And all for poking a verbal stick in the government's war wound:
I love the way "democracy" makes it into the descriptive abstract. Anyway, be thankful we don't live under a system that decides to regulate critique of our leaders. At least, not yet. Although, I do believe some in the next congressional session are considering this legislative action, which is suitably named with the same, rope-a-dope glibness that'll fly by those with a Larry King-like grip on the Bill of Rights*. (To his credit, Mr. Obama has lightly opposed this proposal).
A popular comedian active in Burma's democracy movement has been sentenced to 45 years in jail by a Burmese court.
Zarganar was found to have violated the Electronics Act, which regulates electronic communications. He is the latest in a string of opposition activists to be given long jail terms by the military government.
He was detained earlier this year for criticising the government's slow response to Cyclone Nargis in interviews with foreign news groups.