Unfortunately, amidst that, I tried to look up some writings about the state of US politics in OSC's rant column. And have since read his latest, which has upset me (Perhaps the labour situation at work and Steve Jobs plotting against us have me in a political mood?). Thus:
Obama's Real Religion as explained by Orson Scott Card, award-winning science fiction author, noted religionist, and ornery cuss.
I'll wait to make my comments on his ideas until you've all had a chance to read it fresh.
I'll point out that familiarity with Michael Crichton's State of Fear or David Brin's Earth could prove helpful is digesting OSC's remarks. I've read both.
On a lighter note, but perhaps more immediately useful:
How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked By the Police, a sort educational film narrated by Chris Rock has found it's way to GoogleTube
Oh, and I almost forgot. Now who is the Smiler and who is the Beast, mm?