Category Archives: Entertainment & Culture

Jun
06
2016

When Refugees Get An Olympic Team

06, Jun

By Katie Kieffer

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Allowing refugees to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil won’t solve the global refugee crisis—but it will benefit political opportunists.

Last week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it had selected 10 athletes—four females and six males—to compete in Rio. The refugees will carry the IOC flag, since they have no common national flag. Continue reading

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Mar
30
2016

Sex and Gossip: Millennials Just Roll Their Eyes

30, Mar

By Katie Kieffer

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“Pervy Ted Cruz Caught Cheating!” The National Enquirer proclaimed last week.

Twitter erupted with the hashtag #CruzSexScandal.

To a casual observer, false claims of Cruz’s “5 Secret Mistresses!” might have seemed to sink his ship. But a new poll reveals millennials definitively favor Cruz over Trump or Clinton. Continue reading

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Mar
21
2016

Poor Millennials, Afflicted by Pauperenza

21, Mar

By Katie Kieffer

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“Affluenza” is the new term for youth who grow unstable due to wealth. “Pauperenza” is my term for Millennials who lose touch with reality due to poverty. Pop star Justin Bieber gets arrested in Miami Beach for getting high and clocking 136 mph while drag racing in a Lamborghini. Bernie Sanders fans pout and shout: Free College! Universal Debt Forgiveness! $15 Minimum Wage! Rich or poor, the kids are not all right.

A survey by Harris Poll last month found that Millennials fear taxes more than any other generation. 80% of young people ages 18-34 tell pollsters they shudder at the thought of paying and filing taxes. Yet my young peers clamor for programs that will ultimately raise their taxes. Continue reading

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Mar
07
2016

Cisco Kid-Pancho (Cruz-Rubio)

07, Mar

By Katie Kieffer


Choose adventure! Choose romance! Choose the Robin Hood of Washington: “Cisco Kid” Ted Cruz and his ideal sidekick “Pancho” Marco Rubio! My parents grew up watching two heroic Hispanic partners – The Cisco Kid and Pancho – fight crime in the hit Western, The Cisco Kid. My generation should encourage Rubio to join Cruz so this dynamic duo can beat Donald Trump – and then Hillary Clinton – and finally… win the White House!

Today I’ll make the case for Rubio to join Cruz. For Rubio supporters, this is Rubio’s best opportunity to influence this election. For those who want a non-Trump candidate to beat Hillary—without alienating Trump voters—a Cruz-Rubio ticket is also your best bet. Continue reading

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Feb
22
2016

Apple Is On Your Side

22, Feb

By Katie Kieffer

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Obama’s order for Apple to let him hack your iPhone is not about fighting terror—it’s about iPhone dominion. You deserve to know how an attack on Apple’s encryption technology threatens your safety. Continue reading

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Dec
21
2015

Star Wars: 5 Political Lessons

21, Dec

By Katie Kieffer

Image credit: “Star Wars at the Capitol, Washington, DC” by Photo Phiend on Flickr via Creative Commons.

Star Wars offers five priceless political lessons that the newest movie, The Force Awakens, reminds us to exercise. Grab your lightsaber and fear not: I’ll steer clear of spoilers as I explain how we can take back our American Dreams.

In Star Wars, as in politics, there is a “Force”—or power—that can be wielded for good or for evil. Jedis trained to use the Force for noble purposes, whereas the Sith exploited the Force for evil. Here’s how we can train ourselves—and our politicians—to use political power for good. Continue reading

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Dec
07
2015

Books With Benefits: Why Reading Is Healthy For You

07, Dec

By Katie Kieffer

Girl reading book in bed with tea.

Books are enchanting and relaxing places to retreat, dream and adventure—but they also nourish the mind and spirit. From success stories like Ronald Reagan to Dr. Ben Carson, today I’ll share two scientific reasons why reading books boosts your personal and career health…

You’re never too young—or too grown up—to benefit from reading. Today I’ll also explain why children benefit the most when mothers—and especially fathers—make reading a family affair. Here are two reasons to read more: Continue reading

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Oct
05
2015

Sports and State: Time to Separate

05, Oct

By Katie Kieffer

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All in favor of more separation between sports and state, raise your beer koozies and stop millions of dollars from being wasted on bad coaches and old stadiums.

I love sports and so do you. But it’s not right that you and I don’t have a strong say in how our politicians play ball with our money when it comes to renovating Stone Age stadiums or retiring awful athletic directors. I’m calling foul on plays like a Texas judge’s plot to renovate the Astrodome despite strong voter opposition. And I’m hitting the buzzer on schemes like asking taxpayers to subsidize the remaining $5.6 million on University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson’s contract.

Join me as I explain why we should be throwing more politicians into the penalty box. Continue reading

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Aug
31
2015

Jorge Ramos Wins “Victim Apprentice”

31, Aug

By Katie Kieffer

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Congratulations to Univision’s Jorge Ramos on winning Victim Apprentice! You succeeded in pouting and shouting your way to the spotlight.

Victim Apprentice is a real reality show hosted by Donald Trump—without Trump realizing he’s hosting it. Contestants are C-level celebrities who crave attention but lack talent. Desperate for a career boost, they metaphorically throw themselves in front of Trump’s car as he cruises down the highway—forcing him to slam on the breaks and bump into them. Continue reading

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Aug
10
2015

Caitlyn Jenner Schools Planned Parenthood

10, Aug

By Katie Kieffer

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Caitlyn Jenner just schooled Planned Parenthood on acceptance and transparency.

Caitlyn Jenner is a retired American Olympian formerly known as Bruce Jenner. When Jenner appeared on the July cover of Vanity Fair magazine with the caption: “Call me Caitlyn,” progressive elites began competing with each other to find the most creative way to call Jenner their “hero.” Continue reading

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