Ralph ReilandI always thought lifeguard jobs were for cool guys in their twenties. Develop your abs, get tan, pick up chicks in the bars at night and hope for rain the next morning.

Every presidential election season, those of us who find ourselves less than enthused regarding the GOP’s potential nominees — conservatives — are invariably castigated by politicians and pundits alike as “purists.”  We are unrealistic, we are told by the self-styled champions of “conservative values” — the Anti-Purists — in expecting an “ideal candidate.”  We are reminded furthermore that should we decide to sit out the election or cast a “protest” vote, we will, in effect, have casted a vote for the Democratic contender.  When, as is usually the case, disenchantment with the Republican candidate stems from the perception that he or she is a bit too accommodating of “abortion rights,” the conservative is scolded for being a “one-issue” voter.

Another sign that the campaign for 2012 is in full gear is that President Obama is once again sounding the clarion call for “immigration reform.”

Every so many years, Democrats and the usual suspects in the Republican Party go to the greatest of lengths to convince Americans of the imminent need for what invariably amounts to a de facto amnesty for the millions of largely Hispanic immigrants residing illegally within the United States. 

Is man a spiritual being? Not according to Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and John Dewey. To them, man is simply matter in motion. In fact, Marx’s revolutionary philosophy is called Dialectical Materialism.

Sometimes you just wish that both sides in a contest could lose. Such is the case with respect to the latest revelation about Facebook: that it hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about Google. Writes Dan Lyons at The Daily Beast:

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