Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More gummint evil

homeyCENSLUS Gobbledy-Gook 2010
I wonder if we’re going to get a letter with the actual form informing us that the form is here......... (Sondrak)

Boned Jello

Aside from the obvious-to-everybody-with-a-working-brain-stem  inefficaciousness of this notice of a notice, I'm offended by the gobbledygook below (pun not intended).  I don't need to explain why, or how.  Most everyone will have the same thoughts.  Have you seen this?

Sending a Message with the Census   [Mark Krikorian]

John: I haven't gotten my letter from the Census Bureau yet asking me to make sure I fill out the questionnaire. But when I do fill it out, I'll use it to send a message.

Fully one-quarter of the space on this year's form is taken up with questions of race and ethnicity, which are clearly illegitimate and none of the government's business (despite the New York Times' assurances to the contrary on today's editorial page). So until we succeed in building the needed wall of separation between race and state, I have a proposal. Question 9 on the census form asks "What is Person 1's race?" (and so on, for other members of the household). My initial impulse was simply to misidentify my race so as to throw a monkey wrench into the statistics; I had fun doing this on the personal-information form my college required every semester, where I was a Puerto Rican Muslim one semester, and a Samoan Buddhist the next. But lying in this constitutionally mandated process is wrong. Really — don't do it.

Instead, we should answer Question 9 by checking the last option — "Some other race" — and writing in "American." It's a truthful answer but at the same time is a way for ordinary citizens to express their rejection of unconstitutional racial classification schemes. In fact, "American" was the plurality ancestry selection for respondents to the 2000 census in four states and several hundred counties.

So remember: Question 9 — "Some other race" — "American". Pass it on.
Consider it passed on.


Anonymous said...

If we were born here (unlike the Liar in Cheat), wouldn't it be proper to mark "Native American"?
Lt. Col. Gen. Tailgunner dick

Anonymous said...

They don't actually call it "Native American", at least not on the last census, or I would have checked that. I believe they actually call it "American Indian", because they know so many non-American-Indians would check "Native American."

Anonymous said...

Last time, I just didn't fill it out, at all. They must have sent a dozen stooges to my door. I always told them that I was too busy right now. Just doing my part to keep them off unemployment.


BlogDog said...

Not so much Ministry of Silly Walks as Close Order Swanning About.

Anonymous said...

hmm. perhaps the better answer to #9 would be: "American Native"

that's my plan (pass it on)


Anonymous said...

I also got one of those letters reminding me to fill the census form out whenever it gets here. I just thought, "Well, there's another 50,000 of Obama's new jobs.

Whenever someone asks what race I am, I just say 'Human'. It's the only scientifically correct answer (unless you're not).

JeremyR said...

Race? Other and write in Human. be a racist, only one race matters, and that is the human race. Let Eeeew ra peons give rights to dogs and cats, we will continue to feast on them at our loco Chinese eatery.

Jimmy said...

I plan to simply write (in big bold magic marker)"NONE OF YOUR F*€!N BUSINESSES". And it will be on more of the form than just the race question...

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