MITCH MCCONNELL REPUBLICAN LEADER
— Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders Delivers Republican Address to the Nation
— Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders rips Biden as more interested in ‘woke fantasies’ than reality. Youngest governor gives State of the Union response to oldest President. – Seth McLaughlin
— China trade hawks hit hard reality of trying to curb U.S. investment in Beijing – Haris Alic
— Border Patrol leaders say they need more border wall. Sector chiefs undercut Biden’s stance. – Stephen Dinan
— 10,000 cartel drones detected crossing U.S. border last year – Stephen Dinan
— U.S. companies should not continue to fuel China’s strength – Rosa DeLauro and Michael McCaul
— Border insurrection demands action – Tom Homan
— OUTRAGEOUS: Courts upend bans on drug users, domestic abusers from owning guns – Alex Swoyer
— Americans’ civil right to be free from crime. Democrats have halted U.S. commission’s work on violence spike. – J. Christian Adams
— ‘Do something’: Biden renews calls for Congress to ban assault weapons
— Full Text: Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ GOP Response to Biden’s State of the Union – JACOB BLISS
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacks ‘radical left’ in GOP State of the Union response – UPI
— University of Illinois Puts over $1 Million Towards Social Justice Projects – SPENCER LINDQUIST (COMMENT: Under Illinois Democrats, expect that ever-increasingly, the more of the following that applicants are, the less likely that the University of Illinois will accept them: heterosexual, conservative, Republican, White, male, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— SOTU: Biden Pushes ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban in Response to Pistol Attack – AWR HAWKINS
— GOP rebuttal: Sarah Sanders claims radical left forcing Americans to worship ‘false idols’ – Samuel Smith
— Biden tells Congress to restore abortion ‘right’ Supreme Court ‘took away’: ‘It’s our duty’ – Michael Gryboski
— Sarah Sanders Slams Biden’s ‘Left-Wing Culture War’ in State of the Union Response – Mary Margaret Olohan
— Breaking Down Biden’s State of the Union Speech: What He Got Right, Where He Missed Mark – Virginia Allen
— Biden’s Misguided Policies in State of the Union Address – Peter Parisi
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Suggests Border Patrol Agents Should Be Fired for Working With SPLC-Designated ‘Hate Groups’ – Tyler O’Neil
— Freedom vs. ‘More Government Control’: Gov. Sanders Delivers GOP Rebuttal to Biden’s State of the Union – John Haughey
— NumbersUSA Calls on McCarthy to Get Border Security Bill Onto House Floor – John Haughey
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Until we have a mandatory workforce verification system–like E-Verify–in place, immigrants will have an incentive to come into our country through illegal means. We want and need immigrants to come to our nation to contribute to our economic success, but we must also remain a sovereign nation governed by the rule of law.” Chmielenski said Calvert’s proposed Legal Workforce Act has “actually been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Restaurant Association, and National Home Builders Association. These are organizations that tend to oppose additional mandates on employers.” Right now, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 22 states impose some form of “mandatory E-Verify rather than just requiring I-9,” he said, which puts the onus on employers to “become document experts. E-Verify is a touchy subject in the states but [mandatory E-Verify] would replace a patchwork of laws from state-to-state and go a long way” to addressing the nation’s immigration issues.)
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders Summed Up The State Of The Union Better In One Line Than Biden Did In An Hour And A Half – KYLEE GRISWOLD
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders Scorches Radical Left In GOP SOTU Rebuttal
— Heated Rhetoric At House Committee Hearing On Illegal Immigration
— Biden Touts Successes During State Of Union, Critics Point To Inflation, Deceptions
— Omar Not Just Antisemitic, But Also Anti-American
— As Buttigieg Edges Biden Out, Where Will Haley Land?
— Groveling: Mayor Adams Vows To Offer English Classes, Expedite Work Permits For Illegal Aliens At Brooklyn Shelter
— Chinese Spy Balloon Could Have Been Used For Prepping EMP Attack On US Nuclear Facilities: Expert
— New guide to corporate wokeness ranks 10 Illinois companies in the bottom – Mark Glennon
— The “equity” argument is so destructive in Chicago. It leads to more minorities getting killed and almost all students unable to read.
