This week’s spin of “The Big Wheel of Astonishment” lands us on Thursday’s White House gathering hosted by President Trump, at which he displayed a National Weather Service map of Hurricane Dorian’s projected path that had been altered with a black Sharpie — his preferred writing implement.
The map was apparently “tweaked” to back up Trump’s earlier erroneous proclamation on Twitter that Dorian was headed toward Alabama — a claim which the National Weather Service said was simply not true.
Esquire’s Charles Pierce dutifully weighed in:
“This is beyond belief. Even by this guy’s standards for cheap lying, this is off the charts, across the floor, down the storm drain, into the river, and long gone off up the gulfstream.
“Remember the other day when the president* said that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama, and then the National Weather Service told all the people in Alabama to relax because the president* didn’t know what he was talking about, so they all shouldn’t run off to the Piggly Wiggly to buy 250 loaves of bread? Whereupon, the president* expressed his annoyance at his own National Weather Service for its role in helping him look foolish? Again. (Maybe it was just their turn.) This resulted in a couple of days of social-media snark directed at the president*s Very Great Brain.
“Sharpie? He either doctored—or had doctored—the map with a freaking Sharpie? I wonder if he did it himself or contracted out the work to the Department Of Embarrassingly Clumsy Fakes, led by Secretary Of Embarrassingly Clumsy Fakes Epstein’s Mother.
“This is just insane.”
Yes, yes it is.
Back in the Cornhusker state, the Nebraska Farm Bureau estimated that Trump’s ongoing trade dispute will cost the state’s farmers $943 million this year.
Nearly $1 BILLION, folks.
Farm Bureau economist Jay Rempe said the lost revenue will add to the financial pressure on farmers in the state and hurt Nebraska’s economy.
As The Associated Press has noted, Nebraska Attorney General and Legal Eaglet Doug Peterson has not pursued a lawsuit seeking to hold any opioid manufacturer, distributor or pharmaceutical company accountable for the nationwide crisis that is ravaging families. That leaves him standing alone among state attorneys general.
Of course — and predictably — Peterson mustered the “courage” to sign onto a lawsuit that seeks to get the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that a landmark provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banning many forms of discrimination in the workplace does not cover discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Nice work, Doug, because Equal Protection is a bad thing.
The NDP’s annual fundraiser — the Morrison Exon Event — will be Oct. 27 and is focused on celebrating #women’s vote 100! The guest speaker and time of the event will be announced soon.
You have until Sept. 20 to nominate a volunteer for an award.
There will be a special showing showing of the film “Sober Indian, Dangerous Indian” on Oct. 6 in Kearney.
Proceeds will go to the Buffalo County Democrats and the NDP Frank LaMere Fellows Program.
All are welcome. Suggested donation of $10.
We will be holding a VendorFest and Candidate Briefing on Sept. 29 in Lincoln. This is a training targeted at candidates and campaign staff, but all are welcome. Vendors will participate in best practices panels facilitated by NDP staff and officers. We will also review the Candidate MOU, VAN, Coordinated Campaign and other information needed to run a strong campaign.
We also have a Big Blue Weekend: SCC Meeting, Blue Bench Training, Black Caucus Event October 25-27 in Omaha. The Blue Bench Training with the National Democratic Training Committee has three tracks for candidates, campaign staff and local party leaders/grassroots activists. All three tracks get trained on Fundraising, Digital Organizing, Communications and Field. Follow the above link to book your hotel room.
We leave you this week with a rendering from John Deering on the aforementioned farm crisis being exacerbated by Trump’s ridiculous trade war.
–By Kevin O’Hanlon/NDP Communications Director
Sept. 12: Third Democratic Presidential Debate
Sept. 29: NDP VendorFest and Candidate Briefing