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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 4/22/17 edition

April 22, 2017

Can we all agree the so-called ‘Dreamers’ will take little solace in Donald Trump’s assurances that they have nothing to worry about, as long as Jeff Sessions is the attorney general and is issuing threats to sanctuary cities?

Can we all agree Exxon-Mobile must have thought their request for a waiver from sanctions, allowing them to drill in the Black Sea, was going to be approved by the Trump administration, or they would have withdrawn it months ago?

California's drought may be over, but the desert is in full bloom. (photos courtesy of Dr. Gail Dubinsky)

California’s drought may be over, but the desert is in full bloom. (photos courtesy of Dr. Gail Dubinsky)

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Photos from Joshua Tree National Park, near Palm Springs, CA.

 

Can we all agree, the media is finally starting to learn most of Mr. Trump’s tweets are just attempts to get attention when he thinks the world is ignoring him?

Can we all agree today’s March for Science is not politicizing science, that was done years ago, when George W. Bush denied climate change?

Can we all agree English Prime Minister Theresa May obviously was not paying close attention to the  results last time an early election was called?

Can we all agree, tomorrow’s election in France will have an even larger impact on the future of the EU, than the Brexit vote?

Can we all agree conservatives across the country welcome the prospect of a violent confrontation when Ann Coulter speaks at Berkeley on May 2?

Can we all agree, like most irrational acts, there is no logic to explain the suicide of ex-football star Aaron Hernandez?IMG_1258

Can we all agree Sarah Palin, showed the world how little respect she has for the President when she decided the ‘tramp look’ was the best choice for her White House visit? That doesn’t even take into account the questionable friends she decided to bring along?

Can we all agree the world, even Republicans, will hang on every word President Obama says when he speaks  Monday in Chicago?

Can we all agree Mr. Sessions comments about the court in Hawaii, which ruled against Mr. Trump’s immigration plan, show an amazing lack of understanding of the Constitution he is supposed to uphold?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s insistence on pushing health care reform indicates how desperate he is to avoid looking irrelevant and improve his abysmal ratings? The fact that the new plan is laughable is almost beside the point.

Can we all agree it doesn’t look like tax reform will get done either, unless Mr. Trump releases his tax returns? Even Sean Spicer’s twisted logic will not overcome Democratic opposition.

Can we all agree there is no doubt the White House will find that China is illegally manipulating the steel market, so Mr. Trump can act tough, and do absolutely nothing?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump must think we are all idiots when he calls on businesses to hire American workers while Trump ties and shirts continue to be manufactured outside the US?

Can we all agree, he is right about one thing, the H-1B visa system needs to be reformed?

Can we all agree Rep. Jason Chaffetz may have felt he had no option but to leave the House and his post as head of the Oversight Committee, but anyone who thinks a new chairman will investigate the  ethics violations of the new administration, is just naive?

Can we all agree the link between Ivanka Trump’s trademark approvals in China and her meeting with the Chinese president is among the first things that need to be investigated?

Can we all agree, Henry Kissinger’s comments in ‘Time’ magazine on Jared Kushner’s leadership skills don’t even rise to the level of ‘damning with faint praise?’

Can we all agree Starbucks’ new coffee drink is a novelty created just for social media and publicity? Do we really need to ingest more chemicals?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s desire to be liked by business leaders is the driving force behind his policy decisions?

Can we all agree, a White House which has no idea which way a carrier group is headed sounds a lot like the ‘Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight.’

Can we all agree it was only a matter of time before we made the Arctic Ocean a garbage dump, just like the Pacific ?

Can we all agree the Venezuelan government is failing in it’s efforts to make  it look like the riots on the streets of Caracas were instigated by the United States?

Can we all agree one thing the leaders of the United States, Russia, Egypt and Turkey all have in common are  their outsized egos?

Can we all agree Emirates Airlines decision to cut back flights to the United States was largely symbolic to send a message to the Trump administration about its immigration policies?

Can we all agree few people have much sympathy for Bill O’Reilly, especially since he’s getting $25 million as a buyout?

