If Americans think their elections are ugly, they should mosey on over to Thailand. The Wall Street Journal reports on the resurgence of "lèse-majesté"—a 100-year-old law against insulting the king that can entail sentences of 15 years. The king himself has stated that the law is unneeded, but it has become a handy tool for politicians looking to silence their opponents. "It's the ultimate weapon in Thai society," said one of the accused. How is it misused? One BBC correspondent is under investigation for placing a picture of a Thai politician above a picture of the king on the BBC web page.