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Mar 14, 2010

About:- Census 2010

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Major changes

The Census Bureau website states it will no longer use a long form for the 2010 Census.[2] In several previous censuses, one in six households received this long form, which asked for detailed social and economic information. The 2010 Census will use only a short form asking ten basic questions, including name, gender, age, date of birth, race, and homeownership status.[2]

Detailed socioeconomic information collected during past censuses will continue to be collected through the American Community Survey.[3] The survey provides data about communities in the United States on a yearly basis rather than once every 10 years. A small percentage of the population on a rotating basis will receive the survey each year, and no household will receive it more than once every five years.[4][dead link]

On September 12, 2009, census worker Bill Sparkman, 51, was found hanged in Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky with the word "fed" written on his chest.[16][17] His death was later ruled a suicide made to look like a murder in order not to nullify his life insurance.[18]
Organizations such as the Prison Policy Initiative argue that the Census counts of incarcerated men and women as residents of prisons, rather than of their pre-incarceration addresses, will skew political clout and result in misleading demographic and population data.[19]
The term "Negro", will be used in the questionnaire, alongside "African American" and "Black" to describe one's race, because some older African Americans still identify with the term, while others find it "outdated" and "offensive".
Census Bureau spokesman Jack Martin stated that, "Many older African-Americans identified themselves that way, and many still do. Those who identify themselves as Negroes need to be included".[20][21]
The word was also used in the 2000 Census, with over 56,000 people identifying themselves as "negro."[22]
Some Libertarians, such as Bob Barr[23] feel that the census has become too intrusive, going beyond the scope intended by the authors of the U.S. Constitution. The text of the Constitution concerning the census, in Article I, Section 2 states: "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."

Because the Constitution specifically authorizes an "Enumeration" (counting), some feel that the federal government has no authority to force citizens to answer questions beyond that which establishes the number of people living in the household.
The 2010 census contains ten questions: about age, gender, ethnicity, home ownership, and household relationships. Six of the ten questions are intended to be answered by each individual in the household.
Current federal law has provisions for fining those who refuse to complete the census form.[24] In June 2009, Rep. Michele Bachmann stated that she would not fully complete the census form and mentioned the U.S. Census bureau's hand in rounding up Japanese-Americans for internment camps; she has since softened her anti-Census position.[25]

Another controversy includes various objections to the counting of persons who are illegally in the United States.[26][27]

More Controversy

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Take your 2010 U.S. Census form and shove it!

By Ray Hanania

The first question I always get from 'Americans' is, "Why do you keep calling yourself 'Arab-American?' You are American!"

It represents the rock and the hard place where American Arabs have been pushed by the lack of education among most Americans.

It?s aggravated by what I also call the U.S. Government's split personality when it comes to Americans Arabs. On one hand, they want to know us. On the other, they don't. Here's what I mean.

The only time the United States Government wants to know about Americans Arabs is when they are "profiling" us at airport and border security to "protect" the country from "the terrorist threat."

But when it comes to counting people in the U.S. Census (so they can participate and share in government programs like grant funding awards, defining the borders of election districts like for congress, state legislatures or municipal councils) the U.S. Government pretends American Arabs don't exist.

That is exactly what's happening now in the massive 2010 U.S. Census drive.

The Government isn't completely stupid, nor are they naive. They are dishing out just enough money to American Arab organizations and PR agencies to do the outreach to the American Arab community.

The Government could do it but they don't have a positive file on who we are. The Government only has "the negative file," the one were American Arabs have been historically followed, investigated and probed by FBI agents repeatedly over the past 75 years.

The FBI investigated me over a two year period beginning in August 1975, right after I completed my active duty military service for this country during the Vietnam War. They said I must be a terrorist, because I was Arab; but they concluded the 45 page report by saying in small type, I'm just an American who is concerned about advancing his ethnic community.

During the two years, they talked to banks, employers, neighbors friends and anyone who had anything to do with me. It was all in the report, most of it blacked out with marker. When I finally received a copy in 1979, it pretty much explained the dismissal from jobs, why some neighbors and some friends had stopped talking with me or associating with me, and why several prospective employers had refused to hire me.

Hey, when the U.S. Government puts its attention on American Arabs, it's usually not for a good reason.

That?s why I am upset -- no angry -- that the Government is pretending that they care for us American Arabs by reaching out and asking us to complete our Federal Census form for 2010.

There are these benefits that we will get from participating. Yea? Like what? What benefits do we as American Arabs actually get from supporting anything this government does?

