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. So very proud of this superpatriot — March 25, 2015
  2. 478,819 Arkansans — March 11, 2015
  3. You’re so naïve — March 10, 2015
  4. Jehovah will smite you for that — February 25, 2015
  5. Our existential superiority — February 24, 2015

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Author's posts listings

Mar 25 2015

So very proud of this superpatriot

Important!

This is what passes for reasoned discourse in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  This letter, by that resolute bastion of extraordinary intellectual nimbleness, the honorable Lloyd Hoffman, appeared in today’s Sentinel Record under the title “Pray for Israel”…

Monsieur d’Nalgar, March 25, 2015 CE

 

Dear editor:

“Death to America!” This continues to be the chant from those evil, Islamic radicals in Iran. What is there about this message that all of you liberal sympathizers don’t understand? They are clearly saying … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/03/25/so-very-proud-of-this-superpatriot/

Mar 11 2015

478,819 Arkansans

The Most Important People In The World Are From Arkansas

By , Mar 10, 2015 @ 9:21 AM

 

I know I missed it on election night back in November, but it seems that 478,819 citizens of the state of Arkansas voted themselves in control of the foreign policy of the United States. They determined in ensemble fashion to visit upon the Senate—and, thereby, the country—the genius of Tom Cotton, who decided over the weekend on his own … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/03/11/478819-arkansans/

Mar 10 2015

You’re so naïve

The Mother of All Middle East Conspiracy Theories

By Karl reMarks, 9 Mar 2015

 

The Middle East is, to coin a phrase, a complex place. All is not what it seems. Appearances can be deceptive. The truth is hard to come by. It is also a place where journalistic conventions necessitate the use of lots of proverbs strike a neat balance between the mystical and the fatalistic. Nevertheless, truth is concealed under layers of misinformation and deception, like … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/03/10/youre-so-naive/

Feb 25 2015

Jehovah will smite you for that

Live from darkest Arkansas

By , February 19, 2015

 

Housebound in an ice storm, the columnist finds himself distracted by online trivia and tempted to yell at the TV:

Washington Post headline: “Williams undone by his gift for story-telling/Anchor’s love of a good yarn played a role in his downfall.”

Gee, you think? The bottom line is that there’s a little Ted Baxter in every TV news personality. However, when everybody starts laughing, Brian, it’s over.

That … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/02/25/jehovah-will-smite-you-for-that/

Feb 24 2015

Our existential superiority

American exceptionalism isn’t our national religion. Criticism of the US isn’t a sin

By , Tuesday 24 February 2015 12.45 EST

 

There is danger in buying your own hype, of listening exclusively to the people who think you can do no wrong because you’re you: your right-ness becomes tautological, based on the sole fact of your existence.

The theory of American exceptionalism is no different: it posits that America is exceptional – in the most positive sense … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/02/24/our-existential-superiority/

Feb 24 2015

Lies and puffery

The myth and lie of American exceptionalism

By Tom Ehrich, February 24 at 11:32 AM

 

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — While I was driving to this eastern Oklahoma city that serves as capital of the Cherokee Nation, the Oklahoma Legislature was considering a bill to ban the teaching of history based on facts.

Instead, the legislators want a sanitized version of U.S. history based on lies and puffery about “American exceptionalism.”

It’s no wonder, since the state’s own history has a … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/02/24/lies-and-puffery/

Feb 23 2015

Obama sitting on the throne

Warning!

OMG is about the only appropriate response to this February 19, 2015 flying-spittle letter to the editor in The Sentinel Record

 

Dear editor:

America is in deep trouble! Trouble? From what?

Is it from radical Islamic terrorism? Al-Qaida? ISIS or Islamic State?

Not even close — it’s global warming! That’s right! That’s what the Obama administration told us recently. They said that “the danger from global warming is far more dangerous to us than extreme (not Islamic) … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/02/23/obama-sitting-on-the-throne/

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