Wednesday, July 28, 2021

OBS-PP's Amicus Curiae SCOTUS brief for NYSRPA v. Bruen


I am proud to announce that Operation Blazing Sword-Pink Pistols has joined with the DC Project Foundation and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership to file an Amicus Curiae brief supporting the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association in an appeal to the US Supreme Court to overturn the State of New York’s “proper cause” law. 

This law, which highly restricts the issuance of concealed weapon permits to individuals, turns New York from a “May Issue” state into a de facto “No Issue” state. The brief we filed describes this law as ineffective, unconscionable, and unconstitutional, and furthermore goes on to say:

Without the tools of meaningful self-defense, there are no gay rights, there are no religious-minority rights, and there are no women’s rights. By stripping these groups of their right to bear arms, New York has left millions of the most vulnerable citizens powerless to defend themselves against the all-too common threats of violence they may face at any given moment.

Nothing but politics motivates this. New York has apparently decided that the supposed evil of allowing its citizens to carry guns for self-defense is worse than the loss of thousands of LGBT, Jewish, Muslim, and women’s lives. The state’s politicians may consider this an acceptable price to pay for the gun control lobby’s favor. But the Constitution does not allow them to pay it because the right to bear arms belongs not to the rulers but to the people.

I encourage you to read the entire brief on the SCOTUS website.. It’s a quick read and it pulls no punches.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 163: Erin is a Big Deal

    

... or so Weer'd says, anyway. Erin isn't convinced.

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • David Chipman and his endless woes;
    • a Massachusetts man who was denied a concealed carry permit because of circumstances absent a conviction;
    • and the big news that Operation Blazing Sword/Pink Pistols has filed an Amicus Curiae brief in the case of NYSRPA v. Bruen!
  • Xander brings us some of his Independent Thoughts on the Massachusetts Right To Repair law, and how it compares to gun control;
  • David lists some DYI recipes for gun care products;
  • and finally, Weer'd interviews Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms on the San Jose requirement for gun owners to carry insurance.




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Monday, July 19, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 162: Really More of a Square Card Table

    

In This Episode

In this ACP Round Table, Weer'd is joined by Oddball and David to talk about news that pertains to the Second Amendment:

  • David Chipman is still not ATF Director, and it doesn't look good for him;
  • The New York Attorney General is attempting to work around the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act;
  • The increase in gun sales is not linked to the increase in gun crime, says UK's The Guardian;
  • The nonprofit "Hold My Guns" gets an update to its website;
  • An update on the continued jailing of Jessica Watkins;
  • and the absurdity of UK knife laws.




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Main Topic:

Monday, July 12, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 161: Bespoke, Artisanal Fraud

   

In This Episode

It's nearly all Main Topic!

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • the armed confrontation on a Massachusetts highway between police and members of the "Rise of the Moors" movement;
    • the failures of two anti-gun states to pass further gun control laws;
    • the San Jose punitive gun tax that penalizes the law-abiding;
    • the ATF's internal memo classifying makers of home-made firearms as "Terrorists";
    • the increase in ATF Default Proceeds due to increased gun sales;
    • and how the gun prohibitionist group "Change The Ref" created a fake High School to mislead gun rights activists.
  • Weer'd then further fisks Manuel Oliver of "Change the Ref" in a video Oliver made about the Dunblane, Scotland school shooting.




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Weer’d Audio Fisk:

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Press Release: The San Jose Gun Tax is Unenforceable, Unfair, and Useless

   

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  

 San Jose Gun Tax:

Unenforceable, Unfair, and Useless

 

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA (July 5, 2021): It is the official stance of Operation Blazing Sword - Pink Pistols that San Jose's new punitive gun tax is unenforceable, unfair, and ultimately useless. 

Unenforceable: The City of San Jose has no firearms registry. Furthermore, California doesn’t register non-“assault weapon” firearms. Unless the San Jose City Council plans to have the police investigate every single one of its citizen for compliance, they will have no way of knowing who is paying the tax and who isn’t. Instead, the city will have to rely on voluntary compliance. 

