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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 4/7/18 edition

April 7, 2018

Can we all agree, despite verbal support from Mr. Trump, it sure looks like EPA chief Scott Pruitt has made some powerful enemies, who want him fired from his post?

Can we all agree, Facebook can make some changes, but it will never be able to satisfy critics since it’s business plan is based on selling our personal data?

EPA chief Scott Pruitt, will he be pushed out next? (NYT photo)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt, will he be pushed out next? (NYT photo)

Can we all agree, China has the upper hand in any trade war with the US since they don’t have to worry about elections, public opinion  and a stock market crash?

Can we all agree, the trade war with China will hurt Trump voters the most?

Can we all agree, Sinclair Broadcasting’s insistence that ‘must run’ segments sent to their stations are ‘non-political,’ doesn’t pass the smell test?

Can we all agree, it doesn’t look like the GOP tax cuts will be giving the Republicans much of a boost as long as Mr. Trump’s approval rating remains at record lows?

Can we all agree, even Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker seems worried that a blue wave will sweep the country this November?

Can we all agree, putting the National Guard on the border with Mexico,  just underlines the fact that the immigration service cannot find enough people to patrol the border?

Can we all agree, bringing a loaded gun to a meeting with constituents is just asking for trouble, especially if you are a Congressman?

Can we all agree, it wasn’t a good week for former world leaders: ex-presidents in Brazil and South Korea are facing long jail sentences?

Can we all agree, Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the US have probably already figured out a way around the new regulations?

Can we all agree, even Trump supporters don’t believe that he didn’t know about the settlement his attorney set up with Stormy Daniels?

Can we all agree, anyone planning to visit a National Park should celebrate the government’s decision not to substantially increase entrance fees?

Can we all agree, after reading the terms of his settlements of the sexual harassment complaints, it’s pretty clear former Fox TV host Bill O’Reilly is just a disgusting human being?

Can we all agree, Kentucky taxpayers have every right to be upset that lawmakers hiked taxes on almost 95% of the state’s residents, but gave the richest 5% a tax break?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s head-scratching reversal on Syria, is just one more example of the chaotic state of US foreign policy?

Can we all agree, supporting US businesses used to be the President’s job, but it appears no one told Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, despite reports to the contrary, no one believes The President isn’t the main focus of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation?

Can we all agree, imposing quotas on immigration judges, might speed up processing, but it will probably leave justice as roadkill?

Can we all agree, most of us would be pretty happy with an offer of a single college scholarship – getting 20 is pretty remarkable?

Can we all agree, inviting Vladimir Putin to the White House,  while you are being investigated for colluding with the Russians, defies all political logic?

Can we all agree, there will be more teacher walkouts across the country?

 

and finally:

How the SF Ballet gave one young girl from Puerto Rico a chance to achieve her dreams.

I may not agree with Chris Christie on many things but he summed up my view of Scott Pruitt pretty well when he told ABC News: “I don’t know how you survive this one, and if he has to go, it’s because he never should have been there in the first place.”

 

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 3/31/18 edition

March 31, 2018

Can we all agree, despite a ‘major’ policy speech, one cabinet change, heightened tensions with Russia  and a continuing stream of untrue tweets this seemed like a vacation week in the news business?

Can we all agree, it’s unlikely that, if Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg appears before Congress, he will be able to improve his firm’s image?

Can we all agree, the most useful Facebook related stories have been those explaining how to access your own data and detailing how to delete your account?

Can we all agree, the most frightening story of the week is the ransomware attack that continues to paralyze the city of Atlanta?

Can we all agree, the courts will have the final say on whether citizenship is an appropriate non-political question for the 2020 census?

Can we all agree, the anti-semitism that lives in Europe,  has a strong following in this country?

Can we all agree, we are headed for an educational crises, unless we start to pay teachers a living wage?

Can we all agree, the students from Parkland, Florida have brought out the worst in politicians, such as Rick Santorum, and commentators, such as Laura Ingraham?

Can we all agree, one of the more powerful moments in last weekend’s anti-gun rallies was the more than 6 minutes of silence led by Parkland student Emma Gonzalez?

Can we all agree, Malala Yousafzai’s’s return home to Pakistan, and Slovakia’s rejection of authoritarianism gives the world hope that change is possible?

Can we all agree, TV executives will not be the only ones watching to see if Rosanne’s TV show can maintain it’s appeal after the first few episodes?

