Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on December 18, 2010 by Allahpundit

“‘Don’t cry,’ a 21-year-old specialist, one of the lieutenant’s confidants, told his boss jokingly when news broke that 65 senators had voted to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’

“‘I’m completely numb,’ was all the lieutenant could mutter.

“Across the world, other gay troops whose lives, careers and relationships have been indelibly, if sometimes quietly, shaped by the ban, reacted to the news with a mixture of rapture and disbelief

“‘The majority of younger, rank-and-file guys will be fine with it,’ said Marine Capt. Tom Garnett, who is straight and a reservist at a Virginia law school. ‘But we are a conservative service, and one angry Marine makes a lot more noise than 30 ambivalent Marines.’”

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“Jonathan Martin notes a remarkable statement from Richard Burr:

“‘Given the generational transition that has taken place in our nation, I feel that this policy is outdated and repeal is inevitable. However, I remain convinced that the timing of this change is wrong, and making such a shift in policy at a time when we have troops deployed in active combat areas does not take into consideration the seriousness of the situation on the ground. But, the vote this morning to invoke cloture on this bill indicated that the broader Senate was prepared to move forward with a change, and despite my concerns over timing, my conclusion is that repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is the right thing to do.’

“If the Republican from North Carolina is talking like this, opposition to homosexuality has, in some broader sense, lost its political juice. That generational transition marks a shift away from the old political order of both social conservatism on issues of sexual morality and — on both sides, I think — activism around abortion.”

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“‘I am very disappointed such a major policy change was jammed through the lame duck Congress without the ability to offer one single amendment,’ said Graham. ‘Apparently, the concerns of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, who indicated repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ under these conditions would affect battlefield preparedness potentially leading to increased risk of casualties, were ignored.’…

“‘Our nation continues to be involved in two armed conflicts which have taken a heavy toll on our military,’ Graham said. ‘To ask our armed forces and their families to absorb these changes in the middle of two major conflicts is both unfair and unwise.’”

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“‘The military is the most trusted institution in American life,’ said David Frum, a speechwiter for President George W. Bush. ‘This vote means there will now be a large public population of openly gay veterans, gay combat veterans and decorated gay soldiers and officers, sailors, airmen and marines. That presence is going to be a very large fact on the ground…. People who want to wage cultural wars ought to keep in mind that cultural views often don’t move at all for a very long time, but when they move they can move very fast.’

“Gay activists said they expected implementation of the law to be relatively painless, as other countries have experienced. And, they said, ‘don’t ask’ repeal could set in motion future gay rights victories, including establishing rights to same-sex marriage.

“‘I think any legislative victory in the direction of social change and equality lays down a foundation for the next one,’ said Solmonese.”

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“No longer will able men and women who want to serve and sacrifice for their country have to sacrifice their integrity to do so. We will be a better military as a result.”

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RINOvich surprised you, my fellow Buckeye? Really?

OhioCoastie on December 19, 2010 at 1:52 AM

This morning’s Cincinnati Enquirer has a front-page article about a local 18-year-old that the illegal-alien lobby used to confront Voinovich before the DREAM Act. At least he didn’t cave on that one.

BuckeyeSam on December 19, 2010 at 8:45 AM

BuckeyeSam on December 19, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Thanks for the tip, just read the article. Clearly, the Enquirer is a lefty rag.

OmahaConservative on December 19, 2010 at 8:51 AM

You mush brained idiots have to stick your friggin’ PC crap into every aspect of society until it destroys us from the inside out!

katy on December 19, 2010 at 12:08 AM

End game….this is exactly the point of all of this cr@p. As was stated earlier in the thread, this will now enable them to bow and worship their “masters” who have given them this “freedom of expression”. Now the “masters” will have their own troops to rally against we, the people when needed.

sicoit on December 19, 2010 at 8:54 AM

rush was right….the msm are starting to call dear leader the ‘comeback kid’ on the sunday shows….

cmsinaz on December 19, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Serving openly will create a whole new level of tension, lawsuits, rules, disciplines, additional training ie sensitivity training, morale problems, infighting, and a whole host of unnecessary CRAP are soldiers will have to endure because your PC SH!T is more important than training up men and women to keep the country safe. You think our soldiers aren’t stresses enough? Is that it? You want to throw more PC garbage at them? You’re ok with disrupting what has worked since the beginning of our military history?

You mush brained idiots have to stick your friggin’ PC crap into every aspect of society until it destroys us from the inside out!

Right on! The service is much more than just combat and training together, it is in effect an extended Family with a heavy social element applied. The demands on the members, especially the officers, to socialize ‘off the battlefield and parade ground’ are entrenched in the organization. Many evenings, especially in overseas posts, are spent at the Commander’s table with his Staff: those Married with their wives or Bachelors with/or without their dates.

I’m trying to picture my old Base Commander’s reaction to watching Lieutenant Adam and Lieutenant Steve dancing together. The image of a grenade in the punch bowl comes to mind.

Uniblogger on December 19, 2010 at 9:02 AM

What is up with Susan Collins speech pattern?

OmahaConservative on December 19, 2010 at 9:12 AM

OmahaConservative on December 19, 2010 at 9:12 AM

she sounds like katherine hepburn to me…

cmsinaz on December 19, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Can’t wait to see all the unintended consequences that will sprout from this little experiment in Political Correctness.

glockomatic on December 19, 2010 at 9:16 AM

opposition to homosexuality has, in some broader sense, lost its political juice.

Just what Islam holds over American heads.

While our troops are deployed in Islam, fighting against Islamofascism, wrong time to pack homosexuality on the wrong place to be.

