for everyone?

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 11/25/17 edition

November 25, 2017

Can we all agree, the long-term implications of the FCC reversal of net-neutraily laws and media ownership may have a bigger impact on society than anything else the Administration does in the next year?

Can we all agree, no one knows what former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is up to, but if it comes down to a choice between saving his son and saving his former boss, we’d all bet that he wants to keep his son out of jail?

Can we all agree, Donald Trump Jr.’s. bravado suggests that he’s really worried about where Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is headed?

How many turkeys can you fit in one photograph? (NYT photo)

How many turkeys can you fit in one photograph? (NYT photo)

Can we all agree,  Speaker Paul Ryan’s sexual harassment video, now required for everyone in the House, is an embarrassing joke?

Can we all agree, purging the list of citizens with outstanding warrants, from the FBI’s  gun-purchase database, is just one more sign that the NRA is in control of the nation’s gun-policy?

Can we all agree, we are all thankful Mr. Trump took time out from his busy holiday golfing schedule, to tell us how thankful we should be that he’s in the White House?

Can we all agree, the latest battle over who will head the consumer protection bureau is sure to wind up in court?

Can we all agree, sexual harassment is wrong in any form, but there is a continuum and Rep. Joe Barton deserves to be at the higher end, not for exposing himself online, but for threatening the woman he emailed his naked image to?

Can we all agree, our President is already at a 12 on that 1-10 scale?

Can we all agree, it appears that Vladimir Putin and Roy Moore have something in common – they would never lie to Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, the longer the public has to study the GOP tax plan, the more it looks like US businesses are getting a tax break financed by the poor and middle class?

Can we all agree, in a capitalistic system, the most effective way to make our views known is through the economic choices we make – a lesson the Trump hotel empire is learning the hard way?

Can we all agree, while the proposed  fees for our national parks may be out of line, the National Park system has long been the biggest bargain in America – particularly for senior citizens?

Can we all agree, Bashar Assad owes Vladimir Putin more than a hug?

Can we all agree, Charles Manson’s death is good news, despite what the Alt-right says?

Can we all agree, the world is praising the conviction of Ratko Mladic, but a few years in prison is really a pretty light penalty for the supposedly-ill, 74-year-old ‘Butcher of Bosnia?

Can we all agree, you can’t help but wonder if anyone creating our nation’s new immigration policy has ever been to Ellis Island or read the inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty?

Can we all agree, the Federal Courts may be trying to stymie Mr Trump, but AG Jeff Sessions is finding new ways to overturn our system of justice?

Can we all agree, Uber has a long way to go before, it regains the public’s trust?

Can we all agree, the 2020 censes already appears to be a disaster?

Can we all agree, there are some folks who hope the US follows the lead of Zimbabwe in transitioning to a new government?

Can we all agree, Donald Trump has made it almost impossible for the Justice Department to win its anti-trust case against the ATT-Time Warner merger?

Can we all agree, journalists need to stop covering the President’s continuing tweet tirade against sports personalities?

Can we all agree, Nebraska regulators seem to figured out a way to approve the Keystone Pipeline project and stop it at the same time?

Can we all agree, there is something truly American in the latest scheme to prove the earth is flat?

 

and finally:

The story of a man freed after serving 29 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

or

More lives destroyed by our nation’s fixation with guns.

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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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