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Thai comedy, yikes. Thai book critics? Forget it.Why are authoritarians always so fascinated by the grocery store?It’s not just attention cake hungry lesbians in Oregon that can’t handle others practicing the rights outlined in the First Amendment. Thong Daeng, the Royal Dog of Thailand, apparently was so hurt by the sarcastic commentary about her left on Facebook by 27 year old Thanakorn Siripaiboon that she died.

Wait…has anyone checked on the Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer lately? Someone go knock on their door stat!

Anyways, reports from Kasetsart University claim that despite the trauma and weight gain invoked by Siripaiboon, the elderly Thong Daeng, otherwise known as Copper to his English counterparts, managed to die somewhat peacefully in his sleep on December 29th, 2015 after many years of companionship with King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

By the way, don’t worry, our sources assure PD that the book King Bhuibol Adulyadej wrote back in 2002 about Thong Daeng and the resulting movie and T-Shirt line will continue to be sold.

As for Siripaiboon and his sarcastic post (which we are unable to find anywhere as local resources refuse to reprint it in fear of offending the King), he was charged in early December by the ruling Junta with Lèse Majesté under section 112 (“Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, Heir-Apparent or Regent shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.”) and 116 of the Thai Penal Code.

If convicted Siripaiboon faces up to 37 years in jail. A similar case of internet Lèse Majesté (although this one wasn’t about the Royal Dog) tried in August, landed the plaintiff, Pongsak Sriboonpeng, a sentence of 30 years, reduced from 60 due to his full confession.We don’t dare comment on the quality of the fabric.

Obviously the Thai Constitution reads a little differently from the American Constitution where instead of freedom of speech, Thai citizens must understand that, “The king shall be enthroned in a position of revered worship and shall not be violated. No person shall expose the king to any sort of accusation or action.”

Since the coup in May 2014, the Junta has charged 56 people with Lèse Majesté, 43 of those cases due to internet postings.

Just something to consider this Monday morning as you scroll through Facebook

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    So according to this the dog is considered to be either the King, Queen, Heir-Apparent or Regent? What sense does that make?:p

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    Does liking this article equate lese majeste?

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    I wonder what he wrote...

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