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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
November 29, 2015


News Item:  A Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber claiming it continued
to violate Turkish airspace after repeated warnings.  Russia says the plane was over
Syrian territory.

Must feel good to poke a bear who has been menacing for many years.

Even a turkey has its day.  We go back a long time from when they coveted our Slav

Yes.  Even now the bear is strong.  Might it not get angry and make a meal out of a

We don't have to worry.  We have the big eagle protecting us, and we have the other
critters from the North Animals Treaty Organization on our side.

You mean NATO, and they follow the eagle's lead ...

We all do.  We have been friends for a long time.

And the bear ... you are not worried about the bear, your biggest and strongest
neighbor ... and what was the fastest growing trade partner.

Oh the bear has nowhere to go.  The eagle is tying him up.

Yes, he is only looking eastward and jumping continents ... and he seems to have a
lock on Syria.

That remains to be seen.  The eagle hasn't given up.

You have much confidence in the eagle ...

Yes, he is kind to turkeys.  He pardons one each Thanksgiving holiday ... like just this

Do you know what the eagle eats at Thanksgiving?

Why do you ask?  Fish, I think.  That's his favorite food ...