Can we all agree it’s pretty clear Gisele Bundchen was behind Tom Brady’s decision not to atted the White House ceremony honoring her husband’s Super Bowl victory?

Can we all agree the near-victory of Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District has the GOP very worried about the mid-term elections ?

Can we all agree Homeland Secretary John Kelly, really needs to develop a thicker skin if he expects to stay in office much longer?

And finally:

This week’s good read is a touching tribute to one of the victims of sexual abuse scandal in the Boston archdiocese.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 11/26/16 edition

November 26, 2016

I trust you all had a fulfilling Thanksgiving, and the leftovers are gone by now.

Can we all agree, regardless of your party affiliation, Fidel Castro was a pivotal political figure of the 20th Century?

Fidel Castro in 1984 (NYT photo)

Fidel Castro in 1984 (NYT photo)

Can we all agree, the President-elect’s response – gleeful celebration – is colored by his past attempts to open a casino in Cuba, rather than any understanding of the historical significance of the event?

Can we all agree the reaction to the start of the election recount process would have been much different if Hillary Clinton had won ?

Can we all agree it’s probably not realistic to think the results will be altered? But that hasn’t prevented Jill Stein from raising millions to move ahead in three states.

Can we all agree, the recount will do little to dampen the criticism of the Electoral College as Hillary Clinton’s lead in the overall vote continues to mount?

Can we all agree the proliferation of fake news for profit, may be the  life preserver traditional edited news content needed to prevent its demise?

Can we all agree the outlandish sums the government will be paying for security of the Trump family, is just one way the new President will profit from his own election?

Can we all agree Melania’s decision to remain in New York, at least until the end of the school year, so her son , who some believe has shown signs of autism, can finish the school year, may become  permanent?

Can we all agree the meetings this week between broadcast journalists and later the NY Times, illustrate why Mr. Trump was able to win election by controlling the message through TV coverage? We may be seeing the first Youtube presidency.

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s supporters don’t seem to care that he is continuing to turn away from his own campaign rhetoric? In fact, they expected it.

Can we all agree, Donald Trump’s business interests, make the Clinton Foundation issues look insignificant? His interests are so widespread they will color almost every decision he makes.

Can we all agree, nothing was more chilling this week than the continuing celebrations in the racist alt-right community?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s business interests, and his continued focus on them, could be the undoing of his presidency?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s financial interest in the Dakota Access pipeline  is just one example?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s economic appointments, prove once again that he has duped the great majority of the blue-collar supports who put him in office?

Can we all agree the choice of Betsy Devos as education secretary will continue to make it more difficult for traditional public school districts to educate our children?

Can we all agree the new UN ambassador may have a tough job trying to explain Mr. Trump’s actions to the rest of the world?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s decision to forgo security briefings as he focuses on his cabinet choices, illustrates the attitude of most American’s toward the rest of the world?

Can we all agree the United States should be paying more attention to the showdown between the EU and Turkey?

Can we all agree the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote may have actually strengthened the European Union?

Can we all agree, the news that the FBI now has access to everything posted on Twitter, is very disconcerting?

Can we all agree it was reassuring to see a new peace agreement signed in Colombia, even after voters rejected the first deal?

Can we all agree the widespread fires in Israel will be used by all parties to the Mideast unrest, to further their own causes?

Can we all agree, if you were wondering why the battle over court appointments has become so significant, you need look no further than this week’s decisions on new overtime rules or Wisconsin gerrymandering, for an answer?

Can we all agree most American Catholics seem to be OK with Pope Francis’ latest pronouncement on abortion?

Can we all agree, speaking of going unnoticed, no-one seems to  care about the ever-changing Olympic medal count, caused by the latest round of doping results?

Can we all agree it will be interesting to see how Mr. Trump counters the inevitable criticism he gets from Mr. Obama once their roles have changed?

Can we all agree the strangest story of the week may be the Exxon-Mobil decision to sue the offspring of its founding father?

President Obama and his final pardon.

President Obama and his final pardon.

