Today I came across two stories that made me go, hmmmm.
First story is of an American jailed for insulting a king in Thailand, story here. Dude is up for 15 years in jail. Yes, can you say outrageous? (I’d go on but I would love to visit Thailand one day and don’t want to get on some sort of detain list based on insults of government and/or royalty).
Naturally, Americans (and others blessed with free speech) think this is just unbelievable, and would never happen here. Well, maybe.
Now it seems it’s criminal to flip off cops in Colorado, story here. Seriously? Read the story on this one and you will be scratching your head to make sense of it. I gotta tell you this sounds like flat-out bullying to me. Sure it was rude to do it, but criminal? No way. I am all for respecting authority and will stop short of encouraging us all to go flip off some cops to desensitize them to this notion of free speech.
Save the criminal charges for the criminals and save my tax dollars on this nonsense. And to the guy in a Thai jail, dude I’m really sorry but your Constitution doesn’t follow you around the world, respect the locals when you travel.