Most “gun violence” in this country is perpetrated by career criminals, and Haynes v. United States (SCOTUS 1968) ruled that it is unconstitutional to make criminals register guns. Doing so would incriminate them, a violation of their Fifth Amendment rights. Therefore, the criminals whose damage is supposedly offset by this tax are the very same group of people who cannot be expected to pay this tax. So who ends up paying? 

Unfair: San Jose is requiring gun owners who have broken no laws to pay a punitive tax to “offset costs” incurred by criminals who injure or kill people with guns. This punishes the innocent for the guilt of others. There is no justification for forcing the innocent to subsidize the actions of criminals.

Furthermore, the tax burden is uneven. We have no way of knowing how many San Jose citizens own regular firearms; we only have data for so-called “assault weapons”, and there are fewer than 200,000 of them registered in the entire state. San Jose’ population is about 2.5 percent of CA’s. Assuming an even spread across the state, this means only 5,000 citizens out of a city of one million, or about one-half of one percent, will be subject to having this tax burden inflicted on them. 

Speaking of tax burden, how much will this punitive tax be? No one knows yet, not even the City of San Jose. If they base it on California’s reported average of firearm ownership (18%) then they’re going to be taxing one-fifth of the city. In effect, they will be telling their citizens “Because you own a gun, we think you will engage in criminal activities and therefore we’re going to tax you for exercising a Constitutional right.” This is akin to taxing everyone who doesn’t smoke in order to offset the health costs of smokers. Poll taxes were found to be unconstitutional, and so is this, which leads us to our third point. 

Useless: This tax is unconstitutional is and likely to be struck down. Meanwhile, many firearm-owning San Joseans are likely to move out of the city, which will deprive the city of all tax revenue from those people. Furthermore, the revenue gained from this tax will do nothing to prevent crime. Per the San Jose City Council, the funds will be used on responses to crimes, not crime prevention.

In short, gun owning criminals will simply evade the tax and those who do not wish to break the law will likely move away to escape it. This tax is unenforceable, unfair, and useless. 


Operation Blazing Sword, Inc. is a grass-roots 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping queer people become responsible firearm owners through volunteer education. www.blazingsword.org

Pink Pistols, a division of Operation Blazing Sword, is dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the gender and sexual minority community. www.pinkpistols.org

 

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 160: The All-Interview Episode

  

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the McCloskys pleading guilty to misdemeanors and what that might mean to Mark's US Senate campaign, as well as the Missouri police chief who resigned over his state becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary;
  • Weer'd fisks Terry McAuliffe and his gubernatorial campaign against the Second Amendment;
  • David talks about the different types of finishes on guns;
  • and Weer'd interviews Paloma Capanna about her new white paper on the events of January 6th, 2021.




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Monday, June 28, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 159: It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for 'em.

 

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the McCloskys pleading guilty to misdemeanors and what that might mean to Mark's US Senate campaign, as well as the Missouri police chief who resigned over his state becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary;
  • Weer'd fisks Terry McAuliffe and his gubernatorial campaign against the Second Amendment;
  • David talks about the different types of finishes on guns;
  • and Weer'd interviews Paloma Capanna about her new white paper on the events of January 6th, 2021.




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Main Topic:

Weer’d Audio Fisk:

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Paloma Capanna Interview:

Saturday, June 26, 2021

My Letter to the Macomb County, MI Board of Commissioners

I was recently asked to write a letter in favor of making Macomb County, MI a Constitutional (not just 2A) Sanctuary. 

I believe that it's reasonable for anyone to want the law of the land be followed, rather than things that aren't part of the law of the land. In theory, we shouldn't HAVE to ask for a Constitutional Sanctuary, as the whole country should already be one, since the Constitution is the law of the land.

However, given the recent government overreach over the past few years, I see such declarations being necessary and I am happy to lend my voice where needed.

This is the letter which I wrote:



I am pleased to report that the measure passed 8 to 5. Macomb County is now a Constitutional Sanctuary! You can read more about it here and here (there's also video at the second link). 

Before anyone congratulates me for this: I can't claim any more than 1% of the credit for this, and probably less. All the praise and congratulations should go to Thomas Smith, who worked for two years to make this happen. 

