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The Porcupine's Quill: A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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April 10, 2016
The Flying Porcupine
News Item: North Korea successfully tested an ICBM engine.
Ha! Now we can bomb the U.S., Europe, Asia, anyone. What should we call it?
Blackmail I? (Gets a withering look) I mean Flying Squirrel II, Supreme Leader (gets
another withering look). I mean Supreme Maximum Leader.
Flying Squirrel II! Doesn't my staff have any imagination? Just fools and
sycophants. I have to do all the thinking to keep this nation thriving. Now let me see
... should be something that frightens, but not enough to provoke a response. All I
want is trade, manufacturing, and to get rich like our big brother China. How about
The Flying Porcupine?
Oh, it's a scary thought, but we don't have any porcupines Supreme Maximum
There you go again ... lack of imagination. You don't have to have 'em to scare 'em
... don't you know?
Yes, Supreme Leader, I mean Supreme Maximum leader ... yes, and I have a vision
Supreme Maximum Leader, a vision of this frightened world looking up at The Flying
Porcupine and being so frightened that their hairs stand on end. They all look like
you Supreme Maximum Leader and you have become the world's hairstyle fashion
And about time too. Their current unkempt styles are unworthy of a civilized world.
You know, you can think well when you put your mind to it ...