Common Sense Dictates Millennials’ Driving Habits

By Katie Kieffer
Car driving in Chicago along East Wacker Drive.

Image credit: “Another View of East Wacker Drive” by Jonathan on Flickr via Creative Commons.

Common sense is making a comeback among Millennials, who would rather cruise the open road in a gas-propelled hot rod than text, hug a tree, or drive a Tesla. Democrats and Republicans alike make the mistake of believing that Millennial drivers eschew common sense. For example, Gov. Mark Dayton (D-MN) thinks he will increase his popularity by pushing a massive gas tax that would add at least 16 cents to the price of every gallon. Meanwhile, in his own pathetic attempt to become one of the cool kids, Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-MN) was recently photographed standing beside his shiny new Tesla electric sports car. Like every good elite who tries to maintain his “public servant” image while driving a flashy sports sedan, Garofalo told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Tesla’s line of electric vehicles are beneficial to both humans and the environment. (Garofalo failed to note Tesla’s heavy reliance on government subsidies or Tesla’s rocky track record in proving the technological, environmental or economic superiority of its vehicles.) Many Republican strategists incorrectly believe that Millennials like myself are bleeding heart environmentalists. As we head into the 2016 elections, it’s important to understand that Millennials are actually common sense conservationists. My generation of 95 million Americans has the power to determine future elections—and it is in the interest of independents and conservatives to understand what we really think. MTV recently conducted a study finding that Millennials are more passionate about driving than texting—and that, given a choice, 72% of Millennials would rather abstain from texting for a week than forgo the freedom to drive for seven days. According to the MTV study, 75% of Millennials enjoy the freedom of cruising the open road and most of them are skeptics of so-called “green,” electric and fuel-efficient cars. Millennials told MTV pollsters that they do not believe fuel-efficient or electric technology is a practical long-term solution for American drivers. Millennials may be young, but we aren’t dumb. We know that many of the fuel-efficient car companies (i.e. Fisker and A123) have succumbed to bankruptcy and technology glitches—even after ample help from taxpayers. We know that Tesla turned out to be an example of how President Obama took money out of the economy to gamble on helping the already-rich get richer, particularly men who backed his 2008 presidential bid, like Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Lastly, we know that a group of respected scientists recently published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing that ethanol- and electric-powered cars can be dirtier than those propelled by gasoline. Even green energy that is unrelated to motor vehicles has been shown to be harmful to the environment. For example, windmills are responsible for killing over 573,000 birds annually. It’s no wonder that Millennials hesitate to entrust their own bodies to the same technology that kills their feathered friends. At the Detroit auto show last month, muscle cars made a big comeback with new hot rods and high-performance sports cars like the Acura NSX, the Ford GT and Fiat Chrysler’s 700-horsepower “Hellcat.” Much like their Baby Boomer parents, Millennials will be a generation that falls in love with the All-American muscle car. Millennials are also becoming oil entrepreneurs, as I’ve written about in the past. Given that 14.4% of Millennials are unemployed—and 70% aspire to become entrepreneurs, Millennials tend to be economically vigilant individuals who place a high value on personal freedom. This is a generation that seeks to care for themselves and the planet via meaningful careers—without giving up the joy that comes from driving safe, fast and efficient gas-propelled cars. To further illustrate my point, I’ll employ the help of Kim Kardashian—whom you may know as the attractive Millennial woman who is famous for being famous. Kardashian is often spotted pumping her own gas—and it isn’t merely a publicity stunt to showcase her derrière. Like most Millennials, Kardashian loves the freedom of cruising the open road. Despite the fact that many of her fans are Millennials, you have yet to see a trend where Kardashian repeatedly poses for the Paparazzi while riding public transportation, Instagrams herself while standing in a field of windmills, or Tweets herself while filling the tank of a tiny electric coupe. You may have seen an episode of the reality TV shows Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Kourtney and Kim Take New York. But you will never see Kourtney and Kim Take The Bus—because that’s not a commercially viable concept. Millennials don’t want to “go green” if it means “going naive.” In other words, they aren’t going to fall for so-called energy efficient technology if they know it is harmful to the economy (requires massive taxpayer subsidies); is technologically unproven; and is detrimental to the environment. For Millennials, common sense is ruling the road.


