This is either a sign that the apocalypse is already well under way, that America has fully entered an irrevocable decline that will make Nero's Rome look like good times, or that everything is right with a world in which things are not only stranger than we imagine but stranger than we can imagine:
Stars Earn Stripes will feature celebrities competing in tough military training exercises and EW.com has the exclusive online cast scoop. NBC has tapped General Wesley Clark (ret.), the former Supreme Allied Commander Europe for NATO and 2004 presidential candidate to host the show along with TV personality Samantha Harris (Entertainment Tonight, Dancing with the Stars).
The celebrity competitors include boxing champion Laila Ali, actor Dean Cain (Out of Time), former NFL player Terry Crews (The Expendables), singer Nick Lachey (The Sing-Off), Sarah Palin's husband Todd Palin, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, The Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince and WWE star Eve Torres.
This is as good a time as any to remind people that the sweater-clad host and military man Clark was once seen by this reporter brazenly cutting the line for Amtrak in Washington, D.C.'s Union Station.