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U.S. Census Bureau gerrymandered me

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Pre-Covid-1984 here in Cherokee County of far Western North Carolina, the Atlanta U.S. Census Bureau paid me a visit at my little church in Andrews, requesting that I become a “partner” in the effort to make “The Count” a success, what with most Latinos being Catholic and with me having a Spanish Mass. They really want the Latinos counted. In fact, I was the very first contact for partnering that was made in the region.

Me being a troublemaker, I put some tough questions before the regional coordinator about mathematics and statistics and illegal immigration and the sharing of information with such as ICE, as well as about the use of information for gerrymandering so as to sway an upcoming election. The regional coordinator touted doctoral degrees with Jesuits no less, and had done work for DARPA, surely DARPA COMPASS, which, by one in 330,000,000 chances, is coincidental to my involvement in DARPA COMPASS. The responses were rather non-committal.

As the months went by I saw some stories about the Census being used, in fact, for gerrymandering so as to sway elections. It’s about as old as what is called the first profession. But this was a big deal as recently as the last presidential election in 2016.

Writing to this regional coordinator I asked about this potential difficulty, and was assured that talking points were provided to them about this. And that was it. No answers were given to me.

Instead, I was receiving multiple emails inviting me to be special at a special meeting for all the partnering going on. At the same time, I was getting messages on my phone saying that the Census Bureau lost my email address and could I call them up and let them know what it is again. Um. No.

Trump did up an executive order forbidding the Census Bureau to use information for gerrymandering. Smart. The very same day this regional coordinator resigned. Did I mention that it was the very same day. ;-)

Meanwhile, not long after, just the other week, a rash of calls came in on the phone message recorder in the church office, demanding ever so very breathlessly and urgently that I immediately call back. I hate anything breathless, and so let it go. Another call, then another. Two guys and three numbers, all going to Houston, even though we’re in the Atlanta district.

Having some time driving to meet a priest friend to go up to the exorcism the other day I thought I would enjoy some entertainment by calling one of those numbers. After about ten minutes of preliminary talk about issues raised above we got down to brass tacks.

He said that he had some questions about my electronic submission of my census form. Hey! That’s interesting! I didn’t submit any electronic form. Mine was paper. I filled it out and sent it by way of the U.S. Postal Service. Only some people received the paper. Interesting that as well.

He was convinced that there was a raft of women and kids here who were not reported. Oh, you mean, I asked, like all those Sanctuary Movement Latinos escaping from pre-Sandinista Nicaragua back in the 1990s (before he was born, surely). They need to be declared he insisted. I told him if anyone is saying something like that by way of an electronic submission for the census, well, that would be fraud and will sue them into the ground.

More than this, the previous gerrymandering agent (just a conjecture, by the way), admitted that all Census response forms are manipulated by the Census Bureau so that no one can ever relate any particular form to the person who is responding, you know, to protect their privacy, you know, in case of hacking (which has happened, or was that the excuse?).

Having gone through the Ancestry DNA thing, I wrote down my two major DNA “ethnicities”. But that’s what the Census Bureau can change, enabling them to gerrymander districts so as to bring more services to certain underserved ethnicities, such as Latinos. But that can sway votes, sway elections, right?

And… and… there’s a financial motivation to say anything whatsoever on manipulated form. Census Bureau field operatives get a minimum of $10 bucks a pop for every house visited. But they can write whatever the hell they want. Money is to be had! Gerrymandering is the added benefit which, as per the history of it, happens all the time.

I think the whole lot of them should be slammed into prison. But they would be out in minutes.

I’m sure they would want to a SWAT on yours truly in retaliation, you know, to check on all those undocumented Latinos living in the house. He insisted multiple times that this was a legit question because, you know, it’s a “rectory.” There’s some prejudicial misbehavior for a Federal agent. I invite them to SWAT me out. Maybe they’ll slip on some dog-poop. That’s about all that’s here. Shadow-dog and Laudie-dog are quite healthy. Maybe they count as human! Maybe they’re Latinos! That’s about they level they are at, seems to me.

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P.S. These guys should go visit the neighborhood drug house. It’s just a small house, but there can be dozens of “homeless” teens and twenty and thirty somethings in there, for years at a crack. Yes. Get those names. Most would have multiple felony warrants. But that information can’t be shared, right? And anyway, they will change all the details, as promised.

The whole thing is – as far as I can see – terribly corrupt – as bad as mail in ballots (not the absentee kind, but the simple mail in ones, already filled out and mailed for you by someone else).

I feel like doing some follow-up with this, say with the Atlanta Census Bureau. If these guys were scammers and not federal agents, well well, that would be a felony. :-)

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Too patriotic? Voting early! Bombs? Letter to Diognetus (5-6).

