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February 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

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January 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm

the old president

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so i’m watching the inauguration for our new president on cnn, and at the bottom of the screen is the abbreviated schedule of events. it’s during the parade part so the schedule looks something like this:
“now – pres. obama watches parade
next – former pres. bush lands in texas
later – inaugural balls”
and my mind keeps picturing this little scene for the old president. mr. bush with head leaning out the passenger car window all googly eyed and smiling with his tongue hanging out, and the car coming to a stop on some country road. cheney opens the door for him and he hops out all excited and saying, “wow look at that! where are we? ooo, i wanna know what that smells like! hey where you going?” and then cheney just says “run boy! you’re free now!” and bush scampers off into the woods.

childish, i know, but i can’t help but have that scene play like a little movie in my mind

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January 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm

2008

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the year is just about over. just shy of three hours from now until it’s officially 2009. looking back on the year, it’s hard for me not to be pessimistic about what 2009 has to offer. 2008 started off so well and then began a slow decline, and so far, this night seems to be a very fitting end to cap it off with. the biggest thing I’m struggling with is in terms of my career. I’m one of many I’m sure, but this is a new thing for me and I’m kind of starting to really freak out about it. and now that I’ve written about the more depressing parts, I can try to focus on the good things that happened this year. most importantly, I can take solace in the fact that I have a clearer idea of who God is which I think will lead to a closer and more meaningful relationship. secondly, I think that me and my wife have built an even firmer foundation for our marriage, and that we’re understanding each other much more clearly. and lastly, I’m really enjoying the friendships I’ve recently made or grown at my church. it’s nice to know that my church has a lot of quality people there and that there’s more I haven’t even met yet. so, 2008, you weren’t exactly a banner year for me, but once again I’m going to let hope be a deciding factor about 2009

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December 31, 2008 at 9:18 pm

christmas time is here

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i’ve discovered that i still hate (almost all) christmas music. the good news is that i’m pretty sure i know why now. there is no winter wonderland, i really wouldn’t know how fun it is or isn’t to ride in a one horse open sleigh, no one i know is roasting chestnuts, santa claus is not coming to town, very few people ever have a white christmas, and baby, it’s not cold outside. and really, it’s not like too many christmas songs are actually that good from a music/songwriting standpoint. you can try to defend that all you want, but you know i’m right. and this dreck is what i have to hear in the mall every day. i do have a theory about whoever makes the playlists though. i like to think that that person feels the same way i do and tries to sneak in a few awesome songs just to spite their elderly boss. so in the spirit of christmas cheer and whatnot, here’s my list of awesome christmas music, the 3-minute glimmers of hope that get me through the day.

-the entire soundtrack for “a charlie brown christmas”
-the “songs for christmas” compilation by sufjan stevens
-various artists: “maybe this christmas”
-the smashing pumpkins: “christmastime”
-jimmy eat world: “last christmas”
-the carpenters: “merry christmas darling”
-john lennon: “happy xmas (war is over)”
-the beach boys: “little saint nick”
-dave matthews and tim reynolds: “christmas song”

there’s a few more that i can think of, but they’re mostly covers of those same songs i just listed. what are your favorite more overlooked christmas songs?

(p.s. my other christmas themed blog is right here)

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December 11, 2008 at 12:59 am

oh, you elegant guessers

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there’s been some goings on in washington d.c. this week. typically, i try to keep on open mind on things and not make judgement calls on the few who’ve been put in charge by the many. this kind of bugged me though. earlier this week the general in charge of the troops in iraq gave a report to congress that said that because of the additional 30,000 troops sent there this summer, that violence in iraq has gone down by 50%. which actually puts violent incidents down to the level where we were this time last year. this is what president bush said in repsonse tonight taken from cnn:

In a televised speech to the nation, Bush said he would reduce U.S. force strength by 5,700 troops by Christmas and, by next July, reduce the number of combat brigades from 20 to 15 — a decrease of roughly 30,000 troops.

The first step in that process will come later this month, when 2,200 Marines leaving Anbar province will not be replaced, the president said.

“The principle guiding my decisions on troop levels in Iraq is ‘return on success’ — the more successful we are, the more American troops can return home,” Bush said during a 17-minute prime-time address from the Oval Office.

i don’t know if you caught that, but by his own reasoning, the president just put our position in iraq in a catch-22 situation. more troops in iraq=less violence in iraq. less violence in iraq=success in iraq. success in iraq=fewer troops in iraq. so “a”=”c” there, but “a” and “c” completely contradict each other. maybe i’m just being short-sighted, but i don’t think that’s the best solution. i don’t even think that makes sense. every time my brain tries to process that train of thought i just end up staring blankly into space like a cat who’s mentally chasing a floating piece of lint.

on that note, i’d like to formally announce my write-in candidacy for president of the united states. (or at the very least governor of iraq.) you want change in the white house? vote for someone who’s never even been in public office. sick of washington insiders? vote for someone who’s not even sure what that really means. worried your favorite candidate takes money from lobbyists? soooo not an issue here. come on, i can make guesses about what to do with this country at least just as good as someone who apparently is using circular reasoning to justify putting hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lives in jeopardy. that being said:

Matt Quillen for President in ’08.
my slogan: “If they can do it, why not me?”

Written by matt

September 13, 2007 at 9:54 pm

iraq

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i figured out the perfect solution for the problem of the war in iraq. now, i don’t typically take these kind of stances publicly or get involved in what i tend to consider a fashionable cause, but i really think i hit the nail on the head here. the perfect solution for the war in iraq is this: we make iraq the 51st state.

i know what you’re thinking and, yes, it is crazy. considering that crazy has seemed to work for us as a country so far, i think it’s time to step up our game a little. first off, we’re due. you know the last time we added a state to the union? 1959 and we added two at once. it’s been almost fifty years since we last added a state and we only added five in all of the 1900’s. that’s way down from the 29 in the 1800’s and 16 in the twenty four short years we were a country in the 1700’s. manifest destiny got us this far in a few short decades and we just petered out on taking territory for ourselves once we hit the first world war. i’m disappointed in us as a country. i just thought we were more tenacious than that. what happened to bigger and better, america?

second reason iraq needs to become a state: all the fighting would stop immediately. there hasn’t been a civil war on american soil (or for that matter, sand) in over 150 years. and i can gurantee you that those flaming liberals will want to back our president in sending more troops there once they realize that they really are protecting america. that and we wouldn’t really be sending any troop to a foreign country at all. i mean, how could anyone object to transferring troops over seas if it was just to another state? people never line the streets in protest when a soldier gets moved from camp pendleton to pearl harbor.

final reason to make a iraq the 51st state: prosperity. if iraq was under the law the of the u.s. constitution, there would be no more human rights violations in iraq. that, and we’d get all that yummy oil. and from the money generated from all that yummy oil we could afford to set up shop in iraq and take control of all those ungrateful muslims. we could import our brand of democracy and make it a beacon of hope for the ungrateful muslims in the world. because if there’s one thing america knows, it’s that our ironclad system of government works despite the pesky confines of any and all cultures and religions.

2008: vote iraq for #51

Written by matt

May 23, 2007 at 6:07 pm