Saturday, March 20, 2010

A very funny take on the census form

For your reading pleasure, this post by Mark Draughn on Windypundit: Census Form! Entrapment! Beware!

An excerpt:
I just got my 2010 Census form in the mail. I assume some of you got one too. You may have noticed that the cover letter includes the following paragraph:

This is your official 2010 Census form. We need your help to count everyone in the United States by providing basic information about all the people living in this house or apartment. Please complete and mail back the enclosed census form today.

Today, huh? So, you take a look at the form, which seems otherwise well designed, and this is the first question you see:

How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010?

Uh, that's just over two weeks in the future, so what should you put down? At first, you're tempted to guess, but a piece of the federal Census law in 13 U.S.C. 221 says:

(b) Whoever, when answering questions described in subsection (a) of this section, and under the conditions or circumstances described in such subsection, willfully gives any answer that is false, shall be fined not more than $500.

And it goes on from there....

Sunday, March 14, 2010

More pictures from the Northwest Side Irish Parade

(Continued from page one)

Spectators found it warmer and dryer along Northwest Highway Sunday than at the big parade downtown on Saturday.

The Norwood Park Historical Society had a horse-drawn carriage.

Somebody else brought an Irish wolfhound, a dog as big as a horse.

The Northwest Side Irish Parade organizers paid tribute today to Illinois Wounded Warriors. According to the March 9 edition of the Edison-Norwood Times-Review, the NWSI honored "U.S. Marine Corp. veteran Chad Watson will be honored as the 2010 NWSI Humanitarian of the Year 'for his courage and bravery in returning home from Iraq. A U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who lost his leg while serving his country in Fallujah. His dedication and commitment to the Wounded Warrior Project is a story of inspiration.'"

A Marine Corps group participated in the parade as did junior ROTC groups from Taft High School (Navy) and Foreman High School (Army):

And, of course, there were more Irish dancers. This was the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance float.

Here are the Mullane-Healy-O'Brien Irish dancers:

The Notre Dame-Resurrection High School marching band participated:
A group of athletes from Notre Dame College Prep, accompanied by Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Mike Hennessey, followed close behind: