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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
November 4, 2018


News Item:  A Texas man required 26 doses of anti-venom after he was bitten by the
decapitated head of a rattlesnake he had killed
(https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44392861). President Erdogan of
Turkey has directly accused the Saudi government of responsibility in a Washington
Post Op-ed

Poison comes out of the mouth of a rattlesnake ...

Yes Your Highness, from the fangs just like Khashoggi.

Jamal Khashoggi was worse than a rattlesnake.

Yes, Your Highness ... and his severed head keeps biting and spreading poison just
like a rattlesnake.

What can we do?  It's over a month and it doesn't stop ...

It's that other snake Your Highness ...

You mean the cobra from Ankara ...

Yes, Your Highness.

No, no!  Too dangerous.

I didn't mean that.  We can also tame him like snake charmers do in India ...

... And Pakistan.  We just tamed one with $6 billion.

Yes, Your Highness.  But it would take much more.

Let me see now.  What kind of tune would he like to hear?

It might be one you may not like Your Highness.

You don't mean ...

Yes, Your Highness.

Let's send him some swaying dancing girls.  Cobras are hypnotized by swaying
movements, and this one is the right age.  Ah! The rhythmic swaying of a belly
dancer's hips ... (seems lost in reverie).

Your Highness!  Your Highness!  Yes, Your Highness.  But one will do.  Just one, but
the right one Your Highness.

Now, let me think ... and send the others to my yacht.

Yes, Your Highness.  You mean the one you paid a half billion dollars for recently.

Yes, yes.  See how I economized.  I could have spent a billion.

Yes, Your Highness ...