Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks again to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Flappr,  and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!  Also, a fond farewell to our long-time pals over at The Daley Gator – best wishes, and we hope to see you back in the blogosphere soon.

Now then: This piece I wrote for RedState will appear linked in this week’s Red Thursday, of course, but I wanted to give it some attention here as well; this is the first time in quite a while I have approved of anything the Chinese Communist Party has done.

For those of you who haven’t served, the military uses the term “Jody” to refer to the pasty civilian dude back home who might come sniffing around your girlfriend (or, I suppose, boyfriend, these days – the name works either way) while you’re deployed. It’s a derogative term, an insult, and a taunt one might fling at another soldier about what his girl and Jody are doing back home.

But now we learn that, while one can be a Jody in the United States and suffer no more than a shiner and a few loose teeth, in China, being a Jody will get you some jail time

A man in China has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for destroying a “military marriage” by dating and cohabiting with the wife of a serving People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier.

China’s Criminal Law stipulates that anyone cohabiting or marrying another person knowing that he or she is the spouse of a PLA soldier will face imprisonment of up to three years.

The punishment is so harsh because the state is obliged not only to give special protection to the marriage of a soldier but also to respect and protect the honour of serving members of the military, according to China’s National Defence Law.

Damn right; as I stated on Sunday at RedState, my sympathies are entirely with the soldier here.  I’ve known a couple of guys who got the famous Dear John letters – or calls, in this modern era – and there’s damn little worse that can happen to a deployed soldier other than getting shot or blown up.

In perilous times, focusing on that warm reminder of home – her – has, historically, carried many a homesick soldier through the worst imaginable times.  And one of the shittiest things the girl (or guy) back home can do to that soldier is to start fucking around with some Jody.

In our system, the most likely thing that can happen to Jody is that the next time the soldier is back on the block, he administers a well-deserved ass-kicking.  I think the Chinese thought this through.  Don’t mess around with a deployed soldier’s SO.