[eDebate] powell's resignation (ans Omri)
Tue Jun 3 20:10:45 CDT 2003
Omri Ceren (http://www.ndtceda.com/archives/200306/0037.html) writes:
"Debate is not the real world[.]"
Is the shit they shovel around Washington, D.C. any more 'real' than in
forensic programs? Exactly where does 'the real world' begin (and end)? ...
Because i was unaware that debaters had purchased extra-dimensional
teleportation devices: they certainly seemed to be composed of flesh and
blood; they walk around and talk and talk and make choices predicated upon
the pretense that what they do matters. (Do you see any irony in citing your
apparently skilled performances in debate rounds ("A careful review of any
debate rounds would reveal Omri's ...") to defend yourself against the
charge of idiocy, while at the same time you argue that what goes in debate
is essentially unrealistic, and anyone who disagrees is an idiot? Well which
one is it, Omri?)
So give me some examples of what 'real' political engagement might entail:
casting a single vote amidst a polity that's a hundred million large (and
hoping that vote is tabulated accurately)? joining the ranks of an anti-war
protest and perhaps getting a picture of your witty poster on the front-page
of your local paper's metro section (if you're lucky)? writing your
congress-person (or your president) under the auspices of a community to
which you belong (e.g. in defense of the principle that fabricating evidence
is corrosive to discussion, not to mention unethical on its face)?
After all, you took the time out of your busy 'lazy Tuesday' (as am i) to
appeal to this miniscule community (e-debate) in support of upholding rules
of grammar ... Are you 'delusional'? Do you 'require medication' (or are you
already taking some)? Have you nothing better to do but 'waste time' by
castigating those who might not share in your Machivallianism (i.e. the rank
apologism for politicians who lie to their constituents of the world in
order to drum up support for imperial conquests)?
Sorry if i've made any spelling or capitalization errors (the reason my 'i'
isn't 'I' is certainly for some idiotic pomodernistic crap that you'd most
assuredly consider incomprehendsible and un-'real'), but since 'All we have
to decide is what to do with the time that is given us', i don't anticipate
an educated response. However, i was suprised to find (thanks to an
anonymous but credible backchanneler) that Omri has been quoted to say the
"I hate myself and everyone around me. I took Prozac, and when that didn't
work, Zoloft, and now its Paxil, but none of them works. I can't get it up
anymore. And now I'm addicted to pain-killers and no one even notices, or
cares. God, I want to die."
... whether or not this is 'fabricated evidence' should be an entirely
insignificant concern for Omri, as apparently we're momentarily operating
outside of 'the real world'. .k
p.s. i do not in any way support Powell's resignation.
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