Why Orthodox Jewish Women are Happy

By Katie Kieffer
Orthodox Jewish Community

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Orthodox Jewish women and conservative Muslim women both follow modesty rules, but Orthodox Jewish women are devout without abandoning their individuality and civil liberties. 26-year-old Hayat Boumedienneis the suspected accomplice in last week’s 3-day terror attack in Paris, France. Her common law husband, Amedy Coulibaly, murdered four Jews and a policewoman in a kosher Paris market. Boumedienne is now the poster girl for young, insecure Western women who abandon Western mores for radical Islam. Boumedienne’s close friend described her to France24 News as an emotional basket case “who often cries and has little confidence in herself.” After discarding her string bikini for a niquab and a crossbow, she became violent instead of loving and merciful. In other words, her radical religious zeal seemed to make her more dark and vengeful than serene and peaceful. Orthodox Jewish women in France now feel unsafe practicing their faith in public. Jewish women are emigrating from France to Israel in historically high numbers even as scores of young French women are being recruited by ISIS. It is crucial for you and me to ask whether political correctness is misleading women. Orthodox Jewish women who meticulously follow the Torah abide by “tznius” or modesty laws that direct them to wear stockings, skirts or dresses that fall below the knees as well as blouses that cover their elbows and collarbone. But the Orthodox Jewish woman’s face is always unmasked: her mouth is unrestricted, showing that her religious community values her voice and opinion; she is a unique individual; she is equal to men. A woman who is free to speak her mind would not feel compelled to cover her mouth with a black cloth. Orthodox Judaism recognizes that allwomen have a natural right to free speech, and therefore does not ask women to hide their mouths. Orthodox Jewish women who cover their hair with a wig after marriage are saving some parts of their beauty for their marriage—while retaining their freedom and distinct personalities. Even after marriage, Orthodox Jewish women retain their individuality and their femininity: waistlines, the shape of the lower legs, the slenderness of the ankle and other curves remain visible. Extremely religious men who respect women as their equals do not say: “I’m not killing you because you are a woman and we don’t kill women but you have to convert to Islam, read the Qu’ran and wear a veil,” as a shooter told Charlie Hebdo reporter Sigolène Vinson. Hundreds of teenage girls are fleeing their families in the United States and France to become the wives of jihadist fighters in Syria. Emotionally insecure and underage women are being tantalized with poetic promises of love, acceptance and a chance to fight alongside men. They are being whisked from their homes only to find that they have been duped into accepting a one-way ticket to a life of cooking, cleaning and sewing for violent extremists. These young women do not realize that they are choosing a life of servitude under the guise of piety. No one has the courage to tell these women that extremely strict Muslims do not have a track record of respecting and uplifting females. Instead, politically correct politicians like French President Francois Hollande mislead women into thinking that radical Islam is just as liberating as Orthodox Judaism. TIME Magazine’s Paris reporter Vivienne Walt told NPR: “these are not women who have grown up in heavily religious families,” they are “girls who have been radicalized at a fairly young age and rapidly” and they are “married off to fighters” for whom they are expected to keep house. Walt paints a portrait of their lifestyle as more restrictive than liberating: “these very much sound like women from the 1950s.” Certainly there are many Muslims of integrity such as Lassana Bathily, a store employee at the kosher supermarket in Paris who courageously helped police gain control over the violence on January 9. When Bathily escaped from the supermarket to give the police a key to the store, the officers initially assumed he was Coulibaly. The police pushed Bathily to the ground and handcuffed him before realizing he was there to help. But we also don’t hear repeated stories of Jewish, Christian or atheist men attacking their wives with acid; stoning alleged adulteresses without due process; or refusing to let women drive. As individuals, we must reject political correctness in our elected representatives and ourselves. Instead of trying to please everyone, let us strive to live our lives as we see fit while allowing our neighbors to do the same. This means being tolerant of others’ words, actions and faith—as long as they do not use their faith to justify violence, coercion or sexism. Religious freedom, not radical relativism, is the key to happiness.


Selling Sex (Allegations)

