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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. The border between satire and insult — January 26, 2015
  2. Peaceable revolution — January 23, 2015
  3. Cui bono — January 19, 2015
  4. A frenzy of empty bombast and portending — January 11, 2015
  5. Purely on the enlightened continent — January 11, 2015

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Author's posts listings

Jan 26 2015

The border between satire and insult

Hook-nosed Jew vs. Mohammed cartoons: What’s the difference?

By , Jan. 21, 2015 11:50 AM


You won’t be surprised, in these post-Charlie Hebdo days, to hear that there’s a controversial cartoon going around the Internet. I’m not talking about a French cartoon, but a drawing from 2012 by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff illustrating his belief that insults to Jews are derided by the West as anti-Semitism while insults to Muslims are hailed as free speech (see … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/01/26/the-border-between-satire-and-insult/

Jan 23 2015

Peaceable revolution

America’s Dumbest Congressman says ‘Selma’ shows why we should fight ‘radical Islam’

By Hunter (Daily Kos staff), Fri Jan 23, 2015 at 09:53 AM PST


One of the ways Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) retains his lock on the title of America’s Dumbest Congressman is sheer persistence. Other candidates may pipe up with occasional entries into the genre of mind-bending goofiness, but Louie Gohmert makes it a practice to demonstrate his skills on a regular basis in his very, very [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/01/23/peaceable-revolution/

Jan 19 2015

Cui bono

Waving in the first Row

By Uri Avnery, 17/01/15


THE THREE Islamic terrorists could have been very proud of themselves, if they had lived to see it.

By committing two attacks (quite ordinary ones by Israeli standards) they spread panic throughout France, brought millions of people onto the streets, gathered more than 40 heads of states in Paris. They changed the landscape of the French capital and other French cities by mobilizing thousands of soldiers and police officers to … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/01/19/cui-bono/

Jan 11 2015

A frenzy of empty bombast and portending

Ted Cruz & the new McCarthyism: Inside a dangerous response to the atrocity in Paris

By , Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 07:15 AM CST


Here are a few sentences I should not have to write but apparently must, all the same: Taking the life of another human being is an absolutely terrible thing for a person to do. By definition, murder is a crime — perhaps the most heinous one there is. No one should be physically … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/01/11/a-frenzy-of-empty-bombast-and-portending/

Jan 11 2015

Purely on the enlightened continent

Meanwhile, Gideon Levy receives a death threat

By , Jan. 11, 2015 3:55 AM


“The European Court for Anti-Semitic Crimes. Court Execution squad.

“Re: Proceedings against participants in anti-Israeli activities.

“The Court has been asked to look at the activities against Israel by Gideon Levy, journalist.

“Witness Number 1 showed the article ‘Lowest deeds from loftiest heights’ (Haaretz, July 15, 2014) … Chairman of the court: The court has been convinced that pro-Nazi propaganda has taken place. … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/01/11/purely-on-the-enlightened-continent/

Jan 10 2015

A mere image

On Satire – a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks

By Joe Sacco, Friday 9 January 2015


http://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2015/jan/09/joe-sacco-on-satire-a-response-to-the-attacks or http://bit.ly/1wCyUNj  [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/01/10/a-mere-image/

Jan 05 2015

Attack the essence

Critics of American Sniper Chris Kyle Threatened with Violence and Rape Fantasies

By Hrafnkell Haraldsson, Sunday, January, 4th, 2015, 4:39 pm


‘It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don’t regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn’t save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I’m not naive, and I don’t romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/01/05/attack-the-essence/

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