If your city, county, or state is working towards becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary or Constitutional Sanctuary, I would be happy to write a similar letter to aid your efforts. You may contact me at erin AT blazingsword DOT org. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

WNW: My Little Pony plays with Guns

 

Never forget to make your gun make the ch-chk noise, or else it won't gun properly.

For those curious, the audio is from a much longer (and much cringier) video here

Monday, June 21, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 158: Put a Thumb in It

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the controversy of Chris Cheng's appearance on the cover of Recoil Magazine, and Recoil's amazing response to complaints;
  • Xander brings us his independent Thoughts on Mark Serbu's breakdown of Kentucky Ballistics' blown-up RN-50 rifle;
  • David gives his thoughts on the ammo shortage and some of the potential causes for it;
  • and Weer'd sits down again with Tom Kubiniec of SecureIt Tactical, who shares some of his thoughts on college.




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Main Topic:

Independent Thoughts with Xander Opal:

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Interview Tom Kubiniec:

Monday, June 14, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 157: Whole Lotta Geekin' Goin' On

                                  

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the recent Federal Court ruling on California's Assault Weapon Ban by judge Roger Benitez, as well as the ATF's proposed reclassification of pistols with stabilizing braces;
  • Xander brings us his Independent Thoughts on Gun Geekery and how it's perceived by less experienced people;
  • David gives us a deep dive on the history of the striker-fired pistol;
  • and Weer'd sits down with Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons again, this time to talk about the origins of his company Headstamp Publishing.




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Saturday, June 12, 2021

OBS-PP in Edge Media

I was interviewed by Finbarr Toesland of Edge Media last month about, in his words,  "LGBTQ gun groups growing in the face of escalating threats and bigotry." We had a long and productive conversation, and this article is the result. 


It's annoying that firearm prohibitionist group GAG got the top picture, but the article immediately delves into the pro-gun side of things, which is both unusual and a pleasant change of pace. 

It's also refreshing to see that queer gun ownership is beginning to be seen as valid and part of the mainstream, and no longer some weird fringe position held only by a few.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

My Toons, Let Me Show You Them: Suffolk Punch

 It's been a long time since I last talked about City of Heroes. Now that the "renegade" servers are public and are (apparently, hopefully) in no danger of being shut down, and now that I've gotten back into playing CoH in my copious free time [/sarc], I figured I'd share some more of my character creations with you dear readers. 

I'm going to start off with something that is so very, very me: a character that is essentially one big My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic reference. 



This is the Mysterious Mare Do Well from the episode of the same name. The costume is very much of two-fisted (two-hooved?) pulp style of The Shadow, and I was curious if the versatile CoH character creator could do a credible anthropomorphization thereof. 

The answer is "Yes, and quite a good one too."


You could say that the resemblance is downright... re-mare-kable. 

But just having an MMDW tribute toon wasn't enough, because I wanted an explanation for why she was human, and I wanted a good punny name, and I wanted a pony reference without just straight-up copying the character. So I named this character Suffolk Punch. 

The Suffolk Horse, also historically known as the Suffolk Punch or Suffolk Sorrel, is an English breed of draught horse. The first part of the name is from the county of Suffolk in East Anglia, and the word "Punch" is an old English word for a short stout person. It is a heavy draught horse which is always chestnut in colour, traditionally spelled "chesnut". Suffolk Punches are known as good doers, and tend to have energetic gaits. -- Wikipedia

Since Mare Do Well got her physique from Applejack, I knew I wanted a punchy-kicky type of character, so I picked "Street Justice" as a primary and let me tell you, she kicks like a horse. (Heyooo!) I chose Super Reflexes as her secondary because it was the closest representation to Pinkie Sense that I could find (plus the power icons for SR are pink, so it fits). I also made her a Brute, for reasons I'm not entirely clear on; I just feel like it better captures the character, both as the embodiment of Applejack's physique and as a two-fisted pulp brawler. 

