April 16, 2010

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – Origins, quotes, counterquotes and variant versions...


“Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t seek, don’t flaunt.”
       Charles Moskos (1934-2008)
       U.S. sociologist and advisor to Sen. Sam Nunn
       The four-part phrase and policy he suggested in 1993 to Senate Armed Forces Committee Chairman Nunn, as a way to deal with gays in the military. Adopted by the U.S. military in 1994 as “Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue,” then shortened by the media to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and now often referred to by the acronym DADT.


“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? How about...Don’t Lie.”
       Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance website
       Post dated March 27, 2010


“I believe repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ will weaken the warrior culture at a time when we have a fight on our hands.”
       General Merrill A. McPeak
       Former Air Force Chief of Staff
       In an Op-Ed in the New York Times, March 4, 2010


“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is not a joking matter. It is the only law that enforces shame.”
       Lt. Dan Choi
       Openly gay Iraq War veteran
       Remark about DADT in a protest on March 18, 2010 
       Choi’s discharge from the military for publicly “telling” he gay is pending


“‘Don’t ask and don’t tell.’ Isn’t that Oscar Mayers’ response to the question, ‘What’s in a hot dog?’”
       Comedian Jay Leno
       In his monologue on The Tonight Show, April 2, 1993
       Commenting on the announcement of Sen. Sam Nunn's support for the “DADT” policy — and proving that DADT can sometimes be a joking matter.


“It would appear that our ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy is no longer working.”

       Political cartoonist Rob Rogers
       In his cartoon about the Catholic Church’s growing sexual abuse fiasco 
       Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 28, 2010


CLAUDETTE WYMS (CCH POUNDER): “What people want these days is to make it to their cars without getting mugged. Come home from work and see their stereo is still there. Hear about some murder in the barrio, find out the next day the police caught the guy. If having all those things means some cop roughed up some spic or some nigger in the ghetto... well, as far as most people are concerned it’s don’t ask, don’t tell.”
       The Shield  
       Pilot episode, first aired March 12, 2002

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