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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 10/8/16 edition

October 8, 2016

Can we all agree we’re not really that surprised by the latest tape revealing Donald Trump’s attitude toward women?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s non-apology, apology will  become a classic in future public relations manuals?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s comments will easily bury the leaked details of Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches to Wall Street?

Can we all agree, the fact that the speech transcripts were taken from hacked emails, hurts their credibility, but adds to  the US contention that Russia is trying to influence the election?toles6-16-16-0001

Can we all agree Sunday night’s debate is really Mr. Trump’s last, slim chance to show non-supporters that he has anything approaching a presidential temperament?

Can we all agree the latest revelations might derail Mr. Trump’s already derailed new focus on policy?

Can we all agree there was no shortage of outrageous statements this week even before the latest revelations?

Can we all agree that by the end of the week we didn’t even remember fundraising activities by Mr. Trump’s foundation were closed down by the New York Attorney General?

Can we all agree the makers of the Epipen may think their $465 settlement with Medicare is not a guilty finding, but given their previous actions, most folks know they are guilty of something?

Can we all agree 156,000 new jobs may be tepid growth, but at least it’s still growth?

Can we all agree no one really understands the sudden ‘scary clown’ epidemic but school administratrors all over they country have been forced to assure parents that the situation is under control?

Can we all agree it’s good news to see that the Paris climate accord will take effect, despite what the US Congress thinks about global warming?30

Can we all agree it seems Vladimir Putin’s plan to take over Syria while we are occupied with our election seems to be succeeding and the people of Aleppo are paying the price?

Can we all agree it’s hard for the rest of the world to understand how a country can vote against peace, but the Colombian president still deserves the Nobel Peace Prize?

Can we all agree even The NSA seems a little confused about whether they have arrested a spy or just someone who likes to hoard information?

Can we all agree, at this point, no-one even cares what happened at the vice presidential debate earlier this week?

Can we all agree, Yahoo seems to be trying to commit business suicide but agreeing to scan its users’ emails for the government?

Can we all agree, just when you think the President of the Philippines has insulted every world leader, he finds a new way to prove he has no business leading a Democratic country?

Can we all agree we have a few of our own unqualified elected officials?

Can we all agree there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of enthusiasm for Google’s newly announced smart phone?

Can we all agree Fox News’s attempt at humor by stereotyping Asian Americans was disturbing – mainly because no one at the network realized how insulting it was?

and finally, two feel-good stories:

One about a 113 year-old man having his bar mitzvah and another of heart felt appreciation during the most unimaginable tragedy.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 6 -11-16 edition

June 11, 2016

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Can we all agree the real Presidential campaign finally began this week, maybe even last night?

Can we all agree Bernie Sanders’ biggest contribution may be the policy debate he allowed the Democrats to showcase while the GOP compared ‘hand sizes.’

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Can we all agree that Hillary Clinton may have had the best week any politician has ever had in Washington – winning enough delegates to secure the nomination and then accepting endorsements from the President, Vice President and a major opponent?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump had the kind of week that might end the campaigns of other politicians, but his enormous ego manages to keep him afloat. despite his own words?

Can we all agree that, in opposing the release of his video deposition, Mr. Trump has made the world even more eager to see the recording?

Can we all agree the longer Mitt Romney and his supporters hold out some hope of derailing Trump, the more pundits are convinced the Republican party is headed for a November disaster?

Can we all agree that finding someone to run as Mr. Trump’s VP will be a challenge?

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Can we all agree that words cannot express the emotions that well up when another young life is senselessly ended by someone with a gun?

Can we all agree the outrage over the short prison term assessed to a former Stanford athlete would have died down quickly if his father had not published a tone-deaf defense?

Can we all agree the Gawker bankruptcy filing might actually help to tone down the non-news gossip sites which do a disservice to journalists everywhere?

Can we all agree that the political news has overshadowed a major change in the Afghan war strategy?

Can we all agree that Governor Gerry Brown’s decision to seek health insurance for undocumented immigrants. might have been a bigger deal if he weren’t in California?

