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Everything posted by birdwing7

  1. That depends on how it's debated in the round, of course. But I would feel comfortable defending that all of our military materiel is part of our military presence. It wouldn't be there without the military, and was brought into the country to support the military operation.
  2. Has anyone written a case about removing hazardous military waste from Afghanistan or Iraq?
  3. It was referenced in Friedman's column today, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/opinion/05friedman.html?partner=rss&emc=rss, and seems to speak to the relationship between U.S. economic growth and "hegemony."
  4. I am uncomfortable advising people where to build their places of worship/community centers. I'm certain they understand many people will be unhappy if they build it at the proposed site. But if they want to go ahead with it, what business of mine is that?
  5. You may be right, but really, I think it's more about money and what AD Tom Holmoe calls "exposure". The MWC is tied to that terrible TV deal with The Mountain, which relatively few people get and which has lousy production values. I've heard BYU gets about $1.7 million for the season from the deal with The Mountain, and that if they cut a deal as an independent with ESPN, each home game ESPN picked up would be about $1 million.
  6. Some libertarians justify anti-discrimination laws as necessary to combat centuries of institutionalized, state-sanctioned racism. Brink Lindsey of Cato said: "the exclusion of blacks from public accommodations wasn’t just a series of uncoordinated private decisions by individuals exercising their freedom of association. It was part and parcel of an overall social system of racial oppression.” “To be against Title II in 1964 would be to be brain-dead to the underlying realities of how this world works,” said professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago. “In 1964, every major public accommodation that operated a nationwide business was in favor of being forced to admit minorities.” National chains, he explained, feared desegregating in the South without the backing of the federal government because they feared boycotts, retribution and outright violence. http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/5900-contra-rand-paul-the-libertarian-and-constitutional-case-for-the-civil-rights-act-of-1 There are other arguments from non-libertarians, but since you seem to have a libertarian perspective, I thought this might be the best place to start.
  7. Here's an interesting article about the prospects of Turkey acquiring nuclear weapons: http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2010/me_turkey0701_07_23.asp And the Heritage Foundation weighs in, with some linkage between removal of TNWs and Turkish prolif: http://blog.heritage.org/?p=39695 I did not buy this article from the latest issue of the Nonproliferation Review, but if you are near a college library it might be worth looking at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a923125806~frm=titlelink For those who ran TNWs in college, would you link turn or impact turn a Turkish prolif disadvantage? Also, did you take a position on whether removal of TNWs in Turkey would lead to the removal of TNW from other bases?
  8. Will anyone be doing an interview of Scott Odekirk soon?
  9. This sounds like a great case to me. It has lots of flexibility and (to me, at least) seems like it is in the middle of the topic. I think what I like best is that teams will be carrying strategies which they think should be sufficient, but apparently the affirmative evidence is better. Whenever the affirmative can keep the debate on its ground, I like its chances.
  10. I guess Cleveland signing Boozer as a free agent probably isn't in the cards, is it?
  11. I think that is a pretty narrow definition of "harm". I'm pretty sure if I lived in a town where the store would not sell to me, I would think I had been "harmed", even though no one had physically touched me. Although I have no proof, I believe that desegregating businesses helped change racist attitudes in the United States. It may not have affected the business owners, but it may have affected the populace. I would guess that national chains (and likely many local businesses) probably welcomed business desegregation.
  12. The tournament host has costs other than judging. Somebody has to pay janitors to clean up the mess students make at a debate tournament, for example. Even the ballots themselves cost money. And, even if judges aren't paid, they aren't free. Either the debaters have to pay the judge they bring, or get the judge to do it without pay (thereby shifting the cost to the judge). Sometimes that will work, but it is not costless. And it may not lead to the quality of judging you might hope for.
  13. Congratulations to Utah's contingent at NFL Nationals. I read on another thread that Utah has never had a team in finals before. So, here's to you, RHSM, both debaters and coaches!
  14. What does the job of conference hegemon pay and what perks does it bring?
  15. Is the Big-10 willing to take Texas Tech and maybe Baylor in order to get Texas? That would put a pretty big dent in their academic elite persona.
  16. Is there a reason you have San Diego State on the Arizona border instead of the Pacific Ocean?
  17. I find it hard to believe that Texas, A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado would really go to the Pac 10, but apparently Chip Brown has some credibility. http://texas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1090747
  18. I'm not sure how you would go about answering this question. Some tournaments draw fewer strong teams. But weaker teams in the tournament may correspond to more unpredictable judges in the judging pool.
  19. Apparently, some people believe the "subject to the jurisdiction" clause of the 14th Amendment leaves room to argue that we can exclude people from citizenship even if they were born on American soil if their parents were here illegally. It seems a stretch to me.
  20. The Earth will self-regulate, using disease or war to halve the population. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7134012.ece
  21. I wonder if Rand Paul thinks I'm un-American.
  22. I'd like to go on record as saying I don't care who Miss USA is. I don't care about Carrie Prejean. I did think the Miss South Carolina answer from a couple of years ago was amusing.
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