Oct
08
2016
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The #PowerRangersMovie/@ThePowerRangers Trailer Discussion

*sigh* This is going to be terrible, isn’t it? I mean, remakes are always awful because they-

*in a state of shock for several long minutes with his mouth agape*

Okay then, this might not suck after all. I have goose-bumps, goose-fucking-bumps people! This doesn’t look like an exact rip-off, yet not insulting to the characters.

Elizabeth Banks appears briefly as Rita Repulsa to give us a sweet, sweet taste of things to come. Bryan Cranston as Zordon (do I need to say more?) is not in the trailer, but I am expecting a great performance from him. Bill Hader is going to voice Alpha 5 (looking forward to that).

I wasn’t expecting much from this movie. However this trailer has raised the bar. Next up, Beetleborgs!

Well, see ya’ later!
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Oct
08
2016
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#ThePatriotsOfMars/@PatriotsOfMars Review

I was asked to review a novel by one of my Twitter followers. I told him, sure why not.

Now, full disclosure, Jeff Faria did give me a copy and told me not to review it if I didn’t like it. I have also only read the first two prologues. Here is a summary of the book:

In 2231, twenty-five billion people walk the Earth. Few lack basic food and shelter. Energy is cheap and abundant. A vast army of ‘bots serves our every need, and those who can afford to do so might live forever. To some, it is a golden age.

But Earth is devoid of resources, now harvested on or around Mars. Nations are ruled from above by governments owned by enormous transnats, and from below by powerful street gangs who have largely usurped the police.

This world is not for everyone. A fifth of the world’s population has withdrawn into the drug Nirvana, while millions more have chosen Martian exile. And a phantom group called ‘The Patriots of Mars’ has committed an act of rebellion that shocks the world.

Josh Reynolds, a Martian-born teen with a secret, is trying to change his life when he gets caught up in the wake of the Patriots’ insurrection. As he struggles to both find and save himself, Josh begins to realize that the change he had hoped for could become something more far-reaching than anyone had imagined.

Again, I have only read the first two prologues (31 chapters total, including the prologues), but what I have read is very interesting. I can honestly say that I will finish the novel and highly recommend getting yourself a copy to read yourself.

It is a “high sci-fi” novel with all the neat gadgets you would want. It has great characters who operate this stuff. With all the talk about going to Mars, why don’t you o yourself a favor and take a trip Jeff Faria is offering to you right now!

Well, see ya’ later!
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Oct
05
2016
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Aratrum Republic: An @AltHistoryHub Contest Entry

Suddenly, about three hundred miles off the coast of Daytona Beach, an island appeared. No one knew when or how it appeared, it was just there. From satellite images, the United States government estimated the island to be around 1,157 square miles in total area. The island had trees and natural landmarks like it had been there for decades or more. An United States Navy ship was dispatched with civilian scientists five months after the island was discovered to study how and why it just appeared.

Upon arriving at the island however, the US Navy ship was shockingly greeted by 100,000 settlers who had already taken up residence. The appointed leader of the settlers, a Jacob M. Richardson, explained that they had all received a vision of the island a month before it was discovered and fully intend to become an independent nation-state.

Well of course the federal government wasn’t going to let this spat of independence stand, so the President Of The United States ordered the captain of the destroyer, a Commander Jake Wade, to arrest the settlers and remove them from the island. Commander Wade countered that the arrest order was ultimately illegal, because technically the island was not claimed by the United States before the settlers arrived. A bureaucratic oversight that cost someone a job (or would be, if getting someone fired from the United States government was a next to impossible task). The settlers were also armed to the teeth and was not too keen to be forcibly removed.

So a compromised was reached that the United Nations would decide the fate of the island. The US Navy ship with the civilian scientists were invited to stay as guests of the island. News spread and another 200,000 settlers came to the island. The new arrivals spread out into five different areas of the island. The population swelled to just north of 400,000 before the migration started to abate.

