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The blog of The Antient and Honourable John Adams Society, Minnesota's Conservative Debating Society www.johnadamssociety.org

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Debate Tips

Some debate tips for the future:

1. Do not compare American elected politicians (even the ones you hate) to Hitler or Stalin.

2. Do not try to argue that those who disagree with your position are dumb.

Any others.....

Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

And Hannibal. Hitler, Stalin and Hannibal.

But how else would I possibly explain someone not agreeing with my obviously correct position unless they're just dumb? Could we say instead that they are intellectually challenged?

Calling someone dumb is one of the most time-honored debate tactics, closely followed by the bigotry claim, then Hannibal, Hitler and Stalin, in that order.

5:08 PM, February 09, 2006  
Blogger Craig Westover said...

Do not use the word "hordes" unless you pronounce it distinctly and cleanly . . . .

Do not use the phrase "make the trains run on time" as a good thing . . . .

5:39 PM, February 09, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

I wondered whether it would be bad taste to point out that Hamas would make sure that the trains blew up on time.

6:23 PM, February 09, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

By the way, I really enjoyed last night's debate. I thought it had some very good and entertaining speeches.

6:28 PM, February 09, 2006  
Blogger festivus said...

Perhaps giving the 'Heil Hitler' salute might also be in poor taste.

10:25 PM, February 09, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

And repeatedly flipping the Chairman the bird is simply uncalled for, even when behind his back. (Sorry, Pencil, it won't happen again.)

7:49 AM, February 10, 2006  
Blogger Air Marshall said...

All this flipping and name calling going on and I wasn't even there? Good heavens think of the mayhem if I had been. (I'll be watching my back Scribbler)!

12:26 PM, February 10, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

I'd never flip the bird at a man with a permit to carry.

3:28 PM, February 10, 2006  
Blogger Air Marshall said...

Wisdom is a virtue for aspiring authors.

11:42 PM, February 10, 2006  

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