Folks, it looks like the time has come for talking about the census. Go here http://2010.census.gov/2010censuspdf/2010_Questionnaire_Info_Copy.pdf for a peek at the form they want us to fill out as proposed thru today. Now, I ain't the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but there are some things that make no sense to me at all. For example, why ask a person's age and birthdate? (Q-7) Looks like a waste of printer's ink to me, unless the census counters are deficient in math. (In which case, it's time for new counters.) Just to provoke discussion, the Constitution requires a head count, but doesn't seem to me to call for anything more than that. Why all the other questions? Particularly, what has the financial arrangements for home ownership (Q-3) to do with a body count? And it remains unclear to me what race has to do with representation and political districting. Question 2 is sorta stupid, if question 1 is answered accurately. Is this a test of basic intelligence or a head count? Q-4 is, on the face of it, silly. How hard is it to count up check boxes? Q-5 can be argued 'till hell freezes over. This is a body count, not so? Of what relevance is my name? (FWIW, there are at least 7 others that can be found on line with my same name and middle initial, 3 of which also have my middle name.) Qs-8 & 9 are nonstarters for me, too. Since when does race or ethnic origin matter in representation and political districting? Q-10 are another take on 1 & 2. How hard can it be? FWIW, I have been unable to find anything credible that ties ACORN to the census taking, questionnaire design or anything else. Now, IIRC, Congress is obligated to collect the data, and there seems to be nowhere that they are allowed to contract the collection to any politically active organization, which ACORN certainly is. I'd have no problem with using a commercial polling outfit, say like the Pugh organization.