Monday, January 17, 2005


Listening to: Modest Mouse, Good News For People Who Like Bad News

Judging by the results of the vote, I am NOT the best "Daddy Blog" but I console myself with the fact that another popular vote late last year did not elect the best person. Considering that today is Martin Luther King's birthday, I'm reminded that the other election I alluded to is much more important than any popularity contest involving me.

Over the past few years, a lot of noise has been made about the phrase "One nation, under God," but that controversy has turned out attention away from the follow-up phrase: "with liberty and justice for all." MLK was certainly a man of God but we would not be remembering him today if his life had not been devoted to the bring to bear principles stated in the latter part of that phrase. Considering that the number of Americans who have slipped below the Poverty Line have grown two years running (and I'm betting even more will have slipped beneath that line when the numbers are released in March), considering that the US Civil Rights Commission has continuously lambasted Bush and his administration for completely ignoring Civil Rights issues, considering that voter intimidation and suppression continues to be an issue, considering that working Americans require food banks to make ends meet, considering that low-income college students are having to opt out of higher education because grant money has been radically slashed... and yes, considering that our Vice-President was one of three senators to vote against making MLK's birthday a national holiday... I'm much more concerned about past elections because "liberty and justice for all" is a long way off. MLK's struggle is still alive.

I'm off to pick up the kids from X and then attend a MLK rally. Tonight we'll watch Ken Burns' documentary tonight on the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World because I want the kids to see how far this country has come. It's painfully evident how far this country still has to go.
To all those who weighed in on my interview post, I thank you for your input and suggestions. I'm investigating any impropriety on the interviewer's part (regarding the questions of childcare) but it's my understanding that Colorado, as an "at-will" state, makes it difficult for prospective employees to complain about hiring practices unless there are clear civil rights violations. However, as I said, I am looking at my options.


Anonymous said...

Soooo very sorry to hear about your loss.

My Love Always

sihondagal said...

I am very sorry to hear that you didn't win!! You should have! I love and miss ya! Talk to you soon!


p.s. I took your quiz......hehehe! :)

Laura said...

Jim, Nice guys/dads don't have to finish first to be the best.... but you should of been. I will continue to pray that you will find that job of your dreams. Without asking such absurb questions on what you are going to do with your children! You should live in Iowa!

Miss ya!

Anonymous said...

Well, I voted for you (early and often!) Sorry it wasn't enough.


pinkme said...

You are turning me into a blogger stalker! Enough already! I want the old Jim back. The one who isn't trying to win a popularity contest. You are the best friggin daddy blogger I read!!! I am waiting for one of your great "daddy" stories. I'm waiting... I'm still here... I'll be back...

Nino the Mindboggler said...

For all who voted... THANK YOU!!! You don't know what it means to me to know I'm read and appreciated by such wonderful people!!!

It's been a tough week and I'm sorry if my foul mood spilled into my writing. I certainly didn't mean to imply I was dismissive of any of you or your efforts.

I love you all....