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. Once upon a time — January 18, 2016
  2. What would Jesus the Palestinian do? — January 13, 2016
  3. The holiest things — January 9, 2016
  4. How can I respond in 500 words — January 8, 2016
  5. Try being Muslim in America — January 4, 2016

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Author's posts listings

Jan 18 2016

Once upon a time

 

Important!

What follows is an email conversation that occurred between 2002 and 2007, when I first launched the ill-fated Mission: Meeting website.  Since there is renewed interest in a similar venture, perhaps made more urgent because (1) so little has changed, and 2) so many extraordinary eyewitnesses to the humanity of the “Holy Land” are of a generation that is, ironically, leaving us behind, I am sharing this now in the hope that it might breathe new life into an … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/01/18/once-upon-a-time-2/

Jan 13 2016

What would Jesus the Palestinian do?

What do you call a Christian who opposes the occupation of Palestine by undermining its socio-economic and religious underpinnings?

By , Jan 11, 2016

 

Among other things, you might call him Christ.

There is a quiet sea of change in support for Israel among American Christians. This transformation is so powerful it might ultimately end the occupation of Palestine by shifting support away from Israel, but it has largely gone ignored. More conservative evangelical Christians, who have … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/01/13/what-would-jesus-the-palestinian-do/

Jan 09 2016

The holiest things

Were The Tears Real or Not? You Tell Us After Reading This!

By Joshua Dubois, January 6, 2016

 

The White House is not supposed to be a place for brokenness. Sheer, shattered, brokenness. But that’s what we experienced on the weekend of December 14, 2012.

I was sitting at my desk around midday on Friday the 14th when I saw the images flash on CNN: A school. A gunman. Children fleeing, crying.

It’s sad that we’ve grown so accustomed … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/01/09/the-holiest-things/

Jan 08 2016

How can I respond in 500 words

Important!

On January 6, 2016, Dr. Jack Sternberg wrote yet another letter to the editor in the Sentinel Record, titled “Diatribes, not answers.” Doctor Jack always includes, after his medical credentials, that he is chairman of the “Garland County TEA Party.” Whether his letters speak on behalf of all its members or not, I cannot tell, but it is likely that there are few who stray far afield from the sentiments expressed in his frequent emanations. This … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/01/08/how-can-i-respond-in-500-words/

Jan 04 2016

Try being Muslim in America

Why I converted to Islam

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, March 29, 2015 2:00AM ET

 

I was born Lew Alcindor. Now I’m Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The transition from Lew to Kareem was not merely a change in celebrity brand name — like Sean Combs to Puff Daddy to Diddy to P. Diddy — but a transformation of heart, mind and soul. I used to be Lew Alcindor, the pale reflection of what white America expected of me. Now I’m Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/01/04/try-being-muslim-in-america/

Dec 30 2015

I will not claim it

Stop asking me to condemn terrorists just because I’m Muslim

By Rana Elmir, December 28

 

As an American Muslim, I am consistently and aggressively asked — by media figures, religious leaders, politicians and Internet trolls — to condemn terrorism to prove my patriotism.

I emphatically refuse.

Make no mistake: The terror imposed by those who sympathize with Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State militant group), al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab and other groups is just as … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/12/30/i-will-not-claim-it/

Dec 19 2015

The rash

Important!

It’s always interesting when regressives either call you an anti-Semite when you criticize Israel, or suggest you leave America if you cannot love it uncritically.  Here in an uncharacteristically brief letter to the editor (in today’s Hot Spring Sentinel Record) from our one and only Lloyd Hoffman.  It practically oozes with Christian charity...

 

Dear editor:

After reading the rash of liberal letters recently that sympathized with the Muslims so much (while mocking the rest of us for … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/12/19/the-rash/

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