Can we all agree that the outpouring of emotion for Muhammad Ali may  have been unprecedented for someone who was not a politician?

Can we all agree that Baby Boomers are increasingly gripped by fear as the icons of our youth succumb to life’s final act?

Can we all agree the NRA will surely challenge a Federal Court ruling that carrying a concealed weapon in California is not guaranteed by the Constitution?

Can we all agree the voting results in California should shine a light on the uphill road the GOP is facing as population trends accelerate?

Can we all agree that new revelations about the defense team’s conduct in the OJ Simpson murder trial are not surprising anyone?

Can we all agree the debate over the fate of a gorilla, shot dead at the Cincinnati Zoo, raises fundamental questions about how humans treat the world around us?

Can we all agree that the fate of homeowners in Connecticut resonates with every American who believed homeownership was the key to a happy retirement?

Can we all agree that the producers of the new documentary “A Time to Choose,” probably wish it hadn’t taken two years to make their project a reality, as they watched climate events overtake some parts of their film?

Can we all agree it’s a little difficult to get upset at the Chinese for buzzing a US plane spying on them?

Can we all agree that we are surprised at the upsurge of Chinese crossing the Mexican border to get to the United States?

Meryl Street as Donald Trump (AP photo)

Meryl Street as Donald Trump (AP photo)

Can we all agree, it’s tough to believe a world class tennis player was suspended for two years, because she forgot to check her email?

and finally:

Can we all agree that the highlight of the week has to be Meryl Steep’s impersonation of Donald Trump?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 12/5/15 Edition

December 5, 2015

Can we all agree that it’s already clear that the shootings in San Bernardino will not move  Congress to take any action to control guns?

Can we all agree that it makes little difference to the victims that the FBI will investigate the shootings as terrorism?

Can we all agree that even modest changes, like those being proposed in California will have a tough time standing up to the NRA?

New York Daily News front page this week

New York Daily News front page this week

Can we all agree that no matter how many extra border checks we impose, as long as automatic weapons  and thousands of rounds of ammunition can be purchased legally, we will continue to have one resident murdered every 15 minutes in the US?

Can we all agree that, as Nicholas Kristof said in the New York Times, when it comes to gun control we’re not even trying?

Can we all agree that the sight of a Presidential candidate giving a speech from a gun range the day after a mass shooting is repugnant? What must be going through the minds of the victim’s families?

Can we all agree that it’s a bit startling to see the media being allowed to rummage through the  alleged murderer’s apartment just two days after the shooting?  Was it good journalism?

Can we all agree with the President that enough is enough?

Can we all agree that the addition of 211,000 new jobs is good news, despite what the GOP would have us believe?

Can we all agree that Lamar Smith’s antics as head of the House science committee would be amusing, if he wasn’t dealing with such a serious topic?

Can we all agree that the GOP would rather just embarrass the President than enact meaningful legislation that could help save the planet?

Can we all agree that despite all the speeches, it’s tough to figure out what’s really going on at the climate conference in Paris?

Can we all agree that some of the GOP speeches at the Republican Jewish Coalition were embarrassing? It might be Ben Carson’s swan song.

Can we all agree that allowing women into all combat roles was the logical conclusion to allowing them to serve in the military?

Can we all agree that the Secret Service is now officially a disaster?

Can we all agree that FIFA, soccer’s governing body, may be incapable of any meaningful reform?

Can we al agree that the NFL referees  have been just awful this year? There is no consistency, and phantom calls or clear rule misinterpretations are determining the outcome in too many games.

Rules for covering terrorism

Rules for covering terrorism

Can we all agree that it was surprising to see Congress actually pass a spending bill that will become law? They approved a $300 billion highway spending measure.

Can we all agree that with  a little over 8 weeks until the Iowa caucuses and the GOP race still being described as a free-for all, the party is officially in panic mode?

Can we all agree that Dr. and Mr. Zuckerburg’s decision to give away 99% of their Facebook stock  will probably anger their offspring years from now when they argue about the leftover $500 million?

Can we all agree that the prospect of “Yes, We Have no bananas,” on future breakfast tables is disquieting?

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