Beauty and Beast-Mode

 

Scanning YouTube yielded three starkly contrasting videos:

  • The First Lady extended Mother’s Day greetings and best wishes.
  • The Donald J. Trump official campaign rolled out a 30-second ad with over 30,000 views already, that the leftists controlling the metrics will admit.
  • Finally, my new favorite classical guitarist offered up another lovely garden session.

That is a beautifully shot video. Any decent human being can appreciate the sentiments and understand this is what First Ladies traditionally do. The elegance is on another level from any other since, perhaps, Jackie O. If her husband is known for over the top design and presentation, here you have considered style.

From beauty, we get to beast-mode. If the left and the media, but I repeat myself, are weaponizing panic, Donald J. Trump will use the tools at hand. It is not quite the daisy and mushroom cloud, but the message, using real footage, is as stark: electing Biden will get people killed.

Everyone knows that President Trump has been criticizing past deals made with China, and criticizing dependence on China while calling for manufacturers to bring plants and jobs back to America. The Democrats cannot help themselves as they reflexively respond with identity politics. That yields images and sound bites that are not helpful outside their echo chamber.

We will get plenty more of the back and forth, and can take comfort that this time there will be a real back and forth, not a hard-hitting Democrat campaign dunking on the oh-so dignified designated loser. The campaign will heat up through the summer, with all manner of twists and turns. As a simple mental health measure, it is worth turning away from the political brawl to reflect on beauty.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

— Philippians 4:8, KJV

Here, then, is something lovely to start the week:

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  1. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Thank you, Clifford. I just love Melania. And the guitarist has also won my heart.

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  2. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo
    @BossMongo

    Outstanding across the board.  Thank you.

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  3. cdor Member
    cdor
    @cdor

    Nice! Could have done without the Biden images, but they were, as they always will be, overshadowed by Melania. The guitarist, Ms. Yang did a lovely and tender job with Manhã de Carnaval.

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  4. Matt Bartle Member
    Matt Bartle
    @MattBartle

    Great videos all – Melania is awesome.

    But I think if you’re going to do Misty you should have fiddles and banjos:

     

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  5. Bill Gates Will Inject You Now Member
    Bill Gates Will Inject You Now
    @Pseudodionysius

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  6. Randy Webster Member
    Randy Webster
    @RandyWebster

    Bill Gates Will Inject You Now (View Comment):

    I’ve probably watched this video 40 or 50 times.  It amazes me every time.  I think I’ve posted it here once or twice, too.

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  7. MISTER BITCOIN Member
    MISTER BITCOIN
    @MISTERBITCOIN

    Your ear for music is exquisite and eclectic 

     

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  8. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    Your ear for music is exquisite and eclectic

     

    I generally refrain from posting my Motörhead and WASP favorites. Time and place for everything.

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  9. Bill Gates Will Inject You Now Member
    Bill Gates Will Inject You Now
    @Pseudodionysius

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    Your ear for music is exquisite and eclectic

     

    Goes well with fava beans and a nice Chianti.

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  10. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    Matt Bartle (View Comment):

    Great videos all – Melania is awesome.

    But I think if you’re going to do Misty you should have fiddles and banjos:

     

    So you like both kinds of music, country and western, yes?

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  11. Nerina Bellinger Member
    Nerina Bellinger
    @NerinaBellinger

    Ms. Vidovic’s left hand position is just crazy good.  Wow! And beautiful vibrato.

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  12. B. W. Wooster Member
    B. W. Wooster
    @HenryV

    I think I may have whiplash.  

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  13. Bill Gates Will Inject You Now Member
    Bill Gates Will Inject You Now
    @Pseudodionysius

    Nerina Bellinger (View Comment):

    Ms. Vidovic’s left hand position is just crazy good. Wow! And beautiful vibrato.

    What’s really wild is if you compare an older video of her performing this piece with this one. You can quickly hear how much better her playing has gotten in the intervening period.

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