The looming Government Shutdown Theater and annual Failure Theater Kabuki is for after the joys and triumphs of Infrastructure Week!

President Biden meets with US Senators about his infrastructure plan, 29July2021. Photo by The White House, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Hours after bipartisan Senate negotiators reached a deal on an infrastructure package, the chamber voted to advance it, setting in motion a final vote on the bill in the coming days.

The procedural motion was approved 67–32, with 17 Republicans joining all Democrats to begin legislative action. …

From eagerly wanting to make a rare theater trip to see Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain to actively making sure I never see it

Anthony Bourdain filming for Parts Unknown. Photo by Peabody Awards, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

The Trump vendetta ride against anyone and everyone he perceives to have slighted him continues apace, now featuring Brett Kavanaugh

Swearing-In of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Photo by The White House, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Former President Donald Trump, in a book out Tuesday by Michael Wolff, says he is “very disappointed” in votes by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, his own hard-won nominee, and that he “hasn’t had the courage you need to be a great justice.”

Driving the news: “There were so many others I could have appointed, and everyone wanted me to,” Trump told Wolff in an interview for the cheekily titled “Landslide.”


Social media like TikTok once again-like money, power, & alcohol-empowers folks to be their selves, and often far too much of themselves.

“Lincoln Walks At Midnight” statue in front of the West Virginia State Capitol. Photo by Upstateherd [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice called on Saturday for the resignation of a state lawmaker who posted a sexually explicit TikTok video to his public account.

State Del. Joe Jeffries was stripped of a committee assignment on Friday after word spread of the social media posting, according to a statement from House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, who called his fellow Republican…

Listening to “Sound & Fury” in the parking lot of the Eden, North Carolina McDonalds. Photo by Andrew Donaldson

These issues inside an organization like the Southern Baptist Convention are not about theology or faith at all, but about power and money

Photo by The Baptist Press (released for Creative Commons Usage)

I do not care for, enjoy, or want to ever again go to Cheesecake Factory. The factory part renders the cheesecake part an unavailing ruckus.

Anthony92931, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Thank God for the internet, where old shows that never got their due like Nadia G’s Bitchin Kitchen live forever.

Screen Grab of title card of Bitchin Kitchen

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

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 <>, 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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