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An argument against
Firearms

Dangerous, deadly, incredibly easy to create destruction. Very efficient method of hurting someone or escalating a bad situation into something worse.
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An argument for
A Christmas Story

Fun to the point of wickedness. A great recollection of American childhood experiences. Great acting, great writing, memorable imagery and dialogue. An overall thumbs-up for almost anyone -- including people who don't celebrate Christmas (either by circumstance or by choice). Enjoyable and not at all the treacle-filled Capra title.
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An argument for
Nintendo Wii

Original, fun (perhaps revolutionary) interface proves there's a lot more to video games that just hammering on the "fire" button or knowledge of combination keys.
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An argument for
Stephen King Novels

King has been able to spur some Hollywood directors to make some REALLY GREAT feature films. I know this is not exactly the topic as written, but Misery and The Shining are both great. Let's not forget Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption (although they were based on short stories, right?). Even the Green Mile was a good flick. It all started with King.
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An argument for
Stephen King Novels

Proof that a regular guy can write lots and lots of material, most of which is interesting in at least some regard. The fact that he can crank out so much is noteworthy in itself. Often he has used normal language and popular culture within his works. King can be imaginative and sometimes pedestrian, but as a whole, he has produced memorable and entertaining fiction. It's not all great. But hardly any of it sucks.
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An argument for
Blue Man Group

Clever, imaginative, vivid and memorable. They may be loud, but they're original.
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An argument against
Microsoft's Ad Campaign

Regularly lacks any significant or redeeming value. Imagine if they bothered to actually inform the viewing public, or recommended some useful information as to why, how, or when to use their products? I'm reminded of the days of Ma Bell ("the phone company") back before it splintered into lots and lots of companies (many of which reaggregated, but that's another issue). There were hardly EVER any ads by "the phone company". If there were some, they usually showed how they were improving technology, usefulness, or reliability.

MS should think about that. They have such a large share of their market(s)... they don't need to be so smarmy. With all their brainpower and capital, they should be capable of so much more.
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An argument for
www.failblog.org

A fun site to peruse. A great www clearinghouse for photos of mistakes, errata, and sillinesss. It'll only get better as more people learn about it and submit images.
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An argument for
1984

Both interesting and educational. A great narrative and examination of The State, individuality, freedom, truth, and propaganda. Sadly, it's also been reported to be useful in creating exactly the type of disinformation regime it described.
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An argument for
ArgueHow

Provides a fun and simple interface to learn and express opinions (and perhaps some facts). Slightly addictive.
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An argument for
Beethoven's 9th symphony

Beethoven was deaf when he composed this symphony. Its strength and recognition are both remarkable, even apart from his disability. This work marks the culmination of his already very impressive and groundbreaking career.
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An argument against
Joe Biden

Annoying and mouthy, he's a bit too full of himself. Too outspoken for his own good. Suffers from insert-foot-in-mouth disease fairly often.
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An argument for
Judy Blume

She produced realistic, challenging, yet user-friendly youth fiction. Helped a lot of her readers deal with adolescence and family dynamics without being preachy, condescending or patronizing. (Her adult fiction isn't as significant.)
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An argument for
The term douchebag in every day speech

I find the argument that this is a misogynist term to have some merit, although the fact that "condom" is not used as a similar term also ignores the very common mass-media euphemism analogous term "scumbag". In fact, I venture to say most people who use the word scumbag don't even realize the term originally referred to a used condom.

I list this observation as "for" instead of "against" as the use of douchebag is preferable to, say, "dirty cunt"
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An argument for
Windows 7

Less bloated than Windows Vista; it will run faster and it uses less memory.
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An argument for
Magnetism

Awfully helpful, especially when involving electricity, construction, hard drives, and posting Junior's latest artwork on the fridge.
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An argument for
President Barack Obama

Among the more intelligent and educated leaders we've had. Seems to genuinely want to produce change for the better instead of merely letting things remain status quo.
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An argument for
Recycling

Should be required for almost all homes and businesses -- especially restaurants and other firms that have a lot of usage of containers and material.
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An argument for
Men

Somewhat essential to propagating the species. Often handy at lifting heavy objects or making loud noises. Heavily involved in creating and inventing most of humankind's useful and artistic accomplishments.
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An argument for
Fire

One of humankind's greatest treasures, learning to control it. Among the foundations of civilization.
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An argument for
Evolution

Reasonable belief. Those who oppose its probability have not studied it...most often they have heard someone else's criticism.
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An argument for
Everclear

Potent and effective alcoholic beverage, especially useful in a Hairy Buffalo (drink). Somewhat popular post-grunge pop rock band.
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An argument for
Waffle House

Most are clean and friendly, and the food is cooked right out in the open so you know you're getting it freshly made. Prices were reasonable, too, at least they were in the '90s when I frequented them, often on long highway drives through the South.
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An argument against
iPhone

Using one cellular service provider (AT*T) instead of any compatible provider smacks of monopolistic tendencies.
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An argument for
iPhone

The argument that an iPhone "is a toy for the rich instead of a tool for the masses" ignores the historical trends of most new technology, and especially the cell phone phenomenon. "Car phones" in the early to mid 1980s were very expensive, but within 15 years the price dropped dramatically so that they became very popular among all (but the lowest) classes of the US. Similar innovations begun by the iPhone have influenced both the development of competing products as well as reduced the cost of the Apple brand device besides its cheaper, similar competitors.
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An argument for
Verizon

Reception in the Chicago area is excellent. When other cell phones cannot get service, a Verizon cell phone still might.
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An argument against
Home Schooling

Shelters students from real-world socialization. Reduces the contact that children have with people outside the immediate family.
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An argument for
Home Schooling

Allows for individualized education by a caring, invested instructor.
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An argument against
Sarah Palin

The more I learn about her, the less I like, admire, and respect her.
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An argument for
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nothing good can come from Philadelphia? A lot of Ben Franklin's contributions came directly from him while in Philadelphia. A lot of America itself was developed in Philadelphia. Until NYC became #1, Philadelphia was the center of industry and culture in the US.
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An argument for
Rock, Paper, Scissors

A fun game for all ages. People who don't even speak the same language can play each other.
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An argument for
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Stewart and his writing staff help provide necessary and intelligent criticism.
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An argument against
Creationism

If "creationism" means a refutation of the theory of evolution, I'm against it. And I think most creationists in this vein **who bother to educate themselves about evolution** (not just agreeing with "creationists") will agree that the theory and its evidence make sense. But the good news for people who merely think of creationism as "G-d created the universe": I think they can happily agree with both creationism and evolution: G-d is or created whatever preceded or began that which evolved.
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