Can we all agree, the anti-science approach of the EPA, will not serve them well, when they have to justify to the courts, why they are repealing fuel economy standards?

Can we all agree the EPA ‘talking points’ on climate change have no basis in fact?

Can we all agree, cancer warning labels on coffee are not the big issue being decided in a California courtroom: It’s the potential financial penalties?

Can we all agree, President Trump had no factual basis for his attack on Amazon? He’s just upset at Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post.

Can we all agree, it seems likely that the courts will bail out the politicians and prevent the government from deporting the so called ‘Dreamers.’

Can we all agree, European leaders were probably shocked when Mr. Trump went along with their plan to expel Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a Russian citizen in England?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear the President feels rewarding his doctor for lying to the American people, is more important than picking a competent administrator to run the Veterans Administration?

Can we all agree, offering pardons to targets in the Special Counsel’s investigation, is patently illegal, and suggests the President is really having trouble building a competent legal team?

Can we all agree, given Mr. Trump’s pension for tweeting, it is odd that he has said nothing about Stormy Daniels?

Can we all agree, it’s possible Mr. Trump’s businesses will be his undoing?

Can we all agree, the Parkland students have succeeded in putting pressure on GOP politicians and have now gotten a second Republican governor to sign restrictions on gun purchases?

Can we all agree, the secret summit between the leaders of China and North Korea suggests the US can easily be out maneuvered in their upcoming negotiations?

Can we all agree, even science says that something can be done about gun violence?

Can we all agree, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, doesn’t seem to understand that perception is reality when it comes to ethics?

Can we all agree, American’s reaction to the Parkland, FL shooting, and the death of a black man in Sacramento, CA show the racial divide that continues to exist in this country?

Can we all agree, even Trump supporters are tired of the President’s meandering, off-topic, stream of consciousness speeches?

Can we all agree, rumors that Paul Ryan plans to resign as House Speaker, are just wishful thinking by GOP conservatives?

and finally:

This beer league goalie lived every fan’s dream: 14 minutes (and 1 second) of fame.

 

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 3/17/18 edition

March 17, 2018

Can we all agree, now that Rex Tillerson has been fired as Secretary of State the only remaining questions is whether Mr. Trump will fire the rest of his cabinet in alphabetical order or by height?

Can we all agree, many in the GOP appear to be in denial about the trouble they face in the upcoming election season?

Students protesting gun violence in schools.

Students protesting gun violence in schools.

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s about-face on gun restrictions shows that this week’s student protests will have little short-term impact?

Can we all agree, it’s hard for non-engineers to believe that cracks in a newly installed bridge, like the one in Florida,  do not pose a safety issue?

Can we all agree, #1 Virginia’s loss to a #16 seeded team, is the reason we all watch the NCAA basketball tournament?

Can we all agree, firing former acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe, late on a Friday night, just 24 hours before he was to retire was just petty?

Can we all agree, Stormy Daniels, The President’s former lover, is winning the PR battle with Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, charges against 5 doctors implicated in a drug kickback scheme are symptomatic of what’s wrong with the US medical system, where doctors are routinely paid to prescribe medications?

Can we all agree, when the leader of the free world jokes about lying to another world leader. we lose all credibility?

Can we all agree, the closer Special Counsel Robert Mueller gets, the more desperate Mr. Trump becomes?

Can we all agree, Russian President Vladimir Putin will never admit he was responsible for poisoning two Russian citizens living in London, but it’s clear the evidence was convincing enough for all the West’s major powers to condemn his actions?

Can we all agree, we’ve never had a Cabinet that has abused the taxpayers as much as the current group?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump wants to appear tough on Russia, but he’s not going nearly far enough?

Can we all agree, The FDA deserves some credit for finally regulating the amount of nicotine in cigarettes?

Can we all agree, we all were once Toys R Us kids?

Can we all agree, Hillary Clinton still refuses to accept any responsibility for her loss?

Can we all agree, most of us do not understand Steven Hawking’s theories, but he occupied a unique place in popular culture?

Can we all agree, the most stunning resignation of the week was  the now-former ICE spokesman in SF, who said he would not lie for his boss and the Attorney General?

Can we all agree, The House Intelligence Committee’s blanket dismissal of wrongdoing against the Trump campaign is so blatantly political that it is even making Republicans nervous?

