Things are pretty much business as usual here in Thailand. The red shirt's allies in parliament, the Peau Thai party, have declared their intention to impeach the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister over alleged security law violations.
They will have almost as much success as if the Republicans decided to attempt to impeach President Obama next week. Actually that's not entirely accurate. Impeaching the President which would require his own party to turn on him, while impeaching the PM may only require his coalition partners to turn on him. While the later has a greater chance of happening, almost certainly neither will. And for the record, I am not calling for the impeachment of the President (or the Thai PM for that matter), nor am I claiming that he has done something to merit impeachment. It was simply an example. I know the people who typically read my blog (all three of you) understand this, but in case "impeach" and "Obama" bring in some foaming at the mouth type (from either the right or left), I just want to make it clear.
And let me clear something else up. While I generally vote Republican, and am certainly not a big fan of the President's policies, the birthers are an embarrassment; largely to themselves. I'm not going to go into the fact that his birth certificate had been released, and that it is beyond belief that his mother would have had the foresight to place a false birth announcement in a Hawaii newspaper shortly after his birth in order to preserve his chances to become the president of the U.S. (okay, if it was John Kerry, I might have believed it was contrived ;0). My argument is simply two words: Hillary Clinton. The rumors of this came out before the Democratic nomination was decided. Love them or hate them, the Clintons are adept political players, and are certainly willing to play hardball to win. If there was any truth to this whole birther crap, Hillary Clinton would have made sure it came out, and she would be the President today.
Okay, back to Thailand. The emergency decree was lifted in Chiang Mai and a few provinces in the north. It is still in effect in a number of areas, including Bangkok and Nonthaburi. It doesn't really have much of an affect on every day life; in fact, if I didn't read that it was still in effect, I wouldn't know.
Five of the red shirt leaders facing terrorism charges are attempting to get released on 2 million baht bail each. They are appealing the criminal court's rejection of their bail request.