April 4 Morning Edition

— YouTube shooter identified as user Nasim Aghdam
(FROM THE ARTICLE: According to her website, a possible motivation for the shooting could have been tied to her many YouTube accounts, which she says have seen a decline in viewership over the past few months. She embedded videos from the biggest YouTubers on the platform on the site, including massive creator Casey Neistat. In them, they talk about the YouTube “Ad-apocalypse” where many users are seeing massive dips in traffic, subscriber count loss, and de-monetization of videos. Neistat has more than 9,000,000 subscribers and made a famous video about the YouTube ad revenue scare for creators. It appears that Aghdam was disgruntled by the changes in the YouTube platform. She wrote on her website, “Be aware! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care for personal and short-term profits and do anything to reach their goals even by fooling simple-minded people, hiding the truth, manipulating science and everything, putting public mental and physical health at risk, abusing non-human animals, polluting the environment, destroying family values, promoting materialism and sexual degeneration in the name of freedom and turning people into programmed robots!” She goes on to quote Adolf Hitler saying, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it.” The rest of her message targets YouTube and censorship. “There is no free speech in the real world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered and merely relegated so that people can hardly see their videos.” Aghdam’s website shows screenshots of her “reduced” and “supressed” videos. She referred to a specific video that appeared to be an instructional video for a workout saying, “This video got age-restricted after new, close-minded YouTube employees got control of my farsi YouTube channel last year, 2016, and began filtering my videos to reduce views and suppress and discourage me from making my videos!” Feb. 20, YouTube enacted a new advertising policy that demonetized channels with less than 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time. Though Aghdam’s main English channel had more than 5,000 subscribers, many of her videos appeared to be demonetized.)


— YouTube Shooting Suspect ID’d; Parents Reported Her Missing – Kiki Intarasuwan, Brendan Weber, Riya Bhattacharjee and Kristofer Noceda


— Joining census lawsuit is Emanuel’s latest legal move against Trump administration – John Byrne (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Emanuel paints Chicago as being 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, anti-draft avoiders, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said the census citizenship question is “necessary for the Department of Justice to protect voters, specifically to help us better comply with the Voting Rights Act, which is something that’s important and a part of this process.”)
— Illinois is in line to receive $13 million from the federal government to help beef up election security, but officials on Tuesday raised questions about whether the money will make it to the counties that need it in time for the November election. – Kim Geiger)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Chicago awards more than $440,000 to Catholic Charities, Phalanx Family Services, and Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition to encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in Chicago illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.
— When Trump tries to destroy your reputation – Jill McCabe (DIERSEN: Should I sue those individuals, those organizations, those companies, those governments, those countries, those etc. that try to destroy my reputation? Most commonly, they hint/imply/argue/shout that I use my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to spread fake news.)
— Democratic principles will always thwart the creep of authoritarianism – Cass R. Sunstein (DIERSEN: Who wants authority over you? My critics/opponents want authority over me. They want to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, but failing that, they want authority a) over which articles I link to in the emails and what my comments, if any, are on those articles. They want to stop everyone from reading the emails, but failing that, they want to stop as many people as they can from reading the emails.)
— Free speech takes another hit from thin-skinned liberals – Cal Thomas
— Student Michael Brown applies to 20 colleges: all accept – Amy Wang
— Orland Park trustees reconsider full-time mayor position – Mike Nolan
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page top of fold editorial with a big color picture unethically made to look like a news article, Democrats call for the abolition of the Second Amendment.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The anti-Trump Durbin says Trump is unreliable, unprepared, and unstable.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, since the Civil War, Democrats shout at Blacks that Republicans have caused, are causing, and will forever cause all the problems that Blacks have had, are having, and will have.)


— VERY SAD: Hultgren and Roskam duck on citizenship query (DIERSEN: Political consultants who want Hultgren and Roskam to lose advise them to dump voters who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Political consultants who want Hultgren and Roskam to lose advise them to pander to voters 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, retaliation, and even worse things. Political consultants who want Hultgren and Roskam to lose advise them to not only dump Diersen and his GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, but to destroy Diersen and his GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Two others would not take a public stance—Randy Hultgren of Plano and Wheaton’s Peter Roskam—perhaps because both face what are shaping up to be re-election challenges this November.)


— Could sports betting come to Illinois? Lawmakers listen to options – BILL LUKITSCH (DIERSEN: Gambling is a vice. If you promote gambling, you promote destruction.)


