April 5 Morning Edition

— Largest 1-Day Increase Yet in Coronavirus Cases in Chicago Area  A total of 11,025 coronavirus cases have been reported in the Chicago area as of Saturday

— Despite backlog of 115K COVID-19 tests, Quest Diagnostics asks workers to voluntarily go on furlough; Trump says ‘toughest’ weeks coming as Coronavirus numbers continue to rise.

— Queen urges self-discipline as Britain sees record jump in coronavirus deaths – AP

— Pritzker: Illinois ‘weeks away’ from coronavirus peak – Charles Keeshan
— It’s time to start wearing masks – Editorial
— Facts Matter: Positive coronavirus news is great, but not when it’s false – Bob Oswald (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is false, misinformation, disinformation, and/or fake news except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless.)
— COVID-19 is forcing us to rethink our values – Armstrong Williams

— Pritzker: Anyone Still Gathering During Pandemic is “Stupid” or Not Paying Attention – Matt Masterson

— Pritzker: Feds Should Have Pushed All States To Issue Stay-At-Home Orders – Dan Mihalopoulos

— As COVID cases rise in NYC, United dramatically cuts its schedule The airline will cut its Newark schedule 90 percent starting Sunday. As the outbreak spreads, other cities could also see reductions. – JOHN PLETZ 

— Coronavirus afflicts ethics reform – Doug Finke

— Update on Gun Issues – Greg Bishop

— Local newspapers facing their own coronavirus crisis – AP

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: The Illinois Cannabis Market Is Strong – ERIC SCHMID

— Chicago opens shelters for newly homeless in virus crisis – AP

— Sean Casten (D., Ill.) Spreads Chinese Propaganda While Blaming Coronavirus Deaths on Trump – Yuichiro Kakutani

— Police issue citation, fine woman who was just ‘going on a drive’ amid coronavirus stay-at-home order ‘…failed to abide by the order of the governor’ – Chris Enloe

— Trump SLAMS Liberal Media for Purposely ‘Creating Fear,’ ‘Panic’; ‘So Bad for’ America – Curtis Houck
— Hollywood’s ‘Trump Is Hitler’ Argument Even More Pathetic Now – Christian Toto 

— Biden says Democratic convention may need to be virtual – JUSTINE COLEMAN (DIERSEN: What is the status of the following: a) the next meeting of your Republican township/ward/county party organization, b) the Republican county party conventions, c) the April 21 annual township government meetings, and d) the June 11-13 Illinois Republican Party State Convention?) 
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Trump team picks fight with Twitter, TV networks over political speech.”
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In recent weeks, the Trump campaign has threatened legal action against TV stations for airing an ad cut by a Democratic super PAC that makes it seem as if Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax.” It has also been sending scores of emails to Twitter to flag videos being produced and shared by Democrats to make the case that the content runs afoul of the company’s policy on manipulated media. And this week, the Trump campaign took the unusual step of producing a deliberately misleading clip of former Vice President Joe Biden calling the coronavirus a “hoax” with the sole purpose of testing Twitter to see if it would enforce its rules equally on both the Trump and Biden campaigns. “Everything indicates that the Democrat donors who run Silicon Valley are intent on stacking the deck against President Trump’s reelection,” said Matt Wolking, a Trump campaign spokesman. “Their lack of transparency is further evidence that this is politically motivated interference in the 2020 election. Political speech and debate should not be policed and silenced by faceless, unknown actors and social justice warriors manipulating algorithms behind closed doors.” Since Trump was elected president, there has been an explosion of media fact-checking, leading to enormous pressure on platforms to sanction or pull content that is determined to be misleading. The president and his campaign have been accused of spreading misinformation through campaign ads countless times.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump’s coronavirus mismanagement again undercuts his CEO image.”

— Coronavirus updates: U.S. deaths top 8,500 as Trump warns of “toughest week” ahead

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Two months in, Trump’s coronavirus response creates more chaos.”

