Auctioneer + Political Wonk + Chess Club = The World of Competitive Policy Debate. This video of the national debate championships [realplayer, and many more here, including in other languages]
is a real experience. This form of debate has evolved around a very specific set of rules
with results that may seem strange to the uninitiated. Each year since 1921
there has been a single topic (take a look at 1939 for an example that reflects the times). Competitors learn to speak
very fast, while elaborate strategies
for winning have developed and massive amounts
of information are presented in just a few minutes. If you like your debates witty and understandable, you may want to check out parliamentary debate instead (real format)
. I assume there are some other ex-debaters out there in MeFi land....
posted by blahblahblah
on Feb 8, 2006 -
If You're a Christian, Muslim or Jew - You are Wrong
- A rant over at the Huffington Post
And let's be clear about this, it IS a rant, and a beaut at that. But it's a sentiment that's run through the head of everyone who isn't a member of the three mentioned groups. No one in the mainstream media says things like this, I wonder why?
The post is made. Let the emphatic agreements, and the vicious denials... begin!
posted by JHarris
on Oct 23, 2005 -
"In politics, the impossible is the immoral."
A surprisingly thoughtful essay on the "uniqueness of Palestinian terror" from, of all places, Tech Central Station. I found much with which to both agree and disagree in this article - and on such contentious issues, that's no doubt the case for all readers - but, I found that, in reading this piece, my neurons never stopped firing, which is a rare and unusual sensation these days. 'Tis interesting.
Also attempting to deal across boundaries in the Mideast conflict: Bitter Lemons
, which features two themed columns apiece by Palestinian and Israeli writers each day.
posted by Sticherbeast
on Feb 28, 2005 -
continues his series of online gaming performances to re-create each of the three 2004 Presidential Debates. The second debate, the "Town Hall Meeting" held in Missouri on Friday, October 3rd (8th?), is being re-enacted, in it's (sic) entirety during multiple visits to game servers hosting the online game, "Starwars: Jedi Knight II, Jedi Outcast". (sic)'
I dunno what's up with his calendar, but somebody who's playing Jedi Knight II should try to find this guy.
posted by mrgrimm
on Oct 11, 2004 -
On eve of tonight's debate, more bad news for Bush.
The economy stumbled last month, with only 96,000 new jobs -- far short of the 138,000 jobs the Bush Administration predicted, or the 150,000 new jobs needed every month just to keep up with population growth. Another interesting tidbit is that 37,000 of the 96,000 new jobs are government employees, up from 24,000 in August and 11,000 in July
. Is the timing coincidental? Meanwhile, electoral-vote.com
changed their methodology -- again -- so that it more accurately reflects recent poll results. The difference is striking
posted by insomnia_lj
on Oct 8, 2004 -
The Wingnut Debate Dictionary
- spice up your political screeds with some colorful new terms like Colmestrato (n.) - an emasculated, harmless "liberal" stand-in included for purposes of fairness and balance
and Condiment - a statement that needs to be taken with a heavy pinch of salt
. I am so
adding Deus ex rectum
and Stepford Democrat
to my vocabulary. And how is it that fucksimilie
hasn't found it's way here long before now?
This is a game that MeFi wags of all political persuasions can play...anyone have any terms to add to the lexicon? (compiled by Ethel the Blog)
posted by madamjujujive
on Nov 7, 2003 -
The First Democratic Debates
were last night, but you wouldn't know it from the media's coverage. Barely a story on CNN. Howard Dean stole the night, with over a hundred screaming supporters outside the debates. The only person there with supporters was the blogging
Presidential Candidate. There were students there from U.C. Berkley, Washinton, Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. All thanks to the power of blogspot, and meetup
. Whether or not Dean gets the nomination, this will be a campaign for the history books. They'll be on c-span all day today.
posted by cjoh
on May 4, 2003 -
Clinton and Dole on "60 Minutes"
While the 1996 Presidential Debates weren't seen as the pinnacle of political discourse at the time, they were congenial by today's talk-show standards. Will these 'elder statesmen' have time in a short TV segment to start genuine discussion of critical issues? Is there any other media outlet that already accomplishes this?
posted by stevis
on Mar 6, 2003 -
The state of college discussion
has been on the down-turn. I thought it might just be at my small college in the Midwest where people don't really have much to say. Everyone's liberal, everyone believes in equality, everyone believes that the government should help the poor (and I do too), but no one seems to be able to argue these points or give any reasoning for their own beliefs. Here at MeFi we engage in debate on many subject matters, but recently debate has gotten a bad name. This generation, for the most part, seems not to want to engage in it because it is somehow seen as pointless or destructive. I say bring it on... what is the college experience if not a contentious, interesting one? What would our parents think of us?
posted by Hammerikaner
on Mar 23, 2002 -
This piece counters the arguements of the self-laceration folks who blame the attack upon America as the result of our foreign policy, as though there can be no other explanation for Jihad. An apt title, since we are now seeing the split between far Right, Middle and far Left.
Readers will, no doubt believe or argue with this relative to their perspective.
posted by Postroad
on Sep 21, 2001 -
The ACLU has been taken over by psychopathic haters in Hawaii.
The First Amendment Conference subcommittee of the state board had planned to invite Clarence Thomas to a public debate with ACLU national president Nadine Strossen, as part of a regular series of such debates that has included many big-name conservatives, including Antonin Scalia. But when certain members of the main state board found out, they flew into a rage and demanded the invitation be recinded. Just SOME of the reasons why these three ACLU board members members, all black, are refusing to allow Thomas to participate (note that these are all direct quotes, publicly stated by state ACLU board members): He is an an Anti-Christ. He is an Uncle Tom. He is an asshole. He is a Hitler. He is a Goebbels. And worst of all, he married a white girl
. When the ACLU starts to violently attack freedom of speech and freedom of thought, where else can we turn?
posted by aaron
on Jun 25, 2001 -
The Real Gore/Bush Debate Transcript
-- "The candidates have agreed on these rules: I will ask a question. The candidate will ignore the question and
deliver rehearsed remarks designed to appeal to undecided women voters. The opponent will then have one minute to respond by trying to frighten
senior citizens into voting for him."
posted by rcade
on Oct 20, 2000 -
The third presidential debate
is on, and I can't stop watching it. Though I'd rather be taking in the simple pleasures of Dark Angel, my politically active mind won't allow me to do so . . .
for the first time in my life, I find myself wishing for a brain annuerism.
posted by aladfar
on Oct 17, 2000 -