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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 4/10/16 edition

April 10, 2016

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Can we all agree, if  Bruce Springsteen cancels a concert in your state (North Carolina), you’ve lost the support of a good portion of the country?

Can we all agree the plethora of laws legalizing discrimination will impact the GOP presidential campaign?

Can we all agree that the campaign by Indiana women opposed to new anti-abortion regulations is pretty creative?

Can we all agree The Pope has, once again, won admiration by simply addressing major issues that affect everyone?

University of Connecticut women celebrate their third straight NCAA title.   (NCAA photo)

University of Connecticut women celebrate their third straight NCAA title. (NCAA photo)

Can we all agree that new rules for financial planners codified what most people thought was supposed to be happening?

Can we all agree that both the University of Connecticut and Villanova basketball teams deserve accolades for their NCAA championships?

Can we all agree that the Villanova/UNC title contest may be the best NCAA championship contest of all time?

Can we all agree that it would be great if San Francisco’s  move to mandate paid parental would start a nationwide trend?

Can we all agree the Panama Papers are threatening to remake the political map in Democratic nations all over the world? Nations where dictators have total control of their media don’t seem to have any problem with the revelations.

Can we all agree that most of us never knew there was a question about the meaning of  ‘one man, one vote’ but we’re glad the Supreme Court clarified it ?

Can we all agree it’s painful to watch boatloads of migrants being sent back from the EU to Turkey?

Can we all agree that The NRA’s effort to redo Grimm’s Fairy tales by arming everyone with guns, is another sad commentary on our gun culture?

Can we all agree that Bill Clinton seems bit off his game as he campaigns for Hillary?

Can we all agree, speaking of a bit off, that Bernie Sanders sounds  off base trying to claim Hillary is unqualified because of votes she made as a Senator?

Can we all agree that, if there was any doubt about who President Obama backs, it looked pretty obvious after his comments this weekend on Fox News.

Can we all agree that the Democratic primary system looks like it was designed to benefit the candidate supported by the establishment? No matter how many victories Sanders notches, he doesn’t seem to make up much delegate ground.

Can we all agree that Bernie Sanders trip to Rome for a conference, in the middle of a campaign, seems bit strange?

Can we all agree that Ted Cruz is getting a good taste of New York values as he campaigns in the city?

Can we all agree that Bernie Sanders will probably have a lot of explaining to do at next week’s debate, after his Daily News interview revealed some holes in his plans for the country?

Can we all agree that Donald Blankenship got off easy with a year in prison and a fine after lax safety standards led to the death of 29 miners at one of his coal mines?

Can we all agree that no matter how much hype a state primary generates, no one even remembers who won, three days later?

 

 

 

 

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Can We All Agree – 6/13/15 Edition

June 13, 2015

Can we all agree that even Joseph Heller could not have come up with a better name for the State Police officer heading the search for two escaped convicts in upstate New York: Major Guess?

Can we all agree that despite White House spin to the contrary, this week’s Democratic vote against the President’s trade plan, was a major defeat.

American Pharoah

American Pharoah

Can we all agree that even the casual fan was thrilled to see a Triple Crown winner?

Can we all agree that we haven’t heard the last of the Fast-Track trade authority?

Can we all agree that no matter whose side you are on, the campaign season is very entertaining? Where else would ‘Bro with no Ho’ become a catch phrase?

Can we all agree that the San Francisco City Councl decision to put warning labels on sugary soft drinks is a giant step in the right direction?

Can we all agree that the most popular word on the lips of every Californian is ‘El Nino.?

Can we all agree that those of us who lived through the Viet Nam War are a bit nervous to hear that 450 more ‘advisors’ are heading to Iraq?

Can we all agree that Hillary’s event in New York City this weekend is more about regaining momentum, than actual policy?

Can we all agree that while baseball will study fan safety, nothing of substance will come from the tragic injury to a Fenway Park fan when a broken bat flew into the stands.

Tonya Carpenter: injured at Fenway Park in Boston

Tonya Carpenter: injured at Fenway Park in Boston

Can we all agree that the death of the Iowa straw poll is good news for every Republican?

Can we all agree that despite major leadership changes at Twitter and News Corp. the general public will barely notice.

Can we all agree that the electoral defeat of Turkey’s leading party, could have far reaching consequences for world politics? Not that most Americans are even paying attention, since we seem to barely care that Greece may break up the EU.

Can we all agree that continuing revelations about the hack of government personnel files is making the US look totally unprepared for cyber warfare?

Can we all agree that the EU investigation into the Amazon pricing policy of e-books, should have been done long ago in the United States?

