The Blog You've Been Missing

CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 1/20/18 edition

January 20, 2018

Can we all agree, the last thing The President and GOP wanted to see was the headline –  “Government shuts down on anniversary of Trump inauguration.”

Can we all agree, as much as the GOP would like to label this the ‘Schumer Shutdown,’ it is really the ‘sh…thole shutdown’ as Republicans embrace the President’s racist comments on immigration?

Can we all agree, it is unfortunate that today’s women’s marches around the country will get second billing to the government shutdown?

Protesters in New York today. (NYT photo)

Protesters in New York today. (NYT photo)

Can we all agree, there is more than enough blame on both sides, but the GOP will shoulder most of the responsibility since they control the Presidency and both legislative branches?

Can we all agree, the Pentagon’s decision to ignore climate change flies in the face of good sense and the facts?

Can we all agree, by declaring Mr. Trump healthy, the White House doctor has chosen his paycheck over his reputation?

Can we all agree, the President’s doctor is is just the latest in a long line of politicians who have decided that lying for Mr. Trump is the only way to survive?

Can we all agree, for any other President, stories of an affaire with a porn star, three months after your son was born, would prove disastrous?

Can we all agree, no one believes Mr. Trump’s performance on the mental health screening exam says anything about whether he is a danger to the country?

Can we all agree, the nation is more concerned about the flu epidemic than the government shutdown?

Can we all agree, the White House has no idea how to respond to the Olympic detente between the two Koreas?

Can we all agree, the International Olympic Committee has made a mockery of its ban on Russian athletes?

Can we all agree, Former FBI director James Comey, must have chosen the name for the course he will now teach at the College of William and Mary?

Can we all agree, the immigration service’s planned raids of California businesses will add another black eye their already well earned reputation for callousness?

Can we all agree, it’s the same level of enmity shown by the Justice Department’s decision to bypass appeals courts and ask the Supreme Court to dismantle President Obama’s DACA order?

Can we all agree, White House Chief of staff John Kelly seems to be the only man who can tell the truth and keep his job?

Can we all agree, Apple’s decision to reinvest foreign capital in this country is a direct result of the President’s criticism, but you have to wonder if Amazon will choose Toronto for a new headquarters just to annoy Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, asking Facebook users to rate news sites will be useless in stopping fake news stories?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to read the stories of the 12 California children held captive by their own parents without wondering how no one noticed anything was wrong?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to believe Mr. Trump has only been in office for one year?

Can we all agree, the Pope is having a tough time on his trip to South America?

Can we all agree, the heinous crimes of former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar have not received enough coverage?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to rationalize leaving illegal congressional districts in place, because it would be inconvenient to redraw them  before the next election?

Can we all agree, Republican National Committee’s “Fake News’ awards, just call attention to the over 2,000 lies and misstatements of the President  during his first year in office?

Can we all agree, The House inquiry into Russian interference in our elections is now being used by the GOP to simply punish Mr. Trump’s enemies?

Can we all agree, Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain sound a lot like Democrats as they blast the President?

Can we all agree, blaming the opioid crises on the expansion of Medicare can only occur if you ignore the facts?

Can we all agree, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, doesn’t care that his advisory panel quit?

Can we all agree, it’s 10 months until the mid-term elections, but the GOP just has to look at early election returns too see what’s coming?

Can we all agree, The President doesn’t even appear care about paying tribute to Martin Luther King?

Can we all agree, the fake missile alert in Hawaii shows what a fine line we tread between war and peace?

and finally:

A first tweet, for the ages.

Would you be this calm calling 9-1-1 with a truck crushing your legs?

R.I.P. Keith Jackson the voice of college sports for a generation.

 

 

Post to Twitter

Can We All Agree – 9/26/15 Edition

September 26, 2015

Filed under: Can we all agree — Tags: , , , , , , , , — admin @ 10:22 am

Too bad there wasn’t much going on this week. Where to start?

Can we all agree, that Pope Francis has done very little to diminish his stellar reputation during his visit this week?

