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. Go home — August 17, 2016
  2. The triumph of complacent neoliberal orthodoxy — August 13, 2016
  3. Get over it — August 8, 2016
  4. A necessary response — July 23, 2016
  5. Amateur research — July 10, 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

Aug 17 2016

Go home

Warning!

This gem of intolerance showed up in the paper today, titled “Americans push back.”  It’s a flying-spittle response to my letter two days ago, more or less confirming my suggestion that immigrants are the scapegoat du jour for scared white Americans.  Can you imagine?!  Uppity Mexicans and indigenous people wanting their country back?!  Immigrants wanting to speak their own languages and practice their own traditions?!

We really were better than this.

— Jacques d’Nalgar, Wednesday, August 17 2016 CE

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Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/08/17/go-home/

Aug 13 2016

The triumph of complacent neoliberal orthodoxy

With Trump certain to lose, you can forget about a progressive Clinton

By Thomas Frank, Saturday 13 August 2016 07.00 EDT

 

And so ends the great populist uprising of our time, fizzling out pathetically in the mud and the bigotry stirred up by a third-rate would-be caudillo named Donald J Trump. So closes an era of populist outrage that began back in 2008, when the Davos dream of a world run by benevolent bankers first started to crack. The … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/08/13/the-triumph-of-complacent-neoliberal-orthodoxy/

Aug 08 2016

Get over it

Judaism is not a major player in the history of humankind

By , Jul 31, 2016

 

Though many Israelis are convinced that the history of the human race revolves around Judaism and the Jewish people, in truth, Judaism has played a relatively minor role in the annals of our species. Unlike such universal religions as Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, Judaism is a tribal creed. It focuses on the fate of one small nation and one tiny … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/08/08/get-over-it/

Jul 23 2016

A necessary response

Important!

 

A necessary response to Lloyd Hoffman’s 7/23/2016 letter to the editor in the Hot Springs Sentinel Record…

 

Antonio Sabato Jr. may be a “strong” Christian, whatever a strong Christian is according to Brother Lloyd, but let’s not forget that Junior is mostly semi-famous for modeling underwear. He and his frothy rants at Donald Trump’s recent coronation will soon be forgotten. And he’s hardly a “popular” Hollywood personality either, unless being an occasional man-meat pinup in soap operas … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/07/23/a-necessary-response/

Jul 10 2016

Amateur research

Warning!

Documenting Hot Springs’ rampant wackadoodlery in too-frequent letters to the editor in The Sentinel Record is becoming a never ending, thankless task.  This manifest asininity showed up on July 7, 2016 CE, under the title “Alinsky-style politics”.

 

Dear editor:

If Lou Holtz’s assessment is correct that America’s division is between the workers and the nonworkers, our leaders’ first order of business should be to address why government dependency is escalating. Trump was not my first choice either, but … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/07/10/amateur-research/

Jun 19 2016

I think Trump is the man!

Warning!

In the unending saga of sadly airing in public his complete abandon of sentience, here is Brother Lloyd’s latest letter to the editor, titled “Trump is the man”… Sigh.

 

Dear editor:

“How much more will have to happen before we defend our country? When are we going to say enough is enough and join together to defeat radical Islamic terrorism?” asked Gov. Rick Scott (Florida) after the Orlando mass murders!

And the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in its Tuesday, June … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/06/19/i-think-trump-is-the-man/

Jun 18 2016

35 documented terrorist training camps

Jan Morgan

Warning!


I suppose every village has to have its idiot, but it seems like Hot Springs has more than its fair share these days.  This letter in today’s paper, titled “Public safety, not hate,” is written by Jan Morgan, a local gun range operator infamous for openly (and proudly) banning Muslims. Morgan is a shameless self-promoter who humbly styles herself thusly:

Nationally Recognized 2nd Amendment Speaker/ NRA and State Police Certified Instructor/RSO/ Award winning Journalist/Owner of The Gun [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/06/18/35-documented-terrorist-training-camps/

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