Can we all agree that once Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Scott Walker finally announce their candidacy for President in the coming weeks,we can get down to the ‘real’ campaign, and just maybe, we will start to see people leaving the race?

Can we all agree that ‘stress’  is really no excuse for pinning a teenager to the ground and waving a gun while trying to break up a pool party?

Can we all agree that every Baby Boomer recognized the name of Vincent Bugliosi, who passed away this week?

 

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Can We All Agree – 6/6/2015 edition

June 6, 2015

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Can we all agree that the Duggar family’s attempt to rescue the reputation of Josh Duggar is one of the more disgusting PR efforts ever seen?

Can we all agree that increases or decreases in postal rates have become almost invisible, except to commercial firms, thanks to Forever stamps?

Can we all agree that Serena Williams is a remarkable tennis player?

Serena Williams  Credit Ian Langsdon/European Pressphoto Agency

Serena Williams
Credit Ian Langsdon/European Pressphoto Agency

Can we all agree that adding 280,000 new jobs is pretty good for an economy that many would have us believe is still in the doldrums?

Can we all agree that the secret release of 8 out of the 10 men accused of complicity in the attack of Malala Yousafzai is a serious indictment of the Pakistani judicial system?

Can we all agree that when the Federal Government cannot protect the identity of 3 million employees we have a serious problem?

Can we all agree that despite EPA assurances, it’s tough not to see a link between contaminated groundwater and fracking?

Can we all agree that it will be a relief when all the candidates, both Democratic and Republican, have officially declared their intention and we can be rid of all these phony non-news events?

Can we all agree that we’re a bit confused about the need for ‘female Viagra?

Can we all agree that Sheryl Sandberg’s essay on grief was a moving piece of writing?

Can we all agree that Hillary’s proposal to reverse years of GOP attempts to restrict voting is breath of fresh  air?

Can we all agree that the only solution for FIFA corruption might be to junk the whole system and start over?

Can we all agree that despite the new restrictions on government gathering of information, not much will change?

Can we all agree that Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell deserve special condemnation for the Senate’s performance over the last week?

Can we all agree that Californian’s need to kick it up a notch to reach the 25% water reduction target the Governor has ordered –13.5% is just a start?

Can we all Caitlyn Jenner’s photo on the cover of Vanity Fair was pretty remarkable?

 

 

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Can We All Agree – 5/23/15 Edition

May 23, 2015

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Can we all agree that while the acceptance of gay marriage was a dramatic turn in the United States, it is revolutionary for Ireland?

Can we all agree that despite Elizabeth Warren’s best efforts the President will probably get  both his fast track trade authority and his Pacific Rim Treaty?

Can we all agree that this week’s deal with  Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta farmers to give up a quarter of their water this season, is a drop in the bucket, but it’s an important PR move for the farm community?

Disputed islands in the Pacific

Disputed islands in the Pacific

Can we all agree that the US-China mini-war of words over Pacific islands, that China is artificially enlarging, sounds a lot like the cold war rhetoric of the 60’s?

Can we all agree that a year from now visiting the US embassy in Havana will be normal for US travelers?

Can we all agree that it looks like Hillary Clinton is trying to get all the scandals and bad news out before the real Preidential campaign starts?

Can we all agree that the renewal of the Patriot Act and the NSA data collection authority has become a political circus thanks to Rand Paul?

Can we all agree that when a conservative state like Nebraska bans the death penalty there may be hope for our civilization?

Can we all agree that when 5 major international banks can buy their way out of a multi-billion dollar market rigging scandal and no-one goes to jail there is something wrong with the US justice system?

Can we all agree that no matter how quickly they clean up the 105,000 gallons of oil that spilled from a ruptured pipe in Santa Barbara, many people are wondering how we’ll deal with a similar spill in the Arctic?

Can we all agree that despite GOP calls for stronger action against ISIS, there will be no increase in American boots on the ground in the Mideast?

Can we all agree that moving the point after touchdown play to the 15 yard line will add a bit more excitement to NFL games and lead to a lot more one point victories?

Can we all agree that 34 million is a lot of airbags to recall?

Can we all agree that every time another GOP candidate enters the race for President it just seems like more clowns being packed into one car?

Can we all agree that, whether you liked him or not, David Letterman was a uniquely American institution?

Can we all agree that Taylor Swift is a true phenomenon?

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Can we all agree that when Robert Kraft dropped his appeal of the NFL penalties for Deflategate, it sounded an awful lot like there may be a deal in place (wink, wink) to get Tom Brady’s suspension reduced?

Can we all agree that whether they were arguing over jacket patches, territory, or parking places, motorcycle gang wars are terrifying because it doesn’t sound like they are over?

