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Monday, October 15, 2018

ACP Episode 027: Sweeping the Streets in a Ninja Wagon with a Penny Stove


In This Episode:
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss proper glassware for liquor; media attention on the Operation Blazing Sword - Pink Pistols merger; and how the Armsel Striker/ Cobray Street Sweeper's pop culture status doesn't match up with its real world performance.
  • Weer'd brings us another interview with Laura Carno of FASTER Colorado,  this time discussing her role in the historic 2013 Colorado Recall Elections.
  • The General Purpose Egghead describes a simple, effective, and inexpensive piece of prepper kit: Penny Stove.
  • In Gun Lovers and Other Strangers, David explains what happens when people's cultural views on guns doesn't reflect reality.
  • The ACP House Dick is back, and so is his Ninja Wagon!  Steven gives us an after action report on what caused the accident and he wants in a vehicle as a private detective.

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Show Notes:

Main Topic
Egghead
Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Line in the Sand: October 20


I've mentioned this before on social media, but this is the first time I've mentioned it here (sorry!):  I will be attending the Line in the Sand event (it's not a march or a protest, because that would require permits, so this is just an informal gathering) in Miami next Saturday, October 20.

We'll meet up at the 12th Street Garage at 10:30 am. After a quick flag raising and Pledge of Allegiance in front of the Miami Beach Police Department, we'll take a nice stroll down 10th or 11th St (Road construction dependent) and then head East onto Ocean Drive, continuing on along the beautiful beach to the South Pointe Pier where we will fish, relax, and enjoy some Liberty and Freedom.


If you plan to Open Carry (and don't feel like you must -- many of us won't be!), then you absolutely need to have the following:
  • Valid Florida shoreline fishing license (available for free at any WalMart sporting section) 
  • Fishing pole
  • Handgun in a secure holster or slung long gun.
Florida Carry's lawyer, Eric Friday, will be present just in case the police decide to get nasty.

I hope to see you there!



Saturday, October 13, 2018

My Appearance on Rifleman Roundtable Ep 2

Last night I recorded an episode of Rifleman Roundtable with Matt and Heinrich (2/3 of the Geeks, Gadgets and Guns gentlemen) and it's already been published!

Listen on the embedded player below, or go to their webpage to download it.



RR 2 Big Tent 2A - This week the roundtable consists of Matt, Heinrich, and Erin Palette. Discussing news of the week and expanding gun rights in the LQBT community.

Show Notes

Friday, October 12, 2018

What I've Been Up To Lately

Hey all, sorry I've been distant for the past few weeks. I've been exceptionally busy with both the new job (HBIC of Pink Pistols) and with a writing gig that I've only recently finished. So let's talk about this stuff!

Pink Pistols Merger
It took a while for the media machine to pick up on it (apparently publishing a press release makes things a lot more newsworthy) but I've gotten some very good press thanks to Jacki Billings' Guns.com article, to which a lot of other sites linked. Other positive press has come from John Boch's article on TTAG and Joseph Albanese's article on Range 365.

Most notable (and surprising!) was Dana Loesch mentioning us in a segment of Relentless this past Monday.



I was a bit surprised that my name wasn't mentioned at all in the entire segment, but I'm thrilled that my friend Nicki Stallard  is finally getting recognized for her hard work. Yay Nicki!

There were of course the usual internet trolls posting the usual playground insults, but to hell with them. I'm awesome, and they're not.

Writing Gig
A friend of mine is making an action movie role-playing game called Action Movie Physics and once again, I got a job because I have my feet in two separate camps and speak the language of each.



My friend wanted to know "What guns would you consider absolutely essential for an RPG based on Hollywood action movies?" and let's just say that I responded quite thoroughly, listing not just names but their calibers and why I included them. From there I ended up saying "You know, people might not know what these guns are. You should probably have capsule descriptions of them, so they know that the Glock 17 is what most police use and that the WW2 pistol is the 1911." He thought that was a great idea, so I ended up writing those descriptions for him in my usual informative-yet-quirky style.

Now that could have been it, but no. Oh no. You see, since I speak role-playing game, I noticed that some of the stats of the guns were odd and others were just wrong (for example, there was some confusion between the Glock 17 and 19, and the Saiga-12 wasn't even in the book). As it turns out, out of all the writers and the playtesters I have the most experience with firearms -- again, I'm probably not the best choice, but I'm the person who is there and who speaks the lingo of both camps -- and so I ended up researching the various guns to make sure the game mechanics reflected them as accurately as possible. I ended up doing about twice the work I was asked to do, but I take pride in my work and I wanted this game to be as accurate as possible while still being sufficiently  action-movie Hollywood style.

Which is to say "If you notice some oddities, it's probably because we're trying to model movie physics rather than real life." Hopefully my contribution helps the game avoid the really dumb Hollywood tropes while still ensuring some fun flavor between firearms.

The book is slated to be published later this month.


Monday, October 8, 2018

ACP Episode 026: Erin Isn't Wrong


In This Episode:
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss what's going on with the merger between Operation Blazing Sword and the Pink Pistols;
  • Weer'd Shares and interview he did with Laura Carno about FASTER Colorado;
  • With all the talk about Judge Kavanaugh's personal life, Weer'd wants to bring us back to his record on guns with a Fisk of an NPR report on his past rulings;
  • and on Yom Kippur, it’s traditional to think about the past. In this segment of Gun Lovers and Other Strangers, David reflects on some of his favorite firearms and how he got them.

