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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 1/16/15 edition

January 16, 2016

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Can we all agree that when the President proposes billion for research on self driving cars,  we’ll start seeing them around town pretty soon, just like the early days of the hybrid cars?

Can we all agree that even if you were not fan, you are mourning the passing of David Bowie?

David Bowie  from Jethrotull.com images

David Bowie from Jethrotull.com images

Can we all agree that the Delaware North Company should be embarrassed for seeking $41 million for the names in Yosemite National Park? It will be a long time before anyone out west calls the Awahnee Hotel anything but the Awahnee.

Can we all agree that the Planned Parenthood suit against the anti-abortion group which secretly filmed conversations with executives, will make sure the abortion issue remains on the front burner right through the November elections?

Can we all agree the public image of the men taking over that wildlife refuge in Oregon took another hit today?

Can we all agree that declining to issue new coal leases for mining on public land will  be another blow to the coal industry already reeling from years of mismanagement and pollution?

Can we all agree that Thursday night’s GOP debate had some clear winners and losers?

Can we all agree that despite their best efforts the GOP establishment has not done much to dampen enthusiasm for either Mr. Trump or Mr. Cruz? Each man will probably notch a win in the the two early states.

Can we all agree that the so-called political experts don’t have a clue what will happen this year?

Can we all agree that even if Hillary loses in Iowa and New Hampshire, big wins across the South could propel her to the Democratic nomination?

Can we all agree that Sunday night’s Democratic debate could be critical for her?

Can we all agree that no matter how many stories pointing out how futile it is to buy a Powerball lottery ticket, one chance in 292,000,000 is better than no chance in 292,000,000?

Can we all agree that President Obama gave one superb speech in his final State of the Union?

Can we all agree that the President’s comments on gerrymandering of electoral districts is supported by every voter but opposed by every legislator with a ‘safe seat.’

Can we all agree that there is virtually no chance anything he wants will get passed in the next 10 months?

Gov, Nikki Haley of South Carolina

Gov, Nikki Haley of South Carolina

Can we all agree that Governor Nikki Haley does not deserve the vitriol she has been subjected to, for speaking the truth in her GOP response?

Can we all agree it will be great to have football back In Los Angeles? The question now is does it force teams in San Diego and Oakland, to stay put – as they should?

Can we all agree that the quick release of 10 US sailors who strayed into Iranian waters is a symbol of how our relations with that nation have improved? Another sign is the apparent release of 4 Iranian-American prisoners.

Can we all agree that Ricky Gervais has overstayed his welcome as host of the Golden Globe Awards?

Can we all agree that thanks to DVD’s and online movie streaming we at lease have a good shot at seeing all the 2015 Oscar nominated movies before the end of 2016?

Can we all agree that Sean Penn’s interview with a wanted drug kingpin stretched the bounds of acceptable journalism? Even Mr. Penn admits he did not achieve his goal.

and finally:

Can we all agree that we are all thrilled to know the exact spot where 18 alleged witches were hung in 1692?

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Can We All Agree – 10/3/15 edition

October 3, 2015

Can we all agree The President is correct – mass shootings in the US have become too routine?

Can we all agree that we lost any chance of changing gun laws when we watched 26 children and teachers be slain in Newtown, CT and did nothing?Capture12

Can we all agree that we would like our President to give Michael Douglas’s speech from “An American President?”

Can we all agree that Jeb Bush has once again put his foot in his mouth by explaining the Oregon shooting as “stuff happens.”

Can we all agree that while 140,000 jobs created in a month, may not be what some people expected, it’s better than losing jobs, and shows the economy is still on track?

Can we all agree that Vladimir Putin knows that as long as The West does not have a unified voice, he can pretty much do whatever he wants in Ukraine, Syria or anywhere else in the world?

Can we all agree it’s tough to attribute the bombing of a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz to the ‘fog of war.’

Can we all agree that the GOP can rail  about Mr. Obama’s response to Mr. Putin, but they don’t have any credible ideas?

Can we all agree that we continue to be embarrassed by the comments of the GOP field?

Can we all agree that Speaker-to-be Kevin McCarthy looks like he will fit right in with the GOP? Can we all agree he has handed the upcoming Benghazi hearing to Hillary Clinton on a silver platter?

Can we all agree that it does not bode well that Nancy Pelosi and Mr. McCarthy are barely on speaking terms?

Can we all agree that Mr. McCarthy’s reputation for malapropisms will give late night talk show hosts plenty of material.

Stephen Colbert, right, with bandleader Jon Batiste, left, and guest John Legend on CBS' "The Late Show." (CBS)

Stephen Colbert, right, with bandleader Jon Batiste, left, and guest John Legend on CBS’ “The Late Show.” (CBS)

Can we all agree that, as my friend Jim Levy says, Steven Colbert may be the only grown-up on late night TV.

Can we all agree that it will be less than a month before we all long for the good old days of Speaker John Boehner?

Can we all agree that Planned Parenthood actually gained more support after its president testified before Congress?

Can we all agree that the new budget bill passed by Congress just puts off a government closure until 2 weeks before Christmas? Happy Holidays everyone!

Can we ll agree that Donald Trump’s ‘tax plan’ just exposed him for what he is – a fraud? That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to see him be the GOP nominee.

