— Gov. J.B. Pritzker knows what angry taxpayers need: Legal weed – John Kass (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes do? Mine talk and/or act like they a) did smoke pot, b) are smoking pot, c) want to smoke pot, d) want to kill all restrictions on smoking pot, e) want to make money selling pot, and/or f) want governments to take in lots of revenue from the sale of pot. As my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes waste away smoking pot, my future looks brighter.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: With economic refugees continuing to flee Illinois — we’ve lost more residents than any state in the U.S. over the decade — taxpayers have waited in vain for the political ruling class to explain how they’ll reverse the Illinois Exodus. But there were no answers from the ruling Democrats, Gov. J.B. Pritzker, House Speaker Mike Madigan and their Illinois Republican handmaidens. Until now. They’ve made weed legal. Logically, it follows that our wise masters want the people of Illinois to get stoned. Get stoned, Illinois. Thanks, Pritzker. Thanks, Boss Madigan. You’ve made Illinois into the Land of the Lotus-Eaters. What this means is that angry Illinois taxpayers can finally stop being angry. We can forget our mental anguish at being left behind in the Illinois Exodus by smarter, luckier people who got out when they could. All this reminds me of the companions of Odysseus in the land of the lotus-eaters. Once they bit into the lotus fruit, they lost their anger and wrath. They sat down and went to sleep. And taxpayers who remain in Illinois may legally sit in passive stupor before their video screens, waiting for Grubhub to bring Baja Blast from Taco Bell and playing “Call of Duty” until dawn. But don’t think I’m being critical of pot smokers. And medical marijuana users? I don’t mean you. If weed helps soothe your pain, do what’s best.)
— The government will try to count the entire U.S. population this year: Here’s what you need to know about the census — and why it’s so important for Illinois – ELVIA MALAGÓN (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have worked the hardest to drive out of Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, draft avoiders, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, and/or financial clout. I would focus on those who promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for opposing the aforesaid.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE: Illinois Senate President John Cullerton talks about Blagojevich, bipartisanship and changes brought by social media as his time in Springfield comes to an end – RICK PEARSON
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But ask the veteran Northwest Side lawmaker what he sees as the biggest change, and he replies: the digitalization of democracy — the growing influence of social media to affect policy combined with a decline in the number of media outlets covering state government. “It’s the difference from a representative democracy to a direct democracy,” Cullerton said. “So, the old model (for voters) is, ‘I’m busy. I’m hiring you. Go down to Springfield. Listen to testimony. Make your informed decisions. Every two years, I’ll check on you,’” he said. “And now, you just go directly to the legislator (who says), ‘We don’t need to listen to any testimony. I got 500 emails and 5,000 tweets retweeted saying I’ve got to vote for this bill.’”)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Democrats crow about their past, present, and future success in promoting vices. To be a Democrat is to be a vice promoter.
— ‘Don’t drive while high’: Officials ramping up cannabis education with billboards, social media advice – Robert McCoppin (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, you should NOT do ANYTHING while you are high. The higher that you are, the more likely that you will not only harm yourself, but that you will harm others.)
— 3 easy ways to preserve your serenity during the toxic political year ahead – Eric Zorn
— Conservatives ask judge to force Wisconsin to immediately purge disputed voters despite appeal pending – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
— 2020 brings higher labor costs for small businesses – AP
— OUTSTANDING: Pro-Trump rally scheduled in Algonquin, 1 of many across Midwest Rally one of many planned across the Midwest – DREW ZIMMERMAN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Put pushers encourage gun owners to smoke pot.
ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— The Winnebago County elected job no one wants Precinct committee posts prove tough for party leaders to fill – Isaac Guerrero (DIERSEN: I should write a book about what discourages conservatives like me from serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. According to this article, in Winnebago County, “Only 86 (23%) people filed to run for 378 precinct committee jobs up for grabs in the March primary.” In DuPage County, Republicans filed for Precinct Committeeman in 364 (39%) of DuPage County’s 930 Precincts. 2 years ago, 470 (51%) filed in those 930 precincts. 39 (57%) filed in Addison Township’s 69 precincts, 23 (56%) filed in Winfield Township’s 41 precincts, 50 (48%) filed in Bloomingdale Township’s 104 precincts, 56 (43%) filed in Milton Township’s 130 precincts, 29 (43%) filed in Wayne Township’s 68 precincts, 63 (40%) filed in Downers Grove Township’s 156 precincts, 48 (35%) filed in York Township’s 136 precincts, 34 (26%) file in Lisle Township’s 129 precincts, and 22 (23%) file in Naperville Township’s 97 precincts.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In the lowest-stakes election this voting cycle, candidates don’t even care if they’re thrown off the ballot. “If someone goes to the trouble of challenging my petitions and I’m thrown off the ballot, I’ll just get appointed after the election,” said county Auditor Bill Crowley, one of many precinct committeemen who didn’t trouble himself with getting the required 10 signatures this year. Precinct committeeman was once a job that aspiring politicians used to get a foot in the door of their party. These days, the elected position draws little interest. That’s understandable given the lack of pay and prestige and the generally minimal responsibilities. There are times, though, when the precinct committeeman plays a critical role. If a state representative dies in office or resigns, committeemen select a replacement. Committeemen historically have served as the foot soldiers of the two major parties, walking their neighborhoods to hand out literature and talk up their candidates. The lack of interest in the job troubles people who understand that committeemen don’t just build their parties from the ground up — they help nourish democracy at the grass roots. “As a precinct committeeperson, I teach people how to vote,” said Rockford Alderwoman Karen Hoffman, D-8, who also serves as a precinct representative in Ward 8, Precinct 3. She’ll be on the March ballot to keep that job. “I go out and I say, ‘OK, guys, if you’re not registered to vote, here’s what you need to do, here’s where you need to go, this is the deadline.’ I speak to people about early voting all the time. My whole purpose is to get out the vote. You’d be surprised how many people don’t understand the voting process. “Hopefully, after listening to me they’ll vote for Democrats — that’s my hope,” Hoffman said. “But I just want people to vote, no matter how they vote, to be a part of the process. My whole purpose is to teach and train people to vote and become involved in the election process. And if you don’t want to do that, then you really shouldn’t complain.” Only 86 people filed to run for 378 precinct committee jobs up for grabs in the March primary. (A committeeman, though elected, is a party official, not a government official.) Nearly a quarter of the 86 didn’t bother to obtain the minimum 10 signatures on their nominating petitions as required by law. Linda Lundquist, running in Ward 8, Precinct 4, is one who takes the job seriously. “When I went knocking door to door collecting signatures, I met some people who shared with me that they don’t like to get involved in politics,” Lundquist said. “But like it or not, we are all involved in politics. Now, whether we choose to be engaged is another matter entirely. But I think that the more of us who are engaged in our government, the more that our government will reflect all of us. Because when we are engaged and when we are involved, our government and our politics becomes so much richer. And the community is richer because the government truly reflects all of us.” Lundquist is something of an overachiever — she obtained nearly 150 signatures. “Wow. That’s a lot of door knocking,” Crowley said. “That’s remarkable.” Crowley obtained just one signature — his own — on his nominating petition. He and dozens of other precinct committee candidates will be elected in March even though they didn’t collect the 10 voter signatures required by state law. A resident of Crowley’s precinct could have filed paperwork by Dec. 9 to challenge the validity of his petition and knock him off the ballot, but no one did. “The trouble is, we can’t get enough people to run for precinct committeeman,” Crowley said. “I mean, we can’t give these positions away. And we’re giving them away.” The job’s low profile doesn’t help, either. “The precinct committee system is a very arcane system and very few people understand how it works,” said Charles Laskonis, chairman of the Winnebago County Democratic Central Committee. “Sometimes, I guess it’s just the political wonks that consider it cool to run for precinct committeeman, just so they can say that they’re part of the political process.” Rock Valley College trustee Gloria Cudia, a Republican, collected nine signatures on her petition to represent Ward 10, Precinct 2 