Black, bitter, and full of spite.
This past year, Jeffrey Johnson was killed outside of the Empire States building. He had a gun and shot his former employer. Two police officers shot and killed Johnson.
Two New York City police officers, trained in small arms shooting wounded 9 innocent bystanders.
We’re talking about two men trained to think fast in a stressful situation firing in a open, urban space.
Now imagine, a teacher who is overworked, underpaid, has no personal time, nor the time or money to be trained in tactical small arms use with a gun in classroom with 30 students.
The answer to prevent school shootings is not guns in schools.
The NRA just gave a press conference today trying to explain the horror that happened in Newtown, Ct. that ended up with 20 dead children. We’re talking first-graders.
We’ve reached that point.
I guess we know how many people it takes to get killed to have a conversation about gun regulations. A shot senator didn’t cut it. A movie theater full of men, women and children, didn’t cut it. A white supremacist shooting a Sikh temple of worship didn’t do it. It took a school full of little kids and their poor unfortunate 6 teachers who gave their lives, to start a real discussion on guns.
This is horrifying. This is awful. And not a goddamn thing is going to happen. Not one fucking thing.
Politicians are going to try and initiate legislation. That legislation will probably die off or be forgotten. Gun owners are going to toss around the 2nd amendment like a football. People are going to talk of mental health access, armed teachers, armed guards, armed children, and more guns guns guns.
The NRA are going to fall back and blame video games, politics, music, movies and use the same rhetoric that guns don’t kill people, people do. Folks are going to quote Heston. We’re going to talk about gun access, gun registration, legal guns, illegal guns, and on the wayside forget about 20 dead kids. We already forget the numerous children killed overseas by our guns and by American hands. But you know, that’s too far away. It’s only until it happens here that we cans start a conversation.
Fuck that. Guns do kill people. They’ve been killing people for hundreds of years. Guns kill their owners. Guns erroneously go off. Guns intimidate, maim, destroy, and obviously they kill. I believe in arming yourself and protecting yourself, but it’s naive to think that guns don’t kill people. It’s even worse when the head of the NRA blames everything but.
We are a destructive race. We kill each other. We kill each other for the most petty reasons. It is a way of life.
I don’t think we can ever prevent another mass shooting in America. It’s as common as apple pie. It happens every few months. We’ll talk about it, go through the cycle of how this shit that shit should change. The politics, the unmovable gun lobby, the left, the right, etc. will be talked until we’re blue…but ultimately there is no solution.
It’s not going to end. This is going to happen all the time now.
We’ve reached that point :(
The Creators of NYC: Tattoo Artist Virginia Elwood
Josh Wool spent a decade as an executive chef, opening restaurants across the south. But all that changed in 2010, when the carpal tunnel in his hands meant he could no longer work. To keep from going stir crazy, he picked up a camera and found his next calling. Two years, thousands of portraits, and a move to New York later, Wool is documenting the people who inspire him on a daily basis. Welcome to Creators of NYC.
Tattoo artist Virginia Elwood has been plying her craft for the last 12 years and has made a name for herself at New York Adorned as one of the top talents in the industry. I first saw her work several years ago, and I bumped into her on the G train in Brooklyn shortly after I arrived in New York. After almost a year of exchanging emails, we finally sat down in her Carrol Gardens home.
When did you figure out that tattoo art could be an actual career?
When I was a little kid, I remember wanting to be either a scientist, a ballerina, or a garbage man. I don’t think I had a definition or reference for “art as a career.” I set out on my own at a really young age and drifted from one random job to the next … a career in fine arts was not a realistic or practical goal at that time. The idea that a person could actually get paid to draw didn’t occur to me until I fell head over heals for tattoos as a teenager in the 90s.
I’ve gotten work from Virginia and she is A+! This is a great interview and awesome photos. Go Virginia!
This is going to be long.
Basically, I had a nightmare eBayer. I sell video games when I’m done playing with them. I’ve gotten more money then selling them back to GameStop, so it’s become pretty routine. I also love eBay. I’ve been using it since ‘99 to sell records and buy dumb stuff, so it’s amazing until you have the psycho eBayer from hell that I sold a game to. I told the winner of the auction that there would be a delay in shipping the game due to Thanksgiving. I was traveling the day she won and wouldn’t be able to ship it for a week. When I got back I sent it off right after work.
