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  1. Why delay it and incur disapproval internationally? The rigged military constitution is already in place, and the participation of multiple appointed stooges and place men in parliament is already guaranteed.The deliberate destruction of parties with a genuine national following is under way.Some of the ventriloquized minor parties are calling for a non elected PM although with one particular man in mind.Discussions continue with regional gangsters to shore up local support.All political campaigning which presents a threat has been muzzled.So I say to the naysayers re elections.Bring them on
  2. A reader's comment on Barbara Bush's obituary in the London Times. "She had no need to endless signal her virtue. Her goodness burnt bright for all to see."
  3. No that's not the case.For example for many generations the Lords Fairfax of Cameron,out of Virginia, were American citizens with the title handed down from father to son.
  4. Yes the term is used slightly differently in the US along the lines you suggest.But even in the UK it is used in a less rigid manner than you suggest.Thus someone of the landed gentry but not the nobility like David Cameron might be described as blue blooded. You are incidentally completely wrong to suggest it is illegal to hold hereditary titles in the US.It isn't but the Federal Government is constitutionally prohibited from issuing titles.There is nothing to prevent an American being a hereditary peer and indeed there are several examples of such.
  5. Have Thais got it right, and we've got it wrong?

    The sad thing is you seem to be under the impression that is a persuasive debating point.
  6. From the LA times today : "While she was unpretentious, plainspoken and down-to-earth, Bush was also a Northeastern blueblood who was strong-willed, politically shrewd, always blunt and occasionally caustic."
  7. She was a great lady from a blue blooded background yet somehow she had great appeal to Middle America.Class does count sometimes. She once said, "At the end of your life you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent." So she had wisdom as well as class.
  8. Don't agree.And frankly I'm not sure that the alleged offense (willing buyer, willing seller I assume) is particularly serious although I appreciate of course that paying for sex is something completely unknown to the monastic Thailand expatriate community. What I don't understand is the technical point of why a visiting air force officer should enjoy diplomatic immunity.
  9. Have Thais got it right, and we've got it wrong?

    I was wondering whether some "genius" would make this point, but concluded there wouldn't be anyone so simple minded.Clearly I was wrong. Anyway for bears of little brain, the key words for you to figure out are "significance" and "repercussions". Simply adding up deaths isn't enough.One may as well say annual road deaths in Thailand make that set of personal tragedies more significant than 9/11
  10. Have Thais got it right, and we've got it wrong?

    Agreed but Cyclone Nargis is hardly comparable to 9/11.
  11. Have Thais got it right, and we've got it wrong?

    Nonsense.Educated and non educated Thais - and certainly those of adult age at the time - know about 9/11.They may not understand all the details but the image seared into the eyes of the world will not have escaped sentient Thais. I'm guessing incidentally your definition of "educated" is different from mine.
  12. Have Thais got it right, and we've got it wrong?

    The your wife is an ignoramus and given her profession should be ashamed of herself.
  13. Have Thais got it right, and we've got it wrong?

    Not just Thais.The magazine Big Chilli geared for local expats had an editorial a little while ago seriously suggesting 9/11 was an inside job.
  14. That is a slightly misleading statement - that the Thai military only exists for coups. A better explanation can be found in Duncan McCargo's "Tearing Apart The Land." "The Royal Thai Army is a uniformed bureaucracy that does not fight wars.It has never waged an independence struggle and has never repelled invaders in modern times.The core pursuits of the Thai Military are playing politics and engaging in business activities (including illegal activities, such as smuggling); when the occasion arises, commanders are not averse to killing a few unarmed civilians."
  15. Villa Market Suk Soi 11 Closed Today, Relocating

    I think the Villa business model is on the skids.There will continue to be a niche for the Soi 33 store but the reality is that in Bangkok at least they have some really efficient Thai competitors particularly Tops Market/Central Chidlom which have outpaced them.The latter seem to me to be world class retailers and it's difficult to think of many products that Villa stocks that aren't available.What is more it's a much more pleasant shopping experience.The Villa owner is game but he's getting on now.Really he should have done a deal a few years ago and exited.I'll continue to go to Villa occasionally out of habit but the days are long gone when expats would be drawn in by the prospect of Branston Pickle, English Cheddar and Cider etc.They're all available elsewhere. Next step for the grocery retail sector in Thailand will be when on line shopping really takes off.That will finish the likes of Villa off but the Central people will rise to the challenge. Maybe the Villa guy has a profitable business going with hotels, restaurants etc and upcountry orders.I don't know.But as regards Bangkok I'm certainly not surprised he's closing down some of his outlets
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