OKAY, it's Spring Break, and it's beautiful bicycling weather, so it's basically Later, Dudes around here (and, look, nothing could possibly get me interested in reacting to what The World's Most Pathetic High Court says during oral arguments, no matter the topic, no matter how much free time I have).
But, if I may, if you've saddled yourself with political bedfellows of the angry racist variety--and where are the polite racists of yesteryear, anyway?--you really don't need to score points with 'em first before denouncing their vile battlefield excrements:
There are really two Victor Davis Hansons. One is a cracking good military historian, the author of Carnage and Culture, the guy Hollywood calls when it wants to make sure it's got the Spartans' helmets right.
No. He's not. He's a small-town classicist milking the History As Simple Moral Tales for Children of All Ages scam real historians abandoned decades ago. And Carnage and Culture is a prime example, a collection of just-so stories about how White People won all the important battles except Cannae, which the Africans weren't smart enough to capitalize on.
Which, naturally, requires that we grade the Tet Offensive on a curve.
And, no; has anyone but Frank Miller ever called on ol' V.D. for anything? And that was just because Tom of Finland was already dead. He's got a fucking IMDB page, Dave.
The other is a conservative columnist who relies on the sort of rigor and research normally reserved for the dream journals of Twilight fans.
Please, please can we get ourselves a Press whose every cultural reference isn't pop trash? Like only 98% or something?
No. They're identically slipshod. And they're identical to all other "reasoning and rigor" on every public issue from every Republican of the last forty years. White People=Civilization=Great, except for your modern European. That's the Romney campaign right there, and he's the most rational of the bunch. Maybe you should ponder that. Maybe you 30-something Insiders who imagine racism is going to disappear from the Republican party when old coots like Hanson die off oughta be asking yourselves how old George Zimmerman is.