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Legions of the Dead

When you think about it, most of your relatives are dead. All those generations leading up to you? Pushing up daisies. Singing with the choir invisible (we hope).

Aside from the most recent few ranks, we know little but names and dates, if that. But each one a unique self, created by God, another such as you or me, living out life in various circumstances. Ours, yet their own.

Once in a while, one of the oldsters jumps into focus. For the Binkses, we think we got a couple ancestors from the 1500s figured out.

Meet Ewan Beag Cameron, and his “natural” son Donald “Taillear dubh na tuaighe” (Black Taylor of the [Lochaber] Axe).

Donald M’Ewen M’Connell or Donald MacEwen Bhig, known as the Taillear Dubh na Tuaighe, was one of the clan’s most colorful figures. As a child he was nursed by the wife of a tailor who lived at Blar na cleireach, near Lundavra, hence his by-name. Later he was brought up by MacLachlan of Coruanan, head of a tribe who were followers of Lochiel. He became an expert in the use of arms, and was particularly dexterous in the use of the Lochaber Axe, his favorite weapon. He grew up to be a brave and prudent man famed for his wit and sarcasm…

So my patrilineal line is part bastard Cameron of Lochiel, of toughness, wit, and sarcasm. Ours fought and fell at Culloden, and before, and since.

And while these internets are not a deftly handled hooked axe, perhaps they’ve a farther reach, aye?

Remember learn and pass on all about your old ones: without them, you’d be nought. May God bless and keep them safe, until That Great and Terrible Day, and then unto the broad uplands of heaven.


Inverlochy, Scotland

Thursday, September 20th, A.D. 2007

Regular Religious News

THESE GUYS NEED $$$, or they will close– “I am convinced of the good that the books published by Sophia Institute Press can do in helping people grow closer to God.” Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Here’s their catalogue …. (sophiainstitute)

JUST PUBLISHED: Walking thru Byzantium …. (byzantium1200)

VATICAN Affirms Obligation of Feeding Tubes …. (

DEATH-KNELLS? — Archbishop of Canterbury to hold ‘secret’ communion for gay clergy. Peter Ould has views, Mark Shea has the headline: “The Anglican Communion: Doing Whatever It Takes to Get Elton John Back to Church” …. (Various)

THE MOST Selective Outrage, By Mark D. Tooley …. (frontpagemag)

GET RELIGION: Communion under a ‘Chatham House Rule’ …. (getreligion)

FEAR OF DEATH: “In the current issue of First Things, there’s a terrific article by the pseudonymous Spengler of the on-line Asia Times, on the essential paganism of Islam” …. (merecomments)

FAITH, FULFILLED— Liturgy, the Church, a Muslim convert. More Testimonies …. (

EXPRESS ELEVATOR TO HELL.. GOING DOWN— Clergy to help people die: They will not administer drugs but will monitor as fatal medication works …. (transfigurations)

A BISHOP for Beijing …. (amywelborn)

SPINE-ALERT! Rochester Bishop warns that Muslims who convert risk being killed. Welcome to the FIrst Against The Wall When the Revolution Jihad Comes …. (Islamdom, JiWa)

NORWAY: The Country of Peace Meets the Religion of Peace …. (brusselsjournal)

COUNTDOWN to GodBlogCon 2007 …. (evangelicaloutpost)

FUN WITH ANTICHRIST— An Unholy Alliance Denied: “A budding courtship between Iran’s theocracy and the American Religious Left hit a speed bump on September 7 when the U.S. State Department denied visas to a “religious delegation” from Iran that was to meet here with U.S. clerics” …. (frontpagemag)

THE BP. OF RWANDA: Finding Forgiveness Amidst a Pile of Bones …. (

THE FATE OF British Muslims who convert to Christianity …. (

THE POPE on Chrysostom; Back to the Fathers …. (FotC, amywelborn)

GET RELIGION— Rise of convert Islam in Europe …. (getreligion)

MATTINGLY— Tesser well, Madeleine L’Engle …. (tmatt.gospelcom)

HARRY POTTER and the Christian Critics, By Mark Shea …. (ft)

THE DREAM OF THE ROOD; The Elevation of the Precious And Lifegiving Cross …. (timotheosprologizes, benedictseraphim)

PETER TOON: In great sorrow and sadness and mourning for the Anglican Way …. (PToon)

IRENE LANCASTER— “Whilst the Archbishop of Canterbury visits Lebanon and Syria during the Jewish holiday of Succot, do say a prayer for my family, who will be celebrating the festival in Metullah, which is right on the Lebanese border” …. (irenelancaster)

