Did you get one of these?

Dudley D. Doright f16rsdad at JUNO.COM
Thu Jul 27 00:31:43 MDT 2006


Sounds like a spoof, or data mining scheme to me.  By the way, I didn't
fill out the last census except the info permitted by the Constitution.

DD
On Wed, 26 Jul 2006 22:57:13 -0700 Jim <jim at LADMO.AZANORAK.COM> writes:
> This evening I came home and checked my mail.  I found this thick 
> envelope from the census bureau.  On the front of it, it says 
> "American 
> community survey." Then it says your response is required by law.
> 
> Inside is a guide to filling out the form that says they estimate it 
> 
> will take me 38 minutes to complete the form, another bit of paper 
> titled Frequently asked questions and a hunk of paper big enough to 
> roll 
> up and swat flies with.
> 
> There are two reasons why I won't fill in the answers.
> 
> 1. Article 1 of the U.S. constitution says the following:
> 
> "The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the 
> first 
> Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every 
> subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law 
> direct. "
> 
> The last such enumeration was conducted in 2000.  This means the 
> next 
> one is not due for another 3 and a half years.
> 
> 2. The 13th amendment says:
> 
>                 Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary 
> servitude,
>             except as a punishment for crime whereof
>             the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist
>             within the United States, or any place subject to
>             their jurisdiction.
>                 Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce
>             this article by appropriate legislation.
> 
> I don't want to fill in the form.  They're saying I have to.  This 
> is 
> involuntary servitude.  So their demand upon me is 
> unconstitutional.
> 
> Now for the good part.  I'll show you some of the questions.  This 
> is 
> one of those fill in the squares with a pencil deal.  Some of the 
> questions have 12 answers.
> 
> What is my sex?
> What is my age?
> What is my date of birth?
> If there are more than one person living here everyone else would be 
> 
> asked how they're related to me.
> 
> What is my marital status?
> Is this person Spanish, Hispanic or Latino?  Note it doesn't ask if 
> this 
> person is here legally.
> 
> What is my race?
> I get a couple dozen answers to choose from.  If one doesn't fit, 
> they 
> want me to print the right one.
> 
> Then they want to know what kind of home I live in.  My choices are 
> 
> mobile home, detached house, house attached to one or more houses, 
> or an 
> apartment building.  Then how many apartments are in this building.
> 
> Then I'm supposed to guess when the building was built.  I have 
> several 
> choices from 1939 or earlier to 2005 or later. Then they want to 
> know 
> when I moved in.
> 
> Next they want to know how much land my home is on.  Get this.  Next 
> 
> they want to know the actual sales from all agricultural products 
> from 
> this property.  I'm given several choices ranging from 0 to $10,000 
> or more.
> 
> Is there a business on the property?
> 
> How many rooms in this home?
> 
> How many bedrooms?
> 
> Do I have hot and cold running water, an indoor toilet and a tub or 
> shower?
> 
> Do I have a kitchen with a stove, fridge and sink?
> 
> Is phone service available here?
> 
> How many cars do I have?
> 
> What fuel is used heat my home.
> 
> What was my light bill last month.
> 
> What was my gas bill.
> 
> What was my water bill for the last 12 months.
> 
> How much did I spend for oil, coal, kerosene, or wood?
> 
> Did I get food stamps in the last 12 months.
> 
> What is my condominium fee?
> 
> What is my rent.
> 
> If I own my home, how much it's worth.
> 
> What are the property taxes.
> 
> How much I spend on flood insurance.
> 
> Do I own the home.
> 
> How much is the mortgage payment.
> 
> Does the mortgage payment include property taxes.
> 
> Does the mortgage payment include flood insurance.
> 
> Finally 7 pages into the dammed thing they ask if I'm a citizen.  
> They 
> want to know how much education I've had.  Once again they're asking 
> my 
> race or ethnic origin.
> 
> Then they want to know what language I speak at home.  If I speak 
> English they want to know how well I speak it.
> 
> Next they ask whether or not I lived here last year.  Then they want 
> to 
> know if I have some sort of physical or mental handicap.
> 
> Questions 18 on page 8 asks if person 1 (me) has given birth to any 
> 
> children in the past 6 months.  This is taking longer and longer to 
> 
> write because I'm laughing at the questions.
> 
> A couple of pages later they ask how much money I earned last year.  
> I 
> guess these bassholes lost my 1040 I sent them three and a half 
> months ago.
> 
> The more I think about it.  The more I think I will fill this thing 
> out, 
> but have a bit of fun with it.  If anyone's interested, I'll fill it 
> in 
> and put the results on the web.  It should be good for a laugh or 
> two, 
> or maybe three.
> 
> -- 
> 
> 
> "I have this theory that people get promoted to management because 
> they're crap at any other job."
> - Roger Twiggy Day
> 
> "It's 3 in the morning.  Do you know where your Kennedys are?"
> - Sean Hannity
> 
> 


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