Cracked, &c.

The Nutcracker balloon hovers above the crowd during the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, November 28, 2019. (Caitlin Ochs / Reuters)
On a cancellation of The Nutcracker; Russia’s threat to Ukraine; the screwiness of the Women’s March; the bravery of J.K. Rowling; and more
Now they have come for The Nutcracker. What I mean is, did you see this? The Berlin State Ballet has canceled Tchaikovsky’s ballet on grounds that the Chinese dance and the Arab dance give offense. Well, they give offense to those who are truly dying to take offense.

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The Leftist Campaign to Redefine Conservatives as ‘White Supremacists’

As soon as the verdict was delivered in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, MSNBC and like-minded news outlets pushed a consensus summarized most succinctly by Colin Kaepernick: “We just witnessed a system built on white supremacy validate the terroristic acts of a white supremacist.”
In a segment representative of MSNBC, host Tiffany Cross on Saturday called Rittenhouse “this little murderous white supremacist” and said that it was disgusting to see “white supremacists” in Congress celebrate Rittenhouse.

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How the Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Book Became the Bane of My Existence

Last year, around this time, my husband and preschool-aged child came home from our local bookstore with a new-to-us Berenstain Bears book: Thanksgiving Blessings (2013). My husband said, with a glint in his eye, “Why don’t you read the new book with J.?” I tried but had to stop so many times to say, “I hate this,” and “Oh my GOD!” that my daughter got annoyed and wandered away. “It’s a Mike?” I asked my husband. “It’s a Mike,” he confirmed.

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I write to you today, fellow parents, to explain what that means—and to issue a warning.

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Colleges Offer Safe Spaces, Counseling After Rittenhouse Acquittal

A wide array of colleges have condemned the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse and advertised safe spaces and counseling services in response to the “not guilty” verdict, according to emails posted to Twitter.
Numerous academic institutions contacted their students regarding the verdict via mass emails, including Vanderbilt, UC Irvine, Stanford Medicine, Columbia Business School, Ohio University, San Francisco State University, and several others.

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Thanksgiving reflections on grace and growth for uncertain times

To call the past few years a time of upheaval is a pretty huge understatement. Gender roles and gender identity, race and justice, capitalism and socialism, hyperpolarization, wars, and pandemics – all have brought disruption at levels unseen in generations. Now we’re witnessing what economists are calling the Great Resignation, the unprecedented decision by many Americans to voluntarily quit their jobs, step back, and ask what they really want from work and life. 
In some ways, this time of year is about doing just that. Yes, there are turkeys and presents and holiday music.

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Fairfax County Schools Set to Return Sexually Explicit Books to High School Libraries

(Nadya So/Getty Images)
Fairfax County Public Schools announced Tuesday that two books that were criticized for having sexually-explicit scenes will be returned to its high school libraries following a review that found the books had literary value.
A pair of committees was formed in response to parent complaints that the books were inappropriate for a juvenile audience. In September, two speakers decried Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison and Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe at a school board meeting.

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The Rise of the Imperial Regulator

Outside the Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C. (Larry Downing/Reuters)
The week of November 15: regulatory creep, inflation, taxation, and much, much more.
I was going to write this week about the president’s, uh, ambitious claim that some sort of conspiracy was behind the increase in the oil price, but numerous NR types got there first.

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The Rise of the Imperial Regulator

Outside the Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C. (Larry Downing/Reuters)
The week of November 15: regulatory creep, inflation, taxation, and much, much more.
I was going to write this week about the president’s, uh, ambitious claim that some sort of conspiracy was behind the increase in the oil price, but numerous NR types got there first.

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The Rise of the Imperial Regulator

Outside the Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C. (Larry Downing/Reuters)
The week of November 15: regulatory creep, inflation, taxation, and much, much more.
I was going to write this week about the president’s, uh, ambitious claim that some sort of conspiracy was behind the increase in the oil price, but numerous NR types got there first.

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PETER HITCHENS: The outgoing UK Border Chief had one job – and he didn’t believe in it 

PETER HITCHENS: The outgoing UK Border Chief had one job – and he didn’t believe in it
By Peter Hitchens for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 18:59 EST, 20 November 2021 | Updated: 19:03 EST, 20 November 2021

I like borders and I have always been glad to live on an island guarded by deep salt water. In the end it is the sea, and the Navy we used to have, which have kept us safe all these centuries from tyrants and conquerors.
I have visited 57 countries, and also lived with my family in two nations apart from this one, my home.

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