Because I'm the baddest of bad mofos and I got a sweet fro. But you can be Pete and I guess that means Kev is Julie. Marc, obviously, the Captain. Sorry Kev. You're flexible. If I knew the Mod Squad better I'd use some clever catchphrase here to put a bow on it. But I think I've seen about ten minutes of that show in my entire life.
More often than not, I think, a thread disappears because the author deletes it. This happens quite often, and I don't really understand people's inclination to do that, but it happens. We can pull deleted threads out of the archives if it's something people really want to continue talking about, but the OP deleted it for a reason and I suppose we should respect that regardless of why it was deleted. You can believe me when I say that none of the mods enjoy policing threads and deleting posts and topics. It's not my idea of a good time and no one wants to censor anyone. But there are two rules on the forum that are to be followed: no jerks, and no political or religious posts. And while Coop's thread last night was not explicitly political, it was politically charged and there was not a single comment that could be made in reply without heading into political territory. Just for the record, I did not lock or delete that thread, but I completely understand why that action was taken. I think the vast majority of the regular members here are friendly and reasonable people who could probably have a discussion about any subject under the sun without getting too nasty about it...except politics and religion. There's just something about those two topics that brings out the worst in people, and can drive a wedge between even the oldest and best of friends. There's something written in the human DNA that simply does not allow rational conversation on those topics. There are plenty of places on the internet you can visit if you feel the need to express yourself politically. I personally find that a monumental waste of time, but to each his own.
I use power tools for the grunt work and hand tools for the finesse work. You can build most projects start to finish with only power tools, and you could certainly build any project start to finish with only hand tools...but neither scenario is ideal to me. Milling a board six-square, or plowing a groove, or cutting tenons, or any number of miscellaneous steps in a given project - with hand tools - is just torture and a total waste of time IMO. But finessing a joint, or fitting a drawer, or shaping a curve or small part, or any number of miscellaneous steps in a given project - with hand tools - is often the fastest, easiest, most precise and most rewarding way to do it. Using hand tools also gives your project that hand crafted look that machined pieces simply don't have. Fully machined pieces can look too perfect. Lifeless. Cutting exposed joinery by hand, or breaking sharp edges with a block plane, or shaping a little pull with a rasp will give your piece a richness and character that a table saw, dovetail jig and random orbit sander simply won't. So I use hand tools for three reasons: they're often the best tool for the job, they're fun and rewarding to use, and they actually make your end product a finer looking piece. And as for sharpening, once you set up a station and get some practice under your belt, it's a quick and painless process. It certainly doesn't take any longer than boxing up your blades and sending them off to be sharpened. Just part of the craft.