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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 10/14/17 edition

October 14, 2017

Can we all agree, most of us will never know the fear faced by Northern California residents, forced to evacuate by a week of uncontrolled wild fires?

Can we all agree, long after the fires are over the stories of bravery love and compassion will stand out?

Can we all agree, it will be interesting to see if The President dares to tour Northern California after the fires are contained? Hint: I doubt he  would  be welcomed.

Fire Damage in Santa Rosa, CA. (Press Democrat photo)

Fire Damage in Santa Rosa, CA. (Press Democrat photo)

Can we all agree, you could argue, the human race is being punished for its own ignorance with, 10 hurricanes in 10 weeks, firestorms and now plague?

Can we all agree, nothing Chief of Staff John Kelly can say will take the sting out of Mr. Trump’s warning to Puerto Rico? And his public relations videos will not help  as the Republicans try to convince Latino voters that they even care.

Can we all agree, Trump’s war on the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with helping Americans but is a reflection of his administration’s goal to erase anything Barack Obama accomplished?

A bit of whimsey in Downtown Sonoma.

A bit of whimsey in Downtown Sonoma. General Vallejo gets some love.

Can we all agree, there is significant evidence that Trump knows the effort to end the ACA may fail and that it’s just a negotiation tactic with congress?

Can we all agree, it’s the same  strategy he’s using to trade a border wall for new DACA regulations?

Can we all agree, Trump’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal is a similar negotiating ploy that will not work?

Can we all agree, the GOP is facing a crises that no one, except maybe Hillary Clinton, could have predicted last November?

Can we all agree, the unification of Hamas and Fatah was a necessary first step toward some kind of peace with Israel?

Can we all agree, only a group of angry Trump supporters, would try to waste taxpayer money by impeaching California Governor Jerry Brown, who has just a year left in office?

Can we all agree, California Senator Diane Feinstein, is out of step with many of her constituents and could lose a Democratic primary to a younger and stronger Democratic candidate?

Can we all agree, the return of a Canadian/American family from 5 years of captivity has more twists and turns than the average spy novel?

Can we all agree, its not whether Hollywood has a ‘casting couch’ problem, but what they will do about it?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump has no idea how the First Amendment, or the FCC really work?

Can we all agree, the Dutch just know how to entertain and criticize simultaneously? Eminem, well, he knows how to criticize. But these middle school students top them all.

Can we all agree, Facebook’s Mark Zukerberg, really needs someone on his staff to tell him when he has stupid idea?

Can we all agree, the idea that a black man, who was attacked by a gang of thugs in Charlottesville, is now being charged with a crime, is a bit hard to understand?

Can we all agree, the failure of the US mens team to qualify for the World Cup,  means a big financial hit fior Fox Sports who paid millions for the TV rights in the US?

Can we all agree the Mensa sponsored I.Q. face-off between the Secretary of State and The President would be ‘must see’ TV?

Can we all agree, Trump has beaten the NFL in the PR battle over players taking a knee during the national anthem? It’s also a convenient way for Trump to avoid another embarrassing photo op with a sports champion.

Can we all agree, Catalonia has lost its battle for independence, now that its leader can’t seem to figure out what he wants?

Can we all agree, if Melania Trump had just ignored Ivanka Trump no one would have questioned who was the First Lady?

Can we all agree, the only thing that Mr. Trump’s dispute with Senator Robert Corker shows is that even the GOP knows Mr. Trump is unstable?

Can we all agree, Vice President Mike Pence’s stunt – protesting pro football protests – just shows how morally bankrupt the administration is?

Can we all agree, EPA chief Mike Pruitt created a clear and present danger by rejecting the Obama administration’s clean air regulations?

Can we all agree, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has the biggest ego outside the White House?

and finally:

There are some spots in Northern California to escape the air pollution.

And more NFL players warn parents about letting their children play football.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 1/28/17 edition

January 28, 2017

Can we all agree: Happy 99th birthday to my Aunt Sylvia.

Can we all agree, with one stroke of the pen Donald Trump’s has made a mockery of both the Statue of Liberty and the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion? It didn’t take long for someone to challenge the new rule.

Can we all agree the Republican party may  be just as appalled at Donald Trump as the rest of us, but they have no idea what to do about it?

Can we all agree, watching Mr. Trump’s press conference with British leader Theresa May did nothing to bolster our confidence that he has a clue about international relations, beyond his own personal businesses?

Can we all agree, the GOP seems to have a sudden case of budget amnesia about the $10 trillion budget deficit they are about to create?

Can we all agree the first lawsuit against the Trump administration, is just the first attempt to make his tax returns public, and may be the first step toward impeachment? Expect many more.

