April 14 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— All Rauner’s horses, and all Rauner’s men … – John Kass
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-met-bruce-rauner-republicans-20180413-story.html
— At least 3 Southland districts (Country Club Hills School District 160, Thornton District 154, and Crete-Monee 201U) join Lincoln-Way on financial watch list, state school board says – Susan DeMar Lafferty
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-school-finance-reports-st-0405-20180414-story.html
— Acquittal of Greitens wouldn’t guarantee political survival – AP (DIERSEN: What have you been charged with? Have you survived? To end my career in 1974, my Democrat IRS superiors not only disallowed my partial day per diem claims, they hinted/implied/argued/shouted that my filing the claims was fraudulent. I won in 1977 (SEE: https://www.gao.gov/products/463866), that is, I defeated my Democrat IRS superiors, but by then, my IRS career was irreparably damaged. To further destroy me in 1978, my Democrat IRS superiors not only disallowed my education deductions, they hinted/implied/argued/that I my claiming the deductions was fraudulent. I won a split decision in tax court in 1979, that is, I defeated my Democrat IRS superiors, but by then, my IRS career was further irreparably damaged. The tax court allowed all of my graduate business courses, but disallowed all of my graduate accounting courses by creating a new rule that accounting courses are not deductible until you have taken enough of them to qualify to take the CPA examination.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-bc-us–missouri-governor-indicted-20180413-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DCCC chair Lujan said Trump will ‘talk about himself more than anyone else will’ – Lynn Sweet
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/dccc-chair-lujan-trump-2018-midterms-challengers/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Chicago Sun-Times promotes pot. To promote pot is to promote destruction.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/pot-topics-roundup-cannabis-news-marijuana-weed/

DAILY HERALD
— GOP consultant Chris Robling talks to Wheeling Republicans
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180413/gop-consultant-talks-to-wheeling-republicans
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Roskam newspaper publishes another anti-Roskam letter.
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180414/congressman-has-reason-to-be-worried
— Facebook’s default privacy settings are worse than Zuckerberg says – Staci D. Kramer (DIERSEN: What information about you do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes use against you? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes use the following information about me against me: I am a Trump supporter; Protestant (baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran); conservative; patriotic; Republican; American; White; male; old (born in 1948); non-poor; gun owner; draft avoider; 100% German American; my ancestors have been in America since 1844; federal retiree since 1997; former union member; American nameplate car owner; childless; pet-less; not a church member; I do not attend church services; I do not give money to a church; the federal government never promoted me beyond GS-13 and forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old; I lived in Crete 1948-1972; I have lived in Wheaton only since 1978; I am no longer a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster (MTRCC), Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, or American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member; I support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving), and the rest of the planks in the Republican Party platform and the Illinois Republican Party platform; I support the MTRCC resolution against video gambling; I oppose the promotion of 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; very few who say that they are religious, conservative, and/or Republican defend me; I send out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails; etc.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/business/20180414/analysis-facebooks-default-privacy-settings-are-worse-than-zuckerberg-says

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Openly carried guns not allowed at Illinois Capitol gun rights rally – AP
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180412/openly-carried-guns-not-allowed-at-illinois-capitol-gun-rights-rally
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Illinois is not an open-carry state,” said Beth Kaufman, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, which oversees the Capitol Complex. ”… They’ve been advised to not bring firearms to the event.” A group called the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans is spreading word of the gun-rights gatherings on social media. Organizers have permits for rallies Saturday outside 45 statehouses, including Illinois, said David Clayton of West Virginia, one of the coalition’s founders. The group’s event at the Illinois Capitol is set for 1-5 p.m. Saturday near the Abraham Lincoln statue at Second Street and Capitol Avenue. The rallies come less than three weeks after hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities to demand tougher gun laws after the February school shooting that killed 17 in Parkland, Florida. It’s unclear how many will show up — turnout predictions of national organizers are vastly higher than those of local planners. As of Thursday afternoon, 86 people had indicated on Facebook that they planned to attend the Springfield event. Clayton said a new gun law in Florida and similar measures being considered in other states threaten the rights of law-abiding gun owners. He said those attending rallies are encouraged to carry rifles — unloaded, with no magazines inserted — in states where it’s legal. “This is a very peaceful approach to a show of force,” Clayton said. “What that means is we’re not going to go there looking for a fight. We’re saying, ‘Look at all the people gathered here. We have a voice, too.’”)

