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The President: “The Right to Burn the Flag”

New flash fiction tale set in the universe of The President published today at Virtual Pulp.
It’s somewhat of a test for an idea I have on how to write a different kind of weekly, current events column.
In short, instead of the normal ranting type of column that everyone else does, I’d write a humorous, flash fiction tale (600-800 words) featuring a contemporary issue.
I’ve no plans to implement this idea since I’d have to be paid to do it, but I think it would work.
So you can read “The Right to Burn the Flag” as just a fun, quick story. But you can also read it as an alternative type of column that addresses the latest talk about protesting the national anthem and burning of the flag.
Here’s an excerpt of the tale.
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“There is nothing wrong with kneeling and refusing to honor the national anthem!” the prominent conservative leader said. “Because being an American is about individualism, and standing up for what you believe! In fact, Cathy is the epitome of what it means to be an…
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American Patriot

A second short story in as many days? Yes! I have had some time to write, and write I have!
Staff Sergeant Fletcher fights through an attack by Islamic terrorists who were inspired by American propaganda. The attack inspires Fletcher to take on a new mission in life.
Here’s an excerpt of “American Patriot,” published today at Virtual Pulp.
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“Two o’clock! Enemies about to fire an RPG!” Staff Sergeant Fletcher yelled to his soldier in the gun turret of the crippled Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. An improvised explosive device had gravely damaged the MRAP.
Gunfire and explosions continued as the gunner turned the turret. Fletcher aimed his M4 carbine at the Islamic terrorist holding the RPG launcher. He squeezed the trigger. Dust kicked up on the earthen berm his target was using as cover. The man flinched and ducked. Fletcher’s MRAP gunner opened up the Ma Deuce.
The .50 cal blew up the head of the terrorist and ripped through the body of his ammunition handler.
“Get on …

The President: “Tearin’ Down Monuments”

Another exciting, new flash fiction tale written by me and published today at Virtual Pulp!

What happens when communists escalate their war on American monuments? A president who is as shrewd as a serpent but innocent as a dove responds.

Here’s an excerpt of it.

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“Laws that protect hate deserve to be broken!” the communist shouted. She and her comrades pushed with all their might on the George Washington statue. It finally moved, toppling to the ground with a tremendous crash.

They celebrated, and smashed the Founding Father to pieces.

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“So the court ruling protecting the Washington statue didn’t work,” Democratic President Edmonds said.

“No it did not. And it wasn’t just the communists civilians who ignored it,” Hannah replied. “City officials were there. They smiled and watched it. Some of them even joined in on destroying it.”

Edmonds signed the order and placed his pen on the desk. “So be it. Prepare for the June First operation.”

“Yes, sir.” . . .

Read the entire flash f…

Mortal Gods: “The White Supremacists”

Brand new short story by me published at Virtual Pulp today!
War is tough when your own nation undermines you. It’s even tougher when your country slanders you for refusing to die. Mortal Gods: “The White Supremacists” explores this truth with an exciting tale featuring superhuman individuals, warfare, and insidious journalists.
Here’s an excerpt of it.
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Cohen unfolded the note and smoothed it out. He placed it as flat as he could get it on the rock that had been covering it. He tapped the message into his phone as he silently read it.
Intelligence finally located Baghdadi and Jubouri, and a few other leaders of the revived Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Just outside of Ramadi. They’re guarded by superhumans. First time we’ve ever seen this. So we’ve made the decision to deploy our own superhumans in a special task force. First time using them against ISIL. Operation will take place tomorrow.
He finished and burned the note. He stood up and his phone rang. TransparNet, the …

Mortal Gods: “Counterstrike”

Here is an excerpt of a brand new flash fiction tale I wrote and published at Virtual Pulp!
Mortal Gods: “Counterstrike” is an original, flash fiction story set in a universe where superhumans exist in a real-world setting, and act accordingly. (For instance, they don’t dress up in tights and call themselves superheroes. Or if they do, they soon answer to the law.)
As for the inspiration for this tale? Nothing in particular. Most definitely not any real-life story that is in the news currently.
Here now in 1,000 or fewer words is “Counterstrike.”
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“She made a youthful mistake and now she wants to come back!” Abdul Abdallah said to the journalists and other fans. He held up his daughter’s photo. “Rashida is just a child, and it is shameful America is preventing her from escaping from the danger she’s in! Bring her home to Austin!”
The crowd went wild. And the journalists started a riot, their second one of the week.
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“Austin authorities have no desire to stop the rioting. Tex…

New ‘Appalling Stories 2’ Review at Virtual Pulp!

Via “Machine Trooper” (aka: Henry Brown) at Virtual Pulp (a site where I occasionally post):

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I haven’t read the first Appalling Stories, but do intend to rectify that.

This is an anthology of short speculative fiction, all linked thematically by the insanity of political correctness and so-called “social justice.” Some of them are set off-world, some take place in Earth’s future, while others are pretty close to the space-time you and I occupy.

An argument could be made that some of the stories are depressing–like classic episodes of The Twilight Zone. At the same time, there’s no denying a significant element of gratification derives from following the character arc of the SJWs who outsmart themselves, feed on each other, and otherwise are hoisted on their own petards. . . .

Read the entire review at Virtual Pulp.

Why ‘Presidential Pardon’ Is a Great Espionage Story

Via me at The Loftus Party:
Espionage stories usually veer far away from reality in order to make things exciting. Fine. But I wanted to buck that trend (sort of). So I wrote “Presidential Pardon.” It’s set in a universe where superhumans exist, but apart from that, it includes some very realistic plot points, including one about how espionage works in the modern world. I made some flaws in executing this short tale, but it remains a solid story and it’s definitely worth your time to read. Here’s a bit more about it. (Minor spoilers ahead.)
“Presidential Pardon” is one of the 13 quick reads in Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice (December 2017). The major theme of the story is that it’s possible to do the right thing even when it seems like every choice will lead you to doing the wrong thing. For a bit about its conflict, see what I wrote about it last year here at The Loftus Party.
The plot involves protagonist (and superhuman) Adam White trying to figure out what to do a…