Thursday, March 31, 2011

Census 2010 for Radcliff, KY

Seems our town of Radcliff, Kentucky is disgruntled with the Census results. Our population is lower than anticipated. Hmmm, could it be from all the people who refused to return their forms, refused to answer their doors and the Census enumerator had to rely on information obtained from a neighbor on the THIRD visit? Then after the enumerator went those 3 times, quality assurance personnel attempted to confirm these results sometimes 3 additional times without luck and once again had to rely on a neighbor for the information. These non-responding folks cost the government a chunk of change that didn't need to be spent and have deprived their town from funding and now blame is being placed on the Census Bureau. The census is important requirement placed on Americans. Many funds given by the federal government depend on population levels so if everyone isn't counted, then the amount of funding is at a lower level or possibly in some cases non-existent. 

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Consensus of The News Enterprise editorial board. "Radcliff justified in census challenge." The News Enterprise, March 31, 2011: A6.

The census has been guided by authorizing legislation since 1790. Through the mid-nineteenth century, this legislation was very detailed: it listed questions to be asked and gave detailed instructions to the enumerators. Although the Secretary of State was the nominal national head of the early censuses, almost all of the work for the count was done on the state and local level by federal marshals. The lack of national leadership meant that census acts had to be very specific; it was the only way the federal government could assure that the marshals would return standardized information.
As census operations became more centralized and federalized in the latter part of the nineteenth century, legislation relating to the census became less detailed. Instead, it directed broad categories of questions to be asked, and left the actual design of census questionnaires up to the superintendent of the census.
The modern Census Bureau has been shaped by two pieces of twentieth century legislation: the 1902 legislation that made the Census Office a permanent agency and the 1954 legislation that combined the existing laws governing the Census Bureau's statistical programs and codified them in Title 13. Title 13 is the section of U.S. Code that governs Census Bureau activities to this day.
History. (accessed April 01, 2011).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More on Unit 731

After the previous post on Unit 731, I found these videos. They give a more detailed look at what happened and a more insightful look at some of the personalities involved such as the mastermind Shiro Ishii . Virtually all the reading I have done about Japan's involvement in WWII, Japan denies any wrong doing and this is another example of the Japanese government's denial and refusal to take responsibility and offer a simple apology to the victims and their families. With the tragedy that has recently happened to the Japanese people, it is important that we are able to separate the Japanese people from the Japanese government and show the true spirit of the American people and offer aid and comfort to them.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Unit 731--WWII POWs Dissected Alive by Japanese

Most of us have heard of the scientific experiments done on Jews and POWs by Germany during WWII. Less well known are similar experiments done by the Japanese. See the following 2 part video that takes a look at the atrocities that were committed and learn of the cover-up by the United States.

Here is an article that you may be interested in. This is the article that piqued my interest in Unit 731.

The National Archives also has information on this that offers an extensive look at Japanese war crimes.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Japan--Mother Nature Out of Control...

Parts of Japan have become devastated by earthquakes and tsunamis. I am proud to be an American when I hear about Americans donating to the relief fund to help out the Japanese people. Too bad that Japan has never paid reparations to the Americans they used as slave labor in World War II. We will help you despite the fact that you have abused our people for your own profit. Shows the difference in our characters doesn't it?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Battle of the Java Sea Draws to End 01 March 1942

I wrote my college thesis on the experiences of the crew of the USS Houston while POWs. They were heroes in every sense of the word. May they never be forgotten.

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