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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
October 6, 2013


News Item:  The government shutdown has forced the Washington zoo to close its

And I thought the swamps in Bengal were fetid -- this place stinks.

Well, what do you expect?  They are short staffed.  At least they are giving us some
food, Striper.

Yeah?  Might fill your belly Pee Wee, not mine -- begins to eye him up and down.

Responding nervously -- Listen Striper, we've been friends a long time in this little
place, so why don't you fix your thoughts on the real problem ... those fat cats up in
the hill.

Did you say FAT cats?  Begins to lick his lips.

Yeah, there's one who won't stop yapping ... a little scrawny, but could make a nice
afternoon snack.

Forget him, think of a nice chubby young one ...

Well, they're all pretty sleek and well-fed.  How about Mish-a-Mash a la King?

Sounds wonderful.  Now we have to figure a way across the moat and a climb over
the wall.  Do you think the keepers will try and stop us.

Stop us?  They'll cheer us on.  The whole damn country will cheer us on!

You think we can become heroes?

Don't count on the Congressional Medal of Honor ...