 So using AJ as a base and an English name, you can guess where this is going. Here's her in-game bio:

(Translated from the thickest, most incomprehensible English country accent ever heard):
Nae, it's na Suffolk, it's SUCKER! Sucker Punch! Look, Oi lives on a farm wiv me Granny Kidney, me big bruvver Falcon and me li'l sister Rabbit. Wha koinda punch issa Suffolk? It makes nae bleedin' sense!
Ye've already entered th' name in th' registry? Well bleedin' CHANGE  IT, then! 
What d'ye mean "Oi can't change it?" 
Bloody bureaucrats. Foine. I'll be "Suffolk" Punch, then, an' Oi'll Suf-folk yer roight up if yeh cross me agi'n.  


I regret nothing!


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Streets of Fire

Through an odd confluence of events I don't understand (perhaps the dread algorithm in play?), lots of people on Facebook are suddenly talking about Streets of Fire, the 1984 cult classic which spawned a hit song even though the movie itself wasn't very successful at the time. 

Streets of Fire is a very odd film, which is probably why it isn't more widely known. It's a very 1980s film, a sort-of-but-not-quite rock opera, but it's set in an era that could be anywhere between the late 40s and early 60s. It's a period piece without a discernable period, at least to my eyes. A friend of mine called it "a western set in the rust belt", but I disagree; I would summarize the plot as "The Little Soldier Boy and the Leader of the Pack fight for the heart of the Homecoming Queen." 

It also stars a shockingly young-looking Willem Dafoe, which is curious since he was also in 1986's Platoon where he managed to look a decade older. 

But for me, the most interesting thing about Streets of Fire is that one of its songs -- and in my opinion, the best song of the whole movie -- is Nowhere Fast, as lip-synced by Diane Lane.

 


Also, if you're a fan of 1980s anime you can see how it inspired parts of Bubblegum Crisis. Priss and the Replicants are a Japanese cyberpunk Ellen Aim and the Attackers, and you can definitely hear how 1984's Something Fast inspired & influenced 1987's Konya wa Hurricane



I don't really have any great point to make, other than that I like both songs and it's neat to see the link between them. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 156: The Oblate Spheroid Table

                                 

In This Episode

Erin and Weer’d are joined by Oddball, David, Xander, and Adrian for a Round Table episode where we discuss:

  • Being a good ambassador for the Second Amendment;
  • David Chipman's Senate hearing for ATF Director;
  • Several recent shootings;
  • A story where an armed teacher saved the day;
  • Ian McCollum's wildly successful Kickstarter Campaign for his book Pistols of the Warlords;
  • And of course the usual unscripted shenanigans!




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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

I'm Doing My Part

I don't know about you, but I mailed my two Senators along with Minority Leader McConnell urging them not to confirm David Chipman as ATF Director. 

In addition to printing out the OBS-PP press release, I wrote this message on every letter:

I also enclosed two business cards per envelop. Ideally, the Senators will keep one and pass the other to someone on the Hill who may be interested in learning more about us. I don't know what the chances of that are, but I had to try. 

If you haven't contacted your Senators, there's still time! Contact details are here

Monday, May 31, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 155: A Whole Lotta News

                                

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss a bunch of news stories:
    • Leo Prinsloo, the driver of South African dashcam fame, gives his account of the harrowing attack on his transport vehicle;
    • Texas gets Constitutional Carry;
    • March For Our Lives activists cry some more as the media has topped giving them attention;
    • the Congressional hearing for anti-gun lobbyist David Chipman as ATF Director has been scheduled;
    • and we review an attempted spree killing that was stopped by a good man with a gun.
  • Next, Xander brings us his Independent thoughts on the Mark McCloskey campaign video;
  • and finally, Weer'd interviews Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons and Headstamp Publishing about his latest book, Pistols of the Warlords.




