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Thanks for visiting my my blog. I’m an entrepreneur, poet, avid poker player, expert home cook, and aspiring novelist. More importantly, I’m a husband, close friend to a few people, and parent to a nutty cat named Manny.

I write about a lot of different things on here as I have a variety of different interests. My goal in life is really to have well informed and thoughtful perspectives on the topics I choose to have an opinion about. We’re living in an increasingly post-thought world, so I strive to have a voice that doesn’t harmonize with all that discord.

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29 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Sarah says:

    Hi, again. Can you speak Celtic? My choir class is singing Dulaman in Celtic and no in mt. Vernon can speak it. Just wanting to know.

    1. Ace says:

      Haha, nope, that’s not a talent I have.

  2. Anonymous says:

    what do you have to say on the resolve for : on balance, government restrictions on threatening speech are desirable

    1. Ace says:

      That’s a very open-ended question. Is there a specific part you’re asking about? I’d probably have a lot to say haha, likely another entire topic overview about it.

  3. ColeTrain says:

    Is “Ace” the on that runs this blog? And the one that replies to comments? 🙂

    1. Ace says:

      I’m the one who runs it, but anyone is able to post and reply to comments I try my best to answer any comments that people leave 🙂

      1. ColeTrain says:

        Okay, cool! I hope you don’t mind my debating with you in the LD category. I just found your website and it has proved very helpful. I found my Neg. framework for the January topic on your post. 🙂

  4. Ace says:

    Nope, don’t mind at all, that’s what the site is here for.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What is your opinion on the income inequality resolution? It seems every other topic was better than this one…

    1. Ace says:

      Yeah, I think the resolution is trash. It poses a false dichotomy, and it’s going to be terrible to debate. I wrote a topic overview on it if you want some ideas, but as far as the resolution goes, I’m not a huge fan.

  6. Sophie says:

    Hi, I’m a debater from Wadsworth attending nationals in LD. Was wondering if a) there would be a post on the nats topic, and/or b) I could email my case to “Ace” just for feedback. it’s no problem if the answer is no 🙂 just wondering. Thank you 🙂

    1. Ace says:

      Hi Sophie,

      Congrats on making it to nationals! I won’t be putting up an analysis of the nats topic unfortunately. I also don’t review cases for folks who aren’t students of the academy because it would be unfair to the students. If you want to post arguments here, though, I’d be happy to discuss with you. Or if you’d like to do a camp or something to get you ready for nationals, go ahead and contact the academy. Thanks, and congrats again! 🙂

      1. Sophie says:

        Currently my affirmative values justice with the criterion of human dignity, and my negative also values justice with the criterion of the social contract. On my affirmative the basic thesis is that to achieve justice, the universal good, one must have human dignity, and the best way to achieve dignity is through recognizing immigration as a human right. By recognizing immigration as a human right, one can right many wrongs prevalent all over the world that exist because immigration is not recognized as a human right (I discuss these in my contentions.) On the negative, I argue that justice can only be upheld if the state and its citizens uphold their social contract to each other, and that the affirmative infringes on the social contract. By recognizing immigration as a human right, which are rights much less restricted than other types of rights, the state is not able to close its borders to foreigners if it deems this necessary, though under the social contract the state has duties to promote the interests of its current citizens over noncitizens.

        1. Ace says:

          Hi Sophie,

          From the way you describe your cases, they seem fine, but they do seem pretty standard. The structure is solid, and the frameworks are good, but it isn’t anything remarkable. You’re going to run into a lot of different arguments at nationals, so you should be prepared for that.

          For the affirmative, be sure to clearly define justice. What is the universal good? And why is it best achieved through human dignity? A universal good seems more like a utilitarian concept.

          For the negative, your VC shouldn’t just be the “social contract.” Every society outside the state of nature has a social contract, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good one. You also shouldn’t admit that immigration is a “restricted” right, because that’s admitting that it is already some kind of right. You will also need to explain how open borders can harm a nation’s population.

          Other than that, the structure is good. I hope this helps. Good luck!

  7. Camil says:

    I am doing PF in middle school and I have a tournament on OCT 15
    I would like you to review this contention and respond to it thanks!

    [edited to remove contention]

    1. Ace says:

      Hi Camil,

      Thanks for reading and posting, but we don’t do complete case and contention reviews here on the blog. That would be unfair to the students who pay for the Academy’s services. If you’d like to consider doing that, please get in touch using the website, and I’ll be happy to see how we can help.

      If you’d like to post general ideas and thoughts here, I’d be happy to provide feedback like I’ve done for the others above, but reviewing the actual content of your case isn’t something I can offer. Thanks for understanding.

  8. May says:

    I am just getting in to this debate thing and am a bit overwhelmed do you have any tips for me a a novice debater

    1. Ace says:

      Hi May,

      You should check out our fundamentals of debating post linked below; it has some good tips in there. My number one piece of advice is to learn, learn, learn. Read research articles, philosophical works, supreme court opinions, news stories, and whatever else you can think of. If you’re smarter than your opponents, they will have a much more difficult time beating you.

  9. Aryana says:

    Hey, Ace I’m in the debate this year and need to know who you are the cause of your article about the United States Ought To Limit Qualify Immunity For Police Officers for my evidence cards all I really need to know it your qualifications because we are doing LD debate this year. Thankyou!

    1. Ace says:

      Hey Aryana, you can check the authors page for information about me. But, you really shouldn’t be using this blog as a source or warrant in your case. You should be utilizing research and actual scholarly work as your warrants.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Can you explain the social contract theory as a value/criterion in ld debate?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Can you explain the social contract theory please?

    1. sxa255 says:

      This is a really broad question.

      In general, social contract theory is a section of political philosophy that deals with developing an understanding of the normative aspects of people agreeing to form a society. As people, we create society, government, and social institutions. We choose to do this, and in so doing, create a social contract which results in certain normative realities. Philosophers like Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, etc… seek to investigate what those normative realities are and elucidate them.

      As it pertains to value structures in LD, social contract theory is not a suitable value or value criterion. You must describe what exactly you’re trying to achieve with the social contract. What part of the normative discourse are you attempting to tackle? Legitimacy? Justice? Balance? There are a number of character aspects of a social contract which can make a suitable component of the value structure.

      I hope that helps; let me know if you have other questions.

  12. Valerie P. says:

    Hello there,

    I’m made it past A-quals and headed towards league at South High, there’s a new LD topic- The United States ought to provide a universal basic income. I feel as if there are so many V and VC’s that can tie into this resolution, but I just don’t know where to start, or have as a “go-to” in other words. Some people say to just stick to the basics, or what you mainly know. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. sxa255 says:

      Hey Valerie,

      We just posted our topic overview. Have you taken a look? That should help get you started.

      1. Valerie P. says:

        Thank You So Much !!!!!!!!!!

  13. Destiny says:

    Why don’t you do an analysis of the big questions topic?

    1. sxa255 says:

      I don’t really know much about Big Questions debate. It wasn’t an activity when I was a debater, so I wouldn’t know how to write a proper topic analysis. I can just write my thoughts about it, but that wouldn’t be very useful I don’t think.

      1. Destiny says:

        Oh ok just wondering. I am writing a Big Questions case for the first time and I came to this website to look for some help because you have helped me a lot with Public Forum!!!!

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