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An argument for
Men

Men's professional sports are more competitive, engaging, and profitable than the fairer sex's athletic pursuits.
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An argument against
Men

Buscia misses the boat with his/her argument. Spazol did not say women have not contributed anything. Instead, (s)he stated a truism, men have been "heavily involved in creating and inventing most of humankind's useful and artistic accomplishments." MOST is the key word. It is distinguished from the word ALL. Throughout history, until relatively recently, men were the ones who provided MOST of the technological, artistic, and other noted accomplishments. Now, it should be noted, if it were not for men's piggish oppression of women for millennia, women would most likely have played a larger role in historic achievements. However, the fact that we still are celebrating "the first woman _________" to this day, leads me to say Spazol is sadly right. Though I am not sure that supports his argument in favor of men. Instead, it probably demonstrates how successful men have been at silencing, ignoring, and disempowering women.
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An argument against
Fountain Pens

In general they are expensive.
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An argument for
Joss Whedon

Firefly is one of the best and most unique shows to come along in a long time. Its unfortunate demise should be lamented. Firefly provided a Starwars-escque marriage of western noir and sci-fi. It did not assume that everything was better in the future. Instead, Joss created and shared a glimpse into a believable future we may not be so eager to greet. I really miss that show.
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An argument against
Joss Whedon

In general, I am a fan of Joss' work. However, his affinity for anime-like scantily clad girls who appear to be teens can be a bit creepy.
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An argument for
Community Colleges

While they still have the stigma of high schools with ashtrays, great things are happening on community college campuses. They are essential to increasing the average American's access to increased education. Community colleges offer a cheaper means to begin a college career or to obtain vocational training (e.g. fire science, HVAC, or criminal justice). Most community colleges also offer schedules that accommodate students' need to work while attending school. As our economy has all but eliminated a manufacturing base, community colleges have played a central roll in empowering a changing/aging workforce's ability to train/retrain for new careers in a new economy.

That all being written, community colleges play a totally different role than that of a university.

Also, please note the questioner's bias -- they ask whether a "community college" is as respected as a "Four year University." Why is the university capitalized while the community college is posted in a lower case? If you are going to post a question, I think debate is better if you at least try to make it neutral and worded in a manner that yields two well balanced positions.
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An argument against
Avatar: The Movie

One word: "UNOBTAINIUM." Are you kidding me?
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An argument for
The United States needs to devise a better strategy for dealing with terrorists

I agree there is a need for a better strategy. It seems our model of dealing with terrorists is aimed at fighting the last terrorist attack. Some noted members of the intelligence community have said the 9-11 attacks were in part due to a lack of imagination. That all being written, with all honesty and humility I must admit I do not know how to improve the strategy.
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An argument against
Conservatism and liberalism are not just differences of opinion, but different ways of thought processing.

I think the flaw in the analysis put forward by allonzo1 is his/her assumption that people arrive at conclusions after following a well-reasoned process. Instead, I find more people seem to reach a conclusion based upon a gut instinct, prejudice, or other less than logical manner. Then they try to justify it afterward. The particular brand of reasoning, for the average voter, is probably irrelevant.
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An argument against
10 Best Picture Academy Awards

Every year a group of my friends and I would see all five movies in one day. In fact, the movie theatre I regularly attend ran a special where all five could be seen for a single discounted price. That is unlikely to occur again. Also, in the past several years there have been some really terrible movies that were in the top five. With ten movies nominated, the stinkers will grow greater than proportionately. Now we can have at least three more Benjamin Buttonsesque suck-fests.
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An argument for
Tiger Woods

Not only is he a great golfer, he brought professional golf into the mainstream. For many, professional golf broadcasts are no longer just an easy way to come down from an exhilarating viewing of pro-bowling anymore or to work your way through a hangover. Tiger provides an insight into the competitive spirit of world class golf. While Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer had wide appeal, Tiger made professional golf a regular part of everyday sports fans' knowledge base. Also, before Tiger, Nike did not really have much to do with golf. Now, it produces a significant portion of its revenue.
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An argument against
Tiger Woods

