Because twofers are for Tuesdays.
Some more on querying from Magical Words.
More data on the Tea Party. Sure it's Mother Jones and so is biased, but the Public Religion Research, not so much. (Tipped off by Sheila)
There's also the short story at Stranger Horizons, How to Install Linx on a Dead Badger. (Pointed to by Dan)
Also pointed to by Dan is the Five Times We Almost Nuked Ourselves.