By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Pence’s traipse through the Old Country

Here are your Friday power lunch talking points: He did what? Vice President Pence’s return to the Old Country didn’t go to his script. First there was the Doonbeg controversy, where Chief of Staff Marc Short said President Trump “suggested” he stay at his resort there despite the bizarre logistics (motorcades, traffic jams, 140 mile flights for meetings in Dublin on the other emerald side). Trump threw Pence under the tour bus, saying, “I had no involvement, other than it’s a great place. It wasn’t my idea for Mike to go there.”  Paging Nikki Haley: Call your office.

Then came Pence's praise for Brexit, which was excoriated in the Irish press. Irish Times  columnist Miriam Lord concluded that the vice president, a “much-anticipated visitor,” turned out to have “shat on the … carpet.” Never before - either figuratively or literally - has a former Indiana governor or current veep been suggested to have exerted a bodily function in a diplomatic setting. The Cork Examiner’s political editor, Daniel McConnell, said that Pence "humiliated" his hosts, writing, “The cheek of him coming here, eating our food, clogging up our roads and then having the nerve to humiliate his hosts.” Then Pence was on to London, meeting with embattled PM Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street. It came after Johnson's Brexit power play was rejected by his party, his brother and Winston Churchill III, all in humiliating fashion. Pence delivered a message from President Trump: “He told me this morning, he said, ‘You tell my friend, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that we’re ready to go to work on that free trade agreement just as soon as you’re ready.” Johnson responded by joking about how Americans chlorinate our chickens.

The crisis in all of this comes to The Onion, the political satire website, which has to make up more fantastic material than normal  because the antics from Trump and Pence veer wildly outside what we've ever experienced.

2. That Alabama hurricane

Alabamans were alarmed when President Trump tweeted over the weekend it was in Hurricane Dorian's crosshairs. Except ... it wasn't. It was based on an early, days old cone. It sent NOAA officials scrambling to tamp down the threat. Trump responded with his now famous sharpie cone, extending Dorian into Alabama which in reality was ... fake news. On Thursday, our president was doubling down: “In the one model through Florida, the Great State of Alabama would have been hit or grazed. What I said was accurate! All Fake News in order to demean!” Sheesh. How does The Onion  top that one? Mayor Pete Buttigieg called the Alabama double down "literally pathetic,"  adding, "I don't know if he felt it necessary to pull out a sharpie and change the map, I don't know if one of his aides felt they had to do that to protect his ego. No matter how you cut it, this is an unbelievably sad state of affairs for our country."

3. Holcomb acting normal in Japan

Gov. Eric Holcomb is in Japan, where he and the Indiana delegation appear downright normal. Holcomb began his Asian trip by meeting with Aichi Prefecture officials. "Indiana & Aichi Prefecture share similar strengths in manufacturing," Holcomb tweeted. "With the support of Aichi businesses like  @ToyotaMotorCorp, @ToyotaForklift, @AisinGroup, Toyota Tsusho, Nippon Steel & DENSO, #Indiana ranks 2nd in the US for manufacturing by GDP. The Central Japan Economic Federation represents over 17,000 companies. This meeting is a great opportunity to share the Indiana success story with prospects and partners. Over 70 companies from Aichi Prefecture are investors in Indiana. This is a great opportunity to thank them for their continued partnership and find ways for increased investment in our state." 

4. 130,000 jobs created in August

The U.S. Labor Department said 130,000 jobs were created in August, below the 150,000 projection. There were 164,000 jobs added in July, but as we know from earlier this year, these projections are often revised downward. Wall Street Journal: Manufacturers added 3,000 jobs last month, extending a weak run amid the U.S.-China trade war, but other sectors continued to steadily add employees. Average hourly earnings rose by a seasonally adjusted 3.2% in August, unchanged from July. The unemployment rate remained at 3.7% last month, unchanged from July. 

5. Coats coming back home again

Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats returns to the Hoosier State and will address the Indiana Economic Club at noon Sept. 24 at the Indiana Convention Center. It will be the former senator's first public event in his home state after he stepped down from the Trump administration on Aug. 15. Coats will also appear at a retirement event for the Indiana Family Institute's Curt Smith on Sept. 23.

Have a great weekend, folks. Look for Colts starting QB Jacoby Brissett to be very unTrubinsky. It's The Atomic!