Listen to the episode here.

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Show Notes:

Main Topic:
FASTER Colorado:
Weer'd Audio Fisk:
Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

Monday, October 1, 2018

ACP Episode 025: Drunk Monkey at GRPC


In This Episode:
    This episode was recorded live at the 2018 Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago Illinois. The audio quality isn't as good as our standard shows, but it allowed us all to get together and talk.
    • On the show we have Weer'd and Erin, as well as the ACP House Dick Steve from Tales From the Trunk.
    • Also starring are our special guests Matt and Heinrich from the Geeks Gadgets and Guns Podcast.
    • We'll be talking about the Conference, fine liquor, fake breasts, and whatever else crosses our minds.
    • We'll also discuss the HUGE announcement Erin teased us with in Episode 024!

    Listen to the episode here.

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    Show Notes:

    Sunday, September 30, 2018

    The Pink Pistols Merge Into Operation Blazing Sword

    My apologies for not putting this up sooner. Unlike last year, the video wasn't immediately uploaded to YouTube; instead, I needed to download three hours of a Facebook livestream, edit out my part of it, and upload it to YouTube.

    Combine that with the fact that GRPC wore me out and I had to drive to Boca Raton on Thursday to give a presentation at Florida Atlantic University titled LGBTQ Does Not Mean "Victim!" and that all adds up to "Today is the first opportunity I've had to do all this."

    I thank you for your patience, and I hope you enjoy my speech.

    Video




    Transcript of my speech
    Thank you, Nicki.

    Thank you, everyone.

    Normally I open with a joke to make everyone feel comfortable, but I don’t want to undercut the seriousness of this announcement. So let me get to the heart of the matter:
    • Effective immediately, the Pink Pistols have merged into Operation Blazing Sword. 
    • Effective immediately, I am now in charge of the Pink Pistols at the national level. 
    • Effective immediately, we are now the largest queer pro-gun group in the country. 
    I will now explain each point in detail.

    Effective immediately, the Pink Pistols have merged into Operation Blazing Sword. This is the culmination of a process which began last year when Gwen Patton, then First Speaker for the Pink Pistols, joined our Board of Directors to oversee the merger. Now that Operation Blazing Sword and the Pink Pistols are legally one entity, Ms. Patton has stepped down from her position as First Speaker and has ceded that privilege and responsibility to me. She will however stay on as a Member of our Board; she has a wealth of knowledge and experience that comes from 18 years of working with the Pink Pistols, especially filing many judicial amicus briefs for some very high-profile cases, such as: DC. vs. Heller; Peruta vs. San Diego County; and Grace & Pink Pistols vs. DC. Ms. Patton’s advice will be welcome for as long as she wishes to give it, and even though she has serious health problems, I hope she is around to advise me for many more years.

    Effective immediately, I am now in charge of the Pink Pistols at the national level. Each leader of the organization chooses their own title, and the title which I have selected for myself is “Coordinator”. This choice reflects my belief that the current dispersed and disorganized nature of the Pink Pistols has outlasted its purpose. When the Pink Pistols were created, being outed as queer could result in losing one’s job or worse, and so by design there were no member lists which could be subpoenaed and no central organization which could be suborned or influenced. Unfortunately, this also meant that each chapter was on its own and could not expect help from the organization as a whole. If a chapter wanted to host an event such as a concealed carry class, then members of that chapter would need to raise that money themselves or else that event would not happen. While that dissociated structure may have been necessary 20 years ago, in today’s social media world, the ability to connect with others is crucial. Because Operation Blazing Sword is a 501c3 tax deductible charity, we can solicit funds at the national level to help a chapter rent a booth at a Pride Festival, buy ammunition for a range day, or hold a community seminar.

    Effective immediately, we are now the largest queer pro-gun group in the country. While there are only 55 active Pink Pistol chapters in North America, there are an estimated 30,000 members across those chapters. Furthermore, there are also over 1,600 Operation Blazing Sword volunteer instructors across America, in every single state and in every major metropolitan area. All of our volunteers are eager to teach and are queer-friendly, and many of those volunteer instructors are themselves queer or have family members who are queer.

    On a personal note, I am thrilled that our two organizations are now one. I was a Pink Pistol before I created Operation Blazing Sword, and in the days after the Pulse Massacre, when I realized just how huge my little project might become, I asked Gwen if she wanted to take control of it. She declined, due to being extremely busy talking with the media and dealing with the sudden influx of new Pistols, but she told me that my project was in good hands and that, if possible, we would later join up. As it turns out, we DID join up later, albeit later than either of us expected, and in a manner that neither of us foresaw.

    With this merger, we have now become the organization that I hoped we could be: with Operation Blazing Sword being a program for outreach, education and training; and Pink Pistols being a program for community involvement, mutual support and continuing education. It is my wish that those people who have received Operation Blazing Sword training and who decide to become gun owners then go on to either join a Pink Pistols chapter or form one in their area. Since we are now the same organization, both groups will have my full support in this regard, and each group has resources that the other will find helpful in completing their mission of education, of safety, and of community.

    After all, the most powerful Sword is the one wielded by two hands.

    Official Press Release

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