The Cong Show

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May 9 2000 3:00 AM

The Cong Show

"Ladies and gentlemen, a warm round of applause, please, for the Shecky Greene of Vietnam—Charlie Duc Tho!" 

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"And this country. Hey, how can you not give it a really big bear hug? I mean this is the place where former hookers from Saigon now earn big bucks at beauty salons where they inhale toxic fumes all day and apply acrylic nails. Is that amazing or what? People, I wanna leave you with one thought tonight: Life is a demilitarized zone, defoliation rhymes with radiation, and somewhere back in the old country the guy from The Deer Hunter is playing Russian roulette with the guy from Platoon. If you eat enough fish, can your body take its own temperature? Think about it.

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"Thank you and good night." 

Deanne Stillman is the author  of Twentynine Palms: A True Story

of Murder, Marines and the Mojave.

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