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