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Asian-American takes pot shots at Republicans

A bisexual Korean-American, Margaret Cho has developed a barbed wit that pricks the pompous -- and political

NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , NEW YORK

Among other perceived sins, she got in trouble for suggesting that US President George W. "Bush is not Hitler," then adding, "He would be if he applied himself, but he's just lazy," a joke she repeated on Saturday.

When Cho goes onstage, a quiet, chatty start is followed by a series of characters who seem to possess her and before long she is screaming at the top of her lungs about how Christians should quit hassling others and get about the business of preparing for the rapture. "The true face of Satan is intolerance," she shouted, and then added in a much more prissy, schoolmarm voice, "Whenever there is injustice, another demon gets his wings."

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