April 3 Evening Edition

— Illinois COVID-19 Update: Health officials urge caution on holiday weekend as IL reports 2,839 new coronavirus cases, 13 deaths Chicago’s top doctor issues Easter weekend warning as COVID cases climb – Jesse Kirsch
— ‘They’re coming to cancel everything’: Georgia governor vows a fight after MLB yanks All-Star Game over voting laws. “Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola and Delta may be scared of Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden and the left, but I am not,” he said. – AP
— Dell, American Airlines, AT&T weigh in on restrictive election bills in Texas – Alisa Wiersema

— Georgia Governor Vows a Fight After MLB Yanks All-Star Game – Mae Anderson
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats pressure corporations to denounce GOP voting bills
— U.S. Companies Face Boycott Threats, Mounting Pressure to Take Sides in America’s Voting Rights Battle – Emma Newburger
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, the Biden Administration makes it clear that will get rid of Republican individuals, organizations, companies, and governments once and for all starting with Republican individuals who are law enforcement officers, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— Vaccine Passport Efforts Draw Opposition From GOP Lawmakers – Mark Scolforo

— Dolton School Board Votes To Oust Member On Claims Of Illegal Campaign Funding, Says It Was At Taxpayer Expense – Jermont Terry

— Hiring ramps up as US adds 916K jobs in March – Christopher Rugaber
(DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers make it more clear that they hire only those who are Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Independent, RINO, moderate, liberal, minority, female, younger, LGBTQ, poor, in America illegally, non-gun owners, non-Christian, non-Protestant, non-Italian American, non-German American, anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexual, anti-traditional marriage/family, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christian, anti-Protestant, anti-Italian American, anti-German American, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)

— Haig Mail House Sends Second Postcard to Elgin
— The Easter Pig – How to Terrorize Parents
— County Clerk Joe Tirio Reacts to Dems’ New Election Law Changes
— Barack Obama Dissed as “Oppressor” at Waukegan School Board Meeting
— Saturday Salvo Against Lakewood Village President Phil Stephan
— Legislators’ Pay
— Pritzker Signs Election Law Change Bill, Effective Immediately
— State Bold Enough to Consider 401(k)’s for Future Public Employees
— Government Bold Enough to Say, “Happy Easter”
— Satire on Pritzker as Good as the Babylon Bee
— Illinois Reports More Than 35% of Small Businesses Closed
— Anti-Derek Lee For Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Web Site Appears

— Fearful Of Virus Or Losing Power, Biden ‘Passport’ Plan Is Coming
— Biden Aims To Spend $174B To Juice Electric Vehicle Sales
— Punishing Georgia: Biden ‘Strongly Supports’ Moving MLB All-Star Game Over New Voting Law

— CBS News drops pretense of objectivity with headline: ‘3 ways companies can help fight Georgia’s restrictive new voting law’ The mask slips – LEON WOLF

— Vaccine Passports Are A Serious Threat To American Civil Liberties. Are Americans supposed to accept that the government, private employers, and businesses such as airlines and Costco may stop you and demand that you show your COVID-19 papers? – Harmeet K. Dhillon

— Bill introduced to ban critical race theory from military – Michael F. Haverluck

— Republican Lawmakers in Kansas Repeal Mask Mandate – TOM OZIMEK

— More GOP-led states risk corporate backlash like Georgia’s – ALEX GANGITANO
(DIERSEN: What adverse actions will Democrat corporations take against Republican individuals, Republican organizations, Republican companies, and Republican governments where you live?)
— 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet – JORDAIN CARNEY
— Congressional CEO grillings can’t solve disinformation: We need a public interest regulator – BRAD HANLON
(DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have blamed me and blamed my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters the most for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats focus on getting Asian-Americans to hate Republicans.

