Truth in Jeopardy

64163B3E-707C-44A4-9E6D-2B56B1240679.jpeg“I was just reading about that on some blog earlier today,” Jeff said.

“Damn, Jeff, I would have thought it unlikely that you’d be interested in that,” Carolyn said.

“Are you kidding me?” Jeff said. “Who wouldn’t be interested in the huge schism between the President and the truth?”

“I know,” Carolyn said, “but you’ve always seemed so apolitical.”

“Well, I’ve dabbled a little in political stuff to some extent,” Jeff said, “but that moron in the White House instigated this assault on truth with his constant lying, the latest of which is his lie about the path of the hurricane. He even went so far as to alter an official National Weather Service map with his Sharpie. I’m on the side of accuracy instead of his deceitful ways and his bullshit. I didn’t think I could ever have imagined that the actions and words of the head of our government would put the very notion of truth in jeopardy.”

Written for these daily prompts: Weekly Prompts (reading), Word of the Day Challenge (unlikely), Ragtag Daily Prompt (schism), Your Daily Word Prompt (dabble), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (instigate), The Daily Spur (accuracy), and Daily Addictions (could).

Sweet Home Alabama

F6C376A4-0FDD-44D8-87E9-16AC1B5DB833Donald Trump is so insecure that when he is caught saying something wrong, he goes to extreme lengths to make it seem like he didn’t make a mistake.

Over the weekend, Trump tweeted that, in addition to Florida, “South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.”

Trump suggested the same thing about Alabama in comments to reporters on Sunday on the White House South Lawn. “We don’t know where it’s going to hit, seems to be going to Florida, now it should be going to Georgia, the Carolinas. Alabama to get a bit of a beat down. You’ll be learning more probably over the course of the next 24 hours.”

In fact, even after forecasters predicted Dorian would make a northward turn over the weekend, Trump insisted three times on Sunday that the hurricane would hit Alabama (and Mar-a-Lago).

In an unprecedented move, the National Weather Service tweeted out a correction to Trump’s misinformation about Alabama. “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian, We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.”

But rather than admitting that he misspoke, Trump did something extraordinary. At a hurricane briefing earlier today, Trump, determined to prove himself right, showed an outdated forecast for Hurricane Dorian that seemingly corresponded with his incorrect prediction about Alabama getting hit by the hurricane that he had made several days before.

“We had an original chart that it was going to be hitting Florida directly, maybe I could just see that,” Trump instructed one of the officials before showing the chart to the camera. The chart he displayed (see the photo at the top of this post) indicated that it was made around 11 a.m. ET last Thursday, making it about six days old.

But when I looked closely at the chart he showed, something jumped out at me.AFD1FA3B-EB1E-4C16-92C0-4C89288F55E1It looks as if someone took a black Sharpie and extended the NWS track to reach into southeast Alabama. Look closely. It does, doesn’t it?

You know who likes to use a Sharpie? Trump does. He seems to sign every one of his executive orders with one. And he autographs his supporters’ MAGA hats with a Sharpie.

So I don’t know this for sure, but I think someone (Trump?) took a Sharpie and manually drew a semicircle extending the NWS storm track into Alabama in order to prove that he didn’t get it wrong when he tweeted and repeated that Alabama was going to get “a beat down” from Hurricane Dorian.

Did Trump just show a bogus, altered map to support his misstatements? As I said, I don’t know for sure. I’m just sayin’.

#100WW — The Pizza Delivery Guy

52515A1B-4DDA-4369-B601-426F4F8FA376The pizza delivery guy rode his bike to the address he was given. Upon arrival, he headed to the front door, rang the doorbell, and waited.

A minute passed before a stunning young woman wrapped in just a bath towel answered the door. She explained that she was in the bathtub, which is why it took so long to answer the door. She motioned for him to step inside, closed the door, and dropped her towel. Then she handed the stunned pizza delivery guy a release form for a new reality TV show on the porn channel, “Pizza Delivery Porn.”

(100 words)

Written for today’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Photo credit: Cyranny.

Rory Asks Four More

0017D8B6-5A27-4732-AA15-E0F3F05ABEF6Rory (A Guy Called Bloke) seeks answers to four more of his The Daily Four questions prompt. Sometime I wonder what in the world I’d post about on my blog were it not for Rory.

Do you have any friends from your school days and if so how often do you socialise with them?

I have moved around so much since college, that there are no friends from back in the day that I still am in touch with. I was thinking a while ago about trying to locate as many as I could to see how they’re all doing. Unfortunately, I’m at the stage in my life that the first two I tried to find had died. I figured that wasn’t a good sign, so I abandoned my quest.

Do you find it difficult to admit that you are wrong, and why?

I used to say that, while I may not always be right, I am never wrong. But I don’t say that anymore, because I admit, that would be, well, wrong.

What was the title of the first movie you watched in a movie theater?

I don’t know if this was actually the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater, but it was one of the first and it made an impact. The movie was “Forbidden Planet,” starring Leslie Neilsen, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, and, of course, Robbie the Robot.902CD110-034D-40A8-89B1-6A031C288059

What was the most awkward thing that you’ve done for a friend?

I got in a fist fight with a bully in Junior High School defending the honor of my friend. The bully beat the shit out of me, but my “friend” just stood by and watched the carnage. Needless to say, my friendship with that guy ended rather abruptly.

One-Liner Wednesday — Don’t Be An Asshole

18854FBE-1D3C-47FA-9DD2-22314DA989FDI know this is supposed to be a one-line quote for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. But this week I decided to include an entire quote from Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd. Last month, Hurd, the only black Republican in U.S. House of Representatives, announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2020.

At a meeting this past June of “Log Cabin Republicans” — an organization that works within the Republican Party to advocate for equal rights for lesbian and gay Americans — Hurd said of the Republican Party:

“This is a party that is shrinking. The party is not growing in some of the largest parts of our country. Why is that? I’ll tell you. It’s real simple. Don’t be an asshole. Don’t be a racist. Don’t be a misogynist, right? Don’t be a homophobe. These are real basic things that we all should have learned when we were in kindergarten.”