April 21 Morning Edition

— Trump lawyer Michael Cohen owes more than $103K on Chicago taxicab medallions – Mitchell Armentrout and Tim Novak
— Former Trump adviser Roger Stone calls Barbara Bush a ‘vindictive drunk’

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Whites demonize, denigrate, and condemn Whites as being racists.


— Emanuel flexes fundraising muscle with $1.7 million deposited in a single day – Bill Ruthhart (DIERSEN: What do you do? How much money do individuals, organizations, and companies give you to help you do what you do? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that individuals, organizations, and companies do not give me money to help me put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out. In my defense, I do not ask for such money and I do not accept such money. He who pays the piper calls the tunes, and I do not want any individual, organization, or company to call my tunes. Further, I have enough time (10+ hours a day, 70+ hours a week, 300+ hours a month, 3,650+ hours a year, 36,500+ hours a decade) and money (thousands of dollars each year) to put the emails together and send them out each and every morning and each and every evening free of charge and without any advertising. If my critics/opponents hired someone with my qualifications to do what I do, they would have to have to pay him/her $200,000, $500,000, or more a year.)
— James Comey, in Chicago with ‘A Higher Loyalty,’ wins over crowd with plea for American values – Steve Johnson
— 5th-grade teacher used racial slur in class, Waukegan District 60 officials say, prompting calls for diversity training – Emily K. Coleman (DIERSEN: The federal government requires all it employees to take lots of diversity and cultural sensitivity training. The training glorifies and praises those who are NOT Protestant, NOT conservative, NOT patriotic, NOT Republican, NOT American, NOT White, NOT male, NOT older, NOT rich, NOT gun owners, NOT German American, and those whose ancestors have NOT been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The teacher, who is white, retold the rhyme, using the racial slur, during a February vocabulary lesson, Alajakis said. A student then reported the teacher’s use of the slur to the school principal, Alajakis said. The teacher was pulled from the classroom during an investigation into the matter, and later temporarily suspended, Alajakis said. He also was ordered to take cultural sensitivity training and moved to another building, Alajakis said. The teacher has not yet completed the training because the district is still working to identify a course, Alajakis said. Nevertheless, the incident is emblematic of a larger problem at Waukegan District 60, retired Waukegan administrator Harlene Shipley said. District officials should place a greater focus on cultural diversity training so that teachers can better understand their pupils, Shipley said. As another example, Shipley also pointed to a group of former Waukegan High School students who had addressed the school board in February about providing training and specialized resources aimed at students living in the country without legal permission. They also spoke about district staff not understanding them and what they’re going through, Shipley said. If teachers underwent diversity and cultural awareness training they would be less likely to speak insensitively, to know where potential pitfalls existed and to find educational opportunities in cultural items such as the new “Black Panther” movie, Shipley said.)
— Intrigue on the Illinois Supreme Court – Editorial
— Will County Democrats pick candidate for treasurer – Susan DeMar Lafferty
— For sale: The Illinois governorship – Martin Dettmer, Wheaton
(FROM THE LETTER: Reports suggest that Gov. Bruce Rauner spent almost $37 million in his primary race to defeat Jeanne Ives. It appears clear that, regardless of whoever wins in November, the next governor will be a considerably less-wealthy multimillionaire than the candidate who started the race. I would suggest that instead of spending countless millions on radio and TV ads, polling data and opponent research, we post the Illinois governorship on eBay. The job appears headed to the highest bidder anyway.)


— COD president Ann Rondeau offers ‘Big Picture’ at inaugural community breakfast
— What is Elgin getting in new owner of the Grand Victoria Casino? – Chacour Koop
— The tax bill ‘double whammy’ – Sandra Alexander, Glen Ellyn (DIERSEN: Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
(FROM THE LETTER: It is ironic that the master architect of the tax cut, who significantly reduced the popular property tax deduction in the first place, would now promote himself as a champion of taxpayers’ rights. His use of taxpayer dollars to fund his self-promotion campaign is a double whammy for District 6 constituents. Roskam is tone deaf to his constituents’ views. Why does he think that all of those people waited in long lines at the end of the year to prepay property taxes? Maybe he thinks they had nothing better to do with their time during the holidays. What about the many families in District 6 that couldn’t prepay property taxes even if they wanted to. Who has an extra $10,000 or more lying around for this kind of expenditure when they are saving for their children’s college, a 401(K), or possibly even their mortgage payment?)


— Governor’s race could set records beyond spending – Doug Finke


— The media once called Abraham Lincoln the “laughing stock of world”


— McCann may mix up race – Rich Miller


— John McGlasson re-elected 16th Congressional District State Central Committeeman despite the objections of Reps. Jerry Long, Streator, and David Welter, Morris, and Sens. Chuck Weaver, Peoria, and Dave Syverson, Rockford – Derek Barichello


— Calls for McCann to Resign


— Lawmakers look at ‘bending’ rules to counter tax reform – Cole Lauterbach (DIERSEN: Democrats could hint/imply/argue/shout that Republicans imposed the $10,000 SALT cap a) to discourage marriage and to punish married people and b) to discourage homeownership and to punish homeowners. Government should encourage marriage and homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are a) furious that I paid less federal income tax 1972-1977 because I deducted the real estate tax that I paid and b) furious that my wife and I paid less federal income tax 1978-2017 because we deducted the real estate taxes that we paid. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are overjoyed that my wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since 1978.)