— Champaign County’s results for 2018 primary are certified — and historic – Tom Kacich
— UI student group hosting town hall meeting on gun violence Thursday – Tim Mitchell (DIERSEN: Democrats a) blame Republicans for gun violence and b) want to abolish the Second Amendment.)
— Rates missing from progressive-tax talk – Jim Dey
— Pensions: A problem without solution? – Editorial (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have made it extremely clear to everyone that if they could, they would immediately end a) my $51,864/year Civil Service Retirement System pension, b) my $18,000/year federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy, and c) my $2,064/year Social Security. I should write a book about my hate-filled critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, and especially those who read my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)


— Public invited to Rockford town hall meeting on school gun violence – Corina Curry (DIERSEN: Even though Democrats run Illinois, ever-increasingly Democrats blame Republicans for gun violence in Illinois.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs oppose any and all efforts to discourage people from coming to America illegally, from staying in America illegally, and from bringing others to America illegally.


— Ready For General Election Races In 8th State Senate, 15th, 20th State House Villivalam Awaits GOP Challenger, D’Amico, Biela Continue Door-To-Door Canvassing, McAuliffe, Marwig Not Yet Fully In Campaign Mode – Tom Robb


— Rauner is no Sister Jean – Scott Reeder


— Illinois Business Pushes Back on Public Right to Sue Bills – SAM DUNKLAU (DIERSEN: What lawsuits have you filed? Of course, to demonize me, to denigrate me, and to condemn me as being litigious and even worse things, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress the lawsuits that I have filed. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes side with the defendants in all the lawsuits that I have filed.)


— Town hall meeting w/Pritzker & Rauner on Opioids & helping ex-offenders? – Jeff Berkowitz


— How Do You Identify Fake News? Solid sources and some healthy skepticism can help. – Vignesh Ramachandran (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, the only news that is not fake is the news that they put out or bless.)


— Lake County GOP to select party leaders at upcoming county convention – Glenn Minnis (DIERSEN: Are you an elected Republican Precinct Committeeman? If so, has your Republican County Central Committee notified you of the date, time, location, agenda, candidates, and your weighted vote for your county convention? If the Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee race is contested for your congressional district, have the candidates contacted you concerning their candidacy? What percent of the Republican ballots cast in your county were cast in precincts in which no one ran for Precinct Committeeman? The chairman of your Republican County Central Committee will cast those votes.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Lake County Republican Party is slated to hold its official county GOP convention on April 18 at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. “All Lake County Republican precinct committeemen who were duly elected and certified in the March 20, 2018, Republican primary election are called on to attend the county convention and cast their respective weighted votes for chairman of the Lake County Republican Central Committee, Central Committeemen of the Illinois Republican Party from their respective congressional districts, duly proposed amendments to the bylaws of the Lake County Republican Central Committee, various legislative and representative committees and certain other important business of the Lake County Republican Central Committee,” Lake County Republican Party Chairman Mark Shaw said in a press release. Shaw added “all 18 Republican Township Organizations will convene to conduct business relevant to their respective organizations and to caucus regarding the business to be conducted at the county convention, which (will be) gaveled to order at 7 p.m. that same evening.” “Recently, I announced my candidacy for re-election and would be honored if you would be my guest at the event,” Shaw said in the release disbursed among GOP leaders. Shaw is also committeeman for the 10th Congressional District and ran for representative in the 58th House District in 2012, losing to Scott Drury (D-Highwood). Among the Republican winners in the March 20, primary that will be on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election are Gov. Bruce Rauner, states attorney candidate Erika Harold and secretary of state candidate Jason Helland. In other races on the fall ballot where GOP incumbents will be seeking another term, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) is set to face Democrat Sean Casten in the 6th Congressional District, Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Plano) takes on Lauren Underwood in the 14th Congressional District, state Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) squares off against Democrat Bill Downs in the 52nd House District, and state Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Hills) faces Tom Georges in the 26th Senate District.)


— Pritzker uses Ives to slam Rauner on Quincy veterans’ home
— More answers needed on Pritzker’s “artificial progressive income tax”
— Pritzker says he’ll immediately end “back-door voucher program”


— Trump to deploy military to guard border until wall completed President says caravan of illegals crossing Mexico ‘is broken up’ – Stephen Dinan


— Another California city votes to sue state over sanctuary law (DIERSEN: When will your municipality, your township/ward, and your county sue Illinois over its sanctuary law?)
— Gun control students unhappy with their clear backpacks
— YouTube shooter described as animal rights vegan, born in Iran
— Caravans, Churches and Criminal Sanctuaries
— Chicago wants to ban body armor (DIERSEN: One could argue that depending on where you are in Chicago, for your self-defense, you should definitely wear body armor and pack heat.)


