Monday, February 27, 2023

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 238: Erin Palette, Queen of the Desert


In This Episode

  • Erin's regales us with her adventures in Utah for a documentary film!
  • Erin and Weer'd then discuss:
    • the Federal court challenge of the Illinois Assault Weapons Ban;
    • a temper tantrum by the Louisville, KY Mayor about auctioning off confiscated guns;
    • the legal issues of the Michigan State University shooter.
  • Next, Liberty from Geeks, Gadgets and Guns recounts her experience with giving  testimony before the Nebraska legislature about their Red Flag Laws;
  • and finally, Weer'd interviews Marty Hayes of the Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network to find out what ACLDN is and where it came from.

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Monday, February 20, 2023

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 237: YouTube Plays Calvinball with Gun Rules


In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d first discuss their plans to attend the Gundie Awards in Texas, and then YouTube's harassment of content creators with gun-related channels;
  • Weer'd again fisks the Brady Campaign Podcast, this time on the subject of community-based violence prevention;
  • David had a chance to examine an  S&W M&P 5.7 and gives us his thoughts on it;
  • and finally, Tiny tells us the story of the time he was swatted... twice!

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Show Notes

Main Topic:

Weer’d Audio Fisk:

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

Deep Thoughts from The Land of rocks and Cows:

Monday, February 13, 2023

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 236: The Good News Show


In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • the SHORT Act and a Federal Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill;
    • how Florida might be the 26th permitless carry state;
    • the courts continue to prevent the Illinois' Assault Weapon and Magazine Ban;
    • and Erin has a surprise announcement regarding Antonyuk v. Nigrelli!
  • Next, Tiny returns with a story of a friend who was injured in a hunting accident... and how insurance made it worse;
  • and finally, Logan Metesh of High Caliber History returns to talk with Weer'd about how museums preserve firearm for long-term display, and how private collectors can keep their collection pristine.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

I am Cubically Culpable

I am a fan of Sacred Cow Shipyards. 

One night, in a fit of fangirl inspiration, I wrote and recorded this... thing. I guess you could call it a fanfic?

Except that I then shared it with the Dockmaster, who liked it enough to publish it to his channel, so it's canon now. 

Anyway, I am responsible for this delightful monstrosity.  

The following synopses are all from Wikipedia:
In geometry, the neusis (νεῦσις; from Ancient Greek νεύειν (neuein) 'incline towards'; plural: νεύσεις, neuseis) is a geometric construction method that was used in antiquity by Greek mathematicians.

Doubling the cube, also known as the Delian problem, is an ancient  geometric problem. Given the edge of a cube, the problem requires the construction of the edge of a second cube whose volume is double that of the first. As with the related problems of squaring the circle and trisecting the angle, doubling the cube is now known to be impossible to construct by using only a compass and straightedge, but even in ancient times solutions were known that employed other tools.

The problem owes its name to a story concerning the citizens of Delos, who consulted the oracle at Delphi in order to learn how to defeat a plague sent by Apollo.  According to Plutarch, however, the citizens of Delos consulted the oracle at Delphi to find a solution for their internal political problems at the time, which had intensified relationships among the citizens. The oracle responded that they must double the size of the altar to Apollo, which was a regular cube.

The answer seemed strange to the Delians, and they consulted Plato, who was able to interpret the oracle as the mathematical problem of doubling the volume of a given cube, thus explaining the oracle as the advice of Apollo for the citizens of Delos to occupy themselves with the study of geometry and mathematics in order to calm down their passions.

According to Plutarch, Plato gave the problem to Eudoxus and Archytas and Menaechmus, who solved the problem using mechanical means, earning a rebuke from Plato for not solving the problem using pure geometry. 
As for the "why"... I dunno, it seemed like a good idea. I even have a half-baked idea for how it fits into the SCSU (Sacred Cow Shipyards Universe): 

The Dockmaster has never specified, but I always assumed that the shipyard has some manner of AI drones to do the work. At some point the Dockmaster thought it might be useful to expose the drones to things like sea shanties on the assumption that it might make them work harder. At the very least, it would be funny to have them all singing "The Wellerman."

