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“Information Wants To Be Free. Information also wants to be expensive. Information wants to be free because it has become so cheap to distribute, copy, and recombine—too cheap to meter. It wants to be expensive because it can be immeasurably valuable to the recipient. That tension will not go away. It leads to endless wrenching…

It’s not that some Texas Republicans are anti-Semitic, it’s just that they need a Christian in charge. A bunch of angry Texan evangelical Republicans are trying to replace House Speaker Joe Strauss, and aren’t having much success. So: And, not surprisingly, the effort has started to take on religious overtones: [A] handful of outside socially…

There’s been a lot of chortling about Republican Senate candidate and Tea Buggerer Christine O’Donnell’s recent misunderstanding of the First Amendment. But it actually reveals a lot about the mindset of movement conservatives (and, remember, everything you need to know about how they operate can be understood by observing creationists). ScienceBlogling Ed Brayton sets the…

Movement Conservatism, the 2010 Version

But she’s probably not a real American, so this is ok: This is kind of like freedom, except for the physical violence Real American values apparently involve stomping on women’s heads: As the candidates arrived, a group of [Republican congressional candidate Rand] Paul supporters pulled a female MoveOn member to the ground and held her…

Update: Thanks to everyone visiting. I worked really hard on this post too, and it’s also kinda important and about kids too, so please stop by that one too. Dan Savage has exactly the right approach to dealing with the sanctimony of the theopolitical right. In response to an interview Savage gave about the “It…

Ken Mehlman Is No Jackie Robinson

Marc Ambinder reports that Ken Mehlman has admitted to friends and family that he is gay (did anyone really not know?): “It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life,” said Mehlman, now an executive vice-president with the New York City-based private equity firm, KKR. “Everybody has their own path…

Or bigotry. Because union carpenters are the new Muslim. Or something. Here’s a refreshing exchange of free speech (italics mine): …at an anti-Mosque demonstration down in Lower Manhattan, when a black man walking through the crowd was… mistaken for a Muslim by the crowd — angrily. The video, shot by amateur YouTube videographer “lefthandedart,” opens…

Or I suppose I could have used a monosyllabic word, such as lies. I realize Glenn Beck lying, to children no less, is hardly news, but it is worth knocking down one ludicrous claim: “I learned on your show that Thomas Jefferson actually signed a lot of his documents ‘in Christ,’ but a lot of…

Thankfully, I’m Part of the Amateur Left

Apparently, the Obama Administration is very upset with the “professional left”: “I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.” Actually, when it comes to the expansion of presidential power, Obama has been worse than Bush. After all, never claimed he had…

So much for that “Don’t Be Evil” Google bullshit: Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege. This issue has been quite the…