TEH GAY….Discharges of gay men and women in the military were up last year:

The number of military members discharged under the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexuals rose by 11% last year, the first increase since 2001, officials said Wednesday.

A Pentagon spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, said 726 service members were discharged under the policy during the 2005 budget year that ended Sept. 30. That compares with 653 discharges the year before.

It’s a good thing thing we’re not at war, isn’t it? Or at least, not in a war serious enough to care more about winning than about ridding our armed forces of dreaded homosexuals.

(Actually, if there’s a bright side to this, it’s that 726 is still well below the peak of 1000+ that was normal before 9/11. Apparently the Army really is more willing to overlook your sexual orientation when they have a pressing need for more front line cannon fodder.)

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