Sunday, August 23, 2009

FREE the Gosselin kids

I am sick and tired of listening to Jon and Kate bitch and trash each other. Never watched the show once and don't planned to. Just plain old tired of Kate playing the poor victum and Jon being a manwhore. The real victims are their kids. If it was just the two of them and no kid then all this bitching at each on tv wouldn't be so bad. I think the poor kids are just stuck in the stupid mess. If both parents have problems, they should work it out in private, not on tv talkshows. Hopefully, all the kids grow up fine and ok.

Video of Nancy Grace pawning Jon

Friday, August 7, 2009

Book Club

Since now I have the time again, started up reading. I picked up my current book at Dollar Tree. It is called The Jesus Papers by Michael Baigent.

Here is Amazon's description:
What if everything we have been told about the origins of Christianity is a lie?

What if a small group had always known the truth and had kept it hidden . . . until now?

What if there is evidence that Jesus Christ survived the crucifixion?

In Holy Blood, Holy Grail Michael Baigent and his co-authors Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh stunned the world with a controversial theory that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene married and founded a holy bloodline. The book became an international publishing phenomenon and was one of the sources for Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code. Now, with two additional decades of research behind him, Baigent's The Jesus Papers presents explosive new evidence that challenges everything we know about the life and death of Jesus.

It sounds like an intreating book. The author has another book about a theory of Jesus being married. I think different theories about Jesus's life is quite neat.

On a boring note, I got a haircut today. It is just like the slient flim star, Louise Brooks. I like it. I was getting to lazy to mess with my hair. Who know how long I will keep it like this.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Director Hughes, Master Of Teen Angst, Dies At 59

From NPR:
Director Hughes, Master Of Teen Angst, Dies At 59
by The Associated Press
August 6, 2009
John Hughes, the director of a memorable string of 1980s teen films — from The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles to Ferris Bueller's Day Off — has died of a heart attack, according to his Los Angeles-based publicists.
Hughes died suddenly during a walk while visiting family in Manhattan, a spokesman said. He was 59.
He was born in Michigan but began his writing career as an advertising copywriter in Chicago — and set most of his films in the Chicago area.
Much of his work focused on high school antics coupled with teen angst. It was a comic formula that made stars of such actors as Molly Ringwald, Matthew Broderick, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall.
Other future stars who made notable appearances in early Hughes films included John Cusack and Jon Cryer.
Hughes began his Hollywood career in the late 1970s as a writer for the short-lived television series Delta House, based on the successful film Animal House.
He went on to pen the feature films Class Reunion, Mr. Mom and the classic National Lampoon comedy Vacation.
But Hughes rocketed to fame in 1984 with the release of directorial debut, Sixteen Candles, which he also wrote. The film launched the careers of Ringwald and Hall.
Both stars teamed with Hughes again the following year for the quintessential high-school angst film The Breakfast Club. The film's group of young stars included Ringwald, Hall, Estevez, Nelson and Sheedy. They became known as the "Brat Pack."
Hughes followed that success with Weird Science and the cult hit Ferris Bueller's Day Off, featuring a young Broderick.
In later years, he went on to direct Planes, Trains & Automobiles — featuring an adult cast pairing Steve Martin and John Candy — She's Having a Baby, Uncle Buck (again with Candy) and Curly Sue.
Those were the only eight films Hughes directed, but he continued to be a prolific writer, many times using the pseudonym Edmond Dantes. His writing credits include Home Alone, Beethoven and Maid in Manhattan. His final film story credit was the Owen Wilson comedy Drillbit Taylor.
According to his publicists, Hughes spent much of the past decade maintaining a farm in northern Illinois.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons John and James; and four grandchildren.
WOW, I am in shock. I have seen (& own) a bunch of his movies. Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off are all teen movie classics. My favorite John Hughes movie is Some Kind of Wonderful. I found it in the five dollar bin at Wallyworld a few weeks ago. It is basically Pretty in Pink but it a teen boy that falls in love with the popular girl, while his tomboy best friend is in love with him. I personally, liked it better than Pretty in Pink. Pretty in Pink is good but sorta more like a fairytale while Some Kind of Wonderful is more real. You can understand where all the main characters are coming from in this one. I just like it better than Pretty in Pink. Mr. Hughes is going to be a hard writer to replace. No one could write teen movies like him.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Preschoolers Can Suffer Chronic Depression


Preschoolers Can Suffer Chronic Depression: Study

Frank James

A new study reaches the at once fascinating and troubling
result that preschoolers as young as three can suffer one of the most
debilitating mental illnesses we know of: chronic depression.