By Katie Kieffer
Lena Dunham

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Lena Dunham and the federal government ain’t volunteering to advocate for rape victims; they would like compensation—in millions, please. Faceless and nameless men and women volunteer every day, all across the country, to counsel, shelter and heal sexual assault victims. Hollywood darling Lena Dunham is advocating for women too. But Dunham is neither offering women practical tools to deter rape nor taking a six-month sabbatical to volunteer at a woman’s shelter. She is offering a book, that women may purchase, containing her tale of rape. So, after contributing to Dunham’s coffer, a rape victim may read Dunham’s story in commiseration while crouching in the fetal position. Dunham’s latest memoir rushed to the top of bestseller lists, largely on the coattails of its most controversial section: the story of her rape by a Republican named Barry. There is nothing wrong with sharing factual stories with the goal of empowering women. But if you slander men in the process of drawing attention to females victimized by sexual assault, then you are aggravating the problem by fanning flames of animosity between men and women. “I don’t believe I am to blame,” Dunham said after all the facts indicated that the individual who she describes in her book as “Barry” is not a rapist in real life. More on that momentarily. The federal government is granting over half a million dollars to groups like the Magee Women’s Research Institute to study why “Obese girls consistently report having fewer dating and sexual experiences, but more sexual risk behaviors once they are sexually active.” Svelte girls go on more dates and have higher levels of sexual activity than obese girls because women who appear healthy are naturally more sexually attractive than women who appear unhealthy. Obama administration consultants like Jonathan Gruber think women are too stupid to decide for themselves whether to increase their dating pool by losing weight. Gruber’s groupies also know there’s a pile of taxpayer money to be stolen (er, I mean, raised) by pretending to care about women’s sexual health. Then there’s CA Gov. Jerry Brown, who keeps himself employed by birthing new legislation like “Yes Means Yes,” which makes it easier for women to accuse men of rape—while denying women the most modern and effective tool to deter rape, a firearm. Back to Dunham. In her memoir, she narrates her own date rape by using the rapist’s real first name as well as several other identifiers. Or at least she leads her readers to believe that the rapist’s real name is “Barry” because she does not inform them that she’s using a pseudonym like she specifically does when describing an ex-boyfriend. Dunham says she was aware of her attacker’s aggressive sexual tendencies and had already experienced a very invasive advance from him that, ironically, part of her “didn’t want to [stop]” before she asked him to spend the night at her apartment. When the ensuing sexual intercourse was “terribly aggressive” and he removed his condom, she felt duped. Dunham irresponsibly describes her attacker as a prominent Republican named Barry—despite the fact that school records indicate there was only one man named Barry attending her small liberal arts college in Ohio, and he happened to also be an active Republican. Dunham received so much pressure to correct the record that her publisher recently agreed to help cover real-life Barry’s legal bills and alter future editions of Dunham’s memoir to note that “Barry” is actually a pseudonym. If you care about protecting women from rape on campus, then you should support a woman’s right to carry concealed firearms on campus. Slandering men through careless reporting; writing empty legislation that makes it easier for women to slander men; and funding silly sex studies will not end the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. The million-dollar question is whether Dunham’s book would have done so well without a titillating story of rape tied to a verifiable individual who also happened to be a Republican. Sex sells in Hollywood. But allegations sell more—true or not.

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"Let Me Be Clear"

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Author Katie Kieffer signs copies of "Let Me Be Clear" in Dallas, TX.

Katie Kieffer signing books in Dallas, TX. Image copyright Katie Kieffer. All rights reserved.


5 Political Halloween Costumes

By Katie Kieffer
Halloween Pumpkin Mt. Rushmore

Image credit: “Mt Rushmore” by PumpkinWayne on Flickr via Creative Rushmore.

Halloween is four days before the midterms. Get out the vote with a costume that expresses your inner politico. Here are five fun political costume ideas that will spark a debate at your Halloween party—and remind your friends to vote for freedom.

1.) Naughty Czar

The CDC’s lack of transparency and competency in managing Ebola makes the classic “naughty nurse” costume off-limits. It seems thoughtless to dramatize the health care professions while an American nurse and doctor exert every effort to heal from Ebola. It is far more tactful—and provocative—to be a naughty czar. Czars are unconstitutional. Alexander Hamilton explains in “The Federalist No. 78” that the legislative branch controls the purse strings and makes laws, the executive branch enforces the laws and the judiciary branch “may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment.” So, the executive (president) is supposed to enforce the laws—not bypass Congress and work exclusively with an army of minions called “czars” who carry out his or her whims. For this costume, you’ll need a crown, scepter and a royal-looking jacket embellished with fur, tassels and medals. Add a name tag that says “Hi, I’m the Naughty Ebola Czar” and you’re all set! If you’re going as a couple, have your better half dress up as the notorious Susan Rice—Klain’s “naughty boss.”

2.) No Toilets Allowed” Billboard

Second Amendment supporters: use your First Amendment right to free expression to defend your right to self-defense with this costume. It’s also the easiest of the five costumes. If you’re short on time, cash, or both—this is your go-to political costume. Write with a fabric pen on both sides of a plain T-shirt (or a cardboard sandwich board sign). The front should read: No Toilets Allowed. The back should read: 40,000 people/year are injured by toilets. Time to reevaluate toilet policy? #GunControl #PuerileLogic

3.) CinderHilla

To make this costume, wear a Hillary mask and Cinderella’s brown maid dress and white apron. Hold a broomstick and tape a sign to the stick that reads: Dead Broke. Cinderella started out as a pauper, but she worked hard—with a cheerful spirit—and eventually was rewarded for her hard work. Hillary Clinton did not begin her career like Cinderella—sweeping soot with a broken broom while wearing a smile on her face. Yet, to hear Clinton’s recent interview with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, you would almost think that she thinks she’s Cinderella. “…we came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education, you know, it was not easy. Bill has worked really hard and it’s been amazing to me.” –Hillary Clinton to Diane Sawyer In the winter of 2001, as Hillary trudged out of the mansion that the taxpayers had lent her for eight years (i.e. the White House)—she clutched in her hand an $8 million advance to write a memoir for Simon & Schuster. Meanwhile, Bill managed to haul in $9.2 million in speaking fees that year. Clinton feigns to be a former pauper. Yet, she has lived a life of opulence while she and her husband’s actions and policies caused our country to go broke.