Can we all agree that while the Los Angeles City council took the easy way out in delaying the implementation of a $15 minimum wage, at least they took the first step and set a standard for other US cities?

Can we all agree that the Boy Scouts should end their outright ban on gay scoutmasters and allow local troops to decide who their leaders should be?

 

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Can We All Agree – 4/25/15 Edition

April 25, 2015

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Can we all agree that as long as it keeps raining in California, as it did last night in the Bay Area, the governor will have a tough time convincing people we are in a drought?

Can we all agree that the governor lost a key weapon when a court said water boards could not charge water use abusers more for their water?

Can we all agree that while drone strikes may have problems, American prefer them to seeing troops on the ground?

Can we all agree that The confirmation of Loretta Lynch as our Attorney General, turned into an embarrassment for the GOP?

Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch

Can we all agree that, speaking of embarrassment, Ted Cruz’s decision not to show up to vote was a major league cop out?

Can we all agree that naming the Waldo Tunnel for Robin Williams was a great move by the Califrnia legislature?

Can we all agree that Chris Rock nailed it this week when he explained why baseball is having a tough time attracting Black fans?

Can we all agree that despite being cleared of obstruction charges, Barry Bonds may have a tough time winning election to the baseball Hall of Fame?

Can we all agree that adding Carly Fiorina to the list of GOP candidates for Prseident just adds another name with no chance of winning?

Can we all agree that as the 2016 election campaign heats up in the Fall, we will miss Jon Stewart?

Can we all agree that the EU taking on Google one week and Gazprom the next make US anti-trust actions look like child’s play?

Can we all agree that the EU’s reaction to the refugee crises in the Mediterranean has been a disaster. since over 1,000 people had to die in one week before they did anything.

Can we all agree that no one, especially those of us in California, is surprised that pumping waste-water back int the ground is creating more earthquakes?

Can we all agree that, speaking of quakes, todays’ 7.6 trembler in Nepal, may make us pay attention to recent warnings for California?

Can we all agree that the NFL’s concussion settlement will help retired players yes, but it still leaves the league with a big black eye?

Can we all agree that the Comcast-Time Warner merger was a bad idea from day one?

Can we all agree that regardless of what you call it, the slaughter of 1 million Armenians 100 years ago, needed to be acknowledged.

And finally:

Can we all agree that the GOP is probably sorry they pushed the lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act, since so many of their voters now depend on it.

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Can We All Agree – 4/18/15 Edition

April 18, 2015

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A weekly commentary on news, sport and culture.

 

Can we all agree that while the state’s measles outbreak may be over, the debate over vaccination will continue for a long time?

Can we all agree that the world is a lot less romantic with the passing of Percy Sledge?

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge

Can we all agree that while Wikileaks has every right to publish the documents stolen from Sony, they don’t belong in the public domain?

Can we all agree that this week’s deals on fast-track trade legislation and the Iran nuclear treaty show that government can work, maybe?

Can we all agree that the alarming increase in teen usage of e-cigarettes proves that the tobacco industry still knows how to sell to kids?

Can we all agree that the recent decision to end the investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) without taking any action, is another PR win for Pope Francis?

Can we all agree, as I’ve noted before, that Republicans have boxed themselves into a tough spot by refusing to confirm a new attorney Genera?

Can we all agree that a Seattle’s businessman’s decision to make $70,000 the minimum wage at his company, deserves praise?

Can we all agree that the European Union investigation of Google as a monopoly could have serious repercussions in the United States?

Can we all agree that while the economic impact of the drought may be minimal in urban areas, it will be a disaster in the Central Valley?

Aaron Hernandez as a Patriot

Aaron Hernandez as a Patriot

Can we all agree that we would all be better off if we paid attention to how much water was needed to grow or raise, whatever we decide to eat?

Can we all agree that the NFL and the New England Patriots should both be embarrassed by the Aaron Hernandez verdict?

Can we all agree that taking Cuba off the list of countries that sponsor terrorism was long overdue -even the GOP agrees?

Can we all agree that Hillary Clinton’s announcement of another run for the Presidency was anti-climactic?

Can we all agree that, even with the addition of Sen. Marco Rubio, the list of GOP candidates running for President is less than impressive?

Can we all agree that the guilty verdict against the Blackwater private security guards is a reminder that we really have no control over the 40,000 mercenaries we hire to do work that the military does not do?

Can we all agree that Vladimir Putin’s decision to start missile deliveries to Iran, even before a treaty was signed, is just his way of annoying Western governments?

and finally,

Can we all agree that the Republican push to get rid of the inheritance tax just shows how out of step they really are?

