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Date registered: June 13, 2010


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. Hazardous, illusory, and sadly unchallenged — May 21, 2015
  2. Birthright — May 17, 2015
  3. We are all guilty — May 5, 2015
  4. Denial is fraught with peril — April 24, 2015
  5. I do believe I have a little say — April 8, 2015

Most commented posts

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  2. Climate change in Arkansas — 8 comments
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Author's posts listings

May 21 2015

Hazardous, illusory, and sadly unchallenged

America’s Virulent, Extremist Counterterrorism Ideology

By Micah Zenko, May 21, 2015


Throughout the 13-plus years of the war on terrorism, one line of effort that everyone in Washington agrees on is the necessity to counter the ideology put forth by terrorist groups. Unfortunately, everyone also agrees that U.S. government agencies have done a terrible job at achieving this. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) recently derided the State Department’s counter-ideology efforts as “laughable” compared with the propaganda of the Islamic … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/05/21/hazardous-illusory-and-sadly-unchallenged/

May 17 2015


Sheldon Adelson Turns Israel Into ‘The Walking Dead’

By , May 14, 2015


http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121789/sheldon-adelson-turns-israel-walking-dead or http://bit.ly/1FitBKv [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/05/17/birthright/

May 05 2015

We are all guilty


By The Observer (Arkansas Times), April 23 2015


There’s an enemy out there, lurking in the dark. It’s the enemy of every human being and — The Observer has become convinced over the years — the root of all evil, no matter what you’ve heard about the Greenback Dollar. Money, it turns out, is only a servant of the real problem.

The real enemy is conformity. The desire for conformity. The desire to force others to conform, even … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/05/05/we-are-all-guilty/

Apr 24 2015

Denial is fraught with peril

Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

By Robert Fisk, Monday 20 April 2015


At seven o’clock on Thursday evening, a group of very brave men and women will gather in Taksim Square, in the centre of Istanbul, to stage an unprecedented and moving commemoration. The men and women will be both Turkish and Armenian, and they will be gathering together to remember the 1.5 million Christian [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/04/24/denial-is-fraught-with-peril/

Apr 08 2015

I do believe I have a little say


By Arkansas Times’ The Observer, April 02, 2015


The Observer is a great lover of language, which makes us a great lover of conversation, which makes us a great lover of debate. We’ve been witness to a lot of debate in recent days over House Bill 1228, the bill that sponsor Rep. Bob Ballinger hopes will turn this state into a haven for Church of Ganja devotees smoking the stankest of the dank on every street corner without … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/04/08/i-do-believe-i-have-a-little-say/

Apr 04 2015

On this day before Easter


Some thoughts on this day before Easter, stemming from an email conversation between two Palestinians, one here in America, a college professor who lives and professes nearby in Arkadelphia (where my grandparents married in 1900), and the other who lives in Jesus’ home town of Nazareth, a city of mostly Christian Arabs that is now part of Israel.  The comments following are slightly adapted from my belated leap into the fray…


After lurking in the shadows and watching [more]

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Mar 25 2015

So very proud of this superpatriot


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/

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