— How the coronavirus job cuts played out by sector and demographics – Dan Burns

— Scenes of Sin City shut down by coronavirus – Adam Jeffery
— Coronavirus effect: Bankruptcies won’t save retail this time – Lauren Hirsch

— Coronavirus Live Updates: New U.S. Hot Spots Emerge; Trump Predicts ‘a Lot of Death’
— With Campaigns in Remote Mode, Pandemic Upends Battle for Congress As retail campaigning has become all but impossible amid the public health crisis, candidates tread carefully in an uncertain political environment. – Carl Hulse
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “The president veered from grim warnings to baseless assurances in a news conference, predicting a surging death toll in what may be “the toughest week” of the pandemic.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Of course, Trump-haters hint/imply/argue/shout that only Trump-supporters abuse Chinese-Americans.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “The Coronavirus Misinformation War.” According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is misinformation, disinformation, and/or fake news except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “As Trump Administration Debated Travel Restrictions, Thousands Streamed in From China.”

— Live updates: As coronavirus cases top 300,000 in U.S., Trump says ‘ there will be a lot of death’ in the next week
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “So much for Trump’s polling bump.”

— So many to blame for coronavirus crisis, so don’t bother – Michael Goodwin (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters blame Trump for coronavirus. I should write a book about disgusting scapegoating Diersen-haters who ever-increasingly blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. I would focus on those who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for the problems that the following have/had: Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc.)

— Hitching a ride on the coronavirus: How partisans of all stripes are exploiting this crisis – WILL MARSHALL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters blame Trump for coronavirus. I should write a book about disgusting scapegoating Diersen-haters who ever-increasingly blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. I would focus on those who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for the problems that the following have/had: Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc.)

— Blame the Chinese Communist Party for the coronavirus crisis Coronavirus crisis proves communism is still a grave threat to the entire world. If Beijing had just been honest, the pandemic could be preventable. – Marion Smith (DIERSEN: What do say to those who side with Communist China against America?) 

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Impeachment not a valid excuse for Trump’s slow COVID-19 response.” Of course, according to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, the many adverse actions that my Democrat superiors in the federal government took against me is no excuse for my failing to make GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40. 

— There’s no real precedent for the coronavirus effect on the economy — and that could be a good thing – Jim Puzzanghera

— State Coronavirus Shutdowns Have Taken 29% of U.S. Economy Offline Eight in 10 U.S. counties are under lockdown orders, according to a study, and they represent nearly 96% of national output – Josh Mitchell
— U.S. Expects Coronavirus Peak in Some Cities Next Week as Global Toll Climbs ‘There will be a lot of death unfortunately,’ President Trump says – Andrew Restuccia, Melissa Korn and Katie Honan
— THE MONTH CORONAVIRUS FELLED AMERICAN BUSINESS March began amid an 11-year expansion and ended with blue-chip companies begging for bailouts. Swift and sharp, the pandemic cut through the country’s commerce like nothing before it.
— The Big Question for Sports: When Will You Feel Safe Around 20,000 Strangers Again? President Trump wants sports back soon. But fans might not be ready. – Joshua Robinson, Ben Cohen and Laine Higgins
— How Coronavirus Is Breaking Down Along Familiar Political Lines Red and blue America are experiencing the crisis in different ways, and that is affecting how their leaders are tackling it – Aaron Zitner, John McCormick and Dante Chinni
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Because the outbreak has hit urban areas harder than less-populated communities, it has been felt less in the nation’s Republican strongholds than in Democratic ones, bringing a partisan tint to views of how the outbreak is being experienced and should be addressed. That has also meant that some Republican elected officials have been hesitant to call for statewide stay-at-home orders for fear of upending rural areas that have yet to record many cases or any at all. As of Thursday, 91% of counties that voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 had at least one case of coronavirus, and 47% had at least one death, a Wall Street Journal analysis of virus data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows. By contrast, 69% of counties that voted for President Trump had at least one case, and 14% had a death. Those counties on the whole are less densely populated than Clinton counties, and most rural areas tend to lean Republican. Only about a fifth of the states, all with large rural populations and Republican governors, didn’t have statewide stay-at-home directives in place as of Friday. The GOP governors of Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee, who had resisted issuing statewide shelter-in-place orders, were among those who reversed course and imposed them this past week. Discrepancies between rural and urban America are creating tensions within states.)