As more and more people came to the island, they realized that they needed some form of government. Jacob M. Richardson was tasked to name the island, come up with a government, and the flag when they made their case to the United Nations. Being a somewhat learned man and using Latin, Richardson gave “Aratrum Republic” as the name for island’s new nation-state. He named the territories: Borealis to the north, Septentrionalis to the northeast, Orientalis to the east, Australis to the south, and Occidentalis to the west. He named the legislative branch the Legatus and the executive branch council the Rector.

The United Nations didn’t need much prodding to side with the Aratrum Republic, since both Russia and China wanted to stick it to the United States. Three years after appearing out of nowhere, Aratrum Republic gained its independence. The fallout for Aratrum Republic was almost immediate: The island quickly ratified the flag and constitution written by Richardson. Two Russian destroyers appeared and escorted the US Navy destroyer away from the island. Not wanting to be invaded by Russia or anyone else, island leaders suddenly revealed they had five nuclear bombs and were prepare to use them on THEMSELVES if invaded (rendering the island uninhabitable). Commander Wade and most of his crew resigned from the US Navy to start the Aratrum Republic’s own navy. Jacob Richardson was elected to the Rector and re-elected until he died. The Aratrum Republic’s racial demographic percentage mirrored that of the United States with one small difference, they all (well, 99.99% of them) considered themselves Christian Conservative.

The fallout for the rest of the world, was mostly catastrophic: Support for the United Nations in the United States and Europe took a sharp nose dive, as well as US/Russia relations. The European Union soon collapsed after a very angry Hungry decided they had just about enough of Germany’s nonsense. Russia was about ready to invade Eastern Europe and China the rest of Asia, when suddenly the micro-nation movement sprang up all over the world (except Aratrum Republic, Japan, New Zealand, and already establish city-states). The world’s economy came to a stand still as the micro-nation movement was being dealt with. Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East saw the biggest scrambling of boundaries. Weaken Russia, China, and the United States were able to hold it together. Canada got it worse when Quebec broke away. Mexico has become a failed state and all of South America is still on fire.

Hey Cody and those that stumble on this entry, I hope you enjoy.
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Aug
21
2016
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#FLSen: #PatrickMurphy Gets $1M #SuperPAC Boost …From Dad

Alt Headline: The Rep. Patrick Murphy Bailout

Because that is what it is:

Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Patrick Murphy (Fla.) is getting a major financial boost as his campaign heads into the final stretch, courtesy of a $1 million check from his father.

Thomas Murphy, a Florida home builder, gave the seven-figure sum to the Harry Reid-linked Senate Majority PAC – the group’s largest donation in July, according to the Federal Election Commission.

We all know Thomas Murphy is the financial muscle behind Patrick Murphy.

And oh, look who showed up in this article: Senator Harry Reid. I wonder why…

On July 15, two days after the $1 million check landed in the Senate Majority PAC account, the super-PAC announced to the Washington Post its plans to launch a $1 million ad buy in Florida.

The reported aim was to help Murphy win his primary on Aug. 30 against liberal challenger Rep. Alan Grayson, who is openly opposed by Democratic leadership.

Oh yeah right, Rep. Alan Grayson. What we have here is Thomas Murphy giving a knife to Harry Reid, who then stabs Grayson with said knife. The Alan Grayson/Harry Reid fight is just plain awesome and well documented on this site. You can read about it in their tags below.

There is a very small part of me that wishes that Alan Grayson win the Democratic Primary, because the Senator Marco Rubio* and Alan Grayson fight would totally be awesome. Sadly, the Marco Rubio/Patrick Murphy fight might be slightly one-sided**.

(gets on his knees)

Please God, please give the primary win to Alan Grayson. I don’t ask for much. Please enrich my life and give me some more Grayson. It will be a very boring general election here in Florida without Alan Grayson. Amen.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Aug
19
2016
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#FridayFiction: #100WordChallenge | “The Kingfisher Shooter”

“So it was a 600 meter shot.”

“The Kingfisher Shot.”

“The what now?! What’re you on about.”

“The Kingfisher Shot is what I like to call a 600 meter shot. There is an old WWII legend I read where a sniper, after waiting three hours for his target, attracted the attention of two Common Kingfisher who perched on his scope.”

“Fascinating. How does that help us?”

“It gives us the name of this killer. Two US Representatives kill by a sniper who can shoot 600 meters. He’s just crying out for a name.”

“The Kingfisher Shooter. We can call him that for now.”

I know that’s supposed to be a camera scope in today’s inspiration, but I couldn’t help but see a sniper’s scope instead. Also, I see my friend Jimmie Bise posted his short story today. So nice to see him. I hope he does more. Enjoy!
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Aug
17
2016
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#WednesdayFiction: #100WordChallenge | “Floating Puffball Cats”

Of course they were going to be a problem. I mean, did no one not see what was coming? Really?

It seemed like a cute idea to everyone, making cats float. Even Dr. Klemens Harrendorf, from the few random notes we recovered from his burned down lab, didn’t think much harm would come from cats floating a few feet off the ground.

It was novel at first. The new breed was well loved. They became the must own pet of the year.

That was until they started floating higher. Then the horror hit humanity as they soon started to explode.

I hated Bing’s image today. I looked at that flower for hours before giving up. Then I search the internet for a weird picture and found this gem. Enjoy!
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Aug
15
2016
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#MondayFiction: #100WordChallenge | “Carpathian’s Prey”

The Ukrainian hunter knelt at the Red Deer’s snow tracks. Next to the deer’s prints, he saw another set of tracks follow the Red Deer.

‘Lynx.’ thought the hunter. The hunter pressed on, hoping that he could get to the Red Deer before the Lynx could.

He got to the Red Deer with its throat ripped, dying. The Ukrainian looked for the Lynx, but nowhere to be seen.

As the hunter went for the Red Deer’s meat, he heard a growl coming from a near-by bush.

The hunter turned his gun toward the Lynx as it leap toward the Ukrainian.

And scene! Hate to leave you on a cliff-hanger like that based off today’s inspiration, but life is full of disappoints. Enjoy!
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Aug
12
2016
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#FridayFiction: #100WordChallenge | “The Poacher’s Turn”

She should have used poison. But no, she wanted to get up close and personal.

The poacher hit the ground. Even with two ribs broken, she quickly pick up his rifle and aimed it at the matriarch that just sent her flying.

The poacher and the matriarch stared at each other’s eyes. A calf suddenly appeared and the poacher.

“Alright,” said the poacher, slowly lowering the rifle. “I’m done.”

The calf’s trunk felt up the matriarch and then ran back to the rest of the herd.

The poacher found herself breathing heavily as she slowly backed away from the matriarch.

Not only is today is World Elephant Day and today’s inspiration, but this is the 100th 100-Word-Challenge. I hope you enjoy!
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Aug
10
2016
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#WednesdayFiction: #100WordChallenge | “Apprentice’s Stairs”

After walking for an hour, the old wizard stopped before a rocky canyon with stairs that open up into the mountains.

“Okay boy, you want to be my apprentice?” After the young man nodded, the wizard continued. “Then walk up the stairs.”

“That’s it?” asked the young man.

The wizard didn’t answer, but got out his pipe and leaned against the rock face to smoke.

The young man climbed the stairs. After an hour, the young man almost ran into the wizard. Looking around, he realize he was at the beginning of the stairs.

“Now we begin, my young apprentice.”

Today’s inspiration, we check back in with our old wizard and his apprentice. Enjoy!
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Aug
08
2016
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#MondayFiction: #100WordChallenge | “Hospitaller vs Templar”

In the distance from Mar Saba, a Knight Hospitaller and a Knight Templar stood before each other in full battle dress.

“It’s time you pay for your blasphemous words-” started the Templar before being cut off by his rival.

“Don’t pretend this is anything but settling old scores, Templar pig filth!” The Templar bristled at this insult. The Hospitaller continued. “But know that whoever wins, returns to the War Of Saint Sabas with a win for his order!”

“Agreed! Let this be our final battle!”

Both drawing their swords, they raised their weapons and charged at each other in anger.

Via today’s inspiration, a Knight Hospitaller and a Knight Templar faced off during the War Of Saint Sabas. This is actually very fascinating to me. I wonder if the Knights Hospitaller and Knights Templar ever fought each other before or after. Well, enjoy!
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