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

November 11, 2017

Can we all agree, President Trump’s preference to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin rather than the overwhelming evidence collected by US intelligence services, shows him to be a gullible rube?

Can we all agree, establishment Republicans want Roy Moore out of the Alabama senate race, so they do not have to deal with his extreme religious views, even if it means a Democrat wins the seat?

Can we all agree the Asian trade deal signed this week shows how Mr. Trump has made the United States irrelevant?

Can we all agree, sexual harassment charges are starting to pile up so fast, they make you wonder where our society was headed?

Can we all agree, Tuesday’s election results sent a pretty clear message to Donald Trump and the GOP?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump knows exactly the wrong thing to say when his candidate loses?

Can we all agree, the big winners Tuesday were women and medicaid expansion?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump and the GOP suffered their second loss when signups for the Affordable Care Act set new records in the first week the insurance markets were open?

Can we all agree, the Justice Department realized they didn’t have a legal leg to stand on when they attempted to force AT&T to get rid of CNN it order to complete its merger with Time Warner?

Can we all agree, the Senate tax plan contains just enough goodies to make it palatable to many in the middle class, while rewarding the 1% and business interests?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s voter fraud panel is so dysfunctionally political he may have no choice but to disband it?

Can we all agree, the questions about what happened when 4 US soldiers were killed in Niger, just keep mounting?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to believe Mr. Trump’s bodyguard was telling the truth about what happened when his boss visited Moscow in 2013?

Can we all agree, no one really knows what’s going on between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon and it’s not reassuring to know that Jared Kushner is right in the middle of it?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s trip to Asia has been all pomp and little substance?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear that even a massacre in a Texas church isn’t enough to get Congress to take action on anything that might be construed as gun control?

Can we all agree, the Texas massacre is not about mental health, it’s about guns?

Can we all agree the EPA is now simply a tool of the gas and coal industry with little input from actual scientists?

Can we all agree, if the EPA trend is allowed to continue the US will start to look like New Delhi?

Can we all agree, this week’s Democratic victories will  encourage more Republican House members to call it quirts?

Can we all agree, California Congressman Ted Lieu spoke for many Americans frustrated with the grip the NRA has on Washington?

Can we all agree, the ‘New York Times’ series on money laundering has gotten buried by usual avalanche of other news, but the reports of how big corporations and colleges are hiding their assets deserves closer attention?

Can we all agree, the administration can only be described as heartless as they attempt to restructure the nation’s immigration policies?

Can we all agree, the continuing story of Senator Rand Paul and the neighbor who allegedly attacked him gets more bizarre by the day?

Can we all agree, Democratic operative Donna Brazile’s new book sounds more like a self serving apology than a tell-all memoir?

Can we all agree, it doesn’t sound like Mr. Trump will be invited to any of those former president group photos we used to enjoy seeing?

Can we all agree, no football fan will be sorry to see Thursday Night football ended?

Can we all agree, even if the NFL starts  giving players the money they are owed as part of the landmark concussion settlement, the headlines linking football and traumatic brain injury will not stop?Dad Army

Can we all agree, the Ball family may ruin UCLA basketball?

and finally:

A Washington post columnist suggests the
way to honor our veterans would be to listen to their stories. I offer the Witness to War website, and hope you will search for Newton Riess to hear one man’s heroic tale. We miss you dad, today and always.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 10/1/16 edition

October 1, 2016

Can we all agree GOP leaders are really off base in blaming the President because they regret passing a bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia?

Can we all agree that if avoiding a government shutdown by a simple compromise on a measure to provide funding for Flint, MI, was that easy – what took so long?

Arnie and his army at The Masters.

Arnie and his army at the Masters.

Can we all agree that every Baby Boomer was a recruit in Arnie’s Army?

Can we all agree Wells Fargo President John Stumpf seems incapable of accepting responsibility for the illegal acts that he incentivized?

Can we all agree the State of California did the right thing by cutting off their relationship with Wells Fargo even though the bank is headquartered in the state?

Can we all agree, it’s one thing for an orchestra to go on strike, but quite another to walk out on a performance – especially over perceived past injustices?

Can we all agree that just because science can create a baby from three sets of DNA, doesn’t mean we should?

Can we all agree Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore deserved to be suspended permanently? Wanna bet he gets re-elected anyway?

Can we all agree Shimon Peres death seemed to unite world leaders for at least one day?

Can we all agree no-one was surprised that Russia was responsible for the missile which downed a Malaysian Airline passenger plane over the Ukraine?

Can we all agree that the mismanagement issues at our national parks arethreatening to overshadow the 100th birthday celebrations?

Can we all agree that Elon Musk’s ideas, like colonizing Mars, seem far fetched until he succeeds?

Can we all agree that this week’s presidential debate was great TV?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s debate performance has already been overshadowed by his performance the rest of the week?

