Author Archives: dpmonahan

REPOST: Crime is not random

The latest mass shooter, like the last mass shooter, was known to authorities. So I thought I would re-post this as a reminder that while crime is not random the authorities like to pretend it is to cover up their incompetence. In reaction to the report that the Manhattan Bike Lane Terrorist was “known to […]

Fitness Friday! Thoughts on the clean.

Welcome to Fitness Friday, where I bring up embarrassing personal anecdotes to motivate myself to get into shape. On the fat front: after a few weeks of slowly gaining I seem to have returned to late December levels, measuring 33.5″ at the navel. Unfortunately I have not been writing down what I eat because I […]

What a moron.

Being a member of the clergy does not prevent you from being an idiot: “Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” a senior Vatican official has said. Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, praised the Communist state as “extraordinary”, saying: […]

Fitness Friday!

Welcome to Fitness Friday, where I motivate myself to stay in shape by putting embarrassing failures on the internet. To cut back on calories I ended up both cutting out salad dressing and replacing breakfast with a mid-morning snack. I’ve stopped getting fatter and am maybe moving in the opposite direction, another week will tell. […]

Letter to my 15 year old self

Sooner or later every blogger falls into the “letters to my younger self” genera. Some are quite serious, others tongue-in-cheek. I figured I would give it a whirl. First let’s put on some Violent Femmes to set the teen-angst mood. Hit play: Ok, here goes… LETTER TO MY FIFTEEN YEAR OLD SELF Dear David, Well, […]

The Politics of Self-Delusion

Back during the last election a commenter here who identified as a Progressive Christian defended Hillary Clinton by pointing out her good qualities. I responded that whatever good she had done was marred by her bad qualities which I considered disqualifying, saying I would not eat ice cream if mixed with dog shit. He responded: […]

Liturgy and Capitalism

In my last post I mentioned that contemporary Catholic liturgy is somewhat disfigured by secular paradigms, today I’ll explain some more: we live in a capitalist culture which unconsciously shapes how we worship. Two examples: applause and announcements. About 15 years ago I attended Mass in a wealthy suburb of New Haven. The priest liked […]