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Luther Burbank said: “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

Tiff says: Except people who have hayfever.

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Ben Affleck said: “If I ever woke up with a dead hooker in my hotel room, Matt would be the first person I’d call.”

Tiff says: Does anyone else find it worrying that he has thought about this and formulated a prioritised list?

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Aristotle Onassis said: “I have no friends and no enemies – only competitors.”

Tiff says: And this is supposed to be a good thing?

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Douglas MacArthur said: “A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.”

Tiff says: Next time I’m in a mangement position, I’ll blame everything that goes wrong on the people below me as well.

Gun control

I love guns. I love shooting.

However, I have trouble figuring out why a person who is not in the army, or any kind of reserve force, would need an assault rifle. Setting aside the lack of huge carnivorous beasts in most towns, even were you to go out hunting huge carnivorous beasts, an assault rifle would probably not be the appropriate weapon.

Assault rifles are for killing lots of people in a short amount of time. That is what they are designed to do; it is their sole purpose and they fulfill it very well.

As has been demonstrated.

President Obama needs to put the following simple proposition before the American people:

One of the two following situations is true:

1. The American people are against schoolchildren being murdered in job lots. Therefore, they will introduce tighter controls on those weapons that make it easy for people to do this. This will include not allowing private citizens to own fully-automatic weapons without a pressing and immediate reason (or at all).

2. The American people do not wish for tighter gun control, and are happy to accept that the murder of job lots of schoolchildren is an inevitable consequence of allowing easy access to fully-automatic weapons. The lives of American schoolchildren are less important than an adult American citizen’s right to own fully-automatic weapons, the sole purpose of which is killing lots of people very quickly.

These are the only options. Of course, a person who is determined enough can obtain an illegal weapon – but the school and workplace shootings that are so common in America are usually done with legal weapons owned by the shooter, or the shooter’s relatives. Restricting the availability of legal fully-automatic weapons would at least mean that it would be more difficult to go on a killing spree on impulse.

Increasing access to free and low cost medical care so that those with mental health needs get the care they require would be an added bonus.

Requiescat in pace.

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Ayn Rand said: “A creative man is motived by the desire to achieve, not the desire to beat others.”

Tiff says: On the other hand, some people definitely deserve a smack.

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Francis Bacon said: “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

Tiff says: Only if they’re made of rice paper.