Ken Strange Paradigm

Last changed 2/14 8:53A EST

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 Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
District 6 Southeast SECentral CEDA 2/17/2017 NOV R2 Vanderbilt ER Miami DS Aff
District 6 Southeast SECentral CEDA 2/17/2017 JV R1 Georgia/Miami YA Vanderbilt NJ Neg
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN Semis Georgetown KL UC Berkeley MS Neg Aff on a 2-1
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN Quarte UC Berkeley MS Emory GK Aff Aff on a 2-1
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var Octos Weber State GT UC Berkeley SM Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/29/2016 Open DOUBLE Georgetown KL Oklahoma JW Aff Neg on a 2-1
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 RD 2 Michigan GW Oklahoma PS Aff
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN R5 Georgia AR Michigan State GR Neg
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN R2 Wayne State DH Emory MT Aff
DDI 8/2/2016 cx Oct KQ Zhao & Long KQ Nagarjuna & Wu Aff Neg on a 2-1
DDI 8/2/2016 cx R8 HS Wynne & Amhaz KQ Chen & Singer Aff
DDI 8/2/2016 cx R7 KQ Raghavan & Pereda CT Zhang & Krishnan Aff
DDI 8/2/2016 cx R6 HS Nichola Mui AM Clausen & Papadopoulos Aff
DDI 8/2/2016 cx R5 CT Hsiao & Gupta AM Sung & Tai Aff
DDI 8/2/2016 cx R3 KQ Joseph & Babat AM Rubenstein & Christianson Aff
DDI 8/2/2016 cx R2 CT Huang & Chen AM Sagawa & Mahler Aff
DDI 8/2/2016 cx R1 HS Berger & Salunga KQ Kaul & Choi Neg
ADA Nationals at Boston College 3/11/2016 Open Quarte Emory KG Northwestern EM Neg Aff on a 2-1
ADA Nationals at Boston College 3/11/2016 Open R4 UT Dallas LO Harvard HS Neg
ADA Nationals at Boston College 3/11/2016 Open R1 Liberty JR Emory DM Aff
D6 Qualifier SESEC CEDA Championships 2/19/2016 Open R4 Georgia State HL Georgia RB Neg
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO Octos Baylor BZ Emory KS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO Double Georgetown KL Vermont BL Aff Aff on a 5-0
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO R7 Georgia AR Baylor EG Aff
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO R3 Missouri - Kansas City FJ Kentucky GN Neg
Cal Swing 2 1/7/2016 Open Octo Emory KS Texas KS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Swing 2 1/7/2016 Open R6 Trinity RS Northwestern CE Aff
Cal Swing 2 1/7/2016 Open R1 Michigan State RB Nevada Las Vegas AO Aff
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open Double Michigan KM Nevada Las Vegas OG Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open R5 Kansas FH Harvard BD Aff
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open R3 Michigan State RB Arizona State HR Aff
Harvard 10/30/2015 Open Quarte Michigan KM Kentucky GN Aff Aff on a 2-1
Harvard 10/30/2015 Open Octofi Michigan State ST UC Berkeley SW Aff Aff on a 2-1
Harvard 10/30/2015 Open R5 Texas KS Minnesota AK Aff
Harvard 10/30/2015 Open R2 Georgia WS Baylor BZ Neg
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 9/30/2015 Open Double Harvard HS UT Dallas OL Aff Aff on a 3-0
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN Octos Northwestern CE Harvard HS Neg Neg on a 5-0
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN Double Northwestern KL Emory KL Aff Aff on a 3-2
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN R5 Iowa OS Kansas KR Aff
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN R3 Harvard BK James Madison WL Neg
68th National Debate Tournament in Indiana 3/28/2014 Open 4 Trinity RS Iowa HK Neg Neg on a 3-0
68th National Debate Tournament in Indiana 3/28/2014 Open 1 Kentucky GV Texas CM Aff Aff on a 2-1
D8 NDT Qualifier 2/22/2014 D8 D8 8 Cornell HP NYU DG Neg
D8 NDT Qualifier 2/22/2014 D8 D8 6 CUNY/NYU CD Boston College CK Neg
D8 NDT Qualifier 2/22/2014 D8 D8 4 CUNY MJ Western Connecticut State EA Aff Aff on a 2-0
D8 NDT Qualifier 2/22/2014 D8 D8 3 CUNY SA Binghamton SR Neg
D8 NDT Qualifier 2/22/2014 D8 D8 2 NYU KZ Binghamton HC Aff
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Open Quart JMU BM George Mason KL Neg Neg on a 3-0
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Open Octos Georgetown FK George Wash NS Neg Neg on a 2-1
2014 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2014 Var R5 Georgetown BL North Texas AK Neg
2014 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2014 Var R2 Mary Washington MP James Madison ML Aff
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/1/2013 Open Octas Baylor BE Texas KS Neg Neg on a 2-1
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/1/2013 Open Round Trinity DT MoState PR Aff
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/1/2013 Open Round Texas KS Emporia HS Aff
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2013 Opn OCTS Harvard BS Mary Washington MP Aff Aff on a 4-1
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2013 Opn DBLS Harvard BS Kansas BC Aff Aff on a 5-0
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2013 Opn Rd 5 Georgia DG Iowa CS Aff
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2013 Opn Rd 3 Wayne State LM Wake Forest HS Aff
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/21/2013 OPEN Dbls Emory DK Harvard BS Neg Neg on a 3-0
67th National Debate Tournament 3/29/2013 Open Double Emory PS Kentucky GR Aff Aff on a 4-1
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 OP OpOc Harvard BN UMW LP Aff Aff on a 2-1
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 JV JV6 GMU BM JMU GY Aff
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 JV JV3 Liberty CL USMA MS Aff
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 OP Op2 JMU BM Rutgers HM Neg
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 JV JV1 Liberty GH USMA LS Aff
USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2013 Var Octos Harvard BS MSU HR Aff Aff on a 3-0
Franklin R. Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/8/2012 - Octas Texas GM GTown AM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Franklin R. Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/8/2012 - Double CSUF CT MaryWash MM Neg Neg on a 3-0
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Novice Novice GeoMas HM Binghamton MO Neg Neg on a 3-0
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Open Open O Towson HW GeoMas MW Neg Aff on a 2-1
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Open Open R Liberty EF Binghamton GR Aff
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 JV JV Rou NYU GS Cornell CG Neg
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2012 O Double NWstrn KM Minneosta CE Aff Aff on a 3-0
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2012 O JV bre GeoWas NS Kentucky GR Aff Neg on a 2-1
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/21/2012 open Open o WestGa DF NWestern KM Neg Neg on a 3-0
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/21/2012 open Open d Wake BM GTown CV Aff Aff on a 3-0
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 3 Samford AV Harvard BS Neg
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/21/2012 open Open 1 Kentucky GR Harvard BZ Aff