PROBLEMS AT THE NATIONAL GUARD….Here’s the serious news:

The Army is running perilously low on its Reserve and National Guard soldiers who largely fill certain critical support jobs, like military police and civil affairs officers and truck drivers. Marine Corps reservists are facing similar constraints.

….”By next fall, we’ll have expended our ability to use National Guard brigades as one of the principal forces,” said Gen. Barry McCaffrey, a retired four-star Army commander who was dispatched to Iraq last month to assess the operation. “We’re reaching the bottom of the barrel.”

On the right, courtesy of reader Bryrock from Murfreesboro, is the not-so-serious news. It’s one of those pictures that’s too funny not to post.