4.) Alfalfa (Law-)Suit

In case you missed the case of Starks v. Jimmy John’s LLC et. al., a woman is suing the sandwich maker for (no, I’m not making this up!) forgetting to add alfalfa sprouts to her sandwich on more than one occasion. For throwing a tantrum better than a two-year-old, the plaintiff will be awarded $5,000 and her attorneys will receive $370,000. Meanwhile other customers who feel similarly victimized may complete a form and receive a voucher for a complimentary side of chips, a cookie, a pickle or a soft drink. Protest the inanity of America’s hyper-legalized culture and wear a suit covered with alfalfa sprouts. Hold a sign that says something like: “I stand against stupid lawsuits. Don’t be a victim by suing business owners like Jimmy Johns for forgetting to add sprouts to your sandwich.”

5.) BO Cool

Forget Joe Cool. 2014’s hottest Halloween costume is BO Cool. Dress up like President Barack Obama, which is easily done by purchasing a presidential mask at a party store and accessorizing with dress pants, a blue tie and a white button-down shirt (be sure to roll up your sleeves!). Last week, former Daily Beast publisher Tina Brown told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that she feels Obama is leaving female voters “feeling unsafe” because: “they’re beginning to feel a bit that Obama’s like that guy in the corner office, you know, who’s too cool for school, calls a meeting, says this has to change, doesn’t put anything in place to make sure it does change, then it goes wrong and he’s blaming everybody.” [emphasis added] For extra creative points, carry a small stuffed dog wearing a collar that says “BO.” Because cool men accessorize with eponymous balls of barking fluff. Have a fun and safe Halloween, everyone! Minnesotans: Meet Katie on November 1 as she signs copies of her new book, “Let Me Be Clear,” at Dunn Bros Coffee, 919 Vermillion St., Hastings, MN from 1 – 3 p.m.


Laugh On 9/11 With Joan Rivers

By Katie Kieffer
Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers. Image credit: “RIP” by Fatima on Flickr via Creative Commons.

Joan Rivers crushed 9/11 terrorists by laughing. So should you. If the doyenne of dark comedy were still alive, the Republican Party would win the 2016 presidential election by nominating Joan Rivers. First, because the GOP would be running an octogenarian grandmother against a slightly younger grandmother (Hillary Clinton) and Democrats could not accuse Republicans of attacking Clinton’s age, sex or grandmotherhood. Second, because Rivers had a self-depreciating sense of humor whereas Hillary has a mean streak (think Clinton’s dismissal of cookie-baking housewives or her “What difference does is make?!” screech). Third, Rivers would have been more adept at handling the fusillade of terrorism threatening America. Sadly, Rivers passed away last week at the feisty and energetic age of 81. However, as we approach the anniversary of the 9/11/01 and 9/11/12 (Benghazi) attacks, let’s take a cue from Rivers’ healthy but unconventional approach to tragedy. Rivers’ mechanism for coping with casualty was laughter. And Rivers was no stranger to misfortune. She was fired (more than once). Her husband and manager committed suicide. When Rivers was in her sixties, she discovered that her 70-something fiancé Orin Lehman was cheating on her. As a Jewish-American woman from New York, she was panged by 9/11 and the Holocaust yet she remembered and honored the victims of both calamities with humor. She used jest to fight back; she defeated pain by inciting laughter. Even her darkest humor was never an attempt to trivialize catastrophe. She had a serious side as well. Rivers had “6M” tattooed on her inner arm to honor the 6 million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. Rivers once explained her motivation for encouraging Americans to find humor in 9/11 to her friend Kit Hesketh-Harvey: “I’ve got to do it. Because unless somebody does, America will go mad. Unless we laugh, they’ve won!” Rivers was right. Fear is debilitating. Fear compels Americans to accept futile government regulations (think pat-downs from TSA Snooper Troopers even as a terrorist manages to board a plane with a bomb in his underpants). On the other hand, humor is empowering and keeps us grounded. For example, a president with a sense of humor would be too grounded to blurt out ‘red line’ ultimatums that he would have to retract five seconds later. Humor is a particularly powerful tool for fighting modern strains of terror. Psychological warfare is the primary weapon of ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant). ISIL thugs are employing videos depicting the beheadings of American journalists like James Foley and Steven Sotloff to paralyze Americans with fear. President Obama’s approach to foreign policy is not grounded. Narcissism rather than humility (which is bred from a sense of humor) seems to drive his decision-making. Photo ops take precedence over the U.S. Constitution when it comes to foreign policy (think his decision to bypass Congress and release five high profile detainees from Guantanamo Bay). We now have a proud president who bypassed Congress to authorize military intervention in Libya and ouster Moammar Gadhafi. Result? Libya is no longer safe for American diplomats, and we have pulled Americans out of the country entirely. Meanwhile, members of the Islamist-linked group Libyan Dawn just released a video showing their militants hooting with laughter as they party in the former U.S. Embassy in Libya. Unless we elect a new president with a healthy sense of humor, America will continue to lose her place as a world leader. You and I must find a way to honor and remember the Americans who died on 9/11. One way we can do this is by sharing the true story of Benghazi with our Millennials in a language that will resonate with them so they do not vote for Hillary Clinton. The 95-million-strong Millennial generation will determine the results of 2016 presidential election, and we must educate them now. The second thing we each can do is to develop a Joan Riversesque sense of humor. If Americans view terrorism through Rivers’ lens, we will be less likely to be taken advantage of by U.S. politicians who exploit our fear to push new regulations upon us at home—or by ISIL psychological warfare abroad. “I love when they say I’ve crossed a line,” Rivers once told Times of London journalist Tim Teeman. “On the scale of 1 to Osama bin Laden, I didn’t blow up buildings. I made a joke about Sharon Stone.”


