The republicans in ohio have been trying to limit early voting for years because people who vote early tend to vote for democratic candidates and this year they did away with an early voting extension for all but deployed soldiers (who tend to vote republican coincidentally). The justice department challenged the law saying it was unconstitutional and asked for early voting rights to be preserved for everyone. The romney campaign as usual simply lied about it and claimed that obama was trying to take away the early voting rights of veterans (which aside from being untrue is just ridiculous). Anyway, I found out about this while waiting to call into a program on blogtalkradio called “the atheist antidote”, the host of which (Brock Lawley) was expressing his outrage at this terrible attack on veterans and yada yada.
I called in and explained what had actually happened and that republicans were the only ones taking away anybody’s voting rights and he responded by acting like I was saying veterans don’t deserve an early voting extension and playing up how important our troops are and how hard their lives are, all of which I fully agreed with and said that everyone should have the same voting rights. He characterized non-veterans who vote early as doing it so they can play video games and I said “or maybe they have to attend a funeral out of state on election day or be away on business”. He just kept repeating himself. The whole conversation was as though I wasn’t even there and it ended with him muting me, acting like I was still on the line and talking for about a minute solid as though I were still there without even letting me know I was off the air, a tactic I’ve seen before – drop the call and pretend like you’re winning the argument.
The guy is a huge pseudo-intellectual and there are videos on youtube about him allegedly plagiarizing famous evangelists and christian authors in his youtube videos, and the videos of his linked to for proof all say “removed by user” which screams “the allegation is true” to me. He’s got nothing to say so he just mindlessly repeats conservative talking points. He strikes me as someone who watched glenn beck get rich and thought “hey, I can do that!”
From the show description:
“The Atheist Antidote offers a brazen counter perspective to the Secular Extremism running uninhabited across the American culture like wild horses.”
I don’t think I need to comment on it.
A quote from the show:
“You have comments like ‘republicans wanna kill people and poison all the water’ and I’m thinking ‘this stuff is so dramatic, it’s so orwellian’…”
His show is called “the atheist antidote” (equating atheism with poison). In the few youtube videos of his I watched before calling in I noticed he commonly vilifies the people he disagrees with while citing the same tendency in everyone else as a sign of how immoral or evil they are. This guy’s nutty.
Anyway, that’s my afternoon, how are you all doing?
Oh yeah, link to the show (not really worth listening to, but never let it be said I mis-characterized someone’s comments). And link to the video on plagiarism. Apparently the guy’s brother John Lawley (aka MTCStrength33) does the same thing. Pathetic.
I can only explain this behavior by a combination of total worthlessness and stupidity coupled with a pathological need for praise and attention.