— Next up: Gov’t-endorsed bullying, taunting? If LGBTQ advocates in Illinois get their way, all public school students will be indoctrinated with pro-homosexual propaganda from the time they’re five years old. – Bob Kellogg
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Homosexual and transgender activists have persuaded liberal legislators to sponsor legislation that would require all public school (K-12) textbooks, regardless of the subject, to proclaim positive contributions of homosexuals to society. “[This legislation] would require that any book or book substitute that will be used as a text or text substitute include the ‘role and contributions’ of homosexuals and men and women who adopt opposite-sex persona [a.k.a., transgenderism],” explains Laurie Higgins with the Illinois Family Institute. Two Democratic lawmakers – State Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Anna Moeller – are the sponsors of SB 3249 and HB 5596 respectively. The bills also “require every public elementary school and high school to include in its curriculum a unit of instruction studying the significant role of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in society.” Higgins warns parents that those who live outside of Illinois shouldn’t brush aside this information, believing it will not affect them. “This will come to other states,” she warns. “It started in California; now it’s coming to Illinois. All it takes is a couple of homosexuals and/or leftists in your state legislature to bring this bill and it will be in your schools, too.” And the danger in that, according to Stella Morabito at The Federalist, is that the highly politicized nature of public schools will essentially “draw virtual targets” on the backs of students whose beliefs don’t align with the school’s. “A bully [would be] free to target with the taunt ‘bigot’ any child who comes from a traditional Christian home – and the curricula will back them up,” Morabito writes. Higgins is convinced that should the legislation pass, Republican Governor Bruce Rauner would sign it into law. It would become effective July 1, 2019. She recommends a two-fold approach to parents at this time: fight the bills – but at the same time “plan an escape route for your children from government schools.”)


— Marching Orders for Trump’s New VA Secretary – BETSY MCCAUGHEY (DIERSEN: What work experience do you have? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned the work experience that I gained working for IRS 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880 and for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325. What opinion do those who represent you in government and in politics have of the work experience that you have? Based on their words and their actions, many, if not most, if not virtually all of those who represent me in government and in politics have an extremely low opinion of the work experience that I have.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Since President Trump ousted Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin, the question reverberating in Washington is whether Trump’s new pick, Admiral Ronny Jackson, is capable of heading a department with 360,000 employees and 9 million vets under its care. Senate Democrats carp he lacks experience running “a complex organization.” Experience is overrated. President Obama’s VA Secretary, Robert McDonald, failed miserably, despite having run Procter & Gamble. Vets died on phony wait lists on McDonald’s watch. . .Pundits are predicting a confirmation battle. The smart money should be on Jackson. He’s combat tested. Disregard the partisan drivel about his lack of experience running a big organization. It’s coming from the same people who had no problem making a community organizer the President.)




— GOP Response To Illegal Alien Caravan Will Decide 2018 Midterms – George Rasley (DIERSEN: Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs a) side with Mexico and with other foreign countries against America and b) side with the citizens of Mexico and with the citizens of other foreign countries against the citizens of America.)


— Secretary Ben Carson on Illegals: HUD Is ‘Going to Cooperate Very Much with the Justice Department’ – AMANDA HOUSE


— Conway responds to claim she’s the No. 1 leaker – LOUIS NELSON (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who hint/imply/argue/shout that I am a leaker. They blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems.)


— Prices of 20 brand-name drugs that are most prescribed to seniors have skyrocketed – Max Richtman


— Trump under investigation, but not criminal target (DIERSEN: My Democrat IRS superiors had me “under investigation” a) 1974-1977 for my claiming partial day per diem (SEE: https://www.gao.gov/products/463866) and b) 1978-1979 for my deducting educational expenses. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes side with my Democrat IRS superiors.)


— GAO Finds Racial Bias in School Discipline – Erica L. Green (DIERSEN: Democrats run the public schools in America.)
— India’s ‘Fake News’ Crackdown Crumbles Over Journalists’ Outrage – Kai Schultz and Suhasini Raj (DIERSEN: Should I sue those individuals, those organizations, those companies, those governments, those countries, those etc. that hint/imply/argue/shout that I use my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to spread fake news?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Indian government called the decree a crackdown on fake news. It lasted less than a day. On Monday evening, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting abruptly announced that it would penalize journalists who spread “fake news,” the term popularized by President Trump to disparage what he has regarded as unfair coverage of his 2016 American presidential campaign and first year in office. The term is now widely used around the world by authoritarian politicians and governments to describe reporting that they find objectionable. Members of India’s freewheeling press expressed shock and outrage at the announcement, seeing the hidden hand of Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who enjoys warm relations with Mr. Trump — to quell negative media coverage ahead of India’s general election next year.)