Sick politics, anything for a vote.
Hells Bells. Blood on Congress’ gay-ass hands.

maverick muse on December 19, 2010 at 9:20 AM

she sounds like katherine hepburn to me…

cmsinaz on December 19, 2010 at 9:13 AM

W/O the hoity-toity cultured inflections.

OmahaConservative on December 19, 2010 at 9:21 AM

W/O the hoity-toity cultured inflections.

OmahaConservative on December 19, 2010 at 9:21 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on December 19, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Uniblogger on December 19, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Well said.
Certain agenda driven people who present topics here, don’t give a damn how this will damage the one institution that is not about social progressivism but about doing violence so that the men and women of this country can sleep safely at night.
Also, rest assured that when problems arise in the coming years regarding this disgrace, a certain pundit here will do his damn best to make sure his precious agenda of perversion is not harmed.

jjshaka on December 19, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Right on! The service is much more than just combat and training together, it is in effect an extended Family with a heavy social element applied. The demands on the members, especially the officers, to socialize ‘off the battlefield and parade ground’ are entrenched in the organization. Many evenings, especially in overseas posts, are spent at the Commander’s table with his Staff: those Married with their wives or Bachelors with/or without their dates.

I’m trying to picture my old Base Commander’s reaction to watching Lieutenant Adam and Lieutenant Steve dancing together. The image of a grenade in the punch bowl comes to mind.

Uniblogger on December 19, 2010 at 9:02 AM

One of the many things homosexuality does is destroy bonds between men. Homosexuality is an assault on friendship between members of the same sex.
Someone even posted here somewhere about the account of the friendship between David and Jonathon of the Bible as so called evidence they were gay. I suppose they could say then the same thing about Jesus since Jesus hung around 12 guys a lot, sleeping with them out in the fields, often telling them he loved them.
The other thing I have mentioned before, our military has a strong Christian tradition. Also, many private religious organizations enthusiastically support the military. How will the new gay military now view some of these relationships? Take the Boy Scouts for instance. We have a National Guard unit near here that the Boy Scouts have used from time to time for different events. Will that no longer be allowed?

JellyToast on December 19, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I served back in ’52-54 and there were homosexuals in then. (Gay meant happy back in those days). But they went their way and we went ours. What does “openly” serve mean? Shacking up in the barracks? Holding hands while on parade? Kissing in boot camp? Hugging your drill instructor? Thank God I am from a simpler time.

Herb on December 19, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I think it is time that we take care of Snowe and Collins once and for all. I am going down tomorrow and buying a red piece of material 6 inches by 6 inches and having a blue “D” stitched on it. I will send it to them and ask that they wear their “Scarlet letters” on the floor everytime they enter the chamber. That way, no matter how they say they are going to vote, we all know how they are really going to vote so there is no surprise or disappointment.

Both of them are the Hester Prynes of the republican party.

milwife88 on December 19, 2010 at 9:55 AM

JellyToast on December 19, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I believe that there is still hope.

kingsjester on December 19, 2010 at 10:10 AM

When I was in the Army, homosexuality seemed confined mostly to the cooks and there was a general feeling that the Navy “had most of the homos”.

On the surface DADT repeal seems like a two-bit piece of legislation voted on by two-bit lame-duck legislators,many of whom were defeated in November and are getting “revenge” on the voters by being defiant. But it is, death by a thousand cuts, another coffin nail in the once great United States democracy.This will make us militarily weaker and cause our military to be held it contempt by our enemies, who, may in fact, become more aggressive-emboldened by the idea that who’s afraid of a sissy?. This will also open the gates for homosexual military marriages, homosexual officers and enlisted mens’ service clubs, homosexual housing for married personnel and worse, a stream of homosexual “discrimination”lawsuits which will require the hiring of batteries of overpaid military lawyers to defend. But worst of all will be a decline in personnel quality caused by a big drop in recruiting and far fewer re-ups (not now, because of 10% unemployment, but soon.)

MaiDee on December 19, 2010 at 10:47 AM

I’ll offer this thought: I have mixed feelings about the outcome here, but DADT had to be abandoned, I’m glad it was through legislation and not via the courts.

Farmer_Joe on December 19, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Someone may have mentioned already (I don’t have time to read the entire thread) the irony that DADT repeal comes at a time when we are fighting an enemy who would put gays to death for the crime of being gay. Does anyone think that this may fuel the jihadists’ increasingly over-the-top hatred of all things American? Irony abounds for all of the leftists who push PC cultural issues, which Muslims abhor, but support all things Islamic over anything Judeo/Christian. Is the left blinded by their abject hatred of the right/center-right or are they willfully ignorant? Anybody? Bueller? Anybody?

College Prof on December 19, 2010 at 11:04 AM

I still can’t believe we are making an entire demographic based on who someone has sex with. This is crazy.

Cindy Munford on December 19, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Can’t wait for the draft to return now and watch the fireworks. Will their be separate foxholes? Well the communist wanted to destroy our culture through sexual degredation.

Wait for the next legal challange: “Gee Sarge, I see Corporal Bob and Corporal Ben want a military wedding and have already hired a team of lawyers from San Francisco.”

Don L on December 19, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Moving on….

Dr Evil on December 19, 2010 at 11:44 AM

It is no more Jewish than rabid leftist, self-hating Israeli Yael Dayan. That’s right. Daughter of.

Shy Guy on December 19, 2010 at 8:38 AM

General Dayan was a personal hero of my dad’s. I’ll be HER dad is spinning in his grave.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 19, 2010 at 3:43 PM

This ain’t permanent.

Akzed on December 19, 2010 at 7:57 PM

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