by baldilocks

As ever, Mark Steyn shouts into the wilderness, noting that, in the wake of the Islamic terror bombing in Manchester, England, UK politicians are all on-message, lamenting “sowing of division” as the alleged goal of yet another set of “lone” wolves.

When death stalks the land, make no mistake: He may look like a grim reaper, but he’s really a grim sower. An entire sowing bee of experts has so decreed. Indeed, in their warnings about sowing division, our betters are so non-divided that they give off the faintly creepy whiff of fellows all reading off the same cue card helpfully biked round to them by the Central Commissar ten minutes after the “incident” occurred.

You non-experts might think this a fairly crude sleight of hand – that concerns about “division” is a not so subtle way of suggesting that the real problem isn’t guys like Salman Abedi waiting with his nail bomb at the exit to the pop concert, but divisive types like you querying whether it’s prudent to keep importing more and more Islam into the western world. Well, screw you: if you disagree that the real danger here is the sowing of division, you’re just sowing even more division.

Pace The Toronto Star, I’m not sure it is “stating the obvious” to say that Monday’s attack was meant to “sow division”. What’s going on in Britain and Europe occurs because division has already been sown. It was sown by a careless political class that insisted there could be no questioning of a reckless demographic experiment. It is being reaped, as the division-sowing pop star Morrissey has divisively noted, by the political class’ hapless citizenry.

(This zombie-like messaging reminds me of 2008, when I noted how on-message American Democrat politicians were when they all asserted that “we can’t drill our way out of this”—the ‘this’ in question having been a so-called gasoline crisis.)

Europe and her citizens, just beginning to get hot.

But, even before I got to Steyn’s conclusion–stated much more vividly that I can or want to reword here–the retort was in my mind: no, Islamic terrorists are not trying to sow division. They are trying to sow a singularity: a world that is totally Islamic. And, I contend that British and EU politicians know exactly what they are doing. They’ve planted Islam in Europe and allowed it to grow, to their own specific ends. And, when the time comes, most of them will convert–or at least wear to public face of Islamic piety. (I can’t imagine them giving up their expensive champagne.)

To these politicians, a bunch of blown-up little English girls are just the broken eggs for the Omelet of Unity. One with no ham, of course.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on

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Many of us grew up memorizing bite size portions of Henry Wadsworth’s immortal poem, “The Landlord’s Tale (or Paul Revere’s Ride).” For those of us who need a refresher, the poem starts off like this:

“Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,—
One, if by land, and two, if by sea…”

Fortunately for us, the American Colonists led by able men and women such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John and Abigail Adams – and many others successfully rebuffed the British Invasion over a 7 year period (1775-81) as the Colonists gained their freedom from their English Masters.

It seemed as if the British were gone from American soil for good (except for a brief time during the war of 1812).

Not so fast!

At 1.20pm EST, on Friday, on the 7th of February 1964 (50 years ago), the British invaded our soil again, but this time under much friendlier conditions.

Four young men – along with their family, friends, and record posse – arrived at John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York to an absolute madhouse of fans numbering around 5,000 people (mostly young women). America was introduced to “The Beatles” – John, Paul, George and Ringo – and “Beatlemania” became a word in the American lexicon.

After the Beatles (or the Fabulous “Fab” Four) received their warm and uproarious reception at JFK, they were welcomed on The Ed Sullivan Show. From the middle 1950s to the early 1970s, The Ed Sullivan Show was the T.V. venue that signified whether or not you became a hit with mainstream America.

The “Fab Four” took The Ed Sullivan show by storm and were cordially introduced to a viewing public of 73 million Americans. The results of that short time on the Ed Sullivan Show were breathtaking: The Beatles as a group had a net worth of 15 million (1964) dollars; their value as a team more than tripled to a net worth of 56 million dollars.

The Beatles were making pennies per record before The Ed Sullivan Show shot them into the “stratosphere” as the new Kingpins of Rock & Roll. In their short hour on the Ed Sullivan Show they rocked the house when they sang “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There.”

The American music scene would never be the same.

Time and space do not allow this writer to list the many facets of the tremendous influence that the Beatles had on the world music scene. Nevertheless, consider this: normally it takes 50 years before a new sound of musicality is absorbed and accepted into the mainstream of culture. When the Beatles disbanded after 1970, their influence in ten (10) short years radically changed the way in which the music industry embraced musicians.

Under the songwriting and dual genius of John Lennon and Paul McCartney (“Lennon-McCartney”), The Beatles wrote more than 300 songs and published more than 200 of them. (The truth of the matter is that The Beatles wrote more than 300 songs as new releases seem to be released from time to time.)

When Lennon-McCartney wrote songs in the 1960s and 1970s, it was a novelty for singers and musicians to write their own materials; today this is the expected norm.

Yes, back in 1775, The British invaded the American colonies and their attempt to keep the colonies subjugated failed in 1781 at the Battle of Yorktown Virginia.

However, The British invasion of 1964 succeeded as “Beatlemania” became the rage of the 1960s – and the British continued to invade the United States and North America with musical entities such as “The Rolling Stones”; “Eric Clapton and Cream”; the group “Heatwave” – and many, many others.

Finally, the true test of The Beatles’ greatness rests upon the fact that students of Music History mention them and their influence on their generation in the same breath that they mention Johann Sebastian Bach, Handel, Ludwig Von Beethoven, and Mozart – and moderns great artists such as Stevie Wonder.

The Beatles were masters of their craft and we thank you John, Paul, George, and Ringo for allowing us to listen, dance, share, and partake in the fruits of your greatness.


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