Can we all agree that major newspapers who endorse a third party candidate, who is obviously unqualified,  are doing a disservice to their readers?

Can we all agree, in the same vein, Republican leaning newspapers, such as those in Cincinnati, Phoenix, Houston or Dallas,  who back a Democrat for the first time in history, deserve a lot of credit?

Can we all agree, Wisconsin is a perfect example of why voter ID laws just don’t work?

Can we all agree every time Donald Trump tweets, he just proves Hillary Clinton’s point that he does not have the right temperament to be President?

Can we all agree that whether Mr. Trump is criticizing former beauty queens or Bill Clinton, he really doesn’t have a leg to stand on?

Michelle Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton

Michelle Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton.

Can we all agree Mr. Trump would be better off trying to defend his foundations?

Can we all agree Michelle Obama may be the best weapon the Democrats have as they counter Mr. Trump’s irrationality?

Can we all agree that even if he gets a crowd of 10,000 people to a rally, it’s no where near the number of votes he needs to carry a state?

Can we all agree that even if Mr. Trump actually prepares for the next debate, he’s in a lot of trouble?

Can we all agree it was much too easy for Mrs. Clinton to bait Mr.  Trump into a discussion about his own misogyny?

Can we all agree the only person who doesn’t think Mrs. Clinton ‘won’ the debate (annotated transcript here), was her opponent?

Can we all agree that there is considerable sentiment in the medical community that Mr. Trump’s symptoms – dry mouth, nasal stuffiness, dilated pupils, hyperactive behavior – are typical of patient being treated with Adderall for ADHD?

Can we all agree that amid all the stories of bad interactions between police and the public, it’s nice to have at least one ‘feel good’ story?

And finally:

The strangest story of the week might be the rescue of stranded boater off Massachsetts who is now suspected of two murders.

and:

Baseball fans who grew up listening to their favorite team on the radio (think Curt Gowdy) will understand these remembrances of sports broadcaster Vin Scully.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 9/24/16 edition

September 24, 2016

Can we all agree the root of all our race -related problems is the fact that no white person in America can really understand the Black-American experience? But maybe, the opening of the African American Museum today is a first step.

Can we all agree that whether or not the victims in Charlotte or Tulsa had weapons the real issue is police training which teaches officers to use lethal force as a first choice?

The new African American Museum in Washington, D.C. (Washington Post photo)

The new African American Museum in Washington, D.C. (Washington Post photo)

Can we all agree, if there were fewer guns on American streets a police officer’s job might not be so difficult?

Can we all agree we’ve all become too complacent about computer hacks that reveal our personal information? Rather than demanding more security we are all eager to believe computer security firm’s claims that they can protect us-after the fact.

Can we all agree that Congressional questioning of Wells Fargo and Mylan executives is political grandstanding at its finest, since there is no movement for any action against either firm?

Can we all agree, speaking of political grandstanding, the testimony of IRS commissioner John Koskinen probably was not what the GOP hardliners expected, when Democrats focused on Mr. Trump’s alleged IRS audit?

Can we all agree the debate by House and Senate members to override the President’s veto of a bill allowing  9/11 lawsuits against Saudi Arabia will be more of the same?

Can we all agree that CNN’s decision to, allow former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, to accept payment from the campaign while he is a commentator for the network, flies in the face of journalistic integrity?

Can we all agree, whether we like Facebook or not, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, deserve some praise for their $3 billion commitment to global health?

Can we all agree the Syrian cease-fire is over because the Russians and Syrian government were looking for an excuse to end it from the beginning?

Can we all agree Donald Trump’s reaction to this week’s incidents in Tulsa and Charlotte will probably drop his support among black voters from 3% to zero?

Can we all agree Hillary Clinton probably breathed a sigh of relief when it became clear no more of her State Department emails would be released before the election?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump Jr.’s comments about refugees and skittles shows that he doesn’t understand either the plight of refugees or basic statistics?

Can we all agree Monday’s first Presidential debate should be must  see TV, even for football fans in Atlanta and New Orleans?

Can we all agree the reaction of the two candidates to the New York and NJ bombings pretty much sums up our choices in the election?

Can we all agree that Ted Cruz’ endorsement of Mr. Trump is political opportunism at its finest?

Can we all agree that neither candidate will probably mention a new study which seems to show immigrants are not taking American jobs?

Can we all agree that regardless of the outcome in the New Jersey ‘Bridgegate’ trial, Chris Christie’s 15 minutes of fame are over?

Can we all agree that it’s rather amazing to discover that we all have a common group of ancestors?

Can we all agree it’s hard to believe  the United States is one of the few countries in the world where maternal mortality has not decreased in the last 10 years?

and finally:

Can we all agree Stacy Koltiska deserves some praise for resigning her job rather than refuse meals to children?

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In case you were wondering what this week’s fall equinox really meant, you can find all you need to know, right here.

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