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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 9/17/16 edition

September 17, 2016

Can we all agree Donald Trump’s admission that President Obama was indeed born in the United States, typifies everything that’s wrong with the GOP nominee’s campaign? I wonder what President Obama might be thinking.

Can we all agree that he should apologize to the President and to the American people?

Can we all agree the members of the press have not really acquitted themselves well this campaign season, but they don’t deserve the treatment Mr. Trump has heaped on them?

Can we all agree The President seems to enjoy campaigning against Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree that, unfortunately, Mr. Trump’s children seem to have inherited the same  genetic predisposition for exaggeration, lies and avoidance, that their father has?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump even makes waves when he attends events he’s been invited to? Luckily some members of the press are  starting to point out his lies.

Can we all agree that you have real problems if you’re the GOP candidate  and can’t secure the endorsement of one of the nation’s most conservative newspapers?

Can we all agree even his policy statements don’t make sense? Even Trump doesn’t seem to understand his family leave plan. Maybe that’s why he keeps making outrageous suggestions.

Can we all agree it’s hard to believe the race is so close? Could it be, because gender matters, or maybe, can we all agree, it’s not that bad?

Can we all agree there should be a special place in hell for police officers and  politicians who are urging violence if their candidate does not win the race for the White House?

Can we all agree there has been an awful lot written about the health of two candidates who say they are fine?

Can we all agree it’s about time some governmental agency investigated  some of Trump’s activity?

Can we all agree that Congress seems to be finding new ways to make themselves look foolish by passing bills the President says he will veto?

Can we all agree, there may be pockets of the country where displaced workers cannot find jobs, but, by and large, the numbers say the economy is vastly better than the GOP would have us believe?

Can we all agree it’s nice to have a new  Congressional Librarian who is actually a trained librarian?

Can we all agree, speaking of librarians, it’s hard to believe that the University of New Hampshire is using a quarter of a $4million bequest from their former librarian for a sports scoreboard?

Can we all agree the new front in the cyber-battle with Russia sounds a lot like the old Cold War?

Can we all agree Vladimir Putin seems committed to using computers to wreak havoc in any area where he feels the country has been wronged – including the Olympics?

Can we all agree it’s nice to hear Mr. Obama say he wants to increase the number of Syrian refugees allowed to enter the US, but he won’t be in any position to carry out his order?

Can we all agree it’s surprising that there has been so little commentary about the new 10-year deal to supply military aid to Israel?

Can we all agree it’s possible US troops were sent to Northern Syria to referee the battle between Turkey and the Kurdish rebels?

Can we all agree it’s foolish for western democracies to complain about falling birth rates while refusing to admit new refugees?

Can we all agree it’s about time a president protected some of the Atlantic Ocean?

Can we all agree the NCAA and ACC should get some kudos for removing events from North Carolina because of the state’s ‘bathroom laws,’ but it doesn’t sound like state lawmakers care?

Can we all agree that it appears the cease-fire in Syria may have quieted the guns, but did little to provide any food to the residents?

Can we all agree it’s tough to feel sympathy for Mark Zuckerberg who lost a zoning decision with thePalo Alto city council?

Can we all agree the folks at Samsung have badly mismanaged their phone recall?

Can we all agree Wells Fargo management can claim they did not condone what their employees did, but they set up the structures that encouraged the bad behavior? Anyone who has ever done business with the bank knows it.

Can we all agree that while political correctness on college campuses is getting out of hand, the fraternity at the University of Richmond deserves some serious criticism for their party invitation? I’ll admit, I’m not sure what to say about the University of California’s decision to cancel a Palestinian studies class.

Can we all agree the Marine Corps drill instructor who ordered a recruit into a clothes dryer deserves some kind of punishment?

Can we all agree that $100 million for another study of concussions is nice, but probably won’t do much to encourage parents to let their children play football?

Can we all agree the Bayer acquisition of Monsanto may signal the beginning of the end for GMO crops?