— Evangelicals can’t advance human dignity by dehumanizing others – Michael Gerson (DIERSEN: In your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois, who focuses on dehumanizing others? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who dehumanize others. They focus on dehumanizing those like me who they cannot manipulate or dominate.)


— 2 million voters turned out for Illinois primary election (DIERSEN: What has your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain told the Republican voters in your precinct about the Republican primary election results in your precinct? In my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton, I have told them that of the precinct’s 504 registered voters, 219 (43%) voted, 112 (22%) cast Republican ballots, 107 (21%) cast Democrat ballots, and 285 (57%) did not vote. In the contested races, 68 voted for Ives/Morthland and 43 voted for Rauner/Sanguinetti; 64 voted for Harold and 32 voted for Grasso; 76 voted for Grant, 18 voted for Minor, and 8 voted for Byrne; 58 voted for Mendrick and 43 voted for Bibbiano; and 53 voted for Tatro, 42 voted for Eckhoff, 33 voted for Zaruba, 26 voted for Chinchilla, 14 voted for McGowen, and 4 voted for Almiron. In the non-contested races, 86 voted for Helland, 86 voted for Senger, 84 voted for Dodge, 90 voted for Roskam, 88 voted for Connelly, 83 voted for Ruscitti, 85 voted for Cronin, 84 voted for Hinds, 89 voted for Henry, 79 voted for Cantore, 80 voted for Wilson, 80 voted for Mackay, and 81 voted for me. 112 voted yes on the election commission consolidation question and 71 voted no. 62 (28%) voters changed their party affiliation. 23 (10%) changed from Republican to Democrat. 21 (10%) changed from no party to Democrat. 16 (7%) changed from no party to Republican. 2 (1%) changed from Democrat to Republican.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More than 2 million voters cast ballots for last month’s primary election, according to numbers released by the Illinois Board of Elections on Friday. That’s less than 27 percent of registered voters in the state. Of those two million votes, 35 percent were Republican and 64 percent Democrat.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in using students as their operatives and as their dupes.


— Fight against opioids gains millions of dollars in Illinois


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in using religious leaders as their operatives and as their dupes.


— Kid’s Social Security Info Stolen, Used To File Taxes In Wheaton According to the IRS, you won’t be able to e-file if someone stole your information to file taxes. – Lisa Marie Farver


— Roskam bills protecting taxpayers overwhelmingly pass House (DIERSEN: Government should encourage marriage and encourage homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— McCann names ways he differs from Rauner amid third-party gubernatorial bid – Glenn Minnis (DIERSEN: In what ways do you differ with your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid and/or they are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Will Rauner push Illinois into a budget impasse once again?


— Far Left Protesters Target NRA Lobbyists’ Home – JOHN SEXTON


— Diamond and Silk Set to Testify Before Congress Due to Claims of Facebook Censorship – CALEB HULL (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents want Facebook, Google, etc. to censor me and to censor my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)


— SCHOOLS IN 43 STATES BLASTED FOR PORN CURRICULUM Parents press for laws to ban ‘harmful’ material – BOB UNRUH


— Syracuse promises ‘legal’ action against fraternity for ‘satirical sketch’ – GREG PIPER


— HARD COPY ARTICLE TITLE IN THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: In new walkouts, some rallies turn into voter registration drives


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page editorial with a color picture unethically made to look like a news article, anti-Trumps side with citizens of foreign countries against citizens of America.


— Just how bad is America, really? – Jonah Goldberg


— All Aboard the Tax Volatility Train The passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was the beginning of tax change, not the end. It’s likely to touch off plenty more changes ahead … so be prepared to take advantage of them if you can. – BRIAN VNAK (DIERSEN: Government should encourage marriage and encourage homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— The Real Reason Millennials Aren’t Saving Enough for Retirement – Michael Douglass (DIERSEN: I have a $51,864/year Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension and an $18,000/year federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy because a) I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years and b) I contributed 7% of my salary into the CSRS.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: While noting that 66% of millennials have nothing saved for retirement, the report provides plenty of evidence that the shoddy state of their nest eggs has relatively little to do with millennial savings habits. Fact is, many millennials simply aren’t eligible to join their employer’s retirement plan — and without that extra support, it’s much tougher to save for retirement.)


— White Evangelicals Can’t Quit Donald Trump – ROBERT P. JONES (DIERSEN: Those who oppose Trump are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-draft avoiders, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— BEYOND TRAGIC: High demand: Stoners around the country celebrate 4/20 by sparking bongs, blunts and joints at huge public festivals as weed laws grow ever laxer April 20 is an annual holiday celebrated by marijuana enthusiasts across the US and around the world Smokers gathered in huge crowds in Denver, San Francisco, Ontario and elsewhere to puff up in public Nine US states and Washington DC have legalized recreational marijuana, with many more decriminalizing On Friday, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer used the holiday to propose federal legalization of weed – Keith Griffith


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Socialists commend Democrats on their success in using students as their operatives and as their dupes.

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.