For example, when I go through an airport, I am immediately identified as an "Arab." I'm pulled aside and my bags and possessions are thoroughly searched. The friends I am with who are not Arab are made to feel like they are traveling with Osama Bin Laden. And strangers who pass through normal levels of security look at me like I'm going to cut their throats or blow myself up when I get on the plane.

It's humiliating. But no one really cares. Better to be safe than sorry. If we have to make Arabs go through embarrassing and humiliating procedures that single them out solely because of their "look" or their "profile," so be it.

Meanwhile, Caucasian murderers and killers walk through security thankful that the government is doing at least part of their job to remove the Arab scourge. More than 95 percent of serial killers are Caucasian. Some of the biggest terrorists in the United States historically have been White supremicists and members of hillbilly militias and Neo-Nazi organizations based in the so-called "American Heartland."

But if you have Olive skin and look Middle Eastern - a profile that fits more than 200 nationalities and ethnicities mainly from Middle East and Asian countries -- you are the person they have to stop.

This is the "Negative Attention" we get from our government.

Then, this same government that spends a fortune screwing us as American Arabs, spends a fortune trying to convince us that if we participate in the 2010 Census this year, we're going to benefit?

I ask again, what benefit? There is no benefit. And there is no benefit for a reason. Arabs are NOT included on the Census forms anyway.

The census form asks for your Race, listing Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin. And they ask if you are Mexican, Mexican American (I didn't know there were two categories of Mexicans), or Chicano? What kind of race is "Chicano?" What country do "Chicanos" come from? "Chicano-stan?"

They ask the same question again on the long form: Are you White? Black, African American or Negro? Are you American Indian or Alaskan Native and they even give you a place to write in your tribe name.

That?s not all. The form asks are you Asian Indian? Japanese, Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Korean, Guamanian or Chamorro, Filipino, Vietnamese, Samoan or Other Asian where they give you a space so you can print your "race" like Laotian, Thai, Pakistani, Cambodian 'and so on.'

Oh, they don't stop there. They ask are you "Pacific Islander" and ask you to print your race like Fijian, Tongan 'and so on.'

Way at the bottom, in case they missed someone, someone not so important, they have the throw away line, to check here if you are -Some Other Race " Print Race."

That is where I have to hand-write that I am "Arab." And proud of it too, by the way.

Now, the U.S. Government argues "Arabs" are not a race. So they can't be counted. They consider us "Caucasian," although the last time I looked it was the Caucasian hate groups in this country like the former Bush Administration that singled out Arabs for special mistreatment, harassment and discrimination.

Arabs are not a race, but we are a people that must be profiled at airports, security centers, thrown out of buildings in New York City, expelled from seats on Airplanes, and denied jobs and government grants and rejected by voters on election day.

Not a race, the Government insists? Really? Wow. Is that why they have taken the other "races" and broken them down into so many miscellaneous categories? It is not enough to know that someone is Asian. They want to know what kind of Asian? What kind of Native American? What kind of Mexican. Is "Chicano" a race? Are "Latino" or "Hispanic" races?

But not "Arab." ( Zionist, Hebrew, Israeli, Hasidic, Orthodox, Ashkenazi, Sfaradi, Sabra, JIZFI, Mossad, etc. )

We're not a race.

We're just a bunch of people that ignorant Americans can step all over and use us as punching bags when the times get rough or some nut job we've never heard of before decides to declare himself the spokesman for all Arabs and Muslims.

So here's the bottom line, U.S. Government :-

If you don't put "Arab" ( Zionist, Hebrew, Israeli, Hasidic, Orthodox, Ashkenazi, Sfaradi, Sabra, JIZFI, Mossad, etc. ) on the form........ I don't fill it out! ( Or, I'll just kill you ! )

Either add the category "Arab" ( Zionist, Hebrew, Israeli, Hasidic, Orthodox, Ashkenazi, Sfaradi, Sabra, JIZFI, Mossad, etc. ) to the form or throw out all of the categories and stop lying to us American Arabs ( Zionists, Hebrews, Israelis, Hasidics, Orthodox, Ashkenazis, Sfaradis, Sabras, JIZFIs, Mossadniks, etc. ) about how much you care.