Associated Press story reports some of the study's main details:

study is billed as the first to show major depression can be chronic even in
very young children, contrary to the stereotype of the happy-go-lucky
Until fairly recently, "people really haven't paid much
attention to depressive disorders in children under the age of 6," said lead
author Dr. Joan Luby, a psychiatrist at Washington University in St. Louis.
"They didn't think it could happen ... because children under 6 were too
emotionally immature to experience it."
Previous research suggested that
depression affects about 2 percent of U.S. preschoolers, or roughly 160,000
youngsters, at one time or another. But it was unclear whether depression in
preschoolers could be chronic, as it can be in older children and adults.
Luby's research team followed more than 200 preschoolers, ages 3 to 6, for
up to two years, including 75 diagnosed with major depression. The children had
up to four mental health exams during the study.
Among initially depressed
children, 64 percent were still depressed or had a recurrent episode of
depression six months later, and 40 percent still had problems after two years.
Overall, nearly 20 percent had persistent or recurrent depression at all four
Depression was most common in children whose mothers were also
depressed or had other mood disorders, and among those who had experienced a
traumatic event, such as the death of a parent or physical or sexual abuse.
Here's the abstract of the study. The study's conclusions, according to the

Preschool depression, similar to childhood depression, is not
a developmentally transient syndrome but rather shows chronicity and/or
recurrence... These results underscore the clinical and public health importance
of identification of depression as early as preschool. Further follow-up of
preschoolers with depression is warranted to inform the longitudinal course
throughout childhood.
What makes this study so interesting is, if it's borne
out by further research that some preschoolers do indeed have chronic
depression, then it raises a huge challenge. How will mental health
professionals effectively treat these children?

Not nearly enough is
known about how antidepressant drugs, a major treatment for people with
depression affect such young minds, including their long-term brain development.
Presumably, cognitive behavior play therapy which is often used in children this
age, would be part of the therapy. But, again, the potential use of powerful
antidepressants in such young patients is enough to give many people pause.

WTF, Next thing you know, newborn will be found to have depression. I swear to baby Jesus, it a way to dope up our future generations.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Research Paper Update

I have my last class tomorrow. I have to take my finale in Goverment and Polictic class. I am a tab bit nervous but I shouldnt let my nerves bother me. Finshed my research paper for Composition. over the weekend. I got my grade wich was 180/200. Overall, I made 91% A in the class. I was about to bust into tears. I thought I would have made a B in there. I am still in shook though.
Classes will not start back for me until the end of the month. I signed up for: Intro to Socilocloy, Desktop Applications, Tort Law, and Interview/Investagions. Hopefully, the legal classes will have enough students to keep the class going. I do have one back up class picked just in case one gets cancelled: Spanish I. Cross my fingers I get to take all the classes I picked.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Disco Dancing with the Rapist

Well, I have some progress with my research paper. I have the bare bones fact inserted in my paper. Today is finishing it up and tomorrow I will print it out. Right now , my main worry is that I have my sources cited correctly in the paper. It looks correct so far. I have all Sunday and during the day tomorrow. Cross your fingers for me.

My brother had some good news about the concert. Manic Street Preacher has put Tsunami back on their set list. It is one of my favoirte songs.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Size 7

"Wow, how much weight have you lost?"

I been getting that remark everyday now. I have lost quite a bit of weight since last summer. It wasnt on purpose though. This past year, I been though some much hell that it had affected my weight. When I am stressed, I dont eat as much. I am not sure how much weight I have lost. My guess is about 30 to 50 pounds. It comes down to stress. I had my good days and bad days.
What got me thinking about my weight was shopping today. I had to buy some jeans that fit. I found that I fit into a size 7. The last time I was a size 7 was high school. Last year, I was around a size 15 to 14. Size 7 made me stop and think about the weight loss. I desided if I get down to a size 5 then I will try to get some help about all the weight I have lost. Size 5 will be the cut off line.
I am ready for this week to be over. The next two days will be trying to get my research paper down. Nevous as hell though. I am so worry about messing up. This paper is a big part of my grade. Tomorrow, all I will do is set in my chair and finish it up.
I am going on a trip in the first part of October. My brother got ticket to his favorite band, Manic Street Preachers. It will be in Chicago. Sorta nervous but excited though. A road trip should be fun.