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The Gecko: 3 March 2000

The Gecko: 3 March 2000

The American Presidential campaign is heating up and the Khmer Rouge, who have

never been known to tell even one lie, are being used as a source for why

Senator John McCain is not only unfit to hold the office, but even worse is on

the payroll of Hanoi.

Conservative pundit Paul Weyrich, in his recently

circulated e-mail column for his Free Congress Foundation, wrote "The Cambodian

Khmer Rouge has claimed that 'McCain is a Vietnamese agent,' for what it's


The Post was unable to contact any reliable KR sources for

further details on this ground-breaking revelation.

** A prominent

English language school in town, perhaps in response to the antics of some of

its staff, has come up with a code of conduct for all teachers. When one teacher

asked to see it, he was told, "Well, er ... no, you can't! Because then you'll

know what your not supposed to do."

** High-tech junkies will love

the new dentist at International SOS. He's got a tiny little video camera so

that you can get a before and after treatment tour of your


** This week one local official approached the

demonstrators sitting across the street the National Assembly and told them they

had to move as it was giving the city a bad image. All the camping out was

causing a mess and cluttering up the park.

When he left, just for good

measure, he stopped near the palace wall and took a leak.

** With

all the brouhaha over the three songs recently banned by the government ("The

odor of the three-colored flower," "Please inject me with poison and kill me,"

and "Though you have a wife, I will accept you"), there seems to be less

interest in checking on truth-in-advertising issues.

Two ads airing

recently on radio may deserve a look-see. One touts a clinic in Phnom Penh with

"trained doctors from Beijing" who can treat folks with "weak or dying penis." A

second clinic offers: "Those girls who've lost their virginity can have it


** Some journalists are hoping that the government

organizes another pot destruction ceremony-the sooner the better. At the one in

Kampot, it seems that the flames didn't get the job done and a few of those who

lingered on had to do the dirty themselves by lugging home more than a few kilos

in their camera bags.



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