in Rockford. Rockford Alderman Tuffy Quinonez, D-11, obtained only two signatures on his petition to represent Ward 11, Precinct 1. He could have had three signatures if he had simply put his own John Hancock on the petition, but he didn’t bother. Crowley, Cudia and Quinonez said they simply didn’t have time to obtain 10 signatures while juggling hectic schedules as the Dec. 2 filing deadline approached. Crowley knows the drill better than most. He has served as a Democratic precinct committeeman for decades. He’s running for re-election next year to keep his county auditor job. He’s also seeking a precinct committee post in Harlem Township. Even after appointments, however, most precinct positions remain vacant. “Try finding a Democrat who wants to run for Burritt Township precinct committeeman,” said Laskonis, referring to the sparsely populated township that’s home to far more cornstalks than humans and far more registered Republicans than Democrats. “You can’t even find someone to appoint to that job. Maybe there’s someone. But I haven’t found them.” A good precinct committeeman may be hard to find these days, but there’s really no need to worry, said state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford. “There’s a lot of people out there who volunteer for campaigns and they basically do the role of the precinct committeeman, but without the official title,” Syverson said. “They get out there and they walk door to door and they’re actively supporting party candidates. They’re doing the same work for individual candidates, just not through the local party infrastructure. So it’s really the role of the political party to encourage and help people understand why it’s important to do this grass-roots kind of work.” Either way, there are plenty of benefits to walking around your block and introducing yourself to your neighbors, Lundquist said. “I feel good about Rockford, in general,” Lundquist said. “There’s so many good things happening in Rockford, really. But in my small neck of the woods, in my precinct, I felt so good after knocking on doors and meeting all these people who are my neighbors. “I wish everyone would do this because everyone would feel better about the state of the world,” she said. “You’d see we’re in much better shape than what is sometimes shown to us.”)
DEKALB DAILY CHRONICLE
— Sycamore man won’t take down Trump banner sprayed with ‘Vote Bernie’ ‘Politics has ratcheted up to such a degree it’s turned into something where you hate your neighbors’ – KEVIN SOLARI (DIERSEN: If you displayed a Trump sign at your home, what would the Trump-haters in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county do to you and do to your sign?)
— Illinois to Indiana: Weed is still illegal, police on the lookout – Lauren Kostiuk
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe to push pot.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
NEWS CHANNEL 20
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
PEORIA PUBLIC RADIO
— Illinois Congressmen Join In Call For Supreme Court to “Reconsider” Roe v. Wade – TIM SHELLEY
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A lone Democrat joined Illinois’ House Republican delegation in signing a legal brief calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to “reconsider” the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion access nationwide. More than 200 members of both houses of Congress signed the amicus brief filed with the high court on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Chicago) joined Illinois Republicans Darin LaHood, Adam Kinzinger, Rodney Davis, Mike Bost and John Shimkus.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Illinois public schools to do more to promote LGBTQ activity in 2020.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
— March for Life Chicago moves location, expands events – Michelle Martin
— Lieutenant Governor Stratton’s Shameful First Day With Legal Marijuana – Mark Glennon
— New IRS data release: Record losses of taxable income and taxpayers for Illinois – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Suggestions for Alternative to Woodstock’s Bag Tax
— McClellan’s Legal Ability Questioned in Analysis of Next Filing to Reveal Identifies of McHenry County Blog Commenters – Part 2
— IL-14: Catalina Lauf and James Marter Quick to Support President Trump’s Decisive Action in Iraq
— IL-14: James Marter Pulls Out 18-Year-Old Attack on Jim Oberweis on Abortion
— GOP 6TH CD CANDIDATE JEANNE IVES RESPONDS TO US AIR STRIKE
— COMING TO IL: CANNABIS-RELATED PSYCHOSIS, ADDICTION, ER VISITS
— LGBT FLAGS HANDED OUT AT SCHOOL, KIDS REBEL AND RAISE CONFEDERATE FLAG
— Gabbard joins Yang and throws cold water on Democratic impeachment efforts – Becket Adams
— Is the Democratic Party still the party of diversity? – Kaylee McGhee (DIERSEN: To get votes from minorities, females, those who are younger, those who are LGBTQers, those who have less money than others, those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time, those who are not Protestant, those who are not German American, those who have financial, health, and/or other problems, those who are moderate or liberal, those who are veterans, those who say that they are not gun owners, etc., Democrats and RINOs promise to use government to give preference to the aforesaid big time by taking money, opportunities, etc. away from Republicans.)