Jesse “The Baby” Ventura

By Katie Kieffer
Baby crying

Image credit: “Not that happy then” by Christopher_Hawkins on Flickr via Creative Commons.

Jesse “The Body”? Who’s that? I’m a Minnesota girl and I only know Jesse “The Baby.” In September of 2012, I listened to my home state’s former governor speak at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. I felt embarrassed for my state. Ventura showed up in jeans, a tie-dyed T-shirt and long, straggly gray hair that looked like it hadn’t been combed or washed in days. No, he wasn’t going for “California casual” with jeans in a blazer. On top of his multi-colored t-shirt he donned, not a classy sport coat, but a 90’s-style color-block windbreaker. He was trying and failing to look young, cool and hipster as he spoke to college students. Nearly two years later, Ventura has cut and washed his hair and polished his wardrobe. He’s swapped his rummage sale rags for a classy black suit and blue tie. His wardrobe may have changed but Ventura is still embarrassing me. He persists in making Minnesotans look like babies who drool when they draw out their vowels. Last Friday, Ventura won a lawsuit against the widow of late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Jejune Jesse complained that Kyle defamed him and permanently ruined his reputation. The question is whether Ventura had a reputation worth defending to begin with. Ventura has said: “Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers.” On his 50th birthday, Jesse Ventura showed up in with a crown of flowers on his head and a pink hula skirt swishing at his hips. When he was a pro wrestler, he wore a feather boa and apparently never outgrew the accessory. Dan Creed, who once managed the governor’s mansion, attested that Ventura would leave a pink boa strewn across his bed. Ventura is tough. He’s manly. He’s Teflon. Can’t you tell? In his book, Kyle describes a 2006 fight in a California bar after the death of Navy SEAL Mike Monsoor. Kyle referred to Ventura only as a “celebrity” in his book, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.” Yet, during his book tour, Kyle revealed that the “celebrity” who he punched in the bar for saying that the U.S. Navy SEALs “deserved to lose a few” was indeed Ventura. Oops. Life Lesson #999: Critique a pubescent man and be prepared to hear him bawl. And can Jesse bawl. Ventura sued Kyle for defamation shortly after the release of “American Sniper.” About a year later, Kyle tragically died when he and his friend Chad Littlefield were shot in broad daylight at a shooting range in Texas. Their murderer was a young Marine veteran named Eddie Ray Routh who Kyle and Littlefield were trying to help cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. After Kyle’s death, Ventura persisted with his lawsuit by suing the executor of Kyle’s estate, his wife Taya Kyle. Who sues a SEAL’s widow after her husband tragically dies? Moreover, who says “There are no winners in this trial” after winning $1.8 million as Ventura did last Friday? No one in America was thinking about Ventura until he sued the Kyles. Ventura’s reputation and earning potential were hardly tarnished for perpetuity; Ventura had already tarnished his own name for perpetuity. By 2012, the year he sued, Ventura and his wife reported $190,000 in gross income—down from the $3 million they reported in 2003. Ventura’s career was at a standstill and now he has gained cash and the limelight while Kyle’s wife will never get her husband back. Ever. If Ventura weren’t so greedy perhaps he could see himself as a winner. Kyle’s wife and children will get the last laugh. Her husband’s book is currently a number one bestseller on Amazon. Meanwhile Clint Eastwood is directing a movie (out in 2015) about Kyle’s life. If the movie does well, expect Ventura to go crying to his mommy. World Net Daily calls “Let Me Be Clear” one of 2014′s Top Books. Here’s the full story. “Let Me Be Clear” is available on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble or iBooks.


