Pete Buttigieg speaking in Iowa, 2020. Photo by Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

An item in Politico addressing the previously low-key absence of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg the last few weeks touched off the usual calm and rational discussion on social media and news media. And by calm and rational, we mean the effect of chum thrown into the water to get the…


Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden observes players during practice at their training facility in Napa Valley, Calif., August 7, 2018. The Raiders invited Travis Air Force Base Airmen to attend camp and were treated to a scrimmage between the Raiders and Detroit Lions and a meet and greet autograph session with players and coaches from both teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

Jon Gruden has had many descriptors in his long association with the National Football League. In 2001, he was named to People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” list. He was, at one point, the youngest coach in the NFL with the then Oakland Raiders. He has been a Super Bowl champion…


Yard signs leading up to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses. Photo by Phil Roeder from Des Moines, IA, USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Have we seen the last of the months-long prostration of Democratic presidential candidates leading up to the Iowa Caucuses every four years? Some Democratic Party power brokers are putting that long-held wish of some into action.

Washington Post:

President Biden is not a big fan. Former Democratic National Committee chair…


Congressional leaders in March of 2020. Phot by the office of Kevin McCarthy, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

They call it nose blindness.

It is the ability of someone to not recognize an odor out of familiarity with it. Think of a teenager no longer realizing their uncleaned room has developed an aroma besides just that of teen spirit. Or the unbathed person no longer able to appreciate…


President Joe Biden walks with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III upon arrival at the Pentagon, with Vice President Kamala Harris and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 2021. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

As a preamble to hearings in the United States Senate where very serious senators will furrow their brows and unleash the best rhetoric their staffers can prep for them for the cameras, the Department of Defense engaged in that oldest of Washington traditions of making sure their side of the…


Donald Trump rally in Perry, Georgia, 9/25/2021. Screen capture from C-SPAN coverage.

Covering elections and politics is, for the most part, an exercise in traveling well-worn narrative ruts up the various election cycle hills and reflecting on what it all means in the valleys between. There are the “horse race” narratives about who is going to win. There are the analyses of…


Photo by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to a difficult issue like immigration policy, fixing the optics and blame-shifting are the only courses of action our elected officials seem to be capable of.

The images of mounted Border Patrol appearing to lash out at people coming across the border in Del Rio, Texas is…


The Justice for J6 rally, screengrab from C-SPAN coverage.

Frankly, I find it encouraging that almost nobody showed up to participate in the “Justice For J6” Rally, and unseemly how much media showed up to cover it. …


SF Mayor Gavin Newsom and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the San Francisco West Bay Approach Bay Bridge official opening, Friday, April 11, 2008 .Photo by SJayWalsh, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

After engaging in a protracted legal fight for no reason other than just to have it, and months of media hype surrounding it, the California recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom ended in a 30 point blowout.

Sacramento Bee:

Leaning into the policy decisions that drove so many to sign…


A female U.S. Marine, left, who is assigned to the female engagement team teaches an Afghan child to wash his hands during a hygiene class for the children at a village medical outreach in Boldak, Afghanistan, Nov. 22, 2010. Photo by Lance Cpl. Marionne T. Mangrum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

With the last American troops, but not all Americans, out of Afghanistan most Americans can now go back to their default positions on Afghanistan that preceded the Taliban taking the country over the last few weeks: indifference.

There are lots of words flying around about America’s 20 years encamped at…

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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