Shame on the sports "journalists" who misled the public about this abusive, spoiled, and sheltered baby. For too long the sports media has been muzzled by sponsors. This is what happens when news agencies are run by entertainment executives. I cannot say I am unhappy about Tiger having to take some grief. However, the frenzy is a bit overstated... aren't we still fighting a couple of wars, or isn't there some real news going on?
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An argument for
Zombieland

While not realistic, it provides important advice that allows people to better prepare for the upcoming zombie war. BE PREPARED!
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An argument for
Same Sex Marriage

As the cliche' goes, why don't gay people have the right to be as miserable as the straight population. While over-simplified and overstated, this aphorism is appropriate. Many gay citizens pay taxes, serve in our military, create scientific breakthroughs, contribute to the arts, and share with our communities like any other beneficial members of society. Why should they be treated differently?

Ironically, Bible abusing rightists commonly criticize the gay community for the right's perception that gay people are particularly promiscuous. Why wouldn't our society want to reward people who have made a commitment to one another? Also, on that note, we must consider whether there is a public health benefit of encouraging monogamy?

As for the children argument, why are people who are sterile allowed to marry? You can fish all day, but if you do not have a line or tackle all you are going to get is a nice boat ride.

I understand people's perspectives about this are commonly shielded in religious or cultural ideals that were developed during a different time. However, respectfully, I assert that time has gone by. With all due respect, this really seems to be more of an excuse to try to indirectly, and maybe/hopefully unintentionally, be anti-gay simply because you do not like the lifestyle.

Finally, this argument is about same-sex marriage. It is not about incestuous marriage, pedophilia, polygamy, or other issues. These red herrings and implied slippery slope arguments are garbage and cheapen the dialogue regarding this issue. It is simply a cheap attempt to associate the issue with irrelevant noise.
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An argument against
Reality TV

The over-saturation of "reality shows" has replaced quality tv programming. Again, we have catered our airwaves to the lowest common denominator. Did we not learn anything from the cautionary tale from noted scholar, Arnold Schwarzennegger - "The Running Man"? While there is some great television programming available, much of prime time has become dominated by drivel aimed at dolts. Also, they are not based in "reality."
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An argument against
Sarah Palin

This point is not directed solely at Sarah Palin. Instead, it is directed at what she is emblematic of. A long time ago our country stopped searching for the "best and brightest." Now, our voters seem to crave political leaders "who they can have a beer with" or who they think are like them. I, for one, want elected leaders to be really smart, thoughtful, pragmatic, a supporter of science, and not a "NASCAR dad", "soccer mom", or "hot moose hunting governor."

One commentator who has posted regarding this topic has complained that Sarah Palin is the victim of the leftist media conspiracy to destroy a strong conservative woman. However, without the soundbite and image driven media, Sarah Palin would not even be known. The utter lack of meaningful content in what we call "news" in the era of the internet is the exact genesis of politicians of Palin's ilk. The modern form of what passes for "journalism" is the reason why Abraham Lincoln would be nothing more than a fine lawyer today. The public's acceptance of flash over substance would doom any opportunity for Lincoln to lead our country. I find Palin and her supporter's criticisms of the media to be hollow; especially in light of the fact that it is the paparazzi form of news coverage that gave political birth to the "hot moose hunting governor." Americans should demand more for itself and stop settling.
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An argument against
LOLspeak

The fear is not a general erosion of the English language. Instead, the harm of LOLspeak is the erosion of meaningful communication skills. Watch how teens communicate. The abbreviated communication breeds ambiguity and a general lack of thoughtful dialogue. I acknowledge, at times, there is a cost/time saving benefit of LOLspeak. However, to rely on it as a primary form of communication sacrifices connection, discussion, humanity, and intellect for a peppercorn of efficiency/laziness.
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An argument for
Everclear

Their song "Rockstar" is pretty catchy.
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An argument for
Everclear

It is an essential ingredient of Glogg (a traditional Swedish spiced wine). It is a tasty and warm beverage that makes the holidays a bit more tolerable. Also, it is flammable.
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An argument for
Elton John

A vast number of songs that we all know, but publicly deny enjoying.
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