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. Making a fetish of the word “freedom” — July 25, 2014
  2. The definition of anti-Semitism — July 25, 2014
  3. We don’t care so much about the Palestinians, do we? — July 25, 2014
  4. Even Hitler was a child — July 24, 2014
  5. Our very own version of Somalia — July 21, 2014

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Author's posts listings

Jul 25 2014

Making a fetish of the word “freedom”

The United States Wants the World to Forget These Prisoners

By Molly Crabapple, July 21, 2014

 

Andy Stepanian is one of the kindest humans I’ve ever met.

An activist publicist, Andy draws attention to Americans imprisoned for their beliefs. He is straitlaced and gentle, and the only time he ever declined to buy me dinner was when I offended his veganism by eating chicken fingers. But Andy is also a felon. As one of the SHAC7, he … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/07/25/making-a-fetish-of-the-word-freedom/

Jul 25 2014

The definition of anti-Semitism

Israel-Gaza conflict: ‘There’s nothing new about conflating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism’

By Mira Bar-Hillel, Friday 25 July 2014

 

I have arrived! On Tuesday morning at 7.55am, live on Radio 4, I said something so horrible that the usually mild-mannered husband of a fellow hack stood up and left his breakfast table in disgust.

Fortunately his wife, Emma Barnett, happens to be the women’s editor of The Daily Telegraph, so by the next morning her diatribe … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/07/25/the-definition-of-anti-semitism/

Jul 25 2014

We don’t care so much about the Palestinians, do we?

Eight hundred dead Palestinians. But Israel has impunity

By Robert Fisk, Friday 25 July 2014

 

Impunity is the word that comes to mind. Eight hundred dead Palestinians. Eight hundred. That’s infinitely more than twice the total dead of flight MH17 over Ukraine. And if you refer only to the “innocent” dead – ie no Hamas fighters, young sympathisers or corrupt Hamas officials, with whom the Israelis will, in due course, have to talk – then the women and children … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/07/25/we-dont-care-so-much-about-the-palestinians-do-we/

Jul 24 2014

Even Hitler was a child

Images from Gaza should trouble every Israeli

By , Jul. 24, 2014 8:50 AM

 

That’s the number, as of Wednesday: 155 children. On Wednesday morning, another three were killed. Ten children per day, on average. According to the UN, it’s more than the number of Hamas combatants that were killed. The Al Mezan Center For Human Rights has published the names of 132 of them. The Telegraph, a British newspaper, published a death chart, in which it … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/07/24/even-hitler-was-a-child/

Jul 21 2014

Our very own version of Somalia

Reaping what we have sown in Gaza

By Amira Hass, Jul. 21, 2014 5:42 AM

 

I’ve already raised the white flag. I’ve stopped searching the dictionary for the word to describe half of a boy’s missing head while his father screams “Wake up, wake up, I bought you a toy!” How did Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Greater Germany, put it? Israel’s right to defend itself.

I’m still struggling with the need to share details of the endless … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/07/21/our-very-own-version-of-somalia/

Jul 20 2014

The problem at its core

The heart of the problem with Israel: The mass expulsion of the Palestinian people

By , July 19, 2014

 

As Israeli government violence against the Palestinians in Gaza intensifies (the latest news being an aggressive ground invasion), I saw a discussion on-line about whether Israel has become more brutal or the brutality has simply become more visible to the public.

I remembered listening to Benjamin Netanyahu when he was at MIT in the 1970’s. He called himself … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/07/20/the-problem-at-its-core/

Jul 18 2014

Complicity with aggression and oppression

Israel-Gaza conflict: Medical charity official likens job to ‘patching up torture victims in an open-air prison’

By Robert Fisk, Thursday 17 July 2014

 

In an unprecedented criticism of the Israeli siege of Gaza, a senior official in the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) humanitarian charity has described his organisation’s work among the 1.8 million besieged Palestinian refugees as akin to being “in an open-air prison to patch up prisoners in between their torture sessions”.

Jonathan Whittall, head of humanitarian analysis … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/07/18/complicity-with-aggression-and-oppression/

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