Can we all agree, Education Secretary Betsy DeVoss, probably could not pass the competency tests required for high school seniors?

Can we all agree, China’s new leader for life will inspire other heads of state to try the same thing?

Can we all agree, hiring someone with a serious gambling problem as your personal assistant would be bad for a CEO, but for The President it’s just astounding?

Can we all agree, the head of the EPA doesn’t need a $43,000 sound-proof booth?

and finally:

Basketball Coach Steve Kerr knows what he’s asking about when he addresses gun violence.

 

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 3/10/18 edition

March 10, 2018

Can we all agree, the only person who shed a tear for Martin Shkreli, when he was sentenced to 7 years in jail, was martin Shkreli?

Can we all agree, we’re all happy President Obama will get a Netflix show, but worried it will just be a series of dry legal lectures, that only a law professor could love?

Can we all agree, isolation may be one way to deal with the 2016 election, but there are many more Americans, like Democrats in Texas, who  have chosen resistance?

Can we all agree, when Governor Rick Scott signed gun control legislation,  he might have been the first GOP politician to figure out the people of Florida have more votes than the NRA?

Can we all agree, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a long time supporter of state’s rights, revealed himself as they ultimate hypocrite when he sued California for enacting  sanctuary laws that conflict with federal law?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s decision to meet with the President of North Korea was designed by the President for one thing: to keep the spotlight on him?

Can we all agree, no one would be surprised if former basketball star Dennis Rodman was chosen to mediate the talks? After all he’s one of only two people who has met both men.

Can we all agree, the new chief of the Department of Health and Human Services shocked everyone by rejecting Idaho’s attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act?

Can we all agree, Democrats have already won this coming Tuesday’s the special election in Pennsylvania by forcing the GOP to spend $16 million on what should have been an easy GOP win?

Can we all agree, the biggest losers in the power struggle at the Veteran’s Administration will be veterans, who cannot get the care they have been promised?

Can we all agree, the administration’s meeting with video game manufacturers, was designed to get the public spotlight off guns and congressional inaction?

Can we all agree, Republicans may not get behind the call for more mental hospitals, since they know it was Ronald Reagan who was largely responsible for closing many of the facilities?

Can we all agree, the creation 0f 313,000 new jobs, with little increase in wages, is the continuation of a trend that began 8 years ago?

Can we all agree, the world wants to see Stormy Daniels get her day in court?

Can we all agree, Trump’s tariffs will have foreign governments lined up to ask for exemptions while Americans pay more for everything?

Can we all agree, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin seems to realize the United States has given China a HUGE present by refusing to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership?

Can we all agree, after 10 years of economic turmoil, it’s great to see the Greek economy reviving?

Can we all agree, it’s a bit redundant to say the Italian elections have created turmoil? Since WWII, Italian politics is the definition of turmoil.

Can we all agree, we need Angela Merkel to lead Europe, as a steadying force against Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, Jared Kushner was exactly the wrong person to send to Mexico, to make peace with that country’s president, who just cancelled a trip to Washington because of his treatment by Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, it’s about time we put to rest all this stories about the fate of Amelia Earhart?

Can we all agree, the Texas Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke will easily be the most entertaining contest in this election cycle?

Can we all agree, only Donald Trump would dare to claim the record turnover in his administration was simply an attempt to get ‘the most qualified people’ to serve in his administration?

Can we all agree, we really didn’t need a survey to tell us ‘fake news’ travels faster than real news?

Can we all agree, everyone believes the Russian KGB was behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in London?

Can we all agree, President Trump needs to be held accountable for reversing his decision, and allowing Americans to hunt elephants and lions? I guess his sons really want trophy heads or their man caves.

Can we all agree, every new revelation about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, makes it clear he is building a conspiracy case against the President and his family?

Can we all agree, many more Americans appear transfixed by the latest episode of ‘The Bachelor’ than the latest episode of  ‘The President and the Porn Star?’

Can we all agree, the real tragedy of the opioid crises is that it was totally unnecessary since the drugs don’t work any better than other treatments?

Can we all agree, Republicans will regret ignoring the  improper activities of the Trump White House, when they try to press charges against Democrats in future administrations?

Can we all agree, Sam Nunberg didn’t deserve his 15 minutes of drunken fame?

Can we all agree, drivers will continue to voice their opposition to driverless cars, by targeting the vehicles?