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Saturday, May 29, 2021

Press Release: We Oppose David Chipman's Nomination as ATF Director in the Strongest Possible Terms

  


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Chipman Appointment: “Like a Homophobe Investigating Hate Crimes”

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA (May 29, 2021): Operation Blazing Sword / Pink Pistols opposes the nomination of David Chipman as Director for the ATF in the strongest terms possible, and for the following
reasons:

  1. After Mr. Chipman retired from service with the ATF, he was employed as a lobbyist for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the Giffords Anti-Gun Lobby group; all organizations whose main goal is to restrict civilian ownership of firearms.
  2. During this same period he was also working for Shot Spotter, a commercial entity which sells a system that purports to detect gunshots by their sound so that police can be dispatched directly to the site. The city of San Diego, which purchased the system, found that Shot Spotter had a greater false positive rate than advertised, indicating that more gunshots were detected than were actual events. This created a false perception that gun crime is more prevalent than it truly is, increasing public fear of guns.
  3. Mr. Chipman wants to ban the AR-15 rifle, one of the most popular and numerous firearms in the country and therefore the very definition of “in common use” and therefore protected under the Second Amendment as per District of Columbia v. Heller.
  4. Mr. Chipman lumps AR-15 rifles into the catch-all category of “assault weapons” which he defines as “any semiautomatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine above the caliber of .22”.
  5. Mr. Chipman further supports President Biden's plan to regulate all such “assault weapons” via the National Firearms Act, a decision which if implemented will result in millions of Americans being deprived of their property without due process and making citizen ownership of any semiautomatic defensive rifle impossible for many.
  6. Mr. Chipman has made false claims about .50 caliber rifles being found in the ruins of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX after the 1993 raid. Neither FBI nor Texas Department of Public Safety records of what was found in the wreckage of the compound support Chipman’s claims.
  7. Finally, no fewer than one-third of America’s State Attorneys General oppose Mr. Chipman’s nomination for the same reasons outlined above: that he cannot be trusted to faithfully and objectively fulfill his oath of office, specifically to “faithfully discharge the duties of the office.”

We oppose David Chipman’s nomination as ATF Director with the same vigor as we would if a known homophobe were nominated to oversee hate crime investigation, and for exactly the same reasons.

The ATF's purpose is not to punish firearm owners, but the appointment of David Chipman as its Director will have that effect. Chipman is a lobbyist, bought and paid for by Michael Bloomberg, and he will use his position to interpret firearm regulations in the manner most favorable to these modern-day Redcoats, and quite possibly enrich himself in the process, all while increasing new laws and new regulations which will be used to harass innocent citizens.

Please contact both of your Senators via telephone, written letter or email, and explain why they must not approve Chipman’s nomination. Click here to find your Senators’ names; choose your state in the drop down menu and their Washington, D.C., office phone numbers will be shown.

 

Operation Blazing Sword, Inc. is a grass-roots 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping queer people become responsible firearm owners through volunteer education. www.blazingsword.org

Pink Pistols, a division of Operation Blazing Sword, is dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the gender and sexual minority community. www.pinkpistols.org

 

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Soviet Military Liaison Mission Recognition Card

I've been going through my dad's things -- no, he didn't die, but as I mentioned previously he's been in the local rest home for a month getting physical & occupational therapy, and during that time mom & I have been cleaning up the hoarded piles of crap in his room as we attempt to make heads or tails of our finances -- and I came upon this really nifty bit of Cold War memorabilia. 


The fold goes along the middle, so left is actually the back and right is the front.

The interior of the card.

I remember my parents first showing this to me when we moved to West Germany and telling me "If you see a car with license plates that look like this, tell us." I suppose it's a good thing I didn't see a car with those plates, but I remember being disappointed that I never could.

The card is made of medium-weight cardstock, 5" long by 3.5" high, and is folded vertically to that it can fit inside a wallet's credit card pocket. 

I have no idea if this has any intrinsic value (likely not), but it's an interesting curiosity of a bygone era and it's in very good condition.  I would be happy to pass it along to a museum or a collector of Cold War items. 

(Not technically about Berlin, but tagging it with Berlin Trilogy because where else am I going to put Cold War stuff?)

Monday, May 24, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 154: A 9-0 Supreme Court Decision? In Favor of Gun Rights???

                               

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the latest Supreme Court case involving gun rights, and yes it went 9-0 in our favor!
  • Both the ATF ruling on receiver definition and David Chipman's confirmation hearing as ATF director has yet to materialize.  Is the Biden Administration even prioritizing gun control?
  • A question was asked: How could Bill Maher could be fully vaccinated, yet test positive for COVID-19? Weer'd talks about what PCR is and how this might be possible.
  • Xander gives us his Independent Thoughts on food prep and impulse buying.
  • David talks about Pistol Caliber Carbines.
  • Finally, Matt from Geeks, Gadgets and Guns gives us some survival tips for the open road.




