Ken Strange Paradigm

Last changed Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM UTC

I'm a crazy, old man.  You are strongly advised to strike me.  If that didn't convince you, I hope the following will.

While I'm pretty much willing to listen to anything, the following are my biases.  As much as I try to set aside my preferences, I'm sure they influence my understanding what teams say, what the warrants are, and ultimately my assessment of issues.

I firmly believe that the affirmative should advocate a topical plan.  I think this is the only viable way for the negative to have a chance to prepare well. If defended well, there is some chance of my voting for an aff without a plan, and the odds are a little better if the affirmative at least talks about issues related to the topic.

On topicality, I prefer a standard slightly different from reasonability and competing interpretations.  I think it should be negative burden to prove the affirmative interpretation is bad for debate, not just that the negative interpretation is marginally better.  The best way to prove an interpretation bad for debate is limits – that the interpretation is so broad than the negative could never be thoroughly prepared to debate every possible case.

I do not think debate is role playing of federal actors.  You're you and I'm me, and there is a debate about what we think the federal government should do.  Fiat obviously doesn't assume anything really happens.  Fiat is just ignoring the question of "will" and debating "should" in order to focus the debate on the merits of the idea/ policy.

I tend to be fairly liberal on counterplans, with competition being about the only requirement.  PICs, agents, etc are fine.  There does needs to be some limit on negative fiat for agents, but that can be debated out.  Presumptively governmental actions are OK, and private actors are not.

K's and K affs with plans are fine with me.  I am not that familiar with much of the literature.  So, you should explain things thoroughly.  Ultimately, these debates become matters of what makes sense to me.

Spin, explanation, and telling a good story are crucial to winning my ballot.  Even more important is resolving arguments, and I am increasingly frustrated by debaters in rebuttals emphasizing their own arguments and never referencing opposing responses.  2NRs and 2ARs with lots of "they say…, but" references are more likely to win my ballot.