— Reporter William J. Kelly to Tucker Carlson: This is Lightfoot’s last chance
MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— No Members of Congress Representing McHenry County Received FTX Cripto Cash – Info for All in Congress Linked
— McLaughlin Introduces Bill To Require Witness Slips to Follow Legislative Content, Even If “Gut and Replace” Technique Used
— Pritzker Supporting School and Library Board Candidates
WEST CENTRAL REPORTER
— Illinois state Rep. Randy Frese (R-Quincy) on gun ban lawsuit: ‘The TRO preventing the new gun ban from going into effect has been upheld’
— COMMENT: Democrats say “State of the Union: Biden recognizes Brandon Tsay, who disarmed Monterey Park shooter and says He saved lives. It’s time we do the same. Ban assault weapons now.” On their way to abolishing the Second Amendment, Democrats want to register all semiautomatic firearms, then ban all semiautomatic firearms, than register all firearms, then ban all firearms, then confiscate all firearms from non-Democrats starting with non-Democrats who are heterosexual, conservative, Republican, White, male, older, non-poor, homeowners, married, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “A look inside the new migrant shelter in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood.”
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote vices in Wheeling.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Police Reform Seizes Spotlight at WTTW Forum as Lightfoot Once Again Clashes with Challengers.” I should write a book about those who hinted/implied/argued/shouted that TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois and Illinois Center Right Coalition were hate groups.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Of course we should not hire, we should not support, we should not retain any officer that is associated with any hate group,” Lightfoot said, adding that the department conducted a “fulsome investigation.”)
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Income tax ‘surcharge,’ other measures needed to pay down pensions, business group says.”
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Illinois Democrats push Illinois minorities to be pot pushers.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG PICTURES: Democrats say “Newlyweds pick Naperville as a base for their new dog and cat food delivery business.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Illinois’ ban on semiautomatic weapons spurs challenges to legislative shortcuts.”
JOURNAL GAZETTE TIMES COURIER
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Conservative groups look beyond Trump for 2024 GOP nominee.”
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Illinois Democrats push Illinois minorities to be pot pushers.
— COMMENT: Illinois Democrats push pot in Belvidere.
— COMMENT: Democrat say “Student Government Association proposed petition criticizes NIU’s efforts at inclusion.” NIU let me transfer from UIC in 1969 when I was 20 years old, but because of my bad demographics, if I was 20 years old today, I doubt that NIU would let me do that today. I am White, male, heterosexual, conservative, Republican, non-poor, Protestant (baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran), 100% German national origin, and my ancestors have been in America since 1844. Factors that encouraged NIU to let me transfer included I was a federal employee (Park Forest Post Office), a union member, draft avoider, and I had not been active in Republican politics at Crete-Monee High School or at UIC.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Amid growing concerns of what it’s calling NIU’s inactivity toward racism and lack of diversity on campus, the Student Government Association has proposed a petition to shed light on student concerns. The proposed petition was co-authored by Historian Atlas Babcock and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Olivia Newman and was developed in collaboration with feedback from Black student organizations on campus. The petition proposed highlights three issues with the university raised by students: “A lack of diversity and representation in campus staff and administration,” “performative activism” and “lack of long-term community support.” Among examples of student complaints are over-policing at Black events, a lack of Black representation among administration and staff, failure to provide upkeep to the BLM mural and more. Much of the discussion around the proposed petition centered on the university’s handling of inclusion in the past and what the SGA wants NIU to do going forward.)
DAILY EASTERN NEWS
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs attribute all the successes that White males have to their benefitting from discrimination against minorities and against females. While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my superiors were always under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians to give preference to their Democrat employees, and especially to those who were minority, female, and/or younger. If I had been a Democrat a minority and/or a female, my Democrat superiors would have promoted me into their Senior Executive Service, currently $183,500/year, long before I was 40 in 1988. I earned an MBA from Loyola when I was 27. I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt when I was 30. I earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul when I was 31. I passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in when I was 32. I became a licensed CPA when I was 32. Because I was not a Democrat, a minority, or a female, a) IRS did not promote me beyond GS-12, Step 5, currently $104,583/year, and b) GAO forced me to take a $21,863/year pay cut in today’s dollars, a downgrade from GS-12 Step 5 to GS-9 Step 10, currently $82,720/year, to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980, did not promote me beyond GS-13 Step 1, currently $109,732/year, until I was 38, and forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49. I should write a book about the aforesaid. I would cite my many Democrat coworkers who my Democrat superiors promoted over me who had a) less job-related work experience than I had, b) less job-related education than I had, c) fewer job-related professional certifications than I had, and/or d) had no job-related professional license.