Can we all agree that even when he’s made statements you disagrees with, it’s tough to argue?

The Pope In Philadelphia - LATimes photo

The Pope In Philadelphia – LATimes photo

Can we all agree that, even excluding John Boehner, he will have a major impact on the social and political debate long after he has left?

Can we all agree that many Californians are still confused about why he would want to wade into the debate over Juniperro Serra by making him a saint?

Can we all agree that while Speaker of the House John Boehner, credits, at least some of his decision to step down to The Pope’s visit, it was more a question of timing?

Can we all agree that Mr. Boehner’s decision really won’t change much?

Can we all agree that we will be having the same conversation about a government shutdown later this year?

Can we all agree that The President’s ability to get Chinese leader Xi Jinping to announce a cap and trade plan for China increases the pressure on Congress to actually address climate change? As if he Pope’s comments were not enough?

Can we all agree that we will all remain a bit skeptical about Chinese promises to end hacking of commercial websites, until we can confirm the practice has ended?

Can we all agree that US businesses should not relax since there are many countries who are more than willing to continue the assault?

Can we all agree that it was nice to see that The Pope was at least able to keep Donald Trump off the front page for a few days?

Can we all agree that we didn’t even know that controversial Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was a Democrat? The GOP is welcome to have her.

Can we all agree that while The Pope’s visit back East was nice, this weekend’s visit by India’s Prime Minister is a much bigger deal in Silicon Valley?

Can we all agree that regardless of who you root for, Yogi Berra’s passing is a sad day for baseball?

Can we all agree that it’s nice to know we can all sing “Happy Birthday” whenever we want and not be forced to pay royalties.

Can we all agree that we are slightly incredulous that VW thought they could sell 11 million cars with software that deliberately deceived everyone, but felt they could escape detection?

Can we all agree that even in a capitalist society 5000% price increases for medication is not a good move?

Can we all agree that no one will miss Scott Walker and his campaign for president?

Can we all agree that this was a good week for presidential candidates to announce controversial decisions, because no one is paying attention? Like Hillary opposing the Keystone pipeline project?

Can we all agree that if you are a federal employee worrying about identity theft, things got a lot worse this week when the government announced that fingerprint records have also been stolen?

Can we all agree that it’s nice to know President Obama will meet with Mr. Putin, but we’re not sure how much good it will do? Have we seen his soul yet?

Post to Twitter

Can We All Agree – 9/19/15 Edition

September 19, 2015

Filed under: Can we all agree — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — admin @ 6:31 am

Scroll down for my special debate edition of CWAA. I thought I’d reserve this one for the real news of the week.

Can we all agree that the war in Syria is taking an ominous turn as Russia apparently stations fighter jets inside the country? At least the US and Russia have agreed to military talks.

Can we all agree that Fed decision to keep rates unchanged was this week’s biggest non-story? Just don’t tell the markets, which tanked on Friday.

Pope Francis is coming _ Washington Post Photo

Pope Francis is coming _ Washington Post Photo

Can we all agree that the slow motion disaster that is the EU response to the refugee crises will continue as long as there is open warfare or until the country is simply empty?

Can we all agree that it looks bad when a car manufacturer (VW) installs software deliberately meant to avoid accurate emission readings?

Can we all agree that GM might have gotten off easy with ‘only’ a $900m fine for failing to cooperate in the government investigation of failed ignition switches?

Can we all agree that as long as Congress continues to waste time on bills that have no chance of becoming law,  they will be blamed for the expected government shutdown on October 1?

Can we all agree that with the appointment of Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army we’ve come a long way from “Don’t ask, don’t tell?”

Can we all agree that, of all the tragic stories coming out of the California wildfires, you really have to feel for firefighters on the front lines taking phone calls from loved ones evacuating their homes which are about to burn to the ground?

Can we all agree that the idea of an LA to Las Vegas express train might make sense to Angelinos, but the fact that it might be  built in part by a Chinese company, gives everyone some pause?