Can we all agree, we should all get a vote in which toy goes into the Toy Hall of Fame?

Captain Kirk's new battleship

Captain Kirk’s new battleship

Can we all agree that there is some kind of symmetry in having the Navy’s new futurist battleship launched on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek commanded by Captain Kirk?

and finally:

Let us all salute the Maryland bus driver who rescued 20 children from a burning school bus.

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Maybe Mr. Trump is right and there should be no moderators at the first Presidential debate, just someone with a starter’s pistol to signal the beginning and end of the event.

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Don’t forget to cheek where your favorite college is ranked.

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RIP Edward Albee and W.P. Kinsella. I don’t want to guess which man is more well known.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 3/12/16 edition

March 12, 2016

Can we all agree that the world owed George Martin more than it could have ever repaid for his work in bringing the Beatles music to us all?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump’s non-repudiation repudiation of the violence at his campaign events will just encourage more violence?

Can we all agree that President’s list of finalists for the Supreme Court is pretty much as expected?

Can we all agree the GOP debate this week was a lot more civil, but facts were few and far between?

Malia Obama at this week's state dinner (pool photo)

Malia Obama at this week’s state dinner (pool photo)

Can we all agree that, all things considered, we would have much rather watched the state dinner and fashion show for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?

Can we all agree we have not heard the last of the Yosemite trademark case?

Can we all agree that the latest astronomical discovery is yuuuge?

Can we all agree that given their vote totals, neither Ms Fiorina’s nor Mr.Carson’s endorsement will change the GOP primary race that much?

Can we all agree that Hillary Clinton may win the Democratic nomination, but other than the second debate she has not inspired confidence, she can beat a Republican opponent?

Can we all agree that Bernie Sander’s win in Michigan may be the kick in the pantsuit that she needs to end the complacency among her staff and her supporters?

Can we all agree she seems to have convinced Michael Bloomberg that she can win?

Can we all agree that while some Latinos may be registering to vote, just to oppose Donald Trump, we’re not sure it’s the movement some newspapers are writing about?

Can we all agree that when the two top officials of a non-profit fundraising group  are fired after a blistering audit report, it makes you think twice about  donations to any group?

Can we all agree that when the dean of one of the nation’s leading law schools is forced to resign for sexually harassing his executive assistant we are a long way from equality in the workplace?

Can we all agree that Fukushima will stand forever alongside Three Mile Island and Chernobyl as a warning that we may never be able to create safe nuclear power plants?

Can we all agree that just when we thought the Europeans were making progress in their handling of refugees, more countries closing their borders did not help?

Can we all agree that while she may have been the power behind the throne, Nancy Reagan has made sure that her legacy is one of true love?

Can we all @gree that, love it or hate it, Ray Tomlinson’s contribution to our lives will not be forgotten?

Can we all agree that Erin Andrews’ court victory this week is hardly something to celebrate?

Can we all agree that despite assurances from Brazil, we’re all a bit nervous about the summer olympics in Rio later this year?

Can we all agree that San Jose hotels are understandably upset that the Super Bowl was not the bonanza they expected? Expect no such complaints from San Francisco.

Can we all agree that no-one is really surprised that another Russian athlete was caught cheating? Even if she’s an attractive, blond tennis player.

and finally:

Can we all agree that Google’s latest hire really makes you question their ‘do no harm’ mantra?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 2/13/16-non-political edition

February 13, 2016

So much news this week, I needed two posts – one on politics and another on the real news.

Can we all agree that Pope Francis’s meeting with the leader of the Eastern Orthodox church was remarkable?

Can we all agree that, in a strange way, the best news of the week may be the increase in number of employees who voluntarily quit their jobs?

Mohave National Monument

Mohave National Monument

Can we all agree that three new national monuments will be a great addition to wildlife preservation – even if they are mostly desert?

