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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
November 10, 2013


News Item:  The French refuse to sign on to the nuclear deal with Iran and the
Geneva talks conclude without an agreement after what had seemed a certainty.

It is, 'ow you say it ... a 'win, win' for us.

Why is zat ... it is not oftain we can give ze Americain a poke in ze eye an' win at ze
same time.

Let me explain ... first of all ... who cares about ze Ayatollahs wiz zere le Bal Masque
costumes -- you know we 'ave banned ze vail and zis nonsense in France.  We like to
see who we talk to ... especially ze pretty ladies ...

Zen you know ze Israelis 'ave ...'ow you say it ... a lobby, a very strong lobby.  It 'as
been twisting ze arm and it 'urts ...especially for moi -- everyone is angry with me.

Zay say, I am ... 'ow you say it ... a screw up, a screwball ... and most painful of all ...
a disobedient dog -- me a French poodle disobedient ... let me be frank Monsieur ...
it 'urts.

Well, everyone is 'appy wiz zis ... it is ... 'ow you say it ... a master stroke ...

Ze Israelis are 'appy, and zere friends in France are 'appy, and zere enemies ze
Arabians are 'appy.

Ze Arabians, I me ze Soddy ones -- zay are so 'ard to tell apart but zese don't ask for
money, zay give it.

An' zay will give us ze orders for our Dassault Rafale fighter.  Zat brings jobs 'ere in la
Belle France.

An ze Americain lose ze fighter plane order.

'ah!  'ah!  ze poke in ze eye for Les Americain.