The problem I have with Wil’s statement (and I want it known that I have tremendous affection and respect for him, but we disagree here) is this: Yes. The AR-15 exists to take human lives. And that is the point of the Second Amendment that those who favor gun control do not appreciate (or are willing to forego). The Second Amendment exists, not so that we may protect our homes and families from law breakers, but so that we may protect them from THE GOVERNMENT, should it become tyrannical. To that end, every individual citizen should have a right to own any type of weapon the military has.
I’m just pointing that out, because I don’t think people think this all the way through when they make their arguments for or against gun control.
Best picture I’ve seen on #LAX weapon. Appears to confirm reports of AR-15. Looks like short barrel collapsible stock - @Uljua
Of course it was an AR-15, because the only reason that fucking gun exists is to KILL HUMAN BEINGS. There is no other reason for a private citizen to own that goddamn gun.
Fuck the NRA.
ALL HALLOWS’ READ
Celebrate Neil Gaiman’s Halloween tradition by sharing the scare! This holiday season, give the gift of horror lit to friends, family, neighbors, and random people passing you on the street!
To commemorate All Hallows’ Read 2013, Black Phoenix Trading Post has conspired with Neil Gaiman and Neverwear to create this ghastly bottle stand. Featuring the graves of three of horror’s greatest and equipped to house three BPAL bottles, this is a must for every literature-lover’s macabre mantelpiece!
The idea of it is incredibly simple this Halloween give somebody a scary book, to read. That’s the idea.
We’re not saying don’t give candy, candy is important, fake blood is important, Zombie teeth are incredibly important… Err do they have Zombie teeth? If they have Zombie Teeth they would be incredibly important.
The point is, give somebody a scary book. Give kids scary books that kids would like. Give adults scary books that adults would like. If you have friends give them scary book that friends would like.
Buy scary books for them, borrow scary books for them. Get them second hand. Check them out of the library…
Spread the joy… and the terror.
Also available, an All Hallows’ Read scent by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab —
ALL HALLOWS’ APPLE
Fallen apples, grave moss, autumn leaves, and upturned earth.
Both the All Hallows’ Read Bottle Graveyard and All Hallows’ Apple are available at Black Phoenix Trading Post!
Proceeds from the sale of the All Hallows’ Read Bottle Graveyard and All Hallows’ Apple benefit the CBLDF!
Label artwork by Sean Von Gorman! Bookmarks with his adorable Trick or Treat illustration are available at Neverwear!
All Hallows’ Read Bottle Graveyard sculpted by Michael Locascio!
Please visit Neverwear for more All Hallows’ Read goodness!
For more information, please visit:
ALL HALLOWS’ READ
BLACK PHOENIX TRADING POST
BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LAB
A million thanks and ALL OUR LOVE to Neil Gaiman and Cat Mihos for making this project possible!
I would like everyone to know that the teachers in the English Dept at Alamogordo HS do not agree with the knee jerk reaction of pulling Neverwhere from the Dept. library. It has been successful as a supplemental novel and since our goal is to get students engaged and encourage their thinking, this novel is a keeper — the students love it. The passage the parent is referring to is not graphic, but it is an adult type situation…a very briefly visited one.
I am sorry our school administrators did not stand up and support the material the way we all would have expected them to do. Also, as much as we hate to expose anyone for not speaking the truth, this parent had publicly stated that the school was “forcing” her student to read the novel (not true), and she also stated that the school never offered her daughter an alternate selection when she objected to Neverwhere. This statement is one that we will vehemently deny. The mother is stating inaccurate comments publicly. I work with the teacher in question – a very capable and intelligent young woman that is an asset to the English Dept.- and she immediately provided an alternate novel to the student as soon as the mother made the first known objection to Gaiman’s novel.
We simply cannot stand for banning a book for hundreds of students this year and in the years to come because a single parent objected over one brief passage on ONE page. Making inaccurate comments about the teacher (whom the parent chose not to even meet, but publicly disrespected her and questioned her credentials in spite of that), saying we forced anyone to read a text she objected to, or stating that no alternative assignment was offered is absolutely false. Teachers are sensitive to the needs of their students.
Our students have enjoyed Gaiman’s novel for almost ten years, and it saddens us to think that our future students will not have the same opportunity.
The teachers in the English Dept are opposed to any form of censorship. This situation is being handled incorrectly, it makes our school and our town appear as if we are fine with suspending the use of a book that is used by middle and high schools across the country and around the globe. We are not fine with it, and we want people to know that."
Okay, I admit to laughing while making this one.
Today Valve revealed details for its very own gamepad — a controller designed to work with the company’s Steam Box console. The announcement is the third and final from Valve this week: on Monday the company revealed SteamOS, its Linux-powered operating system, and on Wednesday it detailed a hardware beta program for its console concept dubbed Steam Machines. The controller announcement was teased on Wednesday, with Valve stating that “we have some more to say very soon on the topic of input.”
The Steam Box should have Microsoft worried