The Big Think

May 7, 2015

Pamela Geller: A Response to My Critics

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:22 pm

Pamela Geller: A Response to My Critics—This Is a War | TIME:

“So, why are some people blaming me? They’re saying: ‘Well, she provoked them! She got what she deserved!’ They don’t remember, or care to remember, that as the jihadis were killing the Muhammad cartoonists in Paris, their friend and accomplice was murdering Jews in a nearby kosher supermarket. Were the Jews asking for it? Did they ‘bait’ the jihadis? Were they ‘provoking’ them?

Are the Jews responsible for the Nazis? Are the Christians in the Middle East responsible for being persecuted by Muslims?

Drawing Muhammad offends Islamic jihadists? So does being Jewish. How much accommodation of any kind should we give to murderous savagery? To kowtow to violent intimidation will only encourage more of it…

…You can try to avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. The shootings in Garland, Paris, and Copenhagen targeting defenders of free speech, and the raging jihad across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, are the disastrous consequences of avoiding reality.”

Turnagain

Filed under: The R2 Project — jasony @ 9:02 pm

Back at it today milling up the other 8 vertical support posts. This time I knew exactly the sequence of cuts and moves to cut each part. I even optimized my movements around the lathe to speed things up (you get a lot of time to think of this sort of thing when you’re doing the same procedure over and over and over again).

Yesterday I took around 7 hours to cut 8 parts. Today? 4.5 hours. Boom. I finished and though “gee, I’m glad that’s over with”…. and then discovered that I still have 4 more left.

Ah well, at least I’m good at this!

I took the parts I’d done and did a little preliminary screwing together of the frame. It looks great! I’ll do the other 4 and then snap a picture.

Next up (after the 4 remaining rods) is to build a jig to place on the manual mill so that I can locate, drill, and tap each of the holes in the horizontal “rings”. Lots and lots of those little holes. I also have to countersink, which should be comparatively simple.

I spent a few minutes looking through the blueprints for (much) later steps. Legs, skirt, ankles, etc. Then I abruptly shut the pages and returned to what I’m focusing on. Way too many things I don’t know lurking out there in the future. Best figure one thing at a time out and not freak myself out.

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