Socialism Punk’d Millennials

By Katie Kieffer
Millennial woman.

Image credit: ‘”Mirror of the soul” #11: Stacy’ by AP Photographie  on Flickr via Creative Commons.

“Here’s your drink, darling,” the bartender said with a smile. He seemed upbeat as he made drinks and greeted customers. “Do you like your job?” I asked him. “I hate it,” he confessed. “Honestly, I hate my job.” I keep running into young people who put on a show of being happy with their lives but, when probed a bit, quickly concede that their smiles mask trials. A few days ago, I met a young woman who told me she works as a hairdresser at two different salons while seeking work in her desired field. The next day, I met a young man who volunteers and bartends while searching for full-time work that utilizes his college degree. Millennials are the most highly educated generation in American history. We have more diplomas and more student loan debt than our parents and grandparents did at our age. Over a third of Millennials (a 40-year-high) are living at home with their parents as they struggle to find jobs and pay off their student loan debt. It’s crucial that Millennials hear the truth about socialism so they can dig themselves out of this mess and move on with their lives. Educating Millennials on Socialism vs. Capitalism Reason-Rupe released the results of a survey last week showing that 64 percent of Millennials favor “a free market over a government-managed economy.” Sounds like great news, right? Not so fast. Millennials need more education. When you dig deeper into the Reason-Rupe survey it becomes crystal clear that Millennials are still very confused about the benefits of a free market system and struggle to differentiate between capitalism and socialism. Despite the 64 percent figure, only 52 percent of Millennials told pollsters that they favor capitalism whereas 42 percent favored socialism. As you can see, despite saying they embrace free markets, many Millennials don’t understand that socialistic policies are responsible for the Great Recession and millions of young people conflate socialism with freedom. This is why, according to a 2014 Harvard poll, a slim majority of the Millennials who do plan to vote in the 2016 presidential election say they will vote for Hillary Clinton. On the one hand we have millions of young voters telling pollsters that they feel duped by the current administration and they support the free markets. On the other hand, Millennials don’t realize that Hillary’s socialistic policies would dig them into deeper economic depression. A Window of Opportunity Independents and conservatives have a major window of opportunity before the midterms and 2016 presidential elections to educate Millennials. In 1964, author and philosopher Ayn Rand was interviewed by Playboy Magazine and she defined socialism as a “doctrine which proposes the sacrifice of the individual to the collective.” Defined thus, socialism would repel Millennials—70 percent of whom say they aspire to become entrepreneurs according to the 2014 Millennial Survey by Deloitte. Conservatives and independents would be wise to inform Millennials how Bill and Hillary Clinton pushed many redistributive ideas, such as government-controlled healthcare, long before Obama did. Millennials need to know that Hillary Clinton would be Barack Obama 2.0. Young people will be shocked when they see that we can trace the entire economic crash to the socialistic housing policies of Carter, Clinton, (to some degree both Bushes) and Obama—but particularly, Clinton and Obama. Millennials are too young to realize this, so I tell the little-known story—and offer alternatives—using my own background in real estate. Please join me in helping Millennials realize the difference between socialism and capitalism—and why the former political system is responsible for the current economic downturn. Once Millennials realize this and get involved in public policy, they will move closer to moving out of their parents’ basements and finding jobs that they love. In a free market system, the only hairdressers and bartenders will be those who aspire to work in these roles—which will mean better looking haircuts and better tasting cocktails for the rest of us. Minnesotans! TONIGHT: Hope you can attend my MN Book Signing Event this evening, Monday, July 14, at Starbucks Coffee at 3450 Pilot Knob Road in Eagan, MN from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Bring your copy of “Let Me Be Clear” – available at your local Barnes&Noble store – and I’ll happily sign.


Marine-Artist “Sabo” Attacks Political Correctness

By Katie Kieffer
Breitbart California Launch by street artist Sabo

Image credit: “Breitbart California Launch” by street artist Sabo.