Even more so, I think it’s incredible that this woman was pissed cause she didn’t get the video game due to Hurricane Sandy. USPS was and is still currently delayed. People LOST their lives, loved ones, possessions and homes. How can people be so shitty?
Here’s the story in email form:
Did you ship my game out Priority today? If so, I’d like the tracking number. If not, please ship by tomorrow, as I’ve already waited a week.
Sorry for the delay. Here’s the tracking number: (Delivery Confirmation)
Are you sure this is the correct tracking number? I tried plugging those
numbers into the track and confirm on USPS.com and I got an error message
saying delivery information is not available through their site. I’ve never gotten a message like that from a tracking number before. It’s not even showing acceptance which makes no sense.
I sent you a delivery confirmation tracking number. The package was sent two days ago on Tuesday evening. You should be receiving it today or tomorrow.
Express mail shipping shows point-by-point tracking number. Delivery confirmation, certified mail, and registered mail shows when mail goes out for delivery. You can verify this information in the text beside the track and confirm tool on the usps website.
I’ve gotten that message before both as a sender and receiver.
Contact me if you don’t get anything by Saturday.
This is where the buyer becomes hypothetical sister of Jay-Z, named Cray.
I didn’t need a trite break down of the step by step process for tracking and confirming. In case you didn’t notice, I’m both a buyer and a seller here. Everything I ship is sent PRIORITY, so I do have A LOT of experience in this department. And no, I’ve never seen that type of error message before which led me to believe it’s invalid. And after two days a Priority package should have at least one update, this isn’t even showing up in the system. As I’ve said, I have a lot of experience in this area. If I do not receive the package by Saturday I will be contacting someone, but it won’t be you. I don’t appreciate your dumbed down response or your dictating to me when I may or may not contact you about my item.
- You aren’t sorry or you would have messaged me first to see if it arrived or apologize and promise to contact USPS by phone if you knew it didn’t. If you knew the storm was causing delays you should have shipped sooner and mentioned this.
>eBay considers delivery confirmation as a tracking number; used it for years. This can be verified here: http://pages.ebay.com/help/pay/upload-tracking.html
- If you felt there was a difference you should not have used said terms interchangeably.
>I don’t appreciate being called a liar. You can also view the total amount for PRIORITY shipping and delivery confirmation ($6.10) AND that it is being sent to Nowheresville, BF with expected delivery of November 29th. Oh look! It has 20 numbers!
- I call them like I see them. I was patient with you until I realized you had no intention of taking responsibility for this listing. AS you’re such a stickler for rules maybe you should have examined eBay’s seller GUIDELINES! You are responsible for EVERY aspect of this listing: seeing to the fact that you ship on time and making sure I receive the item! According to eBay it’s your responsibility to make sure my item arrives. As for how much you paid, the postage would have been MUCH cheaper had you used eBay shipping, plus Priority tracking is also free! The 29th has come and gone, you should check the date before you run your mouth!
>I completely agree; feelings mutual. This has been one of the most awful experiences I have ever had on eBay. I did all I could do. Now it’s up to USPS.
-Wrong again! You haven’t done anything to contact USPS to see why the package is SO LATE! No it’s not up to the USPS, its up to you. Man up and take accountability and see how that suits you!
Wow, you are truly a joke; everything you say is contrived and self indulging. You haven’t made even ONE attempt to find out where this package is or why it’s so behind schedule. That is YOUR responsibility as the seller. I guess you are far too important (perhaps self important is appropriate) to take five minutes to call the USPS about this package. Don’t even apologize because it’s anything but sincere. I don’t give a fig that you don’t “appreciate” being called a liar because you are one. You lied about how soon you would ship according to the listing, you lied about using tracking, and you lie about caring and claiming to do something about this if it hasn’t arrived by Saturday. In what way have you not mislead me? I find it HILARIOUS that you have the arrogance to claim this experience was your worst yet! How exactly has this transaction affected you? Are you the one who bought a $25 used game from an irresponsible seller that is too lazy to find out why your package still hasn’t arrived ten days after you paid? No I didn’t think so.
I like cats.