BLESSED CHRYSOSTOM: John, Golden Mouth …. (fathersofthechurch)

HISTORY, NOW— “In Transylvania and throughout Romania, Catholics who lost more than 2,000 churches to the Russian Orthodox church after the Second World War when the Russians banned Catholicism now want their churches back” …. (amywelborn)

THE MORNING PRAYER of Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow …. (rathernot)

LUCETTE LAGNADO: “On Yom Kippur, mourning the loved ones we knew and those we didn’t” …. (opinionjournal)

Sister O.M. Terrell – Swing Low, Chariot (1953)

IRISH BISHOPS forced to insist: we’re not racist. In other news, Irish Bishops are not cannibals,
or leprechauns ….

PREDICTABLY, Canadian Anglicans fail to resolve same-sex relationship controversy …. (

EPHRAIM RADNER on Violence and Communion: Why the World Looks to Anglicanism, Or Will Pass It By …. (skdiocese)

MORE SPINE ALERT: Bishop Encourages All Priests to Imitate Him by Spending One Hour in Front of Abortion Facility …. (lifesite)

FIRST THINGS— Sex and Mysticism, By Matthew J. Milliner …. (ft)

THE INTERNET MONK has questions …. (, amywelborn)

THE GOSPEL, Transforming Cultures …. (

A SAINT who could fly, another who could disappear before your eyes… And still another who left her abusive emperor husband. As Bart Simpson found out reading the life of St Sebastian in comic-book form no-one can say Catholicism is boring! …. (

CALLING Christians to Shape New Media …. (scriptoriumdaily)

NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY: “A match made on Earth: When Christians date outside the fold” …. (opinionjournal)

REPORT: 40 years of Anglican-Catholic discussions …. (speroforum)

GROWING Christian population in Arabia …. (

TED BYFIELD: All laws rely on some moral authority …. (proudtobecanadian)

BELARUSSIAN pastor fined for organising church holiday …. (magicstatistics)

AMEN & AMEN: “It scarcely occurred to earlier generations of worshippers that liturgy was in some way supposed to keep them entertained but, despite the many efforts to make it “meaningful” after the Council, complaints that it was boring were often taken as devastating criticisms”; Geriatric trendies in full retreat …. (

LLAMABUTCHERS— More Gratuitous On-The-Banks-Of-The-Tiber Posting …. (llamabutchers)

MUSINGS FROM THE MUSE: The nature of heaven …. (sameo416)

ATTENTION-SEEKING: Kathy Griffin on Jesusgate: I planned the whole thing …. (hotair)

MEGHAN COX GURDON— Reading Madeleine L’Engle as a child and as an adult …. (OJ)

A JOKE TOO FAR? Christian Bloggers and the Borders of Satire …. (evangelicaloutpost)

MORE GOODNESS on Angels, Part 3, by Mark Shea. Of course, since they are discarnate rational entities beyond space and time, and the heads of pins are in time and space, don’t get yourself started on nonsensical questions of how many angels can dance on a pin …. (catholicexchange)

WELL DONE, THEN— Repent and convert, televangelist tells Osama …. (timescolumns, wnd)

THE FIFTH COUNCIL: Trinitarian Christology …. (scriptoriumdaily)

IF THOSE ARE TREES, THAT MUST BE THE FOREST: “One liberal Episcopalian can’t bring herself to parrot the company line” …. (

Byzantium The Lost Empire Pt2

VIA DAWN EDEN— “I entered through the open door” …. (

FATHER Cantalamessa on the Joy of Fatherhood …. (

THE FIFTH Council: Trinitarian Christology …. (scriptoriumdaily)

PROOF: “That Catholic Schools Do Better Than Public Schools.” Faith Based Funding In Schools Is More A Matter Of Choice Than Of Religion …. (officiallyscrewed)

WHERE’S MY CHECK, SCAIFE?!! “A nefarious plot is out in the open” …. (

LIBERAL UNFRIENDS: A Note From the Propaganda War …. (reformedpastor)

PERTINACIOUS PAPIST: J.S. Bach and the regenerative properties of music…. (

VIDEO: Christians pray for — and with — burned Iraqi boy in California …. (

MIKE AUSTIN: “poetry is necessary and welcome in the Orwellian times in which we live, times where we are told that black is really white, evil is really good, treason is really honor, truth is really relative. We are as Dr. Johnson would have us, ‘of needing to be reminded more than instructed.’” …. (mikeaustin)

MASS WITH strings attached …. (dawneden)

