SoCS — False Flag

“Colonel, I think we’re looking at a false flag operation,” Captain Charles Reynolds told his superior officer.

“Why do you think that, Charles?” Colonel Bradbury asked. “Do you have definitive evidence?”

“Nothing definitive, sir. Not yet, anyway. But my team is working on it,” Reynolds answered. “As you know, sir, the intent of a false flag attack is to shift the blame elsewhere. There are clear characteristics in the hack that point to Iran, but while the techniques applied in this attack are typically used by Iranians, my team has uncovered some telltale signatures in the code that indicate the Russians may be behind it. They, the Russians, sir, are very good at emulating the techniques, and even languages, used by the groups or countries they are trying to frame, which in this case, is Iran.”

“Yes, Charles, that is what the Russians do,” said Bradbury. “They stage their attacks in such a way that it looks to their victims and to the world that another country is behind the cyber attack. They’re very good and masking who’s actually responsible.”

“Indeed,” Reynolds said. “While there are a number of countries that have engaged in this sort of attack, by far the most prolific practitioner is Russia, using its GRU intelligence service and hackers associated with it.”

“What do you think their aims are, Charles?”

“Best case, sir, it’s just to annoyingly infiltrate our systems in order to demonstrate that they can get at us,” Reynolds said. Then he swallowed hard and said, “Worst case, they can potentially bring about widespread chaos by shutting down all electronic communications and infrastructure systems in the country.”

“Well godammit, Reynolds, we need to take action to prevent something like that from happening,” Bradbury barked. “You need to confirm whether this is, in fact, a Russian false flag attack or if it is actually the Iranians. The President is going to want to strike back at whoever is responsible and that strike has to directed at the right adversary or we’re all going to be in deep shit.”

Captain Reynolds crisply saluted Colonel Bradbury. “Yes sir, right away sir,” Reynolds said, as he spun around and left the colonel’s office.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where we are asked to use the word “flag” in our post.

Tale Weaver — Confusion

Ever since he suffered the contusion
He experienced a lot of confusion
And he was under the delusion
That his wife was an intrusion
So she came to the conclusion
That she needed a solution
And the only resolution
Was to put him in seclusion
But she was under no illusion
That he might seek retribution
So she put him in an institution
And then prayed to God for absolution


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt.

I’m So Confused — 3-2-1 Quote Me!

719FF11B-E56A-4B4E-AC3A-4878BBBB81AARory has another round of his 3-2-1 Quote Me! prompt, and this time the topic is “confusion.” And then Sadje tagged me to play along.

The 3-2-1 Quote Me! rules are:

  • Thank the person who tagged you — thank you, Sadje.
  • Post two quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day: Confusion.
  • Select three bloggers to take part in ‘3-2-1 Quote Me!’

Alrighty then, let’s do this. First the two quotes.

This first quote is unattributed.B7889397-BCB6-4E4B-A1D2-9CDA5994B4A2 This next quote is from American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor, William Castle.A4AA7DB9-AC41-408A-99E7-EE6E60CF685B I’m never good at tagging, so I’m just going to tag anyone who wants to play along.

Alphabet Confusion

“You’d better hustle if you’re going to make it in time,” she said. “Did you check the drug store’s exchange policy? You don’t want to go all that way only to be surprised.”

“I’m pretty sure I remember seeing advertising indicating  a fairly liberal returns and exchanges policy,” he said.

“Well, for your sake, I hope so,” she said. “Far be it from me to instigate a quarrel, but, sweetheart, there is a huge difference between the Preparation H hemorrhoidal suppositories that you came home with and the Plan B morning after tablets that I told you to pick up.”

“Well, you can understand my confusion, right?” he said. “Plan B and Preparation H both have letters in their names.”

She just shook her head.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (hustle), Weekly Prompts (drug stores), Ragtag Daily Prompt (exchange), Word of the Day Challenge (surprise), The Daily Spur (advertising), and Your Daily Word Prompt (instigate).

#writephoto — Optical Illusion

376359A8-FC0D-4AD6-9B5C-20D3A58301CB“Oh Jeez,” Sam cried out as he jumped back from the wall, fell against a chair, and almost lost his balance.

“What happened?” his wife, Charlotte, asked.

“Do you see the size of that spider on the wall?” Sam asked. “It’s huge! And you know I’m petrified of spiders.”

“Do you have your contacts on?”

Sam looked at his wife. “Yes, I have my contacts on.”

“Then you need to have an eye exam,” Charlotte said. “Or maybe it’s your head you need to have examined.” She walked over to her husband, grabbed his hand, and led him toward the wall. With her free hand, she reached out to touch the “spider.”

“What the hell are you doing?” Sam screamed.

“I’m going to catch your spider,” she said.

Sam stopped and looked at the wall. He slowly and cautiously moved closer. “Oh, it’s not a spider,” he said. “It’s just a shadow cast by that spur hanging on the wall.” Relieved, he sheepishly smiled and said, “That’s quite an optical illusion, isn’t it?”

Charlotte looked at her husband and, with a deadpan expression on her face, said, “More likely confusion and delusion.”


Written for this week’s Thursday Photo Prompt from Sue Vincent.