After a year and half of mask mandates, you don’t have some insightful hot take on Covid that no one has yet heard by now.

Shop doors on New Street in St Helier, Jersey. Photo by Danrok, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

The most influential force on young people deciding on whether or not to be conservative is the behavior of current conservatives.


If you listen to them closely enough, the unworthy schemers always will tell you it is all about them. We should believe them when they do.

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We’ve heard it through three different administrations, but President Biden says he means it: America is getting out of Afghanistan

A Soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment (Airborne), watches cattle run for their lives while a CH-47 helicopter prepares to land on Landing Zone Shetland during Operation Saray Has July 19 near Forward Operating Base Naray, Afghanistan. Photo by Brandon Aird (Sgt.), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons


Think wearing a mask strips you of liberty and dignity? Try being on a ventilator.

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If Kevin McCarthy looks shook, it is because he knows better than any of us this simple truth: There ain’t no such thing as halfway Trump.

Kevin McCarthy and President Donald Trum at Mar-a-Lago, January 2020. Photo by the Office of Kevin McCarthy [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons


I thought I’d heard ever West Virginia joke there is. But then the drug companies decided to make bank off the “pillbillies”.

Oxycontin in various forms ready for ingestion. Photo by 51fifty, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons


The opioid crisis has brought a dark and dusty sky upon places like West Virginia, and like all darkness it only abates one way. Shining light.

Nicholas County Courthouse, Summersville, WV. Photo by Joseph from Flickr

As he takes the stage for his Joint Session speech the question of just what the Joe Biden presidency is going to be is very much up in the air

President Biden on an official call April, 2021. The White House, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

With West Virginia having gone from leading the nation to lagging behind, Governor Jim Justice is getting creative and incentivizing Covid vaccinations

WV Gov Jim Justice. Governor Jim Justice, PDM-owner, via Wikimedia Commons

Andrew Donaldson

Writer. Mountaineer diaspora. Vet. Managing Editor @ordinarytimemag, Writings found @arcdigi & elsewhere. Writing about food, folks, & faith at Yonder & Home

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