IN THE NEWS
It's scary when the line between reality and the joke news stories in The Onion disappear. Unfortunately, in your web browser, you can juxtapose this news item from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with this piece in The Onion.
In the real world, the US Army, desperate to fill troop transports headed for Iraq, drafted (yes, that's the correct word) Frederick Pistorius, who already fulfilled several years of active duty in the Marine Corps and reserve duty in the Army. While you read Pistorius' story, you find yourself hoping, Please God, let this just be a tragic but fixable incident of normal Army FUBAR. Then you get to the part where Pistorius describes his fellow "recruits," none of whom were medically screened, including someone fresh from knee surgery, and you have to admit that the situation is as bad as you feared. (Anyone remember the Volksgrenadiers?)
Meanwhile, in the darkly satiric world of The Onion, one of the lead stories this week is, US To Send 30,000 Mall Security Guards to Iraq. Satire is supposed to resemble reality, not the other way around.