Author Archives: dpmonahan

Fitness Friday: Cardio

With the start of the new school year I took two weeks off from going to the gym, but those two weeks were enough to leave me feeling stiff and stressed. I’m back on the wagon again and hope to continue going two or three times a week for the remainder of the year. I’ve […]

Brett Kavanaugh: American Hero

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has a reputation for being a swell guy: he enjoys coaching children and volunteering at church and in soup kitchens; he is reputed to be a good dad, a good boss to his clerks and a good friend to his colleagues on the bench; he is said to be a […]

What kind of world do you want to live in?

This is a half-baked thought I have: The modern world started out with the transition from feudal Europe to Nations. The process started in the 16th and 17 centuries with the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, accelerated in the 19th century with the unification of Germany and Italy and the American Civil War, and peaked after World […]

French vs Ahmari round 2

The David French / Sohrab Ahmari argument escalated with a public debate held at Catholic University of America. You can watch the whole debate here. Twitter consensus is that French humiliated Ahmari: French certainly had every rhetorical advantage and as well as the audience on his side, and it sounded as if Ahmari has not […]

Fitness Friday: General updates

Welcome to fitness Friday where I chronicle my various failures to get into shape. Two weeks ago I talked about how my goal at the gym for the remainder of the summer was to increase the volume of my workouts by adding lots of light assistance lifts to the main heavy ones, essentially doubling the […]

Does Conversion Make You Stupid?

Yet another Evangelical pseudo-celebrity publicly apostatized this week with this bit of deep thinking: How many preachers fall? Many. No one talks about it. How many miracles happen. Not many. No one talks about it. Why is the Bible full of contradictions? No one talks about it. How can God be love yet send four […]

Dispatches from the Stupid Age

The Guardian has an article about the resurgence of witchcraft in the days of Trump. Does any of this sound sane to you? But the old, dark power – the choice to worship something other than patriarchy’s gods, to reject and read backward the narratives of the dominant culture – was still there. The Trump […]