Can we all agree the signs held by protestors at the Women’s March last weekend may have been the best part of the event?

Can we all agree the fact that the protest so enraged the President that he continues to lie about the size of the crowd, just makes it more satisfying?

Can we all agree the women’s march was the most impressive protest we’ve seen since the 60’s?

Can we all agree, it will be tough to maintain the movement’s momentum since there is no real leader, but as long as Mr. Trump continues to alienate the majority that opposed his election,  it will have legs, as they say.

Can we all agree California Governor Jerry Brown will not be the last public official to oppose Mr. Trump on climate change and sanctuary cities.

Can we all agree the idea of building a wall on the Mexican border was great for the campaign trail but it has nothing to do with border security.

Can we all agree putting pressure on department heads and forcing resignations is not the best way to run the government?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s open lies are just one more symptom of his personality disorder?

Can we all agree the Mexican President was right to cancel his visit to the US?

Can we all agree it’s tough to have a war with the media if they don’t fight back? But I doubt they will just ‘shut up.’

Can we all agree that backing torture as an interrogation technique puts our country in the same classification as the dictators and despots we have fought for decades?

Can we all agree the Dutch takedown of Mr. Trump is among the funniest to pop up on the internet?

Can we all agree, no-one is surprised James Comey will be retained as FBI chief, now that he’s a trusted campaign aide?

Can we all agree, the thought of an American president sending troops to a major city, reminds us of the desegregation era we all thought had ended?

Can we all agree, the President’s preoccupation with non-existent voter fraud just undermines our Democracy?

Can we all agree, attempts to gag every federal employee will not be successful and this administration will face withering internal criticism from leaks? The fact that the employees will have the First Amendment on their side will make it tougher for Mr. Trump to defend his position.

Can we all agree the Keystone Pipeline is not the path to energy independence?

Can we all agree, it will be interesting to see which Democrat calls Mr. Trump a liar as he is addressing them in February?

Can we all agree, the British parliament, should admit they have made a mistake and refuse to approve whatever Brexit plan Theresa May submits to them?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump obviously gave Israel at least tacit approval to expand their West Bank settlements?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to realize that the Holocaust Memorial is meant to honor the millions of Jews exterminated by the Nazis?

Can we all agree there is no doubt Mr. Trump has no idea what abandoning the TPP will do to relations in the Far East?

Can we all agree most other politicians would have offered at least some kind words of support for tornado victims, but apparently Mr. Trump, didn’t notice the event?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump must be happy Alec Baldwin gave him a week off from SNL?

Can we all agree, it’s a bit late for the New York Times to decide they’ve been too leniet with their coverage of Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree that Syria is now just a Russian outpost in the Middle East?

Can we all agree it may not be too long before our Congress starts to look like the one in Turkey?

Can we all agree, rumors that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is contemplating a political career is just one more example of the strange, strange world created by Mr. Trump?

And this week’s good read involves a Trump supporter and a $450 tip.

and finally – a farewell to Mary Tyler Moore, who was so much more than just another TV star.

 

 

 

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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?

or

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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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 5/28/16 edition

May 28, 2016

Can we all agree, The President was right to visit Hiroshima?

Can we all agree, that despite the GOP’s attempts at doom and gloom, the economy seems to be recovering pretty well?

Can we all agree all those young people living at home may not be a function of the economy? Maybe they just want to be home.

The President at the Hiroshima Memorial, (NY Times photo)

The President at the Hiroshima Memorial, (NY Times photo)

Can we all agree it’s just thrilling to know Donald Trump has officially won enough delegates to be the Republican nominee for President?

Can we all agree that Marco Rubio apparently thinks Mr. Trump will help him in his next career?

Can we all agree no matter how many dumb policy statements he utters, missteps he makes, or politicians in his own party he attacks no-one seems to have handle on what Donald Trump would actually be able to do as President?

Can we all agree that his latest statements on the California drought should automatically disqualify him from the race?

Can we all agree, despite the qualifiers, Hilary Clinton’s email server may be causing her problems on inauguration day in January?

Can we all agree if Bernie Sanders and Hillary are neck and neck in California this week, he will probably pull ahead over the next  10 days?

Can we all agree that selling arms to Viet Nam is a policy shift many Baby Boomers, who fought in that country, never thought they would see?

Can we all agree President Obama probably wanted Texas and 10 other states to sue him over the LGBT bathroom rules, so  it will keep the issue in the news through the elections?

Can we all agree, the Republicans have no idea how to deal with the LGBT issue and now it has led them to defeat their own spending bill?

Can we all agree that new findings suggest we may be dealing with a major health problem in the years ahead, unless manufacturers figure out a better way to protect us from our cell phones?

Can we all agree the medical news about antibiotic resistant bacteria was predicted years ago?