STATE OF ILLINOIS
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Illinois Democrats push Illinois minorities to be pot pushers.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Morning briefing.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Afternoon roundup.”
— Trump attacks DeSantis in series of social media posts – Jack Birle
— COMMENT: Firearms are dangerous. Those who impair themselves should not Second Amendment rights.
— State of the Union 2023: Progressive response pushes immigration liberalization – Haisten Willis
NEW YORK POST
— 1619 Project couldn’t get more cartoonish even as a Disney project — oh, wait – Rich Lowry
— DeSantis, Inc. Underestimates Donald Trump. Like so many commonplaces one finds on the lips of talking heads, “electability” may prove to be a confection of partisans blinded by their own preferences. – Matthew Boos
— Can Donald Trump Win in 2024 America? – Steve McCann
BIZ PAC REVIEW
— DeSantis proposes $12M plan to fly more illegal immigrants out of Florida – Kevin Haggerty
CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY
— State of the Union attendees include Pro-life hero and target of Biden Justice Department Mark Houck – Joe Bukuras
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mark Houck talks to reporters outside the U.S. District courthouse in Philadelphia with his lawyers, Peter Breen (left), Brian McMonagle (right), and Andrew Bath (background) following his acquittal on two charges of violating the FACE Act, Jan. 30, 2023.)
— ‘End The Destruction Of Our Country’: Trump Responds To Joe Biden’s State Of The Union – HENRY RODGERS
— Floridians Have The ‘Right To Bear Arms,’ Not A Duty To Ask For Permission – DAVID HARSANYI
FEDERATION FOR AMERICAN IMIGRATION REFORM
— Biden Largely Ignores the Border Crisis He Created, While Calling for Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
— Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla.: Elected officials supporting open borders, defund ICE are complicit helping to aid and abet traffickers.
— State of the Union 2023: Biden touts infrastructure, American resolve despite attacks on democracy
— These 11 Examples of Defensive Gun Use Refute Notion of Second Amendment as “Suicide Pact” – Amy Swearer
— Refusing to Enforce Existing Gun Laws While Nullifying Gun Self Defense Rights
— Biden’s Fantasyland – Editorial
— Insult to Injury: Biden Regime Distributes Anti-Police ‘Black Resistance’ Flyers to Border Agents – ROBERT SPENCER
— Pro-Life Activist Mark Houck Plans To Sue Biden Admin For Harassment – Donny Ferguson
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “We took on Goliath—the full might of the United States government—and won,” Peter Breen, Thomas More Society executive vice president and head of litigation, said in a statement. “The jury saw through and rejected the prosecution’s discriminatory case, which was harassment from Day One. This is a win for Mark and the entire pro-life movement. The Biden Department of Justice’s intimidation against pro-life people and people of faith has been put in its place,” said Breen.)
— Our Union is Struggling Under Biden’s Far-Left Agenda
— COMMENT: Democrats say “In wake of Supreme Court Second Amendment decision, uncertainty plagues gun laws new and old.”
— COMMENT: Democrats crow that “Trump blasted the Club for Growth on Tuesday after his name was left off the guest list for the conservative anti-tax organization’s annual donor retreat.”
NEW YORK TIMES
— COMMENT: RINOs crow about their success in using illegals to drive down wages. If there were as many illegals back when I was young as there are now, they would have gotten the jobs that I got.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Biden faced GOP jeers.”