Can we all agree that, with the Pope in town,  next week might not be the best time for a quick visit to Washington DC, New York or Philadelphia?

Can we all agree, speaking of travel, that making it easier for Americans to reach Cuba is just the next step in normalized relations?

Can we all agree that, whether you’re a big beer drinker or not, the thought of having one giant multi-national making most of the world’s beer is enough to, well, make you want drink, of something?

Can we all agree that with the number of uninsured American dropping like a stone, it gets tougher and tougher for any politician to call for getting rid of the Affordable Care Act? Although most of the hardcore repealers never let the facts get in the way of a good rant.

Can we all agree that an anti-muslim bias played a large part in the arrest of a 9th grader who brought a home-made clock to school to show his science teacher? Can we all agree he’ll have his choice of jobs, once he finishes school?

Can we all agree that, if it weren’t talking about nuclear missiles,  North Korea’s attempts to make itself the center of the world are really getting pretty desperate?

Drawing of LA to Las Vegas train - LA Times

Drawing of LA to Las Vegas train – LA Times

Can we all agree that an announcement that the Sierra snow pack has hit a 500-year low, really has no meaning for most people? Who measured 500 years ago?

Can we all agree that when a major country such as Australia, changes leaders overnight, it’s a bit disconcerting?

Can we all agree that Vanessa Williams’ apology from the Miss American Pageant sponsors was nice but really, it was about 32 years late?

Can we all agree that very few people can even name pageant winner since Ms. Williams?

Can we all agree that Egypt didn’t do their still recovering tourism industry any favors when they gunned down a group of Mexican tourists traveling through the desert?

And last but not least:

Can we all agree that the Ig-Nobel prizes always give us something to think about, seriously…?

Post to Twitter

Can We All Agree – 6/20/15 Edition

June 20, 2015

Can we all agree that no President should have to address the issue of mass shootings 14 times in 7 years?

Can we all agree that allowing guns in churches, as the NRA suggests, is not the answer?

Can we all agree that as long as people insist on  honoring the Civil War with Confederate flags racism will live in the United States?

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Can we all agree it’s not a free speech issue?

Can we all agree that the Pope has every right to speak out on climate change, and should continue to push the issue?

Can we all agree that politicians who argue with the Pope are just upset because it’s, well, inconvenient?

Can we all agree the deaths of 6 young people in Berkeley, should never have happened?

Can we all agree that once again ‘the media’ has shot itself in the foot with it’s coverage of the Berkeley tragedy?

Can we all agree that Brian Williams belongs in TV’s minor league (MSNBC) for the rest of his career? Rachel Maddow is welcome to him.

Can we all agree that there is no reason not to regulate the fuel economy of trucks?

Can we all agree that, while it will be nice to see a woman on a $10 bill, the $20 bill dispensed by most automatic teller machines would have been more fitting tribute?

Can we all agree that the  prison escape in upstate New York, gets more and more bizarre each week?

Can we all agree that the California Labor Commission was right to rule that Uber drivers are employees?

Building Inspectors in Berkeley

Building Inspectors in Berkeley

Can we all agree that, while Disney deserves credit for rehiring 35 tech workers, the H1-B visa scandal is a dirty little secret that no-one in Silicon Valley wants to admit?

Can we all agree that the playing conditions at the Women’s World Cup are another sign of the corruption at FIFA?

Can we all agree that the Golden State Warriors’s NBA championship just might restore some dignity to the sport?

Can we all agree, that, with apologies to Steph Curry, we should all just pause a bit before calling them the ‘greatest team’ ever?

Can we all agree that the NHL champion  Chicago Blackhawks might fit the title of dynasty?

Can we all agree that while the St. Louis Cardinals apparently broke a law in hacking another team’s computer, no one seems to be as outraged as they were at the Patriots for ‘deflategate.?’ – which does not involve the FBI.

Can we all agree it’s nice to have ‘Jeb!’ officially in the race but it’s more entertaining to have Donald Trump?

Can we all agree that, without some last minute breakthrough, The EU will be minus one country within the year?

