April 20 Morning Edition

— Bernie Sanders’ past isn’t right for America’s future – Gene Lyons

— Stephen Moore on being one of President Trump’s pick for the Federal Reserve: ‘I’m proud the President has asked me to do this.” (DIERSEN: Why hasn’t the mainstream media reported that Moore spoke at the Wheaton Bowl Banquet Hall Thursday evening, April 18, 2019, at an event hosted by the Illinois Conservative Union and Freedom Works?” 

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Boston-based medical cannabis company buys local dispensary – Brenden Moore 

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Corporations trying to cash in on 4/20 cannabis holiday – AP

— Liberal hypocrisy about sanctuary cities – Star Parker (DIERSEN: If Starbucks wanted to build a coffee shop in your precinct, how would the following voters in your precinct react: those who are a) rich, b) middle class, c) poor, d) Democrats, e) Libertarians, f) Greens, g) RINOs, and h) Republicans?) 
(FROM THE ARTICLE: According to a recent article in the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, Seattle spends more than $1 billion annually struggling with its homeless problem, “nearly $100,000 for every homeless man, woman and child in King County.” Yet, the article continues, “the crisis seems only to have deepened, with more addiction, more crime and more tent encampments in residential neighborhoods. By any measure, the city’s efforts are not working.” The author, Christopher Rufo, a fellow at the Seattle-based Center for Wealth, Poverty & Morality at the Discovery Institute, surveys what he calls the “ideological power centers” driving the discussions in Seattle about how to deal with their homeless. Not surprisingly, they are all on the left, and, of course, one socialist city councilwoman explains it as “how deeply dysfunctional capitalism is.” Seattle-based corporations, such as Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks and Boeing, in her analysis, “drive up housing prices and push the working class toward poverty and despair — and, too often, onto the streets.” The irony of this distorted analysis lies in tying it to the immigration crisis. Those massing on our southern border, trying to gain entry to our country, are pouring out from dysfunctional socialist Central American countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Capitalism and economic freedom are the answer, not the problem.)

— Illinois Voters Give State’s Top Political Leaders Mixed Reviews

— Rep. Grant welcomes Wheaton business owners as part of women’s recognition forum in Springfield – Glenn Minnis
— Rep. Mazzochi has confidence in GOP’s ‘cohesion’ in fight against Pritzker’s ‘depressive tax’ plan – Hoang Tran 
— Rep. Wehrli bill advocating for homeschooled students requiring work permits passes House – Kyla Asbury

— Dennis W. J. Curtis loses over $316,000 on sale of Glen Ellyn home (DIERSEN: Back in the good old days, that is, back in 1978, I sold my one bedroom Outer Drive East condo for a $10,000 profit and used that money to buy a new 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale and a new 1978 Chevy Chevette.) 
— More than 25% of Warrenville home’s sale price goes toward taxes
— Joel Schwab & Claire Lieberman lose over $115,000 on sale of Hinsdale home
— Tracie & Gary Rychanek lose over $144,000 on sale of Naperville home
— Gary Jensen loses over $261,000 on sale of Wayne home
— John & Louis Starmann lose over $133,000 on sale of Burr Ridge home
— Donald J. McFarland loses over $308,000 on sale of Hinsdale home

— Mitt Romney ‘sickened’ and ‘appalled’ at Mueller findings on Trump White House; Huckabee responds

— Nearly 4-in-5 GOP Women: Shut Down Border to Halt All Illegal Immigration – John Binder

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Top tech firms like Google, YouTube and Twitter partner with leftist groups attempting to censor conservatives. Like it or not, social media is the communication form of the future — not just in the U.S., but worldwide. Just Facebook and Twitter combined reach 1.8 billion people. More than two-thirds of all Americans (68 percent) use Facebook. YouTube is pushing out TV as the most popular place to watch video. Google is the No. 1 search engine in both the U.S. and the world. War is being declared on the conservative movement in this space and conservatives are losing — badly. If the right is silenced, billions of people will be cut off from conservative ideas and conservative media. It’s the new battleground of media bias. But it’s worse. That bias is not a war of ideas. It’s a war against ideas. It’s a clear effort to censor the conservative worldview from the public conversation. The Media Research Center has undertaken an extensive study of the problem at major tech companies — Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube — and the results are far more troubling than most conservatives realize. Here are some of the key findings:)

— Would ‘Sanctuary City’ Residents Allow Illegal Immigrants to Stay in Their Homes? – Ferlon Webster, Jr.

— Millennial Eschews Negativism, Counts Our Blessings

— The Memo: Mueller’s depictions will fuel Trump angst – NIALL STANAGE (DIERSEN: What things have fueled your angst? For me, they include, a) the adverse actions that my Democrat superiors in the federal government took against me; b) Money Magazine’s February 1978 4-page article on me; c) the adverse actions that Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc. took against me; and d) the adverse actions that individuals, companies, and governments took against me that forced me to sue them.) 

— Should a White Man Be the Face of the Democratic Party in 2020? – Astead W. Herndon and Matt Flegenheimer (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, to get elected, White men promise to use their office to give more and more and more preference to minorities and to women, and especially to those who are younger. How soon, if not already, to get elected, will White men promise to immediately a) fire all those who they have authority to fire who are White and/or male and b) replace them with young minorities and young females? To get promoted beyond GS-13 in the federal government, you have to a) excel in hiring, retaining, and promoting young Democrat minorities and young Democrat women and b) excel in getting rid of federal employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.) 