Can we all agree, Mr. Obama is in a race against the clock to make sure many non-violent drug offenders  get their lives back?

Can we all agree he’s facing the same time constraints as he works to honor the many notable Americans who have supported his presidency?

And finally:

You have to wonder if the turkey pardoned by Mr. Obama really wanted to live in a Trumpian world marked by one drama after another?

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The good news story of the week of the repo man who saved an elderly couple from losing their car.

RIP, everyone’s TV mom, Florence Henderson.

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 7/23/16 edition

July 23, 2016

Can we all agree Hillary Clinton’s decision to pick Senator Timothy Kaine as her running mate was probably the safe choice, but he could make a difference with more moderate republicans?

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine (Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine (Getty Images)

Can we all agree, that if the GOP was trying to expand their base, their convention this week was a disaster?

Can we all agree that if most Americans bought into Mr. Trump’s doom and gloom picture of the United States we would all have moved to New Zealand?

Can we all agree the major connection between Mr. Trump’s theme of “I alone can...” and “I am your voice,” is the letter “I?”

Can we all agree the convention did little to convince anyone that the Republicans are just one big happy family?

Can we all agree that if your main themes are to either kill or jail your opponent you don’t really have a platform? Especially if the FBI rightfully starts an investigation – of you.

Can we all agree that Ted Cruz might have thought he was starting his 2020 campaign, but he was really ending it?

Can we all agree that as long as Mr. Trump maintains a thin skin and an outsized ego, Democrats will have no problem embarrassing him for the next three months?

Can we all agree that when one major speaker is booed off the stage and another is shown to have plagiarized parts of her speech, it’s tough to call the week a success?

Can we all agree we are not surprised at the GOP convention  TV ratings – it was quite the show?

Can we all agree that without the GOP convention and it’s jaw dropping moments, there was still plenty of unsettling news?

Can we all agree we’ve run out of words to describe the senseless violence striking Western Countries but we know Donald Trump will not make us feel safer?

Can we all agree that two years of searching for the missing Malaysian airliner is  more than enough?

Can we all agree that regardless of what you think of Roger Ailes, he had a major impact on TV news and US politics?

Can we all agree that we would not have Donald Trump as a candidate, were it not for Ailes and Fox TV?

Radio host Laura Ingraham salutes the GOP nominee.

Radio host Laura Ingraham salutes the GOP nominee.

Can we all agree the NBA’s decision to move their all-star game from Charlotte, is an important chapter in sport’s history? If no changes are made will Michael Jordan move his team?

Can we all agree the real losers on the decision to ban the Russian track and field team from the Rio Olympics, are the few athletes who did not take drugs because it would not have helped their performance?

Can we all agree, news that the Nice truck driver had apparently been planning his attack for a year, and may have had accomplices puts a new spin on his horrible act?

Can we all agree that when Turkish Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declared a three-month state of emergency after purging 40,000 people from their positions, he was simply solidifying his hold on power and making good on his claim that the attempted coup was a ‘gift from god.’

Can we all agree, the real victim will be his own country? Erdogan may have already sown the seeds of his own fate, and that of cleric Fethullah Gülen?

Can we all agree that soon, the only term that will describe Erdogan is, dictator?

Can we all agree that GOP attempts to limit voting are having a tough time standing up to the constitution?

Can we all agree that advocates of gun control may not need many more stories like this, out of Massachusetts, to make their point?

Can we all agree that Rep.Loretta Sanchez is showing some signs of desperation now that President Obama and others have endorsed Kamala Harris in the race for the California senate seat?

and finally:

Can we all agree if you’re a baseball fan and want to know why The Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy is headed to the Hall of Fame this weekend, you should read this?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 7/16/16 edition

July 16, 2016

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Can we all agree the last thing the world needed was instability in the one country the borders the mideast and the West?

Can we all agree, even if Recep Tayyip Erdogan maintains his position, he will be fighting internal unrest, rather than ISIS?

Can we all agree ISIS has become a convenient rationale for everyone who feels murdering innocent civilians is the way to make a point?