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Can We All Agree? 3/21/15 Edition

March 21, 2015

Can we all agree that the ‘arsenic in wine’ news could win the award for bogus story of the month. Now SF lawyers are trying to make a killing off it?

Can we all agree that the last thing we want with our coffee is a conversation about race relations?Unknown

Can we all agree that a Church who tries to drown homeless people has lost its way?

Can we all agree that March Madness has lost a bit of luster? It’s big business and needs an overhaul.

Can we all agree that holding the Attorney General nomination hostage to abortion is a strategy that is doomed to failure? Just another nail in the GOP coffin.

Can we all agree that within the next five years Pete Rose will be welcomed into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Can we all agree that we are shocked, that John Boehner is shocked that Aaron Schock resigned amid a spending scandal that has been going on for two years?

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Devastation in Vanuatu

Can we all agree that until last week, none of us could have found Vanuatu on a world map?

Can we all agree that the Governor and other state agencies need to do more to convince the average California resident that the drought is serious?

Can we all agree that the GOP budget produced in the House, just shows how little they understand about governance. Even their own party in the Senate thinks it’s laughable.

Can we all agree that the Israeli election means there will be no peace in our lifetime?

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Israeli’s soon to be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Can we all agree that the explosion in new options for viewing television content is a little reminiscent of what happened when the government forced AT&T to break up? Or am I just showing my age?

Can we all agree that San Francisco’s texting controversy is shocking for the content and source of the text?

Can we all agree that Chris Borland’s decision to retire from football at 24 could signal a major change for the sport?

Can we all agree that Microsoft’s decision to put an end to Internet Explorer is a realization that they need to give up on the past and begin to innovate to stay relevant?

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Can We All Agree, 2/14/15 Edition

February 14, 2015

Can we all agree that Justice Ginsberg’s admission that she was not “100% sober” during the State of the Union speech is kind of endearing. I wonder how many others had wine with dinner?proxy

Can we all agree that Mr. Putin is schooling the EU on the Ukraine?

Can we all agree that Brian Williams may never be seen on TV again.

Can we all agree that punishing the Little Leaguers for sins of the adults is just unfair and unjustified?

Can we all agree that if a Muslim man had killed three white people, we would not be talking about a parking space?

Unknown-1  Can we all agree that no matter what end of the political    spectrum you are on, you are sad to see John Stewart leave his show?

Can we all agree that dropping out of college for a start-up is one thing, but dropping out just a few credits short, just to take a routine job, as Gov. Walker did, is a bit unusual?

Can we all agree Mr. Obama seems invigorated by his new aggressive stance on climate, ISIS, Keystone, Ukraine? Where was this 6 years ago?

Can we all agree that the Greek crisis is not going to have a happy ending for someone?

Can we all agree that David Carr’s untimely death is a monumental tragedy?

Can we all agree that Alabama’s Supreme Court’s Justice will be on the wrong side of history on gay marriage and a number of other issues?

Can we all agree that Apple and Google seem to be engaged in a new battle for supremacy as the nation’s greenest company? This is a good thing.

Can we all agree that the GOP stunt- holding a signing ceremony for the Keystone pipeline bill, that will be vetoed – will not help their reputation among independent voters?Gavin Newsom

Can we all agree that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome’s decision to run for governor is not a shock?

Can we all agree that’s it’s good news that the ‘Ebola troops’ are coming home from Africa?

Can we all agree that Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian both left their mark on NCAA basketball? Not equal marks, but marks nonetheless.

 

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Can We All Agree – 2/8/15 Edition

February 7, 2015

News and Commentary in the hope that: We Can All Agree on Something.

Can we all agree that the latest ISIS atrocity may have finally tipped the balance of public opinion in the Mideast against the terrorist group?

Can we all agree that comparing the fight against ISIS to The Crusades, as Mr. Obama did, was not a good idea, but the concept has  crossed your mind before?

katy-perry-prismatic-tour-us-2014-01-billboard-650Can we all agree that regulating the Internet as a public utility sounds like a pretty good idea?

Can we all agree that the latest GOP vote (their 56th) on repealing The Affordable Care Act, cements their image as a doomed party, beholden to ultra-conservatives, and unwilling to present an alternative agenda?

Can we all agree that the situation in the Ukraine is taking a scary turn and Mr. Putin seems to have the upper hand as long as European rulers won’t confront him.

Can we all agree that last weekend’s Super Bowl was one of the best ever – no matter which team you supported?

Can we all agree that initially, after hearing there would be a new book by Harper Lee we were all thrilled but after a closer look – a 40-year-old rejected manuscript may not be such a good idea after all?