— In a challenge for Detroit, teens put off getting their licenses and buying cars. – Adrienne Roberts (DIERSEN: To not have a driver’s and to not own a car is a) to make yourself a burden on others, b) to limit your ability to get an education, c) to limit your ability to get a job, and d) to limit your etc. As soon as I turned 16 in 1964, a) I got a driver’s license, b) I bought a 1958 Chevy BelAir, and c) I used that car to drive to Crete-Monee High School and to a part-time job washing dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights. In 1966, I bought a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint with the money that I had earned washing dishes and drove it a) to jobs cleaning golf shoes in Flossmoor, chipping slag in Chicago Heights, pumping gasoline in Chicago Heights, and delivering mail in Park Forest and b) to classes at UIC 1966-1967. In 1967, I bought a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442 with the money that I had earned delivering mail and drove it to my job delivered mail 1966-1968 and to classes at UIC. In 1968, I bought a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE with the money that I had earned delivering mail and drove it a) to my jobs delivering mail in 1969 and working on an automobile assembly line in 1970, b) to classes at NIU 1969-1970, c) to my jobs selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971 and pumping gasoline 1971, and d) to graduate business classes at UIC. While I worked for the Park Forest Post Office 1966-1969, I used the aforesaid new cars to deliver mail in Park Forest.) 
— Gambling Will Take Over TV Sports Can it unpop the sports bubble and hold together the $100-a-month cable bundle? – Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: A Reason To Celebrate 4/20: Recreational Cannabis Now Legal In Ten States And DC – Lea Lane

— U.S. needs more brainiac immigrants, so let’s boost H1B visas – Stephen Moore (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, employers prefer hiring, retaining, and promoting citizens of foreign countries rather than citizens of America. The federal government cannot hire citizens of foreign countries. That helped me, a citizen of America since 1948, get hired by a) the Post Office in 1966, b) IRS in 1971, and c) GAO in 1980.) 

— Times basically urges age discrimination – Anca Vlasopolos, Centerville


— Who Shares Fake News? (We Know It Wasn’t You) Americans 65 and older share more fake news than other age groups. Why? – Andrew Lapin (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news and commentary is fake except for the news and commentary that they put out or bless. Should I write a book about my critics/opponents?)

— Money Magazine Is No Longer for Sale, and It’s Going Digital Only Are billionaires growing bored of buying media brands? – Sara Jerde (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the tremendous damage that Money Magazine intentionally inflicted on me with its February 1978 4-page article on me. Better yet, I should sue Money Magazine.)

— The new digital divide is between people who opt out of algorithms and people who don’t – Anjana Susarla (DIERSEN: Your GOPUSA Illinois Editor is NOT a Democrat or Democrat plant algorithm, Libertarian or Libertarian plant algorithm, Green or Green plant algorithm, or RINO algorithm. Consequently, GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails contain links to articles that promote the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and in the Republican Party platform. Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois want to a) abolish the aforesaid planks and b) abolish me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Every aspect of life can be guided by artificial intelligence algorithms—from choosing what route to take for your morning commute, to deciding whom to take on a date, to complex legal and judicial matters such as predictive policing. Big tech companies like Google and Facebook use AI to obtain insights on their gargantuan trove of detailed customer data. This allows them to monetize users’ collective preferences through practices such as micro-targeting, a strategy used by advertisers to narrowly target specific sets of users. In parallel, many people now trust platforms and algorithms more than their own governments and civic society. An October 2018 study suggested that people demonstrate “algorithm appreciation,” to the extent that they would rely on advice more when they think it is from an algorithm than from a human. In the past, technology experts have worried about a “digital divide” between those who could access computers and the internet and those who could not. Households with less access to digital technologies are at a disadvantage in their ability to earn money and accumulate skills. But, as digital devices proliferate, the divide is no longer just about access. How do people deal with information overload and the plethora of algorithmic decisions that permeate every aspect of their lives? The savvier users are navigating away from devices and becoming aware of how algorithms affect their lives. Meanwhile, consumers who have less information are relying even more on algorithms to guide their decisions.)

— Take The Weekend Off Maria Hadji (DIERSEN: What do/did you do during your weekends? Since 2004, I have used them mainly to put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and to send them out. 1992-1997, I used them mainly to study for graduate finance courses at IIT. 1980-1981, I used them mainly to study for the Certified Internal examination. 1978-1979, I used the mainly to study for the CPA examination. 1976-1980, I used them mainly to study for graduate accounting courses at DePaul. 1972-1976, I used them mainly to study for graduate business courses at Loyola. 1970-1972, I used them mainly to work for the Firestone Store in Chicago Heights. 1969-1970, I used them mainly to study for undergraduate business classes at NIU. 1966-1968, I used them mainly to study for undergraduate business courses at UIC. 1966-1969, I used them mainly to work for the Park Forest Post Office.) 

— San Antonio reaffirms ban on Chick-fil-A at its airport after city councilor tries to derail it – Alex Bollinger (DIERSEN: Because Democrats ban Chick-fil-a, should Republicans ban Starbucks?)

— Facebook teams with rightwing Daily Caller in factchecking program Site co-founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson has promoted misinformation and is known for pro-Trump content – Sam Levin (DIERSEN: What qualifications do my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have to be fact checkers? While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $98,198-$127,654, I increasingly worked as a referencer, that is, as a fact checker. That work required assuring the accuracy and support for each and every word, number, table, graph, chart, conclusion, opinion, and recommendation in GAO reports. I worked for IRS 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $82,279-$93,592. My other fact checking qualifications include my becoming a Forensic Accountant in 1997, a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, a licensed CPA in 1981, a Certified Internal Auditor in 1981, and a CPA in 1979.)

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.