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The Gecko: 21, Jan 2000

 

The City Fathers have decided enough is enough. As part of the overall, citywide

clean-up, all the "Orange Squeeze" girls that used to work the park east

of Independence Monument have been given notice that their services will no longer

be needed. They're gone!

Constables now patrol the area to enforce the "Don't sit on the grass"

edict.

** The rule of law can be complicated, especially once you get in a courtroom.

What follows is a verbatim transcript of an exchange in a US court.

 

Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for breathing?
A: No.
Q: So, is it possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
A: No.
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
A: It is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.

** Veterans International has figured it out! If you want to publicize a good

cause, get famous pop-rock-country stars involved. The recent VI-sponsored visit

to the Kingdom by Sheryl Crow and Nancy Griffith had adoring fans all-a-twitter.

The US embassy hosted a reception for the entourage with attendees whispering wide-eyed:

"Where's Sheryl? If I go home and tell my daughter I didn't meet her, she'll

kill me."

Alas, Sheryl had to beg off early due to travel fatigue, but Nancy wowed the crowd

with a few tunes.

She also noted, and here's the clincher for VI, that at a recent concert in the US

she'd been innundated with requests for kramas similar to the one she was wearing.

At 60 bucks a pop, Veterans International and their hard-working amputees in Preah

Vihear were happy to take orders for 500.

** Mystery still surrounds the recent visit by US Rep Dana Rohrbacher. Pundits

are still trying to figure out what happened to Mr. Dana's fire and brimstone approach

to Cambodian politics.

His meeting with Hun Sen was described as "cordial", without any references

to "Communiss", "grenade attack", or "impunity". He

did query the PM on whether he wanted to be known as a "Strongman." One

can imagine Hun Sen thinking: "Strongman? Yeah, that's okay. I like that. It's

better than Weakman."

Some quarters speculate that Mr. Dana may have softened his tune as a result of advice

received from his unofficial aide who came with him to Phnom Penh, none other than

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, a former Doobie Brothers guitarist.

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