Can we all agree that adding 275,000 jobs in a month is good news, even if it means the unemployment rate increased.

Can we all agree that the British vote to allow babies created with the DNA of three people may be a bit too close to a brave new world?

Unknown-1Can we all agree that this week’s train wreck is TV news anchor Brian Williams? As a journalist, all you have is your credibility and he has none, now.

Can we all agree that the State of New York’s decision to investigate the supplement industry will make everyone who takes supplements safer in the long run?

Can we all agree that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s decision to tone down both his extremist rhetoric and policies, was a long time coming?

Can we all agree that watching Tiger Woods struggle on the golf course is just heartbreaking?

Can we all agree that, no matter how they wind up slicing it, the President’s $4 trillion budget is a lot of money?

Can we all agree that Democrats are disappointed, and Republicans are thrilled, that Mitt Romney decided against another Presidential run?

Can we all agree that GOP support for Elizabeth Warren is pretty transparent?

Can we all agree that the current measles outbreak could doom the anti-vaccine movement?Unknown-1

Can we all agree that the Super Bowl ads were, as usual, a mixed bag? My personal favorite was the Brady Bunch Snickers spot, but that just shows my age.

Can we all agree that Pete Carroll will be explaining his Super Bowl play calling for the rest of his career, or until he wins another Super Bowl?

Can we all agree that Katy Perry brought her ‘A’ game to the halftime show?

Can we all agree that it’s disheartening, but probably not surprising to see Robin Williams’s family fighting over his estate?

Can we all agree that no one is surprised that NFL player Johnny Manzeil is in a treatment program?

Can we all agree that the murder of a prominent Argentinean prosecutor may topple the government, which is just what President Cristina Kirchner said was the goal?

Can we all agree that Anthem’s data breach, in which ‘several million’ customer and employee records were stolen, will make little difference to them, but a big difference to those whose records were stolen?

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Can We All Agree…? 1/17/15

January 17, 2015

Can we all agree that at least having the Supreme Court make a final decision on gay marriage is preferable to living with questions? Although I can’t see how they could overturn what has become the law in 24 states.

Can we all agree that all the talk about Oscar ‘snubs’ and ‘campaigns’ is getting a bit old? But we’ll all still tune in to see Neil Patrick Harris February 22.

Can we all agree that the “all Caucasian” list of nominees is an embarrassment for Hollywood?

Can we all agree that the Golden Globes would have been better if Amy and Tina got more TV time?

Can we all agree that if 2014 was the hottest year on record, we have a problem? In same vein, the mass extinction of ocean animals will not help.

Can we all agree that trips to Cuba will be the trendy vacation in 2015?

Can we all agree that the GOP’s effort to avoid looking like ‘crazies’ could be hurt by one candidate who blasted the president for letting his kids listen to Beyonce and a House member who compared him to Hitler?

Can we all agree that The President erred in not sending someone more senior, such as Joe Biden, to Paris last weekend?

Can we all agree that the Pope’s admonishment that religion should not be criticized may not reflect the general view here in the US.

Can we all agree that the ISIS threat will get worse before it gets better?

Can we all agree that Hillary is running, and has been for about 1 year…at least?

Can we all agree that Bill Moyers, who retired (again) this week, is among the best journalists in the country?

Can we all agree that with unemployment dropping and consumer confidence rising the GOP may have a tough time running on economic issues?

Can we all agree that The President’s veto stamp may wear out by mid year?

Can we all agree that the first College Football Playoff was a great success – no matter what team you supported?

Can we all agree that there are already too many (announced and potential) GOP presidential candidates? Seventeen by my count.

Can we all agree that, while the 2016 election should be a barn-burner, having a US Senate race on the ticket in California, really spices things up…especially with the state’s new election system?

Can we all agree that swimming 16 hours after your boat capsizes is pretty remarkable?

Can we all agree that the House action on immigration is ill-conceived and punishes many people, just to make a political point?

Can we all agree that Al Qaeda in Yemen claiming responsibility for the Paris attacks is not exactly a big surprise?

Can we all agree that when you are a GOP Presidential candidate, getting slammed by the Wall Street Journal editorial board – as Mitt Romney 3.0 did – is not a good sign.

Can we all agree that climbing Dawn Wall on El Capitan without equipment is a world class achievement? Can we make it an Olympic event?

Can we all agree that the hires at the ‘Niners and Raiders says volumes about how the teams are viewed outside of the Bay Area?

Can we all agree that selling 3 million copies of any newspaper or magazine in the age of the internet is a statement, period? Even if many people just wanted a souvenir.

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