SOME CHICK RAMBLES: “this dream of God is what drives me”.. Diogenes takes aim …. (cwnews)

A NEBRASKA state senator, fed up with our litigious society, has filed suit against God …. (breakpoint)

DEPRESBYFICATION: Letting the People Go– Eventually …. (reformedpastor)

CALGARY: Where you can only be biased towards [spit] Christians …. (dustmybroom)

VISITING cathedrals? Here are England’s top ten – Paul Johnson …. (catholiceducation)

REGRESSIVE UTOPIANISM: Further Thoughts on Ron Paul and Libertarianism …. (evangelicaloutpost)

THE IMPOSITION OF LEFTIST SHARIADefinition: Leftist Sharia – the dynamic body of leftist quasi-religious dogma that dictates suitable behavior for everyone… or else …. (

AN TERRIFIC article about Bennie XVI and liturgical musick …. (llamabutchers)

REFORMED PASTOR ON “When Scholarship Goes Bad” …. (reformedpastor)

BLAST HITS Christian suburb in Beirut …. (JiWa, CP)

GLEDHILL: “Suffering at the heart of schism” …. (timescolumns)

CHANE Takes on Evil, Ends in Pantheism …. (reformedpastor)

WEBSITE for infidel apostate scum who deserve torture and beheading Ex-Muslims Hacked: …. (mypetjawa)

PEDALLING, SOFTLY— Same Song, Second Verse: The ELCA Postpones Decisions on Sexuality . . . Again …. (

JESUIT Philosopher Recounts Time with Mother Teresa – Clayton Berry …. (catholiceducation)

BIBLING— All the 3:16’s in the Good Book …. (intheagora)

PISKIE-WARS: The Revd Dr Leander Harding’s excellent response to the lawyer-bishops. Brad Drell also fisks the document. And “Episcopal Church Faces Potentially Large Departures from Dioceses” …. (Various)

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT Cites Problems In Iraq, Afghanistan. Religous Liberty Group Criticizes Flawed U.N. Report on Islamophobia …. (JiWa, CP)

BREAKPOINT: Why hate goodness? …. (breakpoint)

GROWL, SNARL, HISS— “Faith schools should not be tax-funded, and here’s why: Zoe Williams: If the Catholic church is prepared to ban Amnesty because of its stance on abortion, what other rights might it censure?” …. (guardian)

Louis Armstrong – when the saints go marching in

EARLY CHURCH Texts, Greek and Latin …. (benedictseraphim)

RELGION OF ITTY BITTY PIECES— “Devout Muslims Kill 4 Policemen, But Original Target was Children’s Festival” …. (fivefeetoffury)

A GREAT SITE: All about icons …. (

SCRAPPLEFACE: “New Lack of Evidence Boosts Certainty of Darwinism” …. (scrappleface)

CURT JESTER: “The Grace Positioning System (GPS) also has some other great applications such as a Catholic Church finder that gives you directions to the nearest church. There is no better help to your faith life then frequent reception of the sacraments” …. (curtjester)

REMEMBERING BLESSED Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690 …. (reader)

Rowan Atkinson Live: Welcome to hell

World War IV — The 1400 Year Jihad….

MORE IMAGINARY WMDs— Dozens of Iranians & Syrians Die in Sarin Nerve Gas Test.. with SCUD missiles …. (gatewaypundit, gatesofvienna)

UN HUMAN RIGHTS Council Boycotts Denmark …. (

IRAN DRAWS UP plans to bomb Israel …. (jihadwatch)

OIL FOR FOOD: “Oil-for-Food in an Alternate Universe; Here He Comes Again … Ahmadinejad Booked for New York” …. (claudiarosett)

SANDALS, BEARDS, ROPE CINCTURES? Must be the Inner-City Friars …. (

SECRET RAID On A Korean Nuclear Shipment? …. (sda, freedomszone)

CARTOONIST TO AL QAEDA: Bite me! …. (instapundit)

GOOD NEWS: British intel outfit reports evidence of chemical warheads on Syrian missiles; Update: New deputy chair of UN nuke agency? Syria …. (

SHAIDLE: “The Creeping Sharia Vine thrives best in a high stupidity, low resistance environment” …. (fivefeetoffury)

MIKE ADAMS: “On September 11, 2007, I was sitting around minding my own business and quietly remembering the thousands who lost their lives six years earlier. It was a nice, peaceful morning until I received an email from someone claiming to be Professor Julio Pino of Kent State University” …. (townhall)

BEND THAT KNEE! UN Human Rights Head Condemns European Islamophobia …. (lgf)

