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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. Visions of ethnic purity and supremacy — August 17, 2014
  2. Our brightest lights are extinguishing themselves — August 17, 2014
  3. Sired by Abraham — August 17, 2014
  4. Those who are left behind — August 6, 2014
  5. Swallowing their own lies — August 3, 2014

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Author's posts listings

Aug 17 2014

Visions of ethnic purity and supremacy

What a rising demand for the sperm of IDF soldiers and a “fun” questionnaire reveal about Israel

By Ilan Pappé, Sunday 17 August 2014


The public debate in this country about the Gaza crisis has some familiar features. The public at large deems Israel’s actions as war crimes, while the government and mainstream media justify Israel’s action as self-defence. One of the main reasons for this gap seems to be that social activists know Israel much better … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/08/17/visions-of-ethnic-purity-and-supremacy/

Aug 17 2014

Our brightest lights are extinguishing themselves

Robin Williams’ divine madness will no longer disrupt the sadness of the world

By , Tuesday 12 August 2014 12.12 EDT


I’d been thinking about Robin Williams a bit recently. His manager Larry Bresner told me that when Robin was asked by a German journalist on a press junket why the Germans had a reputation for humourlessness that Williams replied, “Because you killed all the funny people.”

Robin Williams was exciting to me because he seemed to … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/08/17/our-brightest-lights-are-extinguishing-themselves/

Aug 17 2014

Sired by Abraham


Monsieur d’Nalgar:  This bit of revered asininity appeared in today’s letters to the editor

A historic event


Dear editor:

I don’t know how many of your readers realize that our world is experiencing an historic event this month. In the month of August, in the year of our Lord 1191, mankind saw, as we witness today, five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays.

This event occurs once every 823 years.

What was going on in the world … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/08/17/sired-by-abraham/

Aug 06 2014

Those who are left behind

As well as killing hundreds of Gaza’s children, Israel has destroyed the lives of thousands more

By Yara Hawari, Wednesday 6 August 2014


As with all wars, the war in Gaza is being measured by its dead. According to a UN report published three days ago, nearly 1800 Palestinians have died in this latest war on Gaza, 377 of them children (although by now, the numbers will already be a bit higher).

There are several campaigns and initiatives … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/08/06/those-who-are-left-behind/

Aug 03 2014

Swallowing their own lies

Israel-Gaza conflict: What has Israel achieved in 26 bloody days?

By Patrick Cockburn, Sunday 3 August 2014


As Gaza is devastated by a new paroxysm of violence, what has Israel achieved by its 26-day bombardment and ground intervention? The outcome so far is similar to that of past Israeli wars in Lebanon and Gaza: massive firepower is used to inflict heavy losses on the other side, the great majority of the casualties being civilians. But, as the war goes … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/08/03/swallowing-their-own-lies/

Aug 03 2014

Known unto God

First World War Centenary: My father threw away his poppy in disgust

By Robert Fisk, Sunday 3 August 2014


Let the memorials gather grass and the commemorations be over. I wish all those dead men could lose their eternal youth beneath those ever-fresh graves, now that their natural lifespan has ticked past the final Zero Hour, and that the kind old sun would finally go down and spare them another morning, that they may now grow old as we … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/08/03/known-unto-god/

Aug 03 2014

Sign of latent anti-Semitism


This bit of abject stupidity showed up in today’s letters to the editor…  I cannot help but recall Zbigniew Brzezinski, when he raged against Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe in 2008, “You know, you have such a stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on that it’s almost embarrassing to listen to you.

AP bias


Why is the Associated Press so biased against Israel? Over the past few weeks, as the conflict instigated by Hamas raged, AP has … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/08/03/sign-of-latent-anti-semitism/

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