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2010 Census Guide

Today I received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau reminding me that the 2010 Census would be mailed to me next week and requesting that I return it as soon as possible.  The Census is a civic duty and is required by our Constitution.  Every American citizen should willingly fill out and return the form.  The letter stresses that “Without a complete, accurate census, your community may not receive its fair share” of government funds.

Accuracy is very important, but is often quite difficult.  Knowing this, I humbly offer this guide on the tricky questions #8 and #9 on the form.  The other questions on this short 10 question form are very straight-forward and should not cause any confusion.

Let’s examine question #8 :

Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?

The confusion about question #8 stems from the perception that the Census is concerned about your ancestry.  This is not the case.  The Census wants to know if you are unable to speak English.

As the description suggests, this question applies to first generation immigrants.  If you were born in a foreign country that’s primary language is Spanish (or another Hispanic language), you answer should be “Yes” and the name of the country.  If you were born in the United States, then your answer should be “No.

On to question #9:

What is Person 1’s race?

Question #9 is a mess.  The Census offers a mishmash of colors, nationalities, and even a U.S. State as possible answers.  Choosing an accurate answer is problematic to say the least.  Given the suggestions, it seems obvious that the Census Bureau doesn’t have a clear definition of “Race.”  Luckily, I remember my biology classes, so I can assist.  A race is a species that is potentially capable of interbreeding.  For example, a Poodle and a St. Bernard are capable of interbreeding and producing offspring.  Even though both animals look very different physically, they both belong to the race of “Dog.”

Now that we’ve established that, the most accurate answer becomes clear.  Choose the option “Other” and write in “Human.”

I hope my guide proves useful to you.  Thank you for reading it.

If you have any questions, please add a comment and I’ll do my best to find the answer.

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Why is Sen. Jim Bunning such a big meanie?

Lone Senator Bunning is standing up to both Republicans and Democrats and blocking several pieces of legislation, including an extension of unemployment benefits to 99 weeks. Why? Does he hate the unemployed? Nope. The legislation doesn’t include a way to pay for the benefits. And just 2 weeks ago, President Obama signed Pay-Go into law. Pay-Go requires that all new legislation be written to show where the money will come from. If you want to give $10 Billion to the unemployed, you have to cut $10 Billion from somewhere else. The bills he is blocking don’t meet that requirement. The sad thing is that he’s the only Senator that is even attempting to follow the law they just passed. He’s the only one trying to be fiscally responsible. Watch the pundits rip him apart tonight on the news channel of your choice.

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Hillary Knows How To End Terrorism – Taxes!

“The percentage of taxes on GDP (in Pakistan) is among the lowest in the world… We (the United States) tax everything that moves and doesn’t move, and that’s not what we see in Pakistan.” – Hillary Clinton gloated while attempting to convince Pakistan to step up efforts to catch Al-Qaeda.

Unbelievable!  This is the problem with big government.  I guess this is why the Tea Party Movement is gaining more and more support.

If you want to stop terrorism, just tax everything and then tax it again! Hey, it works great in America. (Click pic for original news story.)

All politicians, Republican and Democrats, should take notice.  If you don’t lower taxes and restrain your spending, you will lose your jobs.  Americans want a smaller and less invasive government.

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Of Bureaucracy and Tyranny

It’s my opinion that government has no business defining personal relationships between adults.

Here’s an example of a bureaucrat abusing his power to tell individual citizens how to live their lives.  Keith Bardwell, a Louisiana Justice of the Peace, recently refused to give a marriage license to an interracial couple.  His reason was the most cliche of all.  “Think of the children!”  Specifically the children that would be born out of an interracial marriage.

Why do we allow these people to have this power over us?  We need to get rid of government sanctioned marriage.  Let’s have a customizable domestic and financial contract between any pair or group of consenting adults instead.  Leave marriage and who qualifies up to the churches and their respective religious beliefs.

Another piece of information about JP Keith Bardwell… apparently he was a Democrat until his 2008 election when he switched to Republican.  I wonder what could have happened in November of 2008 that would make him abandon his political party?

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Who’s The Hater?

I keep hearing that Fox News and Talk Radio is full of sexist and racist hate speech, but the evidence always seems very weak. Occasionally there’s something politically incorrect, such as Don Imus calling the players of a womens basketball team “nappy-headed hoes” as an odd sort of complement about their toughness.  Or Rush Limbaugh saying that the media was overstating Donovan McNabb abilities because they “wanted to see a black quarterback succeed“.  Neither one of these incidents were polite and the underlying reasoning behind them is indeed questionable, so a scandal ensued.  In both cases, these guys lost their jobs – at least temporarily.

But, when there’s a real bombshell like Keith Olbermann’s recent World’s Worst segment in which he said Michele Malkin is just a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it” without the “fascistic hatred” she demonstrated by sending a polite email asking some questions about the origins of the Obama Mmm Mmm Mmm Song.  As of today, no one cares, except for a few internet bloggers, and Olbermann is in no danger of losing his job.

The double standard applied to the right and left in the news media is downright pathological.

To any of my readers that doubt the media is biased towards the left, I challenge you to find a Fox News clip where the host makes a personal attack as vile and disgusting as Keith Olbermann’s statement in this video. It’s a bit long, so you can skip to the 1:00 minute mark to get to the relevant part.

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Troop Swap

13,000 additional troops are headed to Afghanistan.  But there is some controversy about who is sending them… What do you think?

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Right Problem. Wrong Solution.

When tragedy strikes, the bereaved are often strongly motivated to do everything and anything they can to prevent similar tragedies in the future.  While we can all understand that impulse, it usually leads to unnecessary fear and even costly and redundant “feel-good” legislation that is eagerly lapped up by selfish lawmakers needing positive press for upcoming elections.

As a pre-teen, my parents forbade me from riding a skateboard because some kid I never met was paralyzed in a skateboarding accident.  Now, I wasn’t particularly interested in skateboarding, so it wasn’t any big deal for me at the time, but I’ve haven’t failed to notice the plethora of anti-skateboarding legislation in every local community I’ve lived in.  Oddly, or not so much, the communities that ban skateboarding in public areas, like sidewalks and parks, etc. are very reluctant to build a skateboard park that would encourage riders to stay out of the other public areas.  Why?  Because they fear accidents and the law-suits that come with them.

So, today I read a tragic story.  It seems a falling-down drunk mom driving a sedan at high speed flipped over three times and ejected several of the 7  little girl passengers, one of whom died.  The Bronx, NY woman had a .132 blood alcohol level and the girls weren’t wearing seatbelts.  In the wake of this horrible event, the father of the dead girl has vowed to go to city hall, congress, and the White House in a crusade for stronger laws against drunk drivers.

Drunk driving is a result of overall irresponsibility.

Drunk driving is a result of overall irresponsibility.

While I’m all for tougher penalties for drunk drivers who kill people in accidents, the grieving father’s efforts won’t do anything to prevent drunk driving accidents.  Drunk driving is a result of overall irresponsibility and, as such, cannot be deterred by the threat of punishment.  He would be much better off expending his energies toward making sure the driver that killed his daughter gets charged criminally and goes to jail for negligent homicide.

If that fails, he should take her to civil court and take her for an enormous some of money that she doesn’t have, so she’ll have to get a second job to pay the judgment against her, and if she fails to make her payment, she can be imprisoned as punishment.  While it won’t stop the next irresponsible idiot from driving drunk, he could at least get this one off the street.

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