Jacques

Author's details

Date registered: June 13, 2010

Biography

Monsieur Jacques d’Nalgar is a working curmudgeon with a cat-killing curiosity in politics, religion, history, and other manifestations of irrational human behavior. He resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas, a semi-autonomous region of the United States (a waning political experiment on the third planet of a minor solar system in a remote corner of the Milky Way galaxy), with his wife and other assorted wildlife.

Jacques is a son and grandson of Baptist missionaries and educators. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, where his father was a school headmaster for more than 30 years (and prior to that, a B-17 navigator in the last months of WW2). He grew up in the Middle East during the turbulent 50s, 60s, and 70s, but left just before Lebanon’s nightmare 15-year civil war began in earnest. Most reputable historians do not associate the onset of that tragic conflict with his departure.

After attending college in Oklahoma and working for a large oilfield servicing company now forever identified with the dark lord Dick Cheney, he moved his family to Hot Springs in 1994. Jacques spends most of his time reading, blogging under a barely-disguised snotty “Freedom” pseudonym, and staring at the sun. He works tirelessly for the OAFS (Obsessive Alliteration-Fondness Syndrome) Foundation, as both its only benefactor and sole beneficiary.

Jacques’ political pilgrimage has meandered across much of the left-right continuum. Once a staunch conservative (by all the standard litmus tests), he found himself suddenly adrift when the rest of the country lurched hard-right after 9-11. He is a frequent critic of our national love affair with wars, rampant nationalism in general, and the resurgent, xenophobic frenzy that masquerades as patriotism.

He defines his religious confession as Zen Baptist, a burgeoning movement (of one) within the Southern Baptist Convention that is seeking to reclaim the mantle of Christian orthodoxy from fevered fundamentalists just itching for Armageddon. Monsieur d’Nalgar may be reached by sending him your questions telepathically, or by sending him money. He prefers the latter.

Latest posts

  1. Some special kind of stupid — January 15, 2017
  2. Justice is not on the menu — December 29, 2016
  3. I (heart) Jennifer — December 23, 2016
  4. Another odd element to our western outrage — December 15, 2016
  5. Kindred Spirits — December 6, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Bane of fundamentalism — 10 comments
  2. Climate change in Arkansas — 8 comments
  3. Some powerfully stupid stuff — 7 comments
  4. Oh brother where art thou? — 6 comments
  5. When dead birds fly — 5 comments

Author's posts listings

Jan 15 2017

Some special kind of stupid

 

Warning!

I read this letter to the editor in today’s paper, amazed and angry at its profound ignorance, its bigotry, and its proud paranoia.  And then I started thinking about that moment in June 2015, when our President, my President, paused for a full thirteen seconds, during his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney at “Mother Emanuel” in Charleston, South Carolina.  Thirteen seconds of silence as Obama looked out over the congregation, then down at his notes, shook his head [more]

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Dec 29 2016

Justice is not on the menu

We are not living in a ‘post-truth’ world, we are living the lies of others

By Robert Fisk, Thursday 29 December 2016 11:15 BST

 

We do not live in a “post-truth” world, neither in the Middle East nor in the West – nor in Russia, for that matter. We live in a world of lies. And we always have lived in a world of lies.

Just take a look at the wreckage of the Middle East with its … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/12/29/justice-is-not-on-the-menu/

Dec 23 2016

I (heart) Jennifer

 

Important!

This is an early joyeux Noël present for my daughter, who fought the good fight for Bernie Sanders and was twice bitterly disappointed.  First when Bernie lost, and then when dandy Donald Doodle Trump actually won and, in all likelihood, will in a few short weeks emerge from the swamp he promised to drain, along with his obscenely rich, warmongering swamp-mates, to become our next president of these still-for-now United States of America.  Read this and take heart, … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/12/23/i-heart-jennifer/

Dec 15 2016

Another odd element to our western outrage

It was bizarre to watch Samantha Power at the UN conveniently forget to mention all the massacres done in America’s name

By Robert Fisk, Thursday 15 December 2016 10:00 BST

 

So there was Samantha Power doing her “shame” bit in the UN. “Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin, that just creeps you out a little bit?”, America’s ambassador to the UN asked the Russians and Syrians and … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/12/15/another-odd-element-to-our-western-outrage/

Dec 06 2016

Kindred Spirits

Dominionism Rising: A Theocratic Movement Hiding in Plain Sight

By Frederick Clarkson, August 18, 2016

 

This article appears in the Summer 2016 edition of The Public Eye magazine.

In June 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) held a private meeting with conservative movement leaders to plot his political future. Attendees afterwards cast him in the role of Ronald Reagan, who’d lost the 1976 Republican presidential nomination to Gerald Ford but led a conservative comeback in 1980 that made Jimmy … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/12/06/kindred-spirits/

Dec 02 2016

Just below the surface

 

The Fringe Is the Majority

By Reggie L. Williams, 11-30-2016

 

Like many people in the nation, I was deeply disturbed when I stayed up late watching the election results on Nov. 8. This country elected Donald Trump to succeed the nation’s first African-American president — a deed that was in no way coincidental. President Obama’s election was an historic moment: the United States sent a black family to live in the house that slaves built as a residence … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/12/02/just-below-the-surface/

Nov 29 2016

Little brother

 

Important!

Little brother, thanks for your latest erudite (as always) letter to the editor.  Good to know that Gawdamighty speaks to you in varied ways.  For years now we’ve been trying to figure out not only how Gawdamighty talks to you, but just what in the hell He’s been telling you!  Because it sure doesn’t jive with those parts of your Good Book that talk about all that cheek-turning stuff that got that preacher-feller Jesus killed in Palestine, way … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/11/29/little-brother/

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