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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 2/11/17 edition

February 11, 2017

Can we all agree, no-one believes the immigration raids being conducted around the country are ‘routine,’ as the the federal agency claims?

Can we all agree the GOP knows it has a real problem when the staunchly red voters in California’s Central Valley, start to turn against them?

Can we all agree, in any other administration  National Security chief Michael Flynn’s contact with Russian officials before he took office, would lead to dismissal? It’s doubtful that will happen in the Trump administration.

Can we all agree the impact of Mr. Trump’s lies about voter fraud are being felt by one poor illegal immigrant with a sixth-grade education who is now facing an 8-year prison term for illegal voting?

Can we all agree, the only thing most people will remember about Mr. Trump’s press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister is the uncomfortable extended handshake? Especially since it’s not a Japanese custom.

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump may figure out a new way to impose his travel ban, but he will never admit he made a mistake?

Can we all agree, resistance to the GOP plan to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, finally seems to have had an impact on the GOP. They are literally living in fear.

Can we all agree the President’s son-in-law seems to be the only grown-up in the room when it comes to foreign policy?

Can we all agree our newly installed Education Secretary may have the roughest tenure of all the cabinet appointees?

Can we all agree Hillary Clinton was right, in questioning Mr. Trump’s mental stability and many Senators now seem to get the message?

Can we all agree Chinese leaders have schooled Mr. Trump on international diplomacy?

Can we all agree Kellyanne Conway doesn’t seem to understand what she did wrong in promoting Ivanka Trump’s product line? But she’s just following the lead of her boss.

Can we all agree, it appears the entire Trump family sees the presidency as one big money-making opportunity? Even their lawyers admit it.

Can we all agree, every time Sean Spicer holds a press briefing he looks foolish?  Whether it’s factual mistakes or simple spelling errors he looks like the buffoon Melissa McCarthy portrays on SNL.

Can we all agree, speaking on SNL, it appears Mr. Trump may be wrong about the show, as it enjoys it’s highest ratings in 22 years?

Can we all agree, even foreign countries seems to understand the role of comedy in the new world order?

Can we all agree the only question about Mr. Trump’s approval ratings are, “how low can they go?”

Can we all agree SNL may just be the tip of the iceberg as comedians of all stripes  continue to get under the thin skin of our new leader?

Can we all agree, it was heartening to see the North Carolina legislature put in its place by the courts, and the NCAA?

Can we all agree Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch probably won a few votes this week when he decried Mr. Trump’s tweets about the Federal Court system?

Can we all agree Senator Mitch McConnell my have given the protest movement a new slogan this week, while boosting Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential aspirations?

Can we all agree it’s great to see some House Democrats grow a little backbone and find new ways to challenge the GOP?

Can we all agree, Mr. Obama must have known the new administration would allow construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline?

Can we all agree it’s unfortunate the entire 84-Lumber Super Bowl ad was not aired during the game?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s pre-Super Bowl comments on Fox were another insult to every American and are even confounding his own party? Except maybe the Senate Majority leader…

and finally:

Can we all agree, speaking of the Big Game, it’s not always about football? This week’s good read.



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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 4/30/16 edition

April 30, 2016

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Can we all agree that, effectively, the primary season ended this week when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton posted lopsided wins?

Can we all agree the GOP has a tough demographic battle ahead, unless they change some of their basic party policies?

Can we all agree Trump cannot win a gender battle against Hillary?

Can we all agree that combining California’s liberal reputation with Donald Trump will make the month before the California primary a real circus?

Former Speaker John Boehner at Stanford this week,   (Stanford Daily Photo)

Former Speaker John Boehner at Stanford this week, (Stanford Daily Photo)

Can we all agree that former Speaker John Boehner looked and sounded absolutely thrilled with an opportunity to blast Ted Cruz?

Can we all agree Ted Cruz’s stunt, naming Carley Fiorina as his VP choice, backfired badly because it makes no sense, just like his announced deal with John Kasich to split up the remaining primary states?

Can we all agree Trump’s foreign policy speech this week did not change many minds, supporters thought it was great and opponents say he still has no idea how the world really works?

Can we all agree the bombing of a Doctor’s Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan needs an independent investigation rather than a Pentagon report?

Can we all agree the occupation of Iraq’s parliament proves what most Americans now believe: maybe they needed to have a dictator in charge?

Can we all agree the voter I.D. requirements making their way through the courts do nothing but suppress voting when we should be encouraging everyone to get to the polls?

Can we all agree the GOP message has gotten lost in a torrent of bad headlines from the Koch’s supporting Hillary, to California fundraisers having trouble raising money?