Can we all agree that the capping of the Porter Ranch gas leak will help everyone take a deep breath, and hopefully make sure it doesn’t happen elsewhere?

Can we all agree that whatever they are calling the Syrian peace plan, it doesn’t sound like there is much agreement?

Can we all agree that stepped up NATO patrols to monitor boats crossing the Mediterranean won’t mean much if they don’t actually do anything?

Can we all agree that we’re happy scientists have confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, but we have no idea what it really means? Except that Albert Einstein was really smart.

Can we all agree that the FBI deserves a lot of credit for ending the Oregon occupation quietly and with no further violence?

Can we all agree that because of the California Coastal Commission, the state has the prettiest coastline in the nation? Why they fired their executive director remans a mystery.

Can we all agree that lawsuits are always a poor way to solve most issues, but when race is involved in the United States, like in Ferguson, MO, it is sometimes the only option?

Can we all agree that it would be a shame if the US Supreme court wound up undoing what 196 countries accomplished in Paris earlier this year?

Can we all agree that it’s a bit ironic that Mitch McConnell, who berates Mr. Obama for his coal policy, is the main reason thousands of coal miners got the shaft?

Can we all agree that the GOP response to the President’s budget plan is beyond despicable? But Speaker Ryan appears to be in the same box as John Boehner.

Can we all agree we’re thrilled there’s a new Harry Potter book coming out? Or maybe not.

Can we all agree that a major league athlete who throws away his career to performance enhancing drugs deserves his own special place in the “You Can’t Make This Up Hall of Fame.”

and finally:

Can we all agree the world needed Burger King to put hot dogs on the menu? But it’s doubtful we will all head there instead of Chipotle.

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Can We All Agree – 9/19/15 Edition

September 19, 2015

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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…?

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Can We All Agree – 9/12/15 Edition

September 12, 2015

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Can we all agree that whatever California  Governor Jerry Brown decides to do with the assisted suicide bill now on his desk, will have a major impact on what happens in the 45 states without such a law? I’m not sure what I would do.

Can we all agree that Rick Perry’s departure from the GOP presidential sweepstakes is just the first in a long line? I guess the new glasses didn’t help.

Can we all agree that, despite her loss on Friday, Serena Williams is still the best female tennis player in the world?

A Syrian refugee child in Spain - Washington Post photo

A Syrian refugee child in Spain – Washington Post photo

Can we all agree that President Obama’s willingness to accept 10,000 refugees from the Mideast, is embarrassing, given the size of our country?

Can we all agree that the only thing more embarrassing is the continuing treatment of the refugees on the Serbian – Hungarian border?

Can we all agree that the election of a Socialist to lead Britain’s main opposition party, will be another boost for Bernie Sanders campaign?

Can we all agree that the GOP far right is delusional if they think they will not get blamed for their planned government shutdown over funding for Planned Parenthood?

Can we all agree that most Californians are shocked that Governor Jerry Brown lost a legislative battle – even though his opponent was the oil and gas industry?

Can we all agree that apparently as far as blood pressure is concerned 120 is the new 140?

Can we all agree that automobile industry plans to install auto-stopping technology on new cars is just the first step on the road to driverless cars?

Can we all agree that every football fan will be happy when TV announcers can get through a full New England Patriots football game without mentioning deflated footballs?

Can we all agree that it will be a long time before Roger Goodell will be making another decision in an NFL disciplinary case?

Can we all agree that the AG Loretta Lynch’s decision to ‘crack down’ on white collar crime comes abut 7 years too late?

Can we all agree that nothing on Stephen Colbert’s opening night was as good as his interview with VP Joe Biden?

Can we all agree that about the only person who’s not happy that Queen Elizabeth is now the longest serving English monarch is Prince Charles?

Can we all agree that we probably should not have been surprised when  the United Airlines CEO was forced to step down over corruption charges involving an New Jersey political figure?

Can we all agree that Hillary is about 6 months late in apologizing for her private email server?