(Ray Hanania is a Palestinian American Arab columnist, author and Chicago Radio Talk Show host. He can be reached at

( 'Falafel Hanania' is a Muslim Palestinian Israeli Arab "Take away ZULA"!... )


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And a bit of "Jewish Controversy"

According to the Jewish Agency for Israel, as of 2007 there were 13-14 million Jews worldwide, 5.4 million of whom lived in Israel, 5.3 million in the United States, and the remainder distributed in communities of varying sizes around the world; this represents 0.2% of the current estimated world population.[1]
(Other sources cite higher estimates. For example, the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics estimates the number of Israeli Jews to be 5.6 million and the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the American Jewish population to be as many as 6.4 million.[2][3])
These numbers include all those who consider themselves Jews whether or not affiliated with a Jewish organization.[9] The total world Jewish population, however, is difficult to measure. In addition to halakhic considerations, there are secular, political, and ancestral identification factors in defining who is a Jew that increase the figure considerably.[9]

World Jewish Population (2002)

by Professor Sergio della Pergola


A major problem in Jewish population estimates periodically circulated by individual scholars or Jewish organizations is a lack of coherence and uniformity in the definition criteria followed�when the issue of defining the Jewish population is addressed at all. Three operative concepts should be considered in order to put the study of Jewish demography on serious comparative ground.

The core Jewish population includes all those who, when asked, identify themselves as Jews; or, if the respondent is a different person in the same household, are identified by him/her as Jews. This is an intentionally comprehensive and pragmatic approach reflecting the nature of most available sources of data on Jewish population. In countries other than Israel, such data often derive from population censuses or social surveys where the interviewees decide how to answer to relevant questions on religious or ethnic preferences. Definitions of a person as a Jew which reflect subjective feelings broadly overlap but do not necessarily coincide with Halakhah (Rabbinic law) or other normatively binding definitions. They do not depend on any measure of that person�s Jewish commitment or behavior-in terms of religiosity, beliefs, knowledge, communal affiliation, or otherwise. The core Jewish population includes all converts to Judaism by any procedure, as well other people who declare to be Jewish. Also included are persons of Jewish parentage who claim no current religious or ethnic belonging. Persons of Jewish parentage who adopted another religion are excluded, as well as other individuals who did not convert out but explicitly identify with a non-Jewish group. In Israel personal status is subject to the ruling of the Ministry of the Interior which relies on rabbinical authorities. Therefore the core Jewish population does not simply express subjective identification but reflects definite legal rules, namely Halakhah.

The enlarged Jewish population includes the sum of (a) the core Jewish population; (b) all other persons of Jewish parentage who are not Jews currently (or at the time of investigation); and (c) all of the respective further non-Jewish household members (spouses, children, etc.). Non-Jews with Jewish background, as far as they can be ascertained, include: (a) persons who have themselves adopted another religion, even though they may claim still to be Jews by ethnicity or religion; (b) other persons with Jewish parentage who disclaim to be Jews. It is customary in sociodemographic surveys to consider the religio-ethnic identification of parents. Some censuses, however, do ask about more distant ancestry. For both conceptual and practical reasons, this enlarged definition does not include other non-Jewish relatives who lack a Jewish background and live in exclusively non-Jewish households.

The Law of Return, Israel�s distinctive legal framework for the acceptance and absorption of new immigrants, awards Jewish new immigrants immediate citizenship and other civil rights. According to the current, amended version of the Law of Return, a Jew is any person born to a Jewish mother, or converted to Judaism (regardless of denomination�Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform), who does not have another religious identity. By ruling of Israel�s Supreme Court, conversion from Judaism, as in the case of some ethnic Jews who currently identify with another religion, entails loss of eligibility for Law of Return purposes. The law, per se, does not affect a person's Jewish status which as noted is adjudicated by Israel's Ministry of Interior and rabbinical authorities. The law extends its provisions to all current Jews and to their Jewish or non-Jewish spouses, children, and grandchildren, as well as to the spouses of such children and grandchildren. As a result of its three-generation and lateral extension, the Law of Return applies to a wide population, one of significantly wider scope than core and enlarged Jewish populations defined above. It is actually quite difficult to estimate what the total size of the Law of Return population could be. These higher estimates are not discussed below systematically, but some notion of their possible extent is given for the major countries.

The following estimates of Jewish population distribution in each continent (table 1 below), country (tables 2-9), and metropolitan area (table 10) consistently aim at the concept of core Jewish population.

Be Cautious About Giving Info to Census Workers

by Susan Johnson

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.
The big question is: how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:

If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should NEVER invite anyone you don't know into your home.

Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census.


While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION. The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.

AND REMEMBER, THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS DECIDED NOT TO WORK WITH ACORN ON GATHERING THIS INFORMATION. No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau.

Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census.

Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.

For more advice on avoiding identity theft and fraud, visit

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Always On Watch said...

No more long form?

Well, that's good news.

My 2010 Census is due to arrive any day now.

Always On Watch said...

Moslems are forever whining about something. Sheesh.