Former Marine and anonymous street artist “Sabo” uses paint and provocative posters to compel Americans to think outside the box of political correctness. Sabo is not a “kid-friendly” artist. His art incorporates the middle finger, a topless Wendy Davis “Barbie” doll, and Nancy Pelosi twerking in latex lingerie. But Sabo uses incendiary language and images solely to get Americans to think about hard issues rather than sweeping them away with political correctness. Sabo’s use of provocative words and images (as seen on his poster of a shirtless, tattooed, and smoking Sen. Ted Cruz) is in the vein of famous artists of the past—from Michelangelo to Picasso—who employed visceral emotion and shock-appeal to shake up their culture. One of the most important roles that an artist plays in society—peacefully and silently— is to compel his or her contemporaries to reflect. Unlike some street artists (think the UK’s Banksy)—who justify defacing public and private property to showcase their artistic viewpoints—Sabo displays his philosophical artwork via removable posters. Sabo relies on donations and benefactors to create his work. He hangs his posters up at night by himself or with the help of a driver. He has perfected various techniques for hanging the posters very high—such as on power lines—to ensure they stay up. Many of his posters are defaced or torn down within a matter of hours. No one is “safe” from Sabo’s artistic analysis. Sabo goes after popular Hollywood comedians for their (silent or spoken) support of President Obama’s inhumane drone policy. And he goes after those who physically assault gays—as well as the gay lobby—for very different reasons. Sabo is unhappy by the number of Americans who still struggle to find jobs four years into what First Lady Michelle Obama has called a “huge recovery.” Sabo maintains that the promise of “hope” has materialized into “cope.” And he’s frustrated by the current administration’s disrespect for private property through the use of no-knock SWAT attacks. As a former Marine, Sabo also uses his artwork to speak out in defense of veterans. Sabo’s VA Scandal poster depicts the “new purple heart” as a numbered paper stub similar to what you might get at Target or Walmart when you’re waiting in line to make a return. This particular poster hits a bit too close to home. News broke over July 4th that a veteran died in Albuquerque, NM when—due to standard VA hospital policy—he was forced to wait 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive although staffers could have transported him to the emergency room located just 500 yards away. Sabo says on his website that one of his overarching goals is to speak to the “young” and “urban” in their own language. Sabo deserves credit for attempting to reform his culture and catalyze discussion rather than simply preaching to the choir. After all, nothing will ever improve in society if we tiptoe around tough issues and pretend that political correctness will stop veterans from dying; foster equality or safeguard our natural rights. Sabo encourages individuals like you and me to get involved by speaking out, engaging in open-minded discussions and putting forth concrete solutions. I’ve tried to lead by example by using my pen to proffer hope and solutions in my new book, “Let Me Be Clear.” When we each speak out using our unique talents, we will heal our economy and revitalize our culture for the benefit of all.


Let’s Make Prolife Movies and Skip the Squirrel Selfies

By Katie Kieffer
Smiling baby girl.

Image credit: “Peekaboo!” by Josh Liba on Flickr via Creative Commons.

Would you like to see a documentary about women and babies, or my selfies with squirrels? We’ve all heard the critical news that Instagram may ban pop star Rihanna if she posts topless photos. We heard about a teen who attempted to take a selfie with a squirrel. We heard that James Franco kissed Lindsay Lohan and “it was lame.” Self-described journalists who give us the juicy scoop on Rih Rih, Lo Lo and Franco, have buried the story of America’s biggest serial killer, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, and the testimonials of women who have had abortions. It’s time for a breath of fresh air.

Empowering Female Choice

An unwanted pregnancy changes a young woman’s life forever. None of us may judge women who face this challenge. However, we can all do more to support the women in this situation. Because, when a woman chooses life and gives her child up for adoption, she is nurturing her own body and mind. Abortion is not a natural or healthy way to “deliver” a child. Thus, if a woman can carry her baby to term, she will reap life-long physical and mental rewards. Many women will continue to choose abortion due to financial, cultural or emotional pressures unless we do a better job of proffering kindness, hope and resources. Some feminists champion a “woman’s right to choose” while curiously fighting prolife groups that simply want women to have access to all of the facts about abortion’s side affects. These so-called “women’s rights advocates” bar women from hearing the testimonials from women who have had abortions. If we care about women, why not let women hear all sides so they can truly make a choice? On behalf of myself, my girlfriends and all young women, I want to promote a culture where every young woman has access to all the information about abortion’s side effects. Which is why I need you to help me spread the word about two powerful new documentaries.

The Gosnell Movie

Independent filmmakers are raising funds on Indiegogo to make the Gosnell Movie. Gosnell is a villain. His story must be told in the powerful format of motion picture. Dr. Gosnell is an abortionist who was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2013 for murdering seven newborn (live birth) babies and at least one pregnant mother. District Attorney Seth Williams described Gosnell’s actions thus: He “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord.” Greedy Gosnell preyed on the mother, Karnamaya Mongar, 41, and ushered her into his abortion clinic after two other abortion clinics refused to perform the operation because she was so far along. Racism, sexism and child-labor violations were par for the course in Gosnell’s clinic. Mongar had spent 20 years in a Nepal refugee camp before coming to the U.S. Because of Gosnell, she only spent four months in America. Gosnell’s nurses testified that he took better care of white patients than minority patients, justifying his racism as: “That’s the way it is.” The day that Karnamaya Mongar went into cardiac arrest, Gosnell had his “expert medical staff” on-hand, namely a 15-year-old teenager named Ashley Baldwin. Instead of hiring qualified medical experts, Gosnell worked Baldwin to the bone (50 hours a week) so that he could make the maximum amount of money possible. Baldwin helped with delivery when Gosnell was gone, performed procedures, ultrasounds and intravenously sedated patients. He essentially lied to Ashley’s mother and said that a “grandfather clause” allowed him to bypass certifying his staff. A real pimp. Lynda Williams, 44 testified that she worked for Gosnell. She said that if patients complained about the pain (his medications often failed), he would just give their legs a whack. And if a baby was born alive, she said Gosnell would order her to get out the sheers. ‘I only do what I’m told to do,’ she told the jury. ‘What I was told to do was snip their neck.’

