I had hoped to keep it lighter, but for some reason the News of the World just hasn’t lent itself to lighter moments. Looking at the massing of Russian forces along the Ukraine Border, seeing “little Kim” launching more rockets/missiles, and hearing each day about “objects” being sighted in the waters of the Indian Ocean just doesn’t lend itself to much humor. THEN, much to my surprise, I run across a little story about “Ratzilla!” Apparently, this beastie is a rather HUGE 15 inch long rat, and that is not counting the tail, that “had family members jumping on chairs and terrorized the cat for a week.” The family called in an exterminator, and finally the monster was eliminated. Honestly, the pictures are quite impressive; however, the most impressive thing was the smallest child in the family. When interviewed, he said it was a “Putin Rat.” When asked why he referred to the monster as a “Putin” Rat, the child explained that it was not for his looks, but because he had “invaded their home.” What is amazing is that a child from Stockholm, Sweden, gets it, even if some of us don’t. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.