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. Kindred Spirits — December 6, 2016
  2. Just below the surface — December 2, 2016
  3. Little brother — November 29, 2016
  4. Cassandra — November 29, 2016
  5. I’m sorry — November 20, 2016

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Author's posts listings

Dec 06 2016

Kindred Spirits

Dominionism Rising: A Theocratic Movement Hiding in Plain Sight

By Frederick Clarkson, August 18, 2016

 

This article appears in the Summer 2016 edition of The Public Eye magazine.

In June 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) held a private meeting with conservative movement leaders to plot his political future. Attendees afterwards cast him in the role of Ronald Reagan, who’d lost the 1976 Republican presidential nomination to Gerald Ford but led a conservative comeback in 1980 that made Jimmy … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/12/06/kindred-spirits/

Dec 02 2016

Just below the surface

 

The Fringe Is the Majority

By Reggie L. Williams, 11-30-2016

 

Like many people in the nation, I was deeply disturbed when I stayed up late watching the election results on Nov. 8. This country elected Donald Trump to succeed the nation’s first African-American president — a deed that was in no way coincidental. President Obama’s election was an historic moment: the United States sent a black family to live in the house that slaves built as a residence … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/12/02/just-below-the-surface/

Nov 29 2016

Little brother

 

Important!

Little brother, thanks for your latest erudite (as always) letter to the editor.  Good to know that Gawdamighty speaks to you in varied ways.  For years now we’ve been trying to figure out not only how Gawdamighty talks to you, but just what in the hell He’s been telling you!  Because it sure doesn’t jive with those parts of your Good Book that talk about all that cheek-turning stuff that got that preacher-feller Jesus killed in Palestine, way … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/11/29/little-brother/

Nov 29 2016

Cassandra

The Observer’s weekly column in the November 24 2016 CE edition of the Arkansas Times

 

The Observer’s grandfather on our mother’s side was a crackerjack fella. Grew up in the sandy hills north of Conway. County boy, through and through. During hog-killing time in December 1941, the story in our family goes, when word of Pearl Harbor reached his little community, he and his friends loaded into his T-model truck and made the rough journey to the first speck … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/11/29/cassandra/

Nov 20 2016

I’m sorry

The Observer’s weekly column in the November 17 2016 CE edition of the Arkansas Times

 

Dear young people,

You’re probably not reading this. Not many of you, anyway, because you don’t read newspapers anymore. You get your news from the Twitter or the Facebook or some website I’m too old to have even heard of yet. But I have something I want to say to any young person who might be reading this.

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry we stood … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/11/20/im-sorry-2/

Nov 19 2016

Some random reflections

Some random reflections…

 

Important!

Last Tuesday evening, on November 15 2016 (one week after the dismal day that saw Donald J. Trump elected to be America’s next president), a group of concerned Garland County progressives met to discuss where we go from here.  These are some still-evolving thoughts on what to do next, and on why we can’t just keeping doing things the same way we always have…

– Monsieur d’Nalgar, Dimanche 20 novembre 2016

 

First, it was nice … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/11/19/some-random-reflections/

Nov 14 2016

Armageddon 101

 

Warning!

Here’s a bit of eschatological wackadoodlery that showed up in today’s paper under the most appropriate title of “Tiresome rhetoric“…

 

Dear editor:

 

While the presidential election is over, the same old and tiresome rhetoric will continue to be heard for weeks and months to come, especially from the radio and television news programs. They will analyze the election and then analyze the analysis of the results — ad nauseam. Even before the election ended … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/11/14/armageddon-101/

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