The 40 Film

We also need to spread objective hope and education, which is where “The 40 Film”comes in. An investigative and emotional movie spanning 40 years of legalized abortion, 40 lets us hear both sides of the story. We hear from women who genuinely believe that abortion is a moral option as well as those who have experienced abortion first-hand. 40 answers the most salient arguments from the pro-choice movement and also humanizes the women who have made the choice to abort, and regret it years later. 40 give us new insight into young people—the Millennials who are essentially (according to Pew’s latest research) no more “pro-choice” than their parents. 40 shows us how many young people are taking it upon themselves to champion a culture that appreciates life from conception through natural death. You can learn more about 40 and how to bring it to a theater near you here. The federal government has no business involving itself in abortion or marriage. Likewise journalists could use their storytelling abilities to enhance society instead of handing the microphone to celebrities who kiss and tell. The Gosnell Movie and 40 are an answer to awakening a culture of life, hope, health, kindness, and genuine choice. Check out Katie’s new book, “Let Me Be Clear.” Preorder for early bird discount.


Give Her a Gun Valentine

By Katie Kieffer
Girl with a pistol

Image credit: “Girl with a pistol” by Chloe Moretz (Kick *** 2) on Flickr via Creative Commons.

Forget roses. This Valentine’s Day, give her a gift that shows you love her whole body and soul. Give her a gun. Your Valentine—whether she’s your wife, girlfriend, daughter or sister—deserves something very special. What could be more sentimental than a tool she can use to defend herself? When you give her a gun, you will be showing her that she is extremely precious and valuable to you. Of course, you don’t want to just hand her a Glock and say “Happy Valentine’s Day!” That would be neither wise nor thoughtful. Here are a few tips on how to make your Valentine’s Day gift both safe and meaningful:

For the Girl on the Fence

If your sweetheart is not so sure she likes guns, a pink AR-15 might be pushing it for a Valentine’s Day gift. You don’t want to scare her away from the idea of owning a firearm. So, ease her into the idea of owning a special tool for self-defense. For example Bling Sting makes stylish and practical pepper spray keychains that are decorated in red, pink, black or diamond bling. She can attach one of these “charms” to her purse or key ring for an extra dose of protection. Along with a fabulous pepper spray, you could give her a gold-plated chain with a small charm in the shape of a handgun. She’ll feel edgy and tough… and by the time her birthday rolls around, she’ll be asking you for the real deal so she can truly protect herself from an assault. And, just for fun, give her chocolates in the shape of ammo with a note that says: “Bite the Bullet! XOX!” (Be willing to bite the bullet yourself after this horrible pun.)

For the Gun Newbie

For a gal who is already a Second Amendment supporter, you won’t need to win her over. Nevertheless, if she hasn’t spent much time handling firearms you will want to help educate her. Unless she already owns a gun and is extremely comfortable using firearms safely, give her a gift certificate to a gun safety and firearm self-defense course before you give her a gun.

For the Gun Intermediate

Your sweetheart has handled firearms before and she’s already taken gun safety courses. She’s ready for her very own firearm. Since you’ll want to make sure that her gun fits well in her hand, you’ll need to ruin the surprise and take her to the gun store with you. Buying a gun is kind of like buying an engagement ring—it’s helpful to have the girl along with you because, unfortunately, her hands are not removable.

For the Gun Goddess

For the woman who knows more about guns and ammo than you do (though you’ll never admit it), a gift certificate for a conceal carry class along with a practical conceal carry holster or concealment tank top would be the perfect gift. A thigh holster is much sexier than a delicate, lacy negligee when you explain that you’re giving her this gift because you want to protect your most valuable asset—her. A gun or a gun-safety class is so much more meaningful than a teddy bear. When you give her a self-defense tool, you’re offering her a constant reminder of how much you value her and a present that will last far longer than a vase of red rosebuds. To bring Katie Kieffer to speak at your professional event or college campus, please follow this link to inquire about booking a speech.