LIBERALS: Funding Our Destruction …. (

Welcome to Eurabia


HELL IS OVER: Michael Totten posts another report from Anbar. Read the whole thing. And remember that he’s supported by reader donations, so if you like his reporting consider hitting the tipjar …. (instapundit)

SCOTS WHA’ HAE! — Mary Katharine Ham asks Scotland’s latest hero out for a drink (with subtitles). What mild-mannered Glaswegian baggage-handler SuperSmeato did– “Glasgae doesnae accept this. This is Glasgae; we’ll set aboot ye.” …. (Och, Various)

HEY, CAIR: Muslim Brotherhood’s Papers Detail Plan To Seize U.S. …. (

SOBER SECOND THOUGHT— WaPo ombudsman: we shouldn’t have killed the Opus strips …. (Some link or other)

SAUDIS TORTURE torture and amputate Indonesian maid, who had it coming, after all …. (sandmonkey)

NOT SO MUCH, ACTUALLY.. Proud Times for Canada …. (brusselsjournal)

THEODORE DALRYMPLE— Islam, the Marxism of Our Time: Some troubling signs in Europe …. (

SANDMONKEY: “I don’t think any zionist schemes are necessary Dr al Musayer, not with you around. You do a fantastic job yourself!” …. (sandmonkey)

UBER-SASSENACH— “There may be up to 200” ‘radicalised’ young Muslims in Scotland …. (jihadwatch)

VIDEO: The Secret History of 9-11– One of the best documentaries about 9-11, starting with the 1993 WTC bombing and going up to 9-11, that you will ever see …. (mypetjawa)

A MONSTROUS HURT— “People who go to see the movie A Mighty Heart, which is based on the murder by beheading of the journalist Daniel Pearl, might do well to read this painfully restrained and measured comment by his father, Prof Judea Pearl” …. (melaniephillips)

THERAPEUTIC SENSIBILITY, PSYCHOBABBLE, AND POSTMODERNISM— Bruce Thornton writes about two factors that keep the West vulnerable to terrorism: multiculturalism and what he refers to as “the therapeutic sensibility” …. (

THE BLOODTHIRSTY CHE— a Messiah for Leftists …. (Bearblog)

WORLD WAR 2— Auschwitz officer scrapbook — “the banality of evil” …. (boingboing)

EXTREME MORTMAN: The Washington Post lags behind Pete Seeger in its understanding of Soviet horrors …. (instapundit)

LifeWatch ….

A NEW BOOKNation of Bastards: Essays on the End of Marriage, by Douglas Farrow …. (DFarrow)

RIGHTS FOR ONLY 2%— Job Bias Bill Privileges Gays Over Faithful, Warn Christians: “Shepard preferred to “more truthfully” name the bill the “Give special rights to a few based on a ‘particular behavior’ and take rights away from employers – particularly Christian employers – Act.” …. (christianpost)

VATICAN Weighs in on Schiavo Killing …. (reformedpastor)

PETE McMARTIN – on the Canadian family census numbers …. (proudtobecanadian)

ISRAELI DOCTOR Exposes Nazi Abortion Program …. (orthodoxytoday)

$1000.00 BABIES: “Danny Williams, perhaps responding to the possibility that someone, somewhere in Newfoundland might not vote for him, has announced plans to pay the parents of every newborn child $1,000.00” …. (damianpenny)

BETTNET on ‘The Starter Husband’ …. (bettnet)

PLANNED PARENTHOOD Seeks End to “Abortion” Discrimination: A guest satire …. (dawneden)

WEDDINGS have lost their lustre …. (proudtobecanadian)

THE EUTHANASIA Prevention Coalition’s role in the Elizabeth MacDonald case …. (theinterim)

DEATH-SQUADS, SACRAMENTO — Physician-assisted suicide advocates — unable to pass legislation and short on cash to push a statewide ballot initiative — will announce today the creation of a consultation service to offer information to the terminally ill and even provide volunteers for those who would like someone to be present when committing suicide …. (curtjester)

BEAR BLOG— “Elizabeth Cusack, Q.C. Homosex. Everywhere. 24/7. More. More. More” …. (sleepyoldbear)

A WELCOME pro-life testimony …. (bettnet)

TYPICAL BIAS Against Life in NBC Abortion Story …. (stoptheaclu)

THE PARTIAL-BIRTH Abortion Loophole …. (

LAWYERS with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Virginia school for denying recognition to a pro-life campus club …. (reformedpastor)

WORD FROM CRAZY-LAND: Lesbians sue doctor over birth of twins …. (magicstatistics)

NEXT UP: “Welcome to the world of child ‘art collectors,’ enabled by psychopathic parents” …. (

EXPOSE on Planned Parenthood …. (youtube)

Oh, Canadia ….