One of the drones apparently fancies itself a bit of an artist, dove down the rabbit hole of music to discover filks and fan songs, and ended up with singing The Delian Song.

The Dockmaster isn't sure how he feels about this, especially with that reference to Barney.

Thursday, February 9, 2023

OBS: Amicus Brief Filed in Antonyuk v. Nigrelli


New York Gun Law’s Social Media Disclosure Requirement Violates First Amendment, Invites Discrimination

New York City, New York, 8 February 2023: Operation Blazing Sword - Pink Pistols, alongside the Asian Pacific American Gun Owners Association, the DC Project Foundation, the Liberal Gun Club, the National African American Gun Association, and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that the part of New York’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) which requires applicants to register their social media names and accounts with the government is unconstitutional.

“While New York plainly has a legitimate interest in regulating concealed carry, its regulations must conform to the First Amendment, and this particular provision of New York’s new gun law does not,” said Anna Diakun, staff attorney at the Knight Institute. “Not only has the state failed to demonstrate that the social media registration requirement will actually further its goals, but it has also failed to acknowledge its costs: It will have a profound impact on the right to speak anonymously and associate privately online, and it will invite discrimination by licensing officials.”

Under current New York law, applicants for concealed carry permits must turn over to the state a list of social media accounts used in the past three years, including applicants’ pseudonymous accounts, thereby directing the state to a vast number of personal posts, pictures, and likes, across an unlimited number of social media platforms.

Operation Blazing Sword - Pink Pistols et al. argue that the social media provision chills concealed-carry applicants’ constitutionally protected speech and conditions their ability to get a permit on their willingness to give up their rights to speak anonymously and associate privately online. Moreover, the groups highlight that these harms will be exacerbated for members of marginalized communities whose members already have particular reasons to distrust law enforcement and fear the government’s scrutiny of their online lives.

“The state’s dragnet social media registration requirement goes far beyond what is necessary, and will set a dangerous precedent for broad intrusions on individuals’ First Amendment rights,” said Katie Fallow, senior counsel at the Knight Institute. “If the New York law is allowed to stand, one can easily imagine the government imposing these requirements in any number of other situations.”


Operation Blazing Sword, Inc. is a grass-roots 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping queer people become responsible firearm owners through volunteer education by maintaining a database of over 1500 queer-friendly firearm volunteer educators residing in every state of the USA. It also submits legal briefs (Amicus Curiae) to protect the rights of not just queer people, but all peaceable citizens, to have access to the most effective tools for self-defense.

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.

Media Contact: Adriana Lamirande

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Erin on GGG 307

I was asked back to Geeks, Gadgets & Guns for episode 307 to wrap up the saga of Hasbro's OGL debacle. Along the way we talked about some other things too, like some of the cool characters I've made for role-playing games. 

The characters I mention:

Also, here's a late-breaking video from Ian Runkle at Role of Law to discuss in greater legal terms what D&D 5e going to Creative Commons means regarding their IP. 

Monday, February 6, 2023

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 235: Doom! DOOM! DOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!


In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • an open letter from a former NRA president to its members about the organization's impending doom;
    • New York being sued for stating that a concealed carry permit applicant will have to wait three years to have his fingerprints taken;
    • the ATF's published ruling that bans stabilizing braces on pistols.
  • Next, Matt from Geeks Gadgets and Guns brings us an overview on long-range optics;
  • David tells us how he built a backyard range;
  • and finally, Weer'd has another Patented Audio Fisk of the Brady Campaign, this time talking about how the Founding Fathers really did support gun control.

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Show Notes

Main Topic:

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Weer’d Audio Fisk:

The Fine Print

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