— Vaccine Passports Are Latest Flash Point in COVID Politics Vaccine passports are typically an app with a code that verifies whether someone has been vaccinated or recently tested negative for COVID-19 – Mark Scolforo

— Inside a stealth ‘persuasion machine’ promising Republican victories in 2022 – Isaac Stanley-Becker
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The American Culture Project is set up as a social welfare organization exempt from disclosing its donors or paying federal income taxes but, in exchange, barred from making politics its primary focus. The project is led by an Illinois-based conservative activist, John Tillman, who also oversees a libertarian think tank and a news foundation that recently received grant money to highlight opposition to public health restrictions. Tillman, who declined to be interviewed for this story, wrote in an email that the American Culture Project’s objectives are “issue education and advocacy (not electioneering).” “We focus on reaching millions of Americans who can no longer rely on traditional media to become fully informed on a diversity of views on the issues of the day,” he wrote. “By reaching millions of Americans with a broader, more wide ranging set of issues and ideas, we think that voters will make decisions that will elect people, whether Democrat or Republican, that believe in America’s founding principles, and particularly the Bill of Rights.” While data collection and digital ad targeting have become commonplace in political campaigns, what’s unusual about the American Culture Project, experts said, is how it presents its aims as news dissemination and community building. It touts transparency and civic engagement using an online network whose donors remain private — part of a bid to shape public opinion as local news outlets crater and social networks replace traditional forums for political deliberation. The arrangement “puts the lie to the public presentation of these nonprofits as public welfare organizations that might happen to do a little politics,” said Noah Bookbinder, president of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “It shows the system is being abused in ways we knew were happening but you usually don’t see quite so blatantly.”)
— Dozens of LGBTQ students at Christian colleges sue the U.S. Education Dept., hoping to pressure Equality Act negotiations – Michelle Boorstein

— The Biden Baseball League The sports league sides with Democrats on Georgia’s voting law. – Editorial
— Starting a Family? Company Benefits Favor IVF Over Adoption – Christina Rexrode
(DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. Democrats are nasty. I should write a book about my Democrat GAO superiors who punished me the most because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, because we did not adopt, and because we did not become foster parents.)

— JULY 16, 2020 FLASHBACK: Are you willing to pay for news? The future of journalism may depend on it – JENNIFER HOEWE and BRETT SHERRICK
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The following strategies should help news consumers make these decisions: Think about where you get your news. Are you selecting information just because it agrees with you? Don’t do that. Pick news sources that do more than simply cater to a partisan audience. Make sure you’re differentiating between news and commentary. Good news organizations should clearly demarcate what is news and what is opinion content. Check the news organizations’ use of sources. Are the sources they use in their news stories credible and considered experts in their field? Keep in mind: Experts are often people other than politicians. Look for journalistic standards. A good news organization should have a code of ethics or clear reporting guidelines posted on its website. If you spot a piece of information on social media or a news aggregator, first make sure the information originated with a legitimate news organization (using the other steps listed here). Then visit the site of the news organization that created the original content to ensure it will earn ad revenue for that content. Read full articles, not just headlines (or Facebook posts or tweets). In-depth reporting provides more context, which is part of why it’s worth paying for.)

— ‘The Narrative Is, “You Can’t Get Ahead”’ In Evanston, Illinois, a Black parent and school-board candidate takes on a curriculum meant to combat racism. – Conor Friedersdorf
(DIERSEN: Democrats use reparations, Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, etc. to get minorities to hate Republicans.)

— Everyone who’s window-shopped car auction sites has seen their share of classics with glistening paints and low miles, but no apparent reason for having been treated like unicorns. Take as an example the 1972 Chevrolet Corvette C3 on Bring A Trailer right now—it’s nothing all that special as Corvettes go, but it was preserved like a C2 L88, covering just 3,286 miles in 45 years. Who does this, and why? Who makes what many would consider a landmark car purchase only to drive it fewer miles each year than they walk on their two feet? – JAMES GILBOY
(DIERSEN: I took delivery of my 1972 Corvette on October 14, 1971; it has 5,143 miles on it today.)
— Are Classic Chevrolet Corvettes Prices Already Past Their Peak? The Answer Is Complicated. Rather than break a Corvette auction record at Mecum in March, a rare C2 L88 fizzled. Has Boomer nostalgia reached its limit? – JAMES GILBOY

(FROM THE ARTICLE: So, are we past peak C2? If you define that as the maximum of what one can be worth, then the answer would appear to be probably. The generation for whom the C2 is probably most evocative, Baby Boomers, are slowly getting too old to drive these symbols of their childhood. But while they account for the biggest percentage of C2 owners insured by Hagerty, at 40 percent, they are actually outnumbered by Gen X and Millennial policy-holders, who own 48 percent of the C2s Hagerty insures. Not all of midcentury America’s icons have stood the test of time, but as demonstrated by younger generations taking up the C2 ownership mantle (and at slowly increasing cost), this Corvette has.)

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.