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. The Islamic State’s center of gravity — September 16, 2014
  2. Resurrection, reinvention and linguistics — September 15, 2014
  3. The harvest to come #2 — September 14, 2014
  4. The ideology, not the group — September 12, 2014
  5. The harvest to come — September 10, 2014

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Author's posts listings

Sep 16 2014

The Islamic State’s center of gravity

How to make Isis fall on its own sword

By in Fort Leavenworth, Tuesday 16 September 2014 11.00 EDT

 

The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by taking control of swaths of territory in western and northern Iraq, including Mosul and other major cities.

Based on my experience as an all-source … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/09/16/the-islamic-states-center-of-gravity/

Sep 15 2014

Resurrection, reinvention and linguistics

Bingo! Here’s another force of evil to be ‘vanquished’

By Robert Fisk, Thursday 11 September 2014

 

Resurrection, reinvention and linguistics. Barack Obama did the lot. And now he’s taking America to war in Syria as well as Iraq. Oh yes, and he’s going to defeat Isis, its “barbarism”, “genocide”, its “warped ideology” – until the bad guys are “vanquished from the earth”. What happened to George W Bush?

But let’s go through this with a linguistic comb. First, Obama … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/09/15/resurrection-reinvention-and-linguistics/

Sep 14 2014

The harvest to come #2

Dear editor,

Have you been hearing a hollow clanging in the middle of the night? Faint, but growing louder in that gathering twilight before the fitful dreams of midnight’s slumber?  Could it be the sound of the dark lord himself, Darth Cheney, frenzied with blood lust, beating his bionic breast like a reborn King-Kong as the indelicate stench of unrequited war teases his flared nostrils?

It’s back to golden Babylon, boys!  Black gold, that is.  Bubbling crude and Blackwater mercenaries.  … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/09/14/the-harvest-to-come-2/

Sep 12 2014

The ideology, not the group

The sad legacy of 9/11: Isis and al-Qaida are stronger than ever

By , Thursday 11 September 2014

 

In the years leading up to the attacks of 11 September 2001, the west saw al-Qaida rising but didn’t address the threat in time. My colleagues and I in the FBI and over at the CIA had been focused on al-Qaida since the mid-1990s. The true threat, however, came from the ideology, not the group.

In the first years … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/09/12/the-ideology-not-the-group/

Sep 10 2014

The harvest to come

Dear editor,

Have you heard a distant clanging in the middle of the night?  It’s the sound of the dark lord himself, Darth Cheney, thumping his bionic chest as the scent of yet another bloody Iraq war reaches his flared nostrils.  It’s back to ancient Babylon, boys!  Bubbling crude, black gold.  Oil.  Halliburton.  Abu Ghraib.  And a litany of mangled words to make ugly almost sound purty.  Like collateral damage.  Like torturing folks is just an enhanced, practically pleasant something … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/09/10/the-harvest-to-come/

Sep 04 2014

What we’re up against

Twitter Agent Provocateur “Ahimla Jihada” Exposed As Fake

By Shibli Zaman, September 3, 2014

 

 

Recently, Twitter was abuzz with its latest agent provocateur tweeting in support of the orcs of our time, ISIS.

I’ve emblazoned the image with the word “Fake” in order to avoid spreading this nonsense unwittingly.

The tweets of this person declaring her undying devotion and love for ISIS from right here within the borders of the United States garnered some pretty ludicrous responses. … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/09/04/what-were-up-against/

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/

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