What’s Eating Me?

September 29, 2010

You tell me which of the following  “stories”  you hear about/know about more than the other…..

As of August 31, 2010, there have been 1,985 coalition deaths in Afghanistan as part of ongoing coalition operations (Operation Enduring Freedom and ISAF) since the invasion in 2001. In this total, the American figure is for deaths “In and Around Afghanistan” which, as defined by the U.S. Department of Defense, includes some deaths in Pakistan and Uzbekistan and the deaths of 11 CIA operatives

In addition to these deaths in Afghanistan, another 28 U.S. and one Canadian soldier were killed in other countries while supporting operations in Afghanistan. Also, 62 Spanish soldiers returning from Afghanistan died in Turkey on May 26, 2003, when their plane crashed.

During the first five years of the war, the vast majority of coalition deaths were American, but between 2006 and 2010, a significant proportion were amongst other nations, particularly the United Kingdom and Canada which have been assigned responsibility for the flashpoint provinces of Helmand and Kandahar, respectively. This is because in 2006, ISAF expanded its jurisdiction to the southern regions of Afghanistan which were previously under the direct authority of the U.S. military.

With 512 Operation Enduring Freedom and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) deaths 2009, has been the deadliest year for foreign military troops since the U.S. invasion in 2001, continuing the trend that has occurred every year since 2003.

In 2009, there were 7,228 improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in Afghanistan, a 120% increase over 2008, and a record for the war. Of the 512 foreign soldiers killed in 2009, 448 were killed in action. 280 of those were killed by IED’s.



In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, Lohan gave fund-raising assistance to the British Red Cross in March 2010 to provide aid for the country. The same month, Lohan commenced legal proceedings in which she sought $100 million from financial services company E*Trade for a television advertisement that Lohan claimed invoked her likeness without her permission. She appeared on British comedy chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man on March 11, 2010, during which she spoke about her fashion work and her fascination with Marilyn Monroe, and refused to answer questions from host Alan Carr about her sexuality.

In April 2010, producers announced that Lohan was cast as adult-film performer Linda Lovelace, star of Deep Throat, in the film Inferno, scheduled to be directed by Matthew Wilder and produced by Chris Hanley. Filming is scheduled to start in late 2010. Lohan has defended herself against criticism of the role, saying that the film will not be pornographic. She gave an interview to the Sydney Morning Herald in which she said “the way that Matthew [Wilder] wants to shoot it is not vulgar. It’s not about the raw sex and the shots of her fully nude. It’s more about getting into her psyche and seeing how scared she was. That’s what I want to show most in the film. She went on to tell the interviewer that she had “never played someone’s true-life story before. A lot of the other movies I did were just brainless for me. So it’s nice to play something where I’m able to experience all these different emotions.”

In May 2010, Lohan did not appear for a scheduled DUI progress report hearing. The judge issued a bench warrant for Lohan’s arrest, but rescinded the warrant after Lohan’s representatives posted bail. Lohan’s lawyer said her passport was stolen while she attended the Cannes Film Festival in France. At a rescheduled hearing on May 24, 2010 Lohan was ordered to attend weekly alcohol education classes, wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet, refrain from drinking alcohol, and undergo random weekly drug tests to remain free on bail. The judge scheduled a hearing for July 6, 2010 to determine whether Lohan had violated probation by not having attended the required number of classes to date.

In June 2010, Lohan made an appearance on the Bravo television series Double Exposure. She also gave an interview to The Sydney Morning Herald that month, telling the paper “I’m still young and I’m still learning but that doesn’t mean that what they say is true, that I’m getting messed up and all this crazy stuff and that I’m constantly partying or whatever.”

At Lohan’s July 6 probation revocation hearing, the judge determined that Lohan had indeed violated the terms of her probation and sentenced her to 90 days in jail, starting July 20; in addition, the judge ordered Lohan to check into an inpatient rehab program for three months after her release from jail. On July 20, Lohan appeared in court and was taken into custody to begin her jail term. She was released on August 2 after serving 14 days of the sentence. The short term served was due to a policy of early release of non-violent offenders to reduce jail overcrowding. She was immediately taken to an inpatient rehabilitation facility where she was expected to stay another 90 days. However, on August 24 Lohan was released after only 23 days. Her lawyer stated that “the treating doctors at UCLA felt she had done everything required of her there.” Lohan will continue to undergo mandatory outpatient therapy but will be able to resume work. She was ordered to submit to random drug and alcohol screenings and attend psychotherapy and behavior therapy twice a week, as well as five 12-step sessions a week. Any failure to attend the sessions or to pass the drug tests could result in a 30-day jail sentence.  Lohan is also required to remain in Los Angeles until November 1, at which time a new hearing is scheduled. Lohan’s mother said in early August that Lohan intends to move back to New York once she finishes drug rehabilitation. Following media reports on September 17, Lohan confirmed via Twitter that she failed a drug test. She said she is “prepared to face the consequences”. After a hearing on September 24, where the judge ordered a preliminary revocation of Lohan’s probation, she was denied bail and sent back to jail. Later the same day, after Lohan’s lawyer filed an appeal, another judge granted her bail on the grounds that she had only committed misdemeanors. Lohan was released from jail after posting $300,000 bail. A probation revocation hearing is scheduled for October 22. Until then Lohan is required to wear a SCRAM bracelet and “stay away from establishments that primarily sell alcohol.



You really do not have to give me your answer – I already know which one you hear/know more about.  It is very sad that we (I say we –  the press/news) is more concerned with ONE – ONE – ONE – pitiful… lost… actress/singer/socialite/whatever else she is known  for –  individual.  I would love to see the paparazzi over in Afghanistan – lets see what kind of “money shot” they could get over there.  I guarantee you most would put their camera down and never pick it up again.  There is big difference between getting pictures of troops fighting for their lives     vs    snapping a picture of a drunken celeb.

It is sad that our society has become this.   We are so absorbed  in learning about the lives of  celebutards that we have turned a blind eye on things happening around us – in our communities, neighborhoods, cities,  states…. around the world.

You tell me the last time you heard a wonderful and heartfelt or sad and horrible story of our military men and women….  yeah, that is what I thought.  It’s been a while….

So you ask – Shayna, what is eating you?  Now you know…

…and the music plays on!



  1. This story broke my heart. A woman was reprimanded for refusing to take part in torture, and later killed herself. This woman’s family weren’t told the truth about her death until a journalist sussed it out with Freedom of Information requests.

    I think it’s important to recognize the role the military brass has had in manipulating media coverage of the role when you talk about which story gets more play. Part of their job has been to make sure that the public doesn’t hate the wars that they’re prosecuting. So they give us embellished stories, like that of Private Jessica Lynch in Iraq. Or they cover up the human tragedies that might make us think twice about supporting wartime policy.

    On the other hand, Lohan’s handlers have every interest in having her implosion be public.

    I’m not saying that it’s the only reason why celebrity obsession gets reported more often than the struggles of our servicemen and women abroad, but one thing is undeniable: Those who make their livelihood from war are fully aware that if the people understood the human cost of their enterprise, they’d be out of a job, and they act accordingly.

  2. Exactly, I don’t know how many times we can say it.

    I am glad to see you popping in and out that is for sure.


  3. Wonderful post Shayna and all too true
    I thought we were supposed to be getting out–and the troops who oft times are on their third, fourth or more tour can finally get out. I would believe in a draft, to make it fairer, but I know I wouldn’t want any kid I love going to fight for things I don’t understand
    I think it’s time for America to admit that we can’t save the world from itself and just get out, but that’s just me–and I hope each troop knows how much she is appreciated

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