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 preachers, missionaries and educators. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, where his father was a school headmaster for more than 30 years (and before 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 15-year nightmare began in earnest. Most reputable historians do not associate the onset of that tragic conflict with his departure. He returned for a visit in 1978, three years into the civil war. His right eye still occasionally twitches as a result. After 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 Fries” 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 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 once defined his religious confession as Zen Baptist, a burgeoning movement (of one) within the Southern Baptist Convention seeking to reclaim the mantle of Christian orthodoxy from fevered fundamentalists just itching for Armageddon. When evangelicals embraced the tangerine wankmaggot Trump and rejected Jesus, the futility of his quest was apparent. He abandoned the family faith and embraced Episcopalians' peculiar cocktail of ancient traditions and progressive inclusion. Monsieur d’Nalgar may be reached by sending him your questions telepathically, or by sending him money. He prefers the latter.
May 01 2019
Today is May 1, 2019 CE. May Day. This is my last letter.
When I called The Sentinel Record a few weeks ago to stop my subscription, they graciously extended it one more month.
Additional time only reinforced my decision to abandon this inky old boat. She is listing hard to starboard, desperate to appease that fading generation of readers who still celebrate bigotry from the burrows and bunkers of their anachronistic orthodoxies.
Letting go is a … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/05/01/titanic-america/
Apr 14 2019
Ruminations from a May Day revisited
By Jacques d’Nalgar, May 1, 2012 (and rediscovered/completed on April 14, 2019 CE)
There have, of late, been an abundance of letters bemoaning our reluctance to wring every last drop of oil from the dust and ashes from whence we come and go. Clearly we are shirking our patriotic duty when we fail to feather the pockets of all those behemoth corporations we worship at the neighborhood fumatories for three grades of gasoline … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/04/14/epiphany/
Apr 08 2019
Cherry-picking Torah is a [favorite] hobby of fundamentalist Christians, but Israel is not America’s [magical] lucky charm. Rather, Israel is a festering injustice that only incubates fanaticism and terrorism [around the world]. On the [assumption biblical presumption] that truth will set you free, consider this alternative to the voodoo exegesis that excuses seven decades of brutal colonial occupation in Palestine.
What scant archaeological evidence exists suggests ancient Israelites were just one … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/04/08/one-more-time/
Mar 30 2019
Jan Morgan, commentator and local Hot Springs businesswoman, will be the featured speaker at the next monthly meeting of the Republican Party of Garland County on Thursday.
The RPGC meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Family Center of First Church of the Nazarene, 3804 Central Ave. Morgan will speak after the monthly business meeting. The public is welcome to attend. Admission is free.
“Morgan is an award-winning television journalist and during … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/03/30/items-of-interest/
Mar 23 2019
America Is Exceptional—in All the Wrong Ways
By Major Danny Sjursen, March 21, 2019
I was born and raised in an America far more Orwellian than many now remember. Matters have gone so far off the rails since 9/11 that few seem to recall the madness of the 1980s. The U.S. had a celebrity actor for president, who railed about America’s ostensibly existential adversary—the Soviet “evil empire.” Back then, Ronald Reagan nearly started a nuclear war during the … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/03/23/sick-of-patriotism/
Mar 13 2019
Where is that little Hollywood elitist weasel Sean Penn? A few years ago he was making news palling around with his communist buddies in Cuba and Venezuela and now that millions have fled and millions are starving where is the little socialist communist weasel along with some of his other Hollywood elitist America hating friends like Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte?
This is what these elitist socialist weasels do best — they promote their extreme liberal … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/03/13/a-worrisome-weasel-affectation-affliction/
Mar 12 2019
What Did Ilhan Omar Say? Here’s the Full Transcript of Her Response to a Question about Anti-Semitism
Institute for Policy Studies, March 6, 2019
This is the transcript of the Rep. Ilhan Omar’s full response to the question about anti-Semitism from the Busboys & Poets event. Her response begins around 1:00:00:
Andy Shallal: [ question about dealing with accusations of anti-Semitism]
Rashida Tlaib – […] this conversation is about human rights for everyone, this conversation around what … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/03/12/full-response/