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  1. Anyone who's anyone will be there. Sorta.
  2. You should just accept that they're not all that good. I kid... sorta.
  3. The Northwest team's other member is Shunatona. Congrats to everyone.
  5. I'll be there. (Sorry, Creighton, I'm judging for Rodgers)
  6. Wow. I don't know how I forgot about that... I was there and everything. Sorry, Creighton. (I didn't stick around for awards, so I don't know how LD turned out, Brian.)
  7. you mean to tell me you're more legit than both Grant AND Creighton? You know, Grant Brazill, as in the one who qualified for nats in DX his sophomore year? Ah, Tyler Joe, you make me smile.
  8. obviously, he's kidding. just kidding, Tyler.
  9. dictionary.com: to permit, approve, or agree; comply or yield (often fol. by to or an infinitive): He consented to the proposal. We asked her permission, and she consented. or, if you prefer: permission, approval, or agreement; compliance; acquiescence: He gave his consent to the marriage. Give me an example of pornography that involves nonconsent. It was just an example. I don't agree that there's always dominance. It's just very prevalent. Just because some would say that doesn't make it true. Doesn't make it false, either, but it's just an opinion. So I guess it doesn't matter. Women have been taught for centuries that they are to be polite, and avoid conversations dealing with sex in polite society. That women are voluntarily participating in pornography, that they are portraying themselves as independent beings that do what they want, when they want, indicates a control over sexuality.
  10. Awww. this thread is getting no love. I was there. Saw some interesting stuff. Does anyone have results from Friday?
  11. The problem I see with many arguments, is that it portrays pornography as all a certain way, or all another way. In my experience, many pornographic films consist of consenting adults performing sex acts on camera. While, undeniably, there are unpleasant aspects to some films, or some sectors of the industry, there is also something to be said for the liberation of women within the industry. (There are also plenty other industries that are more inherently sexist than pornography. Capitalism in and of itself is quite sexist.) There are certainly plenty of films out there that portray the female in the sexual relationship as the dominant one, and therefore break this dichotomy of male dominance. There's something to be said about a woman taking control of her sexuality -- even if that means that she -chooses- to be submissive. Looking at any pornographic film, the female, whether she is submissive or dominant, is obviously having a good time. Pornography can be said to have a large role in female sexual liberation -- it's okay to have sex, and it's okay to enjoy it. The argument that pornography is abusive just doesn't make sense to me. Two consenting adults having sex on camera isn't abusive. That's like saying that any time intercourse occurs, someone is being raped. If pornography is abusive, then is any private sexual act abusive? Is intercourse between two consenting adults rape? Where do we draw the line? When the actors and actresses in pornographic films voluntarily perform these acts on camera, is it still exploitation? Or is it people taking control over their sexuality?
  12. the Montana a question mark with an exclamation point superimposed. "What the hell do you think you're doing?!" (I don't have that exact character on my computer, "?!" will have to do.) Rome (the Vatican's police force and the Roman force.)
  13. Actually, when it was brought up, she specifically asked the committee to make sure that all corporations that operate in the US and US territories (the corporation in question -- Starkist Tuna, I believe, a subsidary of Heinz -- has a plant in American Samoa) were not exempt from the minimum wage bill.
  14. Woah. You newbies aren't really criticizing The Scu, are you? And algore, what kind of evidence do you have that the NYTimes is biased? Come on. If you're going to claim something, be a good debater and back it up.
  15. lol, Grant. Play nice with the other kiddies from your district!
  16. I contend that you're both toons. ;-)
  17. No, unfortunately I had to work. I wanted to watch/judge more, but my boss....
  18. Will Swanson will be there judging all day both days - possibly including the outrounds.
  19. I judged you 3rd round. You were great.
  20. I agree with Chris and time_stops (sorry, I don't know your name). Very awesome rounds, especially for novices.
  21. I'm going! Hooray for judging. ps - Chris, why are you back all of a sudden?! It's crazy.
  22. This is ridiculous. Nationals is nationals, and it is where it is. You all should just get off your collective high horse and get over yourselves; most of you won't qualify for nationals anyway, so you don't have to worry about "lame" Derby/Wichita. Oh, by the way, here's some things you can do in Wichita: 1. Music Theatre of Wichita - one of the best in the country, fairly inexpensive, and always an excellent choice. 2. A good local music scene; on any given night, there are at least two shows going on somewhere in the metro area. Sure, it's not an amusement park or anything, but it's decent music, cheap entertainment, and a good time. 3. Several decent art museums on the river - the art museum, the Wichita Painter's Guild gallery, many galleries downtown on Douglas street are all good choices. 4. Sedgwick County Zoo - again, one of the best in the nation. Even if you're not the zoo type, or if you've been to the Zoo before, be sure to see something you haven't seen before or an exhibit that will intrigue you. And there's always the decent restaurants both downtown and in East Wichita (including Bradley Faire and the Waterfront), and quaint boutiques downtown. Of course, there always is what you should be doing if you come to nationals anywhere: practicing, researching, filing, and resting. Surely among that list of things to do, you can at least bear to stay in Wichita for a week...It's not like you'll have much spare time to do "fun" things anyway.
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