Please be clear.  Start speeches at less than full speed.  Pause a little before and slow down some on the argument tags.  I hate it when I cannot tell that a card has ended and a new argument is being made.  Please do not get quiet when reading cards.  I know this is hard for you to believe, but if you stop to breathe at punctuation marks, you will be faster and clearer than the awful double gasping that so many of you do.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
District 6 Southeast SECentral CEDA 2/17/2017 JV 1 Georgia/Miami YA Vanderbilt NJ NEG Vanderbilt NJ
District 6 Southeast SECentral CEDA 2/17/2017 NOV 2 Vanderbilt ER Miami DS AFF Vanderbilt ER
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN Quarters UC Berkeley MS Emory GK AFF UC Berkeley MS
UC Berkeley MS on a 2-1
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN Semis Georgetown KL UC Berkeley MS NEG UC Berkeley MS
Georgetown KL on a 2-1
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var Octos Weber State GT UC Berkeley SM NEG UC Berkeley SM
UC Berkeley SM on a 3-0
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/29/2016 Open RD 2 Michigan GW Oklahoma PS AFF Michigan GW
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/29/2016 Open RD 4 Nevada Las Vegas SS Texas BP NEG Texas BP
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/29/2016 Open DOUBLES Georgetown KL Oklahoma JW AFF Georgetown KL
Oklahoma JW on a 2-1
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 2 Wayne State DH Emory MT AFF Wayne State DH
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 5 Georgia AR Michigan State GR NEG Michigan State GR
DDI 8/2/2016 cx 1 HS Berger & Salunga KQ Kaul & Choi NEG KQ Kaul & Choi
DDI 8/2/2016 cx 2 CT Huang & Chen AM Sagawa & Mahler AFF CT Huang & Chen
DDI 8/2/2016 cx 3 KQ Joseph & Babat AM Rubenstein & Christianson AFF KQ Joseph & Babat
DDI 8/2/2016 cx 5 CT Hsiao & Gupta AM Sung & Tai AFF CT Hsiao & Gupta
DDI 8/2/2016 cx 6 HS Nichola Mui AM Clausen & Papadopoulos AFF HS Nichola Mui
DDI 8/2/2016 cx 7 KQ Raghavan & Pereda CT Zhang & Krishnan AFF KQ Raghavan & Pereda
DDI 8/2/2016 cx 8 HS Wynne & Amhaz KQ Chen & Singer AFF HS Wynne & Amhaz
DDI 8/2/2016 cx Oct KQ Zhao & Long KQ Nagarjuna & Wu AFF KQ Zhao & Long
KQ Nagarjuna & Wu on a 2-1
ADA Nationals at Boston College 3/11/2016 Open 1 Liberty JR Emory DM AFF Liberty JR
ADA Nationals at Boston College 3/11/2016 Open 4 UT Dallas LO Harvard HS NEG Harvard HS
ADA Nationals at Boston College 3/11/2016 Open Quarters Emory KG Northwestern EM NEG Northwestern EM
Emory KG on a 2-1
D6 Qualifier SESEC CEDA Championships 2/19/2016 Open 4 Georgia State HL Georgia RB NEG Georgia RB
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 3 Missouri - Kansas City FJ Kentucky GN NEG Kentucky GN
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 7 Georgia AR Baylor EG AFF Georgia AR
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO Doubles Georgetown KL Vermont BL AFF Georgetown KL
Georgetown KL on a 5-0
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO Octos Baylor BZ Emory KS NEG Emory KS
Emory KS on a 3-0
Cal Swing 2 1/7/2016 Open 1 Michigan State RB Nevada Las Vegas AO AFF Michigan State RB
Cal Swing 2 1/7/2016 Open 6 Trinity RS Northwestern CE AFF Trinity RS
Cal Swing 2 1/7/2016 Open Octo Emory KS Texas KS AFF Emory KS
Emory KS on a 3-0
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open 3 Michigan State RB Arizona State HR AFF Michigan State RB
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open 5 Kansas FH Harvard BD AFF Kansas FH
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open Doubles Michigan KM Nevada Las Vegas OG AFF Michigan KM
Michigan KM on a 3-0
Harvard 10/31/2015 Open 2 Georgia WS Baylor BZ NEG Baylor BZ
Harvard 10/31/2015 Open 5 Texas KS Minnesota AK AFF Texas KS
Harvard 10/31/2015 Open Octofinal Michigan State ST UC Berkeley SW AFF Michigan State ST
Michigan State ST on a 2-1
Harvard 10/31/2015 Open Quarterfinal Michigan KM Kentucky GN AFF Michigan KM
Michigan KM on a 2-1
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Open Doubles Harvard HS UT Dallas OL AFF Harvard HS
Harvard HS on a 3-0
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 3 Harvard BK James Madison WL NEG James Madison WL
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 5 Iowa OS Kansas KR AFF Iowa OS
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN Doubles Northwestern KL Emory KL AFF Northwestern KL
Northwestern KL on a 3-2
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN Octos Northwestern CE Harvard HS NEG Harvard HS
Harvard HS on a 5-0
68th National Debate Tournament in Indiana 3/28/2014 Open 1 Kentucky GV Texas CM AFF Kentucky GV
68th National Debate Tournament in Indiana 3/28/2014 Open 4 Trinity RS Iowa HK NEG Iowa HK
D8 NDT Qualifier 2/22/2014 D8 D8 2 NYU KZ Binghamton HC AFF NYU KZ
D8 NDT Qualifier 2/22/2014 D8 D8 3 CUNY SA Binghamton SR NEG Binghamton SR
D8 NDT Qualifier 2/22/2014 D8 D8 4 CUNY MJ Western Connecticut State EA AFF CUNY MJ
D8 NDT Qualifier 2/22/2014 D8 D8 6 CUNY/NYU CD Boston College CK NEG Boston College CK
D8 NDT Qualifier 2/22/2014 D8 D8 8 Cornell HP NYU DG NEG NYU DG
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Open Octos Georgetown FK George Wash NS NEG George Wash NS
George Wash NS on a 2-1
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Open Quarters JMU BM George Mason KL NEG George Mason KL
George Mason KL on a 3-0
2014 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2014 Var 2 Mary Washington MP James Madison ML AFF Mary Washington MP
2014 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2014 Var 5 Georgetown BL North Texas AK NEG North Texas AK
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/1/2013 Open Round 2 Texas KS Emporia HS AFF Texas KS
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/1/2013 Open Round 4 Trinity DT MoState PR AFF Trinity DT
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/1/2013 Open Octas Baylor BE Texas KS NEG Texas KS
Texas KS on a 2-1
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2013 Opn Rd 3 Wayne State LM Wake Forest HS AFF Wayne State LM
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2013 Opn Rd 5 Georgia DG Iowa CS AFF Georgia DG
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2013 Opn DBLS Harvard BS Kansas BC AFF Harvard BS
Harvard BS on a 5-0
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2013 Opn OCTS Harvard BS Mary Washington MP AFF Harvard BS
Harvard BS on a 4-1
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/21/2013 OPEN Dbls Emory DK Harvard BS NEG Harvard BS
Harvard BS on a 3-0
67th National Debate Tournament 3/29/2013 Open Doubles Emory PS Kentucky GR AFF Emory PS
Emory PS on a 4-1
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 JV JV1 Liberty GH USMA LS AFF Liberty GH
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 OP Op2 JMU BM Rutgers HM NEG Rutgers HM
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 JV JV3 Liberty CL USMA MS AFF Liberty CL
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 JV JV6 GMU BM JMU GY AFF GMU BM
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 OP OpOc Harvard BN UMW LP AFF Harvard BN
Harvard BN on a 2-1
USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2013 Var Octos Harvard BS MSU HR AFF Harvard BS
Harvard BS on a 3-0
Franklin R. Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/8/2012 - Doubles CSUF CT MaryWash MM NEG MaryWash MM
MaryWash MM on a 3-0
Franklin R. Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/8/2012 - Octas Texas GM GTown AM NEG GTown AM
GTown AM on a 3-0
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 JV JV Round 4 NYU GS Cornell CG NEG Cornell CG
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Open Open Round 6 Liberty EF Binghamton GR AFF Liberty EF
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Open Open Octos Towson HW GeoMas MW NEG GeoMas MW
Towson HW on a 2-1
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Novice Novice Quarters GeoMas HM Binghamton MO NEG Binghamton MO
Binghamton MO on a 3-0
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2012 O JV breakout fin GeoWas NS Kentucky GR AFF GeoWas NS
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2012 O Doubles NWstrn KM Minneosta CE AFF NWstrn KM
NWstrn KM on a 3-0
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/21/2012 open Open 1 Kentucky GR Harvard BZ AFF Kentucky GR
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/21/2012 open Open 3 Samford AV Harvard BS NEG Harvard BS
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/21/2012 open Open 4 Iowa CL Harvard NX AFF Iowa CL
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/21/2012 open Open doubs Wake BM GTown CV AFF Wake BM
Wake BM on a 3-0
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/21/2012 open Open ocots WestGa DF NWestern KM NEG NWestern KM
NWestern KM on a 3-0