Of all of the scandals in the Trump administration, and they are legion, SharpieGate will go down in history as the text book example in abject stupidity and political machinations for the sole purpose of protecting the Fool in Chief from his own folly. After Trump had thoroughly made himself the laughing stock of the entire planet, by insisting to know more about meteorology than the experts, and going to the extreme measure of altering a weather map, Wilbur Ross went into action to do damage control. Shortly after he threatened to fire NOAA’s political staff, they “corrected the record” and made it sound like Trump had been right all along, and that the original Weather Service tweet was due to “a desire to embarrass the president more than concern for the safety of people in Alabama.” New York Times: The actions by the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur L. Ross Jr., are the latest developments in a political imbroglio that began more than a week ago, when Dorian was bearing down on the Bahamas and Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter that Alabama would be hit “harder than anticipated.” A few minutes later, the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Ala., posted on Twitter that “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane Dorian will be felt across Alabama.” Mr. Trump persisted in saying that Alabama was at risk and a few days later, on Sept. 4, he displayed a NOAA map that appeared to have been altered with a black Sharpie to include Alabama in the area potentially affected by Dorian. Mr. Ross, the commerce secretary, intervened two days later, early last Friday, according to the three people familiar with his actions. Mr. Ross phoned Neil Jacobs, the acting administrator of NOAA, from Greece where the secretary was traveling for meetings and instructed Dr. Jacobs to fix the agency’s perceived contradiction of the president. Dr. Jacobs objected to the demand and was told that the political staff at NOAA would be fired if the situation was not fixed, according to the three individuals, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the episode. Unlike career government employees, political staff are appointed by the administration. They usually include a handful of top officials, such as Dr. Jacobs, and their aides. Naturally, all this did was antagonize the scientific community, essentially pitting Trump’s need to have has idiocy validated, against the credibility of a government agency, and it’s own scientists. That sparked an email Monday from Craig N. McClean, NOAA’s acting chief scientist, telling the agency that he was investigating “potential violations” with respect to NOAA’s decision to invalidate the Birmingham Weather Service’s opinion and instead back Trump’s statement. McLean called that decision “a danger to public health and safety.” The public safety theme was also echoed Monday when the National Weather Service director, Louis W. Uccellini publicly praised the work of the Birmingham, Alabama office and said that staff members had “one thing in mind, public safety” in contradicting Trump’s initial tweet. The reality TV president doesn’t have a clue how he was threatening reality by tweeting out false information about Dorian and Alabama and the Weather Service acted in the only way they could have, which was responsibly. The issue at NOAA has yet to be resolved. None of this […]
It’s time to open a new filing cabinet, next to the one marked “You Can’t Make This Shit Up” and call it the “You Can’t Bottom This” file. Today, in day five of Trump’s Alabama-hurricane obsession, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) issued a statement denying the National Weather Service tweet, issued in response to Trump’s tweet that Alabama was in the path of Dorian. NOAA is saying that Trump was right, and the Weather Service was wrong, so that he can stop looking like the total fool that he is. The Hill: The NOAA statement, which was unsigned and posted to the agency’s website on Friday, said that the “Birmingham National Weather Service’s Sunday morning tweet spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.” “From Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2, the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama,” the NOAA statement reads. Nothing like damage control, when you have an out-of-control lunatic in the White House who won’t take everybody’s advice and let.it.go.already. But this NOAA statement is just part of in-house desperate administration scrambling to make Trump look like less of a moron. The NOAA statement backing up Trump is one of the latest moves the administration has taken this week to defend the president, even as the storm has lashed the Carolinas with heavy rain and intense wind after devastating the Bahamas earlier this week. On Thursday, the White House released a statement from one of Trump’s top advisers on Dorian that said the president was briefed Sunday morning on information indicating the storm could possibly strike Alabama. “These products showed possible storm impacts well outside the official forecast cone,” [Rear Adm. Peter] Brown said in the statement released on White House letterhead. “The president’s comments were based on that morning’s Hurricane Dorian briefing, which included the possibility of tropical storm force winds in southeastern Alabama,” he added. They had to do something fast in Washington, because even Friday morning, Trump wouldn’t let it alone. He’s right, he’s right, he’s right and it’s all a plot by the Enemy of the People, the Deep State, the Democrats, you get the idea. Donny the Delusional Dotard has to be right, no matter what. The Fake News Media was fixated on the fact that I properly said, at the beginnings of Hurricane Dorian, that in addition to Florida & other states, Alabama may also be grazed or hit. They went Crazy, hoping against hope that I made a mistake (which I didn’t). Check out maps….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2019 ….partner should start playing it straight. It would be so much better for our Country! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2019 Another president has never made a gaffe and then septupled and octupled down on it, in doggedly blind and downright stupid persistence, in the face of all advice to the contrary. So now Trump has an unsigned statement from NOAA, on White House letterhead, and this controversy STILL rages on, Sweet Jesus. This is from AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist James Spann in Alabama. The tweet from NWS Birmingham was spot on and accurate. If they are coming […]
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