— Trump rakes in cash with impeachment boost – Chris Stirewalt
— Washington Post Writer Can’t Figure Out Why Trump Supporters Won’t Talk To Her In corporate media, conservative women are simply presumed to be bigoted, or stupid, or who cares, as long as it’s an opportunity to trivialize them. – Casey Chalk
— Addressing Islam’s role in rising urban black anti-Semitism. – Andrea Widburg
ACCURACY IN MEDIA
— San Diego State University removes Nation of Islam leader from a list of suggested speakers
— Trump-Hating Leftists Usher in New Year of Trump Hatred – David Limbaugh (DIERSEN: If you displayed a Trump sign at your home, what would the Trump-haters in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county do to you and do to your sign?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What drugs are prescribed for you that are also prescribed for Bernie Sanders? Recently, atorvastatin ( https://www.drugs.com/atorvastatin.html ) has been prescribed for me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Sanders takes atorvastatin, aspirin, clopidogrel, levothyroxine, and lisinopril every day, and has in the past been treated for a cyst on his vocal cord and two hernias.)
NEW YORK TIMES
— Biden Warns About Disinformation After Misleading Video – Katie Glueck (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is disinformation and misleading, except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. Because my critics/opponents cannot manipulate or dominate me, my critic/opponents focus on destroying me and destroying my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
— The Case for a One-Term Joe The quickest way to get a President Stacey Abrams or President Pete Buttigieg is to first elect a President Biden. – Timothy Egan
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters condemn Trump and condemn everyone who does not hate Trump.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers use booze to push pot.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hispanics at Harvard unite to protect Hispanics at Harvard. During the 1980s and 1990s, GAO employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who had not made GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40 DID NOT UNITE TO PROTECT THE AFORESAID. Instead, to keep their jobs as long as possible, virtually all of them “cut deals” with their superiors. Most commonly, they agreed to help their superiors get rid of their employees like me who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who had not made the aforesaid promotion deadlines.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Demographic Shift Poised to Test Trump’s 2020 Strategy Base of white, working-class voters projected to decline and be replaced by Democratic-leaning groups – Aaron Zitner and Dante Chinni (DIERSEN: How bad are your demographics? Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters encourage everyone to dump those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. I should write a book about those in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois who ever-increasingly dump the aforesaid.)
— Drug Prices Climb by 5.8% on Average, Less Than Last Year Pfizer led the way with increases of over 9% on more than 40 products, according to a new analysis – Jared S. Hopkins
— Transit Systems Take On Role as Homeless Advocates As number of people living on the streets rises, many transit officials worry about social welfare as well as trains and buses – Paul Berger (DIERSEN: How much have you used public transit? I used public transit a lot in 1971 and 1973-1997. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who hint/imply/argue/shout that they would never stoop to use public transit.)
— Blackouts, Disasters Give Generators a Sales Boost California’s wildfires raised demand for auxiliary power at businesses and cell towers – Bob Tita and Jim Carlton
— ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ ‘I have long been particularly concerned with the lack of intellectual diversity at the law school.’ – Stephen Bainbridge
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As regular readers know, I’m up for a merit raise at UCLAW this year and am now required to submit a statement of how I contribute to the University’s goals in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I have just emailed the statement to the administration. It reads as follows: “Although I am aware and respectful of the many dimensions within which a university properly seeks a diverse faculty and student body, I have long been particularly concerned with the lack of intellectual diversity at the law school. A survey of U.S. law professors in general found that white Democratic professors (both male and female), Jewish professors, and nonreligious professors ‘account for most (or all) of the overrepresentation among racial, gender, religious, and ideological groups in law teaching.’ The groups that ‘account for most of the underrepresentation among racial, gender, religious, and ideological groups in law teaching’ are Republicans (both male and female), Protestants, and Catholics. This disparity persists even though ‘religious and political diversity are probably more important for viewpoint diversity than gender diversity and roughly as important as racial diversity.’)
— Census 2020 Tests Social-Media Giants’ Ability to Combat Disinformation Facebook, Google and others roll out initiatives designed to help protect U.S. population count – Sarah E. Needleman (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is disinformation except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. Because my critics/opponents cannot manipulate or dominate me, my critic/opponents focus on destroying me and destroying my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
— How to survive the coming retirement crisis – Allison Schrager (DIERSEN: The purchasing power of my Civil Service Retirement System pension and my Social Security decreases every year because cost of living adjustments are much less than inflation.)