 

NORTHWEST HERALD
— Democratic Party to protest GOP tax bill Sunday on Woodstock Square (DIERSEN: Government should encourage marriage and homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
http://www.nwherald.com/2018/04/12/democratic-party-to-protest-gop-tax-bill-sunday-on-woodstock-square/a4yh7u6/

 

HERALD & REVIEW
— Illinois has a $130 billion pension shortfall. Why aren’t Gov. Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker talking about it? – BGA
https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois-has-a-billion-pension-shortfall-why-aren-t-gov/article_73e4463a-a992-5865-8ee3-0a1190e1a448.html

 

ALTON DAILY NEWS & STATELINE
— TREASONOUS: Illinois Senate votes no to National Guard on border (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps side with foreign countries and their citizens against America and its citizens.)
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=263485#.WtHKrIyKSM8
http://www.mystateline.com/news/illinois-senate-votes-no-to-national-guard-on-border/1120667773

 

QUINCY HERALD WHIG
— Illinois school districts get ‘much-needed help’ in recruiting teachers – Deborah Gertz Husar (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
http://www.whig.com/20180413/illinois-school-districts-get-much-needed-help-in-recruiting-teachers#//

 

WMAY
— Bad Blood Remains Between Rauner and Ives (DIERSEN: Of course, if Rauner loses on November 6, 2018, his supporters will blame Ives and her supporters, just like Jim Ryan’s supporters have continued to blame Pat O’Malley’s supporters since 2002.)
http://www.wmay.com/2018/04/13/bad-blood-remains-between-rauner-and-ives/

 

WHIO TV
— Kids skip school for Cubs home opener, run into school-missing principal at ballpark – Natalie Dreier
https://www.whio.com/news/national/kids-skip-school-for-cubs-home-opener-run-into-school-missing-principal-ballpark/ZLvHA6Fp6X6vwZQStHGmhP/

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Rep. Jeanne Ives and Denise Rotheimer talk complainant rights – Greg Bishop
https://www.ilnews.org/rep-jeanne-ives-and-denise-rotheimer-talk-complainant-rights/video_d59d3e3c-3f39-11e8-8986-839274376f0a.html

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— SPOTLIGHT: 2018 Illinois Primary Recap (Part 2) Illinois is NOT a Dark Blue State – John Biver
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2018/04/spotlight-2018-illinois-primary-recap-part-2/
— Planned Parenthood: Killing the Pre-born and Perverting the Already Born – Tami Jackson
https://illinoisfamily.org/education/planned-parenthood-killing-the-pre-born-and-perverting-the-already-born/

 

REAL CLEAR POLITICS
— Budget Woes, Out-Migration Color Illinois Gov. Race – Hilary Gowins
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/04/14/budget_woes_out-migration_color_illinois_gov_race.html

 

NEWS BUSTERS
— Alt-Left Insanity: Companies Should Provide Pet Bereavement Leave – Matt Philbin
https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/matt-philbin/2018/04/13/alt-left-insanity-companies-should-provide-pet-bereavement

 

FOX NEWS & STANDARD REPUBLIC
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Trump now backs marijuana ‘states rights’ bill
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/14/trump-now-backs-marijuana-states-rights-bill-senator-says.html
https://www.standardrepublic.com/news/top-news-trump-now-backs-marijuana-states-rights-bill-senator-says/

 

NBC NEWS
— Zuckerberg’s testimony raises new questions about Facebook’s lobbying practices – Brandy Zadrozny (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, Republicans should not seek or accept money from lobbyists to oppose planks in the Republican Party platform.)
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/zuckerberg-s-testimony-raises-new-questions-facebook-s-lobbying-practices-n865726

 

MCCLATCHY DC
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say that America First policy is divisive. Anti-Trumps side with foreign countries and their citizens against America and its citizens.
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article208790409.html

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Who Is a Public Servant? Borrowers Have a Lot Riding on the Answer – Ron Lieber (DIERSEN: Are/were you a public servant. I was a public servant for almost 30 years 1966-1969 and 1971-1997. Ever since the beginning of time, public servants have been viciously demonized, viciously demonized, and viciously condemned. I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who have demonized, denigrated, and condemned me and my public service the most since 1966.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/your-money/public-servant-loan-forgiveness.html
— Facebook Takes the Punches While Rest of Silicon Valley Ducks – Daisuke Wakabayashi and Jack Nicas
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/technology/facebook-silicon-valley.html
— China’s Communists Rewrite the Rules for Foreign Businesses The party is strengthening its influence — often gaining direct decision-making power — over the international firms doing business in China. – Alexandra Stevenson (DIERSEN: From what I see, China would want Americans who do business in China to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/business/china-communist-party-foreign-businesses.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— School Is Expensive. Is It Worth It? For your kids, yes—at least assuming they graduate. But the author of ‘The Case Against Education’ says the benefits to society are vastly overstated. – James Taranto (DIERSEN: Was your college degree worth it? If I had not had a job-related bachelor’s degree, Firestone Stores would not have offered me a job in 1970, and Oldsmobile and IRS would not have offered me jobs in 1971. If I had not been taking job-related graduate business classes, IRS might not have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974. If I had not had a job-related master’s degree, if I had not almost completed the requirements for a second job-related master’s degree, and I had not had a job-related professional certification, GAO might not have offered me a job in 1980. If I had not completed the requirements for a second job-related master’s degree, if I had not earned a second job-related professional certification, and if I had not earned a job-related professional license, GAO might not have promoted me in 1986. If I had not earned job-related professional certifications in 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1997, my Democrat superiors might have gotten rid of me sooner than they did.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/school-is-expensive-is-it-worth-it-1523658384
— Look Out, Meghan Markle! The IRS Is Watching Some timely advice before a royal wedding that will raise daunting and complex tax issues – Laura Saunders
https://www.wsj.com/articles/look-out-meghan-markle-the-irs-is-watching-1523611800

