On September 12th, part time census worker Bill Sparkman was found hanging in the woods of rural Kentucky with the word "fed" written on his chest. His death has prompted speculation that the incident is politically motivated.
Update - November 24th, 2009: Fortunately, the officials in the Sparkman case now say his death was a suicide. We might breathe a sigh of relief for rural Kentucky, but the point of the article remains urgent as ever. In fact, since publication, the rhetoric has only worsened.