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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 6/25/16 edition

June 25, 2016

Can we all agree, the long term impact of the Brexit vote is probably somewhere between the doom and gloom of the economists and the euphoric reaction of Donald Trump?

Can we all agree that only Mr. Trump could put it in context by telling us how good it will be for his Scottish golf course?

Can we all agree with the members of the major EU members: If the separation must happen it should be done quickly?

Can we all agree that it probably won’t have much impact on the election in the United States? There’s a big difference between leaving a political union and electing a racist egomaniac – more likely it will serve as a warning to Americans.

Bedlam in the US House. (AP photo)

Bedlam in the US House. (AP photo)

Can we all agree House Speaker Paul Ryan is probably wondering what he has to do toy get some headlines for any of his GOP platform plans?

Can we all agree the Democrat’s sit-in was the best social media  event of the political season?

Can we all agree the Democrats may not have won any votes on gun control measures but they have succeeded in framing the conversation and putting pressure on the GOP?

Can we all agree that Connecticut’s law limiting gun possession may become the template for other states now that the Supreme Court has upheld it?

Can we all agree the battle over California’s gun-control ballot measure will add some interest to the fall election?

Can we all agree this week’s New Yorker article may be the definitive look at guns in America? And if you don’t have time to read it catch Terry Gross’s interview with the author.

Can we all agree that George Lucas will have to make some changes in his approach if he wants to build a museum for his Star Wars art? Two cities have now rejected his initial plans.

Can we all agree the last thing the Brazil Olympics needed was a suspension of their drug testing laboratory?

Can we all agree it seems the list of athletes who will not be going to the Rio Olympics may be longer the list of who will be attending?

Can we all agree The GOP glee over the Supreme Court’s non-decision on the President’s immigration plan will be short lived if it costs them the Senate and the Presidency this fall?

Can we all agree that Bernie Sanders has pretty much lost all the leverage he thought he had over Hillary Clinton and the platform committee?

Can we all agree VW’s rumored $10b settlement with owners of diesel cars may be a bargain if it at least puts the issue to bed?

Can we all agree the wildfire burning east of Los Angeles could be the most serious fire no-one is paying attention to?

Can we all agree the owners of Justin Wines may have done everything growers should not do when they want to expand their vineyards?

Can we all agree it’s good to know the Marines finally got it right when they tracked down the real participants in the famous flag raising photo of Iwo Jima?

Can we all agree that, as far as the  Baltimore police are concerned, a ‘not guilty’ verdict does not mean the officers did not bear some responsibility for what happened to Freddie Gray.

Can we all agree we’re not  sure what the Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action really means?

Can we all agree the pilots of the plane which rescued two ill workers from the South Pole are worthy heroes of the week?

Can we all agree it will take public pressure to regulate the fracking industry now that the Supreme Court has delayed the EPA plan to regulate the use of public lands?

Can we all agree that, while it’s hard to believe, Mr. Trump hit a new low this week  in his pandering speech to Evangelicals ?

Can we all agree that the closing of the investigation into the 1964 murder of three Civil Rights workers is a sad end to an embarrassing chapter of American History?

Lebron James: NBA finals MVP but he won't be going to Rio Olympics.

Lebron James: NBA finals MVP but he won’t be going to Rio Olympics.

Can we all agree most of us never dreamed we would hear that the energy produced by California’s sooner-to-be-closed Diablo Canyon Nuclear plant could be replaced by alternative energy sources?

Can we all agree LeBron James deserved the MVP trophy in this year’s NBA finals series?

Can we all agree the USGA deserves all the scorn they have received for their mind-boggling decision in last weekend’s US Open Championship?

Can we all agree that Hillary Clinton is learning what GOP rivals learned the hard way: No matter what you say or do it’s difficult to keep Mr. Trump out of the headlines even if it’s because of  lies, bizarre interviews or  incompetence?

Can we all agree that Venezuela should now be considered a failed state?

and finally:

Can we all agree the courage of the rape victim in this story is remarkable?

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

April 16, 2016

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Can we all agree that Pope Francis has, once again, shown that his actions speak much louder than anything he could possibly say to the nations of Western Europe?

Can we all agree Bernie Sanders’ sarcasm did not play well at this week’s Democratic debate with Hillary Clinton?

Can we all agree that while the Warriors 73-win NBA record is more impressive, Kobe Bryant’s final game was better TV?

Kobe Bryant (USA Today photo)

Kobe Bryant (USA Today photo)

Can we all agree that while most Americans have no idea why Tax Day was moved to Monday, we’ll take the extra weekend?

Can we all agree that Brazil has picked the wrong time to devolve into political chaos?

Can we all agree that the proposed desert concert including Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters  would be a site to behold? Average age of attendees might be over 60, but it would be a great time.

Can we all agree, the thought of getting a refund from a hospital is pretty remarkable?

Can we all agree that the resignation of the University of California provost is just the first domino to fall in the wake of sexual harassment investigations going on at the school?

Can we all agree, the George Lucas Museum has become a public relations nightmare for both cities where it was supposed to be built?

Can we all agree North Korea’s attempts to develop a missile capable of hitting the US would be pretty funny, if they weren’t talking about a nuclear warhead?

Can we all agree that Microsoft’s lawsuit, asking the government to allow them to notify people whose phone records are being sought, seems pretty reasonable?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump’s speech on Joe Paterno was  this week’s political highlight? Although the fact that his own children will not be able to vote for him was an honorable mention.

Can we all agree that UC Davis’s attempts to scrub mentions of their pepper spray incident from the internet, reveals a real disagreement about priorities?

Can we all agree that Russian jets buzzing US warships makes no sense no matter how you view it?

Can we all agree that Justin Trudeau continues to be a great example of leadership?

Can we all agree the Chicago Police Department appears to have some serious issues to confront?

Can we all agree the spread of the Zika virus creates a true dilemma for any woman who wants to have a baby?

Can we all agree that we were all surprised this week by two court decisions – one  giving the so called affluenza teen a two-year prison term and another granting a pardon to Manson family member Lesley Van Houten?

Can we all agree, speaking of justice, that California politicians gave the legal system a huge black eye by paroling a prominent politician’s son?

Can we all agree we never knew banks had living wills and that they might endanger the economy?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump will have to win the GOP nomination on the first ballot or his bid will end in Cleveland?

Can we all agree, no-one is surprised to find out the government just paid someone to hack into an iPhone? We would all love to know what they paid.

Can we all agree that the GOP’s activist government style seems to create a headline every day. This week was Kentucky and Tennessee.

Can we all agree Florida Governor Rick Scott would have been better off ignoring a heckler rather than taking out an attack ad to respond?imrs.php

Can we all agree that no-one seems to believe Paul Ryan when he says he would not accept the GOP nomination for President?

Can we all agree that with the new forever stamps, most people never noticed the cost of sending a first class letter dropped by 2 cents? Of course, no one under 30 even sends a real letter anyway.

Can we all agree that John Kerry’s visit to the Hiroshima memorial will do little to dampen the GOP criticism of the President when he visits, as expected, later this year?

Can we all agree we are happy to know the wild tiger population is on the rise?

And finally:

Can we all agree it’s nice that chip technology on credit cards has made them safer, but it has done nothing to speed up the checkout line at the local supermarket?


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