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Monday, May 17, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 153: The ATF Plays Calvinball

                              

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer'd discuss both an amazingly tone-deaf statement by a politician before exploring the new ATF Memo about re-defining what constitutes a legal firearm;
  • Xander lists his Independent Thoughts on the importance of friendship when it comes to prepping;
  • David talks about some misconceptions common to new or uninitiated shooters pertaining to firearms;
  • finally, Weer'd interviews Tom Kubiniec of SecureIt Tactical about how he came to be the CEO of a gun safe company when he started as a professional guitar player.




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Monday, May 10, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 152: The Worst Victims to Select

                             

In This Episode
  • Erin talks about Operation Blazing Sword - Pink Pistols joining the Second Amendment Foundation in an Amicus Brief for New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett;
  • Weer'd explores a Newsweek article lamenting that Gun Control has lost the support or 18-30 year olds;
  • Then Erin & Weer'd discuss a few videos where would-be thieves make poor choices in the victim selection process.
  • Next, Xander brings us his Independent thoughts on events where warnings of great tragedy weren't heeded;
  • and finally, Weer'd interviews Tom Kubiniec of Secure it Tactical on what makes a good gun safe.




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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Catching my Breath

This post was written yesterday afternoon.

It's 1 pm and the house is blessedly quiet. This is me, breathing a sigh of relief. 

Let me explain what's transpired over the past few days. Buckle up, it'll be a long one. 

Around 2:30 am Monday morning, I was leaving the bathroom after finishing my getting ready for bed routine when I heard my father calling for help from his bedroom. This is not terribly unusual, as he is 85 and falls a lot due to Parkinson's. He also sleeps alone because back in the 1990s mom moved to a separate bedroom because he had several obnoxious sleep habits including untreated sleep apnea and snoring that sounded like trucks downshifting on the highway, so she moved out in order to get some rest. 

So we have an old man who falls a lot and who lacks the strength to get up by himself, sleeping alone in a bedroom on the other side of the house. Yes, it's stupid, but that's apparently what he wants, even though it often results in him spending hours alone on the floor. 

So by sheer luck I hear him calling for help. I open the door and he's on his knees in front of the nightstand, naked from the waist down, complaining that he fell around 11:30 that evening and can't get up. Having been to this rodeo before and being unable to deadlift a 5'10", 165 pound sack of potatoes into a standing position and then hold him upright until he can get his bearings -- and yes, sack of potatoes is correct, he either lacks the strength to help me or refuses to help, I'm not sure which -- I tell him I'm calling 911. 

I call and give the usual information: 85 year old man with Parkinson's, 165 pounds, has fallen and cannot get up, please send burly EMTs to pick him up and assess injuries. The 911 operator asks if anything else is wrong, so I ask him, and he launches into a litany of complaints including "My bones hurt" and "I can't feel my legs". Not wanting to play telephone, and wanting 911 to hear how he sounds (somewhat incoherent, lots of gargle-mumbling), I hand him the phone and make preparations for EMTs: I get dressed, get my mask ready, close the dog gate, turn on the outside lights and unlock the door. 

The EMTs walk in and one of them asks "Have we been here before?" The other one says "Yes, twice." (The first time was the time he fell and I couldn't pick him up, so I called 911; the second time was in the early morning when he was sitting at the table and told mom to call 911 because "I feel like I'm dying." [He wasn't dying. In fact, the doctors couldn't find anything wrong with him. Best guess is that he forgot to take one of his meds.]

So these EMTs know him and know the situation. They pick him up and get him dressed, and he says he wants to go to the ER. I tell the EMTs that's fine, but he has a doctor's appointment at 9 am and it involves fasting for bloodwork, so please don't let him eat anything or drink anything except water. The senior medic senses my utter exhaustion and exasperation and he has a quiet talk with me while his partner talks to my father. 