Can we all agree, California’s so-called bullet train between LA and San Francisco looks more and more unlikely to be completed?

Can we all agree it’s very sad to see the potential end of the Persian rug business?

Can we all agree, at least one new Harvard grad, already has number of job offers, after this speech at graduation?

Can we all agree, despite assurances, we’d all be a bit hesitant to try the latest Whole Foods delicacy being sold in Florida?

Can we all agree that, if it stabilizes the world economy, $50/barrel oil may not be so bad in the long run?

Can we all agree, the problems at Baylor University, probably go even deeper than what’s been made public?

Can we all agree the Obama’s new home in Washington DC may be a step up from the White House, except for the level of service?

Can we all agree this could be the most heartbreaking story of the week?

Can we all agree that Louisiana’s new “Blue Lives Matter” legislation is totally unnecessary?

Can we all agree we’re not surprised that North Korea may have been behind the digital theft at world banks?

Can we all agree, equating veterans waiting for medical care to waiting in line at Disneyland, is just unforgivable?

Can we all agree linking the obesity epidemic to the drop in smoking levels is absurd on its face?

Can we all agree the NFL has once again shown itself to be incapable of facing the truth about concussions?

Can we all agree the TSA might be the worst run federal agency in the United States?

Can we all agree Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has become the face of Silicon Valley excess?

Can we all agree that voting in Austria is a warning to us about Donald Trump?

Can we all agree  Trump’s tax returns must be quite embarrassing if he still won’t release them despite pressure from his own party?

And finally:

Can we all agree, one way to get rid of accidents may not be to  simply stop using the word?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 5/21/16 edition

May 21, 2016

Can we all agree Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech at the University of California should be a must read for all new graduates?

Sheryl Sandberg speaks to Cal graduates. (SF Chronicle Photo)

Sheryl Sandberg speaks to Cal graduates. (SF Chronicle Photo)

Can we all agree that only Donald Trump could make a plane crash a political event?

Can we all agree Donald Trump didn’t really have to say anything to win over the NRA, but that didn’t stop him?

Can we all agree that 5 months before the election and two months before the party conventions, is way too early to predict who has been damaged more by the primary campaigns?

Can we all agree that Bernie Sanders is sounding a lot like Donald Trump, after his supporters disrupted the Nevada delegate selection process?

Can we all agree that Trump’s proposed nominees to the Supreme Court are nothing more than a show to placate conservative republicans?

Can we all agree those same conservatives must be really important if they have Mark Zuckerberg looking for their approval?

Can we all agree that Megyn Kelly’s interview with Donald Trump did more damage to her reputation than to his?

Can we all agree that Google’s flypaper patent to prevent injuries to pedestrians from their self-driving car, may be be the strangest idea of the week?

Can we all agree the Oklahoma governor deserves tremendous credit for vetoing a bill that would make any abortion procedure a felony?

Can we all agree that extending overtime pay to workers making $47,600 will give a number of folks an immediate pay boost?

Can we all agree there may not be anything more terrifying than killer bees in your back yard?

Can we all agree the latest Olympic doping scandal is just one more reason to avoid this summer’s Olympic Games?

Can we all agree that 7 consecutive months of the warmest weather on record equals global warming?

Can we all agree the failure of Burlington College in Vermont reflects very poorly of the leadership of its former president Jane Sanders, wife of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders?

Can we all agree the Supreme Court has now become a mediation service, because it can’t decide cases with only 8 justices?

Can we all agree that spending $7 million to investigate what happened in Benghazi is a tremendous waste of taxpayer money?

Can we all agree that, except for a few feature films, there is probably no reason for anyone over the age of 14 to go to the movies this summer?

Can we all agree the latest report on genetically modified foods is irrelevant to the debate over whether they should be labelled?  Even the report writers admit it.

Can we all agree the Senate bill allowing people to sue the Saudi government over the 9/11 attacks is another example of pandering to conspiracy theorists?

Can we all agree the FDA’s new label requirements will only work if people read them?

Can we all agree it’s not surprising Congress has once again tied itself into knots over a measure to protect LGBT rights?

Can we all agree that it’s tough to figure out how the United States Attorney General has any standing to sue the Russians over their illegal doping of Olympic athletes?

Is California water crises over?

Is the California water crises over?

Can we all agree that while California has suspended state-wide water restrictions, most Californians will continue to conserve water?

Can we all agree Congress probably has no idea what will happen when they pass a new act to reform the nation’s toxic chemical regulations?

Can we all agree the last thing this country needs is a cheese glut?

and finally:

Can we all agree Mr. Ed’s sidekick will be remembered fondly by all his baby boomer fans? “Willllburrrrr?”

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