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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. Memphis Blues Caravan — October 20, 2014
  2. House to house, field to field — October 19, 2014
  3. Crossing Central Avenue — October 19, 2014
  4. Ghost story — October 12, 2014
  5. Prepared, preconceived and planned — October 8, 2014

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Oct 20 2014

Memphis Blues Caravan


Once upon a time in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on a cold January night in 1975, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing and hearing a unique gathering of Delta bluesmen.  Here’s the clipping from the top of page 4 of the 1/22/1975 edition of The Daily O’Collegian (Oklahoma State’s college paper)…

…and here are the fascinating stories of the Memphis Blues Caravan, as told by Arne Brogger.  Mr. Brogger wrote me today and added “It was an extraordinary experience, from start to … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/10/20/memphis-blues-caravan/

Oct 19 2014

House to house, field to field

Elie Wiesel hides ethnic cleansing behind a prayer shawl

By , Oct. 17, 2014 1:16 AM


Much have I learned from gossip columns, which for reasons of propriety are also called “social columns.” Without them how would we know who’s going with whom and for what gain?

Before turning to the news pages, cast an eye on the yellow stuff. It will help you understand how the system works.

The special ads – not those intended to … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/10/19/house-to-house-field-to-field/

Oct 19 2014

Crossing Central Avenue




This letter appeared in today’s Sentinel Record…


Remember the unborn

Dear editor:

I want to thank the First Church of Nazarene, located on Central Avenue next to the expressway. They have crosses located on their church grounds that reflect the children who have been aborted for several years now. It is a soul-searching experience to see this and it hurts my soul to think we, as Americans, allow abortion to exist and using taxpayers money to [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/10/19/crossing-central-avenue/

Oct 12 2014

Ghost story


On the right-of-way of the New York Central Railroad, track-walkers, sand-house men, “shacks” and section-hands used to tell this ghost story of Lincoln’s funeral train.  So said the Albany Evening Times:

“Regularly in the month of April, about midnight the air on the tracks becomes very keen and cutting.  On either side of the tacks it is still warm and still.  Every watchman, when he feels the air, slips off the track and sits down to watch.  Soon the … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/10/12/ghost-story/

Oct 08 2014

Prepared, preconceived and planned

From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything that flies on everything that moves”

By John Pilger, 8 October 2014


In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”. As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous honesty.

As a witness to the … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/10/08/prepared-preconceived-and-planned/

Sep 24 2014

I hate to besmirch ignorance


Monsieur d’Nalgar (September 24, 2014 CE):  This bit of plagiarized bigotry appeared in today’s Sentinel Record, under the red, white, and blue title of “The American way”…


Dear editor:

During the Civil War, the nurses were nuns. They, along with Upjohn, developed the plasma system in the ’30s that saved so many lives in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and now in the Middle East.

Back when the church first started, there were no Catholic hospitals. Today, [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/09/24/i-hate-to-besmirch-ignorance/

Sep 23 2014

Sheer infantilisme

John Kerry’s rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria

By Robert Fisk, Sunday, 21 September 2014



John Kerry is becoming more and more like William McGonagall, the “worst poet in the world” whose horror at the 1879 Tay Bridge railway disaster yielded the imperishable observation that it “will be remember’d for a very long time”.

Like McGonagall’s verse, Kerry’s attempts to explain America’s crusade against its latest evil enemy are so … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/09/23/sheer-infantilisme/

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