Can we all agree that stationing tanks and heavy artillery in Eastern Europe is a dangerous reminder of an earlier era we would all rather forget?

Can we all agree that it’s OK to be white and identify as Black, but It’s not OK to claim you are African-American when you are not?

lagotto Romagnolo

lagotto Romagnolo

and finally,

Can we all agree that the BIG story of the week is the AKC’s decision to admit three new breeds into their private club coronation ceremony in New York?

 

Post to Twitter

Can We All Agree – 5/2/15 Edition

May 2, 2015

Filed under: Can we all agree — Tags: , , , , , , — admin @ 8:28 am

Can we all agree that entertainer Ben E. King, who died this week, will be missed for more than just “Stand By Me?”

Can we all agree that charging the police officers involved in arresting Freddie Gray in Baltimore was the best way to calm tensions in the city.

Can we all agree that one mother’s attempt to corral her wayward son in Baltimore may do more for race relations than any indictment?635658161629637683-Screen-Shot-2015-04-28-at-11.09.01-AM

Can we all agree that the guilty plea and new indictments in the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal just puts anther nail in Chris Christie’s presidential coffin?

Can we all agree that even Americans are following the Royal Family and are thrilled that she had a healthy baby girl?

Can we all agree that Prime Minister Abe’s speech to Congress was largely a non-event.

Can we all agree that, as the death toll in Nepal climbs toward 10,000, the government’s response has been a second disaster? Continued calls to donate to private organizations and not the government are very telling.

Can we all agree that some sort of justice was served when Malala Yousafzai’s attackers were sentenced to life in prison?

Can we all agree that Alex Rodriguez’s climb past Willie Mays in the baseball’s home run count will, forever been an embarrassment – especially here in San Francisco?

Can we all agree that the Pope’s call for increased awareness of man-made climate change is like a breath of fresh air? Now, if he would accept his invitation to address Congress, that would be an event.

Can we all agree that Governor Jerry Brown is at least making an effort to make Californian’s care about water conservation and the environment, by calling for $10,000 fines and more greenhouse gas cuts?

Can we all agree that Bernie Sanders presidential campaign announcement is this week’s campaign chuckle?

Can we all agree that all the speculation about what The Supreme Court may, or may not do, on gay marriage, is getting a bit tiring?

And finally,

Can we all agree that it is incredible that after multiple reviews and conferences and probably hundreds of meetings, Bud Light still came up with an embarrassing promotional slogan for their latest ad campaign?

Post to Twitter

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.

Post to Twitter

Can We All Agree?

December 19, 2014

Another installment of observations and commentary about the week’s news.

Can we all agree that the thought of the North Korean government hacking into the Sony servers to stop a movie release, sounds a lot like a Spy vs. Spy episode from Mad Magazine?spy-vs-spy

Can we all agree that we may never know what’s in the end of the year spending bill?

Can we all agree that The President should send Ted Cruz a nice Christmas present.

Can we all agree that the way we run our government in an embarrassment?

Can we all agree that, speaking of embarrassment, …Dick Cheney.

Can we all agree that no-one will be surprised if we have another Bush-Clinton presidential race.

Can we all agree that Greenpeace may have made the biggest blunder in years when they trampled one of the world’s most fragile historical landmarks in Peru, to make a political statement.

Can we all agree that The Taliban might have crossed some sort of line in the sand by murdering 130 school children. Even Pakistani’s are outraged.

Can we all agree that despite what Marco Rubio and the GOP might think, normalizing relations with Cuba is a good thing.

Can we all agree that Uber’s decision to charge ‘peak pricing rates’ for Sydney resident trying to get away from a terrorist attack is a symptom of their corporate culture.

Can we all agree that Andrew Cuomo banning fracking is pretty remarkable.

Can we all agree that the Pope had a pretty good birthday.

Can we all agree that just when we were about to declare Mr. Obama a complete disaster in 2014, he’s made a  fourth quarter comeback that would make Joe Montana proud.

 

Post to Twitter