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 3. A jeer-filled affair It’s been 14 years since a Republican member of Congress appeared to cross a threshold by yelling “You lie” at Barack Obama during a speech to a joint session of Congress. Tuesday’s speech marked the continued trend toward partisan raucousness during what was once a much more staid affair. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), perhaps predictably, repeated Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-S.C.) outburst from 2009 when Biden brought up Medicare and Social Security. (It’s worth noting that Biden qualified his comments about Republican support for Scott’s plan by emphasizing: “I’m not saying it’s a majority,” but he was jeered anyway. McCarthy shook his head while seated behind Biden.) Biden responded to all this by suggesting it was an important moment, with Republicans so loudly taking issue with the idea that they would target entitlements: “I’m glad to see — you know, I enjoy conversion. When Biden brought up fentanyl deaths, he was met with a response of: “It’s your fault!” Republicans also took exception to his comments about other issues, including gun control and the border. The latter instance elicited a notable response from McCarthy: While he sat stone-faced for much of the speech, the GOP outcry drew a demonstrative blink from the House speaker, who shushed his conference. McCarthy earlier Tuesday had promised no “childish” games, specifically citing then-House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) having ripped up a copy of Trump’s speech after the 2020 State of the Union address. And as the speech wore on, we got a sense for why, perhaps, it got so contentious. In contrast to McCarthy’s shushing, Trump on Truth Social attacked “RINO” — Republican in Name Only — party members for “jumping up and down with applause for the wrong reasons!”)
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Illinois gun-ban incites challenges to legislative shortcuts.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “The evolution of the backlash against affirmative action.” Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs use Affirmative Action to get rid of Republicans.
WALL STREET JOUNAL
— Crime Is the Only Issue in Chicago Mayor’s Race. Lori Lightfoot says it’s going down, but all the other candidates said they wouldn’t rehire her police superintendent. – Joseph Epstein
— The Koch Network Dumps Trump. Americans for Prosperity won’t back him in 2024, ending an awkward marriage. – William A. Galston
— FRONT PAGE: COMMENT: RINOs crow about their success in using illegals to drive down wages. If there were as many illegals back when I was young as there are now, they would have gotten the jobs that I got.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Many small businesses say they are unable to hire enough native-born and naturalized workers and are paying a premium for migrant workers. . .A shortage of cooks and dishwashers prompted Luis Reyes, owner of Washington, D.C., restaurant Lauriol Plaza, to distribute fliers in subway stations and at bus stops in neighborhoods with large migrant communities.)
— COMMENT: Democrats say that “51% of women experience racism at work.” I should write a book about what my Democrat GAO superiors did 1980-1997 to turn my Democrat subordinates against me who were minority and/or female. They stressed that I was conservative, Republican, healthy, draft-avoider, non-poor, married. childless, Protestant, 100% German American, my ancestors had been in America since 1844, Crete resident 1948-1972, and/or Wheaton resident since 1978. All of my GAO subordinates were at least one of the following, and many were many, most, if not virtually all of the following: minority, female, younger, veteran, unmarried, liberal, Democrat, disabled, non-Protestant, non-German American, had parents who were recent immigrants, had significant financial, health, and/ or other problems, and/or were employees who my Democrat superiors wanted to get rid of.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Trump’s wall settles into a strange, costly afterlife.”
— COMMENT: Those who are anti-conservative oppose Nikki Haley.
BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
— Job-related education and training – Alan Eck (COMMENT: I worked for GAO 1980-1997, IRS 1971-1980, and Post Office 1966-1969. Extremely few of my coworkers took job-related courses like I did. I earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997, I passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, I earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, I earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976, and I earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970.)
CPA PRACTICE ADVISOR
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Illinois CPA Society Accepting Scholarship Applications.” If you did not get college scholarships, why was that? Because I worked as many hours as I could for the Park Forest Post Office while I attended UIC and NIU, a) my GPA was harmed, b) I was not in financial need, and c) I could not demonstrate any leadership qualities. Further, sports scholarships were out because while I could stand and walk, I could not run far at all because of a bone disease that I had.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: These scholarships provide essential financial assistance to qualifying accounting students across the state of Illinois and reward them for their hard work and academic success. Applicants must be junior, senior, or graduate-level accounting students enrolled at Illinois colleges or universities who demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, and leadership qualities.)