Can we all agree, that for now, the West has no answers for individual attacks, but defeating ISIS in the mideast is the first step?

Can we all agree that while the world’s attention is focused on Turkey, Nice and Cleveland we seem to have forgotten about the tragedy that is now Syria?

Can we all agree that the candidate’s reaction to world events will go a long way in determining who gets elected in November?

Can we all agree, that after all the news this week, the big loser may be Donald Trump, whose VP announcement (via Twitter) almost got lost in all the other headlines? He’s trying again today.

Tragedy in Nice (NYT photo)

Tragedy in Nice (NYT photo)

Can we all agree that Governor Pence isn’t going to draw any additional voters to Mr. Trump and the way the decision was made typifies Trump’s presidential campaign?

Can we all agree that despite some last minute second thoughts, Mr. Trump was forced to make an announcement Friday morning by the reality of Indiana politics?

Can we all agree, the list of speakers for the GOP convention doesn’t make for ‘must watch TV.’

Can we all agree the real entertainment will be the stop-Trump delegates?

Can we all agree Newt Gingrich’s suggestion that all Muslim’s who believe in Sharia law should be deported, sounds like a desperate attempt to curry favor with Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, now that the redacted 28 pages of the 9-11 report have been released, there’s no news to report?

Can we all agree the story of Wayne Simmons, former Fox news analyst who claimed to be an CIA agent, and will now spend 33 months in jail, reflects poorly on the network and everyone else who hired him?

Can we all agree, even though NFL Quarterback Tom Brady has decided to accept his 4-game suspension, we haven’t heard the last of ‘deflategate.’

Can we all agree Britain’s new Prime Minister and foreign secretary probably thought they’d a have a little more time before they had to deal with an international crises – and now they have two, or three, or…?

Can we all agree Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lost some admirers when she apologized for criticizing Donald Trump? At least she didn’t apologize for what she said?

Can we all agree the NRA’s loud silence after the shootings in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas, continues to be deafening?

Can we all agree President Obama’s speech in Dallas was among the best he’s given? Too bad few people seem to be listening.

Can we all agree the conversation about race in America is long overdue?

Can we all agree, we’re all happy that David Brown is the Dallas police chief? He is the calm at the center of the storm.

Great Britain's new prime minister to be meets the Queen

Great Britain’s new prime minister to be meets the Queen.

Can we all agree Shetamia Taylor, the civilian shooting victim in Dallas, deserves a lot of credit for her comments while still being treated?

Can we all agree Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton was the perfect example of a tree falling in the forest and not making a sound?

Can we all agree the international court decision on who owns the South China Sea, probably won’t have any impact who who controls that waterway?

Can we all agree, the fact that they have closed the D.B. Cooper investigation without making  an arrest, brings a smile?

Can we all agree that it is a shame the GMO labeling bill which the President will apparently sign, allows firms to hide the contents of their products behind QRE codes that require a smartphone to read?

and finally:

Can we all agree that the Pokemon Go craze will end as soon as advertisers figure out how to ruin it?

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Can We All Agree – 11/7/15 edition

November 7, 2015

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Can we all agree that no one is surprised the President turned down the Keystone pipeline project?

Can we all agree that, given the history of airline investigations in Egypt and Russia, we may never know what happened to the Russian airliner? But smart money seems to be on a terrorist bomb.

Kansas City Royals celebrate after winning World Series

Kansas City Royals celebrate after winning World Series

Can we all agree that the Kansas City Royals were the best team in baseball this year and deserved to win the World Series?

Can we all agree that the new books about the Vatican’s bookkeeping do not paint a very flattering picture?

Can we all agree that 271,000 additional jobs is good news for everyone – except he stock market which knows a Fed interest rate increase is almost guaranteed, and the GOP who knows elections are all about the economy?

Can we all agree that while conservatives may have won significant victories in this week’s elections, it will not help them in the general election for President in 2016?

Can we all agree that the story of the Illinois police officer who apparently committed suicide gets stranger every day?

