Post by Colonel Edmund J. Burke Post by Doug Laidlaw
And a ground invasion may stop Kim, if he doesn't shower your troops
with nukes, first. A good strategist looks at how the enemy may respond.
You haven't said anything noteworthy here, son.
BTW, Korean babes are to die for, so if I get nuked whilst "getting
some," that's acceptable.
You would be in good company. During the struggle for Julius Caesar's
succession, Mark Antony's wife and brother led his campaign, while he
was living the life of an Eastern emperor with the best good-time girl
of all, Cleopatra.
In the days of Transportation, a shipload of women convicts was
transported to NSW. Each member of the crew was (unofficially) allowed
to choose one convict as his partner for the trip. Sleeping around was
forbidden. As a result, the ship was popularly called "The Floating
Brothel." Many of those unions became permanent. As a psychologist said
of the movie "Friends with Benefits" if a couple stay in a relationship
like that, they are compatible enough to fall in love.
You have to remember that back then, stealing anything over one shilling
in value, carried the death penalty. Women commit far fewer crimes of
violence than men. Even joy-riding a horse earned transportation. [A
claimed descendant of the woman who did that lives in this Village.] So
these women were not really criminal types.
A contemporary account says that women were just as keen as the men.
This could be another facet of 19th Century society. An unmarried woman
almost didn't exist, socially. Women went as free settlers to India and
Australia to find husbands. To be receiving offers of a de facto
relationship would be wonderful.
[There were quite a few such women on the ship that brought my
ancestors. From a family letter:
"The young, and even ancient, maidens have landed from the Vessel in
their best that they may enjoy the shore: their best - how carefully
preserved - how often looked at during the voyage! How many Cabinet
councils have been held to determine whether Miss A. looks best in white
and red and Miss B. in yellow and green! There they are, knee deep in
mud. Half a dozen Bushmen gallop past, and oh, the consternation! The
ruin! That 'love' of a bonnet! That be-au-ti-ful dress. The mud drops
fall thick as the leaves of (autumn). But, where are the flocks of
amorous swains who were to greet their arrival and sue for them in
marriage? Alas, not at Port Adelaide; and so they go back to sleep on
board for a night or two, restore their damaged fabrics, and write
letters home to say how much they have been deceived, and how greatly
they are disappointed. Pretty Dears! Twelve months roughing here will
teach them better than to trust to silks and gauzes, or even good looks
alone for getting husbands in South Australia."
And the landed gentry (eat your heart out, Colonel (; ):
"The number of Freeholders in this Colony is surprising. I think it may
safely be said that nine men out of every ten live in houses of their
own, and that four farmers out of every five are proprietors of the soil
they cultivate. To be sure, an English Farmer would hardly think the
hovels many of our Farmers live in good enough for his cows or pigs. You
will see a man ride into Town on a horse worth £100 or £120. For many
years his face has been unconscious of a razor. He wears a blue Jersey.
A Kerchief of many Colors hangs loosely round his neck. A wide-awake,
velveteen or canvass trousers, high boots undefiled by blacking, and a
pair of spurs complete his costume. He has come to Town to bid at a Land
sale. He buys one, two, three eighty acre sections. He calls on his
Lawyer and leaves the purchase money. He has a "spree" in Town whilst
his horse rests and then away he is to his home in the Bush. Now that
man's house consists of two or three low rooms. There are windows ...,
but the place of glass is supplied by cotton. Furniture indeed! A few
three legged stools, a wooden table and half-a-dozen shake-downs, is
pretty nearly all you will find there!"]