Jacques

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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. Hands-off relationship with the truth — August 11, 2017
  2. Self-deception started early — July 5, 2017
  3. A tip of the hat to Børre and Alice — July 2, 2017
  4. America’s first civil war — July 2, 2017
  5. We expect people to die. — June 29, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. Bane of fundamentalism — 10 comments
  2. An obituary — 10 comments
  3. Climate change in Arkansas — 8 comments
  4. Some powerfully stupid stuff — 7 comments
  5. On a hill far away — 6 comments

Author's posts listings

Aug 11 2017

Hands-off relationship with the truth

Sebastian Gorka, the West Wing’s Phony Foreign-Policy Guru

By Bob Dreyfuss, August 10, 2017

 

The Breitbart News headline, back in November 2014, rang like a five-alarm fire bell: MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD OVERRUNS NATIONAL CATHEDRAL IN DC. Its author, Breitbart’s national-security editor, was Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka, who currently occupies a top White House post as “deputy assistant” to President Donald Trump. And like just about anything Gorka has said or written, the Breitbart headline was wrong in every … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/08/11/hands-off-relationship-with-the-truth/

Jul 05 2017

Self-deception started early

Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom Stands the Test of Time

By Howard Zinn, July 4, 2017

 

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Editor’s Note: The late historian and Progressive columnist Howard Zinn shared these words with us back in 2006. Eleven years later, for July 4, 2017, his message is still just as compelling A World War II bombardier, Zinn was the author of the best-selling book A People’s History of the United States.

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On this July 4, we would … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/07/05/self-deception-started-early/

Jul 02 2017

A tip of the hat to Børre and Alice

In Norway, partying with the engineers

By Garrison Keillor, June 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm

 

A splendid week in Norway and now it’s good to be back home, driving around town in my old beat-up Volvo and listening to The Drifters. Norway is a land of bicycles and public transit, lean healthy long-legged people striding up into the hills, but I love my car where I can add a bass vocal to “At night the stars they put … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/07/02/a-tip-of-the-hat-to-borre-and-alice/

Jul 02 2017

America’s first civil war

The Scars of Our Nation’s Violent Birth

By George Will, July 1, 2017 8:00 PM

 

Philadelphia — Some American history museums belabor visitors with this message: You shall know the truth and it shall make you feel ashamed of, but oh-so-superior to, your wretched ancestors. The new Museum of the American Revolution is better than that. Located near Independence Hall, it celebrates the luminous ideas affirmed there 241 Julys ago, but it does not flinch from this fact: … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/07/02/americas-first-civil-war/

Jun 29 2017

We expect people to die.

The destruction of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul is another example of the ‘culturecide’ we’ve become so used to

By Robert Fisk, Thursday 29 June 2017 12:45 BST

 

Over the years, I’ve almost lost count of the priceless treasures of art and antiquity which I’ve seen with my own eyes – and which now lie in pieces.

Fourteen years ago, racing across Mosul to see the building where US forces had just shot dead the sons of Saddam [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/06/29/we-expect-people-to-die/

Jun 17 2017

The very DNA of American Christianity

Why did this powerful church group struggle to denounce white supremacy?

By Daniel José Camacho, Saturday 17 June 2017

 

Condemning white supremacy and the alt-right movement shouldn’t be hard. But the Southern Baptist Convention – the nation’s largest Protestant denomination– had its doubts about whether to do so this week.

During the annual meeting, they initially declined to pass a resolution doing just that. Chaos ensued at the denomination’s annual meeting and a firestorm of criticism quickly followed. … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/06/17/the-very-dna-of-american-christianity/

May 17 2017

Fundamentalist religiosity

Why Religious Zionism Is Growing Darker

By Tomer Persico, May 16, 2017 5:41 PM

 

At a gathering of religious Zionist public figures two weeks ago, Deputy Knesset Speaker Betzalel Smotrich talked about his diplomatic plan, which he dubbed “The subjugation plan.” The purpose of the plan, he said, was “to erase all Palestinian national hope.”

Under the plan, the Palestinians will be given three choices – to leave the country; to live in Israel with the status of … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/05/17/fundamentalist-religiosity/

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