Can we all agree that we really don’t need to hear anything more from Kim Davis?

Can we all agree it might be tough for a Baltimore jury considering charges against police officers, not to be swayed by the $6.4 million settlement reached in the Freddie Gray civil case?

Can we all agree that we are thrilled to know that the human family tree has a new branch?

Pieces of a skeleton of Homo naledi -NYT photo

Pieces of a skeleton of Homo naledi -NYT photo

Can we all agree that Pope Francis probably does not have many fans in the conservative wing of the Catholic church, but everyone else is thrilled with the changes he continues to announce?

Can we all agree that the fight over the Iran nuclear deal is over but the House doesn’t seem to realize their symbolic votes are irrelevant?

 

 

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Can We All Agree – 9/5/15 Edition

September 5, 2015

Can we all agree that Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who decided that jail was better than doing her job, is misguided and receiving terrible advice?

Can we all agree that the GOP candidates who have come to her defense have proven, once again, that they are ill equipped to lead the country?

Kim Davis - NYT photo

Kim Davis – NYT photo

Can we all agree that the continuing rash of baseball fans injured and dying at baseball games must lead to more protective barriers and higher railings?

Can we all agree that new figures showing smoking in the US is at its lowest level ever, probably means tobacco companies are just more focused on countries where it’s easier to hawk their products?

Can we all agree that Pope Francis’ decision to welcome women who repent after having abortions, back into the Catholic church is a remarkable and welcome departure from past papal announcements?

Can we all agree that Roger Goodell totally mishandled the Tom Brady, Deflategate episode? (As a life-long Patriots fan, I feel it would be cruel to say any more.) But it may lead to major changes.

Can we all agree that the refugee crises in Europe was born out of the same ill-conceived agreement that created the EU?

Can we all agree that, as some commentators are saying, Europe has now found their own ‘Donald Trump’ in Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban?

Can we all agree that the stock market has officially entered the realm of irrational depression when 173,000 jobs are added and they worry about something (a rate increase) that they know has been coming for months? (I repeat, the stock market is not the economy.)

Can we all agree that renaming Mt. Mckinley to Denali – something even GOP senators in Alaska wanted –  makes sense to everyone except the Ohio Congressional delegation? I’m sure taking 1o feet off the elevation was a bit of a disappointment to Denali supporters.

Mt. Denali-Washington Post photo

Mt. Denali-Washington Post photo

Can we all agree that the President’s trip to Alaska to boost his environmental street cred,  seems a bit ill timed, coming just months after he approved oil drilling in the Arctic Circle?

Can we all agree that any 62-year-old who can survive 9 days lost in the Sierra’s – with a broken leg – deserves some kind of award from the AARP?

Can we all agree that Sony Pictures’ decision to alter the script of a movie about concussions to avoid angering the NFL is just one more black eye for a company already having a very bad decade?

Can we all agree that Hillary Clinton may be the luckiest Democratic candidate in 50 years as her favorability ratings drop while the GOP continues to self-destruct?

Can we all agree that while Mr. Trump will be the main event the September 16th GOP debate, Carley Fiorina will be a great undercard?

Can we all agree that the GOP establishment and Jeb Bush have finally woken up to the fact that they need to do something to stop The Donald? If not, he could set the party back about 150 years.

Can we all agree that we have no idea what’s going through the minds of Chinese leaders who stage a military parade as a TV event, while announcing a cut of 300,000 troops, and send a ships to the Aleutian islands while an America president is touring Alaska?

Can we all agree that while the eventual fate of the Iran nuclear deal has been decided, there will be plenty of political maneuvering for the next few weeks while Congress debates the treaty?

Can we all agree that the Trump loyalty pledge to the GOP party is not worth the paper it’s printed on?

And finally, can we all agree that California’s decision to limit the use of solitary confinement should have happened long before some inmates spent 30 years inside 8×10 foot rooms?

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