Currently Under Disappointing Management

WOO! WE’RE NUMBER 2! CN Tower eclipsed by Dubai building …. (

SUDANESE ‘lost boy’ finds his way in Nova Scotia. Here’s his charity …. (g&m, Wadeng)

PURE MUSICAL GOODNESS— Nathan Rogers (son of Stan) has a new album, and a voice the size of a house …. (

Nathan Rogers

CALEDONISTAN: Police stood by as man was beaten, brother says …. (

MARK STEYN: “More nuanced types recognize that neither Canadian long guns nor the modest number of legally registered Canadian handguns have anything to do with Toronto gang crime, and suggest instead that we need to crack down on guns coming in from the lawless cowboy country to the south” …. (

CANATOPIANISM: “What Kind of Human Rights Museum is This?” …. (lifesite)

ONTARIO PREMIERSHIP premiership contenders fail to specifically object to gay sex in public parks …. (proudtobecanadian)

SHOCKING, I know: “Canada a safe haven for criminal refugees” …. (fivefeetoffury)

DISORDER in the Canadian courts …. (

THE REAL STORY: the Bloc’s collapse. Liberals, Bloc losing relevance in Quebec …. (,

SLEAZE-ALERT: “Liberal … Advertising … Is Your Spidey sense Tingling Now Too?” …. (officiallyscrewed)

SOME OF THE People not screwing up Canada …. (soberingthoughts)

DUCK & DODGE— Giant Mine widows not yet compensated, 15 years on …. (magicstatistics)

WORD FROM THE 1500s— Arctic Ice Melt Opens Northwest Passage. Stan Rogers, hand of Franklyn roll over in graves …. (ap, kraalspace)

Northwest Passage

More here

TROUBLESOME College student exposes student politics cash scam with links to Liberal Party / Michael Ignatieff …. (proudtobecanadian)

SHUTTING OTHER PEOPLE UP— “Openly gay” city councilor wonders “how far free speech should be allowed to go” …. (fivefeetoffury)

$325 CDN – It’s “the new $350 US”.. More “premium price” news from the Canadian Wheat Board …. (sda)

SOCIALIST $$$— “The Saskatchewan Prescription Drug Plan will cost Saskatchewan taxpayers $262,485,000 this year, up from $201,936,000 last year” …. (sda)

Mes Aïeux – Dégénération (English Subtitles)


Blogs, Teh Interwebs, ‘Puters, Media ….

IRAN HAS BLOCKED access to the Google search engine and its Gmail email service as part of a clampdown on material deemed to be offensive, the Mehr news agency reported this week …. (stoptheaclu)

YOUTUBE REALITY— Don’t Tase Me, Bro! The Injustice and the T-shirt …. (dropsoul)

Colbert: Student Tasered
colbert tv

NEW YORK TimesSelect is dead. It was a cynical act doomed from the start. With it goes any hope of charging for content online. Content is now and forever free …. (buzzmachine)

FREE DOMINION sued for libel and slander …. (fivefeetoffury)

Pop Culture, Media, Technology, Leftovers ….

THE EVER-USEFUL Yak Shaving Razor #107 …. (evangelicaloutpost)

SIGCARLFRED— “The 60s of the “Summer of Love” and the “Psychedelic Era” were many things, most of them profoundly trivial, but they were not a heroic time in which boys could learn to be men; they were a time when boys were encouraged to inhibit their aggression and continue to play. Too many who grew up in that time now act as if they need to continue behaving like rebels against a constricting universe in order to feel that their immaturity actually represents a deeper maturity” …. (

GETTING WARMED UP, by David Warren …. (proudtobecanadian)

Lost Worlds – Braveheart’s Scotland

MORE FREE GOODNESS: Planets Add-on for Google Earth’s Sky …. (gearthblog)

HUNDREDS ILL Peru ‘toxic meteor crash‘; just-in-case reading; and originally via …. (Various)

“Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”

JUST FYI: “Anyone who is seriously worried about repelling an onslaught of zombies should visit Zombie Defense Training, a site which contains useful tips which may one day save your life”; you might want to buy this on eBay …. (

FUN WITH Sulphur Hexafluoride …. (youtube)

SIMPLY ONE OF THE BEST Scottish movies ever! Now (finally) out on DVD. Wonderful sense of humour in this one: if you liked Local Hero or Waking Ned Divine, here’s another one for ye …. (


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