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MrMarantz last won the day on July 28 2012

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  1. Mmmmm I think it's still an important point to be made. The argument isn't "some policy teams still win," it's "traditional powerhouses are still powerhouses." Emporia's crowns, the OU/Towson round...these are more noise than signal. I mean, look at the regular season (since that was when the majority of the "backlash" activity took place): GSU finals = Harvard d. Northwestern Kentucky = Northwestern d. Michigan Harvard = Northwestern d. Georgetown USC = Harvard d. Cal CSUF = Northwestern d. Towson Texas = Gtown d. Wake Forest Now, granted, Harvard BoSu and Cal MS were dirty K debaters, but you'd be hard pressed to defend that Harvard and Cal don't count as part of the old guard. There are probably also pretty good args that the kind of academic criticism they engage in are typical of and reify White scholarship. I would consider Wake as a school to be part of it too, but Wake LW is an exception to that rule. So, out of 7 majors, that's what? 4 won by Northwestern, 1 by Gtown, and 1 by Harvard. 2 Black/non-traditional teams in finals (not totally sure how best to describe Wake LW) out of a possible 14. If we expand it to semis, then out of 28 possible slots available, Black teams accounted for only 5 (Towson, Wake, Rutgers, OU, and West Georgia each reached semis or better exactly once) of those. ~18%. Factor in CEDA (all Black everything) and the NDT (Gtown d. Michigan) and you have Black teams this year winning 1 out of 9 majors, claiming 4 out of the possible 18 spots (~22%) in the finals, and claiming 9 out of 36 (~25%) of semis spots. Now, you can look at these results, and draw many different conclusions. Maybe this reflects a bias in the judging pool against Black teams. Maybe this shows a fundamental flaw with MPJ. Maybe this shows that if the traditional schools had turned up in force at CEDA, the outrounds would have been shaken up from the influx of policy judges they brought with them. But you know what it doesn't show? That Black teams have been successful to the point that traditional powerhouses are feeling threatened. Yeah, Hardy tried to start his own tournament, but that's one dude. If Northwestern, Harvard, Gtown, Michigan, MSU, Kansas, Emory, Wake, Mary Wash, Dartmouth, Kentucky, Cal, and Iowa all really were unwilling to cede literally any ground to Towson, OU, Rutgers, West Georgia, Vermont, and Fresno St, then every tournament would either be like the NOPD (policy-only) or CEDA ("we won't dignify the tournament by coming"). For gods sakes, the PRL was floated, and nobody wanted to do it.
  2. 2AC: "First on T - (proceeds to read K of T)." "On to the K - first arg is Framework."
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    That's quite enough of this talk. Back to your homes, all of you. Disperse!
  4. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDEQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D4_Pbx9mvWPY&ei=JtWDUeOAGYTCrgHG_YHwDw&usg=AFQjCNHGx8Dyp0bxquCfEhvxyXyp1KaG8A
  5. Why was a coach judging his own team?
  6. Man, this thread has devolved into vacuousness, but you know what? Everyone has shown remarkable restraint in not asking how this will affect terrorism impact brinks. So, maybe there is hope for this community after all. Now, back to whatever ridiculous debate you were having about nihilism.
  7. Also Beckley (hegemony) went to Emory.
  8. 1. Chechnyan terrorists will attack the Olympics, UK retaliates with nukes 2. Afghan destabilization leads to resurgence of Taliban, who collapse Afghan economy, which leads to...afghan destabilization 3. Nuclear/chemical plant explosions 4. Loss of the Internet causes global health crisis 5. Attempts to curb overpopulation cause de-fertilization
  9. I believe it's a holdover from the WGLF filter. Or to prevent people from posting threads like HELP PLZ NEED HEG GOOD CARD BY TOMORROW THX
  10. I saw "tooling the 1ar" and immediately assumed this was going to be a thread about neg block strategies.
  11. The way I've seen this run was: Plan: The United States Supreme Court should rule X policy unconstitutional/determine that X policy is outside the bounds of Congress/the President U: ACA will be ruled constitutional on a 5-4 vote L: Plan is unpopular, drains institutional capital IL: Institutional Capital is key to ACA being ruled constitutional I: ACA k2 X impact "What is institutional capital?" I hear you ask. Essentially, it's the idea that the court is responsive to public opinion/the opinions of other parts of the government. It's got some great empirical defense (see Roberts, ACA decision)
  12. This is a fairly common strat against Courts affs. I'm not sure you would be able to spin a link to non-courts action.
  13. This is my favorite video about LARPing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjj3b1mcjpE
  14. This post is to making sense as steamboat is to microphone.
  15. "You're not a very good line-by-line debater...well, I mean you're not very technically proficient. You just kind of throw a bunch of shit at the wall and see what sticks."
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