Can we all agree that Pope Francis needs to fire a few folks at the Vatican’s DC embassy for allowing Kim Davis to have even a group audience with him?

Can we all agree that the producers  of the movie ‘Martian,’ probably can’t believe their good fortune in the timing of news that there is evidence of water on Mars?

Can we all agree that despite Thursday’s deadline for the use of credit cards with electronic chips, there has been little change in how merchants handle credit cards in the US? Once again we are light years behind our European relatives.

Can we all agree that Sepp Blatter, head of FIFA, has redefined arrogance as he defies calls from his own sponsors to resign his post in the face of a criminal investigation?

Can we all agree that the NFL should be very worried as more and more students opt for soccer over football in high school?

Can we all agree that the talent exhibited by the winners of this years McArthur awards is remarkable?

Can we all agree that, for baseball fans, the best part of the season starts on Tuesday?

 

 

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Can We All Agree – 8/29/15 Edition

August 29, 2015

Sorry I missed a week. Events just conspired against me last weekend. I have no excuse, unlike Hillary.

But:

Can we all agree that Hillary’s inability to get out in front of the whole email server thing, is really destroying her candidacy? At this point it doesn’t make any difference who’s right or who’s wrong. I guess she’s hoping no-one pays attention until after Labor Day.

Can we all agree that after a month of talk, It’s time for Joe Biden to make a decision? It’s clear now it has nothing to do with his family, but it’s just politics.

A president, an ambassador and three heroes - NYT photo

A president, an ambassador and three heroes – NYT photo

Can we all agree that the actions of all four people who prevented a mass murder on a French train, made us all proud?

Can we all agree that the longer the Europeans fail to deal with the influx of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East, the worse things will get?

Can we all agree that the EU issues are very similar to immigration problems we have failed to deal with in the United States? The difference is that Mexican migrants die alone in the desert, so Americans can ignore the issue.

Can we all agree that, as some economists have pointed out, “Wall Street is not the Economy” should be this week’s theme?

Can we all agree that since we really have no idea what’s going on in China’s economy, it’s pointless to get too excited?

Can we all agree that by almost any measure the US economy is doing fine?

Can we all agree that based on their comments about the “China crises’ the GOP candidates know nothing about economics?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump has sucked all the air from the rest of the GOP field? Those who think the other candidates are playing it smart, waiting for him to self-destruct, may have a long wait.

Can we all agree that Trump’s comments may have already lost the Republicans the votes of the two fastest growing immigrant groups in the US – Latinos and Asians.

Can we all agree that The Pope’s visit to the US next month could be the most significant visit by a prelate in US history?

Can we all agree that it makes sense that employers who hide behind contractors who pay substandard wages, should be held accountable?

Can we all agree that it might be tough to find a new CEO for the Ashley Madison website?

Can we all agree that some of those psychological studies with non-repeatable results, sounded a bit specious from the beginning?

Can we all agree that the split in the Jewish community over the Iran treaty is deeper than just the deal itself?

A selfie with the President - AP Photo

A selfie with the President – AP Photo

Can we all agree that it would be great if the father of slain TV journalist Alison Parker, could get politicians to act on gun legislation, but if the death of 20 children and 6 teachers in Newtown, CT couldn’t do it, we have our doubts?

Can we all agree that no-one is surprised that the footage of Planned Parenthood executives was doctored? But that won’t stop politicians from using it.

Can we all agree that the Napa Wine Train handled a group of allegedly boisterous riders, very badly?

Can we all agree that former President Bush  showed some Moxie by returning to New Orleans to mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina?

 

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Can We All Agree – 8/8/15 edition

August 8, 2015

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Can we all agree that the GOP debate was the top  news and entertainment show this week?

Can we all agree that who won and who lost is probably dependent of who you were backing before the debate took place?

Can we all agree that, to our amazement, the biggest winner was not any of the 10 candidates but the three people asking the questions? They stayed away from some important topics, but at least they didn’t just lob softballs all night.

Can we all agree that Donald Trump doesn’t seem to care who he insults?

Can we all agree that the JV-debate beforehand was a waste of time?

Can we all agree that the divisions in the GOP were on full display?

Can we all agree that Jeb Bush was probably the real loser since he did little to separate himself from the rest of the pack? The fact that he looked stiff and unprepared did not help either.

Can we all agree that it’s a shame that we will not have a chance to get Jon Stewart’s take on the GOP show?

Can we all agree that we owe a debt of thanks to Mr. Stewart for showing us all how to be political cynics?

Can we all agree that it’s amazing there could be a two-hour debate without one word on income inequality, race relations, Citizens United or climate change? Just ask Bernie Sanders.

Can we all agree that despite the GOP predictions that we are headed in the wrong direction, an additional 215,000 jobs in one month is a pretty good direction?

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Can we all agree that the timing of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s announcement that he would oppose the Iran nuclear treaty was deliberate, probably in the hope that no-one would notice?

Can we all agree that the battle over the Iran treaty is far from over?

Can we all agree that the funding battle over Planned Parenthood may be the biggest red herring ever concocted by the GOP?

Can we all agree that it’s about time the administration took on the coal lobby over power plant emissions?

Can we all agree that there will be no winners in the ‘Deflategate’ controversy and that both sides have an interest in paying attention to the judge, and settling the case – quickly?

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