Can we all agree that the arrest of two Louisiana officers on murder charges leaves everyone wondering what really happened?

Can we all agree that Volkswagen may never recover from the expanding investigations into their practices?

Can we all agree that it’s good the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is  available to read, but very few legislators will read it before staking out a position?

Can we all agree that George H.W. Bush’s comments on his son’s presidency seem to reinforce what we all suspected?

Can we all agree that there is something unseemly about the Pentagon  paying sports teams for patriotism?

Can we ll agree that Fox’s decision to trim the number of GOP candidates in their main debate next week might torpedo a few candidates?

Can we all agree that Jeb Bush’s new  slogan is not the answer to his campaign’s  problems?

Can we all agree that Ben Carson’s stories, which seem to be filled with significant exaggerations are starting to cause real problems?

Can we all agree that decisions by Mexican courts, which may lead to the legalization of marijuana in that country, will put more pressure on US border states?

Can we all agree that the meeting between the presidents of China and Taiwan, may just be a political stunt, since the people of Taiwan seemed poised to oust their leader because of his close ties to China?

Can we all agree that Paul Ryan is off to a bad start as Speaker when he says he will not work with the President on immigration reform?

Can we all agree that the victory by Turkey’s president last weekend, may help the US bombing campaign against ISIS, but will certainly lead to more repression in Turkey?

Can we all agree that the ACC officials suspended after blowing the final play of the Duke Miami game deserved a much more severe penalty?

Can we all agree that it will be good to have some version of Star Trek back on TV, or at least on streaming video?

Can we all agree that surveys showing teens devote more time to digital media (9 hours) than they do to sleep, has some ominous implications for society?

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Can We All Agree – 10/17/15 edition

October 17, 2015

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Can we all agree that at this week’s candidate debate,   even the worst performing Democratic presidential candidate sounded better than almost all the GOP candidates at previous debates?

Can we all agree that the real proof of Hillary’s performance will be her improved standing in polls over the weekend?

Can we all agree that VP Joe Biden has now missed his chance to get in to the Democratic primary?

Mud slides in Los Angeles (LA Times photo)

Can we all agree that is was refreshing to hear candidates discuss issues rather than looks, and hair style? The fact that no one left the debate feeling they were insulted, marginalized, or belittled, should not have been remarkable, but it was.

Can we all agree that we never really believed the President when he said all the troops would be out of Afghanistan when he left office?

Can we all agree that mud slides in LA, months before the predicted El Nino are an ominous start to  winter on the West Coast.

Can we all agree that the Universirty of California at Berkeley gave itself a huge black eye in the way it handled the sexual harassment case of astronomer Geoffrey Marcy?

Can we all agree that even the Russian’s were not surprised when investigators said a missile made by Russia brought down the Malaysian Airliner over eastern Ukraine? Following the logic in their twisted response was nearly impossible.

Can we all agree that the new increase in violence in Israel does not bode well for any chance of peace in the near future?

Can we all agree that while everyone on the East Coast has a story about USAir (formerly Allegheny Airlines) we are sad to see the name disappear into American Airlines?  My favorite is the time I was allowed to get on the wrong plane and wound up in Washington DC instead of Boston, MA.

Can we all agree that even Tesla’s description of their software for self-driving cars should make owners nervous?

Can we all agree that, despite what I said last week, fantasy football betting may be in real trouble now that Nevada has declared that it is, indeed, gambling? As they say, if it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck you can be pretty sure, it’s not a horse.

Can we all agree that if the old saying, “follow the money,” has any application to presidential politics, Jeb Bush is in a lot of trouble?

Can we all agree that Playboy’s decision to give up nude photographs will have little impact on their sales, since most men  bought it for the articles anyway?

Can we all agree that when the GOP decides Paul Ryan is too liberal, they have decided that John Boehner may not be so bad after all?

Can we all agree that Turkey may be at a real crossroads as new elections loom?

and finally:

Can we all agree that, even in American League cities, the Mets-Cubs National League Championship series will be must see TV.

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