 

FORBES
— Taxpayer Costs Soared as Illinois Public College & University Enrollment Dropped – Adam Andrzejewski
https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2018/04/13/taxpayer-costs-soar-as-illinois-public-college-university-enrollment-drops/#48b2698c1018

 

DAILY COMMERCIAL
— GOP should follow FDR’s example, purge extremists – David J. Meltsner (DIERSEN: Who is a Republican extremist? According to Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs in Illinois, in DuPage County, and in Milton Township, Republican extremists support all the planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) and should be purged. I should write a book about past and present IRP, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Central Committee leaders who focus on purging those like me who support all the planks in the IRP platform, including its traditional family, right to life, immigration, and Second Amendment planks.)
http://www.dailycommercial.com/opinion/20180413/david-j-meltsner-gop-should-follow-fdrs-example-purge-extremists

 

PEOPLE’S WORLD
— Sanders rouses progressive candidates with call to fight party establishments – MARK GRUENBERG (DIERSEN: What do those who dominate the Republican establishments in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois hint/imply/argue/shout about you? Those who dominate the Republican establishments in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois hint/imply/argue/shout that I am “too conservative” because a) I support all the planks in the Republican Party platform and the Illinois Republican Party platform and b) I support the Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) resolution against video gambling. Those who dominate the aforesaid reject the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, and/or other planks and/or reject the MTRCC resolution.)
https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/sanders-rouses-progressive-candidates-with-call-to-fight-party-establishments/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., roused a crowd of hundreds of progressives running for political office—from county board to Congress—with a call to fight back against the political establishments of both parties. “When we have the least-qualified president in our history and right-wing extremists in governors chairs, our job is to stand up, to fight back, to bring our brothers and sisters and friends and neighbors into the political process by providing hope,” he declared. “It is to transform America.” Sanders keynoted the opening all-day session on April 12 of a 4-day D.C. conference and training for prospective candidates, organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Some 450 hopefuls, more than half of them women, 18 percent of them unionists, 40 percent people of color, and 20 percent LGBTQ, signed up. And the union count doesn’t include those, such as two female county board hopefuls from Will County, Ill., and a congressional candidate from Nevada, whose fathers and grandfathers were unionists, or a third Will County candidate whose doctoral thesis was on how German and Irish immigrants created Chicago’s unions. Most attendees are first-time hopefuls, motivated by either disgust at the GOP-run Congress and President Donald Trump, duplication of the right-wing agenda at the state and local levels, or local issues the hopefuls said veteran politicians don’t address, such as criminal justice reform, good roads, infrastructure, child care, and well-paying jobs.)

 

NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
— TRUMP POISED TO PURGE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT – TOM BOGGIONI (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my Democrat superiors constantly purged their employees who were Republican, and especially those like me who were White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40. In retrospect, with benefit of hindsight, I am extremely proud that they failed to purge me for almost 3 years at the Post Office, almost 9 years at IRS, and almost 18 years at GAO.)
http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2018/04/trump-poised-to-purge-justice-department-a-matter-of-when-not-if-says-confidante/

 

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— How much free time do you have, why do you have that free time, and what do you do with that free time? – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

 

What you do with your free time (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leisure) says more about you than anything that you can say about yourself.

 

I have lots of free time a) because my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, b) because my Democrat GAO superiors successfully did everything that they could to assure that I would never get a job that was appropriate for someone with my education, work experience, professional certifications, and professional license, c) because I was denied my 7th Amendment rights in Diersen v. GAO, d) because my Republican U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, their staffs, and others dumped me, e) because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents, f) because my wife and I have no debts and we saved for our retirement, g) because my Civil Service Retirement System pension is $51,864/year, my federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy is $18,000/year, and my Social Security is $2,064/year, h) because I have good health, i) because I am not a member of a church, I do not attend church services, and I do not give money to a church, j) because my wife and I have not gone on any vacations since the early 1990s, k) because my wife and I do not have any pets, and l) because I do not exercise.

 

I have more free time because my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes succeeded in ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship in 2012, ending my Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership in 2011, ending my Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) webmaster service in 2010 and 2004, ending my Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership in 2007, and ending my American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership in 2004. Some of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes brag about their ending my aforesaid roles, but others deny it and hint/imply/argue/shout that I brought it all on myself.

 

I use thousands of my dollars each year and 10+ hours of my free time each and every day to put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out each and every morning and each and every evening. That is 70+ hours a week, 300+ hours a month, 3,650+ hours a year, and 36,500+ hours a decade. The emails are free of charge and contain no advertising. The emails promote religious principles, promote conservative principles, promote the Republican Party platform, promote the Illinois Republican Party platform, and promote the MTRCC resolution against video gambling.

 

Again, how much free time do you have, why do you have that free time, and what do you do with that free time? What you do with your free time says more about you than anything that you can say about yourself.

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.