— Trump claimed his plan to put troops on the border is extraordinary. It was routine for Obama. – Alex Horton


— California: A ‘Sanctuary’ for Criminals The state threw out the rule of law, but Orange County will join the resistance. – Michelle Park Steel (DIERSEN: When will DuPage County “join the resistance?” Which DuPage County Board Members will lead the resistance?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In Orange County, we reject this kind of reckless behavior. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, I have a say in how to improve my community of 3.2 million residents. We are home to large groups of immigrant communities, and we fully embrace the diverse cultures of our immigrant population. Our concern is about criminal illegal aliens who are falling through the cracks because our sheriff can’t talk to federal immigration agents. On March 27 I introduced a resolution to condemn the state sanctuary law and to direct county counsel to take legal action. Every Orange County supervisor present voted in favor. We currently are reviewing the best ways in which to intervene in the federal government’s lawsuit against California. States cannot simply opt out of federal laws they don’t like. If tomorrow California decided that the First Amendment was a nuisance and passed legislation to restrict this constitutional right, Americans wouldn’t accept the new law. I came to this country with a great respect for the freedom and safety that the Constitution affords its citizens. Condemning the sanctuary law has nothing to do with race or politics. It’s about protecting Americans and their constitutional rights. There’s a long road ahead in fixing our broken immigration system, but, along the way, local law enforcement should cooperate fully with the federal law.)
— Nebraska: A Model for Licensing Reform – Editorial (DIERSEN: I became a licensed CPA in 1981 based on my having a) passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, b) worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880, c) worked for GAO for 1 year at the GS-9 Step 10 level, currently $72,677, d) passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, e) earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, f) earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976, and g) earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970.)
— Martin Luther King: ‘We Can’t Keep On Blaming the White Man’ Fifty years after his death, many pay lip service to his ideals, but far too few are following his example. – Jason L. Riley (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, since the Civil War, Democrats shout at Blacks that Republicans have caused, are causing, and will forever cause all the problems that Blacks have had, are having, and will have.)
— Trump Plunges Ahead With America-First, Nationalist Approach Actions on immigration, trade and U.S. military presence in Syria signal a new phase in presidency – Gerald F. Seib


— Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox urges Valley cities to reject sanctuary policies – ROBERT RODRIGUEZ


— Election Expands Liberals’ Presence on Wisconsin Supreme Court


— It’s So Bad in Illinois Its Bonds Pay Like a Reviled Jersey Mall – Elizabeth Campbell


— Why We Are Failing To Win The Arguments For Free Speech – Dr. Wolf von Laer (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, the only news that is not fake is the news that they put out or bless.)


— Sinclair Chairman Claims Entire Print Media Has ‘No Credibility’ – Olivia Nuzzi (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, the only news that is not fake is the news that they put out or bless.)


— More Employees Report Seeing Prohibited Personnel Practices (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, I saw my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates commit many PPPs, most commonly, a) discriminating against federal employees because they were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran and had not made 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 and b) wasting the careers of and getting rid of employees who complained about patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age retaliation, and/or retaliation.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: More federal employees reported in 2016 that they had seen prohibited personnel practices in the workplace than in 2010, MSPB has said in a preview of an upcoming report. A budget-related document notes that until the MSPB board has a quorum—it has lacked one for more than a year although nominees for the two vacant seats recently were named—it cannot issue the kind of studies it conducts regularly into federal personnel issues. However, it gave some detail regarding reports in progress. One shows that in a survey MSPB conducted in 2016, more employees reported observing “PPPs”—which include whistleblower retaliation, various forms of discrimination, decisions not based on merit, and more—compared with a similar survey in 2010. “Notably, only 54 percent of respondents in 2016 indicated that they had observed no PPPs, compared to 78 percent in 2010,” it says. The later survey also found high rates of employees reporting that their agencies are not complying with new PPP created in 2012, that non-disclosure policies must include language stating that the policies do not reduce employee whistleblowing rights. MSPB added that it is working on several other studies that rely in part on the survey data. “Those studies cover areas such as individual drivers of employee engagement, sexual harassment, performance management, effectiveness of the HR workforce, and the Pathways program,” it said.)

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.