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Avoiding the chaos on Super Tuesday, I went down to the election commission at the courthouse annex in Murphy, NC, and voted early. Fortunately, this is not one of the counties in North Carolina which has trouble in sending out ballots to active Military personnel and citizens overseas; their votes count. I made sure to ask if these early votes here in the county are counted, as it were, instead of just being thrown into the box for use only upon court adjudication after a contested election. They’re counted in an ongoing fashion, I was told, so that they are the first votes in a continuum. Great!

I think voting is important, so I put up the “I Voted Today!” red-white-and-blue sticker given the election commission to those who vote just after voting on the back window of Sassy the Subaru. Just because the sticker has a USA flag motif doesn’t make this a partisan move on the part of the election commission. And although I am an official representative on a local level of a mainstream church, and retain the right to express my private political opinions in the public square, I don’t have anything partisan displayed anywhere, not on my person, not on my vehicle, not at the rectory, well, unless the USA flag, the Vatican flag at the rectory, and some USMC pride on Sassy the Subaru are partisan. They shouldn’t be.

You can’t be too patriotic. Either you’re patriotic or you’re not. It’s a virtue. “For God and Country” – Pro Deo et Patria, or, as my license plate reads: [4G0D4ALL]. If you’re exaggerated either way (and you can be, either way) it’s no longer about the family of one’s fatherland, so to speak, respecting others, helping others, but instead it’s all just about yourself at the cost of others, at the cost of one’s patria, one’s fatherland. Thus, we have a suspect bomber guy, now assisting with interrogations, as it should be.

Ironically, the best way to be a good citizen of one’s patria, fatherland, here on earth is to know that we are all in exile upon this earth, away as we are from our heavenly homeland, where Jesus will bring us face to face with our dearest Heavenly Father.

We call to mind something written waaaay back in the day, some say the first century, some say later, the letter to Diognetus (here with chapters 5 and 6):

CHAPTER 5 — 5:1 For Christians are not distinguished from the rest of mankind either in locality or in speech or in customs. 5:2 For they dwell not somewhere in cities of their own, neither do they use some different language, nor practise an extraordinary kind of life. 5:3 Nor again do they possess any invention discovered by any intelligence or study of ingenious men, nor are they masters of any human dogma as some are. 5:4 But while they dwell in cities of Greeks and barbarians as the lot of each is cast, and follow the native customs in dress and food and the other arrangements of life, yet the constitution of their own citizenship, which they set forth, is marvellous, and confessedly contradicts expectation. 5:5 They dwell in their own countries, but only as sojourners; they bear their share in all things as citizens, and they endure all hardships as strangers. Every foreign country is a fatherland to them, and every fatherland is foreign. 5:6 They marry like all other men and they beget children; but they do not cast away their offspring. 5:7 They have their meals in common, but not their wives. 5:8 They find themselves in the flesh, and yet they live not after the flesh. 5:9 Their existence is on earth, but their
citizenship is in heaven. 5:10 They obey the established laws, and they surpass the laws in their own lives. 5:11 They love all men, and they are persecuted by all. 5:12 They are ignored, and yet they are condemned. They are put to death, and yet they are endued with life. 5:13 They are in beggary, and yet they make many rich. They are in want of all things, and yet they abound in all things. 5:14 They are dishonoured, and yet they are glorified in their dishonour. They are evil spoken of, and yet they are vindicated. 5:15 They are reviled, and they bless; they are insulted, and they respect. 5:16 Doing good they are punished as evil-doers; being punished they rejoice, as if they were thereby quickened by life. 5:17 War is waged against them as aliens by the Jews, and persecution is carried on against them by the Greeks, and yet those that hate them cannot tell the reason of their hostility.

CHAPTER 6 — 6:1 In a word, what the soul is in a body, this the Christians are in the world. 6:2 The soul is spread through all the members of the body, and Christians through the divers cities of the world. 6:3 The soul hath its abode in the body, and yet it is not of the body. So Christians have their abode in the world, and yet they are not of the world. 6:4 The soul which is invisible is guarded in the body which is visible: so Christians are recognised as being in the world, and yet their religion remaineth
invisible. 6:5 The flesh hateth the soul and wageth war with it, though it receiveth no wrong, because it is forbidden to indulge in pleasures; so the world hateth Christians, though it receiveth no wrong from them, because they set themselves against its pleasures. 6:6 The soul loveth the flesh which hateth it, and the members: so Christians love those that hate them. 6:7 The soul is enclosed in the body, and yet itself holdeth the body together; so Christians are kept in the world as in a prison-house, and yet they themselves hold the world together. 6:8 The soul though itself immortal dwelleth in a mortal tabernacle; so Christians sojourn amidst perishable things, while they look for the imperishability which is in the heavens. 6:9 The soul when hardly treated in the matter of meats and drinks is improved; and so Christians when punished increase more and more daily. 6:10 So great is the office for which God hathappointed them, and which it is not lawful for them to decline.

 

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