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. Apoplexy of fear and hatred — August 24, 2015
  2. And here a miracle occurs — August 12, 2015
  3. A legendary brawler — August 8, 2015
  4. Detailed, orderly and articulate — August 6, 2015
  5. Olei HaGardom — August 5, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. Bane of fundamentalism — 10 comments
  2. Climate change in Arkansas — 8 comments
  3. Some powerfully stupid stuff — 7 comments
  4. When dead birds fly — 5 comments
  5. Southern weed rewind — 5 comments

Author's posts listings

Aug 24 2015

Apoplexy of fear and hatred


Brigitte Gabriel is a vicious and probably deranged Islamophobe

By Hussein Ibiish, October 1, 2009

 

A lot of readers seemed to benefit from and enjoy my evaluation of Irshad Manji from yesterday’s Ibishblog posting, and I have been asked to give my views on another charmer, called Brigitte Gabriel. I argued that Manji is not an Islamophobe as has sometimes been alleged, but that she is an anti-Arab racist and an ignoramus to boot. About Gabriel, there can … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/08/24/apoplexy-of-fear-and-hatred/

Aug 12 2015

And here a miracle occurs

The Myth of a Better Deal

By Stephen M. Walt, August 10, 2015

 

Foreign policy is serious business, because getting it wrong has real consequences. When countries conduct foreign policy in a cavalier or incompetent way, real human beings lose their lives or end up much poorer than they would otherwise have been. In extreme cases, states that mismanage relations with the outside world end up completely isolated and maybe even conquered and occupied. This is rarely, if … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/08/12/and-here-a-miracle-occurs/

Aug 08 2015

A legendary brawler

Debate, WWWF-style

By , August 06, 2015

 

Back in 1957, when Donald Trump and I were both in middle school, I used to have this running argument with my grandfather, Bill Connors. A retired railroad worker and a drinking man, Pop lived in Elizabethport, N.J., a couple of blocks from where the tracks running down Broadway ended at the harbor.

When visiting grandchildren proved too much for the old man, he’d retreat to his linoleum-floored front room … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/08/08/a-legendary-brawler/

Aug 06 2015

Detailed, orderly and articulate

Obama Isolates Netanyahu as Head of Warmongers

By , Aug 06, 2015 12:34 AM

 

WASHINGTON – Some 200 people gathered at a plaza named for Saudi King Salman at American University in Washington on Wednesday and waited for U.S. President Barack Obama’s address on the nuclear deal reached last month with Iran. A greater irony would be hard to imagine, unless it were a plaza named for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama, meanwhile, seemed to have adopted … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/08/06/detailed-orderly-and-articulate/

Aug 05 2015

Olei HaGardom

The Problem With Netanyahu’s Response to Jewish Terror

By J.J. Goldberg, August 4, 2015

 

When you leave Jerusalem’s Western Wall plaza through the Dung Gate out of the Old City, your gaze turns naturally southward toward another hill glimmering in the distance, across the Valley of Hinnom. Christian tradition calls it the Hill of Evil Counsel, where the high priest Caiaphas consulted his aides before ordering Jesus arrested.

In Hebrew it’s known as Armon HaNatziv, “the Commissioner’s Palace,” after … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/08/05/olei-hagardom/

Jul 17 2015

Funny things

Dear editor,

This is a letter about funny things. A random collection perhaps, but some readers may discern a veritable fountain of flummery, deep and wide, that flows through them all.

Funny thing about that young bigot slaughtering all those people away yonder in a Charleston church just a few weeks ago. Suddenly there’s a surge of patriotism right here in Hot Springs. Grown men and women are waving flags, honking horns, and revving engines. Loud and proud they are once … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/07/17/funny-things/

Jul 04 2015

40 years after

Ode to Nam on the 40th Anniversary of its End

By J. Randall O’Brien, February 15, 2015

 

He came home from Nam
But never made it back.
I saw him last just before
He left for the war.

We celebrated his return
His presence being our only lack.
Cheering glasses were raised
Repeatedly before

We noticed his eyes and long hair were with us
But not his mind.
After the party he walked to the Vietnam memorial
And killed … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/07/04/40-years-after/

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