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The U.S. to Iran: Sounds oddly like an unarmed British police officer

Now, because of apparent evidence Iran was behind missile attacks on Saudi oil fields, the administration wants new tough and meaningful sanctions. This is like telling a teenager that, even though you’ve already suspended his allowance, you’re now going to start doing it with feeling.
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A lighthearted look at the news of the day:

The last time the Trump administration put sanctions on Iran, officials said they were tough and meaningful. Now, because of apparent evidence Iran was behind missile attacks on Saudi oil fields, the administration wants new tough and meaningful sanctions. This is like telling a teenager that, even though you’ve already suspended his allowance, you’re now going to start doing it with feeling.

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Iranian diplomacy reminds me of the late Robin Williams, who once said the best an unarmed police officer in England can do is yell, “Stop! Or I’ll say ‘stop’ again!”

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Everybody complains about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it, a well-known 19th century author once said. Too bad he never thought of getting kids to leave school for a climate strike.

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Thousands of U.S. students left school last week to protest climate change. I feel sorry for the ones who got stuck in the rain.

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Scientists say there are now 2.9 billion fewer birds in the U.S. and Canada than 50 year ago. This is a serious problem that could have long-term ramifications for the environment. It also raises a question. Could there be a worse job than that of a bird counter? “Rats! Did I already count that one?”

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Six storms were lined up in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans last week, leading one Hurricane Center forecaster to tweet, “they are forming like roaches out there.” I know officials often have a hard time getting people to evacuate ahead of storms, but I think this forecaster has solved the problem. Tell people a storm of roaches is coming and see how fast they go.

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Workers were inflating a bounce house in Draper when the wind picked it up and sent it into power lines, knocking out electricity in the area. No word yet on whether the bounce house will be recast as a zap house.