Senior EMT has gone through this before with his father, and has seen it a bunch of times, and lets me know that he's not judging me at all. He also lets me know that he's perfectly willing to take dad to the ER, but it's likely they'll just discharge him a few hours later and I'd have to come get him. In Senior EMT's opinion, if this were his first time at our house he'd take my father, but now that he knows the score he tells us it's probably better just to follow-up with the doctor in the morning because right now dad is clothed, back on the bed, and resting. I agree that's probably the best course of action. EMT gives me some telephone numbers, including that of a community support person to help with social issues and a non-emergency dispatch number for "invalid transport" -- in other words, call this number and the fire dept will come over to get dad out of bed and into the car for a trip to the hospital. 

OK. All well and good. They leave, I visually confirm dad is asleep on his bed (light on, natch) and close the bedroom door before locking up the house and going to sleep myself. It is now sometime after 3 am. 

We are now at the halfway point in this story. 

When I wake up 8 hours later, I see a note from mom. She tells me that when she woke up at 5 am, she saw the light on in his room but assumed he either slept that way all night or was awake but staying away from the kitchen to avoid eating. By 6:15, however, he still wasn't up and that was the agreed-upon "If I'm not up by then please wake me" time. She goes into his room and finds him on the floor of his bathroom, again naked from the waist down. According to him he went to use the toilet at 3 am -- so I guess immediately after the EMTs left? -- got into the bathroom, fell, and couldn't get up. He complained that he couldn't feel his legs and was afraid he was paralyzed, so mom calls the EMTs -- same guys, same shift, this is now visit #4 -- and they take him to the ER. 

[He wasn't paralyzed. He could still feel his legs when then pinched him. He's just weak and probably had one or both legs go numb due to how he was lying on the ground.]

I learn all this when mom comes home for lunch. I also learn that they were doing a bunch of tests on him to figure out what's gong on, because suddenly going from "one fall about once a week, usually able to get up from it" to "two falls in a four hour span, unable to recover from either" is a big step and they want to determine cause for this rapid decline. 

That was Monday. It's now Wednesday. They still haven't figured out what happened, but they're keeping in the hospital for a while longer. They -- the various physical therapists and social workers -- are also saying that when the hospital releases him he will be sent to the local retirement home for 2 weeks so that he can receive physical therapy in the hopes that he won't fall so often and, if he does, he can maybe get back up. 

This is me breathing a sigh of relief. The problem isn't solved, but mom and I get TWO WHOLE WEEKS of not dealing with the stress and pressure of dealing with a cranky, demanding old man with dementia. The house is calm, the stress levels are falling, and we are making progress in getting him into a VA home. While there is no guarantee that we can get him into the VA before the two weeks is up -- it's a Federal facility, after all, which means it runs at the speed of Government Bureaucracy and just having the paperwork finished doesn't mean he gets in, just that he goes to the head of the waiting list -- this is still a glorious 2 week staycation that mom and I desperately needed. 

Call me an awful person if you must; that just tells me that you've never dealt with an elderly parent with dementia.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 151: CRY SOME MORE!

                            

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d talk about an editorial written by yet another gun prohibitionist in deep despair, and then discuss the leaked ATF Document which shows just how ridiculous the current administration's attack on 80% kits is becoming.
  • Also, the US Supreme Court will again hear a Second Amendment case!
  • Weer'd Brings us a fisk wherein the Brady Campaign encourages a minor to commit multiple felonies;
  • Xander celebrates his one-year anniversary on the show with some reflections on guns and the 2A Community;
  • and finally, David gives through instructions on how to inspect a used revolver for purchase.




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Weer’d Audio Fisk:

Independent Thoughts with Xander:

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 150: Get a First Aid Kit & Training

                           

In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the hiring of Lee Williams by the  Second Amendment Foundation as an Investigative Reporter,  as well as the desperation that is popping up in recent anti-gun articles;
  • Xander brings us his Independent Thoughts on how the media coversa mass shootings;
  • David talks about the contents of his medical kit;
  • and listener & guest contributor Tiny gives us a segment on why he carries a trauma kit and why you should too!




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