Despite all odds, there will be a final presidential debate Thursday before Election Day on Nov. 3. The debate will start at 8 p.m. where the candidates will be asked to respond to six topics: COVID-19, race issues, climate change, American families, national security and leadership.
The last debate on Sept. 29 was an untethered, wacky look at incumbent Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, chock-full of insults, yelling over each other and interrupting the moderator. So the internet did what it does best: made it into a meme.
Here's how to have fun while watching the next debate.
Play a drinking or bingo game
This Washingtonian game will have you drinking anytime Trump makes a false claim about COVID-19 or complains about voter fraud, Biden starts a sentence with the word "look" or "folks," and either candidate says "United States of America" or takes a direct jab at their opponent. While the game recommends shotgunning a beer before the start of the debate, anyone who watched the last one will know that isn't necessary. In fact, if you're not careful, you might want to tap out after the first half hour. As a bonus rule, you are supposed to chug your drink anytime you've lost track of what either candidate is talking about.
So yeah, you're liable to get sloshed.If you're not drinking, you can also download a bingo card with similar phrases and play along that way.
For a more interactive experience
Porch Drinking's debate game is much more elaborate than the Washingtonian's and certainly more distracting. This game will have you take a sip every time Trump says "fake news," "yuge" or "anything creepy about women" and Biden says "mask," "malarkey" or "anything creepy about women."
The fun comes in with the specifics of this game, like drinking while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in your head if neither candidate is wearing a flag on their lapel; putting a mask on someone if one of the candidates mentions a COVID-19 keyword and leaving it on until the next one is said; washing your hands for 20 seconds every time hydroxychloroquine is mentioned ond having a friend hand you a drink every time a candidate mentions socialism.
The beauty is in this game's completely random actions to perform, many of which don't even include booze.
If you’re watching the debate with your kids
Though people under 18 cannot vote in the election, a lot of young people have opinions about and a stake in the election. Talking about the election with kids could inspire them to take interest and make informed decisions in the long run. Our White House recommends, if your kids are old enough, having a political discussion. To start, the organization recommends parents and kids write down a list of issues they want to the hear the candidates talk about before the debate before talking through them together.
The Washington Post also offers a kid's guide to meeting the candidates, so kids can truly make up their own minds.
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By Jonathan Lee
The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.
The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'
Historic preservationists, for their part, overwhelmingly support historic zoning, which would preserve the buildings in perpetuity. The Historic Landmark Commission unanimously voted to initiate historic zoning in July, citing architectural significance, landscape features and association to historic figures. City staffers recommend historic zoning, calling both structures one-of-a-kind examples of vernacular architecture.
Tarrytown neighbors have also banded together to stop the demolition. Many have written letters, and a few spoke at the meeting. “How could anyone buy this property with the intent of destroying it?” Ila Falvey said. “I think it’s an architectural treasure.”
Michael Whellan, an attorney representing the property owner, said that the claims made by preservationists are shaky. The buildings are run down, he said, and have had substantial renovations. A structural engineer hired by the owner said any attempt at preservation would involve tearing down and rebuilding – an undertaking Whellan said would likely cost millions.
Whellan also argued that any historical significance derived from the property’s association with Delisle and longtime owner C.H. Slator is dubious. “These men are not noted for any civic, philanthropic or historic impact,” he said.
What’s more, according to Whellan, Slator likely participated in segregation as the owner of the Tavern on North Lamar Boulevard between 1953 and 1960.
A city staffer, however, said she found no evidence to support the claim. “We would never landmark a property where a segregationist lived, or there was a racist person,” Kimberly Collins with the Historic Preservation Office said.
Commissioner Awais Azhar couldn’t support historic zoning in part due to lingering uncertainty about Slator. “Focusing on that factor is not here to disparage an individual or family. It is not about playing the race card. This is an important assertion for us to consider as Planning commissioners,” Azhar said.
Commissioner Carmen Llanes Pulido said that allegations of racism should come as no surprise. “We’re talking about white male property owners in the 1950s, in Austin, on the west side – and of course they were racist,” she said. But she argued that allowing the house to be demolished based on these grounds does nothing to help people of color who have been harmed by racism and segregation.
The question of tax breaks was also controversial. Michael Gaudini, representing the property owner, said that the tax breaks associated with historic zoning would exacerbate inequality by shifting property tax burdens to less affluent communities. City staffers estimate that the property, appraised at $3.5 million, would get either a $8,500 or $16,107 property tax break annually, depending on whether a homestead exemption is applied.
Commissioner Grayson Cox preferred the commission focus not on tax breaks but on whether the structures merit preservation. “To me, nothing in the historic preservation criteria lists, is this person deserving of a tax break or not?”
Azhar, on the other hand, said he plans to propose a code amendment getting rid of city property tax breaks for historic properties.
The commission fell one vote short of recommending historic zoning, with six commissioners in support and three opposed. Azhar and commissioners Claire Hempel and Greg Anderson voted against.
The odds of City Council zoning over an owner’s wishes are slim. Nine out of 11 members must vote in favor, and there have only been a handful of such cases over the past several decades.
What's new in Austin food & drink this week:
- Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
- Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
- Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
- Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
- Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
- Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
- The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
- Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
- P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.