— The Way We Work Will Never Be the Same – Brooke Sample

— Local newspapers are facing their own coronavirus crisis – AP
— Coronavirus is igniting a devastating crisis for highly indebted companies – BOB DIAMOND and TY WALLACH

— Are Americans Concerned About Their Personal Finances Over Coronavirus? – Dave Kovaleski (DIERSEN: So far, how has coronavirus negatively impacted you and your spouse financially? For my wife and I, our recent stock market gains have been lost. I am sure that the value of our home, vehicles, etc. has gone down. As our fixed income investments mature, we will be faced with much lower interest rates and much more pressure to take on more risk, that is, to put money in the stock market. Ever-increasingly, to maintain our standard of living, my Civil Service Retirement System pension, our Social Security, our federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy, and our interest income is not enough, and we have to dip more and more and more into our retirement savings.) 
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A recent survey conducted by the National Financial Educators Council (NEFC) shows how concerned Americans are about their personal finances due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis. According to the survey, which solicited responses from 1,201 people between March 23 and March 27, 58.2% say the crisis has had a negative impact on their personal finances (30.9% called the impact somewhat negative, and 27.3% described it as very negative). About 32% of respondents said the crisis has had neither a positive nor a negative impact, while the remaining 9.9% said the pandemic has had a positive effect on their finances (6.8% indicated the effect was very positive, while 3.1% said somewhat positive). That’s the sentiment right now, but what about the future?)

— Majority Have Cut Spending Amid Coronavirus Crisis Two-thirds have not touched their retirement or investment accounts despite market volatility

— Why our coronavirus coverage is free – Editorial (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are beyond furious that GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are free and contain no advertising.)

— What People Earn 2020: See the Salaries of Everyday Workers Across America – Kaylen Ralph (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, you are worth what are paid for doing what you do. They stress that no one pays me anything for my spending 10+ hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out. In my defense, I stress a) that I have enough time and money that I do not need anyone to give me money for my doing what I do, b) that “He wo pays the piper calls the tunes” and I do not want anyone to call my tunes, and c) that in 1997, when I was 49 years old, my Democrat GAO superiors paid me $131,532/year in today’s dollars.) 

— Voters Overwhelmingly Endorse Coronavirus Aid Package. Expect More to Come (DIERSEN: Coronavirus aid drives up the national debt. What percent of coronavirus aid has gone, is going, and will go to individuals, organizations, companies, etc. that have not been significantly negatively impacted financially?) 

— Donald Trump Urges Media To ‘Stop Spreading False Rumors’ Amid Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Ought to put it together for a while, get this over with and then go back to your fake news,’ Trump said. – Damir Mujezinovic (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is false, misinformation, disinformation, and/or fake news except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless.)

— ‘IT WAS TERRIBLE’ Trump blasts ex-Navy Capt Brett Crozier who raised coronavirus alarms saying he agrees ‘100%’ with his ousting – Les Steed (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents stress the lack of support that I got from my fellow GAO class members (White, male, over age 40) when I became the only active member in a class action lawsuit in 1988 when I was 40 years old that charged my Democrat GAO superiors with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. I should write a book about my fellow GAO class members. I would focus on those who cut deals under the table with my Democrat GAO superiors to keep their jobs. Those deals included their giving me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, and helping my Democrat GAO superiors force me to take their retirement “offer.”)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Captain Brett Crozier will now be ‘reassigned’ according to his superiors, despite the Navy facing a huge backlash over the dismissal. The news came just one day after a video emerged of hundreds of sailors cheering the Captain as he walked off the aircraft carrier after being relieved of duties. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told reporters on Thursday that he “lost confidence in [Crozier’s] ability to lead that warship” after he sent the letter, and relieved him of duty. Crozier was to be reassigned while investigators consider whether he should face disciplinary action, said Modly. More than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling on the U.S. Navy to reinstate Crozier. “His actions possibly saved many lives,” said the Change.org petition said. “Although he was fired, his plan to safely remove crew members was still implemented. He is a hero who should be rewarded.” Crozier “was absolutely correct in raising” concerns about Covid-19 but “it was the way in which he did it” that “undermined” the Navy’s efforts and “created a little bit of panic on the ship,” Modly said. But he said the letter was sent outside the chain of command while the Navy was already “fully responding.” He added that Crozier copying as many people as he did on the letter demonstrated “extremely poor judgment,” and said: “He did not take care to ensure that it couldn’t be leaked.” Crozier will be reassigned in the U.S. Navy role, but won’t be discharged, Modly said on Friday. But despite this, Crozier was cheered for by hundreds as he left the USS Theodore Roosevelt on Thursday. In videos posted online, one person can be heard shouting: “Now that’s how you send off one of the greatest captains you ever had.” Hundreds of sailors chanted “Captain Crozier!” and a man calls him the “G.O.A.T.,” or the “greatest of all time,” and “a man of the people.”)

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.