Don’t You Dare Speak Ill of Thailand’s King

Even a Facebook Joke About the Monarch, Entering His Eighth Decade of Rule, Could Send You to Prison for Decades

Since the military coup of 2006, the Thai government has prosecuted hundreds of Thai citizens who made comments about the monarchy, under the authority of Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws. The sentences have been stunning, with people forced to serve 10, 30, or even 60 years in prison for “crimes” that generally are nothing more than a few sentences on Facebook.

Under the lèse majesté laws anyone can be charged with the crime of disrespecting the king, queen, or any heir to the throne. The current monarchy-backed military junta has used these laws …

Henry VIII Wasn’t a Glutton—He Was Just an Injured King

Then Why Is the English Monarch Portrayed as a Fatso Who Tossed Chicken Bones?

Henry VIII is the most famous king in English history. Like all fame, Henry’s is a mix of fact and myth. He is most famous for having six wives, which …

Why L.A. Is a Great Hockey Town

When You Get Bored of Southern California’s Warm Weather, Head to the Ice Rink

You may see the most Lakers flags attached to cars and a sea of Dodger blue at every home game, but L.A. is fiercely loyal to all of its sports …

Supporting the Kings, Despite the Staples Center

Yes, Crappy Team Plus Even Crappier Venue Can Still Equal Love

Two weeks ago, after a second straight third-period collapse, I muttered to Steve, a fellow long-suffering Los Angeles Kings fan, “Rooting for the Kings is like rooting for the Cubs–only …