Can we all agree that, if experts are correct,  we may be seeing a major change in teen attitudes toward sex?

Can we all agree when your attorney calls you a ‘little jerk,‘ you have some serious issues to overcome, even if you are a terrorist?

Can we all agree it’s pretty amazing that Dennis Hastert’s past, as a child molester,  did not catch up with him sooner?

Can we all agree that while most of the stock market seem panicked by Apple’s recent sales report, it might be wise to wait a bit before selling all your stock?

Can we all agree, speaking of Apple., the FBI iPhone hack may not be a real bargain, if it won’t work with the next generation iPhone, due out in the Fall?

Can we all agree that sending more combat troops to Syria reminds too many baby boomers of our slow descent into the Viet Nam War?

Can we all agree that the economy might not be in the best shape but it’s still pretty far from the disaster some politicians claim?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

And finally:

Can we all agree the court decision reinstating Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension had little to do with the original allegations, but was simply a verdict concerning labor law?




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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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Can We All Agree – 5/17/15 Edition

May 17, 2015

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Can we all agree that any journalist (George Stephanopoulos) who donates to anything associated with a politician, doesn’t understand his job?

Can we all agree that Tom Brady has already been convicted of cheating in the court of public opinion, now he’s just trying to play in a few more games?

Can we all agree that for the second time in two weeks we have lost a true prince of the arts? This time it was B.B. King.



Can we all agree that Jeb Bush had a pretty bad week of campaigning?

Can we all agree that we’re not surprised that even Democrats wanted a say in any deal with Iran?

Can we all agree that when an auction house can sell over $1 billion in art in one week, you can’t help wondering if there was a better use for the money?

Can we all agree that when California Governor Jerry Brown tells critics of his water tunnel plan to ‘shut up,’ he’s not really adding to the political discourse?

Can we all agree that we are disappointed on so many levels that President Obama allowed an oil company to begin drilling in the Arctic?

Can we all agree that Seymour Hersh’s revelations about the raid on the Bin Laden compound, is worth one big yawn?

Can we all agree that when the new leader of Saudi Arabia refuses to come to Washington to meet with the President we have a problem?

Can we all agree that no-one is disappointed that American Idol will end after one more season?

Can we all agree that Verizon’s decision to buy AOL is testament to how great a salesman Tim Armstrong is?

Can we all agree that despite the tragic loss of life in this week’s Amtrak crash, the GOP has no intention of giving them more money for safety, or anything else?

Can we all agree that after The President’s trade bill was defeated one day and passed the next, we’re a little confused?

Can we all agree that if the Republicans in the House could quit taking votes on issues that have no chance of becoming law, they might actually get some credit for getting some things done?


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Can We All Agree – 4/11/15 Edition

April 11, 2015

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Can we all agree that, whether you support her or not, Hillary’s expected announcement tomorrow is the starting gun for the 2016 race to the White House?

Lauren Hill

Lauren Hill

Can we all agree that despite her death this week, Lauren Hill was a remarkable young woman?

Can we all agree that Ayatollah Khamenei’s criticism  of the proposed outline for a nuclear deal, was really meant for internal consumption?

Can we all agree that Rolling Stone’s response to the blistering report on their handling of the now discredited rape story at UVA, was a black eye for journalists everywhere?

Can we all agree that Sara Brady will be missed by everyone who feels there are too many guns in the United States?

Can we all agree that Rand Paul’s presidential campaign is off to a horrendous start with everyone in the media?

Can we all agree that Jeb Bush is not Hispanic?

Can we all agree that Apple made the right decision to allow construction workers with felony convictions, to work on the new headquarters?

Can we all agree that, at the very least, California farmers should be pushed to grow crops that don’t require excessive amounts of water in a near desert environment?

Can we all agree that police will now have to learn to live with a higher level of scrutiny than ever before?

Can we all agree that the culture wars are alive and well in the United States as some states impose ridiculous restrictions on abortions?

CCF18IHW4AIqCC7Can we all agree that there is considerable doubt that a Massachusetts jury will impose the death sentence on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

Can we all agree that while the White House mockery off Benjamin Netanyahu was pretty funny, it may not have been not politically correct?

Can We all agree that seeing Tiger Woods playing competitive golf again, is good for the sport?

Can we wall agree that two Presidents shaking hands is a good next step in normalizing relations with Cuba? I’m sure there will be  GOP outcry when Cuba is removed from the list of countries supporting terrorism, but that is the next step.

Can we all agree that PGE may never pay the $1.6 billion fine imposed by California?




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