Can we all agree, Michelle Obama might be the only First Lady to  dance with a two-year-old who admired her portrait?

Can we all agree,  Jerry Brown’s dream of the nation’s first bullet train, is dying a slow and agonizing death, in California’s Central Valley?

and finally:

Conservative Washington Post Columnist Jennifer Rubin has figured out the Democrat’s non-impeachment strategy.

And, where were you when you heard the news that Roger Bannister ran a sub-four-minute mile?

 

 

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 1/27/18 edition

January 27, 2018

Can we all agree, the resignation of the US Gymnastics committee should have happened months (if not years) ago?

Can we all agree, after hearing the horrific details of what went on in Larry Nassar’s medical office, the  young women have a right to ask “What took so long,” and why aren’t more people losing their jobs?

Some of Larry Nassar's victim's. Rachael Denhollander, Sterling Riethman, Kaylee Lorincz, Jeanette Antolin

Some of Larry Nassar’s victims. Rachael Denhollander, Sterling Riethman, Kaylee Lorincz, Jeanette Antolin.

Can we all agree, most environmentalists were pleasantly surprised when the EPA continued to restrict gold mining in Alaska only to be disappointed by the White House plans to speed up infrastructure approvals by making environmental rules tougher to enforce?

Can we all agree, despite what pollsters may think, the flu is the major topic on the minds of most Americans?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump was able to complete a successful trip to Davos, only because he stuck to the speech written for him and didn’t issue one tweet?

Can we all agree, despite what Mr. Trump said earlier in the week, no one knows what he really wants the final immigration bill to say?

Can we all agree, if The President is interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, perjury will be the first charge he faces?

Can we all agree, “gridlock” will be the political word of the year?

Can we all agree, whether they like it or not, the GOP will have to deal with reports that the President wanted to fire Mr. Mueller?

Can we all agree, depending on who you talk to, the economy is either good, or not as good as it should be?

Can we all agree, few people outside the beltway are paying attention to the political machinations of the House and Senate committees investigating Russian interference in our election?

Can we all agree, advancing the Doomsday Clock, may be an academic exercise, but it scares the hell out of everyone?

Can we all agree, imposing tariff’s on foreign washing machines and solar panels, just guarantees that prices will go up in both categories? Even for those products made in the US.

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump might be getting the hang of this appointment process? He only had one resignation this week and two of his nominees (the Fed Chairman and the HHS secretary) were actually approved easily. A third needed Mike Pence’s vote to break a tie?

Can we all agree, ratings for Stormy Daniels on the Kimmel show will easily beat the State of the Union or the Democrats’ rebuttal?

Can we all agree, $92 million to settle three years of harassment cases in one state (CA) is a problem?

Can we all agree, Mr Trump should have taken the gold toilet offered by the Guggenheim museum?

Can we all agree, it doesn’t seem like anyone in the Trump clan understands that they should not be commenting on anything political?

Can we all agree,  Congressman Patrick Meehan doesn’t even seem to know what sexual misconduct is?

Can we all agree, it’s quite an indictment of our political system, when a sitting senator agrees to run for re-election by saying,”This place sucks.”

Can we all agree, we have become so numb to school killings that two murders in a schoolyard hardly caused a ripple?

Can we all agree, the Oscar  committee has at least avoided any major controversies with this year’s nominees?

Can we all agree, it’s Saturday, and no one even remembers last weekend’s government shutdown – so it’s unlikely voters will remember in November? Unless, of course, we have another one next month.

Can we all agree, Democrats will be forced to accept citizenship for Dreamers in exchange for Trump’s wall?

Can we all agree, some folks might detect a pattern in the way the courts are throwing out voting districts created by partisan legislatures?

Can we all agree, the US is powerless to stop Turkey from attacking the Kurds in Northern Syria?

Can we all agree, it won’t take long for someone to figure out a way to outsmart the  cashierless Amazon Go stores?

Can we all agree, if any other Attorney General were so brazenly doing the President’s political dirty work, there would be demands for a Congressional investigation?

Can we all agree, some candidates never should have run for office?

and finally:

It’s one thing to stop illegal immigrants from entering the country, but quite another to gleefully empty emergency water bottles left by non-profit groups just trying to keep people alive.

and:

There is hope that new battery technology will help store solar and wind power.

or what was that about a Nutella riot in France?

 

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